Guiao pleased as ‘unselfish’ Asiad-bound PH team clips TNT in tuneup

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I’m actually happy. I’m satisfied. We played a strong team in Talk ‘N Text with their import. We won by two points that’s still good,” a beaming Guiao, whose squad flies to Indonesia Sunday night, told reporters.“What I saw is in a few days of practice we looked good. There’s chemistry, there’s natural flow of the game,” he added. “The players complement each other in a game situation and we have a few more days to improve so in the three, four days of practice there was development and improvement.”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’With half of the team composed of key cogs from Rain or Shine, the Nationals didn’t play like a team with less than a week of practice.There were little offensive possessions where players just stood around and each man knew where to find others. The Nationals took a 71-60 lead after a top of the key 3-pointer by JP Erram with 5:38 left but the KaTropa battled back, pulling within one possession, 77-76, with 14 seconds left.Paul Lee had the chance to seal the game at the line but only managed to hit one free throw, leaving the door open for TNT with three seconds remaining.TNT swingman Roger Pogoy, however, missed a long triple as time ran out.“There are still a lot to improve on especially in defense but we’ll try to do that once we get there,” Guiao said. “We have a few more days so we’ll try to maximize time and be able to still remedy our flaws.”“We can be a lot more efficient. We don’t have enough time to prepare but in just a few practices, we showed great teamwork,” he added.Five players scored at least nine points for the Philippine team led by Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle and Maverick Ahanmish, who had 12 points each. Gabe Norwood and Erram added nine apiece.“The ball is moving, the guys are looking for each other, they’re helping each other, they’re creating scoring opportunities for each other and that’s a good sign.”Pogoy led all scorers with 21 points while import Mike Glover tallied 14. Guards Terrence Romeo, Jericho Cruz and Ryan Reyes did not play for TNT. In one play in the first quarter, James Yap found a cutting Maverick Ahanmisi, who drew a foul.“That’s good execution,” Guiao told his bench after the play.In the second quarter, the ball moved from one side to the other leading to an open basket that gave the Philippine team a 38-28 lead and prompted a TNT timeout.“We’re moving the ball well. We’re being unselfish,” Guiao told his players during the huddle.But the good showing doesn’t hide the fact that the team is still far from perfect especially in finishing strong down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs PH’s Etheridge braces for historic Premier League debut Asian Games-bound national team huddles up after a tune up game against TNT. Photo by Mark GiongcoThe Philippine team barely won its only tuneup game before leaving for the Asian Games, slipping past TNT, 78-76, Saturday morning at Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside the Ateneo campus.But the narrow win gave national team coach Yeng Guiao plenty of reasons to feel good five days before his side begins its campaign against Kazakhstan.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 awardcenter_img DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Southeast Poised for Electrification, Industrial Development

first_imgSoutheastern Liberia is set to experience its most serious development undertaking in the history of the region.Lands Mines and Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer early Monday morning, revealed that to begin with, the electrical lines are now being tested for Harper and Pleebo in Maryland County to receive electricity from La Cote d’Ivoire.  It is only a matter of time, probably weeks, before the Maryland’s two principal cities will be fully electrified.The Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) and the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), in collaboration with the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP), are also working expeditiously to extend the power lines on to Fish Town, the capital of River Gee  County.As for Grand Gedeh County, Minister Sendolo says the lines have already been constructerd and are now being run from La Cote d’Ivoire to the bordering Toe Town in the county’s northeastern tip.  The lines will then travel through Zwedru and on to Tappita in Nimba County, on through the rest of the Mah-Dan country, then enter Bong County and onward to Lofa County.Zwedru-Greenville Paved HighwayThere were four other highly  significant revelations which  Minister Sendolo shared with the Daily Observer in yesterday’s interview.  First, he said the Putu Iron Ore Mines are about to receive the   license to commence mining and exporting iron ore from that mountain in 2016. In addition, said the LME Minister, because of the government’s insistence, as part of the agreement with Putu Mines, the company is to build a paved highway from Zwedru, capital of Grand Gedeh County, to Greenville, Sinoe County.  This will be a major development undertaking, that will make the entire southeastern region accessible not only to southeasterners, but to people from all over Liberia, who will be exposed to the beauties of that region, its many rainforests and especially the ecological gem of the southeast, the Sapo National Forest.The road will be a major spark for touristic development in Liberia’s vast interior.  It will also be good for business, and for healthcare delivery.According to Minister Sendolo, Putu Mines have already commenced the feasibility and design for the paved road, and the project should be underway within a year.The next major industrial development undertaking in the southeast is that the Hummingbird Gold Mining Company will commence industrial mining beginning in Grand Gedeh County.Most of the gold mining in the country has so far consisted of “alluvial mining,” Minister Sendolo said.  This is mining in the rivers using pans. Miners dig into the water, extract the mud and shake the pans until the gold is found.  Hummingbird’s industrial mining is scheduled to commence within a year and promises to be a major industrial undertaking, using heavy industrial equipment that will penetrate the rocks to get the gold.  Many jobs could be created by this undertaking.Finally, the LME Minister told the Daily Observer that Golden Veroleum, one of the world’s leading palm oil producing companies, is about to come into production in Sinoe County, where it is operating.This company is on record as saying they are not here simply to produce palm oil, but to refine the commodity into finished and semi-finished products for local consumption and export.The company started out with a series of conflicts with the local people, who complained that it had infiltrated their farmland and sacred areas.  But of late the company has considerably improved its public relations, and has now won the almost unanimous consent of the people to continue GV’s operations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ecobank Acting MD Reaffirms Commitment to Gov’t

first_imgDavid K. Thompson, Acting Managing Director of Ecobank Liberia, has reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to work with the government to ensure that the lives of ordinary people are improved by providing them quality services, including educational systems.Mr. Thompson made the remark yesterday at the program marking the official turning over of the renovated Nathaniel Varney (N.V) Massaquoi Elementary and Junior High School, located in West Point.The school was renovated by Ecobank through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, to ensure that students have a good learning environment.The entity’s Acting Managing Director defines education as the bedrock of every country’s development; and as such, requires the involvement of all stakeholders.He said as part of the bank’s CSR, the management went around looking at various institutions to help, but at the end N.V Massaquoi School was selected based on its previous condition.Mr. Thompson said the entire building was in a deplorable condition, including the roof, and the bank saw the need to help.“So, renovating this building today would help your to learn in a good environment, but my challenge to you is to study hard because we have created the environment for you.“We want you to learn and develop Liberia, because we are already working with the government to make Liberia a great place, so that the country will develop and we will make more profit and put it back into the country,” the Ecobank Acting MD told the students.He reminded the gathering that community services is one of the bank’s major strongholds and not just making a profit as an organization, adding: “whatever we get from the community, we make sure that we gave back to them through CSR.”Mr. Thompson recalled that renovating the school is not the first, because Ecobank has previously renovated other schools, including New Kru Town Junior High.“So, Ecobank does not play with it community service program and would like to encourage you to take advantage of this environment and look forward to make hundred percent pass in next year’s WAEC,” said Thompson.He meanwhile called on school administrators and students to take good care of the building.For her part, Roseline N. Sherman, Assistant Superintended, who spoke on behalf of government particularly the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), expressed gratitude to the Ecobank family for the project, and assured that the government will cooperate to ensure that students get better education.Madam Sherman pledged government’s support, particularly for the MCSS to work with Ecobank to grow, because as citizens of the country they are feeling the impact of the bank. The students, who were happy for the school, also expressed gratitude to the Ecobank family for the renovation of their school. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

At Long Last, Liberia to Get a Modern International Airport

first_imgSeveral months ago, following an exclusive interview with Mr. Bako Freeman, Managing Director of the Roberts International Airport (RIA), the Daily Observer broke the news that Liberia was to get a brand new modern terminal costing US$50 million.Mr. Freeman said the project was being financed by a US$50 million loan from China’s Exim Bank. It all came into fruition on Monday, October 3, when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Chinese Ambassador Zang Yue participated in the unveiling of a design which, for the first time, will give Liberia a new modern international airport terminal.We pray that RIA MD Mr. Freeman will keep his promise made at the time of the interview that the Liberian people will see the new terminal design before construction begins so they will be able to know and appreciate this brand new development on the national landscape.During Tuesday’s signing ceremony, Ambassador Zang expressed confidence that the new terminal will be something Liberians will be proud of. He made a remark that elated everyone in the Cabinet Room where the signing took place; everyone, including President Sirleaf. The Ambassador said: “Something good is coming to Liberia in two months.”The President, in her brief remarks on the occasion, told the Cabinet Room audience with pride, gratitude and happiness that she believed part of the “something good” to which Ambassador Zang referred was the commencement, at last, of construction on the Ministerial Complex that they pledged to build for Liberia over a year ago. We hope for three things in this new RIA Terminal: first, that it will truly be a modern one, giving Liberia, at long last, a truly admirable international airport of which Liberians, our West Africa neighbors and all international travelers using it, will be appreciative and proud.We secondly hope that the new runway, which is simultaneously being built, will be efficiently done to accommodate some of the world’s most advanced aircrafts, including the Boeing 747 and 767 jets and Airbus. This will definitely attract more regional and international airlines here, just as it was in the 1960s through the 1980s, and even more.Our third hope has to do with lighting. We hope and pray that lighting in and around the airport vicinity will be sufficient, so that passengers, during landing, will see a glittering surrounding, not the scary darkness that has always made people think they are entering a dense forest.In order to enhance the glitter, of course, we hope the government can invite some international hotel chain to build a five-star hotel somewhere around the airport that will use the Du, Farmington and Marshall Rivers emptying into the Atlantic Ocean for tourism.It would be good for government, too, to attract real estate developers to use the RIA highway and the Charlesville community for modern housing complexes. This will enhance the lighting and modernity around RIA.Bako Freeman and his team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the National Investment Commission (NIC), should start engaging Liberian entrepreneurs and other interested parties now to install their restaurants, coffee shops and shopping complexes within the new terminal, selling arts and crafts, clothing, cosmetics, computers and electronic devices, fragrances, GSM equipment and software, footwear, liquor, etc. We highly commend President Sirleaf for the strong friendship she and her government have cultivated with the Chinese that has during her tenure enabled them to do so much for Liberia. A good part of this is in the extensive educational opportunities they have given to many Liberian students in various professional fields. Appreciation is due the Chinese government and people for all they have done to help Liberia. The two governments have sown the seeds of lasting friendship, which we know will bear greater fruit in the years ahead. We hope our Chinese friends will help Liberians to cultivate the enduring capacity for self-reliance that has made the Chinese nation and people what they have become—a mighty force to be reckoned with in every part of the world. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sanniquellie-Yekepa Road Becomes ‘No Go Area’

first_imgThe present condition of the road connecting Sanniquellie with Yekepa in Nimba County.The stretch of road connecting Sanniquellie, Nimba County’s political capital, with the old mining town of Yekepa, has turned into a “death trap” and has been dubbed a “no go area” in recent times due to its deplorable condition.The bad condition of the road has added to the already existing hardships being faced by ordinary residents in the ArcelorMittal concession area as well as surrounding towns and hamlets.As a result, some residents are complaining about the skyrocketing of prices of goods and services, including transportation fares from motorists who dare travel on this route.Daiby Lee, a resident of Yekepa, decried the situation because she feels that the condition of the road should have been  improved ever since, given that mining activities in the region were at their peak in the 60s.The bad condition of the road has added to the already existing hardships being faced by ordinary residents in the ArcelorMittal concession area as well as surrounding towns and hamlets.“Besides the company’s cars, you can hardly see any private or commercial vehicles plying the route for nearly a week,” Ms. Lee added.The Sanniquellie-Yekepa road is about 15 kilometers. Every rainy season, it becomes so deplorable, making life unbearable in the once-bustling mining community. Some residents said this year has been the worst due to the torrential rains.When the Daily Observer recently visited the area, it was observed that several commercial trucks, which had ventured to try their luck on the road, got stranded, particularly between Sanniquellie and Zolowee Town, midway to Yekepa, further up north.“The company is only concerned about road within the concession zone, but areas outside of the concession remain vulnerable,” said an elderly woman, who was on a motorbike and struggling to reach her destination. Most vehicles use a detour through nearby villages or towns, to avoid the overwhelming mud.Yekepa’s border is connected to Guinea and is one of the key local ports in Nimba County, from which revenue collection is significant, next to the Ganta and Loguatuo ports of entry.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kids Arena opening delayed until January

first_imgThe Kids Arena, currently undergoing a $500,000 makeover to renovate the once ice arena into an indoor field house, will not be open by the scheduled date of October 24, 2011.According to Co-Chair of the Kids Arena Fieldhouse Committee Trevor Bolin, issues regarding the shipping of equipment are contributing factors to the delay. He says the committee is working hard to try to overcome these setbacks and now have to meet with the facility’s user groups in order to find an alternate location to host community sporting events in the meantime.He also says the delays will not have a significant effect on the project’s budget.- Advertisement -The official opening of the new and improved Kids Fieldhouse Arena has now been scheduled for Jan.2, 2012, but could potentially happen on an earlier date. The City expects the facility to be open for drop-in programs before the scheduled opening date and will inform the public when these opportunities become available.Improvements to the facility include a new artificial turf and grass surface, new retrofitted boards, new netting, heating units and improvements to the facility’s lighting system.last_img read more

Dalglish: Liverpool MUST bring in a winner to help under-fire Rodgers

first_imgBrendan Rodgers needs help to turn Liverpool into winners again, Paul Dalglish has told talkSPORT.The Anfield chief has failed to land any silverware in his three seasons on Merseyside and defeat to Hull on Tuesday night has ramped up the pressure on the Northern Irishman.Dalglish believes the Reds stick should by their under-fire boss for another year, but he wants the club to bring in an experienced football figure to work alongside Rodgers.Speaking on Extra Time, the former Reds youngster and son of legend Kenny, said: “I don’t think it is the right thing to get rid of Brendan Rodgers now.“I was surprised when Brendan was given the job in the first place, but now he has been in the job for three years he has shown signs of getting more used to the level of expectations and pressures and how to manage a big club.“I don’t think it is a case of getting rid of Brendan Rodgers. I think it is more a case of trying to get somebody in to help him. There is no point taking the three-year learnings of a young manager to then go and change things.“More important for me would be to get somebody in to help him who has been there, done it and won things. If you look at the Liverpool staff at the moment, there are not many people who have much experience at winning.“Liverpool really want to start winning things, and somebody who can help him win would be they most sensible solution, rather than to try and change everything.”last_img read more

What’s with the sheepskin coat and who does John Motson support?

first_img 2 John Motson, or ‘Motty’ to me and you is now part of the talkSPORT family.Having reversed a decision to retire from broadcasting, he will now be appearing on regularly when the new season begins. Made to measure sheepskin coats Why does he wear a sheepskin coat?“I didn’t set out to make the sheepskin coat anything special, but it just happened when I was at Wycombe in 1990 and the snow came down. I looked forlorn and it just stuck from then on,” he said ahead of his ‘retirement’ at the end of last season, explaining he thinks he has worn ‘nine or 10’ over the years.“I have always had them made to measure. Even when it is warm people ask where the coat is.“I’ve always paid for my own. People think the BBC pay for them but they don’t.”What team does he support?Barnet, despite being born in Salford. “I have a long connection with the club. I was a junior reporter at the local paper (the Barnet Press) that covered their matches.“I’ve always lived around Hertfordshire and have looked for their results ever since.“I go and watch them whenever I can.”When was his first ever radio commentary?Everton v Derby in December 1969. An Alan Ball goal helped the Toffees to the points. Talking about the game, he said: “When I came back to Euston on the train that night I was walking behind two guys who were blind and I heard one of them saying to the other: ‘Wasn’t it great to be able to listen to the game?’” The one and only John Motson is joining talkSPORT! 🐑🧥Here he is telling us some of his career highlights ⬇️The players and teams mentioned are 🔥pic.twitter.com/FV0X9AcKr6— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 24, 2018center_img 2 “It didn’t take long to come out of retirement because talkSPORT is a great place to talk football,” he said.“I’m looking forward to joining the team, commentating on this great game for sometime longer and speaking to a host of footballing legends for a series of shows for fans to re-live the best of football past and present.”Starting next month, his dulcet tones will be heard across the station, including live commentary of a selection talkSPORT’s exclusive Premier League fixtures as well as further analysis and opinion.Each Monday and Friday with Hawksbee and Jacobs (weekdays from 1pm) he will be reviewing and previewing all the football action plus later this year he will interview some of his favourite players in ‘Motty’s Magnificent XI’ nostalgia shows.First, though… John Motson has joined talkSPORT last_img read more

Fischer Named MVC Track Athlete And Scholar-Athlete Of The Week

first_imgST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University senior Reed Fischer has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week and the Enterprise Bank MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week following his record-setting performance at the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. Fischer became the latest Bulldog to become a Drake Relays champion by winning the men’s 5,000 meters on Thursday evening at the conclusion of the annual Distance Carnival. In addition to the title, he shattered the school record by finishing in 13:48.32 to claim his third school record of the season.  His time broke the previous record, set in 1978, by nearly 12 seconds. Also, Fischer’s time was the fastest winning time in the 5,000 meters at the Drake Relays since 1988 and is currently the fastest in the Valley by more than 15 seconds.   Academically, the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honor is the seventh of the season for Fischer and the 16th by a Drake student-athlete this year. Fischer owns a 3.81 grade point average as an English/public relations major. 2016-17 Drake MVC Scholar-Athletes of the WeekMay 2 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Track & FieldApril 4 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Track & FieldMarch 14 – Caitlin Ingle, Women’s BasketballFeb. 7 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Track & FieldJan. 31 – Becca Jonas, Women’s BasketballJan. 23 – Caitlin Ingle, Women’s BasketballJan. 3 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 27 – Redd Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 27 – Becca Jonas, Women’s BasketballNov. 22 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryNov. 1 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryOct. 25 – James Wypych, Men’s SoccerOct. 4 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountrySept. 27 – Mueng Sunday, Men’s SoccerSept. 6 – Reed Fischer, Men’s Cross CountryAug. 30 – James Wypych, Men’s Soccer Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Irish Water blamed for slipping standards at Eddie Fullerton Dam

first_imgAnglers who fish in the Eddie Fullerton Dam are growing frustrated with the condition of the reservoir after the Irish Water takeover, according to Councillor Jack Murray.The Inishowen MD and County Councillor has said that the dam in the Pollan Valley has been deteriorating after responsibility for its upkeep was transferred from the local authority to Irish Water.Cllr Murray raised a motion at this month’s County Council meeting to highlight the negative effects of the changeover, to recognise the benefits of fishing tourism in such areas and to call on Irish Water to maintain the appearance of the dam to a high standard. “The Eddie Fullerton Dam in Buncrana is one of the largest Irish Water owned infrastructures in the county,” Cllr Murray said.“A number of anglers are very frustrated with the condition of the dam. The water quality is becoming very poor and is damaging the salmon stocks.”Cllr Murray said that he wrote to Irish Water on the issue, but his concerns were dismissed with a blunt response.Cllr Albert Doherty added: “This dam is a creator and contributor to the tourism industry and I believe that potential is not being explored.” Donegal County Council agreed to write to Irish Water and request a direct response. Director of Service Michael McGarvey added that the executive will explore what work can be done by local council staff to improve the area.Irish Water blamed for slipping standards at Eddie Fullerton Dam was last modified: July 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr Jack MurrayDonegal County Councileddie fullerton damInishowenlast_img read more