Help Mindanao quake victims, Ilonggos urged

first_imgJust this Nov. 7, the PDRRMC approveda resolution extending financial aid to North Cotabato and Davao del Sur. “We will facilitate the transport ofthese donations,” said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr., head of the PDRRMC. A P2-million assistance will beextended to North Cotabato and P1 million to Davao del Sur by the provincialgovernment. * Oct. 30 (6.5 magnitude). * Oct. 16 (6.3 magnitude) * Oct. 29 (6.6 magnitude) Three strong earthquakes jolted inMindanao last month. These were the following: ILOILO – The Provincial Disaster RiskReduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) urged municipal governments andothers in the private sector such as nongovernment organizations to donate toNorth Cotabato and Davao del Sur. To coordinate other possibleassistance to Mindanao, Defensor is meeting with mayors on Nov. 15. These two areas were hit hard by aseries of earthquakes last month. The epicenter was in Tulunan, NorthCotabato. A total of 29,619 families in NorthCotabato and 8,076 families in Davao del Sur were displaced, according to theNational Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. A total of 21 deaths, 421 injuries andtwo missing persons were reported in Northern Mindanao (Region X), Davao Region(Region XI), Soccsksargen (Region XII), and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region inMuslim Mindanao. (With a report from LHC,Capitol News/PN)last_img read more

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Shop until 7 p.m.; drink until 8 p.m.

first_imgTheoperating hours of night clubs, massage parlors, spas, casinos, cockpits, moviehouses, computer shops, online gaming shops and the like will be until 8 p.m.also. Treñastasked the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office, Business Permitsand Licensing Office and City Treasurer’s Office to enforce the new operatinghours. ILOILOCity – Beginning today, March 18, shopping centers here will be operating on ashortened period – from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. only. Violatorsrisk losing their business permits on top of paying hefty fines./PNcenter_img Onthe other hand, the operating hours of bars, restaurants, coffee shops,cocktail lounges and the like shall be until 8 p.m. only. Theseshortened operating hours ordered by Mayor Jerry Treñas aim to further limitthe people’s risk of exposure to the virus causing the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19).last_img read more

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Chelsea push for new contract with Tomori

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea is pushing to secure Fikayo Tomori to a new five-year contract.The London Evening Standard said the Blues have been talking to Tomori’s representatives since autumn and it is believed all parties are confident of agreeing a five-year contract in the coming weeks.The centre-back currently has less than two years left on his existing deal and the fresh terms are recognition for Tomori seizing his opportunity under head coach Frank Lampard alongside youngsters Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.The 21-year-old is currently nursing a small hip problem but has otherwise enjoyed a fine breakthrough season, making 16 appearances in all competitions and earning his first senior England cap as a substitute against Kosovo last month. Tags: ChelseaFikayo TomoriMasonMountlast_img read more

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Martinez hopes to gain experience

first_img “We want to get into a position where we can learn from these sort of games to control the small margins but all the focus and concentration goes into the league, there is no reason for distraction,” said the manager. “It has been an intense period; we lost to Arsenal away from home and they have been involved in Champions League football for many seasons. “It was a game which could have gone either way but there is no shame in losing a quarter-final away from home against a team like Arsenal. “When you work together you develop many aspects in your performance and we have been developing and getting stronger. “From the disappointment of going out of the quarter-finals of the FA Cup you learn what you can do better and develop experience. “We have an incredible opportunity to be as good as we can for the fight of the final 11 games of the season and that is where everything gets decided. “We’ve had a good campaign so far which has given us a solid amount of points and now we need to make sure we fight for every point and make sure we are a strong team until the end of the season.” Goalkeeper Tim Howard, rested for the FA Cup, returns to face struggling Cardiff at Goodison Park on Saturday but Martinez admits at this stage of the season he is keeping an eye on his players’ overall fitness. Press Association “We need to be fresh. You get into this part of the season where players are starting to accumulate close to 3,000 minutes and you need to be a little aware of certain positions on the pitch,” he explained. “The squad is ready and we can cope with just sharing the demands of the next 11 games. “Gerard Deulofeu and Aiden McGeady are fully fit and ready to finish the season strongly.” Everton captain Phil Jagielka faces a late fitness test on a hamstring injury. Centre-back Ben Turner could be doubtful for relegation-threatened Cardiff. The 25-year-old suffered a knock late in the Bluebirds’ vital win over Fulham last weekend. Spanish defender Juan Cala is back in contention after recovering from a stomach bug. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will take inspiration from his opposite number Martinez as he continues his attempt to engineer top-flight survival. Martinez steered Wigan away from the drop in the latter stages of three successive seasons after taking over at the DW Stadium in 2009. He was unable to repeat that feat last year, as Wigan finally succumbed, but he did oversee their remarkable FA Cup triumph. Solskjaer knows his team need to replicate some of Martinez’s Wigan magic to pull out of and away from the relegation zone with just nine Barclays Premier League games remaining. The Norwegian said: “If we can get on the same kind of run we will stay in the Premier League. “It will take everything we have got to get where we want. That will give us the reward we all crave – playing in the Premier League. “It is a vital period. We believe, we hope that we have turned a corner in terms of belief and performances. We are still in with a shout.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the experience of their FA Cup exit will make them a better side in the long run. A 4-1 quarter-final defeat at Arsenal last weekend denied the Spaniard a return to Wembley for the second successive season after leading Wigan to glory last year. It left the Toffees chasing Manchester United and Tottenham in the pursuit of a Europa League place but Martinez is a firm believer in taking positives from every situation and expects his side to grow after losing at the Emirates Stadium. last_img read more

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Cricket News India has every right to pull out of ICC World Cup 2019, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The Pakistani legend went onto to condemn India for the loss suffered but eventually supported the former Pakistan cricketer and current Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call.”Should sports stay political? Not at all. So these differences set in matters of circumstances. We strongly condemn the loss of lives. But when it comes to our country, we are one nation, united and we will stand by our Prime Minister’s statement without having a second thought,” Akhtar added.”They have a right to pull out. Their country was attacked and hence the decision. You cannot argue on that?”Akhtar did criticise the former Indian cricketers for antagonising the situation in the wake of the terror strike in Kashmir Valley. “Our forte is to talk about cricket and not about the political scene. When such things happen, try to create bridges as a cricketer. It is very important as players to talk about things that bring about unity rather than antagonising the situation,” he added.  highlights Shoaib backs India to pull out of the game against Pakistan on June 16. He believes that BCCI and Star Sports would want to play the game.However, he also supported Imran Khan’s decision.  New Delhi: The former spearhead and legend of the game, Shoaib Akhtar has condemned the death of 40 CRPF jawans in the Pulwama Terror Attack on 14th February and also suggested that team India has all right to pull out of the game against Pakistan in World Cup which is scheduled to be played on June 16. However, he did say that BCCI would want to participate in the clash against Pakistan eyeing monetary gains. Akhtar, during a conversation with a Pakistani news channel, revealed that BCCI has expressed their urge at playing a bilateral series against Pakistan, but the Indian government has denied it every time. The Rawalpindi Express reckons that had India and Pakistan resumed their cricketing ties the broadcasters and BCCI would have earned the maximum money. “Honest reply, BCCI wants to play with Pakistan, the government says no. Had they played with Pakistan, Star Sports and BCCI would have earned the maximum revenue. The series would have a monetary value of 600 million dollars. Do you think they don’t? Of course, they want that. Now speaking on part of their argument, they want to play with Pakistan. Our Pakistan board had mentioned that they want to play a bilateral series and you cannot deny it although the series can be held at a different venue altogether. But they have said that they have a board to run which falls under Supreme Court. That is their argument and that is logical,” opined Akhtar. last_img read more

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3 third period goals unravel Badgers 4-2

first_imgHeading into the regular series finale, a lot was on the line for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team.There was a chance to share a piece of the MacNaughton Cup. Wisconsin (16-12-7, 12-8-7 WCHA) still needs to secure home ice advantage for the WCHA playoffs. On top of all that, they were keeping a keen eye on their NCAA tournament hopes.As St. Cloud State (21-13-1, 18-8-1 WCHA) senior center Drew LeBlanc netter an empty netter with 0:55 left on the clock to give the Huskies a 4-2 lead those hopes were put on hold, but any chance at the MacNaughton Cup were dashed.“We’ve been do-or-die for 2-3 months,” junior forward Tyler Barnes said. “We’ve had to have a late push this whole season. Nothings lost at all. It was a tough one tonight.”Going back to their program roots and playing in the Dane County Coliseum, the Badgers struck first. Scoring their third power play goal in two games, sophomore winger Joseph LaBate sniped a shot from the right circle at the 14:34 mark of the first period for the 1-0 lead.Special teams were an important factor for UW after it lost top penalty killer, senior Ryan Little to a game misconduct only four minutes into the contest. After killing off the five minute major, the Badgers capitalized on their second power play of the period and their lone power play shot of the period.Before long, SCSU netted a power play goal of its own on a Jonny Brodzinski shot. Three minutes later, Barnes gave UW the goal-advantage again, netting a feed across the slot from freshman Nic Kerdiles.Despite the 2-1 lead and 11 shots on goal in the third, the Badgers couldn’t hold off the Huskies for long as they went on to score three goals over the course of the final 20 minutes.Less than 70 seconds into the final frame and Brodzinski tied things up once again for SCSU. St. Cloud State netted one more before the empty netter as Nick Jensen sent the puck near post and it trickled over the goal line, as Rumpel couldn’t quite cover it up.“That third goal was a mistake by our young goaltender,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “You make your own luck and they had a little bit of hard work and luck with them tonight.”last_img read more

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Men’s basketball: Happ’s game-winning layup pushes Wisconsin over No. 4 Michigan State

first_imgIt was another game for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and another down-to-the-wire finish, and for the first time in a long time, UW came out on top of a close one, defeating No. 4 Michigan State 77-76 at the Kohl Center Sunday.Down one with 10 seconds remaining, junior guard Bronson Koenig found Ethan Happ — who finished with 14 points — wide open under the basket. The Spartans (16-3 overall, 3-3 Big Ten) recovered well defensively, but good footwork and a layup from the redshirt freshman put the Badgers (10-9, 2-4) up one, and up for good, as Michigan State forward Denzel Valentine missed a potential game-winning three as time expired. And while Happ was the hero, it was Koenig and Nigel Hayes who carried Wisconsin throughout the night. Koenig had a career-day in the winning effort, scoring a career-high 27 points and hitting big shot after big shot. His biggest shot came with 28 seconds remaining, as with the shot clock winding down, the junior pulled up and dropped a three with Valentine playing perfect defense. It brought the Badgers within one, and left Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo in a state of helplessness. He went as far as to call Koenig a “Spartan killer” after the game.“[Koenig] did the same thing to us in the Big Ten tournament that he did today,” Izzo said. “Made two big threes and I thought Valentine had a pretty good hand up.”Hayes added 25 points of his own and seemed to be in a zone offensively, with his jump shot falling and being able to maintain a level of aggressiveness he’s been rather inconsistent with this season. Hayes and Koenig managed to score 52 of the team’s 77 points Sunday, and given the recent team struggles, put it on themselves, as leaders, to bring the team together and attack this matchup head-on.“We just came together as a unit and told each other that we had to play for one another,” Koenig said. “We knew that if we wanted to win, we had to do it together and I think we did that today.”In the end, despite the heroics from their best players, UW won this game on the free throw line. After not only making their free throws, but also getting to the free throw line in general have been issues the Badgers have faced recently, the team shot 29-of-36 from the charity stripe, while the Spartans managed to shoot just 12-of-16.Hayes, Koenig and Happ combined to shoot 30 of those 36 free throws thanks to their aggressive play. They need to continue to get to the free throw line if they want to turn this season around. “We tried to turn our aggression against them and we shot a hefty amount of free throws,” Hayes said. “If you make more free throws than the other team shoots, you will usually win. And we did that.”For the Spartans, Valentine finished with a team-high 23 points despite not scoring his first basket of the game until there was just over six minutes left in the first half. Center Matt Costello also dominated the paint, finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds.As a team, Michigan State out-rebounded the Badgers with ease, winning the battle 35-25 and scoring 17 points second-chance points on 15 offensive rebounds. But it wasn’t enough in the end, as Wisconsin found a way to make one more play than their opponent and got the marquee win they’ve been so desperate to have. UW head coach Greg Gard, however, is not looking too far ahead. For him, he still knows he has to manage this team day by day. “I just hope we’re better tomorrow,” he said.last_img read more

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AFCON 2019: ANOTHER OWN GOAL BY CAF

first_imgHowever, which African nation is safe? Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon are battling Boko Haram insurgents. Libya remains without a central government after Gaddafi. Kenya and Somalia are battling Al-Shabaab. West Africa is battling ISIS. Central African Republic is still on fire. The Congo wars have never really ceased. The same goes to Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. Separatist groups abound in Angola, Cameroon, Morocco and South Sudan just to mention a few. Elections spark violence in African nations, so triggering the insecurity clause will mean AFCONs will be taking place outside the continent. I didn’t even mention Ebola. In fact, sports governing bodies often refuse to move tournaments from previously rostered venues over security or political issues to make a statement that sport is a unifying tool that transcends unhealthy differences.Enter Cameroon’s unpreparedness. When Cameroon was granted AFCON 2019, the event was a 16-team event to be played in the traditional months of January-February. All of a sudden CAF’s new leadership felt that Africa’s football showpiece be expanded to 24 teams and moved to June-July to align with the European football offseason. Nothing is wrong with expanding AFCON, but why the immediacy considering that qualifiers had already begun for a 16-team event? That is akin to changing the rules of the match in the middle of the match. This same argument and suspicion goes to FIFA’s plan of expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 after awarding Qatar on a 32-team platform. So Cameroon is now made to change plans. More matches, more hotels, more stadia, more ground workers and they will now have to consider the rains. Yes, the rains.Because Europe is increasingly becoming the hub of football, more and more tier one players gravitate there to ply their trade. This means that for AFCON to showcase its finest, participating nations have to call up Europe-based professionals. For this reason, there is usually an exodus of African players during the midseason to participate in AFCON. This irritates European club sides because they are made to do without their best legs during the weeks of the competition and worse if the players return with injuries. This has made CAF tinker with the scheduling of AFCON over time. Older ones can recall it used to be in March-April before it stabilised at January-February which I believe is the best compromise. Besides being in the African dry season, it also corresponds with when most European leagues take a brief winter break.However, these European football oligarchs have cornered CAF into an unforced foul of moving AFCON to the European summer. Did CAF consider that AFCON will now have to muscle TV time with the oldest international football competition Copa America (South America’s Nations’ Cup)? Did they also ponder that the June-July date clashes with FIFA Confederations Cup, a competition for continental champions? Does it mean the African champions would have just few weeks or days to prepare for that event? With preseason friendlies becoming progressively essential and the expanding International Champions Cup, the problem of clubs releasing players for AFCON will not go away just like that. African players will be doing all to secure their shirts and transfers will be on at that time.June-July is the peak of the rainy season in sub-Saharan Africa. Compelling prospecting AFCON hosts to build roofed arenas to avoid shifting matches due to rains is practically impossible for African countries. Besides, football festivals like AFCON are not narrowed to the field of play. There are several other out-of-field events and drizzles will dampen the excitement of the event. Except CAF is saying AFCONs will only be hosted in North Africa and Southern Africa which is apartheid.Boca Juniors and River Plate just played the finals of Copa Libertadores (South America’s Champions league) in November while Son Heung-min will be leaving Tottenham Hotspur for three weeks in January like other Asian footballers to captain South Korea in the 2019 Asian Cup. So what is the big deal about aligning with the European calendar? What is most important is that there is orderliness in schedules. Actually, the angst expressed by European clubs when there is a flight of African players in January publicizes AFCON.Asking Cameroon to now host the 2021 edition does not break the ice on the farrago of chaos created. Will Cote d’Ivoire that was initially handed 2021 and Guinea 2023 now prepare for 2023 and 2025? Shouldn’t Egypt or South Africa be given right of first refusal after losing the 2019 bid?Aligning with European football calendar is not what Africa needs, it is aligning with European football character. Africa can’t continue to run football with a national team bias, it is club football that is the soul of the game. Creating parallel AFCON for home-based players or the obsolete staging of the event every other year has only left African football behind. A quadrennial AFCON like other continents in my opinion will be a better deal. This will not only give prospective hosts more time to prepare but also reduce the number of low-ranked teams that drop out in the middle of the qualifiers. Also the duplicated African Nations Championship (biennial nations’ cup for home-based players) should be dropped so that CAF and its affiliates can invest in local leagues which are the tributaries that supply national teams. This way the best of Africa will be in the continent and would not continue to be tossed to and fro by Europe.Okunfolami wrote from Festac, LagosShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ayodele Okunfolami argues that the decision to strip Cameroon of the hosting right is unfairEgypt and South Africa are the only countries that met Confederation of African Football’s December 14, 2018 deadline to show interest in hosting the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2019. The decision on who wins the hosting rights is expected to come up on January 9, 2019. This is going to be barely six months to the event in June. The decision to host arose when Cameroon was stripped of the hosting rights after it was originally awarded in 2014. CAF had claimed that Cameroon’s unpreparedness and the insecurity arising from the Boko haram insurgency and the Anglophone separatists group were reasons it denied the country from hosting AFCON 2019. I think CAF’s decision is unfair.Taking the contentious issue of security for instance, what measure of insecurity is enough to withdraw the hosting rights from a candidate that had been awarded and how close to the tournament can this decision be made? Bigger events like the Summer Olympics in Munich 1972 and Atlanta 1996 are remembered for massacres of Jews and bomb blast during the respective games, yet they weren’t considered unsafe to host future events. Even AFCON 2010 staged in Angola witnessed a terrorist attack on the Togo national team bus while on its way to the competition by a Cabinda separatist group similar to the Bamenda separatist group in Cameroon. Then, Togo pulled out against CAF’s insistence. If CAF could demand Togo to partake in an event that they feared for their lives and encouraged other nations to stay behind, why use insecurity as an excuse to strip Cameroon of the event?last_img read more

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FC Schalke 04 Esports hire Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels and Hans Christian Dürr

first_imgFC Schalke 04 Esports has announced the high level appointment of two members of staff, with Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels and Hans Christian Dürr joining the organisation. Credit: FC Schalke 04Hans Christian Dürr left his role with Splyce back in early September and has since joined the German football club as “Head of Esports”, in which he will take are of any operative matters regarding the organisations epsorts activities. The move sees Tim Reichert, previously Head of Esports move into a position above as Chief Gaming Officer and will now be responsible for overseeing the whole strategic direction of the esports organisation. Another interesting move is the hire of Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels to become head coach for the League of Legends team as they head into the European LCS next year. Krepo is a man who has a considerable history in the League of Legends scene. Recently he was a caster with Riot but after a scandal surrounding leaked personal photos he left his role to take a backseat. He revealed on Twitter last week that he had been coaching Splyce late last split and that he would not be returning to casting. He mentioned in the post that he would be “pursuing my passion for coaching and player development and will likely work in a less visible position in the esports environment”. Hans Christian Dürr, FC Schalke Head of Esports stated in the release: “I am very honored and excited to be working alongside Tim Reichert in FC Schalke 04’s esports division. As my first official act for Schalke, I am very happy to have signed Mitch ‘Krepo’ Voorspoels as our League of Legends Head Coach. Mitch will lead the charge in creating our 2018 roster as well as take care of player development. Additionally he will serve in an advisory role to the FC Schalke 04 Esports content team, putting his broadcasting experience to use. Together with Mitch, we are also looking to hire a strong League of Legends Strategic Coach who will represent the team on stage”.Esports Insider says: As Paris Saint-Germain drop out of League of Legends its good to see another football team commit with some great appointments at the top. We wish the existing team and incumbents the best of luck as Schalke look to forge ahead for the new LoL season.last_img read more

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Goalkeeper Agyei should not be blamed: Coach Komphela

first_imgGhana goalkeeper Daniel Agyei conceded four goals on his debut for Free State Stars but the club’s Coach Komphela believes poor officiating caused his goalkeeper.The Free State Stars Coach Komphela fumed at referee Victor Gomes for poor officiating following his side’s 4-1 loss to Super Sport United and will be charged by the League in the subsequent days following the comments he made to match officials in the opening weekend of the PSL.“My goalie’s agility on the day was superb but it was the referee who caused as on the day and am not perturbed since this is our first game in the PSL,”he saidMongezi Bobe had put Ea Lla Koto ahead in the 10th minute but defender Soriola Gege would be sent off later in the half, allowing SuperSport to take control.Mame Niang equalised from the spot just before the break while Bennett Chenene struck four minutes after the interval.Sameehg Doutie came off the bench to make the result safe with six minutes to go but there was still enough time for Niang to net his second goal of the night.It wasn’t the dream debut the Ghana international was looking for but would take solace in the fact that he played the full game under difficult circumstances as his side played almost 50 minutes of the game with a man down. Free States Stars now are placed at the bottom of the league with no point with three goals against.last_img read more

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