Mighty Sports falls short, misses out on finals berth in Dubai tourney

first_imgMOST READ Mighty Sports’ Juan Gomez de Liano tries to score against a Lebanese defender during their match Friday in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Patrick CastilloMighty Sports Philippines dropped out of title contention after falling short on its comeback against many-time champion Al Riyadi of Lebanon, 84-89, in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship.It was Mighty Sports’ first loss of the tournament after entering the knockout semifinals stage with a 5-0 record and it couldn’t have come at a worse moment.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The loss relegated the Philippine side to the bronze medal game in a rematch against Homenetmen, a team it beat in the elimination round, 96-89.Mighty Sports may have lost but it went down swinging despite facing a seemingly insurmountable lead in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I like the way we fought back,” said coach Charles Tiu said after the game. “You have to appreciate the effort of the guys. Medyo naunahan lang kami sa start, We couldn’t defend their ball screens. Their shooters were hot.”With Al Riyadi firing on all cylinders, Mighty Sports found itself trailing by as much as 23, 65-42, with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter.center_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Staying perfect In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ And that’s when Justin Brownlee teamed up with Jeremiah Gray to spark Mighty’s rally.Brownlee led the team with 24 points while Gray added 17 off the bench. Randolph Morris had 21 points, including two free throws that pulled Mighty Sports within five, 84-89, with 43.7 ticks to go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

SBE Act ‘Taking Effect’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told the nation that the Small Business Empowerment Act (SBE) is now taking effect in the country. Delivering her state of the nation address on Monday on Capitol Hill, Madam Sirleaf said the Act, which was launched last year, requires all government entities to spend a minimum of 25 percent of their procurement budget on goods, services and works from Liberian owned businesses, five percent of which must be directed to Liberian women owned businesses. Based on the current budget, she assured that a total of U$70 million could be injected into the Liberian economy through Liberian-owned businesses to ensure that they are properly funded and capacitated.President Sirleaf said already 104 of 6000 Liberian businesses have registered free of charge and are in compliance with the process established by the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC). “We urged all Liberian owned-businesses, including the media and law firms to register and take advantage of the 25 percent preference which will help the country achieve this objective, noting that, it is important that all three branches of government make maximum effort to ensure full implementation of the law which benefits our people,” she said.She however used the occasion to recognize two dynamic entrepreneurs, one in the agriculture sector – Mr. Mahmud Johnson of J-Palm Liberia, who processes palm kernel for oil; and Mr. Alex Garley of Garreston Steel, a manufacturer of nails. Several small-scale and medium scale operations from copybooks manufacturing, printing, rubber wood and meat processing, and hospitality have potential to grow in size. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Balance of Payment deficit widens – as exports show 4.4% decline for 2018

first_imgBank of Guyana ReportThe Bank of Guyana’s recently released annual report has shown that while the Government has optimistic projections for next year, the Balance of Payment deficit and export earnings for the previous year continue to be a source of worry.According to the figures provided by the bank, the overall Balance of Payment deficit widened due to a relatively larger current account deficit.Speaking with Guyana Times, Financial Analyst Sasenarine Singh said this is a clear sign that Guyana is stricken by a crisis of confidence as the export sector implodes. The report notes that while the overall deficit in 2018 is US$132.2 million, this is 90 per cent deterioration from 2017 when it was at $69.5 million. According to the report, the current account deficit worsened to US$679.7 million in 2018 from a deficit of US$297.2 million in the previous year. Singh’s stated principle reason for this is the state of the export sector.The report stated that exports declined by 4.4 per cent. This is an equivalent of US$63.6 million to US$1,373.8 million. The report explained that revenue from sugar, rice, timber and gold declined by 44.1 per cent, 7.5 per cent, 6.9 per cent and 6.2 per cent respectively. Both the decline in exports and the average export price was cited in the case of sugar.But Singh also pointed to the decline of exports from the fish and shrimp industry, which was down 2.5 per cent; exports of fruits and vegetables were down; pharmaceutical exports were also down; diamond exports were down; and molasses exports collapsed. Singh said, “this is the story of Guyana, the export sector is in a tailspin and yet, we are in April 2019 and we cannot hear one word of a coordinated set of policy measures to stem this implosion in the export sector”.“Sugar export earnings amounted to US$27.1 million, 44.1 per cent less than the 2017 earnings. This outturn was attributed to a 28.0 per cent decline in the volume of sugar exported as well as a decline in the average export price… the volume of sugar exported amounted to 77,796 metric tonnes or 30,191 metric tonnes less than the level exported in 2017,” the report states.The sole bright spots were bauxite and other exports, which actually increased by 22.6 and 1.0 per cent respectively. Bauxite export earnings totalled US$128.2 million, 22.6 per cent above the 2017 level. And meanwhile, other exports include commodities like rum.“The capital account surplus resulted from higher inflows to the Private Sector in the form of FDIs and to the Non-Financial Public Sector in the form of disbursements,” the report also states. This, Singh highlighted, is mainly as a result of the oil investments, which are nothing other than a book entry when it comes to Guyana because the bulk of that investment does not directly impact the local economy, but those countries that are building the machinery and equipment needed out there in the sea. The Dutch, for example, are building the FPSO to temporarily store the crude oil.  That is where those dollars will end up, in Holland, after just passing through the Guyanese books for bookkeeping purposes. Singh asks what good is that for the well-being of the locals?  Where are the hundreds of oil jobs from these billion-dollar investments?According to the report, the overall deficit was financed from the gross foreign reserves of the Bank of Guyana and debt forgiveness. It noted that Guyana’s entire international reserves were equivalent to approximately 2.3 months of import cover.“The total volume of foreign exchange transactions increased by 19.6 per cent to US$8,548.1 million… the market was impacted by increases in transactions in most segments – licensed bank and non-bank cambios, as well as hard currency and foreign currency accounts.”The Balance of Payment tables in the report contains statistical data on a country’s fiscal transactions, including imports and exports. To record a deficit, Guyana would, therefore, have had to spend more on imports, among other things, that is derived from exports.The parliamentary Opposition had previously expressed concern over the increasing deficit in the country’s balance of payments, which it had said would continue to have serious implications for the local economy.last_img read more

Cavani causes new injury headache before Man Utd clash

first_imgTelevision replays showed the Uruguayan grimacing and asking to be substituted. He left the pitch moments later and was replaced by Kylian Mbappe at half-time.Losing Cavani, who is PSG’s all-time leading scorer and has netted 22 times this season, would be another huge blow to the French champions ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first leg at Old Trafford.“I don’t know if he can play. He came off after taking the shot, it is a muscle problem,” said Tuchel.“We will have to wait another night and day to have a clearer idea and get more tests done.”PSG are already missing Neymar for the tie against a resurgent United, with the Brazilian not expected back from a metatarsal injury until early April.He was in attendance at Saturday’s game, which saw Marco Verratti make his return to action after three weeks out with an ankle injury.“It is too much. These are quality players for decisive matches. Not everyone can play at that level in the Champions League. We don’t have a second ‘Edi’”, Tuchel told Canal+, but he later insisted that he did have solutions in mind if needed.– ‘We’ll be ready’ –“We have lots of Plan Bs. Without ‘Ney’, maybe without Marco, maybe without ‘Edi’. We have a Plan D.“We must analyse Manchester United, and remain calm and confident.“If two or three key players are not there, it is our responsibility to find solutions.“It is super difficult, and if we are missing several players, the challenge is even greater. But we will be ready on Tuesday.”At least the win allowed PSG — whose shirts carried the players’ names in Mandarin in a nod to the Chinese New Year — to get back on track after last week’s 2-1 loss at Lyon, their first Ligue 1 defeat this season.Marco Verratti played for nearly an hour on his return after injury © AFP / FRANCK FIFEThe reigning champions are 13 points clear at the top with a game in hand on second-placed Lille, who visit Guingamp on Sunday.Such is their margin for error domestically that Tuchel could afford to wrap a host of key players in cotton wool with the Champions League in mind.As a result, Mbappe started on the bench while Angel di Maria, Marquinhos, Juan Bernat, Thilo Kehrer and Julian Draxler — all probable starters in midweek — were left out completely.Verratti lasted just under an hour before making way for recent signing Leandro Paredes, and Tuchel must now decide whether to start the Italian playmaker in England.– Applause for Sala –Cavani and Moussa Diaby came close for the home side in the first half-hour, either side of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting being denied by a terrific save from Bordeaux ‘keeper Benoit Costil.Bordeaux held PSG at home when the teams met in December, but they were undone late in the first half here as Nicolas de Preville fouled Thomas Meunier in the box, and Cavani netted from 12 yards.PSG players took part in a minute’s applause for Emiliano Sala before Saturday’s game © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMid-table Bordeaux slumped to a fourth straight loss between league and cup, although they nearly equalised on the hour when Francois Kamano’s shot from 20 yards was superbly saved by Gianluigi Buffon.Across France, a minute’s applause was held before all games in tribute to Emiliano Sala, and his old team Nantes will wear black shirts as they mourn the Argentine striker in their game against Nimes on Sunday.European hopefuls Strasbourg lost 2-1 at home to Angers on Saturday, while Amiens beat Caen 1-0 to climb above Monaco and out of the relegation zone.Mario Balotelli and Lucas Ocampos scored as Marseille won 2-1 at Dijon on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Edinson Cavani came off injured after scoring a penalty as PSG beat Bordeaux 1-0 on Saturday © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Feb 10 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel admitted he might need to resort to “Plan D” in the approaching Champions League showdown with Manchester United after Edinson Cavani sparked a new injury scare on Saturday.Cavani appeared to hurt his leg while taking the penalty three minutes before half-time that gave PSG a 1-0 win over Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1.last_img read more

Messi magic: Is this the best dribble of the season from the Argentine maestro?

first_imgBarcelona star Lionel Messi proved yet again why he is considered the world’s best player with an astonishing exhibtion of dribbling talent against La Liga side Eibar.Messi looked to replicate Argentine counterpart Diego Maradona as he eluded six Eibar defenders, although the attack eventually came to nothing for Barca.Messi did, however, score a penalty to put the visitors ahead soon after. Lionel Messi 1last_img

SHAY HOPEFUL OF A MOVE OR A CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF

first_imgShay Given has admitted he is frustrated he is not playing first team football but he says he hopes he will get a chance to prove himself again.Shay – still hopeful of a move.The Lifford man, who is on a reported €70K a week at Aston Villa, still has three years left on his contract.Villa are prepared to let him go but few clubs will pay such high money for a 37 year old. Liverpool talked to the player but came nowhere near meeting his wage demands.Given said he is keeping himself very fit and is ready if he gets the call – from whoever.“Of course it’s just frustrating not playing, it’s hard to keep training and know there’s no game at the end of the week,” he said. “Things can change quickly in football with injuries and suspensions and if I get an opportunity I’ve got to be ready to take it if that hopefully comes along. I’m fit as a fiddle and feel really sharp. I’m just raring to get that chance.“I played in Stiliyan Petrov’s testimonial in front of 60,000 fans at the weekend and as a player that’s all you want to do, to show people you’ve still got the ability to play in the Premier League.”  SHAY HOPEFUL OF A MOVE OR A CHANCE TO PROVE HIMSELF was last modified: September 11th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Aston VillaLiffordShay Giventransferlast_img read more

Chelsea and Barcelona ‘keen’ on signing £70m-rated Juventus playmaker

first_img 2 Lazio superstar Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Chelsea will be forced to part with £70 million if they are to sign Barcelona target Miralem Pjanic.The Juventus midfielder, who has already been contacted by the LaLiga side about a potential move, is reportedly wanted to provide competition for Cesc Fabregas at Stamford Bridge. And, according to Corriere dello Sport, the FA Cup holders have been set an eye-watering price if they wish to lure the Bosnia midfielder away from Italy.However, Barca are also extremely interested in the 27-year-old.The report by the Italian publication goes on to claim the Catalan giants want Pjanic to replace the legendary Andres Iniesta at the Camp Nou.Spanish legend Iniesta announced last season he would be joining J-League side Vissel Kobe after spending his entire career with Barca. Should Pjanic leave Turin this summer, Juventus have reportedly identified Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as a potential replacement.The Red Devils are reportedly considering backing out of the race for the Serbia international, who is valued close to £130 million. 2 Pjanic is a dead-ball specialist and controls games from deep in midfield last_img read more

LEADING BARRISTER SLAMS STATE OF DONEGAL’S COURTHOUSES

first_imgA leading barrister has slammed court conditions across County Donegal saying people can’t even get a coffee in them.Barrister Damian Crawford said conditions are completely inadequate and must be upgraded.Mr Crawford said it is not good enough that solicitors or barristers cannot even meet their clients in private. “If we want to chat or have a discussion with a client we must do that out on the street with traffic going by. That’s juts not good enough,” he said.Mr Crawford referred to Letterkenny Courthouse which he said did not even have enough seats for members of the public to sit down in“There are no facilities for people with children and you can’t even get a cup of coffee because there are no vending machines.“It certainly needs to be updated,” he said. There are plans to build a new courthouse in Letterkenny on the old Leisure Centre site on the town’s High Road.However it is unclear when construction will commence because of the recent economic downturn.Mr Crawford added that poor facilities were not just confined to Letterkenny courthouse.He says Buncrana courthouse is equally in need of updating.“I can remember having consultations with clients in the lane at the side of Buncrana courthouse in the snow because there are not proper facilities there either,” he said. EndsLEADING BARRISTER SLAMS STATE OF DONEGAL’S COURTHOUSES was last modified: August 5th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Barrister Damian CrawfordLetterkenny courthouselast_img read more

FIVE GOOD REASONS TO DO LURGYBRACK NS’s 5K!

first_imgLurgybrack National School in Letterkenny welcomed four pupils with Autism when the newly established Autism Class opened in September 2013.Lurgybrack NS are hoping for a big turn-out for their 5K!As they end their first year and begin their final term, class teacher, Kate Boyle, reflects upon how the boys, aged 5-7 yrs have settled in to their new surroundings.‘The boys have coped very well with the facilities in what was originally intended to be the school library. The books and shelves were relocated in the upperpart of the new school, and the room was set up as a classroom to accommodate the boys. With more children enrolled in the class this coming September, the school has been given the green light to commence work on a purpose-built unit attached the main building, which will begin during the school holidays.With the need for additional resources to supplement the growing educational need of the children, school principal Ann Foxe and myself are delighted with an offer of a fundraising event from one of the parents, Linda Clarke (mum of Taylor). Our families are all wonderful and very supportive. We work as a team with the boys as the main focus of all we do. When Linda approached us about raising funds through a 5k family fun run and walk, we were delighted to accept and pledged our full support. Linda is hopeful that the event will attract 5k regulars in the town, the school and the community who would like to help raise much-needed funds.The 5k family fun run and walk will take place on Sunday May 18th, beginning at 3pm from Letterkenny Bernard McGlinchey Town Park. Registration is from 2pm, 5Euro per child, 10 per adult and 20euro per family.There will also be spot prizes on the day, and a fancy dress section. Refreshments will be provided. Should you or your company be in a position to sponsor any of the prizes for the participants, please contact the school on 9125455, as all offers will be greatly appreciated!’‘We are hoping that people will come along and support the cause’, says Linda. ‘Please spread the word far and wide as we can’t have too many taking part. It should be a great day.’The route for the fun run/walk will be as follows:Start in Letterkenny Town Park., up to Knocknamona Roundabout, down Business Park Road, past the Creamaery, back in past Ballyraine School, up DeValera Rd and finishing back at the Park.All welcome. FIVE GOOD REASONS TO DO LURGYBRACK NS’s 5K! was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:5kautismdonegalLurgybrack NSlast_img read more

Wszolek included in Poland squad

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesPawel Wszolek has been included in the Poland squad for two internationals.The Poles will face Romania in Bucharest in a World Cup qualifier on 11 November and then host Slovenia in a friendly in Wroclaw three days later.Wszolek, who joined QPR in the summer on loan from Hellas Verona, has made eight appearances for Poland, scoring two goals.Rangers’ Conor Washington was this week included in the Northern Ireland squad for matches against Azerbaijan and Croatia.Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more