Weary Ceres up against bigger odds

first_imgDUSHANBE, Tajikistan—Ceres-Negros traveled 27 hours to reach this dusty, mountainous Central Asian city.Set to face Tajik champions FC Istiklol in the inter-zone semifinals of the AFC Cup here on Tuesday, the Busmen would like nothing more than making this journey worth the trip.ADVERTISEMENT Playing on enemy ground has been a struggle for the Busmen in the competition and with travel-weary legs, the odds will be stacked against them at Pamir Stadium.But midfielder Manny Ott, who was part of the national team that beat Tajikistan, 4-3, in Asian Cup qualifying last June, said it’s about time the Busmen shook off fatigue and finally play to their potential away from home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Busmen hold a strong home record, going unbeaten in five matches at home in the AFC Cup, including wins in the knockout stages against Johor Dairul Ta’zim of Malaysia and Home United of Singapore.And while the Busmen can bank on the crowd at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod to energize them in the second leg on Sept. 12, Ott said they’re determined to take care of business when they travel. Pugs go 3-0; Archer averts PH shutout Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “We need results away so we can be more comfortable at home,” said Ott. “We cannot rely on our results at home all the time.”The Tajik champions carry a big reputation in the competition, after reaching the finals in 2015, losing to JDT.The Busmen looked sharp as they underwent light training on Saturday.“The travel is too long, too much,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “Nevertheless, we’re here to make a milestone for Philippine football. There’s nothing else on our minds except this game [on Tuesday]. We can take a big step with a result here.”ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo PLAY LIST 02:26Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 respitelast_img read more

Pascua counting on veterans to fill void left by Bernadeth Pons in FEU

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Far Eastern University is starting a new life without constant savior in Bernadeth Pons.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team FEU is not only missing the capabilities of Pons in the PVL, but it is also playing without Toni Rose Basas who is nursing an infection on her right ear.“I’m not saying that they have to be on the same level as Pons, because Pons is Pons, what I want is they should match the intensity when Pons plays,” said Pascua, whose team owns a 2-0 record in the conference.Malabanan, meanwhile, is aware of the mythos Pons left in FEU and that it would be hard to match what the former Lady Tamaraw captain had done for the school.READ: La Salle completes 3-peat, sweeps FEU “Coach told us that before the start of the PVL and, obviously, Pons is an irreplaceable player and instead of thinking that one player has to step up and become her, our team has distributed the responsibility,” said Malabanan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LOOK: 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals schedule Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “Everybody has to step up and the pressure shouldn’t be on just one player,” added Malabanan, who had nine points against the Lady Red Spikers.And as the Lady Tamaraws adjust to life without Pons, one player heeded the call in taking the scoring burden against San Beda.Celine Domingo rallied her teammates and took command of the offense putting up 22 points to lead FEU to its second straight win in the conference.“One factor is we have to step up and I’m one of the veterans already,” said Domingo in Filipino. “We feel that we have to assert ourselves but we don’t really pressure ourselves. And we’re always talking as a team that we really have to help each other out.”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 A constant contender for the MVP the latter part of her UAAP career, Pons was the Lady Tamaraws’ undisputed lead for the past few years and her absence is a void FEU is just starting to figure out how to fill up.FEU head coach George Pascua said the veterans have to step in and try to take the scoring load Pons left, singling out Jerrili Malabanan as someone who has the potential to become an offensive anchor.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: PVL: FEU gets past San Beda for 2nd straight win “Of course the veterans will have to step up, we also need Jerrili,” said Pascua in Filipino Wednesday FEU defeated San Beda, 25-16, 21-235, 25-19, 25-22, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Over George Solo’s Removal as CDC Chairman

first_imgThe political leader of opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), George Weah, has promised to respond to the  internal wrangling that has  engulfed the party as a result of the removal of the of the party national chairman, George Solo, by the Executive Committee.The former Chairman of the CDC, who is renowned for being controversial, was last week removed from his post over what the party termed as a promoter, expediter, and lobbyist for the Robert Sirleaf-for-Senate campaigns, against the party Standard-bearer George Weah.The CDC, in a statement, indicated “whereas, it has been established that Mr. George G. Solo being a promoter, expediter, Mr. Solo was also accused being after financial rewards at the expense of the party, a move that is totally against his function as administrative head of the party.But the embattled chairman has sharply reacted nullifying the decision of the party’s executive committee. Mr. Solo says he remains the national chairman of the party.It is also being reported from some quarters that Ambassador Weah masterminded or orchestrated the move to have Mr. Solo removed as a result of disagreement between the two on the amount to receive from Mr. Sirleaf in order for Ambassador Weah to abandon his Senatorial quest.Mr. Weah, who has been silent on the saga, said that he will speak on the issue in due course, but is now more concerned about a national issue that should claim the attention of every well meaning Liberia—the Ebola pandemic.Speaking to newsmen at the district #5 headquarters of the CDC, Mr. Weah  promised to address the matter in two weeks time. His response might bring to public glare what is actually happening in the CDC.He made the statement as   the CDC district launched of the fight against the Ebola virus in the country, where he, in collaboration with district Representative, Thomas Fallah, distributed some anti-Ebola items to residents.“I intent to address that issue in two weeks, but I’m now focused on a more pressing national issue. Our country is at a very critical stage now and we all need to stand together to fight this Ebola that is killing our people on a daily basis,” the CDC political leader said.He added, “Our country is now under a state of emergency as a result of the threat that this virus is posing and we need to take the preventive messages to our people to keep safe.His response comes amidst numerous calls from the public, especially supporters of the CDC, that their political leader should have a say in the matter in order for them to have a broader understanding of what is transpiring in the party.The CDC, on August 3, 2014, stated that following a National Executive Committee Meeting it resolved to cast a vote of no confidence in Solo and remove him as Chairman of the party.“We, members of the National executive committee of the Congress for Democratic Change, meeting under a full quorum at its headquarters in Congo Town, Monrovia-Liberia, hereby vote to declare a vote-of-no-confidence in the Chairmanship of George G. Solo, thereby relieving him of his position with immediate effect”, the statement issued late Sunday indicated.The party said it has been established that external enemies of the CDC were successful in outreach efforts to recruit and contract a collaborator, who is perceived to be Mr. Solo.The CDC said Mr. Solo has become an internal operative within the party, where his mission of divisive propaganda, rancor, appetite for dissonance, unsettling policy misdirection, and engineered institutional collapse have come to reflect the disruptive agenda of his hirers.The party further stated,  “It has been established through prima facie evidence, and incontestable sources as well as the preponderance of testimonies that Solo is unarguably the principal planner, financier, and the attempted implementer of the philosophical, ideological, structural, and institutional demise of the CDC.”But Mr. Solo said he remains the national chairman of the CDC,  describing those who claimed to have removed him as rude and misguided individuals who are not clothed with any authority to remove him as chairman of the party.Solo said he is fully recognized by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as head of CDC.The former CDC boss said the truth of the matter is that he was trying to discourage some of the CDC partisans who are continuously tarnishing the government’s reputation on the fight against the Ebola virus.He denied claims of having received US$500,000 from Mr. Sirleaf. He challenged those he described as detractors to produce recordings on him interacting with Mr. Sirleaf in any form or manner.He said the political leader of the CDC, George Weah,  is disappointed in the behavior of the EC and will return to make his stance known on the ongoing saga within the party—something that is yet to happen since Ambassador Weah’s arrival in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: September 25, 2014

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Cartoon: January 15, 2015

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Review of local content policy to be completed next year – Gaskin

first_imgThe second review of the local content policy is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year. This is so according to Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who made the announcement while addressing a recent forum at the Pegasus Hotel.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin“There is currently a second draft local content policy framework being reviewed and consulted on. We’ve also recently completed a terms of reference for a consultancy to complete the local content policy based on consultations and a draft, also an implementation plan depending on whether or not legislation is going to be needed for the implementation. This process should be completed by the fourth quarter of this year or the first quarter of next year,” the Minister informed.He added that it was important for the new legislation to be ‘balanced’, since a ‘too strongly national’ local content policy can jeopardise the efficiency or the viability of the company being relied on to harness the resource.Gaskin, however, warned that Guyanese would not be able to benefit from the local content policy if they were unable to meet the capacity of the oil and gas sector. According to him, capacity development costs should be borne by the industry that is going to benefit in the long run.In continuing, the Business Minister advised that Guyanese should be willing to carry the burden of oil expenditure and not only seek to benefit from oil revenue.“As the owners of this oil, Guyanese people must become the main beneficiaries of those production costs. In other words, we have to benefit not only from oil revenues, but from the spending that is associated with oil production,” he pointed out.Gaskin said despite the fact that oil and gas will provide growth opportunities, persons should not only be dependent on job opportunities in the sector as he noted that “we should not be blinkered in our own approach to investments”.The primary aim of the policy is ensuring the education, inclusion, and advancement of as many Guyanese as possible in the industry.As ExxonMobil prepares to officially commence production in 2020, there is much preparatory work currently ongoing, which requires services tailored to the specific needs of the industry.The draft local content policy has been criticised in recent months for lacking provisions which would safeguard against exploitation by companies, especially since there have been intensified reports of the local companies being bypassed for contracts and services with foreign companies being favoured.The document does not cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest and favouritism, among others.According to the draft local content framework document, the policy seeks to address the suite of opportunities that may arise and the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses through training and well-tailored social contributions for greater impact and benefits among others.Earlier this year, following the closing of the inaugural Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit (GIPEX), the Private Sector Commission (PSC) vowed to continue pushing for an effective local content policy that would benefit all Guyanese.last_img read more

27 couples take part in Fort St. John Links Couples Fun Tournament

first_imgT9. Chris Coates and Ellen Verbeek: 47+44=9111. Sterling and Natalie Middleton: 50+42=92T12. Glenn and Linda Harvey: 46+47=93T12. Dallas Nesbeth and Dana Lloyd: 47+46=93T14. Norm and Connie Chretien: 47+47=94Advertisement They shot 37 on the front nine and closed out the round with 41 on their final nine holes.Finishing second was Jan Jorven and Mark Shuster as they put together a round of 81. They registered a 41 on their first nine holes and 40 on the back nine.Third was Ray and Koral Asai with their round of 84. 40 strokes made up their front nine and 44 on the back nine.- Advertisement -Below are the rest of the finishers from the Couples Fun Tournament:4. Sheldon and Sandra Wheeler: 45+41=86T5. Thayne Giroux and Maegan Biss: 44+44=88Advertisement T14. Daryl and Randy Horst: 46+48=9416. Blake and Deb Bowyer: 48+47=95T17. Randy and Connie Haugan: 48+49=97T17. Leroy Krueger and Colette Roy: 49+48=9719. Todd and Anette Lang: 53+46=99Advertisement T5. Gerald and Carol Pope: 43+45=887. Travis Hanson and Kim Asai: 45+44=898. Rick and Tammy Fudge: 44+46=90T9. Kurt Cyr and Val Unruh: 42+49=91Advertisement 20. Russ and Cathy Wilkinson: 49+51=10021. Darcy and Lisa Knickerbocker: 49+52=10122. Ford Chapman and Sarah Faith: 48+54=10223. Doug and Brenda Lindsay: 52+51=10324. Dave and Carol Plemel: 52+52=10425. Art and Pat Lang: 56+51=10726. Bill and Kelly Snow: 53+58=111The next tournament at Fort St. John Links will be the Father’s Day tournament on June 15.last_img read more

Christy Clark in Fort Nelson for the Oil and Gas Conference

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Kane can be Tottenham’s Totti – Pochettino

first_img“He got very emotional watching Totti’s goodbye at Roma and that also generated a special motivation for a player that identifies with the colours of Tottenham, our club and our fans,” said Pochettino.“The most important thing is that he is happy at Tottenham and who knows where we will be tomorrow.“We have to enjoy the present. He is a boy who has come through the academy and feels great affinity with the club.“For me, he is a player that gets excited by scoring goals for Tottenham.”Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane refused to quash speculation as he also described Kane, who is the top scorer in this season’s Champions League with five goals in two games, as a “complete player”.Real have made a habit of poaching rising stars from Spurs after taking Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu in recent years.“I don’t know what will be of Kane’s future, but I can talk about the here and now,” Zidane said on Monday.“He’s a fundamental player for Spurs. He’s very good at everything, but what he does is score goals.“He’s not a static player, he always finds space and is quick. He’s a complete player.”– 15-year contract –Pochettino’s burgeoning reputation has also seen rumoured as a potential future Real boss.However, the Argentine said he would happily take up Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy’s wish for Pochettino to remain for another 15 years.“I would love nothing more than Mauricio still to be our manager in 10 to 15 years’ time,” Levy said in a book on Pochettino being serialised in the Daily Mail.“To really build success you need time, longevity. It’s easy to go and become a manager at Real Madrid, for instance.”A former player and coach at Espanyol, Pochettino insisted he could never coach their cross-city rivals Barcelona, but left the door open to a possible call to take over at the Bernabeu.“I always try to be honest and I couldn’t coach Barcelona. I am very happy at Tottenham and if the chairman wants me for 15 years I am willing to sign the contract,” added Pochettino.“It’s up to him (Levy). Always it is up to the chairman or owner. I am so happy for my time in Tottenham, it is a club with big potential.“We are waiting for the new stadium, new facilities and it will take time to develop, to build a very competitive team and win trophies.“I am very happy Daniel is so kind to me, telling everyone what his plans for me are.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur English striker Harry Kane’s (C) 13-goal haul in September matched the best ever goalscoring month by Messi or Ronaldo © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISMADRID, Spain, Oct 16 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes the emotional images of Francisco Totti’s farewell after a 24-year career at Roma could inspire the on-fire Harry Kane to remain a one club man.Ahead of Spurs’ trip to face Real Madrid on Tuesday, Kane has been linked with a move to the European champions thanks to his stunning form in 2017, scoring as many goals (43) in fewer appearances this calendar year for club and country as Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo.last_img read more

Zidane wants coaching return ‘soon’

first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid after winning a third successive Champions League title © AFP/File / Eric FEFERBERGMADRID, Spain, Sep 10 – Zinedine Zidane has paved the way for a return to management by admitting he expects to take another coaching job soon.Zidane made the surprise decision to leave Real Madrid at the end of last season, five days after leading the club to a third consecutive Champions League title. The Frenchman said he believed change was needed for the team to “keep winning” but, despite a disappointing final La Liga campaign, he left with his reputation sky-high.Manchester United have been linked with a move for Zidane, with Jose Mourinho’s position at Old Trafford increasingly uncertain.“Surely I am going to return to coaching soon,” Zidane told Spanish broadcaster RTVE on Sunday.“Because I like it and (football) is what I have done my whole life.”Zidane began coaching for Castilla, Real Madrid’s B team, in 2014 before taking charge of the first team in January 2016 after Rafael Benitez was sacked.He led Madrid to the league title the following year but failed to replicate that success domestically last term, as Los Blancos finished third, 17 points behind Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more