first_imgView comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown We end our two-part analysis of the recent performances of the Philippine women’s volleyball national team with the aim to provide an objective evaluation that may help its journey back to Asian competitions.Coach Mac Gepuela currently coaches the middle school team of Miriam College and has produced champion squads there at different levels. She is also the soothing and informative live game announcer of the Premier Volleyball League. For the national team, she suggests a long-term program anchored on a vision, leadership, training, competition at various levels, financial support and proper coordination among the various volleyball stakeholders.ADVERTISEMENT Gepuela recommends a five-year program “designed by the best and most experienced coaches.” She also suggests a Coaches Commission “backed by the national sports association could be initiated where the members of this group are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable coaches we have. This group can also set the parameters for an organized training program.”Competition is a good barometer for gauging the performance level of athletes, as well as coaches.Gepuela clarifies though: “We have a lot of tournaments ongoing and that’s why we are able to come up with an “instant team” when an international tournament nears. Yet, the level of competition is below standard for international competition, as can be clearly evidenced by our final team standings in the most recent years.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFormer Santo Tomas setter Denise Tan and Gepuela agree that to reap dividends the national team must stay together longer to hone teamwork and kapit (holding together) especially in tough matches.“Our athletes and coaches need time to gel properly and develop that sense of team or working and playing together,” Gepuela adds.Just like coach and analyst Tex Suter, Gepuela recommends an accent on height and speed in selecting players and playing. The game today relies on quickness, not just in defending spikes or keeping the ball alive. Open spikes are fine but middle and combination plays have to be concealed deftly with quickness and precision. Suter compares volleyball today to athletics sprint events.“Don’t expect a runner to win if you keep sending one to a sprint event,” Suter said. Swimmer nets first PH para games gold LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Jakarta Asian Games and the Thailand Asian Volleyball Championship stints were meant to prepare the team for the 2019 Manila Southeast Asian Games. We can expect the competition to be tough, especially against powerhouse Thailand.The team can match up against Indonesia as seen in the Asian Games and may just need some additional training and competitive time together to steal the thunder from the Indonesians.Over the last 14 years, we have seen the emergence of truly talented Filipino players for every volleyball position.The challenge now is to develop teamwork and consistency for a squad that is already committed to the national cause. They only have to be given the tools and opportunities to perform even better.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

first_imgBusinessman Boima Folley has called on Liberians to join the effort to provide material and financial support to the national soccer team, Lone Star, as it prepares for continental competitions.Folley is the chief executive officer of Boima Folley Sports Store, located near Buzzi Quarters in Monrovia.In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Folley said Liberians must demonstrate their commitment to the national team as it prepares to take on its counterparts in the African Cup of Nations.“I am appealing to my fellow Liberians to give in cash or in kind as the team gets set for Africa,” Folley said.He said the only way Lone Star would achieve success and make Liberians proud is for “everyone to play their part in the team’s preparation.”Folley noted that since the end of Liberian civil war the national team has performed poorly, hurting Liberians’ pride in competitions involving its counterparts.Head coach James Debbah recently selected 26 players who are presently in camp, preparing for their encounters against Guinea and Togolese national teams.The Boima Folley Sports Store was established in 2003 and provides sporting goods to several clubs in the national soccer league of the Liberia Football Association. It has also served national county sports teams, particularly in the 2013-14 county meet.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDenny Morrison can add yet another achievement to his storied long track speed skating career. Competing at the 2015 World Allround Long Track Speed Skating Championships, Morrison finished in first place in the 500 metre event and did so by setting an event record with his time of 34.98 seconds.In a release Morrison said, “Of course, the best 500 metre skaters in the world weren’t there today, but it’s still an honour to be able to claim that record. I was right there in both races.”Morrison also skated in the 5,000 metre where he finished in 11th place.- Advertisement -This morning he’ll compete in his specialty the 1,500 metre race at 11 a.m. CBC will be broadcasting the races starting at 4 p.m.last_img

first_imgManchester United could be signing the new Cristiano Ronaldo in Memphis Depay, according to legendary former Netherlands star Ronald de Boer.The Red Devils are understood be in pole position to land the £25-million rated attacking starlet, who has enjoyed a sensational season to help fire PSV Eindhoven to the Eredivisie title.And, according to De Boer, the 21-year-old has the potential to be a United superstar.“He is one of the biggest talents in Europe,” said the former Ajax and Barcelona star, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He has skill compared to a young Cristiano Ronaldo. He Is very lively, technically unbelievable, very skilful, very fast, he has a great goalscoring record, he can shoot from every distance – he has everything.“For me, he is without doubt one of the best talents we have.”Liverpool are also believed to be keen on luring Depay to the Premier League, but De Boer says the fact he has worked under Louis van Gaal before with the Netherlands national team suggests a move to United is more likely.He added: “I don’t want to say which club is more suitable for him, but if he goes to United he knows there is a Dutch coach there who knows him from the World Cup. That is an advantage.”For Man United news, views and videos, check out Talk Manchester United on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgYou can’t go to war on an empty stomach!That was the cry form several of Donegal’s top star who pulled into the Sandwich Company in Letterkenny for their breakfast this morning.The emphasis was on healthy as Michael Murphy, Karl Lacey, Rory Kavanagh, Colm McFadden and other members of the squad tucked in ahead of the Ulster Final in just over two weeks. The Sandwich Company opened in Letterkenny five years ago and now has two outlets in the town employing 14 people.       Back L-R: Collette Harold, Pat Shovlin, Michael Murphy, Peter Witherow, Siobhan Carr (Shop Manager) Front L-R: Rory Kavannagh, Karl Lacey, Michael Boyle, Colm McFadden.  Donegal players called into sandwich company for a healthy breakfast. Proprietors Paul Gallagher and Paul McCole opened shop 5 years ago with 2nd shop on main street opening 2 years ago. The sandwich company now employs fourteen and the business is going from strength to strength (etc etc). DONEGAL PLAYERS ARE BITING AT THE BIT BEFORE ULSTER FINAL! was last modified: July 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalSANDWICH COMPANYlast_img read more

first_imgOne of the dogs neglected at Cavangh’s farm.An elderly Donegal farmer has been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after being found guilty of cruelty.77 year old pensioner George Cavanagh of Carrowhugh, Greencastle pleaded guilty to two charges of cruelty. Cavanagh, who once had 26 dogs at his farm, was also fined a total of €500 and given six months to pay.ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley told Carndonagh District Court today how he also found three dead dogs at the farm.Dogs were kept chained up all day in sheds.Other dogs had been tied to farm machinery while two dogs were living in abandoned machinery with layers of foul-smelling faeces inside.Inspector McGinley had called to the farm in September 2010 and warned Cavanagh about the conditions his animals were being kept in.However, when he returned again four months later, he was alarmed when no improvements had been made.The carcasses of three dogs, including one which had been half-eaten by vermin, was just yards from Cavanagh’s home.“I asked Mr Cavanagh three times to sign over the vast majority of his dogs to the care of the ISPCA but he did not agree with this course of action,” said Inspector McGinley.Other dogs were kept tied to farm machinery.A vet was called the following day and he found animals living in the same horrific conditions with many not having access to drinking water or clean conditions.Inspector McGinley again cautioned Cavanagh to reduce the amount of dogs and improve their living conditions.Inspector McGinley said “We visited this man on a number of occasions and warned him about reducing the numbers of animals and also about improving their living conditions.“Some of the dogs may have appeared to have been in reasonable conditions but the conditions they were being kept in was just horrific,” he said.A total of fourteen charges had been brought against Cavanagh but seven were withdrawn while another five were taken into consideration by Judge Paul Kelly.Judge Kelly labeled the case as “appalling” and said it was the worst he had seen in the area in his time as a judge.These two dogs lived under layers of excrement in this wrecked jeep.CRUEL FARMER BANNED FROM KEEPING DOGS FOR TEN YEARS was last modified: February 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animal crueltyCarndonagh CourtdonegalGreencastlelast_img read more

first_imgThe scene of the horror crash last year which claimed of the life of ‘Donegal Patsy’ McCroaryA motorist has been charged with drink driving that led to the death of a well-loved Donegal native in the North last year.62-year-old Patsy McCroary – popularly known as ‘Donegal Patsy’ – was a front seat passenger in a blue coloured Toyota Avensis car. It was  was involved in a head-on collision with a black Suzuki Vitari jeep between Sion Mills and Victoria Bridge, Co Tyrone on January 8, 2015.Driving the Avensis was Mr McCroary’s son Padraig while his wife and daughter were also passengers in the vehicle.It was confirmed at Strabane Magistrates Court  that Paul Nicholl, a 49-year-old man from the Carnkenny Road in Newtownstewart, has now been charged in relation to the tragedy.He is accused of causing Mr McCroary’s death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.Nicholl is further charged with causing grievous bodily injury to Mr McCroary’s wife, Geraldine and his son and daughter, Padraig and Samantha, through careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.The accused was not in court on Thursday and barrister Stephen Mooney applied for a three week adjournment.The case will be heard again on May 7, again at Strabane Magistrates Court.An avid GAA fan, Patsy McCroary was known affectionately by the nickname ‘Donegal Patsy’ because of his passion for his native team.He had been living in Castlederg but originally hailed from Upper Art, Castlefin.Following his death, some of Donegal’s most senior GAA figures paid their own personal tributes.An avid GAA fan, Patsy McCroary was known in many footballing circles as ‘Donegal Patsy’ because of his love for his native team.Days before the horror smash, he attended the Dr McKenna Cup game between Donegal and Tyrone in Letterkenny.Paying tribute at the time, well known Donegal GAA figure Dessie Kelly said Mr McCroary would be sorely missed.“He was Donegal’s number one supporter, as far as I’m concerned,” Mr Kelly said.“If Donegal were playing in New York, Patsy would have been there. He never missed a match and took great joy any time they won.“He was a season ticket holder and a proud Donegal GAA man.”MAN CHARGED WITH DRINK-DRIVE DEATH OF POPULAR ‘DONEGAL PATSY’ MCROARY was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MAN CHARGED WITH DRINK-DRIVE DEATH OF POPULAR ‘DONEGAL PATSY’PATSY MCCROARY.PAUL NICHOLLSTRABANE MAGISTRATES’ COURTlast_img read more

first_img Tags: Dove FCfufa big leagueproline fc Proline have now won two of their first three games (Photo by Proline Media)FUFA Big LeagueProline FC 5-1 Dove FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoThursday, 29-11-2018LUGOGO – Proline Football Club continued their impressive start to life in the Big League with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Dove FC at the StarTimes Stadium on Thursday.In one of the four Rwenzori Group games lined up for the day, goals from Mustafa Mujuzi, James Begesa, Ivan Bogere and Bright Anukani’s brace were enough to complete the rout over the League debutantes whose only strike was through Robert Baluku.Proline dominated the early exchanges but had to wait until the 32nd minute to find a break through when Kobs’ Captain Mujjuzi scored from close range. Despite the dominance, Shafick Bisaso’s side went into half time leading by only a goal to nil.A minute into the second half, Begesa made it 2-0 from the spot after Joseph Mandela was brought was brought down in the area.Moments later, Bogere diverted substitute Isma Kambugu’s stray shot for the third before a brace from Bright Anukani signed off a memorable victory for the home side.The visitors who are coached by Mark Twinamatisko pulled a goal back through Robert Baluku in the closing stages of the match.The victory means that Proline have now won two and drawn the other of their first three games of the season.Elsewhere, at the Kabale Municipal Stadium, Kabale Sharp and Kiboga Young played to a goal-less draw.Kitara thumped Bumate United 4-1 at the Kigaya Ground in Hoima.The Kireka United – Kira United match that was supposed to be played at the Mandela National Stadium was postponed to Monday, 3rd December 2018.In the other group (Elgon), Allan Kabonge’s Entebbe F.C was held to a one all draw by Doves All Stars at the Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium.Kyetume out-muscled Bukedea Town Council 3-1 at the Mukono Bishops playground while Nebbi Central and Amuka Bright Stars shared the spoils in a one all draw at the Nebbi playground.For Kataka and UPDF, they played to a goalless draw at the CRO Stadium, Mbale.Debutants Light SSS continued their impressive start in the second tier by registering another win,beating visiting Jinja Municipal Council (JMC) Hippos 2-0 at the Amuria High School playground.The league will return on Monday, 3rd December 2018 with one game as Kireka United hosts Kira at Namboole.Thursday Results:Rwenzori Group:Proline 5-1 DoveKabale Sharp 0-0 Kiboga YoungKitara 4-1 Bumate United*Kireka United Vs Kira United – Mandela National Stadium (Postponed to Monday, 3rdDecember 2018)Elgon Group:Entebbe F.C 1-1 Doves All StarsKyetume 3-1 Bukedea Town CouncilNebbi Central 1-1 Amuka Bright StarsKataka 0-0 UPDFLight S.S 2-0 Jinja Municipal Council (JMC) HipposComments last_img read more

first_img26 April 2013Energy firm Total South Africa will invest R140-million over two years to upgrade its blending plant and expand the capacity of its fuel depot at Durban’s Island View Terminal facility, it announced on Wednesday.The investment follows the signing of a 15-year lease with Transnet National Port Authority.“We see this as a major vote of confidence in South Africa, as well as in other countries in southern Africa, as some of the additional lubricants we will be blending will be exported to Southern African Development Community countries, which we see as a growth market for our lubricants,” Total South Africa’s CEO, Christian des Closieres, said in a statement.Work on the plants is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.“Our roots in South Africa go back to the mid-1950s and we are committed to growing our business in South Africa and southern Africa through sustainably growing our infrastructure and distribution channels in the fuels and lubricants markets,” said Des Closieres.The blending facility upgrade will cost approximately R50-million and focus on modernising filling lines, an on-site laboratory and improving health and safety features and quality control measures.Expansion of the fuel storage depot will cost about R90-million and will allow 26% of fuel to be stored on-site.It is expected that the expansion will lead to an improved integration into national infrastructure such as the New Multi Product Pipeline.“We view this big investment in South Africa as further evidence of the successful partnership we have with our local shareholders in South Africa,” he said. “It also demonstrates our ongoing emphasis on health and safety quality control and catering for future growth.”Total South Africa’s local shareholders are black empowerment investment holding firm Tosaco and Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Remgro Ltd.It is the first subsidiary of an international petroleum company to comply with the ownership criteria of the Liquid Fuels Charter.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite the gloomy and cold weather Equine Affaire drew crowds to the Ohio Expo Center. There was plenty of shopping, demonstrations and learning opportunities, but my favorite part of the event was seeing the draft and miniature six-horse hitches.Watching horses around the 18-hand height and horses just more than 30 inches performing similar maneuvers during the Fantasia show was quite an experience. Of course, I already have a pre-existing love for draft and miniature horses and driving so that probably encouraged me to choose these hitches as my favorite part of the performance.I have spent some time watching both of the men prepare their hitches and drive them and it is clear they are both talented drivers with talented horses. It was very fun to see such opposites in sizes perform a discipline that I enjoy so much.A thank you goes out to all the equine performers, demonstrators, etc. that shared their horses with the rest of us at the Ohio Equine Affaire.last_img read more