Two-time national champions Waterhouse FC are in a must-win situation when they face-off against Portmore United on match-day 31 in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at Juici Park,Clarendon, tomorrow, starting at 3:30 p.m.Waterhouse are sitting in the cellar position in the 12-team league on 28 points from 30 games and find themselves in a tense fight to avoid relegation.With three games remaining in the preliminary stage, Portmore United lead on 57 points, followed by Montego Bay United (56) and defending champions Arnett Gardens (54) as the teams battling for the $1 million incentive awarded to the team that ends on most points.Portmore will be looking for maximum points against Waterhouse in order to continue their impressive run. On the other hand, Waterhouse’s season is on the line, so spectators could be in for a good game.”It is going to be a tough one, but we are up to the challenge on Sunday,” coach of Waterhouse Anthony Patrick said during the RSPL’s weekly press conference last Thursday at Red Stripe.”We have to stay disciplined. We are very confident as a team and training has been going well,” Patrick disclosed.Meanwhile, manager of Portmore United Clive Marshall says his team’s confidence his high following a sweep of Montego Bay United.”We needed back our confidence and it is coming at the right time. We prefer to have this level of confidence going to this stage,” Marshall said.Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, Marshall added that: “We are fully aware that all games will be tough because teams have different objectives at this stage.”
PBA IMAGESDesperate for a silver lining this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, Meralco coach Norman Black may have stumbled on a difference-maker in a familiar face buried deep in his roster.That proved to be Nico Salva, who repaid his coach’s faith and played the game of his life on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “Hopefully, I could sustain this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Unfortunately, his career night was spoiled by Kiefer Ravena’s game-winner, with Meralco suffering yet another defeat, this time an 85-87 heartbreaker at the hands of NLEX.That fact isn’t lost on Salva, the former Ateneo star who has yet to make a splash after playing for five teams he in his five years in the league.“Of course, the feeling is there. If we won, we could have had a better chance to go up and enter the playoffs,” he said.Black, however, preached nothing but positivity after the tough loss, words the 27-year-old would like to live by in the remaining games in the eliminations.“We just have to keep on working hard. And as for myself, I was able to have the opportunity to honor and glorify God using the talents that He gave me. And that’s all I want,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak The seldom-used forward saw the most action he had in a Bolts jersey, tallying 20 points and two rebounds in his 23 minutes of play in their game against NLEX.That performance was stark contrast from his averages of 0.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in his limited time this conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSalva is just nothing but grateful.“Coach Norman just kept on putting me in the other games even though I wasn’t producing much. He just let me get my rhythm, get my confidence and I wanted to repay his trust and help the team out,” he said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coaches’ trust becomes title motivation for Arellano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
John Coates, the head of an IOC inspection team, wrapped up three days of meetings in Tokyo on Wednesday and said the city’s summer heat is a growing worry.Organizers are proposing to start the marathon between 5:30-6 a.m., and have moved up morning rugby matches by 90 minutes to play in the cooler air. Mountain biking will be contested later in the afternoon for the same reason.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 ChrissOrganizers are also struggling to keep the 600 billion yen (about $5.3 billion) operating budget balanced with heat-related solutions driving up costs.This is the privately-funded budget for running the games themselves and separate from billions more that governments are spending to prepare the city. “The organizing committee and the people of Japan remain on track to deliver spectacular Olympic and Paralympic Games,” Coates said.Yoshiro Mori, the president of organizing committee, was sitting alongside and was cautious about the plaudits.“We should not be overconfident about such praise,” he said through an interpreter. “We still should buckle down very firmly … They praise us, they give us a good report card. But in addition to that I want to be better.”This summer’s scorching Tokyo heat nudged 40 degrees C (104 degrees F) several times and is running up costs and concerns.Coates said an IOC panel had studied the problem and called this summer “abnormal.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ “It will continue to be at the front of our minds for us and the organizers,” Coates said. “We will do everything possible to insure that they (athletes) are not competing at risk — or watching at risk.”Coates said organizers are preparing more cooling light-water sprays, reflective pavement for the running courses, and more shade for fans.“It’s those sorts of things,” Coates said. “There’s a list of about 20 precautions they think we should take, and they’re not going to be free.”Coates said those and other costs were stressing the operating budget. The third version of that budget will be presented on Dec. 21.“My confidence is that there will be a balanced subject, subject to there being nothing massively untoward,” Coates said.Several months ago, Coates contrasted Tokyo with Rio de Janeiro.“In Rio we didn’t know who was paying what — if at all,” he said.Tokyo’s privately-funded operating budget of $5.3 billion derives income from the IOC, domestic sponsorship sales, merchandise sales and ticket sales.The largest chunk of income is from domestic sponsorship sales, which have reached about $3 billion. Coates and Bach said the enthusiasm of Japanese companies had helped smash all records.Still, Coates said about $100 million more was needed to meet budget requirements. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Alaska lacked effort in Game 1 loss to Magnolia, says Alex Compton Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, right, gestures to John Coates, left, chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, shake hands prior to an IOC Executive Board meeting Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Tokyo. The IOC said boxing will take place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But exactly who runs the tournament and the details of qualifying are up in the air because of charges of corruption and malfeasance surrounding the boxing federation that runs the sport at the Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — IOC President Thomas Bach and other International Olympic Committee members are calling Tokyo the best prepared host city in memory.Still, there are obstacles ahead for the 2020 Games, though small by the standards of the corruption-plagued Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Coates said he was hopeful “there won’t be any drain on the public purse.”Despite the wealth of private money, public money is still the backbone of the Tokyo Olympics.The national government’s Board of Audit spelled out total Olympic costs in a 178-page report published in October. It forecasts total spending to prepare the Olympics at about $20 billion. That includes the private operating budget.The rest comes from the national government, Tokyo city government and other local governments — meaning about 75 percent of the funding is taxpayer money.This reality contrasts sharply with Tokyo’s winning bid in 2013, which projected overall Olympics costs of 829 billion yen ($7.3 billion).Tokyo organizers and the IOC dispute what are — and what are not — Olympic costs. It’s complicated. Some projects might have been built without the Olympics and are not clearly related. Others are driven directly by the requirements of hosting the games.Stung by criticism of forcing cities to build white elephant venues, the IOC is saying the upcoming Olympics in Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) will rely heavily on existing venues. The same is true for the two bids for the 2026 Winter Olympics: Stockholm, Sweden, and the Italian bid of Milan-Cortina.The outlier is the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Chinese capital spent at least $40 billion on the 2008 Summer Olympics. Bach and the IOC have cautioned China to keep the costs down.Also, the Tokyo city government said a 51-year-old man died Wednesday after falling from the 12th floor of a building under construction at the athletes village in the bay area of Tokyo. He was Japanese, but his name has not been released. View comments
Members of the Progressive Youth Organization (PYO) of Central Georgetown on Saturday visited victims of last Wednesday’s fire in Kitty, Georgetown, in which three buildings were destroyed and another was damaged.They presented the families visited with food supplies, toiletries, and educational materials for the children, who also suffered greatly.They gave a positive chat to the children to encourage them to remain focused on their school work and pursue education, as no circumstance can take away a person’s education.Most of the fire victims recalled being in shock when the incident was occurring, and said this experience has changed their lives.In their discussions, the group and the victims agreed that LIFE is its most important asset. The PYO group also bore greetings from the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) and its General Secretary Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, and conveyed that the party was in solidarity with, and support of, all those affected by this tragic incident.
Subryanville shootingPrincipal Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday announced that the preliminary inquiry into the shooting death of taxi driver Jason De Florimonte, who reportedly was shot and killed by his neighbour last August, is set to commence on Friday before Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Businessman Erwin Bacchus, owner of Tourist Villa Hotel in Subryanville, Georgetown, who allegedly shot and killed De Florimonte, is on $1.5 million bail.At his arraignment before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, defence attorneys Nigel Hughes and Glenn Hanoman had contended that their client was acting in self-defence on the day of the incident.Hughes disclosed that Bacchus had fired two warning shots before shooting De Florimonte, who had armed himself with a knife and a rolling pin in attacking the hotel owner’s handyman.As such, bail had been granted to the accused, one condition for which had required him to lodge his passport with the court and report weekly to the Kitty Police Station.RecapOn the day of the shooting, 30-year-old De Florimonte, of Lot 96 Fifth Avenue Subryanville Georgetown, had reportedly been assaulting his girlfriend in front of his home when the hotel’s handyman intervened.This had angered the late De Florimonte, and he had pursued the handyman to the hotel, but was reportedly shot by Bacchus, who had gone to the rescue of his employee.
Ranks of the Guyana Police Force have arrested three persons, including a pensioner, over phone calls made to the emergency hotline by persons threatening to kill President David Granger.According to a brief statement from the Police Public Relations Department on Friday, “…Investigation continues into threatening phone calls made against the life of His Excellency, President David Granger…”These calls were received and recorded on the 911 emergency system atPresident David GrangerBrickdam on March 20, 2018.The 65-year-old suspect is said to be a resident from the East Coast of Demerara.This is not the first time that threats have been made against the life of the Head of State.Police Commissioner David Ramnarine had confirmed in November last that Police are investigating reports of an inmate at the Lusignan Prison calling the 911 emergency line and threatening to kill President Granger and officers of the Guyana Police Force.Reports surfaced in March last year of an alleged plot to assassinate the Head of State, and some $7 million was allegedly offered to carry out the act. However, after several weeks of Police investigations, President Granger ordered a Commission of Inquiry into the alleged assassination plot. The Commission found that while some aspects of the allegation have a “ring of truth, it was not confirmed during the inquiry.”Additionally, a 52-year-old resident of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, Bibi Safoora Salim, was charged after she allegedly used Facebook to issue threatening and derogatory statements against the Head of State.
The Education Ministry has launched an investigation into a video which appeared on social media and went viral in which a student of the New Amsterdam Technical Institute is seen violently assaulting three other students in a classroom.In the video, the teen is seen taking off his belt and using it to inflict blows which were mostly targeted. The video had angered many who viewed it and have since called for the police to arrest the student. The student is also seen slapping one of the other students in a classroom.A snapshot from the viral video which shows the assault of the students at NA Technical InstituteIn a statement to the media on Tuesday, the Education Ministry said the investigation was launched after the video emerged on social media.“The Assistant Chief Education Officer (ACEO-Technical) and the Institute’s administration have been advised by the Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson, to ensure a thorough and expeditious investigation into the incident the Ministry views as disturbing,” the statement said.According to the statement, the findings of that investigation will be shared when completed.However, sources at the school told this publication that the incident occurred on Monday. When contacted on Tuesday, police in Berbice said that no official report has been made on the matter.This newspaper was told that the school’s administration has since suspended the student who assaulted his colleagues.Meanwhile, on Tuesday, several social activists and religious leaders have condemned the act, calling for a heavy penalty against the student to discourage others from such violent behaviour.Meanwhile, the mother of the student seen assaulting the others in justifying her son’s behaviour took to social media and claimed that her son reacted because they were ridiculing his food.
1 Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from international football after helping Germany win the World Cup.The 36-year-old, who became the leading scorer in World Cup history in Brazil, bows out with a record 71 international strikes to his name.“With the win in Brazil, a childhood dream came true, I am proud and happy that I was able to help this great success,” Klose told the German Football Association’s official website. “I had a unique and wonderful time and many memorable moments with the national team.”The striker, currently at Lazio, made his Germany debut in 2001 and went on to play in four World Cups, scoring in all of them.His goal in the incredible 7-1 semi-final win over Brazil took him past Ronaldo’s previous record of 15 World Cup goals.“The team’s success was and is always the top priority for me,” he added.“I’ve achieved our goal with the national team but I have achieved goals I set personally too. Anyone who knows me knows I am very ambitious.“The job of a striker is to score goals and it never occurred to me about records. As a striker I am always dependent on my team-mates and I give them a big thank you.”Klose bows out of the international arena with Germany having never lost whenever he has scored.With 137 caps to his name, only Lothar Matthaus has won more, and coach Joachim Low cannot speak highly enough of him.“Miro Klose is an international star. He is one of the greatest strikers there have been,” he said.“His footballing qualities; his aerial ability, his goal threat, his understanding and his tireless commitment are second to none, and yet I have barely seen a player who is so much about modesty and team spirit.”“For Miro it was always an honour to play for the national team and he has given everything to Germany. He will be missed as a footballer and a person and I am happy and grateful I was able to work with him.”Klose follows Germany captain Phillipp Lahm into international retirement, with the 30-year-old having done so in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup.“We gave him [Klose] and Philipp Lahm a worthy farewell,” DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach said. Miroslav Klose celebrates winning the World Cup
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No one helped the protesters as soldiers beat them and fired upon them on that rain-soaked pavement. The tales that emerged – largely through Burmese blogs and news agencies based abroad, such as the Democratic Voice of Burma and Mizzima – were harrowing: Soldiers opening fire on high school students, hitting small children and the parents waiting to pick them up at a primary school. Military forces conducting midnight raids on monasteries, ramming trucks through locked gates and beating monks unconscious, leaving broken glass and saffron-colored monks’ robes strewn across bloodstained ground. “The army stole everything from the monastery – cassette players, radios, money that had been donated, everything they could take,” one witness told the DVB on Thursday. In the face of depravity, heroism was the story of the day – like the heroism of the protesting masses captured on Nagai’s camera before he fell. The DVB also reported Friday that Burmese residents armed themselves with sticks and slingshots – and banged on pots and pans as a system to warn of approaching troops – to protect the monasteries as soldiers came for more nighttime raids. “There were not only Buddhist people but also Muslims, Christians and Hindus defending the monasteries,” a resident told the DVB. The people fought with everything they had, which was sadly no match for the junta. “I am not afraid to die,” a 60-year-old man told an Al-Jazeera reporter before facing the soldiers with a hand defiantly raised. “They will only kill flesh and bones. Spirit cannot be destroyed, so in the end we will win.” By the weekend, though, the scene played out like a repeat of the violently crushed 1988 pro-democracy protests. On Sunday, the DVB filmed the bruised body of a monk floating face down in a Yangon river, and independent casualty tolls far exceed the official government tally of 10 killed. The tragic irony is that this crackdown occurred when the group that should have offered help, the United Nations, had just opened the 62nd General Assembly. But the 15-member Security Council, which met in emergency session Wednesday, couldn’t even agree to condemn the crackdown, only labeling it a “concern.” One problem is that when some countries (hello, veto-wielder China) publicly urge a peaceful end to the situation, they prefer a return to the status quo. No muss, no fuss – and no democracy. Few Burmese should expect the visit of U.N. envoy Ibrahim Gambari to solve anything. Mizzima News, run by exiled Myanmar journalists in India, reported that protesters who tried to catch the attention of the arriving envoy were beaten. But seeing no evil on a highly guarded visit will be no excuse for U.N. inaction. Beyond the junta escorts and small talk about restoring order, the blood of the Burmese still stains the streets and will continue to do so unless Ban Ki-moon realizes that Burma is years past “constructive dialogue.” Elected-yet-imprisoned prime minister Aung San Suu Kyi once said, “It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.” When the junta feels the need to react violently to Buddhist monks simply walking through town, they fear the power of the people. When the world decides Myanmar isn’t worth more than token “concern,” we’ve let down more than just the Burmese people. “To others fighting for freedom in their own corners of the globe, it means everything,” read a Friday statement from dozens of Vietnam’s top democracy advocates, directed to Ban, the EU, the U.S. and others. “A successful democratic struggle of the people of Myanmar/Burma will contribute to the stability and security of Myanmar/Burma in particular, (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the world in general.” Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News and blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. E-mail her at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kenji Nagai is to the latest brutal Myanmar crackdowns as the “Tank Man” is to 1989’s Tiananmen Square massacre. The chilling video and photos of the Japanese journalist being pushed down and shot through the heart speak volumes about a government so afraid of information about their brutality reaching the outside world that they would kill a man simply for wielding a camera. No one helped Nagai as he died on the rain-soaked pavement. Such was the fate of the country’s valiant pro-democracy movement, launched by thousands of monks who inspired the populace and led protesters peacefully through the streets.