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High-riding Molynes United ‘A’, UWI Pelicans in JN Open League title showdown

first_imgThe dream run of Molynes United ‘A’ in the JN Open League Sunshine netball competition continued on Thursday inside the National Indoor Sports Centre, as for the second time in two days they got the better of a Mico team.After eliminating defending champions Mico ‘B’ in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, Molynes United upstaged Mico ‘A’ 20-18 on Thursday to advance to today’s final, which will be played at 6 p.m.Their opponents will be UWI Pelicans, who had an impressive 36-25 win over Waulgrovians ‘A’ in their semi-final.Mico ‘A’, the best attacking and defensive team in the competition, were without the services of ace goal shooter, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid. Even then, they were expected to win.However, Molynes jumped into a quick 3-0 lead and led 5-4 at the break. Both teams had a battle royal up to the half-time as they went into the break even at 9-9.For the next two quarters it was anybody’s game. Mico shooters, led by goal shooter Tanielle Roberts and goal attack Stephanie Anderson, found it very difficult to score, while Molynes shooters Shantal Slater and Kara Christie were finding it easier to make their shots.”We are very elated; we worked hard, we trained hard and we executed well,” said Molynes captain Stacy Mullings.”We stuck to our game plan and it worked. After beating Mico ‘B’ we knew it was going to be a tough challenge as Mico ‘A’ is a good team, but we just remained disciplined and listened to our coach,” added Mullings.Slater scored 11 from 12 attempts, while Christie had nine from 10. For Mico ‘A’, Roberts had 16 from 24 tries.In the earlier game, it was smooth sailing for the Conrad Parkes-coached UWI Pelicans after a competitive first quarter, where UWI led 9-8.However, it was all UWI Pelicans from there as they led 20 -14 and 27-20 at the end of the second and third quarters.Goal shooter Thristina Harwood top scored for the winners with 29 goals from 33 tries, while goal attack Rebecca Robinson scored eight from 10. For Wualgrovians ‘A’, former UWI player, Ladonna Lamonth, had 20 goals from 25 attempts.Meanwhile, Speg ‘A’ and UTech Knights will meet in the Open B League final at 5 p.m., after both teams won their semi-finals on Thursday. Speg ‘A’ defeated Molynes United ‘B’ 37-26, while UTech Knights stopped Tivoli Gardens 37-22.last_img read more

Rike leads NU in final UAAP game over UE

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Rike, who’s a one-and-done player, leaves the Bulldogs but will stay at NU to finish his master’s degree in computer studies.NU wasn’t threatened throughout the game after it went on a 14-6 run to take a 32-22 lead after Rike’s jumper midway through the second quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s good to end the season with a win obviously,” said Rike. “Of course the team and I would’ve wanted to have a better season than we did.”“We have a lot of young guys and it’s unfortunate I won’t be able to be part of this team going forward but it’s going to be a strong team so to see it coming together at the end it was a nice way to end the season.” MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Davis scores 40, leads the Pelicans past the Nuggets Rike eventually finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, his only double-double of his UAAP career, while Issa Gate added 12 points, six rebounds, and eight blocks.Alvin Pasaol led the Red Warriors with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Conner added 19 points and 13 boards. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTroy Rike sang his swan song and led National University to a 79-71 victory over University of the East in its final game in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia arena.The Bulldogs ended their campaign in the seventh seed with a 4-10 record while sending the last placed Red Warriors to a 1-13 card.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Corporate Manager Wants Liberians Take Over Economy

first_imgA Liberian corporate manager has said that in order for Liberia as a nation to make significant inroads among the comity of nations, it must first take possession and control its economy.Archon R. Clinton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the ARC Investment Incorporated, noted that the business and corporate investment climate of Liberia has over the years solely rested within the domain and purview of foreign entrepreneurs.The young and enterprising business magnate, who has excelled to the peak of corporate managerial level over a relatively short period of time, envisioned that Liberians can progress to the top managerial level within the corporate sector based on sound financial policies and implementations that could enable them be on par with their foreign counterparts.Mr. Clinton, who manages the Archon Reconstruction Company (ARC), located in Gardnersville, related that his Liberian-owned company regulates and supervises the transportation, logistics and maintenance activities of TOTAL Liberia, while the Liberia Coca-cola and Bottling Company (LCCBC) contracted the ARC’s management in 2012 to provide similar services for their entity.The ARC manager intoned that this nation can make progressive economy recovery for speedy development if Liberians are in the vanguard of asserting every effort aimed at striving to have their economy placed in their own hands. He noted sadly that foreign business entrepreneurs are far ahead in the business and economy competition, while some Liberians are still sitting on the fence despite their nation being endowed with immense natural resources.Mr. Clinton lamented that as a struggling youth before he left the country in 1998 for the Netherlands, he was faced with numerous difficulties and challenges, but was determined in his ambition to acquire the requisite skills in order to come back home and contribute his quota to the nation’s post-war reconstruction program.He later established the ARC and its subsidiary, CHAMP Enterprise, through which he has now emerged to play meaning roles in the corporate management sector. Mr. Clinton’s managerial accomplishments also paid-off when the ARC was recently honored by the Africa Watch as the Outstanding Company of the Year 2013-2014.Besides his managerial activities, Mr. Clinton has also contributed to Liberia’s reconstruction program as well as the government of Liberia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) program by awarding numerous scholarships to destitute Liberians, who have over the years enrolled in some of the secondary and tertiary institutions in the country. He has also rendered humanitarian services by providing aid to impoverished Liberians.Meanwhile, he has praised the Liberian government for the level of peace and stability, coupled with the existing business atmosphere, which has helped Liberians in their endeavors to rebuild their lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ENRICHING THE LIBERIAN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE THROUGH LIBRARIES

first_imgA significant casualty of the Liberian civil conflict is the noticeable breakdown in our entire social structure and system. Education and its related activities were no exceptions to the rule. Many principals and teachers fled the country for their lives, while large numbers of students were uprooted from their communities and involuntarily relocated to unfamiliar settings. Although a semblance of educational activities continued in the country, education as a meaningful and purposeful activity became very rare. Liberians were more concerned with just living to see the next day.Libraries suffered the adverse effects of the civil conflict as did every social institution. Although they did not enjoy full support to impart knowledge in the pre-war days, they lost what little they had during the years of conflict. Therefore, in the new system of things, there is an urgent need for libraries to reemerge with a new proactive mission to facilitate public access to comprehensive collections of information resources that will enhance the educational experience of students and assist in the development of a well-informed citizenry. By doing this, study and research opportunities will be made available to teachers, researchers and the Liberian citizenry at large.1. Supporting the educational efforts of the Liberian GovernmentDuring the war years and even in some schools today, education continues to reflect the subsistence level at which many Liberians live. Students are fed thin, watered down education just to get by. It is of paramount importance that libraries feature supportive educational resources to nurture, develop and upgrade the “stunted products” produced by our weak educational system. Beyond the war years libraries are needed to break through ceilings imposed by textbook-oriented teaching and thus offer a deeper and richer educational experience to those seeking knowledge. As seeds of educational research are planted in classrooms, so too must they be cultivated, nourished and allowed to bloom in libraries around the country.The Government of Liberia needs to establish a National Library Policy which will promote the development of libraries as focal points in various parts of the country, in an attempt to nurture the habit of purposeful and beneficial reading in Liberia. Concerted efforts should be made to discourage the popular notion that the world of knowledge is encapsulated in textbooks. While textbook- oriented education may be good for tests, exams, WAEC etc. one should also be concerned about the larger world in which one has to live, interact and survive. Out-of-class reading and research through access to libraries will go a long way in promoting appreciation of varying views, tolerance, as well as the inculcation of values so necessary to open democratic societies. Not only must a strong National Public Library be established, a nation-wide system of branch libraries should be set up to cater to the information needs of readers all over Liberia. Where branch libraries are not readily available, regularly scheduled bookmobiles or travelling libraries can serve remote rural areas. 2. Creating an informed citizenryLibraries should be seen as one of Government’s main efforts to create an educated and informed citizenry. In light of this, libraries should seek to supply “materials on any and every subject to any and every citizen for any and every purpose.” While this can be seen as utopian considering economic constraints and the forever changing state of knowledge, no nation dares to consider the alternatives of breeding ignorance, half-educated products, intolerance, etc. With this in mind, nations around the world depend on libraries to provide resources for self-improvement, enlightenment, culture awareness, civic education, leisure reading etc.As one of Government’s main stewards for the acquisition and promotion of knowledge, a National Public Library should be actively engaged in the collection and preservation of all substantive resources related to the total Liberian experience, i.e. historical, civic, cultural, literary, etc. With this in mind, a “depository right” should be established whereby laws are passed to ensure that at least 6 copies of resources published by Liberians will be deposited with the National Public Library for posterity. Concerted efforts should also be made to search for and acquire substantive publications on Liberia by international and foreign experts in both print and electronic format.Historical and cultural committees can be set up in each county to collect historical data, note historical sites, collect documentation on known and unknown heroes, villains, culture, folklore, noteworthy events that occurred in particular counties, etc. Members of the committee can be drawn from traditional elders, griots, local historians, knowledgeable persons, etc.Because of the lengthy civil war in Liberia, coupled with the attractive glare of Western culture, we as Liberians need to restore our collective memory of who we are and how we are tied to this land. It is through such national efforts that we will forge and foster a sense of national identity and pride in the many disillusioned and rootless adults and youths in our society today.Multimedia efforts such as audio recordings, videotapes, photographs, slides, oral history interviews etc. are all possible inclusions in the collection of data.Because of the dire need for libraries in the country, one cannot help but note the eclectic collections that have mushroomed all over the country. Even though they come from well – meaning donors and are better than no books at all, these collections cannot be rightfully termed as libraries. A real library is one organized for ready retrieval and manned by trained library personnel. Library personnel should be discerning and selective in building library collections or risk being seen as simply warehousing reading matter. There should be a vital training element in any library development program where library personnel can be trained at the collegiate level or in basic library skills in intensive, highly focused seminars. It is from the products of these training programs that one will recruit library assistants, teacher-librarians etc. because not every institution can afford professional librarians.Another major venture in which the National Public Library could be involved is the production of a National Union Catalog, which will identify and locate research resources available in libraries around the country. This activity can be carried out as the National Public Library gets actively involved in a coordinating role in library services development around the nation. It is imperative that in making this listing that it be done in line with the International Standard Book Description (ISBD) using Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC). In this way, simply speaking, records can be read and manipulated by a computer. This will facilitate on-line sharing of resources and other services with other libraries within and outside the country.No modern library can negate the transformative effect Information Technology (IT) has had on libraries and the services they offer. It has totally revolutionized the traditional role of libraries and the sooner library personnel recognize this, the better. As facilitators linking searchers to resources, an effective librarian can no longer be limited to an in-house collection. Users need access to various databases, internet searches, etc. beyond the walls of the library for the most current data in various fields of interest. In anticipation of this, library personnel should be trained in the use of computers to assist and/or train library users in on-line searches, use of CD-ROMs, browsing the Internet for authoritative searches, etc. It is vital to any training program for library personnel.In conclusion, this work represents an input into the discussion of possible ways of enriching the educational experience of students and the Liberian public. It is our fervent hope that a reconfigured and revitalized National Public Library, along with branch libraries in all 15 counties will be a firm step in achieving sound education and producing an informed citizenry.About the author: Mrs. Hawa Knuckles has worked as a professional Librarian for over thirty years. She currently serves as Dean of Libraries, University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Signs on Fort Hotel fence spark debate

first_imgPhoto: This advertisement is the only sign currently permitted on the fence surrounding the Fort Hotel property – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – What remains a controversial piece of land has become the source of more debate.Byron Stewart and Brian Kirschner from the Lido Theatre attended the Fort St. John City Council meeting on Monday afternoon.The pair questioned why the Lido’s promotional posters were being taken down from the fence surrounding the old Fort Hotel property.Stewart says the area is a high-traffic location where community events should be promoted. [asset|aid=2609|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f9a1b8e77f4f6f1908c030f534ee152c-Byron 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement After the Fort Hotel on 100th Avenue burned down last year, the City bordered off the debris-ridden land and purchased the property through a tax sale.Several organizations then took advantage of the newly-erected fence, by promoting everything from community events to local businesses.However, City Staff says a bylaw forbids the unauthorized advertising. The Community Charter also puts a cap on the amount of signage in any given area.But Councilor Larry Evans says he enjoys the makeshift community board.Advertisement City staff will likely submit a recommendation to council on April 12th.center_img [asset|aid=2610|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f9a1b8e77f4f6f1908c030f534ee152c-Evans – Signs 1_1_Pub.mp3] Councilor Don Irwin questioned if it was worth investigating a bylaw change, because the fence around the old Fort Hotel is expected to be removed in September. Any change to a bylaw could affect properties under the same bylaw.In the end, council directed staff to investigate how to make the signage bylaw accommodate only community events. Councilor Irwin and Councilor Trevor Bolin opposed the motion.But Councilor Dan Davies says it’s important to investigate the possibilities. [asset|aid=2611|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f9a1b8e77f4f6f1908c030f534ee152c-Davies – signs 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Photo: The Lido Theatre’s Byron Stewart (left) and Brian Kirschner address city council Monday afternoon, regarding a signage bylaw – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

BC SPCA’s North Peace Branch is seeking help with medical costs for a little senior dog, Mistletoe.

first_img“He was adventuring in a remote area when he heard Mistletoe’s tiny cries for help,” says SPCA North Peace Branch manager Candace Buchamer. “He followed her cries until he saw this tiny dog tangled in rose bushes and spruce trees, immobilized and terrified. If not for the Good Samaritan, Mistletoe would have perished.”  FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC SPCA’s North Peace Branch is seeking your help with medical costs for Mistletoe, a little senior dog who was found by a Good Samaritan. – Advertisement -Mistletoe will be in SPCA care for at least four weeks before being ready for adoption in the new year, shared Buchamer. “Mistletoe never gave up. It was her persistent cries that led her finders through the dense brush to her tangled prison,” says Buchamer. “She is so very sweet and gentle despite being in so much pain.” According to Buchamer, Mistletoe will need to have a blood test done in a few days after she is a bit stronger to check if there has been damage to her internal organs. She also has a severe cherry eye from the constant irritation that could ulcerate and rupture if left untreated. Mistletoe will need oral surgery to remove multiple resorbing teeth. Her mouth is so sore that she will need to be on a liquid diet until she has her surgery.   If you can help Mistletoe and other animals in need at the North Peace SPCA, please visit spca.bc.ca/donations/comfort-and-joy/ or visit the branch at 9311 81 Avenue, Fort St. John, 250.785.7722.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sixers, Trail Blazers survive to force game sevens

first_imgButler also had six rebounds and Embiid finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers, who kept their season alive by squaring the best-of-seven Eastern Conference second round series at 3-3.“I play to win,” Butler said. “Right now, this is what I have to do in order to give us a great chance at winning.”Simmons rebounded to deliver 21 points after struggling mightily in game five with just seven points and five turnovers. His game six total was more than his combined points total of games five and four.“It was amazing focus. Everybody was locked in,” Simmons said. “We knew what was at stake.”Franchise cornerstone Embiid, who was listed as a probable starter due to a sore knee, also got back on track after making eight turnovers in game five.“I knew I had to come in with high spirits,” Embiid said. “If I’ve got to play 45 minutes and push myself out there, that’s what I’ll do.”The winner-take-all contest will be Sunday in Toronto with the victor advancing to face the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. Game one of the Eastern Conference finals is slated for Wednesday in Milwaukee.Tobias Harris contributed 16 points, and JJ Redick and Mike Scott had 11 each for the third-seeded Sixers, who haven’t advanced to the Eastern Conference finals since 2001, when they ousted the Bucks in seven games.Kawhi Leonard led the second-seeded Raptors with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Pascal Siakam added 21 points, and Kyle Lowry had 13.Leonard has scored at least 20 points in eight straight playoff contests.Elsewhere, Damian Lillard scored 17 of his 32 points in the third quarter, and the Trail Blazers forced game seven in their series with Denver with a 119-108 win.– Second half surge –Denver went in front by as much as 10 points in the first half before getting blasted by the Trail Blazers in the second half.CJ McCollum added 30 points, and Rodney Hood came off the bench to score a career playoff high 25 for Portland, who haven’t advanced to the NBA final four in 19 years.Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 29 points and 12 rebounds, while Jamal Murray added 24 points and 10 rebounds.Lillard put the Blazers ahead to stay with a three-pointer with 4:18 remaining in the third period.Portland’s Hood hit two key baskets when the Nuggets threatened early in the fourth, helping the Trail Blazers send the series back to Denver for a showdown on Sunday.“It is unfortunate but we have been here before,” said Nuggets coach Mike Malone. “Now we go home and we have best home court advantage in the NBA and we are going to try to take advantage of that and close it out.”The winner of Sunday’s game will face the winner of the series between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. The defending NBA champion Warriors have a 3-2 advantage in the series after a 104-99 victory on Wednesday. Game six is Friday in Houston.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Philadelphia 76ers Jimmy Butler (23) dribbles around Danny Green of the Toronto Raptors in game six of their Eastern Conference playoff series © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mitchell LeffLOS ANGELES, United States, May 10 – The Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers both forced game sevens in their NBA second round playoff series on Thursday with a pair of bounce-back wins to stave off elimination.Jimmy Butler scored 25 points while Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid also had spirited performances as the 76ers survived to fight another day with a 112-101 win over the Toronto Raptors in game six.last_img read more

Leighton Baines injury blow ‘a disaster’ for Everton, says Martinez

first_img1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez says the fresh injury blow to Leighton Baines is a “disaster” for the club, with the defender set for a considerable period on the sidelines.The Merseyside outfit confirmed ahead of Saturday’s opening day draw with Watford that the England international would miss the game having suffered a knock on the ankle he had surgery on in May.That procedure forced him out of Everton’s final two games of last season, and when asked about Baines’ problem, Toffees boss Martinez admitted the situation was grim.“We don’t know how long he will be out for, but it has been a real disaster,” the Spaniard said following the 2-2 draw with the Hornets.“We were preparing for the Watford game and in one incident in training, he blocks the ball and it hits him in exactly the same place where he had surgery a few months back.“It was devastating, because he had worked so hard and looked stronger than ever – I don’t think I had seen him looking as powerful and refreshed in the last two seasons. Then there was this big knock.“We still have to find out how long it will be, but it is not going to be just two or three weeks – I think it is going to be a little bit longer than that.”Asked if Baines would need another operation, Martinez added: “We don’t know at this stage, but it could be.“The surgery was to reinforce that ligament in his ankle and we still need to see the real extent of the damage. After the inflammation, we will find out.”Martinez also had news on Everton winger Kevin Mirallas, who was substituted in the second half minutes after appearing to pick up a knock in a challenge with Watford’s Valon Behrami.The manager told evertontv: “He wanted to stay on the pitch, clearly.“But he had a really nasty tackle and we’re going to be assessing him in the next 48 hours.“He tried to stay on, he couldn’t and now we’ll see what the extent of the injury is.” Everton defender Leighton Baines last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Monaco hold off Liverpool competition to sign promising Lyon defender

first_img1 Jordy Gaspar [right] evades Mario Balotelli [left] AS Monaco have held off the competition from Liverpool to land Lyon right-back Jordy Gaspar.The 20-year-old had emerged as a target for both Liverpool and Juventus over the past six months, despite the fact he played only occasionally this term.He finished what was his debut season with just four Ligue 1 appearances under his belt but there was no doubting his potential as a future star.And now Monaco have moved quickly to sign him up, despite the interest from England and Italy.Monaco vice-president and chief executive Vadim Vasilyev told the club’s official website: “We are pleased to announce the signing of Jordy Gaspar to AS Monaco.“He is a young, exciting French prospect recognized for his potential and who will find all the conditions to progress here under the influence of Leonardo Jardim.”last_img read more

Gary Neville backs decision to rotate England squad for Belgium

first_img Southgate knows all too well what it’s like not to play at a World Cup – he was an unused squad player in 2002 1 Gary Neville has backed England manager Gareth Southgate to ring the changes for Thursday night’s World Cup clash against Belgium – insisting it would still be a strong enough team to win.England and Belgium go into the Group G decider with a bizarre dilemma.TUNE INTO talkSPORT FOR LIVE COMMENTARY OF ENGLAND V BELGIUM – KICK-OFF 7PM UK TIMEVictory will mean going though as group winners, but whoever finishes runner-up will actually face an easier route to the final.Southgate has said ahead of the game that he faces a dilemma of his own – to keep his starting XI’s momentum going or to keep his whole squad happy.center_img It has been claimed the boss could make as many as SIX changes for the clash – with reports suggesting Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and Jamie Vardy are set to start.But Neville has argued England’s second string are more than capable of winning.Speaking on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Three Lions defender and coach said: “If you pick Danny Rose over Ashley Young, is there really a drop in quality?“A lot of people would have picked Rose to start with.“The same with Vardy or Sterling – you look at it and think, actually Vardy will have more chance of a goal, he’s a threat and plays off the shoulder.“So when you’re looking at these changes you’re not talking about players who are level below, you’re talking about lads of equal ability.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more