Look at bright side, official urges football critics

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Philippine Azkals File Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippines may have suffered losses against lower-ranked teams in the Chinese Taipei Football Association Invitational Tournament recently, but businessman Jefferson Cheng, who served as manager of the team, would rather stick to the positives—pointing out that young players were able to get international exposure from the four-nation competition.Saying that negative statements about the team’s results were unfair, Cheng stressed that the coaches and players did their best for the country given the time and logistical constraints as the tournament came immediately after the Philippines Football League season.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think a more encouraging and supportive stance will do more good for Philippine football than complaining and maligning the players and coaches who did their best for their country,” said Cheng in a statement.Without more than half of their regular players since the tournament did not fall during the international window, the Azkals lost to Chinese Taipei, 0-3, and Timor Leste, 0-1, after opening the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Laos. The Azkals finished second behind Chinese Taipei in the tournament, nipping Laos on goal difference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseAzkals manager Dan Palami said they were not consulted over the composition of the team for the tournament with Davao Aguilas coach and PFF technical director Marlon Maro forming the team with the approval of PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes.“The players were given the best organization one can possibly do with the time, and logistics constraints we have plus the conflict that the CTFA tournament have with the PFL schedule,” said Cheng. View comments Lyceum not seeking redemption, just improvement, as Zark’s Burgers “My role is temporary as the PFF asked for assistance because most of the clubs with the regular Azkals players including Mr. Palami’s Global FC are in the PFL semifinals while Azkals coach Thomas Dooley also had a previous commitment.Cheng said his management team actually got in touch with some players whom Palami recommended and already bought their tickets, but they failed to join the team for some reason.“We should draw our attention to the positives,” Cheng stressed.Cheng cited players like Kintaro Miyagi from Cebu, who scored his first international goal against Laos, and Ateneo’s Jarvey Gayoso were able to gain valuable experience from the tournament where they teamed up with the likes of Phil and James Younghusband.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Protect my right to vote

first_imgDear Editor,In Saturday’s edition of the Stabroek News, I observed an article that deeply troubled me to my core: “AG appeals CJ’s ruling on existing registrants.” I am by no means any legal expert, but please allow me to explain why, if the Attorney General’s appeal is successful, my democratic right would then be deeply violated.After Chief Justice Roxane George ruled, the AG claimed success; now he is attempting to partially appeal the ruling. He is challenging her declaration that existing registrants cannot be removed from the database. The AG is attempting to get a ruling that allows GECOM to scrap the database that had been in existence for over a decade and used it multiple elections (without a complaint from any political parties).From my understanding, he is trying to impose residency as a requirement to be registered. At the time of my registration, I was residing in Guyana. Anyone registering would have been residing, or physically present, in the country, as that is how one would go to GECOM and register. It seems as if the AG is also trying to impose this as a right to be on the database. So every time one exits Guyana, GECOM will delete them. In that case, GECOM should set up shop at the airport; when we leave, delete; and register us back when we land.The law itself doesn’t seem to support these claims. In Article 159 (qualification and disqualification for electors) of the Guyana Constitution, section 2 deals with how one qualifies, (a) states a citizen of Guyana and (c) “satisfies such other qualifications as may be prescribed by or under any law.” The AG is attempting to force the court to legislate residency into my right to vote.I would like to point out that in the Constitution of Guyana, there is a section (31) that speaks to the protection of citizens’ rights abroad. “It is the duty of the State to protect the just rights and interests of citizens’ resident abroad.” Isn’t my right to vote something worth protecting?The Chief Justice said: “The right to register to vote and the right to vote are sacrosanct and fundamental. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Guyana has acceded, establishes the right to vote as a matter of international human rights law, and provides that every citizen has a right to vote.”ICCPR was adopted and opened for signature, ratification, and accession by the General Assembly (resolution 2200A(XXI)) on December 16th, 1966. The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights has the right to vote under Article 25.I have combed through the Constitution of Guyana, the Peoples Representation Act, and the National Registration Act, and editor, I am still trying to see how the Attorney General can rationally think to delete the database is in our law books.I hope the Appellate Court protects my right to vote and uphold the Chief Justice’s ruling.Respectfully,Nutana Singhlast_img read more

Dodgers’ fan, 91, set for 50th home opener

first_imgShe’ll be joined at the game against the Colorado Rockies by her son and daughter, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. (Her son bought an extra four tickets and the little ones will sit on their parents’ laps.) It was important the whole family be there to celebrate Nettie’s streak because, to her, Dodger games are about spending time with her family. “It’s absolutely marvelous,” she said, patting her heart and speaking softly. “It gives me great pleasure to be able to say four generations go to the game together.” Taking in the home opener became a family tradition, passed down to each generation at an earlier age than the one before. While Nettie didn’t attend her first Dodgers game until she was 41, her son Michael began at 17. His son, David, went to his first home opener at age 5. And David’s sons, Maddox, 4, and Briggs, 2, both were baptized with Dodger blue at about 6 months old. Amazingly, for the past half-century, nothing has threatened Nettie’s streak – no family tragedies, no important events. “It was like a rite of passage,” said Michael Berkson, 62, of Calabasas. “Everybody just made sure it was on the calendar.” That, however, has become more difficult. First, Nettie’s Westside apartment is a long way from Chavez Ravine for a woman who doesn’t drive in a city that doesn’t do public transportation well. Second, when Nettie’s blood turned blue, programs cost 20 cents and tickets $3.50 – and that was for the expensive seats. Today, her family’s field-level seats – Aisle 1, Row S – cost about $25,000 for four season-ticket packages. “I’m not sure how much longer I can keep getting them,” said Michael Berkson, who is the ticket controller. This year, to make the cost more reasonable, Berkson organized a consortium of Dodger fans who would share the four seats, similar to a timeshare. “There is no question about who gets the Opening Day tickets,” he said. The Berksons invoked seniority on that one. Born Dec. 31, 1915, in Chicago, Nettie Berkson is the youngest of 12 children and the only born outside of Poland. She grew up a Cubs fan, and on Fridays she would leave school early and catch the El train to Wrigley Field. When she and her husband, Marvin, moved to Los Angeles in 1946 and settled in the Fairfax District, Nettie went looking for her new home team. And for the next 11 years, she was a loyal Hollywood Stars fan. In 1957, the Dodgers confirmed they were coming to town from Brooklyn and the minor league Stars and Los Angeles Angels left. “When the Dodgers came out,” Nettie said, “that was it. I needed a baseball team.” What she got was also a social scene. The Berksons befriended the people they would see from April to October – the fellow fans, food vendors and ushers like Howard Levine. Levine began working at Dodger Stadium in 1971, when he was 17. Even after joining the faculty of Ulysses S. Grant High School in Valley Glen, he kept the usher job. He got to know the Berksons at the stadium and, eventually, he had Michael Berkson’s son as a student assistant for his varsity basketball team. “I see the whole family and … it gives me that at-home feeling, that familiar feeling,” said Levine, 52, of Sherman Oaks. “Being with the same people at the stadium every single day, it is what baseball is all about.” As the years passed by, Nettie’s fellow fans did, too. Her husband died 20 years ago, and for a time she found it painful to go to games. But that didn’t stop her. After 50 years, her children approach each home opener as if it might be her last. “But she looks forward to this game every year,” her daughter, Joyce Greenberg of Calabasas, said. “I think that is what keeps her going.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sitting a few rows behind home plate since Dodger Stadium was built in Chavez Ravine, Nettie Berkson, 91, has stared at the backside of many Dodger greats – Roseboro, Scioscia, Piazza, Lo Duca and, of course, Yeager. But a few years ago when Nettie bumped into former catcher Steve Yeager at UCLA, she had to rack her brain to place his face. “Steve,” she said, “I didn’t recognize you. If you bent down like you were catching, and I could see your tokus, then I would recognize you.” Today, Nettie plans to attend her 50th consecutive home opener since the Dodgers played the San Francisco Giants on April 18, 1958, in the club’s first game at the Los Angeles Coliseum. last_img read more

Willian warns Hazard as Chelsea teammates prepare to clash at World Cup

first_img“He is a very humble player and I like being with him on a daily basis at club level. But now it is time for each of us to defend our corner and I hope to come out on top,” Willian said at Brazil’s training base in Sochi on Wednesday.“He is one of the best players in the world, but now I am on a different side and I want to do everything to win. I know we will remain friends after,” added the 29-year-old, who will also be facing Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Willian is expected to keep his place in coach Tite’s starting line-up for the game after producing his best performance at the World Cup so far in Monday’s 2-0 victory against Mexico.It was a performance which suggested the five-time winners of the trophy were comfortable with their tag as favourites, having recorded three straight wins since an opening 1-1 draw against Switzerland.“The team has evolved since the first game,” Willian added. “There was nervousness in that first match, a more complicated start against Switzerland, and we have grown step by step. I think we are at the same level as in the qualifiers.”He added that Neymar is getting better by the game, but the same can be said of Willian himself, who is one of the few survivors from the 2014 squad.“I am more mature and have more experience than at the last World Cup, and the team is more consistent,” insisted Willian, who appeared from the bench in the 7-1 semi-final humiliation against Germany in 2014.Brazil will leave their base on Russia’s Black Sea coast for the final time on Thursday to head to Kazan for Friday’s game.With Marcelo and Douglas Costa having shaken off injuries, it is the first time in this World Cup that Tite has had his whole squad fit.However, Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro will miss the match due to suspension, with Fernandinho expected to replace him.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Willian spoke to the media at Brazil’s base in Sochi on Wednesday © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDASOCHI, Russian Federation, Jul 4 – Brazil star Willian says he is looking forward to coming out on top when he faces his club colleague Eden Hazard in the World Cup quarter-final between Brazil and Belgium.The teams meet in Kazan on Friday evening with Brazil the favourites, despite the quality in a Belgian side captained by Hazard, who plays with Willian at Chelsea.last_img read more


first_imgA DONEGAL County Councillor has warned Irish Water contractors that local people in his town won’t allow any more meters to be installed.Cllr Gary Doherty was involved in several tense stand-offs with contractors in Castlefinn today.The contractors moved from development to development in a bid to continue their work. But there was a great deal of anger in the town after several driveways were dug up last Friday without any permission being given by home owners.Cllr Doherty however said people power had won out today; and there may well be more of the same this week.“I want to say a huge ‘well done’ to everyone in Castlefinn who stopped the water meters being installed today,” said the county councillor.“It was a long day with plenty of tense stand-offs, but our wee town sent a clear message to Irish Water and the Government that we are against water charges.” He added in a message to residents: “Give yourselves a pat on the back.”Meanwhile around 70 protestors turned out in Letterkenny to protest against water charges as Junior Minister Joe McHugh attended an event at the Mt Errigal Hotel. AFTER TENSE DAY, COUNCILLOR WARNS: ‘THEY WON’T INSTALL WATER METERS HERE’ was last modified: November 10th, 2014 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:castlefinnIrish Watermeterslast_img read more


first_imgAlmost 400 students are having a unique experience – life without electricity!Arranmore Island.The students are on Arranmore Island which has been without electricity all day.The island was hit by a power-cut from 11am this morning and power is not expected to be restored until this evening.The ESB has confirmed that staff are working to restore the supply.It is thought that heavy lightning from electrical storms caused the outage.“Students have been unable to power their laptops and other electrical gadgets and have had to do without them for a day, which is quite a unique experience for them,” said a spokesman.STUDENTS GET UNIQUE LESSON ON LIFE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AFTER POWER-CUT! was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

‘Were you uprooting terrorist or trees?’ Sidhu questions the purpose of Balakot air strikes

first_imgPunjab Tourism Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday questioned the purpose of the air strikes conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Jaish-e-Mohammed camps in Pakistan.Tweeting the screenshots of various media reports on the remarks of various BJP leaders, including Union Minister of State S.S Ahluwalia on air strikes, Mr. Sidhu said “300 terrorist dead, Yes or No? What was the purpose then? Were you uprooting terrorist or trees? Was it an election gimmick? Deceit possesses our land in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” “Stop politicising the army, it is as sacred as the state,” he added.Earlier, Mr. Sidhu had come under criticism from several quarters over his remarks on Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack, in which he said that an entire nation can’t be held responsible for the attack.Mr. Sidhu has been maintaining that solution to terror is peace, development and progress — not unemployment, hatred and fear.last_img read more

Undrafted Dylan Ennis drops 35 for Warriors in Vegas

first_imgMOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Teammates waved towels at the end of the game to cool down Ennis, whose career high at Oregon was 22 points.Ennis, who played for the Thunder in the Orlando Summer League before joining the Warriors in Las Vegas, poured in 23 points in 12 first-half minutes, including six of his eight 3-pointers. He previously had 21 points over five games in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Just don’t think about it,” Ennis said. “It touches your hand, you put it up and the rim looks like the ocean … I’ll probably never hear (the ‘MVP’ chants) again in my career.”Ennis’ 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining gave the Warriors a 105-97 lead that put the game away. Bryce Alford, undrafted out of UCLA, finished with 16 points. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 08: Timothe Kuwawu-Cabarrot #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives against Dylan Ennis #31 of the Golden State Warriors during the 2017 Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Philadelphia won 95-93.Dylan Ennis went undrafted last month, but the Oregon product was the recipient of “MVP” chants from the crowd in Las Vegas on Friday. Ennis was nearly unstoppable as he scored 35 points during the Golden State Warriors’ 109-100 NBA Summer League victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.“Being undrafted, you take it personal,” Ennis told NBA TV.ADVERTISEMENT Jaron Johnson scored 18 for the Clippers while 2016 first-round pick Brice Johnson and Jawun Evans had 17 apiece.Teams still alive in tournament play had Friday off. The quarterfinal round begins Saturday with Portland playing San Antonio, Miami facing Memphis, Dallas against Boston and the Lakers meeting Brooklyn.In other action:HAWKS 92, ROCKETS 86Trent Lockett scored 17 points on 50 percent shooting, and the Hawks used a 34-22 fourth quarter to rally to victory. Maryland product Diamond Stone and Bryce Cotton added 12 apiece off the bench.TIMBERWOLVES 80, WIZARDS 73Matt Costello blocked a would-be dunk by Michael Young with 59.9 seconds remaining to seal the Timberwolves’ comeback win over the Wizards. Costello, who was undrafted out of Michigan State in 2016 and played in the D-League, had a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Gordon Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics JAZZ 97, BUCKS 76Tony Bradley scored 19 points and the Jazz easily won their first game of the Las Vegas session after four straight losses.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Halep beats Azarenka to reach US Open semifinal

first_imgSecond seed Simona Halep, cheered on by Romanian gymnastics great Nadia Comaneci, fought off a determined challenge from former world number one Victoria Azarenka to reach the semifinals of the US Open on Wednesday.The 23-year-old Halep, of Romania, chasing her first grand slam singles title, came out strong against the Belarussian after an 85-minute, third-set rain delay to secure a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory and a last-four clash against Italy’s Flavia Pennetta.”It was a tough match. Im really happy that I could win, I dont know where it comes, the power to win this match,” said the diminutive, but hard-hitting Halep.Halep was run ragged in the second set by Azarenka who sent her scurrying from corner to corner as she fought back to level the quarterfinal at one set apiece.A light rain forced them off the court in the fourth game of the third set but when they returned to Arthur Ashe Stadium, a revived Halep took command.”I was a bit tired after the second set and that break helped me. Thanks God, for raining,” Halep said in an on-court interview.”I found the power to give everything to win this one because I really wanted to play first time the semi-finals here.”After an opening set dominated by Halep, two-times Australian Open winner Azarenka, who has slipped to 20th in the world rankings after battling injuries the last two seasons, battled back.Emotions ran high with both players shrieking in frustration after mistakes and roaring in self-encouragement after an important point. After the break, Halep served an ace on the first point back on court to level the third set at 2-2, before breaking in the seventh game for the margin she needed to reach the semifinal.advertisementHalep was cheered on by a noisy contingent of flag-waving Romanians and a special guest in the player’s box, five-times Olympic gold-medal winning gymnast Comaneci.”It was great to have a great champion in my box. It was a good day for all of us,” Halep said.Pennetta, 33, ousted twice Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, the fifth-seeded Czech, in three sets to advance. Top seed Serena Williams, bidding to complete the fourth women’s calendar-year Grand Slam sweep, faces Roberta Vinci of Italy in Thursday’s other scheduled semifinal.last_img read more

Spain Drew Level Four Times to Beat Greece

first_imgSpain drew level four times with the last five seconds from fulltime to force a shootout and win it 4-2. Greece gained the edge in the first quarter thanks to the equaliser and go-ahead goal by Eleftheria Plevritou and Nikoleta Eleftheriadou made it 3-1 from deep left, FINA reports.Beatriz Ortiz opened the scoring on extra for Spain and she gained another late in the period. Alkisti Avramidou shifted the score to 4-1 on extra with some controlled play.However, Spain struck back with Judith Forca shifting on to the post on extra to score and Beatriz Ortiz netted her third and 10th for the tournament to level at 2:09. Christina Kotsia took Greece back to the lead with a well-placed shot from top left to the bottom right. Both teams called a timeout in the last minute before the long break with no scoring success. Spain took the advantage in the third period, Forca sending in a slow lob down the right side and nearly three minutes later, Beatriz Ortiz fired in her fourth when free at the top and sending the ball under the arm of Eleni Kouvdou for the 6-5 lead.Eleni Xenaki arrested the slide when she drew the exclusion, shifted to the deep-right position and converted the extra-man attack. Kotsia re-took the lead for Greece at 2:10 with a cross-cage shot. Before tonight she had scored just one goal in Budapest so obviously she was saving her best for the sharp end of the tournament.Trantafyllia Manolioudaki of Greece reacts after Greece lost to Spain in the women’s water polo quarterfinal match between Greece and Spain at the 17th FINA Swimming World Championships in Hajos Alfred National Swimming Pool in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)Both teams took timeouts, but shots went wide. The small crowd who stayed to witness the fourth quarter-final was treated to an excellent match-up and witnessed Greece swim to the last quarter in front. Spain’s Matilde Ortiz snapped up a rebound in front of goal to level on the first attack and Anna Espar converted a penalty when Christina Tsoukala gained her third major foul. Suddenly, Spain was in front at 7:07. Avramidou levelled a minute later with a spinning shot, which skipped into the bottom right. Kotsia made it three and took Greece back in front when her shot from the top was deflected into goal by Matilde Ortiz.Paula Leiton scored her 11th goal and first of the match from right-hand catch for 9-9 at 4:21. Shots kept coming with no conversions until Xenaki backhanded in from centre forward at 1:31 and 10-9. Spain went to a timeout and on the extra-man attack patiently passed the ball until Forca rammed the ball home with five seconds left, forcing the shootout. The first two shots each made the scoreboard, the third pair missed, Spain score, Greece missed and Helena Lloret punched in the winner to send Spain to the medal round.GREECE: Eleni Kouvdou, Christina Tsoukala, Vasiliki Diamantopoulou, Nikoleta Eleftheriadou (1), Margarita Plevritou, Alkisti Avramidou (2), Alexandra Asimaki, Ioanna Chydirioti, Christina Kotsia (3), Triantafyllia Manolioudaki, Eleftheria Plevritou (2), Eleni Xenaki (2), Chrysoula Diamantopoulou. Head Coach: Georgios Morfesis.SPAIN: Laura Ester, Marta Bach, Anna Espar (1), Beatriz Ortiz (4), Matilda Ortiz (1), Helena Lloret, Clara Espar, Pilar Pena, Judith Forca (3), Paula Crespi, Anna Gual, Paula Leiton (1), Sandra Domene. Head Coach: Miguel Oca.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more