Alab PH averts collapse, burns Singapore

January 20, 2020

first_imgView comments Photo from ASEAN Basketball League Facebook/Onvisa ThewphaingarmBIÑAN, Laguna—The worrying trend of losing leads in the final period continued for Alab Pilipinas, but the Filipinos once again showed grit down the stretch as they finally overcame the league-leading Singapore Slingers Friday in the ASEAN asketball League.“We’ll take this win, but sooner or later, we have to learn to play consistently otherwise we can’t contend for the title,” said Ronald “Mac” Cuan after Alab slipped past the Slingers, 74-72, for their first win in three meetings against the Singaporeans this season at Alonte Sports Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES “It’s always the same story for us—building a good lead for three periods before allowing the opponents to come back. We’re just fortunate we got away with this [win].”Alab averted another late collapse as it escaped with its fourth win in six games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIt was the start of a tough stretch for the Filipinos, who flew to Kuala Lumpur Saturday for a clash with the Westsports Malaysia Dragons Sunday.“We’ll just get as much sleep as possible,” said Ray Parks. “We’re still learning as a team. We have a talented team and it’s all about embracing our roles for now.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Homecoming: Fajardo stoked over playing in front of Cebuano crowd Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Clippers’ Paul Pierce starts in emotional Boston farewell

January 20, 2020

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos A deafening cheer and a shout of “Let’s go, Pats,” Pierce was back in Boston on Super Bowl Sunday to give Celtics fans one last chance to celebrate the player who helped the NBA’s most-decorated franchise return to the top of the league.Restored to the Los Angeles Clippers’ starting lineup by current and former coach Doc Rivers, Pierce was greeted with a long and loud ovation at his introduction , when the new Boston Garden rang out again with his nickname: The Truth. A highlight video at the first timeout appeared to bring him to tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Fans really showered me with a lot of love,” Pierce said after the Celtics won 107-102. “You really don’t know what you’ve meant to a team while you’re playing. It hit me a lot tonight, but I’m sure it’s going to hit me a lot more when I’m done playing.”After starting the game — his first appearance for the Clippers since New Year’s Eve, Pierce sat on the bench until the game was out of reach. But in the final seconds, with the fans already standing and cheering, Pierce launched a 3-pointer for one final eruption. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce (34) bends down to kiss the Boston Celtics logo following an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON — Paul Pierce walked back onto the parquet floor one last time, dropped to his knees at center court and gave the Boston Celtics leprechaun logo a big kiss.“Lucky’s been through it all with me, the ups and downs. He helped me out on a couple of occasions,” the former Celtics captain said. “It’s the last time I’m going to touch this floor as a player. I’m sure I’ll be back as a fan.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “If you give it your all here and win a championship they will love you,” Thomas said. “It drives me a lot. I want to be like that: give my blood, sweat and tears and come back and play your last game here. That type of love is unforgettable.”Pierce’s No. 34 Celtics jerseys filled the crowd — more visible even than the Patriots shirts worn by fans looking to rush home after the game to watch the Super Bowl. (During a silent moment in national anthem, a shout came from the stands: “Let’s go, Pats!”)Pierce played the first five minutes and missed the first shot of the game. He was still 0 for 1 when went to the bench at the first timeout. (He did not return in the first half, and early in the second the Garden crowd broke into a chant of “We want Paul!”)But that didn’t dampen the emotion of the highlight video that followed him from Kansas to the draft, showing him posing with Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach, hitting game-winning baskets and raising the NBA championship and finals MVP trophies.The sold-out Garden stood and cheered for more than a minute. Pierce waved, blew kisses to the crowd and appeared to lose his composure, taking several deep breaths and wiping his eyes with a towel.Rivers said he told his players before the game to pay attention.“When you finish your career, remember what’s going to happen in five minutes,” Rivers recalled telling them. “All of you aren’t going to be Hall of Famers, but just remember that when you finish your career, you’re empty and you can walk away with no regrets. That’s what Paul’s doing tonight.”Rivers, who was the Celtics coach in both the depths of the 2006-07 season and when they won it all the next year, said he had a plan for Pierce to return at the end but wanted to win the game, too.“Him making that shot just, I don’t know what the heck that is,” Rivers said. “That only happens here.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m glad I was able to cap it off, my last game in the Garden,” he said. “At least I can just say I put one last bucket in at the end of the game.”A first-round draft pick out of Kansas in 1998, Pierce toiled in Boston through the down years of M.L. Carr and Rick Pitino, watching as the once-proud team lost a franchise-record 18 games in a row while he was injured in 2006-07. The next year, after the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Boston won its NBA-record 17th championship.But as the New Big Three aged, general manager Danny Ainge traded them — and Rivers — off for the draft choices that would help them rebuild. Pierce spent time in Brooklyn and Washington before reuniting with Rivers in Los Angeles.Having announced that he will retire at the end of the season, Pierce’s last visit to Boston became a must-see event.He spent Saturday visiting some old Boston favorites and recording it — including a chance encounter with current Celtics all-star Isaiah Thomas — on Instagram. In the final seconds, Thomas shared the spotlight with him again , backing off to allow the 2008 NBA Finals MVP a clean shot.ADVERTISEMENT Teng helps AMA end slide with win over JRUcenter_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ View comments Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 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 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

Devance inspires Kings

January 20, 2020

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He had to play, he got a shot. We drove the doctor up in a private car to give shots to Joe so he can play and do it again at halftime. He was huge, those minutes that Joe played, and just the resilience, seeing everybody staying together and battling through.”“This is why we can’t give up,” said Ginebra veteran Mark Caguioa on his Instagram account, where he posted a photo of Devance preparing to take his painkilling shots. “This team will teach you to be humble.”Devance has downplayed his injury, even as he warned his teammates of a strong response from the Beermen in Game 3 on Wednesday when the series shifts to the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“I’m fine, I’m perfect,” said Devance, who finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in Game 2. “I do whatever it takes, everybody knows that.”For sure, there will be no shortage in motivation for the Gin Kings the rest of the way. They can just turn to Devance for inspiration.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Hidilyn back to the grind PBA IMAGESLUCENA CITY—It’s been a common sight the past couple of weeks—Ginebra forward Joe Devance lying on the massage table inside the locker room, having a needle punctured to his foot before the game and during halftime of every battle just to numb the pain of his injury.The power forward is playing through the pain on his foot caused by plantar fasciitis, but there was no way he’s missing games in the PBA Philippine Cup finals, not when Ginebra, already short on firepower against the star-studded San Miguel Beermen, needs him the most.ADVERTISEMENT Sophomore guard Scottie Thompson got most of the plaudits for his all-around play, finishing with 18 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists in the 124-118 overtime victory over the Beermen in Game 2 last Sunday, while Kevin Ferrer also got a piece of the limelight by anchoring the Gin Kings’ second-quarter explosion, where he fired 18 of his 21 points.Japeth Aguilar bounced back from a miserable outing in the series opener with 23 points and 12 rebounds, after shooting just five points in Game 1.But there’s no doubt that Devance has typified the resilience of the Gin Kings, counting the last stretch of the semifinal series against Star Hotshots—just for his ability to play through the pain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAnd that’s on top of Devance’s task of helping neutralize San Miguel’s three-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo in Game 2, before bailing out the Gin Kings with a buzzer-beating follow-up that forced overtime at 110-all.“Joe was amazing,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone late Sunday night before the Gin Kings headed back to Manila after tying the PBA Philippine Cup finals at one game apiece at Quezon Convention Center here. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Rockets oust Westbrook’s Thunder from NBA playoffs

January 20, 2020

first_imgHouston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives toward the basket as Oklahoma City Thunder’s Andre Roberson, second from left, defends during the first half in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Houston. APLOS ANGELES—James Harden scored 34 points as the Houston Rockets withstood a furious effort from Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook to oust the Thunder from the NBA playoffs on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).The Rockets beat the Thunder 105-99 to win their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series four games to one.ADVERTISEMENT GAME 1 RESULT: Harden, Rockets rout Thunder in Game 1GAME 2 RESULT: Rockets overcome Westbrook’s 51, take 2-0 lead over ThunderFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Rockets reserve Lou Williams scored 10 of his 22 points early in the fourth quarter as the Rockets responded to a sensational third quarter from Westbrook, who carried his team to a 77-72 lead going into the final period.Westbrook scored 10 straight points in one stretch and finished with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists in the third.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Williams opened the fourth with two free throws and added three more from the line along with a three-pointer as the Rockets regained the advantage with Westbrook on the bench and they held on even after Westbrook re-entered the game as the Thunder missed a string of shots.Westbrook finished with 47 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists but connected on just two of his 11 shots in the final period.No other Thunder player scored more than 11 points, while Harden had scoring support not only from Williams but also from the 15 points from guard Patrick Beverly and 14 from Brazilian reserve Nene.In the second round the Rockets will face either the San Antonio Spurs or Memphis Grizzlies. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte GAME 4 RESULT: Balanced scoring helps Houston down Oklahoma in game 4 MOST READ Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jarcenter_img LATEST STORIES GAME 3 RESULT: Thunder survive Rockets, claw back in series Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palaro records tumble View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 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 respitelast_img read more

Gamboa nips Zark’s

January 20, 2020

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ Taking matters into his own hands, the 38-year-old Avenido rolled back the years to finish with 15 points, including the game-winning free throws, as the Coffee Lovers squeaked past fellow newcomer Zark’s Burger, 85-84.Later, Jeron Teng exploded for 33 points as another newcomer, Flying V, stunned Aspirants’ Cup champion Cignal, 86-84.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground Gamboa Coffee Mix playing-coach Leo Avenido saw his team badly needing a lift, after a lethargic start in its PBA D-League Foundation Cup debut on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.But Avenido didn’t need to look far to turn the Coffee Lovers’ fortunes around.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 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 respitecenter_img For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Park shoots 68, paces Mondilla by 2 strokes Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionslast_img read more

NBA Finals coverage still hangs

January 20, 2020

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions ABS-CBN’s statement showed that the Lopez family-led media giant and Solar jointly entered into a license agreement with NBA Properties Inc. in 2014.“Since ABS-CBN was paying 60 percent of the license fees, it considered that the same already covered the carriage fees of Sky Cable,” ABS-CBN said.“Unfortunately, Solar disagreed. Despite the good faith attempts of ABS-CBN and Sky Cable to resolve the dispute amicably, Solar cut off the NBA feed to Sky Cable and filed this complaint,” ABS-CBN added.Solar alleged that the respondents did not want to pay “because they wanted Solar to lose its license by default from NBA Properties, Inc. of the US so that ABS-CBN and Sky Cable could take over.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next At French Open, del Potro gets lost off court, wins on it Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Meanwhile, Solar recounted the events that led to the filing of a legal suit, broad parts of which were contested by ABS-CBN.Solar said that Sky Cable continued to “air and make money on the NBA shows using Solar’s own channels, BTV and NBA Premium, although its carriage contract ended in 2014.”It added that it continued to feed its two channels and to bill Sky Cable, believing there was an “implied renewal”, an industry practice to prevent a sudden blackout of TV channels and a service disruption to subscribers.In April 2017, Solar said it stopped its NBA feed to Sky Cable “after several unheeded demand letters and realizing that Sky Cable was intent on not paying.”“Now only paying cable stations like Cignal, GSAT, and Dream, among others, can carry Solar’s channels,” Solar said.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Solar’s Wilson Tieng got the upper hand in that legal skirmish after the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court issued an order on May 16 to garnish the bank accounts and other assets of ABS-CBN and its cable affiliate, Sky Cable, for airing the BTV and NBA Premium TV channels of Solar without paying the carriage fees for approximately three years.The court also required Solar, the local distributor of NBA games and programs for 16 years, to post a bond for P659 million. This is the amount Solar, in a statement Tuesday, said it is trying to collect from ABS-CBN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundABS-CBN, in a short statement, said it filed a motion to lift the attachment and garnishment on May 29, 2017, which the court granted on the same day.“Thus, at this time, there is no effective attachment or garnishment over any asset of ABS-CBN or Sky Cable,” ABS-CBN said. Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments AP FILE  PHOTOThere’s still no telling when NBA fans of a major cable provider will finally get their basketball fix—and the frustration is expected to mount with the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers and the favored Golden State Warriors kicking off their Finals trilogy on Friday (Thursday in Oakland, California).Reason: The court tussle between media giant ABS-CBN and Solar Entertainment is still going on.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreaklast_img read more

Cargo Movers march back to finals vs Blaze Spikers

January 20, 2020

first_imgLSU title parade draws massive crowds End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The championships will begin on July 11.National player Aby Maraño anchored F2 Logistics’ fast-paced game, gliding her way to 10 points, including a running attack and a solo block for the match’s last two points.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’“We really, really wanted to win this game not just because we want to get back at Cignal which beat us in the preliminaries, but also because we want to make the championships,” said the flamboyant middle-blocker.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus commended Maraño’s game, saying “it looks like she wanted to eat our opponents alive.” Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs LATEST STORIES “At the start of the game we really want to focus and remove all the doubts in our hearts,” Maraño added.Looking confident, the Cargo Movers executed their plays at breakneck speed with Maraño, Ara Galang, Desiree Cheng and Majoy Baron taking turns in attacks.But they also held their ground in defense, muting Cignal’s top scorers Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga who are more at home with high-low plays and combination attacks.“We were very successful in our service that made it difficult for them to establish defense,” added Maraño.Baron typified F2’s “fully loaded serves,” hammering four straight aces that triggered five straight points for the Cargo Movers as the HD Spikers struggled in receives.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks 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 MOST READ Aby Marano of F2 Logistics saves the ball. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPetron trounced Foton even as F2 Logistics routed Cignal Thursday night to arrange a best-of-three title fight in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.The Blaze Spikers hacked out a 25-21, 22-25, 25-9, 26-16 win over the Tornadoes, while the defending champion Cargo Movers zoomed past the flustered HD Spikers, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14, earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Global upends Ceres; Kaya snaps winless spelllast_img read more

daCosta Farm needs work – Chris Lee

January 19, 2020

first_imgPresident of MX (MotoCross) Jamaica Chris Lee says the daCosta Farm race track, which was set to host Round 3 of the 2018 MotoCross Summer Series yesterday, is in need of better maintenance if it is to overcome tough weather conditions. The track, on the outskirts of Spanish Town, was left in conditions not fit for competitive riding after heavy rains, and Lee said they will look into how they can better prepare the track to stand the test of such weather. “The track was flooded from the torrential rains that we had, and that is why we cancelled,” Lee told The Gleaner. “We didn’t know what condition the track would be in when it was dried. It’s almost dry now, but there is a lot of work to be done. The track needs some maintenance, so hopefully, we can do it in the next two weeks. “Right now, I don’t know how much work it is going to take, but there is a group of us that looks after track preparation. So we all have to come together and work out what we need because we cannot afford for the rain to mess us up again,” he said. The event, which is the third and final in the series, will be rescheduled as soon as repairs to the track are completed. “It will be rescheduled as soon as we get the track ready, and we can have a full weekend before where they (competitors) can come in when it’s open and prepared so they can practice. Then, we will have the race the next weekend,” he said. He added that although the cancellation was not a big disappointment, he and riders alike were looking forward to the conclusion of the series. “This is not the first event we are having; this is the last in a series. I don’t think it has dampened anything because they all understand,” he said.last_img read more

Take a new outlook; get a new outcome

January 18, 2020

first_imgThereare many people who unfortunately seem to thrive on thinking the worst, seeing the bad in situations and people, then waiting for the awful outcomes they “know” are coming. What thoughts go through their minds as they lay in bed at night or during quiet thinking time are probably not any that fill them with contentment. This type of thinking is unlikely to breed any positivity for the person themselves or those around them.There are other people who unconsciously or unwittingly find themselves always worrying about the worst that can happen, who find it hard to see the bright side of any situation, cannot seem to distance themselves from bad environments and feel powerless to change the negativity that appears to surround them. They do not revel in disappointment, but they expect it and accept it as the norm.Either of these ways of thinking can be altered. People often do seek help in an effort to change, but in a day and age where we are bombarded by self-help strategies and books claiming to ‘fix your life in seven days’, websites offering a few miraculous steps to ‘thinking your way to a better future’, or other such instant implausible claims, you can be forgiven for being sceptical when you hear the words “positive thinking” and doubtful about how effective a thinking model can actually be.The thing is, if a person seriously wants to evoke a positive change, positive thinking when utilised correctly has some amazing short- and long-term benefits. It is certainly true that it leads to noticing and creating opportunities, which in turn allows those to be made use of, culminating in more positive outcomes. Likewise, being negative focuses the mind on the bad events and reinforces irrational beliefs ending in more negative outcomes.So yes, the old adage of positivity breeding positivity and negativity breeding negativity has more than an underlying grain of truth running through.One of the major reasons positive thinking fails to be of any genuine help or change is when people use it as a form of suppressing deeper negative beliefs. Pretending to be happy and jubilant on the outside while feeling pain or negativity on the inside is merely suppression and resolves very little. The idea behind positive thinking does not negate the reality and experiences that we have which are negative. It allows us to accept them, but then to find a different way of thinking about things, a more positive thought process that directs us to a better outcome.It is useful to remember that feelings, fears, and emotions all pass with time, especially if we refuse to dwell on them unnecessarily. Worrying about being worried, for example, only serves to maintain the state of worry. Accepting the worry, deciding on an appropriate time to resolve the issue when it can be looked at objectively, then letting it go for now until the more appropriate time, dissipates the worry.Getting into the right mindset and away from woeful lamenting, avoiding idealistic wishes and being proactive with thoughts are key. Instead of the negative thought “I will never be successful”, and the unrealistic positive thought “All I have to do is think about being successful and it will come”, try thinking about the kind of success you want, a realistic way to get there and work towards achieving it with belief in yourself. A positive thought alone cannot bring success, but a realistic thought followed up by positive action can lead to real positive outcomes.If we adopt this attitude and can maintain this outlook, we can end up having an encouraging effect on those around us. It can act as a powerful model for others when they experience the refreshing approach, especially for the younger generations.Positive thinking for the future of what seems to be a greatly unmotivated youth population is vital. We do see stories of young people going out there and achieving great things despite the obstacles they face. Many times, it is a positive attitude and a belief in themselves that sets them apart and gives them the impetus to succeed. If we can foster this attitude in more of our children through coaching, teaching and parenting, we can help to support the next generation of happier, healthier, more effective people.last_img read more

Oil fuh so!!

January 18, 2020

first_imgSatiricus was looking forward to the Old Year’s Night gyaff. All year round, he’d taken a lot of stick from his friends at the Back Street Bar for his KFC party’s role in the Government. But now that the Oil contract had been released, he felt vindicated. It would be HIS turn to crow about what his party had delivered!“Well, even though he is a Moses, ‘Nagga Man’ didn’t need to split the waters and deliver us to the Promised Land!” said Satiricus. “Trot Man did it this time!!”“Promised Land?” asked Hari sceptically, he quaffed his beer.“Budday!!” exclaimed Satiricus. “We’ll be getting milk and honey every day!!  Trot Man negotiated US$1.5billion every year for the first five years for us!!”“Fuh abee?” asked Bungi sceptically. “An’ how much fuh dem?”“This is the same thing I always talk about!” exclaimed Satiricus. “You can’t prove Trot Man and the Government got any pay-offs!!”“An’ afta two-an-a-half year, dem cyaan prove Jagdesh t’ief anyt’ing,” noted Cappo. “But da na stap dem fuh t’row talk!”“But lemme ask you something, Sato,” said Hari quietly. “Do you know how much oil Nigeria was shipping for the past 25 years?”“Nah! How much?” said Satiricus. “And what that has to do with us?”“They were shipping over 2 million barrels per day every day!!” replied Hari as everyone around the table bent forward listening.“Da twenty time mo’ dan wha abee guh produce!” exclaimed Cappo.“An dem bin get mo’ dan two time de price abee guh get!” pointed out Bungi.“Yes…and so?” asked Satiricus and looked forward expectantly with raised eyebrows.“Just that the people of Nigeria are just as poor as they ever were!” announced Hari. “None of that money ever got to them.”“But how can you be so certain the same thing will happen here?” asked Satiricus aggrievedly.“If Trotman and your government can lie about an US$18 million bonus,” said Hari. “Imagine what they will do about US$5 BILLION!”Satiricus fell silent.last_img read more