PNG U18 men lose to Cairns Marlins

first_imgThis was in the second game of their international exhibition Australian tour.Marlins held off the PNG side despite several attacking drives and 3 pointer shots through Liam Wright and big-man James Karulaka. Marlins sharpshooter Kody Stattman led his team through with devastating baskets of 31-points, including 7-triples, pulling off an easy win against the PNG men.However, Liam Wright was outstanding for PNG with 10 points while James Karulaka added 9 to keep the boys in the game, trailing with close-up margin in the second quarter. However, they couldn’t hold on as Marlins’ quick counter attacks put them further ahead in the final quarter.The Papua New Guinean boys praised the spectators for their support despite going down against Cairns’ best junior team.last_img read more

Ibaka scores career high, Leonard-less Raptors roll past Lakers

first_imgGretchen 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Raptors: At Utah on Monday night.Lakers: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night. Wall, Beal help Wizards snap 5-game skid, top Knicks Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points and Brandon Ingram added 16 for the Lakers, who are 4-6 after their first 10 games with James after this defeat on the tail end of a back-to-back set that began with a gritty win in Portland on Saturday night.“In my experience, unfortunately, most of the time when a player like Kawhi sits out, that team ends up winning,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “There’s a sense of freedom and joy that comes when a top player like that is out. We tried to explain that that’s part of how this works, but it doesn’t seem like we took that to heart.”TIP-INSRaptors: Leonard has sat out three of his first 10 games with Toronto, missing two games last month to manage his workload coming back from last season’s injury struggles. He injured his foot late in the Raps’ win at Phoenix on Friday night. Nurse doesn’t know whether Leonard will play Monday at Utah. … OG Anunoby took Leonard’s spot in the starting lineup and contributed seven points.Lakers: Starting with their fourth-quarter slump in Portland, the Lakers were outscored 75-34 in a 21:16 stretch spanning the two games. … Fans at courtside included Denzel Washington, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Ariel Winter, middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and UFC featherweight title contender Brian Ortega, who will fight Max Holloway for the belt in Toronto on Dec. 8.BYE KAWHILeonard sat out with soreness in his left foot, depriving Lakers fans of their only look at the superstar before he could become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Lakers would love to sign a second superstar like Leonard, who grew up in the Inland Empire area, one hour east of Los Angeles.BAD STARTThe Lakers’ first quarter was shockingly bad. Toronto took a 41-10 lead with 2:21 still remaining in the first quarter, and Ibaka outscored the Lakers 20-17 in the opening period. Ibaka went 11 for 11 in the first half, while Lowry had 12 assists as the Raptors hit six 3-pointers and forced nine turnovers.UP NEXT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s pretty cool,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “The best thing is he’s doing it with some real good composure. He’s getting in there and taking his time. He’s using his size, his power, and using pretty good footwork, so it’s something we can go to.”Kyle Lowry added 21 points and 15 assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors, who haven’t lost to the Lakers since 2014.“We really wanted to put some pressure on them and guard the ball,” Nurse said. “We got off to an unbelievable start. We looked athletic and fast all over the place tonight.”Toronto didn’t let its huge lead dwindle significantly until the final minutes, when the Lakers’ youngster got the margin down to 117-107 with LeBron James on the bench. Toronto was forced to re-insert its starters in the final minutes to preserve the win.“They’ve been playing like they’re the best team in the Eastern Conference so far,” said James, who finished with 18 points and six assists. “They just came out and hit us right in the mouth, and it’s going to be very hard to make a game of that when you’re trying to expend so much energy to get back into it.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 04: Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors dunks in front of Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on November 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Serge Ibaka outscored the Lakers by himself in the first quarter, and he didn’t miss a shot until the third. He beat LA inside and outside on the way to the biggest offensive game of his career.Thanks to Ibaka’s brilliance for the Toronto Raptors, Kawhi Leonard wasn’t missed by anyone except the Lakers fans who might have been hoping to entice him home.ADVERTISEMENT Ibaka made his first 14 shots on the way to a career-high 34 points, and the Raptors didn’t need an injured Leonard in a 121-107 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night.Ibaka had 10 rebounds and didn’t miss a shot until 5:16 remained in the third quarter, finishing 15 of 17. He was overpowering while the Raptors jumped to a stunning 31-point lead in the first quarter, and he returned in the final minutes to close out Toronto’s eighth consecutive win over the Lakers.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 Chriss“I was just focused,” Ibaka said. “I knew Kawhi was out tonight, so I just wanted to go out there and do my best.”With the Lakers’ small lineups struggling to contain Ibaka early on, he became the first player to start a game 14 of 14 from the field since Shaquille O’Neal did it in February 2006, according to the NBA. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Former Guyoil Manager sets record straight

first_imgState entities– contradicts Minister’s assertion on lost market share – clears air on sudden departure from State entityDespite a recent statement from Finance Minister Winston Jordan that the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) lost market share in 2017 owing to its performance, a former high-ranking official at the State agency is actually debunking this assertion.Eric Whaul, who worked at Guyoil as its Sales and Marketing Manager until his services came to a sudden end earlier this month, would have worked at the State entity throughout the 2017 fiscal year.Questioning the data being fed to Jordan, Whaul revealed to Guyana Times that the entity sold 23,000 more barrels of fuel in 2017 when compared to its sales in 2016. Whaul officially took over the portfolio of Sales and Marketing Manager in May 2016.“Guyoil did not lose market share in 2017,” he stated. “In 2017, Guyoil Aviation Services Inc sold 34,500 barrels aviation fuel above its 2017 budget and more than what it sold in 2016.” He added, “In 2017, Guyoil sold 145,000 litres lubricant more than what it sold in 2016.”“In 2017, Guyoil surpassed its budgeted after-tax profit. Guyoil revised its after-tax profit upwards in 2017 to $1.89 billion and we achieved $1.85 billion. Guyoil was 4700 barrels ahead of its 2018 Budget at the end of February 2018.”While he acknowledged that Guyoil fell short on its budgeted volumes in 2017, Whaul pointed out that the entity exceeded its original budgeted after-tax profit. However, the marketing specialist noted that the business climate has not been a productive one.“It is no secret that companies were complaining all year about the decrease in business and in September 2017, the numbers showed that reported fuel imports were down by over four per cent. In fact, in that same printed article, growth rate for 2017 was reported at 2.1 per cent against projected growth of 3.9 per cent.”DepartureThere have been open questions as to the circumstances that precipitated Whaul’s sudden departure from Guyoil. These questions would gain traction when one considers the entity’s performance in 2017 – as one of the few State entities to exceed the previous year’s performance.But could the answers lie in changes at the board level? According to Whaul, he and the new Chairman, Mark Bender, have history together… having both worked at TCL Guyana Incorporated.“When I joined TCL Guyana Inc in 2011, he was the person in charge and the company was operating at a loss,” Whaul related. “Through the implementation of prudent marketing strategies, it started making profit from late 2011, which increased yearly until 2016 after the implementation of certain strategies against my advice.“The resulting strained relations were responsible for my eventual departure in 2016 to join the team at Guyoil and I must confess that there was no love lost. I thought it was necessary that I clear the air on this matter by highlighting these facts as I move on,” Whaul concluded.During a recent press conference, the Finance Minister had zeroed in on Guyoil. Jordan related that its performance left more to be desired.However, he added that the entity was expected to get a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) soon. Guyoil has been without a substantive CEO since Badrie Persaud, who was fired from the post in 2016 on the heels of a Nigel Hinds Financial Services’ conducted forensic audit.“Guyoil kept within the realm of what they said they were doing, but they lost some market share. The performance was up to standard, but it could have been better. But they did transfer a billion plus in dividends to us.”“They have a new Chairman there, Mr Mark Bender and they should get a new CEO there shortly,” Jordan related. “They’re making some other personnel changes and hopefully, they’ll become a bit more aggressive, stem the fall in the market share and hopefully, improve it.”But Jordan had noted that building on 2016; he had expected the company to do better than it actually did.last_img read more

Elks Speed Skating to host first leg of Speed Skating Canada Cup

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The first leg of the Speed Skating Canada’s Cup is coming to Fort St. John, December 6 to the 8, at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. For more information, you can visit Speed Skating Canada’s website.Advertisement Out of those competing, Guliov says six or seven speed skaters will be representing the Fort St. John Elks at this event. The Cup is an event where skaters accumulate points towards the end-of-season Canadian rankings, which are used to help select athletes who will be nominated for a chance to be on the national team program for the following season. center_img – Advertisement -Guliov says the speed skaters have been training hard and keeping in top shape since the summer with hiking, biking, and going to the gym. According to Speed Skating Meet Coordinator, Darren Guliov, approximately 75 to 80 speed skaters from across Canada will be competing in various long track races. last_img read more

Rio Hondo considers axing environmental technology program

first_imgBrock said environmental technology was a booming field 10 to 15 years ago. But many colleges have now dropped their programs, she added. Enrollment in Rio Hondo’s program has dropped to 29 students spread out among four classes. In general, the college prefers at least 18 students in each class, officials said. Brock said the college will still offer courses dealing with the environment through other programs. The earliest that trustee could vote on discontinuing the program is March 21. But no vote has been scheduled as of yet, college officials said. tracy.garcia@sgvn. (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Supporters of the environmental technology program at Rio Hondo College are decrying its scheduled demise at the end of this semester due, officials say, to low enrollment. No official action has been taken. But students in the program Wednesday night implored the college’s board of trustees to keep the program. “I see so much potential in this program. I can’t believe they’re trying to shut it down now,” said student Jeanette Ordenes of Whittier. Environmental technology deals with hazardous substances, the governmental regulations that pertain to such substances, and the protection of human health and the environment, according to a program brochure. Job growth in the field is expected to remain strong for years to come, particularly in such areas as air and water pollution control, hazardous materials and waste management, chemical spill response and site remediation and restoration, according to the brochure. Even so, Marilyn Brock, Rio Hondo’s interim vice president for academic services, said the local environmental technologies industry does not tap into the program or the training it provides. “The labor market statistics from the Los Angeles/Long Beach metropolitan area say the educational requirements for this field is one to 12 months of on-the-job training,” she said. “So they’re either training their own, or contracting with outside firms to do it. It doesn’t leave room for a college-credit program.” Victor Muniz, the program’s director, said he continually gets positive feedback from his contacts in government and private industry about how well-trained his students are. In addition, starting jobs in the field pay about $40,000 a year. Given that, it is difficult to understand why the college would “deny minority students the opportunity to get into a good-paying career,” Muniz said. “There are two objectives this college has – a responsibility to work force development and to move students on to higher education. In my opinion, this program has done both of those,” he said. last_img read more

Yahoo’s stock shares take a hit

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo Inc.’s recently resurgent stock retreated by more than 5 percent Friday amid fears that a setback in a lucrative partnership with AT&T Inc. will undercut the anticipated gains from an overhaul of the Web portal’s advertising platform. The sell-off was triggered by an unconfirmed report in The Wall Street Journal that AT&T wants to stop giving Yahoo a slice of the subscriber fees from a 6-year-old co-branding agreement to sell Internet access in most of the country. If AT&T gets its way, Yahoo would have to be satisfied with whatever money it could make by selling its own online products, such as digital music or matchmaking services, to subscribers of the joint service. San Antonio-based AT&T declined to comment on the substance of the Journal’s report, but acknowledged in a statement that its Yahoo partnership “is rooted in the open and ongoing dialogue we maintain.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A Yahoo statement included that same language and dismissed the Wall Street Journal report as “based on rumor and speculation.” It added, however, that the companies were discussing ways to expand their partnership to include AT&T-owned Cingular Wireless. Investors drew their own negative conclusions. Yahoo shares fell $1.59, or 5.2 percent, to close at $29.12 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Before Friday’s downturn, Yahoo’s stock had climbed by 20 percent this year, rebounding from a horrible 2006 performance. That reflected Wall Street’s widespread belief that Yahoo will prosper from a month-old upgrade to its formula for linking ads to search requests. But a reshuffling of the AT&T deal would deliver a substantial blow. Under the current terms of the contract, AT&T is believed to pay Yahoo $200 million to $250 million annually, accounting for more than 25 percent of the $798 million in total fees that the Internet powerhouse collected last year. Most of Yahoo’s revenue – which totaled $6.4 billion last year – comes from advertising.last_img read more

Burnley boss Dyche: Referee affected result against West Brom

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche claimed the 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday was affected by referee Mike Dean.The Clarets were unable to collect all three points despite taking a two goal advantage in the first half, with the former Watford boss rueing decisions made in the build up to the Baggies’ equaliser.Burnley were also denied a penalty when the ball appeared to strike the hand of Gareth McCauley, and the 43-year-old expressed his disappointment with conceding from two corners.“We’re disappointed with the two set pieces; we do think we’re good at that,” said Dyche. “This season’s been harder because of the quality and because often teams are physically very big like they were today.“Usually Tony’s teams are physically very big. I don’t like to over question referees, but I thought there was a foul leading up to the second set piece on David Jones who got an elbow to the back of the head.“How we didn’t get a penalty was a surprise, but it happens – those margins are fine.“I very rarely mentioned it about referees but I think today it did affect the game.“Other than about 15, maybe 20 minutes of the second half when the game got a bit rough and tumble, I thought we were excellent overall. If you took the goals out of it and watched that game, I think people would say there was only one team who was going to win.“I’m pleased with the performance make no mistake. The edge to it is that we couldn’t get the ball over the line when we have liked to have done.”last_img read more

Indian footballers win hearts despite Asian Cup exit

first_img0Shares0000India did not even quality for the last Asian Cup, but dared to dream of glory after stunning Thailand 4-1 in their opening match in the United Arab Emirates © AFP / Karim SAHIBNEW DELHI, India, Jan 15 – Football fans and pundits were full of praise for India Tuesday even as an injury-time penalty cost the Blue Tigers an unlikely spot in the Asian Cup knockout stages and prompted the coach to resign.Despite its giant population India is a footballing minnow at a lowly 97th in FIFA’s world rankings, and its players are used to being overshadowed by the nation’s glamorous millionaire cricketers. They did not even qualify for the last Asian Cup, but dared to dream of glory after stunning Thailand 4-1 in their opening match in the United Arab Emirates.Having lost to the hosts in their second match, the 0-0 scoreline going into injury time in their final match Monday against Bahrain would have been sufficient to see India through.But a rash foul by skipper Pronay Halder gave Bahrain a penalty, converted coolly by Jamal Rashed.The Hindu daily said India had “won hearts aplenty” with their performances, earning plaudits as they “threw their bodies at the ball, defended doggedly and put up a fearless display.”“The Indians had endured a long journey to rub shoulders with Asia’s best. Unfortunately for them, the journey ends here,” the newspaper said.Coach Stephen Constantine stepped down after the game, but said “the boys have exceeded expectations” and that he was “exceptionally proud of the players for everything that they’ve given” © AFP/File / Khaled DESOUKIESPN India said the bid to reach the knockout stages had been thwarted “in the most diabolical of ways”.Coach Stephen Constantine stepped down after the game, but said “the boys have exceeded expectations” and that he was “exceptionally proud of the players for everything that they’ve given”.Beaten finalists on their 1964 Asian Cup debut when it was a four-team competition, India last qualified in 2011 when they were thrashed in every game and let in 13 goals.“The positives are, the team is much fitter. Full credit goes to Stephen Constantine that he has made it very cohesive, very fit,” commentator and author Novy Kapadia told AFP.“He has made the team that plays to a game plan.”– ‘Heartbreaking loss’ –Fans too chose to highlight the good moments on the field.“We loved the way India played, especially against Thailand. They fought hard against UAE and Bahrain. Keep it up. Way to go..” said a Twitter user, Amit Jain.The 0-0 scoreline going into injury time in India’s final match Monday against Bahrain would have been sufficient to see them through © AFP / Karim Sahib“Heartbreaking loss. but full marks to Chhetri and company for making us hope. lov u guys,” wrote another, Jaya Singh.Indian defender Sandeep Jhingan thanked the fans.“We defended like warriors and the defeat is really hard to take,” said Jhingan.“Disappointed seeing how it turned out but we can only go upwards from here. Proud of the boys and we thank the fans for their support.”But despite the Asian Cup heroics, cricket remains the only game in town for most Indians.Striker Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in international goals during the tournament, but few Indians would even recognise their football talisman.Millions of Indians do watch England’s Premier League, but 34-year-old Chhetri has spent most of his club career in India’s domestic leagues, barring brief stints with Kansas City Wizards and Sporting Clube de Portugal’s reserves.India’s football players are used to being overshadowed by the nation’s glamorous millionaire cricketers © AFP / Karim SahibLast year Chhetri made an emotional plea to Indians to fill empty stadiums after just 2,569 turned up to watch the national team play in the Inter-Continental Cup in Mumbai.But in a celebrity scene dominated by Bollywood actors and cricketers, footballers rarely make a broader impact beyond the sports pages.“Cricket is number one, every other sport has to accept that they can only compete for the number two spot,” Kapadia said.He added: “We shouldn’t get carried away (by the Asian Cup performance). It is a step forward. The team is still not World Cup material”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ibrahimovic set for AC Milan return – reports

first_img0Shares0000Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic (c) has not played since leaving Los Angeles Galaxy mid-November. © GETTY IMAGES/AFP/File / Harry HowMILAN, Italy, Dec 26 – Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reached agreement to join AC Milan on an initial six-month contract, according to multiple reports in Italy on Thursday.Ibrahimovic has accepted Milan’s proposal and is ready to sign a deal to return to the former European giants within the next two days, Gazzetta Dello Sport and Sky Sports Italia reported. Ibrahimovic will reportedly sign a six-month contract worth about three million euros with a renewal option for another year, linked to certain conditions such as goals and appearances.The 38-year-old striker confirmed his departure from Los Angeles Galaxy last month following the club’s elimination from the Major League Soccer playoffs.The Swede should be available to coach Stefano Pioli as early as December 30, the date of the resumption of training at Milanello.AC Milan are reeling after a 5-0 thrashing against Atalanta last weekend, their worst defeat in 21 years, and are struggling 11th in the Serie A table.The team’s first game after the winter break will be at home against Sampdoria on January 6.It is hoped that Ibrahimovic will bring some leadership and a winning mentality to the locker room.Milan club manager Zvonimir Boban, a former midfield great with the club, slammed “an embarrassing performance” against Atalanta.“We will have to wake up and react. It will not be a good Christmas,” said the Croatian.Ibrahimovic played for two seasons between 2010 and 2012 with AC Milan, helping them to their last Serie A title, and scoring 42 goals in 61 league appearances.He also won three league titles with Inter Milan, and two with Juventus, which were both revoked following the ‘Calciopoli’ match-fixing scandal.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sunderland hero BANNED by the club

first_img Gray has warned footballers to be more careful on holiday 1 Sunderland legend Micky Gray has been banned from the club after scathing remarks made about chairman Ellis Short, who disputes his claims he has lied to the fans.Gray spent 12 years with the Black Cats and witnessed their poor performance against Norwich first-hand last week as a part of talkSPORT’s commentary team.He later delivered a damning assessment of the players and Short, but it has now been revealed he is ‘no longer welcome’ at the club following the tirade, while the chairman would like him to ‘admit he was wrong.’Short has hit back at criticism of his stewardship of the club and a claim that he has been “lying” to supporters in his programme notes for their game against Swansea City.Sections of the home crowd chanted “Are you watching, Ellis Short?” during last Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Norwich, while former defender Gray later accused the American of failing to see through promises to invest in the squad.However, Short refuted claims that he lacks ambition for the club and insisted he has not short-changed fans.Writing ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Swansea, Short said: “Regarding last Saturday’s match, to answer the question asked of me, yes, I was watching. Also, like many of you, I ‘left early’, turning off the TV after the third goal and going for an angry walk.“I normally don’t respond to criticism, but based on some recent comments, I feel that there are some points I need to address for the benefit of the fans.“First of all, no one who knows me or knows anything about me would say that I have no ambition for the club. That ambition certainly has not been realised yet, but it does not mean that I don’t have it.“Secondly, the assertion that I have been unwilling to spend money to fulfil the ambitions of the club and its fans is completely wrong. Every penny that comes from TV income and other commercial activities is spent on operating the club – that is, buying players, wages, and other associated costs.“I have never taken money out of the club. In fact, I have funded significant shortfalls each and every season.”Indeed, Short claimed that without his cash, Sunderland would have been in even worse trouble.He said: “Since I have been involved, the good news is that my investment has kept us in the Premier League for nine consecutive seasons. The bad news is, for the amount of money spent, we should be better than we are and no one knows that more than me.“Has the money been spent effectively? No – that much is clear and ultimately that is my fault. But it is not a result of a lack of ambition or commitment.“To date this summer, we have committed £21.5m in transfer fees and remain hopeful that there is still more business to be done before the window closes on September 1.“Finally, Michael Gray made quite a serious accusation claiming that I have lied to supporters. I have not. Michael Gray should admit that he was wrong.”last_img read more

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