UAAP cancels Saturday games due to ‘Ompong’

first_imgThe UAAP has decided to postpone its Saturday games of the Season 81 men’s basketball tournament due to super typhoon “Ompong.”The games between Ateneo and Far Eastern University and Adamson University and De La Salle scheduled at Araneta Coliseum will be played at a later date. ADVERTISEMENT Inquirer calls for support for the victims of typhoon OmpongResponding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the recent typhoon Ompong.Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860 and Swift Code: BNORPHMM.Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, “After due consultation and considering what appears to be a severe weather disturbance, the UAAP deems it best for everyone’s interests to cancel the basketball games tomorrow,” said Season 81 president Nilo Ocampo in a statement.The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said in its severe weather bulletin that “Ompong” won’t directly affect Metro Manila but the region has been put under Public Signal No. 1.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“Ompong” moves west northwest at a pace of 20 kilometers per hour and packs maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness up to 255 kph.The UAAP, through tournament host University of Santo Tomas, has also suspended the chess games for Sept. 15 and 16 and moved it to the 19th. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum PH paddlers strike gold in world championships Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Another Slap in the Face of Liberian Women: No Lebanese or Even Liberian Judicial…

first_imgA prominent Liberian lawyer once told a friend, “Yes, I know that lawyers are on their way to hell.”It is, of course, almost impossible for any human being to determine who will go to Heaven or to Hell, for that is totally the prerogative of the most merciful Heavenly Father.However, the way some of our lawyers behave, one is easily tempted to believe what that lawyer said about the ultimate fate of at least some lawyers—not necessarily all.Who, for example, were the lawyers for the defendants in the case of the Lebanese who raped and trafficked Liberian girls—who were the lawyers that first decided to seek a change of venue from Margibi to remote Bomi County? And sure enough, once this was granted, the defendants’ lawyers sought every trick in the book to have their clients set free. The case had been completely argued and the judge, His Honor George W. Smith of the 11th Judicial Circuit in Bomi County, was about to render his verdict. But it was just before then that lawyers for the defendant, Counselors Amara Sheriff and JohnnyMomo, belatedly “discovered” that the lawyers, who had argued the case against the defendants – Lebanese traffickers and rapists who took several Liberian ladies to Lebanon under false pretense – both County and Assistant County Attorneys for Bomi, had no valid lawyer’s license, and had not paid their dues to the Liberian National Bar Association!How on earth is it possible that the Liberian government’s own lawyers, appointed County and Assistant County Attorneys, would be allowed to practice law in Liberia without licenses? That is, to say the least, preposterous (laughable, outrageous, unbelievable). The person in the Ministry of Justice who was responsible for their hire and appointment to these positions should be immediately reprimanded, even fired.Here is yet another in the myriad of clear indications that Liberia is NOT A SERIOUS COUNTRY. Which other country in the world would allow Lebanese or any other human traffickers and rapists to treat the country’s women in such a criminal way and go completely free? We know of nowhere in the world where a people’s women—mothers, aunts, sisters, wives—would be treated in such despicable (appalling, vile, wicked) way. Yes, only in Liberia. The chief defenders of Lebanese in our country, who have, for reasons best known to themselves, taken these businesspeople to be more privileged, more important, than their own Liberian people, are now clapping their hands and rejoicing that these Lebanese human traffickers and rapists are now set free. The Daily Observer has reliably learnt that the defendant left the country the same day Judge George Smith dropped the charges against him! Surely he will one day soon return and lay low for a while, assured by their callous (heartless, cruel, pitiless) unpatriotic and selfish Liberian cohorts that nothing will happen to them in Liberia! Two of the 14 dishonored, hapless and destitute young women, in an extensive interview Wednesday in the Daily Observer Library, told our Reporter Gloria Tamba that they and their colleagues had not only been trafficked and raped by these Lebanese men, they were even beaten, suffered attempted stabbing with knives by Lebanese women they worked for, imprisoned and often forced to sleep on the streets in Beirut as homeless people!They expressed to reporter Tamba their deep disappointment with their own government and its judicial system—the unexplainable betrayal even after their own President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a woman like themselves, had assured them that they would definitely get justice in order to have their honor restored.Alas! On a spurious technicality, their case was summarily thrown out of court and they, the victims, flung on the streets in their own country, just as they had been in faraway Lebanon! We wonder how Attorney General Frederick Cherue and Chief Justice Francis Korkpor now feel, and what have they to say in the face of this glaring travesty of justice under their watch against their own daughters and sisters. And Gender and Social Welfare Minister Julia Duncan Cassell? And President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf? They are all now haunted by the proverbial question, “Have you nothing to say, all ye that pass by?” The Daily Observer has encouraged the young women to keep the faith. One day some good and caring lawyer/s will take up their case again to help them get justice. Meanwhile, Liberians, do not worry. By God’s grace, this, too, shall pass! Who would have ever thought that such a thing could happen under the watchful eyes of Liberia and Africa’s first woman President? Do we now see why 2017 is so important and critical to our very survival? Liberians, if never before you have been serious, get serious now! Our very survival as a respectable nation and people is at stake.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Presidential Candidates Ignore Sports in Platforms

first_imgLone Star playersAs the various presidential candidates continue to provide their platforms to convince electorates to vote for them in the pending October elections, there is a key factor to nation building that is being left out: sports. Sports, as an integral part of every nation, have the dual role of building and development. Politicians are knowledgeable about the huge benefits empowering young people can bring to the nation through infrastructure development and physical development. Politicians also have the passion for the game and therefore it is important that as debates and other discussions are held, they should take the time to examine what they can do for sports to empower the youth.It was noted that in yesterday’s debate organized by the Deepening Democracy Coalition (DDC), the question about sports was neither mentioned nor discussed. When asked about what specific measures will be put in place to address the issue of Liberians living below the poverty line, and how they will fund a poverty reduction program if elected, the four presidential candidates provided several ideas and measures they might explore to move the country forward. For example, reconciliation was a theme that was highlighted in yesterday’s debate, but they forgot that sports are a means to reconcile the people as they are avenues to unleash the patriotic fervor of Liberians for a particular cause.Sports are not only “unifiers,” they are also one of the key means to provide employment for the youth that can alleviate their financial position. Throughout the world, sports are used to employ young people and to unify divided nations. Although there are challenges attached to alleviating poverty and the development of sporting programs in Liberia, it boils down to the lack of planning and lack of interest from the very beginning, as it is now being portrayed by the various presidential candidates, particularly in yesterday’s debate.What is the assurance that if elected these politicians are going to invest in the sports sector, since they are not mentioned in their platforms? Other African countries have been able to make major breakthroughs in revenue, infrastructural development, and empowerment of citizens through investment in sports. Successful athletes are described as heroes in every country, and Senator George Manneh Weah’s phenomenal and inspirational rise to stardom and as a politician has its basis in sports.Our presidential aspirants, therefore, should not forget the importance of sports in the enhancement of their platforms because even the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe became a Liberian idol for his exceptional support of sports, with the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex being a living testament to his legacy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fitness and finance jostle for football pre-season spotlight

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s head coach Zinedine Zidane (C) leads a training session at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, in June 2017 © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISPARIS, France, Jul 12 – Real Madrid and Barcelona square off in a rare overseas Clasico while Manchester United and Manchester City meet for the first time outside Britain as the world’s leading clubs strive to optimise their pre-season preparations.Pre-season tours have grown significantly in importance over the past decade as teams promote their brand visibility while simultaneously striving to ensure players are ready to hit the ground running. Asia, Australia and the United States are popular destinations for the top clubs, but there is more to these trips than simply pitching up and kicking a ball.AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund kick off the International Champions Cup (ICC) in Guangzhou, China, on July 18, the first of 19 matches in a pre-season tournament featuring several of Europe’s top clubs spread across three countries.Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich then meet Arsenal in Shanghai before the Gunners take on Premier League champions Chelsea in Beijing.“What I really stress whenever somebody comes out here is that the game is probably actually the least important part. It’s really just 90 minutes,” Tom Elsden, senior client manager with Shanghai-based Mailman Group, told AFP.“You can’t expect to come out here on a China tour or do one deal and you’ve made it. It’s a continuous commitment to this market.“You need to come out every year or other year to continue that connection with fans, relationships with sponsors and grassroots initiatives. It’s a long-term play.”Elsden, whose company handles the China digital marketing presence for a range of internationally known players, clubs and leagues, adds: “In China, this is still the first generation of real sports fans. So teams can come out here for the next five, 10, 15 years and pull in a fan that has no natural allegiance.”– ‘Perfect marriage’​ –Bayern Munich’s players warm up during a training session in Munich, on July 1, 2017 © DPA/AFP/File / Andreas GebertChelsea, Bayern and Inter Milan will also visit Singapore, but the bulk of the fixtures take place Stateside where Jose Mourinho’s United play Pep Guardiola’s City on July 20th in Houston, with European champions Real meeting arch rivals Barcelona in Miami on July 29 — the first Clasico held outside Spain since 1982 in Venezuela.Charlie Stillitano, chairman of Relevent Sports which oversees the ICC, believes the appeal of the US is its “perfect marriage of commercialism and football”.“(Clubs) have an opportunity to have training facilities which are second to none,” says Stillitano. “(Zinedine) Zidane came last year (with Real), they didn’t do anything except train for 10 days, then they play very competitive matches.“It was always thought that pre-seasons should be playing against easy teams, don’t stress the players, they will only come to America for really what they said was marketing, but they weren’t really doing much, except just coming.“Now everything has changed. Now the players are serious, the commercial departments are serious.”Stillitano credits Mourinho for changing the way clubs approach their pre-season plans.“The guy who really led the way was Jose Mourinho in 2004. Alex Ferguson said later in his book that he learned a lot from Jose, because Jose won the Premier League two years in a row and Jose attributed the two titles in a row to playing big teams in pre-seasons and being ready,” he explained.But Stillitano notes the marked difference between tours to the US and Asia.“The idea of a long pre-season doesn’t really exist in China or Singapore,” he says. “It’s much more commercially driven, they come in, try to play games in a short amount of time, they do their preparation first at home and then leave.”After the Manchester derby, United will play Real in Santa Clara — a fixture that drew a record US crowd of 109,318 at Michigan Stadium in 2014 — in a dress rehearsal for next month’s European Super Cup, before meeting Barca, while City play Real in Los Angeles and round out their tour against Tottenham Hotspur.“The US, which we’re visiting this year, and China, which we toured last summer, are two of the biggest and fastest growing football markets in the world,” says Tom Glick, chief commercial officer at City Football Group.“There are few better ways to enhance awareness and exposure of our club in particular markets than having our players on the ground, training, playing and meeting fans.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Crystal Palace players react to bizarre Patrice Evra video

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The video has horrified his followers on Instagram huge blow Everyone has had something to say on the matter including talkSPORT’s Ally McCoist and some of the Crystal Palace squad are the most recent to watch the cringeworthy video and their reactions were brilliantly caught on camera.Goalkeepers Wayne Hennessey and Julian Speroni were among the viewers, while it all became too much for midfielder Jason Puncheon.As Evra began spanking the raw poultry, Hennessey shakes his head in disgust and walks away muttering “I don’t need to see no more.”Puncheon is also unimpressed saying: “I’m done, I’m done.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED MONEY Latest Football News REVEALED BEST OF no dice ADVICE If you have not already seen it, you’ve probably heard all about Patrice Evra’s most recent bizarre video which he posted on his Instagram page on Wednesday.The former Manchester United defender is seen in the footage strangely licking, kissing, biting and slapping a raw chicken. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more