Teenage Russian skater makes history with qudruple Lutz jump

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Trusova said she would continue to work to improve her free routine performance.“I was very nervous as it was the first tournament of the season and my first attempt ever to perform three quads in my free routine,” Trusova said.“In general I’m pleased with my results at this event but I committed some mistakes in my free routine. I will keep on working to improve my performance.“The next Grand Prix stage will take place in Slovenia and I want to present both of my programmes (short and free) in a flawless way there.”Trusova is just the latest teenage skating star to come off Russia’s remarkable production line. Alina Zagitova was just 15 when she won the women’s singles figure skating title at this year’s Pyeongchang Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Russian figure skater Aleksandra Trusova, this year’s world junior champion, made history at the weekend by executing a quadruple Lutz jump for the first time in women’s skating.The 14-year-old Trusova, a pupil of renowned Russian coach Eteri Tutberidze, also performed a combination of quadruple-triple toe loops to collect 146.7 points for her free routine to win the ISU Junior Grand Prix event at Kaunas, Lithuania.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Djokovic wins US Open, 14th Grand Slam Alexander Gorshkov, the head of the Russian figure skating federation, congratulated the skater.“I’d like to congratulate Sasha (Trusova) and Eteri Tutberidze’s coaching team,” Gorshkov told journalists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Trusova already performed the quads last year but with a quadruple Lutz jump she raised her skating to a new, higher level.”The jump named after Austrian skater Alois Lutz, who first performed it in 1913, is one of the most difficult elements in figure skating and was previously performed at official events by men only. View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: Lyceum zooms to 12-0, blasts EAC

first_imgView comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Red Sox reach 100 wins for 1st time since ’46, beat Jays 1-0 Lyceum maintained its immaculate record after clobbering Emilio Aguinaldo College, 95-75, for its 12th straight win in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Pirates pulled away in the fourth quarter after letting the General, who absorbed their ninth loss against two wins, hang around and trail by just 61-54 after three quarters.Spencer Preta stretched Pirates’ lead to 72-61 after a three before Marcelino twins took over in  the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJaycee and Jayvee scored four points each in the Pirates’ 8-0 run that gave them a commanding 89-69 lead with 1:26 left in the game.Pirates head coach Topex Robinson said he wasn’t worried that the Generals were within striking distance with one quarter left to play. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “I think that’s something we’re not surprised about but what’s important to us is we should sustain our effort for 48 minutes,” said Robinson. “We should have discipline both in the offensive and defensive end.”CJ Perez led the Pirates’ offense with 19 points and five rebounds while Nzesseu had 18 points and seven boards.Jaycee had 15 points, seven assists, and four steals for the Pirates while Ralph Tansingco and Jayvee added 11 and 10 points, respectively.Jerome Garcia lit up for a game-high 30 points while grabbing nine rebounds for the Generals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardlast_img read more

Wave of the future: Women’s boxing headlines HBO’s last show

first_imgFILE – At left, in a May 5, 2018, file photo, Cecilia Braekhus, of Norway, is shown in action during a fight against Kali Reis, in Carson, Calif. At right, in an Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, Claressa Shields poses in the Kronk gym ring during a media availability, in Detroit. Cecilia Braekhus was in the first women’s boxing match on HBO, and the dominant Norwegian champion will be in the main event of HBO’s final boxing show Saturday night when she defends her welterweight titles against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes. On the undercard, two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields defends her middleweight belts against Femke Hermans. (AP Photo/File)CARSON, Calif. — Although HBO has decided to put boxing in its past, the network is leaving the sport by showcasing a possible vision of its future.Cecilia Braekhus was in the first women’s boxing match on HBO, and the dominant Norwegian champion will be in the main event of HBO’s final boxing show Saturday night when she defends her welterweight titles against Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Several champions of women’s combat sports also will be watching at ringside, including former superstar Laila Ali, UFC featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg” Justino and current boxing champs Christina Hammer and Jenna Mrdjenovich.The mere idea of an HBO boxing show dominated by women’s champions would have been improbable just two years ago. Of course, so would the idea of a boxing world without HBO, a dominant financial force behind many of the world’s biggest bouts for nearly a half-century.After Shields’ dominant run to a second straight gold medal at the Rio Olympics, U.S. boxing purveyors finally began to grasp the fact that women’s boxing was a fertile area for growth if they were willing to invest time and money. So Shields turned pro and became a rising personality in the sport, while the 37-year-old Braekhus teamed up with promoter Tom Loeffler to raise her international profile after fighting in relative obscurity in northern Europe for a decade.While Shields would love to fight Braekhus someday, she also respects the veteran ex-kickboxer.“I’m happy to appear on this card with her and proud that she is in the main event,” Shields said. “It truly gives me something to strive for, to someday headline a big show like this. Cecilia has worked very hard for many years and has deserved everything she’s gotten.”ADVERTISEMENT Braekhus and Shields are favored in their bouts, but both are hoping to put on a show worthy of this milestone in the sport’s evolution.The event should be bittersweet for many boxing fans accustomed to HBO’s presence in the sport. Longtime HBO commentator Jim Lampley will sign off from the network for which he has worked since 1988 along with Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr.HBO elected to get out of the sport after being unable or unwilling to compete with a wave of interest in televised boxing. While Showtime has retained its prominence in the sport, ESPN has dramatically increased its boxing content in recent months, and new streaming service DAZN is aggressively pursuing promoters and fighters, including former HBO star Canelo Alvarez.But for one last night, HBO will showcase rising talent on its distinct platform.“This has been a great year for women’s boxing,” said Hermans, Shields’ Belgian challenger. “The future is very bright.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Short but sweet’ search lands Derek Fisher as coach of LA Sparks SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 On the undercard, two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields defends her middleweight belts against Femke Hermans.Any discussion of the world’s top female fighters must include Braekhus (34-0, 9 KOs) and Shields (7-0, 2 KOs). With women’s boxing on a distinct rise over the past two years, HBO is closing out its 45-year history as a driving force in boxing with a showcase for two fighters atop the sport’s next wave.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s an honor to be in this position right now,” Braekhus said. “It’s truly a validation for the great year it’s been for women’s boxing all over the world, and how strong the future is. We have come a long way in the sport, and I believe there are even more opportunities to come our way.”Super flyweight Juan Francisco Estrada also fights Victor Mendez in a matchup of childhood acquaintances from Sonora, Mexico, but this show is being carried by women — including Australian atomweight champ Louisa Hawton, who fights Lorraine Villalobos on the undercard at the famed outdoor arena at StubHub Center south of downtown Los Angeles. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Russel Westbrook explodes for 40 as Thunder pull away to beat Suns

first_imgT.J. Warren scored 19 and Deandre Ayton 16 for Phoenix, which had won five of its previous seven games after opening the season 4-24.“That’s a very winnable game for us,” Booker said. “We just let it slip. That team’s been together a long time. They know what it takes to close out games. We’re still learning.”The Thunder swept the four-game season series from the Suns.Schroder scored 10, including a pair of 3s, in what proved to be the decisive 17-2 fourth-quarter run that put Oklahoma City ahead 102-88 with 6:09 to play. Westbrook capped the outburst with a 3 and pretty much took over the game from there.“In the first half, my shot wasn’t falling and everybody else stepped up doing a great job,” Schroder said. “In the second half, everybody gave me confidence, told me to keep shooting and I did and in the fourth quarter I kept it going, shot every shot I could get and it went in.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gets fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — For three quarters on Friday night, the improving Phoenix Suns gave Oklahoma City everything it could handle.Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder took over from there, and the Thunder rolled to a 118-102 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES MOST READ Suns: Host Denver on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Suns’ reserves were the main contributors in a 16-4 second-quarter run.Nader converted a three-point play then scored again inside to put the Thunder up 43-35 with 10:02 left in the first half.But Josh Jackson sank a 19-footer, followed by a 3-pointer, to ignite the surge. Booker also hit a 3-pointer and Mikal Bridges scored from the baseline to put the Suns ahead 51-47 with 5:22 to go. There were five lead changes the rest of the half, with Oklahoma City leading 58-57 at the break.Phoenix scored the first six points of the second half to lead 63-55 and was up 82-77 after Warren’s 3-pointer, but Raymond Felton’s steal and layup cut it to 82-79. The Suns led 84-81 entering the fourth.“We can be pleased with the three quarters that we played and how we played, how we competed,” Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said, “but unfortunately it’s a 48-minute game.”TIP-INSThunder: Terrance Ferguson left the game due to stomach illness in the first quarter. Alex Abrines missed his second straight game due to stomach illness. … Oklahoma City has not lost three in a row since starting the season 0-4. … Thunder have beaten Phoenix six straight times. … George had started all 33 games this season. … Schroder made 3 of 12 shots in the first three quarters, 5 of 6 in the fourth. … Oklahoma City moved into second in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Denver.Suns: The Suns opened a season-long, seven-game home stand after a 3-2 road trip. … Booker missed his first six shots and was 1-for-7 shooting in the first quarter but with six assists. … Phoenix had won more games in the last seven than it had in the previous 28. … Kelly Oubre Jr. was 2 of 8 shooting, 0 of 4 on 3s, for four points in his home debut for the Suns.UP NEXTThunder: At Dallas on Sunday. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lou Williams’ 36 sends Clippers past Lakers in first clash of year 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Westbrook scored 40 points, 15 in the game’s final 6 ½ minutes, Schroder scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Oklahoma City snapped a two-game skid despite the absence of Paul George, who missed his first game of the season due to a right quad contusion. Abdel Nader scored a career-high 18 for the Thunder.When the game was on the line, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said, “We defended really well, we rebounded really well and we took care of the basketball and were able to score points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDevin Booker had 25 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who had a three-point lead after three quarters but were outscored 37-18 in the fourth.“We lean on defense all season,” Westbrook said, “and it’s important that we constantly keep leaning on that to win games.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Bobby Portis scores 30 in debut as Wizards turn back Cavs

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Whittaker meets Gastelum, Adesanya takes on Silva at UFC 234 Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES One of the players Washington acquired from the Chicago Bulls for Porter, Bobby Portis had a spectacular debut, scoring 30 points to lead the Wizards over the Cleveland Cavaliers 119-106 on Friday night.Portis had 16 in the first quarter, hitting all six of his field-goal attempts in the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“When I first got here yesterday, I felt the love right off,” Portis said. “Everybody welcomed me in. All my teammates and my coaches wanted me to be myself.”Portis said the advice he received was succinct. “‘Don’t try and fine tune. Come in and be who you are.’ That’s who I am,” he said. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis gestures during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 119-106. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — When the Washington Wizards found out that All-Star point guard John Wall was going to need surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon, just a month after surgery to repair bone spurs in his left heel, they decided to regroup.Wall’s surgery will cost him at least the majority of the 2019-20 season. After learning the news just ahead of the NBA’s trading deadline, the Wizards quickly traded Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris in separate deals.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We turned the basketball over five times in that first quarter, which you just cannot do on the road,” Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said. “They built the lead, a lead just too big for us to overcome.”In his first game back after left foot surgery forced him to miss 50 games, Kevin Love started and played the first six minutes, scoring four points. He did not return to the game. Drew said Love would not play when Cleveland plays at Indiana on Saturday night.NEW ACQUISITIONSBesides Parker, Wesley Johnson, who came from New Orleans for Morris, had two points in 15 minutes.Brooks was impressed with Parker, but said he could have done more.“I’m probably the one that kept him from a triple-double,” Brooks said.Marquese Chriss, who was picked up by the Cavaliers in a three-team trade, had 13 points in 23 minutes.“I thought he did a good job for the first time, not really knowing what we’re doing as far as our plays and defensive schemes,” Drew said. “We threw him into the fire and I thought he responded well.”WALL SPEAKSWall, who will undergo surgery on Tuesday, said he was in “great” spirits and plans to spend time with his newborn son and his mother, who has cancer, during his rehabilitation. The Wizards led 77-57 early in the third quarter, but the Cavaliers got to within 89-86 late in the period. Thanks in part to 10 more points from Portis in the fourth, Washington pulled away.“Great pickup,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “That’s an understatement.”Bradley Beal added 25 points and 12 assists. Jabari Parker, who came along with Portis from Chicago, had seven points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.“I was actually surprised with how well (Portis) was able to mesh quickly on the fly, him and Jabari,” Beal said. “It was almost like free-flowing. That’s how we play anyway.”Cleveland, which has lost 21 of 24, was led by Collin Sexton with 27 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 24, and Larry Nance Jr. had 10 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I guess God is telling me something,” Wall said about the Achilles injury. “To sit down and get yourself fully healthy. I’ve played through injuries my whole career. I know a lot of people who played through injuries and don’t sit down. That’s one thing I don’t like to do. If something that’s nagging or not broken, I want to play. I guess it kind of caught up to me.”TIP-INSCavaliers: F/C Tristan Thompson, who is out with left foot soreness, missed his 10th straight game. … F Cedi Osman, who has a sprained right ankle, missed his second straight game. … G Brandon Knight, acquired in a trade Thursday, did not play.Wizards: Have just one home game between Friday and March 3. … F Troy Brown missed his third game with a sprained left ankle. Brooks said Brown was “probably another week or so” from returning.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.Wizards: Visit their former teammate Porter and the Bulls on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Big finish needed

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith their backs to the wall, perennial PBA Philippine Cup powers Magnolia and Alaska set out to snare crucial wins Wednesday in a bid to stay in the hunt for playoff berths in the PBA Philippine Cup.Fortunately for Hotshots coach Chito Victolero, his squad is not going to hope for a scenario to unfold for them to make it, and they start with their battle with struggling NorthPort at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “While we’re currently along the fringes, our fate this conference is still up to us,” he said in Filipino after Magnolia’s 97-93 overtime loss to crowd darling Barangay Ginebra last Sunday night.As things stand, the 3-5 Hotshots sit on eighth spot and would want to climb up the standings to play on a level field in the quarterfinals.And to do that, Magnolia needs nothing less than a sweep of their remaining three games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We just hope to stay together as we move forward,” Victolero said. “We just need to win the next three games. I think that will afford us a spot right in the middle.”NorthPort (2-7) has yet to secure a win after opening the conference with back-to-back wins. SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Meanwhile, the Aces, who lost to the Hotshots in last season’s Governors’ Cup Finals, are also at 3-5 and hard-pressed to pile up wins.They slug it out with Meralco in the 4:30 p.m. game and are looking to regain the form that gave them a 3-2 record in their first five games.Meralco, on the other hand, also has its back to the wall and at 3-6, would need to close out with two victories, counting this critical clash with the Aces.Norman Black’s Bolts have failed to advance past the eliminations here since 2015 and a victory tonight could give them hope of snapping that streak.ADVERTISEMENT Shouldn’t Pacquiao consult Roach again? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

Athletics Concludes 58th Congress

first_imgThe Liberia Athletic Federation (LAF) has concluded its 2014 Special Assembly on Saturday, 21 February 2015.The congress marked the 58th General Congress of the LAF.The congress was held at the headquarters of the Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC) where the federation has its offices, on Randall Street, in Central Monrovia.Acting President Ms. Gbour Wilson, served as presiding officer, and was aided by Frederick B. Krah, vice president for technical affairs and/ acting secretary general.The congress, which was to be held in November-2014, was postponed owing to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).During the congress, 11 out of 16 stakeholders attended — which constituted a quorum for deliberations.During deliberations, stakeholders were informed about 11 major activities in 2014, some of which included Liberia’s representatives in the African Junior Championship that was held in Burkina Faso where Kadimel Enders won silver in the high jump event.Liberia was also represented at the World Junior Championship in the USA, and Wellington Zaza ran in the final and finished third, and is currently the record holder for Africa in the 110m in the male division.Tracy Cheyee and Nula Enders represented Liberia at the African Youth Games, held in Gaborone, Botswana. Nula didn’t participate because of age, but Tracy ran and made the qualifying standard for the World Youth Olympic.The Liberian delegation didn’t participate in the World Youth Olympic in Beijing, China due to the Ebola outbreak.According to annual financial report, balance brought forward on the 28th of October 2013, was US$1,168 and income generation in 2014 amounted to US$22,417.Revenue collection included annual grant from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in the amount of US$14,387; GOL grant US$1,000, amongst others.The total budgeted expenditure was US$20,970 and cash on hand and /or carried forward for 2015 is US$1,447.18.The LAF laid out ambitious goals for the next year, which is expected to start February 27-28 – a National Clubs/Open Championships, in the Senior, Junior and You Categories.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cricket in Guyana brings people together

first_imgDear Editor,We are often told about racism in Guyana, but to witness all Guyanese together cheering on the Warriors was indeed a marvellous sight. Persons of all cultures, identities, political views and opinions were, for the first time I should say, not divided, but standing together to support and cheer on our local team.In my opinion, this is the Guyana that we all dreamt of; not a country divided by political views and beliefs, but of persons working together as families and friends.The joy and happiness plastered on the faces of people as the Warriors won their first match at Providence was remarkable. Persons exchanged hugs, smiles, and high fives; and laughter was a sign that the Guyana you and I dream of is real, and by working together, we all can achieve this goal.I want to say to all Guyanese: Don’t allow the many political views to cause disunity, but keep in mind that this country belongs to each and every one of us; not the Government or Opposition, but Guyana belongs to each and every one of us equally.All the best to the Warriors for a successful tournament. Many thanks!Sincerely,Pt Surendra Tiwarilast_img read more

Cabinet took care of itself while punishing our children

first_imgDear Editor,The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) was defeated in a no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018. They were defeated because they took care of themselves, enriching themselves and their friends and family, at the expense of Guyanese children and their parents, while neglecting the Guyanese people. Now, with an impending election – within 90 days of December 21 – APNU/AFC is in a frenzied electioneering mode, pretending they care much for our children. Senior Ministers are insisting that Government must invest in our children. We agree one of the most important investments any Government can make is its investment in children. Parliament and the people lost confidence in APNU/AFC for many reasons, but one of the stand-out reasons is the total neglect of Guyanese children.For three-and-a-half years, children were victimised because APNU/AFC wanted to remove any of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) footprints of public good that Guyanese children benefited from.One of the first acts of the APNU/AFC after they assumed control of Government in May 2015 was the termination of the “Because We Care” programme. This programme, funded by the PPP Government, with about $1.5 billion in 2014 was a cash transfer programme that ensured parents received $10,000 per child in school. When the programme was rolled out in 2014, the PPP guaranteed the programme will be an annual cash transfer to be increased annually until the sum of $50,000 per child was achieved. When the PPP started the program in 2014, it was an instant lifeline for parents, many of whom were single-parent mothers. In 2015, these mothers and parents around the country looked forward to not just receiving their grants, but to receive an increased amount from the $10,000 they received in 2014. However, the PPP was replaced and APNU/AFC cruelly and immediately terminated the programme.Why was the popular “Because We Care” programme terminated by APNU/AFC? The answer is very simple. It was too steeped in the PPP footprints. In a depraved, reprehensible act of vengeance, APNU/AFC terminated the programme, punishing innocent children and parents, because of their vile wish for vengeance against the PPP. To hide its shame, APNU/AFC falsely and irresponsibly excused themselves claiming the Government was bankrupt, because the PPP bankrupted the country.But this patented lie was exposed when APNU/AFC simultaneously increased the salaries and benefits for Cabinet members by between 50 and 100 per cent. Suddenly, the President’s salary was a hefty $4 million per month, and the Prime Minister’s salary was a bountiful $3 million per month, with generous benefits, even though APNU/AFC tried to tell the Guyanese people that the Government was broke. APNU/AFC also selectively and discriminately increased the pension of Hamilton Greene, who was Prime Minister before 1992, to more than $20 million annually. APNU/AFC also began to vulgarly hire super-salaried contracted workers costing billions of dollars annually. The fact is that the APNU/AFC Cabinet looked after themselves, at the expense of citizens, like our children, like the parents of these children, particularly like the single parents.This is not the only way, APNU/AFC demonstrated they did not care for our children. The school feeding programme has been reduced and hundreds of millions from the school feeding programme have been diverted to other useless and meaningless initiatives. Almost a billion dollars for the school feeding programme was unutilised. In the meanwhile, parents of children in the sugar belts are unable to send their children to school because sugar estates, the main employer in the sugar belt, were closed, without the Government making provisions to help the parents and their children. It is these kinds of uncaring government responses that have caused an erosion of confidence in the APNU/AFC Government. These are the reasons why APNU/AFC is desperately, illegally trying to hold on to Government, because they know they have lost any chance of winning an election in Guyana. The parliamentary no-confidence is widespread in the communities across Guyana and APNU/AFC is painfully aware of it.Sincerely,Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

Replace talk by action, please!

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, four of our sisters were brutally attacked by their spouses resulting in their hospitalisation and desperate fights for their lives. A fifth sister was mercilessly killed by a stalker who refused to take “No!” for an answer. Yet another sister was brutally attacked by her partner while accompanying a rural constable to serve what is described as “a restraining order”.Given that everyone is aware of root causes of the problem and the requirements to address it, expounding in front of microphones and cameras should urgently give way to proactive measures to reduce the incidences of gender-based violence. Replace talk by solutions now!Over the years, The Caribbean Voice has partnered with over 200 different entities to raise awareness, host workshops and outreaches, engage in advocacy and information dissemination and offer counselling and other assistance. During the Sixteen Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence held annually from November 25 to December 10, Voices Against Violence, comprising about 50 entities, activists and advocates focused on domestic violence speak out to raise awareness and provide motivation to victims to find ways out of their victimisation.  Imagine this process extended nationally across Guyana in an all-encompassing effort. We hope that this year’s observance of Sixteen Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence could see this become a reality!Indeed, collaboration is the definitive framework to tackle this plague that is claiming the lives of so many almost on a daily basis. In effect, we agree with a recent editorial in a local newspaper that called for, “a multi-sector and cross-ministerial approach” that would result in community-level activism to prevent this scourge. Policy makers and leaders are the ones with the capacity and wherewithal to institutionalise this collaboration that everyone continually demands. Government must reach out to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Faith Based Organisations (FBOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), activists, advocates and community leaders across all divides in a concerted and continuous effort to bring about needed change. All of this has been repeatedly expressed across various platforms over time.Meanwhile, The Caribbean Voice is extending a hand for collaboration to anyone willing to fight against this rapidly growing epidemic that is taking the lives of our brothers, sisters and children. We are in the process of formulating a plan in collaboration with the Centre on Crime and Resilience at Northeastern University in the US under a USAID-funded Building Evidence on Security and Community Resilience in the Caribbean project.Abuse prevention needs actions, not words. So we are appealing to NGOs, FBOs, CBOs and other stakeholders to reach out to us so together we can build a network across Guyana to ensure the implementation of the upcoming plan in every community. We would provide training and necessary support to realise this effort and we fervently hope that relevant Government Ministries and agencies would join in the critical endeavour.Sincerely,Indi RamThe Caribbean Voicelast_img read more