20Jan/20

Pocari eyes fifth victory; B. PUre, Creamline collide

first_imgPocari Sweat hopes to sustain its run against Perlas even as Creamline tries to get back at BaliPure in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The defending champions Lady Warriors are the hottest squad in the lead with a four-game winning streak and a league-leading 4-2 card.ADVERTISEMENT Kobe Paras’ college crossroads Swing Out Sister back to PH this April But the road to a fifth straight win will be thorny as the Perlas Spikers made a statement recently when they dealt the Water Defenders their first defeat in the league.The Cool Smashers, led by Alyssa Valdez, will try to score a similar breakthrough win over the Water Defenders in their 4 p.m. duel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAt 2-3, Creamline needs to win as many as it can to ensure a pass to the next round.Meanwhile, the organizing Sports Vision hinted at going all-Filipino if the International Transfer Certificates (ITC) of the league’s imports won’t be granted by the international volleyball body today. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte “If the ITCs will not be given today, we have no choice but to go all-Filipino the rest of the way,” said Sports Vision’s Ricky Palou.Among the imports suiting up are BaliPure’s Jennyfer Brooke Keddy and Jeng Bualee, Creamline’s Kuttika Kaewpin and Laura Schaudt, Air Force’s Patcharee Saengmuan, Perlas’ Rupia Inck and Naoko Hashimoto, and the Power Smashers’ Hyapha Amporn. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battlelast_img read more

14Jan/20

Are we all asleep at the wheel?

first_imgDear Editor,Writing in 1968, Gordon K. Lewis, historian and political scientist, described Guyana as “a fascinating complex of strident paradoxes”. The events of the last few months serve as an apt illustration of this diagnosis. First, there was the signature bonus, held in secret for the purpose of underwriting a legal defence in our border dispute with Venezuela. Then the festive season began with the largest retrenchment of workers in living memory, with no coherent plan for their immediate welfare or future employment. Finally came the public release of the revised agreement with ExxonMobil, a revision which shows all the foresight of a blind date (though the timely announcement of another promising new prospect offshore may help to lubricate its reception).For some, these events merit little more than a collective shrug. For others, they raise multiple alarm bells. It is perhaps no coincidence that, writing a generation ago, Lewis also discerned “the disintegration of national consensus” to the point where “the constituent elements of the national debate…are seen by the opposing sides in completely different ways.”One wonders what Lewis would have made of the proposed ‘miniaturisation’ of the sugar industry and Guyana’s faltering first steps towards a petroleum-based economy. His book, The Growth of the Modern West Indies, depicts a scenario where “the mammoth Bookers organisation penetrates into almost every nook and cranny of the Guyanese economy and the Guyanese communal psychology alike.” Lewis gives multiple examples of this syndrome and its symptoms. A few will suffice:1) A weak state, he notes, is no match for a robust multinational: “in the absence of government planning, lines of development were left to the sugar interest.”2) At its zenith, Bookers claimed to control, directly or indirectly, the lives of some 80% of the population. It was, Lewis writes, “a veritable state within a state… an almost separate sovereign kingdom, undertaking and controlling an extensive set of essentially public services which the political state, for want of organisational skills and capital revenue, was unable itself to provide for its citizens.”If some now find the shackles of the sugar industry burdensome, they would at least concede that, after several centuries of cultivating sugar, we have sufficient skills, the infrastructure and the labour in place to support the industry. What do we know of oil? This is an industry in which we have no experience and precious little homegrown expertise. Our record, to date, in deliberations with major players like ExxonMobil displays these deficits. We began by awarding them 600 blocks instead of 60 (in contravention of our own laws). The 2016 revision has failed to address this; and as several analysts have shown, is deficient in many other respects.There has been some talk of ExxonMobil going out on a limb for Guyana, and of the need for us to show some sort of gratitude for this. ExxonMobil is a business with a current market capitalisation of US$367 billion. It has over 73,000 employees and about 2.5 million individual shareholders. As its former head, Rex Tillerson, explained about a decade ago: “We spend (US) $1 billion a day just running our business.”The writer Steve Coll shows how, across time and space, ExxonMobil has carved out a succession of ‘private empires’ by being better informed, better resourced, and more organised than the governments it deals with, both in America and abroad. What exactly is going to make Guyana the exception to this pattern? It will take a lot more than bluster and rhetoric.We are willing to mothball substantial chunks of an existing industry that employs a large portion of our rural workforce with only vague plans afoot for alternatives. We have set aside US$18 million to defend our borders in an international court. Yet we entered crucial negotiations with a petroleum giant, with billions of dollars of revenue at stake, in an almost casual manner. We lacked preparation and expertise, missed vital opportunities to correct earlier errors, and accepted terms and conditions that may constrain us for decades.Was there a lawyer present in the negotiating team? Was there anyone with expertise in the petroleum industry, geology, economics, accounting? Whose data were we relying on for our assessments? Were any analyses and forecasts produced to guide the negotiators?Guyana clearly has a tendency to cultivate a certain sort of relationship with large multinationals. Does anyone note the parallels between Bookers and Exxon? Does anyone see how this story is likely to unfold? Are we all asleep at the wheel?Yours faithfully,Isabelle de Caireslast_img read more

13Jan/20

US visa rush in Jamaica

first_img– Embassy scheduling 1000 appointments dailyThe United States Embassy in Kingston has confirmed that all interview dates for non-immigrant visas have been exhausted for the rest of the year.In fact, the Embassy said the demand for visas was so heavy that it was scheduling 1000 appointments daily.A non-immigrant visa by definition is one issued to persons who live outside the US, but who have a desire to visit the US temporarily for various reasons, among them vacation, studying or on business.Scores of Jamaicans had been telling the Jamaica Observer since last month that they were facing challenges in getting interview dates for the remaining four months of this year, due to what travel agents told them was the unusually high number of requests that have been made of the US Embassy.Applicants can apply directly online to the US Embassy, but many have opted to use the services of travel agencies to secure interview dates for them, for a fee.Now, there is concern in some quarters, as many Jamaicans are now forced to shelve plans to visit the US later this year, to attend various events, including Thanksgiving celebrations on Thursday, November 24, and spend time with family and friends.Joshua Polacheck, Counsellor for public affairs at the US Embassy in Kingston, told the Sunday Observer that the increase in applications had, in effect, put a strain on the system at the Embassy. He admitted that all the existing dates for interviews had expired for 2016, but insisted that the Embassy was willing to consider applicants who had “urgent” matters to deal with in the US.“The US Embassy is currently processing an unprecedented number of non-immigrant visa cases,” Polacheck said in an email response to the Sunday Observer.“From fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2016, the number of applications has gone up from approximately 85,000 per year to 185,000 per year. In order to accommodate this demand we have scheduled as many as 1000 appointments a day; the number on any particular day is based on the number of consular officers available to conduct interviews.“Those appointments we have opened for the remainder of the year are currently filled, but we will be adjusting the appointment capacity as our staff numbers change. These continual adjustments explain why applicants on any given day may find a different range of dates available than applicants find on the next day,” Polacheck said.The US Embassy official emphasised that certain categories of travellers would not be facing the same challenges as persons seeking non-immigrant visas.“It is important to note that special visa categories such as students (F1 and J1), crew members (C1/D), and temporary workers (H2A, H2B) have separate appointment queues with much shorter wait times. As we move into ‘back-to-school’ mode, we know that students need to get to school, agricultural workers need to get to the fall crops, and workers need to get to their jobs. (Jamaica Observer)last_img read more

11Jan/20

Sofapaka out to claw back KPL glory

first_imgThe pair will join after completing national duty at the ongoing Africa Home Nations Championships in South Africa, where Burundi were bundled out at the preliminary stage.“We are ready for the new season but for now, we are focused on defending the Kenya Power Charity Cup since it will be a good way to start the season.“We are done with signings because we acquired all quality players we need to replace those who left,” Kalekwa told Capital Sport on Wednesday.Former Leopards shot-stopper, Barnabas Tiema, Harambee Stars forward, Clifton Miheso (Thika United), Humphrey Mieno, who returns to the club after a season-long stint at Azam, former Mathare United midfielder, Heavener Maloba and Maurice Odipo, who joins from Bandari have also joined the Batoto ba Mungu.Defender James Situma now at Ingwe and forward Bob Mugalia who has joined Tusker FC on loan have left the 2009 champions.Assistant coach, David Ouma,  is  focused on starting the season on a high and their mission is to defend the Charity Cup this weekend at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.“Our six new players except the Burundians have been training with us for the last three weeks and they have gelled with the old players.“Last season, the gear slowed down because most of our players went for trials in South Africa, but this time round we have depth in our squad, so our eyes are focused on the title.“Sofapaka made history by joining KPL and winning the trophy, since that day it has been our culture to continue giving our best and ensuring we finish above top five,” Ouma told.He added the departure of Mugalia to Tusker will have no major impact on their plans.“Mugalia made a good move to join the former champions. That shows he is growing and as a club, we only wish him well in his new team.“He did not have a good last season because he only featured in the first leg and for him going on loan, I’m sure he will revive his career.“We did the same with Bernard Mang’oli when AFC Leopards loaned the midfielder to us, when the player went back to Ingwe, he was in top form.”Batoto Ba Mungu will take on Gor Mahia in the Charity semis hoping to repeat last year’s triumph over them before facing either Ingwe or Mathare if they prevail over the league champions.Sofapaka will move to their new home in Machakos County after the competition, to acclimatize with the Kenyatta Stadium where they will be hosting their league matches.They open their KPL campaign with an away fixture at Muhoroni Youth on February 15.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 29 – After finishing third last season, Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa, says their target is to reclaim the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title they last won in 2009.According to the club chairman new signings Burundian internationals, Celestine Nabohimana and forward Fiston Abdulrazak, are due in the country by Friday to link up with the squad that is finalising on pre-season training in Nairobi.last_img read more

11Jan/20

Di Maria admits desperation to leave Utd

first_img0Shares0000Former Manchester United winger, Angel Di Maria has admitted he was desperate to leave Old Trafford. PHOTO/FILEMADRID, October 29- Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel di Maria has recognised he was desperate to leave Manchester United to join the French champions after an ill-fated solo season in England.Di Maria’s near £60 million ($92 million) move from Real Madrid to United in 2014 remains a British transfer record. The Argentine failed to live up to the form he had shown in Madrid’s Champions League winning campaign in 2014, though, as he left having scored just four goals in 32 appearances.However, he confirmed that a terrifying attempted robbery at his Manchester home in February had precipitated his desire to join the French champions.“I started very well, but then I had problems with people at the club,” Di Maria told Spanish sports daily Marca on Thursday.“I started to be put on the bench. Then my house was robbed, all of it made me want to leave there quickly.”Di Maria will return to Madrid with PSG in the Champions League next week having spent four years with Los Blancos.The 27-year-old was pushed out of the club to make way for James Rodriguez after his stellar performances at the 2014 World Cup despite Di Maria’s major role in finaly delivering Madrid’s 10th European Cup.And he claimed he never wanted to leave the Santiago Bernabeu.“My intention was always to stay. I never wanted to leave.“I don’t know what happened inside the club, but that was more to do with agents.“These are things that happen in football. I left as I left, but I take with me the nicest part which was the final ovation of the Bernabeu.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

11Jan/20

Everton’s Lukaku ends goal drought in style

first_img0Shares0000Everton’s striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his team’s third goal on September 12, 2016 © AFP / Scott HeppellSUNDERLAND, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku’s longest goal drought in English football came to an end in dramatic fashion on Monday as a hat-trick saw Everton defeat Sunderland 3-0 in their Premier League clash.The 23-year-old — who hadn’t scored for his club in 13 matches dating back to March — scored all three in 11 minutes of the second-half to lift his side into third in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Manchester City. “I think it was all about fitness levels. I’m happy for the team,” Lukaku told Sky Sports.“I think I could have had five in the end. I have to be more of a serial killer for the team to achieve their objective.”Whilst the victory meant Ronald Koeman became the first Everton manager since Thomas McIntosh in 1919 to win his first two competitive away games for former Everton handler David Moyes it was sheer misery.His Sunderland side have garnered just a point from the first four matches and have begun a season with four winless games for the sixth consecutive year.Koeman, who arrived from Southampton in the summer, was furious with the first half performance but said he had not been worried by Lukaku’s lack of goals as he is a ‘great player’.“I think we will be one of the teams that will fight for European football,” the Dutchman told Sky Sports.“That is a realistic target. If we play like we did in the first half we will be 13th or 14th. The players are not stupid — they know what they can do.”Everton’s striker Romelu Lukaku scores his team’s first goal on September 12, 2016 © AFP / Scott HeppellMoyes for his part said the new players he had brought in would take time to settle but that wasn’t a good enough excuse for their performance.“I was really disappointed, especially with the last 30 minutes,” said Moyes.Lukaku had the best chance of a frenetic first-half where both sides showed a willingness to attack but conjured up few opportunities.The Belgian frontman, though, might have done better than heading it straight at young Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the England Under-21 international still reacting brilliantly to tip the thunderbolt header over the bar.Koeman made one change at the break taking off an under-performing Ross Barkley and sending on Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu.Sunderland were again on the back foot at the start of the second-half.They lifted the pressure temporarily when central defender Lamine Kone — scorer of a brace when the ‘Black Cats’ trounced Everton 3-0 to ensure they remained in the Premier League in May — rose above Phil Jagielka but Maarten Stekelenburg was equal to the task of saving his 52nd minute header.Sunderland escaped a minute later when the lively Deulofeu broke free but his whizzing shot was blocked by Jack Rodwell, only for the ball to work its way out to Seamus Coleman.The Irish international’s cross shot sneaked across goal and although Lukaku got an outstretched boot to it it wasn’t enough to direct it into the net, the ball trickling wide of the post.However, he made no mistake on the hour mark as unmarked he headed Idrissa Gueye’s cross past Pickford — Deulofeu the inspiration behind the goal having won the ball midway in his own half from Wahbi Khazri and bringing it deep into Sunderland territory.The outstanding Gueye then went close after Lukaku scuffed his shot before Lukaku saw the crossbar deny him a second in the 63rd minute.However, he was not to be denied five minutes later as Yannick Bolasie found space down the left, cut to the byline and crossed to an unmarked Lukaku who made no mistake with his header.Two minutes on and Lukaku raced clear after being found by a superb sleight-rule pass by Kevin Mirallas, and the Belgian striker slotted it nonchalantly past Pickford for his hat-trick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

28Dec/19

NBC Universal promotes execs

first_imgIn a move designed to maximize new technologies and expand its international market, NBC Universal on Monday promoted two of its executives to new positions with expanded responsibilities. Frederick Huntsberry assumes the title of president of NBC Universal International while David Zaslav becomes president of NBC Universal Cable and Domestic TV and New Media Distribution. Huntsberry will report to NBC Universal Chairman and CEO Bob Wright in a role that will require him to provide strategic direction for the company in the area of international new business development. “We are operating in a media landscape that knows no boundaries and offers ever-increasing entertainment choices to consumers both from content and technology perspective,” Huntsberry said. “NBC Universal is uniquely positioned to play a broader role on a global basis.” (818)713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsZaslav’s current job as president of NBC-Universal Cable expands to include the responsibility for the operations of the company’s domestic television distribution division, which is responsible for such first-run syndicated shows as “Access Hollywood,” “Blind Date” and “The Jerry Springer Show.” Zaslav will focus on how and when current television shows as well as library titles should be released over various platforms such as wireless handheld devices and the Internet and in the pay, free and basic markets as well as first-run syndication. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with Barry and his team on development, syndication and distribution of NBC Universal’s content,” Zaslav said. “This new structure will further streamline how our content is distributed across all platforms.” Wright called Huntsberry and Zaslav “experienced and talented executives who are adept at identifying smart, strategic opportunities for NBC Universal, both domestically and abroad.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com last_img read more

28Dec/19

Potential Wenger replacement Sampaoli admits future as Sevilla boss is uncertain

first_imgSevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli is unsure about his future amid reported interest from Arsenal and Barcelona.The Chilean has enjoyed a brilliant season since taking over at the Spanish club last summer, guiding them to third in La Liga and the last-16 of the Champions League.Following Luis Enrique’s decision to step down as Barcelona manager at the end of the season, Sampaoli has been linked with taking over at the Nou Camp.The 57-year-old has also been touted as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger, who is yet to sign a new deal at Arsenal with his contract up in the summer.And, when quizzed on his future ahead of the second leg of Sevilla’s last-16 Champions League tie with Leicester, Sampaoli admitted everything was up in the air.“In terms of my future, I cannot really say where I will end up,” he said.“It all tends to depend on owners and directors. It depends on what sort of image I have after a run of results.”Sampaoli’s current contract runs out in June 2018 and should he leave to join another club prior to then a compensation fee of just £1million must be paid to Sevilla. Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli has been linked with taking over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal 1last_img read more

25Dec/19

Tottenham 4-0 Huddersfield: Spurs stars rated and slated

first_img Foyth guards the ball as Huddersfield attempt to win it back. ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Christian Eriksen – 7/10Not a thrilling display but a measured one. He kept things ticking over and was involved in almost every attack. Pochettino will have been delighted and he should still have energy for Manchester City second leg.Lucas Moura – 8/10Had to be chopped down in the opening moments to stop him getting a shot away and provided the pace in attacking areas. He took his first goal fantastically, his second was impressive given his first touch, while the third was a sumptuous strike from Heung-Min Son’s assist. He will hope to be involved against City on Wednesday. huge blow 6 REPLY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Fernando Llorente – 7/10Dropped deep to win possession in the air and did well. It took him a while to get his link up play going and once he did he showed off his impressive footwork. Sadly a goal didn’t quite come his way.Substitute: Oliver Skipp – 5/10Kept things ticking over with some simple passes and some tactical fouls.Substitute: Danny Rose – N/AOnly on the pitch for a few minutes.Substitute: Heung-Min Son – N/AOnly on the pitch for a few minutes. Kyle Walker-Peters – 6/10Looked to get down the flank whenever he could and kept things simple in possession. An easy game defensively, he’ll be glad for the 90 minutes on his 22nd birthday.Ben Davies – 7/0The Welshman did well when called upon and caused havoc in attacking positions two as he ran off Christian Eriksen. Lucas wellies the ball into the back of the net for Spurs’ second. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Davinson Sanchez – 6/10Barely troubled all match, he merely swept the ball along the backline and acted as a last line of defence on the odd occasion when Huddersfield did get in dangerous positions.Jan Vertonghen 7/10A brilliant counter-press early on resulted in a chance for Llorente and he was exemplary throughout. The Premier League’s most consistent performer? 6 Hugo Lloris – 6/10A lovely lazy Saturday morning for the Frenchman, he might not even have to wash his kit he was rarely needed.Juan Foyth – 7/10Fard more aggressive in possession than any of the other Spurs centre-backs and impressed with his passing and dribbling. He won the ball for the game’s second goal but was booked for a foul too. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED 6 Tottenham Hotspur made light work of relegated Huddersfield Town in the Premier League’s early kick-off on Saturday.Spurs ran out comfortable 4-0 winners, despite seven changes to the team which beat Manchester City 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Victor Wanyama – 7/10A shot from range whistled past the post early on and while his excellent goal will be the highlight he had a fine game on his return to the starting line up.Moussa Sissoko – 8/10A sensational roulette had fans cooing from the off and Huddersfield couldn’t handle his powerful surges downfield. His flicked pass put Lucas through for Spurs’ second. Has a player ever improved so much in a one-year period? gameday cracker 6 6 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 6 Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama celebrates Vertonghen’s excellent work was rewarded. shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Sissoko ran riot in midfield. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Davies made several foray’s forward. REVEALED A sensational Victor Wanyama effort put them on course for the three points and Lucas Moura’s hat-trick made sure of it, with excellent work from several of his team-mates.It a vital victory given they now must face Manchester City in Europe and then again in the Premier League next weekend.But who were Mauricio Pochettino’s star men in the brilliant victory? Find out talkSPORT’S ratings below.last_img read more

24Dec/19

Celtic complete signing of Kilmarnock’s Greg Taylor

first_imgHe will now look to pin down the left back position in Lennon’s side following the departure of Kieran Tierney but will face competition from fellow summer signing Boli Bolingoli.“It’s been a whirlwind of a day but I’m over the moon to be here and thankfully that’s it over the line,” Taylor told Celtic’s official website. “As soon as I knew of Celtic’s interest, I was desperate to come, so it’s been a great day, certainly now that it’s done.“It’s massive club, everyone knows that, and I’m here to win trophies, it’s as simple as that and I can’t wait to hopefully be a part of it. I’m delighted to be a Celtic player, and I want to try and impress the fans, and obviously the manager.“A club this size wants to win trophies and they have done over the past few years, and now that I’m here, I want to help the team win more trophies.” Celtic have announced the signing of defender Greg Taylor from Kilmarnock on a four-year deal.The clubs had been in discussions over a transfer for several days with Calvin Miller and Jack Hendry potentially moving to Rugby Park as part of the deal.However, the clubs agreed a fee on Monday without involving other players and Taylor left the Scotland training camp in Edinburgh to head to Celtic Park and sign his contract.The 21-year-old had been a mainstay in the successful Kilmarnock team of recent years and had gained Scotland Under-21 honours before being called up the senior team.last_img read more