The Fighting Maroons will now have to sweep their remaining two games and hope the Tamaraws split their last couple of matches to make the semis.“We have to learn from the remaining two games we have, these games are crucial for us,” said Perasol. “We now have to play with pressure because there is so much at stake.”And Perasol not only looked at his current team with how they performed this Season 80, but to the future versions of the Fighting Maroons.“Whatever we learn this season, we can share that to the future teams that this is how we did it.”ADVERTISEMENT And head coach Bo Perasol wants his players to be aware of their history as they fight for their spot in the Final Four.“We haven’t been here, we were never part of this, we’re not used to this kind of situation,” said Perasol in Filipino after UP lost an all-important game to Adamson University 86-70 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Pumaren thinks also-ran UE ‘could’ve done more’ SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The important thing is we have to be conscious, we have to be aware of what’s happening.”UP slipped to fifth with a 5-7 record, a full game behind fourth-running Far Eastern University (6-6). LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Final Four, for the longest time, has been elusive to University of the Philippines.The Fighting Maroons’ last appearance in the big dance was in 1997 when Paolo Mendoza still led the team. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments
Dear Editor,The Director of Regional Health Services, Dr Kay Shako, must be complimented for admitting that there is a low circulation of critical items for patients, or a shortage of drugs and medical supplies, because of the theft and pilfering in the healthcare system in Guyana.These statements were made to the Regional Health Officers of the various regional administrations at a healthcare review held in order to eliminate the corruption and to improve the healthcare delivery system in Guyana.Dr Shako went on to identify numerous other issues pertaining to the RHOs, which are factual; but I am convinced that nothing would be done to correct these deficiencies, the main reason being that most of these RHOs are supporters of the Government, and are protected by high level politicians in the APNU/AFC coalition Government.The DRHS, Dr Kay Shako, also admitted that she is aware of who are responsible for the deficiencies existing in the health sector, but to date refuse to correct these situations that are destroying the health sector.This is clear evidence that the Riot Act being read to the RHOs is nothing but “political gimmickry”.The Ministry of Public Health should also be responsible for the shortage of drugs and medical supplies in the health system, because commitment was pledged to the Guyanese people to ensure that the procurement process was changed to get rid of the drugs and medical supplies’ shortages, but unfortunately, the system is returning to pre-1992.Recently, in a news article published, the Government boasted that there is no shortage of insulin in the health system, but this is absolutely far from the truth.Certain aspects of the National Psychiatric Hospital in Region Six need to be urgently investigated. The dietary supplies being purchased by the regional administration are either not being delivered to the hospital, or, when delivered, are being stolen by elements within the health services; and, as such, the quality of food being given to the patients leaves much to be desired.A pharmacist who was attached to the Regional Health Services was victimised and placed before the courts. He was freed from the allegation of engaging in malpractice, but the coalition Government refused to reinstate him to his position, leading to a crisis at the Regional Health Services’ Drugs Bond and contributing to the shortage of qualified pharmacists in Region Six.So the conclusion is that the “Riot Act” that was read to the RHOs by the Director of Regional Health Services is nothing but political gimmickry.Regards,Zamal Hussain
Dismissed NPA Comptroller Franklin Sackor-For ‘gross incompetence’The management of the National Port Authority (NPA) has with immediate effect sacked its Comptroller General Franklin Sackor, because of what it described “as gross incompetence and ineptitude on the job.”A press statement in the possession of the Daily Observer said the dismissal of Mr. Sackor from his position by the NPA management was as a result of his failure to provide bank statements from the months of February to May 2018 as well as his failure to justify the reason a private entity was placed on the payroll of the NPA.The NPA clarified as untrue reports that the office of the Finance Department had been closed and barricaded.An NPA statement said the Department of Finance remains functional to the business community and the shipping world; and at no time was it shut down and barricaded as it is being reported by some media outlets.While further details pertaining to the dismissal of Sarkoh were not disclosed in the press statement, it said Sarkoh is entitled to his salary and benefits that the NPA management owes him.“Mr. Sackor has been asked to contact the Human Resource Department to collect his salary and benefits including – gasoline and scratch cards for the last month he served in the post,” the press release confirmed.The statement, signed by NPA’s director of public relations, Malcolm Scott, said Mr. Sackor will also be paid his one month salary in lieu of notice in keeping with the labor laws of Liberia and, therefore, he is expected to turn over the keys of the office of the comptroller, his assigned vehicle and all other properties belonging to the entity.Sackor is probably the first person in Weah’s government to be hit by outright dismissal, particularly on grounds of incompetence.It can be recalled that deputy Commerce Minister Jamesetta Wolokolie was suspended for time indefinite on the orders of President George Weah for gross insubordination allegedly to Commerce Minister Wilson Tarpeh; but she was, however, recalled a little over one week ago.Prior to his dismissal, it was recently reported that Bill Twehway, the newly appointed NPA managing director, was ready to dismiss Sarkor for what authorities said is the lack of compliance and disregard for orders from the new port MD.Until yesterday, October 15, when this newspaper gathered that Sackor had been dismissed, sources had earlier confirmed his dismissal but said he was still taking orders from former NPA Acting Managing Director Cecilia Cuffy-Brown and disregarding instructions from Mr. Twehway.Mr. Sarkoh, it can be recalled, was brought on board by Madam Brown when she took over the entity in March amid a series of public criticisms.Madam Cuffy came under fire for hiring four brothers of President George Weah, a decision she has repeatedly defended, insisting that she had the backing of the President to hire and fire.Shortly after taking over in March, Madam Brown immediately brought on board Mr. Sarkor as the new comptroller, along with an Internal Audit Department manager, although the department had a manager and other qualified auditors.Sarkor had previously worked at the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company in the Human Resources Department and, before that, he served at the St. Matthews School in Logan Town as business manager.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
City staff will now draft a bylaw for the creation of the Commission, which will outline what powers it will have. Although council approved moving forward, there was some question of whether it was sufficiently shown that there is support in the community. The city has been canvassing the community since March, asking for feedback on Facebook, community websites, magazines and newspapers as well as direct letters to relevant parties. It received responses from 11 residents, with 10 in favour of the commission and one against, as well as 52 responses to a Facebook poll, with 52 for and 17 against. Those 63 people represent less than 0.2 per cent of Fort St. John’s population, something that at least one councillor has a problem with. Lori Ackerman argued that, “we’re deeming that there’s sufficient community support, and when I look at the report, I don’t deem that at all.”- Advertisement – Dawson Creek has a similar athletic commission, that makes the rules and maitains control over the appointments and permits. Council would decide what control its commission would have through its bylaw. The next step is to confirm who will be on the commission and to prepare a draft bylaw to be reviewed by council.Advertisement
BCB/Fitness 53 Under-17 Knockout CupThe 2018 cricket season of the Berbice Cricket Board continues with play in the Fitness 53/Ramnaresh Sarwan Inter Club Under-17 Tournament last Thursday. Albion advanced to the tournaments semifinals by defeating Achievers Cricket Club of West Coast Berbice by three wickets, while Tucber Park Cricket Club stormed into the Quarterfinals when they crushed Kendall’s Union of No. 19 Village by 10 wickets.Playing at the Canje Welfare Centre ground No.19 was sent in to bat and were bowled out for 36 off 14.1 overs with S. Khalall scoring 10. National Under-17 pacer Gevon Schultz took four wickets for 11 and received support from Rommel Reteimah 2 for 7, Daniel Dharamdat 2 for 2 and Zeymul Ramsammy 2 for 10. Dharamdat then returned to bat to score and unbeaten 18 alongside Tamoi Leason 11 not out for Tucber Park to meet the total in 6 overs.Achievers who opted to bat first in their Quarterfinal match against Albion were restricted to a meager 119 all-out in 31 overs. With Collis Noble hitting a quick fire 37 with five boundaries, while Fraser 23 (2×4, 2×6) and Daniel Ramoutar 16 offered support. Govran Ramesh then bagged 6/20 from his 8.3 overs with his left arm spin, off spinner Leon Cecil 2/9 off 6 overs. Sarwan Chaitnarine and Hemendra Gurdyal very aggressive innings provided them with an opening stand of 75 not out, later on Chaitnarine was dismissed for 37 followed by six wickets falling. With seven wickets down they reached the required total in 21 overs ending on 120-7, to secure their spot in the semifinals. Quacy Auldar 3 for 39 and Adrian Samaroo 3 for 20 was not enough to stop Albion.Tucber Park Cricket Club will meet power house Blairmont in their quarterfinal with the winner going on to play Albion in the semis.Defending Berbice Under-17 Champions, Rose Hall Town Bakewell are already in the final which is scheduled for next Thursday at a venue to be named.
0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks forward Masoud Juma against Edoret Youth’s Philex Kwemoi. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – Eldoret Youth head coach Peter Milombe believes the lessons picked from the humiliating 5-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Kenyan Premier League side Kariobangi Sharks in the GOtv Shield quarter-final last weekend will spur them to fight for promotion.The Division One side resumed their league duties with a 1-0 win over Bondo United over the weekend, clearly washing away the hangovers from the unproductive trip to the city. “The loss was devastating but the team learned a lot from the game. We started the second leg on the right foot. I think the boys have moved on and with such a mentality we can play in the National Super League next season,” Milombe told Capital Sport.Eldoret Youth are three points below leaders Transfoc in the Division One standings and they will be travelling to Baringo this Friday to face bottom side Poror Mote.Malombe has urged his players to replicate the same performance away in Baringo with their hosts having won only one game this season.The Uasin Gishu County side has managed to pick a healthy 23 points from 11 matches to sit second, but Malombe is not yet comfortable especially with stiff competition expected from leaders Transfoc and 4th placed Shabana who were boosted with sponsorship last week.“We have to sustain the pressure especially from Shabana who I know are more motivated by the sponsorship they secured. It’s obvious they will try very hard to close the gap. For us we need to focus on our goal which is promotion,” the tactician affirmed.He says the club’s officials have as well intensified their search for sponsors to aid in their promotion campaign and he notes there has been some progress.“Based on our performance, I am glad the management has started reaching out to potential sponsors from various business communities around and the county government as well. It would give us some good motivation,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Sensational attacker, Ahmed Sabri once again proved why he is the best in the team when he notched a brace for Al-Hayat to inspire the Wajir side make a dramatic comeback after trailing 3-0 in the first half.GARISSA, Kenya, Jan 7 – A spirited Al-Hayat FC from Wajir came three goals down to stun hosts Ifpro from Garissa 7-6 in post-match penalties in a breathtaking match hosted at a packed Garissa University on Sunday.This is after the match ended 3-3 in regular time to force the match to spot-kick that saw Al-Hayat goal keeper, Hassan Mahat make amends after squandering the opening kick when he saved one, while Ifpro player hit the bar in the sudden death penalty that determined the winner. Sensational attacker, Ahmed Sabri once again proved why he is the best in the team when he notched a brace for Al-Hayat to inspire the Wajir side make a dramatic comeback after trailing 3-0 in the first half.Despite dominating the first-half, Ifpro were reduced to 10 men after defender Derow Ahmed was sent-off for a bad tackle on an Al-Hiyat player.Ahmed Sabri produced the man of the match performance after notching a brace for a strong Al-Hayat side and ensure the Wajir based side qualify for the final that will be played on Sunday at the same venue.Issack Abdiwali who was the star player for Ifpro opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Musa Rashid doubled the lead.The red card did not discourage Ifro as the deadly striker set-up Feisal Yussuf to net the third goal on the stroke of half-time for a 3-0 lead.Ifpro went to sleep mode in the second half to see them lose their lead after Abdikhamad Khalid pulled one back immediately after half time before Sabri scored the second in the 52nd minute then completing a brace in the 76th minute.Sabri was named the Most Valuable Player and top scorer after netting four goals.Sabri was named the Most Valuable Player and top scorer after netting four goals.Bashir Abirahi from Ifpro was named the Best Goal Keeper of the tournament.Al-Hayat, who went home with Sh200, 000 from Safaricom, will now join teams from Rift Valley (Kapenguria Heroes), Eastern (Mwingi Boys) and Nyanza (Ombek Red Devils) who have already qualified for the National Finals to be hosted in Nairobi in March.The tournament now heads to Coast Region this weekend, then go to Western, Central and culminate with Nairobi before the grand finale.The overall winner will pocket Sh1mn and earn a fully paid trip to London where they will meet and train with the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom ambassador, Victor Wanyama at his Tottenham Hotpur club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Switzerland launched a thrilling fightback to stun Belgium © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIPARIS, France, Nov 19 – Haris Seferovic starred with a hat-trick as Switzerland staged a sensational comeback to thrash Belgium 5-2 in Lucerne on Sunday and qualify for the Nations League finals in dramatic fashion.Thorgan Hazard’s early double left Switzerland needing to win by two goals to qualify from Group A2 but the hosts quickly fought back, with Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty and Seferovic’s first two goals seeing them into a 3-2 half-time lead. Nico Elvedi nodded home a Xherdan Shaqiri cross in the 62nd minute, and Vladimir Petkovic’s men sealed a stunning win when Seferovic completed his treble late on.“I want to congratulate each player, there was a big mental reaction, the players never gave up, they always believed,” said Swiss coach Petkovic. “They played with will, intelligence and with their heads.”After a thrilling match that continued a trend of goal-filled encounters in the inaugural edition of the Nations League, Switzerland will play at the finals in June next year, alongside European champions Portugal and England, with the final spot going to either France or the Netherlands on Monday.Roberto Martinez’s men saw their six-match unbeaten run since reaching the World Cup semi-finals brought to an shuddering halt.“We forgot to defend well, we gave Switzerland the opportunity to get back in the game,” said Spanish coach Martinez.“We had a lot of excitement, we really wanted to finish top of the group. The disappointment will make us more focused when the (Euro 2020) qualification starts.”– Thorgan Hazard sets the tone –Thorgan Hazard set the tone for the game in only the second minute as dreadful defending by Swiss centre-back Elvedi allowed him to slot home.The 25-year-old winger continued his excellent recent form with a magnificent individual strike in the 17th minute, carrying the ball forwards at pace before hammering a low drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.The Borussia Moenchengladbach man has now scored 12 goals for club and country this season.That left the hosts with a mountain to climb, but Rodriguez got them on the scoresheet in the 26th minute from the spot after Nacer Chadli fouled Kevin Mbabu.Liverpool forward Shaqiri was starting to have a bigger impact on the game and he headed the ball across goal for Seferovic to tap in his first just after the half-hour mark to keep the game alive.Seferovic headed in his third to end Belgium’s hopes in the 84th minute © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIBenfica striker Seferovic sent the crowd in Lucerne into raptures with a wonderful curling finish shortly before half-time as a famous fightback beckoned.Switzerland continued to press at the start of the second period, with Shaqiri bending a free-kick narrowly over the crossbar.Shaqiri, who has been revitalised since joining Liverpool from Stoke in the close season, was the architect of the all-important fourth goal, creating space for a whipped cross which only needed a glancing touch from Elvedi.Belgium still only needed one goal to snatch top spot in the group, but Seferovic put that beyond reach of the away side by twisting to head home in the 84th minute.There was still time for Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer to be forced into saves by Eden Hazard and Belgian substitute Michy Batshuayi, but the hosts held on and almost scored a sixth when Denis Zakaria was denied at point-blank range by Thibaut Courtois.– Austria finish with win –Earlier on Sunday, Valentino Lazaro scored an injury-time winner as Austria beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in a dead rubber in Belfast that Marko Arnautovic described as a “fight”.Northern Ireland had already been relegated from Group B3, while Austria were guaranteed to finish second.“We can be proud of the win. We wanted to come here, to finish well with a win and we did that,” West Ham forward Arnautovic told Sky Sports.“He (Northern Ireland centre-back Gareth McAuley) tried to choke me, he tried to fight with me, I don’t know why. It is not good to fight with me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Attacking midfielder: Ross Barkley (Everton) – With Jack Wilshere struggling with injury, there is a place up for grabs in Englands starting XI and on this form the strapping Toffees star could land it. His driving runs saw him complete seven dribbles against Stoke City, while he also laid on the assist for Gerard Deulofeu. Right back: Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) – The ex-Burnley man has found life tough at White Hart Lane, struggling to find his way past a revitalised Kyle Walker. Hes made do with sporadic Europa League outings but shone when needed against Watford. Playing as a wing-back, Trippier did well down the flank and took up his defensive duties too. His assist for Heung-Min Sons goal will boost his confidence. 11 11 Centre back: Gabriel (Arsenal) – He came into the Gunners line up as a replacement for Laurent Koscielny with partner Per Mertesacker low on morale after his performance in their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Southampton on Boxing Day. The Brazilian stepped up to the plate and grabbed a goal too. 11 11 Attacking midfielder: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Currently, the German star is set for a record-breaking season for the Gunners and his telepathic relationship with Olivier Giroud, which works both ways too, is exciting Arsenal fans. An assist and a goal saw Bournemouth dispatched with ease as they bounced back from a 4-0 defeat to Southampton. 11 Centre back: Gareth McAuley (West Brom) – With Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez on the prowl against the Baggies, McAuley had to be at his best and the Northern Irish star proved his quality as he and his team-mates kept a clean sheet. Hes not led the most glamorous career ever, taking in Linfield, Crusaders, Coleraine, Lincoln City, Leicester and Ipswich before landing his move to West Brom, and hes not getting any younger at 36 but hes proving a key man for Tony Pulis. With bellies full of mince pies, the Premier League’s top stars got back into action just two days after their Boxing Day fixtures to produce some highly entertaining action.There were 18 goals in eight games, with Everton and Stoke playing out a seven-goal thriller, while Manchester United and Chelsea were involved in the most predictable 0-0 draw ever.Arsenal bounced back from a thrashing on the 26th to beat Bournemouth and return, for the time being, to the top of the table, while Tottenham have sneaked up to third by beating Watford.But who makes the talkSPORT Team of the Day for December 28? Check out the XI by clicking the right arrow above… 11 11 Left winger: Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) – The Austrian star has made significant strides this season and is undoubtedly one of the most improved players in the Premier League. He coolly gave the Potters victory from the penalty spot in a seven-goal thriller and also notched an assist, as well as being a general nuisance. Right winger: Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) – Whether he meant it or not, the Swiss star has given us another glimpse of his quality with a double against Everton in the Potters sensational 4-3 victory. Hes hitting his stride for Mark Hughes and is forming an important part of their excellent front four. Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United) – Click the right arrow to see who else made our team of the day… – It could have been either of the goalkeepers involved in the 0-0 draw between the Red Devils and Chelsea but the Spaniard edges out Thibaut Courtois thanks to a magnificent double save in the second half. Things would be a lot worse at Old Trafford without De Gea and had it not been for his performance on Monday, Louis van Gaal could be out of a job. Defensive midfield: Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United) – Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini have been amongst the headline grabbers for Slaven Bilics Hammers this season but the man quietly getting business done in midfield is Kouyate. The 26-year-old is a monstrous midfield figure, despite his relatively slender frame, and put in another steely display with five tackles and four aerial duels won during the game with the Saints. 11 11 Left back: Robbie Brady (Norwich City) – People may have scoffed at the Irishmans £7m transfer fee in the summer but hes certainly proving the doubters wrong at Carrow Road. Consistently a top performer for Alex Neil he carried on his form against Aston Villa, helping his team to keep a clean sheet and getting forward when possible. 11 11 Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – The brilliant Belgian has now hit 11 goals in 10 games across all competitions after bagging a brace against Stoke City. He couldnt give the Toffees victory but its vitally important he keeps this form up if Roberto Martinezs men are to move their way up the Premier League table.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Pork Council recently awarded seven scholarships for a total of $6,500 to students across Ohio. The Ohio Pork Council awards scholarships annually to a select group of students who have shown exemplary service to the pork industry and an interest in a career in the industry.This year’s class of recipients include: Kara Langenkamp, Versailles Lea Kimley, South Charleston Chelsea Graham, Frazeysburg Brandon Dues, St. Henry Grant Lloyd Kaffenbarger, New Carlisle Cameron Vaughan, Wilmington Abbey Werstler, WoosterScholarship recipient Lea Kimley was also awarded the Ohio Pork Council Women’s Scholarship for a total of $500, and the Dick Isler Scholarship for $1,000. Miss Kimley is a resident of South Charleston and currently attends The Ohio State University.