Copa Libertadores final postponed after Boca bus attacked

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Boca captain Pablo Perez and teenager Gonzalo Lamardo were taken to nearby hospitals, where fans gathered in support. Perez had injuries to his arms and an eye, according to images of Boca’s locker room shared on social media. Lamardo had trouble breathing because of the gas.Earlier, CONMEBOL said in a statement that its doctors noted Boca players “suffered superficial skin injuries” and two “said they had eye injuries, which could not be confirmed.”“We believe that under the medical point of view there is no reason to suspend the match,” the doctors of the South American soccer body said.Dominguez disagreed.“This is football, not war. Neither team wants to play because this match would be unnatural,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Matches have to be won and lost on the pitch. But we were not in the same conditions to play,” Angelici said. “As an Argentine and as a football executive, I am embarrassed…look at the spectacle that we gave the world.”The first leg of the Copa Libertadores final was played three weeks ago and ended 2-2. It was delayed by a day following torrential rain that flooded the field at Boca’s La Bombonera stadium. Boca fans were not allowed in the River stadium following a 2013 ban on visiting supporters aimed at fighting Argentina’s endemic soccer violence. But it wasn’t enough. No game seems more volatile than Boca vs. River.“It’s a shame. Security failed,” Pablo Wende, a crestfallen River fan said as he walked out of the stadium with his sons, Federico and Luca, who wore the team’s white shirts with a red diagonal band.“We were looking forward to this final, Like everyone else in the world.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Riot police advance with their shotguns at the ready as they confront Argentina River Plate fans outside the Antonio Vespucio Liberti stadium prior the final soccer match of the Copa Libertadores between River Plate and Boca Juniors, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. The match has been rescheduled after the bus carrying the Boca Juniors players was attacked by River Plate fans, injuring several players. The match will be played on Sunday. (AP Photo/Sebastian Pani)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentines expected the final of the century between their country’s biggest clubs and eternal rivals. Instead, the world witnessed one of the biggest embarrassments in South American soccer history.The Copa Libertadores final was postponed to Sunday after Boca Juniors players were injured when their bus was attacked by River Plate fans.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez announced the decision on Saturday, just 10 minutes before the final was supposed to start.“One team didn’t want to play and the other didn’t want to win under these conditions,” Dominguez said.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 ChrissBoca players were injured in their bus just a few blocks from River’s Monumental de Nunez Stadium when rocks and pieces of wood thrown by River supporters shattered the windows.Some players were also affected by tear gas and pepper spray used by police to quell the violence.center_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ateneo crushes FEU, advances to 3rd straight UAAP Finals 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 LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Dominguez met with club directors and FIFA President Gianni Infantino before he announced the postponement.“There was a gentlemen’s pact with both clubs,” Dominguez said. “There was a request from both clubs for the match to be suspended.”The game had been called “The Final For All Time” because it is the first time the two fierce rivals had met in the final of South America’s most coveted club tournament.CONMEBOL initially delayed the kickoff of the second leg for an hour, then postponed it for 2 hours, 15 minutes to 7:15 p.m. local time (2215 GMT).After the match was suspended, fans clashed with police outside the stadium. At least 30 people were arrested, according to local media.Some of the more than 66,000 River fans also tried to storm into the dressing rooms, interrupting abruptly a TV interview of River president Rodolfo D’Onofrio.“We want to play a match that is head to head,” he said before he was forced to run in the chaotic inside of the Monumental de Nunez. “It is regrettable that a divine party like this was interrupted by 15 hooligans. We were stopped from playing a match that the entire world was watching.”D’Onofrio also said “there should have been adequate prevention” to guide Boca’s bus safely to the stadium.Buenos Aires public security secretary Marcelo Alessandro admitted there was a security failure that opened the way for the attack.Boca President Daniel Angelici was escorted by bodyguards and security forces inside the stadium while River fans shouted “Coward!” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Luka Doncic’s 21 points lead Mavericks past Trail Blazers

first_imgMOST READ Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) attempts a shot over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) as Portland Trail Blazers Al-Farouq Aminu (8) and Maurice Harkless (4) look on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)DALLAS— The Dallas Mavericks hadn’t won eight in a row at home since the year they won the NBA championship.On Tuesday night, they matched that mark and continued their upward trajectory in the rugged Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT C.J. McCollum added 18 points for the Blazers, but made just 7 of 19 shots and 2 of 7 3s.“Our guys did a great job executing the defensive game plan,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “Which was not an easy game plan because we were chasing guys who are great players 30 to 40 feet away from the basket.”Lillard scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half as Portland tried, but failed, to rally from a deficit that was mostly double digits through almost all the first three quarters.“It’s an uphill battle,” Lillard said. “I thought we still had a chance. When you create a hole, you got to fight out of it so hard to get there, you put yourself in a position where you got to be perfect down the stretch.”The Mavericks closed out the first quarter with a 17-3 run and held a double-digit lead until Lillard’s drive and free throw made it 78-69 late in the third.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Bright Akhuetie officially named UAAP MVP; Angelo Kouame is top rookie Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dwight Powell hit consecutive 3-pointers and Maxi Kleber followed a Devin Harris miss with a dunk to put Dallas up by 14 after three quarters.J.J. Barea’s driving layup capped a 10-0 run that gave the Mavericks their biggest lead at 92-73. Portland got as close as six points in the game’s final minutes, but Doncic hit a fall-away 3-pointer with 58.9 seconds to go for a 108-99 lead.HITTING THE SKIDSThe teams are going in opposite directions. While Dallas has heated up, Portland has lost eight of its last 11.“This game was very similar to the last two we played,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Get off to a slow start, get down at halftime, make a good comeback and fall short. I think we’re all getting tired of it.”TIP INSTrail Blazers: Lillard scored the Blazers’ final 15 points of the third quarter. . Portland’s frustration became evident in the third quarter when Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless were given technical fouls 35 seconds apart for arguing with referee Ed Malloy.Mavericks: Guard Dennis Smith Jr. had 12 points and nine assists, one day after he had a root canal to fix a broken tooth suffered Sunday night after the Clippers’ Patrick Beverley caught him with an elbow. … Every Dallas starter scored in double figures and every Mavs player who saw action scored at least five.DONCIC HONOREDDoncic was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November. Doncic started the team’s first 20 games and averaged a team-high 18.5 points. He’s second on the team in rebounds and assists.center_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Luka Doncic scored 21 points and Wesley Matthews added 17 as the Mavericks won for the ninth time in 11 games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 111-102.DeAndre Jordan added 12 points and 17 rebounds for Dallas, which won its eighth in a row at American Airlines Center for the first time since March 2011 – three months before they defeated Miami for the franchise’s only NBA title.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“To be the team we want to be, we have to win the games at home,” Matthews said. “Our attention to defense is what’s really doing it for us.”That defense made it difficult for Portland’s vaunted backcourt. Damian Lillard had 33 points, but shot 10 for 23 from the field and 2 for 8 on 3s. His 11-for-12 shooting from the line helped his total. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “It means a lot,” Doncic said. “It’s just another example for me to keep working hard and keep fighting for what I want. There’s a lot to improve.”The last Dallas player to be selected Rookie of the Month — and the only one since 2004 — was Yogi Ferrell in February 2017.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host Phoenix on Thursday.Mavericks: Second half of a back-to-back Wednesday at New Orleans.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 awardlast_img read more

Phoenix Fuel Masters do ‘Bird Box’ challenge during team building for PBA Season 44

first_imgWarriors cruise past Knicks as Klay Thompson heats up with 7 3s Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 MANILA, Philippines—Who would’ve thought that tying up a bunch of people and putting blindfolds on them would become a sensible team building activity? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phoenix did just the popular “Bird Box” challenge in an effort to build chemistry among its players during its team building activity at Belleview Tagaytay Highlands last weekend.READ: After failed playoff bid, Phoenix looking to play better, disciplined basketballThe Fuel Masters are preparing for the upcoming 2019 PBA season, which opens on Sunday.Taking inspiration from the Netflix original movie Bird Box, people put blindfolds on each other and try to find their way through any course.READ: Calvin Abueva ‘really motivated’ to steer Phoenix back into contender statusADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Fuel Masters also had ropes on their ankles that were tied to each other as tried to walk together with their blindfolds on. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ADVERTISEMENT In the hit film Bird Box, starring veteran actress Sandra Bullock, the characters have to cover their eyes to prevent them from looking at the entity that would inflict them with suicidal thoughts.READ: With bolstered roster, Phoenix confident it can at higher levelThe Fuel Masters didn’t have to deal with a creature that would force them to kill themselves but their version of it looked a lot of fun. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

Hawks pounce on Jimmy Butler’s miscues, stun 76ers on John Collins’ late jumper

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Azkals coach cancels dinner plans with old foe after PH’s 3-0 loss to China “I had a pretty good rhythm in the fourth quarter and we just kind of kept running plays that were working for us,” Huerter said.Butler led the Sixers with 30 points and Ben Simmons had 23 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds.The game turned into a 3-point shootout late — the teams combined for 23; seven in the fourth.JJ Redick, who missed the last two games with a sore back, led a comeback in the fourth with a pair of 3-pointers that tied the game each time. TJ McConnell put the 76ers ahead by one with 2:39 left. Huerter buried a 3 to tie it at 121.Butler had his first major miscue when he lost the ball on a drive down the lane that was recovered by Atlanta. Collins hit the jumper and that was enough for the lowly Hawks.“We just got to fix it,” Butler said. “I think we’re going to be fine. All I know is, everybody’s in there. We’re in it together. We’re not going separate ways.”TIP-INSHawks: Coach Lloyd Pierce made a homecoming of sorts after spending five years on Brown’s staff with the Sixers. Pierce said he owed Brown so much for helping him become a head coach. Brown said Pierce was one of his first hires as “The Process” began in 2013.“It is not a me versus them, it’s still us. It’s about us,” Pierce said.76ers: Brown said G Markelle Fultz (thoracic outlet syndrome) is undergoing therapy in Philadelphia and may rejoin the team soon. … Justin Patton (broken foot) could return in early February. … Zhaire Smith (foot) has individual workouts, but has not yet practiced with the team this season. FOMOThe 76ers will retire Moses Malone’s No. 2 in a halftime ceremony of the Feb. 8 game against Denver. The Sixers also will unveil a Malone sculpture on their Legends Walk at team headquarters in New Jersey.Malone was a three-time NBA MVP, 13-time All-Star (12 times in NBA, once in ABA), Hall of Fame inductee and member of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history. In 1983, he helped the Sixers roll through the playoffs and sweep the Lakers in the finals — the last time they won a championship.Before the playoffs that year, Malone was asked about the team’s prospects. He is remembered as much for his answer to that question as he is for his dominance on the court.“Fo’, fo’, fo’,” Malone said, predicting three straight sweeps.WHAT A DRAGLate in the third, Alex Len planted an elbow in Butler’s face on the block that knocked the four-time All-Star to the ground. Butler remained seated and appeared to exchange words with Len. McConnell yanked Butler by the right shoulder and dragged him about 15 feet to the free-throw line to keep the tension from escalating. The refs threw it to New York for a review and Len was hit with a flagrant foul.UP NEXTHawks: Host Milwaukee on Sunday.76ers: Play Sunday at New York. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I hope we’re still together,” Butler said. “Nobody pointing fingers at anybody.”There were at least a few raised eyebrows after the hapless Hawks (13-29) sent the Sixers to just their fourth home loss of the season. The Sixers struggled with All-Star center Joel Embiid out with a sore ankle suffered in a loss to Washington on Wednesday. His presence was missed — Embiid leads the 76ers with averages of 26.9 points and 13.4 rebounds in 40 games — and the Hawks pounced.Atlanta crushed the Sixers with 62 points in the paint and outrebounded Philly 44-30.“You can start all over the place and whether it’s Joel or not Joel, you know we should be better defensively,” coach Brett Brown said. “It’s where we anchored our program and at the moment, we are poor. Right now, lately, we have been poor.”The Hawks were happy to capitalize and hit 12 3s and shot 56 percent overall from the floor. Collins scored 25 points and Kevin Huerter hit five 3s and led the Hawks with 29 points.ADVERTISEMENT Butler had a chance at atonement — he was 12 for 12 at the free-throw line and had two shots with 2.4 seconds left.First shot, rattle and miss.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 ChrissSecond shot, clang off the back of the rim.Wilson Chandler slipped under the basket on the second attempt and missed his gimmie tip-in at the horn that helped the Hawks hang on to beat the Sixers 123-121 on Friday night. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler (23) shoots next to Atlanta Hawks’ Dewayne Dedmon (14) and Kevin Huerter (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA— Jimmy Butler had 30 fateful seconds in the fourth to forget.The Philadelphia 76ers star guard lost the ball in a tie game on a drive down the lane that led to Atlanta’s John Collins finding separation and burying a fadeaway jumper with 25 seconds left for the lead.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe pace Bucks past Wizards in ‘crazy game’

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Washington trailed by as many as 25 in the first half, but closed to 120-113 on Chasson Randle’s layup with 10:22 left.Bledsoe helped finish off the Wizards with 10 points in a quick scoring flurry, including a dunk off a missed free throw by Antetokounmpo. He made a 3-pointer with 7:07 remaining to make it 138-118.Bledsoe’s electrifying dunk brought a huge reaction from the Fiserv Forum crowd.“I just saw Brad (Bradley Beal) talking to the ref,” Bledsoe said. “That was my chance to sneak in and try to get a rebound. I didn’t know I was going to dunk it.“I just tried to make a play.”ADVERTISEMENT WORTH NOTINGErsan Ilyasova broke out of a scoring slump with 12 points for Milwaukee. The reserve forward was 4 for 4 from the field.TIP-INSWizards: Porter was with his teammates preparing for the game when he was informed of the trade less than an hour before tip-off. He was averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Wizards this season. … Former University of Wisconsin star Sam Dekker had 12 points in 21 minutes.Bucks: C Thon Maker was traded to Detroit for 6-foot-7 wing Stanley Johnson. A person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced publicly. The 7-foot-1 Maker was the 10th pick in 2016. He started 34 games as a rookie in 2016-’17 but has mostly come off the bench since then and had fallen out of the Bucks rotation.UP NEXTWizards: Host Cleveland on Friday night.Bucks: At Dallas on Friday night. View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Kevin Durant lashes at media amid Knicks rumors In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after a dunk during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo called it “a crazy game.”A little too crazy for the All-Star.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Beal led Washington with 30 points, and Thomas Bryant had 26. Jeff Green finished with 22 points for his fourth straight game with 20 or more.The Wizards (22-32) played without Otto Porter Jr. after he was traded to the Chicago Bulls for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a protected 2023 second-round pick.A person familiar with the negotiations said late Wednesday that Washington had agreed to trade Markieff Morris to New Orleans for Wesley Johnson. There will be draft considerations in the deal as well, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the NBA trade call was pending.Antetokounmpo went 17 for 21 from the field in Milwaukee’s highest scoring game of the season. He also had six rebounds, four assists and three steals.But he credited Bledsoe for making the difference.“He’s amazing,” Antetokounmpo said. “He’s been amazing all year. He came in with a defensive mindset. He was in the passing lanes. He made Bradley Beal take tough shots. He gave us the extra energy and we were able to close the game.”The Bucks (40-13) rolled to 50 points in the first quarter on 20-for-27 shooting. They led 85-65 at the break.It was the highest scoring quarter of the season for Milwaukee. The halftime total was two shy of the franchise record for points in a half set on March 14, 1979, versus the New Orleans Jazz.“We shot the ball really well,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We mixed in getting to the basket. It was just the normal stuff. We were playing fast a lot of possessions and they were scoring, too.“It was like an ABA game or something.” Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Antetokounmpo scored 43 points, Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and 11 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 148-129 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.“I think we were just trading baskets at one point,” Antetokounmpo said. “We’re a good team but we’re trying to be a great team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Even though we scored a lot, we were sloppy. Defensively we have to pick it up a little bit because that’s not the face we want to show.”The Bucks shot 60 percent (56 for 93) from the field and placed six players in double figures while becoming the first NBA team with 40 victories. Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points and Khris Middleton finished with 16. 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Tall South faces speedy north five

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers 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 Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This year’s PBA All-Star Game will be size versus speed as the quick and athletic North team clashes with the towering South squad on March 31 in Calasiao, Pangasinan.Joining forces anew are Cebuano giants June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter, who will be teaming up with James Yap, Scottie Thompson and Mark Barroca for the South.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Antidope seminar for sea members Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The North All-Stars, meanwhile, will bank on star guards LA Tenorio and Paul Lee and ferocious forward Calvin Abueva.Completing the starters for the North are sweet-shooting Marcio Lassiter and high-leaping big man Japeth Aguilar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe PBA announced the starting lineups on Tuesday after a month of fan voting.The league decided to return to the old format where the festivities will be held in one venue, rather than one game each in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. View commentslast_img read more

Liberian Returns for Nation-building

first_imgWhen Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf first took power after the 2005 post-war election, she called on Liberian professionals living abroad to return home and help with the building of the war torn nation.Many Diaspora Liberians responded to Sirleaf’s call immediately with some even sending in credentials. But many never received any feedback. Despite the disappointment, scores of professional Liberians continue to return home every year to stay; most work in such fields as business, health, education, administration, and relief-aid. Among the latest returnees is Mr. Tamba Aghailas, a son of Lofa County.The Liberian civil war (1989 – 2003) affected every sector and aspect of our nation. One of the lingering effects is the brain-drain or human-capital flight it occasioned.Thousands of Liberians fled home to seek refuge in various parts of the world. Unsurprisingly, this created a vacuum in Liberia’s labor force.This vacuum gave rise to an influx of expatriates, mainly from English speaking West African countries, to fill the human resource gap in various sectors of the economy.To counter this trend, the Liberian government and citizens started urging the return of Liberians in the Diaspora who have acquired the requisite education and skills and are willing to contribute to the reconstruction efforts in Liberia.However, many Liberians find this to be a hard choice as the decision to return often means abandoning more financially lucrative and stable careers in the West. As a result, they are often unwilling to relocate permanently.While some Liberians return home to seek appointments in government or elected seats, their migration is only temporary as they return abroad as soon as they lose those jobs or elected seats.Nonetheless, some exceptionally patriotic and dutiful Liberians do exist. They are the ones who make the whole-hearted choice to abandon their comfort-zones in the West and commit to a life of service at home for the love of their country and people.One such person is Tamba D. Aghailas—who left Liberia to seek refuge in various West African countries, then landed in the United States of America during the height of the Liberian civil war. Mr. Aghailas broke the news recently that he is, without any precondition, coming home to contribute his quota to reconstruction.“As much as we appreciate the continued assistance of international partners, Liberians must step-up to steer the destiny of their nation.”According to Mr. Aghailas, he is coming home to contribute to reconstruction and to pass on and share the skills and experience he has acquired over the years with the future leaders of Liberia – the youth. At his core, he is a human rights advocate, one who has chosen to “lend his voice to the voiceless people of Liberia,” as he put it.He is founder and director of The Voice of Liberia—an online publication, from which he has written extensively on human right issues.This son of Liberia is indeed a trailblazer. His sacrifice sets an example for the countless skilled Liberians who live in the Diaspora, who have yet to follow his example.Their talent, skills and resources have the potential to unlock and accelerate the creation of a strong and viable middle class in post-conflict Liberia.Mr. Aghailas currently resides in New York City with his family and works as a Human Resource professional with an international nonprofit organization.Mr. Aghailas will bring with him extensive human resource and life experiences from which he expects his fellow Liberians to benefit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Serious Credibility Issues”

first_imgAlthough there are reports of decline in cases of Ebola and more survivors emerging from Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) president, Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, has attributed the spread of the virus to the lack of trust in the Government of Liberia on the part of its citizens.Mr. Kemayah in a keynote speech delivered on his behalf by a proxy on October 25, emphasized that because of the wave of corruption in Liberia that has eroded public trust in officials of government, many Liberians denied the presence of Ebola by saying, “The Government wants to eat money, that’s the reason they say Ebola was in Liberia.”It can be recalled that when Ebola outbreak was announced in Guinea in March and subsequently reported in Liberia, many in the general public, including people of Lofa where the outbreak first occurred, denied the existence of Ebola in Liberia and attributed the news to an alleged ploy on the part of government to receive money from donors.According to Mr. Kemayah, on the basis of such perception people have about the government because of rampant corruption, Liberians refused to accept information about the reality of Ebola and take precautionary measures.These perceptions and statements, Mr. Kemayah said, “suggest that we have serious credibility issues that need to be addressed from the social, political, and economic standpoints. In January 2006, when the President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led Government was inaugurated, the Liberian people had complete confidence and trust in the leadership ability of… her Administration.”He contended that when President Sirleaf took over in 2006 and promised that “papa will come” with a black plastic to impress the home; Liberians had complete confidence in her administration.But after a few years, especially beginning her second term, the confidence has apparently withered away because they are not seeing anything being done as promised earlier.“The increasing level of hardship and downward trend in the standard of living amongst the masses in Liberia, long before the Ebola virus outbreak, are among many reasons why the trust/confidence in the national leadership has been eroded,” Kemayah stressed.Mr. Kemayah in the loaded speech also questionably stressed, “Can the citizens trust their national leaders again when, for example, the papa na come pronouncement is far from tangible realization? Can they trust their President again? Can they trust their Senators again? Can they trust their Representatives again? Can they even trust their religious leaders again?  To answer these, one must first agree that the fabrics of these institutions have broken down from an analytical point of view.”The LIBA boss indicated that when statements by people concerning failure of the government to meet its promise are analyzed, one deduces serious problem with the national government in misapplying fund.“If one analyzes the views by the ordinary people on the streets, you could deduce that there is an issue of concern. If we say people are not eating money from this Ebola fight, why is it that giving proper account of the initial United States Five Million Dollars (US$5,000,000.00) to fight Ebola has been an issue?”He said while there are reports of decline, community dwellers need to still be conscious of its prevalence because it can break out at any time when people avoid precautionary measures.Mr. Kemayah’s statement was delivered in proxy by Rev. Garlison George, head pastor of Mount Nebo Baptist Church, of which Kemayah is a member. The occasion at which Rev. George spoke marked the launch of the Paynesville Town Hall Community Anti-Ebola awareness campaign, where a total of 100 hand-washing buckets were presented on behalf of the Kemayah family.LIBA, which has a presence in the City of Paynesville with its national headquarters located on AB Tolbert Road, also participated in the program represented by its vice president, David K. Sembeh.  In remarks, Sembeh urged the business community to strengthen its contribution to the fight against Ebola. Mr. Kemayah is currently in Uganda defending his thesis at the Catholic owned Martyrs University, where he is expected to graduate with the Masters of Arts Degree in Development Studies on November 13.Members of the community represented by Darlington Kpayili commended Mr. Kemayah and his family for the gesture and acknowledged his role played in the lives of many in the community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Democracy has fled

first_imgDear Editor,Suddenly, the dark era of the PNC has descended on Guyanese like a relentless plague, a phenomenon which many had thought would never return after savouring the fruits of democracy for 23 years. The ghosts of the dark past have now returned to life once again to haunt this nation. In the meantime, our hard-won democracy has been so much trampled upon that it has fled with great alacrity. The PNC has once again displayed its penchant for violating the Constitution and this time, the violation is not about delaying the elections but it is the violation of one’s right to freedom of movement, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and by extension the right to peacefully protest. All the fundamental rights and freedom of individuals are being violated daily. The PNC has become the Constitution!Article 148(1) of the Constitution states that, “No person shall be deprived of his freedom of movement, that is to say, the right to move freely throughout Guyana…” The exception would be to prevent the commission of a crime, or in the interest of public safety, or to protect public morality or to PREVENT THE SUBVERSION OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS. In the case of the Guyana Police Force’s action against the protestors at Cornelia Ida, there is a clear indication that it is in complete defiance of Article 148. Moreover, they did the opposite of the constitutional stipulation: they subverted the democratic institutions. The GPF was committing a crime NOT the protesters!The caretaker President, David Granger, was attending a graduation ceremony and dinner at the Saraswati Vidya Niketan School in the area and an NGO, the Association of Democracy and Human Rights Guyana launched a protest to show their concern about the many violations of the Constitution and the CCJ’s rulings resulting on an assault on the democratic institutions in Guyana. David Granger has so far shown scant regard for these institutions. It is apparent that Granger knew about the protest beforehand and the Police erected a barricade in the streets to prevent the protesters from getting in close proximity to the school where the graduation was held and so neutralise the effect. It must be noted that it is normal for protesters to line the shoulders of the public roads but in this case they were prevented from doing so. It seems that Granger cannot bear to behold the sight of people protecting their inalienable rights; however, he is not averse to school children lining the streets and waving flags for his own pleasure.In addition, to add insult to injury, the peaceful protesters were pushed further down the streets in a bid to stifle their democratic voices. In this maddening haste to chase the protesters further down, the barricades were used as battering rams which resulted in injuries to some. But the Police was not satisfied with this, they arrested two of the protesters and held them in detention at the station for a couple of hours. Until now, they were not given any reason for their unlawful detention. This act is simply to stir fear and prevent others from standing up for their rights. It is clear that just as it was in Burnham days the Police has become the shameless tool of fear and intimidation of the PNC dictatorship. It can be assumed that it is only a matter of time before the Police is used to take out political opponents under the slightest pretext of aggression. The signs are manifesting!What is also alarming is the discriminatory action of the Police. This was so blatant since the PNC counter-protesters were allowed free access to the main road by the Police. Will these counter-protesters morph later into the House of Israel? We have seen in the not so distant past that protests led by the PNC had subjected law-abiding citizens who they deemed to be supporters of the PPP to the most demeaning and horrific acts-they were robbed, beaten and sexually molested. I could not recall any arrests made by the Guyana Police Force, for instance, the Agricola protest when these acts were done in broad daylight and in the presence of the Police. In addition, businesses were razed to the ground in some cases resulting in multimillion dollars losses. Where were the Police then? How many were arrested?As expected, the growing dictatorship has now made it the norm for Granger to travel around with heavy Police escorts and other security presence which only serve to instil fear and insecurity in the minds of Guyanese. The people now have to dive for cover anytime they hear a siren in the distant. The siren has now become a messenger of death. This is a lot more than Burnham was used to, so it may be prudent to assume a bigger dictator in the making. But such is the life of a dictator who feels unsafe to walk freely even among invitees at a graduation function. Can you imagine that invitees to this graduation function were body searched at the gate by the Police before being admitted? Since exposed to Pegasus, the courage of the caretaker President has certainly taken a sudden flight! The paranoia is growing rapidly!Guyanese must now stand up to this Granger dictatorship. It is time that we must register our non-cooperation with evil through peaceful protests and civil disobedience in order to eradicate this growing scourge.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Judge remind jury of responsibilities

first_imgPicture boy trial…closing arguments submitted As the third trial for double-murder accused Cyon “Picture Boy” Collier comes closer to its end, Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry reminded the jury of their responsibilities in the trial while State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy and Defence Attorney Lyndon Amsterdam presented their closing address on Friday at the Demerara Assizes.Dead: Ray WalcottDead: Carl AndrewsCyon “Picture Boy” CollierIt is alleged Collier murdered two brothers, Ray Walcott, called ‘Sugar’, and his younger brother Carl Andrews, called ‘Alo’ in Victoria, East Coast Demerara, in 2006.Justice Sewnarine-Beharry reminded the 12-member jury that it was an offence to obstruct the course of justice, which is punishable by imprisonment, and urged the jury not to be in contact with any member of the family of the accused or others involved in the trial.Amsterdam, in his address refreshed the memory of the court that throughout the trial, there would have been “a long list” of discrepancies and conflicting stories among witnesses.Some of which he highlighted were issues of whether Collier was taken to the vehicle or underneath the house, or if the guys were drinking or not on the night of the killings.In addition to those ‘conflicting stories’ the defence counsel informed the jury that the accused has a presumption of innocence and it was up to the state to prove ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ that Collier had committed the act.He closed by urging the jury to uphold the standards of fairness and equality while keeping an open mind when assessing the matter.State Prosecutor Hardy also informed the jury of what is expected for the state to prove in order to meet the standard of proof. She indicated that it was her responsibility to prove that the death occurred within a day and a year and was a result of injuries inflicted by the accused while the accused would have the intention to kill or inflict bodily harm.She pointed out that she had proven those criteria by providing evidence to support her position. The post mortem report indicated that the brothers died of gunshot wounds and were buried less than a month after their death.She went on to say that witnesses identified Collier as the man who pointed and fired the fatal shots at the brothers. While it was impossible to read people’s minds, pointing a lethal weapon with ammunition therein could be presumed to be with intent.Hardy further informed the jury that they should not be sidetracked by facts suggesting mere procedural inquires such as what was the accused wearing or whether they were drinking but focus on key points like the brothers were shot and killed, persons who had known the accused for years identified him as the shooter and the accused was found with guns.Collier is accused of murdering the two brothers in Victoria Village, ECD on September 23, 2006.Reports are a group of young men were playing dominoes at the Victoria four-corner when the two brothers were allegedly shot by the accused who rode up on a motorcycle.The brothers were rushed to hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival.The trial continues on Tuesday.last_img read more