Love of football, Azkals bring fans to games in Bulacan

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Pasigueño Noel Goco drove up north with his 12-year-old son Zach just to watch the match between the Azkals and the War Elephants.“It’s really far, but it’s my son who wanted to watch the match and we really want to see the Azkals play,” he said.READ:  Azkals lose to Thais, bomb out of Suzuki Cup at homeThe same goes with Apple Armea and Nico Naral of Sta. Mesa, Manila, who both came to the stadium with their fellow members of their motorcycle riding club.“It’s really sad that we don’t have much fans. We can see that the team is really fighting as hard as they could,” said Naral.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes The Azkals have struggled to attract fans to the matches, with the first matchday against Singapore drawing 4,339 fans on Saturday and the numbers further plummeted to 2,068 against Indonesia on Tuesday. Both games resulted to draws.READ: Azkals’ heart Friday’s crowd was rowdy bunch, but it still paled in comparison to the Group B matches being held in Myanmar which were all full houses.“Filipinos are really basketball-loving people. We’re not really that adept to football,” said Goco.His neighbor Manuel Rodriguez agrees, while offering a potential solution to the thin crowd.“Football is thought of as a rich man’s game because most of our players have foreign blood. So what we have to do is to improve our sports programs and introduce them to the kids at an early age,” he said.The Azkals bowed out of the tournament after losing to Thailand, 1-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fans of the Philippine Azkals cheering at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – Despite the rains, a respectable crowd still stood firm for the Philippine Azkals in a must-win match against Thailand in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup against Thailand at Philippine Sports Stadium on Friday.Football fanatics, families, sports club and the like all took time to watch the national football team fight for pride and a semifinals berth in the biennial meet against a team which it hasn’t beaten in decades.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus For some, supporting the Azkals is enough of a reason for them to come to the venue outside of the metro.READ: Dooley hopes more fans will comeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“We’re sports lovers and we always watch the games,” said Chito Nana, 50, from Balagtas, Bulacan, who watched with his family.The distance of the venue was not an issue for some, as they proudly supported the Azkals all the way to Bulacan. Azkals lose to Thais, bomb out of Suzuki Cup at home Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are younglast_img read more

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Liberia’s National Museum ‘Needs Overhaul’

first_imgThe national museum of Liberia is more than a century’s old and in deplorable conditions, with fissures in the walls, flakes of paint peeling off and molds visible on almost every aspect of the building. Rainwater seeps in through leakages in the roof and the ceilings look ready to collapse.Erected in 1862 and once hosting the house of legislators and Supreme Court of Liberia, the museum underwent a minor repair believed to have been the first of its kind after the country’s fourteen-year-old civil war. The first tiers of the building, which contain memoirs of past presidents and cartographical materials, related to Liberia’s culture artifacts, are being destroyed gradually due to rainwater and poor methods of preservation.The second and third tiers of the museum containing art galleries that illustrate Liberia’s artistic works appear to be in a better condition than the first tier of the building. However the museum lacks electricity, pipe-borne water, there is no safety hazard, and most cultural artifacts are being ruined.Louise McMillian, Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) said: “We are aware of the museum’s condition and renovation is underway for this month.”Min. McMillian noted that the renovation of the museum doesn’t only include the building but also every cultural artifact that has been damaged. “All those items that are partly or fully damaged will be restored and preserved for the future generation,” Min. McMillian said, adding: “When the renovation is completed it will restore the museum’s dignity as a place to learn the country’s heritage.”Min. McMillian put the cost of transformation of the museum to the amount of US$345,000, but fell short of disclosing when the project would be completed.She said further “all documents like the book of condolence of late President W.V.S. Tubman that has had some parts damaged will be placed in a glass enclosure for proper documentation.”The Minister explained that after renovation the museum will have electricity, pipe-borne water and safety hazards, and a tight security system will be implemented. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Indictment against Lebanese Traffickers Begins

first_imgProsecutors have begun presenting evidence against those they believe were behind the trafficking of ten Liberian girls to Lebanon.  The girls have recently been repatriated.The hearing started yesterday at the Temple of Justice. Some of the girls, who may serve as state witnesses, were spotted entering the office of the grand jury at Criminal Court ‘A,’ to provide evidence against the suspects for a possible indictment.An indictment is a formal written charge issued by a grand jury in a criminal case.The girls were individually escorted to the jury’s office by Montserrado County Attorney, Daku Mulbah, who is one of government’s lead lawyers.It has not been established whether those accused of trafficking the girls are in the country or if they have been arrested.The decision to have the girls present their testimonies yesterday is in accordance with the Liberian government’s vow to prosecute those responsible for trafficking them.According to a judicial expert, the jury will determine whether enough evidence exists to charge the suspects with a criminal offense.The Liberian government recently announced that it would bring human trafficking charges against the suspects.It is not clear whether other charges will be added as the prime witnesses produce their testimonies.The expert also divulged that the grand jury proceedings will be confidential. Apparently, it was to protect their privacy that the girls were secretly escorted to the office of the grand jury.The suspects and their lawyers cannot be present at that hearing, according to our legal expert.If the grand jury determines that the case may be brought to trial, the jury will issue a “true bill” decision, and the suspects are formally charged with the alleged crime, our expert stated.On the contrary, if a “no true bill” decision is issued, it means there is insufficient evidence for a criminal trial, the expert pointed out. He added that the grand jury indictment itself is usually drafted by the prosecutor and simply approved by the jury.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Novak Djokovic to play in Tokyo after shoulder injury

first_imgLOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Determined to end heartbreak, NU comes out with ‘different hunger’ vs FEU Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Earlier this month Djokovic was forced to pull out of his US Open fourth round clash with three-time Slam winner Stan Wawrinka due to a nagging injury in his left shoulder.Serbia’s media quoted Djokovic as saying he had been “training without pain for two days already”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4His return means he could play out the season and hold off a challenge to his number one ranking from US Open winner Rafael Nadal.“It makes me very optimistic that I could play until the end of the season as I planned,” Djokovic was quoted as saying. Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China MOST READ View comments NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 01: Trainer Paul Ness tends to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on day seven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 01, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPWorld number one Novak Djokovic, forced out of the US Open with a shoulder injury, is back in training and will play in Tokyo next week, a member of his press team told AFP.The 32-year-old Serbian star has “started to train and the situation with his shoulder is a bit better,” the spokesperson said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak 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 ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacueeslast_img read more

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Pomeroon speedboat operator granted bail for illegal fuel

first_imgA speedboat operator from La Bonair, Lower Pomeroon River, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) was granted ,000 bail after she appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce on Monday at the Charity Magistrate’s Court charged with the possession of illegal fuel (gasoline).The charge stated that around April 26, 2017, the speedboat operator had illegal fuel which was deemed as such since it did not contained the testified marker of concentration. The court heard that the ‘gas’ was less than one gallon.Representing the woman was Attorney Haimraj Ramkumar who stated that his client is not a flight risk and has a permanent place of residence. The Police Prosecutor and the agent representing the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) did not object to bail which was thereafter granted at the sum of $50,000 by Magistrate Sunil Scarce. The matter is expected to be called again on June 5. (Indra Nathram)last_img read more

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Guyana relations will remain strong – Quinn

first_imgAs UK heads to pollsOn Thursday, millions of citizens in the United Kingdom will cast their ballots in a snap election being held following a referendum which forced Britain’s impending exit from the European Union (EU).While some saw incumbent Prime Minister Theresa May’s election call as a brave and gutsy move to solidify confidence in the ruling Conservative Government, others expressed concern that the party could lose its majority in the British Parliament.UK Ambassador to Guyana, Greg QuinnWhichever candidate emerges victorious come June 8, the UK’s relations with Guyana are expected to remain intact. This was the vehement assurance given by the UK’s High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn, who related to Guyana Times last week that he based his opinion on interactions with his counterparts.“With everyone I’ve spoken to including the President (of Guyana), I think fundamentally there’ll be no change. We are not expecting anything to be no different on the 9th June regardless of who wins the elections,” High Commissioner Quinn told this publication.Speaking of the heightened relations, he pointed to President David Granger’s visit to the Queen at her Buckingham Palace residence in April and a subsequent visit from British Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Right Honourable Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE to Guyana in early May.“[Relations] are going really well. We just had the President come back from the UK where he met the Queen and the week after he came back, we had the Minister here, so I think we are in a good place,” the UK envoy told this newspaper in the invited comment last week.Incumbent UK Prime Minister Theresa MaySpeaking on the oil and gas sector, due for production by 2020, Quinn indicated that owing to the magnitude, Guyana still has more to achieve the full requirements of the industry.“I think there’s a lot of work being done, but there’s a lot of what that has to be done because it’s a big thing to come along. There are a lot of people who’ve been helping, including the Commonwealth Secretary who has been helping the Ministry and a variety of other groups and institutions that have been helping. The needs, requirements and work that have to be done is well understood and I think things are moving in the right direction,” he noted.A YouGov poll released last week had suggested that Prime Minister May could lose the majority of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, winning 308 seats, a loss of 20 seats against the current 17-seat majority. The poll further suggested that the main Opposition Labour could garner 261 seats, leaving the other parties to accrue 80 seats. Other polls showed May garnering 43 per cent of the vote.However, polls such as the Kantar poll and an Ipsos Mori poll showed the incumbent Prime Minister leading her rivals. The final result of the elections may deviate from the polls as it is not yet known how the recent terrorist attacks at Manchester and London will impact upon voting patterns.Caricom Secretary General, Irwin LaRoqueIt is expected that soon after the June 8 elections, negotiations on Brexit with the EU will begin. Following Britain’s decision to leave the EU last year, Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge posited that nothing was expected to change. Additionally, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque had pointed out in June 2016 that he did not foresee Brexit having a drastic impact on relations with Caribbean States.He had noted that there was anxiety over the UK’s exit, with Britain being a significant contributor to the European Development Fund (EDF), from which Caricom benefits.“I don’t anticipate that our relationship in terms of Europe to be directly affected… We don’t anticipate any diminishing of relationship of the EU and certainly not the UK, our relations are very strong,” he stressed last year. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

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Kenya in tough Gold Coast 7s pool

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, September 17- Kenya face a daunting opening to the start of their 2012/2013 IRB World Seven Series after being drawn against Samoa, England and Spain in Group C on Monday for the opening Gold Coast 7s round in Australia.It will be the first World Series campaign under new coach Mike Friday for the country that finished 12th in the 2011/2012 season with 40 points in an outcome that saw his predecessor, Mitch Ocholla, shown the door. The Gold Coast 7s will run on October 13 and 14 where series champions New Zealand will headline Pool A that has South Africa, USA and Canada while last season’s runners-up Fiji are in Pool B against the hosts, Scotland and Tonga.Argentina were drawn in Pool D up against three European sides, Wales, France and Portugal to complete the group stages of the competition that was won by Fiji last year.Friday who was unveiled last month and formally coached England will get the chance to lay his credentials this weekend during the Safaricom Safari Sevens that run from Friday to Sunday at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.Kenya who are seeking to reclaim the title they last won in 2010 from the hands of Samoa will know their group opponents on Tuesday when the draw for the 16-team tournament is released.On Monday, the event received Sh8.5m ($101,109) in sponsorship from pay satellite television providers SuperSport who will beam the event live on High Definition for the first time in its history. Speaking during the ceremony, MultiChoice Kenya General Manager, Danny Muchira reiterated the company’s long-term commitment to the Kenyan market through its investment in local content and talent.“Through our channels such as SuperSport, we shall continue making extensive investments in the production of local sport with considerable investment,” he added.The deal will see SuperSport spend Sh7m ($83,333) with Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) who are the organisers receiving the balance in cash.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Salmon spawning trout

first_img“They showed nicely that … they produced the fish they were shooting for,” said John Waldman, a fisheries biologist at Queens College in New York. “Future work should look to expand this approach to other fishes in need of conservation, in particular, the sturgeons and paddlefish,” he added. “We have a lot of species of fish around the world that are really in danger of becoming extinct.” The Japanese researchers’ ultimate goal: Boost the rapidly dwindling population of bluefin tuna, a species prized in a country famed for its tuna appetite. “We need to rescue them somehow,” said Goro Yoshizaki, a Tokyo University marine scientist who is leading the research. First, Yoshizaki’s team started with “salmonids,” a family that includes both salmon and trout, and one of concern to biologists because several species are endangered or extinct. Initial attempts to transplant sperm-producing cells into normal masu salmon mostly produced hybrids of the two species that didn’t survive. This time, Yoshizaki engineered salmon to be sterile. He then injected newly hatched salmon with stem cells destined to grow into sperm that he had culled from male rainbow trout. Once they were grown, 10 of 29 male salmon who got the injections produced trout sperm, called milt. Here’s the bigger surprise: Injecting the male cells into female salmon sometimes worked, too, prompting five female salmon to ovulate trout eggs. That’s a scientific first, Yoshizaki said. The stem cells were still primitive enough to switch gears from sperm-producers to egg-producers when they wound up inside female organs, explained Idaho’s Cloud. Then Yoshizaki used the salmon-grown trout sperm to fertilize both wild trout eggs and the salmon-grown trout eggs. DNA testing confirmed that all of the dozens of resulting baby fish were pure trout, he reported. Moreover, those new trout grew up able to reproduce. Now comes Idaho’s attempt to prove if the method is really useful in trying to produce the endangered sockeye salmon. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Japanese researchers put a new spin on surrogate parenting as they engineered one fish species to produce another, in a quest to preserve endangered fish. Idaho scientists begin the next big step next month, trying to produce a type of salmon highly endangered in that state – the sockeye – this time using more plentiful trout as surrogate parents. The new method is “one of the best things that has happened in a long time in bringing something new into conservation biology,” said University of Idaho zoology professor Joseph Cloud, who is leading the U.S. government-funded sockeye project. The Tokyo University inventors dubbed their method “surrogate broodstocking.” They injected newly hatched but sterile Asian masu salmon with sperm-growing cells from rainbow trout – and watched the salmon grow up to produce trout. The striking success, published in today’s edition of the journal Science, is capturing the attention of conservation specialists, who say new techniques are badly needed. Captive breeding of endangered fish is difficult, and attempts to freeze fish eggs for posterity so far have failed. SCIENCE: Idaho will try the reverse after an endangered fish species is reproduced in Japan. By Lauran Neergaard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Papa salmon plus mama salmon equals … baby trout? last_img read more

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Noel Gallagher on The Sports Bar Best Bits

first_imgNoel Gallagher joined Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy on Wednesday and it made for an explosive Sports Bar show.During the two-hour special, Noel gave his thoughts on his beloved Manchester City, and he admitted he was uninspired by City’s capture of Fabian Delph.He also slammed Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s off-field activities, claiming he will never be able to emulate the levels reached by current world-class midfielders if he carries on misbehaving.Noel also delivered a damning assessment of the current state of the England national side, claiming they are ‘cast as far away into the wilderness as they’ve ever been.’last_img

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Watford face opposition in race to land Roma star Juan Iturbe on loan

first_img Roma star Juan Iturbe Hellas Verona are hopeful of re-signing former favourite and Watford target Juan Iturbe on loan when the transfer window opens.The 22-year-old forward left Verona for Roma in a £16m deal and signed a five-year contract in July 2014.But the Argentinean has struggled to recreate his best form in the Italian capital and scored just two goals in his first 27 league games at his new club last season.And it has not got much better for him this term, having found the net only once in 12 Serie A appearances.Now reports in Italy have revealed that Roma are ready to let him leave on loan in the new year and Watford are understood to be keen on luring him to the Premier League.However, Gazzetta dello Sport has suggested that his old club Hellas Verona are in the driving seat to land him.Like Iturbe, Verona have also endured a miserable start to the season and sit rock bottom of the table with just seven points from their first 16 games having failed to register a win.And they are hoping that Iturbe will be able to fire them to safety in the second half of the season should their loan bid be successful. 1last_img read more

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