Bigger than basketball: Balkman’s foundation extends help to orphans

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments “I was once a kid that didn’t have everything, I was a kid that wanted things in life that I couldn’t get and nobody came and told me when I was younger so I want to give the kids something I didn’t have.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Michael Phelps praises 10-year-old Fil-Am Clark Kent for breaking record Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ The famous phrase “Ball is life” gets thrown a lot in basketball circles, but for Renaldo Balkman basketball isn’t everything.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Balkman said outreach is not just about the donations, but also being with the kids in little ways he can.“I want to give them what they need, I want to feed them breakfast I want to be there every morning, I want to give them toys and play with them,” said Balkman. “I need to do whatever I need for a couple of hours just to see smiles on their faces.”READ: Balkman comes full circle, rejoins Beermen in PBABalkman added that he wants to bring 50 kids to watch Game 5 on Sunday Smart Araneta Coliseum as an added treat.For those interested in helping out, Balkman posted an announcement on his Instagram account. Prospective donors can call 09198141948 for more information on how to take part.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite being in the middle of an electric championship round in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup where San Miguel is ahead 2-1, Balkman still found a way to give back to a community that embraced him during his Philippine stay.Balkman’s Balkmania Cares Foundation has set up an outreach program for the children of the Alay Pag-asa Christian Foundation where he will donate school supplies and toys through the “Giving Love Back” program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Renaldo Balkman shrugs off ‘war wound’ to keep Beermen going“It’s not about basketball all the time, winning the championship yeah, but it’s bigger than basketball,” said Balkman after the Beermen’s 132-94 win over the Gin Kings Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s a great feeling inside that I’ve done something great.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

We can do better

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It is his first Asiad as head of the country’s Olympic federation and he feels that if there are any faults, they should fall on the shoulders of sports officials, adding that the country can do a lot better if troubled National Sports Associations (NSAs) can clean up their acts.Weightlifting and skateboarding contributed a gold each to the Philippine cause and golf two. And one thing did not escape Vargas: The common denominator among nonperforming NSAs, not only in these Games, but in other regional competitions as well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Volleyball, badminton, shooting, swimming, aquatics, athletics, and even boxing where he is the president, performed below expectations, Vargas said.“There is a thing that is common to them,” Vargas said in an exclusive interview with the Inquirer, two days before the curtains fall on Asia’s version of the Olympics. “And that is, once in their history, there was a squabble within their NSAs.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Vargas pointed out that athletics and swimming, being medal-rich sports, shouldn’t be shut out in events like this one. Volleyball, he said, despite its popularity, will come home very frustrated because the players realized that they are not ready for the Asian level yet.“I’m sure volleyball is feeling down because they are so popular [back home] and yet they can’t win here,” Vargas said as the women’s volleyball team, made up of the stars of two leagues back home, was waylaid by formidable teams here.“Their (NSAs) problem is that all of them are very exclusive,” Vargas said. “We have to talk to these NSAs to straighten things out within their organizations. Because I think we have better chances if they become more inclusive.“Being inclusive means they would widen their embrace and they can get more talent,” he went on. “We didn’t even come close to winning in most of their sports and our performances in these fronts certainly weren’t encouraging.”Women propped Filipino pride in the Asiad with golf’s LK Go, Bianca Pagdanganan and Yuka Saso, weightlifting’s Hidilyn Diaz and skateboarding’s Margielyn Didal bringing home golds.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Standhardinger suits up, powers Beermen From 22nd place in the 2014 Asiad, the Philippines improved by three notches to No. 19.Boxing, a gold hope, delivered one silver and two bronzes despite gutsy performances from its athletes—a theme that spread across all sports that the Philippines participated in.“Athletes have really been carrying us well in international meets,” Vargas said. “I think we should give every athlete all the support they need. They should be rewarded if they win because they get blamed when they lose. Our role as officials is to support the athletes. They are the most important part of the equation.”Athletes keep pouring their hearts out and somehow, politics gets in the way. Proof of what a cleaned-up NSA can do lies in the National Golf Association of the Philippines, which did away with politicking and favoritism to emerge with two golds and a bronze. (See related story on this page).And that’s the trend Vargas hopes will be the norm as the Philippines pushes toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew JAKARTA—Like the rest of his countrymen, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas is happy how the athletes performed in the 18th Asian Games—medal winners or not.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes? PLAY LIST 03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Lady spikers lose steam vs Aussies

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Philippines, ranked 79th in the world, shocked the world No. 42 with off-tangent shots coming from different directions to put the Australian defense in disarray.Quickly, the Filipinos were just a set away from its biggest victory ever since they returned to the world stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut it wasn’t meant to be as the Australians, led by Rachel Rourke made her moves from behind the net, hitting and blocking, to snatch the third set.By that time, the Australians already knew where the shots were coming from, and started blockage on Valdez’s firing line, scoring six blocks in the fourth. There were no counter adjustments on the Philippine bench even as Australia took control.Instead, the Filipinos abandoned net defense and relied on floor coverage.With Maraño on the bench too long, the Philippines threw away running attacks and decided to live by the open hitters. —MARC ANTHONY REYESADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum PVL Open Season 2 unfurls Sept. 22 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Team Philippines started with fire in its eyes but unfortunately lost steam after the second set to yield to Australia  on Sunday night in the opener of the AVC Asian Cup women’s championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.With Alyssa Valdez and Aby Maraño at the helm, the Filipinos played full speed to stun the Australians in the first two sets, but the taller, stronger enemy made its move en route to a 21-25, 21-25, 26-24, 25-16, 15-10 come-from-behind triumph.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READlast_img read more

UE main man Pasaol admits he ‘lacked effort’ in blowout loss to Ateneo

first_imgView comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Alvin Pasaol said a few days ago that University of the East hasn’t displayed the kind of effort needed to make an impact in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Grizzlies ready to erase painful memories of last season UE is at the cellar of the standings with a sorry 0-4 record after its loss to the Blue Eagles but Pasaol has been spectacular for Red Warriors in their past three games putting up 24 points and 8.6 rebounds.Against Ateneo, however, Pasaol was limited to just 17 points and eight boards.“Ateneo had the better patience and that’s why that team is the champion,” said Pasaol.UE tried to make a comeback in the third quarter going on an 8-0 run but it only trimmed the Blue Eagles’ lead to 14, 58-44.The Red Warriors’ small third quarter surge was the only semblance of fight UE displayed against Ateneo as the Blue Eagles never looked threatened throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT Little did he know that his criticism would eventually bite his behind.Pasaol, the personification of the heart and soul of UE, was quick to criticize his own performance when his Red Warriors got lambasted by defending champion Ateneo, 89-62, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I didn’t play well enough, I really lacked the effort,” said Pasaol in Filipino. “We really had a hard time against Ateneo because those guys composed and they really scouted us.”“I have to score more and distribute the ball even better next time.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Ateneo rises

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Davao Occ win streak now at 6 The Lady Eagles were expected to cruise against the winless Lady Falcons.Instead the Lady Eagles encountered a team desperate to score its first win, dragging Ateneo to a five-set thriller that lasted for two hours and 45 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“In the end it was all heart,” said Kat Tolentino who fired 28 points for Ateneo, including 20 attacks coming from all directions.It was Ateneo’s second game in as many days and under similar circumstances in its win over Iriga-Navy the day before, one where it had to be jolted by a surprisingly inspired opponent. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum On Saturday, Ateneo moved past Iriga-Navy, 25-19, 29-27, 25-14, while PetroGazz drubbed Adamson, 25-17, 25-20, 25-13, for its fourth win in seven games.Like Adamson, Iriga is winless in six starts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ateneo-Motolite may have a problem with slow starts, but it certainly doesn’t have an issue finishing strong.Ateneo again proved its endgame strength after besting hard-fighting Adamson-Akari, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12, Sunday night to register its second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “It doesn’t matter if you’re physically better or more talented, but what’s important is that you play your hearts out and come together as a team,” Tolentino added.Adamson has lost all its six games in the conference, but its level of play belied that, coming around against the triple towers of Ateneo—Tolentino, Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon—to give the Lady Eagles troubles all night long.Unheralded spiker Bern Flora unloaded 26 points for the Lady Falcons who zoomed to an 8-0 start in the fourth that not even the Lady Eagles’ highly efficient system and individual talent could surmount.“We just can’t give up, and I guess we pushed ourselves very hard and remained patient,” said Tolentino of Ateneo’s finishing kick that ensured its fourth win in five outings.“We trusted each other knowing that we can play together and win as a team,” added Tolentino, referring to the fifth set which saw them leading 8-3 only to witness Adamson clawing back to within 8-9.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

Ben Simmons triple-double leads 76ers past Bulls

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sixers fans rose to their feet, erupted in cheers and chanted “Fultz! Fultz! Fultz!”Yes, a simple jumpshot from the top pick of the 2017 draft in the second game of the season was enough to get a rise out of the fans — and a sigh of relief from Fultz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It makes me feel better for the whole crowd to feel as good as I want to,” Fultz said.The curious case of Fultz’s missing jumper continued against the Bulls when one of the more scrutinized players in the NBA managed to steal the spotlight from his more accomplished teammates with routine — yet highlight-reel worthy — baskets. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Fultz was 1 of 6 in 15 minutes in the first half and didn’t play again until late in the third and the Sixers leading by 88-68.“The challenge is to grow him and help us win the game,” Brown said. “There’s no book that tells you how to do that, so you’re going to have to figure some stuff out. There will be some pain along the way and some positives.”With or without Fultz, the 76ers had plenty of positives after an opening-night disaster in Boston.Simmons reached a triple-double with 2:34 left in the third, the 13th of his career and the first Sixer to ever get one in the home opener. Sixers fans chanted “Trust the Process!” when Embiid ended the third with free throws.Fultz proved a long-range ace again in the fourth — this time with a 3! He drained his first career 3-pointer for a 108-88 lead and the Philly fans that are firmly perched in his corner went wild and again chanted his name.The Sixers know that if they want to become legitimate Eastern Conference contenders, Fultz will have to become the star they envisioned when they drafted him.“I’m never afraid,” Fultz said. “I worked hard this summer. Tonight, I didn’t make a lot of them, but I’m going to keep shooting them. If I see an open shot, I’m going to go shoot it.”He didn’t even mind when Chicago’s defense sagged off him, daring him to take shots. The Bulls, not expected to win much in the East, scored a combined 35 points in the second and third quarters. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 30 points in their season opener.“When we started missing shots, we stopped guarding and rebounding,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.TIP-INS Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Bulls: G Kris Dunn missed the game for the birth of his son. … Bobby Portis had 20 points and 11 rebounds.76ers: Rapper Meek Mill sat courtside and rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell to start the game. … Embiid thanked the fans for coming and told them to “Trust the Process.”1ST Q & NO DEmbiid scored 12 points in the first 5 minutes of the game and neither team missed many looks in the first quarter. The Sixers made 11 of their first 14 shots and the Bulls started 14 of 19. The 76ers shot a whopping 70 percent in the quarter and still trailed the Bulls 41-38.UP NEXTBulls: Play home opener Saturday against Detroit.76ers: Host Orlando on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Until he gets his shot right, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will continue to lead the Sixers.Simmons had a triple-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists and Embiid had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Chicago Bulls 127-108 on Thursday night.Fultz scored 12 points on 5 of 15 shooting, the most shots taken by a Sixer.“He shot it to mean it,” coach Brett Brown said. “He didn’t look afraid of anything. He missed the shots but they looked good.”Fultz is coming off a miserable rookie season that was shortened because of a right shoulder injury, a broken shot and busted confidence. Even his personal shooting coach said Fultz suffered from the “yips,” an assertion shot down on media day by the second-year guard. Fultz simply blamed his lost season on the injury. Brown tried to give Fultz a confidence boost by putting him in the starting lineup — yet has benched him for the start of the second half.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Blazers spoil James’ debut with 128-119 win over Lakers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons, right of Australia, goes up for the shot with Chicago Bulls Zach LaVine, left, defending during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 127-108. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Markelle Fultz heard 20,000 Philadelphia 76ers fans exhort him to shoot each time he touched the ball, a roaring confidence boost for a No. 1 pick closer to a bust than brilliance.Fultz had the look he wanted in the second quarter. He dribbled to the foul line without a defender in his path, pulled up and uncorked a jumper. The ball rattled around the rim before it fluttered through the net.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Leo Austria expects Terrence Romeo to rally behind Beermen’s cause: ‘He wants to win a championship’

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. June Mar Fajardo sad to see Brian Heruela go, but hopes pal gets longer minutes at TNT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Austria is well aware of Romeo’s individual awards but as far as team trophies are concerned the polarizing gunner still has nothing to show for it.“He has a lot of achievements, individually, but as a team I think he hasn’t won a championship yet,” said Austria in Filipino after the team’s practice Wednesday at Acropolis Clubhouse. “That’s the first thing he has to do, and I think he wants to win a championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Every time there are new players on the team, the incumbent ones will have to size him up and he too has to size his new teammates up. It will take a few days to be familiarized with the team.”San Miguel has been nothing short of successful during Austria’s reign winning six of the possible 12 titles across four seasons including four straight Philippine Cups. MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel head coach Leo Austria made it clear that even with his caliber, Terrence Romeo still has to prove himself when he officially joins the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Austria is also aware of Romeo’s reputation for being a problematic player.In a report by Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Musong Castillo, Romeo was shipped out of TNT at the request of several players after the star guard “ruined” the team’s chemistry, according to sources.A couple of Beermen also had run-ins with Romeo on the court in the past season.But Austria remains positive that these issues will be resolved once Romeo starts practicing with the team on Thursday.Austria did fix San Miguel after its tumultuous “Petronovela” phase when the team had to change its coaches several times and won just one championship in a span of three years.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES “Ever since Petron there was the novella and there were a lot of intrigues within the team but still the players stayed together and because of that in the last four years we started winning championships,” said Austria who took over as head coach at the start of the 2014-15 season.“There were a lot of ups and downs and the players matured because of that. These guys are professionals and they should exercise your attitude because this is not any one’s team. Anyone of us can be let go any time, The loyalty should remain to the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

No guaranteed Round of 16 slot even if Azkals beat Kyrgyzstan

first_imgCurrently in last place in Group C, the Azkals face Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday night at Rashid Stadium with both teams needing victories to stand a chance of progressing to the round of 16.Making it to the next round as one of the top two teams in the group is already out of the equation for the Azkals, but qualifying as one of the four best third-placed squads is a scenario that is still alive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Azkals narrowly lost to South Korea, 0-1, in their opening match on Jan. 7, before falling to China, 0-3, at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The match against China drew 16,000 fans, so far the most attended game in the tournament that did not involve host United Arab Emirates.“The Kyrgyzstan match will be like a final for us,” said captain Stephan Schrock. “We have to finish with a really good performance, taking three points—and really hope for the best.” View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DUBAI—There is no guarantee that a victory in its last group match will be enough for the Philippines to reach the next round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.But a strong finish can cap what has been a memorable debut so far for the Azkals here.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines is one of eight winless countries in the tournament after all 24 teams have played their two matches. A draw will not be enough for both Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines to reach the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ LATEST STORIES PacMay II: Russia or London Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Ellen Consults Legal Professionals on Justice Minister’s Suspension

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has taken note of last week’s decision of the Supreme Court of Liberia, placing a six-month suspension on the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Cllr. Christiana P. Tah.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader is holding consultations with eminent lawyers and legal professionals, including former Chief Justices and former Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, to fully comprehend the implications of the Court’s decision, especially as it relates to the executive powers of the President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NEC Proposes December 16 for Senatorial Election

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, has formally proposed Tuesday, December 16, 2014 as the new date for the Special Senatorial Elections.The NEC boss informed Speaker Alex Tyler of the House of Representatives and Senator Gbehzohgar Findley, President Tempore of the Liberian Senate, that the new date was overwhelmingly accepted during consultations organized by NEC in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations (UNEAD).It may be recalled, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, by Proclamation, suspended the Senatorial Election, which was set for October 14, 2014 following a Joint Resolution from the National Legislature. The President acted under authority of the Constitution and “pursuant to powers vested in her by both the Constitution of Liberia and the Declaration of the State of Emergency.”Cllr. Korkoyah noted that the proposal of the new date is in compliance with the Joint Resolution adopted by the National Legislature and approved by President Sirleaf, in which NEC was mandated to conduct Special Senatorial Elections not later than December 20, 2014, and to hold consultations with relevant stakeholders to set a new date.In his letter Cllr. Korkoyah indicated that NEC had concluded consultations and named those institutions and individuals with whom he consulted including all registered political parties and independent candidates, civil society organizations, the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, including the National Muslim Council and the Council of Churches.Others are the National Traditional Council, the Press Union of Liberia, the Federation of Liberian Youth and Liberia National Students Union, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO).The NEC boss also had consultations with representatives from the African Union, ECOWAS, the European Union, UNDP and UNMIL as well as United States’ Ambassador to Liberia and a cross-section of traditional leaders in the 15 counties.“I am further pleased to inform you, and through you the Honorable House of Representatives, that an overwhelming majority of those consulted proposed, and the Commission has concurred, that the Special Senatorial Election be conducted on December 16,” the NEC boss wrote.However, he stressed that in the case of an upsurge of the Ebola virus in a particular county at the time of the election, the election in such affected county should be deferred and treated as by-election under Article 37 of the Constitution of Liberia.Cllr. Korkoya, in his communication, said the outbreak of the virus in West Africa had probably inflated prices, and appealed for more funds to conduct a “transparent, fair and peaceful election.”“It is worth noting that the Ebola factor has triggered additional costs for the conduct of the election which was not originally anticipated.“The Commission wishes to notify you that the said additional costs will be submitted for your timely approval,” the NEC boss stated.He urged the Legislators to urgently approve the new date so that the Commission may get its work underway.However, political activists are urging lawmakers and the NEC to be careful about extending the postponement of the 2014 Senatorial Elections to a date which makes it impractical for senators-elect to take their seats within the constitutional timeframe prescribed by law,  and which may present some unintended consequences of complex constitutional implications.”There should be more time for the special election to be held, results declared and protest; and the senators-elect seated in January 2015, as required by Law,” political activist Richard Koon of New Kru Town said.Meanwhile, the Senate has agreed for a Conference Committee on the Special Senatorial Elections from both Houses to meet and advise them on Tuesday, the 11th of November, while in the House of Representatives, the NEC’s letter was given to the same Committee for advisement.NEC has certified 12 out of 15 incumbent Senators for rerun, while the remaining three Senators failed to register in fulfillment of not running for public offices again.The 12 Senators are Lahai Lassana, Bomi; Abel Massaley, Grand Cape Mount; Gbehzohgar Findley, Grand Bassa; Chief Jewel Howard Taylor, Bong and Prince Y. Johnson, Nimba.Others are Senator Clarice Jah, Margibi; Joyce Musu Freeman, Montserrado; Mobutu V. Nyenpan, Sinoe; Sumo Kupee, Lofa; Theodore Momo, Gbapolu; Jonathan Banney, Rivercess and John Ballout, Maryland.The three obviously outgoing Senators are Isaac Nyenabo, Grand Gedeh, Frederick Cherue, River Gee and Cletus Wotorson Grand Kru.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more