January 19

Sports groups hold own rallies

first_imgAnd the group seeking his ouster is bracing itself for a tough fight.“We will now shift gear and pressure the government to file charges against Peping and those who are found to be guilty in mismanaging people’s money,” Mequi said.Aside from calling for Cojuangco’s resignation, Fernandez said the rally in Cebu was also to call for a more equitable means for provincial athletes to make the national team.“What we are doing here is for the athletes, especially the ones from the provinces,” said Fernandez.“We feel like we are always victims of favoritism and prejudice,” added the PBA legend, who cited the problems of Mary Joy Tabal with the athletics association.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide PSC Commissioner Mon Fernandez leads demonstrators in Cebu for the ouster of POC president Peping Cojuangco. Contributed photo. A group composed of concerned sports officials, coaches, athletes and sports aficionados held separate peace rallies in Manila and Cebu Thursday in an effort to pressure the Philippine Olympic Committee into a change of leadership.And with the target of the rallies, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco reportedly unmoved by calls for his resignation, it looks like things are just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th Hundreds showed up in the Cebu rally, which was a bit larger than the one that gathered at Rizal Memorial. But Mequi said the important thing was to get the call for change going.“The presence of the old and the children, and a very apparent absence of those in-between, reflects the state of Philippine sports,” Mequi said. “The in-between who were not there constitute those who are involved in sports as leaders or managers of sports who tolerate the current practice of [not caring], who are satisfied with mediocrity.” How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What will follow will be worth watching,” said former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Perry Mequi, who led a small group that assembled at Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the Manila rally.In Cebu City, PSC commissioner Mon Fernandez led a bigger group that gathered at Fuente Osmeña circle and exhorted the athletes to distance themselves from the politicking and focus on their training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Just keep practicing and let us do the fight for you,” Fernandez told the athletes.Cojuangco, who arrived from Turkmenistan, where he watched the campaign of the Philippine delegation in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, could not be reached for comment but sources say he will not give in to calls for his resignation. View commentslast_img read more

January 12

GPL promises quicker response time to customers’ emergency calls

first_imgThe Guyana Power and Light (GPL) has promised that customers reporting emergencies no longer have to wait 24 hours for a response from the power company as it is moving to foster a better relationship with its consumers.Director of Customer Services at GPL, Rhonda LafarIn the past, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) provided a one-day window to respond to emergencies reported by customers, however, the company plans to reduce that waiting time to 12 hours. This is according to Director of Customer Services at GPL, Rhonda Lafar.“As it relates to the responsiveness, we are working on increasing our teams, and we have also reduced our response time. So if you call the call centre to make a report, sometimes you will be told it will be done within 24 hours, we have reduced that response time to 12 hours,” Lafar said.She stated that this is among several new measures implemented by GPL to ensure customers stay satisfied and obtain value for money in the services provided by GPL.“So you should have a team coming to your location within 12 hours, if it is a minor emergency, they can fix it. If it is major, it may take a little longer but you should have some action within 12 hours. We are working as much as possible as soon as we get reports to see how soon we can actually have the crews at your location to have your problem resolved.”Lafar noted that many persons have difficulties in paying their bills on time because of their busy schedules and the lack of time to visit a GPL location or due to other reasons beyond their control.Considering this, GPL is pushing customers to make use of the payment location agents countrywide and cautioned against waiting until the due date of a bill to make a payment.“We have banks, you can pay online through your bank account, we have BillExpress, Surepay, Mobile Money and we have the Guyana Post Office, all of these are options that bills can be paid at. The account is updated within 24 hours so customers do not have to be afraid of paying at an agent and saying their account is not updated. But I would advise to don’t wait until the due date to pay at an agent, these are easier ways to pay your bill versus coming into GPL and joining a line.”She added that there are numerous agents countrywide and closer to many customers than a GPL office so it would be more convenient for customers to utilise the services that the bill payment agents offer.last_img read more

January 12

Inconnu Swim Club heading to Kamloops for TRU Wolfpack Invitational

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – The Inconnu Swim Club is traveling to Kamloops this weekend for the 2nd Annual TRU Wolfpack Invitational.The club will bring 15 swimmers to the event with hopes of using the meet as one last chance to qualify swimmers for the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Provincials in July.One of the club’s star swimmers Alex Hedges will not take part in the Kamloops meet as she will be swimming for Team B.C this weekend at the Mel Zajac Invitational in Vancouver.- Advertisement -Next up for the club is the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Provincials in July where some swimmers will hope to qualify for the Canadian Junior Championships slated for the end of July.last_img read more

January 12

Flyers fall to Athletics on Thursday

first_imgBut Grande Prairie would go on to tie the score again, at 55 seconds left in the frame, making the score tied at three apiece.In period three, things didn’t get any better for the Flyers as Grande Prairie would score three more goals making the final score 6-3 over the Flyers.Flyers Assistant Coach, Craig Faulkner, says Grande Prairie played quite the game despite not having a full bench adding that they capitalized on their opportunities.“Grande Prairie played quite well considering the short bench, they came out flying and capitalized on a lot of their opportunities.”Advertisement Up next, the Flyers are in Dawson Creek on January 15 as they take on the Senior Canucks. Game time is 8:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers were home on Thursday night as they hosted the Grande Prairie Athletics at the North Peace Arena.In period one, it wasn’t a great start for the Flyers as the Athletics scored a goal at 2:22 into the frame making the score 1-0 over the Flyers.Then at 5:40 into the period, Lien Miller-Jeannotte scored a goal, in a power play, with a feed from Jeff Shipton and Reid Campbell making the score tied at one apiece.- Advertisement -Then shortly after the Flyers goal, the Athletics would break the tie and take the lead 2-1.At 5:31 into the second period, in a power play, Ryan Forbes would send one into the net with a double assist from Steven Fast and Reid Campbell, tying the score at two apiece.Then at 9:04 left in the period, Steven Fast would score another goal for the Flyers with a feed from Tanner LeSann and Ty Gullickson making the score 3-2 over the Athletics.Advertisementlast_img read more

January 12

Another South Peace Gas Leak

first_imgThe Dawson Creek Daily News, quoting a spokesman for Calgary-based EnCana Corporation, says another natural gas leak took place a week ago today in the South Peace.The spokesman says EnCana employees discovered the small leak, on a four-inch gathering system during a routine check in the Tomslake area, but are still trying to discover what caused it.He says the employees were able to shut it down immediately without incident, but he can’t say if the line is back in service.- Advertisement -He does say no residents were affected by the leak, and he described the volume of sour gas released, as very minimal.The newspaper says when asked why the news media had to learn about the leak from a concerned citizen, a week after the fact, the spokesman indicated…that was because it was a minor incident which didn’t warrant an extensive information release.last_img read more

January 12

B.C. helps famine relief efforts in Africa

first_imgLiquor stores across B.C. have begun collecting customer conations for drought relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.As of 9:30 a.m., Friday, the liquor store in Fort St. John has been collecting donations that will support the Red Cross’ efforts in areas like Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Uganda.- Advertisement -Several of those areas have already been declared drought zones and millions of people are affected. Many people are in need of humanitarian assistance and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had called for international efforts to help in the region.In Somalia, in particular, the country is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years.All197 B.C. Liquor stores will continue to collect donations until Sept. 15, but anyone who requires a tax receipt is encouraged to donate directly to the Canadian Red Cross.The federal government is giving $50 million for famine relief efforts in the area and, in addition, had announced it would match all private donations Canadians make until Sept. 16.Advertisement – with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

January 11

Bush sets up veto showdown on war bill

first_imgGordon Adams, a former Clinton administration official specializing in defense issues, said the Pentagon has authority to transfer existing funds between accounts. “So into June, while it’s painful, it’s possible” for the military to maintain operations, he said. Democratic leaders, determined to force Bush to change course in Iraq, also disputed his contention that Congress would be to blame for any funding difficulties in a war they have vowed to end. “Why doesn’t he get real with what’s going on with the world?” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “We’re not holding up funding in Iraq and he knows that. Why doesn’t he deal with the real issues facing the American people?” Pelosi responded to Bush with a blend of conciliation and challenge. “On this very important matter, I would extend a hand of friendship to the president, just to say to him, `Calm down with the threats,”‘ she said. “There’s a new Congress in town. We accept your constitutional role. We want you to accept ours.” Democrats took control of Congress in January after elections framed by voter dissatisfaction over a war that has now claimed the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops and cost more than $350 billion. “This war must end. The American people have lost faith in the president’s conduct of the war. Let’s see how we can work together,” added Pelosi, D-Calif. She and Reid also sent Bush a letter during the day that said they “stand ready to work with you, but your threats to veto a bill that has not even been presented to you indicate that you may not be ready to work with us.” Whatever the outcome, the confrontation bore similarities to a veto fight of a dozen years ago. At the time, a new, Republican-controlled Congress promised steep spending cutbacks to balance the budget, and a politically weakened Democratic president refused to go along. A pair of government shutdowns ensued – including one that lasted 21 days – and Republicans bore the brunt of the public’s unhappiness. In the end, the new GOP majority surrendered, and President Bill Clinton exploited the episode to help rehabilitate his standing with the voters. Apart from the Iraq provisions, the Senate legislation includes about $20 billion in domestic spending that Bush did not ask for. Republicans readied an attempt to strip out much of it, and Bush listed it as among the bill’s objectionable features. “Here’s the bottom line: The House and Senate bills have too much pork,” he said. He got a laugh at lawmakers’ expense when he said $3.5 million was included “for visitors to tour the Capitol and see for themselves how Congress works.” The funds are for a new underground Capitol visitor center, over-budget and still incomplete years after its initial target date. Bush made his comments critical of spending to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association but did not mention another item in the measure – $1.6 billion for livestock producers who suffered weather-related losses in 2005 and 2006. Dana Perino, deputy White House press secretary, later said the president opposes including those funds in the legislation. The Senate bill also contains previously passed legislation to raise the minimum wage by $2.10 in three steps, along with $12 billion in tax cuts. That is well above the $8.3 billion in tax cuts that cleared the Senate earlier this year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress lurched toward a veto showdown over Iraq on Wednesday, the commander in chief demanding a replenishment of war funding with no strings and Speaker Nancy Pelosi counseling him, “Calm down with the threats.” Bush said imposition of a “specific and random date of withdrawal would be disastrous” for U.S. troops in Iraq and he predicted that lawmakers would take the blame if the money ran short. “The clock is ticking for our troops in the field,” he said. “If Congress fails to pass a bill to fund our troops on the front lines, the American people will know who to hold responsible.” Bush spoke as the Senate moved toward passage of legislation that would require the beginning of a troop withdrawal within 120 days, and would set a goal of March 31, 2008, for its completion. The House approved a more sweeping measure last week, including a mandatory withdrawal deadline for nearly all combat troops of Sept. 1, 2008. Both bills would provide more than $90 billion to sustain military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. After passage, the next step would be a House-Senate compromise measure almost certain to include conditions that Bush has said he finds objectionable. The president’s remarks seemed designed to lay the political groundwork for a veto showdown with the new Democratic majority later this spring. Confidently predicting his veto would be sustained in Congress, he said, “Funding for our forces in Iraq will begin to run out in mid-April. Members of Congress need to stop making political statements, and start providing vital funds for our troops. They need to get that bill to my desk so I can sign it into law.” One key Democrat with longtime ties to the Pentagon, Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., said Bush was exaggerating, and he estimated the real deadline for a fresh infusion of funds was June 1. last_img
January 6

Slick Man City surprise Guardiola to cruise back top of Premier League

first_img“It was a little bit of a tricky game. International break, 12.30 kick-off, a sunny day which is unusual,” said Guardiola.“The way we started was amazing. They surprised me again, the first 15-20 minutes was exceptional.“After that the game was a bit more controlled, they had no clear chances. After the second goal the game was under control.”Guardiola’s men now lead Liverpool by a point with seven games remaining for both sides, but Jurgen Klopp’s side can retake top spot with victory over third-placed Tottenham on Sunday.“Every game we have to win if we want to be champions. We have tough opponents, but that is the challenge,” added Guardiola.Fulham, by contrast, remain 13 points adrift of safety with just 18 left to play for and failed to register a single shot on target at home for the first time in nine years.“We are realistic,” said Fulham caretaker boss Scott Parker. “The main focus in the last six games is to keep pushing and end the season on a positive in a disappointing campaign.”City remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, which they retained last month.A potential 14 games now stand between them and history, but there will be far tougher tests in wait than a dispirited and dishevelled Fulham, who played a huge part in their downfall.Sixty points now separate the sides at opposing ends of the table and the hosts’ inability to play simple passes highlighted why they are set for the drop after just one season back in the top flight.Aguero had already seen an effort cleared off the line before Silva opened the scoring just five minutes in.Kevin de Bruyne, on his return from a month-long injury absence, intercepted a loose pass deep inside the Fulham half and fed Aguero, who in turn played the ball to Silva to curl into the far corner on his favoured left foot.De Bruyne should have scored for just the second time in an injury-plagued Premier League season when he fired too close to Sergio Rico with just the Fulham goalkeeper to beat, while the Spaniard also parried Ilkay Gundogan’s effort from the edge of the box.A second City goal seemed only a matter of time, though, and again Fulham made it easy for their visitors by coughing up possession close to their own goal.Sergio Aguero scored his 29th goal of the season against Fulham © AFP / Adrian DENNISThis time the roles were reversed as Silva slipped in Aguero who expertly found the top corner for his 29th goal of the season.City were happy to canter through the second period without expending too much energy with eight games in a 25-day period to come in April.Yet, an otherwise comfortable afternoon may have come at a cost, though, as Aguero appeared to be carrying an injury as he was replaced by Gabriel Jesus just before the hour mark.“He says he felt something. As a precaution he decided to not continue and hopefully will not be a bit issue,” added Guardiola.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bernardo Silva opened the scoring for Manchester City at Craven Cottage © AFP / Adrian DENNISLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 30 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted even he was surprised at how easily the English champions swatted aside Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage to climb back on top of the Premier League.City have now won their last 12 games in all competitions, but their rhythm from a two-week international break was not disrupted as goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero ensured the game was won in the first 27 minutes.last_img read more

December 26

Tottenham know Kane better than anyone else, Pochettino insists

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 2 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible standings highlights Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Kane was lacklustre for England against Spain The England captain also appeared to labour through the first few games of the new season, even though he scored two goals in four games.Pochettino, though, says he knows Kane better than anyone.The Argentinian said: “He needs to provide the team with his best, but maybe in the circumstances we are like a team, or when he plays with England it’s maybe not the best conditions for a striker to give the best.“It’s not that I want to justify him, it’s only because the period during the season always change. Kane has lacked sharpness Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack impact 2center_img Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not worried by Harry Kane’s performances so far this season.Former England coach Gary Neville has led the calls for Kane to be given a rest after a below-par performance for his country against Spain last week. silverware smart causal REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS RANKED “The most thing here is the confidence and trust we have in him. There’s no doubt that he’s one of the best strikers or players in England and in Europe.“No doubt with Harry but because Harry’s so big a player everyone expects him in every single action for him to do something different.“That’s why the expectations and perspective are completely different to another player.“It’s our fifth season at Tottenham and if someone knows him really well I think we do.“We know Harry Kane very well in the last more than four years we work with him. We know that it’s not a situation that worries us.“We are in a situation that is under control.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era?last_img read more

December 25

Chiefs finish whirlwind day with win over Miami

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We had a job to do,’ Chiefs cornerback Patrick Surtain said. “Hey, it’s a football game. We’ve been playing this since we were 8. It’s really simple. Tonight guys found that extra bit of energy.’ Announced attendance was 68,350, but with the scheduling change and rain in the area, the actual crowd totaled about 40,000. Playing a rare Friday game, the Dolphins looked like a bad high school team, and by their second series the small crowd was booing. Gus Frerotte misfired on two potential touchdown passes and went 11 for 29, Ricky Williams rushed for minus-1 yard in six carries and the defense gave up four scoring drives of eight plays or more. “I’m not blaming it on anything, because that’s not my nature, but we certainly didn’t have the energy and enthusiasm we’ve had up to this point,’ Miami coach Nick Saban said. “We just didn’t look like the same team out there, and I can’t give you any reason exactly why.’ Despite a less-than-ideal itinerary, Kansas City (4-2) scored a touchdown on the first series and never trailed. The Dolphins (2-4) missed a chance to claim a share of the AFC East lead, instead losing their third game in a row. MIAMI — The Kansas City Chiefs canceled a practice and rushed to pack, then caught an early flight and landed less than six hours before kickoff. When the game began, though, they were ready. With Hurricane Wilma scrambling the schedule, the Chiefs shook off any travel fatigue to beat the Miami Dolphins 30-20 on Friday night. Trent Green threw for 289 yards against Miami’s injury-depleted secondary, and the Chiefs totaled a season-high 462 yards while controlling the ball for nearly 42 minutes. Lawrence Tynes’ three field goals included a 51- and 52-yarder, the two longest kicks of his career. center_img On Thursday, with some forecasters predicting a weekend hurricane in Florida, the NFL moved up the scheduled Sunday kickoff by 42 hours, leaving the Chiefs at an apparent disadvantage. “We weren’t really happy about it,’ Green said. “But we did our job, we focused and we have to be pleased about that. The team took a positive approach.’ The Chiefs canceled practice Thursday, arrived in South Florida early Friday afternoon following a three-hour flight and stretched their legs at a hotel before heading to the stadium. They were scheduled to leave right after the game and arrive in Kansas City about 2 a.m., completing a 17-hour trip. “Now we can go home, relax and watch a bunch of college games and NFL games this weekend,’ tackle Willie Roaf said. Miami’s struggling secondary lost cornerback Sam Madison (hip) and safety Tebucky Jones (pectoral) in the first half, and two other defensive starters also limped to the sideline. Kansas City took advantage, scoring on five consecutive possessions for a 30-13 lead. “Physically, we got beat up out there,’ Saban said. Sage Rosenfels stirred a potential quarterback controversy when he replaced Frerotte with less than 3 minutes left. Rosenfels’ only pass was a 77-yard touchdown strike to Chris Chambers, who split two defenders to score. Kansas City’s Larry Johnson rushed for 93 yards, and Priest Holmes ran for 90 and two scores. Miami’s Williams, meanwhile, again saw limited duty in his second game following a one-year retirement and four-game drug suspension. He has seven yards on 11 carries this season. Rookie teammate Ronnie Brown carried eight times for 95 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown on the first play of the second half that briefly reduced Miami’s deficit to 14-13. Kansas City answered with a touchdown two plays later on a 35- yard run by Holmes. 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