Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Vallacar is headed by Leo Rey Yanson, who is also the owner of the country’s top football club, Ceres-Negros. Ceres buses were also used by organizers the last time the country hosted the tournament in 2005, following complaints with the vehicle being used by the teams.NOW FOR SOME GOOD NEWS! Newer, more comfortable buses made available for 17 football teams participating in the Southeast Asian Games courtesy of Vallacar Transit and @CeresNegrosFC owner Leo Rey Yanson who is helping out in coordination with the Philippine Football Federation. STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4— Cedelf P. Tupas (@cedelfptINQ) November 26, 2019 Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China View comments Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MANILA, Philippines–Private companies and well-meaning individuals are stepping up to help the country’s hosting of the Southeast Asian Games football tournaments.Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta said Southridge School in Alabang has offered its artificial pitch as one of the practice venues for the tournaments, while Vallacar Transit, which owns the Ceres Bus line, has provided 18 of its newest buses to transport teams to their matches.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine football team manager Dan Palami said the Young Azkals have been quite fortunate that the PFF has been alert in addressing their needs.“Of course, we empathize with the other teams,” said Palami, who was also at the forum backed by Pagcor, Amelie Hotel and San Miguel.“The PFF has been there to backstop us every time we have concerns so we have not encountered problems,” added Palami.The Young Azkals opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw with Cambodia last Monday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Araneta said the federation has also released funds to the women’s team, which had complained about the quantity and the quality of food in their hotel. “Even the parents of some of the players are helping out in making sure that we get enough food for the women’s team,” he said.“We want to move on and focus on the competition,” said Araneta. “Right now, we just have to help each other and also support our athletes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ The 18 buses are intended for the 11 men’s teams and six women’s squads with one spare bus in case of emergency. The vehicles are obviously an upgrade from the tourist buses that were used initially for the teams.While the Ceres buses were only rolled out last Tuesday, after securing a permit from the LTFRB, the company already came to the rescue last Saturday when the PFF requested its help to transport the Indonesian team from the airport to its official hotel.“We have been augmenting what is necessary,” Araneta said.Araneta clarified that the PFF’s role is limited to the technical side of the tournament, which includes the conduct of the actual competition, while the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee is in charge of the organization of the games, ranging from the accommodations to the transportation.“There are well-meaning individuals and companies that are willing to help us to make this SEA Games successful,” Araneta added. “We’re there not to criticize, but to help.”ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist WADA panel recommends neutral status for Russia at Olympics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areaslast_img read more

Armchair Generals…

first_img…and politicsIt’s true your Eyewitness taps out these pieces from a keyboard. But he also has a life away from it, where he’s on the ground. And, trust him, dear reader, he finds out every day that only when thoughts are translated into action you know whether you’ve just been masturbating mentally, or whether you can achieve the changes that’s been roiling around in your head! Even old man Marx had pointed out that the task is to change the world, not just interpret it every which way – and then some!!Trouble is, nowadays, with social media, it seems like every person with two thumbs and a smartphone has the answer to whatever bedevils Guyana – and they make sure they let every Tom, Dick and Eyewitness know about it!! Damned if he knows how they got his number, but nowadays his phone keeps pinging away at all hours of the day – and night – seemingly whenever these armchair generals have a thought floating around their empty craniums!!Your Eyewitness hasn’t removed himself from one of these WhatsApp chat threads, ‘cause he wants to find out what makes these persons tick. Right off the bat, he can see that most of the denizens are older folks, with the median age above 50. He can easily tell from their allusions and phrasings. Now, the thing is, these armchair generals – most of whom are evidently overseas, with time on their hands – seem very well intentioned. But they’re so far off base it’s not funny!!Your Eyewitness calls what they’re doing “pretend politics”, as opposed to “real politics” that involves ensuring on the ground that your party gets to determine who gets what, when, and how. Not understanding the difference, most of the keyboard warriors “call names” and cuss out their “opponents” to such an extent your Eyewitness could be excused for thinking he’s in the middle of a school playground at recess!!It’s not that these folks don’t always understand what the issues in Guyana’s politics are all about, but in confining their actions to the discursive realm, they cannot ever initiate any real, meaningful political action. They’re all about inventing and deploying fancy rhetoric that will never actually challenge institutional power! So, we just get a whole bunch of noisy jumping up and down and virtue signalling about personal opinions on false equivalence between PPP and PNC, rather than breaching the walls of the PNC oppression.The armchair warriors convince themselves they’re doing “their bit” when they know “their bit” surely isn’t enough. But rather than conceding the weakness of their strategies, they invariably turn around and blame those in the trenches for not effectuating changes.Mental masturbation redux!!…not defending Gerry GouveiaYour Eyewitness notes the deafening silence of armchair generals on Govt GECOM Commissioner Desmond Trotman’s nasty attack on the head of the PSC, Gerry Gouveia, by playing the race card to answer the latter’s censure of CEO Lowenfield. He compared Gouveia to “a white slave owner who, in the presence of his overseers, is penalising a delinquent slave for failing to carry out the instructions of “massa””; but Booker T. Washington described folks like Trotman well: “There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.“Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”…and US visasThe number of non-immigrant visas issued by the US Embassy keeps falling precipitously, from an average of 33,000 annually to a low of just over 4000 last year.Ah, well…guess this means there won’t be too many folks abroad for the Sept 18 elections!!last_img read more

Anrouche back as Stars stuff S Sudan

first_imgAFC Leopards Noah Wafula who were instrumental in the victory shoring up the attack.“I’m very happy with the team especially playing with two strikers which really worked, I respect Southern Sudan since they played very well, they have a very good striker who scored the goal but the moment he was withdrawn, I was pleased because it enabled defender (David) Owino to overlap and eventually, he gave us the winning goal.“We are now focusing on our next match against Zanzibar, I know it will be a tough match but we will prepare for them and improve on our mistakes,” assistant coach James Nandwa said after the victory that lifted the hosts to four points, same as Ethiopia who stuffed the Islanders 3-1 in the other Saturday Group A encounter.Zanzibar are on three and still not out of contention for the quarterfinals with Sudan propping the rear after two loses.“The boys have done a good job bearing in mind that I was only given two weeks to prepare this team.“We managed to hold Kenya on their turf and I promise if I get more time, I will beat them since I know how they play,” the Southern Sudan coach Balanga Bandua who was recently appointed stated.Azam defender Joackins Atudo gave Kenya the lead in the 17th minute through a penalty after Jimmy Eresto handled in the box and referee Waziri Sheha from Zanzibar did not hesitate to point to the spot.The hosts almost doubled the lead two minutes later but Allan Wanga who wasted Keli’s great pass by shooting straight at Juma Jinaro.The visitors, who were participating in their second international tournament, equalised through skipper Richard Lado via a long range shot that caught keeper Duncan Ochieng flat-footed in the 26th.Three minutes later Stars were at it again through Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Player of the Year Keli, who found the back of the net after connecting with Wafula’s cross to put them back on the lead.The KCB marksman now on high demand thought he had notched his brace in the 31st but saw the goal ruled for offside after being put through by Wanga.South Sudan brought in Edmond Amadeo for Wol Bor Yol as Kenya pressed on for more but the half time whistle with the hosts 2-1 up.Clifton Miheso then saw his shot miss the target by a whisker after combining with Francis Kahata in the 57th for Kenya’s first clear opportunity of the second period.South Sudan had a chance to level matters in the 64th but their free kick was cut off by Situma.Atudo had a chance to score his double from the spot after the Southern Sudan Keeper fouled Keli in the box, but his penalty was easily saved by Jinaro in the 69th.Eight minutes later, KPL champions Gor Mahia defender Owino skilfully directed a low shot into the back of the net for the third after he charged upfront as hundreds of Stars fans went into raptures.Amrouche made three substitutions that came in the dying minutes with Edwin Lavatsa for injured Keli, David King’atua coming in for Wafula but the time did not allow them to add to the tally.In the earlier kick-off, the Walia Antelopes beat Zanzibar 3-1 with Fasika Asfan, opening the scores in the fifth minute before Salahdin Bargecho, doubled the lead from the spot in the 37th.Zanzibar pulled one back through captain Awadh Juma Issa, in the 68th but it was substitute Yonatan Kebede’s, 86th minute header that left the Islanders well beaten.Stars next face Zanzibar while Ethiopia plays South Sudan on Tuesday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County.In Sunday’s fixtures, Kilimanjaro Stars of Tanzania will be up against Somalia before Burundi takes on the Chipolopolo of Zambia at Nyayo National Stadium in Group B.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 30 – Adel Amrouche returned to the dugout to witness his charges maintain interest in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup with a 3-1 stuffing of Southern Sudan on Saturday.The Belgian head coach who missed the 0-0 opener against Ethiopia with illness sparking speculation about his future rung in the changes bringing in James Situma and Aboud Omar at the back with domestic league Golden Boot winner Jacob Keli and last_img read more

Spain prosecutors urge Neymar corruption trial

first_img0Shares0000PSG move ‘could be a dream’ for NeymarMADRID, Spain, June 7 – Spanish prosecutors want Brazilian star Neymar tried over fraud allegedly committed during his 2013 transfer to FC Barcelona, a judicial source said Tuesday.Prosecutors from Spain’s top criminal court accuse the striker, his father, Barca’s ex-president Sandro Rosell and the club itself of concealing the cost of the multi-million-euro transfer from Brazilian investment fund DIS. DIS held 40 percent of the 24-year-old’s sporting rights when he played at Brazil’s Santos club and has claimed it was cheated of its real share of the transfer due to parallel contracts that Barcelona and Santos allegedly used to hide the total cost.The case first came to light after fans and members of Barcelona launched an internal complaint, leading eventually to the resignation of Rossell.The transfer deal was originally valued at 57.1 million euros ($64.9 million) by Barca, 40 million of which was paid to the N&N company owned by the player’s father.Santos — where Neymar started his career — received 17.1 million, 6.8 million euros of which went to DIS.However, Spanish judicial authorities have estimated the number of simultaneous deals in the transfer amounted to at least 83.3 million euros — with the difference allegedly going to Neymar and his family, and Santos.The Brazilian football star and his father have in the past defended themselves in the media.“Before saying nonsense — that we hid this, or hid that — they should prove it,” Neymar told Brazilian TV station Globo in February, when he was called to give evidence to a judge in Madrid.“My father is doing everything to ensure that I can just focus on playing football. He handles the books. But in the moment when you see someone you love suffering, it starts to hurt.”Prosecutors want Neymar, his father Neymar Da Silva Santos, Rosell and FC Barcelona itself to be tried for “private corruption among individuals.”They also wants Rosell, FC Barcelona, Brazil’s Santos and its president to be tried for “fraud.”Neymar’s mother Nadine, meanwhile, could also be tried for having profited financially from the alleged fraudulous transfer.The Brazilian star has already given evidence to a judge in Spain as part of the probe, as has his father.Rosell and current Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu were also called to testify in February but refused, insisting instead on the version of events they had given for a previous hearing.Investigators in Brazil have also launched proceedings against the football star and his father over the same case.Brazil’s federal prosecution service has accused them of forging contracts to pay less tax.Last September, Brazilian authorities froze $47 million worth of the player’s assets pending investigations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Roma boss hopeful Manchester United target will stay

first_img1 Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman Roma boss Rudi Garcia has revealed he is still unconcerned about the future of Manchester United target Kevin Strootman.The midfielder was linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer transfer window, despite being out of action with a knee injury.Strootman is expected to return within six weeks or so, providing Roma with a boost ahead of the winter period.However, beyond that, Garcia has admitted that he does not know what the future holds for the Dutch international.“Is Strootman for sale? You’ll have to ask our president,” Garcia said after Roma’s 1-1 Champions League draw with Manchester City.“But the intention of the club is very clear: Strootman is an important player for us and I hope he is available for the home game against City on 10th December, which is a crucial match.”last_img read more

Judge rejects atheist’s lawsuit

first_imgSACRAMENTO – A federal judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit from an atheist who said having the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins and dollar bills violated his First Amendment rights. U.S. District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. said the minted words amounted to a secular national slogan that did not trample on Michael Newdow’s avowed religious views. “There is no proper allegation that the government compelled plaintiff to affirm a repugnant belief in monotheism,” Damrell said in dismissing the suit. Newdow, a Sacramento doctor and lawyer, also is engaged in an ongoing effort to have the Pledge of Allegiance banned from public schools because it contains the words “under God.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Two years ago, the pledge fight reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which said Newdow lacked standing to bring the case because he didn’t have custody of the daughter on whose behalf he brought the case. But a Sacramento federal judge sided with Newdow in September after he filed an identical lawsuit on behalf of parents with children in three Sacramento-area school districts. The case is pending before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Informed of the “In God We Trust” decision on Monday, Newdow said he was not disappointed because it would give him an edge in an appeal. 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

Panel trims prison terms

first_imgA prosecution gang expert testified Rayford was a member of the Bad Influence Gang and Glass a member of the Dime Block gang. Both Glass and Rayford denied bringing guns to the house and that someone else started the shooting. They also both denied being gang members. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – An appeals court has thrown out the gang and firearm allegations against two young men convicted of shooting at a family gathered for the New Year’s 2004 holiday, eliminating the 220 years in prison each received for those charges. But Dupree Antoine Glass and Juan Marshall Rayford will remain behind bars because the Second District Court of Appeal upheld their convictions for attempted murder, for which each was sentenced to 11 life sentences in prison. A three-judge appellate panel rejected both men’s claims that their attempted murder convictions should be set aside because of insufficient evidence and errors in jury instruction, but ruled prosecutors did not prove that the two committed the shooting to benefit a criminal street gang or were in association with one. Under state law, the firearm enhancement may not be imposed absent a violation of the law governing gang allegations, the ruling said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Rayford and Glass were each convicted in September 2004 of 11 counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting at an inhabited building, and jurors also found true gang and firearm allegations. They were each sentenced to life in prison for each of the 11 attempted murder convictions, plus 20 years for each of the 11 allegations of using a firearm. Glass was 17 and Rayford 18 at the time of the shooting. Glass was tried as an adult. A third person, identified only as “Fat Man,” was also believed to have been involved but has not been identified, officials said. Glass and Rayford went with a group of people in several cars to the victims’ house at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 3, 2004, looking for a young man whom Glass wanted to fight after they had an argument at a party. The youth was not there, but the house was filled with other relatives and neighbors. last_img read more

Stam: ‘I told United to sign Van der Sar in 1999 but they didn’t listen!’

first_img Jaap Stam explains why Edwin van der Sar is slightly better than Peter Schmeichel 2 2 Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel are widely considered to be Man United’s two greatest goalkeepers and Jaap Stam is lucky enough to have played with both of them.The current Reading manager joined United in 1998 when Schmeichel was the club’s no.1, while he spent many years playing with Van der Sar in the Netherlands team.But who was better? It’s a difficult choice, as there was nothing to separate them as shot-stoppers, according to Stam, but Van der Sar had a slight edge. “Edwin was a better player with the ball at his feet, which would suit how I like my team to play – passing out from the back,” he told Four Four Two when picking a team of the best players he has ever shared the pitch with.Stam left United four years before Van der Sar arrived in 2005, but claimed he previously recommended his compatriot to the club, joking that his bosses ignored him, with the goalkeeper joining Juventus instead.“When Pete eventually left Man United in 1999, I told them that Edwin would be a good replacement for him, but it was another six years before they actually listened!”Alex Ferguson later revealed the problems he had in filling the void left by Schmeichel’s exit left and says the club should have signed the Dutchman sooner, adding he is among his best ever signings considering just £2m was spent on him.“We really should have gone for him when Schmeichel left, but [former chairman] Martin Edwards had an agreement with Mark Bosnich at the time that took the wind out of our sails. So we couldn’t get Edwin, but I’d have loved to have got him then,” he said in 2009.last_img read more

Transfer news: Southampton target set for Sporting Lisbon loan

first_imgSouthampton target Luciano Vietto is set to join Sporting Lisbon on loan in January.The forward has fallen down the pecking order at Atletico Madrid and he is ready to leave for more action.Southampton had enquired about signing the Argentinean on loan to boost their attacking options after tracking him in the summer.However, according to Sport, Vietto is now set to join Sporting on loan for the rest of the season.The deal will also included an option for the 24-year-old to move their permanently in the summer for £8.8m. 1 Luciano Vietto in action for Atletico Madrid last_img read more

A full summary of Wednesday’s Scottish Premiership results

first_imgAberdeen 1-0 Partick ThistleAdam Rooney’s goal on the hour mark proved to be the difference at Pittodrie as Aberdeen beat Partick Thistle 1-0. The three points keeps them second in the Scottish Premiership table, three ahead of Rangers.Hearts 0-0 Hibs Danny Wilson slotted home for Rangers from a tight angle midway through the first half against Motherwell before Alfredo Morelos beat the offside trap and wrapped up the points deep into the second. Motherwell have only won one game in their last 11, stretching as far back to the end of October when their run of four consecutive wins came to an end.Ross County 1-1 St JohnstoneAlex Schalk converted from the spot early in the second half for Ross County, cancelling out Denny Johnstone’s strike in the second minute.The result sees the Highlanders jump off the foot of the table and leapfrog Partick Thistle who lost at Pittodrie. The Edinburgh derby ended goalless at Tynecastle but it will be Hibs who head home feeling hard done by. Oli Shaw’s early strike crossed the line but was referee Steven McLean failed to give it.The home side may only have picked up a point but it extends their unbeaten run to seven games and they’ve still to lose a game since returning to their stadium.Rangers 2-0 Motherwelllast_img read more