8 years since PBA title, Simpson’s task to carry Aces ‘more challenging’ now

first_img“It’s a good team, further than Balkman and June Mar, there are the guards, the bench, they got a lot,” said Simpson who carried the Aces with 31 points and 24 rebounds.“You can’t take anything away from them, they played hard and they played great.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Alaska seemed to have found a gem back in 2010 when it acquired Diamon Simpson as its import for the PBA Fiesta Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Standhardinger 100% healthy in return: ‘I can go however long they want to play me’ “Winning a championship once before, that’s my expectation, now it’s a little more challenging and teams are a lot more polished,” said Simpson Saturday after their  92-79 loss. “It’s going to be tough.”“That’s a tough loss for us, we prepared and we worked hard all week and they came out and executed. There’s still a lot of time left and hopefully, we can turn this around.”READ: Diamon Simpson returns to Alaska, Teng reactivatedSimpson is somewhat familiar with the Beermen as he played against current stars Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos.Cabagnot and Santos, though, are just two players in San Miguel’s machinery that now have four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, two-time Finals MVP Chris Ross, five-time All-Star Marcio Lassiter, and former New York Knick Renaldo Balkman.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The then 22-year-old Simpson led the Aces to the conference’s championship against San Miguel taking the title in six games.Eight years have passed, and a more mature 30-year-old Simpson knows replicating his early success in the league would take a lot more as he leads Alaska, once again, against the Beermen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: San Miguel draws first blood against Alaska The Beermen have the upper hand this time, taking Game 1 of the five-game semifinals series of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Gov’t Provides US$1.725M Loan to Boost Rubber Industry

first_imgThe president of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia, Wilhelmina Mulbah-SiawayThe Government through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) has made a stimulus package of US$1.725 million loan, equivalent to over three million, two hundred thousand Liberian dollars, to the membership of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL), which is currently being processed through the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI).The president of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia, Wilhelmina Mulbah-Siaway, thanked the government for the loan and suggested that they should work together in maintaining the rubber industry as Liberia’s traditional cash crop commodity.Mulbah-Siaway, who spoke to journalists at a press conference in Monrovia, described the loan as a “stimulus package for struggling rubber farmers and the resuscitation of their production.”According to her, the loan will enhance the industry’s ability to intervene in the foreign exchange market, and to support stability of the exchange rate and boost the country’s economy.The loan, according to Mulbah-Siaway, will be managed by LBDI with an interest rate of eight percent due to be paid in four years.She noted that with this recent intervention and sustained support to this sector, in a relatively short period the Liberia rubber sector will be revitalized and positioned to contribute again to meaningful jobs creation, foreign exchange earnings and GOL revenues.“As the umbrella organization of all rubber farmers and plantations owners in Liberia RPAL wishes to recognize and appreciate the Government of Liberia (GOL) for its continuous support to the rubber sector of Liberia though stimulus funding during this period of sustained decline of rubber price on the global market with double negative impacts on the local market in the country,” the RPAL president said.She said the Government support is consistent with its policy developing the agriculture sector as a major engine of growth and development of the Liberian economy.Madam Mulbah-Siaway said the rubber sector is the pre-eminent provider of revenues for the Government, export earnings and jobs in the rural economy, the Government continues to support the sector by creating an enabling policy environment and initiating stimulus funding to keep the Liberian-owned rubber farms and plantations operational in these difficult times and has also reaffirmed its commitment to transitioning the sector products from sales of raw materials to value addition.She said, “We are gratified to hear President George Weah mentioned in his May 29th, 2019 address to the nation the importance of the rubber sector to the economy and the challenges farmers face to remain in production so as to continue to impact the national economy.”As the president has mentioned the importance of the rubber sector to the national economy, she hopes that the Government will continue to work with the RPAL and all stakeholders in moving the rubber sector to an economically sustainable level.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guus Hiddink should be contender for full-time Chelsea job, Didi Hamann tells talkSPORT

first_img Interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink Dietmar Hamann believes Guus Hiddink should be a contender for the permanent Chelsea job after the Blues’ turnaround since his appointment.The Dutchman returned to Stamford Bridge in December to heal the wounds left by axed boss Jose Mourinho.He took interim charge with the team sitting just one point above the relegation zone, quickly fixing Chelsea’s problems as the defending Premier League champions have been unbeaten since his appointment.The likes of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, Italy coach Antonio Conte and outgoing Manchester City chief Manuel Pelligrini have all been linked with the position since Mourinho’s departure.But Hamann believes Hiddink should be high on the club’s list of candidates thanks to the Chelsea’s remarkable improvement under his stewardship.Speaking on the Colin Murray show, Hamann said: “If you feel there’s nobody out there who really fits the bill, then why not [have Hiddink stay]?“At the moment Chelsea seem to be in a good place, performances and results have picked up, and Stamford Bridge seems to be a better place now Mourinho has gone.“It’s probably unlikely because there are a few contenders [for the job], but I wouldn’t rule it out completely.” 1last_img read more

Five Bulldogs Earn All-MVC Women’s Tennis Honors

first_imgThe Bulldogs will face off against the winner of Bradley and Missouri State on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the semifinals of the MVC Championship at Springfield, Mo. Drake head coach Mai-Ly Tran was named MVC Coach of the Year and became the first Bulldog coach to receive the league honor since 1993. She guided the Bulldogs to a 15-5 record and led Drake to its first MVC regular season title since 2005. ST. LOUIS – The Drake University women’s tennis team earned a league leading five Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Tennis All-Conference honors and received two specialty awards, the league office announced Thursday night.  Print Friendly Version Summer Brills and Megan Webb earned all-conference No. 2 doubles too round out the team’s All-MVC selection. Brills was also a MVC All-Select Team honoree as she posted a 14-4 singles record. Senior Mela Jaglarz was selected All-MVC at No. 6 singles as she went 5-0 in league play including a victory at No. 5. Freshman Liza Petushkova led the Valley with 19 singles wins to be named Freshman of the Year and All-MVC at No. 2 singles. The Moscow, Russia native is currently on a 13-match winning streak with nine of those victories coming in straight sets. Petushkova and doubles partner Tess Herder were tabbed all-conference No. 1 doubles after leading the league with 17 wins. Herder also earned All-MVC honors at No. 3 singles after going 4-0 in conference and posting 14 wins.last_img read more

Hunt on for escaped undertrials in U.P.

first_imgCombing operations are still on to arrest the three undertrials who escaped from police custody after gunning down two constables in Sambhal on Wednesday afternoon. “We have rounded up seven suspects who might have helped the undertrials. We have got important clues from their fourth accomplice who could not escape. The borders of Sambhal have been sealed and the Special Task Force is carrying out combing operations. We are confident that they will be nabbed soon,” Yamuna Prasad, SP Sambhal, told The Hindu over phone. Ajay Pal Sharma, SSP, Rampur, known as an ‘encounter’ specialist, also inspected the area on Thursday.The incident took place near Dewakheda village under the Baniyather police station area, when five constables were returning to Moradabad jail in a police van with 24 undertrials after a court hearing in Chandausi, police said.‘Chilli powder thrown’ “The three prisoners were carrying chilli powder and used it against fellow inmates and policemen. They also had a countrymade pistol It appears that they shot two constables using their weapons,” Mr Prasad said. The constables have been identified as Harendra and Brijapal Singh. The three undertrials have been identified as Kamal Singh, Shakeel and Dharam Pal Singh.last_img read more

Shivakumars daughter Aishwarya deposes before ED

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Karnataka Minister and senior Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar’s daughter Aishwarya on Thursday deposed before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in a money laundering case. Aishwarya, who was summoned by the ED on Tuesday, deposed before the financial probe agency around 10.40 a.m. She, however, refrained from speaking to media while going in the ED office. According to the ED officials, Aishwarya will be questioned about the financial dealings of a trust handled by her. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The official also said that Aishwarya will be confronted with documents of the financial transaction of the trust. Aishwarya was also part of the 2017 business deal in Singapore with Coffee Day and Soul Space, he said. The official said that Aishwarya will also be questioned about investment of several crores on her name. In his 2018 election affidavit, Shivakumar had declared Rs 618 crore assets and Rs 108 crore properties in the name of his daughter. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The ED arrested Shivakumar on September 3 after questioning him for over two days in connection with case. A day later, a Delhi court sent Shivakumar to 10-day ED custody. Shivakumar has been on the radar of the Income-Tax Department and the ED since demonetisation in 2016. An Income-Tax search at his New Delhi flat on August 2, 2017 led to seizure of Rs 8.59 crore unaccounted cash. Thereafter, the I-T Department lodged cases against the Congress leader and his four associates under sections 277 and 278 of the Income-Tax Act, 1961, and sections 120(B), 193 and 199 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).last_img read more

Drew and Jonathan Scott Join Habitat For Humanity To Kick Off Home

first_imgDrew and Jonathan Scott are raising the walls on two new Nashville homes as part of the start to Habitat For Humanity’s second annual nationwide Home is the Key campaign. The campaign, which runs the month of April, convenes sponsors, celebrities and community leaders to drive support for the critical need of affordable housing across the United States.Drew and Jonathan Scott help future homeowners Ashlee and Amanda raise the walls of their new homes in Nashville“We have been longtime supporters of Habitat for Humanity because we know the real meaning of home,” said Jonathan Scott, one half of the world-renowned, entrepreneurial construction and real estate expert brothers. “A safe and affordable place to live is the key to building a strong family foundation. The families we’re working alongside in Nashville are just two examples of the thousands of people that Habitat serves across the country every year.”As profiled on NBC’s TODAY Show, the Scott Brothers are working alongside future Habitat homeowners Ashlee and Amanda to build their homes today. Throughout the month, campaign sponsors will engage additional volunteers to help finish the homes by April 26.“Purchasing a home is increasingly out of reach for far too many people across the country,” Drew Scott said. “By supporting the #HomeIsTheKey campaign, we can all play a role in building more homes and more opportunities for families.”“At Habitat for Humanity, we have long known that home is the key to a better life,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “For more than 40 years, we have helped more than 13 million people become empowered to build better lives for themselves and their families. But with more than 18 million U.S. families paying more than half their income on housing, it is clear that so much more work needs to be done. Home is the Key is the opportunity for everyone to be part of the solution. By raising your voice, donating directly to Habitat or shopping with one of our generous partners, you can help us unlock the future for many more families who need a hand up.”People across the United States can join and support the campaign by purchasing products from participating partners, donating directly at habitat.org and by sharing their support using #HomeIsTheKey on social media. Money donated by and through campaign partners will go directly to fulfilling Habitat’s mission of addressing urgent affordable housing needs. Participating sponsors include:At Home Stores: Returning for its second year as a Home is the Key sponsor, the home décor superstore will donate to Habitat $25 from every sale of a specialty patio umbrella and 100 percent of the sales of specially branded Habitat for Humanity coasters.Chico’s FAS, Inc.: A cultivator of specialty retail brands, Chico’s FAS, Inc. will donate a portion of sales to Habitat from products sold by its family of brands, up to $650,000:Chico’s will donate $2 from every Slub tee sold in store from April 1 to May 31, up to $450,000.White House Black Market will donate $5 from each Comfort Stretch Slim Ankle Pants sold from April 17 to May 31, up to $125,000.Soma will donate $1 from each Cool Nights Pajama separate sold from April 23 to May 31, up to $75,000.Last month, Chico’s FAS, Inc. and Habitat announced their new national partnership to empower women to build strength, stability and independence through housing.Nissan: Also in its second year as a Home is the Key sponsor, Nissan will donate $1 to Habitat for every time #HomeIsTheKey is shared on social media, up to $250,000. Nissan and Habitat have partnered together for over a decade and have helped families all over the world build and own their home.O-Cedar: Marking its inaugural sponsorship, from April 1 to June 15, the home cleaning product company will donate $1 to Habitat for every ProMist Max Microfiber Spray Mop sold by O-Cedar to any U.S. retails channel, up to $200,000.Kum & Go Convenience Stores: Customers of the family-owned convenience store chain will have the opportunity to donate to Habitat at checkout for the fifth year in a row. Kum & Go associates and customers will build a new Habitat home in their hometown of Des Moines in the month of April, mirroring the Home is the Key home builds in Nashville.Schneider Electric: Building on its 17-year partnership with Habitat, Schneider Electric will use its social media channels to drive awareness of the campaign and encourage donations to Habitat to help more families thrive through affordable homes.Inaugurated in 2017, Habitat’s Home is the Key campaign aims to demonstrate how a decent, affordable home creates a better life for families and individuals. The campaign recently won two PR News CSR & Nonprofit Awards and was named as a finalist for Engage for Good’s Halo Awards and Ragan’s PR Daily Awards.last_img read more

Exhibitionists is back The second season starts today on CBC

first_imgThis season will feature another batch of provocative artists working in all mediums who are disrupting the status quo while celebrating their cultures, from rapper Horsepowar to photography duo Our Wild Abandon to multi-dimensional, genre-spanning artist Vivek Shraya.Preview some of the segments you can look forward to this season below, and tune in this Sunday, October 9 at 4:30pm/5pm NT on CBC-TV or on demand online. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Ready for another round?  This Sunday, CBC Arts’ flagship series Exhibitionists returns with host Amanda Parris, and we could not be more excited for you to see what we have in store.last_img