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PBA Season 43 Preview: Alaska looking to regain ferocity, toughness

first_imgLATEST STORIES Last season was one of Alaska‘s worst in the franchise’s rich PBA history.After frequent trips to the finals, the Aces were either sent to an early exit or missed the playoffs completely in the 2017 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut that was before as Alaska head coach Alex Compton sees a bright season ahead for his team.“I actually see how our team can be really good. You see potential and you see how things could work,” Compton said. “Now it’s our job to get there as a team. I need to show and lead and they need to follow. But what I see of where we can go, I’m actually excited.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The other is the new pieces the Aces added in the offseason in Jeron Teng, Davon Potts and Ronald Pascual.Teng was the fifth overall pick while Potts fell into the second round in the 2017 Draft. Pascual, on the other hand, is making a comeback after a long absence.“He is coming back and I’m proud of him. He had to fight through some things and he’s doing the work,” said Compton said of Pascual, who was out of the PBA circuit since being released by the Blackwater Elite in November 2016 before the start of the 2016-2017 season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Alaska, which was ousted by Barangay Ginebra despite owning a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals of the Philippine Cup as the second seed, went just 7-15 in the last two conferences combined and at one grueling stretch dropped 14 straight games, a franchise-worst.After experiencing their lowest of lows, the Aces have nowhere to go but up. Compton knows improvement must come within and he thinks his squad has regained its identity as a fearsome defensive team.“The biggest thing is how we play. For two years, I’ve felt like we set ourselves apart with our ferocity and toughness. We’re really fighters. Last year, we just went through a funk and it was really difficult,” he said.“And this year, we’re trying to build that back. If we can have that toughness, that ferocity, and with better execution, by being a little smarter and better at making decisions, and then, the part that excites me is I think we have it in us.”Compton said having a relatively healthy team compared to last year is one of the reasons why he believes Alaska is going to be back to its old self.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone PBA Season 43 Preview: Rain or Shine eyes semis breakthrough Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Head Coach: Alex ComptonKey Players: Calvin Abueva, Sonny Thoss, JVee CasioKey Additions: Jeron Teng, Davon PottsKey Losses: Dondon Hontiveros, Tony dela CruzADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

“There are things men can do, that women can do better” – woman…

first_imgJennifer Caeser-Swan was born into a family of miners. So, she inherited the mining profession. Her experience is more practical, particularly in the functioning aspect; she has lived it all.Working in the mining sector, Caeser-Swan experienced many discriminatory slurs. She recounts one instance when she was told that as a woman she would not reach far in the sector and should stop pushing. The place from which it was coming caused her to step back, but she did some analysing and realised that she would not allow anyone, even in high esteemed positions to stop her from pursuing her dreams.Her success thus far in the sector is credited to the Guyana Women Miners’ Organisation (GWMO). The Organisation has been that shoulder to lean on, and is, today, her guide and helper, as she progresses. Caeser-Swan said the GWMO literally – walked with her – went to places together and in some instances, it represented her interest.When asked about one thing she wished she knew before entering the mining industry, Caeser-Swan explained that she wished that someone would have told her that one’s man property could fall ‘smack dab’ in the middle of another’s. Caeser-Swan further explained that this was so, because a mining concession is greater than a mining block, and so, a block can fall within a concession, which could be someone else’s property.Her advice to women who wish to get into the mining sector is to see past their womanhood, look at themselves as individuals who are setting out to do their work for their families and become their own bosses.The behavioural nuances of the ‘man-dominated’ field have not affected Caeser-Swan, owing to her inheritance of the business after the passing of her dad.“Prior to the death of my father, I was learning the behavioural patterns of the people, so when the time came to adapt, I was well capable.”For Caeser-Swan, the work can become demanding, and can affect the balance of profession and family life. However, notwithstanding the challenges that come with trying to balance both, she manages fairly well.Her favourite things to do are related to her spirituality, Caeser-Swan informs. She enjoys reading the word of God (the Holy Bible), and interacting with persons about the things of God.Caeser-Swan is very close-mouthed about the gold mining operation and herJennifer Caeser-Swanfunctions. She chronicles that the last time she and some colleagues were heading up into the back dam, the boat nearly sunk. Further, when they got to shore, she learnt she was the only person who could swim out of the five that were travelling. It is perhaps for these reasons that Caeser-Swan does not talk much about the mining operations with her loved ones.She is also calling for the relevant authorities to give women the opportunity to showcase themselves and her skills, especially in the mining field. The GWMO came in for much praise for its continued support, training and guidance.The phasing out of the use of mercury in gold mining has been something that the authorities have been pushing for, but according to Caeser-Swan, some miners still use mercury, so it is an area that she would like to work with fellow miners on, particularly given the dangers associated with the use of mercury, “because we know that in using the mercury, sometimes persons would just have the gold and burn it just like that in the open air, (I would like to) let them know that when that mercury comes off from the gold it goes out into the atmosphere and does a lot of damage. You not only inhale it but it can go through your pores.”Caeser-Swan, when asked about the challenges she foresees in decreasing the use of mercury in mining practices and the movement towards green mining strategy programmes, indicates that adoptability might be a challenge, but she is confident that the GWMO is willing to aid in that process.She added, “I would want to … enlighten other miners not only women, but miners across the board about the best practice. The sustainability of mining in a safe way… to enlighten them about the phasing out of the mercury and the safe practices in the setting of the land to work. How they should set the pit, as we would call it; the layout of the pit to have the settling ponds, to ensure they have the dam built, so that the water from the settling pond wouldn’t escape and go out in the rivers or the creeks or whatever…… “.Meanwhile, as the administration moves towards the crafting and subsequent implementation of a mining policy, Caeser-Swan said it might be a challenge for the grouping, but it was something they intended to take on.In summing things up, Caeser-Swan explained that once the President and other members of the GWMO were exposed to training opportunities, that knowledge would be passed on to others.last_img read more

Matt Gilmore wins final Wednesday night mountain bike race

first_imgTyson Kaempffer’s time of 30:59 was good enough for second place, while Dawit Feyissa took third in 32:15.Davide Loro found himself in fourth after registering a time of 37:22, while Roger St. Jean was close behind in fifth at 37:27, and Pat Ferris was sixth in 43:57.The next event for the Blizzard Bike Club takes place tonight at 6:30 p.m. with the cyclo cross event at North Peace Secondary School.- Advertisement –last_img

Party Leaders Debate Oil and Gas Expansion

first_imgThe three party leaders faced off in their only radio debate Thursday morning in Vancouver. During the 90 minute debate, Gordon Campbell took some heat over his Oil and Gas Exploration plans. NDP Leader Carole James trying to dispell Campbell’s “Green” Credibility. [asset|aid=1274|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cd07cb0ea8f99ed70cbdbc7649e03af1-James – 1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Green Party leader Jane Sterk too the same tactic. [asset|aid=1275|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=cd07cb0ea8f99ed70cbdbc7649e03af1-Sterk – 1_1_Pub.mp3] Sterk also had stern words for the NPD because they don’t support a carbon tax.last_img read more

Klopp at peace after stormy Sevilla conclusion

first_imgOn the final whistle on Liverpool’s return to the competition after two years, members of Berizzo’s staff appeared to remonstrate with Klopp as the two benches walked down the tunnel.“It’s all fine. I thought they might have been responsible for the red card,” explained Klopp.“But I don’t think I had a percentage of influence on his (manager’s) position to be honest.“I was not happy with him throwing the ball away but we’re fine. He invited me into the dressing room and we spoke about it.“But in this situation I was not exceptionally emotional. It was an offensive situation for us, taking a throw-in, and somebody threw the ball away. But I didn’t send him to the stand!”Strangely, the Argentinian manager claimed he was wasting his own team’s time to make amends for an incident in the first half when he had been warned by Dutch referee Danny Makkelie for a similar offence.“In the first half, when we were winning and Liverpool were on the counter attack, I did something that wasn’t right, I threw the ball away to waste time,” said Berizzo.“I realised that was a mistake and in the second half, when the ball came to me and we were losing, I decided to throw the ball away to try and make up for what I did in the first half.“I’ve had a chat with Klopp and explained exactly that I wanted to put right my initial mistake. He accepted that.”Berizzo could be satisfied with his evening’s work after Joaquin Correa grabbed a late equaliser for the visitors.Liverpool, in contrast, were left counting the cost of a Roberto Firmino penalty miss with the Brazilian hitting the post just before the interval.Firmino and Mohamed Salah had earlier put the hosts 2-1 in front, cancelling out an early effort from Wissam Ben Yedder.“Of course I’m not happy with the result but I’m happy with a big part of the game,” he said.“A lot of times when good teams play each other, the games are kind of boring, but this game was the opposite. And that was due to the desire, the passion, the greed of my team.“Disappointment and frustration are completely normal. We’re responsible for the very, very, very good parts in the game and also responsible for the not so good parts. That means you have to take it and use it, you have to feel disappointment.”Klopp had the consolation of seeing Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho return, as a substitute for the final 15 minutes, for his first action since his potential summer move to Barcelona collapsed.“Philippe trained the last few days really, really well,” said Klopp. 2Maybe tonight in one or two situations he was not lucky but that was him without rhythm.“It helped him that he could play tonight in the long-term, that’s for sure.20Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to the referees after the UEFA Champions League match against Sevilla at Anfield in Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Jurgen Klopp claimed he had made peace with opposite number Eduardo Berizzo and the Sevilla coaching staff after a stormy conclusion to Liverpool’s 2-2 Champions League draw with the Spanish side at Anfield.Young Liverpool defender Joe Gomez was sent off in the dying seconds of the group game, the second ‘dismissal’ of the night after Berizzo had been sent to the stands on the hour for throwing the ball away after Gomez hurried to take a throw-in for the home team.last_img read more

Atalanta score fantastic goal against Sassuolo (video)

first_img1 Atalanta beat Sassuolo 2-1 to put further distance between them and the Serie A relegation zone.The goal of the game, and possibly the season, came from 33-year-old Argentine German Denis after some classy play in the build-up. Denis also scored his side’s second. German Denis celebrates his overhead kick for Atalanta last_img

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp considering recalling loan star

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is flirting with the idea of recalling Lazar Markovic from his loan spell with Fenerbahce, according to the Daily Mirror.The Serbian winger cost the Reds £20m last summer but struggled for consistency in his debut Premier League season.His confidence levels deteriorated towards the back end of the campaign, with Brendan Rodgers electing to offload the 21-year-old to Turkey.Liverpool could exercise an option to cut short Markovic’s loan in January and it is understood Klopp is assessing the former Benfica star.Markovic has impressed in his brief spell away so far after being rewarded with more game time than he was offered under Rodgers.Jordon Ibe is currently the only recognised winger in the Reds’ squad, so Markovic’s return would appear viable as Klopp looks to bolster his options. Lazar Markovic 1last_img read more

NIKKI BRADLEY BREAKS WORLD 5K CRUTCH RECORD – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgNikki gets a good luck fist-pump from Brans before they both set off on the world record attempts. Gotsbe PhotographyDonegal woman Nikki Bradley smashed the world 5k crutch record by more than 5 minutes last weekend in Holland.It was even more amazing considering she had trained for just three weeks and only completed half the distance in  any one training session.The motivational speaker said she was delighted that she had brokenthe record – considering she had only trained for three weeks. “I had it in my mind to do it but it all came up all of a sudden. Thedistance was over 12 laps of the track but I had only completed sixlaps of a track in training,” she revealed.And the rules were clear – if Nikki’s right foot touched the ground atany point, she would be immediately disqualified.“That was probably the toughest part – making sure I didn’t switch offand allow my leg to touch the ground. I had someone following mearound the track with a video camera to make sure I wasn’t gettingtired and my right leg wasn’t touching the ground. “When I finished the felling was just amazing. I just couldn’t believeI had done it,” she said.Nikki’s latest amazing challenge is even more poignant considering sheis due to have her leg amputated.The remarkable 30 year old says she does not know when her amputationwill happen but she has still to hear from surgeons about havingtreatment on her hip to hopefully prolong the time.“I know it will have to happen one day but I don’t know if it’s goingto be in a year or a week.“Doctors in Birmingham are looking at my hip and will decide. Mysituation is so unique that they simply don’t know,” she said.The 30 year old Nikki traveled to Tilburg, to team up with Dutchathlete Michael Robbert Brans, who broke the male category record atthe same time, on the same track. Brans, an amputee athlete, was waiting at the finish line for Nikkiwhich she crossed amidst emotional scenes.Nikki, who met Brans on Instagram, says he has helped her cope withhaving to one day live her life without a leg.“He is an amazing guy and you would not even know that he has lost aleg. It was also faith that I met he because not only was he terrificin helping me break the record but he has given me a real insight intowhat life will be like without a leg,” she said.Despite her challenge, nothing has stopped Nikki from taking onvarious goals which many so-called ‘able-bodied’ people have neverdone. She climbed Mount Errigal in January and trekked across an Icelandicglacier in February.And she for some fun she also abseiled down the outside of Fanad Lighthouse.She has now sent off all the witness statements and videos of herGuinness World Record attempt in the hope of getting the challengeofficial recognised.“Im confident I have done it but we’ll have to wait and see. I’m toldI might be getting a free Guinness Book of World Records each year forlife – that would be so cool if it’s true,” laughed Nikki.NIKKI BRADLEY BREAKS WORLD 5K CRUTCH RECORD – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:crutchesdonegalHOLLANDnikki bradleyworld recordlast_img read more

SHAY IS 100% FIT AND READY TO BEAT SPAIN

first_imgShay Given has said that he is 100% fit and is raring to take on Spain.The Lifford man says Ireland have every chance to put one over on the group favourites and will be going out to exploit their weaknesses.Shay told The Irish Times that he determined to make amends, not just for the 3-1 defeat to Croatia, but also for that World Cup defeat a decade ago. “Yeah, we can hurt them, hopefully. We certainly won’t be trying to get everybody behind the ball,” he says.“We’ll try and cause them some problems as well. One of the biggest things will probably be set-pieces. They’re renowned for maybe not being the biggest team in the competition and we’ve got some big players in our team, so if we get some of the right deliveries in there, as we saw against Croatia with the goal we scored, we’ve got the players who can get onto balls in the box.“We hope this situation will bring the best out of us – I can only tell you on Thursday night or Friday morning. Sometimes in the past when everyone has given up on us we’ve come out fighting and proved that we’re a decent team and we have to do that again.”A lot has been made of Shay’s fitness before the opening game with many still questioning if he was completely fit after he saw here goals go past him. The 36-year-old, though, is adamant that his performance during the game itself was in no way hindered by any lack of fitness.“Ideally I’d have liked to have trained more over the last couple of weeks, but it’s fine,” he says. “Did it affect me? Not really, no; I wouldn’t have played if I wasn’t 100 per cent, so I was fine.“The first goal I just saw a bit late. There were a couple of the lads sort of blocking my view and by the time I saw it I didn’t react quick enough or get enough to take it around the post. The third goal has just hit me smack on the forehead. It probably would have been better if I hadn’t dived, it might have just come out, but it’s easy in hindsight to say that. You’ve got to try and save the shot. There’s nothing you can do.”  SHAY IS 100% FIT AND READY TO BEAT SPAIN was last modified: June 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:euro 2012fitShayspainlast_img read more

Harps look to end season on a high

first_imgDespite the relief of not ending up in the relegation play-offs after Monday night’s defeat for Wexford Youths in Cork, the Finn Harps team has been preparing as normal for the visit of Bohemians to Ballybofey for the final match of the Premier Division season.This Friday night’s match, which kicks-off 15 minutes earlier than normal at 7.45, is also an opportunity for the fans to acknowledge the huge achievement of part-time players in managing to keep the club in top flight football for next season.And despite criticism from some quarters their manager Ollie Horgan deserves great credit for the massive amount of work he has done in assembling a squad that has stuck together through the tough times in the Premier Division.In team news for the visit of Bohs, Horgan will definitely be minus the injured Kevin McHugh and Keith Cowan while both Damian McNulty and Gareth Harkin are suspended and Josh Mailey will not be available due to college studies in England. Mailey did travel over for the Cork and Wexford matches but with the Premier Division status now secured the Letterkenny man will not make the trip for Friday night’s game. Barry Molloy is a big doubt for the game while the manager also rates Ruairi Keating’s chances of making the squad as slim due to an ankle ligament injury that has kept the young striker out of action for three weeks. So there will be at least two changes from Wexford with Tommy McMonagle the natural replacement for Mailey at centre-half while Tony McNamee could be included instead of Harkin in the middle of park. Dave Scully is another option in attack with Ryan Curran dropping into a wide midfield role if Molloy fails a late fitness test.Horgan and his squad are approaching the Bohs game like any other home fixture and will be hoping to give the home fans something extra to cheer about with a victory to finish of the season in style.“We have been preparing for the Bohs game like every other match we have played this season. We don’t know any other way. It’s going to be difficult against them because they have quality and are a very good side as they showed against Dundalk on Sunday night. They only lost 2-1 to a team that was going for the league title. We haven’t scored against them this season so that shows the scale of the challenge that is ahead of us.“But we’re going out to win even though we will be struggling squad wise with Damian McNulty and Gareth Harkin both suspended. Keith Cowan and Kevin McHugh are obviously out and I would rate Barry Molloy as extremely doubtful. It’s the same for Ruairi Keating who is just recovering from that ankle injured he picked up in Sligo. So I’ll likely have B.J. Banda, Gareth Doherty and Daire O’Baoill in the squad again. Gareth and Daire were both with us in Wexford and B.J. came on as a sub,” Horgan said. It will also be an opportunity to bid a big farewell to Kevin McHugh who is retiring from League of Ireland soccer after an outstanding career. When the two sides met in Ballybofey at the beginning of May it took an injury time penalty save by Ciaran Gallagher to get a very relieved Harps out of jail with a scoreless draw.Gallagher pushed away Anto Murphy’s 95th minute penalty in the only real excitement of a poor match. But there was no joy for Horgan’s men at Dalymount in early August as second half goals from Jake Kelly and Ismail Akinade gave the hosts all three points. With the pressure of Harps will now hope to end the season a high note with a victory against Bohs.TEAM NEWSSuspended: Damian McNulty, Gareth HarkinUnavailable: Josh MaileyInjured: Keith Cowan, Kevin McHughDoubtful: Barry Molloy Ruairi KeatingRECORD AGAINST BOHEMIANS (All Competitions)Friday’s game will be the 73rd meeting of the two clubs, and the 34th to be played at Finn Park. Total Games: 72 (33 at Finn Park)Harps Wins: 19 (11 at Finn Park)Bohemians Wins: 40 (13 at Finn Park)Draws: 13 (9 at Finn Park)Harps Goals: 73 (39 at Finn Park)Bohemians Goals: 127 (41 at Finn Park)Harps look to end season on a high was last modified: October 27th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more