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Under the shadow of Asian Cup stint, Azkals taking Suzuki Cup seriously

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The AFC Asian Cup is the bigger, more prestigious tournament, but that doesn’t mean the Philippines won’t be taking the AFF Suzuki Cup just as seriously.Azkals manager Dan Palami said the Suzuki Cup carries plenty of significance for the team since it is the tournament that sparked the country’s rise in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT F2 Logistics dominates Cignal to open PSL All-Filipino campaign Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments 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 The Azkals rose to prominence eight years ago when they beat Vietnam, 2-0, in Hanoi and advanced to the semifinals for the first time. That win remains one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.The Philippines failed to get past the group stage in 2016 tournament.Eriksson, who coached England in the 2006 World Cup and has also handled the national teams of Mexico and Ivory Coast, is arriving on Friday as he and Scott Cooper supervise the Azkals’ 10-day preparation for the Suzuki Cup opener against Singapore on Nov. 13 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Aside from the Philippine Football Federation, Palami said the team’s partnership with new marketing arm, M Sports, led by advertising executive Melchor Miras, proved key in Eriksson’s acquisition.“We needed the courage and the guts to sell the idea to Sven of leaving a legacy in the Philippines and of course, the partnership with M Sports somehow assured me of the proper resources of going after a high caliber coach like Sven,” Palami said.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college And that’s why the Azkals are pulling out all the stops to ensure that they will be in fine form heading into the biennial tournament, where Thailand is the defending champion.“For me this is where it all started for the Azkals, that’s why the importance of winning the Suzuki Cup is paramount,” said Palami during the PSA Forum at Tapa King Cubao on Tuesday.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 Chriss“It’s about time we show ourselves as champions of Southeast Asia. I think it is complementary that a good performance in the Suzuki Cup gives us momentum heading into the Asian Cup.”Palami is confident that with the entry of a high caliber coach in Swede Sven-Göran Eriksson, a stronger lineup and a better system of play will lead the Azkals to glory. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Adieu Flight MH 370 CRASHED

first_imgFlight MH 370 with 239 persons on boardMarch after seven days it took off fineFamily members friends lovers and parentsTickets in hand to get a chore done as usualLittle did they know it would be a final dateIn prayer modes the world watched for wordMan made filled even on the most recentWithout a clue the whole world just confusedSudden ShockAdieu Flight MH 370CRASHEDThe prayers bellowed high to appease GodIn grief wailing love ones and spouses shriekWildly as ere text messages are posted themSo heartless the act adds insult to much injuryThose expecting a miracle stunned at the newsGone down over weeks lost probably foreverMaybe flying for hours before the sea diveHolding on the last minute contacts they hadTerrible LossAdieu Flight MH 370CRASHEDGoodbye dear friends as you rest beyond usThis may have come so late but now we can cryWith sweet memories of all the good your didHere now we learn a cue to be our best dailyThey were not told to say any goodbye evenLike the doomed final takeoff no one expectedTechnology so safe and brand new failed allLike a kite on the string we have no solid holdDeep SadnessAdieu Flight MH 370Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bloomfield man to spend 11 years in jail for 2008 murder

first_imgHow low could we as a nation get that it is socially acceptable for us as a people to refer to another as ‘Batty Shine’,” were the opening words from Justice Brassington Reynolds on Friday at the Berbice Assizes as he prepared to hand down a sentence on Omar Bacchus, 29, called ‘Batty Shine’ of Bloomfield Village, Corentyne, Berbice, for the murder of Chandradat Hemraj called ‘Sugar Boy’ and ‘Dry Shrimp in 2008 at Bloomfield.Omar BacchusEarlier, Bacchus had confessed to the lesser count of manslaughter after being charged with killing the mentally ill Hemraj, between August 30 and September 3, 2008.The case for the prosecution was that sometime at Bloomfield Village, Corentyne, Berbice, Bacchus murdered Hemraj, 34, of Third Street, Bloomfield, Corentyne, Berbice.The victim was found dead, days after he went missing, with his face down in a ditch at the back of a yard behind an abandoned house. He had left his home at Letter Kenny about three days earlier to attend a religious function a few villages away, but failed to return home.It is understood that he had returned to his home village, but instead of going home he stopped at a birthday celebration a few houses from where he lived.While he was there he was asked to purchase some cigarettes and was given a bicycle and $1000 to run the errand. He never returned. It was reported that during that time he was attacked and beaten to death and was allegedly sexually assaulted. The $1000 was stolen.When his body was found it was semi-nude with visible marks of violence. There were indications that he was also sodomised. However, no marks could have been seen at the time due to the decomposed state of the body.  He had no shirt on and his pants and briefs were around his knees.During the night of the beating a neighbour testified to seeing the accused beating Hemraj. The incident occurred about 23:00h in front of her gap. She had turned on her veranda light after hearing the sound of someone being beaten. Blood was evident at the scene and from all indications Hemraj was dragged and thrown into the ditch.A post mortem performed by Dr Vivekanand Bridgemohan gave the cause of death as asphyxiation due to drowning and multiple injuries.Before handing down the sentence Justice Reynolds heard from a probation report that the defendant was an alcoholic and supported his parents who were both alcoholics along with an elder sibling. The report also noted that he was a frequent user of marijuana.Bacchus had been remanded since 2008, making him the longest remanded prisoner at the New Amsterdam Prison.He told the court that despite his guilty plea, he did not kill Hemraj who he referred to as a friend. Bacchus said he entered the plea because of the extended period during which he was awaiting trial.Meanwhile, Attorney Perry Gossai in a mitigation plea said everyone has a right to a fair trial in a timely manner and in Bacchus’ case it was not timely.Gossai said the system failed Bacchus because in his eight years in prison he could not have been taught to read or write.He said that Bacchus was the breadwinner of his home and the fact that none of his relatives were present in court was because they could not have afforded to attend the sentencing session. [It cost $300 from Bloomfield to New Amsterdam].Justice Reynolds said while he took all that Gossai said into consideration and despite the guilty plea and Bacchus maintaining his innocence, a life was lost and that was his main concern.The Judge said the crime attracted a 25-year jail sentence but taking into account the time Bacchus has already spent in prison, the fact that he did not waste the court’s time, and all that was said about the defendant, he imposed an 11-year sentence.last_img read more

Domestic abuse cases must be reported – Minister Allicock

first_imgIndigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock is calling on the public to report cases of domestic abuse. The Minister made this comment in light of the death of Toshao Solomon Lewis of Kurutuku Village (Middle Maz), Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) who was beheaded in the wee hours of Tuesday.It was reported that Lewis and his son attempted to stop his 27-year-old son-in-lawIndigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicockfrom beating his daughter. Annoyed at the two men’s intervention, the suspect armed himself with a cutlass and dealt several chops to his father-in-law, severing his head in the process.He then turned his attention to his brother-in-law, dealing him several chops which also reportedly severed one of the man’s hands. Following the incident, the suspect fled the scene in a boat. He was however later arrested and is being processed for court.However, the Minister said domestic violence “has been a worry for a very long time and while the Toshaos are Rural Constables, where they have the powers of arrest, they will still be insecurities as we have witnessed in this case, the overpowering of wrong doers of the authority of the Village Council”.He added “this is something the villages and communities need to focus on and to take early step of curbing that situation to avoid another mishap. With this situation, I was told that this is not the first nor the second time that he has beenMinister within the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowean abusive partner, and she happens to be the daughter of the Toshao and it’s really, really sad”.Allicock pointed out the need to have proactive Community Policing Groups noting that “we will have to find a way of encouraging Village Councils are establish Policing Groups who will deal with such matters at that level and who can also bring such cases to the relevant authorities”.Meanwhile, Minister within the Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe who has direct responsibility for social and welfare issues said the Ministry, has taken steps to address such issues by employing and training welfare officers as well as providing training for members of the respective Village Councils.“Minister Allicock and I after viewing the situation, decided that welfare officers should be employed and trained in Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine so that they can help in these situations.We employed seven in 2018 and two more will be employed in 2019. They received training for one month on all these issues, where they would be able to give counsel, give advice to teenagers, women and men in a professional way,” Lowe stated.Both Ministers shared a similar concern where villages “would close ranks and noDead: Toshao Solomon Lewisone wants to speak out against the perpetrator and sometimes the victim themselves would not want to speak. Sometimes when it’s extreme then it would go further”.The Minister said it is for the same reason welfare officers are employed from within the villages and receive the appropriate training. Minister Garrido-Lowe said while much was accomplished, much more will be done since the Ministry is aware that such issues must be addressed frontally.Additionally, Minister Garrido-Lowe noted that visits will be made to the village in the coming weeks to meet with the women folk to ensure they are empowered “not only financially or economically, but also educate them in regards to their rights.The Ministry has much more to do to ensure that the Indigenous peoples learn their rights, learn about domestic violence, the Amerindian Act and incest.Even the teenagers in the schools, we also have to ensure that the Ministry of Education disseminates information to the primary schools with regards to what is appropriate behaviour in terms of touching. It’s a journey we have taken and we will ensure we complete it,” she added.To date, two welfare officers are currently employed in Region One (Barima-Waini), one in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and four in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).Meanwhile, both Ministers have expressed regret for this unfortunate incident and assured that the Ministry will provide the necessary assistance to the relatives of the now dead man during this difficult time.The passing of Toshao Lewis has put a dent on the village’s governance structure.last_img read more

GFF contributes to Indigenous Heritage Sports and Baramita Community

first_imgAs Guyana observes Indigenous Heritage Month, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has made presentations to the Indigenous Heritage Sports and the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs on behalf of the community of Baramita, in Region One.GFF President, Wayne Forde, presenting the cleats to a player at the Indigenous Heritage Sports 2018 in the presence of Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alfred KingThe GFF presented 10 pairs of cleats to the Heritage Sports on Sunday at the commencement of the event at the Everest Cricket Club Ground, while six footballs were presented to the Heritage Sports on Saturday at the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs.In presenting the cleats, GFF President Wayne Forde said it was made on request, and the GFF was happy to contribute to the cause.“Minister Garrido-Lowe would have made some representation today that some of the athletes were short on boots, so it’s our pleasure to donate some boots,” Forde said.When the footballs were received on Saturday on behalf of the Baramita Community, Mervyn Williams, Vice President and Advisor to the Honourable Minister Sydney Allicock, had said the U15 team would be beneficiaries of the balls.“The Ministry is pleased to receive these gifts of six balls from the Guyana Football Federation on behalf of the Baramita Community, which will help the young footballers, specifically the U15 team, to not only more aggressively pursue their studies through exercise, which will enhance their thinking power, but also give them an opportunity to indulge in an extra-curricular activity. This is beneficial to them, and will keep them away from activities which are perhaps not in their best interest,” Williams had said.A total of 17 football teams featured in this year’s Heritage Sports, inclusive of both male and female sides.last_img read more

Reports – Manchester United flop agrees €60m PSG switch

first_imgManchester United flop Angel Di Maria has agreed to join PSG, according to reports.The Ligue 1 side are prepared to pay United’s €60m asking price for the Argentina flyer, who failed to impress during his first season in the Premier League.And French newspaper Le Parisien report the former Real Madrid man will link up with the Ligue 1 side during the summer transfer window.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has maintained contact with Di Maria, who has become the club’s No.1 transfer target. Argentina flyer Angel Di Maria 1last_img


first_imgRamona Nicholas felt ill during Dragon’s Den pitchNEW Dragon’s Den judge Ramona Nicholas said ‘I’m Out’ on the latest episode of the series on Sunday night.And this time she was more ‘out’ than ever before.The pharmacy chain director admitted she felt like throwing up – during a pitch for an investment for dog food. “I not a big fan of dogs, especially big dogs,” she said before declaring how queasy she felt at the very thought of investing in a new range of high end canine food.“I’m feeling really really nauseous right now.”She apologised to Dr Conor Brady, dog food expert, declaring: “I can’t go anywhere with this…so I’m out.”  RAMONA ‘I’M OUT’ NICHOLAS SAYS NO AGAIN ON DRAGON’S DEN – THIS TIME TO DOG FOOD! was last modified: March 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RAMONA ‘I’M OUT’ NICHOLAS SAYS NO AGAIN ON DRAGON’S DEN – THIS TIME TO DOG FOOD!last_img read more


first_imgSTAFF at the Ulster Bank in Donegal will be among 1,800 to lose their jobs with insiders saying they fear it’s just one step away from pulling out of the Republic altogether.The bank – owned by Royal Bank of Scotland – owes billions of euro and is mostly owned by British taxpayers.Ulster Bank and RBS lost a fortune during the boom. “There won’t be an Ulster Bank in another year,” said one insider.“Many staff believe it will just pull out of Ireland altogether and cease to exist.”Responding to the announcement of the 1800 job losses at Ulster Bank Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty called on the government to work closely with the executive in the North to ensure that those made redundant return to the workforce as soon as possible.Deputy Doherty said: “This is a devastating blow to workers. Ulster Bank has 214 branches across the island, 79 in the north and 135 in the south. It is unclear how many of these branches will face closures. “What is clear to anyone listening to the Anglo tapes is the cavalier attitude and callous disregard that senior bankers have to the public and the funds under their control. The actions of these senior bankers have led to massive job losses and branch closures.“It is clear that the government and the executive in the North must work together to minimise job losses and branch closures and to ensure that those made redundant return to the workforce as soon as possible. An All-Ireland approach to banking and regulation is a necessity.“Lastly there is a need for the senior managers in these banks that have been bailed out by either the British or Irish government to be fully held to account for the mess they have created.” DONEGAL ULSTER BANK STAFF TO LOSE JOBS AS FEARS GROW BANK MAY QUIT REPUBLIC was last modified: July 2nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL ULSTER BANK STAFF TO LOSE JOBS AS FEARS GROW BANK MAY QUIT REPUBLIClast_img read more

North Hollywood man sentenced to seven years for credit card scam

first_imgA North Hollywood man who stole the identities of college students to open credit card accounts and ran up more than $400,000 in charges was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison, authorities said. Victor Igbineweka, 26, a Belgian national who is a Nigeria native, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. He also was ordered to pay more than $411,000 in restitution to the banks he defrauded. On Sept. 6, Igbineweka pleaded guilty to charges of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering. He admitted setting up a “front” business in North Hollywood called Veromege Paintings in order to target USC and UCLA students. Igbineweka’s store displayed mass-produced paintings in the front window to make the business appear legitimate, prosecutors said. But the business’ actual purpose was to obtain credit card merchant accounts so Igbineweka could accept payments by credit card, prosecutors said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ One witness saw Igbineweka gain access to a USC dormitory, where he stole mail from the “return to sender” bin, according to prosecutors. Igbineweka used pre-approved credit card applications to apply for cards in the names of the various college students, prosecutors said. After obtaining numerous credit cards in the names of dozens of students, Igbineweka charged more than $400,000 in transactions through his business. He then wired much of the money to Nigeria and other countries. When authorities arrested Igbineweka in March and searched apartment, they discovery of hundreds of pre-approved credit card applications and the personal information of hundreds of people, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 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


first_imgErnie Pollock’s Lagan Harps FC News: Our men’s teams place in Division One was secured with Dromoghill Fc’s win in Keadue on Sunday.A run of four wins and a draw in our last five games had seen us escape relegation.Our final game is away to Dunkineely Celtic. Our u/14 boys lost an 4-3 to Kilmacrennan Celtic in an entertaining game. Jack Duffy(2) and Ryan O’Donnell were the scorers. Our u/12’s drew 1-1 with Dunfanaghy on Thursday, with Ryan Moore the scorer. On Saturday they lost to a strong Letterkenny Rovers side. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Killian Gribben who was injured in the game. Our u/12 girls travelled to Gweedore on Saturday to play Gweedore Celtic. Our a team lost 6-4 with Holly Cannon(2), Shannon Cunninghamand Maura Sweeney scoring. Our B team also lost but had good performers in Clodagh Sweeney and Iosha Kelly.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 5,11,15 and 23. Three people had three numbers with Mary Mc Fadden drawn out and winning E50. Next week’s jackpot is E5,000. The schoolboys and girls teams are running a Night at the Races in the Lagan Inn on Sunday May 3rd. SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS FC NEWS was last modified: April 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014APRIL 7Club NewsLagan Harps FClast_img read more