The 24-year-old Valdez hopes to be back in time for the semifinals, but that’s if Creamline makes it through minus its best player.READ: Schedule conflicts inevitable with national team, says ValdezEven at 4-0, the Cool Smashers still have to win one out of their last three games to secure a semis slot. Dropping all their remaining assignments could put them in danger of missing the playoffs.“I looking forward to playing with my teammates because I won’t be returning until the semifinals,” Valdez said.“We just really have to win as many games as we can without Alyssa,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:54SEA Games: Inspired by Folayang’s presence, Tabugara delivers wushu gold01:40Filipinos 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 “I was super inspired to play in today’s game because you can’t really say what will happen the moment I return after my training [with the national team],” said Valdez.READ: Valdez stars as Creamline takes down Pocari Sweat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The superstar skipper is set to miss Creamline’s next three games against the Power Smashers on Wednesday, University of the Philippines next Saturday and BanKo-Perlas on July 30.The charismatic Valdez and the rest of the Philippine volleyball team are scheduled to leave for a training camp in Japan on Monday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlyssa Valdez didn’t want to leave anything to chance before she leaves Creamline to be with the national team.In her last game in the elimination round Saturday, Valdez left her imprint with 30 points to lead the Cool Smashers over the defending champions Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Valdez is upbeat that despite her absence, her teammates will be able to deliver.“I’m really confident with my teammates. We just need to inspire one another,” she said. “They will continue to fight for the team to make it to the semifinals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Loreto falls to Thai foe in world title bid Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend
Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her match against Johanna Konta of Great Britain during Day 2 of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at Spartan Tennis Complex on July 31, 2018 in San Jose, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPTennis great Serena Williams tells Time Magazine in a cover story published Thursday that shortly before the worst defeat of her career she learned the killer of her sister Yetunde Price had been paroled.The 23-time Grand Slam champion was stunned 6-1, 6-0 by Britain’s Johanna Konta on July 31 in San Jose, California.ADVERTISEMENT “I want to forgive,” she said. “I have to get there. I’ll be there.”Price had three children who were aged 11, nine and five when she died.“It was hard because all I think about is her kids, and what they mean to me. And how much I love them,” Williams said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments New coaches, contrasting transitions at Arsenal and Chelsea The defeat marked the first time in 928 professional matches that Williams failed to win more than one game. At the time she spoke of having “so many things on my mind” without elaborating.But in a wide-ranging interview with Time, she said that 10 minutes before she took the court she learned via Instagram that Robert Edward Maxfield, the man convicted of killing Price in a drive-by shooting in 2003, had been released from prison earlier in the year after serving 12 years of a 15-year sentence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I couldn’t shake it out of my mind,” she said. “No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior. It’s unfair that she’ll never have an opportunity to hug me.”In discussing Maxfield, Williams noted biblical passages on forgiveness, but admitted “I’m not there yet.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 LATEST STORIES
Dear Editor,The APNU/AFC coalition Government can be considered a “military” Government, since its composition is mostly personnel with military and security background; but there is no demonstration of Government’s ability to control crime and criminals, as well as to use the perceived experts — through Government’s intervention — to protect the lives of Guyanese and control crime.This Government, therefore, must place security of the Guyanese people at the top of its agenda, and ensure the institutions of the state that are responsible for security execute their mission effectively and professionally.After approximately four years of Government doggedly refusing to concede that crime is a growing menace confronting the citizenry, and insisting that crime rates were instead actually decreasing, the reality is now clear that elements of the Government, including President David Granger and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, have failed miserably to ensure the Guyanese people are safe and secure.The present reality is that crime in Guyana is not politically motivated, but is caused by the deteriorating economic situation. Since the APNU/AFC Government’s assumption of office, no new jobs have been created to absorb the thousands of persons who have been dismissed directly or indirectly by this Government. And the situation has been compounded by the regular release of criminals by this regime.While we had expected more effective action from the Police in the fight against crime, the incumbent Minister is unable to manage the Police Force in order to ensure maximum results.This Government has managed to ensure that the Police Force is being used to enhance Government officials’ personal security and that outriders are there to navigate them through the congested traffic, while ordinary Guyanese are being left to the mercy of the criminals.The Police Force in Berbice is being used to enhance the suffering of Berbicians, especially the traffic section. The impact of the severed sugar workers and unemployment is the main reason for the present escalation of crime in the ancient county. The APNU/AFC coalition Government must take full responsibility for this situation.President David Granger; Ministers Ramjattan and Winston Felix; and Joseph Harmon and Gary Best, among others had, before 2015, all the solutions for crime in Guyana; but after four years, they have failed the Guyanese people in regard to their constitutional right of getting protection from the state.Regards,Zamal Hussain
Flashback: Marcel Alain de Souza, president of ECOWAS Commission gives a symbolic check to VP BoakaiThe President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel Alain de Souza, has promised to ask the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government and others to give a “standing ovation” for the Chair of ECOWAS Authority, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and her government for the splendid job she has done for the sub-region and her country.According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, Mr. de Souza made the assertion during his remarks at the opening of the 38th Ordinary Ministerial Meeting of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council taking place at the Farmington Hotel in Lower Margibi County.Mr. de Souza, while providing updates on the sub-region, specifically on the democratic front, said Liberia is the only country that is set to go to the presidential and legislative elections in October this year.He praised the Liberian government for handling its electoral process.Marjon V. Kamara, Foreign Affairs Minister and chairperson of the Ministerial Council, who formally opened the meeting, welcomed her colleagues and guests and told them how honored the government and people of Liberia are by their presence.“Our President, the government and people of Liberia are greatly honored by your presence,” she said, adding that the decision to convene these mid-year statutory meetings in Liberia is a very reassuring statement of confidence in the progress which the country has made in consolidating peace over the past 13 years that bears testimony to the strong and visionary leadership of President Sirleaf, who, with support of partners, has kept Liberia on a peaceful course.“ECOWAS, the United Nations and many friendly governments have been indispensable partners in this respect,” Minister Kamara said.She said ECOWAS has continued to develop and sharpen the elements of its peace and security architecture since its first deployment to Liberia in August 1990, stressing, “Today our organization is held in high esteem for the decisive and determined posture of ECOWAS leaders and the strategic use of its military assets in the interest of peace, stability and security of ECOWAS citizens.”Minister Kamara paid tribute to the President and staff of the ECOWAS Commission for the positive results of their hard work which continues to bring credit to the regional body.She also extended her appreciation to the Chair of the Mediation and Security Council (MSC) at the ambassadorial level and the ECOWAS Ambassadors for their informed contributions to enhancing coordination and policy coherence between the Commission and Member States on regional peace and security matters.Minister Kamara, among other things, expressed her expectation that the 38th MSC Meeting will further enhance their collective initiatives to strengthen the peace and security architecture of the sub-region.Meanwhile, the two-day meeting of the 78th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers takes place today, Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2, at the Farmington Hotel in lower Margibi County.Minister Kamara will welcome her colleagues from the sub-region to Liberia and will chair proceedings, while Mr. de Souza will make a statement setting the stage for the closed-door deliberations.Agenda items include those for decisions, adoption and information as they prepare the 51st Ordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government scheduled for Sunday, June 4th. All Heads of State and Government are expected to be in attendance.Other important dignitaries expected to attend the 51st Ordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority include the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, a high-level delegation from the Moroccan government, European Union, United Nations, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki.On the margins of the 51st Ordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, Mano River Union States (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire) will launch the West Africa Power Pool Project, which will provide electricity to the countries of the MRU basin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With a list of potential candidates already lined up, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is expected to meet with President David Granger this week to select the next Police Commissioner.According to closely placed sources, the meeting has been set for Thursday at State House. It will be the first time since July that the two leaders have met on the matter of a constitutional appointment.Following the retirement of former Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, there has been much theory over who will succeed him. While current acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has held the fort for some time and is perceived as a possible successor, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into an alleged plot to assassinate the President did put a damper on those chances.Over the course of the CoI, a number of officers were summoned and even upbraided for their work during the investigation. Besides the senior officers, junior officers were also criticised by Assistant Commissioner Paul Slowe, who was appointed by the President.Ramnarine was one of those who made an appearance before the CoI. When the dust was settled, and the report handed over, it included recommendations for sanctions against Ramnarine for the handling of the investigation by the officers involved.Ramnarine was later interviewed for the position of Police Commissioner. Also interviewed were Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken, Leslie James, Lyndon Alves, Marlon Chapman, Nigel Hoppie, Maxine Graham and Crime Chief Paul Williams.In November 2017, when asked whether Williams is likely to take up the mantle, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who was then acting in the capacity of Public Security Minister, offered no direct reply.Harmon, however, had hinted at the possibility of a female assuming the position of Top Cop when he outlined that while there was a line of succession in the Guyana Police Force, female officers were also to be considered when deciding on a Police Commissioner.In so doing, he noted, “You don’t just look at the male ranks in the Police Force; we have female officers as well. And, therefore, if it is that a female officer is to be the person, then so be it.”Nevertheless, as mandated by the Constitution, the President will have to have consultations with the Opposition Leader, on the names for the Top Cop position and the Deputy Commissioners of Police.Police Service CommissionThe last piece of the puzzle before the Commissioner can be appointed was the Police Service Commission (PSC). The PSC is tasked with promotions of officers above the rank.It also handles disciplinary matters for officers. The life of the previous Commission ended in September of 2017. However, a new Commission was sworn in earlier this month, with Slowe as Chairman. But his appointment has raised eyebrows.Following the last meeting with President Granger, Jagdeo had said Slowe “…will bring two sets of baggage with him. One, the political approach to the job; that is, judging people based on politics; and secondly, he has a lot of interpersonal problems with many members of the Police Force and old scores, I believe, to settle; and therefore that could harm his judgement.”Asked to comment on this statement shortly after he was sworn in, Slowe told reporters that what he has to offer is what matters. “I do have baggage, but is what’s in the baggage is the important thing. The baggage contains discipline, professionalism, measures to deal with corruption; so forget about the baggage, examine what’s inside,” the new PSC Chairman asserted.Jagdeo had said that when he raised his concerns, President Granger had indicated that he would speak with Slowe to ensure that he acts impartially, and not to “bring baggage to the job.”
…completes radiotherapy President David Granger completed his regime of radiotherapy in Cuba on Saturday, Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed, has revealed.In a statement on Saturday, Ambassador Majeed said that there has been no complication in this cycle of treatment and his medical specialists are looking forward to his recovery and his return to normalcy.“The President will continue a schedule of medication prescribed by his doctors and is expected to return to Cuba at a time to be determined by his Cuban medical team. In terms of his resumption of official duties, they have cautioned against too heavy a workload immediately and have advised that care must be taken in pursuing excessive public engagements at this time,” the ambassador said.He added that President Granger has iterated his gratitude to Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and the medical team at CIMEQ.In March, it was reported that the first phase of the President’s medical treatment in Cuba was successfully completed and the Cuban specialists, who are overseeing his medical care for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, have expressed their full satisfaction with his response to chemotherapy and his overall physical well-being.The President’s chemotherapy commenced in November 2018 after he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer which envelopes the lymphatic system. On October 30, 2018, the President and First Lady Sandra Granger travelled to Cuba for him to undergo medical tests after he had complained of feeling unwell. Days later, he was diagnosed with cancer. The President has since reduced his number of public engagements.According to WebMD, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is cancer that starts in your body’s lymph system. Lymphoma occurs when the lymph node cells or the lymphocytes begin to multiply uncontrollably, producing cancerous cells that have the abnormal capacity to invade other tissues throughout the body.According to webmd.com, chemotherapy targets cells that grow and divide quickly, as cancer cells do. Unlike radiation or surgery, which target specific areas, chemo can work throughout the body. But it can also affect some fast-growing healthy cells like those of the skin, hair, intestines, and bone marrow.According to the website, some of the most common side effects of chemotherapy are fatigue, hair loss, easy bruising and bleeding, infection, anaemia (low red blood cell count), nausea and vomiting, appetite changes, and constipation.Radiation therapy treats cancer by using high-energy waves to kill tumour cells. The goal is to destroy or damage the cancer without hurting too many healthy cells. There is no way to predict how radiation will affect you. You may have few or only mild side effects from your treatment; someone else may have a lot of problems or very severe ones.Early side effects, such as nausea and fatigue. Late side effects, such as lung or heart problems, may take years to show up and are often permanent when they do.The most common early side effects are fatigue and skin problems.
Arsenal and Manchester United have been told that PSG star Marco Verratti is worth no less than £37.5m by the midfielder’s agent.Both Premier League giants have been extensively linked with the Italian since he established himself at PSG following his move from Pescara in 2008.Verratti is currently considered one of the best players of his type in the world and Juventus and Real Madrid are also big admirers.The 22-year-old signed an extension to his PSG deal last year meaning his contract now runs until 2019 and his agent says only a huge offer would ever tempt PSG to sell.Donato Di Campli told Tuttosport: “Why would PSG sell him?“This is the most important player they have in their midfield. We do not talk to anyone anyway! Marco is currently worth no less than € 50m.” 1 Marco Verratti in action for PSG
A budget of Sh22 million has been set aside for preparations of the games with Nairobi Speaker Beatrice Elachi handed over hosting rights for the games that will bring together 17 disciplines among them soccer, Volleyball, Netball, Athletics, Basketball among others.“Soccer just like just concluded FIFA World Cup bring people together let us embrace peace and harmony and come out compete but shake hands after win or defeat, that will be greater way of interacting with all Counties all as a family’s,” Elachi said.Ten venues among them the Moi International Sports Center Kasarani where the opening and closing ceremony will take place, will host the competitions.Others venues are Barclays Plaza, KCB Ground , KCA University, Camp Toyoyo, City Stadium and Ruaraka Stadium.Over 2,000 participants are expected in Nairobi City for the two-week action-packed event with the Nairobi County football team upping preparation for the games and are expected to challenge for Soccer and Volleyball titles.KICOSCA games move to Kisii County with Gusii Stadium ready to host all County Government side games.-By Jemimah Mueni- 0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice ElachiNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 2 – Nairobi County has been handed the rights to host the inaugural County Assemblies Sports Association (CASA) scheduled to take place August 26-September 1 in various venues across the capital city.This is the first time after the assemblies broke away from the Kenya Inter Counties Sports Cultural Association (KICOSCA) that brings together County Government and Assemblies due to separation of powers as legislatures.
1 Josh King scored a late winner for Eddie Howe’s side at the Vitality Stadium Josh King’s late winner ensured Bournemouth will finish the season with their highest-ever points tally in the top flight after a dramatic 2-1 victory over Burnley.Sam Vokes’ 83rd-minute equaliser looked to have mathematically secured the Clarets’ Premier League status but King fired home two minutes later as the Cherries claimed victory in their final home game of the season. Junior Stanislas had given Bournemouth the lead with his first-half effort.The result sees Bournemouth climb up into 10th after reaching a record 45 points, while Burnley stay 14th and await Hull’s result at Crystal Palace on Sunday, that could confirm their fate.Both sides remained unchanged from last weekend’s round of Premier League fixtures, with the previously ever-present Michael Keane missing a second consecutive game due to a knock as rumours of a summer move away from Turf Moor intensify.The Clarets knew before the game that one point would mathematically secure top-flight safety.Prior to kick-off there had been at least two goals in 12 of the last 13 league games at the Vitality Stadium and the hosts went on the front foot from the off.After a patient passage of play, Cherries captain Simon Francis was in acres of space outside the area but the defender’s effort from 20 yards out skied way over the bar and the stand.Burnley were aiming to win their second win on the road this season, following their 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace, but their defence was breached with the first shot on target after 25 minutes.Stanislas controlled Lewis Cook’s long ball on his chest before the forward showed composure and pace to shrug off Stephen Ward and calmly slot past Tom Heaton.Conceding seemed to wake Burnley up after a subdued start to the game and they came close to finding an equaliser.A slick interchange of passing saw the ball fall to Scott Arfield, who found space on the edge of the box but could only fire his left-footed effort wide of Artur Boruc’s post.Another chance fell to Arfield before break as Ashley Barnes’ deflected shot somehow found the midfielder in behind Bournemouth’s defence.Boruc, however, had other ideas and the Polish stopper sprinted off his line to gather the loose ball.Eddie Howe’s men started the second half brightly as Lys Mousset failed to get firm contact on the ball following Marc Pugh’s cross.Burnley went up the other end and went agonisingly close to drawing level with Arfield’s long-range strike, beating Boruc but going inches past a post.Mousset’s header almost doubled Bournemouth’s advantage but would be the Frenchman’s last involvement in the game as he limped off with an injury to be replaced by Ryan Fraser.The tireless King was next to try his luck and he could only find the side netting from a tight angle after out-muscling Kevin Long on the left-hand side.And Bournemouth were punished for their missed chances when former Cherries striker Vokes climbed highest to head home Johann Berg Gudmunsson’s cross with seven minutes to go.Burnley fans thought that was the goal to rubber-stamp Premier League safety, but King had the final say moments later.Substitute Fraser’s low cross found the Norway international inside the box, where he struck past Heaton to score his 16th goal of the season, clinching all three points.