Shaq searching for solutions, not problems

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Among those missing from the Asiad lineup are towering sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat, who are playing in the Japan league.“We take this as giving other players a chance to represent the county and show their worth,” added Delos Santos. “And the players joining us are all talented players as well.”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’Named back to the team are Alyssa Valdez, Cha Cruz, Mika Reyes, Jia Morado, Mylene Paat, Maika Ortiz and Denden Lazaro. Aby Maraño was named team captain.Collegiate and club league stars Jema Galanza, Grethcel Soltones, Risa Sato, Melissa Gohing, Jasmine Nabor and veteran Aiza Maizo also made the final roster. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Slaughter OK to play as Filipino, says Fiba National women’s volleyball coach Shaq delos Santos is unfazed by the absence of key players when the squad sets off to compete in the tough AVC Asian Cup in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.“We would like to have the same team as in the Asian Games but it’s not possible, so we’re here not to find problems and instead find solutions,” Delos Santos told the Inquirer.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines made it to the elite field after placing eighth in last year’s Asian Women’s Championships two years ago in Biñan, Laguna.But it’s going to be tough battle for the PH Lady Spikers who are grouped with Kazakhstan, Australia and Iran in Pool C.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena ‘umpire thief’ meltdown

first_imgView comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scorching start 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ She tearfully accused him of being a “thief” and angrily demanded an apology from the official.When a second code violation for racquet abuse was handed out to her — along with a point penalty — Williams exploded.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’“You’re attacking my character,” she said. “You will never, ever be on another court of mine. You are the liar,” she fumed and Ramos handed her a game penalty that put Osaka one game from victory at 5-3 in the second set.Williams won the next game, and continued her tearful remonstrations with a supervisor on the changeover but Osaka — who displayed remarkable poise throughout — held serve to seal a historic win for her country. Naomi Osaka of Japan poses with the championship trophy after winning the Women’s Singles finals match against Serena Williams of the United States on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFPNaomi Osaka became the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam title on Saturday as her idol Serena Williams angrily imploded, calling the chair umpire in the US Open final “a thief”.Osaka, 20, triumphed 6-2, 6-4 in the match marred by Williams’s second set outburst, the American enraged by umpire Carlos Ramos’s warning for receiving coaching from her box.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Boys rescued from Thai cave play friendly match in Argentina

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments A day prior, the Wild Boars soccer team participated in the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games, which are taking place from Oct. 6 to 18 in the South American country.Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, called the boys “brave” and said they “showed us all the importance of sports values.” They were loudly applauded by thousands of people attending the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe boys and their coach became well-known after they got trapped in a cave on June 23. They were found by two British divers and brought out in a daring rescue mission that ended on July 10.Nearly 4,000 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 will participate in the youth games. Young soccer Thai team Wild Boars play a friendly match against River Plate youth team at Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. The team made up of 12 boys and their coach, who were trapped in a flooded cave for almost three weeks in Thailand, are guests in Buenos Aires during the opening days of the Youth Olympic Summer Games. (Eitan Abramovich/Pool via AP)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The 12 boys and soccer coach from Thailand who were found in a partially flooded cave once again found themselves capturing the media’s attention on Sunday.The team played a friendly match against the prestigious River Plate youth soccer team of Argentina — which was somewhat of a dream come true for the young Thais who want to become professional soccer players.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UFC champ could face fine, suspension for post-fight fracas Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

JP Calvo’s Letran stint ends in a heartbreak

first_imgCarpio 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calvo, who became an NCAA champion in 2015 under then head coach Aldin Ayo, said he wanted to bring back Letran’s tradition of ending seasons as the champion.And with his early exit, he wants the Knights of future years to add on the 17 titles in Letran’s halls.“I want to replicate Letran’s tradition of being the champion,” said Calvo who finished with nine points and three assists before leaving. “I told those who will be left to cherish this loss because this is what will fuel them to be stronger next year.” Third seed Letran got blown out of Final Four contention in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament, bowing to Lyceum, 109-85.Making it worse was Calvo was left helpless in the crucial stage of the game as he fell to injury just 16 seconds into the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: JP Calvo third-quarter injury dooms Letran to NCAA Final 4 exitWhile he was able to return to the game for a few moments, it was a lost cause as head coach Jeff Napa chose to rest his star point guard in his final game for the school. View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Osaka retires with injury, Bertens reaches WTA semifinals JP Calvo’s end to his collegiate career couldn’t have been any more bitter.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I really wanted to return to the game, I wanted to play for Letran, but coach Jeff told me to not force it,” said Calvo in Filipino Friday at Filoil Flying V Center. “This is my last year, I won’t be here next year.”Calvo suffered a high ankle sprain on his left knee after an accidental collision with Lyceum center Mike Nzeusseu when the two dove for a loose ball.Napa said he could’ve made Calvo play some more but he knew the point guard would have a future outside of the collegiate ranks.READ: Lyceum destroys Letran to return to NCAA finals“He’s the best point guard right now in the NCAA and the UAAP,” said Napa in Filipino. “I don’t want to abrupt his career. I just have to appreciate what he’s done.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Fact check: Khabib Nurmagomedov is not holding an anti-Indonesian president shirt

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The photograph appears to show Nurmagomedov holding a black t-shirt that bears the hashtag #2019GANTIPRESIDENT.The slogan is part of a campaign that opposes Widodo’s reelection bid in 2019.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe athlete is flanked by two men, one of them wears a black shirt that appears to have the words: “AL-FATIHAH NOT ALFATEKA” across it. This refers to a debate over whether the Indonesian leader mispronounced the name of a Muslim verse at a recent event.Screenshot of misleading Facebook post. AFPThe image was posted by Facebook page Masa Era Baru on October 11 with a caption that said: “Thank God, We got new support from fellow Muslim from overseas, Amen.” It was shared more than 1,000 times. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Multiple Facebook posts have shared a picture purporting to show Russian UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov holding a t-shirt with the slogan of an anti-Indonesian president Joko Widodo movement.According to Agence France-Presse, the image is manipulated from an original image on the wrestler’s Instagram feed that does not contain any political slogans.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LSGH, Mapua forge NCAA juniors finals showdown A reverse image search found the original photograph, which has been widely shared in Indonesia, was first posted by the wrestler on Instagram on October 1, 2018.The original photo shows Nurmagomedov holding a black shirt which says: “TRUST ME, I’M A CHICKEN WHISPERER”. The man on his right is wearing a largely plain black shirt.Screenshot of Instagram post. AFPNurmagomedov kept his UFC lightweight crown after beating his Irish rival Conor McGregor in an October 9 match, followed by a post-match brawl.Nurmagomedov has previously spoken about his Muslim faith.The Nurmagomedov-McGregor fight attracted significant attention in Muslim-majority Indonesia partly due to the Irishman’s pre-match insults attacking the Russian’s religion and family. Agence France-PresseADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Djokovic sets sights on 2019 after ‘phenomenal season’

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic waves to the crowd holding his runners-up trophy after losing to Germany’s Alexander Zverev in their men’s singles final match on day eight of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 18, 2018. – Alexander Zverev shocked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3 to win the ATP Finals on Sunday, denying the Serbian world number one a record-equalling sixth title in London. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)Novak Djokovic set his sights on the Australian Open on Sunday after a painful defeat in the ATP Finals at the hands of Alexander Zverev took some of the gloss off an incredible season.The Serbian world number one looked unbeatable heading into Sunday’s final, winning all four of his matches in London in straight sets and not dropping serve once.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The 31-year-old started his year with a miserable early exit at the Australian Open, followed by elbow surgery and a string of disappointing results on his return to the court.But since Wimbledon started he has suffered just three defeats — including Sunday’s against Zverev — winning a fourth title at the All England club and following up by securing a third US Open crown to leave him on 14 Grand Slams — three behind Rafael Nadal and six behind Federer.“Overall it was a phenomenal season that I have to be definitely very proud of,” Djokovic said.What is frightening for Djokovic’s rivals is that — Sunday’s surprise defeat aside — he appears to be getting better.Serving powerADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But his 21-year-old opponent showed no fear at a packed O2 Arena, trading heavy blows with his illustrious opponent from the back of the court and outlasting him in long rallies to win 6-4, 6-3.A sanguine Djokovic was eager to put the defeat into context after a memorable second half of the season, during which he has clambered back to the top of the men’s game from the lowly ranking of 22 he found himself in as recently as June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Obviously no one likes to lose a tennis match,” he said. “You try your best. But at the same time, as I said on the court, you put things in a larger perspective, see things a bit differently. “When you get out of this feeling of a little bit disappointment that you lost, I mean, all the positive things that I have to reflect on and also take from this season, especially the last six months.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Widely regarded as one of the greatest returners in the history of the game, it is his serving numbers that have been so striking during his run to the final in London.Federer remains a threat and Nadal and Andy Murray are on the road back from injury while Zverev will start next season full of confidence despite his poor record at Grand Slams.But Djokovic will be the man to beat when the first major of next year comes round in Melbourne in January — it is a venue where he has won six times.“Having a Grand Slam so early in the season makes us train probably very hard and be kind of aware that we have to be at our best in the first week of the year,” he said.“The first Slam is there in January. I’ve had most success in my life, in my career, in Australia out of all four Slams. Hopefully I can keep that going.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Redskins lose Smith for season to broken leg; Mariota hurt LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Stanley Pringle to play as naturalized vs Kazakhstan, Christian Standhardinger vs Iran

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas’ final 12-man lineup against Kazakhstan won’t be announced until later tonight but national team coach Yeng Guiao is almost sure of one thing as to who will be the squad’s naturalized player.Guiao said there is already a “90 percent” chance that crack point guard Stanley Pringle will be the Philippines’ naturalized player against the Kazakhs on Friday night while versatile big man Christian Standhardinger will play in the duel against the bigger Iranians on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT eSports officially a medal event in 2019 SEA Games No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pringle led the Philippines in the rout with 18 points while Standhardinger added 15 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img “It’s 90 percent [sure],  not unless there’s going to be changes after our meeting, but more or less, Stanley will play against Kazakhstan, Christian against Iran,” said Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBoth games will be played at Mall of Asia Arena.Standhardinger and Pringle played together for the Philippine team three months ago in the Asian Games where Gilas blew out Kazakhstan, 96-59. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Petron dismisses Smart challenge, sweeps All-Filipino first round

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Duarte fired 16 kills for 19 points, including 18 digs, while Marce delivered 16 points off 13 spikes and three service aces for the Eagles.Maveth Torres was also instrumental with seven markers while Venice Puzon made 28 excellent sets on top of 20 digs and seven points.Lycha Ebon erupted for 29 points while Martha Mora added 14 hits for the Lady Tamaraws, who committed 36 errors en route to their third loss in four matches.Filipino-Italian sophomore Milena Alessandrini dropped 14 points while rookie Eya Laure and Dimdim Pacres chipped in 10 hits for the Tigresses, who remain unbeaten in three matches.The Lady Maroons, who banked on Aie Gannaban’s 11 markers, dropped to 3-1 as they missed star spiker Tots Carlos due to an ankle injury.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Palma was a revelation as she registered seven kills, five aces and three blocks for 15 points while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Reyes chipped in 11 markers apiece for the Blaze Spikers, who are on track to duplicate their historic sweep of this conference three years ago.By taking the top spot, Petron will be matched against the eighth-ranked team in the sudden-death quarterfinals slated on Thursday at Batangas City Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIn the Collegiate Grand Slam, Colegio San Agustin-Biñan shocked Far Eastern University, 17-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-18, 15-12, while the University of Santo Tomas remained flawless following a 25-22, 25-17, 25-19 win over the University of the Philippines.Despite falling behind by two sets, the Eagles refused to surrender as Lency Duarte and Aliah Marce delivered crucial hits to complete their upset of the UAAP powerhouse. 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Petron brushed off another sluggish start before routing Smart, 25-23, 25-13, 25-12, to complete a sweep of the first round of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at Caloocan Sports Center.Middle blockers Remy Palma and Mika Reyes asserted their dominance to tow the Blaze Spikers to their 10th consecutive win.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Creamline tabs title berth; Motolite alive MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

American decisions Barriga

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Filipino Mark Anthony Barriga failed in his first attempt for a world crown when he lost to Carlos Licona of California at Staples Center in Los Angeles, USA, on Saturday night (Sunday, PH time). Two judges scored it 115-113 for Licona while the third judge had it 115-113 for Barriga. Licona (14-0-0, 2 KOs) captured the IBF world minimumweight title and dealt Barriga his first professional loss who went down to 9-1-0, 1 KO. —PHILBOXING.COMADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Team Lakay fetedcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Economy Fundamentally Strong’

first_imgThough Liberians the world over continue to express concerns as to where their country’s economy is headed with a three-year successive budget short-fall and an uncontrollable and ever-increasing exchange rate, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told the nation that the Liberian economy remains fundamentally strong.Addressing the nation Wednesday, May 28, on the state of the country’s economy, a confident President Sirleaf expressed optimism in the recovery of the struggling Liberian economy.The Liberian leader also promised robust pending actions to ensure that the economy be restored to its core standard in a robust growing structure as it has been in the last six years.The Liberian economy has been experiencing robust growth of seven percent annually for the past six years. This has been the highest on the African continent during this period. The Liberian leader said through all of the difficulties, her government continues to address deficiencies as they are uncovered “and are confident that the Liberian economy remains fundamentally strong and poised to achieve the potentials we have identified.”“The 2009 global financial meltdown has had its toll on Liberia. While others with stronger and more enduring infrastructures are slowly recovering, it will require some time for our country to fully recover,” President Sirleaf said.The three-year successive budget-shortfalls the country is experiencing is as a result of a number of factors, she said, noting that government is still learning the details of managing a Medium Term Expenditure Framework Budget, which is important to securing and protecting important public sector investments such as roads and energy over a three-year period.President Sirleaf also stated that Liberians must pay the though price for our growth and progress as is being experience under the current economic conditions.“For example, where we have been previously supported by partners to carry out programs such as free medical services including the hiring of additional healthcare workers and provision of drugs and free education, we must now take full responsibility for these important services, which we intend to continue because they make a difference in the lives of our people.”“Through it all, we have continued to address deficiencies as we uncover them, and are confident that the Liberian economy remains fundamentally strong and poised to achieve the potentials we have identified,” she said.Madam Sirleaf indicated that to continue to achieve goals, her administration is undertaking bolder and tougher measures to continue to streamline our priorities, reduce wasteful spending, create additional savings and increase revenues so as to continue to invest in roads, ports, electricity, education, health, security, water and sewer – all these things that will multiply opportunities and benefits for all of our people.With all of the controversies surrounding the 2014-2015-budget year, the Liberian President confidently said that the budget would be passed.“Let there be no doubt, we will pass a budget. We will do this not because we will agree on everything the budget will contain but because the overall leadership of our country remains in total agreement on a shared responsibility to lift all Liberians. I know that we will continue to meet this duty.”“Today my fellow Liberians, I renew to you this solemn pledge: our economy will be restored to its full potential.”You will recall that one of our primary focuses, upon taking office in 2006, was to improve the image of our country – to Lift Liberia – so that we become a destination not just for international assistance and support but also for private capital investment and external trade. We are grateful for all the help and support we continue to receive from the international community, and for the over US$16 billion in Foreign Direct Investments, which we have attracted to our country.Despite all of the many constraints and challenges, the Liberian leader said, the economy has performed well over the past six years, averaging annual growth rates of 7 percent.“Our annual growth rate exceeds the average growth rates of the West African region. Estimates from the IMF indicate the growth rate in 2013 to be 8.7 percent. This performance was based on an activation of operations in the traditional sectors of iron ore and rubber. At the same time, efforts are underway to reactivate other traditional sectors such as cocoa, coffee and oil palm,” she said.She indicated that with these serious efforts, the rate of growth projected for 2014 is at 5.8 percent which falls short of the growth rate projected in the Agenda for Transformation that calls for at least 8 percent annual growth rate. “If we are to stay on track in becoming a middle-income country by 2030, there are several reasons for this projected decline.”The Liberia leader said Liberians should realize that the economy is not a machine that is subject to pulling of plugs or the pushing of buttons, rather group of people – people in private business, people in official entities, people in civil society, people in the media all of whom must play their roles without prejudice to the right to pursue their goals, but with the full realization that what each does will have consequences.“We have seen that what each of us does can actually slow our bus or speed us along the way,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more