Fortuna makes unexpected PBA return, reunion with former coach

Posted On Jan 18 2020 by

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I can come back to school any time I want,” said Fortuna.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Undermanned San Miguel dumps NLEX to start Govs’ Cup bid Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In just a matter of days, Fortuna found himself playing in the league once more.Fortuna’s last team in the PBA, coincidentally, was NorthPort, which was then known as Globalport, in 2016 before he played with Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League from 2016 to 2017.This absence from playing professional basketball left Fortuna winded. He did admit that he was not in peak shape, but he was able to put up two points, four rebounds, and four assists in 21 minutes of play.“It’s fun because I missed playing basketball,” said Fortuna. “I’m not in game shape and I gassed out in the second half.”Fortuna added that he’s schooling to become a pilot was temporary put on hold but he said there’s no problem with that as students are allowed to finish their program in their own pace.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It was a bad start to what should’ve been a sappy reunion as Jeric Fortuna’s first game back with Pido Jarencio got off on a wrong note.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Playing in his first professional basketball game after almost three years, Fortuna’s return in the PBA ended in disappointment after Magnolia blasted NorthPort, 104-87,in the Governors’ Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Fortuna was out of the basketball circuit for two-and-a-half years as he went to pilot school but the urge to play professional ball got him and he knew he could count on Jarencio, his college coach at University of Santo Tomas, to give him a break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I texted coach Pido that went like ‘coach can I at least practice with your team?’ And I didn’t expect anything,” said Fortuna in Filipino. “They didn’t promise me anything, it just so happened that the team was depleted so I was put into the lineup.”The Batang Pier, who’s already missing star point guard Stanley Pringle due to the Asian Games, lost two members of its backcourt when Nico Elorde and Jeric Teng, a teammate of Fortuna with the Growling Tigers, went down with an injury. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Youths to benefit from $100M Sophia facility

Posted On Jan 17 2020 by

first_imgAt-risk youths will be given the chance to take advantage of a new learning institution presently under construction in Sophia. This is according to Assistant Director of Youth in the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport of the Education Ministry, Leslyn Boyce.Boyce highlighted that phase one of the $100 million facility, which had commenced in 2015, was allocated a cost of $15 million. The second phase has been allocated $25 million and it should begin soon, she noted.It was pointed out that the facility is being set up in Sophia to allow for greater access to education for those who are more at risk and less fortunate.The Assistant Director of Youth said the two-storey centre would develop the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) capacity of youths and would be equipped with revision tools and classroom equipment for four skill areas – catering, plumbing and sheet metal, masonry, and welding and fabrication.The programmes will last for six months. As a further means of encouraging the youths and making them ready for the job market, the Youth Entrepreneurship Skills Training (YEST) programme has opted to provide a $4000 stipend monthly, along with a hot meal every day, Boyce informed.last_img read more


From Faraway USA, Kromah’s Dream of Tourism in Nimba and Liberia

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgBusinessman Folebole Kromah is currently visiting Liberia from the United States of America.  When he drove to his native Sanniquellie, Nimba County, we can only guess that this young man immediately remembered the beautiful and vast tourist attractions and other modern developments he left behind in the USA. Once in Sanniquellie, he could not help but cry for his beloved country—to quote the South African author Alan Paton—when Kromah saw the pitifully dilapidated condition of one of the most treasured scenes of his childhood, Lake Tileh.On his return to Monrovia, he immediately contacted Daily Observer Environmental Correspondent, Edwin Fayia, before whom Kromah cried.    Why, why, he tearfully asked Reporter Fayia, have the Liberian government and Nimba people allowed Lake Tileh to become so run down and even a garbage dumpsite?Can’t we see, he asked, that the country could create many jobs and make a lot of money from tourism by paying attention to tourist sites like Lake Tileh and so many other wonderful scenes in our country?The Daily Observer, has long pointed to some of these remarkable scenes and urged that serious efforts to turn them into tourist attractions will bring thousands, even millions  of people from around the world to vacation in our beautiful country.Over eight years ago we sent our photojournalist Sando Moore to Cape Mount, the land of his mother, to take pictures of the county’s great tourist attractions.  Among them are the Cape Mount Mountain, the vast, picturesque Lake Piso (Fisherman’s Lake) and Robertsport, the county   capital’s beautiful beaches, where hundreds of foreign residents from Monrovia and elsewhere flock every weekend to relax and surf.   We have constantly argued that Cape Mount alone could contribute significantly to Liberia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), if only its vast tourist potential could be realized.  Several five star hotels could be erected along its pristine beaches and lake.  Imagine the amount of income and jobs these could generate!As for Nimba County, there is Lake Tileh, which the visionary Liberian agriculturist, legendary patriarch and builder, George Dunbar, built while serving as Central Province District Commissioner (1932-1940). Folebole Kromah knew this lake as a child, and never forgot it. We understand that Nimba boasts another tourist attraction—a waterfall in Ganta, the county’s commercial capital.   There is also the Ganta Methodist Mission, where American tourists especially, would like to visit, for it is there that the legendary anthropologist and medical missionary, Dr. George Way Harley, founder and builder of Ganta Mission, is buried.  The rock church and the Ganta Hospital, both of which he built, are situated on its campus.  There is also the Leper Colony, where lepers produce some of the finest Liberian handicraft.There is in Sanniquellie, too, the Central High School, venue of the historic Sanniquellie Conference, forerunner to the OAU.  At a special section of the school could be displayed the documents, photographs and related items from that Conference.  Many other great tourist attractions, including Voinjama, rich in elephants, and the Sapo Forest Reserve, home to the pygmy hippopotamus and many other rare wildlife.  Buttressing all this is Liberia’s rich culture, found everywhere in its virgin, traditional form. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has spoken of a Tourism Development Authority, which is an excellent idea yet to be implemented.  She has to look hard and find a Chairperson for that office, one who not only knows how to organize, but who is passionate about tourism and is determined to see Liberia recover all the lost opportunities in tourism development.One of the Tourism Chair’s first challenges is to find   experienced and well financed tourism developers who will rebuild Monrovia’s Ducor Intercontinental Hotel, its second wing and the Ducor Towers.  The land on Snapper Hill is available for all of this expansion.The Tourism Chair’s next challenge will be to scout the country, beginning with Grand Cape Mount County, and on to Harper, Maryland County, its Atlantic beaches and Lake Shepherd, and on to River Cess, home of Baffu Bay and one of the nation’s most gorgeous spots, and uncover the immense but hidden tourist attractions.  These could, if properly exploited, unleash a tourism and employment boom in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


CAS Demands Facts from FIFA Committee’s Rejection of Musa Bility

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgIt is likely that the gods of football have not abandoned Musa Bility’s quest to contest for the forthcoming FIFA presidential elections.Reports from Switzerland indicates that the Court for Arbitration of Sports (CAS), responsible to decide Bility’s appeal on his rejection, has requested FIFA’s Ad-Hoc Elections Committee to submit reasons for his exclusion no later than December 18.At a press conference in Monrovia recently Bility told sports journalists that CAS accepted his appeal as “legally and procedurally sufficient,” and was subsequently processed for adjudication.With CAS requesting the Committee to provide facts about Bility’s exclusion, the candidate stands a good chance of being vindicated.In his official reaction after his rejection, Bility said he found the decision to be unfair and troubling and disappointing. He felt the negative report about his integrity was based on ‘tabloid-like’ sources which are internationally unacceptable because they obviously lack credibility.Since the latest news broke out, the Daily Observer could not get President Bility to make a comment, but sources close to him said he is taking the new development with caution.From the start, Bility suspected shoddy work by the investigators who researched his integrity. “Is it enough that such poor quality of work is admittedly carried out and its findings made exclusively to the inner chambers, which proceeds to publicly disclose who is qualified and therefore acceptable to the inner chambers?”In his summation to CAS, Bility urged improved transparency, and called for access to the investigative probes and findings.Right now it is not a question as to whether Bility may win the presidency of FIFA, rather it is a question of being allowed to contest like anyone else. His exclusion on unsubstantiated sources will indicate that someone does not want him to express his ability to contest the elections. Bility therefore has seen his rejection based on his ‘integrity’ on spurious sources as an assault on his personality.Hence he could say, “Like everyone else, my prized possession is my integrity, which I believe has been carelessly impugned upon, in an effort to deny me from the pursuit of this vision.”Now that he has won the first round, Bility should be walking tall and humbly wait for the results after deliberations to determine his qualification as one of the candidates for football’s highest post.But one is impressed with Bility’s commitment to football, no matter the outcome of his determination to walk where even angels would not dare, when he said: “I will continue to advocate and work to realize a reformed FIFA aware that no change or advocacy comes without a price.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


A Point to Focus: Cultural Diplomacy and the MRU

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgAbstract:From relationships based on blood ties to sharing common space and other forms of social fraternities, what binds or holds society remains fundamental to the social phenomena of mankind. Beyond bonds or ties, socially constructed tenants and other inherent societal factors which shift groups dynamics have also been at the crux of sociological and international relations studies. For example, the French Sociologist Emile Durkheim coined the term mechanical solidarity to explain how social bond based on common sentiments and shared moral values emphasizing tradition generate a cohesive pattern. This is something essentially associated with rural live. (Macionis, J.; 2004). Hence, making claims that significant aspects of international relations are historically and socially constructed, rather than inevitable consequences of human nature or other essential characteristics of the world politics (Jackson, P.T. & Nixon, H.); constructivists have argued the significance of norms and values and how they influence structures to operate. For instance, Alexander Wendt espouses that “the structure of human association are determined primarily by shared ideals rather than material forces and identities and interest of purposive actors are constructed on these shared ideas rather than given nature” (Wendt, A.; 1999). Hence , the paper explores how shared values bind political entities of similar nature postulating the context of what binds society on the basis of sub-regional integration of the Mano River Union(MRU) with lessons learned from the cohesive nature of the European Union(EU) albeit a regional organization.It firstly identifies cultural diplomacy as a crucial factor that binds nations considering intricate significance of national security and establishes how this can be applicable in the MRU region, also providing the contextual relevance and prospects of the same. Background/IntroductionCultural diplomacy has been defined as a type of public diplomacy and soft power that includes exchange of ideas, information, art and other aspects of culture among nations and peoples in order to foster mutual understanding (Waller J.M, 2009 p. 74). Working to achieve countries political and economic interests can be built through cultural diplomacy as it has been argued by Mary N. Maack in her piece “ Books and Libraries as Instruments for Cultural Diplomacy in francophone Africa During the Cold War” (Maack, M. N.,2001). The conviction of Waller’s argument that cultural diplomacy can also be linked to national security comes from his assertion that the perception of power obviously has important implications for a nation’s ability to ensure its security (Waller, J.M; 2009 p. 93).The Mano River Union (MRU) is an international association with a sub-regional identity established in 1973 between Liberia and Sierra Leone with the goal of fostering economic cooperation. Guinea joined in 1980 and later in 2008, the Ivory Coast agreed to join the Union.Historically, The European Union was founded with the aim of ending wars which were fought across Europe. Regional cooperation among neighbors in the region was fundamental to formation of the European Union. Since its formation early 1950s by the European Coal and Steel Community, centrally tailoring unity for European countries; the EU has focused political stability and economic prosperity.Originally, the union comprised the Netherlands. Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Germany, and Italy. Currently EU members amount to about 28 members. Thus, it can be agreed that the fostering of peace amongst state of European which were constantly at war with each other was essential the formation of the European Union (E.U). AnalysisThis section views the structural relativities of the MRU with the EU and identifies areas of prospects of the MRU. As part of man’s long time existence, the account of war covers significant amount of human history. The triggers have differ across many societies. Claude Waltz describes war as the extension of politics by other means while cultural anthropologist Margret Mead associated war with “inborn tendency”, asserting that war is an innate characteristic that is passed on from one generation to another.While these postulations may be argued, the history of wars in countries of the MRU stand as factual accounts. Each country has experienced a fair share of mass violence /civil conflict. At some point in time the situation began typical to the psychological perception “mirror image”. Each saw the other as an existential threat to the other.During the 1900s the early 2000s, the entire sub region was in a state of disarray. The problems appeared perennial in the eyes of many due to constant allegedly cross borders attacks. The view of peaceful co –existence which amongst member countries is a foreign policy tool was at the lowest and animosity and acrimonious sentiments became so common. This was quite challenging and disallowed free movement and cross border trade.The question is after these years of turmoil, are there prospects of greater collaboration and integration? Or what are the fundamental problems which have existed?Historical efficacies which provide broader insights to answering these questions will take various dimensions including a classical example of the organization of the European Union.Despite the awful past of continuous wars across Europe, the establishment of the European Union has manifested the outcome of peace, stability and economic prosperity. This has precipitated many things including more than 60 years of peace and stability, helped raise population’s living standards, launched a single currency (the euro) and making progress on building a single Europe- wide market for goods, services, people and capital.After many years of regional instability in Europe, the establishment of norms and values that led to a regional organization there after stabilizing Europe can be articulated as socially constructed phenomenon against the odds of wars. This can also be applicable to the MRU region reconciled with some fundamental factors.Aligned with the above case study, firstly the author argues that there are key factors which propel growth and subsequently peace and economic prosperity. They include Political stability, Education, health, economics among others.Education in the entire region still appears more challenging whereas economic situations of inequalities are alarming.To address the concern of spiraling economic mechanisms, political stability is crucial and will depend on a number of factors. “People- to -people relationship” is vital, something the author describes as “foot path diplomacy”: the interaction of close relatives along borderlines despite geographical boundaries.Education can change the thinking of populations and easily promote policy out looks. This is crucial for the region. When these factors are put in place, trade is bound to boom as inter trade routes are multiple in the region.Therefore, how the real deal of pragmatism can surcease? Ascending toward the mentioned goals align with cultural diplomacy in ways that support exchanges of students, projection of policy and issues through arts and cultural displays. Teaching local languages of member states in the region to all member- states to reduce language barriers.Since the 2004 reactivation summit, the Union has experienced renewed assurances of collaboration at various levels. Prospects are huge as the region population is mostly comprising of youths which would turn out to be more productive when afforded the requisite education at various levels includingTechnical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).Major AssumptionsThe hostilities in the member state stalled free trade movement while “mirror image” reduced free movement thus affecting track III / people to people diplomacy. This can be revamped by increased cultural diplomacy. Despite issues of land areas which have existed amongst member’s state, the conflicts in the MRU region were more political than ontological and deeply associated with the post -cold war effects that saw violent internal conflicts across Africa. Thus, the prospect for greater collaborations shows with evident track for peaceful co-existence while the cutting-edge of economic viability illuminates. ConclusionThe paper has identified what holds society together in the context of bringing nation states together under the framework of integration and regional solidarity. The situation of civil war in the region was discussed describing the nature of the wars. The success of the EU region post regional conflict was mentioned in an attempt to validate the significance of socially constructed structures as well as the relevance to cultural diplomacy.Thus, Cultural diplomacy is the crux of the paper and stands as a recommended approach to spur people-to -people cohesiveness which affirms support to peace and upsurge free movements that give rise to economic activities. To maintain the peace and promote innovation and expertise as well as sound policy orientations, focus on education was emphasized with the assertion that many people still face challenges of access to quality education in the region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Lindeners take advantage of El Dorado offshore recruitment drive

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgLindeners took advantage of a recruitment drive recently conducted by El Dorado Offshore (EDO) Inc in their community. Over 100 residents were part of the job fair initiative, which was hosted at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) at Mackenzie, with many expressing how happy they were to be given opportunity to supply their credentials with a possibility of securing employment.The company’s Crew Change Coordinator Jacqueline Persaud explained that El Dorado Offshore is a recruitment agency which not only supplies manpower for clients in the oil and gas industry, such as ExxonMobil, but various other sectors.“At El Dorado Offshore, we recruit for the oil and gas industry. We recruit persons both on shore and offshore to work. Some of the offshore positions that we recruit for are the ordinary sailors, able-body sailors…maids, and we recruit for cooks. We also do some onshore positions for our clients; for example, logistics coordinator or pipeline coordinator. That’s just an example of some of the onshore positions that we recruit for,” she said.She added that applications are placed in a database which is supplied to clients.“So when we have a position that we need to recruit for, we would shortlist based on the requirements – what we are looking for; and we basically start the recruitment process with the candidates, and supply them to our clients,” Persaud further related.She added that as more potential employers come to Guyana, they would seek out EDO Inc for general recruitment services.Meanwhile, the company’s Human Resources Manager, Sheri Farrell, said the response from Lindeners was quite good, with over 100 applications having been received.last_img read more


Big Bam fundraiser to take place January 30 at Lido Theatre

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A fundraiser in support of the Big Bam Ski Hill will be held at the Lido Theatre on January 30. The fundraiser will feature the premier of Warren Miller’s new film, Chasing Shadows, and there will be a matinee family event as well as a 19+ event in the evening.Doors for the matinee show will open at 2 p.m. with the show beginning at 2:30. Tickets are pegged at $7 for children and $10 for adults.The 19+ show will start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are $20 and a number of door prizes will be given away including lift passes, season passes, and gear.- Advertisement -Money from the event will be going towards geotechnical surveying, and the installation of a new quad chair.Tickets are available at the Lido Theatre, and tickets will be for sale in Dawson Creek at a to be announced location next week.last_img read more


Trojans rewarded for 8-win streak

Posted On Jan 11 2020 by

first_imgNBS 2nd Division 40-Over Tournament…The New Building Society’s (NBS’s) Second Division 40-Over Cricket tournament concluded last weekend with the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) being adjudged winners of the finals.Ashmead Nedd in his follow throughPlaying on home turf, they outclassed the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) by 49 runs, thanks to the heroic efforts of National player Ashmead Nedd.The spoils were shared among top individual performers, with the University of Guyana Trojans being rewarded for their 8-win streak, which finally was broken by the eventual champs in the semifinal round.At the end of the finals, Nedd was awarded for best bowling figures in the game, being 4-22. The UG Trojans’ run landed them a monetary award, while Omesh Danram was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of Zone A for having scored 245 runs at an average of 40. This feat has earned him a spot in the Cricket Guyana Inc Franchise. Dennis Heywood claimed 16 wickets, the most for the tournament; while Akeem Redmond of Transport SC was awarded the best fielder of the tournament.Sent in to bat first on Saturday, DCC compiled 183 all out in 38.1 overs. Sachin Singh was the anchor of the innings with 39 runs. He was well supported by Raymond Perez (34) and Ashmead Nedd (29).Gavin Singh (3-42) and Mario Persaud (3-34) led the bowling attack for GCC, as Ronaldo Ali Mohamed pitched in with 2 for 39.Set a modest total of 184 for victory, GCC botched the chase. Resistance came only from Deonarine Seegobin, who remained unbeaten on 53 as he watched everything around him crumble. GCC were bowled out for 134 in 36.3 overs, as Nedd decimated them with his 4 wickets for 22 runs, and received excellent backing from Xaviee Smith with 2 for 29. (Timothy Jaikarran)last_img read more


Stars promised Sh180,000 for CECAFA win

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate Whyvonne Isuza’s goal against Burundi during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16- Football Kenya Federation has promised each member of the 37-man Harambee Stars technical bench Sh180,000 if they win Sunday’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final against Zanzibar in Machakos.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa says they will divide the Sh6.5mn cash collected for the team between every member of the contingent as a way of boosting their motivation for the final. According to Mwendwa, half of the Sh3mn cash prize from winning the tournament will go to the team and the rest will come from Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi and his Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua who have given Sh1mn each and Sh3mn from federation partners SportPesa.“We have already paid them all the allowances up until the game against Burundi on Thursday. We gave the team Sh500,000 for winning their semi-final and for the group stages, each player earned Sh50,000. It is now up to them to do their bit on the pitch,” said the federation chief.Kenya is looking for its seventh CECAFA title with their last conquest coming all the way back in 2013 when the tournament was hosted in Kenya.Zanzibar are in only their second ever final, their first and last being in 1995 when they won it against hosts Uganda.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Liverpool transfer news: Valencia to win race for winger

Posted On Jan 3 2020 by

first_img Denis Cheryshev Valencia are in talks to sign Liverpool target Denis Cheryshev.The Real Madrid winger excelled on loan at Villarreal last season but faces a struggle to become a regular in Rafael Benitez’s side, having been left out of the squad for Real’s opening league game against Sporting Gijon.That has led to the Russian being linked with Liverpool and a number of other top clubs – but it appears Valencia are winning the race to sign the 24-year-old.Villarreal are keen to take him back for another season but Valencia are offering a flat fee and a buy-back clause to tempt Real into selling Cheryshev to them, according to AS.And that seems set to tip the balance in their direction as the transfer window draws to a close. 1last_img read more