Limerick lifeline for the elderly is facing closure

first_img1,746 elderly patients waited over 24 hours in University Hospital Limerick ED in 2017 says Limerick TD Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE first programme of its kind in Europe, AgeWell Ireland, operated in conjunction with St Munchin’s Community Centre, provides companionship and friendship to people aged 60 and over who are experiencing isolation or loneliness.By pairing them with specially trained companions, who visit them on a weekly basis, the free service seeks to provide comfort and support to older adults who are experiencing chronic loneliness.Those availing of the service have reported a significant increase in their wellbeing after just four months. A series of assessments has found that there was a 33 per cent decrease in the number who described themselves as lonely and a rise of 63 per cent in their self-rated health.However, despite the success of the programme, it may cease to exist by the end of next month. Initially rolled out in 2017 on a nine-month trial basis, AgeWell Ireland has since received two extensions, the latest of which runs till March 31.There are currently no immediate plans to extend the scheme further, meaning the 70 elderly people who use it will no longer receive the weekly visits they have to come to rely on.Patricia is in her seventies and lives in Corbally. Since the death of her husband seven years ago she has become increasingly lonely, weekend visits from her working children and occasional calls from busy neighbours only partially helping to break the monotony. And although she had qualms about signing up to AgeWell six months ago, they have since been quelled.She was enrolled in the programme, much to her surprise, by her daughter: “’What are ye doing to me?’ I said. ‘How will I cope with a person coming in that I don’t know? What’ll I talk about?’”.Yet, upon meeting her carefully selected companion, Ann, those qualms were quickly alleviated: “I look forward to it,” she says when asked about the visits. “Ann rings to let me know when she’ll be around and I’m waiting for her when she comes.”Rena O’Brien, Anne Hourigan, Greg Ryan, Marion Moloney, Joan O’Dwyer, and Eileen Ryan; Limerick’s Age WellsBut what do they talk about, and how did she cope with a person coming in that she didn’t know?“There’s no plan. We talk about the sad things that are going on in the world. I enjoy Ann, I don’t feel anyway uncomfortable with her coming in and talking to her.”And the service works both ways. Ann Hourigan retired from her career as a nurse two and a half years ago. However, rather than enjoy her retirement, she sought out a new career, something which didn’t involve the stresses or strains of her previous profession.“When I got this job I thought, ‘there is a God, this is exactly what I’m looking for.’ Although she visits six clients per week, and speaks with them on the phone every day,Ann admits that being one of the Europe’s first Age Wells doesn’t really feel like a job, “when I was in the working world I was running from one person to the next, whereas this is a part of my life that has slowed down and I can slow down with my clients and give my time to them,” she says, adding, “I’ve built up such a rapport with my clients that even if we didn’t get funding I’d still keep in touch.”Designed to pair the elderly with like-minded companions, Age Well only employs those aged 55 and over.“It’s a peer-to-peer companionship programme,” explains Programme Manager, Carmel Boland,” it seems to work, our clients can identify with people who’d be in an age bracket to understand what they’re going through.”And the role isn’t just confined to those with previous experience in care support, the nine Age Wells come from all walks of life and receive specialist training before being paired with suitable clients.“Everybody has had quite intense training, they would have gone through the different situations they would have come up against. It’s helped establish some of the skills they needed to be able to take part in this type of work.”Carmel is quick to point out that this service addresses a need as yet unfulfilled by the public sector, “It’s not anything like home help, home care packages, that’s fulfilling a need around personal care, this is a different type of need that people would have identified, someone they can talk to about things that worry them.”This need for human interaction is quite stark in some of their clients explains Care Coordinator, Deirdre Hogan. She describes a client who regularly called the Dublin-based service, Alone, just so he’d have someone to talk to, staggering his calls over the course of a few hours so he wouldn’t speak to the same people: “He said it was like winning the Lotto when he discovered we were starting up this service here.”Although currently only operating in the city, Carmel is acutely aware of the need to extend the programme to include rural areas. Yet with a lengthy waiting list, and just nine Age Wells to go around, the emphasis for now is on giving as much time as possible to those already using the service.Her hope though, is that eventually the programme will be run on a national level: “There’s no reason why it can’t run nationally,” she says. And were it to run throughout the country, Carmel is quick to point out that it will be available to everyone, regardless of their background or financial means, “We go into the most fabulous houses, we go into houses where people might not have much, loneliness does not discriminate, that’s the bottom line.” ESB scam caller led to distraction theft Linkedin TAGSAge Well IrelandCorballyelderlyloneliness Anne Hourigan and Deirdre HoganA service that is tackling loneliness among elderly Limerick people is in danger of being discontinued due to lack of funding. Simon Bourke reports. Twitter WhatsApp On alert for Beast from the East Email Facebook Young Social Innovators award for St Munchin’s Print €57 million flood relief fund for Limerick Advertisement Previous articleMunster announce the signing of Haley from Sale SharksNext articleBeyond the neon runes Editor NewsLimerick lifeline for the elderly is facing closureBy Editor – March 1, 2018 2826 Le Chéile – A place where you can be yourself, warts and all RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgMore sporting events affected by spread of virusUNDATED (AP) — All sports in Italy will be halted because of the virus outbreak.Premier Giuseppe Conte announces that games and travel will be banned nationwide through April 3. That includes games in the country’s top soccer division and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. Serie A has not been canceled since World War II.Events around the world have been affected by the spreading virus. The BNP Paribas Open, set to begin this week in the California desert, won’t be played as scheduled after a case of the virus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. The announcement to cancel the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, came after many players were already in the desert practicing. Qualifying matches were to begin Monday, with women’s main draw matches starting Wednesday and the men’s draw beginning Thursday. March 9, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues, winners of nine of their last ten, host the Florida Panthers in one of the five games on the NHL schedule.The Vegas Golden Knights, who regained the top spot in the Pacific Division last night, skate at Edmonton.The Washington Capitals, who are now battling with Philadelphia for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division, visit the Buffalo Sabres.Arizona is at Winnipeg, and Los Angeles hosts Colorado. The Kings have won five straight.NHL NEWS MLB-NEWSVerlander doesn’t expect to be ready for opening dayWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch in the Astros’ opener at Oakland on March 26.The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday’s exhibition game against the New York Mets. He had an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. There is not a timetable for his return.Verlander had a similar lat injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13.  The 35-year-old two-time All-Star played 42 games with Memphis last season after agreeing to a buyout with the New York Knicks. Noah averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Grizzlies.He’s been limited to 124 games since the end of the 2014-15 season in Chicago, which selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.Noah was the NBA defensive player of the year in 2014. NHL-SCHEDULEBlues host Panthers The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLKansas retains top spotUNDATED (AP) — Kansas maintained its grip on the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. UNDATED (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga meets San Francisco in tonight’s college basketball action. The only other ranked team in action is number-14 BYU, which plays Saint Mary’s.NBA-SCHEDULEBucks meet Nuggets, still without MVPUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks will again be without MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who’s nursing a sprained knee, as they visit the Denver Nuggets tonight.The Bucks lost Friday night against the Lakers, in the game in which he was injured, and then lost to Phoenix last night. — New York Giants tight end Rhett Ellison has retired after eight seasons in the NFL. Ellison played at Southern California before being selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 draft by the Vikings. He spent five years in Minnesota before joining the Giants as a free agent in 2017. His 2019 season was cut short due to a concussion suffered against the Jets on Nov. 10. — The Las Vegas Raiders have released linebacker Tahir Whitehead after two seasons as a starter. The move saves the Raiders more than $6 million on the salary cap for 2020 as the team looks to overhaul a struggling defense. Whitehead was originally signed to a three-year, $19 million deal as a free agent in 2018 and started all 32 games with the Raiders the past two seasons. Whitehead led the team with 234 tackles but delivered few big plays with only one interception, one forced fumble and no sacks over the two seasons.— The Detroit Lions have announced their coaching staff for the 2020 season, including five new hires. Tyrone McKenzie is taking over as linebackers coach, Tony Carter has been hired as a defensive assistant, Morris Henry and Tom Kanavy are new assistant strength and conditioning coaches, and Ty Warren joins the team as part of the William Clay Ford minority coaching assistantship program. Detroit also announced three promotions: Josh Schuler was moved to head strength and conditioning coach. Steve Gregory was promoted to defensive backs coach and Ben Johnson to tight ends coach.NFL-LABORUnion extends vote deadline Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press French police say the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes will be played without fans. It is the second of the four matches in the competition this week to be played in an empty stadium.The virus also forced the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken after discussions with tournament organizers and the French rugby federation.HORSE RACING-DRUGSTrainers, vets among more than two dozen chargedNEW YORK (AP) — The trainer of champion Maximum Security is among more than two dozen people charged in what authorities describe as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.center_img After losing three in a row, the Toronto Raptors have won three straight, and they will look to extend that streak tonight in Utah against the Jazz.In tonight’s other NBA contest, the Atlanta Hawks host the Charlotte Hornets.NBA-CLIPPERS-NOAHClippers sign free-agent NoahLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have signed free-agent center Joakim Noah. NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players’ union has extended the deadline for its members to vote on a new labor agreement with the league by two days to Saturday night.Ballots from some 2,500 members now are due at 11:59 EDT on Saturday. The NFL Players Association gave no reason for the extension, though reaching so many players to meet the previous deadline of one week certainly can present logistical problems.The 32 NFL owners approved the deal last month. The NFLPA’s executive board then rejected it 6-5, but the player reps voted 17-14 in favor.A simple majority of the union membership is required to accept or reject the contract that would run through the 2030 season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMS BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that veteran cornerback Josh Norman has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.The people spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. NFL Network first reported the deal.  Norman is an eighth-year player who spent the past four seasons in Washington before being released last month. He struggled to play to high expectations and was cut with one season left on a five-year $75 million contract he signed in free agency in 2016.In Buffalo, he is reunited with coach Sean McDermott, who served as Carolina’s defensive coordinator during Norman’s first four NFL seasons.In other NFL player news: NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scareMIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis.The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.SPORTS-VIRUS-OUTBREAK Elsewhere around major league training camps:— Clayton Kershaw will start the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opener against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 26. Kershaw will extend his franchise record for opening day starts to nine. His streak of consecutive opening day starts was stopped last year when he began the season on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation and was replaced by Hyun-Jin Ryu.— The Milwaukee Brewers will be paying Christian Yelich until 2042, when the All-Star outfielder is 50 years old. Yelich’s $215 million, nine-year contract with the team calls for Brewers to defer $4 million each year from his $26 million annual salary from 2022-28. The 28-year-old outfielder is a two-time All-Star and a one-time Gold Glove winner.NFL-NEWSNorman reportedly agrees to deal with Bills Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMSNBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scareMIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis. The Jayhawks received all 65 first-place votes to remain at the top for a third straight week. The past two weeks they have been the unanimous choice ahead of Gonzaga and Dayton.Florida State climbed three spots to No. 4 after winning its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. This is FSU’s highest ranking since sitting at No. 2 in December 1972.West Virginia and Butler were the week’s new additions. Michigan and Penn State fell out of the poll.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEGonzaga in action Sharks, Red Wings extend defensemenUNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Radim Simek to a four-year contract extension.Simek was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer before the Sharks locked him up with the new deal worth a reported $9 million. The 27-year-old Simek made his debut with the Sharks last season. He has three goals and 15 assists in 88 career games. In other NHL news:The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Alex Biega to a one-year contract extension. Biega was acquired by the Red Wings in an Oct. 6 trade with Vancouver. He has three points — all assists — in 48 games with Detroit this season. The charges against horse trainers, veterinarians and others were detailed in four indictments unveiled Monday in Manhattan federal court. Among them is trainer Jason Servis, whose stable includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security. He was charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and others.Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death.Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified for interference and has since won four of his five high-profile races.last_img read more

Wheelchair star Sithole shines at Aus Open

first_img28 January 2014South African wheelchair tennis star Lucas Sithole claimed runners-up finishes in both the quad singles and doubles at the Australian Open, becoming the first African to reach the final of both events at the first Grand Slam of the year.Sithole faced world number one David Wagner in the final for the singles title, with both men sporting two wins out of three in the round robin part of the competition ahead of the title decider.Singles finalThe South African started strongly and convincingly claimed the first set 6-3. Wagner, though, responded immediately by running out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, but Sithole broke back to level matters at 3-3.Wagner again pulled ahead at 5-3, but once more Sithole levelled at 5-5 before Wagner claimed the next two games to take the set 7-5.In the deciding third set, Wagner broke Sithole early and went on to win it 6-3 to finish a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 winner. It was his third Australian Open title.Wagner also teamed with Andrew Lapthorne to defeat Sithole and Dylan Alcott in the final of the quad doubles, winning 6-4, 6-4.‘Another milestone achieved’Sithole’s coach Holger Losch, who was named Coach of the Year at the South African Sports Awards for his work with wheelchair tennis players, said in a statement on Monday: “We are proud of Lucas for reaching his second Grand Slam final. It is another milestone achieved and the experience he gained is extremely valuable.“Lucas had a very successful Australian tour, winning both the Apia Sydney International Open and the Melbourne Open earlier in January this year.“We are excited to see what the year holds for our top South African aces Lucas Sithole, Kgothatso Montjane and Evans Maripa.“I would also like to thank our game sponsor Airports Company South Africa, who without their support, these achievements would not have been possible.”‘An inspiring performance’Spokesperson for Airports Company South Africa, Unathi Batyashe-Fillis, the game sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA), said: “Airports Company South Africa congratulates Lucas on an inspiring performance.“The company is especially proud to see how its partnership with WTSA has developed and grown talent over the nine-year period since it started sponsoring the sport.“WTSA is developing world-class players and has put South Africa on the global map of wheelchair sporting talent.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Eagles abound in pro league

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq UE teammate and another PBA great, Jerry Codiñera, shared Caidic’s observation, saying that players want to be identified with Ateneo because of alumni and fans’ support, not to mention its marketing savvy.“Teams are inclined to get players from schools with winning tradition and Ateneo has a winning tradition,” said Caidic, who won three MVP awards during the Red Warriors’ three UAAP championships in 1982, 1984 and 1985.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderCurrently, there are 20 Blue Eagles in the pro ranks—Chris Tiu, Von Pessumal, Frank Golla, Nico Salva, Chris Newsome, Emman Monfort, Juami Tiongson, Larry Fonacier, Kiefer Ravena, Rabeh Al-Hussaini, Ponzo Gotladera, JC Intal, Justin Chua, Doug Kramer, Noy Baclao, LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram and Nico Elorde.Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort heads 14 pros from FEU, the same number of players from NCAA champion San Beda. La Salle has 10.Alas, a star out of Adamson, shares the belief that Ateneo’s recruitment program is a gem while Fernandez noted that Ateneo has a wide network of contacts and the finances to recruit blue-chip players. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:04Places to see in Kawit, Cavite02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Allan Caidic, who terrorized the opposition with his hot hands in the collegiate and professional leagues, isn’t surprised that UAAP champion Ateneo has the most number of players strutting their wares in the Philippine Basketball Association.Like the legendary University of the East gunner, fellow PBA Hall of Famer and four-time Most Valuable Player Ramon Fernandez, now a commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission, and new Phoenix Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas know there are more Blue Eagles than La Salle Green Archers or FEU Tamaraws in the pro ranks.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ramirez looks ahead to Asian Games success, Olympic gold 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READlast_img read more

UST’s EJ Laure to miss UAAP Season 80 due to shoulder injury

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC As per The Volleyball Reporter, Laure, one of the Tigresses’ main gunners, will skip this year’s tournament due to a chronic shoulder injury.Laure helped UST earn a return trip to the Final Four in Season 79. Without her, the Tigresses will have to rely more on explosive hitter Cherry Rondina.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderLaure was named Rookie of the Year in Season 77. EJ Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas will have to make do without EJ Laure in its campaign in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.The Volleyball Reporter, Inquirer’s multiplatform volleyball resource, broke the news on Twitter Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cabagnot, San Miguel weather Meralco comeback 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitieslast_img read more

Ex-football star Weah elected Liberia president by wide margin

first_imgThe National Election Commission later declared Weah president-elect and his running mate Jewel Howard-Taylor vice president-elect.Their Coalition for Democratic Change party received 61.5 percent of the final tally, beating Vice President Boakai’s Unity Party which got 38.5 percent of the votes, NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSupporters at Weah’s party headquarters immediately erupted into celebrations that brought traffic outside to a complete standstill.Africa’s first female president, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is stepping aside after two terms at the head of the nation founded by freed American slaves. She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak that killed nearly 5,000 Liberians but was criticized for not better tackling corruption. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Djokovic sub Murray ring rusty on return In his first public comments after his rival conceded, Weah said he was “honored to join a new generation of heads of state.”Tweeting in French in response to congratulations from French President Emmanuel Macron, he added that “we have a lot to do together to accelerate the building of tomorrow’s Africa.”The 51-year-old Weah, a senator who entered politics after retirement from soccer more than a decade ago, led the first-round vote in October but didn’t receive enough ballots to win outright over the 73-year-old Boakai, who has been vice president for 12 years. Sirleaf didn’t publicly support either candidate.In his remarks conceding the election, Boakai offered a “hand of goodwill” to Weah and dismissed the idea of challenging the runoff results in court, alluding to past conflicts.“I refuse to subject our nation to such an experience,” he said. “I reject any temptation of imposing pain, hardship and uncertainty on our people.”ADVERTISEMENT AC Milan on Friday tweeted its congratulations on “legend” Weah’s win. Macron invited him to visit, saying Weah had “a special place in the French’s hearts.”Weah’s limited educational background hurt his political aspirations, and he returned to school after the 2005 attempt for president. He obtained a high school diploma abroad and earned a degree from Illinois-based DeVry University.“A personal story of sheer grit,” African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat tweeted, pointing out that Weah earned the degree well into his 40s.As Liberia grappled with the Ebola outbreak in 2014, Weah was elected as a senator, defeating Sirleaf’s son Robert for the seat.Weah’s critics have argued that his lack of political experience makes him unequipped for Liberia’s top job. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Former soccer star George Weah, Presidential candidate for the Coalition for Democratic Change, casts his vote during a Presidential runoff election in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday Dec. 26, 2017, Young Liberians went straight from all-night Christmas celebrations to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election between a former international soccer star and the vice president to replace Africa’s first female head of state. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)MONROVIA, Liberia— Former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah has been elected Liberia’s new president by a wide margin as the West African nation faces its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.Vice President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating the ex-soccer star.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Weah is expected to take office in January.Though voter turnout for Tuesday’s runoff was low, he drew support from the younger generation, which makes up a majority of Liberia’s population of 4.6 million people.“We are young people and have suffered in this country for so long,” said one supporter, Love Norrision.The commission said 56 percent of the country’s 2.2 million registered voters cast ballots in the runoff, which was contested twice in court amid claims of irregularities, with its original Nov. 7 date delayed.This was Liberia’s first independently run election since the end of its civil wars. The United Nations has helped to oversee past votes.Weah led the ticket for a coalition party, the Congress for Democratic Change, with Jewel Howard-Taylor as his vice presidential running mate. She is a senator and the ex-wife of imprisoned former warlord and President Charles Taylor, which raised concerns among some Liberians.Weah had run in the country’s last two elections, winning the first round of the 2005 vote that eventually went to Sirleaf. He ran as the vice presidential candidate with diplomat Winston Tubman in the 2011 poll; they boycotted the runoff that granted Sirleaf her second term.Weah’s rags-to-riches story has been an inspiration to many supporters who call him “King George.”He was born in a slum of the capital, Monrovia, and showed early promise in soccer. He played for top local clubs before starting his international career in Cameroon, then moved on to AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, where he became famous.While with AC Milan, Weah in 1995 won World Player of the Year. He later played for Chelsea and Manchester City. MOST READlast_img read more

Short-handed Pistons shut down Spurs

first_imgRead Next San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) pulls down a rebound between Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris, left, and guard Langston Galloway (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Before the game, Stan Van Gundy sounded like a coach with limited options as his undermanned Detroit Pistons prepared to face San Antonio.“Some guys who haven’t had to play primary scorers are going to have to step up tonight and guard better people,” Van Gundy said. “There’s just no way around it. Guys are going to have to step up and take more defensive responsibility.”ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Van Gundy could hardly have imagined that a few hours later, he would be marveling at his team’s defensive performance after the Pistons held the Spurs to their lowest point total of the season in a 93-79 victory on Saturday night.“It was really a team effort tonight,” Van Gundy said. “Everybody we put in made a contribution.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderPlaying without starting guards Reggie Jackson (right ankle sprain) and Avery Bradley (sore right groin), the Pistons never trailed. Reggie Bullock scored 22 points for Detroit and rookie Luke Kennard added 20 — both were career highs.Andre Drummond had 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Pistons. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Detroit led 63-57 after three quarters, and it looked like it would be a tense game down the stretch, but the Pistons broke it open early in the fourth. A layup by Bullock after a San Antonio turnover made it 78-63.ON THE BOARDSAll those missed shots by San Antonio left Drummond with plenty of rebounds — 17 of his 21 were at the defensive end. Drummond had 10 rebounds in the first quarter and finished with at least 20 for the 39th time in his career.He also had six assists.“It’s commonplace with him to have a lot of rebounds, and so a lot of times, you don’t give him enough credit,” Van Gundy said. “I thought that he was another guy, though, that his defensive disposition early in the game was the best it’s been all year.”HIGHLIGHTDetroit’s Ish Smith made a nifty play in the first half when he flipped the ball to himself, caught it while sailing through the air, and tossed an alley-oop to Drummond.QUIET NIGHTLaMarcus Aldridge scored only 15 points for the Spurs. It was just the eighth time this season he did not lead his team in scoring.TIP-INS Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for San Antonio, which shot 37 percent from the field and 5 of 26 from 3-point range.“Stan had them prepared mentally,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We tried to battle back, got back in it here and there, but kept making the same mistakes. So, the Pistons got a good victory. They deserved it.”Detroit led 24-13 after the first, which equaled San Antonio’s lowest-scoring quarter of the season. It was 35-20 before the Pistons hit a dry spell of their own toward the end of the half. A 16-4 run by the Spurs left Detroit with only a three-point lead at halftime.The Pistons managed to maintain their advantage, though. Kennard’s outside shooting gave Detroit a lift on a night when neither team was impressive offensively, and Bullock was sharp throughout in just his 12th start of the season.“No matter who goes down, we’ve got other players that’s able to step up,” Bullock said. “We’re just doing it together as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img MOST READ ‘Cyborg’ Justino defends belt by decision vs Holm at UFC 219 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Spurs: San Antonio was missing F Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis). … The Spurs’ lowest-scoring game previously was when they scored 86 points at Minnesota on Nov. 15.Pistons: In addition to Jackson and Bradley, Detroit was also without F Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor). … Kennard’s previous high was 14 points and Bullock’s was 20.UP NEXTSpurs: Visit the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.Pistons: Visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. 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More family time, good health, better career among PBA players’ wishes for 2018

first_imgFrom L-R: Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu, TNT’s Moala Tautaa, Alaska’s Jeron Teng and Rain or Shine’s James Yap.In the spirit of going into the New Year with a brand new perspective in life, some PBA players also have a list of they want to change in 2018.And although New Year’ resolutions and wishes are as cliché as TV stations blaring Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight, that won’t stop certain players from asking for a little positivity for the coming year.ADVERTISEMENT For Rain or Shine wingman James Yap, he hopes that his 2018 will be filled with the more moments with his family.“I hope my 2018 will be the year for my family, and of course good health for myself,” said the 35-year-old Yap who had his third child, Michael James, in August of 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderChris Tiu has a similar approach for the upcoming year as he wants to spend more time with his growing family.“I want to spend more time with my family because it’s been a very pretty busy year of basketball, businesses, and TV work, but my daughter is growing up really fast,” said the 32-year-old Tiu, who welcomed his daughter Amanda Claire in June 2016. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ As for Alaska rookie Jeron Teng, there’s one thing that he has set his eyes on for 2018.“I hope I can get a championship in the pros, I was a champion in college, and hopefully through effort and hard work we can get a championship,” said the 23-year-old Teng. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Lastimosa returns to Sta. Lucia after initial reports of joining Cocolife Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ “There’s another one on the wa and at the end of the day life is too short, life is so unpredictable, I just want to be able to spend more time with the people close to me and show them some love.”For the younger crew, though, their outlook for 2018 is mostly rooted on the basketball court.TNT forward Moala Taututaa said he plans to continue his strong start in the Philippine Cup where he has been averaging 10 points and 8.50 rebounds in his first two games.“My goal for myself is to keep getting better, don’t be discouraged because it’s hard out here you know,” said the 28-year-old man-child of TNT. “Everyone here is the best player out of where they came from so of course basketball’s going to be tougher and harder.”“You can’t just walk in and just expect results. I got to continue to keep a positive mind, keep working, and just try to continue to always be better, don’t get complacent.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian starts life after Soltones era

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Champions Lady Chiefs will start their title defense against Mapua with Jovielyn Prado leading the charge against te Lady Cardinals at 1:30 pm.Backing up Prado are Regine Arocha, Necole Ebuen, and Andrea Marzan as Arellano shoots for its third title in four years. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC San Sebastian Lady Stags. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThings will be a lot different for San Sebastian as it starts life in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament without three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones who graduated from the team in 2016.The Lady Stags will face off against Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 12 pm opening game at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT View comments San Sebastian head coach Roger Gorayeb said they’ve brushed off last season’s championship heartbreak after they saw their thrice-to-beat advantage crumble against title-holder Arellano University.“We’re already looking at the future,” said Gorayeb. “In fact, after this year, we have four or five recruits coming in and we expect them to really make a significant impact on the team right away.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSan Sebastian will now rely on the defensive leadership of Alyssa Eroa while leaning on May Guillema, Joyce Stan Rita, and Dangie Encarnacion on offense.“We’re still a fighting team but we have to avoid injuries,” said Gorayeb. Read Next PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Mountain bike world champ seriously hurt in car crash BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more

Hard to believe, but Pop was once unwanted — by Spurs fans

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READ The San Antonio Express-News took a poll after that season and found that 92 percent of Spurs fans wanted Popovich fired.As Popovich would suggest now (on politics, one of his favorite topics), sometimes voters get it wrong.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“The pressure is always there for any coach,” Popovich said. “You’ve got to get the job done. If you don’t, you’re not there. If you do get it done, you get to stay.”He said those words in 1997. He was right. NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian starts life after Soltones era 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’center_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next Greg Popovich the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs draws up a play while on the bench against the Memphis Grizzlies in game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 20, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPGregg Popovich was the coach nobody wanted.It’s hard to fathom now, after five NBA championships as coach of the San Antonio Spurs and with him now alone in fifth place on the league’s all-time victory list. But it’s true — Popovich’s decision to fire Bob Hill and make himself coach and general manager in December 1996 was horribly received at first, leaving even some of his own players baffled.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Popovich now has 1,176 wins. He’s 34 away from No. 4 Pat Riley, 45 shy of No. 3 Jerry Sloan, and should catch both next season. He would need 156 to catch No. 2 Lenny Wilkens, and 159 to match No. 1 Don Nelson’s record of 1,335.“Doesn’t mean anything, except I’ve had good players and I’ve been coaching for eons,” Popovich said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more