MOST READ View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – Ceres beats Yangon FC. Photo from @AFCCup TwitterYANGON—Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros showed grit under immense pressure to advance to the AFC Cup Asean zone final for the second straight year.Despite a 2-3 loss to Yangon United in an ill-tempered second leg of their semifinal tie at Thuwunna Stadium here Wednesday night, the Busmen survived and prevailed on aggregate, 6-5, and stayed on course for a second straight Asean crown.ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia routs Columbian for 2nd straight win In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Myanmar League leaders got off to a dream start when Kosuke Yamaazaki scored in the second minute, cutting the deficit, 3-4, on aggregate.But Ott combined with Stephan Schrock to pull Ceres level, before Maranon finally gave the Busmen the lead with a smart finish 12 minutes from time.The goal looked to have sealed the win for Ceres, but Maranon celebrated in front of Thein Zaw, who took offense.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina But victory came with a price as top scorer Bienvenido Maranon will miss the first leg of the final against Singapore after getting sent off following his goal celebration that Korean referee Ko Hyung-jin deemed as taunting.The incident involving Maranon sparked a melee in the 78th minute with Ceres ahead, 2-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt also spurred the home side to salvage what was an already lost game, setting the stage for a gripping finish in front of close to 2,500 fans.In the end, the 4-2 win at home last week at Panaad Stadium and Ceres midfielder Manny Ott’s crucial equalizer in the ninth minute here proved enough for the Busmen to survive the late onslaught by Yangon. 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
A taxi driver was on Monday remanded to prison after being arraigned with the murder of Simone Hackett,Ranachal Singhwhose body was found in a trench at Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, with several stab wounds.Ranachal Singh, 31, of Lot 7 Good Faith, Mahaicony, was not required to plead to the charge which stated that between April 16 and 19, at Cummings Lodge, he murdered Hackett. The taxi driver’s vehicle was allegedly used to transport Hackett’s ex-boyfriend to and from the scene of the murder.Singh appeared before Magistrate Zamina Ally at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court, and the matter was adjourned to May 18.Clevon Hamilton was also arraigned for the heinous crime at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court last Friday. According to reports, Hamilton contacted the now dead woman and instructed her to collect a package for their son from a friend at the University of Guyana (UG) Access Road. The woman went to the location only to see Hamilton instead of the friend.The prosecution told the Court that the suspect admitted to the crime during interrogation.It was reported that the mother of one left home on Saturday evening about 20:30h to uplift the package, but never returned home. Her body was discovered in a trench among the vegetation by two schoolboys on their way to school.Hours after the discovery, the Police arrested Hamilton in Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).He told investigators that he travelled to Georgetown on Saturday, and stayed at a city hotel. On the night the woman went missing, he contacted Singh who collected him from the hotel and dropped him off at the bus shed where he met the woman. At the time, he was carrying a haversack in which the murder weapon was concealed.Hamilton admitted that during an argument, he choked the woman after which he pulled out the knife and inflicted the fatal injuries. He then tossed the body into the trench, got rid of the murder weapon, boarded Singh’s taxi and travelled back to Mahdia.The car that was used to transport the murder suspect to Mahdia was found abandoned in a bushy area in the mining district. During an inspection of the car, blood stains were found on the seats.It is believed that after stabbing the woman, Hamilton boarded that vehicle with blood on his clothing.
Mayor Jim Eglinski used an appearance on Issues and Answers this morning, to weigh in with more on his position regarding the possible impostion of a youth curfew in Fort St. John.He started by talking about some recent personal U.S. based internet research… [asset|aid=181|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Mayor Jim – Curfew_1_Pub.mp3]The idea of a curfew drew some solid support among several members of city council, when it was presented last week, as a possbile means of combatting the escalation of late night noise and vandalism in the city.However, with the Mayor raising some reservations and, calling for more public input, the matter was referred to city administration for more research and study. – Advertisement –
Some analysts suggest that lifting the software restrictions could boost sales of online music, which currently account for around 10 percent of global music sales. Jobs said he planned to offer around half of all music in the iTunes store under the premium package by the end of the year, but declined to say whether the company was in discussions with other leading record companies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Breaking from the rest of the recording industry, EMI Group said Monday it will begin selling songs online that are free of copy-protection technology through Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store. The deal, however, doesn’t include music from the label’s biggest act, The Beatles. ITunes customers will soon be able to buy songs by the Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Coldplay and other top-selling artists for $1.29, or 30 cents more than the copy-protected version. The premium tunes also will be offered in a higher quality than the 99-cent tracks. EMI Chief Executive Eric Nicoli said The Beatles music catalog is excluded from the deal but the company was “working on it.” He declined to set a time frame for negotiations over the catalog. The announcement followed calls by Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs earlier this year for the world’s four major record companies, including EMI Group PLC, to start selling songs online without copy-protection software. The technology, known as digital rights management, or DRM, is designed to combat piracy by preventing unauthorized copying or sharing, but it also can be a consumer headache. Some music players, for instance, support one type of DRM software but not others. The DRM used by Apple does not work with competing services or devices, meaning that consumers can download songs from iTunes to work only on their computers or iPod music players. The lock between the download services and players has drawn criticism from European industry regulators, who argue that it limits buyer choice. “Doing the right thing for the customer going forward is to tear down the walls that impede interoperability,” Jobs told a London news conference. He has previously argued there was little benefit to record companies selling more than 90 percent of their music without DRM on compact discs, then selling the remaining percentage online with DRM.
0Shares0000Iraq, which competed in the Gulf Cup of Nations in Kuwait City in January, hopes to convince FIFA to lift its ban on home competitive internationals © AFP/File / Yasser Al-ZayyatBAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb 26 – Iraq is hosting a football international against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for the first time in almost four decades, in a friendly encounter with high diplomatic and political stakes.With its match in the southern city of Basra against the Saudis who have qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, Iraq aims to strengthen its case for FIFA to lift its ban on home competitive internationals. The country has not played full internationals on home turf ever since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait that sparked an international embargo.The ban, covering all but local matches, stayed in place after the US-led invasion of 2003 that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.It was briefly lifted in 2012, but a power outage during an Iraq-Jordan match in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil led world football’s governing body promptly to reinstate it.Iraq in December declared victory over the Islamic State jihadist group following a three-year battle, and FIFA finally relaxed the ban, allowing international friendlies at stadiums in Arbil, Basra and the shrine city of Karbala.For Saudi Arabia, the match is part of a slow process of boosting diplomatic and economic ties with post-Saddam Iraq, while at the same time countering the influence in the country of its regional rival Iran.– Political football –“Politics is present in every domain, and Saudi Arabia has major political weight,” Sports and Youth Minister Abdulhussein Abttan told AFP in an interview.Iraq has invited its president, Gianni Infantino, to visit the country, but no decision has yet been taken on whether the trip will go ahead © AFP/File / LUDOVIC MARIN“I hope that this match will inspire other national teams to visit Iraq, which will help support our case for a total lifting of FIFA’s ban on matches in our stadiums,” he said, ahead of a decision the sport’s governing body is expected to take in March.Iraq is also hosting a four-country tournament in March in Karbala, although Kuwait has pulled out.In another case of political football, Qatar which is locked in a diplomatic standoff with Saudi Arabia and its allies sent a high-profile delegation to Iraq to sign a series of sports accords.“So now we’re helping Iraq?! Iraq has become important, impressive… ,” an apparently miffed Saudi official quipped on Twitter under a photo of the Qatari federation head.– Infantino invited –On the FIFA front, Iraq has invited its president, Gianni Infantino, to visit the country, a spokesman for the federation told AFP, but no decision has yet been taken on whether the trip will go ahead.A visit by Infantino “would be important, only for symbolic reasons,” said James Dorsey, a specialist in Middle East football and politics.Iraq has not played full internationals on home turf ever since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait that sparked an international embargo © AFP / Haidar HAMDANI“The key is does FIFA lift the ban or not, because the world soccer body by lifting the ban says Iraq is a safe place to go.“It’s clearly very important for the Iraqis, post territorial defeat of IS, to be projected as a country where there is security,” said the senior fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.For Bassem Qassem, the national team coach, the match in Basra will be “more protocol than technical for us, but its impact on Iraqi football will be enormous”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Chelsea are being tipped to draw with Man City Following a week in which European football has made a welcome return to the calendar, attentions now resume to domestic competition and yet another hugely important weekend in the Premier League.All eyes will be on the Etihad as Man City look to quickly get over their last minute defeat to Bayern Munich when they take on Chelsea, while the west Londoners will be hoping for a better performance after they were held to a draw by Schalke.According to players of talkSPORT’s Premier League Predictor game, Jose Mourinho’s team are favourites to claim all three points despite facing the reigning champions on City’s own turf, with 28 per cent of people predicting a Chelsea win, compared to just 19.8 per cent plumping for a home victory.That said, the most popular prediction is for Chelsea to drop points, with 52.2 per cent predicting a draw.Meanwhile, Arsenal will be looking to end their own dismal week on a strong note as they take on Aston Villa on Saturday.And the odds, according to Predictor players, are that Gooners will get their wish with a sizable 67 per cent of expecting Arsene Wenger’s men to beat high-flying Villa and close the gap on the league leaders.In talkSPORT’s exclusive commentary games, 82.1 per cent of all fans expect Liverpool to hammer West Ham (live on Saturday from 5.30pm), while a similar amount 80.7 per cent believe Man United will build on their success of last weekend with a comprehensive victory over Leicester (live on Sunday from 1pm).Make sure you sign up to talkSPORT’s Premier League Predictor game for your chance to WIN £1m! Click here to register.
Adam Johnson struck a last-minute winner to secure victory for Sunderland in an epic Tyne-Wear derby against fierce rivals Newcastle United.It was a frantic clash at St James’ Park, with both sides having a host of chances and referee Anthony Taylor having plenty to do as the tackles flew in.But, just as the Magpies pushed for a winner in the closing stages, Johnson capped off a late counter-attack with a furious finish, sealing the Black Cats’ fourth consecutive win over their derby rivals.It’s a tie famed for rarely finishing with all 22 men on the pitch, and Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole wasted no time in setting the tone for the clash by upending Daryl Janmaat with a charging tackle after just ten seconds and, remarkably, escaped without a booking.And Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini was very lucky to then avoid an early sending off when he led with his knee as he flew into the back of Steven Fletcher, with the Argentine defender only handed a yellow card much to Gus Poyet’s outrage.In a frenetic opening period, the hosts started on the front foot with Sammy Ameobi and Moussa Sissoko driving into the Black Cats’ box.But it was Sunderland who had the best chance to open the scoring, Sebastian Larsson sending a brilliant 35-yard Hollywood pass over the top for Fletcher, with the Scot beating his man but crashing a first-time volley against the crossbar.Amid the host of chances for both sides, referee Taylor was certainly kept busy, dishing out bookings to five players in the opening half alone, including Jack Colback, who hacked down former team-mate Jordi Gomez in his first game against Sunderland since switching for Newcastle in the summer.Meanwhile, the visitors maintained pressure on the hosts with Connor Wickham stinging the gloves of Jak Alnwick with a fierce long-range drive, the rookie goalkeeper just managing to tip the strike around his post.And the furious pace continued with Magpies forward Ayoze Perez starting to cause Sunderland problems at the back, firing a curling effort from 25 yards just past the post and then forcing Sebastian Coates into a decent last-ditch tackle.But the momentum was forever changing at St James’ Park, with Alnwick again forced into a save from Wickham’s towering header and the striker then dribbling a shot just wide just before the break.The second-half began in the same fashion as the first, and there was drama shortly after the restart when Newcastle were reduced, temporarily, to ten men.Steven Taylor was forced off for stitches after colliding with the post as he heroically denied Sunderland the opener, heading Wickham’s cross away on the goal line with Fletcher ready and waiting to dash in.Strangely, as the game continued, Pardew decided to wait for the defender to make his way back rather than making the change.Sunderland failed to make their short-lived man advantage count as ten minutes later Taylor eventually returned, with Gomez guilty of a shocking miss as he, under no pressure, shanked a shot horribly wide from the centre of the box after patient build-up play from the Black Cats.Gus Poyet’s side soon had goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to thank for a superb save that kept the hosts in the contest, the former Manchester City man getting his fingertips to Perez’s curling effort which seemed destined for the top corner.In another feisty period, Magpies substitute Adam Armstrong broke through but hit tamely at Pantilimon, while Johnson missed another great chance for the Black Cats when he slid a shot poorly past the far post after deceiving his marker with a neat turn in the box.Desperate not to become the first Newcastle manager to slump to four derby defeats in a row, Pardew introduced both Papiss Cisse, who didn’t start the game due to illness, and Remy Cabella in the final 15 minutes.The changes made a difference as the hosts dominated the closing stages looking for that winning goal, but instead it was heartbreak for the Toon Army as, after Pantilimon denied Sissoko from long-range, Sunderland broke.Newcastle twice attempted to halt the move with fouls but desire kept the Black Cats moving, with Will Buckley’s lay-off hammered in by Johnson in the 90th minute to send the away end, together with manager Poyet on the touchline, into raptures. Sunderland celebrate Adam Johnson’s winner against Newcastle 1
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly interested in Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, as the Dutchman looks to bolster his options at right-back.Antonio Valencia has often been deployed on the right this season, while Brazilian international Rafael appears out of favour with the United boss, although he has missed a bulk of the campaign through injury.Walker is one of a number of names linked to United, but who could the Red Devils sign on the right side of their defence? Take a look at the options above.Click the arrow to see five possible right-backs who Louis van Gaal could sign in the summer and let us know who you think should move to Old Trafford… 5 5 Dani Alves (Barcelona) – Click the arrow to see the Southampton star linked to Old Trafford – Alves has less than six months to run on his current contract, meaning he would be able to leave Barcelona on a free in the summer. The Brazil international has made over 300 appearances during his time at Barca and won 16 major honours, but his time at the Nou Camp now appears to be at an end. United have reportedly discussed a £100,000-a-week contract with the 31-year-old. Seamus Coleman (Everton) – Click the arrow to see the Spurs star on United’s radar – Alternatively, the Red Devils could move for the Everton’s Irish full-back. The Toffees have dismissed speculation linking Coleman with a move, but the 20-time champions could be tempted with a £20m bid. Coleman impressed last season, and was arguably the best right-back in the Premier League. He has stuttered this season as Everton struggle domestically, but at just 26, the Irishman still has his best years ahead of him. 5 Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) – Click the arrow to see Irish international interesting the Red Devils – The England right-back has been a long-term target for Manchester United and they could have landed him when Clyne moved from Crystal Palace to the Saints in 2012. The 23-year-old has been one of the most impressive players for Southampton in their challenge for the top four places this season, and while reluctant to sell, a big offer and move to Old Trafford could be too hard to turn down for Clyne. 5 Kyle Walker (Tottenham) – Click the arrow to see the Porto man who could move to England – The 24-year-old recently returned from nine months out with a pelvic injury, and his performances last season earned him recognition with England. The right-back has four years left on his contract and would command a fee of around £20m if United were to pursue a deal. Walker was named the PFAs Young Player of the Year in 2012 and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could decide to cash-in on the former Sheffield United man. 5 Porto star Danilo has been linked with a move to Old Trafford – Though only 23-years-old, Danilo has already had a successful career both in Brazil and Europe. With Santos, the full back was part of the Neymar inspired team that won the 2011 Copa Libertadores, while with Porto he has won two Portuguese titles. The Brazilians contract expires in 2016, and Porto may choose to sell the defender this summer to maximise his sale value.
“It has been gradual enhancement, we as LG we have been awarding best players with LG television and we have seen great competition in our local league. The awards has improved the quality of football in the country and we are happy to motivate players. Its our pride to see our footballers prosper,” Kemunto, who is LG Electronics Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager said.SJAK President Chris Mbaisi with LG’s Maureen Kemunto during the signing a new sponsorship deal for the player of the month award at LG Headquarters. Photo/SJAKShe added, “This year we are giving a smart television more improved than last year, it has a voice recognition application, they can browse with it, we started with Sh4 million, and today its has nearly doubled.”On his part SJAK president Chris Mbaisi lauded the partnership, vowing that the scribes will continue building the game of football in the country and produce more professionals.“The award has seen several players like Jesse Were, Meddie Kagere and Kenneth Muguna who have gone ahead to play professional outside the country. We are proud for us reaching five years in the partnership. We have made mileage from them (LG) because we have discovered talent and we want to take this to the next level,” Mbaisi underscored.“The panel has done a good job. I thank LG for sticking with us, we have inspired players some of them have gone ahead to play international,” Mbaisi added.In addition, LG has set aside Sh500,000 to support three corporate social responsibility activities (CSR) undertaken by SJAK in three different counties to improve youth football skills.Jacques Tuyisenge is the June SJAK Player of the Month. Photo/COURTESYSince the inception of the awards initiative, 34 players have been recognised for their impressive forms in different months among them former Gor Mahia’s striker Meddie Kagere who new plays for Tanzanian giants Simba SC and Rwandan striker Jaques Tuyisenge who plays for Kenyan champion Gor.Others are Gor’s Midfielder Kenneth Muguna, former Nzoia Sugar’s Elvis Rupia who joined Zambian side Power Dynamos last year, Peter Thiongo who recently got a call up to the Under 23 Harambee Stars team, Jesse Were who turns up for Zambian giants Zesco United, Sofapaka striker Stephen Waruru among others.0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SJAK President Chris Mbaisi (left) with LG’s Maureen Kemunto (right) after signing a new sponsorship deal for the player of the month award at LG Headquarters. Photo/SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, March 5 – The Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) has renewed its partnership with electronics manufacturer LG with the organization injecting Sh7.5 million for this year’s monthly awards.The partnership will see the two parties continue to award the best footballer in the Kenyan Premier League every month, where the winner will walk home with an improvised smart television from LG, with Maureen Kemunto from the company assuring the players of their continued support.
Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair has called on the Blues to address the shortage of academy players featuring in the first team, particularly after the recent success of the youth team squads at Stamford Bridge.Jose Mourinho’s side cantered to the Premier League title this season with three games to spare, but captain John Terry remains the only academy product who is guaranteed a starting role.Mourinho recently handed 19-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek his full Premier League debut during the 1-1 draw with Liverpool, but Sinclair believes the shortage of youth players graduating to the first team is a concern.“They have to address it. For John Terry to be the last regular to play in Chelsea’s first team is a concern,” the 43-year-old told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“They’ve probably got the best academy in Europe and they should have more players playing in the first team.”