January 18

La Salle seals Final 4 bonus

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Kyle Negrito, who had 34 excellent sets on top of five aces for the Lady Tamaraws, said they won’t stop until they take the last available twice-to-beat bonus.“We will work very hard to win that game (against National University),” said Negrito.Kim Kiana Dy, Desiree Cheng and Majoy Baron turned in double-digit performances for the Lady Spikers, who got back at the Lady Falcons who dealt them a shocking 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22 defeat in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle avenged its only loss in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament by clipping Adamson on Thursday and sealed a twice-to-beat privilege in the Final Four while doing it.The in-form defending champion Lady Spikers needed four sets to down Adamson, 25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-18, to all but seal top ranking in the semifinals at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Sato, Alba shock rivals, barge into q’finals 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The win, the Lady Spikers’ seventh straight, also showed their readiness in scoring a repeat title run after rising to 11-2.It also gave struggling National University a free ride to the semifinals as it closed the doors on teams which can no longer notch seven wins, counting the Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAdamson bowed out with a 5-8 record.Far Eastern University strengthened its claim for the second twice-to-beat privilege by trouncing University of the East, 25-17, 25-15, 25-20, in the second game. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more

January 18

Matthysse vows fight ‘to the death’ against Pacquiao

first_imgCarpio 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ READ: Pacquiao out to prove he’s not yet done, but Matthysse says his time is now“Obviously he is still a very great fighter but since the knockout of Marquez, I think he is not the same fighter anymore,” Matthysse said at a joint news conference in Manila, referring to the Filipino’s sensational 2012 knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He is not in his prime anymore,” the Argentine added.Pacquiao, 39, will fight Matthysse for the WBA welterweight belt on July 15 in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. LATEST STORIES “I will defend this title to the death.”Pacquiao has not fought since he lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown in a shock points defeat to Australia’s Jeff Horn last year, and has not knocked out an opponent in nearly nine years.He insisted, however, that he was far from finished.“That is what I am trying to prove this coming July 15 that Manny Pacquiao is not done yet in boxing,” he said.“I keep on fighting because boxing is my passion and I love raising the flag of the Philippines.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse answers questions from reporters during a press conference in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Matthysee will fight against Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao on July 15 in a WBA welterweight title fight in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)World champion Lucas Matthysse on Wednesday vowed a fight “to the death” in his July title defense against Manny Pacquiao, describing the Philippine boxing legend a diminished star.But the 35-year-old Argentine — who took the vacant World Boxing Association welterweight title in January — said it was still a “dream-come-true” and “an honor” to face Pacquiao, winner of eight unprecedented world titles in different weight classes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC New faces show up in second week of volleyball national team tryouts In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The Filipino has 59 wins with 38 knockouts in his career, and is currently a senator in the Philippine parliament.READ: Visitor seeks honorable end to Pacquiao career Many in the country believe he will one day run for president, but Pacquiao has insisted that he is happier in the ring than in politics.But Matthysse — who has 39 wins with 36 knockouts in 43 matches — said he was not fazed by the status of his opponent.“Sure, Manny has won so many titles… I (have) only won one title. I am not going to give it up. I will die for it if I have to,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

January 18

Nadal overwhelms del Potro to reach 11th French Open final

first_imgThis was the No. 5-seeded del Potro’s first semifinal at Roland Garros since 2009. He missed the tournament every year from 2013-16 because of injuries, including three operations on his left wrist. In the fourth game Friday, del Potro clutched at his left hip after being wrong-footed by one shot from Nadal and was visited by a doctor at the next changeover.Soon enough, he was yelling at himself, the very picture of exasperation thanks to Nadal’s relentless ball-tracking and shotmaking.On Sunday, Nadal will face No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian who reached his first Grand Slam final by ending the surprising run of 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1.Over the past two seasons, Nadal is 49-2 on red clay, with both losses coming against Thiem: in the quarterfinals at Rome in May 2017, and the quarterfinals at Madrid in May 2018.“He’s an amazing player,” Nadal said. “He’s a player with big power. He’s playing with big confidence. … I know I have to play at my best. I know I have to improve a little bit.”ADVERTISEMENT The No. 1-ranked Nadal compiled a 35-20 edge in winners while making only 19 unforced errors Friday.Nadal saved three break points at 1-all in the opening set and another three at 4-all. After he held there, that was pretty much that for del Potro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNadal broke to take that set and was on his way, taking 14 of the last 17 games.“The first set was very difficult, with too many chances for Juan Martin,” Nadal said. “I am a little bit fortunate to win the first set.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thiem had to weather three set points for Cecchinato, at 7-6, 9-8 and 10-9. Thiem got to 10-all with a drop shot of his own.At long last, Thiem converted his fifth set point when Cecchinato sent a forehand long. The third set was dominated by Thiem, who raced to a 4-0, two-break lead in 12 minutes.“That was definitely the key to the match,” Cecchinato said. “To get to a set apiece would have changed the match.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns a shot against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, June 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Rafael Nadal improved to 11-0 in French Open semifinals. To get to 11-0 in French Open finals, he’ll need to get past the only man who has beaten him on red clay over the last two seasons.After dealing with some tight moments early, Nadal overwhelmed 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 the rest of the way Friday.ADVERTISEMENT #KickStalker: Tenorio, Filipino ballers share LeBron’s warrior spirit through ‘Agimat’ View comments One big difference in this meeting is that those two matches that went Thiem’s way were best-of-three-set events. The French Open, like all Grand Slam tournaments, is best-of-five for men.Nadal is now 85-2 for his career at Roland Garros, with a record 10 championships. He is 110-2 in all best-of-five matches on red clay.“He’s a big favorite against everybody,” Thiem said. “Still, I know how to play against him. I have a plan.”Thiem has been to the semifinals in Paris three years in a row. He lost to eventual champions Novak Djokovic in 2016 and Nadal in 2017.This time, Thiem instead faced Cecchinato (cheh-key-NAH’-toe), a 25-year-old from Sicily who never had won a Grand Slam match until this tournament and was the lowest-ranked men’s semifinalist at the clay-court major in 19 years. Cecchinato was accused of match-fixing and suspended for 18 months in 2016, but he appealed, and his punishment was dropped on a technicality.After dropping the first two sets he played in the opening round, Cecchinato came back to win that match in five sets, then proceeded to string together upsets. He beat No. 10 seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round and No. 8 David Goffin in the fourth before stunning 12-time major champion Djokovic in the quarterfinals.But Checchinato could not quite keep up with Thiem and his big baseline game. Cecchinato made some headway by repeatedly using drop shots, but Thiem eventually started tracking them down well.The pivotal part of the match was the second-set tiebreaker. Both played superbly — and both had chances to end it. Thiem went ahead 6-3, but wasted three set points there, including a bad volley into the net at 6-4 that left him chewing ruefully on his left index finger.“It was not a very nice feeling,” Thiem said.A fourth set point for Thiem was erased with — what else? — a drop shot by Cecchinato.last_img read more

January 18

Fans cheer as Iniesta lands in Japan to join Vissel Kobe

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Iniesta had said that moving to a Chinese club was also an option for him.His signing is a timely boost to the J-League, which attracted luminaries such as Brazilian great Zico and England’s Gary Lineker when it began in 1993 but has struggled to lure marquee players in recent years.Iniesta will join former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski in the western port city of Kobe after Podolski completed a move from Galatasaray last summer.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES About 300 fans came to Kansai airport at Osaka in western Japan to greet Iniesta when he arrived in the early morning, according to a Vissel Kobe spokesman. “I was looking forward to coming to Japan. I want to play as soon as possible,” Iniesta said, according to the spokesman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I hope to get ready for Sunday and show the fans good play.”Iniesta’s choice of Kobe is arguably Japanese football’s biggest transfer coup, with many top players now moving to cash-rich Chinese clubs in the twilight of their careers. 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Spanish football star Andres Iniesta (R) signs autographs as he is greeted by Vissel Kobe supporters upon his arrival at the Kansai International airport in Osaka on July 18, 2018.Iniesta’s transfer to J-League team Vissel Kobe before the World Cup arguably represented Japanese football’s biggest transfer coup, with many top players instead now moving to cash-rich Chinese clubs in the twilight of their careers./ AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / Japan OUTHundreds of football fans flocked to cheer Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta when he arrived in Japan on Wednesday to join his new club Vissel Kobe.The 34-year-old Spanish World Cup winner, who lifted 32 major trophies at Barca and made over 600 appearances for the Catalan giants, completed a big-money move to Japan in May.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? June Mar Fajardo leading PBA BPC, MVP races Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

January 18

Is there a path forward in NFL protests?

first_imgThe divide is not only splitting the country, but splintering the NFL.“I think there are a lot of people that are supportive of the players and then there are a couple of people that have been very vocal against it,” said Duane Brown, one of three Seahawks who protested. “Those people have power. We’ll see what happens.”What has happened so far is that the protests that began with Colin Kaepernick taking a knee before a 49ers game two seasons ago show no signs of disappearing entirely. If anything, the first preseason games show that while most teams fell in line with the desires of their management, there are some players who aren’t going to back down.And that could cause major problems not only for protesting players but a league trying to keep its dominant place in American sports.“The NFL is caught, they can’t really win either way,” said Eric Schiffer, the CEO of Reputation Management Consultants, a Los Angeles-based brand and crisis management firm. “They’ve now come to the conclusion they were alienating conservatives and attempted to mitigate it. But they have only so much they are able to do without alienating the core of their product, which is the players.”ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Their points can still be made, and perhaps find a more receptive audience.And, just maybe, the tweets will stop.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ex-Tennessee star gets NFL chance after rape acquittal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins So far the players — at least a handful of them — aren’t backing down. A few took a knee in the first weekend of exhibition games, at least two raised a fist during the anthem, and several stayed in the locker room as their way of making a statement.The NFL reacted by doing nothing, at least publicly. The league’s hastily adopted new policy on protests during the anthem is on hold while it holds talks with the players’ union on an issue that figures to grow more contentious with every game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’That didn’t stop President Donald Trump from weighing in on Twitter, calling for any player who doesn’t stand during the national anthem to be suspended without pay.For Trump, it’s an issue that resonates with his base. For the protesting players, it’s an issue of social injustice that needs to be raised.center_img The fact the protests have been turned into something they were never intended to be is a big reason why a resolution will be so difficult. Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem to protest social injustice against minorities, but Trump and others have portrayed it instead as a protest against the anthem itself and the country it stands for.Still, an NFL spokesman said the league and the players’ union are involved in “constructive” talks to resolve the issue. But they’re in a battle with time, with the start of the regular season just a few weeks away.They might want to start with one of the few good suggestions offered publicly so far. It came from Kenny Stills, the Miami wide receiver who took a knee during the national anthem in the Dolphins first preseason game.Give Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid jobs, Stills said, and let players know you’re serious.“You can’t say as a league you support the players and their protests and then blackball the players who initially started the protests,” Stills said. “To come to the drawing board and talk about solutions, we need to start there as a league, and then we can start drawing up other solutions to some of these other problems.”Employing Kaepernick and Reid shouldn’t be that much of a problem. Both are NFL players at the highest level, and both seem to have been blackballed from the league — at least unofficially — because of their protests.Offer them up to every team in the league. Waive any salary cap to do it, and there should be some takers.If no team bites, assign them through a lottery.After that, it gets easier. Offer players something in exchange for not protesting during the anthem — perhaps a 30-second commercial spot to highlight social injustice at halftime of every nationally televised game.The guess is players would respond favorably, partly because they have little alternative. By now they surely understand that their original cause has been hijacked and that they — along with the NFL — are in no-win situations. Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem, before the team’s NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)The players kneel. The president tweets.And the great divide over protests during the national anthem at NFL games grows even wider.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 awardlast_img read more

January 18

Aldin Ayo: I’m very happy in UST

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “The coaches should never take credit of the achievements of their players because the players themselves are the ones who worked on it,” said Ayo. “They’re the ones who practiced and trained and us coaches are just there to guide them.” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Growling Tigers are in a three-way tie with University of the East and National University at the eighth seed, but despite that Ayo said he perfectly happy being in UST.“I appreciate the support of the UST community, the support of the managers, the priests, I wasn’t even aware that we would have t-shirts with my old jersey number on it,” said Ayo in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena.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: Aldin Ayo signs six-year deal with UST“Even though this was the outcome against La Salle, I’m very happy here in UST.” Belingon looks to end Team Lakay’s banner year with a bang View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Growling Tigers wore shirts that seemed to be in support of Ayo. It had the number four printed on the back, which was their coach’s jersey number while he was still playing at Colegio de San Juan de Letran.“I told my players ‘guys I don’t know that people had this planned for me, this is not for me, this is for UST so let’s play for UST, let’s play for our alma mater,’” said Ayo, whose game against the Green Archers was his first since leaving La Salle, which his steered to a title in Season 79.READ: Ateneo jeers serve as motivation for UST, Ayo: ‘It will help us’ The muscular head coach added that he doesn’t take credit for the improvements his former players had like Aljun Melecio and Justine Baltazar, two Green Archers who punished the Growling Tigers during their matchup.Baltazar finished with a career-high 22 points with 10 rebounds, and three blocks while Melecio had 19 points and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Aldin Ayo hasn’t had the best starts with University of Santo Tomas after his new team fell to a 1-4 record on Wednesday with a 99-72 loss to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

January 18

Forbes: LeBron James tops NBA rich list again

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks toward the bench during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James remains the top-earning player in the NBA while an increasing number of stars have boosted their income through off-field activities, a Forbes survey revealed Tuesday.Forbes said that Los Angeles Lakers star James was the highest-paid player in basketball for a fifth straight year, pocketing an estimated $88.7 million in 2018-2019.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Raptors coach Nick Nurse sizes up the NBA’s Eastern Conference Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook was fourth on the list with $53.7 million. Most of Westbrook’s earnings comes through his lucrative contract with the Thunder, reportedly worth $207 million over five years. The triple-double king added a further $18 million through endorsements.Reigning NBA MVP James Harden rounded out the top five on the list with $47.4 million ($30.4 million salary and $17 million endorsements).The Forbes survey noted that that the top 10 earners in the NBA will make around $540 million this year, up more than $180 million from five years ago.The report pointed to several stars who have looked to diversify their brands into different areas, with James, Curry and Durant all setting up their own companies to manage business opportunities in media and marketing.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Around $35.7 million of James’s earnings came from salary and bonuses, while $53 million was generated through endorsements.Golden State Warriors ace Stephen Curry ranked second on the earnings list with $79.5 million, with salary accounting for $37.5 million and endorsements $42 million.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCurry’s Golden State teammate Kevin Durant was third with $65 million. Around $30 million of Durant’s earnings are from his salary while endorsements account for $35 million. Durant has earned more than $400 million in his career to date, according to Forbes. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

January 18

No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach

first_imgCarpio 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 No. 7 seed Kiki Bertens lost to Viktoria Kuzmova 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (6), while No. 11 Daria Kasatkina was eliminated by 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mladenovic came into the Dubai Championships with a record of 0-4 in 2019.Osaka had not competed since winning the Australian Open in January for her second consecutive Grand Slam title, a victory that also allowed her to become the first tennis player from Asia to lead the rankings.Last week, Osaka announced on Twitter that she would no longer work with coach Sascha Bajin, who began coaching her before last season and helped her win the U.S. Open in September.Osaka didn’t offer an explanation for the split at the time, but addressed it during a media availability before the Dubai tournament, saying: “Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t. … I think my reason is I wouldn’t put success over my happiness.”In other action Tuesday at the hard-court tournament, second-seeded Petra Kvitova — the runner-up to Osaka at the Australian Open — beat Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4; third-seeded Simona Halep — Osaka’s predecessor at No. 1 — defeated Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (5), 6-4; and No. 4 seed Karolina Pliskova edged Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts during her match against Kristina Mladenovic, of France, at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Naomi Osaka lost her first match since moving up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings — and first since splitting from her coach.The two-time major champion had trouble with her serve and was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by 67th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Championships in a little more than an hour on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ex-NBA player Glen Davis avoids jail time in marijuana bust Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Afterward, Osaka wiped away tears while speaking to reporters and discussing the difficulty of dealing with her new-found spot atop the sport.“I don’t think I necessarily understand what position I’m in, in a way. Because last year, I wasn’t even anywhere close to this ranking. People didn’t pay attention to me — and that’s something that I’m comfortable with,” Osaka said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I don’t really like attention,” she said. “It’s been a little tough.”Playing a second-round match after an opening bye as the tournament’s top seed, Osaka won only 5 of 27 second-serve points, just 19 percent, and barely half of her first-serve points, 12 of 22.She was broken seven of the nine times she served.last_img read more

January 18

Montserrado Farmers Prioritize Pepper Production

first_imgOver 100 farmers at Chinese Farm, Mount Barclay, Montserrado County have prioritized the production of Pepper to earn more money during this farming season.In an interviews, with the Daily Observer on their seperate farms recently, the farmers disclosed that producing pepper during such a this time of the year yield more profits.The farmers have also grown small amounts of lettuce, watermelon, and cucumber.Pepper is a fruit (though considered to be a vegetable in culinary/cooking terms) that is grown by most Liberian farmers.It is cooked by many households in Liberia in various dishes. From December through April, this fruit is in high demand on the Liberian market as very few farmers are found engaged in its the production. A 50kg bag of pepper is sometime sold at LD$ 10,000 in Monrovia.Though normally a long duration crop, when cultivated in the lowlands it lasts for a short period of time. It can be harvested after every 3 weeks.However, while it is noted that most Liberians love cooking this fruit in many of their meals, the crop lacks nutritional value. It is usually used for spice and seasoning.Mr. Jimmy Gborvehtai is the chairman of the Mawah Farmers Association(meaning in kpelle clean) in Chinese Farm, Mount-Barclay. He told our farmer reporter, that they have prioritized the production of pepper because the crop is in demand from December-April.“We prefered to grow more pepper on our farms this farming season, because we expect to get more buyers with an attractive price.  A bag of pepper, mainly the 50kg size, is now sold for around LD$ 10,000 or more,” he disclosed.He said he has cultivated about 3 acres with more of the crop.According to Mr. Gborvehtai the soil in Mount- Barclay is ideal for growing pepper.He explained that through farming, he has acquired properties and supported his children in schools.“Agriculture pays a lot, contrary to what some may think . It is through farming that I made enough money to buy my land and now I am constructing a house. Though it involves plenty of hard work, it keeps me self employed,” he explained.He stated that he intends to expand the farm but lack the funding.“Many of we farmers in Chinese Farm want a loan from government to improve our production. We are qualified for such assistance, but have not been fortunate to get it,” he said.Meanwhile, the Mawah farmers’ group chairman used the occasion to educate other local farmers.“I want my fellow farmers in the country to see agriculture as a business and work hard to grow more food. They should always learn to keep records of their finances, so that at the end of the of the farming season, theycan know their annual income,” he elucidated.For his part, Alexander Moannah disclosed that they decided to prioritize pepper not only for more profit, but also because the crop is disease resistant.“Pepper production does not require the use of more insecticide to control pests or diseases. All that we do as farmers is to apply more NPK fertilizers when we need to boost growth,” he stated.Mr. Moanah, a father of 6 children, disclosed that he once earned his living as a security worker.I decided to come a farmer, during the civil crisis considering the vibrancy of the Agricultural sector. Through it I  have bought land and am about to build house,” he said.Mr. Moanah has called on Liberians to go back to the soil as a way of empowering themselves.The agriculture project of the farmers in Chinese farm is being supported through the United States Agencies for International Development/ Food and Enterprise Development Program (USAID/FED). An Urban and Peri-urban project aimed at improving farmers’ productivityin the country. USAID/FED provided tools, seeds, insecticides and fertilizers to increase the crop production of the farmers, according to the beneficiaries. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 18

LBDI Accedes to AAFDI Rating System

first_imgJohn B. S. Davies, President, LBDI and President, LBAThe Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) has acceded to the peer review of the Prudential Standard Guidelines and Rating System (PSGRS) of the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI). This makes the Bank the first financial institution in Liberia preparing to be rated by the Association.The AADFI-PSGRS mechanism was co-initiated by the African Development Bank with the aim of assessing Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) in the key areas of Governance Standards, Financial & Prudential Standards and Operational Standards.The PSGRS and the peer review exercise are intended to assist member institutions to identify their strengths and weaknesses with a view to applying remedial measures to ensure that African DFIs reflected international best practices in their operations.LBDI made a statement of intent on becoming a PSGRS compliant development finance institution last week when it hosted a two-day training session on PSGRS compliance for senior and middle-level managers at its 9th Street Corporate office on July 3 and 4.The seminar was facilitated by seasoned AADFI experts, who were led by Mr. Attiogbe Koku Akogoni and his colleagues, Mr. Konate Yacouba and AADFI peer review consultant, Mr. Paul Yuma Morisho.Speaking at the closing ceremony of the seminar, LBDI Chief Executive Officer, Mr. John B. S. Davies, III assured the public that LBDI will be the first bank to successfully pass the litmus PSGRS evaluation test for AADFI rating.“We have no doubt that LBDI will be the first bank in Liberia to achieve this feat,” he said noting, however, that Management will not rest on its laurels, but will work with all stakeholders across the banking industry to ensure that no effort is spared in providing access to finance to the Liberian populace.According to Mr. Davies, LBDI had to first meet the Central Bank of Liberia’s (CBL) requirement on international financial reporting standards (IFRS) before venturing into acceding to PSGRS peer review.“We [LBDI] led the way in meeting the IFRS requirement by the CBL and our report has already been published,” he said.Mr. Davies thanked AADFI for sending the ‘brilliant’ facilitators and said the move to accede to the PSGRS of AADFI is intended to take LBDI to another level and enhance the Bank’s credit rating system in line with international best practices.He noted that it is the responsibility of LBDI to lead by example because the Bank is the premiere development finance institution in the country.The LBDI CEO described his bank’s accession to the PSGRS as another milestone in ensuring that LBDI adapts best practices and sound banking procedures, actions and endeavors in the interest of advancing its strategic plan.“I am aware of the fact that the first attempt by many of our colleague development finance institutions, who are members of AADFI, did not do quite as well as we’ve done in our first revision. That progress is an attestation that Liberia’s banking sector is vibrant and that our regulatory framework is strong,” he said.For his part, the Deputy Director for Regulation and Supervision at the CBL Mr. Michael B. Ogun described as a milestone, the decision by LBDI Management to accede to AADFI’s PSGRS.According to Mr. Ogun, LBDI has crossed the bridge and open the way for other banks to follow suit in order to improve their credit rating.“This landmark gain by LBDI is welcoming because Liberia is not rated. Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and most of the other countries are rated, but Liberia is not rated,” the CBL Deputy Director declared.He stressed the importance of the country’s banks being rated and said it attracts potential investors. Mr. Ogun challenged AADFI and other credit rating agencies to ensure that LBDI succeeds so that country’s financial institutions will be listed.  The Association of African Development Finance Institutions has, since its creation in 1975, continued to promote activities that support African national and sub-regional DFIs in achieving their mandates.Since the adoption of the PSGRS in 2008, it has been used for peer review and rating of DFIs every two years, with the first exercise being conducted during the 2009 CEOs Forum held in Ezulwini, Kingdom of Swaziland in November 2009.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more