Koronadal dance athlete dedicates Palaro gold medal to mom who passed away

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Not all victors return home with a happy face despite winning the gold.Ronie Trinidad, this year’s gold medalist in the dance sports category of the Palarong Pambansa held in Vigan City, came home to his hometown in Koronadal City, South Cotabato with a heavy heart.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio 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 Maraguinot not returning to Ateneo next year MOST READ In an interview with Inquirer.net, Trinidad said his mother originally wanted him to take piano lessons, but he decided to attend a summer training program in dance instead.He shared that he eventually got his mother’s support to pursue the sport until he became the gold medalist for the Latin dance sport in this year’s Palarong Pambansa. He said his mom would have been with him in Vigan if she did not get sick.“Na sad gid ako. Pero gin isip ko nga dapat maging strong gid ko. Mayad lang ara ang coaching staff kag team mates ko nga nag comfort sa akon [I was really sad, but I kept the motivation to go on, to compete, and get the gold medal. My coach and teammates were there for me],” Trinidad said.“Pagtawag sang gold, happy kaayo ko kah emotional. Pati mga team mates ko emotional man [I am very emotional. I cried when they called my name to announce that I won the gold medal.] I really want to make my Mama and Papa proud,” he added.When Trinidad first joined Palaro last year, he finished with a bronze medal. He said he promised his mother that he will win the gold this year.“Ma, kung nandyan ka man, bantayan mo kami, sila Kuya, Papa, sila Tita, pati mga pinsan ko,” he added. /eeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident After waiting for 11 days to come home, Trinidad finally made it to Koronodal City to offer his medal to his mother, Maricar Trinidad, who had a fought a long battle with cancer.Ronnie’s cousin, Alex Christian Namoca, tweeted that right after arriving home from the games, he offered his medals to his mother.“My cousin just got home from Palarong Pambansa. He immediately offered his medals to his mother who died while he was still in Vigan,” Namoca posted on twitter.My cousin just got home from Palarong Pambansa. He immediately offered his medals to his mother who died while he was still in Vigan. 😭 pic.twitter.com/wJVigHkIcG— uɐᴉʇsᴉɹɥƆ xǝl∀ (@xtian197) April 20, 2018ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames While competing in the national games, which is every student athlete’s dream competition, his mother died of stage 4 lung cancer.Behind the stellar performances of competitors in the Palaro were narratives of fine hard work, sacrifices, and bitter-sweet triumphs.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 crownLike all athletes, Trinidad left his hometown and went to Vigan focused on winning the game and bringing home the gold medal, but even before he can perform on the dance floor, he received the news of his mother’s passing.Despite the sad news, Koronadal’s dance athlete prevailed and went on to win the gold medal for Juvenile D Latin Dance Category and a silver medal for Juvenile C Latin dance category.last_img read more

Parañaque-F2 whips Cebu 5 as Arboleda shines

first_imgFormer pro Harold Arboleda dished out one of the finest individual performances in MPBL history to propel Parañaque-F2 Logistics past Cebu City-Casino Ethyl Alcohol, 81-73, on Tuesday night in the Datu Cup at Olivarez College Gym.Turning his game up a notch following the suspension of Jemal Vizcarra and the absence of injured Mac Montilla, Arboleda made all his shots on the way to a career-high 26 points, on top of 11 rebounds and six assists,,as the Patriots gained a share of top spot in the South Division with Muntinlupa and Davao Occidental.ADVERTISEMENT Arboleda, who briefly played for NLEX, knocked in five treys, two jumpshots and seven free throws for the Patriots, who rallied from an early 15-point deficit to deal the Sharks their second straight defeat of the season.The former Perpetual Help forward also helped slow down the debuting Patrick Cabahug in the middle quarters when the Patriots made headway. Cabahug still finished with 29 points, most of it coming when the outcome was already settled.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“I think we played with a lot of energy because of the home crowd,” said Arboleda. “The team really worked hard to get the win.”Ryusei Koga, Ivan Villanueva and Robin Rono also played key roles in the victory for the Patriots, who led by 14 in the second half before the Sharks mounted a late surge that ultimately fell short. Meanwhile, Juneric Baloria fired 24 points as Pampanga notched its first win at the expense of Bacoor, 81-80.The Lanterns pulled off the feat without ex-PBA players Jimbo Aquino and Mike Juico. Aquino suffered a pulled leg muscle while Juico served a one game suspension.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Ube and queso for LeBron Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Gobert wins duel vs Jordan as Jazz beat Mavs

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY, UT – OCTOBER 19: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz controls the ball in a NBA game against the Golden State Warriors at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 19, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFPDALLAS — It’s something special when Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Dallas’ DeAndre Jordan face each other.Centers Gobert and Jordan recorded their sixth straight double-doubles in six games this season, but it was the Jazz who emerged with the win, defeating the Mavericks 113-104 in a sloppy game Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re not about our starters, we are not about our bench and we are not about any one player,” he said.Examples were second-year man Georges Niang and rookie Grayson Allen, who exceeded or equaled their NBA high point totals.Dennis Smith Jr. kept Dallas in the game with strong second-half shooting, going 9 for 12 from the field, including 7 for 7 with two 3-pointers for 16 points in the third quarter. He had 21 of his game-high and career-high-tying 27 points in the second half.Wesley Matthews scored 22, Luka Doncic added 14 and Maxi Kleber had 11 for Dallas.Jordan explained how he could have three more assists than his previous high total.“I’m up there at the top of the key a lot trying to make plays. Wes and Dennis and Harrison (Barnes) do a great job of cutting and it was easier to find those guys today.”The first quarter ended with Utah leading 26-19. Dallas shot 26 percent (6 for 23) from the field in the period.In contrast, the Jazz were 11 for 16 (69 percent) from the field in the second quarter. Nine Utah turnovers in the quarter helped Dallas stay within 50-46 at halftime.Despite Smith’s 16 points in the third quarter, the Jazz outscored Dallas 32-31.TIP-INS Dombrowski adds Red Sox title to 1997 Marlins championship Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Jazz: F Derrick Favors did not play because of a sore left knee. … Jae Crowder left the game after rolling an ankle. X rays were negative. … Second-year F Georges Niang had a career-high 13 points. Rookie Grayson Allen tied his NBA high with 11.Mavericks: PG Dennis Smith Jr. returned after missing a game with a sprained right ankle. … G Devin Harris missed his fifth straight game because of a strained left hamstring. Coach Rick Carlisle said Harris could return to play on Wednesday against the Lakers.TALKING A GOOD GAMEJordan, a career 45-percent free throw shooter, made all four attempts against. Utah, and is 26 for 30 (87 percent) this season. When he goes to the line now, he talks to the player lined up to his left, and then to his right, before shooting as a technique to relax and improve his concentration.BALANCEEight players tied for the scoring lead in the first quarter. Five Utah players and three Mavericks each scored four. At halftime, Jazz G Donovan Mitchell was the only player in double figures.UP NEXTJazz: Complete a four-game trip on Wednesday at MinnesotaMavericks: Begin a two-game trip at San Antonio on Monday. Gobert has had his way with the Mavericks in the past but noticed a difference since Jordan arrived in Dallas this season from the Clippers.“It makes a big difference when you have a guy that can rebound, that can protect the basket,” Gobert said. “He brings a lot of attention when he runs to the basket, so I think it changes the team for sure.”The Jazz overcame 18 turnovers and won going away after taking a five-point lead, 82-77, into the fourth quarter.Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points for Utah. Jae Crowder added 15 points and Joe Ingles had 12.Jazz coach Quin Snyder said his team doesn’t rely on any one player.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gobert finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Jordan added 12 points, 4 for 4 from the line, 19 rebounds and a career-high nine assists.“Any time you play against another top center in the league, I’m sure it’s going to be a challenge,” Jordan said. “But it’s fun, I’m a competitor and I’m sure he is too.”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 ChrissAny rivalry between them is not bitter.“It’s friendly,” Jordan said. “We’re always going to talk smack, but you know it’s just part of the game.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Center duo of Nurkic, Kanter leads Blazers over Nets

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter (00) works against Brooklyn Nets forward Ed Davis (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK—When Jusuf Nurkic went to the bench, the Portland Trail Blazers inserted a player who barely knew their offense.Imagine how good Portland’s center combination can be once Enes Kanter gets up to speed.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, Kanter added 18 points and nine boards in his Portland debut, and the Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-99 on Thursday night.“Obviously, our two big guys really dominated inside,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe tandem was so good that the Trail Blazers didn’t even need a big night from All-Star guard Damian Lillard, who was just 5 for 21 from the field. He finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.“They’re going to change the dynamic for a lot of teams, how they guard us obviously,” Blazers guard CJ McCollum said. Kanter signed last week with the Blazers after losing his job with the Knicks and then getting his release after they couldn’t find a deal before the trade deadline. He made his first seven shots and finished 8 for 9, missing only a 3-pointer, as the Blazers relied on a steady diet of pick-and-rolls when he was in to compensate for his unfamiliarity with their sets.Languishing on the bench during much of what became an 18-game losing streak for the Knicks, Kanter was excited to be on the floor in meaningful situations.“Last time I got a win I think it was like almost two months,” he said.McCollum added 21 points in a good return from the break for the Blazers after going into it with a 129-107 victory over Golden State. They opened a seven-game road trip and don’t play their first home game after the All-Star break until March 7 against Oklahoma City.Allen Crabbe had 17 points for the Nets, who came out of the All-Star break above .500 for the first time since 2013. All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell shot only 4 for 16, finishing with 14 points and eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks hold off Boston Celtics 98-97 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We didn’t have great rhythm tonight, didn’t play well. I think that’s across the board. Didn’t coach well, didn’t play well,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “It was just one of those games where I think Portland was simply the better team. There’s just no way around it.”Lillard’s 3-pointer midway through the third — his only one through three quarters — gave Portland a 69-63 lead that the Blazers would extend largely through Kanter’s work inside. He followed with four baskets in the period, including one that gave Portland its largest lead at 82-67.The lead was 14 after his free throws with 10:40 to play before Ed Davis, Shabazz Napier and Crabbe — all former Blazers — fueled a 15-2 surge that trimmed it to 90-89. But Portland pushed the lead back into double digits, with Lillard contributing a 3-pointer with a little over 3 minutes to go and Nurkic getting a three-point play when he was fouled on a powerful dunk.Brooklyn’s broadcasterThe Nets honored YES Network announcer Ian Eagle for his 25 years calling the team’s games. Eagle was presented with a No. 25 Nets jersey with his name on it, and a video tribute featuring former Nets players was played on the video screen.LeVert in the lineupCaris LeVert had 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting. He was just 13 for 36 in his first three games since returning from a lengthy absence with a dislocated right foot, but Atkinson kept him in the starting lineup. Atkinson said he still trusted LeVert and thought he was looking good even with his shot not falling yet.“Obviously we have a long relationship now. He’s been here from the beginning and so I’m not thinking of just the past three games, three or four games,” Atkinson said. “I’m thinking of preseason and last season and how well he started the season and listen, I think from a physical standpoint he’s looked pretty sharp.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Liverpool regains verve with 5-0 thrashing of Watford

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mane’s double meant he has recorded his best Premier League scoring return of 14 goals, with 10 matches still to go. It was the fifth home league match in succession in which he has scored.The result was exactly the boost Liverpool needed ahead of a short trip to Everton for the Merseyside derby on Sunday. The Reds maintained their one-point lead over Manchester City.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Maria Sharapova pulls out of Miami Open after shoulder procedure Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Questions were starting to be asked about Liverpool’s credentials after four draws in the team’s last five matches in all competitions. But this performance signaled a return to the verve and inventiveness which Juergen Klopp’s team needed to rediscover.It was typified by Mane’s — and Liverpool’s — second goal of the night, a brilliant back-heel from 12 meters out which caught Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster by surprise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Senegal international had already, somewhat surprisingly, scored with a header having been given the job of central striker in the absence of the injured Roberto Firmino.Firmino’s replacement, Divock Origi, was posted on the left wing to accommodate Mane in his new role, and he added the third goal in the 66th minute that gave Liverpool breathing space. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, left, celebrates with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Watford at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)LIVERPOOL, England — Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk both scored twice as Liverpool brushed aside concerns about its recent struggles by thrashing Watford 5-0 Wednesday to stay top of the Premier League.In a win built on brilliant performances by Liverpool’s defenders, right back Trent Alexander-Arnold set up three goals — including the opening two for Mane — and left back Andrew Robertson the other two. Van Dijk, a center back, headed in the final two goals at Anfield.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

The West will be wild, but in the end, Duke will win title

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra keeps on surging Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ___This takes us to the Final Four.We’ve got the three No. 1 seeds from the Atlantic Coast Conference and a No. 7 seed in Nevada.Duke vs. Nevada, go with Duke.Virginia vs. North Carolina, go with North Carolina.Voila! Finally, we get our UNC-Duke matchup in the tourney.We could have saved a whole bunch of space and simply said this: This is the third time that Minneapolis has hosted the Final Four. (1951 doesn’t count, since the last four teams went there but only for a title game and a third-place game, not a true Final Four.)The other years Minneapolis played host to the Final Four were 1992 and 2001.Duke won in 1992.Duke won in 2001. View comments WEST SECOND ROUND: Syracuse (sorry, Zips), Florida State, Buffalo, Nevada.WEST SEMIS/FINAL: It would be so neat to say Syracuse and Buffalo so two schools that are a two-hour drive apart have to fly 3,000 miles to play each other. But it’ll be Florida State and Nevada. Here’s your upset: Nevada wins.___SOUTH FIRST ROUND: Virginia, Oklahoma, Oregon, UC Irvine, Villanova, Purdue, Cincinnati and Tennessee.SOUTH SECOND ROUND: Virginia, Oregon, Villanova and Tennessee — though this will be a ridiculously tough game for the Vols since Cincinnati will be playing in Ohio.SOUTH SEMIS/FINAL: Virginia and Villanova meet, in what many people thought would be the title game last season. Virginia wins.___MIDWEST FIRST ROUND: North Carolina, Washington, New Mexico State, Kansas, Ohio State, Houston, Wofford and Kentucky.MIDWEST SECOND ROUND: North Carolina (barely), Kansas (barely), Houston, Kentucky.MIDWEST SEMIS/FINAL: Patently unfair to North Carolina that they’ll have to face Kansas in Kansas City, but the Heels will prevail anyway. They’ll face Kentucky. Carolina wins. Last year, we gave you Villanova. (We also gave you Virginia in the final. That was a misprint. We totally meant UMBC and strongly considered picking them again this year even though they’re not in the field.)When you get to the end of this story, you will know this year’s NCAA champion. Do not scroll down yet. You must read the method to March Madness, though by teasing you with Duke vs. North Carolina you probably have a good idea where this is going. (If you don’t, perhaps you should save your money and not enter any pools this year, including swimming ones.)But before we begin, a few guidelines …___UNDERDOG WATCH: If you have every 1-2-3-4 seed making the Sweet 16 on your bracket, you’re doing it wrong. At least one double-digit seed has made it to the tournament’s second weekend 37 times in the last 40 seasons. More specifically, a No. 11 seed has reached the round of 16 in each of the last five seasons (with three of those No. 11s making it to the regional final, and with Loyola Chicago getting to the Final Four last year).ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski celebrates Duke’s win over Florida State after cutting down a net after the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)Think of the greatest rivalries in college sports. Michigan vs. Ohio State. Alabama vs. Auburn. Miami vs. Florida State. Everybody vs. Notre Dame.Duke vs. North Carolina is as good as any, if not better.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Down to eight.Duke and Michigan State in the East. Michigan in the West. North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky in the Midwest. Villanova and Cincinnati in the South.Obviously, one of those eight will win the title. And it won’t be Kansas, Cincinnati, or Michigan. None of them are going deeper than the Sweet 16.___Perhaps it’s time to make the actual picks.EAST FIRST ROUND: Duke, UCF, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Belmont, Yale, Minnesota (Richard Pitino is not going to lose to Rick Pitino’s most recent school) and the excellent brand that is Michigan State.EAST SECOND ROUND: Duke (though alum Johnny Dawkins, the UCF coach, will scare his alma mater), Mississippi State, Belmont and Michigan State. Yes, Belmont is the official No. 11 seed pick to go deep this year.EAST SEMIS/FINAL: Duke and Michigan State get to the final. Duke wins.___WEST FIRST ROUND: Gonzaga, Syracuse, Murray State, Florida State, Buffalo, Northern Kentucky, Nevada, Michigan. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man02:14Carpio 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 Duke wins again in 2019. Zion Williamson will make sure his one-year mark on college basketball is indelible, and Mike Krzyzewski will get his sixth national championship.Unless we’re wrong, of course. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra They have met in basketball 251 times. They now have a combined 93 NCAA Tournament appearances. They’ve played a combined 318 NCAA Tournament games.They have zero NCAA Tournament games against each other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWe devote this space every year to telling you how to win your NCAA bracket pool, and in each of the last two years we’ve made the pockets of millions, or thousands, or dozens, or possibly just three random people feel stuffed with all those well-earned $5 bills from the others in your office whose brackets were wrecked by roughly 2:51 p.m. on Day 1 of the tournament.Two years ago, we gave you North Carolina. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next THINK 11 OVER 12: It used to be that the No. 12 over No. 5 upsets were all the rage. It’s more like the No. 11 vs. No. 6 now. There have been 10 upsets in a 6-11 game over the last four years, and only three in 5-12 games.7 OR BETTER: A team seeded No. 7 or higher has made the Final Four in each of the last six seasons. Before that, it happened only three times in the previous 25 seasons.THERE WILL BE A NO. 1 SEED: At least one No. 1 seed has made the Final Four in 37 of the last 40 seasons.BUT THERE WON’T BE FOUR: In those same 40 seasons, most No. 1 seeds — 59 percent of them — lose before the national semifinals. The only year where all four No. 1 seeds made the Final Four was 2008.___So now that we’ve covered some of the basics, let’s whittle this thing down to a manageable size.Since a seeding structure went into place for the 1979 tournament, no team seeded No. 9 or higher has ever won the national championship. Same goes for every No. 5 seed. Florida in 2000, Indiana in 2002 and Butler in 2010 all reached the title game as No. 5 seeds and they all lost. (Apologies, then, to Mississippi State, Auburn, Wisconsin and Marquette. They’re this year’s 5 seeds and are obviously cursed.)That means, through the process of elimination, we can safely delete all the 5 seeds and all the 9 through 16 seeds. Just like that, our 68-team bracket is down to a tidy 28-team list of contenders.Out of those 28, 17 have never won a national title. There hasn’t been a first-time champion since Florida in 2006. Don’t expect that to change this year. So now we’re down to 11.With the exception of Arizona in 1997, every champion for the last 30 years has entered the tournament with at least 24 wins. That eliminates Maryland, Louisville and Syracuse.last_img read more

Sirleaf Blames Finance, Central Bank for Soaring Exchange Rate

first_imgSeveral renowned economists, including Samuel P. Jackson have said that the depreciation of the Liberian dollars to that of the United States dollars is as a result of the country’s lack of exporting power.According to them, the exporting power would have helped close the gap within the balance of trade and other factors.Because of this lack of exporting power for the Liberia, the prices of comodities on the local market have skyrocketed.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has a totally different point of view. She blamed the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia for the current stress that the banking sector is undergoing and the soaring exchange rate.Addressing the nation Wednesday May 28, on the state of the Liberian economy, President Sirleaf indicated that the lack of or the absence of full cooperation between the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia, has created stress in the banking system and the depreciation in the exchange rate.The drastic depreciation of the Liberian dollars to the United States dollars in recent times is having an adverse effect on the Liberian economy with the accompanying soaring prices which is causing too much economic hardship for many Liberians, most especially the ordinary ones.President Sirleaf also said although government has been able to meet core targets, decline in the level of anticipated revenues on account of procurement fraud and corruption have combined to delay the payment of government’s financial commitment.“Although core targets have been met, the decline in the level of anticipated revenues on account of procurement fraud and corruption have combined to delay the payment of government’s financial commitment, which, in the absence of full cooperation between the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia, has created stress in the banking system and the depreciation in the exchange rate,” the Liberian leader said.The country is experiencing its third budget-shortfall since Amara Konneh took over the leadership of the Finance Ministry. This situation has brought criticisms and lots of questions, especially from lawmakers, about Minister Konneh’s ability to head the fiscal arm of the government.Minister Konneh, while appearing before the lawmakers recently to answer questions about why the continuous budget-shortfalls, told the lawmakers that the country’s economy was strong despite the challenges that nation was experiencing at the moment.It can be recalled that Minister of Finance allegedly accused CBL Governor, Dr. Mills Jones, of infusing over L$8 million into the economy. This infusion led to the depreciation of the Liberia dollar, according to some people.This accusation was vehemently denied by the CBL boss and the Finance Ministry also stated that Minister Konneh never made such statement.However, the accusation triggered words of war between the two top government officials and their entities.Further addressing the nation, the Liberian leader vowed to take the bull by the horn and make the hard decisions that will help relieve the economy of this devastating stress that it is undergoing by removing some government officials who are showing ineptness in the current positions.Speaking from her Foreign Ministry office solemnly renewed her pledge to the Liberian people that the economy will be restored to its full potentials.“This effort is already underway with my direct leadership. This effort will require changes in officials, prosecutions of offenders, challenges to partners, as well as reforms in policies and actions,” she said.She also noted that restoring the economy to its full potentials will also require the various Branches of our Government continuously working together for the common good of those they were elected to serve.“It will require new thinking and strategic repositioning. It may require new and more robust partnerships with civil society and the media. And it will require understanding from our citizens to whom we owe so much,” said President Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate Confirms Angela Bush Transport Minister

first_imgThe Senate Committee on Transport has unanimously confirmed Madam Angela Cassell-Bush as Minister of Transport, Republic of Liberia. Minister Bush will replace outgoing Transport Minister, Mr. Tonorlah Varpilah, pending submission of the Senate’s confirmation proceedings to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Cassell-Bush, outgoing Deputy Minister for Expenditure and Debt Management at the Ministry of Finance, has vast public sector experience working previously at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During her confirmation hearing, the incoming Transport Minister outlined a seven-point plan of action to be undertaken in six months, starting with what she called “series of inter-agency reviews to assist us better understand the structural, policy, legal and technical challenges facing the sector.” She said, on assuming office, she would initiate a scheme for effective coordination amongst agencies within the sector.“Along these lines, we will work to activate the national transport policy and strategy implementation steering Committee chaired by the Ministry of Transport and co-chaired by both GIZ and Ministry of Public Works with the National Port Authority (NPA), National Transit Authority (NTA), Roberts International Airport (RIA) serving as members,” she told the Senate Committee.Madam Bush said, as the sector Minister, her team would work with relevant stakeholders to review the status of reconstruction works at the Roberts International Airport, “particularly our airport runway, in light of the current crisis.”Given the potential resource problems that would arise as a result of the current Ebola crisis, she told the Committee her team would focus more energy on soft projects such as the setting up of the one stop shop, developing policy manuals, strengthening the internal control framework and capacity development.“We intend to expeditiously fast-track the drafting and submission for your consideration “Axle Road and Public Safety Laws” currently under stakeholder review and advisement,” she concluded. Analysts welcomed Madam Bush’s confirmation by the Liberian Senate and expressed the hope that the new Minister of Transport will also seek to immediately address the hike in transportation fare by drivers.Transport fares have nearly double as a result of the Ebola epidemic which has forced the government to adopt a safety measure that requires drivers to take only three in the back seat.  The government’s decision is intended to minimize commuters coming in close contact with each other, a major mode by which the Ebola virus can be contracted, health officials say.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man, 24, Commits Suicide in Police Cell

first_imgRelatives and friends of Papa Walker, 24, are asking how he hanged himself last Tuesday, while he was detained on a charge of ‘disorderly conduct’ at the New Kru Town Police Depot, near Monrovia.An Investigation conducted by the Daily Observer revealed that Papa Walker allegedly assaulted his sister, whose identity could not be verified, following an altercation over child support fees with his eleven-month old son’s mother, who is also yet to be identified.The deceased’s brother, Benjamin Walker, told the Daily Observer that Papa Walker and his girlfriend had a serious misunderstanding Monday night about financial assistance to take care of the child.“The girl and my brother argued about the money and after much argument back and forth he agreed to find some money for her on Tuesday.“That night my brother was so angry that my sister (not named), got on the girl’s side,” Benjamin Walker said.He explained that Papa Walker, a motorbike rider, “jumped on our sister and I intervened to separate them.”He said the unidentified sister returned on Tuesday morning to their Karpeh Street residence, along with an officer of the Liberia National Police, assigned at the New Kru Depot.“My brother was asked to go to the police station and when he got there he was detained,” he said.While efforts were being made to secure his release, we got the news in the afternoon that my brother had hanged himself in the cell.”The news of the alleged suicide took the Borough of New Kru Town by storm and it drew hundreds of residents, mostly young people, to the police depot.Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police withdrew officers assigned at the Depot and replaced them with a contingent of officers who took positions around the Police Depot, asking bystanders to leave.The incident of suicide is not common in the Borough, according to residents who spoke to the Daily Observer.“While we are confused as to how this boy could hang himself in a police cell, this sad story is a case involving a young father who found it difficult to provide financial support to his child,” an elder said.Another resident, a mother of five, told the Daily Observer that “unlike before, motor bike riders are now restricted to communities and the young riders don’t earn much money and this has led to such a tragedy.”Slum communities, like New Kru Town, West Point and Clara Town, (all in Monrovia) are filled with stories of young fathers who are unable to provide for their children due to lack of economic empowerment.“This is one of the challenges facing the Liberian government,” said a former student of D. Twe Memorial High School, who did not want to identified.Parents in New Kru Town are worried that what began with the need for financial support for a child sadly culminated in the death of a young man that his brother, Benjamin told the Daily Observer was a “hustler who was fighting hard to survive.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Modernizing Liberia’s Health System: China’s Pledge

first_imgThe People’s Republic of China Ambassador Zhang Yue gave Liberians great news on Tuesday, when he announced that his government was prepared to help “modernize” Liberia’s healthcare delivery system.Our Presidential Correspondent William Harmon quoted the Ambassador as pledging that in addition to substantial contributions to the “Eradicate Ebola” campaign, China is prepared to intervene robustly in the modernization of Liberia’s health system. In this connection, China has already initiated the China-Africa Public Health Cooperation Plan (CAPHCP).  The Plan includes organizing 12 terms of training programs on public health, epidemic prevention and control, carrying out joint research on tropical diseases and helping to establish an information platform for public health and a monitoring network for epidemic prevention and control.This elaborate Plan presumably includes training of doctors, nurses and paramedics and medical research.Making this extraordinary announcement, Ambassador Zhang said China, one of Liberia and Africa’s chief partners, is prepared to take the bull by the horns and deal a decisive blow to disease, epidemics and anything that threatens our lives.In this, China is inviting Liberia and Africa’s other development partners to join in helping our country and other African nations to develop once and for all an efficient and modern  healthcare delivery system that will be able to respond quickly and decisively to any disease outbreak and save lives.While we thank all the other development partners—the United States, who has responded to the Ebola crisis in a very big way,  the European Union, Germany,  etc., we hope that Liberia and Africa’s other partners will join the Chinese in this important post-Ebola initiative.     The United States was the first foreign partner to intervene in a serious way to help develop Liberia’s health system.  In the mid-1940s, the Tubman administration established the National Public Health Service (NPHS).  Dr. Joseph N. Tobga, fresh out of the Meharry Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee, became its first Director General.  It was around that time that the USA established the U.S. Medical Mission in Liberia, headed by Dr. Hildrus A. Poindexter.It was Dr. Togba and the Ethiopian Health Minister that represented Africa at the creation of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland in 1948.  Six years later Dr. Togba was elected President of the World Health Assembly, the first black to hold that post.  It was during Dr. Togba’s tenure that yaws were eradicated from Liberia.Dr. Togba used his connections with the WHO to obtain fellowships for scores of Liberians to study medicine in the USA, Europe, including England, Germany, Italy, Portugal and  Spain.  More followed to Israel and other countries.  This is how Liberia got its first surgeon, Dr. H. Nehemiah Cooper, first ophthalmologist, Dr. Dumah Traub, first pediatrician, Dr. Kate  Bryant, first pathologist, Dr. Rubell Brewer and first radiologist, Dr. Joseph Diggs, among others.In later years many other Liberians followed, studying Medicine in universities all over the world.  Moreover, in 1968 the University of Liberia’s A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine was established.  Since then the college has graduated 387 medical doctors, 124 of whom were trained in the past five years.  But Liberia lost many of these qualified medical personnel in the brain drain that started with the 1980 coup d’état, followed by the civil war.More recently the Liberian Post Graduate College of Physicians and Surgeons has been established, to train medical specialists right here in Liberia.    We are happy that the Chinese have included in their post-Ebola healthcare delivery initiative a training component.  One of the first places the Chinese will need to stop to inquire of training needs in the health and medical field is at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, where the staff has developed an elaborate and comprehensive project for health and medical training in Liberia.  A visit to this College and discussions with its staff and students is, we believe, a must for our Chinese, American and other friends interested in the training of medical and health personnel in the vast number of specializations long overdue in our country.We wish to make one last point in this editorial: the Liberian government and people must make the best possible use of every iota of help our Chinese and other partners will render us in the development of a modern healthcare delivery system in the post-Ebola era.  We must remember that we must engage these partners with utmost seriousness and alarcrity (enthusiasm, eagerness, swiftness).  If we do not, no amount of help from these partners will do us any good.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more