How far down the road will NLEX go?

first_imgThree straight wins by any team should be enough cause to feel buoyant and hopeful.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ Keep in mind that in Guiao’s previous productive stint with Rain or Shine, he got frontliners Beau Belga, Jewel Ponferada and Raymond Almazan to shoot long distance whenever they were open.The guard rotation also has the speed and hustle that Guiao wants for transition offense.Kevin Alas has been playing heads up of late, capping a PBA Player of the Week accolade with a 24-point performance against the Elasto Painters.It also helps that NLEX has a hardworking import in Aaron Fuller who is not afraid to mix it up with the bigger imports or opponents in the shaded area.The Road Warriors have made the league notice that they are no longer going to simply fold up like before. Their recent wins have given them the toughness and confidence to believe that they can go into the playoffs and give the brighter lights some headaches.You can’t play for Guiao if you aren’t of stern stuff and the Road Warriors know that down the road, they will need their coach’s demand for guts and smart basketball.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return The NLEX Road Warriors are in that joyful ride right now, their third win coming from a pulsating 122-114 double overtime triumph against Rain or Shine.NLEX’s previous wins came against Alaska and Kia Picanto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Coach Yeng Guiao now has the necessary weapons to go deep into this conference though the real tests will be against the tougher teams like San Miguel, Ginebra and TNT Katropa. But unlike before, Guiao seems to have the men of steel he likes, those who are unafraid to take big shots, dive for loose balls and fight for precious rebounds.The acquisition of Larry Fonacier and JR Quiñahan has toughened the Road Warriors’ frontline that already had Asi Taulava and Rabeh Al-Hussaini.Fonacier and Quiñahan are bigs that can shoot from the outside, a critical element in the Guiao system. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Read Next Malaysian marvels Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View commentslast_img read more

Traditional Devil Harasses, Extorts Money from Drivers on River Cess Road

first_imgIn an attempt to express the anger and frustration about the deplorable conditions of the River Cess highway, a traditional devil has begun harassing and extorting money from drivers and company personnel.In order for commercial drivers, private and other public service transport providers not escape the extortion spree of the traditional devil’s well-designed plan, members placed large log at the entrance of the Bailey Bridge constructed by aid-agencies.Late Tuesday morning near the bridge separating River Cess and Sinoe counties in the southeastern Liberia, a dozen men, most of them under the influence, intercepted two Liberian Government vehicles and demanded US$30 from them.Commuters and businesspeople aboard the two affected vehicles have called on authorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Traditional Chiefs and the Elders Council of Liberia to admonished members of the traditional societies to stop carrying out such activities.“Such activities on major highways in the country could spark misunderstanding amongst the citizens and residents as people using the highway come from different traditional backgrounds,” the businesspeople stressed.Senior members of the traditional devil’s entourage told the drivers and company’s personnel that their big trucks were the ones spoiling and damaging the River Cess-Sinoe’s highway. The traditional devil members’ assertions could be perhaps due to the companies not adequately addressing the social corporate responsibility components of the concession agreements entered into with the Liberian Government.“Every year during the Rainy Season in River Cess and Sinoe Counties, our roads continue to be spoiled by the big, big companies’ trucks, commercial drivers and other end users,” traditional devil members contended.The two vehicles were released only following extensive 30 minutes of negotiations with members of the River Cess traditional council by an Executive Protective Service (EPS) officer.The EPS officer, who asked not to be named, pleaded with the members of the traditional devil’s entourage to relax their grievances and channel same through the relevant ministries and agencies of the Liberian Government.“I’m indeed aware of your complaints and sentiments and I will convey same to the appropriate government ministries and agencies for a practical solution,” EPS personnel assured.In a brief stop-over at one of the biggest commercial centers of ITI in River Cess County, residents and businesspeople told the Daily Observer that the action of the devil’s members had become a nightly routine.They also underscored the need for the intervention of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Traditional Council of Liberia in order to create an enabling environment for them to carry out their business activities to Sinoe County.The businessmen and women further pointed out that they all respect all the traditional norms of every tribe in Liberia but, their practices should not infringe on the rights of other peaceful citizens doing business on the highways of Sinoe and River Cess counties.“Our concerns and expressions are not meant to disrespect the traditional practices of the River Cess citizens but we  only want to do our business activities under a secure environment,” businessman Blamayon Gray emphasized.Meanwhile, several businessmen and women in the ITI commercial district have sounded an urgent appeal to the MIA and central government to hold some discussions with the traditional devil members on the matter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bel Air businessman ‘apologises’ for damage done – Govt

first_imgControversial “Go Invest Elsewhere” adA Bel Air Gardens, Georgetown, businessman has apologised for the controversial “Go Invest Elsewhere” ad that was published in two local newspapers two weeks ago, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said on Thursday.He told reporters at the post-Cabinet press briefing that businessman Siri Persaud, General Manager of GuyGas located at Lot 9 Bel Air Gardens, took responsibility for the advertisement, which urged investors in Guyana to go elsewhere.In a letter addressed to President David Granger, the businessman expressed his “deep regret, saying that he was only trying to highlight his “sheer frustration” with the Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest), whom he noted failed to fairly and equally represent him as an investor in Guyana.“It was never meant to dissuade any investor, local or foreign, from investing in Guyana but rather to highlight shortcomings and encourage public discussion concerning improvements to that important investment agency,” the letter stated.The businessman went on to apologise for the “corresponding effect including any embarrassment” the ad would have caused.The half-page ad was published on the opening of the inaugural petroleum summit GIPEX which had scores of local and foreign investors attending to explore local investment opportunities.The ad, which read “INVESTORS BEWARE, GOINVEST ELSEWHERE”, was carried in the Kaieteur News and Stabroek News on February 7 and 8, 2018 and had no attributions as to whom the author was.Nevertheless, it had caught the attention of Government and several of its members had condemned the ad, especially at a time when Guyana is trying to create an investor-friendly environment.Meanwhile, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin on Thursday condemned the actions by the businessman, saying he is both “disappointed” and “deeply disturbed”.“It is my view that the Guyanese public in general and the business community in particular view this as a despicable and distasteful attempt to scare away investors and embarrass our country,” Gaskin said.The Business Minister went on to disclosed that one week prior to the publication of the ad, he received an email from Persaud who indicated his intent to release the ad during the petroleum expo but added that it could have been avoided had a certain matter been resolved before the weekend.last_img read more

KPL calendar to switch to August-May format

first_imgThere will be no usual June mid-season break with the final match of the league expected to be on October 6 while the 2018/2019 season will kick off in December, to run till September 2019.“This will carry on until the cycle completes itself to have the season starting in August and ending in may. For example, the 2019/2020 season begins in November, running until August, the following season will start in October until July and so on. This should fall in place by 2023,” Oguda explained to Capital Sport.“We were informed of this by Football Kenya Federation (FKF) last month and now we have to pay the price by sacrificing the June break. This is a CAF directive and they also said that the league winner must be announced by mid October so that’s why we end the season early,” Oguda further added.KPL CEO Jack OgudaHe also said; “We will have matches on weekends and midweek to cover this up. But we will only have the tough period this year.”Clubs will have to carry the weight of congested fixtures especially Gor Mahia who are playing in the CAF Confederations Cup group stages for the first time. The club will now seemingly get used to playing up to three matches per week in the midst of travels.Kenya has been running its league from February to November with a month-long break in June. Most coaches have had an issue with the calendar, pointing it out as one of the reasons Kenyan clubs struggle in CAF Competitions.They say that while Kenyan clubs begin their campaign just after pre-season, most other countries usually have their leagues going on and the players are usually fitter.In East Africa, Tanzania and Uganda already have their seasons following the European calendar and it has proved tough for Kenyan clubs to play pre-season friendly matches against their counterparts due to the difference.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia will be seeking to win a record 17th KPL title. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) calendar is set to switch to the August-May format by 2023 under a directive from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda has said.Consequently, as the country’s top league begins its journey to mirror the European leagues format and one practiced by a huge section in Africa, teams will have to bear the brunt of the switch beginning this season.last_img read more

CSU leaders to get raises of up to 12%

first_imgLONG BEACH – Over the objections of some students and faculty, California State University trustees voted Wednesday to boost executives’ salaries as much as 12 percent in an effort to make them more competitive with other institutions. The board’s 14-2 vote raised the salary of CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed from $377,000 to $421,500, while Long Beach State President F. King Alexander will get a raise from $291,208 to $320,329. All the other campus chiefs got comparable increases except Mildred Garcia, president of CSU Dominguez Hills, who is new to the job. Trustees said the pay hikes were necessary to recruit and retain high-quality executives, who often can find greater salaries and retirement benefits elsewhere. “We have suffered because our salaries lag so far behind,” said Jeffrey Bleich, the board’s vice chairman. (562) 499-1308.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who also serves as a trustee, said the raises were a “very serious mistake.” He argued that the hikes were excessive and inappropriate at a time when students have faced a recent string of fee increases. He also said he saw no evidence that salary levels were affecting recruiting and retention. “If any of the presidents are leaving, that’s news to me,” said Garamendi, who joined Trustee Ricardo Icaza in voting against the hikes. Students speaking at the meeting said the salary increases were unfair considering that they have seen fee increases and overcrowded classrooms. “We simply do not understand why our funding is lining the pockets of CSU executives instead of investing it in the classroom,” said 22-year-old Angela Stubbs, a senior at CSU San Marcos. The trustees had hired Mercer Human Resources Consulting, which reported in July that the average $259,435-a-year salary of a CSU president lags 46 percent behind the salaries of 20 other institutions surveyed. last_img read more

Homeland hero – Incredible statistic behind Chelsea star’s goal against Southampton

first_imgThe joy was there to see from Ross Barkley as he turned the ball home in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton.An awful hamstring injury has curtailed his playing time with the Blues since his move in January and now he’s finally got his first goal for the club too, after 14 appearances. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars deals shining 1 Chelsea star Ross Barkley celebrates his goal against Southampton. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Latest Premier League News With his career stuttering at Everton his move to Stamford Bridge was need but it’s taken time for him to put the pieces together, doing so in style in the week he got back into the England squad.And the 22-cap star also broke an amazing streak which had lasted 40 games for Chelsea.Barkley became the first Englishman to score for the club in all competitions since Danny Drinkwater’s goal in the 5-0 victory over Stoke City on December 30, 2017.Here’s hoping he’s going to add a few more and make himself a vital player for club and country. gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED REAL DEAL no dice REVEALED tense huge blow silverware Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham starlast_img read more

Chelsea v Man City: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgManchester City beat Chelsea 3-0 in AugustKick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday 16 April 2016Referee: Mike Dean (Heswall, Merseyside)Match in a nutshell: Looking to bounce back after their first league defeat under Guus Hiddink, Chelsea host Man City, who haven’t won a league game at Stamford Bridge since February 2010.Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: John Terry (Achilles), Kurt Zouma (knee), Loic Remy (groin).Fitness tests: Eden Hazard (hip).MANCHESTER CITYRuled out: David Silva (ankle), Vincent Kompany (calf), Raheem Sterling (groin).Fitness tests: None. Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Miazga, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Cahill, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Matic, Colkett, Oscar, Kenedy, Hazard, Falcao, Pato, Traore.Manchester City: Hart; Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy; Fernando, Fernandinho; Navas, De Bruyne, Silva, Aguero.Subs from: Caballero, Wright, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Demichelis, Toure, Delph, Nasri, Bony, Iheanacho. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: L W D D W (8 points)Home: D D W D D (7 points)Man City total: W W L D W (10 points)Away: W D L W D (8 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 15; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Pedro 7; Fabregas 5; Traore 4; Cahill 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Loftus-Cheek 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Pato 1, Terry 1.Manchester City: Aguero 23; De Bruyne 15; Sterling 11; Iheanacho 9; Bony 8, Toure 8; Fernandinho 6; Silva 4; Kolarov 3; Delph 2, Kompany 2; Nasri 2; Demichelis 1, Faupala 1, Fernando 1, Garcia 1, Navas 1, Otamendi 1.Last five meetings21 February 2016: Chelsea 5 Man City 116 August 2015: Man City 3 Chelsea 031 January 2015: Chelsea 1 Man City 121 September 2014: Man City 1 Chelsea 115 February 2014: Man City 2 Chelsea 0Chelsea 1 win, Man City 2 wins, 2 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Equipment boost for golf development

first_img“The proper equipment is often not available in our stock, but the wrong equipment is very detrimental to the swing and it stunts the growth and development of our future stars. ‘Thankful’“The value of having the right equipment for our advanced learners cannot be underestimated and we are really thankful that Duncan Wood from the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation put Deon in touch with us when he was approached about this equipment,” said SAGDB managing director Ken Viljoen. SAGDB successSince its inception, the SAGDB has coached over 17 000 youngsters, produced one senior national player and four players in the senior national squad, 25 senior provincial and under-23 players and 108 junior provincial players. “This donation will go such a long way towards boosting our programme around the country,” Hepburn reckoned. Cobra Puma Golf general manager Deon Bakkes said he was delighted to find a source that could put the equipment to use. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “Our numbers keep growing, but while we have substantial equipment for the beginners and younger learners in the programme, our coaches are often faced with a tough task in finding the right size and length clubs for the older and more advanced learners,” explained Hepburn. “We were thrilled to learn that the South African Golf Development Board can use these clubs for their elite players and we hope this helps them to reach the next level.” South African golf has a proud history, and the SA Golf Development Board (SAGDB) is working hard to unearth and support talented youngsters. A recent donation from Cobra Puma Golf will go a long way towards seeing this happen, says board technical director Grant Hepburn. “Since the stock had become obsolete, it was scheduled for destruction,” he explained. “But instead of destroying the clubs, they will be put to great use in the SAGDB programme.center_img 23 August 2012 A hole-in-oneThe SAGDB depends on donated equipment to help those unable to afford such items to learn and hone their craft. Cobras Puma Golf’s equipment boost is, in golf terms, a hole-in-one for the SAGDB. ‘A major step forward’“So this donation will certainly boost our growth. To be able to distribute suitable equipment for the elite players in our programme across the country, is a major step forward for the SAGDB.” Over 1 500 players have participated in junior golf tournaments and 34 of its most talented players have been invited to join prestigious and recognised high performance centres such as the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation. ‘Wonderful’“It’s wonderful to know that in some small measure, Cobra Puma Golf has contributed to the foreseeable golf development in South Africa. The equipment donation, worth R800 000, is made up of hybrids, woods and irons. SAinfo reporter “We currently have elite players in 10 provinces and this equipment will give them the opportunity to excel and grow and take their games to the next level.”last_img read more

Solar energy a growing option for farms and businesses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At a recent field day displaying solar technology in use, Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo caught up with Eli Mast of Mast Farm Service and Sheldon Stutzman of Paradise Energy Solutions to talk the growing interest and viability of solar technology to offset energy costs.last_img

How to Beat a Rigged System

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Too many people are being convinced to accept the mindset of the victim. They’re being told they don’t have the power change their life. They are buying the idea that the system is rigged against them and that there’s nothing they can do about it. Set aside for the time being that none of these things are true.But even if they were, holding these beliefs would not serve the holder, creating resentment, anger, frustration, and a debilitatingly negative mindset instead.If the system is rigged, there’s still an age-old recipe for beating that system and succeeding in the pursuit of your goals.Attitude: Your attitude is 100% within your control, which is not to pretend it’s easy. A good attitude is a discipline. You will always have a negative stimulus. However, you also have the power to pause between that stimulus and your response. If you want to understand how important the decision is to control your attitude, read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl survived three concentration camps in Nazi Germany while losing his family. He attributes his survival to the ability to control his mind—his most important freedom. Your attitude is what gives you power inside a rigged system.Work Ethic: Your work ethic is also within your control. You can show up early, stay later, and work harder than anyone else. You can also do better work than almost anyone else by merely giving that work your full focus and concentration. In an age of infinite distractions, a strong ability to focus is a defining differentiator. It is difficult not to like and appreciate people with an exceptional work ethic. Work ethic by itself will provide advancement opportunities. The system has no way to protect itself from a hard worker. Wherever they go, hard workers are highly valued and reap the benefits and rewards of their efforts.Level Up: if you look for one common denominator among all successful people, regardless of their human endeavor or pursuit, and regardless of the circumstances of their birth, you will find that they continually work on improving themselves. They read books, and they take courses, they study other people to gain an edge that allows them to produce better results. Leveling up isn’t a matter of money. There’s enough content on the Internet in whatever area you want to improve at no cost-or an extraordinarily low cost—that self-improvement has never been more available to you. The system was long ago broken here. There are no more gatekeepers. No one can stop you from becoming super-competent.Accountability: If you want to grow and advance, you have to be accountable for greater and greater outcomes. Jocko Willink proposes extreme ownership. The first thing you need to be responsible for is your performance. When you look to externalities for reasons that you are not succeeding, I promise you will find them. When you understand that your state is the result of your beliefs, the decisions you’ve made and the actions you’ve taken—or more likely, not taken—you recognize that you control the one thing you need to manage to produce the results you want. The system is rigged for those who are accountable, taking responsibility for delivering outcomes. It rewards that behavior in every case.Find a Model: Other people are right now producing the results that you want in your life. They are no different than you are. You are human; they are human. You have natural talents and gifts as well as deficiencies, and so do they. But the recipe for producing almost any result you want in life is well known and well documented. There are specific sets of action when repeated that generate a particular outcome. If you’re going to speed up the time it takes you to create a result, find a model, deconstruct the recipe, and follow that recipe. This result is already being produced within the system, and because you are in that same system, all things being equal, it will produce the same result for you.The economic world in which we find ourselves is not an easy one to navigate. There are systemic challenges, in some ways greater than earlier times. That said, a scrappy go-getter always bends the system to their will.last_img read more