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Batang Gilas stays winless with loss to Argentina, faces Canada in KO phase

first_imgNBA free agency trend: Stay home, or sign short deals Batang Gilas vs Argentina. PHOTO FROM FIBA.COMThe Philippines ended its group stage campaign without a win after bowing to host Argentina, 74-71, in the Fiba U17 Basketball World Cup Wednesdayat Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario City.Batang Gilas will head into the knockout stage without any form of momentum after going 0-3 in Group D and will face world no. 2 Canada, which topped Group C with an undefeated card in three games.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Argentina finished with a 1-3 record in Group D.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Although the Philippines lost to the Argentinians, it didn’t bow down without a fight.Argentina was up 74-68 in the final 34 seconds  before Yukien Andrada picked off Mateo Diaz’ pass that led to Terrence John Fortea’s triple that trimmed the lead 74-71 with 27 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJuan Cruz Scacchi almost threw away the game for the hosts when he turned the ball over with nine seconds remaining allowing the Batang Gilas to hoist a play for a shot that could’ve sent the game into overtime.Kai Sotto had a shot at the top of the key with three seconds left but it bounced off the rim with Gerry Abadiano’s desperation heave, off his own offensive rebounds, only hitting the backboard. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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Maraño shows lighter side in F2’s title-clinching Game 2

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The lady known as “Beast Mode” amassed a couple of UAAP MVP awards and countless Best Middle Blocker awards be it of the first and second degrees.Maraño did all this brandishing a personality that is best described as intense. But the national team skipper and F2 Logistics veteran also has a lighter side amid her passionate demeanor.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’In the title-clinching Game 2 of the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference finals, Maraño, in the middle of her shouts, was seen smiling to her teammates in an attempt to cool down the situation against Petron.“I was just telling them over and over that they shouldn’t be fooled because whoever gets fooled is ugly,” said Maraño in Filipino Saturday at Ynares Sports Center. MOST READ “I want them to play with a peaceful mind, happy, and they can think clearly,” said Maraño, who had 15 points to lead the Cargo Movers. “If we give ourselves to the game, everything will just fall into place.”“I kept reminding my teammates about it and I see them really getting into it and I see them agreeing with me so the flow of the game went smoothly for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sweet sweep Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I was just trying to make my teammates happy because I don’t want them to feel tight during the game.”Maraño’s antics seemed to have worked its magic as the Cargo Movers fended off the Blaze Spikers in four sets, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, to claim the title.F2 got stunned in the second set when Cherry Rondina, who finished with 20 points, led the Blaze Spikers in a rabid comeback.Petron was down, 16-8, midway through the second set but Rondina willed the blaze Spikers, scoring their last five points and eventually taking the set.Maraño said she reminded her teammates to calm down and have a peaceful thought process to prevent themselves from getting too stressed out.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Aby Maraño made a name for herself not just as one hell of a player but also as a fiery on-court personality.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

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Iker Casillas wants to finish career with Porto

first_imgPorto’s Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts at the end of a friendly football match between Porto and Newcastle United at the Dragao Stadium in Porto on July 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPAVeteran Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who has a year left on his Porto contract, said on Thursday that he wants to “finish his career ” with the club.“I would like to finish my career with FC Porto and go to the end of my contract,” the 37-year-old former Real Madrid goalkeeper told Portuguese broadcaster RTP. ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Kobe Bryant’s wife says Lakers legend not interested in NBA return ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “It would be nice to have only a few clubs in my career,” he added. “I spent a large part of my life at Real Madrid, which is the best club in history, but I came to Portugal and into a strong team like FC Porto and that makes me very happy.” Casillas, who won a World Cup and two European titles with Spain, extended his contract in May shortly after Porto won the Portuguese title.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’He will have a chance to compete again in the Champions League, a competition he won three times with Real, and in which he has made a record 178 appearances.Porto kick off their domestic season on Saturday when they play Aves, surprise winner of the Portuguese Cup last season, in the Supercup. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

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Coric upsets Federer, faces Djokovic in Shanghai final

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Djokovic played his 1,000th career match against Zverev, and holds an impressive 827-173 win-loss record.“I wouldn’t be so dedicated to this sport if I didn’t believe that I can achieve great heights,” Djokovic said. “But you always have to kind of pinch yourself, particularly at this stage of my career, and be grateful, because I have had an awesome career so far.”He is on a 17-match winning streak and is 26-1 in matches played since the start of Wimbledon.A win on Sunday would deliver a fourth title of the season to Djokovic, beside Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “It was one of the best matches of my life,” Coric said.Coric said neck pain almost caused him to skip playing in Shanghai.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“Today, really, I just came on the court with absolutely no pressure. I basically didn’t care, and that’s why I played so good.”The Croatian gave himself a third career shot at Djokovic. In their previous meetings, Coric failed to take a set off of Djokovic. Federer was asked several times on Saturday about his schedule for the remainder of the year, as well as for next year. He said he couldn’t offer any specifics but did offer a guarantee regarding 2019.“I wish I could tell you all these answers, but I really don’t know. But I will play tennis next year, yes,” he said.Coric, who is 2-2 against Federer, also beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion in their last outing at Halle in June.“Against that kind of player, you need something to hold on to,” he said. “I was holding on to that thought that I beat him the last time.”Djokovic’s win over Zverev and Federer’s demise guaranteed Djokovic will move up from No. 3 to No. 2 in the world rankings on Monday, which has him swapping positions with Federer, but still trailing Rafael Nadal.Djokovic’s serve has not been broken this week in 37 service games. He never offered Zverev a break point opportunity, and broke the German’s serve on four of six offerings.By the time Zverev was 6-2, 3-1 down, his emotions got the better of him after he hit a routine backhand into the net. He banged his racket on the court, then gave it another swipe before tossing the mangled implement into the crowd.Djokovic posted only nine unforced errors to 24 for Zverev.“I did everything I intended to do on my end,” Djokovic said. “It’s all working and it’s been a couple of perfect matches.”Djokovic is targeting his 72nd career title here on Sunday. He has won all three of his previous finals in Shanghai. Borna Coric of Croatia celebrates after winning his men’s singles semifinals match against Roger Federer of Switzerland in the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHANGHAI — Borna Coric upset defending champion Roger Federer to face Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday.Coric earned passage to the final by taking down the top-seeded Federer 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentscenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The soon-to-be-No. 2-ranked Djokovic booked a final appointment after crushing No. 5 Alexander Zverev 6-2, 6-1.Coric finished off Federer in style with the final two points an ace and a sizzling forehand crosscourt winner.Coric didn’t offer Federer a break point opportunity, while managing to break Federer’s serve in the opening game of both sets. In all, Federer presented Coric with seven beak point possibilities.“He had more punch on the ball. He served better,” Federer said. “I got off to a bad start in both sets. That combination is plenty here in Shanghai with fast conditions.”Federer has won three titles this year – the Australian Open, Rotterdam, Stuttgart – but all of them were earned before the start of Wimbledon in July.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lesson learned: La Salle bounces back big time vs Adamson Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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Cool Smashers streak to 6th straight triumph, solo lead

first_imgBanKo Perlas held a 19-17 lead in the fourth set and was bent on taking the win in four frames until Pablo and the underrated Palomata decided to take matters in their own hands, igniting a 8-4 binge to extend the match.It could have been a lot easier for the Lady Warriors in the fifth but they gave up five consecutive points to the Perlas Spikers on service and attack errors.BanKo Perlas failed to take advantage of the opponent’s miscues as its gunners struggled, except for Joy Dacoron who nailed three points in the fifth.ADVERTISEMENT Del Palomata drilled in back-to-back points in the endgame as Pocari-Air Force stunned BanKo Perlas, 16-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-23, 15-13.Palomata finished with 10 points for the Lady Warriors, who recovered from a two-game slump and vaulted back into contention with a 4-3 record.They are now tied with the idle PetroGazz Angels in fourth and fifth places.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 ChrissIn pulling down BanKo, which suffered its second consecutive defeat, Pocari also boosted its morale having been in the lower rung of the standings all conference.Myla Pablo unloaded 23 points for the Lady Warriors who still packed enough spunk despite committing eight unforced errors in the fifth set.Jeannete Panaga also shone for the Lady Warriors with 13 points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UP, NU stay in hunt Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Creamline notched its sixth consecutive victory with a 25-23, 25-17, 25-14 triumph over Motolite-Ateneo Sunday night to occupy solo leadership in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at Baliwag Star Arena in Bulacan.The Cool Smashers, now with a 6-1 slate, snapped the Lady Eagles’ three-game win streak that dragged Ateneo to 5-2 and a tie with first-game loser BanKo-Perlas for second place.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

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Real Madrid hires Santiago Solari as coach until 2021

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Solari was appointed as the interim coach about two weeks ago to replace the fired Julen Lopetegui and was rewarded with a long-term deal after leading the team to four straight victories, putting it back on track in the Spanish league and the Champions League.The 42-year-old Solari is a former Argentina international who played for Real Madrid in the early 2000s. He had previously coached Madrid’s “B” team.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 ChrissThere had been speculation about Antonio Conte and Roberto Martinez as possible replacements for Lopetegui, but Solari gained the club’s confidence — and the approval of fans and players — with his impressive start in charge of the main squad.Madrid outscored its opponents 15-2 in the four matches under Solari. It had lost five of its last seven games with Lopetegui in command, being outscored 13-4. Real Madrid’s coach Santiago Herman Solari runs for a ball that went out of play during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)MADRID — Real Madrid is done searching for a new coach.The club said Tuesday it is sticking with Santiago Solari, giving him a permanent contract until June 2021.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Korver, Osman out for Cavs, now down 5 rotational players Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Solari was virtually unknown outside of Spain and few saw him as a front-runner for the Madrid job, but he has always been well-regarded within the club.He got the demanding Madrid fans on his side by making some popular choices early in his stint, including giving more playing time to Vinicius Junior, the young Brazilian who arrived amid high expectations but had been relegated to the “B” team under Lopetegui. The 18-year-old forward played well every time Solari put him in, showing he was indeed ready to be with the main squad.Players who had been struggling under Lopetegui also began thriving after Solari took over. Karim Benzema was one of them, scoring four goals in the four victories under Solari. The French striker had scored only once in the last 10 matches before Lopetegui was fired.The club had registered Solari as its permanent coach on Monday because local regulations prohibit teams from having an interim coach for more than two weeks.Madrid officials had been praising Solari but had not said they stopped looking for a full-time replacement for Lopetegui, the former Spain coach who was fired following a 5-1 loss to Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The club said the decision to keep Solari was made after a meeting of the board of directors on Tuesday.The coach helped Madrid move from ninth to sixth in the Spanish league, four points behind Barcelona. He also put the three-time defending European champions back at the top of its group in the Champions League, tied on points with Roma.Solari helped Madrid win the 2002 Champions League as a player as was involved in the build-up that led to Zinedine Zidane’s superb winner in the final.The former midfielder also played for River Plate, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.He had been coaching Real Madrid’s “B” team since 2016, taking over not long after Zidane left to coach the main squad.Madrid’s next match is at Eibar in the Spanish league on Nov. 24, after the international break.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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Big crowds cheer kick off of Alaska’s famed Iditarod race

first_imgView comments Halana Hiatt of Denver was among the scores of fans who packed downtown to watch the action before she is set to return back home on Sunday. She is visiting the state with her Colorado-based mother, brother and grandmother after inviting them to experience the Iditarod, an item on her bucket list.“It seemed like a big deal,” Hiatt said. “I wanted to come check it out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe serious, competitive portion of the wilderness trek starts Sunday in the small community of Willow, north of Anchorage. From there, the 14-dog teams will cross two mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and dangerous sea ice along the Bering Sea Coast. Village checkpoints are staged across the trail before the teams reach the finish line in the old Gold Rush town of Nome on the state’s western coast.The winner is expected in Nome in about nine days. The expected top prize is $50,000, the same amount as last year but more than $20,000 below the 2017 prize. The total purse is again $500,000 — about $250,000 below the 2017 purse. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The race comes after two difficult years for organizers marked by a dog-doping scandal, the loss of big-name sponsors and escalating pressure from animal activists over multiple dog deaths.But on Saturday, participants were focusing on the race ahead.“I’ve been working for this, building for this, for a long, long time,” Iditarod rookie Richie Beattie, from Two Rivers in Alaska’s interior, said as he waited with his dogs for Saturday’s event to get started. He might be a rookie in the Iditarod, but he’s a veteran musher, having competed twice in the 1,000-mile (1,609-km) Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. So he was looking forward to getting on the trail “for real.”Other participants include defending champion Joar Ulsom of Norway, three four-time winners and a three-time champion.Four-time Iditarod winner Lance Mackey was greeted by multiple fans in his first Iditarod since he scratched in the 2016 race. Mackey, who also won the Yukon Quest four times, is a throat cancer survivor who has an outsize personality popular with fans. He continues to have multiple health problems, including hands that are unusually susceptible to cold and having to drink water constantly because radiation from treatments killed his salivary glands.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid hopes to return from knee injury next week for 76ers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rookie Victoria Hardwick’s team leads the way through cheering fans during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Saturday, March 2, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Big crowds converged on Alaska’s largest city Saturday as hundreds of dogs and their humans kicked off the 47th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog race with a ceremonial sprint along snow-heaped streets.The fan-friendly event in Anchorage brought spectators up close to the 52 musher-dog teams gearing up for the famed 1,000-mile (1,609-kilometer) race. Mushers are generally more relaxed here than they will be for the real thing. But the dogs barked furiously before setting off, jumping and straining against their sled lines in apparent excitement to get going on the 11-mile (18-km) dash.ADVERTISEMENT He said he was ecstatic to be back in the race.“I have no expectations,” he said. “My goal this year is to start with a smile, finish with the same smile and 14 happy, healthy dogs.”People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a longtime race critic, protested at Saturday’s event with harnesses dangling from a representation of the burled arch that marks the finish line in Nome. The harnesses symbolized dogs that have died over the Iditarod’s history. By PETA’s count, more than 150 dogs have died in the race, including one last year. Five dogs connected with the 2017 race also died.“Dogs will continue to drop dead as long as they’re forced to run 1,000 miles at breakneck speed just so their owners can win prize money,” PETA spokeswoman Tricia Lebkuecher said.Race officials dispute the total number of deaths, saying no records of dog deaths were kept in the Iditarod’s early years. They have not provided their count of dog deaths to The Associated Press despite numerous requests over the past few years, the latest on Friday. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Removal of Bodies ‘Not Relevant’

first_imgThe over 2,000 residents of Upper Johnsonville, Kpekpeh Town, near the Kissi Camp Community, outside Monrovia, are say they are suffering from the offensive smell of corpses recently dumped in the nearby Kpanwein River.In response, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, whose agency has now been tasked with the disposal of bodies, told this paper via mobile phone that there is no corpse exposed to create health hazard or environmental concerns for the residents.“We bought the parcel of land in question through my Deputy for Administration, and so, nobody tells anybody that the bodies will be removed since its being underground for over a week,” said Minister Dukuly.MIA Deputy for Administration, Rennie B. Jackson, who spoke through his Director for Communications, D. Emmanuel Wheinyue, failed to disclose the name of the person that reportedly sold that parcel of land to the MIA for burial of the dead Ebola victims as they claimed, and or the amount of money that allegedly changed hands.“The issues of who sold the land and the removal of the bodies from that area because of the environmental concerns are not relevant for now,” said Mr. Wheinyue, who failed to answer questions regarding whether residents can bury their deceased relative/s anywhere anytime once they have bought and deeded a parcel of land.Over a week ago, guarded by a heavily armed platoon of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as well as Police Support Unit (PSU) officers, two mini trucks conveyed corpses believed to be victims of Ebola at different locations across the country. The bodies were dumped on the west bank of the Kpanwein River. They were intended to be buried in mass graves dug by a hired yellow machine, but the machine unfortunately got stuck in the mud, where the property meets the mangrove.The Kpanwein River connects the Kpeh-Kpeh Town Community to Whein Town in the east and Chicken Soup Factory on Somalia Drive in the west, as well as Upper and Lower Johnsonville and many other communities.Since the first truckload of corpses arrived Saturday, August 2, residents of the nearby communities have vehemently rejected the use of their land for the disposal of the bodies. An aggrieved Kpeh-Kpeh Town resident, Carey Daniel, told the Daily Observer that the exact plot of land where the graves are dug is a wetland on the bank of the river that is the source of water for many surrounding communities. They fear that their wells – from which they get water for drinking and domestic use – might be contaminated, exposing them to other diseases.Two school teachers, who are also residents of the area, Emmanuel G. Wonleh, and William S. Zuogbay, are among other inhabitants that have expressed fear of contracting diseases apart from Ebola as a result of the offensive odor that saturates the air over Johnsonville.They are concerned as to when the government, through the authorities of the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare and Internal Affairs, will come to remove the bodies and take them to the crematorium in Marshall or at an appropriate cemetery for ‘proper burial.’The order to dump the corpses on the land came against the backdrop of the government’s recent announcement that it would “consider cremating” (burning) the corpses of those who have died from the deadly Ebola virus. In the wake of the pronouncement, the burial team from the MOH/SW and Internal Affairs on Saturday, August 2, dumped at least 45 bodies in Kissi Camp, near the Kpeh-kpeh Town Community, Upper Johnsonville, just northwest of the City of Paynesville. A resident, Carey Daniel, was among those allegedly brutalized by soldiers accompanying the burial team. Nursing his bruised left eye over the weekend, Daniel wondered as to who selected the land on which the bodies were dumped since the land designated for the disposal of the corpses in Johnsonville is privately owned, with cornerstones conspicuously (clearly) planted and marked.One of the landowners, a businessman, T. Emmanuel Cole, said he was never contacted regarding the use of the piece of land he had purchased with a probated deed for his son, Joseph F. Dolo (cornerstone marked: JFD). “I’m not asking them to pay me [money] for my land.  I’m going to take the authorities to task for illegally using my land to bury dead bodies,” he said.Enraged that they had not been informed prior to the dumping that their community would play host to such a burial site and the implications involved, youth from Kpeh-kpeh Town and nearby communities started felling trees across the road, denying passage to the vehicles en route to bury the dead. For his part, Johnsonville Township Commissioner, Melvin Bettie, told the Daily Observer that he was indirectly connected to the dumping of the bodies, because, when approached by the MOH/SW authority, he could not immediately provide a burial site for corpses. According to him, he was not the one who ordered the execution of the burial exercise, but “because of my job, I assigned the Land Commissioner to supervise the process.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘We Are Doomed for Failure, If…’

first_imgMontserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif is warning her colleague Legislators that unless they start to adequately capacitate their staffers through empowerment and build their human resource capacity, the Legislature is doomed to failure.Senator Doe-Sherif, who chairs the Senate’s Committee on Transport, was speaking Monday at program marking the launch of the Legislative Information Service (LIS) Electronic/E-Newsletter and official Facebook for the purpose of disseminating critical information to Members of the Legislature and the public on the work of LIS; as well capturing and lifting ‘cutting edge’ activities at the Legislature.The launch of the program according to LIS, spotlighted what it called “Effective Service Delivery in the Public Sector in General and the Legislature in Particular.”Senator Doe-Sherif emphasized the need for the LIS staff and others working for the Legislature to be capacitated and supported in the manner and form to be compared to none.“When we are elected as Senators or Representatives we do not have all the technical knowhow or the knowledge to run our offices effectively; that is why we hire people to form part of our staff to help us run our offices. But if we as Senators and Representatives do not capacitate these people; empower them, build their human resource capacity, I think we are doomed to failure.“It is incumbent upon all of us that we support you financially, morally and physically, through individual means and take it through the different Chambers and then the leaderships,” Sen. Doe Sherif said about LIS staff.She assured LIS of support from the Legislature and promised to champion their cause.“Maybe this initiative will help to reduce the amount of failure we have around here. And so I want to be the first person to give you a laptop to support the LIS and also a cash donation of US$500.”Speaking earlier, the Director of LIS McCarthy Weh asserted that Liberia as a country is undertaking its transformation program called “The Agenda for Transformation,” and that for that transformation to be very successful there is a need to embark on critical reforms.“We think individual institutions in Liberia must embark on critical reforms, and we think the Legislature must take the lead in this critical reform. Meaningful national transformation requires critical institutional reform,” Director Weh emphasized.“We are saying that the Legislature must make it mandatory for both Chambers to run an electronic voting system; we think by now there is no reason why constituents of lawmakers who are outside of Monrovia cannot know how a particular member votes on a particular issue.”Director Weh challenged the legislature on the need to do more: “There is something in strategic management called competitive advantage. If there is need for competitive advantage between and among the three branches of Government of the staffers let us do it. If the Executive thinks that their staffers can work, let the Legislators too show that their staffers can work; for you to do that, you have to support your department.”The LIS boss regretted the absence of House Speaker Alex Tyler and Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley, who according to the program sheet, were expected to make special remarks.“This is why I wanted the Speaker and the Pro Tempore to be present, your department needs your support; we are qualified, competent and have all the requisite qualifications that our colleagues at the executive branch of Government have; your Chief of Staff that run your offices are qualified people, so let us support them,” he asserted.Before the close of the program, Senator Doe-Sherif officially launched a newsletter titled “REFORM 2 TRANSFORM” with the click of a laptop “send” button.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liberia, World Bank Sign US$30M Financing Deal

first_imgThe World Bank Group and the Liberian Government have penned two financing agreements extending US$30 million to the Government of Liberia to help with the country’s recovery program through the budget, amidst the Ebola outbreak.The money will also help support Liberia’s medium-term strategy to strengthen its transparency and accountability mechanisms, expand the economy, increase access to quality education and improve health services that are critical to fighting the current Ebola epidemic.The financing, which is also expected to support the Second Poverty Reduction Support Operation (PRSDPO II), includes a US$20 million International Development Association (IDA) credit and a US$10 million grant allocated from the World Bank Group’s IDA Crisis Response Window. The IDA is designed to help low-income [poorest] countries respond to exceptionally severe crises in a timely, transparent and predictable way. Speaking at the signing ceremony in the conference room of the Ministry of Finance &Development Planning (MFDP) in Monrovia on Thursday, November 20, World Bank Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, said the Second Poverty Reduction Support Operation is the second in the programmatic series of four single trench operations to support the implementation of the government’s programs approved by the World Bank Board of Directors on November 12, 2014. She explained that although the original amount of this World Bank budget support operation to Liberia was US$10 million, the Bank realized the enormous economic challenges the Ebola outbreak has created on almost all government development programs and activities. “Therefore, the Bank decided to increase the amount of budget support to US$30 million, including US$10 million grand funding from a special IDA Response Window,” said Ms. Dobraja. “The World Bank is mobilizing nearly US$1 billion in financing for the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis: US$518 million for emergency response and to help speed up the development of foreign health workers to affected countries. The funding is helping the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic to contain the spread of infections, help communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis and improve public health systems,” she added. “Of the US$518 million,” Ms. Dobraja said, “US$117 million is already disbursed to countries and implementing agencies, including US$52 million for Liberia.” The World Bank Country Manager pledged the Bank’s commitment to continuing its financial support to Liberia during and after the Ebola crisis.The Liberian economy has been hit hard by the Ebola epidemic and the related health crisis, significantly slowing down economic activities, declining investments in various sectors and increasing unemployment. “Our economy is struggling to adjust to the impact of the Ebola epidemic and this budgetary support provided by the World Bank Group is going to help us finance budget deficit and get the economy running,” said Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh. Minister Konneh disclosed that government and partners have re-adjusted the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) downward for 2014, from 2.5 percent to 0.4 percent. With economic growth now in negative, Minister Konneh called for increased fiscal discipline in government and increased external budgetary support to finance the deficit. “Our economy is at crossroads. It now calls for strict adherence to fiscal discipline by public officials,” he said. Mr. Konneh, however, clarified that economic decline is not due to bad government policies, but the Ebola virus outbreak. “We appreciate the World Bank Group’s support to the worst Ebola-affected countries-Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone amidst the huge fiscal deficit, declining revenues and increased public spending caused by the Ebola outbreak,” he added. Konneh acknowledged the World Bank as the largest donor to the Government of Liberia during this Ebola epidemic.The nearly US$1 billion that the World Bank Group is mobilizing for countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis, includes more than US$500 million for the emergency response and to help speed up the deployment of foreign health workers to the countries, and at least US$450 million from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to enable trade, investment and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The US$10 million grant agreement signed on Thursday is part of the PRSDPO II part of previous pledges from the Bank Group for the emergency response to Ebola.The Ebola epidemic, centered in West Africa, has infected more than 13,000 people and killed nearly 5,000.The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), which was established in 1960, helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives.IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change for 2.8 billion people living on less than US$2 a day. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 112 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about US$18 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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