PVL: Creamline dumps BaliPure, earns outright semis spot

first_imgAlyssa Valdez dropped a game-high 15 points to lead the Cool Smashers, who have locked the top spot and earned an outright berth to the semifinals.“We took it one game at a time and coach Tai [Bundit] made us go through game-viewing sessions to help us in little ways,” said Valdez in Filipino. “I think we had a pretty nice distribution today and the team had a beautiful chemistry in the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCreamline had the Water Defenders close behind midway through the third set, 15-13, but they eventually zoomed away and finished the match on a 10-3 run. Michele Gumabao finished things off with a crosscourt kill.Kuttika Kaewpin had 10 points to complement Valdez’ scoring while Risa Sato added nine. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial TNT’s Cruz, Trollano eager for chance to represent PH in Asiad Janisa Johnson had 13 points fro the Water Defenders while Alexis Matthews had 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline continued its mesmerizing dance and handily dispatched BaliPure 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, to capture its fourth consecutive victory in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cool Smashers, who stumbled in their second game against BanKo, ramped up the wins and improved to a league-best 5-1 card while the Water Defenders dropped to 3-3.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Granger resisted Ramjattan until the ninth hour

first_imgDear Editor,It must also be noted that this is a party that touts “social cohesion” and that love and unity theme – there is a Ministry designated for that purpose – however, while there is this façade, one wonders where they can find that “cohesion,” or the blending of the races. This is their curse, this is their bane, a party that says one thing but does quite the opposite.While on this topic, I must make mention of that infamous statement made by the leader of the main coalition partner, the PNC’s Volda Lawrence, she was publicly quoted as saying she only “caters for PNC people and will find jobs for PNC people alone”. This was and still is a loaded statement, because she was publicly announcing her disdain for Indians while embracing “people or persons like herself”. This statement reeks of racism and speaks to the direct contempt for the race!But my sternest rebuke goes to the heart of the matter and that is Granger’s defiance of Khemraj Ramjattan as prime ministerial candidate. Granger withstood Ramjattan until the ninth hour when the folly of his ways hit home. Why did he stand against Ramjattan’s nomination is anyone’s guess. Is it because he is an Indian and not a single Indian in that coalition can be trusted by him? And so it has been ever since, Indians are treated with disdain or if ever to be “yes men”, never to question the brainless, spineless nonsense of their Black superiors. This is something those Indians within and without the party should take keen note of.So, when Harmon opened his uncultured and uneducated mouth to make that derogatory remark of Mr Phillips, he should shut up and take an introspection as to who that statement was referring to.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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“Tap into the Amazon Fund” to aid biodiversity research – UNDP rep

first_imgGuyana was charged with the responsibility to press Brazil for the Amazon Fund to be expended for Guiana Shield biodiversity scientific research on Monday when President David Granger declared the Fourth International Congress on Biodiversity of Guiana Shield open.United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Khadija Musa stated that the Fund was overloaded with resources that could be utilised for research. “There is no doubt that the Guiana Shield is worth protecting,” she said, adding that it was critical for the respective governments to tap into the resources that the Fund possesses.The main purpose of the Amazon Fund is to provide support for projects to stop, observe and combat deforestation, as well as for the conservation and sustainable use of forests in the Amazon.She proposed that since it was laden with a vast number of resources, there was no reason why the Shield should not receive funding.The IV International Congress on Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield is a forum organised by several local partners that sees the participations of scientists, policy makers, Private Sector entities and other stakeholders from across the Region and beyond.This five-day congress will be in session from August 8 to 12 and is expected to identify, discuss and analyse problems and issues confronting the sustainable use of resources in the Shield; suggest modalities for information sharing and technology transfer; propose solutions to problems and navigate the way forward to a sustainable future for the use of the biological resources of the Region.The UNDP representative added that the countries should be proud of their research in Region since it was crucial to the development and sustenance of the ecosystem.At the opening ceremony, President Granger suggested that since the world was under threat from human activities that decimate the environment and cause global warming, the Shield’s existence was important. He stated that it was the organisation’s duty to protect and preserve the ecosystem.Currently, the Guiana Shield comprises six nations which have dedicated their forests to conservation.Granger proposed that it was crucial for the Shield to receive funding to carry out its mandate. He also suggested the establishment of a permanent institution aimed at protecting, conserving and sustaining the Guiana Shield biodiversity.He said such an institution should be a functioning scientific research institute and be a secretariat to coordinate efforts and combine the works of the Shield. He also touted that there should be a comprehensive biodiversity policy developed to assist with information sharing.Real workMeanwhile, Professor Marten Schalkwijk, who is the Chairman of the International Society for Biodiversity of the Guiana Shield (IBG), stated that the congress brings the countries together to share information and discuss ways to do more to better the ecosystem.He indicated that there were 27 different subject areas with 127 papers on species studies and species conservation to be discussed. High on the agenda is the issue of mining and mercury.Dr Schalkwijk said they had an important role to play to make a proper assessment of the ecosystem and advise policy-makers on what could be done.“An international congress is nice, but the real work is done in each of our countries. If we do not research in our own countries, there will be nothing to report in the paper proposals,” he noted, further stating that if they did not research, they would not be able to attract members to the local chapter and if they did not have a strong local chapter, “we will not be able to attract funding for research, so we have to step up the process in our own countries”.The University of Guyana (UG) has joined in preserving the ecosystem, and according to Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, the University’s academic board will met today when he will propose the upgrading of the School of Earth and Environmental Science.He also stated that UG would be rolling out its first doctorate programme on biodiversity the 2016/2017 academic year. This congress is testimony of a commitment to do more for the ecosystem, Griffith noted.The congress is in partnership with the Natural Resources Ministry, the University of Guyana, UNDP Guyana, WWF Guianas, CI Guyana and the Iwokrama International Centre.last_img read more

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Len Miller Crowned Inter- High School Debate Champion

first_imgLen Miller High School has defeated St. Theresa’s Convent High School 96-95 in the final of the Devine Events and Consultancy Inter-High School competition. The final debate between the schools was held at Monrovia City Hall on Sunday, and was described by the spectators as the “clash of the titans.”“The debate was extremely difficult for both teams as they displayed incredible and impressive arguments,” an instructor who keenly observed the proceedings remarked.It was a single point lead from accuracy of information which proved decisive enough for Len Miller High school to get the victory.The two schools debated on the topic: “Are Teachers Responsible for the Mass Failure of Students?” St. Theresa’s Convent took the affirmative and Len Miller was on the negative side of the argument.“When the team noticed we had the lead, we did so much to protect it and the win was not an easy one for us,” Nathan Gbelee, Len Miller Captain told this reporter shortly after the debate.“Winning the debate was challenging, but it is part of our job to emerge victorious,” Nathan said excitedly. The winner of the competition should have walked away with a cash prize of US$1,000, second place US$700 and third placer US$500, but the organizer deferred the payments until a formal program is held bringing together stakeholders and education authorities.The all girls Convent captain Olivia Livingstone won the most proficient player in the competition, equivalent to “Most Valuable Player” and walked away with US$300.“Though we lost the game, our team still feels we are winners,” Olivia Livingstone said describing the results as “fair enough and respectable.”In the third place encounter, Seventh Day Adventist won G.W. Gibson 61-53 points. Their game was marred by a series of irregularities by the judges.They debated on the topic, “Are Young People Prepared to Take over Leadership in Liberia?”The head judge for the final, Dr. Saaim Naame, Secretary General of the Association of Liberian Universities, described it as “good” because, according to him, it showed that Liberian students are also “good as any student in the world.”He said to witness a debate with no mistakes or negative comments from the panel of judges that means the final was “impressive with good performances.” A guest list in the full house events included Dr. Kimmie Weeks, Minister Anthony Nimely, Rev Emmanuel Bowier and Ms. Gwendolyn Myers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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$335M pump station commissioned at Herstelling

first_img– 4500 acres of residential, agricultural lands to benefitTo further increase Guyana’s resilience to floods and droughts, a new pump station to the tune of $335 million was commissioned on Friday to serve both residential and agricultural lands from Providence to Little Diamond.In addition, 7526 persons in the catchment area and 69 registered farmers from the Mocha Cooperative will also benefit from improved drainage and irrigation.“The ultimate goal is to increase incomes and reduce unemployment by providing access to land for farming through the rehabilitation of drainage and irrigation systems and access dams and additionally, by providing the necessary support, such as extension services and planting material to ensure the success of farmers,” Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said.The project which focuses on the stimulation of agricultural activities for small-scale farmers is financed jointly by the Caricom Development Fund (CDF) and the Government of Guyana. The $2.592 billion grant project will come to an end in 2020.A section of the newly-commissioned pump station at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara“This structure (pump station and sluice) augments the drainage capacity for the area as the pre-existing single-door sluice was found to be inefficient to drain the area of approximately 18 km2. Therefore, it is expected that the incidences of flooding in the area will be significantly reduced with the operation of this new pump station,” Holder noted.The pump station catchment area is Herstelling, Providence, South, Barnwell, Junor, and Mocha Arcadia, which are primarily dependent on the cultivation of plantains, banana, ground provisions, citrus, mangoes and other cash crops, and the rearing of livestock such as cattle sheep and goats, pigs and poultry.Under the project, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), has constructed 7.52 km of new irrigation canals, excavated and rehabilitated 67.6km of irrigation channels and 70.6km of drainage channels. In addition, 32km of fair weather dams were also rehabilitated.According to the Minister, land clearing was also conducted with the aim of ensuring farmers return to their land.To date, 60 of the 265 registered farmers within the 4 catchment areas have received their Government grants which have seen approximately 50 acres of new lands under cultivation.The Agriculture Ministry’s Rural Agricultural Infrastructure Development Project (RAID) has been implementing drainage and irrigation interventions in the communities of Buxton, Mocha, Triumph, and Ithaca.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer, Caricom Development Fund, Rodinald Soomer in delivering remarks, noted that Guyana remains the most impressing performer with respect to completing projects on time and within budget in the CDF history.“To date, 88.3 per cent of funding for cycle two has been disbursed and Guyana continues to impress us (CDF),” Soomer said.Since 2014, the CDF has injected some $18.94 million for the project of the said magnitude in Guyana. Among the projects, several pump stations, sluice and primary and secondary drainage channels were completed.The Agriculture Ministry has commissioned five pump stations at Lusignan, Friendship/Vigilance, Enmore, Three Friends and Buxton in 2018. This is in keeping with its holistic approach to improve drainage and irrigation along flood-prone villages along the coast.last_img read more

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Watford shocked in League Cup second round

first_img0Shares0000Watford were the only top-flight outfit to perish in League Cup play © AFP/File / ADRIAN DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 23 – Watford suffered an embarrassing League Cup exit as Championship side Bristol City beat the Premier League club 3-2 in the second round on Tuesday.Marco Silva’s side were the only top-flight outfit to perish on a night when clubs showed their disdain for the competition by making 274 team changes across the 19 ties. Etienne Capoue put Watford ahead from Will Hughes’ 47th-minute cross, only for Freddy Hinds to equalise from 30 yards 12 minutes later.Bobby Reid handed City a shock lead in the 67th minute and Watford were in deeper trouble when Jose Holebas was sent off in the 88th minute for a second bookable offence.Niclas Eliasson made City’s advantage pay with the killer third in stoppage time before Adrian Mariappa hit an irrelevant reply for Watford.Bristol City assistant boss Dean Holden said: “We’ve got competition for places and we challenged the players coming into the squad to take that chance. They did that.”Frank de Boer got his first win as Crystal Palace manager as James McArthur’s double sealed a 2-1 win over second-tier Ipswich Town at Selhurst Park.After scoreless Premier League defeats against Huddersfield Town and Liverpool, Palace’s first goal under De Boer finally arrived when McArthur slotted home in the 76th minute.Scottish midfielder McArthur scored again eight minutes later and Bersant Celina’s 90th-minute reply for Ipswich couldn’t stop De Boer going home happy at last.“You’re always waiting for that moment (the first goal), so I’m very pleased for the fans,” De Boer said.“A lot of players showed that they are ready, so for that spirit I am pleased.”West Bromwich Albion eased to a 3-1 win at fourth-tier Accrington Stanley as Salomon Rondon, Matt Phillips and Jay Rodriguez netted for the Premier League side.Bournemouth came from behind to win 2-1 at second-tier Birmingham City, ruining Blues boss Harry Redknapp’s hopes of upsetting the club where he spent nine years at the start of his coaching career.On-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham hit his first goal for Swansea City in a 4-1 win over third-tier Milton Keynes Dons.Ryan Seager put the Dons ahead in the 17th minute, but Leroy Fer’s double was followed by Abraham’s 71st-minute tap-in and Jordan Ayew’s 86th-minute strike.Islam Slimani bagged a brace as Leicester City cruised to a 4-1 win at second-tier Sheffield United.Demarai Gray’s fine solo goal opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, then, after members of the West Indies cricket team were introduced to the crowd at the interval, United were bowled over as Slimani netted in the 63rd and 67th minutes.Caolan Lavery’s 83rd-minute reply for United was followed by Ahmed Musa’s stoppage-time fourth for Leicester.James Tilley, 19, came off the bench to give Brighton and Hove Albion a 1-0 win against fourth-tier Barnet with his first senior goal in the 54th minute.Holders Manchester United, along with Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, will enter the competition in the third round, with the draw to be held in Beijing on Thursday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Tottenham ‘not for sale’ amid £1billion takeover reports

first_imgTottenham have rubbished suggestions they are in discussions regarding a reported £1billion takeover.It was suggested billionaire owner Joe Lewis was prepared to sell the club as Spurs build a new stadium adjacent to their current White Hart Lane home.A statement on tottenhamhotspur.com read: “Contrary to recent press speculation, neither the club, nor its majority shareholder, are in any takeover discussions and the focus of the club is fully on delivering the new stadium project.” Tottenham’s White Hart Lane ground 1last_img read more

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Lambert praises Aston Villa resilience without injured key men

first_img Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert 1 Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert praised the resilience of his side after battling to a 1-1 draw with second-placed Southampton in his 100th game in charge, despite feeling the absence of a number of key stars.Defensive trio Ron Vlaar, Nathan Baker and Philippe Senderos are all sidelined with injury, while the likes of top striker Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph are also out.Villa have struggled to find the net this season but took the lead against a flat Saints side when a charging Gabriel Agbonlahor nicked the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Fraser Forster.However, Southampton were by far the more dominant force throughout the clash and eventually their persistence paid off when Nathaniel Clyne netted with nine minutes left to claim a point.It was another game without victory for Paul Lambert, whose side are now eight games without a win, but the Scot was pleased with their stubborn display.He said: “I thought we played well. We had six players out – three centre-backs and Benteke’s out, Baker and Delph are out – big players for this club and it’s a lot to carry.“The two centre-backs, the young ones were outstanding. Jores [Okore – thrown in for his first appearance of the season] has been out for 14 months and I thought he was fantastic. I thought Ciaran [Clark], grew up tonight and took the lead role and he was outstanding.“I thought Gabby [Agbonlahor] was a threat the whole night too.”Villa have battled relegation for the past four seasons, two under Lambert, while Monday night’s point made it back-to-back draws following six consecutive defeats in the league.The side are just two points above the bottom three, but, when asked of any added pressure, the boss: “I’ve dealt with pressure all my life really through being a football and being in management – it’s part and parcel of the game.“It’s a great job, you have problems and the secret is to find the solution. That’s the secret.“It’s a key period from now until May. Every weekend we play is a challenge, but it’s a challenge we have to rise to.”last_img read more

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Wanyama to travel to Belgium for Brugge deal

first_imgCapital Sports has learnt that Wanyama will travel to Brugge in the morning to finalize details of the move including a medical and signing of the contract.The midfielder had received several offers including from France, Turkey and Italy but is said to have been lured to Brugge by their ambition to do well in the Champions League.Spurs are set to recoup the same amount they bought him for when he followed Pochettino from Southampton to the North London club three years ago in 2016.Wanyama returns to Belgium where he started his football career with Germinal Beerschot from 2008 to 2011. He played alongside current Brugge head coach Philippe Clement during his time in Beerschot and the tactician has openly shown his admiration for the midfielder.0Shares0000(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Skipper Victor Wanyama models the red home jersey. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 29 – Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama will travel from London to Bruges on Friday to finalize a return to Belgium after Tottenham Hotspur agreed a deal reported to be in the region of Sh1.6bn (12mn pounds) for the midfielder.Wanyama is yet to turn out for Spurs this season with head coach Mauricio Pochettino being categorical that he was yet to be persuaded to field him especially after the signing of Tanguy Ndombele who plays in a similar position.last_img read more

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Ex-governor Ryan guilty of corruption

first_imgCHICAGO – Former Gov. George Ryan was convicted of corruption Monday in the scandal that ended his political career in 2003 at the same time he was winning international acclaim for commuting the sentences of everyone on Illinois’ Death Row. Ryan, 72, sat stone-faced as the verdict was read, and vowed afterward to appeal. He was convicted of steering state contracts and leases, including a $25 million IBM computer deal, to political insiders while he was Illinois secretary of state in the 1990s and then governor for one term. In return, he got vacations in Jamaica, Cancun and Palm Springs, and gifts ranging from a golf bag to $145,000 in loans to his brother’s foundering business. The jury in the state’s biggest corruption trial in decades found Ryan guilty on all counts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventlast_img read more

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