Yulo fails to bag medal for PH in gymnastics floor exercise

first_imgCarlos Edriel Yulo during his floor exercise routine in the gymnastics competition of the 2018 Asian Games.Carlos Yulo had a disappointing ending to his otherwise strong start as he crashed from the medal race in the men’s floor exercise of the gymnastics competition of the 2018 Asian Games Thursday at Jakarta International Expo.Yulo was the top performer of Monday’s qualifiers but finished seventh out of the eight competitors in the final round,.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms New South Korea coach targets Asian title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers PLAY LIST 05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold05:04Carlos Yulo caps off SEA Games stint with 3 silvers02:14Carpio 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 A couple of failed landings proved costly for Yulo as he finished with 13.5 points, just .075 ahead of Japan’s Kakeru Tanigawa, who placed last.Korea’s Kim Hansol won the gold medal with a score of 14.675 points with Chinese-Taipei’s Tang Chia-Hung taking the silver with 14.425 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’China’s Lin Chaopan rounded out the podium with his 14.225-point performance. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img read more

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Injury forces Nadal to retire, putting del Potro back in US Open final

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For del Potro, it was an odd way to return to an important summit. Nine years ago, he stunned Nadal in the semifinals, then Roger Federer in the final, to win the U.S. Open at age 20. He was considered a rising star at the time, but a series of wrist operations — one on his dominant right arm, and three on his left — slowed his career and kept him out of 2½ years’ worth of major tournaments.He has returned to the height of his powers and the height of his sport, up to a career-best No. 3 in the rankings.“It means a lot to me,” del Potro said. “I didn’t expect to get in another Grand Slam final.”On Sunday, the powerful Argentine with the massive forehand that zips along at more than 100 mph (160 kph) will face two-time U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic or 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori. They were meeting in the second semifinal Friday night.Djokovic entered the day with a 13-match winning streak against Nishikori.All four semifinalists were past finalists at Flushing Meadows, the first time that’s happened at the U.S. Open since 2011.After nearly two weeks of heat in the 90s, it cooled to the 70s on Friday, although the humidity was still at about 70 percent. The lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium were on for the start of Nadal vs. del Potro, and they engaged in some terrific shotmaking during the first set.A group of about a dozen fans from Argentina would salute important points won by their guy, often breaking into choruses of “Ole, ole, ole, ole, del Po, del Po!” Thousands in the crowd would lend their voices to the song; yet others would try to drown them out with support for Nadal.When Nadal missed a forehand wide, then put a backhand into the net, the opening set belonged to del Potro, who shook his fist and yelled, “Vamos!”As del Potro continued slamming serves at faster than 130 mph (210 kph), whipping that trademark forehand, and even making hay with his much-improved two-handed backhand, Nadal offered less and less resistance. It was clear something was wrong. He even barely took any time between points while serving — and he’s known as one of the slowest guys on tour. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, talks with Rafael Nadal, of Spain, after Nadal retired from the match during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK— Rafael Nadal felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his U.S. Open semifinal, on what he called “a bad movement.” It was a familiar pain, one that he’s dealt with off-and-on for years.The defending champion looked up at his guest box and indicated something was wrong. He tried to continue. Eventually, he could not.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Bright prospects Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Afterward, he couldn’t say for sure how long he might be sidelined. Could be a week. Could be months. No way to know yet.All that was certain at that point was that his bid for a fourth U.S. Open title, and second in a row, was gone. As was his try for an 18th Grand Slam trophy overall as he tries to catch up to Federer’s 20, the record for men.This one goes into the books as a loss, only his fourth in 49 matches in 2018. As Nadal himself noted during a news conference that closed as he began to choke up, this was the second of those defeats that involved him quitting during a Grand Slam match because of an injury; the other was in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal against Marin Cilic.To be sure, del Potro knows that sort of setback, given all of his health woes.“He’s a player that went through lot of issues during his career, like me, too. I know how tough is this thing. I know how much frustration (there) can be when you can’t do the thing that you want to do,” Nadal said. “He knows very well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Nadal stopped playing after dropping the opening two sets Friday night, putting Juan Martin del Potro back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since winning the 2009 title at Flushing Meadows.“That was not a tennis match at the end. Just one player playing, the other staying on one side of the court,” Nadal said. “I hate to retire, but staying one more set out there, playing like this, would be too much for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Del Potro was leading 7-6 (3), 6-2 after two hours of play when Nadal shook his head and said he had to stop.“Of course, it’s not the best way to win a match,” said del Potro, who hugged Nadal when it was over. “I don’t like to see him suffering on court today. So I’m sad for him.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The No. 1-seeded Nadal has a history of tendinitis in his knees, and he’s often cited that when withdrawing from tournaments. He was visited by a trainer at the changeover after the match’s seventh game and tape was applied below the joint.At the next changeover, though, Nadal pulled off the tape.After the third game of the second set, he had a medical timeout so the trainer could massage his right leg and once again apply tape.But Nadal’s movement was clearly limited and by the end he was walking with a bit of a hitch in his gait between points. At one juncture, he approached the chair umpire to complain about a late call from a line judge and mentioned in passing that he was going to have to quit. Soon enough, he did just that.Nadal said he didn’t know what kind of effects might have been lingering from his quarterfinal victory over Dominic Thiem, which lasted five sets and nearly five hours. But he had some knee issue earlier in the tournament, when he had it taped during his win against Karen Khachanov in the third round.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Bogdanovic scores 19 points as Pacers rout Grizzlies

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pique says Rafael Nadal to play in new Davis Cup format Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) celebrates with guard Victor Oladipo (4) after a basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo added 16 to help the Indiana Pacers rout the Memphis Grizzlies 111-83 on Wednesday night.It was the largest-opening night victory margin in the franchise’s NBA era, breaking the mark of 27 set against the then New Jersey Nets in 1985.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Grizzlies never got closer than 18 the rest of the game on a night Indiana was 10 of 25 on 3s and had 20 turnovers.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Mike Conley returned to his hometown and scored 11 points in his first regular-season appearance since mid-November. He missed 70 games last season with an injured left heel. … Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., who grew up in nearby Carmel, scored 10 points in his NBA debut. … The game was J.B. Bickerstaff’s first as a full-time head coach. He previously served as an interim coach with Houston in 2015-16 and last season with Memphis. … Gasol appeared to hurt his right leg during the second quarter but returned before halftime and played throughout the second half.Pacers: Indiana has won three straight over the Grizzlies. … Tyreke Evans had 14 points and six assists against his former team. Evans played last season in Memphis. … The Pacers finished with a 57-28 rebounding advantage — recording their highest single-game total since 2003. … Doug McDermott had 12 points, Cory Joseph finished with 11 and Thaddeus Young wound up with 10 points and eight rebounds. … TJ Leaf, Indiana’s first-round draft pick in 2017, left late in the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return.UP NEXT:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Domantas Sabonis finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds as Indiana earned its seventh opening-night win eight years. The Pacers also have won eight of their last nine home openers.Marc Gasol scored 13 points and Garrett Temple had 12 — all on 3-pointers — for the Grizzlies. It was Memphis’ first season-opening loss in three years — and this one was never really close.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 ChrissIndiana took a 26-16 lead after one quarter, then used a 14-2 second-quarter run to make it 41-17.Memphis closed to 56-39 at the half and cut the deficit to 14 twice in the third quarter, but the Pacers fended off the finally charge with 9-3 run to rebuild a 73-53 lead. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Grizzlies: Will try to rebound in their home opener against Atlanta on Friday night.Pacers: Make their first road trip of the season at Milwaukee on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardlast_img read more

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Detroit Pistons still unbeaten, send Cleveland Cavaliers to 0-5 start

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ The Cavaliers cut the margin to six with 49 seconds left in the fourth when Korver made a 3-pointer while being fouled for a four-point play. Detroit was able to close the game out after that.INJURIESLove missed the game with a sore left foot, and Detroit lost Luke Kennard to a right shoulder injury after a Cleveland player set a screen on him in the second quarter. Kennard did not return.TIP-INSCavaliers: Cleveland’s starting backcourt of George Hill and Rodney Hood had no assists Wednesday against Brooklyn. They combined for just one against Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT Blake Griffin scored 26 points in his first game since a 50-point night against Philadelphia on Tuesday. Reggie Jackson added 16 points for the Pistons.Kyle Korver led Cleveland with 21 points.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 ChrissThe Pistons scored the first six points of the game before the Cavaliers scored the next 11. Detroit went on a 12-0 run late in the second quarter and led 58-50 at halftime.Drummond — who was ejected in the win over the 76ers — had 20 points and 20 rebounds through three quarters against Cleveland. The Pistons were up 12 heading into the fourth. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Harden to miss at least 2 games with hamstring injury Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pistons: Jackson reached the 2,000-assist mark early in the first quarter, but he got in foul trouble and played only 6:16 in the first half.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Indiana on Saturday night.Pistons: Host Boston on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway, left, and guard Ish Smith (14) reach in against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT  — Andre Drummond had 26 points and 22 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons remained unbeaten with a 110-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.The Pistons are 4-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Cleveland, which was without injured star Kevin Love, fell to 0-5 for the first time since 2003-04, when LeBron James was a rookie.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardlast_img read more

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Spotlight on Parks, NCAA stars as rookie hopefuls get tested

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ “He’s a veteran,” said the Blackwater coach. “He has been playing as a professional. He’s had multiple stints (in different leagues) prior to Alab, too.”Parks had long deferred his entry to the PBA, putting him in a class that includes Bolick and Perez, who have dueled for the NCAA crown for the last two years.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“Robert has been a proven winner. He’s helped San Beda win multiple championships,” said Ramos. “CJ is very versatile as well.”Those outside of the top three picks, meanwhile, will look to fill an immediate need in their rosters. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We’re looking for a really stable, reliable, legitimate point guard,” noted Louie Alas, whose Phoenix squad will pick twice in the first round (4th and 12th).Columbian will pick first during the Draft, which has in its pool the likes of Javee Mocon of San Beda, JP Calvo and Bong Quinto of Letran, Michael Calisaan of San Sebastian, Rob Manalang of Adamson, Adrian Wong of Ateneo,  Abu Tratter of La Salle, Paul Desiderio of UP, Jayjay Alejandro and Matt Salem of NU, Ron Dennison of FEU, and Jeepy Faundo of UST.Trevis Jackson, a Filipino-American out of Sacramento State, is looking to join the fray.NorthPort will make the third selection in event slated at Robinsons Manila. Meralco rounds out the top five.“I’m excited to see where I’m going, excited to see which teams want me and excited to play at this level,” said Parks, who has logged tours of duty with the national team, in the NBA D-League, and in the Asean Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments LATEST STORIES Among those who topped the anthropometry tests were John Ragasa of Victoria Sports, who topped the shuttle run in 21.97 seconds and Joe Trinidad of FEU who ran the 3/4 court sprint in 3.25 seconds.Faundo logged the highest vertical leap with 33.29 inches, while Ateneo forward Dan Wong logged a jump height of 39.19 inches.Mapua guard CJ Isit recorded the fastest time in lane agility (11.2 seconds) and had an 84-percent result in the reaction test.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The lesser known names aced test after test during Wednesday’s PBA Draft combine, but the spotlight was mostly on the three rookies expected to crowd the early picks: many-time Gilas Pilipinas member Ray Parks Jr., Lyceum star CJ Perez and San Beda standout Robert Bolick.Bong Ramos, whose Blackwater picks second in the Draft on Sunday and will have a shot at picking one of the three players, was all praises for Parks, but he isn’t taking his eyes off the two NCAA products either.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Suzuki Cup experience will make Azkals better’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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LeBron James hurt but Lakers still rout Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND, CA – DECEMBER 25: Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball while being closely guarded by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James prides himself in his durability, being available night after night, game after grueling game.That’s why the Lakers star is so mad he got hurt.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Lakers: Zubac shot 9 for 10. … The Lakers had lost three of four, so this meant a lot. … Los Angeles improved to 5-6 on the road vs. the Western Conference. … Tyson Chandler, who had been questionable with back spasms after he missed Sunday’s game against Memphis, returned and played 15-plus minutes.Warriors: Iguodala reached double figures for the fourth time this season. … Curry and Draymond Green each picked up two early fouls, and Green fouled out with 5:36 left. He was limited to four points, five assists and five rebounds.UP NEXTLakers: At Sacramento on Thursday.Warriors: Host Portland on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James leaves game vs Warriors with strained left groin James made it look easy early on shooting over Jonas Jerebko and Kevon Looney. James hit a turnaround jumper at the 4:39 mark of the second quarter to put the Lakers ahead 52-37 and L.A. led 65-50 at the break.It was James’ second straight Christmas game at Oracle Arena after playing here with the Cavaliers last year and losing 99-92.Walton — a former Warriors top assistant and dear friend of Steve Kerr — got some time with his Hall of Fame dad, Bill, before the game and a few moments to catch up with Curry and share holiday greetings in the hallway after the two-time MVP’s warmup routine.Kevin Durant, playing on a tender left ankle, had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Andre Iguodala came off the bench and made his initial five shots and 7 of 9 by halftime on the way to a season-high 23 points while also handling some of the load defending James.Golden State shot just 9 for 36 from deep, Curry going 2 of 8 and Durant 3 for 8.MCGEE’s RING DELAYEDLakers center JaVale McGee was still sick with a respiratory infection and missed his fifth straight game, didn’t travel and missed his scheduled moment to receive his championship ring. That will now happen Feb. 2 when the Lakers return to Oracle Arena.McGee was one of three big men who rotated in Steve Kerr’s rotation on the way to a repeat title.“I’m happy for JaVale. He’s getting more of a chance to play with the Lakers than he did with us,” Kerr said. “We had a lot of centers play a really important role for us the last couple of years. He was fantastic and we loved having him here. Wish he was here and that we could give him his ring today, but we’ll do it next time. Very happy for him and his success this year.”TIP-INS No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia He is scheduled for an MRI exam Wednesday and coach Luke Walton is preparing to be without James on Thursday night in Sacramento.James has played in 156 straight games overall and 116 in the regular season. And he’s not about to guess whether he will have to miss time.Stephen Curry made consecutive 3s shortly after James exited, and the Warriors got within 78-76 at the 2:48 mark of the third — but Kyle Kuzma and the persistent Lakers stayed at it every possession. Curry wound up with 15 points but the home fans had seen enough well before the final buzzer and headed out for the rest of Christmas.“They played like they had nothing to lose. They played like they had a free swing,” Curry said. “Everybody who touched the ball was aggressive. They just had a different look in their eye and we weren’t able to match that. They went out and won the game, that’s basically it.”Kuzma contributed 19 points with a pretty baseline 3 late, Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Rajon Rondo 15 points and 10 assists off the bench as the Lakers snapped an 11-game losing streak on the Warriors’ home floor since a 118-115 overtime win Dec. 22, 2012. Los Angeles also ended a seven-game skid overall in the rivalry with its first win in the series since March 6, 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James’ 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 rout of the Golden State Warriors.“I take a lot of pride in it,” James said of always playing. “That’s why it (angered me) not to be able to go back into the game. It’s more than anything being available to my teammates, being available to my coaching staff. That’s something I take more personal than anything. Hopefully it’s not a long thing.”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 ChrissJames grabbed at his left groin area with 7:51 left in the third after slipping under the Warriors’ basket while trying for a loose ball. He tried to stretch it out, awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving on his own though gingerly out the tunnel for the locker room.“I wasn’t able to go back into the game, obviously. I’ll get an MRI tomorrow and see what’s up,” James said. “With me with injuries, I’m never too concerned about them. I was able to walk off on my own power. I felt a pop, see if I could stretch it a few times, see if it would relieve but it didn’t. … I did a couple exercises to see if I could continue to go but I didn’t feel like it would benefit my team or me. 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‘Durable Housing Units for Slum Dwellers Could Reduce Poverty’

first_imgOne of Liberia’s foremost businessmen, and a former business analyst at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs, Darlington B. Fineboy, says inexpensive yet durable housing units for impoverished slum dwellers could be one of the keys to sustainable poverty reduction in Liberia.The 68-year-old Liberian businessman made the assertion recently in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer.He expressed regret that slum dwellers continue to live in abject poverty because of the neglect of successive Liberian Governments.Mr. Fineboy stressed that a practical and result oriented approach to the housing needs of slum dwellers is critical to addressing the poverty being endured by Liberians.He also pointed out that the current Unity Party led administration must draw a blue print that would address the housing challenges of the nation.Mr. Fineboy further urged stakeholders in the housing sector to graduate from sugarcoated promises and get involved in designing realistic housing programs for the country.“I have listened to many pronouncements and policy statements about the housing sector, but the translation of these ideas into concrete programs are not forthcoming,” Mr. Fineboy observed.He recalled that the late President William R. Tolbert had the political will to implement some radical housing policies for slum dwellers and other Liberians.Sadly, Mr. Fineboy lamented, Tolbert was killed in a military coup, and his housing programs have been swept under the carpet by successive Liberian Governments.“I advise the current administration to wake up and help make the dreams and aspirations of the late President Tolbert a reality,” Mr. Fineboy stressed.He also expressed concern over the current wave of youth unemployment, a major factor that contributes to the population of the slums.Mr. Fineboy called on the Liberian Government and stakeholders in the business sector to decentralize economic activities from within Monrovia and spread them across the country.“We cannot afford to go through another civil crisis,” Mr. Fineboy stated, “therefore swift steps should be taken to address the menace of poverty, not just in the capital, but throughout the 15 counties as well,” he emphasized.In closing, Mr. Fineboy expressed fears that if urgent steps are not taken to address the economic hardships being faced by citizens, he foresees chaos generated by resentment from the masses spreading throughout the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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President Sirleaf’s Development Agenda and the Unfolding Realities on Ground

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s second term that began in 2012 and will end in 2017 seeks to foster infrastructural development and other basic social services under the Agenda for Transformation.Key on the agenda are construction and rehabilitation of roads, restoration of electricity in throughout the country, and constructions of schools, health centers and public buildings.Expectations for development in these areas are high; especially as the infrastructure of the country was destroyed by warring factions for a period of 14 years between 1989 to 2003.The President, therefore, giving Liberians the assurance of working with them for another six years in these areas for transformation; opened eager eyes to watch and take her by her words, or disregard her and perhaps anyone that may come after with similar rhetoric.Even though critics say they are yet to see the promised developments unfolding, activities around the country show that President Sirleaf’s promises may not go in vain but will yield fruits to give her the credit she deserves.Electricity Project:For the first time since 1989 residents of the commercial town of Ganta in Nimba County were able to celebrate the festive season under electricity, and for the first time in history people of Karnplay, Sanniquellie, and Saclepea were joined with those of Ganta to enjoy streetlights this festive season.The electricity is a joint project implemented by the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) and it is expected to extend to Grand Gedeh and other counties in the south-east and then to Guinea and Sierra Leone.Effort made to contact the Management of WAPP in the Ganta sub-office for the number of customers purchasing the electric power proved futile as those contacted all refused to speak.Therefore it is difficult to state how many customers are subscribing to the electricity in the areas they are.However, a few customers spoken to on the main street of Ganta said they were quite excited for the electricity and urged that WAPP remains committed to ensuring that light be available as they are also in full gear to pay the bill.Ganta is a busy commercial city with business entrepreneurs that are involved in the sale of frozen meat, cold water, and other goods that need preservation.  Moreover, most residents seeing Ganta as one of the fastest growing cities have the euphoria to live flamboyant and luxurious life in their magnificent buildings erected in various locations.Therefore, the majority of people there are yearning for WAPP to plant poles along all the streets to enable those residents far from the main street have access to electricity as those living in central Ganta have.During festive season and other national holidays, children usually leave the streets of Ganta and Saclepea very soon because of the dark, but 2013 festive season held them outdoor for a long time because of the presence of electricity.One major electrical facility destroyed during the course of the war is the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant in the St. Paul River.The destruction of this plant has led Monrovia and its environs into darkness and government and its partners are struggling with power generators to provide electricity.  In spite of this effort, it is still difficult as investors and other key institutions including hospitals are unable to get electricity for a cheaper price.Predicated upon this concern, the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration with assistance from international partners is striving to rehabilitate the Mount Coffee Dam, and Finance Minister Amara Konneh has duly promised that Monrovia will receive electricity by 2015, just a year from now.Besides, government is developing plans for mini hydro plants in other parts of the countries including Lofa County in the north-west.Road Project:Bad road has remained a serious impediment to the enhancement of Agriculture in Liberia.  The worst condition of bad road was experienced in 2012 when the entire roads in the country were damaged during the rainy season.Vehicles could not easily travel from the South-east and north-central to Monrovia as a result of the deplorable roads, and food growers could not easily bring their products to the market in Monrovia while consumers in Monrovia could not easily have access, thus increasing the prices of these basic commodities.Towards addressing this road problem under the Sirleaf Administration, Chinese companies have begun intensive work on the Red-Light Ganta Highway.Companies with sub groups are working between Red-Light and Weala, Zeanzu in Bong County to Gbarnga the provincial capital, Palala in Bong County taking on from Gbarnga towards the St. John River between Nimba and Bong Counties, Dukpuyee in Nimba and clearing from St. John to the Ganta direction.Earlier, the Buchanan Highway had been completed and dedicated that transportation fare once in the tone of LD$400 dropped to LD$250. Unlike the past when vehicles took about four hours to reach Buchanan from Monrovia as a result of pothole-ridden road, they now take less than three hours to reach depending on one’s speed.The Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Boulevard, the A.B. Tolbert Road, the road leading inside Caldwell and the Duport Road Red-Light bypass are all being completed with vehicles plying them daily.The Fish Town Harper Highway in the south-east has also been rehabilitated and expected to be paved with funding from the African Development Bank.The Japanese Government also reached US$50 million agreement with the Liberian Government in 2013 for reconstruction of the Somalia Drive beginning from Freeport to Red-Light, and this project is expected to commence soon.Also underway to begin is the US$40 million road project from Ganta to the mining town of Yekepa in Nimba County.  The fund was provided by the Indian steel company, Arcelor Mittal for the construction of this highway as a gift to President Sirleaf.When completed, it will be one major benefit for Liberians in that county as LAMCO extracted iron ore there for 30 years from 1963 to 1983 without paving this short highway.Public facilities especially buildings to host key institutions of government remain parts of the enormous challenges to the Liberian Government.During the first term of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a major hospital project that cost US$10 million was completed in Tappita, Nimba County.  The Ministry of Health & Social Welfare moved into its own building in Congo Town when the project began by Samuel Doe was completed.The Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) building, the University of Liberia (UL) Fendell building and many school buildings were erected across the country during the first term.In order for the Liberian Government not to be a tenant in its own home throughout, the Sirleaf Administration and the Chinese Government have reached a bilateral agreement in the tone of US$60 million for the construction of a ministerial complex that will host about ten government ministries.Also the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex and the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) are highlighted in the agreement for rehabilitation.The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) building project began by Samuel K. Doe in the 1980s will soon be completed to relocate workers.Madam Sirleaf desire to see all these projects including other unmentioned ones implemented is not only because she is the President and must do them, but also because she promised during the launch of her campaign in Gbarnga, Bong County in September of 2011 that she will ensure to connect Liberia road network, restore electricity, and erect basic public facilities before retiring in 2017.Critics of Madam Sirleaf are of the view that the Liberian Government under this administration has not been able to use taxes collected to undertake projects, but funding is from international partners and therefore the achievements cannot be attributed to her.However, critics have failed to accurately clarify the doubt as to whose administration these are done in, and through whose diplomatic instrumentality and trust the international donations are coming.Even though the Executive Mansion that hosts the Liberian President still lies in debris since it gutted fire on July 26, 2006, and public officials continue to be deluded by titles thus misusing vehicles, playing games on computers during working time, and extravagantly using gas slips and scratch cards without conscience.  Although Liberians entrusted with public positions to serve the country and its people continue to demonstrate mistrust by engaging in rampant corruption that contradicts President Sirleaf’s fight against corruption.It remains clear that with objective evaluation Liberians and others will distinctly point out where President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made progress in accordance with her development agenda and at the same time identify where she fell short instead of wholly discrediting her under a biased influence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Woman, 20, Gang Raped to Death in Bong

first_imgReports filtering in from Gbalatuah, (formerly Tolbert Farm) in the Zota District, Bong County, say that a 20-old woman, identified as Hanna Flomo, was recently gang-raped to death by a number of unknown individuals.According to one of the members of the independent coroner’s jury constituted by the leadership of the town to investigate circumstances surrounding the death of Ms. Flomo, established that the deceased suffered from multiple rape.One of the jurors—who begged for anonymity— explained that three used condoms were inserted in the deceased with each filled with sperm, presumed introduced by the alleged rapists.He told this paper that his committee agreed that the deceased’s breasts were cut, while there were scars under her armpits.“The committee found evidence to establish foul-play in connection with what is obviously a homicide. We compiled a comprehensive report, my brother, but that report mysteriously disappeared and has never been found.”The committee is accusing the town leadership of being in possession of the document, while on the other hand, the town leadership is pointing fingers at the committee for taking away the report,” he declared, shaking his head in disappointment.Explaining further, this committee member intoned that on January 1, 2014, which was New Year’s Day, the deceased was seen with three unfamiliar young gentlemen drinking mixed liquor ranging from beer, stout, 8 PM, and the local palm wine.When they realized that they had over-dosed her with the liquor, the three said that they were taking the deceased to her house to sleep, the juror member disclosed.“This looks like an organized crime because the manner in which things were handled—from the town administration level to the security—is quite unsatisfactory. Moreover, the woman was buried on January 3, at 3 a.m., something very unusual” the coroner’s jury-member revealed.  He could not say whether an arrest had been made, but confirmed that the perpetrators were on the run.According to information Hanna Flomo graduated from the St Peter’s Episcopal High School in Gbarnga during 2012/2013 school year; she had gone to Gbalatuah to spend the holidays with maternal family.Speaking to this paper through an interpreter, the aunt of the deceased, Kebbeh Flomo said that late in the evening, on New Year’s Day, three gentlemen escorted their victim to the house on their shoulders, explaining that she had been over-come with liquor—and that she needed rest.“They took her into her room and we did not check on her until the next day—by which time, the men had left. We thought she was suffering from the dizziness,” Ma Kebbeh Flomo explained with tears streaming down her cheeks.Kebbeh Flomo informed this paper that officers, who appeared on the crime scene to conduct a preliminary investigation, requested that she paid L$3,000 to get the investigation underway.Meanwhile, police in Gbarnga say the Liberia National Police, along with the United Nations Police, (UNPOL) have launched a vigorous security search for the alleged rapists. They assured the citizens that the security apparatus would do everything to bring the perpetrators to justice.A senior police officer, who preferred not to be named, confided to this paper that the police was questioning a man identified as Boimah Jah, who is suspected of being an accomplice of the others, who are still on the run.“As soon as we conclude the investigation, the press will be duly informed. I think we are heading somewhere positive,” the police officer said.At the same time, family members of the late Hanna Flomo are calling on the Liberian Government and the Liberia National Police to send what they termed neutral security to conduct a transparent investigation into the brutal murder of Hanna Flomo.A teacher of the William R. Tolbert High School in Gbalatuah, Jackson Mulbah, said the latest incident might discourage parents who want to send their children to the recently-renovated school’s dormitory.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Monrovia Flood Water Menace Resurfaces

first_imgThe menace of perennial flood water over the weekend resurfaced in several parts of greater Monrovia and its immediate environs as a result of the heavy down pour of rain.The down pour was so heavy that it caused floods into public, private and business entities.Affected residents and business entities’ owners have sounded an urgent SOS appeal to the Liberian Government for the urgent rehabilitation of clogged drainages in greater Monrovia and its environs.Some analysts have said that the weekend flooding is indeed a signal that Monrovia’s inhabitants and business entities should anticipate extensive hardship in the coming months.They said if the heavy pour of rain continues in Monrovia, the devastating effects could intensify hardships of Monrovia’s residents and business entities.The flood water situation is becoming an annual menace in Monrovia and its environs, as every rainy season is characterized by flooding in Monrovia. However, relevant Liberian Government line ministries and agencies charged with the responsibility for Monrovia’s clogged drainages continue to remain silent.Nonetheless, residents and business owners in the weekend’s affected communities have sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government for a swift intervention into the clogged drainage projects in Monrovia.The weekend flooding points to the fact that the situation is indeed critical to the extent that sentiments expressed by the affected communities reflected anger, agony and frustration.“Each and every Rainy Season in Monrovia, we encounter serious environmental degradation, constraints and challenges at our various homes and business entities as a result of the continued water flooding,” resident Mary Greene Bryant cried out.Philip Bestman, who operates a provision shop on Gurley Street, has called on the Liberian Government and other support partners to prioritize the urgent rehabilitation of Monrovia’s drainages.“I would really appreciate it were the Liberian Government and its partners to focus some attention on the critical rehabilitation of the affected clogged drainages of Monrovia and its environs,” Mr. Bestman asserted.Hard hit areas in greater Monrovia and its surroundings include, corners of Gurley, Benson, Lynch, Johnson, Slipway, Waterside streets as well as many lowland parts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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