Photo by: Paul Barkley/NRL Photos (Sea Eagles second-rower Curtis Sironen). Sironen will meet with surgeons on Tuesday, where he is likely to be told he will need surgery after getting caught awkwardly attempting a tackle in Sunday’s win over Cronulla.His absence will take some serious air out of a flying Sea Eagles side that have surged into the top four for the first time since 2014.The former Wests Tigers forward is considered one of the most improved players in the competition this year following his move to the northern beaches over the summer.He had started in every single game under coach Trent Barrett this season, and scored two tries against the Sharks in what was arguably his best performance of the year.”He’s been one of our best players this year,” teammate Dylan Walker said on Tuesday.”He was really starting to find form, it’s a bit upsetting and a bit sad for him because he’s had so many injuries over the years. Hopefully it’s not too bad and we can get him back soon.”The Sea Eagles will aim to continue an impressive record away from Lottoland this season when they host the Warriors in Perth on Saturday.Their only loss on the road came when they took a home game to Suncorp Stadium in round 10, only to lose to the ground’s tenants Brisbane.Walker credited his team’s strong away form to a greater team bond compared to last year, however he believes it’s a growing trend across the league.”Everyone here are real close together, it could be the little things of going out to golf, coffee or brekky. We definitely like each other’s company, and it’s just a close-knit group,” he said.”There’s a lot of teams doing good away from home. You only look at State of Origin, when they’ve both won away. It might be something new happening.”…Playing away is something we like doing and hopefully we can continue to do so.”
Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Underwhelming San Miguel debut for Terrence Romeo. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—It wasn’t the dream debut Terrence Romeo hoped for when he arrived at San Miguel.Romeo joined a talent-laden team comparable to the Philippine national team but instead of going off in a blaze of glory, the Beermen suffered a shock 124-118 loss to ragtag Columbian in their first game of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Aside from the setback, Romeo also injured his left ankle after landing on Rashawn McCarthy’s foot with 18 seconds left in the third quarter.Romeo wasn’t able to go back into the game as the pain forced him to sit out the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Of course I’m disappointed with how it ended,” said Romeo in Filipino Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. “I wasn’t able to help my team.”“I tried to go back, I tried to force my body but I thought that if I play with a bum ankle I’d do more harm than good because I won’t be able to run in defense and in offense I won’t have that quick first step.” Rain or Shine rides James Yap’s hot hand to frustrate NLEX In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Romeo, a three-time scoring champion, scored just seven points on 2-of-7 shooting and dished out four assists in his first game for the Beermen after he was traded from TNT.It’s also a new atmosphere for Romeo who now has teammates like June Mar Fajardo, Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Christian Standhardinger who all can change a game’s momentum on a whim.Romeo played just 12 minutes in the game and he admitted that he was still adjusting to San Miguel’s system and he wished that he would be left out of too much scrutiny.“I’m still adjusting to the system and actually I really don’t like all these eyes on me, I just want to play basketball,” said Romeo. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments
Mr. Alfred Sayon, technical committee chairman of the Grand Kru Sports Association, has indicated that the poor organization of the 2014 National Meet has brought disunity to the celebration of the ten years of peace the country has enjoyed.He said the theme, ‘Celebrating 10 Years of Peace through Sports’, could not be achieved due to poor organization in handling and managing resources to counties.Sayon, in an interview Tuesday in Monrovia, raised concerns about three important issues: organization, financial contributions and the officiating of the games, particularly outside Monrovia.Sayon suggested that the Ministry of Youths & Sports must establish a National Steering Committee, comprising of representatives from all the counties.“The steering committee will then be able to understand what it takes to prepare teams and be able to come up with appropriate recommendation that will make a difference,” he said.Sayon said that will create confidence in the organization of the County Meet since it will involve technical professionals from outside the Ministry of Youths & Sports.He said since the County Meet is an annual event funds for the counties must be provided ahead of time to ensure adequate preparation.“Grand Kru’s players could not be pacified despite the fact that the check of U$4,000.00 was on hand,” Sayon said. The amount should have been $6,000.00.He added that the check was released when there was no chance to cash it, and as a result the players could not see reason to wait and it was a day before a scheduled game.“The money was needed to pay the players but we could not get to cash the check so it meant that we were in for trouble,” Sayon said disappointed. And the trouble was the team’s elimination by Nimba.He made reference to the late distribution of funds to the counties, even as county teams qualify from one stage to another.“In last year’s county meet,” Sayon said, “we received funds for the game three days before the meet and since this year’s was not even better, it leaves much to be desired.”“We don’t seem to learn from what we did wrong three years ago,” Sayon said. “This is because past mistakes have been repeated in every County Meet.”He explained that the U$20,000.00 provided to each county is not enough to cover preparation, transportation and remuneration to players.Due to the late release of funds for this year’s meet, there were overwhelming problems, including the one in Sinoe County, where players set up roadblocks, demanding for funds entitled to them, he noted.The County Meet is an annual affair, Sayon said, and as a result the ministry must be able to learn from past mistakes to make the future ones better.The third concern is how games were officiated in the preliminary rounds in the counties.“Officiating games in the counties is not the same as handling matches in Monrovia,” he said, “there was a high degree of favoritism where the norm was loyalty over professionalism.”He recommended a check and balance or a system that can oversee the performance of match officials to ensure fair play which he said was lacking in the 2014 preliminary rounds.At a press conference last week, Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe admitted that clearance for the distribution of the funds came two weeks before the tournament.He explained that his administration followed the PPCC law to set the standard for the future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The long-existing suspicion and distrust between the media and the security sector may wither away soon, now that the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) is taking steps towards bridging the gap between the two.At a one-day forum held on March 6, through the instrumentality of ACSS with support from the United States Embassy, representatives of various security apparatuses and some members of the Liberian media met for the first time and shared views as to why they do not share information to enlighten the public.Although the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led Administration has given the much needed press freedom to the media and has signed a series of documents including the Table Mountain Declaration and the Freedom of Information Act, there has always remained difficulties in receiving information from security institutions including the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), the Liberia National Police, (LNP) the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, (BIN) amongst others.At the forum, security personnel accused the media of ethical issues including failure to protect source and publishing of sensational stories that are not balanced and lack elements needed to substantiate the idea portrayed in headlines.A member of the Armed Forces of Liberia indicated that most journalists in the country do not ascertain their stories before publishing; instead, they hastily rush to put unbalanced stories in the newspaper or on the radio.According to the AFL personnel, when the Armed Forces of Liberia was sending a troop to Mali last year, the troop could not leave the day speculated in the media, but another day.“Instead of following the issue to report the actual day the troop departed the ground, the speculation was published and there was no follow-up. This makes us reluctant to believe information coming from the media,” the AFL personnel noted.Clarifying why security including the AFL does not just release information to the media for public consumption, Capt. Dessaline F. Allison, Chief of Public Affairs of the Armed Forces of Liberia said information is preserved in order to secure their operational activities which enemies do not need to know.Citing a reference to the crisis in the Ivory Coast, Capt. Allison said the Government of Liberia has committed itself to securing the border so that no Liberian or any rebellious group will cross to cause trouble in that country, but if suspects are caught, they cannot bluntly come out to announce to the public through the media because it will undermine the diplomatic relations between the two countries.According to him, the GOL’s Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) does not permit its public relations aparatus to put out certain information that may undermine the state, and as such the media will always blame government for not giving out information the public needs.Media practitioners at the forum in separate views also accused the security sector of intimidation and refusing to give information when requested.They said as a result of the poor relation exhibited by people in the security sector, they (media practitioners) go ahead and publish what they observe instead waiting for the other side of the story.The six-hour discussion, however, reached a consensus wherein the security sector and media agreed to work together in sharing publishable information and upholding information that may have security implications on the state.Speaking earlier at the opening of the forum, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Sheila Paskman noted that government does not have to disclose everything to the press because of some legitimate reasons associated with state security.She cautioned the media to be credible and uphold its integrity by reporting balanced and accurate stories.Ms. Paskman said if readers do not see credible information in the news article, they will lose interest in reading the paper or listening to the station; noting that journalists have to strive to write balanced stories to arouse readers’ interest.For Colonel Thomas Dempsey of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, “relationships between the media and government are very important in building democracy—especially the security sector.The forum was themed and styled: “Strategic Role of the Media in Security Sector Reform,” and based on this theme, Col. Dempsey said the Africa Center for Strategic Studies was bringing journalists and personnel of the security sector together to build a relationship through which the public will be involved with knowing what the state security is all about.Mr. James Momo, a former reporter of the Inquirer Newspaper now working with the ACSS told media practitioners that they have to consider that confidentiality was important in Journalism and that not all information is meant to be published.He said reporting on security requires accuracy and balancing like any other story, and therefore Journalists should build credibility and integrity by reporting fairly and in a balance manner.Meanwhile, the security sector in Liberia has been confidentially treated with not much information coming from there to the public.As a result, civilians perceive it to be more delicate—that acquiring information from there is illegal and would lead to grave consequences.With the new phenomenon emerging in building a relationship with the media, the phobia may be erased if the relationship is nurtured and consolidated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The former PNC Prime Minister, Hamilton Green, declared himself an expert in elections saying, “As one who has been in the Election business since we first had universal adult suffrage…” in his recent letter, “Statement by GECOM Chairman is ludicrous”, and said a call for elections in 60 days is “preposterous” because the “integrity of the Voters’ List is a sine qua non”.Mr Green (and the current fallen Government) wants to expand the list but can only do so by destroying the law. It is a legal impossibility because the law is clear: elections must be called within 3 months following the aftermath of the No-Confidence Motion. To vote thereafter is to alter the standard that qualifies a legal ballot.Said another way, unless the Opposition agrees to an extension, an election called after three months will be illegal, as each ballot cast would exist outside the ambit of the law. President Granger, who says he respects the Constitution, wants what he calls a “credible” election. But his “credible” election is, as a matter of law, an illegal election.The Opposition should not agree to any so-called “credible” but illegal election or ask its supporters to cast votes that are unprotected by the law. It has no reason to defy Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7), now triggered by operation of law on December 21, 2018. The Leader of the Opposition must not tamper with the sacrifice of Mr Charrandas Persaud, who fled for his life after voting his conscience.Now that this “conscience” vote has been upheld, the weight of the evidence is upon Government. As expected, the denials, lies, exaggeration, immature rhetoric of preemptive strikes and “war,” delay and intimidation tactics by Government members will increase. This is a deliberate strategy to intimidate even the CCJ. Each must be countered by obedience to the Constitution.The CCJ must be reminded that this is an emergency election following a No-Confidence Motion. It is not the usual election that emerges after a Government’s statutory five-year term ends. The law does not state anywhere that following a No-Confidence Motion, there must be house-to-house registration. The CCJ should not now try to write new law into the Constitution under any banner of compromise. One cannot compromise by breaking the law.Secondly, on a less important note, Mr Green is being disrespectful when he tries to declare himself as an election expert. His is a history of ballot suppression because he and the late President Forbes Burnham were grand architects of a culture of voter disenfranchisement.Mr Green’s newfound admiration for voter rights is nothing but Government’s tune for the day. This simple comparison exposes his lack of credibility. He complains about the GECOM Chairman staying on the job illegally, but he does not object to his role as a strongman in multiple illegal PNC administrations.With a fallen Government at hand, led essentially by the PNC, the present is quickly becoming the past. Instead of going home, the GECOM Chairman sits in Kingston today precisely because he is a product of the very toxic electioneering culture that Mr Green and the late President Forbes Burnham cultivated under the PNC.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertab
0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp on the sidelines at the Liverpool and Manchester City match this weekend © AFP / Paul ELLISLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 11 – The day after Liverpool beat Manchester City in a crunch match where VAR decisions were hotly disputed, the Premier League leader’s coach Jurgen Klopp and other top football figures have suggested improvement is needed to the fledgling system.Klopp, his City opposite number Pep Guardiola, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, and Thomas Tuchel of Paris Saint-Germain all attended the UEFA coaches forum in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, where the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system was a hot topic. “It is clear it’s a process where they have to keep on improving,” Klopp said.“It can be improved, a lot of things have to be done by human beings and we are not 100 percent (either).“There is space for some mistakes, nobody asks for perfection, just to have the right decision, that’s all.”His comments were made a day after the marquee game of the Premier League season so far saw a controversial VAR call after six minutes when City could easily have had a penalty when the ball ricocheted around the Liverpool area and hit the Reds’ defender Trent Alexander-Arnold on the arm.Not only did VAR fail to overturn the referee’s decision not to award City a penalty, but they were doubly punished 22 seconds later when Liverpool midfielder Fabinho fired home a brilliant strike to give the Reds a 1-0 lead.UEFA assistant general secretary Giorgio Marchetti said uniformity was needed but called for time for the promising new system to bed in.“Now we have VAR, it’s quite useful that coaches and representatives of referees can speak together,” Marchetti said.“Let’s not forget VAR is very young and it’s a revolution in the game. “What we all need is uniformity.“There are points which need to be fine-tuned, but you have to look at the positive points that VAR brings,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)
By Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER Jordan Farmar stepped behind the 3-point line and launched jump shot after jump shot Saturday at the University of Hawaii. He shot from the corner, from the wing and from straight away, making far more than his missed. Then it was Farmar’s turn to rebound and Sasha Vujacic began to shoot. When Vujacic was finished, he rebounded while rookie Javaris Crittenton took his shots. Guard play has been pivotal for the Lakers, who struggled to fill the void created when Fisher signed with the Golden State Warriors after the tumultuous 2003-04 season. Neither Chucky Atkins nor Smush Parker proved to be a suitable replacement. Naturally, Farmar believes he is the man for the job after averaging 4.4 points and 1.9 assists in 15.1 minutes as a rookie last season. “There’s no substitute for experience,” Farmar said. “I’m a completely different player than I was last year. I’m no longer playing to impress the coaches. I’m meant to be here.” Reading is fundamental Jackson left reporters waiting awhile as he read through the daily press clippings. He said he was curious to learn what Turiaf and Walton had to say about his plan to move Turiaf to the starting five and Walton to the bench. “I had to see the response of some of my players to what you guys wrote,” Jackson said, breaking into a grin. “I usually don’t do that, so I come in here like a blind pig and I don’t have a chance. Compliance is what I’m looking for from the players.” Injuries, injuries, injuries Bryant didn’t participate in the first of two practices because of a sore right knee. Brown and Mihm sat out as they continued their slow recoveries from their offseason surgeries. Walton also did not practice because of a strained right hamstring. “Some of it is just preventative,” Jackson said, “but some of it is the two-a-days and the attrition from it.” Around the league Warriors: Golden State guard Monta Ellis was released from the hospital after injuring his neck in practice and sat out Saturday’s workout in La’ie, Hawaii. He left Castle Hospital in Kailua on Friday night on his own accord with what the team said was a neck sprain. Ellis underwent a battery of tests, including an MRI exam and CT scan, and all were normal. He hit his head on teammate Brandan Wright’s hip as he was driving toward the basket. He lay face down for 20 minutes, showing only slight movement before he was carried off the court on a stretcher. Celtics: Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 16 rebounds in his Celtics debut, and Boston ruined Andrea Bargnani’s homecoming in Rome with an 89-85 preseason victory over the Toronto Raptors. Paul Pierce added 21 points for Boston, while Ray Allen had an off night with only 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The three young Lakers guards tried to win bragging rights in a shooting drill while also attempting to win the third guard spot behind Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher. It’s a significant role since the 33-year-old Fisher doesn’t figure to play as many minutes as he did during his first stint with the Lakers. Fisher and Bryant hardly ever seemed to leave the floor while leading the team to three straight NBA titles to start the decade. The difference between then and now is not lost on Farmar, a second-year player from UCLA. “I want to push him every day, and it’s the same with Javaris,” Farmar said when asked about battling for Fisher’s leftover minutes. “(Crittenton) is learning every day, trying to push us both. I think it’s only going to make us a better team.” Backup point guard was one of two job openings going into training camp, but then Coach Phil Jackson added a third Friday when he said he was considering starting Ronny Turiaf ahead of Luke Walton at power forward.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “My plan,” he said, “is to keep enjoying life and be happy until I’m 100.” Fegen continues to follow high school athletics in the area, partly because he remains enamored by younger generations since staging a private Devo concert in 1980 in Beverly Hills that was attended by more than 5,000 teenagers. Fegen shows no sign of slowing down, still partying into the wee hours every Saturday at the famous Rainbow Bar & Grill on the Sunset Strip. As for marriage, that’s something the senior playboy has barely considered. “It probably will never happen because I simply can’t find a girl who loves me as much as I love myself,” he said with a shrug. Among the more intriguing and eccentric characters you’ll meet is Paul Fegen, a former star prep athlete, legendary Hollywood nightlife legend and party host. Through the years, Fegen has been a vital land and business developer in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. But the former nationally ranked gymnast from Los Angeles High and 1980 Super Bowl halftime dancer is better known in most circles for his wild New Year’s Eve bashes, along with his look-at-me penchant for purple Excalibur coupes and custom sparkly outfits. “I used to have huge parties where you had to wear purple to get in,” he said. “I guess it’s my favorite color because it’s so regal.” Many who have met Fegen – and the man has thousands of close friends – don’t know Fegen also is a successful Century City attorney who’s still going strong at 71. Will Paul Fegen go on forever? Perhaps not, but Los Angeles won’t be the same without him. Canyon High, which lost its final 11 softball games to finish 6-17 last season, is off to its best start in years. Led by pitcher Nicole Johnson, the Cowboys are is 4-1 heading into today’s nonleague game against visiting Quartz Hill. Johnson, a returning sophomore right-hander, is 4-1, and she also is among three Canyon players to hit a home run. Cassie Foster and Sharon Sanders also have homered. Meanwhile, Canyon’s rivalry with Golden League competitor Highland of Palmdale couldn’t possibly be closer. After splitting six games – all by one run – a year ago, Canyon defeated Highland 1-0 in nine innings on March 8. Corey Bryant, who after taking over at quarterback helped Golden Valley High win two of its last three football games following an 0-7 start last season, is quite a busy young man. Besides winter workouts with the football team, Bryant also competes in two spring sports – golf and baseball – and he even finds time to work at Magic Mountain and play for the theme park’s club basketball team. “It’s difficult to balance everything, but somehow I manage it all,” Bryant said. Saugus High’s dance team won seven first-place awards at the large-scale 25th annual Golden Cup competition in Hacienda Heights last weekend. Saugus looks to parlay its success at the USA Nationals in Anaheim this weekend. The team members: Katie Beal, Toni-Marie Beets, Tracy Bernardo, Jasmine Boyes, Lea Bubb, Beth Chaffee, Cory Feederle, Carissa Fisher, Alyssa Gonzales, Alexis Grcevic, Corrine Grillo, Blair Gue, Chelsea Gue, Meghan Gunnin, Cassie Gutierrez, Chloe Hazan, Tara Jacobson, Brittany Larochelle, Julia Loken, Elly Montero, Gina Neumann, Christina Robin, Amanda Sahm, Kelsey Saunders and Tony Sewer. Chuck Martin is the new men’s basketball coach at The Master’s College, replacing Bill Oates. Martin is a former assistant at Liberty. Master’s baseball player Phil Seston is among the hottest sluggers in the NAIA. Seston, a senior from Desert Christian High of Lancaster, is batting .452 with 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in 22 games. He needs five home runs to tie Brett Jaime’s career school record of 34 (2002-05). After witnessing Agoura High baseball phenom Robert Stock strike out five of six batters he faced to save an 8-4 victory over host Valencia in Saturday’s Easton tournament final, Valencia coach Jared Snyder is convinced Stock is the hardest-throwing teenager to pitch in Santa Clarita since Saugus legend Roger Salkeld in the late 1980s. “They both throw so hard, but the difference is Stock also has a plus curveball,” Snyder said. “He’s pretty darn good.” Expect Valencia baseball standout Casey Mulligan to see more time at catcher now that he has healed from a spider bite that caused severe swelling in his leg. “His leg was enormous,” Snyder said. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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