NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC):Four Caribbean sides will be part of the inaugural beach volleyball competition at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) to take place in the Bahamas.Jamaica, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and hosts Bahamas will provide teams for both the boys’ and girls’ competitions at the Games which is scheduled for July 19-23.”Some of the Commonwealth’s finest beach-side settings will be the sporting stage for beach volleyball when our exciting and engaging sport is presented for the first time ever at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, and then on the Commonwealth Games programme in Gold Coast, Australia a year later,” said Ary Graca, president of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).EXCITING TIME”It’s such an exciting time globally for this fast-paced and fast-growing sport, and I’ve every confidence that fans will welcome its addition to the programme.”A total of 24 teams are set to be fielded in the beach volleyball competition during the CYG which will be the largest international sporting event ever to be staged in the Bahamas and the largest-ever edition of the Games with up to 1,300 athletes, aged 14 to 18, set to participate.The boys’ tournament will also feature Australia, Cyprus, England, Ghana, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and South Africa.The others contesting the women’s competition will be Australia, Cameroon, England, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland and Vanuatu.
Victolero, though, knows it’s going to need more than just words if the Magnolia wants to remain a threat to the Beermen, who are raring to pull away in the best-of-seven series.“I think we need to find ways how to match up or surpass the energy of the second group of San Miguel. We had a hard time matching up with the energy of (Brian) Heruela and other guys coming from the bench,” he said.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 crownThe Beermen threw a different problem at the Hotshots this time, with the bench stepping up enough that Fajardo could afford to rest in the fourth quarter. Guys like Brian Heruela, Gabby Espinas, and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser accounted for the team’s 33 bench points.“I think we did a pretty good job on defending June Mar (Fajardo) and Arwind (Santos) tonight, but the problem is the other guys stepping up. I think that’s what we need to think about now.” Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lassiter thinks solid chemistry key to Beermen’s dominance Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMagnolia coach Chito Victolero remains unfazed despite the 111-87 clobbering the Hotshots absorbed in Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday.“We won’t stop until we find a way to win in this series,” he vowed.ADVERTISEMENT Though Magnolia also drew 40 points from its reserves, it was its starters who failed to match up as key guys, especially Ian Sangalang who just contributed six points and five rebounds, found themselves limited in the tiff.“We need to address that. We cannot afford to relax even a single minute or a single second against San Miguel because on that one minute, two minutes that we have let-ups, that’s where they get their big leads,” he said. “We need to find ways how to play 48 minutes of consistent basketball.”Magnolia will be fighting for its life on Game 4, scheduled on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT 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
We have been all but fascinated by the hearty exchange between President Sirleaf and former Public Works Minister Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods. Having jumped ship in 2013, Woods is convinced he has afforded himself ample distance from the current administration to assume the bully pulpit and berate his former boss for the culture of impunity she continues to uphold. In response to her allusion to his complicity to corruption, he has challenged Sirleaf to take the argument to court and prove his guilt. And he is right about the culture of impunity. It must stop, and the government should “take a page out of his playbook” and subject themselves to an annual audit – which is a statutory requirement for public officials and entities anyway.But something is amiss here. Certainly, as a renowned human rights lawyer, he seems to have all his bases covered – having subjected himself to two audits, and come up clean. Good for him. Audits are harrowing processes, especially when one must account for every transaction conducted on behalf of an entire ministry. But then again, he is a lawyer, trained to find and exploit loopholes the size of a pinprick. How else was he able to distance himself from the MPW’s illegal authorization of road works without contracts, on his watch? As a lawyer, he is no doubt aware that goods and services valued above the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission’s US$250,000 threshold must be procured through contractual agreements signed by the head of entity (not a proxy) and the Minister of Finance & Development Planning; and then attested to by the Minister of Justice. He is also fully aware that any given road contract must have exceeded that threshold, based on the nature of the work, the expertise and equipment required to complete it. And right after that, he resigned, leaving in his wake a government illegally indebted to contractors; contractors heavily indebted to commercial banks, based on Government’s authorization to proceed; and commercial banks in crisis mode, direly needing the repayment of substantial loans. To top that off, he left with a bang, issuing a public statement blaming the government for not investing enough in road infrastructure. Having pulled all that off, he should offer his legal services to every other public official; they sure could use it. Given his sharp legal mind and vast experience, this great escape from culpability separates him from some other amateur managers who have meant well, but still got swept up in their subordinates’ malpractice. But, while no court may be able to convict Mr. Woods for a crime, there being no material evidence, there is such a thing as intangible guilt. This, of course, is not a legal term; it is a spiritual concept that speaks to one’s conscience. How does he feel about the livelihoods he has jeopardized by allowing businesses to suffer from the irresponsible act of allowing them to work without a contract? How does he feel about the effect of that action (on his watch) on the liquidity of our commercial banks? Does any of this matter to him? Whether it does or not, the damage has been done, and he must at least be accountable to the public. We are, however, compelled to consider the flip side of this coin. It is widely speculated that officials of the Sirleaf administration are subject to demands from “higher up” that straddle the bounds of legality. Whether during election cycles or mid-administration, constant pressure is placed on cabinet and sub-cabinet officials to manipulate the mechanics of fiscal management in order to fund one operation or another. Perhaps Mr. Woods was subject to such demands. Wanting no part in that rigmarole, perhaps he devised a successful strategy to accommodate the demands of that unseen hand, without being seen to hold it. Following that thought experiment, it follows that Mr. Woods may have thrown his colleagues under the bus (they have all been disgraced and fired, after all), to save his own hide. Or, perhaps his deputies were more inclined than he was to succumb to those unsavory demands; in which case, he should have acted much, much sooner, distancing himself from their misdeeds.Either way, Woods, being a human rights lawyer, must answer for his silent complicity. But to steer his crew into an iceberg, jump ship and then wait two years before speaking out, is an act of plunging the dagger and then hiding his hand. These maneuvers are ingenious, but sinister, and not very different from what many have accused the current president of. So, yes, he may be beating her at her own game; he has clearly “taken a page out of her playbook”, it turns out, by undermining this administration to gain political advantage. In the end, he could find himself wallowing in the same pitthat he has dug for her.In this instance, one should remember the biblical warning against gaining the whole world and losing one’s soul. Leading up to the 2017 presidential and general elections, if he has any ambition to contest, Mr. Woods must demonstrate that he is more interested in the welfare of the people than he is in power as an end in itself. Only time will tell. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The sounds of the drums will come alive with great pump and ceremony this June, as the first ever “Drum Fest 2018” will be held in Guyana. It will see drummers of our many different cultures vying for a chance to win some $1.5 million in cash and prizes, while relishing in the heritage of our country.Initiated by the CFW Entertainment, the fest is being brought to the platter out of the need for greater and more impacting recognition for the art of drumming in Guyana.Drum Fest 2018 is also geared at bringing all drummers in Guyana together in????????????????????????????????????unity, while ensuring that the tradition stays alive.New talents will be discovered and unleashed, while the art of drumming will be promoted and revitalised, as drummers from as little as 5 years old are expected to perform.Steel pan, Tassa and African drums would be expected out of groups such as African Amazon, Otishka, Den Amstel Drumming Group, Fodoko Players, and many more.Corwyn Williams of the CFW Entertainment has noted that greater importance should be placed on drumming in Guyana.“I am of the view that, with the right heads, minds and hands fused together, “Drum Fest 2018” can become the platform to promote Guyana, not only as the Land of many Waters, but also as a Land of Pulsating Drums” he said.He revealed that drummer in Guyana are saddened by how lightly their art is being treated.“Drummers around Guyana are of the opinion that this tradition is treated too lightly. As a result, we see drummers in the streets and byways desperately trying to sustain the art form. This is the reason why we initiated this event, which is going to not only handsomely reward the participants, but will be made an annual event at various locations in Guyana,” Williams announced.Enthusiastic for the event, Williams assured drummers, “We will ensure that this tradition is escalated to the very top of the recognition ladder, where it rightly fully belongs!”Public Relations officer of the Drum Fest, Alex Wayne, shared similar sentiments as he reminded that drumming is not only of importance to our culture, but also should be taken to the next level in Guyana.Wayne assured that this first-ever drum festival in Guyana can be expected to be a phenomenal one.One drummer promised to bring a fusion of Queh-Queh, swarie and dubay, which will be incorporating various cultures.“We are very excited and from Berbice. We are going to be ten members strong, and we will definitely be hitting the place with music, so that is to be expected from us” said the African Amazon member.Another drummer will be bringing not only drumming, but the singing of songs alike to the table.The Tourism and Hospitality Association (THAG) is in full support of the venture, and will be a major sponsor of same.The location of the event, which will be called either the National or Durban Park, will be announced later.
…couple killed each other during argument – PoliceThe bloody bodies of a woman and her reputed husband were on Tuesday found lying on their bed in their Lot 522 Kuru Kururu, Linden-Soesdyke Highway home.Dead: Naco Malika HaleDead are 36-year-old Naco Malika Hale and 48-year-old Alwin Bleacher. The dead couple were found by their 14-year-old son after he went into their bedroom to check on his mother, since she did not wake them up to prepare for school as was routine.As he entered the bedroom, he saw his mother lying in a pool of blood with several stab wounds to her neck, while his father was partially on her with an incised wound to his lower back. In his mother’s hand was a pair of blood-stained scissors.He immediately woke up his three siblings and they ran over to a neighbour’s house where he related what they saw. Villagers then rushed to the scene as the Police arrived.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, scores of residents flocked the house as crime scene experts conducted their investigations. The Police were working on the theory that the couple might have been involved in a fight, which led to them fatally wounding each other.Police ranks cordoning off the murder sceneThe eldest son confirmed that his parents were involved in a heated argument about 22:00h after which he heard a “scramble” followed by silence. The young man reportedly told investigators that he did not pay any heed to his parents, since they usually argued. He said he, along with his siblings, went to sleep.The argument, the teenager allegedly stated, stemmed from his mother’s refusal to drop a court case against his father.The Police later stated that the now dead man was charged in August last for wounding his son. This publication understands that the teenager did not clean a “pig pen” and this angered his father, who picked up a knife and cut the young man on his abdomen.On Tuesday, a neighbour, Joan Da Silva explained that after the teenager discovered the motionless bodies of his parents on their bed, he and his siblings ran over to her house.“I left home at about 07:00h and like 07:15h when I reached into work, my daughter called and requested that I come home right away, that Malika and her husband dead,” she added.Without hesitation, she rushed home and went straight to the couple’s house where she saw them in a motionless state. According to Da Silva, Hale was lying on her back and her husband’s feet were on top of her stomach.Residents converge at the murder scene“From what I see, Malika had couple stab wounds to her neck and the man has one to his back,” she added. However, Police sources confirmed that the man was stabbed at least 13 times, while the woman was stabbed 10 times.Da Silva, who was also a close friend of the now dead woman, said that the couple would have disagreements often. She noted that in some cases, Bleacher would physically assault her, but this time, the argument turned tragic.Bleacher, she claimed, was a violent person while Hale was a decent, honest and hardworking woman, who ensured that her children were taken care of. She worked as a cook at a food mart in Soesdyke on the East Bank of Demerara.She was also the President of the Parent-Teacher’s Association at the Kuru Kururu Primary School.Da Silva revealed that the now dead man was released on bail for the stabbing incident.“No one knew he came out … when I get the information that he came out, I asked his daughters, but they told me no … I asked Malika, she told me no … It is until one day, I told the daughter that I saw her father and asked whether he came out of prison and it was that time, she confirmed same,” Da Silva added.She noted that based on reports received, he was supposed to stay 100 feet away from the house and his son whom he had injured.Meanwhile, the owner of the food mart where the now dead woman worked told this newspaper that she was a hard worker. The businesswoman explained that the woman would normally arrive at work for 07:00h, but on Tuesday she did not.She said she attempted to make contact with Hale, but her calls went unanswered. She said shortly after someone went to the business establishment and informed her of Hale’s demise. She drove to the scene where she saw a crowd and her worst fears were confirmed.“She loved her children a lot … every time she was ready to leave, she collected food and so for the children … not only the life of a good woman was taken but also one who was respected,” her employer said.Another friend, who was at the scene, explained that the two of them had a discussion on Monday afternoon and he was shocked to learn about her demise on Tuesday.Hale and Bleacher were together for several years and had four children, aged four to 14. The woman was originally from Linden. As the news spread, the woman’s relatives showed up at the scene.The Police removed several pieces of evidence as they continue their investigations into the murders. (Bhisham Mohamed)
The girls began the tournament in the qualifying round and unfortunately opened their tournament with a loss, suffering a 2-0 set loss to the Kelowna Owls (9-25, 10-25).The Ooks then took on the McMath Wildcats that same day. The North Peace girls lost their second in a row, after a 2-0 set loss (15-25, 11-25).The girls, still in search of their first qualifying win, then played the Dover Bay Dolphins, which resulted in another 2-0 loss (15-25, 22-25).- Advertisement -After a not-so-successful qualifying round, the North Peace girls hit the hardwood for some playoff action. The girls opened their playoff round against the Handsworth Royals, beating the Royals 3-0 for their first win of the tournament.North Peace would next square off against the South Delta Sundevils in the quarterfinals, unfortunately losing by a score of 2-0 in sets (25-22, 15-8).The Ooks then took place in another quarterfinals match up, taking on the Georges P. Vanier Secondary, who the Ooks defeated 2-0 (25-16, 26-24).Advertisement The team’s final match took place in the semis, when they took on the Oak Bay High School Breakers. The Ooks ended their tournament on a winning note, defeating Oak Bay 2-0 (25-20, 25-23).The final semi-final victory earned the North Peace girls the 13 ranking provincially in the AAAA division.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A 19-year-old Valencia man died Sunday after he fell off a freeway overpass while trying to avoid an oncoming car after he had exited his vehicle following a crash, authorities said. California Highway Patrol officers found the body of David Hairston III at 4:50 a.m., about 25 minutes after his Ford Escort collided with a Honda Civic on the rain-soaked northbound Interstate 5 at Gavin Canyon Road. Hairston and a 49-year-old Reseda man had collided, and their vehicles remained in the freeway lanes, police said. Hairston’s vehicle was sideways. Soon after, Phoebe Wong, 55, of Valencia was headed toward the scene and apparently could not see Hairston’s car and hit it, police said. Hairston, who was out of his car, jumped onto the overpass to avoid getting hit by Wong. He then slipped in the wet conditions and fell onto The Old Road below, according to a CHP accident report. Nobody else was seriously injured.
Radamel Falcao As if transfer deadline day wasn’t dramatic enough, Manchester United have gone and stunned the football world by landing Monaco striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan deal.The Colombian hitman had spent the summer heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, but instead he will be plying his trade at Old Trafford in a move that drawn a mixed reaction from Red Devils fans.Scroll down to see how they reacted to the news of his impending arrival…Man United fans, what are your thoughts on the arrival of Radamel Falcao? Comment below… 1
talkSPORT looks back at the signing of Sami Hyypia by Liverpool, in May 1999.When Liverpool were struggling to find a long-term solution to their problematic centre back position prior to the turn of the millennium, many expected the Merseysiders to make a marquee signing.So when then-manager Gerard Houllier signed a man plying his trade in the relative obscurity of Dutch side Willem II, apparently on the advice of a club cameraman, few would have foreseen what would happen next.Sami Hyypia’s arrival may not have been eye-catching at the time, but it certainly proved to be an inspired piece of business, considering he cost a paltry £2.5 million. That kind of money will get you one eighth of Dejan Lovren these days.Back then, the 25-year-old Finn went to Merseyside having almost joined Newcastle United five years earlier, but the Kop was soon thankful their new defender’s trial in the North East had ended in failure.Hyypia was named as stand-in captain after club skipper Jamie Redknapp was injured (again), while the Finland international’s partnership with Swiss centre-back Stephane Henchoz proved to be crucial as Liverpool claimed a cup treble in the 2000/01 campaign.After Henchoz and Houllier’s departures, Hyypia went on to forge a handy understanding with Jamie Carragher under the management of Rafa Benitez. Hyypia had proudly spent a brief spell in sole possession of the captain’s armband, before he relinquished the role in the autumn of 2003 to a certain young buck named Steven Gerrard.The defender, who made up for a lack of pace by reading opponents’ runs for fun, was a defensive linchpin in the Champions League-winning side of 2005, which secured his place in the pantheon of Liverpool greats.Those among you with good memories will recall Hyypia’s cracking left-footed finish against Juventus in the quarter-final stage of the tournament, just one of three key goals he scored in Champions League quarter-finals (the other two coming against Leverkusen and Arsenal).Hyypia left Merseyside for Bayer Leverkusen in 2009, with a total of 464 appearances to his name.Let’s hope that cameraman got a raise. Or at least a new lens or two. 1 Sami Hyypia Liverpool
It’s been a remarkable Premier League season, with plenty of twists ands turns that would have been almost impossible to predict last August.Now the final table is all but settled, the winners and losers are a lot clearer.Or are they? We’ve looked at how many points clubs gained last season compared to this year, to work out the point swing for each of the 17 teams present in the Premier League in that time.With the abandoment of Manchester United v Bournemouth, we still await the Red Devils’ final point swing.Take a look at the slideshow above to see where you club ranks. Joint 8. Newcastle United have a points swing of -2 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season the Magpies finished with 39 points, but this campaign they only reached 37 points. 17 10. Stoke City have a points swing of -3 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season the Potters finished with 54 points, but this campaign they only reached 51 points. 17 17 13. Manchester United *have a points swing of -7 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season United finished with 70 points, but this campaign they have reached 63 points after 37 matches (*one more to play, following the abandonment of their match against Bournemouth on May 15). 17 14. Swansea City have a points swing of -9 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season the Swans finished with 56 points, but this campaign they only reached 47 points. 11. Arsenal have a points swing of -4 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season the Gunners finished with 75 points, but this campaign they only reached 71 points. 17 17 17 3. Tottenham Hotspur have a points swing of +6 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season Spurs finished with 64 points, but this campaign they reached 70 points. 7. West Bromwich Albion have a points swing of -1 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season the Baggies finished with 44 points, but this campaign they reached 43 points. 12. Crystal Palace have a points swing of -6 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season the Eagles finished with 48 points, but this campaign they only reached 42 points. 17. Chelsea have a points swing of -37 between this season and last – the worst in the Premier League! Find out where your club ranks, just click the arrow above, right – In the 2014/15 season Chelsea finished with 87 points, but this campaign they only reached 50 points. 4. Southampton have a points swing of +3 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season, the Saints finished with 60 points, but this campaign they reached 63 points. 17 17 15. Manchester City have a points swing of -13 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season City finished with 79 points, but this campaign they only reached 66 points. 6. Everton have a points swing of 0 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season the Toffees finished with 47 points, and this campaign they also reached 47 points. 17 17 17 Joint 8. Liverpool have a points swing of -2 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season the Reds finished with 62 points, but this campaign they only reached 60 points. 5. Sunderland have a points swing of +1 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season, the Black Cats finished with 38 points, but this time round they made it to 39. 17 16. Aston Villa have a points swing of -21 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season Villa finished with 38 points, but this campaign they only reached 17 points. 2. West Ham United have a points swing of +15 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season the Irons finished with 47 points, but this campaign they reached 62 points. 17 17 17 17 1. Leicester City have a points swing of +40 between this season and last – In the 2014/15 season the Foxes finished with 41 points, but this campaign they reached 81 points to be crowned champions. Astonishing.