Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Feb 2019 4:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link783Shares Advertisement Comment Monchi approves Sven Mislintat’s move for Nicolas Pepe as Arsenal’s key summer signing Monchi is reportedly keen on a move for Pepe (AFP/Getty Images)The Gunners face heavy competition for the Ivorian winger, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all considering a move at the end of the season.Pepe, who has been one of the standout performers in Ligue 1 this season with 16 goals and 10 assists so far, is reportedly valued by Lille at around €80 million (£69m).More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut Lille have also admitted that they could sell Pepe this summer, providing they receive an acceptable offer.‘We are not a rich club,’ Lille’s sporting director Luis Campos told Telefoot.‘It means that if a really good proposal comes in for Pepe, we have to sell him.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Nicolas Pepe is on Arsenal’s radar (AFP/Getty Images)Monchi will spearhead Arsenal’s push to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe this summer, according to reports.Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Monchi, Roma’s current sporting director, and are lining him up to join this summer.The Gunners have been searching a technical director following Sven Mislintat’s departure as their head of recruitment earlier this month.Mislintat played a key role in identifying several targets during his time at the club, and according to reports earlier this month, Pepe had been his preferred target for Arsenal’s problem area on the right side of Unai Emery’s attack.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFootball.London now report that Arsenal have maintained their interest in Pepe following Mislintat’s exit, and Monchi also favours a move for the 23-year-old. Advertisement
The real reason Raul Sanllehi decided to leave Arsenal after sending warning to board Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Aug 2020 4:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link791Shares Advertisement Sanllehi opposed the massive wave of staff cuts Arsenal announced recently (Picture: Getty)Speaking after his exit, the Spaniard said: ‘I’m proud and pleased with the contribution I’ve made at Arsenal over the past three years, and look forward to enjoying the club’s future success. Arsenal is a true footballing institution.‘I am proud to have been part of its history and I thank Stan and Josh Kroenke for this opportunity. Working with Vinai, we have built a top team for the future. Mikel has made an extremely positive impact since his arrival and has formed a strong team with our technical director, Edu.‘The academy is in very safe hands with Per, and Huss Fahmy is a talented and highly-capable leader of our football operations. Personally, I now look forward to taking some time off and spending time with family and friends before setting to work on a new challenge and cheering Arsenal on to great things.’MORE: Vinai Venkatesham makes statement on Arsenal transfers after Raul Sanllehi exitMORE: Ian Wright sends message to Arsenal board over Mikel Arteta following Raul Sanllehi’s departureAdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment The former head of football’s departure was announced by Arsenal on Saturday (Picture: Getty)It was Raul Sanllehi’s decision to leave Arsenal with the club’s former head of football sensing that his influence over transfers had been greatly diminished, according to reports.The Spaniard, who was previously Barcelona’s director of football, was brought in by Ivan Gazidis in 2017 to create a structure that took control of transfers away from then manager Arsene Wenger.But less than three years later, Sanllehi has parted ways with the Gunners to redistribute the balance of power back to current head coach Mikel Arteta, who now has the final say over all incomings and outgoings. Arteta and Edu now hold the axis of power over Arsenal’s transfers (Picture: Getty)Although there have been reports that it was the decision to overpay for Nicolas Pepe that brought about Sanllehi’s exit, The Telegraph claim he walked away of his own accord.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhether he walked before he was pushed is a different matter, but the report says Sanllehi felt control of transfers had been taken out of his hands and put in those of Arteta and technical director Edu.The former Barca chief is also said to have become ‘disillusioned’ by the club’s decision to make 55 members of staff redundant and had warned the board against doing so.Sanllehi felt the departures of a number of important members of the recruitment and scouting teams – including Francis Cagigao, who unearthed Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin – would significantly compromise the club’s ability to make signings this summer.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHowever, Arsenal themselves had felt their structure behind-the-scenes had become bloated and in need of streamlining, appointing corporate lawyer Tim Lewis to oversee a review, and Sanllehi was likely to be axed in favour of an axis of Edu and Arteta to decide transfers.Brazilian technical director Edu will now take on a bigger role in speaking to clubs and agents, while the duo will report to Vinai Venkatesham for transfer and wage budgets, with the managing director absorbing Sanllehi’s other responsibilities.
Anthony Joshua is backing fellow Brit Tyson Fury to be successful in his rematch with Deontay Wilder, claiming the Gypsy King ‘won’t get it wrong the second time.’ Fury came so close in December 2018 to upsetting the odds to become a two time world heavyweight champion, when he faced WBC champ Wilder in just his third fight after a three year layoff, in what was a controversial draw. The two men fight again in just 10 days in Las Vegas and Joshua believes that Fury will right the wrongs of the judges scorecards the second time around. “I think Fury wins. A man who nearly done it the first time won’t get it wrong the second time,” he told ‘Pep Talk UK. “That’s the only reason why. I think that he came close the first time to the point of a draw, it wasn’t like a 12-round masterclass then got battered in the 12th and that just separated it. “It was a draw, it was that close. So I just think Tyson Fury is going to correct his wrongs and come back and win.”Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?7 Mysterious Discoveries From All Around The World Read Also: Fury hits out at Joshua for the way he defeated Ruiz Jr in title rematch AJ was asked about that possibility and isn’t too convinced, “Nah, my opinion again, I’ve just never seen that in Fury anyway. “And I don’t even think Wilder would knock Fury out in two rounds, if Wilder was to come and knock him out in two rounds, it’s not really that kind of party. Fury’s an elite-level boxer.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… In the first fight Fury out boxed the champion for much of the fight and won a majority of the rounds however he was twice knocked down, in the ninth and 12 rounds, and was lucky to escape being knocked out on the second occasion. The undefeated Brit has spoken about not trusting the judges to give him a decision and claimed he’s targeting a second round knockout in the February 22nd rematch.
Indianapolis, In. — Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor the victims of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida.Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff until Monday.
GARY Primo of Fruta Conquerors Football Club netted the first helmet-trick on day three of the fourth edition of the East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Under-11 League.The league is sponsored by USA-based Guyanese, Ralph Green, and continued yesterday at the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) National Training Centre, Providence, East Bank Demerara. Primo scored all four goals in his team’s 4-0 win over Eagles Football Club of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara. Conquerors rebounded in style after going down to Timehri Panthers in their first match, to blank their opponents. Primo was on target in the 1st, 7th, 13th and 23rd minutes for his team.Five of yesterday’s six matches produced positive results, the other producing a draw between defending champions Timehri Panthers Football Club and Samatta Point/Kaneville, who clawed their way back twice, thanks to a double from Emanuel Francois.Jadon Tasha, who also netted both goals for Timehri Panthers, had given them the lead in the 6th minute but their celebration was short-lived as Francois responded in like manner one minute later to level the score at 1-1. Tasha restored his side’s one-goal cushion in the 13th minute and they had looked on course for a win but Francois had other ideas as his successful free kick in the 27th minute ensured his team took an equal share of the points.Vurlon Mills Academy have consolidated their position at the top of the points table in Group A with their third win in as many matches, a hard-fought 1-0 win over a game Diamond United team. Breaking the deadlock after consistent offensive plays was Romario La Rose in the 27th minute; it was Diamond United’s first loss in the league.Grove Hi Tech took their first win via a 3-0 score line over Swan Football Club. Daniel Barton in the 14th minute, Akeem Evans from the penalty spot in the 21st minute and Rayfield Hillman in the 24th minute were the players finding the back of the nets.Agricola Red Triangle thumped Friendship All Stars 4-0 through goals from Lucas Fintenallas in the 2nd minute, Kedan Bacchus (8th), Brandon Narine (16th) and Jonathan Andries (21st) all inking their names on the score sheet.Jaheam Lewis’ 25th minute strike was the difference between his team Riddim Squad and Kuru Kururu Warriors – the latter’s two-match winning streak being halted. It was Riddim Squad’s first win of the league.The top two teams from each group after group play will earn the right to move on to the semifinals.
President C.L. Max Nikias announced a national search for USC’s next senior vice president for academic affairs and provost in a letter to USC faculty, staff and students Monday. Current Provost Elizabeth Garrett was named the next president of Cornell University on Sept. 30. In his letter, Nikias emphasized the importance of the appointment for USC’s future.Shoes to fill · Provost Elizabeth Garrett, above, will leave USC on July 1, 2015 to assume her new role as president of Cornell University. – Daily Trojan file photo“I believe this appointment is particularly critical at this juncture in USC’s history, as we are in the midst of taking the university into the ranks of undisputed academically elite universities,” he said in the letter.In the USC administrative hierarchy, the vice president of academic affairs is the second-ranking administrator to the president. As chief academic officer, his or her responsibilities include gathering reports from each of the university’s deans and provosts. The vice president for academic affairs also oversees several university divisions such as Student Affairs, Libraries and Information Technology Services.Given the significant responsibilites of the position, Nikias stressed the importance of finding the right candidate for the position in the letter.“This person will play a pivotal role in USC’s continued ascent,” he said in the letter.Nikias’ letter announced the appointment a 13-member faculty advisory committee to carry out the search. The committee members, who were selected by Nikias, include chairs of various USC departments. Among those chosen for the committee were distinguished poet and English Department Chair David St. John and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry.USC is also looking outside the university itself for help in the search process. The letter stated that the school is employing Isaacson, Miller, a Boston-based search firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, to assist with the hiring process.Hortensia Amaro, dean’s professor in social work and preventative medicine and one of the members of the committee, echoed Nikias in emphasizing the importance of the search.“We need another top-class provost,” Amaro said.Amaro was unable to provide specific details due to the confidentiality of the hiring process.Ellis Meng, professor of biomedical and electrical engineering, was also selected to serve on the committee. Meng, featured as one of MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35” in 2009, said she was honored by the appointment.“It’s such a great honor. The provost is a really important position. It’ll be difficult to find someone who can fill Elizabeth Garrett’s shoes,” Meng said.Elizabeth Garrett was formally installed as vice president for academic affairs and provost in 2011. Prior to her appointment at USC, she was selected by former President George W. Bush to serve on a bipartisan Tax Reform Panel.Nikias’ email also asked students for recommendations for candidates to fill the position.Despite Nikias’ overture, some students said that the search is best left to those most qualified for it.“I think the ultimate decision should lie with the selection committee, since they know more of what was required, in terms of the skills of a high-level administrator,” said Elaine Krebs, a senior majoring in health and humanity and marine and environmental biology.The letter invited those with suggestions and potential nominations for the appointment to submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All 15 CARICOM Heads of Government have been confirmed for this week’s summit to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, Jamaica from July 4 to 6. The summit will be headed by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the newly appointed chairman of CARICOM.President of Chile Sebastián Piñera and President of Cuba Miguel Díaz-Canel are specially invited guests.At a media briefing Monday, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque said the treatment of Caribbean migrants will be discussed amid concerns of the impending exit of Britain from the European Union and the Windrush scandal.CARICOM Heads of Government have also expressed concern about tariffs imposed by the US and the possible effects on the region. “We are concerned that there are investors in our community on which either tariffs or other types of restrictions have been placed and it’s affecting these investors here in Jamaica, Guyana and elsewhere, and we are very concerned about that so that will be discussed,” Mr. LaRocque added. He said CARICOM will be lobbying to have certain tarrifs that affect the region lifted.
Information reaching Asempa Sports indicates that Michael Ayittey Okine a.k.a. Ayittey Powers has finally signed a contract to fight his arch rival Isaac Braimah Kamoko popularly known as Bukom Banku on May 16 at Accra Sports Stadium.The much awaited bout was scheduled to take place on April 18 but Ayittey Powers surprisingly told Box Office Sports Promotion, the promoters of the big bout to postpone the bout because his spiritual father Prophet TB Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) had told him not to fight on Good Friday.The date for the fight was therefore changed to May 16 but Powers refused again to sign the contract when the stakeholders met last week to determine matters relating to the fight.This forced stakeholders of the anticipated bout to meet on Monday afternoon to sanction Powers for deceiving boxing fans.Powers realizing the implications of any sanctions by the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) quickly agreed to fight on May 16 and signed the contract for the bout to come off.“Ayittey Powers has finally signed to box on May 16 with Bukom Banku so the bout is coming on live and colored” Naa Darkoa Doodo, the public relation officers of Ghana Boxing Authority told Asempa Sports.
Compensation update: Bills are trading a 1st-round pick, a 5th-round pick, a 6th-round pick and a 2021 4th-round pick for Vikings WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 7th-round pick, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020FANTASY ANALYSIS: Diggs tradeBut hours before the trade went down, Diggs seemed to add fuel to the fire with his own tweets.Earlier in the day, after news broke that quarterback Kirk Cousins would be sticking in Minnesota for another three seasons, Diggs sent out a cryptic emoji tweet:🤔— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) March 16, 2020NFL FREE AGENCY:Tracking the latest news, reports and rumorsWas it in response to the Cousins contract? Was he pondering life, the universe and everything? Maybe thinking about his lunch choices? Who knows? But a single tweet later, Diggs provided a little more “context” to the situation.it’s time for a new beginning.— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) March 16, 2020Maybe Diggs settled on Chinese food for lunch and was just reading off his fortune cookie. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s something pertaining to football? Stefon Diggs is a man of few characters.The Vikings wide receiver had been the subject of trade rumors dating back to last offseason, but the rumors became action, and Diggs is now a member of the Buffalo Bills, per reports. Well, in a response to a Twitter user who mentioned Diggs wears his emotions on his sleeve, the 26-year-old promised that something — whatever that something is — is going to happen.Nah this ain’t one of them times champ. Somethings going to happen.— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) March 16, 2020Trading Diggs is a big blow to the Vikings’ offense. Though he has yet to eclipse double-digit touchdowns in a season in his career, Diggs and running mate Adam Thielen have formed one of the league’s best 1-2 punches at the wide receiver position in recent years. Though it doesn’t sound like Diggs particularly wanted that to continue.Now, we see the kind of pairing Josh Allen and Diggs will make in Buffalo.
by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—In a place that likes to call itself “Championship City,” 2011 turned into a disappointment.There were no confetti-strewn parades through downtown Pittsburgh for the Steelers or Penguins. There was no end to nearly two decades of losing for the Pirates. There was no one who seemed comfortable being the head football coach at Pitt.Yet there were moments of transcendence—yes, even for the Pirates—in one of the more interesting and frustrating sports years in recent memory.The Steelers started 2011 with another Super Bowl run. They rallied past the hated Ravens then shook off the rambunctious Jets to reach a record-tying eighth Super Bowl.Yet a seventh Lombardi Trophy would prove elusive. The Steelers turned it over three times against red-hot Green Bay, and the Packers turned the miscues into a stunning 31-25 victory.A lengthy NFL lockout turned ugly at times. Labor peace was finally reached in late July, though the Steelers made sure to have their say in the matter. Pittsburgh was the only team to vote against the new collective bargaining agreement, the players expressing doubts about the way the deal was presented and concern over due process for players hit with fines and suspensions for what the league considered rough play.It was the last in a series of off-the-field headlines the team made during the lockout, not all of them good. Linebacker James Harrison lashed out at his teammates and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a magazine article in July, blasting Roethlisberger and running back Rashard Mendenhall for their miscues in the Super Bowl, then labeling Goodell the “devil”—among other things—for the way he handed out justice.The Penguins, like the Steelers, started 2011 with visions of a second title in three years. They began the year taking on rival Washington in the NHL’s Winter Classic at Heinz Field. More than 60,000 turned out in the rain to watch Sidney Crosby take on rival Alex Ovechkin. Instead they saw Washington skate to an easy victory while Crosby was knocked woozy after taking a shot to the head.Things didn’t get any better five days later, when Crosby sustained another head blow. He was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms on Jan. 6 then spent the next 10 months slowly working his way back to the ice.The Penguins, the best team in the league at the time Crosby went down, never really recovered. Pittsburgh fell to Tampa Bay in seven games in the opening round of the playoffs.Crosby vowed to return following a summer fueled with speculation that his career was in jeopardy, then delivered by scoring a pair of goals in his season debut. He racked up four points in his first game back, playing so breathlessly he was asked afterward if there was a chance he could win the scoring title despite getting such a late start. He totaled 12 points in eight games but ended 2011 sidelined once again with concussion-like symptoms, his future very much in doubt.The Pirates have no such superstars to rely on, though the presence of new manager Clint Hurdle seemed to re-energize the flagging franchise. Buoyed by Hurdle’s relentless optimism and an overachieving pitching staff, Pittsburgh became baseball’s unlikeliest contender. Led by budding star centerfielder Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates rose to the top of the crowded National League Central in late July.In early August, however, the Pirates came crashing back to earth. A 51-44 start ended with a 21-46 finish, though Pittsburgh posted a 15-game improvement over 2010. It was small consolation, however, during a record 19th straight losing season.Like the Pirates, the University of Pittsburgh kept slipping into a familiar chorus in 2011. The men’s basketball team won the Big East title and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Yet the school’s run through March ended abruptly in a loss to Butler in the tournament’s first weekend. Pitt’s stunning loss paled in comparison to the drama surrounding the school’s football program.The Panthers fired incoming coach Mike Haywood on New Year’s Day following his arrest in a domestic dispute. They hired former Tulsa coach Todd Graham less than two weeks later, yet by December they were on their third coaching search in 13 months after Graham bolted for Arizona State.Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst was hired three days before Christmas, promising to rebuild the Panthers the right way.“I do believe it’s about what you do and not about what you say,” Chryst said during his introductory news conference.A methodology echoed by every major sports team in a city hoping for one—or more—championship parades in 2012.
Baseball: Sam Houston State at McNeeseFriday 6 pm CTSaturday 3 pm CTSunday 1 pm CTNational TV Coverage:LIVE Friday and SaturdayDELAYED Sunday (7 pm CT)Eleven SportsDirecTV 623Full channel listings – http://sland.social/find11Stream:LIVE Friday, Saturday and SundaySouthland DIgital NetworkSouthland.org/liveSouthland Conference appsStream:LIVE SundayEleven Sports PrimeTwitch.tv/elevensportsprimeTwitch appsTalent:Chuck Licata, play-by-playJim Gilligan, analyst FRISCO, Texas — Eleven Sports is set to televise this weekend’s Sam Houston State vs. McNeese three-game series. Friday’s and Saturday’s matchups will air live nationwide to a national audience. Sunday’s affair will be televised on a tape-delayed basis, while streaming live on Eleven Sports Prime via Twitch.All three games will stream live on the Southland Conference Digital Network.Eleven Sports is available nationally on DirecTV 623 and various other providers. Southland Digital Network programming can be seen at Southland.org/live and the Southland Conference apps.
JOSE MOURINHO wants to give Mauricio Pochettino more time to “process” his sacking before contacting him – but has spoken to his son in Tottenham’s academy.And new Spurs boss Mourinho says he is happy for the axed Argentinian to meet his old players at the club any time, with or without him being there.2 Since Mauricio Pochettino was sacked last week, Jose Mourinho has spoken to Poch Junior, Spurs starlet Maurizio, but not yet to his dadCredit: Instagram @maurizio.82 Jose Mourinho says he understands how sacked predecessor Mauricio Pochettino feels – so will give him time to process the situationCredit: Alamy Live NewsMourinho continued the humble, more considered persona unveiled at his first press conference in charge, when he insisted any success he achieves at Tottenham would be down to Poch.And having opened with Saturday’s 3-2 win at West Ham, ex-Chelsea and Manchester United manager Mourinho again held his arms wide open to his predecessor.Asked if he had spoken to Poch, Mourinho said: “I didn’t because I know what he’s feeling.”I’ve been there and I know that there is a period where the best thing for us sometimes is to process our feelings, to process what happened with us.’LET HIM PROCESS’‘And then, in a couple of weeks – depends two, three weeks – I think then we are open again to the world.”We are open again to embrace a different period in our lives. So I want to respect that and give that feeling to him.”But Mourinho has chatted to Poch’s younger son Maurizio, 18, who is already in Spurs’ Under-23s after signing his first professional deal in the summer.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneThe Portuguese said: “I spoke with his son, who is a player in our youth categories, and I think through his boy he can understand my feelings too.”And of course I will call him. But I want to let him process.”I also told the players in contact with him to make him feel completely free to come here any time he wants.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic”If he wants to come for a training session, great. If he wants to come for a dinner in the lodge with the boys, perfect.”If he wants me to be here, I will. If he doesn’t want me to be, and he just wants to be with the boys, let’s do that way.”Pochettino’s elder son Sebastiano quit his job as head of Tottenham’s Sports Science team the day after his dad was axed.
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAn epic championship series gets an explosive ending on Wednesday night as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and Thailand’s Mono Vampire go at it one last time for the Asean Basketball League crown at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna.Game time is at 8 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The Filipino club got the split that it set out for in Bangkok, but coach Jimmy Alapag’s charges might rue the missed opportunity to close out the series Monday night when Alab committed a season-high 26 turnovers in an 88-83 defeat that forced the rubber match of this best-of-five series.“It’s just (now about) coming home and getting the championship at home,” two-time league MVP Ray Parks told Filipino scribes Monday night.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 crown Thrilla in Malaysia fast shaping up MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Brandon Vera makes his return vs Italian challenger in ONE Manila card Palawan State University will have Zarah Javarez and April Sayang.The men’s division will include former UAAP champions KR Guzman and Ian Yee, Air Force’s Philip Nunez and Mike Abria, Army’s Joshua Barrica and Randy Flores, Manula Unicorns’ Neil Flores and Justin Santos, Wildcard’s Mikhail Shavrak and James Buytrago, and PSU’s Janry Corpuz and Allan Aborot.The winners in both divisions will receive P50,000.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Eight women’s and eight men’s teams, including teams from Lio El Nido and Palawan State University, will compete over the weekend. BVR founder Charo Soriano will also return to action.“I’m back in the game and this will be the first time playing beach volleyball again and it feels so good,” said Soriano, who last played in the Santa Open, as she spent much of her time behind the scenes as an organizer.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 ChrissSoriano will reunite with teammate Bea Tan to form Perlas-1 for the sixth time this year and try to replicate their success in January when they won the Puerto Galera leg.Dzi Gervacio and Roma Doromal will form Perlas-2, Mariel Legaspi and Mae Crisostomo will play under the banner of Air Force 1 while Coyah Abanto and Jen Acain will be Air Force 2. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour is heading into one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines for its eighth leg this year on Saturday at Lio Beach in El Nido, Palawan.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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown
Sinking economyThe Mid-Year Report presented by Finance Minister Winston Jordan last week confirmed our worst fears. The economy is decelerating with all the key sectors displaying signs of extreme distress and compounding the situation is the fact that Government wants Guyanese to believe in a fairy tale – that the El Niño phenomenon was responsible for the dismal economic performance.This is according to Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali. In his analysis of the 2016 Mid-Year Report, the former Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister said: “It is not too late for the Government to reverse the economic collapse.”Ali, in his assessment, said in order for Government to turn things around, it had to start by accepting the economy was in “reverse gear”, then craft an appropriate economic plan that would place the country back on a positive growth trajectory.Public Accounts Committee Chair, PPP/C MP Irfaan Al“We must remember that the first step to solving a problem is to accept it exists. Hiding our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich will not help. It will only create more false hope in the short term,” Ali advised.Ali, an economist by training, has since observed that in addition to the stagnant economic growth rate, “even more depressing is the fact the local economy decelerated for a second year in succession, amidst the recovery of international commodity prices and the Golden Jubilee celebration that was expected to resuscitate or breathe new life into a slowly dying economy.”He has surmised that the poor performance of the economy may be attributed to notable contractions in key sectors that were masked by the increased production reported by the large mining companies, namely Guyana Goldfields Inc and Troy Resources.“For the first time in our recent history, the entire economy is carried by one sector… not so long ago, our economy benefited from growth in multiple sectors, including agriculture, services and manufacturing which helped us to weather the stormy external environment,” Ali pointed out.Taking a jab at Government and its resort to blaming weather for the poor economic performance, Ali recalled that Guyana was able to survive the global economic and financial crises and managed to record positive growth, when economies in the Caribbean and the rest of the world were collapsing.“This year El Niño alone disrupted the entire economy… almost every sector was adversely affected by El Niño, according to the Minister of Finance in his half-year report,” a sarcastic Ali remarked.He suggested that while the poor performance of several industries may be attributed to the uncertainty created from the review/renegotiation by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government of concessions granted to foreign investors, “the Minister would like us to accept his fairytale story that El Niño was responsible”.Ali is of the opinion that without a doubt things were “dry” in the country, “We have a drought with respect to ideas from the Government to move the country forward economically.”He reminded too of the growing criticism emanating from the Opposition camp that to date the Government was yet to present aFinance Minister Winston Jordancomprehensive economic plan for Guyana.
A small aircraft, which was shuttling fuel to Guyana’s interior, has crashed at Aricheng, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The incident occurred on Thursday around 07:53h. The plane was piloted by Captain Bernard Singh, who is said to have survived the crash.The Piper PA31 aircraft, bearing registration 8R-HAI, is owned by Domestic Airways.The aircraft with registration 8R-HAI which crashed at Aricheng, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni)According to a press release from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Air Traffic Services at Timehri has confirmed that an emergency locator signal was received from Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT).The location was confirmed to be 2.71 Nautical Mile Northwest of Aricheng aerodrome.The GCAA stated that search and rescue team comprising the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Special Forces and Air Navigation Services Personnel of the GCAA went to the location to rescue the pilot. A fixed aircraft and a helicopter were dispatched with the search and rescue team.Captain Bernard Singh was rescued. He only suffered minor injuries. According to GCAA, he was able to walk with the search and rescue team to Aricheng airstrip from where he was flown to Georgetown.The GCAA has launched an investigation into this accident.This is not the first plane crash Captain Singh has encountered. In March 2014, he was behind the controls when the aircraft he was operating crashed after take-off from Arau in Region Seven. No one died in the accident.Meanwhile, Domestic Aviation is still recovering from a plane crash which occurred in February 2019.That accident claimed the life of Captain Randy Liverpool, who died while attempting to land the Cessna 206 at Eteringbang.