Pogba still on compassionate leave and will miss Man United’s clash with Saints

first_imgManchester United are likely to be without Paul Pogba for their penultimate Premier League match of the season at Southampton as he attends his father’s funeral.The 24-year-old midfielder’s dad Fassou Antoine died on Friday and the France international, who already missed Sunday’s match at Tottenham, is on compassionate leave and expected to be absent for the match at St Mary’s on Wednesday as he returns to his home country to pay his respects.United boss Jose Mourinho said: “I don’t think (he will be available). I think that his dad’s funeral has to be between Tuesday and Wednesday in France.“I don’t think that Paul has the conditions to play. We have left him completely free to be back when he thinks he’s ready.”Mourinho already has to do without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Tim Fosu-Mensah for his side’s remaining league matches through injury.Meanwhile, the Portuguese says United’s ”crazy” schedule is taking its toll mentally and physically ahead of the Europa League final, leaving them facing a fixture pile-up unlike anything he has experienced.Next week the Reds head to Sweden to take on Ajax looking to win the only major trophy to have eluded them in their success-laden history.Europa League glory also offers qualification for the Champions League – the only way they can return to the continent’s top table after Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Tottenham officially put a top-four finish out of reach.Mourinho has prioritised European success for several weeks now and, like at Spurs, plans to rotate his squad at Southampton, then again in Sunday’s Premier League finale at home to Crystal Palace.Balancing the desire to win with resting players has been difficult, and Mourinho said: “The accumulation of the games, I never had that.“You know that in all of my career I was never (knocked) out of European competitions in the group phases and in the last 16 I was out only once.“So I reached the semi-finals 10 times, I go always until the end of the competitions.“In the League Cup I normally go far. In the domestic competitions cups, I won in Spain, in Italy, in Portugal so I normally have a lot of matches. But like this I never have, I never have.“This situation of you play a final and the game that you should play that day is going to be postponed until the last week, for the last week! This is crazy.” 1 Paul Pogba last_img read more

Clemens, Oregon rout Washington

first_img A week after a big road win at Arizona State, a loss at home was the last thing Oregon needed. “We don’t want to live in the past, but that was a very big win at ASU, especially on the road,” Clemens said. “But if we come home and lose to Washington, who cares?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Clemens set an Autzen Stadium record by completing 36 passes – he had no interceptions – and the Ducks (6-1, 1-1 Pac-10) handed Washington (1-5, 0-3) its 11th consecutive league loss. Demetrius Williams had five catches for 92 yards, including a pair of Clemens’ scoring passes. Isaiah Stanback completed 13 of 26 passes for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Washington. He was intercepted once. Washington fell 31-6 to the Ducks last year. Oregon’s 45 points was the most it scored against the Huskies since a 58-0 victory in 1973. “It’s a great rivalry, but I didn’t think we lived up to our end of it,” said first-year Washington coach Tyrone Willingham. EUGENE, Ore. – There was no letdown for No. 20 Oregon when Washington came to town. Kellen Clemens threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns and the Ducks beat the Huskies 45-21 on Saturday for their second straight decisive win over their northwest rivals. center_img While the Huskies jumped out to an early lead on Stanback’s 26-yard scoring pass to Anthony Russo, Oregon had the next three TDs. Clemens hit Demetrius Williams with a 1-yard pass, then Jaison Williams from 8 yards out. Oregon made it 21-7 when Demetrius Williams pulled down another pass from Clemens, stumbling into the end zone for a 30-yard reception with two Washington defenders trying to pull him down. The Huskies showed some life in the fourth quarter. Stanback found Robert Lewis with a 5-yard touchdown pass with 10:08 to go, and Ty Eriks ran in a 1-yard score some five minutes later to make it 38-21. The Ducks responded with Brian Paysinger’s 5-yard TD run in the final minutes, and Oregon finished with 570 yards in total offense. “I believe this is a setback for our team,” Stanback said. “(Oregon is) a good team. They’ve got guys who come to play and we didn’t take care of business.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Clarke insists Green was not fouled

first_imgWest Brom manager Steve Clarke said he did not believe QPR keeper Rob Green was fouled for Albion’s second goal at Loftus Road.The Baggies’ 2-1 win sent Rangers back to the bottom of the table and they were deserved winners.Green felt he was impeded by Marc Antoine-Fortune as he palmed the ball into his own net.But Clarke said: “I didn’t think it was a foul. I saw it again on video. Rob had a chance to punch it and didn’t and it ended up in the net.”More reaction to follow.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Madiba’s legacy is forever

first_imgMadiba’s winning smile is recognised the world over. (Image: Wits University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Oupa Ngwenya   Corporate Communications head  Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund  +27 82 221 5586 • Sello Hatang   CEO and spokesperson  Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory  +27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela posters show world’s respect • Liliesleaf remembered 50 years on • From Liliesleaf to Robben Island • Travelling the Mandela Route Lucille DavieNelson Mandela will live forever in two institutions – the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.The fund indicates on its website that it “strives to change the way society treats its children and youth. This long-term vision captures the central role society plays in shaping children’s lives.” Its mission is to “give voice and dignity to the African child by building a rights-based movement”.It comes from the premise that no child should ever experience hunger, abuse, exploitation and homelessness. It means that poverty and its causes have to be eradicated, not just ameliorated. “The belief [is] that it is possible to have a world where children live with dignity, are safe, nurtured and their voices heard and that the transformation needed to create such a world needs every part of society to play its role.”Mandela established the NMCF in 1995. Between 1996 and 1998, over R36-million (US$3.7-million) was raised. This funded over 780 projects, given in grants to promote a humanitarian response to the needs of South Africa’s children and youth. This money was dispensed as a one-off injection, enabling families to meet their immediate needs, or organisations involved in children to pay for salaries and overhead costs.But it was soon realised that this benevolent approach did not encourage community involvement, or long-term organisational goals. Research was conducted, establishing where there were policy gaps in national and regional policies on children and youth. The result was the launch, in 2000, of the Sakha Ikusasa strategy, with a new five-year approach. The NMCF switched to becoming a funding and development agency which “seeks to change the ways in which society treats its children and youth in order to improve their conditions and lives”.The new approach took the stance that “children were not only seen but heard”, in which platforms were created to give children the opportunity to raise and articulate issues themselves. “Communities began to appreciate that it is in the best interest of the child that they should be in families rather than in shelters,” explains the fund’s corporate communications head, Oupa Ngwenya.A decision was taken not to call children Aids orphans. “Children are children and orphans are orphans. The point we drove home was that there are no Aids orphans in the same way as there are no TB orphans,” adds Ngwenya.A commitment was made to apply a holistic approach that treats children as part of families and communities. “Children, youth and communities must participate in making decisions that affect their lives,” indicates the website.Sport for GoodThe fund began the Sport for Good programme “to promote and facilitate the realisation of an environment conducive for the well-being of children and young people using sports”.Sport for Good recognises that sport has the power to enhance social cohesion and community-building. It builds “esteem, harnesses talent, encourages exemplary lifestyles, healthy living, character-building and leadership development”, says Ngwenya.Even though the programme has not yet fully been realised, he adds, it has been used in seven countries, including Swaziland.Youth for ChangeYouth for Change provides direct services to children and their caregivers, a safe parks after school care programme, a gogo, or grandmother, programme that supports grandmothers who care for orphans, and a programme that encourages young people to meet and discuss issues that affect them.It also involves dialogues and dedicated children’s parliaments. “Declarations coming out of these parliaments are deposited with the Department for Women, Children and People with Disabilities … to further table with colleagues for appropriate response and action,” explains Ngwenya.GoelamaChildren, youth and their families living in conditions that lead to vulnerability are supported by the Goelama programme.It was originally formed by a group of mothers in Nyanga in Cape Town who were concerned about children who were unable to attend early childhood development centres because of poverty. The result was the Etafeni Day Care Centre, providing for orphans and child-headed households.The emphasis these days is about “emergency response in the immediate and then integration of children into an appropriate setting”, Ngwenya says.Children’s ParliamentThe fund inaugurated the Nelson Mandela Children’s Parliament in July 2011, aimed at youth between 12 and 22. It was a response to a call by children to hold each other accountable, and issues like their right to safety and security, the right to life and basic health and the right to education, were raised.Its aim is to provide a platform for youth from seven Southern African countries to “reflect on issues of leadership and civic participation in promoting the vision of an African child through dialogue”. It also seeks to celebrate African leadership and to promote human rights and democratic principles in advancing the lives of the youth in Africa.“The Children’s Parliament provides open and meaningful opportunities for children to participate in local, national and international democratic processes, raising their issues in a manner that is easy and does not intimidate them,” indicates the website. “The Children’s Parliament gives all children, regardless of their background, a space to discuss issues as peers and share ideas on issues of common interest and make citizenship a reality.”Children’s HospitalAn idea for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital was mooted in 2005, and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust was registered in August 2009. Mandela’s wife, Graça Machel, was appointed its chairperson.There are three children’s facilities in Johannesburg – at Chris Hani Baragwanath, at Johannesburg Charlotte Maxeke, and at Raheema Moosa Mother and Child hospitals. The long-established Children’s Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town is simply not able to cope with South Africa’s needs, or with the needs of the Southern African Development Community.Besides the Cape Town hospital, there are only three other specialised children’s hospitals in Africa – two in Egypt and one in Nairobi.A site for the planned hospital has been found on Wits University’s Education Campus in Parktown. It will be a 200-bed, eight-theatre hospital with state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities. Future plans involve an expansion to 300 beds. Some 655 staff will be employed, including specialist doctors and nurses.It will have the following specialities: haematology and oncology; cardiology and cardiothoracic; surgery; neurosciences; renal; endocrine; craniofacial; and paediatric surgery. There will also be infectious disease specialists, like HIV and TB. It is expected to cost R1-billion ($102 000), and so far R250-million ($25.4-million) has been raised. Construction is expected to begin in August this year, and it is hoped to admit the first patients in October 2015.In June, two South Africans, Stan and Sally Hannath, set off on a fundraising drive for the hospital. Starting in Norway, they will drive 28 000km to their home in Cape Town. They will travel through 27 countries, taking four months. They have already travelled 5 700km, crossing Germany, Sweden and Estonia.They have called their initiative cape2cape4kids. They are hoping to R280 000 or R10 for every kilometre travelled.Centre of MemoryThe Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory aims to “contribute to the making of a just society by keeping alive the legacy of Nelson Mandela, providing an integrated public information resource on his life and times, and by convening dialogue around critical social issues”. It is guided by the noble aim of creating a “society which remembers its pasts, listens to all its voices, and pursues social justice”.Through the centre, people around the world can access resources documenting the life and times of the leader. It locates relevant documents and ensures their preservation. It collects and curates his personal archive. It promotes public access to these resources and arranges dialogue around them. And, most importantly, it ensures that any initiatives that wish to take his name are true to his legacy.To ensure that South Africans and others around the world have access to its resources, the centre undertakes outreach programmes, which include travelling exhibitions, books, comic series and internships. Through its web portal and digitisation, it ensures broad access to its extensive resources. It also facilitates research inquiries it receives from institutions and individuals.“We believe that the vehicle for sharing this effectively, for growing it, and for engaging it in the promotion of justice, is dialogue,” the centre indicates on its website. “We actively open our work – on the life and times of Mr Nelson Mandela, the events and the people he influenced or was influenced by – to debate and discussion. And we draw on this in convening dialogue on critical social issues that present a threat to justice in society.”last_img read more

Eastern Cape hooks into SA’s ocean economy

first_img14 January 2015With its 800km of coastline, South Africa’s Eastern Cape is set to become South Africa’s leading hub of maritime economic activity.The province is home to the two major port cities of Port Elizabeth and East London, both established industrial manufacturing coastal centres, giving the Eastern Cape several strategic competitive advantages, says Mfundo Piti, the economic infrastructure development manager of the Coega Development Corporation (CDC).The South African government announced in October 2014 that it would be implementing ocean economy projects, which it expected to contribute more than R20- billion to the country’s gross domestic product by 2019.These projects form part of the government’s National Development Plan, its economic blueprint that aims to promote economic growth and job creation.South Africa’s oceans have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to the GDP and create over one million jobs by 2033, two decades from now, the government said.Unlocking the ocean economy – part of Operation Phakisa, which aims to fast track transformation – has four priority areas:marine transport and manufacturing;offshore oil and gas exploration:aquaculture; as well asmarine protection services and ocean governance.“A thriving maritime sector will shift the Eastern Cape into an era of prosperity,” Piti says. “The momentum displayed so far by the local private-state nexus shows a strong capacity and desire to further tap the potential of a sector that has largely shaped the history of these two cities.”Ports have always been at the forefront of maritime economic organisation, catalysing economic growth through the trade of manufactured goods, commodities and raw materials. They have helped transform underdeveloped regions into important trade centres which, in turn, has created jobs.“As both entry and exit points, the two ports have been critical in the past, present and future of the province and indeed the country,” Piti says.Nelson Mandela Bay’s Port of Ngqura, a deep-water sea port is adjacent to the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) It is becoming the fastest growing terminal in the world, according to Drewry Maritime Research quoted by the CDC.The South African government has partnered with South Korea to establish a national shipping company.“World sea traffic passes by the Eastern Cape on the East-West pendulum trade routes, opening up major opportunities for ship-building and repairs in the region,” Piti says.Ship building and repairsThe world merchant fleet in 2013 comprised 106 833 vessels responsible for shipping goods and commodities between the continents, including visits to the three ports of the Eastern Cape.During 2013, around 5 944 container ships, vessels and tankers were commissioned for construction by various countries. This represents an opportunity for the Eastern Cape to become a marine industrial centre for shipbuilding and repairs, Piti says.While South Africa’s ship-building industry holds international credibility through its shipyards in Cape Town and Richards Bay, the Eastern Cape’s “world-class industrial manufacturing economy will make the province an excellent contender for future shipbuilding activities in the oceans economy”, Piti maintains.Nelson Mandela Bay and East London dominate South Africa’s automotive industry which means the province is already home to the necessary expertise, skilled labour, logistic services, Piti says.“But there’s more that can be done,” he says. “The expertise of the industrial base should not only be extended for the ship-building industries but need to be extended further” – augmented by aeronautical components manufacturing, for example.Food security“Marine food resources are depleting at devastating rates,” Piti says. “Between 60 and 70% of the world’s fish species are exhausted. And, with one out of every five individuals on this planet relying on ocean food as sources of protein, we are on the brink of food security crisis.”The CDC plans to establish a R2-billion aqua-farming facility at Coega. Marine animals and plants such as finfish, abalone and seaweed will be farmed on 300 hectares in the Coega IDZ, creating 5 000 jobs.Read more: Coege to develop R2bn aqua-farming facilityNelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth will be playing a critical role in knowledge generation for maritime and marine industries, Piti says. The university formalised ties with the UN-endorsed World Maritime University (WMU) in Sweden in 2013.“NMMU is already making critical research contributions that will enhance the competitiveness of the region in environmental sustainable ways. Several African countries attended NMMU’s African Maritime Domain Conference [in November 2013] to develop responsible governance policies,” Piti says.Marine tourismCruise vacations offers Eastern Cape Tourism many opportunities to promote the province, Piti maintains. “We – or tour operators – should consider further partnering with cruise line operators and ground handlers to build on the current tourism offerings. It is an opportunity that has not yet been fully maximised to increase the much needed tourism spend in the Eastern Cape.”Demand for the ocean cruises increased by 77% over the past decade, Piti says. The majority of passengers are American, followed by travellers from Europe.“Our province is one of the most diverse and spectacular tourism destinations in South Africa, including rich cultural diversity, Big Five game reserves, stunning landscapes and, of course, a beautiful coastline with blue-flag beaches.“We are also home to one of the first-ever Big Seven game reserves – Addo Elephant National Park – which integrates the Big Five with marine life to include the Great White shark and Southern Right whale.”Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s water sports capital, home to major water sports event – including the only international Ironman event on the African continent.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

A New Green Building Ordinance in Decatur, Georgia

first_imgHow hard will this be?One my tasks during the development process was to look at what it would take to meet NGBS certification for some typical projects. I spent some time going through the program worksheet, noting where points were easily obtained, which path (prescriptive or performance) was most appropriate, and what was common code-compliant and high-quality construction.Since Decatur is a very walkable community, many of the location and site points were very easily obtainable. As Georgia already requires blower-door testing, those points were available as well. Once we considered standard manufacturer’s requirements (such as Grade 1 insulation quality) and other code requirements (Manual J for HVAC equipment sizing), we determined that there was minimal if any additional cost, other than the verification and certification fees, to meet most program requirements.As I noted earlier, substandard builders will be more challenged to meet the requirements, but it is not a difficult learning curve and the whole team that worked on this ordinance is excited about living in a community that encourages (and requires) high-performance construction. We know we aren’t pioneers, but given that we are in the deep South, I think we did pretty well. Venting about ventilationOne- and two-family homes must have a whole-house mechanical ventilation system installed. The ventilation system must be verified in the field as complying with ASHRAE 62.2-2010; exhaust-only systems cannot be used to meet these requirements. (In our mixed humid climate, exhaust-only ventilation is discouraged to help keep moisture out of building cavities.)Also, bath and kitchen exhaust fans must meet 62.2 and be vented to the exterior. Thankfully, no more recirculating fans are allowed, except in kitchens on multifamily projects.The typical ventilation system in Georgia has an outside air intake ducted to the HVAC return plenum. This is an effective but often poorly installed method. ERVs are sometimes used; however, they can be costly and I personally doubt their value in our reasonably moderate climate. We have a way to go in effective implementation of whole house ventilation in the field.On a positive note, whole-house ventilation in single- and two-family homes requires labeled and occupant accessible override controls. However, this system must reset itself and cannot be set to provide less than 10% of the ASHRAE requirement. Since I personally only use my ERV very infrequently, I have some difficulty with this requirement, but it’s not a bad start. Down to the nuts and boltsAs I don’t do much with commercial construction, I will leave the details of that to others, but as to the residential requirements, I believe we came up with comprehensive requirements that are achievable without significant cost implications (at least compared to code-compliant high-quality construction; those who consistently produce substandard buildings will be a bit more challenged.)The ordinance appropriately separates one- and two- family homes from multifamily construction. One- and two-family projects and multifamily low-rise buildings up to three stories, whether new or involving substantial renovations, must meet one of the following certifications:• NGBS Silver• LEED for Homes• EarthCraft House, Renovation, or the new Sustainable Preservation programMid-rise and high-rise multifamily, whether new or involving substantial improvements, must meet one of the following certifications:• NGBS Silver• LEED for Homes or LEED BD+C• EarthCraft House, Multifamily, Light Commercial, or Sustainable Preservation• Green Globes Three GlobesIn addition, each project must meet an airtightness threshold of 5 ACH50, or an envelope leakage ratio (ELR50) of 0.33 cfm50/sq. ft. of building envelope if the building has less than 1,500 square feet of finished space.We offered the ELR50 option because we have found that small units often have trouble meeting ACH50 requirements even when they are as tight as or tighter than larger buildings. Since ELR50 more accurately reflects the amount of leakage through the building envelope, it does not favor large volume buildings the way ACH50 does.Air leakage sampling is allowed in multifamily buildings at a rate of 25% of all units, or the RESNET protocol (1 in 7) may be used if the testing is completed by a HERS rater. Renovation projects are only required to meet the 7 ach50 requirement found in the Georgia (and 2009) energy code.Leakage testing must be done on all duct systems that extend outside the building envelope as per the 2009 IECC. Exceptional exceptions and enforcementTo help out in potential hardship situations, the city may issue exemptions from any requirements, provided the applicant demonstrates one of the following criteria:• Certification and verification costs would exceed 10% of construction costs• The building is historic or in a historic district, and the local preservation commission has denied the required approval due to negative impact on the historic nature of the building• The building is historic or eligible for the National Register and complying with the requirements would jeopardize the historic nature or inclusion in the register.It remains to be seen how the certification requirements will be enforced. Early on there was some discussion about requiring a cash bond at the time of permitting, to be returned at the time of certification; however, that provision does not appear to have made it into the final ordinance. I am concerned that if there is not some significant incentive to complete certification, we may see many non-compliant buildings coming on line.Another city nearby theoretically requires EarthCraft certification for all new homes; however, based on my experience with some builders there, the inspectors are providing certificates of occupancy for many buildings that do not complete the certification process. The city I live in, Decatur, Georgia — a great, if possibly overly gentrified, place to live — recently passed a unified development ordinance (UDO) requiring green building certification for all new buildings and most renovations — both residential and commercial.I was pleased to be part of the team that worked on this, mostly on the residential side, helping the city staff understand what was required by the various programs they were considering. I also took part in several stakeholder meetings and testified in favor of the ordinance before the city commission prior to their vote.You can read the green building portion of the ordinance here. Decatur High Performance Building Ordinance Resistance was futileLuckily for those supporting the ordinance, there was no organized counteroffensive. In fact, at the last meeting I attended, five people spoke in favor of the new requirements and no one spoke against them.The current plan is for the ordinance to go into effect in late 2015, with a slightly longer timeline for the renovations to allow the city to determine the economic impact.There was some legitimate concern about what scale of renovation would require green certification. The city’s definition of “substantial improvement,” the point at which the green standards would kick in, is “any combination or repairs, reconstruction, alteration or improvements to a building where the cost of the construction exceeds 50% of the fair market value of the structure prior to improvement.” The definition goes on to describe how to determine fair market value.A group of us suggested that certification be required for any home adding 1,000 square feet of new space or more, or gutting 50% of the interior or exterior walls. This was shot down by the planning staff as conflicting with the existing definition of substantial improvement.It remains to be seen how it will work out. Our goal was to require major renovations to meet green certification but not force it on small projects where the increased costs might be prohibitive. My personal opinion is that every project, no matter how small, should meet some level of sustainable/high performance/green/whatever you want to call it construction, but I can be a bit of an extremist and am willing to compromise occasionally.last_img read more

Pumaren gets the win over former player Pasaol in PBA D-League

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Pasaol, though, said that their time away from each other won’t change the kind of relationship they have as they even went out of their way to kid around before the game.“I talked to him and asked him if he still has an injury. He said that he’s ok,” the hefty forward related. “Manong even kidded that my butt is getting hot sitting on the bench.”He may be away from Pumaren and his job may be a lot different from his role with the Red Warriors, but Pasaol knows that the veteran mentor is always watching him from afar. And that’s why he’s just keeping the faith in his current coach Koy Banal as he aims to mesh with the Skippers.“I think I still need to learn coach Koy’s system. It’s one of the factors why I haven’t got much playing time yet,” he said. The 22-year-old is currently averaging 2.67 points, 2.67 rebounds, and 0.67 assists in his 5.3 minutes in his three games for Marinerong Pilipino — a clear indication of the amount of work he still needs to put in to see some playing time.“I know I need to be patient. It doesn’t matter who you are or whatever you did. You have to put in the hard work and show coach Koy that I’m deserving of more playing time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH For his part, Pumaren is glad to see his former player experience different coaches as he sees this stint as nothing but beneficial for Pasaol’s overall development.“It’s going to be big for him,” he said.CEU won, 104-93, giving Pumaren the last laugh in the duel.“I’m on the other side now. Nothing personal,” he said. Ebondo drops 31 as CEU holds off Marinerong Pilipino Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pasaol, who is currently playing for Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, faced his longtime coach Pumaren, now serving as the general manager for CEU.It was the first time the kindred spirits were on the opposing ends after Pumaren’s departure from University of the East back in November.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPumaren felt the same way seeing his super scorer for the first time in months.“It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Alvin. We were joking around and I told him I’ll get someone to get him popcorn there.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESAlvin Pasaol admitted that it was weird seeing his former coach Derrick Pumaren on the other side.“It’s my daddy and I miss him,” Pasaol said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Guiao admits he hasn’t fully gotten over departure from Rain or Shine

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Nearly a year after parting ways with Rain or Shine, Guiao still feels strange being on the opposing bench and going against most of the players he shared a couple of championships and countless playoff games with.READ: NLEX coach Guiao: I won’t help dismantle Rain or ShineFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“To beat Rain or Shine is a testament to the progress that we’ve made,” said Guiao after the Road Warriors clipped the Elasto Painters, 122-114, in double overtime. “It’s also a weird and awkward feeling beating that team because sometimes I think I’m still the coach of that team. I haven’t really gotten over that 100%.”“I feel like that’s my team, they’re my boys but like I said, we’re on different sides now and I have to get used to that,” he added. MOST READ View comments Alas quick to atone for ‘stupid foul’ with crucial bucket Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Guiao was appointed as NLEX coach in October 2016 five months after steering Rain or Shine to its second title in the Commissioner’s Cup.READ: NLEX looking forward to Governor’s Cup, says GuiaoCaloy Garcia, who was Guiao’s deputy then, was promoted to head coach and up to now, he still tries to pick up a few things from the fiery mentor.“I miss coach Yeng. He was a good mentor. Until now, I still try to watch his games as much as possible and try to learn from him still,” said Garcia, who was 2-0 against Guiao coming into the game.After finishing dead last in the standings in the first two conferences, NLEX finds itself on top this time with a franchise-best start at 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX guard Kevin Alas caromed into his coach Yeng Guiao after getting bumped by Rain or Shine swingman Gabe Norwood late in the third quarter.Norwood quickly apologized to his former coach, who nearly lost his balance after Alas crashed into him near the officials table, and the two had a good laugh.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img READ: NLEX hikes win run to 3 But Guiao opted to downplay his team’s undefeated run so far.“It feels good to win this time, it’s the opposite feeling of the losing streak, which we felt, experienced before. Now we have a winning streak,” said Guiao, whose squad has now won five in a row dating back to last conference.“But again, it doesn’t make us a contender this conference. We’re not yet a contender, we’re not yet at that level of the competing teams. Not Rain or Shine, not even Alaska, who we beat. We’re just having a good run.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Poll: Which Player Do You Most Enjoy Watching?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. With basketball and football colliding this time of year, I thought it would be fun to get a poll question in about which player you enjoy most.I tried to include players who have the spotlight similarly. That is, it would be unfair to include Mason Rudolph or Jeffrey Carroll or Victor Salako because they get a wide variety of attention whereas I think these four get about the same amount across the boards.Today’s poll: Which player do you most enjoy watching?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 22, 2016Commentary and my opinion coming tomorrow.last_img read more

Sterns Among Six Big 12 Players On Senior Bowl Rosters

first_imgThe 2017 Senior Bowl is next Saturday, January 28, in Mobile, Alabama. It will be shown on the NFL Network at 1:30 p.m. Oklahoma State will have a lone representative in Jordan Sterns. Here are all six Big 12 players:Kyle Fuller C – BaylorTyler Orlosky C – West VirginiaRasul Douglas CB – West VirginiaJordan Willis DE – Kansas StateJosh Carraway DE – TCUJordan Sterns S – OCUSterns talked to us about this game last week on the podcast.“I just got some news,” said Sterns. “I actually got invited to the Senior Bowl. The Reese’s Bowl. That’s big time time news, to go out and compete against some of the best guys in the country. I was waiting for the opportunity to play in the Senior Bowl, and it came. Ready to go out to Mobile and play one more time. Scouts will get a chance to talk to me one on one and see what I’m about.”Other notable names on the two rosters:Sefo Liufau QB – ColoradoNate Peterman QB – PittsburghC.J. Beathard QB – IowaJeremy Sprinkle TE – Arkansas, SECDavis Webb QB – California, Pac-12Fred Ross WR – Mississippi State, SECBen Boulware ILB – Clemson, ACCJosh Dobbs QB – Tennessee, SECJustin Evans S – Texas A&M, SECJosh Reynolds WR – Texas A&M, SECO.J. Howard TE – Alabama, SECYou can view the full rosters here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more