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Travel-weary Yemenis dream big

first_imgMOST READ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia diescenter_img Potts out to fulfill promise to grandfather by joining PBA Draft “We had to face all these problems, but we will do our best to win tomorrow’s match,” he said. “We’re very thankful to be here. We want to make history (by qualifying for the Asian Cup) because it the people of Yemen love football.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES To reach Bacolod, the team traveled for almost 30 hours by bus to Muscat, Oman, where it took a two-hour flight to Doha, Qatar. The next leg of the journey was a nine-hour flight from Doha to Manila, before they jumped on another short flight to this bustling city. “We are struggling from all the traveling,” admitted Yemen’s Ethiopian coach Abraham Mebrato Gebreselassie. “Even from the capital Sana’a to Oman was a very tough journey for us because that was by bus. Its because Sana’a airport is closed that’s why we traveled such a long way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Except for a few players who ply their trade in Oman, Gebreselassie’s squad doesn’t have the benefit of playing in a local league since it has been stopped two years ago because of security concerns brought by the civil war in the country.  But Gebreselassie said these challenges serve as a motivation as they clash with the Azkals in a crucial Group F clash in Asian Cup Qualifying. Having been based in Sana’a for the past eight years, handling the country’s Under-22 and Olympic teams, the Ethiopian knows the importance of qualifying for the Asian Cup as a means to unite the country. Cedelf Tupas/INQUIRERBACOLOD CITY – Yemen harbors dreams of reaching the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in 2019 in the United Arab Emirates, but playing matches in the qualifying stage should already count as a victory in itself considering the trouble its team has to go through just to represent the strife-torn Arab nation in the competition. The Yemenis arrived in this sugar-producing province last Saturday night for their clash with the Philippines on Tuesday at Panaad Stadium, after traveling for almost three days from the capital Sana’a, whose international airport has been closed since 2015 due to security reasons.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Balkman looking forward to face off with ‘brother’ Brownlee

first_imgLATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brownlee had just been brought back by the Gin Kings before the All-Star break following a 1-3 start and his return couldn’t have been more timely as they go up against Balkman and the Beermen, who finally looked like their old dominant selves after going on a 15-0 run late in the game to roll past the Phoenix Fuel Masters.The win was only San Miguel’s first in four games and the Beermen hope it’s the spark they’ve been waiting for heading into a big game against the Kings.The game promises to be a good one and Balkman vows he and Brownlee are going to put on a show.“We’re going to put on a show. We’re going to give the fans a great show on Sunday.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ It was almost only a month ago when Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee won a championship together after leading Alab Pilipinas to the ABL title.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The two will share the court again on Sunday but this time, they will be on opposing ends of the floor with San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra meeting for the first time in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“That’s my brother man. We [were] in the trenches about a month ago now [we’re] playing head to head,” Balkman told reporters on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAlthough the matchup between the two imports adds an interesting narrative to what is already a keenly-awaited showdown of powerhouse teams and their giant centers, Balkman said he’s treating the duel the same way he approaches every other game.“It’s just like any other game. [I’m going to] prepare the same way I prepare for every game. May the best man win,” Balkman said. A weird night at Oracle, where the Warriors got every break Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

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Uncertainty Looms over Reopening of Schools

first_imgRecommencement of academic activities in the country remain uncertain as the Ministry of Education (MOE) looks desperately to authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to determine when it shall be safe for schools to resume normal function.Deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Hawa Goll-Kotchi, told reporters over the weekend in Monrovia that the authorization to reopen schools was depending on the MOH/SW and WHO.The two entities are the ones that recommended to government the closure of schools due primarily to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) early this year.Madam Kotchi’s statement followed a meeting held with stakeholders with the intent to decide on a date schools will reopen after four-long months of the suspension of academic activities. At the meeting, according to Madam Kotchi, both the WHO and MOH have not up to date, reached a final decision as to which date schools would resume, “because no go ahead have been given to the MOE for classes to recommence.”“These are two health-related institutions that have the final saying as to the safety of the country from the deadly Ebola epidemic. By that, the MOE will likewise take the decision to announce that it was safe to operate schools comparative to the apparent decrease in the number of Ebola cases in the country.”However, she noted that the MOE had configured about three separate calendars to run the curriculum in the country just in case they were given the go ahead to recommence classes.The three calendars, she said were set to begin in January, February or March next year depending on what the health situation would be like in the country within the remaining weeks to end the 2014 year.Since the EVD outbreak prevalence began to decrease in the country, ordinary Liberians are of the hopes that educational activities would soon resume to ease the anxiety and the school-going children who have been home all throughout the crisis. Nevertheless, the resumption of classes, in the mind of Madam Kotchi would to some extent depend on the instruction of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that upon the passage of the budget, the MOE should commence cleaning of school campuses; a process some school authorities have started. In the meantime, Madam Kotchi said the MOE has already made a proposal to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) for the renovation of about 500 schools throughout the country to have them prepared for resumption of academic activities. Some of the repair works at targeted schools involved bringing in new furniture as well as the installation of Ebola preventive materials and hand pumps, among other things.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has reversed her latest nomination of Ramses Kumbuyah as Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports for Administration, opting to retain him as Deputy Education Minister for Administration.The President’s decision was predicated on an appeal from Education Minister-designate Elizabeth Davis-Russell pleading for continuity of service by Kumbuyah in his current position, a letter from President Sirleaf addressed to members of the Liberian Senate has said.In the letter dated November 24, 2014 to the Senate, President Sirleaf quoted Davis-Russell as saying Kumbuyah “represents an institutional memory of the education sector and therefore must remain at his present position at MOE.”“I have accepted Dr. Russell’s appeal and hereby withdraw the nomination of Dr. Nancy Freeman and nominate her to the position of Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports instead of Kumbuyah,” she added.Following the reading of the communication, the Senate voted to forward the letter to the Committees on Education and Youth and Sports to begin confirmation hearings for the nominees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Several Lindeners fined, licence suspended for DUI

first_imgSeveral drivers appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and were fined for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), while another had his licence suspended.Floyd Wilson, 49, of Lot 20 Gardina Street, Mackenzie had his licence suspended for 12 months in addition to being fined $10,000 or face an alternative sentence of a week in prison, since it was the second time he has been convicted for the offence.The court heard that on June 1, 2018, while on the Washer Pond Road, Mackenzie, he drove motor car PSS 9186 while being over the prescribed limit of alcohol consumption.A breathalyser test administered by ranks showed that he had 39 micrograms of alcohol in his system at the time. He pleaded guilty to the charge. Meanwhile, Anthony Stephens, 34, of 215 Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden, was also charged for drunk driving.The court heard that on June 24, 2018, he drove motor car PMM 4353 along the Washer Pond Road, Wismar, while under the influence of alcohol.Stephens pleaded not guilty to the charge and was represented by Attorney Yondessa Welcome who made an application for reasonable bail to be granted.The attorney noted that her client is a teacher and father of four with just one prior offence. He was granted $5000 bail and is set to return to court on July 11 for the commencement of his trial.Additionally, Leon Mosely, 37, of 86 Wisroc Housing Scheme, Wismar was fined $7500 for similar offence. The court heard that on June 24, 2018, he drove motor car PPP 885 along the Washer Pond Road, Mackenzie while having 62 micrograms of alcohol in his system.He pleaded guilty to the charge. Failure to pay the fine will result in an alternative sentence of one week imprisonment.Finally, Sydney Henry, 38, of 27 Dangou Hill, Wismar, was fined $7500 or an alternative of one week imprisonment after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol.The court was told that on June 23, he drove motor car PRR 4854 along the Washer Pond Road while having 67 micrograms of alcohol in his system.Police in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) continue to crack down on persons driving under the influence of alcohol.Drivers are being reminded that the legal limit of alcohol when driving is 35 micrograms. Drivers in default on the first occasion will face a fine of $7500, while on the second occasion their driver’s licence will be suspended for one year and on the third occasion their licence will be permanently suspended.last_img read more

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Portend it like Beckham: England v Argentina in World Cup final

first_img0Shares0000David Beckham played three World Cups with England. © AFP / FRED DUFOURBeijing, China, Jun 21 – Former captain David Beckham has tipped England to play Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the World Cup final, reflecting rising optimism about the Three Lions’ chances after a positive start in Russia.Beckham was speaking at a promotional event in China after England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game, boosting their chances of reaching the knockout rounds. England have long stuttered on the big stage and they last reached the World Cup quarter-finals in 2006, when Beckham was captain. Their only World Cup final was way back in 1966, when they beat Germany at Wembley.“I believe Argentina will play against England in the final,” Beckham predicted at an event to promote China’s largest collegiate football league.“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he added.But the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, a veteran of three World Cups, warned that the road ahead looked hard for Gareth Southgate’s team.“I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he said. “England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”Beckham’s assessment may also have been influenced by the struggles of some of the top teams in the early games, including Mexico’s defeat of defending champions Germany.Argentina, who could meet England in the semi-finals or final, drew 1-1 with Iceland in their first game as Messi, their talisman, missed a penalty.Improving Chinese football at the club and national level has been a priority for President Xi Jinping, who aims to make his country a global power in the sport.But it is a Herculean task for China, who have only ever qualified for one World Cup, in 2002 — when they exited without scoring a goal.Beckham said the world’s most populous country, currently 75th in the FIFA rankings, is heading in the right direction — but that there was still a long way to go.“This is where it starts, with universities, with young children — to educate the children to become professional and then become leaders in the game,” said Beckham, who played an exhibition game with Chinese youngsters.“In the future this country has a real opportunity to become one of the powerhouses in the sport, but this takes a lot of investment and hard work,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Tusker sends entire technical bench packing

first_img“It is true that we have all lost our jobs. We were informed of the decision this morning and we have no choice but to oblige. It is how football is sometimes but we will move on and hopefully other opportunities present themselves,” a member of the technical bench who sought anonymity told Capital Sport.Tusker FC Chief Executive Officer Charles Obiny could not confirm nor deny the development.Tusker FC unveiled 10 new signings for the 2018 KPL season.“We will release a comprehensive statement tomorrow morning on that matter,” Obiny said in a brief response.Timbe joined Tusker at the beginning of the season with the heavy task of building up a new team with most of the first team regulars leaving in a massive clear-out at the end of the 2017 season which also claimed coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe.It wasn’t to be a ride worth remembering as Tusker struggled for results and out of 11 outings managed to celebrate victory only twice, a statistic that didn’t go in good taste with the bosses at Tusker’s headquarters in Ruaraka.A troubled season it was as assistant coach Francis Baraza was at one point asked to step aside after being accused of sabotage, but the bridges were finally bridged with the former Chemelil Sugar man reinstated in the team.However, the results didn’t change and just last week, Timbe asked for patience from the Tusker board and fans as he sought to stabilize a ship that was almost wrecking barely halfway through the season.The team will now move in fast to secure a bench ready for Wednesday’s match against Wazito FC at the Camp Toyoyo Ground.AFC Leopards head coach Robert matano shouts instructions to his players during their GOtv Shield semi-final match against Vihiga United on September 24, 2017 at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Matano had been approached early on in the season when it looked certain that Timbe will not last. They have more or less agreed that he will take over at the club,” a source privy to the ongoings at the club informed Capital Sport.Matano was at the club in 2012 and 2013, guiding them to their league title in his first half season in charge. The tactician was sacked at Ingwe a month ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC head coach Sam Timbe consults with assistant coach Francis Baraza during a training session at the Ruaraka Grounds in Nairobi on January 3, 2018. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22- Eleven-time Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC have sent their entire technical bench packing, led by head coach Sam Timbe, after just 11 matches into the new season with immediate former AFC Leopards boss Robert Matano poised for a return to Ruaraka.Though the Tusker FC officials remained coy on the issue, Capital Sport has established that the coaches were informed of the board’s decision on Sunday morning, barely 24 hours after they surprisingly lost 3-1 to Zoo Kericho on Saturday.last_img read more

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DONEGAL’S POPULATION LOSS HAS FAR REACHING IMPLICATIONS – PRINGLE

first_imgDeputy Thomas Pringle said we always knew emigration was going to be high in Donegal, but having the highest population loss in the country could have serious implications.The Independent TD was reacting to Census population figures which were released today.Pringle explains, “The political implication for Donegal is the less likelihood of the county being reunited for electoral purposes. Legislation passed in 2012 meant the south of the county was moved into the Sligo/Leitrim constituency based on population and the drop in the county population means this decision cannot be reversed any time soon. New boundaries based on population figures wont’ be drawn up if new legislation is not passed and this will impact on all constituencies, not just for Donegal.” He continues, “The social consequence must also be dealt with as many of the people who left were young people forced to leave in search of work. This has been devastating for Donegal communities, particularly in more rural areas. Coupled with an ageing population, youth emigration will devastate communities even further unless the Government acts now.”The Killbegs-based TD said Government policy needs to specifically target the development needs of Donegal to overcome the geographical barriers and years of under-investment that have led to high rates of emigration.“That means investment in our schools, infrastructure and in targeted jobs policies which create sustainable, local jobs in our communities. We’re not seeing this at the moment” says Pringle.“Just recently the ESRI found that younger adults in Ireland are facing particular stresses at the moment due to the difficulties in moving into employment coupled with housing concerns. Our policies for rural areas need to reflect the needs of the whole spectrum of our population including young people” concludes Pringle. DONEGAL’S POPULATION LOSS HAS FAR REACHING IMPLICATIONS – PRINGLE was last modified: July 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:censusdonegalPopulationpringlelast_img read more

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Morata to Man United close, Liverpool still chasing Ox, West Ham want Hart?

first_imgHere are all the top transfer-related football stories in Monday’s newspapers…Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has been convinced to join Manchester United by Jose Mourinho after being told he will be ‘important’ at Old Trafford and the striker is set to complete a €70million switch. (Marca)Another Real Madrid star is set for the Premier League with Chelsea favourites to sign Morata’s teammate James Rodriguez this summer. (AS)Liverpool are ready to make a last-ditch attempt to stop Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from signing a new £100,000-a-week contract with Arsenal. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is prepared to outlay £40million for the England international, who is about to enter the last 12 months of his contract at the Emirates. (Daily Express)West Ham are ready to offer Manchester City outcast Joe Hart a Premier League lifeline. Hart has returned to the Etihad Stadium after being farmed out to Torino on loan by Pep Guardiola last season. (The Sun)Scott Arfield is a summer target for Tony Pulis to bolster his West Brom midfield. The Burnley midfielder, 28, is on Pulis’ hitlist and has Hull and Fulham also interested in a £2.5million switch. (The Sun)Wantaway Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez says he is ‘honoured’ by recent praise from Arsene Wenger, but insists there have been no offers yet for his services. (Daily Mail)Barcelona are set to table a huge £88million bid for Marco Verratti after the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder told the club he wants to leave this summer. (Daily Mail)PSG have made a huge step towards sealing a deal for Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe. Chelsea recently entered the competitive race to sign the 18-year-old – who is also wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United. But PSG’s sporting director Antero Henrique has made contact with the teenager’s representatives and is confident of sealing a deal. (The Sun)last_img read more

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WIFE REMEMBERS TRAGIC HUSBAND WITH POIGNANT PICTURE ON EVE OF FIRST ANNIVERSARY

first_imgThe late Alan McSherryThe wife of a man tragically killed following an alleged hit and run has released a picture of her late husband on the eve of his first anniversary.Popular Alan McSherry, 48, was found dead at Ardfarna, outside Bundoran on August 25th last year.The much-loved surfer from Boyannagh had allegedly been struck by a car while returning home. His heartbroken wife Jo will remember her husband at his first anniversary mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Chapel, Bundoran this Saturday at 7pm.Jo sent Donegal Daily this picture of Alan which she said she would like used with the notice of his first anniversary mass.Alan, who was originally from Liverpool, was known for his great sense of fun and kindness.It is that sense of fun which will be remembered by many of Alan’s friends who are also planning a sponsored fancy dress cycle from Bundoran to Mullaghmore and back on Sunday next starting at 2pm. All funds raised will go towards Ozanam House.A local woman, Lisa Roohan (24), also from Boyannagh, has been charged with dangerous driving causing Alan’s death and will appear at a future court sitting. WIFE REMEMBERS TRAGIC HUSBAND WITH POIGNANT PICTURE ON EVE OF FIRST ANNIVERSARY was last modified: August 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Alan McSherrybundorandeathJo McSherrylast_img read more

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DRAKE ATHLETICS WELCOMES FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS TO CAMPUS

first_imgDrake Athletics officially welcomed the entire class of first-year Drake students to campus on Thursday evening at Drake Stadium.Many Bulldog student-athletes and staff spent earlier parts of the week helping those students move into their residence halls and on Thursday invited them Drake Stadium to meet the fall teams and learn about Drake’s rich athletic history and traditions. Director of athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb opened the event by addressing the class and offering insight on how athletics does and can play a role in their experience at Drake.The assembled class also joined Drake’s cheerleaders in learning and singing ‘The D Song’ before watching the final 10 minutes of football practice at field level and participating various activities with the football team. The event concluded with a class picture and a tailgate. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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