Barça no longer makes pineapple

first_imgBut there is a detail that was not overlooked by experts and amateurs. And there are already two games in a row in which the squad, after the warm-up and before retiring to the changing rooms, in which they do not all meet to make the classic harangue they had been doing so far. It is still an anecdote, but the truth is that Barça de Quique Setién he has lost a habit he had when Ernesto Valverde He sat on the Barca bench and a long time ago.Maybe the fans would like to continue watching, if only for a simple team gesture, that there is union in the squad, something they will probably continue to do before jumping on the grass while they change. They no longer make pineapple in public, although it seems they don’t need it in view of the last two results. Barcelona won Levante yesterday thanks to two goals from the very young Ansu Fati, both assisted by Leo Messi (2-1). The victory served not to lose the wake of Real Madrid at the top of the table and to continue with the sensation, after the meeting of Cup before him Leganés, that with the change of coach the Barça It may be more vertical than it seems.last_img read more

BOURNEMOUTH VS MAN UNITED

first_imgBOURNEMOUTH (4-1-4-1)FEDERICI,SMITH, COOK, DISTIN, DANIELS,SURMAN,RITCHIE, GOSLING, ARTER, STANISLAS,KINGMANU(4-2-3-1)MARTIAL,FELLAINI,LINGARD, SCHWEINSTEIGER, SCHNEIDERLIN, MATA,DARMIAN, BLIND, SMALLING, McNAIR,DE GEAManchester United must bounce back from Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat in Germany against Wolfsburg, which saw them knocked out of the Champions League.After winning 1-0 at reigning champions Chelsea, Bournemouth should be confident of facing United at the Vitality Stadium. That victory, only their third of the season, took the Cherries out of the bottom three.Indeed, Bournemouth became the first newly-promoted side to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in more than 14 years.United, now fourth in the Barclays Premier League, arrive hoping to shake off their habit of featuring in goalless draws; Louis van Gaal’s men have been involved in no fewer than eight 0-0 stalemates in 2015, their most in a calendar year since 2005 when they notched up 10.However, United also have nine clean sheets this season; in the last campaign they kept 11.This is the first time these teams have met in the league, though in eight cup ties, United have won five, drawn two and lost only one – in the FA Cup in 1984.last_img read more

Ballesteros steps up, Meralco stays alive with upset win over Ginebra

first_imgMOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Undermanned and all, Meralco leaned on an unlikely hero in Jason Ballesteros to come away with a 84-82 squeaker over Barangay Ginebra and stay in playoff contention in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Philippine Arena here.“Wow,” exclaimed Meralco coach Norman Black after his team created a three-way logjam at ninth with TNT and Blackwater at 4-6. “It’s just great effort from the guys just knowing the circumstances that had we lost today, we’re out of the tournament. The guys just came out there and played to get the win.”ADVERTISEMENT Ballesteros faced the Gin King giants and made a good account of himself, hauling down a career-best 17 rebounds while also scoring the final three points for the Bolts in the final minute.The unheralded big man secured the offensive rebound after misses by Reynel Hugnatan and Chris Newsome before banking the go-ahead bucket, 83-82, with 36.2 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkScottie Thompson missed a floater on the other end, before Ballesteros once again grabbed another board before splitting his foul shots with 17.3 seconds to go.The Gin Kings muffed another opportunity after Japeth Aguilar misfired on his potential game-tying triple as the Bolts escaped with the win. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Padda says Adamson ‘scared on defense’ vs Rondina, UST MERALCO 84 — Lanete 19, Caram 16, Hugnatan 12, Newsome 12, Ballesteros 7, Salva 5, Amer 4, Bono 4, Canaleta 3, Faundo 2, Sedurifa 0, Tolomia 0.GINEBRA 82 — J. Aguilar 20, Thompson 17, Slaughter 12, Mercado 10, Caguioa 6, Cruz 5, Tenorio 5, Devance 4, Mariano 3, Ferrer 0, Manuel 0.Quarters: 15-20, 45-38, 67-64, 84-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “It’s just a huge win for us and gave us another chance going to our last game against Magnolia,” said Black, who now shifts his focus on the Bolts’ last outing versus the Magnolia Hotshots in Cagayan de Oro. “It’s nice to be alive. We look forward to Saturday.”Garvo Lanete shot 3-of-8 from three to top Meralco in scoring with 19 markers while Anjo Caram had a career-best 16 points. Hugnatan and Newsome both wound up with 12.Aguilar paced Ginebra with 20 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Thompson flirted with a triple-double with 17 markers, 13 boards, and five assists.The Gin Kings fell to an even 5-5 record after they squandered a 77-69 lead midway in the payoff period. Meralco staged a 12-3 run to grab an 81-80 lead at the 1:17 mark.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Against strong field, Blatchford didn’t expect to dominate Ironman PH

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Thomas Torres out for six weeks after stabbing incident Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Simone Maier of New Zealand also had a remarkable run en route to a third-place finish.She started in sixth place in the swim and fifth after the first transition before gaining steam on the bike.The inaugural full distance Ironman in the Philippines was Blatchford’s first race since giving birth last year.Alexandra Ganzon of the Philippines finished last in the eight-woman field.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Liz Blatchford. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC — Liz Blatchford got a headstart and never looked back to conquer the top pro women category of the first ever Ironman Philippines on Sunday here.Blatchford registered a time of 9 hours, 22 minutes and 22 seconds, 18 minutes and 13 seconds faster than second-placer and fellow Australian Dimity Lee Duke.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls It was a dominating performance by Blatchford, who, herself was surprised with the turnout.READ: Supermom: Blatchford draws inspiration from daughter Mahli to win Ironman PHFEATURED 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 crown“I guess you can never count out your competitors. There’s a lot of strong women here and you know at Ironman, anything can happen so I think I didn’t expect it but I’m very happy that it turned out that way,” said Blatchford.Blatchford led throughout the 3.8-kilometer swim, 180-km bike and 42 km run and was never really threatened. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Justice for all: First Indian draftee shows NBA has ‘life changing’ role

first_imgBWB has evolved from its original premise in 2001 to help 14-year-old youngsters affected by the Balkan Wars to holding four camps on four continents for 17-year-old boys and girl.It culminates in the top players from each going to a three-day camp in the USA during the NBA All Star weekend, where they are put through their paces by NBA and WNBA players and looked over by coaches.Justice says he is proud that opening-night NBA rosters boasted 27 players who had gone through the BWB program, including two who will appear in London on Thursday — the Wizards’ Czech point guard Tomas Satoransky and Frenchman Frank Ntilikina of the Knicks.Of Chedlet, Justice says his moment will come.“Hopefully next year he will be good enough for the BWB Americas camp,” he said.“We have a coach for him now because the federation wants to groom him for the national team.”Chedlet may not yet be ready yet, but Justice is certain of one thing that should stand him in good stead.“He is a man now.” Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Team Lakay aspiring for Manny Pacquiao’s longevity Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 LATEST STORIES Justice says he will never forget Chedlet’s reaction, having been selected to come to New York for more training, when he took him to an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors.“He began to cry when we entered the arena,” said Justice.“Then when we are sitting in the front row and he saw Steph Curry (NBA icon and three time champion with Golden State), he began to shake.“I mean for him it was a special moment, being from where he was from. He has gone in two months from no one knowing who he is to sitting in the Barclays Center.“He has been transformed by the game.”‘He is a man now Justice admits Chedlet is far from the finished product with years of hard training and coaching to come if he is to make it.“He is a good shot blocker, a great rebounder, but he has had no coaching,” said Justice.“Right now he is a college prospect. He needs to go to college, and we can help him with that.”Justice can see the Haitian youngster eventually becoming good enough to attend a Basketball Without Borders camp (BWB). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Justice, who features in the Netflix documentary ‘One in a Billion’ which charts Singh’s remarkable journey from a remote Punjab village to the Mavericks, says it is the human aspect that makes him enjoy his job.“I am a heart guy,” he told AFP ahead of the NBA game in London on Thursday between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“To see lives change through sport are the most powerful moments.“They are what I live for. It is not about basketball. It is these kids and their journeys. “To teach them how to grow as individuals is the biggest thing.”Justice, a former player, says it is moving to be able to use basketball to give something to youngsters who have had nothing.One such case that especially moved the American is a 16-year-old Haitian named Chedlet (only one name used).“As you know Haiti is a rough place, but we ran a junior NBA programme there in four locations to select top players and bring them to an elite programme,” he said.“Up in a mountainous region of northern Haiti where we had previously done nothing, we discovered a seven foot boy who had no coach, no court, nothing, but he had natural raw athletic talent.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments This photo taken on August 7, 2015 shows Indian basketball player Satnam Singh Bhamara (C), who is on the Dallas Mavericks NBA team, meeting fans at the Ludhiana Basketball Academy in Ludhiana. The 7-foot-2-inch (2.18m) Bhamara, 19, became the first India-born player in the NBA when he was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in June 2015. AFP PHOTO (Photo by STR / AFP)Troy Justice played a leading role in Satnam Singh becoming the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA, telling AFP it is such “life changing” events that make his job so rewarding.Justice, the NBA’s Associate Vice President, International Basketball Operations, came across Singh, who joined the Dallas Mavericks in 2015 — although he is currently in the Canadian League with St John’s Edge — when he was based in India for the organization.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Overweight Jhack Tepora replaced, stripped of interim featherweight title

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Perez, who is from Sta. Rosa, Laguna, takes on fast-rising lightweight and Pacquiao’s sparring partner George Kamboso Jr. while welterweight Inson and flyweight Labranza face Jonathan Steele and Carlos Buitrago, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Big fish hooked View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:14Carpio 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 awardcenter_img Jhack Tepora during weigh in. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFilipino Jhack Tepora has been stripped of his interim WBA featherweight belt after failing to make weight ahead of his bout against Hugo Ruiz in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner headliner on Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Tepora hit the scale 5.5 pounds over the 126-pound limit and was given two hours to shed off the excess weight.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The 25-year-old Tepora has also been replaced in the card by Alberto Guevara for being overweight.The fight against Ruiz was supposed to be Tepora’s US debut and a golden opportunity for the up-and-coming Cebuano to continue his rise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTepora, who is under MP Promotions, is undefeated at 22-0 with 17 knockouts. He has knocked out his last six opponents, including a ninth-round stoppage of Mexico’s Edivaldo Ortega last July to win the interim title.With Tepora out, there are only three Filipinos fighting in the undercard in Rey Perez, Jayar Inson and Genisis Labranza.last_img read more

US$5M District Development Money on Ice

first_imgThe Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hans Barchue, has sounded an alarm that US$5 million for the purpose of direct District Development remains “on ice as the 2013/2014 Budget elapses.” Said amount was allotted in the National Budget for direct district development projects in the 73 electoral districts across the country.In a Daily Observer interview at the weekend, Deputy Speaker Barchue expressed concern over the delay in implementing projects associated with said amount, adding, “Liberia strongly depends on district projects in order to develop its broken infrastructure.”He disclosed that 26 projects in various counties had been identified by community dwellers, local authorities and lawmakers as projects that are ripe for implementation in their respective regions.“The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) under instruction of a committee of the Legislature, conducted feasibility studies in the areas of concern and identified projects to be implemented,” Rep. Barchue indicated.Since LACE completed the assessment process, Deputy Speaker Barchue declared, “Finance Ministry is yet to release the money for those projects and we are closing on this year’s budget with nothing being done to address said critical matter,” he stressed.The Grand Bassa County lawmaker expressed frustration over the slow pace of development in rural communities, noting that rural dwellers feel completely disconnected from urban areas.“The US$5 million was a pilot project introduced to make a way for other bigger interventions in the near future. The Finance Minister had assured us that the money was in a special account that has not been touched. LACE has been across the country inspecting the sites for these projects and as we speak, Finance Ministry is yet to release a single dollar for them. This act on the part of the Ministry is frustrating people like us, who are development-oriented and want rural areas to be lighted as Monrovia,” he said.“These projects range from schools, clinics and bridges to markets and farm-to-market roads that are urgently needed in the rural communities. We’re not going to take this lightly because the development of the districts is paramount to the Legislature,” Deputy Speaker Barchue indicated.As the close of this Fiscal period, June 30, approaches, Rep. Barchue pointed out, the plenary of the House is expected to invite Finance Minister Amara Konneh again to explain the status of the money.He wants serious attention placed on the development of rural communities in order to develop the entire country.He used the medium to announce several development initiatives instituted by his office in District #1, Grand Bassa County. According to him, 13 Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) set including generators and other accessories valued over US$9,000 were provided to district residents recently.“The DSTV sets were provided to the district in order to give our people the opportunity to watch the Football World Cup from their respective communities. Our people have difficulties in getting to Firestone and other places for amusement, so we have brought it to their doorsteps,” he said.However, reacting to Deputy Speaker Barchue’s claims, the Deputy Finance Minister for Budget, Mr. Sebastian Muah, confirmed that the money was on “ice” because of the present budget shortfall that the nation is experiencing.Speaking with the Daily Observer late last night, Mr. Muah  further stated that because of the shortfall, the money had to be diverted to other meaningful undertakings of the government. He said the money had nothing to do with the lawmakers because the Constitution does not give them expending power.  That power is the constitutional preserve of the Executive, which contains the Ministry of Finance and other expending entities of the government.Commenting on LACE’s intervention, Dep. Min Muah stated that for the last two years, that agency has not shown a single project that it has completely done with thousands of dollars that it had received from the Ministry of Finance.“Should we just be spending money when we can’t see any meaningful thing that has been done with the money? You people [journalists] need to go on a fact finding in order to verify for yourselves what I am talking about.“Another thing, for the last seven years, we have been spending money in the name of county development.  Go into the counties and see the developments that are there,” Min. Muah said.He told the Observer that as Deputy Minister for the Budget, he was yet to receive any new plan from the LACE concerning any development projects to be carried out in the counties. His comments are in reference to Deputy Speaker Barchue’s, that LACE had since gone around the country and identified projects but the Ministry of Finance was yet to release money for those projects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister Addy Outlines Achievement in 2014

first_imgThe Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Axel Addy has outlined successes achieved by his ministry in 2014.Appearing as guest on the ELBC Super Morning Show (SMS) recently in Paynesville, the Minister intoned that the Ministry went to a retreat last year and developed a three-year strategic plan which attempts to find innovative ways to address the ministry’s mandate.He said at that retreat the ministry shifted its focus in 2014, to ensure that there is no new crisis, with the Ebola epidemic already existing in the country.The Minister disclosed that the MOC constituted a small team that met with importers of petroleum products, rice and others to learn about challenges they are facing in importing these products and they were able to achieve their target.With such achievement done last year, Minister Addy added that the ministry has been and is able to maintain a steady supply of seven brands of rice and fuel on the Liberian market.He stressed that the ministry has also established a Customer Service Center which deals with consumer complaints and the processing of IPDs.According to Minister Addy, a one stop shop will be established at the ministry by the end of the first quarter of this year and the Liberia Revenue Authority and Central Bank of Liberia will be included into it.Commenting further, the Liberia Commerce Minister said the ministry has embarked on a journey to build the capacity of staff by sending them abroad for training and building their capacities through the Liberia Institute for Public Administration, adding that they are seeing progress.The Commerce Minister indicated that this is the first time the ministry’s staffs went through orientation to understand the mandate of the ministry and their job descriptions, which he said was done through the Human Resource DepartmentHe said “one of the innovations we have put in place at the ministry is what we called the Welfare Committee and that manages staff, deals with debts in the ministry between the employees, including various issues. This is beginning to prove very positive because our staffs have vehicles that they can use to do their work.”Commenting on the generation of revenues by his ministry, the minister pointed out that the ministry doubled its revenue generation in 2014 and has planned to triple it this year.The Minister of Commerce stated further that the ministry is working with the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) to generate more money for government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Britain’s Brown vows to be in step with U.S. on Iraq

first_imgBy David Stringer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON – Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged Tuesday to keep Britain’s Iraq policy in line with that of the United States, seeking to allay fears the country’s move out of the southern city of Basra marked the start of a major withdrawal. Brown told a news conference that a decision on a potential future British troop cut would be taken only in consultation with the United States and other allies. Some U.S. officials have criticized Britain’s decision to leave Iraq’s second largest city, raising worries about the security of supply routes to Baghdad and London’s long-term commitment to the war. “We are on exactly the same path that I have set out, which is that we will continue to discharge our obligations to the Iraqi people, that we support their democracy,” Brown told reporters at his Downing Street office when asked if he remained in step with President Bush. Bush told reporters Monday night that if security in Iraq continues to improve, the United States may be able to carry out its duties with fewer troops. But Brown refused to say whether Britain will cut its 5,500 troops when it hands security responsibilities for Basra to Iraqi forces in the autumn – the remaining province over which Britain has responsibility. “We will have to make a further decision when the time is right,” Brown said. The International Crisis Group, a Brussels, Belgium-based think-tank, said in June that Basra had become destabilized by warring militias and that locals believed British forces had been beaten into retreat. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Video: Heads! Brazilian footballer is nearly decapitated by rival

first_imgCheck out this tackle from Vasco’s clash with Flamengo…last_img