Draconian laws urgently needed for alcohol consumption

first_imgDear Editor,I am happy to read of the comments by leading consumer advocate Mr Pat Dial in regard to the promulgation of recently enacted legislation to curb tobacco consumption in Guyana. He is right on the money, and I hope the public education process would be intensified by Government and other relevant agencies, to bring the desired effect.However, in my view — and I am sure there are many others with my perspective — alcohol consumption is a much bigger public health issue than tobacco; it results in murders, suicides, accidents etc, which are generally not associated with tobacco consumption. I therefore call on Mr Dial and the Consumers Association, and other concerned bodies and persons, to bring pressure to bear on the Government — and indeed, all Parliamentarians — to bring urgent legislation in this year to have draconian laws enacted with a view to curbing consumption of alcohol, which has reached worse than epidemic proportion.These measures should include, but not be limited to, maintaining early closure of night clubs and places that sell alcohol; enforcing laws in relation to who can buy alcohol; increasing taxes on alcohol to make it more costly and prohibitive for persons to buy; enforcing rigidly drink-and-drive laws; giving incentives to companies manufacturing alcoholic beverages to go into alternative endeavours; carrying out massive public education programs on dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, and including this in a meaningful way for all schools; placing warning labels on all containers/vessels that alcohol is sold in a manner similar to warnings on cigarette packs; restricting advertisements that can be placed at school events etc, and even on public television, unless the health warning is aired prominently either at the beginning or end of advertisements.Yours sincerelyAshok Ramnauthlast_img read more

June Mar Fajardo sets PBA mark, bags Philippine Cup Finals MVP award

first_imgSan Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts Magnolia in Game 7 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu View comments June Mar Fajardo wins another finals MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—To no one’s surprise, June Mar Fajardo was named Finals MVP in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.Fajardo showed why he’s the most dominant player in the league today as he willed San Miguel Beer past Magnolia to a historic fifth straight All-Filipino title on Wednesday night after a 72-71 Game 7 squeaker.ADVERTISEMENT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard READ: San Miguel makes history with 5th straight Philippine Cup title, outlasts Magnolia in Game 7FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs The 29-year-old Fajardo also put his name in the record books with another performance to remember with a PBA record 31 rebounds that went with 17 points.Fajardo averaged 22.9 points, 19.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in the series in which San Miguel had to come back from a 3-2 series deficit.The Cebuano giant now has three Finals MVPs and seven PBA championships.The Beermen won their 27th championship overall.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Neymar leaves Brazil training with knee pain

first_imgCafu, a former Brazil captain who led the team to the World Cup title in 2002, said Neymar was not showing enough respect for the armband.“Being captain is a big responsibility,” Cafu said. “It is more than being the team’s star.”Adoration at home has also suffered because of political reasons.Neymar recently showed support for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has made a series of racist, misogynistic and anti-gay statements.Weeks later, as Neymar prepared for his return after the injury, Brazilian media reported his father had met Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes to discuss the player’s tax problems.The Copa America will mark Neymar’s fourth tournament played at home. He won the 2013 Confederations Cup and the gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but his team was eliminated in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup. Neymar was injured and didn’t play in the 7-1 loss to Germans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was another setback for Brazil’s biggest star, who has only played four matches with Paris Saint-Germain since he returned from a broken metatarsal in his right foot on April 27.That was the same injury that slowed his runs and dribbles at last year’s World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBrazil fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian had said before the training session that Neymar should be fully recovered after a pair of friendlies against Qatar and Honduras in early June.But on Tuesday, which marked Brazil’s first full training since players started gathering for the South American championship, Neymar had to leave and appeared to be in pain after taking a shot near the end of the session. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The Copa America starts on June 14 with host Brazil facing Bolivia in the opening match at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo. Venezuela and Peru are also in the same group.Brazil’s coaching staff was also optimistic about Neymar’s recovery for the World Cup in Russia, but the striker instead made news for his splashy dives rather than his once frequent dashing performances.Neymar is also heading into the Copa America, a tournament Brazil hasn’t won since 2007, with a disciplinary problem.Besides being been banned for three matches in France after an altercation with a fan following the French Cup final, Neymar also publicly criticized some of his teammates — a move that Brazil coach Tite doesn’t like.In response, Neymar has been replaced as captain by veteran defender Dani Alves. The Brazilian soccer confederation said Tite made the decision on Saturday after a one-on-one conversation with Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Brazil’s soccer player Neymar touches his left knee during a practice session at the Granja Comary training center ahead of the Copa America tournament, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)Neymar had to cut short his first full training session with Brazil ahead of the Copa America after the striker appeared to feel pain in his left knee.The 27-year-old Neymar left the field in the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday alongside doctor Rodrigo Lasmar. Brazil’s football confederation said Neymar had felt “discomfort” in his knee and was being evaluated by the medical staff.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 1, not done: Naomi Osaka avoids French Open upset; Halep wins, too NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

GVL Senior Staff Ends Seminar in Sinoe

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) A three-day Golden Veroleum Liberia sponsored management-training course has ended in Greenville, Sinoe County with over 30 company senior managers participating in leadership, management, supervisory skills and techniques, managing performance, among others.  Managers in attendance ranged from vice presidents to assistant managers, a press release said yesterday.Mariama Kamara, lead facilitator and trainer, stressed that staff development remains an effective system to inspire professional improvement in any work environment. “Developing employees to perform a variety of roles also makes good business sense,” Kamara said.She added that her team remains prepared to provide more training, if requested, to build an effective and efficient management.  GVL Vice President for Administration and Personal Development, V. Ramakrishna commended the trainers and encouraged his fellow managers to advance on what they learned. “Effective management is crucial to the success of any company. One of the best ways to maintain staff and cultivate employee skills is to constantly promote professional development activities,” he said. “Encouraging professional growth is crucial to employee progress because it motivates and strengthens their capacity and increases their loyalty. This is our dream and this is what GVL stands for.” Acknowledging the training, McDonald Wlemus, manager of community affairs and social sustainability, applauded GVL for implementing the training and called on his colleagues to apply what they have learned.  “We who are trained today, owe it to our over 3,600 employees,” Wlemus stressed. “Those of us who are Liberians have a duty to pass on the knowledge we have acquired; this will help also develop our careers while advancing community development, our local people and the company.”last_img read more

Ellen Holds ‘Necessary Consultations’ with Partners

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has held what she termed as necessary meetings with several development partners in New York, the United States that would help establish the foundation for international understanding of the challenges with which Liberia is confronted. It would also inform partners of the Liberian government’s strategies towards the recovery process, and more importantly, to rally meaningful support and assistance for the implementation of the country’s Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan (ESRP).Some of those the President met included Japanese Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kazuyuki Najane, Hedge Fund Manager and Philanthropist James Harris Simon and Under Secretary General and Executive Director of United Nations Joint Program on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibe. The Liberian President also paid a courtesy call on Under Secretary for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsou.All of these took place ahead of the High-Level International Conference on Ebola that was held over the weekend at the United Nations in New York, a dispatch from New York said. While meeting with Vice Minister Najane, President Sirleaf thanked the Japanese Government for their contribution to combat the Ebola virus disease in the three worst-affected countries.She praised the cordial relations subsisting between the two countries which dates as far back as 1970, and the ongoing mobilization to begin the repair and expansion of the Somalia Drive as well as concluding works on a ten megawatts generator which is expected to come online in February 2016.President Sirleaf reminded the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister of the need to establish their Embassy in Liberia so as to strengthen direct contacts between the two countries.Mr. Najane, in return, lauded President Sirleaf’s leadership which, he said, was exemplified in overcoming the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He pledged his Government’s continuous engagements in Liberia’s development drives. He also invited President Sirleaf to the Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICA D), slated for 2016.Meeting with President Sirleaf, Hedge Fund Manager Simon said arrangements have been concluded for the installation of two anesthesia machines in the country.An anesthesia machine is the apparatus used to deliver general anesthesia to patients as they undergo a medical procedure. The most commonly used device is the continuous-flow anesthetic machine, which provides a steady flow of air containing a regulated supply of gas.Mr. Simon said the pending installation is in fulfillment of his promise made to contribute to the ongoing health sector recovery. The team from his foundation is expected to arrive in Liberia next week.President Sirleaf welcome the initiative and said the action will help to boost the health care sector in Liberia and identified the Redemption Hospital as an ideal location for one of the machines. She encouraged private investments in the country’s recovering health sector, emphasizing the need to continue the transition from treatment to prevention.Madam Sirleaf also held a brief meeting with the UN HIV/AIDS’s Sidibe who expressed support for Liberia’s recovery program and commended the Liberian Government and people for their bold and courageous stance against the Ebola.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has paid a courtesy call on the Under Secretary for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Herve Ladsou, who expressed confidence in Liberia’s transition process. He said the ongoing UNMIL drawdown testifies to the progress that Liberia continues to make in its development since the end of the conflict. He reiterated the decision of the Security Council to conduct the drawdown in a prudent manner to avoid undermining the gains made thus far.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

China to Construct Coastal Highway for Liberia

first_imgThe poor road networks in Liberia that usually brings the country to a standstill during the rainy season will soon be a thing of the past as the Government of the People’s Republic of China has promised to construct a modern coastal highway that will connect Cape Mount to Cape Palmas.The 350 miles (560 kilometers) coastal belt stretches from Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County to Cape Palmas, in Maryland County.Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan said the Chinese Government and its Liberian counterpart are working out modalities to commence feasibility studies that will see the project commence the soonest possible time.He made the disclosure at a joint press stakeout with Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia over the weekend.The Chinese diplomat, who arrived in country on Saturday for a two day official visit, held discussions with several high-level government officials, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Addressing the press in the foyer of the Ministry, Ngafuan said the two held discussions on various issues including health, infrastructure and human resource development.“Another highlight of the discussion was road construction and this has to do with the construction of the country’s coastline,” he said.He noted that talks have already commenced about the project, but the two countries will be discussing the modalities for accessing funds through the China Fund to Africa to do the feasibility studies for the project. He also confirmed that the coastal highway will be constructed in collaboration with other partners.Minister Ngafuan lauded the bilateral ties that exist between Liberia and China and thanked his Chinese counterpart for the visit.He said Minister Wang’s visit to Liberia was meant to demonstrate China’s continuous solidarity with Liberia and to access China’s cooperation and support to Ebola affected countries; to also see “first hand progress achieved thus far in the post-Ebola recovery efforts.”Minister Ngafuan said President Sirleaf has described Minister Wang’s visit “as an authentication of the strength of the mutually beneficial relationship between our two countries.”He added that the visit has given a new stimulus to both nations’ already strong relationship.“China came to Liberia when we were bedridden as a result of the Ebola crisis and they helped us to get back to our feet and they are helping us now to run faster and catch up,” he added.He stated that the post-conflict and development story of Liberia would be incomplete if the tremendous contributions of China are not given significant chapters.He said China has committed itself to expediting the already agreed projects, including the US$60 million Ministerial Complex which, when completed, will house not less than 10 ministries, an annex to the National Legislature and other projects. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia A ‘Center for Human Trafficking’?

first_imgThe National Secretariat of Trafficking in Person (TIP) working with the Ministry of Labor has identified the South-eastern region of the country as the area from which most children trafficked to Monrovia and other cities originate.The disclosure was made last Wednesday in Monrovia at a one-day workshop organized for journalists by World Hope International (WHI).Adolphus G. Satiah of the National Secretariat for TIP emphasized that most children his organization has identified in Monrovia as being trafficked come from Grand Gedeh, Maryland, River Gee and Sinoe counties.He said parents of some of the trafficked children give them to either relatives or friends who promise to send them to school, but on the contrary, the children end up being used as domestic servants.“Most people in those South-eastern counties are poor so they sometimes give their children to people living in urban areas, especially in Monrovia, hoping they would be sent to school, but instead, many are made to work without going to the school,” Mr. Satiah said.He said they have found out in Monrovia and Bomi County from investigations that most of the children selling in the streets and burning coal trace their backgrounds from the South-eastern region with a few from Nimba and Lofa Counties.Mr. Satiah also pointed out that Liberia is recorded in a U.S. State Department report as the center for trafficking. He said in Liberia, traffickers from other parts of the world bring trafficked persons and take them to various destinations around the world.He said human trafficking is illegal and is prohibited by law in Liberia, and urged journalists and the public to take keen note and report cases of trafficking to th relevant authorities.For his part, World Hope International Program Manager, Wellington A. Kollie, defined trafficking in persons to be “Modern day slavery,” noting that trafficking is identified by the act, means and purpose.He said the act involves the recruiting process, the means as the pretense under which recruitment is done and the purpose serving as the reasons for taking the recruits to the intended destinations.He clarified that obtaining a person through deception, force or coercion for the purpose of exploitation in all forms constitutes human trafficking.Mr. Kollie said children less than 18 years have been trafficked from one place to the other in the country to work on farms, sell in the streets, beg, burn charcoal and mine minerals in the bush.He also said young girls are also trafficked and prostituted in hotels and bars in Monrovia, and areas where diamond and gold are mined in the country.Earlier, Mr. Kollie said young people (males and females) were trafficked for war and ritual purpose.He said because of the horrific increase in human trafficking in Liberia with the propensity to undermine the economy and human capita, the media needs to be proactive to report cases through proper investigation.In consonance with presentations from the two men, U.S. State Department of 2015 about Liberia states, “Liberia is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Most trafficking victims originate from and are exploited within the country’s borders, where they are subjected to domestic servitude, forced begging, sex trafficking, or forced labor in street vending, alluvial diamond mines, and on rubber plantations. Traffickers typically operate independently and are commonly family members, who promise poorer relatives a better life for their children. Children sent to work as domestic servants for their wealthier relatives are vulnerable to forced labor or, to a lesser extent, sexual exploitation.Orphaned children remain susceptible to exploitation, including in street selling and prostitution.A small number of Liberian men, women, and children are subjected to human trafficking in other West African countries, including Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Victims of transnational trafficking come to Liberia from neighboring West African countries, including Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nigeria, and are subjected to the same types of exploitation as internally trafficked victims. Women from Tunisia and Morocco have been subjected to sex trafficking in Liberia. During the reporting period, Liberian women were subjected to forced labor in Lebanon. Bribery at border stations, capacity issues, and generalized corruption within the judiciary continued to hamper trafficking investigations and prosecutions.”Mrs. Princess Taire, Deputy Program Manager of World Hope International emphasized the need for confidentiality in dealing with victims of trafficking.Mrs. Taire stressed that trafficking victims are maltreated that they become traumatized, and exposing them without their consent causes more harm to them.She said while journalists are to report facts, it is expedient for them to work with trafficking victims like trained social workers, who observe ethical guidelines of confidentiality that prevents victims from exposure.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Old Tires Dumped at Bong Mines Bridge

first_imgResidents near Bong Mines Bridge on Bushrod Island have complained about the dumping of old tires in their community, and are calling on authorities to hold those responsible for it.Interviews conducted over the weekend revealed that the old tires are dumped during the night hours by unidentified persons. Some residents told the Daily Observer that they have tried identifying the perpetrators by monitoring the situation near the bridge, but without success.Although businesses near the bridge include a tire center, its operators told the Daily Observer that they are not the ones dumping tires in the community.“It will be stupid for us to do a thing like since we have our business in the area,” an operator, who asked to remain anonymous, said. “We have seen the old tires at the location and have wondered who may be doing it.”Workers at an entertainment center close to the bridge told the Daily Observer that they are also aware of the increasing number of old tires being dumped under the bridge. “We can never allow anyone to do a thing like that,” a worker said. However, the number of dumped old tires increases daily, forming a straight line towards the former Coast Guard base.Meanwhile, residents have appealed to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) and the Borough of New Kru Town to work together to ensure that old tires are dumped at appropriate locations to ensure environmental safety.“We also want the authorities to ensure that those who dump such things indiscriminately are punished,” a resident said.At the Duala Market, a team of sanitation workers told the Daily Observer that many Liberians throw garbage anywhere because “we are there to clean it.”“Old tires should have a special way to be disposed of, but we are people who don’t care about what we do to our environment,” one of them said. “We hope that now that you are drawing attention to this bad practice, our ‘big people’ can find a way to ensure that such a practice stops.”Meanwhile, Ministry of Transport officials on Warren Street were shocked when they were shown pictures of the old tires.“This is just unfortunate,” a transport official said, “it is good that you are drawing attention to this, and hopefully we can all work together to end this bad practice.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Numbers show UST’s best shot against Ateneo juggernaut may be from behind arc

first_imgThe running isn’t as palpable.The Tigers are averaging just 10 points a game in transition, tied with the Eagles for third and fourth places in the league behind the 14 points of joint leader La Salle and NU—both of which have played just a game each.  Among teams that have played at least two games, however, UST and Ateneo are tops in that department.The Tigers only outscore opponents on the break by three points per game—but still best in the league.The gunning is where UST has made its living. The Tigers are plus-22.5 so far against their opponents from beyond the arc, No. 1 by a mile this season. FEU is second at plus-12 with La Salle third at plus-6. ADVERTISEMENT UST point guard Renzo Subido takes a 3-point shot against University of the Philippines. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Two games into UAAP Season 82’s men’s basketball tournament, University of Santo Tomas has made preseason pundits take another look at their form charts.The Tigers have gone on a 2-0 start, including a stunning upset of last year’s finalist, University of the Philippines. And they have caught the eye of the rest of the field, including Tab Baldwin, coach of defending champion Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Not only is UST doing good with the 3-pointer, it has also been amazing defending it so far.The Tigers have made 23 3-pointers this season while surrendering just 8—opponents are making just 4 triples a game against UST, fewest in the league. La Salle and NU, who have played just one game, and Far Eastern U allow 5 triples each while Adamson surrenders 5.5.NU has allowed just 21 3-point attempts in its lone game so far, with UST behind at 23. Ateneo is the third stingiest, yielding 24.5 attempts per game. The Tigers are also third overall in 3-point percentage allowed (17.4) behind La Salle (15.6) and Adamson (17.2).   UST coach Aldin Ayo has relied on rookie gems Rhenz Abando and Mark Nonoy and veterans like Renzo Subido to fuel the team’s run-and-gun engine, with Beninese center Soulemane Chabi Yo providing some sort of stability underneath.“But my overall impression is that Aldin has gotten his players buying into his system and they’re very disciplined,” said Baldwin.A season ago, it would be tough to string discipline and UST in the same sentence. But this season, Ayo seems to be making it work. And Ayo feels all that shooting has deflected attention from UST’s main strengths, which is pouncing on whatever openings the Tigers can find in their opponents. “[The 3-pointer is] what the defense gives us,” Ayo said in Filipino. “That’s the hole in the [opponent’s] defense and we just exploit that hole. We are not necessarily [going for] the threes. We don’t settle for good or better [shots], we always settle for the best shot.”Not necessarily going for the 3-pointer? As the numbers show, the triple has been UST’s best shot so far—and the Tigers’ best hope to thwart an expected Eagles juggernaut. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ashcenter_img MOST READ San Beda’s Calvin Oftana leads NCAA MVP race Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island “I was so entertained (watching UST) and I love the way they play basketball,” said Baldwin after the Eagles’ 81-69 victory over rival La Salle last Sunday. “They just put their head down and go.”They go fast and they go shooting with little remorse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Good luck (to us) if they’re hitting their shots,” added Baldwin, whose Eagles face the Tigers on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s going to be a track meet and a whole lot of fun especially for the fans.”In whipping University of the East (95-82) and crushing the Maroons (85-69), UST has, indeed, been running and gunning its way to the top. 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After 15 losses, Canada beats US for 1st time in Davis Cup

first_img“Being an American tennis player, you are kind of used to not getting the support,” the 22-year-old Opelka said.Fritz said there are just “more dedicated tennis fans in Canada.”“I’m not going to lie, I think the U.S. has so many other great sports, tennis isn’t really the focus,” he said. “The Canadian fans were strong and they flew out and they came out. I don’t think it has anything to do with the federations or anything.”The new Davis Cup is being played in a World Cup-style format with all 18 teams playing in a single venue in the same week, instead of the head-to-head confrontations that used to take place at varied sites over four weekends throughout the year.“I think the new format is great,” Opelka said. “I think it is easier to follow, it’s easier to understand what’s going on. The tournament starts, the tournament ends, you have a winner, you know when it’s over. It’s not dragging on throughout the whole year.”The revamped tournament is the result of a 25-year partnership between the International Tennis Federation and Kosmos, a group co-founded by Barcelona soccer player Gerard Piqué. The ITF said the change was made to make the competition more attractive and lucrative.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee In the new Davis Cup format, teams play only two singles and a doubles match in each tie, with the group winners advancing along with the two best second-place finishers in the six groups.The doubles match was not played.“They’ve got a great team,” Fish said. “They’re going to be around for a long time … I imagine that we’re going to have quite a few battles with them over the years.”The U.S. has won 32 Davis Cup titles, but its last came in 2007. If it fails to win in Madrid, it will equal the team’s longest gap between titles.Opelka and Fritz said they were not surprised by the small number of American fans cheering for the team in the Spanish capital. The Canadians largely outnumbered the Americans and were much louder throughout the matches.ADVERTISEMENT DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Intrigue building in series of heavyweight fights 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw View comments 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust MOST READcenter_img Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption Canada’s Vasek Pospisil misses a ball during the Davis Cup tennis match against USA player Reilly Opelka in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — Canada beat the United States in the Davis Cup for the first time on Tuesday, defeating the Americans 2-0 on the second day of the revamped team competition to end a run of 15 straight losses.Vasek Pospisil edged Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) and Denis Shapovalov defeated Taylor Fritz 7-6 (6), 6-3 to give the Canadians an insurmountable lead in Group F of the inaugural Davis Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist It was Canada’s first win in 16 meetings with the United States in the 119-year-old competition, although the teams had not played since 1965. The Americans had lost only three matches in total against their neighbors in the previous 15 meetings.“It’s extremely disappointing because I felt like I definitely could have won, and it would have been big for the team,” Fritz said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t come up with the right shots at the right times sometimes. Ultimately, that’s why I lost.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The result leaves the United States needing to beat Italy on Wednesday to have a chance of advancing to the knockout stage. Italy lost to Canada 2-1 in the opening group tie on Monday.“This is the toughest group, I think, so there is no easy match.” U.S. team captain Mardy Fish said. “But you never know. We are going to go out there tomorrow and try to win the first one and try to put ourselves in position to do that.”last_img read more