LATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards The Seaba Championship is the first step in getting closer to that goal, as winning the regional tournament will earn the Filipinos a spot in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon in August.The Philippines has been the SEABA Champions for seven times, last winning it back in 2015 in Singapore.The country last hosted the men’s regional tourney way back in 2001, where it topped Thailand in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal NBA: Retired Bryant says he’s a ‘phone call away’ if Lakers need advice SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite No less than national team coach Chot Reyes confirmed the news in a post on his Twitter account @coachot.“We just received confirmation that SEABA has awarded the Men’s senior & U16 hosting to Manila, Apr 23-30. #LabanPilipinasPuso!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAside from the men’s tournament, the Philippines will also host the 2017 Seaba Under-16 Championship later this year.Reyes announced his 24-man Gilas Pilipinas pool on Sunday as he gears toward securing the Philippines a spot in the 2019 Fiba World Cup. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The tallest Gilas Pilipinas squad ever will make its debut before the hometown crowd in April.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) secured the hosting rights for the 2017 SEABA Championship, which will be held April 23 to 30, on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View comments
Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “I don’t think we’re near our peak, and I think there are still a lot that this team can show,” said Meneses. “This isn’t Ateneo’s real game because coach Tai [Bundit] would always emphasize that they train as if they’re not on top of the standings.”Bea De Leon and Jhoana Maraguinot led Ateneo with 12 points apiece while Kat Tolentino and Morente also finished in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Rondina led UST with 14 points while Laure added nine.Ateneo and UST had the same number of scoring spikes with 33 but it was in the service department where the Lady Eagles showed their class with a distinct 16-5 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UST, after being down 24-19, rallied back with a 6-0 sprint with Cherry Rondina setting up EJ Laure to give the Golden Tigresses a 25-24 lead.This became the start of a back-and-forth tango until Laure’s service went long to give Ateneo a 27-26 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnMich Morente then finished things off with an ace to secure Ateneo’s win.Lady Eagles assistant coach Sherwin Meneses said that despite their impressive record, Ateneo is far from reaching its peak. Ateneo players didn’t get nat’l team tryout invites, officials say Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo kept its foothold atop the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament with a tough three-set victory over University of Santo Tomas, 25-10, 26-24, 28-26, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.In a matchup of the league’s hottest teams, it was the Lady Eagles (8-1) who came out on top as they extended their win streak to seven games while the Golden Tigress (5-4) had their four-game unbeaten run snapped.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
“Sonny came in and asserted himself. He played like an import,” said the American mentor after Alaska seized a 98-92 victory over Mahindra on Wednesday..Thoss truly played like a reinforcement as he held strong in the paint while Cory Jefferson took a breather down the stretch. The import checked back in the game with a minute to play, but the game was already out of reach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“The critical thing was when we sat out Cory, Sonny really showed up,” lauded Compton of Thoss.But for the veteran slotman, it was just a matter of taking charge when Alaska went a bit complacent in the fourth quarter. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Sonny Thoss. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust when Alaska felt that the game was slipping from its grasp, coach Alex Compton stumbled upon an old reliable to save the day for the Aces.As the Aces saw their 18-point lead in the third quarter dissipate to five, 87-82, in the final 4:15, 35-year-old Sonny Thoss came up big down the stretch and anchored a killer 10-0 blast to help Alaska regain control with 10-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MOST READ ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media “I just tried to give whatever I can to the team,” he said. “I was resting most of the game. I was in and out so I had a little energy and I tried to be aggressive and take advantage of the opportunity.”Thoss made the most of his 17 minutes on the floor as he tallied 11 points, eight coming in the payoff period, while also grabbing two rebounds. More importantly, that preserved Alaska’s immaculate record as it cruised to its third straight win.Despite finding a place near the top early in the conference, Thoss warned that the Aces shouldn’t be complacent.“It’s good to be up but it’s still early. Anything can happen and we just have to stay humble, grounded and focused,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Jefferson pours 30 as Alaska stays unbeaten Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Accustomed to dominating this competition, Hydel Preparatory were made to sweat on their way to winning a 12th straight Tastee National Preparatory Schools Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. Hydel bettered Mona Prep by 188 points at last year’s championships, but only 28 points separated the St Catherine-based school from second-placed Vaz Prep as the curtain came down on the three-day meet. The Corey Bennett-coached Hydel, who were winning their 18th overall title, tallied 243 points to finish ahead of rivals Vaz, which scored 215 points. They were followed by Mona (118), Belair (116), Quest (73.50), Lannaman’s and Stella Maris (67 each), Wolmer’s (61), Mount St Joseph (58), Emmanuel Christian Academy (57), Sts Peter and Paul (50), St Andrew (48), Knox Junior (45), Ardenne (42) and St John’s (39). “This year’s championship was pretty close because it went to the wire. It was not like last year when we won by almost two hundred points,” Bennett noted. “We had some quality performances from our athletes, especially in Class One among the boys and girls. I thought our Class Two girls team also performed well and so I am happy that we were able to defend our title,” Bennett added. Hydel’s Kerrica Hill was among the standout performers of the championships. She captured the Class One sprint double. Hill won the 300m in 41.46 ahead of Lannaman’s Mikayla Gardener, 43.00, and Misha-Jade Samuels, 45.75. Hill then returned an hour later to win the 200m in 26.32 in front of Belair’s Alexia Beckford, 26.78, and Vaz’s Jounee Armstrong, 26.86. Ardenne’s Gary Card was a sprint double champion in Class Two, winning the boys’ 100m in 13.69 ahead of Vaz’s Romario Williams, 13.76, and Sadrea Thomas of Wolmer’s, 13.80. Card then sped to 21.12 seconds to win the 150m event ahead of Belair’s Timos Blake, 21.29, and Rashad Miller from Mount St Joseph, 21.33. Sts Peter and Paul’s Jayd’n Johnson won the boys’ Class One 100m in 12.46 seconds ahead of Kyle Richards from Bright Beginning, 12.76, and Jaheim Labeach from Knox Junior, 12.86. However, Johnson was denied the sprint double when he was beaten in the 200m by St Andrew’s Jaden Mohan, who won the event in 26.27. Johnson ended up crossing second in 26.40 while third went to Dante Dacres from Hydel in 26.57. Belair’s Alexia Beckford won the girls’ Class 100 in 13.23, with Vaz’s Jounee Armstrong, 13.32, taking second place and Jarvia Hinds from St Catherine, 13.50, finishing third. Dante Dacres (Hydel) won the boys’ Class One 400m in 57.12 ahead of St John’s Mark’s Miller, 1:00.49, and Richard Archer of Lannaman’s, 1:00.50. In the class Two girls’ 150m, Hydel’s Jody-Ann Daley, 21.36, finished ahead of Alexa Pusey from Mount St Joseph, 21.49, and Ackeila Grant from Hydel, 21.84. SPRINT DOUBLE CHAMPION
President of the University of Technology (UTech) Professor Stephen Vasciannie has called on recent graduates of the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB)/Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/UTech coaching school to use their newly acquired skills to help bring communities together. Vasciannie made the call during the graduation ceremony at the JFF offices in New Kingston on Monday afternoon. “Football brings communities together and it encourages occupation. We get people playing football and they use up some of their energies in a positive way,” he said. “Football also gives us discipline. As coaches, you will learn about time management, teamwork, communication, exercise, and you link success to effort, link causes to consequences. you get that from football,” Professor Vasciannie added. “And, football helps us to cultivate spirit. I remember the time when the Reggae Boyz were flying high in World Cup football. There were some people we used to call wagonists. We still have wagonists now, but the original wagonists were wagonists because they were inspired by football,” he emphasised. “Just the concept of wagonists tells you what football can do to lift spirits”. “The feedback is that all participants have benefited significantly from the course. UTech remains committed to the partnership with JMMS and the JFF,” the UTech president concluded. Interim JFF president Bruce Gaynor said the coaching school is a vision of late president Captain Horace Burrell. “Our late president had a vision that all our coaches will be qualified to coach at every level. In 2008, he brought this to the board and instructed then technical committee chairman Horace McIntosh to commence the process of starting a coaching school. The programme started in 2009,” Gaynor, who will demit the president’s seat on September 16, said. “The JFF is indebted to the University of Technology and the JMMB/Joan Duncan Foundation. UTech has helped to raise the bar. JMMB has not only been a financial partner, but also shares the vision. FIFA also continues to support our Advanced Level Two programme with excellent instructors. The coaching school has trained and certified 780 coaches,” Gaynor disclosed. Patricia Sutherland, chairman, JMMB/Joan Duncan Foundation, said her foundation is committed to the coaching school. “We do it with pride. We are very proud of this partnership to invest in people. This is what our business is about – to invest in people,” Sutherland shared. Eighty coaches received certificates from courses done at the Advanced Level One and Advanced Level Two last year. Delano Walters, Ian Williams, and Michael Israel were the top achievers. RAISE THE BAR
The Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) has expressed its alarm that the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has postponed the start of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) due to what it termed “misinformation about financial liabilities”. In a release on Thursday, the JFF said it was forced to postpone Sunday’s start of the RSPL because of a series of administrative failings on the part of the PLCA. Among the issues listed was the failure of the PLCA to deliver grants to Montego Bay United FC (MBUFC). The national football body also pointed to more than $4 million owed to referees and other match officials. However, in a hard-hitting statement yesterday, the PLCA said it noted with “alarm, profound concern and disappointment that the Jamaica Football Federation has postponed the start of the Red Stripe Premier League on the basis of misinformation about financial liabilities allegedly owed by the PLCA to both MBUFC and the referees.” The PLCA denied that it is liable to any of the parties named. According to the PLCA, a letter dated August 12, 2016 from MBUFC clearly stated they were withdrawing from the PLCA “with immediate effect” and did not want any benefits from any sponsorship, etc, negotiated by the PLCA. “Acting on MBUFC’s clear wishes and bearing in mind the arrangements with the clubs, PLCA allocated the relevant funds to the other 11 clubs that remained a part of PLCA,” the release said. It added: “PLCA later acted on the JFF’s instruction to readmit MBUFC to PLCA membership as of April 1, 2017, approximately seven months after the RSPL had started. In so doing, the PLCA paid MBUFC what was due to it after the date of readmission. PLCA recently paid to MBUFC a pre-season August 2017 grant. “In light of the JFF’s decision to allow MBUFC’s participation while being outside of PLCA; MBUFC’s readmission effective April 1, 2017; and the prior distribution of sponsorship to the remaining clubs, PLCA has no liability to pay any further sums to MBUFC.” With regard to the referees, PLCA said it is not liable for any fees outstanding to them as PLCA does not employ the referees and has, therefore, not been invoiced by their association. The PLCA apologised to its sponsors and “all other well-thinking stakeholders” for any inconvenience caused by the JFF’s actions. It said it regrets specifically any inconvenience and losses that have been caused to the RSPL title sponsor Red Stripe, which had to postpone Thursday’s launch of the RSPL 2017-18 season. “The PLCA will continue to work in the best interests of the clubs, players, sponsors and all other stakeholders in order to enhance Jamaican football. Consequently, the PLCA is willing to meet with the JFF, MBUFC and all other relevant stakeholders in order to achieve an amicable resolution of all the outstanding issues as quickly as possible,” the PLCA release concluded. The PLCA’s chairman is former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, while the vice chairman is Carvel Stewart. NOT LIABLE FOR REFEREES’ FEES
Denham Town High is coached by one of the promising younger coaches in Jamaican football, Omar Edwards. Two seasons ago, the West Kingston-based school exceeded expectations and made the semi-final of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup competition. They followed up that performance with a quarter-final berth a year later. This season, however, given what is considered by many to be a tricky Group D, which also features Kingston Technical, St Catherine High, St George’s College, Tarrant High and Vauxhall High, Edwards said that he is taking things one game at a time. Edwards will be up against experienced Manning Cup winning coaches Leebert Halliman of Tarrant, Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell of St George’s, and Anthony Patrick of St Catherine High. “We have coaches in the group who are going to do everything to protect their names and ensure that the youngsters live up to their expectations,” Edwards said. “[My expectation is] to get out of the first round and just take it from there,” Edwards added. “It’s going to be a competitive group, very challenging. It’s going to be the players and teams that want it most to ensure that their schools advance from the first round. Edwards said that he managed to keep only less than half of last season’s squad heading into this year’s competitions. However, centre forward Malik Goldson, who scored four goals last season, national Under-17 representative Jermaine Lyons, Kimarley Balls, and Shamar Thompson are the senior players that Edwards is expecting to lead by example this time around. “I believe that we have got sufficient time with regards to our preseason,” Edwards shared. “We are satisfied with the type of work and effort from the players. We have a gelled squad ready to start this season.” Denham Town travels to St Catherine High on Monday and Edwards said that he is expecting a good game from his opponents. “We know that it will be a challenge in a competitive encounter, but nonetheless, we are going in with a positive mindset and we will do everything within our power to leave there with a point or three.” email@example.com
In about three weeks, beauty, intelligence and charm will transcend to the Marriott Hotel as 10 young ladies will compete for the Miss World Guyana title. At the end of the competition, however, only one delegate will get the opportunity to represent Guyana on the international stage.The final 10 delegates were selected after rigorous preliminary competitions from a pack of 14. The delegates were all assigned various regions to represent on the grand coronation night billed for June 25. These include Miss Region One (Barima-Waini), Delisha Wright; Miss Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Sharda Pramdeo; Miss Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Hemwantie Seodat; Miss Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Vena Mookram; Miss Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Joelly Valentine; Miss Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Thamesha Watson; Miss Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Arielle Ghanie; Miss Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Crystal Wills; Miss Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo), Manisha Wong; and Miss Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), Nitifah Thompson.The delegates were sashed at an event hosted by Jamicia McCallman held at the Giftland Mall on May 26. The evening also saw a new collection by Designer, Marcie De Santos.However, on the evening of the pageant, the delegates will be competing in several segments including evening gown and intelligence but more importantly, the finalists will present their beauty with a purpose project.Pageant night is expected to be grand as reigning Miss World Guyana, Nuriyyah Gerrard, prepares to hand over her crown. Moreover, popular television personality and a pageant critic, Joel Ganshaam will be the host for the evening and he promises an epic evening with fun and laughter.
The Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara, is the place to be this Saturday as Heavenly Light, Mocha presents Natasha Tameika “Tasha” Cobbs Leonard and Band live in concert.“Tasha” Cobbs is a popular American urban contemporary gospel musician and songwriter. She released the extended play “Grace” in 2013 with EMI Gospel. The extended play record (EP) reached number 61 on the Billboard charts.At the 56th annual Grammy Awards, Cobbs won the Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance.She grew up in the church at Jesup New Life Ministries, which her parents led. These worship services are where she started singing from her childhood and into her young adult years.On March 3, 2017, in a private ceremony attended by family and friends, she married her long time love, Kenneth Leonard. His three children were present at the ceremony to welcome her into their family. She is known for her powerful and soulful voice.She will be sharing the stage with some of Guyana’s best gospel singers including Shawn English, Mariam Williams, Sean Sobers and Melissa Vanderyar.In addition, Redeemers Band, PEK’s Band, Dominion Dancers, HLT Dancers and many others will take to the stage.Early bird tickets cost $1500 and are available at M&M Snackette (Demerara Harbour Bridge); Joseph Record Bar (Regent Street and Vreed-en-Hoop); Kester D Music Shop (Orange Walk); Oriental General Store (Water Street); Little Rock Hotel (New Amsterdam); Nigel’s Supermarket (Robb Street) and all Church’s Chicken locations.If you did not pick up your tickets early, patrons will be required to pay $2000 at the gate.
Satiricus wasn’t feeling too much in the Christmas spirit right now. He’d just had to wait overnight at the airport for his wife’s cousin Georgie, but he never showed on account of his plane never showing up at JFK Airport in New York.“I always told you Georgie was a cheapskate,” he grumbled to his wife Caustic, as they drove slowly home in their jalopy.“What did he do now?” demanded Caustic heatedly. She agreed with Satiricus, but felt honour-bound to defend her family’s honour.“Why did he have to book a cheap-charter flight?” said Satiricus with some irritation. “The way he carries on about all the houses he owns in Richmond Hill, he should be flying in on his own private jet!”“Let’s not get carried away now, Sato,” said Caustic mildly. “If he saves on the passage… he’ll have more to spend on us!”“Spend? Him? Georgie spending on us?” retorted Satiricus with growing outrage. “The last time he visited, we had to even buy him coconut water!”“OK, Mr Last-of-the-Big-Time-Spenders,” said Caustic, as she tried to change the subject. “How many gold rings did you buy me today?”“Gold rings?” asked a puzzled Satiricus. “Why do I have to buy you gold rings?”“It’s just five more days to Christmas, you know.” And with that announcement, Caustic burst into song, “On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Five Golden Rings; Four Calling Birds; Three French Hens; Two Turtle Doves; and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.”Satiricus was disarmed – but not entirely. He said with a smile, “Well, seeing how we don’t have Partridges and French Hens and all that in Guyana, I asked Georgie to bring them from New York!”“OK… Now I know I’ll never get them!” Caustic confessed. “That Georgie always was cheap. Almost like your Finance Minister!!”“Almost!” admitted Satiricus. “Jer Dan is in a class by himself! If he can tax water, what will he do with French Hens?!”