Manila Stars forward Aris Dionisio could have easily let this one go. Not this play, though. Not when the game was on the line.With Quezon City’s Peejay Barua ready to complete a fast break layup in the dying seconds, Dionisio swatted away the shot, preserving the Stars’ 86-85 victory over the Capitals in their season opener in the MPBL Lakan Season at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Still smarting from his team’s postseason collapse three months ago, Makati coach Cholo Villanueva drew solid outputs from former Meralco guard Joseph Sedurifa and John Rey Villanueva, who had 15 and 14 points, respectively.“At the back of our minds, the setback from last season is still there,” said Villanueva, whose team went on a 15-game winning streak before bowing to Quezon City in the first round of the playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “That’s my favorite play, the chasedown block,” Dionisio, the reigning MPBL Defensive Player of the Year, said in Filipino. “But this one is special, because it helped us win the game.”Dionisio finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Stars, who spoiled the debut of former Ateneo star Aaron Black in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBlack finished with seven points in 20 minutes of action as the Capitals failed to finish off the Stars even after taking an 85-82 lead on Joco Tayongtong’s triple with 24 seconds remaining.Later, the Makati Super Crunch crushed the Rizal Golden Coolers, 73-51. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LATEST STORIES Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge MOST READ Petron vows no letup in All-Filipino Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption View comments
The Liberia Football Association has with immediate effect reduced the fees charged for yellow and red cards during league matches.The LFA in a release said the decision to reduce the cost of yellow and red cards followed close consultations between the Competitions Committee and the President of the LFA.The consultations were a result of an appeal by clubs taking part in the ongoing Cellcom National League that the fees were high and having an impact on their expenditure.According to the release, the fee for yellow card has been reduced from L$1,000 to L$750, the fee for red card which is the second caution has been reduced from L$2,000 to L$1,500. The fee for straight red card which has to do with violent or abusive conduct among others is from L$10,000.00 to L$5,000.00.The Chairman of the Competitions Committee of the Liberia Football Association Ansu V.S. Dulleh said the initial amount of cards payment was not intended to take money from clubs but to instill some discipline in players. Mr. Dulleh is now urging clubs to encourage their players to desist from irregularity and indiscipline acts during and after league matches. He warned that if such acts continue the LFA will be left with no other alternative but to reverse its decision.Meanwhile, the LFA Competition Committee is reminding clubs that red and yellow cards already issued and in the possession of the LFA still carry the old costs; except for new cards issued as of May 9.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In previous writings, this author had presented analyses on a number of macroeconomic outcomes of Guyana’s economic performance by examining datasets from as far back as ten years ago. Those analyses had pointed out two critical, worrying trends viz-á-viz the widening of the balance of payments’ deficit, largely financed from the Bank of Guyana’s (BoG’s) foreign reserves, which in turn is depleting the international reserve balance. The above trend has resulted in the BoG having to buy up FX from the private FX market, a trend that started in 2017 and continues to date. To this end, the BoG has bought up approximately US$300 million in just over two years; something that had never happened in the last 10 years. It is noteworthy to mention that, in Guyana’s context, inflation is closely linked to exchange rate as the key driver of inflation. Should the aforementioned trend continue, therefore, the BoG would be placed under severe constraint to attain minimum import cover and stabilise the exchange rate, as further depreciation is anticipated in the short-term.This is especially the case since the commercial banks’ net foreign assets would eventually be placed under pressure, which would result in depreciation of the exchange rate and, in turn, hyperinflation.The notion of an FX shortage is perhaps not at an alarmingly serious state at this present moment, because the net foreign assets of the commercial banks remained above US$250 million. In fact, they have reached to about US$300 million as at the end of April, 2019. This outcome means there is sufficient private foreign capital flowing into the system, which can be easily explained by the large influx of foreign companies coming into Guyana on account of the emerging oil and gas sector. This is nothing to be excited about, however, because this situation will be quickly reversed at end of the year, when these companies have to repatriate their profits to their parent companies in their respective home countries.As such, the point noted about the Central Bank purchasing FX from the commercial banks is an ever-increasingly worrying trend. If this trend continues, the commercial banks’ FX balances would start to deplete, and then there will be a real shortage problem. This analyst’s estimation is that, by December 2019, exchange rate can depreciate by 20 – 25 percent (conservatively) if this trend continues. Within this framework, therefore, this is a serious problem that needs to be arrested forthwith. It appears that the policymakers are taking a throwback attitude towards this issue because oil money is anticipated next year or late this year, which will sort of restore some stability. This does not mean that we should not monitor and instil some stability measures now, because it can get out of hand despite oil.An important consideration that is perhaps being largely ignored by the policymakers is that, though oil may start to flow by this year end — and that would help to avert an FX shortage problem in a timely manner — if oil production is delayed for geopolitical reasons: (risks) owing to tensions in the region with Venezuela and the border controversy, and this issue takes a different turn for the worse, Guyana would be in serious trouble. Such an outcome would result in dire consequences for Guyana’s economic progress, given that the other traditional productive sectors are largely underperforming. This would be problematic; and therefore, one ought to ask the question: are our politicians and policymakers mindful of such risks?
Rehabilitative works to the Howell Wilson Primary School, also referred to as the Ituni Primary is almost complete, with members of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) breathing a sigh of relief.The Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) school had been in dire need of repairs which prompted the PTA to stage protest actions against the school’s deplorable condition on the first day of the school’s reopening back in January. During theRehabilitation works are almost complete at the Ituni Primaryprotest which lasted for a few days, parents had voiced concerns over malfunctioning and limited washroom facilities and lack of potable water as well as faulty infrastructure. They noted that their requests for upgrades to the school’s sanitary block had gone unanswered for years, as they pointed out that only one toilet facility was in use and served both male and female students. Additionally, it was noted that the school’s corridors were in a deplorable state and only one of the school’s staircases was functional.The school had remained closed as parents vowed not to send their children back to the location unless the issues are dealt with. This prompted officials from the Department of Education to visit the school as they engaged in discussions with teachers and parents of affected students.Presently contractors are administering the final touches of repairs to the wooden school and are expected to wrap up soon. The school has also been repainted.A parent told this publication that the repairs are moving along “perfectly” and she was “very much pleased” with the results. The students, who had to be relocated to spaces in and around the school compound will be able to utilise the school upon completion of rehabilitation works. Until such time, temporary arrangements remain in place which allows for Grades Five and Six students to be housed at the school’s library inside the compound, while Grades Three and Four are being housed at the Ituni Small Loggers Association (ISLA) building and Grades One and Two resuming normal classes inside of their former classrooms. The arrangements continue to be in place until the completion of repairs.
The information released by the OGC on Wednesday said the changes include enhancements to requirements for leak detection and repair, designed to ensure leaks are detected and repaired quickly. Additionally, the industry will be required to increase data management and reporting requirements to ensure transparent reporting of industry actions are under development.For more information on the changes announced by the OGC, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has introduced new regulations for methane.The new regulations will come into effect on January 1, 2020. The Oil and Gas Commission says the new regulations will reduce methane emissions by 10.9 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over a 10-year period. The OGC says that is equivalent to removing 390,000 cars off the road each year.The regulations will focus on the primary sources of methane emissions that include pneumatic devices, equipment leaks, compressor seals, glycol dehydrators, storage tanks and surface casing vents.- Advertisement -The Province wants to reduce methane emissions by 45 percent by 2025. The Federal Government has a similar reduction target of 40 to 45 percent.Maximilian Kniewasser, director of the B.C. clean economy program at the Pembina Institute, said the regulations do not live up to the B.C. climate plan. “While B.C.’s draft methane regulations are a step in the right direction, they represent a missed opportunity to ensure the oil and gas sector does its fair share — at low cost — to help achieve B.C.’s climate targets by curbing methane pollution. By leaving cost-effective emissions reductions on the table, the proposed methane regulations do not live up to the spirit of B.C.’s ambitious new climate plan, CleanBC.Several environmental groups have said methane pollution is a problem in the Oil and Gas Industry in B.C. Their studies suggested in 2018 that 47 percent of active oil and gas wells in the study area were found to emit methane-rich plumes.Advertisement
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Liverpool have got their 2016/17 preparations underway, playing their first pre-season friendly on Friday night.The Reds headed to National League side Tranmere’s Prenton Park ground, and beat the non-league side 1-0 courtesy of a Danny Ings goal.It was not a momentus performance by Jurgen Klopp’s men, but it offered the German boss the chance to test out a number of his players, including summer signings Loris Karius, Joel Matip and Sadio Mane.But it was Ings who stole the show, netting his first goal since September 2015, and making just his second appearance since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee in that October.A strong pre-season will give Ings a great chance to claim the starting striker role at Anfield as his own, and you can watch his nicely taken goal below… 1 Danny Ings scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Tranmere
The Foxes could become the first team since 1938 to see their title defence end in relegation 1 For your chance to win £100K, sign up to play Dream Team Europe Fantasy FootballLeicester’s Premier League title triumph seems an age ago but Riyad Mahrez is confident the fairytale will not be tainted by relegation.Nine months on from being crowned champions of England for the first time in their 133-year history, one of the greatest sporting stories ever told is in danger of having an unwanted chapter added as the ignominy of becoming the first team since Manchester City in 1938 to see their title defence end in relegation begins to loom.Just one point above the drop zone, Leicester face a crucial match on Sunday when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea – who like the Foxes have 21 points from their 24 matches.“It’s a big game,” said Mahrez. “We have to prepare properly because both the clubs are near the bottom and we need to get something from that.”The 25-year-old thinks a return to basics could hold the key to climbing away from the bottom three and he does not want Leicester’s fight to go right down to the wire.“We are just in a bad moment right now and we just have to come back our way,” he said.“We know we have quality in this team and we know if we do things properly we will stay in the Premier League. We are confident we can do it – very confident.“We just need to work hard. We need to just focus on the last 14 games and make sure we are safe. We want to be safe before the last five games. We don’t want to be in a struggle right at the end. We need to do things properly to make sure we are safe.”If Leicester are to survive, Mahrez must play a pivotal role. The Algeria international was a shining light last season, his performances earning him the player of they year vote from his peers, but he has barely flickered this campaign, with his own form directly reflecting that of the champions.Last season, he scored 17 Premier League goals from midfield and provided 11 assists. This campaign, he has been nowhere near as effective and has found the net just three times in the league.Mahrez insists he will rediscover his best form and help Leicester stay up, and said: “I know it’s going to come back.“I just need to keep working and everything will come back normally. The goals will come back. I am not worried about myself.“I am part of the team and we are confident. If it is difficult for the team then it is difficult for me as well, so we just need to work hard and I think everything is going to come back to normal.”
2 LATEST Arsenal ‘approach’ World Cup finalist over deal, plus Nkunku and Suarez updates 2 COMEBACK ‘They haven’t got enough’ – Ex-Chelsea ace thinks Emery must spend at Arsenal smart move? Inter director Guiseppe Marotta told Sky in Italy: “Perisic has asked to leave but there is no offer for him. We will see in the coming days.“We will listen to the request of Perisic, he has put in a transfer request; we must try to satisfy him but also respect the value of him.”The player made no secret of a desire to play in the Premier League and was linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer.However, it now looks as though the winger could be on his way to the Emirates, with Unai Emery keen to reinforce his attack as his side look to mount a top four surge in the final half of the season.Emery has said the club can only make loan signings, and it is understood Perisic would join on a temporary basis until the end of the season. Arsenal would have an option to buy him outright in the summer for £34.5m, according to Sky Sports. Every Premier League player out of contract in 2019 and available for nothing A brilliant Arsenal line-up with new signings, including World Cup star Perisic Alexis Sanchez mocks former club Arsenal with brilliant social media post Earlier this week, Inter boss Luciano Spaletti claimed it was obvious any big club would want Perisic but added his player must focus on his current job.In a press conference, Spalletti said: “Perisic is a very good player, of course there’s rumours about him during the transfer window.“If a player is good, it’s obvious that every club would want him. Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go through. GONE FUNDS NEEDED Ivan Perisic has handed in a transfer request as he attempts to push through a move to Arsenal this month.The 29-year-old was an unused substitute as Inter lost 1-0 to Torino on Sunday, with Arsenal linked to the Croatia international. gossip Arsenal bid for Brazilian, Spurs boost, Man United and Liverpool rivals for striker Arsenal and Liverpool set to miss out as Real Betis swoop for Brazilian wonderkid “He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far.“Perisic joined Inter from Wolfsburg in 2015 and has also represented Brugge and Borussia Dortmund. He starred for Croatia throughout last summer’s World Cup, and scored the equaliser against England in the semi-final, before setting up Mario Mandzukic for the winner.Arsenal have also been linked with Barcelona’s midfielder Denis Suarez and Paris-Saint Germain youngster Christopher Nkunku.But they need to get their business done swiftly with the transfer deadline approaching on Thursday. wow Benjamin Mendy injury latest: Will Man City ace start against Chelsea on Sunday? LATEST ARSENAL NEWS Perisic is desperate for a move to Arsenal SENSE OF HUMOUR ZILCH Solskjaer slammed by some Man United fans on Twitter for team to face Arsenal