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Erram still optimistic as loses pile up for Blackwater: ‘We still fought’

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotshots buck Lee’s absence to beat KaTropa OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Aside from the missed free throws, we are doing things that we don’t usually do,” said Erram in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We were shooting from spots we shouldn’t be even standing in.”“There were players who were driving who usually don’t drive to the basket.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkErram, who had a monster game of 14 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks, became a glimmer of hope for Blackwater, but he wasn’t the lone bright spot for the Elite.Mac Belo and Mike Digregorio both finished with 15 points while Allein Maliksi and Roi Sumang had 10 points apiece. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Blackwater’s JP Erram. PBA IMAGESBlackwater is on a funk right now, having lost three straight games to fall to the second-worst record in the standings in the PBA Philippine Cup.After the Elite lost 88-84 to Alaska to slide to 2-4, it’s obvious that they have not been doing things the right way and center JP Erram knows exactly what’s wrong.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year And after being down 62-47 in the third, the Elite managed to go on a 21-8 run between the last two quarters to cut the lead to two, 70-68.Alaska, however, still held on to the lead after the Elite missed seven of its free throws in the fourth quarter.“We’re still on a positive spirit after the game,” said Erram. “Even though that was the performance we had, we still fought, we weren’t down big at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more


Setting New Agenda for SWAL

first_imgEvery organization exists because it has something to contribute to society and with the importance of sports in our society; the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL exists because it has, like the Press Union of Liberia, much to entertain the disciples of sports.Regrettably, the death of Liberian soccer in 2002, after Lone Star’s inglorious loss to the Black Stars of Ghana, has not been able to awaken despite efforts before the outbreak of the Ebola virus.Another culprit against our sports revival is the invasion or easy access to international sports by fans. Today, Liberian soccer and in fact sports in general do not have much attraction like the period before 2002.While there are sports newspapers that secure their stories from the internet, there are still some of sports writers who ensure that local sports receive the necessary publicity to keep the spirit of local athletes in high gear.And that is where the Sports Writers Association of Liberia comes in. This organization has the responsibility to further the promotion of Liberian sports and athletes.It also has the duty to bring to prominence the prowess of local athletes who are making effort to come to the limelight. But sadly, events surrounding SWAL do not suggest that the organization has its objectives right.And that’s where I am worried about its lack of progress. At the recent elections that brought Mr. Roland Mulbah and his team to power last February, he boasted of his platform to provide a vibrant leadership that could have improve SWAL’s image.It has been seven months now since his administration took over SWAL and what is happening is not the realization of the vibrant leadership, among others that sports writers were informed.What is happening now is a sustained approach of disrespect to the leadership, with its attendant confusion, regarding the handling of SWAL’s finances.Information reaching me indicates that the president, secretary general and the treasurer are at loggerheads on issues involving SWAL’s funds.“Things are not going good in SWAL,” admitted Treasurer Momoh Siryon, “we need serious intervention.”Though he claimed he had sent letters of complaint to several members who are part of SWAL’s advisory committee, he claimed none has shown any interest.Along with his dissatisfaction about the leadership, he said are financial ills in SWAL that he believes only a serious intervention will restore SWAL’s dignity.While it is important for an intervention, I think it is about time, many of us, I included, must demand for a meeting with the intent to restore what is seriously needed to save the association.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


‘Underrepresentation Stalling Progress in Gr. Cape Mt. County’

first_imgA Grand Cape Mountainian son from Weada, Laar Clan, has said that it is a shame for Grand Cape Mount County, one of the five oldest counties in Liberia, to remain backward and underdeveloped while the other four counties are “progressing.”Mr. Jesse Zinnah Segbosaid the county’s backwardness is because of underrepresentation of the county in the National Legislature.Comparably, he said the growth and development inSinoe, Grand Bassa, Maryland and Montserrado Counties are better than Grand Cape Mount County.Historically, Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties were created as  counties in 1839;  followed by Sinoe and Grand Cape Mount Counties in 1843 and 1844 respectively and Maryland, in 1857.According to him, because of this “underdevelopment,” he has decided to become a senatorial aspirant for the coming Special Senatorial Election in which his representation in the Senate would help bring development to the county.Mr. Segbo declared his intension over the weekend after receiving a petition from the Friends of Jesse Association (FOJA) in a crowded rally held at Tahn Headquarters, Mana Clan, Gola Konneh District in Grand Cape Mount County.Mr. Segbo, a Master’s Degree holder in Public Administration with concentration in Public Policy urged citizens of the county to have someone put Grand Cape Mount on par with other counties in term of improved physical infrastructure, robust agriculture economy, amongst others in the county.According to the statement of petition on behalf of the people of GolaKonneh District, Laar, Mana and Darblo Clans, read by Jeffer Varney, Segbo was selected “after keen observation from past and present leaders, especially regarding the mismanagement of the county natural resources and the poor living conditions of the people.”“Whereas we are cognizant of the fact that GolaKonneh lacks basic services and the necessary infrastructure that provide for a better quality of life, our efforts here are aimed at highlighting areas that have long since been neglected, are in total disrepair and it becomes imperative at this juncture,” the petition said.It added: “As you may or may not be aware, these districts are rich in mineral deposits and other natural resources such as gold, diamond, iron ore etc., but our people have yet to benefit from these resources in any significant way and continue to suffer as a direct result of poor management and governance of these resources.”Paramount Chief William Boakai amongst others speakers, pledged their support to Mr. Segbo but urged him to serious.The former boss of the Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), Albert Bropleh, who resides in Grand Cape Mount County, too, joined the Cape Mount citizens and urged them to Segbo as the “best person.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Mrs. Clar Weah: Welcome to Football

first_imgCAF gives Mrs. Weah a challenging ambassador job which includes to prevail on her husband to support female soccer developmentThe recent appointment of First Lady Mrs. Clar Weah by the Confederation of African Football by the continental body as ‘Ambassador on Women Football’ is to ensure that women football in Africa and Liberia in particular, get additional momentum in its development on the continent.This suggests that through her influence, she could set the stage to motivate women in responsible positions across the continent to get material and all necessary support from the various governments in Africa, to improve the standard of the game.And for us in Liberia, Mrs. Weah’s appointment holds a promise of the good that could happen to female football. But the question is, where should CAF Ambassador Weah start her advocacy? Ok, since charity begins at home, we are hoping that Mrs. Weah will pay careful attention to female football in the country and recommend efforts for its improvement.Hence her office, if she should set up one, would do well to carefully review the female game in Liberia, with the help of the Liberia Football Association, to understand what to do next.For a fact, the Liberian female soccer has not been supported well by the Liberia Football Association. Despite promising women talents in the country, it is difficult to remember the last time the LFA provided assistance to the women to prepare for any of the female soccer tournaments that are organized by CAF. So, while CAF’s female tournaments are held every year in the various divisions, Liberia has not been able to prepare a team for any of them. This said report also affects all of the country’s youth soccer teams.In fact, at previous local games at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, female players are left to agonize over the fact that they decided to play the game. Their administrators, that is, owners of the clubs, have always dug deeper into their own pockets to provide basic necessities, like boots and incentives, to make the game more attractive for the players.However, there are people at the LFA who believe that Liberian football is improving because at least an official of the LFA has ascended to be a member of CAF’s Executive Committee. While there may be some truth in that, it is not the real true when we measure the LFA’s success on Liberia’s participation in CAF tournaments regarding its support to the female teams.Of course, while admittedly an LFA official’s ascension to CAF leadership is encouraging, how does it measure when Liberian female teams hardly participate in CAF tournaments? How are we happy to allow our girls to compete with their counterparts in CAF tournaments and delude ourselves that Liberian football is improving because one of us is part of the CAF Executive Committee?With all due respect, Mrs. Weah will have to make individual contacts with those whose sweat is sustaining the female soccer game. Yes, the owners of the female clubs and listen to their appeal.It is safe to suggest that CAF authorities saw the opportunity to draw Mrs. Weah in their fold, in order to help the female soccer sector because of her husband, President George Weah’s ascendancy to Liberia’s highest office. For President Weah’s ascendancy is a boost to world football.Before embarking on her terms of reference for CAF, regarding the continent, Mrs. Weah will have to deal with how to make the female soccer game more attractive and beneficial to the young women who are determined to make the game popular in Liberia?Mrs. Weah would also have to find out why Liberian female teams are not heard of whenever CAF’s female tournaments are held. That way she would understand why Liberia is always absent in such prestigious tournaments and as a consequence recommend the way forward.For the meantime we say welcome to women football and may we hope that your presence would empower one of the marginalized sectors of football development in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Roraima Duke Lodge fetes veterans

first_imgAs dozens of Guyanese patriots of the Joint Services gathered to receive another unforgettable treat at the 10th annual Veterans’ Christmas Luncheon held at Roraima Duke Lodge, Kingston, the retired military men and women called for more respect from a nation which they have risked their lives all to serve and defend.Gerry Gouveia Sr greeting the veteransDuring the event, Captain Gerald Gouveia Jr, who hosted the event, said that the veterans’ luncheon has become an integral part of the Christmas tradition at Roraima Group of Companies and as such, it is committed to showing appreciation to the military men and women who made noble sacrifices for their country.“We at Roraima are always proud to give back to the community in which we serve and there are no better people than to give than the people who served us as Guyanese people”.It was highlighted that Captain Gerry Gouveia Sr served in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) for approximately 15 years and retired as a Major. This accomplishment inspired him to give back to military men and women who served the country.He highlighted that some of the veterans suffer from disabilities.“More needs to be done to help our veterans. They have served the nation with distinction and need not just be remembered but must be cared for”.According to Gouveia, the event has been a success over the past ten years; however, he is pleading with businesses and religious communities to engage in the luncheon which caters for veterans during the holiday season.The veterans present performed poems and shared stories with each other while enjoying the atmosphere.Veterans Welfare Officer and retired Staff Sergeant Beverly Somerset noted that this is one of the most exciting times of the year for the veterans since they look forward to it.“Before the date is presented by Roraima, the veterans call sometimes two or three weeks before to find out when it will be held. Many of them are very excited to attend because they do not get out often due to their physical condition. So, especially at this time of the year, they are eager to come out and enjoy themselves” Somerset stated.Somerset concluded that the veterans deserve all the love during the holiday and is, therefore, calling on the Guyanese population to show more respect.The veterans’ associations which participated in the Roraima Veterans Luncheon were the Guyana Veterans Legion and the Millicent Greaves Citizens Home.last_img read more


Vikings roll past Grossmont, remain undefeated in 2007

first_imgThe Vikings were able to keep pace with the state’s No. 1 team for most of the game thanks to Sarah Frudakis’ solid outing on the mound and with her solo home run, but Antelope Valley pulled away in the bottom of the 9th to get the extra innings win. Long Beach City hosts Palomar today in a doubleheader, the first game begins at 10 a.m. Women’s basketball CSUDH 56, San Bernardino 38 Brigayle Iglehart accounted for a game-high 21 points to go with four rebounds, four steals and three assists in 33 minutes of play and Alana Bailey had nine points, eight rebounds and three steals in the CCAA victory for Dominguez. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Freshman left fielder Michael Nesbitt capped the Chargers’ rally as he was able to drive catcher Bubba Ruddy in the bottom of the 10th inning with a single in the nonconference win over L.A. Valley College. Cypress was down three runs at one point but the Chargers’ bats came alive to score four unanswered runs. Cypress (5-0) hosts Oxnard for a 1 p.m. game. JC softball Antelope Valley 6, LBCC 5, (9) JC baseball Cypress 4, L.A. Valley 0 center_img Viking sophomore Naseri Tumanuvao recorded 15 kills and added seven digs in the nonconference win over Grossmont College to help the men’s volleyball team remain undefeated, 5-0, in their 2007 campaign with the 30-26, 30-24, 30-28. Sophomore middle blocker Brett Massetti had 10 kills and six blocks for Long Beach City College, who will travel to Golden West on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. nonconference matchup. last_img read more


First Nation chiefs meet with MP Bob Zimmer in Ottawa to discuss Site C

first_img“I was happy to meet with local Aboriginal leaders; I’ve met with them in the past and want to continue on meeting with them,” Zimmer concluded. “It doesn’t mean will always agree on issues but I look forward to more positive meeting in the future.” “I met them in my office yesterday; I met with the Chief from Moberly, Roland Willson, and we met for breakfast this morning to discuss Site C,” Zimmer explained. “…It was basically to voice their concerns they have that are in the report that the National Energy Board has done and voice their concerns about some of the impacts of the proposed project.”Chief Logan and Willson posted a controversial photo on Twitter moments after concluding with MP Zimmer – their middle finger pointed directly at Parliament with the caption “Treaty 8 Chiefs Logan and Willson salute Harpers office.”Treaty 8 Chiefs Logan and Willson salute Harpers office.— Liz Logan (@DeneWoman1) September 23, 2014Both Chief Logan and Willson were unavailable for comment in time for publication.- Advertisement -MP Zimmer was somewhat taken back by the photo as he says once their meeting concluded, he left the table with the feeling they’ve engaged in a productive conversation.Advertisement “I thought it was an interesting thing to do because I thought we had some good discussions,” Zimmer said. “We didn’t agree on everything …and even though that decision is forthcoming, the actions displayed were a little bit of a surprise.”Zimmer says he understands the environmental concerns of First Nation leaders and their supporters, but ultimately the federal government needs to base their decision on “what’s good for all Canadians.”“We want to have a project that meets environmental criteria especially and hopefully satisfy all stakeholders and constituents as best as possible,” Zimmer goes on to say. “…We hope we have a consensus support when that decision is made but we’ll see how that goes.”Zimmer says he looks forward to meeting with First Nation representatives in the future as the provincial and federal government are expected to release their decision on Site C within the next month.Advertisementlast_img read more


South America talents reshaping Major League Soccer

first_imgMore than 60 South American players will be sprinkled across MLS this year, many of whom are still in the early stages of their career, hoping to use the league as a stepping stone to bigger things.Miguel Almiron, the 24-year-old Paraguayan international striker, is preparing for a second season with expansion side Atlanta United after a successful debut campaign for the club in 2017.Almiron, who scored nine goals in 30 games, has attracted interest from several European clubs, with Inter Milan, Arsenal and Newcastle all reportedly monitoring his form in recent months.The Paraguayan has made no secret of his desire to use MLS as a springboard for an eventual move across the Atlantic.“It’s a bridge to Europe,” he told reporters at a recent media day in Los Angeles.Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez of Atlanta United heads the ball during a game against the New York Red Bulls, at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, in March 2017 © GETTY/AFP/File / Mike Zarrilli“The league is being watched so much around the world. My objective ever since I was at Lanus is to go to Europe.”Almiron’s strike partner at Atlanta, the 24-year-old Venezuelan international Josef Martinez, is similarly unambiguous about the long-term objective.“If you perform well here, you have a chance to go to Europe, so you welcome that opportunity,” Martinez said.Both Almiron and Martinez are developing under the tutelage of former Argentina and Barcelona manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who steered Atlanta to the playoffs last year in their maiden MLS campaign.– ‘Excellent opportunity’ –Martino was instrumental in securing the services of another rising South American talent, the 18-year-old Ezequiel Barco.Barco, who has made eight appearances for Argentina’s under-20s, joined Atlanta from Independiente in an MLS-record $15 million transfer last month.Barco’s capture represents something of a coup both for Atlanta and MLS. In previous eras, the young Argentine would almost certainly have headed directly to Europe rather than take a career detour in North America.Bob Bradley, the former United States and Swansea coach who will take the helm of expansion side Los Angeles FC in their debut season, said the South American influx indicates MLS is on the right trajectory.LAFC themselves are hoping to have recruited their own South American gem in the shape of 19-year-old Diego Rossi, who has joined from newly crowned Uruguay champions Penarol.“As MLS has grown, I think a lot of these young players realise that it’s an excellent opportunity to come and build a name, in some cases to use it as an opportunity to maybe move onto another league,” Bradley told AFP.“Or it can be simply because this is where they want to be. Anybody who has spent any time in South America knows there is amazing talent there. It’s no secret. For MLS to get these young players to come here, it shows that the league has moved in the right direction.”Federico Higuain, the elder brother of Juventus and Argentina star Gonzalo Higuain, says the arrival of young talents like Barco reflects the maturity of MLS, where Atlanta attracted an average crowd of 48,200 fans per game last season.“Around the world, people are looking at this league growing up very fast,” said Higuain, who has played for Columbus Crew since 2012.“Players want to come here. If anyone asks me about the league, I say ‘Yes, come. You will enjoy it and you will love it,” the 33-year-old added.Higuain also believes MLS provides a relative refuge from the pressure-cooker atmosphere of many domestic leagues in South America.“A good thing about the league is nobody bothers you,” Higuain said. “The pressure is a little bit lower. I’m not saying there is no pressure. But in other countries, the pressure is very crazy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Miguel Almiron (R), the 24-year-old Paraguayan international striker, is preparing for a second season with the Atlanta United after a successful debut campaign for the club in 2017 © GETTY/AFP/File / Kevin C. CoxLOS ANGELES, United States, Feb 28 – A new generation of South American players will be on display as Major League Soccer kicks off its 2018 season this weekend, highlighting the growing attractiveness of the competition as a destination for emerging talent.More than a decade after David Beckham’s move to Los Angeles was followed by the arrival of several fading European stars, MLS teams are increasingly looking to South America to strengthen their rosters.last_img read more


Mourinho looking for Carrick replacement

first_imgSpeaking about possible new recruits, the Portuguese said: “We need to sign a midfield player because we are going to lose Michael Carrick. Of course we need balance in the team and I said that months ago. You can accuse me of many things but you cannot say I lie to you.“When I don’t want to say things, I don’t say, but I don’t take you in other directions. So I told you we don’t want to sign any strikers or wingers, and yes we are looking for a midfield player.”21-year-old central midfielder Scott McTominay could be one to step into Carrick’s boots, although the Red Devils boss refused to give too much away about which direction the side might go.He added: “It depends what you understand by promotion. If for you, promotion is they train regularly with us, then they are promoted for a long time.“Scott McTominay didn’t arrive here from the Moon – before he trained with the first team. He trained with us last season, he came with us in pre-season. If that’s what you mean by promotion, the kids are promoted all the time.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Michael Carrick gave a rallying call after the bombing in ManchesterLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 18 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed the club are searching for a replacement for veteran midfielder Michael Carrick, who is retiring at the end of the season.The 36-year-old has already accepted an offer to join Mourinho’s coaching team at the end of 2017/18, bringing a conclusion to a glittering 12-year career at Old Trafford.last_img read more


Democratic activist Roberta Gillis succumbs to paralyzing stroke

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Roberta Gillis, an outspoken Democratic activist in Santa Clarita, died late Thursday night of complications from a stroke she suffered on her 69th birthday several weeks ago. Gillis, former president of the Santa Clarita Democratic Club, had been attempting to recover from the massive stroke that had paralyzed both sides of her body. The woman many credit with pulling strings behind the scenes took great pleasure in her unorthodox rise to power. She delighted in lunch meetings that yielded results at the polls on election day. On Friday, Sen. Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party, grieved her passing. “There’s going to be a big void in the community with her gone,” Gutzeit said. “People don’t realize how much she was doing behind the scenes. She had her position and her ideas and she would ask for what she wanted with a smile on her face. I have to try to remember some of her lessons.” Gillis, who picked up a phone and convinced California Sen. Barbara Boxer to visit Santa Clarita for a fundraiser, also freely lent a hand to people who would not be casting any votes. She fed homeless people who lived along the Santa Clara River and volunteered at the seasonal homeless shelter. Gillis had nine siblings. She grew up apart from them because her parents, unable to feed their brood, placed her in an orphanage when she was 7. After escaping from Yugoslavia, she roamed to Italy, France and Germany, sleeping whereever she could, until entering the United States as a political refugee. She learned to speak English after landing in New York in 1962 at the age of 25. Bruce McFarland, president of the Democratic Alliance for Action in Santa Clarita, remained friends with Gillis after a split in the local Democratic organization. “We’ve always had a tumultuous relationship,” he said. “We agreed philosophically 95 percent of the time, but our tactics and approach were different. We both had a lot of respect for each other. “People did things because Roberta asked. She knew how to ask, how to persuade people, how to tweak them. She did favors for them whenever they asked, and she knew people all over the state and the country.” Gillis’ husband Ron is a trustee on the College of the Canyons board, and the couple was long regarded as a political one-two punch. On Friday, under dark rainy skies, a ray of light pierced her husband’s thoughts. “She was a beautiful lady,” he said. “She had humor that would totally disarm you, a smile that would light up your soul.” (661) 257-5255160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Democrats have lost a strong and vibrant leader, one who always went the extra mile to help out with Democratic causes,” he said in a statement. “Her warm smile and generous spirit will be greatly missed.” A testament to the drive and win-win stratagems of the petite dealmaker is the esteem in which leaders on the other side of the fence also held her. “I always found Roberta to be a worthy adversary,” U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said in a statement released Friday. “Competition makes us all better and competing in the marketplace of ideas is always a good thing.” McKeon attributed Gillis’ love of her adopted country to her birth in Yugoslavia, then a communist country, noting that she was “passionate about America and the democratic process.” One of Gillis’ most recent political success stories is Newhall County Water Board President Maria Gutzeit, for whom Gillis served as campaign manager. In the year and a half the two invested in the race, Gutzeit was inspired by Gillis’ charisma and determination. last_img read more