LONDON (AP): Liverpool slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Watford in the Premier League yesterday, while managerless Swansea drew 0-0 at home to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium. Liverpool now trail the Champions League places by five points after their latest loss, while Swansea stayed in the relegation zone after taking a point. Watford took the lead at Vicarage Road after only three minutes. Nathan Ake poking in after stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, replacing the injured Simon Mignolet, dropped a corner. Odion Ighalo then netted twice, with a composed finish in the 15th, before heading in unmarked in the 85th as Liverpool were punished for a stagnant and unimaginative performance. Manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side’s reaction to conceding early contributed to the rest of their display. “We lost our minds after the first goal; we lost our compact formation,” Klopp said. “The reaction has to be better. We came here to do something really different than what you saw. Hopefully, it is the most disappointing moment in my whole Liverpool FC life from now on.” NO WORRY FOR WATFORD Liverpool failed to offer anything in attack that worried Watford, which played at a higher tempo and with more attacking intent throughout the encounter. The victory is their fourth in a row in the Premier League and leaves them only a point behind Tottenham in fourth, on 28. “We are fighting a lot; we are very competitive,” Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores said. “I feel completely happy with the performance and the players. We are playing against amazing teams, but we control the matches.” In Wales, Swansea missed some good chances in the first half against West Ham as theyfailed to claim the victory that would have lifted them out of the relegation zone. Andre Ayew, Ki Sung-yueng and Jack Cork failed to convert opportunities as Swansea stayed in the bottom three, two points adrift of safety. West Ham substitute Enner Valencia almost won it for the visitors late on, but his strike was tipped over the bar by Lukasz Fabianski as Slaven Bilic’s side settled for their third straight goalless draw. Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis challenged his team to be more ruthless in attack. “We can all see that we are lacking a cutting edge,” Curtis said. “At least we looked like a Swansea City team again, but we need to find something in the final third.”
Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFrom being a veritable unknown to Filipino basketball fans, Christian Standhardinger will be the one common denominator of two Gilas teams playing in prestigious regional events next month.After Andray Blatche decided not to go with the team to the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon, Gilas coach Chot Reyes was left with no choice but to put Standhardinger’s name in the roster as the Filipinos’ naturalized player.ADVERTISEMENT The Inquirer first reported on Monday afternoon that Blatche refused to get on board because the 6-foot-11 former Brooklyn Net and Washington Wizard in the NBA feared for his safety in Beirut.In a related development, Reyes will call for full practices starting Thursday with the likes of reigning three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, Jason Castro of TNT KaTropa, Calvin Abueva of Alaska and Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort leading the squad that is tasked to win the championship for the first time since 1973.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That would mean that the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger will, after the Aug. 8 to 20 showcase in Beirut, fly straight to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to anchor another Gilas Five that will try to win the Philippines’ 19th cage gold in the Southeast Asian Games.“Yes, Chris will double,” Reyes told the Inquirer through a text message as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas decided not to replace Standhardinger in the SEA Games lineup, which was finalized weeks before the hardworking center debuted for Team Philippines internationally in the Jones Cup in Taipei.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Meanwhile, Blatche apologized to his “Filipino family” on Wednesday morning, but still didn’t point out the exact reason why he opted not to join the team.Through his Instagram account @draylive, the 6-foot-11 NBA veteran said: “I will always be very thankful for the opportunity the love and the support I have received from my Filipino family but it’s a lot of reason why I can’t join and I don’t expect for many ppl to understand but I do wish my brothers the best of luck.” San Sebastian hopes to check rash of visitor wins, hosts Jose Rizal ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ View comments
SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LYCEUM 96 – Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.MAPUA 90 – Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.Quarters: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90. Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Africa champion Cameroon misses out on World Cup Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lyceum didn’t look like it missed a beat as it sustained its hot streak to the second round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 96-90 victory over Mapua Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT View comments CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino got 19 markers, six boards, and two dimes.MJ Ayaay and Ralph Tansingco both chimed in 10 points apiece in Lyceum’s 10th straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Coach Topex Robinson, though, was dissatisfied with how his side reacted to the Cardinals’ challenge, as the cellar dwellers gave the Pirates everything they could handle.“I guess we didn’t play our usual game. We didn’t honor the game and it almost backfired on us. Credit to coach Atoy (Co) for preparing his team well for us,” the youthful mentor said. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lyceum lost hold of its 17-point lead, 71-54 in the third quarter as Laurenz Victoria and Leo Gabo willed Mapua to get to as close as six late in the game.Robinson said that it’s something his team needs to work on as the Pirates gear up for tougher foes ahead.“That’s the challenge for us. If we want to stay on top, there’s a lot of responsibilities that come with it. We’re the barometer. Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for us that any team can beat us if we let our guards down,” he said.Gabo paced Mapua (1-9) with 21 points and five assists, while Christian Buñag had 18 markers and 14 rebounds in the loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
It is customary that at the funeral, the unsavory side of the life of the deceased is not mentioned.So it was when families, friends and loved ones paid tributes to the fallen Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), Charles Gyude Bryant.They said of the former Chairman that his life did not harm anyone, neither did he deceive Liberia during the tough transitional period in 2005, when he handed a peaceful Liberia over to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Several officials representing national institutions including the president of the University of Liberia, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, the board and members of the B.W. Harris School (Episcopal owned), the Episcopal Church, and others noted in separate statements that the late Chairman Bryant chaired and co-chaired boards that supervised many of those institutions.UL president Emmet Dennis in a special way recognized the fallen Liberian son as a Visitor of the University of Liberia, who transitioned the academic institution from a time of turmoil to peace, emphasizing that Bryant appointed his (Dennis’) predecessor, Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh, who led the university up to 2009 prior to his (Dr. Dennis) takeover.In all the statements, care, humility, humanity, diligence and consciousness were among words that went to late Chairman’s credit.Tributes were also made by the ECOWAS Commission, Cllr. Varney Sherman and Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee.For the ECOWAS Commission, its statement noted that during Liberia’s tough times, it took rebel leaders and government of former President Charles Taylor 61 days to reach an agreement for the establishment of a transitional leadership in Accra, Ghana in 2003, resulting in the Accra Peace Accord.“There was a need for a neutral person to head the leadership; and Bryant, [chosen] through popular votes among the warlords and members of the civil society, was elected for this great task,” the statement read.The statement further noted that the chief peace negotiator at the time, General Abdul Salaam Abubakar, advised that for peace to be restored to Liberia, it would take the collective effort of all Liberians.In consonance with this advice, the ECOWAS Commission said Bryant took the challenge to head a leadership of warlords whose rebel groups took instructions only from themselves and their bosses.The Commission acknowledged that Bryant followed the guidelines and rules of the Accra Peace Accord and ensured that disarmament, demobilization and reintegration took place, and that elections were held, turning over leadership to a democratically elected government.Cllr. Varney Sherman, who chairs the ruling Unity Party, described Bryant as a kind and compassionate man who was humble and full of humanity.Cllr. Sherman, a one-time member of the Liberia Action Party (LAP), told the audience that Bryant’s life did not harm anybody, and that his role in Liberia’s peace process cannot be forgotten as evidenced by the transition of power that brought Liberia total peace.Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee in her tribute recalled that the transitional period from beginning 2003, was a memorable period that will not be forgotten in Liberian history.Madam Gbowee said during that period, Bryant did not divide Liberians but strived to empower Liberians and respect the rights of others.However, the praises showered upon Chairman Bryant for his role in the governance process of Liberia during the transitional period may not be in consonance with what transpired after he handed over power to the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led Administration.Upon turning leadership over to Madam Sirleaf in 2006, Bryant faced the wrath of her administration’s “fight against corruption.”The Sirleaf Administration took Chairman Bryant and some officials of the National Transitional Government of Liberia, including Montserrado County Representative Edwin Snowe, to court for corruption.Bryant at one point in time during the trial, was incarcerated; however, at the end of the trial Bryant and those accused were acquitted.When he died at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center on April 16, family members stated that Bryant had written in his will that he did not want a state burial or any government participation in his funeral.Alleged ill treatment meted against him after turning over to the Sirleaf government is publicly presumed to be one reason why the fallen leader had allegedly ruled out government participation in his burial. As such, the former president did not lie in state as is customary for officials at that level of government.Since the Sirleaf Administration took Bryant to court for corruption, the fight against this national menace seems to be failing as doubt arises in every sector about the performances of public officials.Even the President herself has been criticized for the appointment of her children and cronies in key lucrative public positions, which the public considers nepotism.General Auditing and Anti-Corruption Commission reports have reflected the names of many public officials, but not much effort has been exerted to fully prosecute those involved. The recycling of key confidantes of Madam Sirleaf between public offices has over the time also sparked criticism, as the public claims it contradicts her advocacy for social justice in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is claiming a landslide victory in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) at Monday’s Local Government Elections (LGE).Of the 261 seats which were available through the 18 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDC) and three towns in the region – Corriverton, New Amsterdam and Rose Hall – the Alliance For Change (AFC) was able to secure one seat while the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) won 73 and the PPP, 188.This is why the PPP is claiming a landslide victory. The PPP won two of the three towns; Rose Hall and Corriverton. In Corriverton, the PPP won 14 of the 16 seats with the other two went to APNU, and in Rose Hall, the PPP claimed 11 seats andPeople at Whim waiting to cast their ballots on MondayAPNU, five.In New Amsterdam, the AFC claimed its only seat in the region and the APNU won 10. The PPP copped three. APNU, however, lost two seats since it previously held 12.Meanwhile, both the PPP and the APNU won one each of the two new NDCs. The Plegtanker/Koortbradt NDC on the East Bank of Berbice saw APNU getting five seats and the PPP three, while at the Wyburg/Carracas NDC in West Canje saw the PPP receiving four seats and APNU, two.The Crabwood Creek NDC saw the PPP taking all 14 seats and at the 52-74 NDC, they took 17 seats and APNU one. The 51/Good Hope NDC saw five seats going to APNU and nine to the PPP.At the Maida/Tarlogy NDC, the PPP claimed eight seats while the APNU copped two. The APNU got six seats at the Bushlot/Adventure NDC with the PPP securing eight.In the Black Bush Polder NDC, the PPP won 17 seats and APNU, one; while at the Hogsty/Lancaster NDC, the APNU secured 12 seats and the PPP, two.The Massindonia/Joppa NDC saw the PPP winning five seats and APNU seven, while at the Whim/Bloom Field NDC the PPP won 13 seats and APNU only securing one.The PPP won 13 seats in the Johns/Port Mourant NDC and an individual candidate Orin McDourga the remaining seat. The Kinlcoy/Hamphire NDC saw the PPP taking all 14 seats. The party also took a clean sweep in the Kinyre/Bolem NDC which has 16 seats available.The Fyrish/Gibraltar NDC saw APNU winning 10 seats and the PPP eight.The PPP also claimed victory in both of the NDCs in East Canje. At the Canefield/Enterprise NDC, the Party secured 15 seats and APNU one, while at the Ordanance/Fortlands NDC, the PPP secured 12 and APNU claimed two. On the East Bank of Berbice at the Enfield/New Dow Park NDC, the PPP won 11 seats and APNU winning five. Only 43.5 per cent of the 91,475 voters turned out at this year’s LGE. However, it represented a higher voter turnout for Region Six at Local Government Elections that in 2016.
Among its decisions, the California Transportation Commission also approved $73 million to build car-pool lanes running north and south on the 5 Freeway between Routes 134 and 170. That approval marked a sharp reversal from earlier, when commission staffers did not include it in their second round of recommendations and also cut $97 million for car-pool lanes on the 10 Freeway in the San Gabriel Valley between West Covina and Pomona. At that time, the staff added the 405 Freeway project, one of the heaviest hitters on the list. The move drew an outcry from San Gabriel and MTA officials who saw no bond money for the county east of downtown Los Angeles. Staff Writers Rick Coca and Harrison Sheppard contributed to this report. Baldwin Park funds On Wednesday, the governor-appointed commission approved a resolution – presented by Molina as she was surrounded by MTA and San Gabriel officials – to commit $70.5 million in Caltrans funding for a Baldwin Park transition connector from the southbound 605 to the eastbound 10 freeways. The resolution also called for $15.8 million to widen sections of Route 138 in the Antelope Valley. Molina said the MTA board will consider seeking local money to build car-pool lanes in the east and west lanes of the 10 Freeway in the San Gabriel Valley. Roger Snoble, the MTA’s chief executive, said the commission’s decisions Wednesday will go far in relieving traffic congestion and travel times in the county. “It was a lot of work getting here,” Snoble said after the panel vote. “It’s almost one billion dollars more than was originally recommended, so that’s a pretty good step for us.” At the same time, the panel’s decision also shows the political significance of the county – home to 30 percent of the state’s voters and tax revenues, said Tracy Westen, chief executive of the nonpartisan Center for Governmental Studies. “It’s also a measure of where political clout is,” Westen said. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had earlier lobbied the commission to fully divvy up the $4.5 billion in funds – as well as support the 405 car-pool lane – after its staff proposed spending just $2.7 billion and saving the rest for the future. Acknowledging that some worthy projects were still unable to be funded, Schwarzenegger thanked the commission for allocating the entire $4.5 billion. “Because of our combined efforts, traffic congestion will be eased, air quality will be improved and most importantly, state government will continue to work for the people of California,” he said. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who went to Sacramento last week to press the city’s case for more funds, hailed the state decisions Wednesday. “I’m old-fashioned and I believe promises made should be promises kept,” he said. “And I can tell you that – make no mistake – this issue was an issue that was crying out for justice.” David Fleming, chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and a former CTC commissioner, said he was shocked at the initial recommendation that the 405 project not receive funding. He said the MTA believed the CTC staff had misinterpreted the construction timeline on the 405 project. “It had no opposition and had enormous public support. We knew this would be at the top of the governor’s list because he only lives a couple miles from there,” he said. “I knew that once everybody understood what the timeline was, there shouldn’t be any problem.” Brendan Huffman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, said he was surprised the commission opted to fund both the 405 and 5 projects. Huffman said heavy lobbying and the merits of the projects were probably the strongest factors in its decision. “Anyone who has spent time on the 405 or the I-5 knows how much congestion there is and what an impact there is on air quality,” Huffman said. “We’ve got to get these cars and trucks moving. “I think our partners made some persuasive arguments why the projects are very much needed. I know a lot of Valley commuters that are going to be in a better mood as they drive home tonight through traffic.” Decisions hailed email@example.com (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think that we’re on target,” said Gloria Molina, a Los Angeles County supervisor and Metropolitan Transportation Authority board chairwoman. “We got our fair share and from that standpoint we are satisfied.” For commuters, traffic could start to ease by 2010 when construction is expected to be complete on a $730 million northbound car-pool lane for the 405 Freeway between the 10 and 101 freeways. Around that time, Interstate 5 will begin expansion from six to 10 lanes, stretching from the Orange County border to the 605 Freeway, with $387 million from the bond measure. City and county officials across the state spoke Wednesday of communities crunched by gridlock and imprisoned by traffic as they jockeyed for more money and asked the panel to reconsider its positions. While those from large cities talked about the need for traffic relief, others from rural areas – especially in Northern California – pleaded for money to complete highway projects. IRVINE – Los Angeles County emerged a big winner Wednesday as California transportation officials ended weeks of uncertainty and approved more than $1.2 billion to expand the region’s roads and freeways – including a badly needed car-pool lane on the 405. The award means the gridlocked county will get more than one-quarter of the $4.5 billion set aside for congestion relief under a $19.9 billion transportation bond measure that state voters approved in November. The decision – which granted many local officials’ requests and allocated additional funds – came after weeks of intensive lobbying when an earlier recommendation had slashed funding to just $327 million. The decision for an area that’s home to nearly 30 percent of the state’s population was broadly hailed by officials and business leaders.
Moses Masika, who is the younger brother to Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe scored the only penalty for FIFA Best as newly signed Gor Mahia defender Wesley Onguso blazed over his kick while Francis Alumba and goalkeeper Philip Okayo saw their kicks saved by Huruma custodian Kevin Omondi.Huruma successfully converted their kicks through Amos Asembeka, Alfred Mburu and Patrick Macharia while they lost one penalty.GAA will now face South B in the finals on January 7 while the playoffs between FIFA Best and Beirut will take place a day before the finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000GAA will now face South B in the finals on January 7 while the playoffs between FIFA Best and Beirut will take place a day before the finals. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 30 – God Above All from Huruma will face South B All Stars in the 2017 Koth Biro tournament final after eliminating Kawangware based FIFA Best 3-1 on post-match penalties in the semi-final played at Nairobi’s Umeme Ground in Ziwani on Saturday.Both sides settled for a goalless draw after the two teams failed to find the back of the net at the packed venue.
England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will all take part in Euro 2016, but sadly for the Tartan Army, Scotland won’t be there.It would have been unbelievable to have all four nations from the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, all qualify for France 2016, but Gordon Strachan’s team will have to look on from afar next summer.As certain corners of social media were only too happy to point out… Scotland missed out on Euro 2016 1
Showtime has released a trailer for its compelling new documentary series, “Shut Up and Dribble,” which apparently includes several segments featuring the Golden State Warriors.The film, executive produced by LeBron James and longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter, examines how pro basketball players, over time, have taken control of their own brands and have helped to bring about social change while using their platforms for a broader purpose.The trailer leads off with …
16 March 2016“I am so proud to be sitting here,” said Mrs South Africa Candice Abrahams on her return to South Africa, after winning the Mrs World title in China on 12 March. “My country has been behind me since I won Mrs South Africa and it’s just so good to be home. It feels amazing and I will not let the country down.”Watch the winning announcement:“Tonight we stand tall, we stand united and we are proudly South African,” said the chief executive of the Mrs South Africa pageant, Joani Johnson, after Abrahams was named the winner.Abrahams arrived back home to a welcoming crowd at OR Tambo International Airport in Ekurhuleni on 15 March.#WelcomeHome #MrsWorld @MrsSA_Official @AbrahamsCandice pic.twitter.com/hVcb3olzaX— Mrs South Africa (@MrsSAPageant) March 15, 2016Watch a snippet of the press conference on her return:There were 36 participants in the 27th annual Mrs World pageant representing their countries. Abrahams wore a traditional costume designed by Anel Botha; her evening gown was designed by Werner Dey.According to the official Mrs World website, all married women, including mothers and grandmothers, are able to participate. “By providing this unique forum, in which delegates from around the world can come together and share a common purpose, Mrs World successfully fosters greater communication, friendship, and mutual understanding among all people,” it reads.South Africans, proud of her achievement, have sent congratulatory messages on Twitter:Congratulations to @AbrahamsCandice who has just been crowned #MrsWorld2016. Thank you for flying our flag high! pic.twitter.com/1eY0UssDBJ— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) March 15, 2016A huge congratulations to our gorgeous #MrsSouthAfrica @MrsSA_Official on taking the #MrsWorld crown last night! pic.twitter.com/t7NSev6f07— Abigail Visagie (@AbigailVisagie_) March 13, 2016Congratulations Candace Abrahams. Our new Mrs World 2016! South Africa on top again! pic.twitter.com/gbSY7TsTN6— Jill Nicholas (@JillNicholas01) March 13, 2016Our very own Mrs World is a flame.— Thabo (@TouchupRamz) March 13, 2016South Africa’s Rolene Strauss also elevated the country’s global profile when she brought home the Miss World title in 2014.South Africa.info reporter