Fajardo: Beermen ‘can’t be stagnant’ after first finals loss in 3 years

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Scores of people ran to the parquet floor to celebrate a triumph in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, hugs were exchanged, and red championship t-shirts were given away.This was an all too familiar scene for the six-time champion June Mar Fajardo, but this time, he wasn’t part of the merriment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The usually cheerful Fajardo had his head down as he headed to one of the exits after San Miguel lost its first championship round in three years in the Leo Austria era in Game 6.“Maybe I’ll use this short break to reflect on what happened. It was but you can’t win everything,” said Fajardo in Filipino after the jubilation over Ginebra’s 93-88 title-clinching victory has ended and the fans have left the venue. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “We can’t be stagnant. We want to improve conference after conference because the other teams are improving as well,” said Fajardo. “This is a wakeup call for us. We can’t be complacent and we can’t just expect teams to roll over for us because were San Miguel.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “We were happy in the last conference because we were the champions [in the Philippine Cup], but this one belonged to Ginebra so we just have to accept the loss.”The last time Fajardo had his heart broken in the finals was back in the 2013 Governors’ Cup when San Miguel, then called Petron, lost to Magnolia, then known as San Mig Coffee.That finals loss preceded a year of futility for San Miguel before it hired Austria that launched the Beermen into the stratosphere winning four straight Philippine Cups, one Governors’ Cup, and one Commissioner’s Cup.All those past accomplishments, though, seemed to have no weight for Fajardo at the moment.After putting up 29 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, all Fajardo could think about was the future of his erstwhile dominant team.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More than 20,000 people roared as the buzzer sounded and confetti flew through the air inside Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Batang Gilas beats Bahrain, clinches spot in Fiba U19 World Cup MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

MOTHER TAKE A STAND

first_imgSadly she does the greatest harmWithout a heart of care for anotherOnce her dirty pot is boiling it is okIf her kin gets bruise it means notBy the way her girl and pretty and hotOpenly you break up a woman lifeTo traffic your child right in your faceMothers Take A StandSomedays the act will trail the girlThe seeds we sow must be reapedThen her own tears will fill bucketsSorrow shall be her pillow at nightPictures of the past would flashbackPains mixed with regrets make shadesDiscourage the path of sugar daddyMothers Take A. StandDismiss the thrill of listening to newsBreak her family seal your girl doomBuild happy homes with a locked jawKeep your soul by keeping your mouthBe a positive role model to a daughterTeacher her good moves to win in chessHe only needs her for a few hoursMothers Take A StandShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Major Scarcity of Locally Produced Commodities Hits Monrovia’s Markets

first_imgThe Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia has begun to hit hard  as an increasing scarcity of locally produced food commodities, such as charcoal, greens, bitter balls, pepper and many others, has hit the urban markets of Monrovia.Correspondingly, prices of those critically needed commodities continue to sky rocket daily as house wives, restaurant operators, food catering centers and cook shops are now bearing the brunt of socioeconomic hardships.Interestingly, as a result of the imposed State of Emergency, the movement of Liberian businesspeople in rural Liberia has been considerably reduced and this has contributed to the current scarcity of essential food commodities in  Monrovia’s marketplaces.Happily, the price of  Liberia’s staple food, rice, has remained stable and available on the Liberian market, though scarce in some parts of the country as a result of rapid spread of the Ebola virus.In separate tours of two of Monrovia’s general markets, our reporter found local wholesale and retail sellers complaining of serious scarcity of the food commodities normally brought in Monrovia from rural Liberia.Presently, in Monrovia and its environs, wholesale and retail sellers are buying locally produced food commodities at very high cost from rural producers that make their way to Monrovia through difficult conditions.During the tour of one of the markets, women, men and children were observed to be very much weary and worried about the unprecedented spread deadly Ebola virus in several parts of the country.“We are yet buying food at high cost but we gravely worry about the Ebola virus spread and its killing of our people in several parts of the country,” housewife Mary B. Duncan asserted.“At the moment,” Mrs. Duncan explained, “my husband gives me LS$500.00 everyday for our food money in Monrovia.”One Monrovia food analyst told the Daily Observer  Monday that with the closure of the Ivorian borders with Liberia, major food and essential commodities would be scarce on the Liberian markets in the coming months.Food analyst Daniel M. Franklin underscored the urgent to relax some of the restrictions with businesspeople especially those bringing critically needed food commodities to Monrovia and other urban markets in the country.Mr. Franklin also noted that the recent Ministry of Commerce and Industry move to meet major importers of the nation’s staple food rice was great and timely to preempt the panic buying of commodities by Liberians in Monrovia.In several parts of Monrovia, in spite of the grave socio-economic hardship being endured by many Liberians, hundreds of residents are seen in a panicked buying spree due to the rapid spread of Ebola virus and scarcity of some essential commodities.But, Mr. Franklin stressed that the Commerce Ministry senior staff and Ministers should begin another phase of ensuring that locally produced food commodities should remain stable and available at the Monrovia and other urban markets.“I want the Inspectorate Division of MOCI to embark on  vigorous monitoring and evaluation of the local markets in Monrovia and its environs in order to ensure compliance with and adherence to the laws against profiteering,” Mr. Franklin pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GWI records $200M increase in revenue

first_imgThe Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has announced that it has seen a significant increase in revenues for 2018 when compared to the past year.This information was divulged by the Executive Director of Commercial Services at GWI, Marlon Daniels, during a press conference on Friday. He indicated that when compared to the same time last year, there has been an increase in revenue collected.In June of this year, $2 billion was collected, in comparison to $1.8 billion last year. “Concerning only this year, at the end of June we were at $2 billion, as opposed to the corresponding period for last year, in which it was at $1.8 billion; so there has been a significant increase,” Daniel said.Meanwhile, Managing Director of the utility company, Dr Richard Van West Charles, noted the credit goes to better data analysis after the country was divided into zones, enabling GWI to effectively find out when, and if, customers are paying their bills.“We are now moving aggressively, disaggregating the data sets to the point that we are now able to discern customers in each of the zones which we’ve divided up the country into; which of the customers are paying in the first 31 days; which of the customers are paying between 31 and 60 days, and which of the customers are paying later than 90 days,” he related.It was related that the data collected will be used to provide assistance and examine areas where attention is needed. Since the new rates have also being approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the utility company is aiming to ensure that all bills are paid for water consumption across the country.“What we intend to do with that data is that we have to ensure that, as we go forward with the new tariffs which have been approved by the PUC, ensure that people actually pay the fixed charge to address some of the distribution networks which require attention,” Dr Van West Charles stated.He noted that the company would introduce a few new devices to plug access, “once we do not receive payments for the water on time”.Meanwhile, efforts have been doubled to collect outstanding debt from 2015 to present. In-house crews have been focusing on collections from 2015, while contractors are working to recoup current debt.This is being done through disconnection exercises. To date, some 4,134 disconnections were done, while 294 new service connections were installed.Since 2016, it was correlated, the utilities company has seen increases in its collection of revenue. At the press conference, it was also related that bill delivery efficiency for the first half of 2018 currently stands at 98 percent. Meter-reading efficiency has also increased from 93 percent to 95 percent.This year, two hundred and thirty-eight defective water meters were replaced, which is expected to yield significant revenue, since the unmetered accounts consume 20 cubic metres of water while they are billed a flat tariff of only 10 cubic metres per month.last_img read more

2 critical following Vergenoegen 3-vehicle smash-up

first_imgTwo motorists remain in serious condition following a three-vehicle collision in the vicinity of Baroon Bar, Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) on Saturday evening.The identities of the two men were unavailable, but they are referred to as “Fishman Son” of Parika, EBE and “Elle or Jesus” attached to the Big Kiss Taxi Service.Based on reports received, “Fishman Son”, who was driving a Carina AT 192, wasThe damaged vehicle after the accidentabout to make a turn into a street when the allegedly speeding Toyota Spacio, which was heading to Parika, slammed into his car. After the collision, one of the cars then crashed into a parked Toyota Premio owned by a young man of Salem, Parika.There were reportedly no passengers in the Premio. However, as a result of the impact, the drivers of the mangled AT 192 and Toyota Spacio sustained severe injuries. In fact, Guyana Times understands that one of the drivers sustained spinal injuries.Both men were taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where they were treated before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for further medical attention.Speaking with this publication, West Demerara Road Safety Association Chairman Peter Salick confirmed that the accident occurred about 22:00h on Saturday, but he visited the scene on Sunday morning.He noted that the Toyota Spacio and the AT 192 received the most damage. The latter, he posited, is beyond repair.Salick stated that the accident has definitely led to a collaborative effort between his organisation and the traffic department of the Guyana Police Force in D Division (West Demerara), to end the road carnage in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).The Chairman highlighted that for the whole of January there were no fatalities, but from February 1 to present, six road deaths were recorded. This figure, he added, is very high taking into consideration it is only the third month of the year. On this note, he stated that the two entities would be launching a campaign to target errant drivers not only those who drive under the influence of alcohol but all who commit a traffic offence.He is optimistic the campaign will reduce the lawlessness that occurs on the roadway. An investigation is underway in respect to the three-vehicle smash-up.last_img read more

Feeling Ukrainian at the Museum

first_img“The Barbed Wire Solution” is on now at the museum, and runs until October 2011. The Fort St. John Museum is feeling a bit more Ukrainian at the moment.The Museum is playing host to “The Barbed Wire Solution: Ukrainians and Canada’s First Internment Operations, 1914-1920”, an exhibit that has been making its way across the country for the last 15 years.- Advertisement -Organizers at the North Peace Museum are excited to have such an event at the museum, as it is the biggest exhibit yet to date, and is taking place in the museum’s new space.“The Barbed-Wire Solution” follows Canadian Ukrainian lives from 1914-1920, including their internment at the hands of the Canadian government. The display is a walk through event, open for the whole family, and has such historical items as posters, clothing, photographs, and more. There is also an interactive map that the public can learn from, highlighting the 24 internment camps that the Canadian Ukrainians were sent too.During the first world war, that population was hidden from the public at these 24 work camps, and often forced to do back breaking labour in poor conditions, for little to no pay.Organizers of the event are hoping that this exhibit will teach the public something new about their country, and have also tried to include a few locals in the display as well, that will most likely be added later this month.Advertisementlast_img read more

U-15 team ready for CONCACAF engagement

first_imgAfter weeks of encampment and training, a team of Guyanese girls are said to be ready to represent Guyana as they enter into their inaugural CONCACAF U-15 Girls Tournament.Coach Akilah CastelloThe tournament will be hosted at the IMG Academy in Florida, USA from August 6 to 13 and Head Coach Akilah Castello is very confident about the Guyanese team’s chances at the international engagement.As time winds down to the tournament, the coaching staff have revealed that they are focusing on position-specific preparation to emphasise key unit functions with the players as they continue to embed the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) national playing philosophy.While pointing out that the squad had a successful period of encampment from July 8-16 with 25 members participating, Castello said the focus was both unit-specific phases of play and technical repetition.“During the camp, we focused on developing tactical understanding among units of play with a real focus on position-specific coaching. We developed and assessed physical literacy, as well as psycho-social skills and specific communication. The girls would have proven to the coaching staff that they show a real desire to learn and understand the game, but ultimately their drive to wear the badge and represent their country.“The girls are training consistently at their various Academy Training Centres [ATCs], so they came into the national camp with a far greater level of ability than any other previous squad and, most importantly, possess key knowledge of the game. They are exposed to the GFF playing and coaching philosophy on a weekly basis by the nationwide technical staff. This group has a lot of individual talents with the ability to change a game, and it is now our job as coaches to put these pieces together to form an attacking unit built on a rock-solid defensive foundation,” Castello added.The Head Coach said preparations would continue with the Guyana-based squad until departure, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 4. “I’m very optimistic about the girls giving a true representation of themselves as a national team even though it’s their first major competition. The players and staff are continuing with the preparation period emphasising the fine detail in how we play,” he declared.Guyana are scheduled to play their first match in the U-15 Championship against St Lucia on August 6 at 11:00h, followed by Cayman Islands on August 7 at 09:00h, and The Bahamas on August 9 at 11:00h. The play-off will begin on August 10, following the group qualifiers, with the finals set for August 13 at 11:00h.last_img read more

Dukestown, #70 A Spartans, #72 All Stars join #68 in Upper Corentyne semis

first_imgBerbice Cricket Board/Let’s Bet Sports 100 balls Cricket Tournament…The popular BCB/Let’s Bet Sports 100 balls cricket tournament for teams in the Upper Corentyne area continued last Sunday.Three teams: Dukestown, #70 Spartans, and No 72 All Stars, advanced to the semifinals to join #68 Turn team, which had drawn a bye to the semifinals. Dukestown Warriors defeated Bomb Squad by seven wickets; #72 All Stars defeated #70 MYO by 23 runs, and #70 ‘A’ Spartans got past #64 Fighting Marines by 36 runs.One of these four teams would eventually emerge Champions of the Upper Corentyne and then go on to play in the overall Berbice tournament. That team would clash with the Champions of West Berbice, New Amsterdam/Canje and Lower/Central Corentyne.BCB President Hilbert Foster has said the overall finals would most likely be played in the Upper Corentyne area, as crowd support there is usually very enthusiastic.Five historic tournaments are being sponsored by the Guyana Lottery Company under its Let’s Bet Sports brand at a cost of $1 million, and scores from the quarterfinals matches are as follows:Dukestown Warriors beat Bomb Squad by 7 wickets at the #69 Ground. Bomb Squad made 110 for 9 from their 100 balls’ allotment; with Paran Pooran making 27, R. Mohabir 25, and I. Adams 13.Errol Byass took 2 for 21 from 3 overs and K. Clarke took 2 for 18 from 3 overs.Dukestown Warriors made 111 for 3 from 10.1 overs, with Errol Byass contributing 42, K. Clarke 23 and Jermaine Reid 13.#72 All Stars defeated #70 MYO by 23 runs at the #72 All Stars Sports Ground. #72 All Stars scored 134 for 9 from 16.4 overs, with K. Chatterpaul making 64 and S. Singh 23.S. Khan took 4 for 18 from 3.2 overs, and J. Assad took 2 for 22 from 3 overs. #70 MYO made 111 for 7 from 16.4 overs, with J. Assad making 46 and M. Khan 13. Pradeep Gobind took 2 for 12 from 4.2 overs, and P. Chatterpaul took 2 for 30 from 3 overs.#70‘A’ Spartans defeated #64 Fighting Marines by 36 runs at the #70 Ground. #70‘A’ Spartans scored 98 all out in 16.4 overs, Naeem Yacoob made 38 and Omesh Kumar 17. Shiraz Khan took 3 for 30 from 4.4 overs and Charles France took 2 for 25 from 3 overs.#64 Fighting Marines made 63 all out in 14.2 overs. Ramzan Subhan made 13 and Charles France 12. Omesh Kumar took 4 for 10 from 2.2 overs, and Rayan Yacoob took 3 for 14 from 3 overs.The draw for the semifinals would be as follows: Dukestown Warriors vs #68 Turn Team at #68 ground, and #72 All Stars vs #70 ‘A’ Spartans at All Stars Ground.The BCB hopes to complete all five tournaments by the end of November, as it pushes to complete about 30 tournaments for 2019 at all levels, including U13, U15, U17, U19, U21, Female, School, Intermediate, Internal Zone, Second Division and First Division.last_img read more

Exclusive – Liverpool star would make it into any international squad, claims Neville

first_imgEngland star Raheem Sterling could easily hold down a spot in any international squad in world football, according to Three Lions coach Gary Neville.The Liverpool forward, 19, is fast building a reputation as one of the game’s brightest talents and shone for the Three Lions in their 2-0 win over Switzerland on Monday night.Sterling played a pivotal role in the Reds’ unlikely title challenge last season, was the rare spark in a toothless World Cup campaign for England, and has started the new Premier League season with a bang.And Neville believes the teenager cannot be held back by club nor country such is his incredible talent and potential.“I don’t think any other country in the world would hold a talent like that back. You can’t hold a talent back like that,” he told Drivetime.“You see what he’s doing in the Premier League. You watched that game against Tottenham [Sterling scored and terrorised the Spurs defence] and he was devastating. He was absolutely devastating. The thing about young players when they’re 17 or 18, it’s not necessarily about their actual age, it’s about the maturity and their physical strength.“He’s a strong lad, he can hold people off and you can’t hold certain people back. There are some young players you have to be very careful with, you’ve got to be wary about how you manage them, he’s not one of them.“He’s robust enough to get through almost a championship run-in last year with Liverpool, he’s now playing for England and he played at a World Cup. His temperament is fantastic in being able to handle an occasion, he doesn’t get worked up about anything or show any levels of anxiety or nerves.“I think he would be in every single international squad. Whether you could say he would be in every team [is another matter], but I think every single international squad would have him. It would take one hell of a team not to have him and that’s not me putting pressure on him.”last_img read more

NEWTOWN MAN TOLD WAITER AT RESTAURANT: ‘YOU’RE A DEAD MAN’

first_imgA NEWTOWNCUNNINGHAM man told a waiter he was a ‘dead man’ after refusing to pay his bill at The Yellow Pepper restaurant in Letterkenny, a court has heard.Justin FlemingJustin Fleming, 44, from Colehill Park, was roaring and shouting at staff after they asked him to settle a €66 bill run up by him and his friends. The court heard his friends had left, leaving him to look after the bill.He told the waiter: “You’re a dead man.”When gardai arrived, he said he would kill their wives and children.Defence solicitor Donough Cleary said Fleming had since paid the bill, didn’t remember the evening in question and was mortified by his behaviour.Fleming was fined €100.NEWTOWN MAN TOLD WAITER AT RESTAURANT: ‘YOU’RE A DEAD MAN’ was last modified: February 5th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdead manrowYellow Pepperlast_img read more