Philippine team leaves for Iran Monday night

first_imgBaldwin on Ateneo loss: Adamson was ‘the hungrier team’ 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 Guiao, who still held practice Monday morning, had said he will make the final 12-man roster on the eve of the team’s game against Iran.After taking on the Iranians, who will be led by former NBA center Hamed Haddadi, the Filipinos clash with Qatar on September 17 for a closed-door encounter at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine men’s basketball team leaves for Tehran, Iran Monday night to begin its campaign in the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.The Nationals face Iran on Thursday night at Azady Gym just 10 days before holding their first practice session.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Yeng Guiao, who returned as national team coach in the Asian Games where he steered the country to a fifth-place finish, will call the shots anew.It was only less than two weeks ago when Guiao named his 16-man pool for the qualifiers.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 ChrissHalf of the pool is composed of the Asiad core namely Stanley Pringle, Christian Standhardinger, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, Beau Belga, JP Erram, Raymond Almazan and Asi Taulava.The other eight are Scottie Thompson, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra, Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel Beer, Ian Sangalang of Magnolia, Matthew Wright of Phoenix and Allein Maliksi of Blackwater. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Gilas Pilipinas back in Manila, gets down to work for Qatar match

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gilas Pilipinas members wait for their luggage upon arrival in Manila Saturday. SBP PHOTOThe Philippine national men’s national basketball team arrived in the country Saturday morning following a 12-hour delay that bumped their arrival by a day.Gilas Pilipinas was originally scheduled to land in Manila Friday evening but typhoon “Ompong” forced the Nationals to endure a 12-hour layover at Dubai International Airport.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title According to the PBA website, the Filipinos had a game-viewing Saturday afternoon to prepare for their closed-door game against Qatar on Monday at 7:30pm at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Unable to practice Saturday, Gilas Pilipinas will return to the floor for one more training session on Sunday before game day. Head coach Yeng Guiao is also expected to name his Final 12 for the game that day.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 ChrissThe Filipinos are coming off an 81-73 loss to the Iranians in Tehran Thursday.The Qataris, meanwhile, flew in Friday night. They are also fresh from a 95-43 setback to Australia at home. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ramirez shows off improved jab to retain WBC title View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Gilas holds the third seed in Group F with a 4-3 record while Qatar is at the bottom with a 2-5 card.last_img read more

‘Basketball will never be the same’: NCAA players remember late Manlapaz

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aside from giving life to made baskets, infractions, timeouts, and substitutions among others, the fun-loving hype man also had a knack for giving nicknames.The iconic barker was the one who gave nicknames to Ronal Tubid (The Saint), Alyssa Valdez (The Phenom), and Enrico Villanueva (The Raging Bull) but his most iconic one has to be Calvin Abueva’s The Beast during his time in San Sebastian.It was also Manlapaz who christened Perez the “Baby Beast” nickname when the now Lyceum Pirate was just starting his collegiate career with the Stags.“He was the one who gave me Baby Beast and it’s an honor that he was part of my career,” said Perez in Filipino. “I was just so happy that he gave me a moniker and in a way our dreams are being brought to life through him.”“I just love the way he calls the games, sometimes he makes it spooky but basketball will never be the same and I’m sure he’ll be remembered not just by the NCAA but also of the whole basketball community,” said Robinson.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The beating of drums and the crowd’s cheers and jeers are usually the two most dominant sounds in any NCAA game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But for years, the late Rolly Manlapaz still managed to drown all that out with his unforgettable voice.Manlapaz’ booming vibrato was a staple of the NCAA until his untimely passing on Thursday, succumbing to his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.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 ChrissThe atmosphere Manlapaz brought to games was surely missed and Lyceum’s Topex Robinson and CJ Perez made sure to remember the jolly barker in the 113-79 annihilation of Arellano University.“That’s why we will always honor this game of basketball because so many people gave their lives here,” said Robinson. “We honor it by giving our best and Rolly’s been here longer than I am. Prayers to his family and I hope his legacy stays.” Robert Bolick experienced the late barker’s genius in both leagues, having been a benchwarmer for De La Salle in the UAAP and as a bonafide superstar with San Beda in the NCAA.“He really pumps you up when you play and every time I do a Euro step I always look for him because he’ll immediately shout ‘dipsy do,’” said Bolick after San Beda’s 82-75 win over San Sebastian.“With his passing, the games aren’t that fun anymore because when he calls your name it’s like you’re in the NBA.”Bolick, a one-time UAAP champion with La Salle and two-time NCAA champion with the Red Lions, said Manlapaz already noticed him when he was a substitute for the Green Archers.“Even though I was just sitting on Salle’s bench, he will call me and it almost made me conscious during warm ups,” said Bolick who had 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists. “I hope he’s in a better place right now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown NCAA: San Beda zooms to 7th straight win, turns back San Sebastian 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

ONE: Expect more careful, flexible Eduard Folayang vs dangerous Amir Khan

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Seeing how Khan, a product of the famed EVOLVE MMA gym, made quick work of Team Lakay teammate Honorio Banario in their last fight in Chona two months ago, Folayang is going to be more cautious and cerebral in his approach.“In his last fight against Honorio, [Khan] had a good game plan. I learned from that. I watched the fight. It made me think that it’s still a sport that you need to use your mind, have a good strategy. It made me think to be more careful and to be more flexible,” Folayang told INQUIRER.net Tuesday.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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I always say that it’s pressure but I think I have already grown into it. I need to use it now as an opportunity for us to unleash the greatness. I think it will be a huge motivation for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 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 You can see a more careful Eduard Folayang when he takes on a dangerous opponent in Amir Khan for the lightweight title in ONE: Conquest of Champions on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Since absorbing that right counter from Martin Nguyen that sent him down cold to the mat a year ago, Folayang has had a long journey back to title contention in the stacked lightweight class but he let that drag him down. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “That defeat left me really devastated. But I thought to myself that martial arts is a journey and you should never allow those circumstances to define you, you should use it as an instrument to improve your performance every time.”Folayang has since realized that what he thinks is good isn’t always the best option.The Igorot champion tried to hit Nguyen with his spinning back kick but the Australian-Vietnamese fighter saw right through it and launched a perfect counter punch.“Sometimes, you don’t realize that your strength can also be the cause of your downfall. I always use my turning back kick and I forgot that I wasn’t able to execute it well, but I still delivered it and it cost me something that I have worked hard for a long time,” said Folayang. “Next time, I should not be careless.”Folayang once again has the backing of the hometown crowd at Mall of Asia Arena, which is something that he has learned to use to his advantage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Barkley Eboña pushes past pain to deliver performance of his life for FEUlast_img read more

NU strikes gold in ASEAN University Games men’s volleyball

first_imgStarring players from reigning UAAP men’s champion National University, the Philippines unseated Thailand with a 27-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20 victory to capture the 19th ASEAN University Games men’s volleyball gold medal Friday in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.The Filipinos were very determined to become the best in the biennial competition for the region’s student-athletes.ADVERTISEMENT Francis Saura’s quick hit gave the Philippines the upperhand in the extended first frame before Bryan Bagunas took over in the second set.Putting up a tough defense against the hard-spiking Bagunas, the Thais were able to snatch the third set before the Filipinos regrouped in the fourth behind Bagunas’ solid attacking, Saura’s net defense and libero Ricky Marcos’ floor defense.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 ChrissAn outside spike by Thailand served as the championship point for the Philippines, which finished its stint with a perfect 4-0 record.The Filipinos surpassed their bronze medal finish in the 2016 edition in Singapore. MOST READ Lethal weapon: Paul Lee nails winner as Magnolia escapes Alaska for 3-2 lead PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:58Philippines captures gold in men’s sepak takraw01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon02:14Carpio 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

Schoolteacher sings the praises of Muay Thai for its many benefits

first_imgSchool teacher and Muay Thai proponent, Hee (left) with head coach Eugene Gan. Photos: Gracie HeeBefore 2014, Gracie Hee would never imagine herself kicking and punching her way to winning Muay Thai competitions.Today, the primary school teacher in Kuantan is so passionate about the sport that she is a coach and serious contender.ADVERTISEMENT “Muay Thai has changed my life. Even though I led a very active lifestyle before by going hiking, jogging, playing badminton, swimming and doing zumba, I had zero background in martial arts.“I never thought I would be able to be so involved in this sport to the extent that I am coaching and actively competing. Muay Thai teaches me that learning never ends despite your age,” shares the 28-year-old from Trengganu, Malaysia.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 ChrissIt all started when she was first posted to Kuantan as an English teacher in 2014. Her colleague told her about Maxx Muay Thai gym that had just opened and asked if she was interested to try out the sport.“I fell in love with it immediately. Initially, it was more about getting in shape, exercising, making new friends and sweating it out. “As time passed, the head coach Eugene Gan discovered that I had a talent in the sport. With more hard work, passion, dedication and discipline, I ventured into competitions and started helping to coach in classes,” shares Hee, who holds a Bachelor of Education (Tesol) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.Today, Hee readily sings the praises of Muay Thai for its many benefits.“You get to live a healthy lifestyle, make friends and learn self-defense. Muay Thai training can be very versatile. There are so many types of Muay Thai training. It is not only a competitive combat sport where you must enter a ring and compete,” she says.Muay Thai is also a very unique sport as it combines a lot of elements to promote better fitness, says Hee.“Muay Thai will improve a person’s cardio and stamina through pad work and bag work. It also improves a person’s flexibility where there is a lot of hip rotation in executing the techniques, including punching, elbows, knee techniques and kicks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “A person’s reflexes and co-ordination will also get better in time. Muay Thai will train your endurance in the sport, mentally and physically. This is a high-intensity sport that has been proven very effective for losing weight, of course with the right diet too,” says Hee, adding that there are usually crossfit workouts, bodyweight exercises and stretching exercises at the end of the class.The sport, she emphasizes, is suitable for both genders and various age groups. The youngest student at her gym is five years old while the oldest is a woman of 60.“The culture and tradition behind this sport also teaches a person to be humble and respectful. It has helped me to make friends and connect with so many people worldwide. Everyone is like a family to you in this sport,” she enthuses.Hee strongly believes the sport is an important skill for women to learn.“Muay Thai is very relevant to women as an art of self-defense. The basics of Muay Thai teach one how to attack and defend, which is very helpful when we are in a tricky situation and need to defend ourselves.“For instance, now I won’t freak out and panic if I were put in a dangerous situation because I know I have the ability to protect myself. I know how to stay calm and think of a solution. I know what my strengths are, and Muay Thai training has definitely improved my reflexes, agility and stamina.”Currently, Hee is committed to promoting the art to more women in the coastal city of Kuantan.“I believe that Muay Thai can not only make women feel stronger but actually be stronger. It’s time to change the stereotyping in sports where Muay Thai is categorized as a bloody, brutal and aggressive sport for males only.“This is true if we look back at the history of Muay Thai when it was not a sport yet. It was used for self-defense by Thai warriors in the battlefield.“However, in our modern society, it has been modified into a sport. With rules and regulations introduced, Muay Thai has become a very safe sport worldwide. It has also been made a part of self-defense and fitness programs.” 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Behind Karl-Anthony Towns’ huge night, Minnesota turns back Miami Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Together, Hee and head coach Gan aim to get the sport more recognized and accepted in the community.“We want our community to live a healthy lifestyle and we hope to share the many benefits of Muay Thai with all,” says Hee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

Rough start for Lady Bulldogs as main setter goes down with injury in first game

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title With Cagande, who was also nursing a shoulder injury prior to her fall, out, Miguel said he has no choice but to use Klymince Orillaneda as the team’s setter.Orillaneda is primarily a beach volleyball player and she was only included in the Lady Bulldogs’ lineup since the team only had 10 players.“I’m not really a setter so when I was put in the game I just asked my teammates where I would position myself and where they want the ball,” said Orillaneda.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gina Iniong dedicates upcoming ONE fight to ailing mother Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Injured rookie setter Joyme Cagande. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University is off to a rough start in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Bulldogs lost rookie setterJoyme Cagande to a knee injury in the Lady Bulldogs’ 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12, loss to University of the Philippines Saturday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Cagande collided with Roselyn Doria late in the third set and according to initial diagnosis, she suffered a sprained lateral collateral ligament in her left knee.NU head coach Norman Miguel allayed fears of a major injury for her young playmaker, but Cagande has already been ruled out of the Lady Bulldogs’ next game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Our physical therapist told us that there’s no major injury but it’s better to have it checked through an MRI scan,” said Miguel in Filipino. “Definitely she can’t play next game so that’s the situation.”“Instead of dwelling on these challenges, we’ll just look for the positives.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick to send Juventus into Champions League quarters

first_imgThe former Real Madrid player outjumped Atletico’s defenders to score a header in each half and then converted a late penalty for his first hat trick since joining Juventus in the summer — and just when they needed it most.He celebrated at the final whistle by mimicking the obscene gesture Atletico coach Diego Simeone made after the Spanish side’s second goal in the first leg — having the final say against a rival he so often defeated as a Real Madrid player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSimeone was fined 20,000 euros ($22,500) by UEFA for improper conduct and it remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will face a similar punishment.It was Ronaldo’s eighth hat trick in the Champions League, moving him level with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and demonstrating why Juventus paid Real Madrid 112 million euros (then $131.5 million) for the Portugal star who has dominated the competition in recent years. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history It was the first time Juventus came back from a two-goal defeat in the first leg.“Maybe that’s why Juventus signed me,” Ronaldo said. “To help it do things that it had never done before. This result is a great push for the future, we’re strong and we showed it.”The 34-year-old Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times, including in four of the last five seasons. Without him, Madrid was eliminated by Ajax last week.However, Ronaldo had only scored one goal in the competition for Juventus until Tuesday.“It would have been strange if Ronaldo’s Champions League season ended with only one goal,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “Juventus signed him for nights like this and tonight he made the difference.”ADVERTISEMENT For Atletico, it was more heartache in the competition in the year the final is being held in its Wanda Metropolitano Stadium — and more pain caused by Ronaldo. While at Madrid, Ronaldo helped beat Atletico in two Champions League finals.He has also now scored 25 goals against Atletico in his career.“He’s the best in the world,” Simeone said. “We suffered, as happened to them in the first leg. They’re through and that’s right. They deserved it … Maybe I didn’t manage to transmit to my players what we needed.”Manchester City is also through to the final eight after routing Schalke 7-0 to progress 10-2 on aggregate.Juventus thought it had taken the lead less than three minutes into the game but VAR confirmed that Ronaldo had fouled Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak before Giorgio Chiellini fired in the rebound.Italy forward Federico Bernardeschi was handed a start instead of Paulo Dybala for Juventus, and he responded by putting in a cross from the left for Ronaldo to head in at the far post in the 27th minute. Bernardeschi also had several chances to extend Juve’s lead — notably with an audacious overhead kick in the 35th minute which flew narrowly over.Ronaldo went close again shortly before halftime when he again outjumped everyone but headed Leonardo Spinazzola’s cross wide of the right post.Ronaldo did get the second goal three minutes after the break. Joao Cancelo put in a cross from the right and although Oblak clawed Ronaldo’s header out from under his crossbar, goal-line technology confirmed the ball had crossed the line.Juventus went all out attack and got the decisive third goal four minutes from time. Bernardeschi was nudged over in the penalty area and Ronaldo converted the resulting spot kick to send the home fans wild._ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title NBA fines Russell Westbrook $25,000 for language; Jazz ban fan permanentlycenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)TURIN, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo made a mockery of Atletico Madrid’s vaunted defense, and then mocked its coach as well.Ronaldo scored a hat trick against the normally resilient Spanish side to send Juventus into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win on Tuesday as the Bianconeri fought back from a two-goal first-leg defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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President Sirleaf Underscores Challenges Facing Liberian Embassies

first_imgWhen one is named a diplomat to take an assignment to another country, the perception grows that he/she is taking on a prestigious position that sets life well for him/her.While this might be true about assignments to some of the brighter regions of the world, that situation no longer obtains when it comes to diplomatic assignment to just anywhere.Just ask President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who happens to know what is going on with challenges facing Liberian diplomats and other staffers abroad.In her annual message to the National Legislature on January 27, President Sirleaf emphasized that most of Liberia’s embassies in the West African sub-region and other parts of Africa are in dilapidated conditions and staffers there live as though they are not diplomats.According to the President, Liberia’s properties that are in Washington D.C, Abuja and Paris are in a relative good shape; but the rest are in serious disrepair and have suffered from neglect over the last quarter of the century as a result of the civil crisis.In addition to the woes, President Sirleaf said, “There is no provision in the budget for education allowance or medical insurance coverage for staff and, in many instances, Government is in breach of laws of the host countries regarding benefits for local employees.”Moreover, she noted, “most embassies are understaffed.  Staff accommodation is less than desirable, and because of inadequate rental allowances, many of the officers are forced to live in areas that are not representative of their status as diplomats of the Republic.”Citing some references, the President noted that in the Mano River Union Countries including Guinea, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone, prime properties for Chanceries in Abidjan, Conakry, and Freetown are in urgent need of repair and renovation.She added that in Accra, Ghana, Liberia’s embassy and Chancery are in the same neighborhood of the Vice President in the heart of Accra; but if immediate action is not taken to erect decent structures in those locations, Government could lose them.Furthermore, President Sirleaf indicated that Liberia—being one of the first to acquire property in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—Liberia’s Embassy is within a stone’s throw of the new multi-million dollar AU Commission Headquarters.She said unless government takes action to improve the facility to conform to infrastructures in that vicinity, Liberia may lose it also.She proposed that at least US$20 million is needed to bring all Liberia’s properties to a minimum standard so that they can stand among glittering buildings around the world.Meanwhile, there are 38 facilities housing Liberia Chanceries and residences of diplomatic staff around the world.According to President Sirleaf, 15 of these properties are owned by Government while the rest are under rent.The last time a reporter was in Conakry in 2004, the Liberian residence facing the Cliff Costal Beach of the Atlantic was in a deplorable condition with no good sanitary system.The main embassy situated near the Senegalese Embassy and former President Lasana Conteh’s residence in Donka, was also in a dilapidated condition with only the Ambassador’s office at least furnished well.In Freetown, Sierra Leone in 2012, the embassy there was undergoing minor renovations, but Ambassador Thomas N. Brima at the time underscored the need for financial support from government to complete.The fact that President Sirleaf emphasized these prevailing situations for Liberian diplomats in foreign economies tells of difficulties staffers are undergoing—something that contradicts the long-held belief that prosperity is automatically associated with assignment on a diplomatic mission.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Residents Celebrate Sime Darby’s Road Project

first_imgSando Fahnbulleh, 57, is among the first female town Chiefs for her Village, Karnga. She says her village, which is in Zodua Clan Grand Cape Mount County, is proud to be one of three villages that surrendered new land to Sime Darby for development in Oil Palm earlier this year.Even though Sando’s rubber farm was not qualified to get corps compensation because it falls within a 2 kilometer buffer zone that Sime Darby sets aside to each town as part of SDPL’s policy for land expansion and acquisition, she remains grateful that the nightmare of bad roads are over. With good roads, Sando says she and other women will be able to transport food crops to markets nearby for additional income. The almost week-long rehabilitation of the more than 40 kilometer road that stretches across Sinjeh to Gbesseh is, according to Sando, a mark of fidelity by Sime Darby.“I woke up one morning to the sound of yellow machines on our road. When I saw the company fixing our roads it made me feel happy. It shows that we didn’t make the wrong choice by letting Sime Darby in our area, and that we can trust the company.”Sando said the last time she recalled the Zodua road being rehabilitated was in 2007. Since then, her clan has faced huge challenges of getting vehicles into the areadue to bad road. Sick people, pregnant women and children according to the chief, have borne the blunt of the lack of good roads.Conditions in the area are very dire, the chief told this paper. According to her, the hope of many people, old and young, would have vanished if Sime Darby had insisted it was not coming to the area because of the challenges it faced in its past over land acquisition in Liberia.Clinics, roads, and safe drinking water are still luxuries in most parts of Liberia, Zodua not excluded.According to the Chief Sando, Zodua residents were not the only beneficiaries of the road. She said because the only bridge that links Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount Counties had spoiled, commuters were now using Zodua road as an alternative route to get their goods to those parts of the country. Petty Traders in their numbersfrom different areas were also seen with food and other commodities in Zodua.One of the Traders, Miatta Kaidii, said they are aware that people have money in the area because they themselves were getting money for their crops.“Besides that, plenty people from Monrovia and other parts of the country will soon start to come here. When you bring anything thing like food or regular household things people will buy it;” Miatta said.Morris Sembeh is the general Town Chief of Zodua Clan and a strong opinionated leader among his people. He has been General Town Chief for many years before and after the war. As father of 17 children, he believes the best he has done for the future of his children was to be a part of the decision to let Sime Darby move onto his clan.Grateful Sembeh could only recite the Al Fatihaa verse from the Holy Koran with a smile on her face. Chief Sembeh said as a Muslim the verse was usually read for people who need the protection and blessing of God.“Sime Darby is our true friend. What you’re seeing me doing, the people of Zodua have not done this for any other company. But I can tell you this for sure- I can see a future for our children. I can see a better day for this clan. Zodua is about to open”! Sembeh said in a passionate voice.Sembeh said he believes the development that Sime Darby will carry on in his clan will far exceed what was done in lower Garwula District.“Our children are already getting employed, even though Sime Darby is still far from beginning the real work. We were told to recommend some young people from each village to get employed- I was not even expecting this,” Sembeh said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more