MADRID (AP):The pressure is on Barcelona to keep the pressure on Real Madrid.The defending champions, who lead the Spanish league on the head-to-head tiebreaker but have played one game more than Madrid, will need to be at their best tomorrow against a Villarreal team with the league’s second-best defence.”We have to win every match until the end to keep putting pressure on Madrid,” Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said.Villarreal won’t be easy opponents, even with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez all looking for goals. The team has conceded fewer goals than any team, except for Atletico Madrid. It’s also in the chase for a Champions League spot, currently in fifth place.Barcelona, however, have scored a league-leading 104 goals, and are also carrying momentum after four consecutive victories that included a 7-1 rout of Osasuna and a 3-2 win over Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium two weeks ago. The Catalan club scored at least three goals in each of their last four games.Its attacking trio is only two goals short of a 100 for the season in all competitions. Messi alone has scored 49 goals, including 33 to lead the Spanish league. Suarez has 34 goals and Neymar 15. The three scored a record of 131 goals last season, and had 122 in 2014-15.SOLID DEFENCEVillarreal are five points behind fourth-place Sevilla, the last team currently securing a Champions League spot. The teams in fifth and sixth places will play in the Europa League.Villarreal’s solid defence, which has conceded only 28 goals in 35 league matches in the first season under coach Fran Escriba, starts with the efforts of veteran captain Bruno Soriano in the midfield, and continues with the reliable performances of Mateo Musacchio and central defender Victor Ruiz, who could miss tomorrow’s game because of an injury.Barcelona, trying to win their second consecutive Spanish league title, may count on the return of midfielder Andres Iniesta, who missed the game at Espanyol last weekend because of a right-leg muscle injury.
View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. All systems go for Philippine Cup despite leadership squabble Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES 3 alleged bet collectors of ‘bookies’ nabbed in Quezon Pacquiao, manager fuel speculations of potential McGregor fight Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MMA star Conor McGregor (left) downplayed an announcement by Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao (right) that they had opened talks for a fight. McGregor said he wanted to do a ‘true fight’ next, referring to mixed martial arts. AFP FILE PHOTOSNEW YORK, United States — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, touted as a potential opponent for Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, has indicated he wants his next bout to be a return to the octagon rather than the ring.Caught on video by the celebrity news site while out and about in New York, McGregor was asked about Pacquiao’s announcement last week that he had opened talks to fight McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT “I think a true fight is what I want to do next,” McGregor says in the video posted online on Saturday. “MMA next.”Ireland’s McGregor hasn’t fought in mixed martial arts or boxing since losing a boxing bout to unbeaten Floyd Mayweather by a 10th-round technical knockout in their much-hyped bout in Las Vegas in August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkShowtime sports released final figures on Friday showing the cross-combat superfight drew the second-most North American pay-per-view buys in history with 4.3 million.Only one other fight — Mayweather’s 2015 clash with Pacquiao — has ever drawn more, racking up 4.6 million pay-per-view buys. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Showtime said in a statement that global revenues, including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution, for Mayweather-McGregor had exceeded $600 million. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anti-Trump protests have shrunk. What’s it mean for 2020? Suspected drug pusher falls in Quezon sting MOST READ How Trump’s impeachment differs from a criminal trial Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Garsin surprises Zoleta, clinches semifinal spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Guo Haowen rallied China in the fourth, teaming up with Jiang Weize to move to trim Batang Gilas’ lead to six points a couple of times, But Edu and Sotto provided the needed stops while Dalph Panopio and Miguel Oczon helped steady right the ship with timely hits to seal the outcome.The Philippines thus topped its group with a 3-0 card, advancing outright to the quarterfinals. China, on the other hand, needed a 102-45 victory over Indonesia in a qualifying match Wednesday to advance to forge a quarterfinal duel with Asian rival Korea. The Philippines will face the winner of the Chinese Taipei-Bahrain qualifying tussle that was going on at press time.Edu leads the Philippines in scoring after the group phase, averaging 15.3 points per game, while Ildefonso, who also led the squad to a 75-53 rout of Lebanon in their opening game, averages 13.0 an outing. Sotto, meanwhile, averages 12.3 points per game.Edu also leads the Filipinos in rebounds with 11.3 per game and in blocks with 3.7 per game. Sotto averages 1.7 swats per game and the duo made life difficult for China in the shaded lane.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But there wasn’t going to be another rout at the hands of the Chinese. Dave Ildefonso, AJ Edu and the rest of the Batang Gilas made sure of that.Ildefonso shot a team-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds while Edu had a monster performance of 13 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Philippines ripped China, 73-63, Tuesday night in Nonthaburi Stadium in Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Ildefonso, son of PBA legend and two-time MVP Danny Ildefonso, drilled back-to-back triples in the third quarter as the Philippines took a 51-33 lead, the country’s biggest, in the third period.Edu, meanwhile, was a rock in the low blocks for Batang Gilas, and teamed up with lanky center Kai Sotto in helping the Philippines achieve what it has rarely done against China squads: Dominate the paint. Edu and Sotto combined for nine blocks and had the Filipinos leading the battle of the boards in the first half. Batang Gilas team. Photo from fiba.basketballThere was every reason to be wary of the opponent. Going into a key Group B match in the Fiba Asia U18 championship, China had handily beaten the Philippines in three previous outings in the tournament.The average winning margin of the Great Wall? 33.7 points, according to Fiba.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ View comments
FIFA 1995 World Player, George M. Weah, last Sunday expressed disappointment at the performance of Nimba County football team in the finals against Grand Bassa.The Liberia Football Association last year, 2013, charged Ambassador Weah to identify potential players for the national soccer team, Lone Star.He however commended Grand Bassa for a disciplined defense and effective midfield and a striking forward that earned them the victory.He was full of praise for Bassa’s David Paye, for a wonderful job.He meanwhile suggested a sample of players for the national team’s technical coach Thomas Kodjo, who was recently one of the scouts from the Ministry of Youths & Sports.At the same time a horde of former Lone Star players and coaches, identified with tee-shirts in national colors were also present at the 2014 County Meet’s five venues to assist Ambassador Weah.The coaches were Kaetu Smith, Lucretius Togba, Clarence Lee Chea, Joe Nagbe, and Janjay Jacobs, George Weah (not Amb. George M. Weah), Jonah Saweah, Nuku Goaneh, Oliver Markor, and Prince Daye.The below lists of players (County Meet X1) were put together by the Daily Observer’s desk, after following keenly the preliminaries to the quarter finals, as well as the grand finals:1. Sekou Bayou: the Bassa goalie, with jersey number 20 was very thoughtful between the sticks and made some excellent saves. The quarter and semi-finals against Bassa and Sinoe and Bong showed his ‘magic hands.’2. Nicholas Swen: The diminutive right back of Nimba was awesome; his tackling, overlap and retreat, combined with his passes and throws made him ‘just right.’3. Alex Bedell: the central defender of Nimba is burly with an iron will. His presence paid-off in all five undefeated games of Nimba County but Nimba’s final against Bassa was inarguably his weakness.4. Jerry Wleh: The Grand Bassa skipper was impressive in the defense. He was aggressive and approached his game with effective communicative gestures as an inspiring leader.5. Smith Kamara: Grand Cape Mount’s tall and nippy central defender deserves the status owing to his agility. Kamara, in my opinion was the best central defender of the tournament. He had superb skills in tackling and kicking. His overlap and passes created two goals for Cape Mount.6 and 8. David Tweh and Ramson: The Bong and Bassa midfielders were ball distributors and controllers. Their presence in the middle of the park compelled forwarders to make in-roads.7 and 11. Varney Sando and Sam Jackson: The duo could be coined as ‘Desperate Twin” when they blended. Jackson was crowned twice as the ‘Player of the Match’ for his skills and scoring abilities. Varney, the brave and dribbling player was the ‘Best Player of Bassa’ according to Coach David Doe.10. This is hardly debatable between Nimba’s Prince Choppy and Grand Gedeh’s Lewis Yarpah, but Lewis’s hat-trick against Bong on Sunday made him the potent forwarder of the County Meet’s XI.However, the coach for the above collection would be David Doe of Bassa for winning the trophy, and specifically for converting winger David Paye to a forwarder in the absence of the much-talk about Varney Sando.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The president of the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD), Rev. Fallah S. Cymbianoh, says the major challenge facing the union is funding and disclosed that the organization does not have a stable source of funding to support its activities.Subsidies provided by government through the National Commission on Disabilities cannot even cover the monthly rent of the Union’s office and presently, “we are facing eviction,” Rev. Cymbianoh announced in his address at the opening of the two-day National General Assembly of NUOD in Monrovia last Tuesday.The Assembly officially opened by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, brought together delegates from all fifteen counties under the theme, “Getting to Zero New Ebola, Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities and Post-Ebola Recovery Plan.” “To put it more bluntly Madam President, the Union is in a precarious financial situation,” said Cymbianoh, emphasizing the need to have at least 30 percent of the budget of the National Commission on Disabilities allocated to the Union to match its rising challenges.Rev. Cymbianoh praised the European Union for its assistance since 2012 through a project that covered its rental obligations over the last few years but which has now expired.While commending the President for reconstituting the National Commission on Disabilities and its role in directing the affairs of persons with disabilities, Cymbianoh appealed to her to appoint NCD’s leadership from a shortlist already provided to her through the office of Vice President Joseph Boakai.In her address, President Sirleaf assured members of NUOD that irrespective of their physical conditions they are part of the Liberian nation as one people and deserve equal opportunities, pledging that her administration remains committed to support Liberians with disabilities in the government’s development agenda. Her administration will not allow disability to be a disadvantage to their participation in the collective development of the country President Sirleaf said and promised to work along with NUOD in achieving the goals and agenda which emerged out of the Assembly.The General Assembly also brought together various disabled people’s organizations from all 15 counties. They meet in March of each year. During the conference held at the Mildred Page Hall of the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church, all chapters reported to the NUOD, which also makes a formal report of its activities for the past year.Also during this Assembly, a new corps of officers was expected to be elected to run the affairs of the NUOD for a four-year term.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
While crossing the Cavalla River with their mother A report reaching the Daily Observer says three boys under age 10 drowned in the Cavalla River at the Kablaken Border in Maryland County on September 3, while crossing over to the Ivory Coast.The report was confirmed by the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) Border Patrol Unit Commander in Maryland, Lavalah Poultolnor, who wrote on his Facebook Page that the three children along with their mother, Mary Allison, and three men were in the canoe when it capsized at about 3:15 p.m. that fateful day.“The three men who were paddling the canoe unfortunately were not able to rescue any of the kids,” Poultolnor said.Kablaken is a small town on the border with Ivory Coast in the south, where the Cavalla River runs into the Atlantic Ocean. The town lies on the banks of the river, with a lagoon, sandy beaches full of coconut trees and other beautiful vegetation on the other side.The drownings have raised concern and many people have called for effective measures to avoid a recurrence of the tragedy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Flying knives incident…as investigations continueMore than one month after the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) commenced its investigation into a flying knives incident at the Uitvlugt Estate, the report remains incomplete.However, Guyana Times was reliably informed that two senior officials were sent on administrative leave on Monday. An individual familiar with the probe stated that the individuals sent on leave are the maintenance supervisor and engineer at the Uitvlugt Sugar Estate.In August, the Number Two Turbine encountered a mishap and several knives became loose and went flying through the air in the direction of factory workers. This stalled cane production for over a week which resulted in losses and affectedUitvlugt Estate, West Coast Demerara (Agriculture Ministry photo)the Estate’s ability to achieve its target.“The investigation on the Number Two turbine is not concluded but we have to know who’s at fault. It is either mechanical or human error,” a source close to the investigation updated.Guyana Times was told on Wednesday that as the probe nears its end, some five managers were recently interviewed at Uitvlugt Estate, include the two senior operatives, who were reportedly sent on leave. Information recently disclosed revealed that these very managers were among those slated to be called into GuySuCo’s Head Office at La Bonne Intention (LBI), East Coast Demerara, to be part of the main investigator’s final assessment of the incident, wherein it could be determined if sanctions would be imposed. Though it has not been confirmed when that “final assessment” will take place, this publication was told that several Uitvlugt Estate managers were called to GuySuCo’s headquarters for a meeting on Wednesday morning.“Every single manager is at LBI at a high [level] meeting; all the managers gone to the meeting… the estate manager, the agriculture manager, factory manager, finance manager, human resources manager, all deputies, about 10 persons gone there,” a GuySuCo functionary indicated.This publication attempted to secure confirmation and clarification from Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO) and Finance Director Paul Bhim on these reports but calls to his number went unanswered. However, an Uitvlugt executive attached to that very meeting claimed, on the condition of anonymity, that Wednesday’s gathering was geared for “training”. In the last several weeks, GuySuCo has had little to say on the mishap which posed a danger to the lives of many workers. When the investigation commenced, GuySuCo did tell the public that the probe was underway but observed that it was viewing the fault as an “engineering matter”.The Sugar Corporation had also told the public that senior managers and several senior engineers will investigate the matter along with managers from the human resources and health and safety departments. The original investigation which was initially set to last for about three weeks was crafted to determine just how the cane shredder became uncontrollable and 64 out of 70 knives went haywire.As reported previously, workers ducked for safety when the knives hit the wall and the machine was immediately shut down for over a week. However, several tonnes were able to be salvaged after the estate’s turbine had to be replaced with one from the defunct La Bonne Intention (LBI) factory.Nevertheless, the grains garnered were of a substandard quality, as the sugar was “grainy” as opposed to coarse crystals which are consistent with a higher quality of produce. GuySuCo’s Chief Industrial Relations Manager, Deodat Sukhoo, had been selected to head the probe into the flying knives incident.There were initial inquiries by senior officers of GuySuCo who visited the Uitvlugt factory when it broke down and millions of dollars’ worth of cane was initially left to spoil However, several tonnes were later saved after Guyana Times reported the matter. The damage to the cane shredder resulted in millions of dollars in losses, at the expense of the State via taxpayers’ dollars. (Shemuel Fanfair)
[asset|aid=2495|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dd8874c513727b45c5788492f37c4c61-Egan 2_2_Pub.mp3] Meanwhile, Egan is attributing last year’s low vandalism numbers to the Anti-Social Behavior sessions held last spring. During those meetings, the City gathered a list of crimes that the public felt where high-priority. Vandalism was one of the top-ranking crimes, and RCMP members were advised of the community’s concern. Egan says the detachment saw 421 vandalism cases in 2009, compared to 547 cases in 2008. [asset|aid=2496|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=dd8874c513727b45c5788492f37c4c61-Egan 1_2_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Photo: Fort St. John RCMP Inspector Pat Egan listens to a councilor’s question, after he presented the 2009 detachment update on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caBy Christine Rumleskie Traffic fatalities within the Fort St. John RCMP jurisdiction decreased by 60 per cent in 2009. – Advertisement -That’s one of many findings in the 2009 Fort St. John Detachment Update, presented by Inspector Pat Egan at Monday night’s Council Meeting.Egan says in 2008, there were ten traffic fatalities, but in 2009, that number dropped to four. Inspector Egan says more traffic check stops likely decreased last year’s numbers. The report also provided numbers on drug-related charges within Fort St. John. The stats indicate that cocaine possession and trafficking was down. Meanwhile, marijuana possession was also down, while marijuana trafficking increased only slightly. Inspector Egan says many ‘high-profile’ drug traffickers were arrested in 2008, which could have resulted in the lower numbers. Advertisement The RCMP dealt with a significant amount of people who were drunk in public last year. In 2008, officers got 661 calls, but in 2009, there were more than 920 people that were caught drunk in a public location. Egan is optimistic about the statistic, saying that police presence has increased in the downtown core, resulting in more people being apprehended.Overall, the detachment received 13,836 calls for service, which is 6% lower from 2008. City Council will now be meeting with officers from the local detachment on February 15th, to establish a list of priorities for 2010.
It’s a partnership involving BC Hydro, the Province, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations, and public stakeholders, working to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife impacted by existing Hydro dams.The species list ranges from grizzly bears, to sockeye salmon, to moose, caribou and bats, and the program’s regional boards have approved 124 fish and wildlife projects for the 2015-16 fiscal with a combined value of $8.9 million. It’s been presented by First Nations as yet another reason why the Site-C project should be scrapped but Hydro says as part of the its environmental process, studies were conducted to assess, how the third dam on the Peace River would impact mercury levels.It says they found baseline levels of methylmercury in the project area are generally low, with concentrations in water consistently below detection limits.- Advertisement -It also claims the concentrations in fish are lower than in other lakes and reservoirs in BC, and in fact among the lowest in the country.The First Nations concerns focused on the many plants and trees submerged by the WAC Bennett Dam flooding and the subsequent release of mercury by decaying matter, finding its way into the food chain.However, Hydro spokesman Dave Conway notes, the Site C reservoir area will be cleared of trees and plants prior to being filled, and the as a condition of its environmental approval, the crown corporation must develop a Methylmercury Monitoring Plan in consultations with the First Nations Health Authority and aboriginal groups.Meanwhile, Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier reportedly said it’s critical that the province preserves its ecological diversity of fish and wildlife species, its noted a long list of animals will be beneficiaries of the latest round of funding through the Fish and Wildlife Compensation ProgramAdvertisement
The society is behind on their Annual Milk & Miles Fundraiser which is an essential campaign to ensure their program and society can continue to do the work they do.The ‘Milk’ refers to the intake of new cubs and the milk and food they will need to be nourished and grow and the ‘Miles’ refers to the gas required during transportation.Currently, there are 30 black bears and two grizzlies that require funding as they are being released currently across B.C., back to these bears home areas in which they were found. The two grizzlies are going back to Bella Coola which includes the gas to drive to the connecting point and $4000 per bear/ helicopter flight.Langen says they greatly appreciate anyone that shares their fundraising events as it is so important to them and the bears they continue to receive funding to continue rehabilitating and saving these bears.Advertisement To view the FB Page; CLICK HERE To view the Website; CLICK HERE The NLWS is on the 3rd Season of their TV series, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter returned to Fort St. John with five bears in which they released back into nature after the bears’ rehabilitation was successful.The shelter has begun the annual release of their rehabilitated bears back into the areas in which the bears were originally rescued from. Fort St. John has received three males and two females that were rescued and rehabilitated originally from this area.Angelica Langen, Northern Lights co-founder said it was a ‘Great trip with a great release site.”- Advertisement -The shelter, located just east of Smithers, took in 32 black bear orphans and two grizzlies last year and now is the best time to release the bears back to the wild as food is abundant and aligns with the time in which mother bears would naturally push off their young.The cycle of rescuing and rehabilitation continues for the shelter. As of recent the Rescue has been to Fort St. John to receive young bear cubs to help give them a second chance at life.The NLWS runs solely on donations which is quite a feat as they have taken on the responsibility of rescuing, raising, rehabilitating and releasing these majestic creatures back to the locations in which they were found.Advertisement