Official condemns unruly Lions fans in Cup final

first_imgFans from the Simbu TNA Lions were seen hurling containers and other objects at the referees and linesmen after the game.The fans also verbally abused them and tried to run onto the field.David Silovo, who is on the Judiciary of the Digicel Cup competition, said this was uncalled for and these fans had ruined what was a good game.He reported on Facebook later: “The referees went back to Brisbane this morning and they were calm and collected and were at their usual best and cheerful.”But i completely deplore the incompetence of the venue security and police for setting a blind eye to the safety of referees and other officials running the games.”Alcohol shold not be served in bottles anymore. Paper cups should be used for softdrinks and all teams must have water in  in eskies and not bring packaged water containers,” said Silovo.last_img read more

Suspended Ibaka offers apology to Raptors, fans

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Congolese-born Spaniard was suspended for one game by the NBA after trading punches with Miami Heat forward James Johnson in a game on Tuesday.That means the Raptors will be without Ibaka and his averages of 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game when they host LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who are chasing Toronto for second place in the East.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 folkIt’s not the first time an outburst has cost Ibaka playing time this season. The Raptors suspended him for one game in December after he was involved in an altercation with a team staff member. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Toronto forward Serge Ibaka, suspended for Thursday’s key Eastern Conference clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers, offered an apology to the Raptors and their fans.“Sometimes during a game my emotions can lead to bad reactions and I’m not proud of that,” Ibaka wrote on his Twitter feed. “This is why I want to apologize to the Raptors organization, the fans, the staff and my teammates for my suspension.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew James, struggling Cavs routed again as Raptors romp 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 STORIESlast_img read more

‘Dejected’ Gilas has ‘no one to blame but ourselves,’ says Norwood

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas Pilipinas’ ‘lack of maturity’ showed in heartbreaking loss to Iran June Mar Fajardo came up empty at the line that would’ve given the Filipinos a three-point cushion with 2:20 left while Scottie Thompson threw one of the two bad passes with under 30 seconds to go when Gilas was only down by three.Gilas captain Gabe Norwood stressed there’s no point in putting the blame on anyone else but themselves.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“Dejected, frustrated, disappointed, all of those, but there’s no one to blame but ourselves,” Norwood said after losing to Mohammad Jamshidi-led Iran, 78-70. “We had our opportunities, two winnable games, and kudos to Kazakhstan and Iran. They both came out, made big shots, made big plays, and they were ready.”Still, Norwood has his head held high despite two crushing defeats. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas had a forgettable fourth quarter against Iran on Monday night.The worst part even came down the stretch–in the last three minutes–where the Philippines only made one out of its eight attempts from the field, missed two free throws and had a pair of errant passes.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I mean tonight the effort was there, we came out executed a lot better compared to our last game. So, in that sense, the improvement to one game to the next is uplifting. At the same time, but if you’re not winning games, it’s not the plan,” he said.Gilas slid to fourth place in Group F with a 5-5 card but its hopes of returning to the Fiba World Cup stays in its hands.“Like I said, no one to blame but ourselves. I’m not aware of the scenario. But all I know is we need to win two games. And I’m not sure if that would be enough. We got a couple of months to figure things out and the best plan is to get us ready then we’ll go from there.”The top three teams in Groups E and F plus the fourth-placer with the better record will book a ticket to China.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Can the Pro Poor Agenda Resolve the Nation’s Education Crisis?

first_imgThe attention of this newspaper has been drawn to a story carried in its Tuesday November 13th edition headlined “62 percent of Public School Teachers Not Qualified” quoting a recent World Bank report. According to the recent World Bank report, 62 percent of all teachers that are assigned in public primary schools across the country do not hold a “C” certificate.The “C” certificate is the minimum qualification required for teachers in public schools in Liberia. The World Bank also reports that teacher quality at the secondary level is very low where only about a third of secondary teachers possess the minimum qualification which is a University degree or an “A” certificate.In short, a general lack of qualified teachers and the generally low quality of teaching are principal drivers of low learning outcomes in Liberia, according to a recently concluded World Bank, Liberian government Joint Education Review held in Ganta, Nimba County. What the World Bank statement apparently forgot to state was that Government of Liberia spending on education in the 2018-2019 budget amounts to a paltry US$5 million.That the educational system of the nation is imperiled is an understatement. Former President Sirleaf described it as a mess and her solution to the problem was to outsource public education to private business interests. Despite protests from the National Teachers Association of Liberia, UNESCO, UNICEF and others, the project went full steam ahead.The Bridge-Liberia partnership and the scandal-ridden More Than Me Academy, for example were touted as laudable examples of what could be achieved through outsourcing of public education to private business interests. But the results purportedly achieved under this scheme remained at best questionable.The current situation is alarming and it stands in urgent need of remedial action. Firstly the allocation to education in the national budget is abysmally low. For example, most public schools around the country lack, in addition to qualified teachers, relevant instructional materials including desks and chairs and the chronic lack of science laboratories and libraries.Given the disastrous results of the public education outsourcing policy and, given the alarming level of low learning outcomes in our public schools, it is clear and self-evident that in the absence of adequate funding to education, national development efforts shall remain stymied and the nation’s progress impeded. Such funding should include provisions for teacher training and the production of adequate and relevant learning materials.While this newspaper holds that the nation’s broken education system is one inherited by this government, yet it cannot serve as an excuse for the demonstrated lack of commitment to fund education of the country’s human resource. It must not be forgotten that this government was elected on a welter of promises to fix the country’s problems.Given the current outlook, there is little reason for optimism about the government’s ability to deliver on its promises. A cursory review of the budget, for example, shows that total budgetary allocation for health, agriculture and education amounts to a mere US$9.28 million. On the other hand, budgetary allocation to social benefits for former elected officials, standing at US$48 million, is more than five times the total allocation for health, education and agriculture combined.Against this backdrop, it becomes difficult to see just how the Pro Poor Agenda for national prosperity and development will yield any tangible results at all. It can be recalled that recently, President Weah announced a tuition-free policy for all students enrolled in public universities and colleges.This newspaper lauds the President’s intentions to provide tuition free education to students in public institutions of higher learning. Yet it cannot remain oblivious of the fact that the current budgetary outlay for education is grossly inadequate and may more likely than not, hamper the successful actualization and implementation of the tuition-free policy announced by President Weah.The public is all too aware of President Weah’s promise to build a great nation but he cannot successfully do so if the preponderant majority of its people remain uneducated. There are no shortcuts to development without education, The United Nations recommend that governments around the world should spend at least 20 percent of their national budgets on education.Poor funding to education is said to be responsible for the Ministry of Education’s inability to properly monitor schools. According to 2016 Ministry of Education report, school monitoring is hampered by a lack of training, lack of fuel and poor accountability for County Education and District Education officers, neither does it have a single monitoring tool or use of smart phone technology to gather and report school data.The key question is whether the Pro Poor Agenda for prosperity and development can turn around the fortunes of the nation’s educational systems, which former President Sirleaf described as a “mess”. Can the Pro Poor Agenda resolve the nation’s education crisis? Only time will tell.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stakeholders benefit from CSN international standards workshop

first_imgParticipants during a session at the CSN international standard workshopPersonnel attached to both private and public organisations within Guyana were on Wednesday last given the opportunity to benefit from a workshop geared at increasing the knowledge regarding the impact of international standards on locally owned business.The workshop was organised by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) in collaboration with the Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) where it mainly focused on increasing the visibility and understanding of the benefits that international standards can bring to support development and export potential to Guyanese businesses.GNBS Marketing and Communications Head, Syeid Ibrahim in remarks at the launch of the workshop underscored that international standards play an important role in promoting productivity and efficiency, reducing costs, removing barriers to trade, and driving economic growth. Hence, building upon the Commonwealth advantage can trigger significant additional economic gains to Guyana and local businesses.The workshop was conducted by CSN Technical Standardisation Expert Glenn Bosmans along with Head of International Engagement British Standard Institution (BSI) Peter Sissons and GNBS Technical Officer Andrea Mendonca.This collaboration started at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, when the United Kingdom Prime Minister announced the establishment of the CSN to tackle non-tariff barriers and promote strong trade amongst all Commonwealth states through the participation, adoption and implementation of international standards.last_img read more

NPSS Grizzlies Senior Girls Rugby holds first home game of the season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Senior Girls Rugby had their first home game of the season on Wednesday against Sexsmith. Spurred on by a huge home crowd, the Grizzlies battled hard against the perennial powerhouse. It was another excellent team effort, with impressive individual performances from Maddison Holloway and Michelle Kalkman.Despite losing the game, the girls continue to get more comfortable on the pitch and are excited to take on Charles Spencer in Grande Prairie on Wednesday this week. The boys kick off at 3:30 p.m. and the girls follow at 4:45 p.m.Up Next:Senior Boys Rugby host PWA on Wednesday, May 15th. Kick off at 4:15 p.m. Make sure to come out and support our Grizzlies!- Advertisement –last_img

Province offers to share the bill for new forage production insurance

first_imgThe BC government is hoping to ease the impact of inclement weather on forage supply for livestock producers starting next year.Today, minister of agriculture and lands Stan Hagen announced Forage Supply Coverage, a new insurance product. The development of the insurance was supported by the BC Cattlemen’s Association to protect its members when local forage fails to grow. Ranchers who rely on forage produced on their own farm are eligible for the new coverage, which will provide coverage of $40 per ton if forage production falls below 60 per cent of average production levels. – Advertisement -Additionally, the province is offering to cover half the producer’s cost of the insurance for 2009 in an effort to get ranchers on board. The deadline to purchase forage productio insurance is November 30th, 2008.last_img read more

Liverpool transfer update! Reds to up Ings offer? Lambert off to Stoke or West Brom?

first_imgGraham Beecroft joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show to discuss the latest news from Liverpool.talkSPORT’s Merseyside correspondent tells Alan Brazil and Danny Murphy about the Reds pursuit of Burnley striker Danny Ings, who has been the subject of a rejected £4m bid from Brendan Rodgers’ side.There’s also the latest on Rickie Lambert’s future, with Stoke and West Brom interested in the England forward.Follow all the action as the transfer window slams shut with our dedicated blog by clicking here, and listen to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show every weekday morning from 6-10am only on talkSPORT.last_img

Baseball stores already win series

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Combine popular players, big markets, a team on a hot streak and a trio of long-suffering cities desperate for a World Series champion and what do you get? If you’re Major League Baseball, a problem. But at least it’s a good one to have. The traditionally moribund Phillies, the lovable loser Cubs and the sometimes hapless Indians are in the playoffs. So are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels, while the Colorado Rockies are riding a furious late-season rally and flying high off a win in a wild-card tiebreaker. And their merchandise is selling so fast that Major League Baseball is having a hard time keeping up. “I’ve been wanting to get another one for a long time, and this seemed like the perfect time,” Cramer said. Across the street from Coors Field in Denver, the Sportsfan store still hadn’t received Rockies wild card T-shirts or hats. Assistant manager Clayton Reed said the phone had been ringing off the hook from people requesting them. “We’re not used to this stuff in September. We did the last ordering probably about a month or two months ago,” he said. “So, yeah, it’s really hard to keep stuff in here on a constant basis.” At Sports World, across the street from Wrigley Field, sales of Cubs memorabilia were brisk. Employees stuffed division championship T-shirts and hats into priority mail boxes to meet demand from online orders. “Internet sales are through the roof,” said Earl Shaevitz, one of the store owners. “We can’t even keep up with it, selling all over the country and to Europe.” For franchises with traditionally strong sales like the Yankees and Red Sox, that isn’t unusual, according to Mike May, the director of media relations for the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. But it could get bigger if one of the Cinderella teams wins the Series. “In these other markets – Phillies, Cubs, Rockies – whatever’s not nailed down is going to go,” he said. The Cubs could bring an end to their 99-year title drought and break the Curse of the Billy Goat. In the season they recorded their 10,000th loss, the Phils are trying to win the city’s first major championship since the 76ers won a title in 1983. The Rockies could capture a fairy-tale World Series title after winning 14 of their last 15 games just to make it into the playoffs. And Cleveland has a chance to win its first pro championship since 1964, when the Browns won the NFL Championship. In a year with relatively ho-hum playoffs, MLB might see the postseason produce about 5 percent of its merchandise sales, said MLB official Smith. This year, it could be as high as 20 percent. While the league does not release sales figures, manufacturers reported total sales of MLB merchandise at $3.1 billion in 2005, the last year for which figures were available. That was up from $2.9 billion in 2004, when the Red Sox won the World Series and touched off a buying frenzy that lasted into May, Smith said. May said fans just get swept up in the excitement and have to be a part of it. “When people get caught up in the excitement of a winning team, especially in the case of the Red Sox and White Sox (the 2005 World Series champs), who had not tasted victory in decades, people feel if I don’t buy now, I’ll never get a chance to buy them as a winner, because it may be just as long before they win it again.” Nancy Gehman, a Phillies season-ticket holder since 1994, understands that feeling completely. She has been waiting a long time to see the Phillies get back to the playoffs for the first time since 1993. “It’s been 14 years,” said Gehman, who was buying an NL East champions shirt and two hats. “We enjoyed just coming to the game, even those ones where nobody was in the stands.” She was buying the hats for her daughters, who already had shirts they picked up for a rally on Monday. “They didn’t have a lot of this other stuff yet,” said Gehman, who also wore Phillies “P” earrings. Her husband, Denny, wearing a retro Richie Ashburn jersey, said they had just spent about $110 on their new duds. “But we’re not done yet,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We never give out numbers, but suffice it to say it is at a record pace, for sure,” said Howard Smith, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of licensing Tuesday. “We’re struggling to keep up with the demand as we speak.” With a regular season that went down to the final weekend – and beyond, in the case of the Rockies, who needed a one-game playoff to win the wild card – the confluence of big markets, rabid fan bases and potential storybook endings is pushing memorabilia sales. The urge to buy was strong in the playoff cities on Wednesday. The Phillies store at Citizens Bank Park was doing brisk business in the hours before the Phillies-Rockies game with lots of fans picking up practically anything bearing the NL East champions logo. Josh Cramer, 25, was buying a Ryan Howard batting-practice jersey to add to his collection. He already owns a Chase Utley road jersey, as well as a Mike Schmidt retro jersey.last_img read more

NHL roundup: Adams leads Hurricanes to ninth straight win

first_img Kevyn Adams scored the go-ahead goal seconds after he inadvertently caused one to be waved off and Eric Staal added his 30th of the season, helping the Hurricanes earn their ninth straight victory. Boston 5, Matt Pettinger scored in the fourth round of a shootout, giving the Capitals their season-high third straight victory. It was Washington’s first three-game winning streak since January 2003. N.Y. Rangers 4, at Pittsburgh 2 Michal Rozsival scored the winning goal late in the third period after accidentally creating the Penguins’ first goal, and the Rangers ran Pittsburgh’s losing streak to eight games. New Jersey 4, Nashville 3, (SO) Viktor Kozlov and Brian Gionta scored in a shootout and the Devils won their eighth straight game. New Jersey is perfect in 2006 and have its longest winning streak since a 13-game run in the 2000-01 season. at Chicago 4, Colorado 2 Kyle Calder scored two goals, Nikolai Khabibulin made 37 saves in his first game back following a groin pull, and the Blackhawks snapped the Avalanche’s eight-game winning streak. at Phoenix 6, Florida 3 Shane Doan scored two of Phoenix’s five power-play goals and Ladislav Nagy and Keith Ballard each had four assists to lead the Coyotes, who won for the third time in four games. Phoenix converted five of seven power-play opportunities. at Calgary 3, Montreal 2 Jarome Iginla scored twice, including the decisive goal in the second period, as the Flames won their fifth consecutive home game as they defeated the Canadiens, who opened a six-game road trip. at Vancouver 4, Buffalo 1 Nolan Baumgartner’s power play goal 4:06 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and was the first of three Canucks goals in the period. Vancouver has won six out of seven games. Edmonton 3, at San Jose 2 (SO) Michael Peca and Ryan Smyth each scored shootout goals to help the Oilers snap their three-game losing streak. It was Edmonton’s fourth overtime win of the season and the Sharks’ sixth overtime loss. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! at Carolina 4, N.Y. Islanders 3 center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card at Philadelphia 2 Travis Green scored twice to lead the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau also had goals, and rookie Tim Thomas made 35 saves for Boston. at Washington 5, St. Louis 4 (SO) last_img read more