World Cup no biggie for USA Basketball

first_imgSome nations like the Philippines and Australia are taking matters too seriously, sadly even trying to rearrange each other’s mug in order to qualify for basketball’s World Cup in 2019.As a consequence, the national teams of both countries are now hurting physically and emotionally following an on-court brawl, among the worst in the annals of basketball during a World Cup qualifier at Philippine Arena in Bulacan last month.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal While basketball’s have-nots are trying damn hard to survive the qualifiers, the United States team, the reigning World Cup champion made up of basketball’s biggest superstars, is letting the process run its course.After all, basketball is only a game.USA Basketball’s two-day mini-camp ended in Las Vegas last Friday, and what’s next for the national team that will defend the World Cup in China is up in the air.If Team USA qualifies in February, 12 players will be selected from a pool of 35.But even before probable national team members like LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and James Harden could see action, it will be up to the NBA G-League players currently bannering USA Basketball in the qualifiers to land a berth in China.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms URCC fetes celebrity athletes LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Suspensions meted out after the melee by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) are causing bitter beer faces for the Filipinos more than the Aussies.With 10 players and two coaches suspended, Fiba’s action effectively decimated the Philippine national team, forcing basketball’s local governing body to withdraw from the Asian Games in Indonesia later this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This will be only the second time that the Philippines, a four-time Asiad gold medalist and bronze medal winner in 1998, won’t play since 1951.As can be expected in a country where basketball is treated like religion, reaction against the team’s pullout was brisk and blistering. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re not going anywhere if we don’t qualify,” national team coach and San Antonio Spurs mentor Gregg Popovich said matter-of-factly.Veteran Baguio newsman Ramon Dacawi has sent a “long shot” appeal to NBA megastar and philanthropist LeBron James that he prays “will find its mark.”Dacawi 67, is facing a lifetime of dialysis due to kidney failure caused by diabetes.In a letter to the James Family Foundation, Dacawi is seeking financial help for a kidney transplant because he said even in “my senior years and condition, life is still beautiful.”Also a former mayoral spokesman, Dacawi is a longtime advocate of kidney patients and has initiated a signature campaign to ask Congress to make dialysis a free medical service.His letter was shared with his permission by ABS-CBN Northern Luzon bureau chief Dhobie De Guzman.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’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

‘Opportunity to See the Difference After Ebola’

first_imgBritish Ambassador Fergus Cochrane-Dyet told two families that survived the Ebola Virus Disease in Clara Town, Monrovia to remain  focused and put their lives back together as the United Kingdom is prepared to provide assistance to them  through Street Child of Liberia (SCL). During brief acquaintance visits   to the two families yesterday, along with officials of SCL, Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet encouraged the survivors to get active, by taking advantage of assistance from humanitarian organizations such as SCL.  The families are that of Ms. Watta Moore, who is an appointed guardian of Ebola survivor and orphan, ten year-old Asatu Kromah, who lost her parents to non-Ebola related diseases. Ms. Moore said Miss Kromah’s mother died during childbirth and the father died after a protracted illness.The other family is Ebola survivors Ms. Gbessay Kiawu and seven others, including two of her children.  Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet told the Daily Observer in an interview that he decided to accompany officials of SCL as an opportunity to see how the two families were coping, after surviving the Ebola Virus disease.  “It’s a good opportunity for me to see the difference in their lives after their Ebola experience and how they are coping,” the British Ambassador said.  “We are interested in giving more to assist the Liberian government’s efforts to aid these survivors,” he indicated.  Earlier, SCL’s program director Michael John Bull explained to Ambassador Cochrane-Dyet about Street Child of Liberia’s intervention to rescue Ebola-affected people and provide urgent humanitarian assistance to sustain the families.  The families, he said, are part of the more than 400 beneficiaries to whom the organization provides humanitarian support in Monrovia. Responding, Ms. Moore and Ms. Kiawu thanked the Ambassador and SCL for their visit, and said the affected families need financial and material assistance to send the children back to school.  Mr. Bull pledged that Street Child is working towards that.  The British Embassy recently contributed US$13,000 to Street Child of Liberia as its contribution towards SCL’s intervention programs in the country.  SCL has over 400 children in its program and has been in the frontline to rescue Ebola survivors, providing them emergency food, clothes and grants to sustain them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NEC Slates ‘Lesson Learnt’ Confab Today

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) will today Wednesday, August 5, begin a two-day conference for political parties and civil society organizations (CSOs) on lessons learnt from the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.The conference is intended to grant political parties and the CSOs the opportunity to evaluate the 2014 Special Senatorial Election, and elicit recommendations to guide the Commission in managing future electoral processes.The forum is organized in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).The objective is to identify and document stakeholders’ perspectives on the successes and challenges of the Special Senatorial Election as well as analyze the various political, legal and social issues that interplayed during the election and assess the impact of decisions that emanated from such issues on the electoral process.The conference, according to a release, will look at three thematic areas to include findings from observer institutions, including the work of the NEC and the role played by political parties and civil society; information and media outreach and women’s participation in the electoral process.About 80 participants are expected to attend the conference which will be held at the headquarters of the Commission in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We Should Have No Accommodation for Distractions”

first_imgFormer and current Senators welcoming new Senate President (seated), Jewel Howard-Taylor. Senate President Taylor officially presides over Tuesday’s sittingThe President of the 54th Senate Tuesday presided over her first plenary sitting and hit the ground running by reminding her former colleagues that their job as senators is as sacred as it is demanding, adding, “We should thus have no accommodation for distractions in pursuit of parochial interests.”Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor made the statement yesterday in the Senate Chambers, less than 24 hours after being sworn-in as Vice President of Liberia.The former Bong County Senator challenged members of the 54th Senate to recommit their energies to working for the fulfillment and aspirations of Liberians and play well “our respective parts in ensuring the smooth operations and realization of our government’s pro-poor agenda. This may require the reassessment of existing laws and statutes, and or the formulation of new legislation which reflects the current realities.”“With the elections and attendant euphoria fast receding in history,” Vice President Taylor urged the Senators to settle down and direct their attention to doing the people’s work with a renewed determination to transform, once and for all, the lives of the citizens. “It is also my prayer that we will put aside all actions and attitudes which engender perceptions of adversity and rivalry,” she admonished.In the constitutional discharge of the duties of lawmakers, Senate President Taylor asserted that it is abundantly imperative that they go the extra mile as the Upper House of the First Branch of government, and “to be hope-givers, pacesetters, and innovators.”Speaking on the dramatic soaring of the expectations of the people, Vice President Taylor noted: “Out there, we see an ocean of unemployed youth, the unquenched desire for economic and political empowerment of women and an emaciated people waiting for emancipation and relief; we must convince them that in these Chambers we are doing nothing but our very best to address these inadequacies.”Vice President Howard-Taylor, a former chair of the Senate Committee on Education and Public Administration, promised to commit her gavel of authority to the harmonization of percepts, purposes, and steps that engenders outcomes that positively impact the lives of those “who have placed their trust in us and sent us here.”She acknowledged and described as awesome and enormous the Constitutional duties and responsibilities which have devolved upon her as Vice President of the country. “The duties so ascribed to this noble office, which I hold in trust, mandate me to use all within my means to maintain and sustain the spirit of collaboration and coordination which will ensure the success of our national agenda,” VP Taylor asserted.Meanwhile, a cross-section of Senators of the 52nd Legislature led by former President Pro Tempore Isaac Weh Nyenabo (now Liberia’s permanent representative at the European Union) paid a courtesy call on the President of the Senate in the Chambers of the Senate.In an extemporaneous statement on behalf of the former Senators that included Clarice Jah, Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo, Jonathan Banney, and Mobutu Vlah Nyepan, Nyenabo urged his former colleagues to help the government, and reminded them that the prediction of the legislature producing the next president came about two years ago.The former Grand Gedeh lawmakers challenged the 54th Senate embrace the leadership of their former colleagues, to ensure that their (President Weah and VP Taylor) success story can be evenly shared by the Legislature.The Senate, meanwhile, at its third day sitting yesterday, adopted the Standing Rules of the Liberian Senate of the 52nd Legislature and appointed an Ad Hoc Committee on a Revised Standing Rules of the Senate of the 54th Legislature.The current Standing Rules of the Senate was crafted by the 52nd Senate, and in accordance with its rules, a new standing rule is crafted by every succeeding Senate, or a motion is proffered for the continued use of an existing one ahead of a new one, or amendment to the existing one where necessary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Increase in sensational road fatalities unacceptable – Top Cop

first_imgPolice Commissioner, Leslie James last week stated that he was dissatisfied with the level of road deaths and accidents on Guyana’s roadways daily.Recent accident at Fairfield, Mahaicony, East Coast DemeraraSpeaking at an event, which was hosted at the Brickdam Police Station last week, the Top Cop revealed that Guyana is currently experiencing an increase in fatal accidents which have resulted in an uproar by citizens calling for the Guyana Police Force to do everything in its powers to reduce same.“Recently, we have had an increase in sensational type of accident. Fatal accidents, serious accidents. To [the] extent that there is an outcry,” James added.He reiterated that there is need for road users, both drivers and pedestrians, to change their attitude on the roadways to ensure the safety of not only themselves but fellow Guyanese as well.“The factor of attitude, personal attitude, is a significant attribute to accidents. The way in which persons used the road is a significant contributor to the current [increase] of accidents and I would urge and I am imploring all users of the road, especially motorists [in] that category,” the Commissioner added.This increase in road fatalities, he stated, has been caused, mainly, by persons driving at excessive speeds; driving under the influence of alcohol; driving without due care and attention and driving on roads which are congested or unsafe for other road users. He implored all road users to take all necessary precaution.The Commissioner related that the errant road users who are responsible for the deaths will face the full force of the law.Police Commissioner Leslie James“Please do so with moderation. There are smooth and long stretches of road in some part of the country, but it also has speed limits and you are reminded to drive within the speed limit. Those errant drivers you will be dealt with in a condign fashion,” he remarked.As of December 20, a total of 120 persons lost their lives as a result of accidents – a figure which surpassed the total number of traffic fatalities in 2018.Earlier in the month, Traffic Chief Linden Isles told Guyana Times  that these deaths were recorded from 98 accidents.Recently, an accident occurred at Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, where a minibus slammed into a beverage delivery truck, resulting in the death of five persons. The accident reportedly occurred after the speeding minibus suffered a blowout.With the recent figures, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) along with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) have called for a national approach to curb the growing number of deaths on the country’s roadways.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), some 1.25 million people are killed each year in traffic accidents worldwide. Over the last 16 years, Guyana lost more than 1869 persons to road fatalities and this figure continues to rise.last_img read more

How Solskjaer has transformed Man Utd’s fortunes

first_imgHowever, much has changed in the two months since. United go into Tuesday’s first leg at Old Trafford on a run of 10 wins and one draw since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the sacked Mourinho.PSG will have to cope without the injured Neymar for both legs of the tie due to injury and Edinson Cavani is also missing.AFP Sports looks at five things Solskjaer has changed to give United hope of making the quarter-finals for the first time in five years.Playing football the United way“To win games you need to pass it forward and run forward.” The basics under Solskjaer may seem simple but they contrast sharply with Mourinho’s conservative approach that left a host of expensively assembled stars paralysed by fear of making mistakes.The Norwegian spent more than a decade as a United player learning from Alex Ferguson and is trying to replicate the same aggressive, attacking approach ingrained in him by the Scot, who twice won the Champions League in charge at Old Trafford.“It’s a winning identity, it’s a confident identity. We want to take risks. We want to go for the second, the third and the fourth goal because that’s just how we do things at Manchester United,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.Worryingly for PSG, it is not a naive approach solely based on bombing forward. Wins away at Tottenham and Arsenal in recent weeks exhibited United’s pace and firepower on the counter-attack, which could be the key to winning this tie.Pogba leads wayPaul Pogba has become Manchester United’s key player under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer © AFP / Ian KINGTONWhile Mourinho butted heads with and routinely dropped Paul Pogba, Solskjaer has built his side around the French World Cup winner, with stunning results.Pogba has scored eight goals and provided five assists in his past 10 games.“Before the coach arrived I was in the shadows, on the bench, and I accepted that,” said Pogba. “It is a pleasure to play again. Now I am always smiling.”Rashford rebornMarcus Rashford has scored six goals since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took caretaker charge of Manchester United © AFP / Ben STANSALLThe fact Marcus Rashford was rested at Fulham to keep him fresh for PSG, while Romelu Lukaku was handed a rare start says a lot for the change in his fortunes under Solskjaer.The 21-year-old was never trusted with a consistent run of games as a central striker under Mourinho. In United’s last European home game against Young Boys, the Portuguese coach did not hide his disgust when he missed an early chance.No longer fearing the consequences of a missed opportunity, Rashford has scored six goals in eight starts since the change in management and finally looks set to deliver on his abundant potential.All smilesSolskjaer outlined his first task as putting smiles back on the players’ faces but the feel-good factor has galvanised the fans just as much as his squad.Once a European fortress, United’s three home games in the group stages produced just one goal and Sevilla also secured a rare away win in the Champions League to dump United out at this stage last season.The decibel level has risen since Solskjaer’s arrival, even for humble opposition in Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Reading, Brighton and Burnley. PSG are the first big ticket of the new era and can be assured they will face a cauldron of noise.Lindelof like a new signingSolid Swede: Victor Lindelof has been a bedrock of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United defence © AFP / Paul ELLISMourinho spent most of his final season complaining that he had not been furnished with the experienced centre-back he demanded in pre-season, while chopping and changing his defence.Solskjaer has put his faith in Victor Lindelof, who started the first 10 games under the new boss before being left out of Saturday’s 3-0 win at Fulham to rest for Tuesday’s challenge.Confidence restored, the Swede has played a big part in United’s goals conceded dropping from 1.5 per game this season before Mourinho’s departure to 0.6 per game since.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Transformed: Manchester United have won 10 and drawn one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 11 games in caretaker charge © AFP / Adrian DENNISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 11 – When Manchester United were paired with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last-16 draw in December there seemed likely to be only one winner.United were stuck in a rut under the management of Jose Mourinho, while the French champions topped the toughest section of the group stages.last_img read more

Remembering the England shambles that led to this furious radio rant

first_imgAlready a year has passed since Iceland dumped England out of the Euros in the last 16.It was a shambles and it was hugely embarrassing for everyone concerned, as Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson cancelled out Wayne Rooney’s penalty to put a nation of 330,000 people into the quarter-finals.Everyone laughed, but talkSPORT broadcaster Mark Saggers @marksaggers was furious.last_img


first_imgA large band of hoops fans travelled to Parkhead for the first game of the season and the unfurling of the league flag by Sligo man Sean Fallon.A good weekend was had by all.A Club trip is organised for 27th October for game v Kilmarnock.Prices are £180 stg individual,£500 family of 4 (2 adults/2 juveniles)£415 family of 3 (2 adults/1 juvenile).This includes bus,boat,2 nights hotel and match stephen @ 0876256107/0868275143.T.T.C.S.C. can organise trips for any  school,youth club or football club interested in going to Parkhead. Contact any club member for more info.  THE HOOPS: TWIN TOWNS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWS was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:THE HOOPS: TWIN TOWNS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgNext week marks the beginning of Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2015.It runs from Monday the 23rd until Friday the 27th of March and if you are in business or are planning on starting a business, there are a host of events throughout the week that can help anyone in any type of business.I will be presenting on Friday the 27th, along with Susan Hayes and Deirdre Mc Glone, and my talk will be about how your health is vital to your success in your business. Registration is at 9am and the presentations will run from 9:30 until 12pm. This week’s article and next week’s article will focus on how being healthy and active can help you in your business and help your bottom line.As business owners, we live in stressful times.Competition is everywhere, once you get set up and start to get established as a business, it seems as if 3 more similar companies have set up just around the corner from you.It’s no wonder that about half of all small businesses fail within the first four years, a statistic that generates a shudder of fear in even the most dauntless entrepreneur. Stress can cause all sorts of problems for small business owners.Sleepless nights, poor dietary choices, poor time management and poor decision making; not the sort of things you want happening when these things can severely hamper your business.Regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy during times of stress.According to research from the Centre for Creative Leadership, executives who are physically fit are considered to be more effective leaders than those who aren’t.CCL performed a 10-year study comparing business executives who regularly exercise with those who don’t (or only hit the gym sporadically) and compared it with reviews of their work performance with their colleagues. “We found that the exercisers rated significantly higher than their non-exercising peers on overall leadership effectiveness,” writes Dr. Sharon McDowell-Larsen, co-author of the study. 
“They also scored higher on specific traits including: inspiring commitment, credibility, leading others, leading by example, energy, resilience and calmness.”Staying healthy during times of stress requires either reducing the strain or boosting one’s ability to weather its effects.
The University of Iowa reports that regular exercise not only reduces stress, but also helps reduce anxiety, improve sleep and boost immunity from colds and flu.
Exercise also helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.Exercise isn’t something that you have to spend 1-2 hours on each session.Whenever I have a client, especially a business owner, come in and they are in a time of stress, the last thing I am going to do to them is hammer them in the gym. If a client comes in already stressed, adding further stress to this can have ill effects and leave them more tired (and therefore more stressed), than when they came in. So I would reduce the training load, do something that feels like a workout, but won’t leave them destroyed and not able to function the next day.What can you do to get started with exercise when in business?Instead of 2-3 long workouts each week, do a short 30 min session each day, even if it’s only to break a sweat.Be more active throughout the day; walk, take the stairs, park further away from the building, walk while on the phone.If heading on business trips, book a hotel with a gym or pool, and use it.Set a time slot in your schedule for exercise. Make it a meeting that you don’t miss. Exercise is great for clearing your head and you may even have some inspiration while training!Finally, log your workouts. Keep track of them so you know what you are doing and whether you are making progress. This will also save you time when training.Next week, I will cover how your diet can keep you focused in your business.#TrainSmartTo keep up to date with fitness and nutrition tips, be sure to follow me through the link below.
#TrainSmart RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BEING FIT FOR BUSINESS was last modified: March 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:being fitcolumnemmet rushefit for businesslast_img read more

GAA star visits Lifford Cúl Camp – Picture Special!

first_imgKellog’s Cúl Camp arrived back to Pairc MacDairmada, Lifford this week under the guidance of former Donegal player Brian Roper and his coaching team. While the weather wasn’t the best this didn’t dampen the spirits of the children who attended the camp as they really enjoyed the week.The week was made all the better with the arrival of Donegal County player Hughie McFadden to the Roughan as he mixed with and signed jerseys for the excited kids! GAA star visits Lifford Cúl Camp – Picture Special! was last modified: July 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cul Camphughie mc faddenLiffordpicture speciallast_img read more