Ex-Portugal boss appointed as South Korea head coach

first_imgFILE – In this June 15, 2014, file photo, then Portugal’s head coach Paulo Bento attends a news conference the day before the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil. South Korea has appointed ex-Portugal manager Bento as head coach of the national team. The 49 year-old Bento is charged with leading the team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and replaces Shin Tae-yong, who was not offered a new contract in July after South Korea’s group-stage exit at the World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte, File)SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea has appointed ex-Portugal manager Paulo Bento as head coach of the national team.The 49-year-old Bento is charged with leading the national team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and replaces Shin Tae-yong, who was not offered a new contract in July after South Korea’s group-stage exit at the World Cup in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT Bento, who started out in coaching with Sporting Lisbon, led Portugal to the semifinals of Euro 2012 but was fired after a disappointing 2014 World Cup and a poor start to qualification for Euro 2016.He became available in July when he was fired by Chinese Super League club Chongqing Lifan.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’“After reviewing his plans, we believe Bento is a coach who can develop South Korean football if we can support him for four years,” Kim Pan-gon, the head of the Korea Football Association’s Technical Committee, told a news conference Friday. “His results at Euro 2012 were very good and he is professional, charismatic, passionate and confident.”Bento was chosen over candidates on a shortlist that was reported to include Vahid Halilhodzic, who took Algeria to the second round of the 2014 World Cup, and Quique Sanchez Flores, a Spanish coach who has had stints at La Liga clubs Atletico Madrid and Valencia as well as Watford in the English Premier League. Bento’s first game in charge will be a home exhibition against Costa Rica on Sept. 7.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img NCAA: Benilde surpasses last season’s win total, stumps Arellano Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

PH paddlers strike gold in world championships

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Filipino paddlers, featuring Ojay Fuentes and Hermie Macaranas, topped the 10-seater senior mixed 500-meter race in two minutes and seven seconds in convincingly beating powerhouse Hungary by a full boat under sunny skies.The Hungarians checked in almost four seconds slower (2:11.36) to settle for the silver medal while host United States placed third after arriving a split second later. 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 ChrissDrummer Patricia Bustamante led the cadence while steerer Maribeth Caranto efficiently navigated the Filipinos to a triumphant finish in the same event where they went home with a bronze medal in the previous world championships two years ago in Moscow, Russia.The present time of the Filipino paddlers, whose trip was supported by thePhilippine Sports Commission and Go For Gold, broke the winning clocking of the Russians by two seconds in 2016. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alvarez and Triple G promise knockout of a fight Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption GAINESVILLE, Georgia—The Philippines got off to a rousing start on the world stage with a shiny gold medal in the 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships at Lake Lanier Olympic Park.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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)01:25SEA Games: PH dancesport plucks 5 gold medals in standard events01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:14Carpio 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Other members of the winning squad from the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation were Mark Frias, Reymart Nevado, John Paul Selencio, Oliver Manaig and lady paddlers Raquel Almencion, Rosalyn Esguerra, Rhea Rhoa and Christine Talledo.With 16 of the best dragonboat countries participating, the Pinoy paddlers are going for a second gold medal on Friday (Saturday in Manila) in the 10-seater men’s 200m.ThankThey captured three gold medals during the 2016 world championships in Russia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Vucevic, Magic hand Lakers another loss

first_imgFEU forward Tolentino has emotional UAAP farewell vs former school Ateneo Nikola Vucevic had 31 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and Terrence Ross made a go-ahead lay-up with 34 seconds left to help the Magic beat the Lakers 108-104 on Sunday.Ross scored 16 points for the Magic, who won 130-117 at home on Nov. 17.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“We’re trying to build something, and wins like these can really help you build some momentum,” Vucevic said.Ross got to the rim to break the 104-104 deadlock after LeBron James missed a step-back 3-pointer. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed another 3 on the ensuing Lakers possession, and Aaron Gordon got a dunk on the runout to cap off the win. Orlando was able to overcome poor starts in both games, but had to outlast a late charge to hold off Los Angeles this time after a 14-4 run tied the game with 2:24 to play.Gordon had 17 points and D.J. Augustin added 12 points and nine assists for the Magic.James had 24 points and seven assists for the Lakers, who had won three straight games and six of their past seven. Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points and Brandon Ingram added 17.After falling behind by many as 12 points in the first quarter, the Magic would outscore the Lakers 67-42 during the second and third quarter. Orlando made 51 percent of its shots in that stretch, including 9 of 19 3-pointers.“It just took time, but we stuck with it and put ourselves in position to win,” Ross said.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers players blamed their inability to protect their lead on a lack of effort.“Defensively, we kind of broke down and the energy level was a little lower than our expectations, and they took advantage of that,” James said.“NIGHTMARE” NIKVucevic averaged 33.5 points, 14 rebounds and 3.5 assists against the Lakers this season, living up to Lakers coach Luke Walton’s pregame description of the former Southern California star as a “nightmare to matchup with” because of the versatility of his offensive game.“He’s got our number this year,” James said. “All you can say.”SIMMONS’ SPARKMagic coach Steve Clifford credited Jonathon Simmons for helping the team overcome a slow start with his intensity off the bench in the second quarter. Simmons had two points and three assists in the quarter, giving Orlando its first lead of the game on a lay-up with 23 seconds to go before James knocked down a 3 at the buzzer. “He brought a toughness to our team and the energy level that up until that point we had lacked,” Clifford said.Simmons finished with 10 points, helping the Magic’s bench outscore the Lakers 42-21.TIP-INSMagic: Clifford has not decided whether F Wes Iwundu will remain in the starting lineup when Jonathan Isaac is no longer playing on a minutes restriction. Isaac had six points and five rebounds against the Lakers in his third game back after missing six games because of an ankle injury. “The challenges of the day are the only things I am worried about,” Clifford said. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The Orlando Magic had swept the season series against the Los Angeles Lakers once in their first 29 seasons in the NBA.In a span of eight days, the Magic did it for the second time.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Lakers: JaVale McGee finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks. McGee and New Orleans C Anthony Davis are the only players in the NBA with at least five blocks in four games this season. . Lance Stephenson had 13 off the bench. . Lonzo Ball had nine points and 10 assists, his second game this season with double-digit assistsUP NEXTMagic: At Golden State on Monday.Lakers: At Denver on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Clippers send Suns to 9th straight loss with OT win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP NEXTClippers: Host Toronto on Tuesday night, their fifth back-to-back set of games this season.Suns: At San Antonio on Tuesday night, their fourth back-to-back set of games this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Injury-hit Nuggets sign Nick Young, waive Brandon Goodwin Los Angeles went ahead by as many as nine points, 56-47, after Warren’s ejection. But the Suns finished the half on a 9-2 run, capped off by Ayton rattling in a 20-footer at the buzzer, and trailed 58-56.The Clippers made 15 of 23 shots in the second quarter.Phoenix took a brief one-point lead, 84-83, late in the third quarter, but the Clippers went into the fourth quarter ahead 88-86.TIP-INSClippers: G Milos Teodosic saw action for the first time in four games, having missed the previous three due to a coaching decision. … The Clippers have won 10 straight over the Suns, with their last loss coming April 13, 2016.Suns: Phoenix announced the signing of post player Eric Moreland right after tipoff. The 6-foot-10 Moreland, 26, has played for Sacramento and Detroit. … For the fourth time this season, the Suns started three rookies — Melton, Ayton and Bridges. … The Suns were without guard Devin Booker, inactive for the fourth straight game with a hamstring strain, and guard Jamal Crawford, who was out with a sore left knee.DANIELS LEAVES, RETURNSDaniels crumpled to the floor with less than a minute to play trying to defend in the key, and had to be helped to the locker room. He returned for overtime.BLOCKED AND BLOCKAyton tried to go up strong with the ball in the paint midway through the first quarter, only to have his shot blocked by Boban Marjanovic. But Ayton got back on defense to swat away Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s layup attempt at the other end. Danilo Gallinari scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half and Harris added eight rebounds.Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 20 points and 12 rebounds, the rookie’s 15th double-double of the season. Fellow rookie Mikal Bridges added a career high 19 points, and backup center Richaun Holmes chipped in a season-high 19 points as the Suns lost their ninth straight.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 Clippers twice led by four in overtime, but the Suns tied it at 119 on Troy Daniels’ reverse layup with 51.3 seconds to play. But those were the last points scored by the Suns.The Suns’ De’Anthony Melton hit a short baseline fadeaway to tie the score at 111 with 5.5 seconds left in regulation. The Clippers had the final possession of regulation, but Gallinari missed a step-back 3-point attempt at the buzzer with two defenders in his face. 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Holmes dunked with 7:09 to play to give the Suns a 104-95 lead. But the Clippers rallied, surging ahead by four, 109-105. Then Bridges hit a 3-pointer for the Suns with 1:16 left, and added a technical foul free throw 18 seconds later to tie it at 109.Both teams were without top scorers for the second half.Clippers guard Lou Williams left the court in the second quarter with what was described as a sore left hamstring, and didn’t return. Williams, who was averaging 17.6 points per game going into Monday, had seven points and four rebounds in 12 minutes.The Suns got forward T.J. Warren back from a right ankle injury after he missed the past five games. Warren, however, was ejected for drawing back-to-back technical fouls near the end of the second quarter. He had six points in 12 minutes.The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell scored seven points in less than a minute in the second quarter as Los Angeles came back from a 10-point deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris, left, looks to pass as Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Tobias Harris scored 33 points and Patrick Beverley made two free throws with 33.3 seconds left in overtime to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 123-119 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.Avery Bradley sealed the Clippers’ 17th victory of the season with a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds left, after he hustled to control a loose ball off jump ball and was fouled.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

Jimmy Alapag as SMB assistant coach has homecoming feel to it

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Azkals touch down in Dubai, eager to battle Asian heavyweights Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk New San Miguel assistant coach Jimmy Alapag. INQUIRER Photo/Denison DalupangSometime during the turn of the millennium, an American coach/scout named Paul Howard flew a pint-sized guard into the country for the late Ron Jacobs to check out.Jacobs, then a consultant for San Miguel Beer and newly minted national coach for the 2002 Asian Games, didn’t take long to become convinced the 5-foot-9 playmaker could make it big not just in the PBA, but with the Philippine team as well.ADVERTISEMENT Jimmy Alapag did just that—from the other side of a basketball rivalry. He went on to shine for the TNT franchise, winning championships there while starring in some of Gilas Pilipinas’ most dramatic wins in the international scene.All it took for that flip of fate? A broken hand.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 ChrissAlapag was assigned to one of the pool teams that would be merged into the national squad for the Asiad in Busan, South Korea, before a broken hand forced him to fly back to the United States.He lost his shot to represent the country and by the time he came back, the Beermen were locked and loaded at the point guard spot—Olsen Racela and Boybits Victoria hogged that rotation—to draft him and he wound up with the Mobiline Phone Pals (now TNT). No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption That’s why when Alapag was introduced as one of the assistants for coach Leo Austria, there was a homecoming feel to it.“This whole thing … started because of coach Ron,” he said. “Him reaching out to me and he’s the one who extended the invitation to play in the national team way, way, way back in 2002. Now that my playing career is done and I have a chance now to coach here, it’s come full circle in a sense.Alapag will be a welcome help in keeping troubled guard Terrence Romeo in check. Romeo, who joined the Beermen via an offseason trade, had always looked up to Alapag in the national team.“Jimmy has always been there to guide me even during our stints at Gilas,” Romeo told reporters in Filipino. “He’s always there for me. Not only me but for everyone else. He’s just like that … I think it will ease [my transition here] because he’s such a veteran.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Jalen Green dazzles in FilAm Sports rout of AusPinoy in NBTC National Finals

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Jalen Green. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAll eyes were on Jalen Green and the Fil-American star treated everyone to a spectacular show.Green showed why he’s the top US high school prospect in the 2020 class with a dazzling display of his spellbinding athleticism in Filam Sports USA’s light work of AusPinoy Australia, 78-45, in the classification round of the Chooks-to-Go/NBTC National Finals Monday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The 6-foot-5 guard had 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists with ease.“These kids who are coming from different states are playing together for the first time and I’m glad we won,” said FilAm Sports coach Bong Ulep in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“There wasn’t much chemistry in the first half and it was a sloppy ball game as expected but it picked up in the second half,” he added.It wasn’t all Green for the FilAm side as Kainoa Ballungay also showed out with 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks while Eli Ramos, brother of Gilas Pilipinas prospect Dwight Ramos added 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief In the night cal, Camp David of New Zealand came away with an 84-71 win over Top Flight Vancouver.The week-long tournament from March 18 to March 24 is free of admission, with fans needing just a valid ID to enter Mall of Asia Arena. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino barbers slammed for using PH flag as capes in Warriors heritage night 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 FilAm Sports set a date with Perpetual Jonelta Laguna in the Super 32, which tips off on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Mclaude Guadana and John Barba steered Lyceum-Cavite edged Holy Trinity College-General Santos, 74-71, behind Mclaude Guadana and John Barba to open the competition.In the other games, University of Baguio also won, beating Dolores National High School-Eastern Samar, 68-56, to claim the 27th seed; Narvacan National High School-Candon stunned Isabella Colleges-Cauayan, 80-74, to lock up the 25th seed; and Sta. Clarita International School-Iloilo beat Zamboanga del Sur National High School-Pagadian, 99-88, to clinch the 26th seed.Toronto’s Durham Crossover downed FEU-Diliman 69-66 to forge a date with First City Providential College while the Baby Tamaraws will take on St. Augustine Institute Pampanga.Hope Christian dominated from start to finish to claim a 68-59 win over Italy Proudly Pinoy and arrange a matchup with Legazpi’s Sto. Domingo NHS. Italy, on the other hand, faces Calayan Educational Foundation from Lucena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

BYC ‘Buys’ Nimba County’s Two Strikers

first_imgCounty Meet’s current highest goal scorer, potent striker Sam Jackson and versatile player Sartee Nimely of Nimba County are expected to move to 2nd division champions, FC BYC II.The duo, who are plying their trades with 3rd division Capitol Hill FC have already been signed, according to an official of the Barrack Young Controller (BYC) Incorporated, who begged to be anonymous.The source said BYC Board Chairman Robert A. Sirleaf, owing to a recommendation from President Sekou Konneh and officials of BYC, has already paid US$1,000 as ‘Transfer and Signature Fees”  and modalities for the tranfer have been concluded.Striker Jackson, 16, scored against Gbarpolu in Greenville, Sinoe County, during the preliminmary stage.  Jackson netted his 3rd goal in their 2-1 win Sunday against Grand Kru County.  Prince Chappy increased the tally, while Togar Gayflor got the consolation. Nimba’s win qualified them for the semifinals against Grand Gedeh, who pinned 10-man Lofa County, 3-1 in a lottery shot.At the end of the Nimba-Grand Kru’s game, the organizing committee awarded a football, with the flags of the 15 Counties to Jackson as the ‘Best Player of the Game,’ and it was present  by Liberia’s former celebrated star, James Salinsa Debbah.Player Sartee Nimely,  17, was instrumental  for Nimba County to top Group IV,  with 9 points, winning all their games.When contacted players Jackson and Nimely, in brief remarks expressed satisfaction in joining the ‘The Blues.’“We have contacted and signed and we are going to FC BYC,” the duo said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Female Leone Star for Return-leg

first_imgThe female soccer team of Sierra Leone has been invited to Monrovia for a return-leg match against their Liberian counterparts on April 13.The Daily Observer gathered Wednesday that LFA Executive Committee member-elect, Rochell Woodson, authorized the LFA Secretariat to communicate the arrangement to the Sierra Leone Football Association.The Liberian side traveled to Sierra Leone March 8 for a friendly match.Ms. Woodson was the head of delegation for the Sierra Leone trip. Also on the trip were the president of the Women’s Football Association of Liberia, Ciata Bishop and the coach was former Lone Star coach J. Kaetu Smith.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How can M&CC whimsically change Constables’ uniforms?

first_imgDear Editor,I have observed what seems to be a change of uniform of constables attached to the City Constabulary of Georgetown, from their traditional dark blue uniforms to light blue tops and dark bottoms. These persons moving around the markets and around the city with these new outfits look more like security guards than Policemen.I would like to know if the Georgetown City Constabulary has changed its uniform just like that, without properly sensitising the public. Police departments all over the world are very strongly traditional, and they want their officers to look like Police officers. In other words, what the public associates with “Police officer”.Most people can identify a Police officer by the official Police uniform. When citizens on a busy street are in need of help, they scan the crowds of pedestrians looking for the distinctive uniform of a Police officer. Drivers who come to an intersection occupied by a person in a Police uniform usually willingly submit to that person’s hand directions. Criminals usually curb their unlawful behaviours when they spot a uniformed Police officer in the area. Many parents teach their children to respect and trust a person in Police uniform. How can the Council just whimsically change the uniforms of their Constables like that?Everyone knows that their uniforms were made of cheap polyester, and were poorly tailored, resulting in their wearers being hot and uncomfortable, and that they faded and turned purple after being laundered a few times, but that does not give them the right to just arbitrarily change them? They just needed to purchase high quality and properly tailored apparel.The traditional dark blue crisp uniforms of the City Constabulary conveyed power and authority. Even the slightest alterations to the style of this uniform will change how citizens will perceive these constables. The City Constabulary uniform is a tradition as old as the Constabulary itself, patterned after the London Metropolitan Police, who developed the first standard Police apparel.These first Police officers, the famous “Bobbies” of London, were issued a dark blue, paramilitary-style uniform. The colour blue was chosen to distinguish the Police from the British military, who wore red and white uniforms at the time.Darker colours may have been preferred for their ease in cleaning and their ability to help conceal the wearer in tactical situations. Dark colours help cover up stains and keep the officer from being easily spotted by lawbreakers, especially at night.Is this change of uniform another hare-brained idea by City Hall officials?With thanks,Riley Matthewslast_img read more

Government should swallow their pride

first_imgDear Editor,My attention was drawn to an extensive social media post by Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin in which he posited “The Constitution is silent on the impact of a no-confidence vote on the National Assembly. I would therefore expect the National Assembly to continue to function as normal, and in keeping with the will of the electorate, until such time as it is dissolved.”I will begin by agreeing with Gaskin that he is correct in that the Constitution is silent on the matter, but since Article 106 (6) states “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence” and Article 106 (7) continues “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”, then one can take the two articles conjunctively to arrive at a commonsense position that it cannot be business as usual as contended by Gaskin. Instead, it must be a period of great ethical behavior; no granting of contracts; no dispersal of state assets; no actions that can be deemed favorable to one’s self, friends, cronies or business associates. While a caretaker Government provision is not explicitly stated, we cannot have a vacuum, hence it is most certainly implied.Editor, there was no rabid call for resignation of the Government prior to their announcement of ‘exploration of options’, until then, President Granger and Opposition Bharat Jagdeo had set a respectful tone that becalmed seas that threatened to be stormy. The behavior of Cabinet members since the departure of President Granger has caused many great alarms. The attempts to sidestep the Constitution by way of asking the Speaker to review a decision of the National Assembly; introduction of illogical interpretations of the word ‘majority’; questions of citizenship that are clearly addressed by Article 165 (2) of the Constitution are all acts of people who are desperate to avoid facing the electorate.Editor, until there is a renewed public acceptance by the Government that it has fallen and there exists no constitutional crisis, civil society members will continue to be strident in the calls for the resignation of the Granger Administration. The people of the nation accepted the results of the no-confidence motion, I strongly urge the Government to swallow their pride and follow suit, failing which the medicine will indeed be bitter at the polls.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more