Far Eastern University-Diliman banked on Jack Gloria to upend Ateneo, 74-72, and clinch the remaining championship berth in the UAAP Season 79 juniors basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Gloria scored six of his 14 points in the payoff period and pulled down 11 rebounds in a double-double effort for the Baby Tamaraws. ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Louell Gonzales topscored for FEU-Diliman with 22 points while Kenji Roman also shot 14 points.Jason Credo scored 16 points while 6-foot-11 newcomer Kai Sotto had a career-high 16 points, including 12 in the second half for the Eaglets, who finished the season in third place. NU had earlier defeated No. 4 De La Salle-Zobel to make it to the championship round for the sixth straight season.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Lausa set for UFC pay-per-view debut in New York Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 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 FEU-Diliman will take on defending champion National University in the best-of-three title series starting Tuesday at the same San Juan venue.The Baby Tamaraws are in first championship stint since winning it all in 2012 under coach Mike Oliver at the expense of the Bullpups. 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“My players did great. They didn’t give up,” said FEU-Diliman coach Allan Albano. The second-ranked Baby Tamaraws started flat, as the Blue Eaglets opened the game with 10 straight points but the Diliman-based cagers got their rhythm going later on in the do-or-die match. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
With about 60 days to the dedication of the Mount Coffee Hydro-Electric Plant, rehabilitated at a cost of about US$300m, it has been reliably learnt from the Executive Mansion that Director General Mary Tanyonoh Broh of the General Services Agency (GSA) is tipped to head the management team of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).Three impeccable sources at the Executive Mansion, who requested not to be identified, disclosed that Madam Broh is seen by the Executive Branch as the ‘best fitted’ to improve the LEC’s services to the people.Madam Broh, branded as General Broh for her no-nonsense style, is known for getting difficult jobs done. Judging by her past performance, she will ensure that revenues are collected and properly managed, take strong measures to curtail losses due to power theft, fraud and robbing of equipment. Broh will also be expected to work closely with the Canadian contractor, Manitoba Hydro International Limited, who will be responsible for the “operations of the hydro” for five years, and at the same time mentor the 23 Liberians who will take over the operations from Manitoba.During the civil war (1989 – 2003), the Mount Coffee Hydro-Electric Plant was looted and destroyed. When the Sirleaf administration took over 11 years ago, rehabilitating the plant was one of her major campaign promises to the Liberian people.Madam Broh, also known also as Hurricane Broh, is the most rotated civil servant, a go-to or fix-it administrator noted for “straightening things up” and later handing over the reins to others. She has served as City Mayor of Monrovia and is presently in charge of the Presidential Task Force that ensures illegal structures are removed from the city of Monrovia.However, when she was contacted yesterday about the pending assignment, Broh said “I have no knowledge of what you are talking about.” Madam Broh first served the Liberian Government in March 2006 as the Special Projects Coordinator for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s executive staff. In 2007, she was promoted to Director of the Passport Bureau where she successfully reduced waste and eliminated bribery and delays which were rampant in the Bureau.In 2008, Broh was transferred to the National Port Authority as Deputy Director, and in February 2009, she was selected to serve as Acting Mayor of Monrovia in place of Ophelia Hoff Saytumah, in the President’s effort to ensure efficiency and sound financial management at the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC). Her selection was, however, not confirmed by the Senate. Broh has worked to clean up Monrovia with measures that included city-wide litter reduction campaigns that increased public awareness against littering the streets, improved sanitation, and overall public health but often earned her a bad rap by squatters, businesspeople, street vendors and politicians.In October 2009, she implemented the revised City Ordinance No. 1, originally established by the MCC in 1975 to address public health, sanitation, and street vendors. The revision sought to address issues that had accumulated in the capital over the last two decades such as overflowing, unsanitary garbage, makeshift structures and unregulated street vendors. She has also worked closely with government officials to address overpopulation, caused by displaced persons that flocked to Monrovia from the hinterland during the civil wars.Currently, she serves as the Head of the Special Presidential Task Force to clean and beautify the City of Monrovia and its suburbs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000LONDON, March 10-Ten people including three French Olympic stars have been killed after two helicopters crashed midair in Argentina.Camille Muffat, 25, a swimmer who won gold in the women’s 400m freestyle in 2012, Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine, 28, who won bronze in Beijing 2008, and champion sailor Florence Arthaud, 58, were all among the dead. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) They died alongside two Argentine pilots and five other French nationals when two helicopters filming the survival series Dropped smashed into each other in a rugged mountain range.Sylvain Wiltord, a 40-year-old former Arsenal footballer who won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups, was in the show, but was not on board either of the helicopters.Wiltord tweeted early this morning: “I am sad for my friends, I’m trembling, I’m horrified, I have no words, I don’t want to say anything.”Authorities said it was still unclear what caused the accident in the western province of La Rioja near the Andes.Camille Muffat, an Olympic swimmer who won gold in the freestyle at London 2012 and is a former world record holder died in the helicopter crashThe accident happened at around 5pm on Monday shortly after the two aircraft took off in a mountainous region of La Rioja, in Argentina’s North West.Disel Cuneo, government spokesman for the province, said: “There are several French nationals among the victims. So far we only know of two Argentine victims.”There were unconfirmed reports that one of the victims died after jumping out of one of the helicopters seconds before they crashed.Another provincial spokesman, Horacio Alarcon, said that the two helicopters appeared to have collided during filming. “There are no survivors,” he added. -Record holder-Camille Muffat was a former world record holder for the 400m women’s freestyle from 2012 until 2013.She won gold during the 400m freestyle at London 2012, earned silver in the women’s 200m freestyle and a bronze as a member of the women’s 4×200m freestyle relay.She was the third Frenchwoman in history to earn three medals in a summer or winter Olympic Games and was named the 2012 French Sportswoman of the Year.She shocked the sporting world in June by announcing her sudden retirement at the age of 24, exhausted by the long hours of training in the pool.Alexis Vastine won bronze for boxing in the Light Welterweight category at the Beijing Olympics, and competed at London 2012, but was knocked out in the quarter finals.Florence Arthaud was regarded as one of the world’s best sailors, and won the Route du Rhum, a transatlantic single-handed yacht race that takes place every four years.Alexis Vastine, a boxer who won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (left) and Florence Arthaud, who won the transatlantic sailing race Route du Rhum in 1990, were also reported to have been killedFrench President Francois Hollande in a statement published on the website of the French daily Liberation: “The brutal demise of our compatriots is an immense sadness.”– By Daily Mail
Former Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has praised Brendan Rodgers for the tactical switch which he believes has made them exciting again.The Reds were having a disappointing season but have now lost just two of their last 22 games across all competitions following some tinkering from the Northern Irishman, which saw Raheem Sterling pushed into a central role.And Mellor believes Rodgers deserves credit for the alteration which has turned their season around and made them a thrilling side to watch once more.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “One big thing which Liverpool missed in the final third was pace. They’ve decided to change the system and Raheem Sterling playing in the centre gave Liverpool that pace, and since Daniel Sturridge has been back he’s given them pace too.“Liverpool are full of pace now and they didn’t have that earlier in the season and didn’t look an attacking threat, now Liverpool are an exciting side to watch again.”
Sunderland and West Ham are both interested in signing Ogenyi Onazi, according to reports in his native Nigeria.The 23-year-old has risen through the ranks at Lazio since arriving in 2011 but has never fully established himself as a first-team regular.Onazi has made a total of just 31 Serie A appearances over the course of the past two seasons and he could be set for a summer move away from the club.And, according to Nigerian magazine Punch, both West Ham and Sunderland are keen on bringing him to the Premier League.Onazi is also a target for Besiktas, who have reportedly made him one of their main targets for the window.Lazio are open to selling the holding midfielder, a full Nigeria international, but want to raise around £7m for his sale. 1 Ogenyi Onazi in action for Lazio
20 20 Tottenham Hotspur: Grade A – Spurs’ form has slipped under the radar, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men showing no signs of suffering a hangover from their disappointing end to last season. They are unbeaten and Tottenham really could be City’s biggest threat to the title. Theyve also adapted well in the absence of striker Harry Kane. 20 Manchester United: Grade C – It’s been neither a great nor a bad start to life at Old Trafford for Jose Mourinho. The Red Devils haven’t been poor, but their performances suggest regaining a spot in the top four could go down to the wire. Paul Pogba is yet to really impress since his world record return to Manchester. 20 Middlesbrough: Grade C – Back in the top flight after eight years, Middlesbrough are still getting to grips with life in the Premier League. Six points from seven games isnt spectacular, but survival would be a success for the Boro, and they have shown enough so far to suggest they could do so. 20 20 20 Watford: Grade C – Helped by Etienne Capoues four goals from midfield as well as the influential Troy Deeney, it has been a bright start under new manager Walter Mazzarri. They have beaten Man United, fought back from 2-0 down at West Ham to win 4-2 and were unfortunate to lose to Chelsea. 20 Arsenal: Grade A- – Arsenals opening day defeat to Liverpool cost the club a spot at the top of the table. The Gunners have enjoyed a good start to the season, with their 3-0 victory over Chelsea a highlight. But given their track record, nobody’s really getting too excited. This will, however, suit Arsene Wenger and his side. 20 20 Sunderland: Grade U – click the arrow above, right, to check out talkSPORT’s grading of each Premier League club on their overall performance so far this season – David Moyes hasn’t made any difference on a woeful Black Cats side. They continue to rely on Jermain Defoe to deliver the goods, but it doesn’t look as though he alone can save the club. Moyes could be the next manager to go. Everton: Grade B – Under Ronald Koeman, Everton are four points behind leaders Man City. Idrissa Gueye has been superb, Lukaku is scoring goals and if Ross Barkley can get up to speed, then fans will be even happier. 20 20 20 West Bromwich Albion: Grade C – Results have not been that great, but Nacer Chadli has been a brilliant signing for the Baggies who find themselves in the top half of the table. 20 Crystal Palace: Grade B – After their woeful second half of last season, some may have tipped the Eagles to be battling relegation this term. That doesn’t look to be the case, however. Sitting in eighth, Alan Pardew’s side have performed well this season and the club record signing, Christian Benteke has proven to be an excellent buy. Some managers will have spent the international break satisifed by their side’s position in the Premier League, others will be scratching their heads over their situation.So talkSPORT has decided to grade each Premier League club on their overall performance this season.Of course, there’s plenty of time still go in the campaign, but it’s interesting to assess how well teams have been performing in the top flight.Check out our evaluation by viewing the slideshow above. 20 Swansea City: Grade D – The Swans’ form cost Francesco Guidolin his job, with the club deciding enough was enough and bringing in Bob Bradley. It’s a tough ask for the American to lift the confidence of a struggling squad. Itll be a long season for Swansea. Leicester City: Grade C- – Few expected the Foxes to again take control at the top of the table. Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are struggling for goals, but they have performed well in the Champions League, so far. Leicester should be aiming to claim one of the Premier Leagues European spots, but itll be tough for the defending champions. 20 20 Stoke City: Grade U – The Potters have began in a way few will have predicted. With only three points on the board, Mark Hughes’ side are already playing catch up, and given the quality of the clubs squad, criticism is more than just. But they should be able to get themselves out of the drop zone. Hull City: Grade B – Not much was expected of Hull at the start of the season and they were tipped to go down. However, they began the Premier League campaign with a win against defending champions Leicester, then went to Swansea and won again six points out of a possible six. Tricky games have followed, but the only blotch on their season has been the manager situation. Chelsea: Grade C – It was never going to be easy for Antonio Conte, with the Blues remaining a shadow of the side that lifted the title in the 2014/15 season. Arsenal and Liverpool comfortably took three points apiece off Chelsea, suggesting the Blues might not have enough to finish in the top four. Southampton: Grade B – Once again Southampton lost key players in the summer, with Sadio Mane, Victor Wanyama and Graziano Pelle leaving this time in addition to manager Ronald Koeman, who steadied the ship during the last two seasons. Although results have not been spectacular, new boss Claude Puel is also balancing a Europa League campaign. 20 20 Bournemouth: Grade C – Bournemouth continue to impress in the countrys top flight, and Eddie Howe will be pleased with their steady start to the season. Good wins against Everton and West Brom keep the Cherries away from the drop zone. 20 Burnley: Grade C – Burnley have had a tricky run so far, and are the current joint lowest goalscorers in the division. Nevertheless, Sean Dyches men have secured wins against an in-form Liverpool side and Watford, and wont be too disheartened by their league position. Liverpool: Grade A- – Had they not been beaten by Burnley, the Reds would be sitting top of the table, one point clear of Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp’s men have enjoyed a fine start to the season and with the goals continuing to flow, shouldn’t be ruled out as title challengers. Its consistency Klopp will demand if they are to remain near the top of the table. West Ham United: Grade F – After an excellent 2015/16 season and a glamorous new stadium for the players to take to the stage in, much was expected of the Hammers this term. The club’s owners will be desperate for European football. That doesn’t look likely, however. The pressure is on Slaven Bilic. Manchester City: Grade A – Their slip up against Tottenham before the international break was the first blip for Pep Guardiola. City were missing key players, though, and are expected to bounce back in their next game, against Everton. They’ll take some stopping in their quest for the title. Injuries could be their downfall, so keeping his squad fit is crucial for Guardiola.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLTON, Calif. (AP) – A fifth U.S. Forest Service firefighter died Tuesday of burns suffered when an engine crew was overrun by the arson-set Esperanza wildfire in Southern California last week, authorities said late Tuesday. Firefighter Pablo Cerda, 23, of Fountain Valley died at 5:08 p.m. at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, said Jeanne Wade Evans, the San Bernardino National Forest supervisor, at a press conference outside the hospital. A group of Forest Service firefighters with tears in their eyes stood behind Evans. “I felt the faith and hope for Pablo’s recovery and actually felt a miracle might be possible,” she said. “Today more sadness is added to our almost unbearable grief.” Cerda was burned over 90 percent of his body Thursday as he and the crew of Engine 57 tried to protect a home from wind-driven flames in the San Jacinto Mountains of Riverside County, 90 miles east of Los Angeles. Three other crew members died at the scene and Cerda’s captain died soon after at a hospital. Cerda underwent extensive removal of damaged skin in an operation Friday but was always given a poor prognosis. Dr. Dev Gnanadev said Cerda’s family was given the option of returning him to the operating room but “they decided to let Pablo go.” He was taken off life support. The fifth death made it the greatest loss of firefighters in a single incident while battling a wildfire since 14 were killed in July 1994 during a blaze known as the South Canyon or Storm King Mountain Fire near Glenwood Springs, Colo., according to the National Interagency Fire Center statistics. Cerda was in just his second year of fighting fires for the Forest Service. He had planned to begin studying to become a paramedic. The other victims were the engine captain, Mark Loutzenhiser, 43, of Idyllwild; Jason McKay, 27, of Apple Valley; Jess McLean, 27, of Beaumont; and Daniel Hoover-Najera, 20, of San Jacinto. “All of us from the forest and all those from the fire service deeply mourn the loss of these brave men. In my mind there’s no greater calling than to help those in need,” Evans said. All the firefighters were outside their engine when they were overrun and none had used their personal fire shelters. The engine was destroyed. According to a preliminary report on the entrapment released Tuesday, “an onset of Santa Ana winds with a notable increase in velocity contributed to extreme fire behavior, including a rapid rate of fire spread and fire size growth.” Investigators, meanwhile, were sifting through hundreds of tips and interviewing previously convicted arsonists who live in the Cabazon area where the blaze began, authorities said. About 65 investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department had questioned “several” people of interest and planned to talk to several more in the coming days, said Susan Raichel, an ATF spokeswoman. Detectives were also talking to convicted arsonists who live in the area, said James Crowell, an ATF special-agent-in-charge who is heading the Cabazon probe. In California, convicted arsonists must register with state officials and provide their address, Raichel said. No arrests have been made, officials said. “We’re tracking down every lead and interviewing everyone we can and we’re doing the best we can to resolve this,” Crowell said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “There’s no time frame we’re working on. There’s no way for me to gauge whether we’re closer to apprehending someone or not.” On Monday, investigators picked up two men from a residence about a quarter-mile from the fire’s point of origin and briefly questioned them. They were then released, authorities said. The blaze started early Thursday and scorched 40,200 acres, or more than 60 square miles, of forest and brush before being fully contained Monday. It destroyed 34 homes and 20 outbuildings. A portion of Highway 243 in the fire area remained under indefinite closure for repair of the two-lane road. Firefighting costs reached $9.9 million, the California Department of Forestry said. Riverside County Sheriff Bob Doyle also said investigators would be interviewing a number of people in the case. The reward for information leading to an arrest topped $500,000. “We’re trying to work through the leads that we have, and going through the process,” Doyle said in a telephone interview. Authorities said the fire was deliberately set at the base of a slope in Cabazon, west of Palm Springs, as fierce Santa Ana winds hit Southern California. Residents said they saw two young men leaving the area where the fire began. At the crime scene, investigators had planted blue, red and yellow flags attached to wire stakes in the ground to mark the location of possible evidence. Part of the hillside was marked by a grid made of pegs and string. A public memorial service for the dead firefighters was scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the Hyundai Pavilion in Devore. Individual firefighter funerals will be private, officials said. Associated Press Writers Allison Hoffman in Cabazon, Gillian Flaccus in Tustin, and Jeremiah Marquez in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
Celtic’s coffers are swilling with Champions League cash at the moment and Brendan Rodgers is looking to make best use of it before the transfer window shuts.The Hoops boss is targeting Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, with Rodgers keen to take the 25-year-old on loan from the Goodison Park club.One Celtic player could soon be departing the Parkhead club, with Efe Ambrose on the radar of Reading manager Jaap Stam. Could a deal be struck to send the Nigerian to the English Championship?And Rangers could sign former Fulham defender Philippe Senderos in time to play Kilmarnock on Friday night. It’s all in today’s Transfer Talk.
He said: “The profile hasn’t changed from Robbie, really.“We’re looking for a young, intelligent, energetic and enthusiastic coach who can help us move on from where we are.” Asked if he had tried to persuade Neilson to stay on at Hearts, Levein was diplomatic, revealing that the young head coach’s mind was made up soon after MK Dons made their approach.The Hearts director of football said: “Robbie’s a very logical person. He has always said he wanted to manage at the top level down in England. “He explained to me that he felt if he could go down to England in a good, stable job and do a good job there, then he would have a better chance of getting a higher level club. He saw that as his pathway.“Whether I agree with him or not is almost irrelevant.“I don’t want to be disrespectful to MK Dons because they have a bigger stadium than us and they have the potential to be a good team. He goes with my best wishes.“I have a lot of admiration for him and on a personal level I really like him. He’s a good guy and the amount of work he put in here to help get us back to a position where we should be, I will be eternally grateful.“I think the Hearts fans and certainly the board of directors are as well.” In his debut season, Neilson led Hearts to the Scottish Championship title ahead of Rangers and Hibernian with a record points total of 91 while European football was secured in their first season back in the top flight following a third place finish. Craig Levein says Hearts’ new head coach will fit the same profile as outgoing boss Robbie Neilson.The 36-year-old has left Tynecastle to become the new manager of English League One outfit MK Dons after two and a half years in the Scottish capital.Hearts, who sit second in the Scottish Premiership, are expected to make an official approach for Newcastle United assistant manager Ian Cathro on Friday.While Levein would not discuss the 30-year-old individually, he outlined the criteria Neilson’s replacement would have to meet.