first_img Time for the final The admission by the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) that they did consult with Portmore United and not Montego Bay United re the changes to the scheduling and the time for the final is one count. Count number two is the blatant double standard, in that Montego Bay United actually requested for a rescheduling of the final in previous seasons on the grounds that the MoBay fans had to travel to and from Kingston on a Monday night and his request was unequivocally denied. To have this year’s final shifted to Montego Bay and the start time adjusted that is a valid case of what being good for the goose not being good for the gander, which is most unjust.  Word from the Montego Bay United camp is that these specific cases are mere symptoms of wider issues the western club has been having overtime with the football authorities. One could argue that it is of their own doing, with Mr Powell’s eccentricity and his outspoken traits which make him not the easiest person to work with.  The principle, however, supersedes the individual and the communication amongst the stakeholders and the public was poor from the start. It was only last Friday, two days before the final and more than a week into the spiralling controversy,  that it was made public that the title sponsors had plans to broadcast the final to 24 countries around the world,  which understandably could have  had a major influence on the  date and time set for the final. Why then were these dynamics not communicated to ALL the stakeholders, including Montego Bay United, in a timely manner? All is well that ends well though. Montego Bay United weathered the swirling, emotional storm surrounding this game and fully deserve to be champions. So after all, we did have an exciting final game and we do have a 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League champion.  Congratulations are in order to Montego Bay United, who duly and spectacularly crowned themselves champions of local football amidst all the preceding controversy. The actual football action on the pitch will still have to compete with the theatrics of the two weeks leading into the final.  Montego Bay United president, Mr Orville Powell, voluntarily played the part of the maligned messenger, but amidst the quagmire of contentious and vitriolic outbursts he did deliver some poignant and relevant messages. It is quite clear that Mr Powell and Montego Bay United were indeed disrespected and treated unfairly. Invaluable Controversy The publicity and hype created by the controversy were invaluable. It was perhaps not the best kind of publicity from a corporate perspective, but it was a great sell for the game itself, which attracted a large crowd. There has not been a Premier League final in recent history that generated this amount of drama, spectacle and interest leading into the game itself. As to whether or not we have all been befuddled by a brilliant stroke of marketing genius – ignited by these two weeks of uncut controversy – or there are genuine issues that need to be addressed, we might never know. But for sure, it worked out quite fine in the end. We look forward to next season and hope that it will, at least, be equally competitive, that will culminate in another dramatic and spectacular high profile climax. The league needs it,  football needs it.last_img read more

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Scary start: Cavs dealing with numerous early-season issues Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “I’m happy, but sad at the same time. I’m happy that he’ll be able to spend time with his family and loved ones back in the United States. I’m sad because I’m not gonna be with him every day,” he said. “Sixteen years we’ve played together and we were basically with each other every single day. Now that he’ll be gone in practices and games, it’s gonna be a big adjustment for me. But for him, this one was the best way to go and that’s perfect.”READ: Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career Caguioa and Helterbrand had gone the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in the Ginebra franchise. They started as the upstart “Bandana Brothers” days and became the face of the franchise as “The Fast and the Furious” before settling as reliable veterans for this championship team.Though Caguioa admitted he tried to talk Helterbrand out of retiring last year, but he supports his brother’s decision to end his illustrious run in the pro league.“I kind of talked to him out of it after the first championship last year. But this season, I was ready for it. I kind of sensed it, and I know that he’s ready. I’m happy because he’s happy with that decision,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT It may be a long wait for Heltebrand as Caguioa isn’t ready to call it a career just yet.READ: Jayjay Helterbrand announces retirementFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I told him wait for about 10 years, when I’m 47 (years old),” said the MVP of the 2012 season.Caguioa shared that it was bittersweet to see his backcourt partner call it a career, but he also believes that it’s just right for Helterbrand to make his exit while on top with Ginebra’s back-to-back titles. Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayjay Helterbrand, who is capping off a triumphant 17-year career, has asked the Ginebra brass to hold off on any retirement ceremony for him until Mark Caguioa decides to hang up his sneakers too.“I told them that I want to wait until Mark retires and we’ll do it together. I think it will be fitting to do that,” said the 2009 PBA MVP.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Helterbrand to sign one-year extension with GinebraOverall, Caguioa is just grateful to have someone like Helterbrand for the most of his career, adding that their duo could arguably be one of the longest partnerships the league has ever saw.“It’s very rare to have a partner like him, your tandem for as long as 16 years. This might be the longest tandem the PBA has ever seen,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “For the Board, I hope we’ll all get along. If we won’t get a long, the PBA won’t work, so that’s what we want to do,” he said.The 56-year-old Marcial, who has served the league for more than three decades before his appointment, still couldn’t believe that the Board entrusted him such a huge responsibility.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 folk“I really thank the Board because it’s a huge honor that I never expected. A lot of people have wanted to get this job, but it fell on us. As hard as we tried to evade the job, it still ended up on us. So maybe, it’s God’s will. We’ll just do our best,” he said.Marcial’s earlier moves as the league’s officer-in-charge to start the 43rd season has been greatly praised in the boardroom and has been much appreciated by the fans. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He formed a five-man committee to tackle transactions between teams, allowed more physicality to be observed during the games, and has also extended the basketball superstars to the streets by making surprise visit to the barangays with PBA Homecourt.In his first act as a commissioner, Marcial has also solidified the league’s support to Gilas Pilipinas as he convinced the Board of Governors to allow all players to be made available for national team duty moving forward.The cordial executive, however, knows that the work is just getting started as he seeks to further improve the style of play in the PBA and to bring the league back to the fans.“We’re focusing on implementing changes in officiating. We want our product to be more appealing and to draw the league closer to the fans,” Marcial said.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Willie Marcial. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWillie Marcial, the longtime media bureau chief turned PBA commissioner, admitted that he was overwhelmed when he got the nod to lead Asia’s first pay-for-play league.But he vowed to try his earnest to fulfill his duties, starting by making sure the PBA Governors are on the same page anew following the PBA’s controversial chapter which led to the departure of former commissioner Chito Narvasa.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours NCAA volleyball: Arellano thinks fatigue big factor in San Beda’s surprise collapse View commentslast_img read more

first_imgVictoria was the Cardinals’ beating heart when they edged past Jose Rizal University. 81-79, in the battle of teams in the bottom half of the ladder.He not only locked down the Heavy Bombers’ most potent scorer in Jed Mendoza but he also nailed the shot that snapped their five-game losing streak.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 ChrissREAD: NCAA: Victoria’s game-winner lifts woeful Mapua past JRU in thriller Mapua had 21.5 seconds to make a game-winning play with the score tied at 79 and Victoria positioned himself on the right elbow, where he unleashed a turnaround jumper over Mendoza for the game-winner with 0.7 seconds left. LATEST STORIES “Coach told us that we will start to look for the shot with five seconds left and when I looked at the clock and it said six seconds,” said Victoria, who was battling cramps before his jumper, in Filipino.Cardinals head coach Atoy Co expected the player who had the biggest heart and steely resolve to step up, and that turned out to be Victoria.“We had 21 seconds and whoever has the strongest heart will take the shot,” said Co in Filipino.Co said that Victoria managed to stay collected during the situation because of his defense on Mendoza.JRU’s spitfire guard had 19 points in the first half alone but produced just three more in the fourth quarter while under Victoria’s wraps.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 “I want them to play good defense first and when you play defense you will be relaxed,” said Co. “He [Victoria] was able to control Mendoza who had 19 in the first half but then he couldn’t score.”“The coaches told us to not look for our points and instead focus on our defense,” said Victoria, who finished with 17 points. “I just focused on my defense and before I even realized it I was able to score when I was given the chance.” Mapua may be in the bottom half of the standings of the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball standings, but the way Laurenz Victoria played Thursday showed it could’ve been otherwise.ADVERTISEMENT Undefeated Pirates welcome long break to focus on studies Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAtlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives into Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)MIAMI — Jeremy Lin is on the move again, with the veteran guard getting waived by the Atlanta Hawks and intending to sign later this week playoff-contending Toronto Raptors.The Hawks waived Lin on Monday and Jim Tanner, one of his agents, confirmed Lin’s plan to join Toronto, which was first reported by ESPN.ADVERTISEMENT Lin gives the Raptors obvious depth at both guard spots, and will likely — once he clears waivers and joins Toronto — spend time backing up point guard Kyle Lowry and shooting guard Danny Green. And he will be needed soon, with the Raptors announcing Monday that backup guard Fred VanVleet is expected to miss at least three weeks with a partial ligament injury to his left thumb.The plan to enter into an agreement with Lin comes one day after the Raptors finalized the conversion of two-way player Chris Boucher’s contract to an NBA standard contract.The Raptors entered Monday 41-16 and second in the Eastern Conference behind only NBA-leading Milwaukee.Lin has averaged 11.8 points in 457 career games. He has been part of three previous playoff runs, in 2013 and 2014 with Houston and in 2016 with Charlotte.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lin and the Hawks worked out a buyout agreement.“The future is bright for Atlanta!!! I truly mean that!” Lin posted Monday on Instagram . “Everyone who knows me knows how big my dreams are and that I have so much left to give to the game. Hyped to join the Raptors!!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLin thanked the Hawks, saying they helped him “become myself again on the basketball court and allowed me to experience the joy of hoops again!”Toronto will become Lin’s eighth NBA franchise, after stints with Golden State, New York, Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte, Brooklyn and this season Atlanta. He appeared in 51 games for the Hawks, all but one of those as a reserve, averaging 10.7 points this season on nearly 47 percent shooting. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 World no. 1 Naomi Osaka splits with coach 2 weeks after 2nd major title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) era has transformed global accountability approaches. Its impacts have driven changes to methods, ease and speed in which we do most things. In context, its use in improving the speed and accuracy of mechanisms employed for implementation of high national security matters such as General and Regional Elections, cannot be overemphasised.Indeed, the guaranteed existence of our citizens in a democratic environment is pivotal.The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) as a constitutional Body was not left behind as our country adjusted to the changing ICT framework and navigated to meet acceptable global performance specifications. Given their role, GECOM’s loud silence and inactivity are more than suspicious in the current waiting game of the fallen APNU/AFC Government.last_img read more

first_imgA 19-year-old father of a one-month-old baby lost his life tragically on Wednesday afternoon when the motorcycle on which he was traversing crashed into a diesel truck resulting in him being crushed to death.Dead is John Walcott of Lot 367 Westminster, West Bank Demerara (WBD).Reports are the accident occurred at about 14:00h while Walcott, who was a pillion rider at the time, was heading to a friend’s home in Wales, WBD.Guyana Times understands that the duo was proceeding at an extremely fast rateDead: John Walcottwhen the rider lost control of the motorcycle and slammed into the fuel truck causing Walcott to be flung under the vehicle.As the driver of the truck with licence plate GJJ 3746 attempted to stop, Walcott’s head was crushed in the process. When this publication visited the home of the young man, his family were all distraught.His mother, Desiree Walcott, who was informed of the accident at her place of work was unable to speak. The teen’s child’s mother who was seen with his one-month-old was also inconsolable.His aunt Shondell (only name given) explained that she was at home when she received a call from her niece who informed her of the tragedy.“My niece call and say, you heard what happened with John? I say don’t tell me another thing, that he dead or anything like that so I put down the phone and I started to scream. Later, I call he sister and I say, you heard what happened with John and she say that she ain’t know but that he (John’s) child mother call and say some accident and he die, I seh no is just a joke. So I called my aunt who work at the Home Affairs Minister, and she supervisor answered the phone and I asked them if they know anything about Desiree son and she said that somebody did call and say that she son get in an accident and he may have died,” the womanMother of the dead teen: Desiree Walcottrelayed.Further, Shondell explained that she then headed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where she received confirmation that Walcott had indeed died.“They said yes is truth he died so I go over to Ezekiel Parlour. The people there didn’t want us to see him. I begged them just to make certain is the right person. I recognise him, his face is unrecognisable, it’s disfigured … and his foot because he was in an accident couple months ago.” the aunt recounted.Walcott almost lost his life in April 2018 when his motorcycle had collided with a hire car at Patentia, WBD.According to reports, the accident occurred on April 10, 2018, at 09:50h when the car, HC 7212 – which was headed to Vreed-en-Hoop, WBD; driven by Cyril Joseph, 59 – attempted to overtake another vehicle. Information from eyewitnesses stated that Walcott’s CJ 668 motorcycle came head-on into Joseph’s Toyota car.Walcott was thrown into the air and landed some 30 feet away, leaving bloodstains on the roadway. He had suffered serious injuries to his foot, arm and groin which caused him to undergo surgery.According to the account provided by ranks attached to Wales Police Station, Joseph, a former Wales Estate worker from Sisters Village, WBD, was proceeding north along the western carriageway while the teenager, proceeding in the opposite direction on the eastern side “swerved” in a zigzag manner, into the car’s path. According to Police account of the events, the car driver then swerved to the eastern side to avoid the motorcycle, after which the motorcyclist supposedly swerved back to the eastern side and struck the left side of the car.Walcott leaves to mourn his girlfriend, child, mother and four siblings. An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

first_imgGingrich decided “to continue on raising the challenges America faces and finding solutions to those challenges” as the group’s chairman, Tyler said, “rather than pursuing the presidency.” Over the past few months, Gingrich had stoked speculation he might enter the crowded GOP field, despite the seemingly insurmountable challenge of entering the race several months after the other Republicans have been running. He noted that GOP voters, especially conservatives, remain unhappy with the candidates and acknowledged that the much-anticipated entry of former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson into the race had been bumpy. Yet he also has spoken positively of Thompson and the other leading contenders, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Arizona Sen. John McCain. Just last week, Gingrich said he had given himself a deadline of Oct. 21 to raise $30 million in pledges for a possible White House bid, acknowledging the task was difficult but not impossible. By Libby Quaid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not run for president in 2008 after determining he could not legally explore a bid and remain as head of his tax-exempt political organization, a spokesman said Saturday. “Newt is not running,” spokesman Rick Tyler said. “It is legally impermissible for him to continue on as chairman of American Solutions (for Winning the Future) and to explore a campaign for president.” He abruptly dropped the idea Saturday, apparently unwilling to give up the chairmanship of American Solutions, the political arm of a Gingrich’s lucrative empire as an author, pundit and consultant.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img Rafael van der Vaart in action for Hamburg Former Tottenham man Rafael van deer Vaart is wanted by Italian club Roma.The 32-year-old Hamburg midfielder is out of contract in the summer and has not featured as much as he would have liked this season.The Dutchman has been subbed off in 12 of his 15 Bundesliga starts so far this season and his influence is dwindling at the club where he spent three years of his earlier career between 2005-2008.Spurs signed Van der Vaart from Real Madrid on the final day of the 2010 summer transfer window for a fee of around £8m. 1last_img

first_imgWorried that the Santa Clara River could end up as paved and polluted as the Los Angeles River, a group of environmentalists plans to file suit today charging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has rubber-stamped development along the natural waterway without studying the ecological impacts. Running 100 miles from the hills of Acton to the ocean near Oxnard, the Santa Clara River is one of Southern California’s last natural waterways. But in the past few years, the corps has issued 120 permits to fill wetlands, build over the floodplain and pave the sides of the Santa Clara River in concrete. Environmentalists contend that the corps has not studied the cumulative impact of all that construction in and along the river. They believe the changes damage the habitat of rare and endangered plants and animals, and can reduce the amount of river water that seeps into the groundwater basin. “We have a lot better handle on (the cumulative impacts) than we’ve ever had before,” he said. The corps is also a partner in an $8.2 million study looking at how best to protect the 1,600-square-mile Santa Clara River watershed. But river advocates warn that the study could come too late. They say the corps and other water quality agencies are allowing developers to build in the floodplain and in areas too close to the river – opening the door to flood-control issues and storm-water pollution problems. “(Development) can be done in a way that doesn’t cause negative impacts, that doesn’t put us in the situation we’re in with Los Angeles,” said Melanie Winter with The River Project. “We just had to pass a half-billion-dollar Proposition O bond for water quality, and that’s just the first of many half-a-billion-plus bonds. (Santa Clarita) can avoid those problems and the money it costs to fix those problems.” The lawsuit is to be filed today in the U.S. District Court’s Central Division in Los Angeles by the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Santa Clara River and the Wishtoyo Foundation/Ventura Coastkeeper. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Most of the river remains in a natural state. Creatures are still living there. We don’t think it’s too late,” said Ileene Anderson, an ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups filing the lawsuit. “It’s not like we’re asking for no development. We’re just asking for smart development, where we can build things without putting concrete in the river.” Army Corps of Engineers officials said they couldn’t comment on the anticipated lawsuit, but did defend their permitting process. “Our focus is protecting wetlands. We have a difficult job of trying to strike the right balance between environmental concern and human development,” said corps spokesman Jay Field. “Sometimes people have to look at the other side of the coin that property owners have some right to do what they seek to do with their land.” Regulatory Branch Chief Dave Castanon explained that the agency has recognized the development pressure on the river, and refused to issue permits to The Newhall Land and Farming Company a decade ago until the company developed a long-term plan to protect the river as it prepares to build the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch. last_img read more