De Jesus could only hope they will just in time for the start of the UAAP season. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books LATEST STORIES “All of them are excelling,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “We set this level of game so other teams were catching up. Now they reached this level and it’s our turn to catch up.”He admitted that the loss of Mika Reyes, Ara Galang and Cyd Demecillo to graduation would take its toll on the Lady Spikers.“We lost many players, it’s hard to match the character of Mika and Ara inside the court,” said De Jesus.Nevertheless, he will still have top setter Kim Fajardo, who will play her her final tour of duty for La Salle as she finishes her post-graduate degree.“Hopefully we reach at least 70 percent of our movements from last year,” said De Jesus. “We will try to reach their level but I still don’t know when.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. De Jesus said they set a high level of standard in the UAAP after unseating the Alyssa Valdez-led Ateneo Lady Eagles last April.Observers also pick 15-time champion University of Santo Tomas and National University as title contenders because of their formidable rosters.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 returnThe Tigresses will have battle-tested Cherry Rondina, EJ Laure, Chloe Cortez and Ria Meneses, who played together in the Shakey’s V-League and for different clubs in the Philippine Superliga.But the Lady Bulldogs will have Jaja Santiago on their side which practically tilted the balance in favor of NU, which last won in the 1956-57 season. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Diaz, other elite athletes to train in Japan Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Lady Spikers team captain Kim Fajardo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor coach Ramil de Jesus, reigning champion La Salle is coming in as the underdog in the UAAP Season 79 volleyball season which begins Feb. 4.“All of them,” said De Jesus, when asked which team would pose as their biggest problem.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
“We are a strong family unit because our parents brought us up with the right values,” he said.“Of course we make mistakes, it’s difficult but you work through it.“People have said because we’re a brand we stay together but it’s not, it is because we love each other and we have four amazing children.“We are very respectful of our lives when we have tough times we work through it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ 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 LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Beckham was part of a legendary Manchester United youth team which included future stars like Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers Gary and Phil.“There was never anything like that,” said the 41-year-old, capped 115 times and captain of his country on 59 occasions.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“It is disgraceful and something has to be done.“The closest we ever came to that was when certain professionals in the senior team would make us do a funny dance in front of our heroes at the time. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member David Beckham attends UNICEF’s 70th anniversary event at United Nations Headquarters on December 12, 2016 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISSEngland football icon David Beckham labelled the historical sex abuse scandal that has rocked the sport as a ‘disgrace’ in an insightful interview on BBC Radio on Sunday.He was unequivocal in his condemnation of the sex abuse dating back to the 1970’s and 80’s that has emerged since former Crewe Alexandra youth player Andy Woodward went public last November. ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal MOST READ Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ “It was humiliation but that was just to teach us a lesson.“I would like to think clubs are all on board with this and the FA (Football Association) are doing all they can and the more these ex professionals express their opinions there will be more done.”Beckham was appearing as the guest on the 75th anniversary edition of the renowned ‘Desert Island Discs’ programme.England capsThe invitee is allowed to choose eight records and to take to the mythical desert island a copy of The Bible, the Complete Works of William Shakespeare and is allowed a book of their choice as well as a special object.ADVERTISEMENT Beckham said he would take his England caps to the island, a less controversial choice than late great American writer Norman Mailer who opted for marijuana.Beckham said he keeps his caps at home but his medals are in a bank in safekeeping as they are for his children and has over 1000 pairs of football boots in storage.His selection of music was eclectic.But there might be words at home as not one of them was by his wife Victoria’s former band ‘The Spice Girls’. The one record he said he would take to the desert island would be Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘Every Time We Say Goodbye’. “We used to get to my grandparents at 8 on a Saturday morning and I would sit in my grand dad’s chair,” said Beckham.“He was stern but loving and used to work nights and get up at 11 in the morning.“I would always be watching Football Focus (BBC programme on a Saturday) and he”d say ‘out’ (of the chair) whether it was me or my sisters and do the same with my children.“The thing I always remember is Ella Fitzgerald’s song would always be playing in his flat.”Beckham also chose Spanish song ‘No es no Lismo’ by Alejandro Sanz as he used to go to a Spanish bar on his own to eat ham and drink beer so he could learn the language. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Federer strengthens GOAT case with 18th Grand Slam He told the BBC that his initial stages of dating Victoria were carefully orchestrated by her manager Simon Fuller.“He was very protective and he kind of wanted to keep it quiet,” said Beckham, who has gone on to have four children with Victoria.Purple top hat“I used to drive down to see her and we used to sit in the car park (of a local restaurant) and talk.“I had an amazing bright blue BMW, I had spent all my adidas contract money on it and was still living in lodgings.“So we used to sit in the car park, we would kiss of course and talk.”Beckham, who said he refused to watch United matches for three years following their decision to sell him to Real Madrid which took him unawares as he was on holiday in the United States, joked about the extravagance of his wedding to Victoria in 1999. “We have renewed our vows since and it was a lot quieter with only six people there,” he said.“I even had a top hat in purple at the wedding. What was I thinking!”Beckham, who signed his first contract with United aged 14 after he had sparkled aged 10 and 11 at the Bobby Charlton school in Manchester, said his marriage to Victoria had had its bad times but they remained deeply in love. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Geneveve Casugod of Generika Digs down on Cocolife Kaye Martinez Daly. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMiddle-of-the-road teams Generika-Ayala and Cocolife get that one last chance to power up their finals bid Thursday.But they will have to do it against league heavyweights when the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference stages its knockout quarterfinals at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Castro pounces on open looks to keep TNT in the fight LATEST STORIES Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 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 Generika-Ayala, coached by national team mentor Francis Vicente, faces a resurgent defending champion F2 Logistics at 5 p.m., while Cocolife battles Cignal at 7 p.m.Cignal coach George Pascua is not taking Cocolife lightly and warned his team against its habit of starting slow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We can’t afford to be like that; this is a very important phase of the tournament,” said Pascua. View comments
KINGSTON: Minister of Culture, Gender, Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange, has urged new president of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts, to put the spotlight on grassroots development. Ricketts won election at the weekend to complete the term of the late JFF president, Captain Horace Burrell. In a congratulatory message to the new JFF boss, Grange expressed confidence in his ability to lead Jamaica’s football “at a critical time of change”. In calling on Ricketts to pay particular attention to talent development Grange said: “Without a strong grass-roots programme, we will not sufficiently unearth and develop talent that will lead to exceptional results for Jamaica at the high performance level.” Minister Grange said she looked forward to an early meeting with the new president to discuss ideas to develop the beautiful game.
KTHS vs Tarrant Denham Town vs St George’s College Vauxhall vs St Catherine NEEDS MORE FROM PLAYERS Group A St Mary’s College vs Cumberland Waterford vs Camperdown Meadowbrook vs Hydel Group D Kingston High vs Tivoli Haile Selassie vs Innswood Pembroke Hall vs Wolmer’s Boys St Catherine High School will look to stay second in Group D of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup competition when they travel to third-place Vauxhall for this afternoon’s feature game. St Catherine have seven points from their four games, one more than Vauxhall, and a win for either team would put them second behind leaders St George’s College. St Catherine eked out a 1-0 win over Kingston Technical High School (KTHS) on Friday, while Vauxhall went down 3-0 to the group leaders, and St Catherine’s coach, Anthony Patrick, said that he will be going for nothing but a win this afternoon. “We go second in the standings (after victory over KTHS), so we lead Vauxhall and KTHS by just a point. We go to Vauxhall on Monday (today), and we definitely have to go there and get the three points,” he said. Jamaica College vs Mona Bridgeport vs STATHS Group F Group B Group C However, he still believes that he needs more from his players coming off the bench in order to be a stronger force. “The midfield is our biggest problem as we have a lot of youngsters, but we are still not getting much from the changes. But the way we played at St George’s, if we turn up in that frame of mind again, we will put away the game early,” he stated confidently. Meanwhile, St George’s will look to maintain their 100 per cent record when they take on Denham Town. The Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell-coached team has so far won four from four and sits atop of the standings with a maximum 12 points. They are expected to take the full three points from their second-from-bottom opponent, Denham Town, who have three points from four matches. In the group’s other game, Kingston Technical entertain Tarrant at Deanery Road. Today’s fixtures: Holy Trinity vs Jose Marti Clan Carty vs Ascot St Jago vs Edith Dalton James
Competing in Heat Two, Allen won in 44.83 seconds to advance as the fourth fastest qualifier for Friday’s final. In the following heat Bloomfield went close to his personal best of 44.70 as he stopped the clock at 44.72 to be the third fastest to advance. Three other Jamaicans, Kemar Mowatt, Raheem Chambers and Damion Thomas, also advanced to Friday’s finals. Competing for the University of Arkansas, Mowatt win his 400m hurdles semi-final in 49.98 to move forward as the fifth best qualifier. Twenty-year-old American Michael Norman of the University of Southern California is the fastest qualifier. He won his heat in 44.66 ahead of Tyrell Richard of South Carolina State 44.70. All eight finalists have gone under 45 seconds. Sprint hurdler Damion Thomas competing for Louisiana State University, was a close second in his semi-final of the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.44 seconds. He has the fourth fastest time. Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen, competing for the University of Auburn, won their 400 metres semi-finals tonight at the NCAA Division 1 Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Former St Jago High sprinter Chambers of Auburn is through to the 100m final. He clocked a wind-aided 10.05 seconds (wind 2.3 mps) in finishing third. Andre Ewars of Florida State won the heat in 10.00 to advance as the fastest qualifier. Waseem Williams, competing for Purdue University, finished fifth in Chambers’ heat in 10.07 and did not advance.
Pumped However, JC’s coach Andrew Peart, said although his team is pumped up for today’s clash but he is expecting a tough encounter from his opponents. “It is going to be a tough game because they are out of Manning Cup and so their sole focus is on the Champions Cup, and we just have to be ready to face this challenge,” said Peart. “We have been steadily improving and our last game on Saturday was a result of that, and that game has certainly given the team a lot of confidence going into this game,” he said.The Dark Blues will be looking to key players Shaniel Thomas, Norman Campbell, Tajay Grant and Isaac Scott to lead them to victory. Having been beaten 2-1 by Jamaica College (JC) in the quarter-finals of ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup, Devon Anderson, head coach of Holy Trinity, said his team is very determined to turn the tables on his opponents when both teams clash in the quarter-finals of Champions Cup competition. The match will be played at the Stadium East field starting at 4:00 p.m. In the second match of the double-header, St George’s College will take on St Andrew Technical High School at 6:00 p.m. Holy Trinity were also beaten 2-0 by JC in the 2014 final and last year’s semi-finals and according to Anderson, those defeats are still fresh in his mind and so they are ready to put on a good showing this afternoon. “We are looking forward to a very competitive game because we know what we have to do and we are going out there with a plan to do that,” said Anderson.”It is a do-or-die situation and so JC is coming out to play, and so are we , and so we are just going out there to play our style of football to ensure that we win the game,” he said. Holy Trinity, who secured their spot in the quarter-finals after an exciting 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over Dinthill Technical after 0-0 draw at full-time, will rest their hopes in the hands of striker Phillon Lawrence, who scored 14 goals in this year’s Manning Cup competition. He is expected to receive support from Roy Evelyn, who netted eight goals this season, Carlington Blackwood and Noel Bunsie. JC, who are one of the favourites to win the title this year, booked their spot in the quarter-finals with an easy 4-0 win over Mile Gully.
Twenty-year-old Ronaldo Mohamed is a Guyanese cricketer, who was born to Vanessa and Ali Mohamed and is the eldest of two boys. He grew up in William Street, Kitty, and attended the FE Pollard Primary School after which he joined the Academy of Precious Ones, where he completed his secondary education.Growing up was quite interesting for the talented young man, who aims to be on the Guyana national team and the West Indies senior team.He recalled tagging along with his uncle to watch him play cricket at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Ground. After gaining some interest in the game, he started to run around the yard with a bat and ball asking everyone to “bowl him”.His uncle thought that he showed some potential to become a good cricketer and without hesitation, he got him enrolled at the GCC at the age of six. After years of practice and training, he played his first game representing GCC at the Under-15 level.Mohamed was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the U-15 Tournament, since he had taken the most wickets with deadly bowling.When asked about challenges he encountered while playing the sport he loves, he noted that the most difficult thing thus far was playing against Demerara Cricket Club (DCC).Although he has also encountered a few personal challenges, he said he “stick to what I normally do and overcome it”. With success on the field, he continues to elevate himself in the cricketing arena.He continues to play for the GCC and hopes one day to make it in the international scene bowling for the West Indies.His role model is Trinidadian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, as well as Keemo Paul, but he gets his inspiration from Guyana cricketers Leon Johnson and Christopher Barnwell. The young Mohamed encouraged youths to stay in school and develop themselves academically before choosing the path of a career in the cricketing world.“Do the right thing and you will be successful,” he added. On a lighter note, Mohamed is a lover of roti and bora curry while his favourite colours are black and white. He also loves the movie “Black Lightning”.
The price of oil and gas at the pump. It is generally low risk; The size of the investment is dependent on the health of the nearby upstream assets; and I trust the readers have gotten a grasp of the extent of this opening discussion on the midstream sector and the importance of why we must build those pipelines to feed GPL sooner rather than later to end blackouts, but, more importantly, to create the new jobs in a new sector that can absorb the growing army of the unemployed in Guyana.Next week, I shall move to explaining these four key business characteristics of the midstream oil and gas sector. This is the fifth in an oil series, which started in August 2017, that aims to focus on the oil industry. The intention is to try and explain the entire value stream, oil strategy, and recommended action for the Guyana oil sector.I am of the belief that if the ordinary man in the street understands what is happening, then he will hold the feet of whoever wins the 2020 elections to the fire. The bottom line remains that the post-2020 Government must be held accountable by ensuring that the oil revenues are managed responsibly and with the best interests of all the people in mind.Right now, from what I am observing under this Granger-led PNC regime, they are not very transparent and accountable in the oil-related negotiations. So, my plan is to bring oil-related information to the man in the street to stimulate debate and subsequent grassroots activism on the issue. Today, I move the conversation to a discussion on midstream activities in the oil and gas sector.What is Midstream?Midstream is the function of the oil and gas industry that provides the vital link between the producing areas and the population centres where industrial, refining and residential customers are located. Field gathering, processing plants, and transmission pipelines are the major assets in the mainstream industry. Also in the midstream industry are transportation assets.Transportation assets can include the marine vessels that will be used to move the crude from the well to the refinery. Throughout this process, the chain will have storage assets. At the well site, Exxon has already commissioned the contract to develop their floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel designed to facilitate a production of up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. Most of this oil could possibly be transported to the Baton Rouge Refinery in Louisiana owned by Exxon. That facility has a storage tank farm that can manage a production of 502,000 barrels per day (in one day that facility can handle 1/10 of Guyana’s annual fuel consumption).The commercial success of the oil and gas sector is heavily dependent on the midstream segment of the business. Based on a study on Mainstream Infrastructure called “Capitalising on our Energy Abundance” – NAFTA countries alone are planning to invest some US$640 billion between 2018 and 2035 in transport assets, and refining infrastructure. Those investments are expected to yield some 430,000 jobs in Canada, the USA, and Mexico.So these talks with Exxon to bring natural gas to the Guyanese shore for electricity should not be approached by the Granger Administration as a want, but as a need. If this investment is made in the natural gas facilities on-shore, then jobs will be created, possibly in the hundreds. Guyana can leverage such investments, which can include transmission pipelines, pumping facilities, processing facilities, storage facilities, compression facilities, and so on. It takes real investments and real humans to manage all of these things and that will redound to the benefit of Guyana.So the opening sentence from the “Technical Working Group” who are tasked with negotiating on behalf of the Government of Guyana should be, “we have a business plan for this industry – we want a reliable and low-cost electricity system for the nation and we are ready to bring our assets to the process, tell us what we need to do to get this done by 2022? Clearly, communication with clear deadlines and with a clear vision is what Exxon needs to hear to take the Guyanese team seriously.Midstream Business CharacteristicsThe four key characteristics of the midstream segment are: It is highly regulated, especially the pipeline components;
…on Cricket!His regular readers would know their Eyewitness is a cricket nut. In the beginning – fifteen years ago – T-20 didn’t grab him the way Test cricket had for so many years. But just like how he ate boiled rice but had come to love it in all its variations – pilaf, fried, puffed, Spanish, etc, etc…- T-20 rose in his estimation as he realised it had its own dynamics and charm. It was his home-grown Amazon Warriors that did the trick, when the Caribbean Premier League was formed.As he went to every one of their games since 2013 at Providence Stadium, he realised that the phrase “more than just a game” wasn’t simply a merchandising cliché, but a reality for what unfolded at those events. A half a century before, CLR James had written “Beyond a Boundary” to explain what cricket had meant to us as a colonial people in the Caribbean — as we struggled to earn some respect in a world where the decks were stacked against us.More recently, in 2007 – the year Providence Stadium was opened for the One-day World Cup cricket tournament — there was the semi-documentary, “More than a game”, about the football “League” formed by the Apartheid prisoners at Robben Island Prison, using the organisation of their games to retain their agency and some dignity. And it was this wider role to address a contradiction in our social relations that T-20 was playing here.As your Eyewitness sat in the stands, he saw everyone around him shedding those narrow walls they erected when “outside”, and which kept them from appreciating their essential commonality as “Guyanese”. At the Warriors’ “home” games, every man-jack (and woman-jackie!) were rooting for their “boys” out in the field. With every boundary hit, high-fives were spontaneously exchanged; with every wicket falling, groans were also spontaneously expelled.And so, when his Warriors took on the table-topping TKR — which had beaten them before — and then whupped them on both occasions to be the first to qualify for the finals, your Eyewitness wasn’t surprised when complete “strangers” hugged each other. But in truth, they weren’t really strangers – they were Guyanese who were already bonded by their love for the team. And that their opponents were “The Trinis” made their bonding even more intense. Who among them hadn’t been dissed by a Trini at one point or another??But the Warriors have one more mountain to climb to get to the summit of victory — one that has eluded them up to now — to win it all. Your Eyewitness believes they’ll be facing the Trinis once again for that.And they’ll fulfil their destiny this time!!…on OilWith Exxon announcing new oil strikes with such regularity, most of us have forgotten there are a lot of other players prospecting for oil under our Atlantic waters. And now Total and its partner Eco have just announced — on the same day the Warriors clawed their way to the Finals – that they’ve struck a formation that contains the equivalent of 3 billion barrels of oil!! It’s too bad all this action’s underwater; your Eyewitness always wanted to yell when the black gold gushed – as he saw in those movies of oil roustabouts – “Thar she blows!!”Anyhow, this has to be good news for Guyana, and your Eyewitness hopes the Government has learnt from its experience (or its LACK thereof) with the Exxon negotiations, and will negotiate a better deal for Guyana. And that therefore we won’t be catapulted into another acrimonious round of debate and “cuss down” on “bonuses”, “local content”, and tax holidays.Isn’t it time, perhaps, the Government invite the opposition to be on the Guyanese Oil Team??…not on wind powerWith all this oil to be pumped, why does the Government not at least TRY to make its ‘green’ claims credible by encouraging “green power” generation? Why are its officials foiling that Berbice wind venture?Passing wind?