As many as 796 ‘at risk’ Jamaicans, 16-24 years, have benefited from the ‘A Ganar’ project that uses team sports such as football and cricket and others to teach various skills to help them find jobs, learn entrepreneurial skills, or re-enter the formal education system.The Partners of the Americas project was executed in four phases, with the first phase designed to translate sports skills to skills for employment using a sports-based methodology that emphasises the six core skills of teamwork, communication, discipline, respect, a focus on results, and continual self-improvement.A Ganar started in Jamaica in 2009. It is funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) of the Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, NCB Foundation, and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund. More than 14,000 youth have been trained in 15 countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.Pioneering countryJamaica is recognised as the pioneering country for infusing cricket-based activities in the existing A Ganar curriculum.The Jamaica Cricket Association executed the cricket aspect while Whole Life Ministries conducted the football aspect. Some were done through various community groups in eight parishes, including Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, St Elizabeth, and St James.AndrÈ Virtue of Whole Life Ministries, who was responsible for executing the programme using football, gave his full endorsement.”Youth loves sports, and sometimes when they just come to participate, they don’t know there are life lessons that can be taught through the sport, so things like conflict resolution, things like teamwork and working together, communication, we take for granted, but we use games within the sport to teach these lessons, build friendships, and more importantly, help them to believe in themselves. So it was just an opportunity for us at Whole Life Sports to play our part. We are about transformation in our country, and we see sport as one of those important tools that can aid in the transformation,” Virtue said.AndrÈ Wilson of Youth For Development Network – the local implementing arm that had overall responsibility for the project – said that it was a true team effort from different partners that came together to made the project successful.”We were able to reach and supersede our target. We have persons who graduated from the programme, and they are now entrepreneurs, persons who have found jobs, and persons who returned to school,” Wilson said.
Magic Johnson is leading the Los Angeles Lakers again after a major shake-up of the struggling franchise’s front office. Lakers owner Jeanie Buss fired General Manager Mitch Kupchak yesterday and put Johnson in charge of basketball operations. Jeanie Buss also removed her brother, Jim, from his job as the Lakers’ executive vice-president of basketball operations. Jim Buss retains his ownership stake in the team, but Jeanie Buss has final say under the structure set up by their late father, Jerry Buss. She used it to chart a new course for the Lakers, who are mired in the worst four-year stretch in the 16-time NBA champion franchise’s glorious history. “I took these actions today to achieve one goal: Everyone associated with the Lakers will now be pulling in the same direction, the direction established by Earvin and myself,” Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “We are determined to get back to competing to win NBA championships again.”
China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “When I went to the hospital, I was really shocked. There was so much blood, I thought you only see that in the movies,” Jeric on Sunday told reporters at the police precinct where he arrived with his father Alvin.READ: Suspects in stabbing of Jeron Teng, two others used ring knife—policeFEATURED 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 crownJust before Jeron and his former La Salle teammates suffered multiple stab wounds during a brawl outside a bar along the Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City, the Teng brothers were going at it in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.VIDEO: Altercation between the group of Jeron Teng, stabbing suspects outside a club in BGC.STORY: https://t.co/H23F0T8xdf pic.twitter.com/1lqBZGkoy9— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) June 3, 2018ADVERTISEMENT It was only last night when Jeric and Jeron Teng faced each other on the court for the first time in almost four years, this time in the big league.The morning after, Jeric was visiting his brother in the hospital after a brawl gone wrong, where Jeron was stabbed multiple times along with Norbert Torres and Thomas Torres.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:17Tolentino on Robredo’s drug war report: Who are you to judge?00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Taal Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Djokovic, Thiem, Zverev and Wozniacki in 4th-round action Just like the last time they met in the UAAP, it was Jeron who was crowned the victor as Alaska sunk Jeric’s Globalport, 109-103, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Of course I’m happy because after so many years we’re playing against each other,” said Jeric in Filipino in an interview Saturday night. “It’s a different scenario not just because we’re on different teams but we have different roles but again I’m happy and we got to defend each other at one point.”Jeron plays an average of 15 minutes a game with numbers of 4.33 points and 4.33 rebounds for Alaska while Jeric sees just five minutes per outing for GlobalPort.READ: Alaska rallies to beat Globalport, extends win streak to 5Jeron couldn’t help but be happy to be playing against older brother but he did have a different take on how he will act in front of Jeric once they get home.“Of course I’m going to annoy him because I’ve won against him in college and here in the PBA I won in the first game we played each other,” said Jeron, also after the game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Now, Jeron is looking at a road to recovery from his injuries and the Teng family is about to face a different battle on the court against the suspects, who were immediately apprehended by the police early Sunday.READ: Jeron Teng, 2 ex-La Salle players stabbed in BGC; suspects arrested“His cuts were deep. On his back, on his side. He was very lucky it didn’t hit any vital organs,” said Jeric in the same interview at the precinct.Jeric is questioning the alleged self-defense argument of suspects Edmar Lacanlale, 40, and Williard Basili, 37.“Even [Norbert Torres, Thomas Torres], all of them had deep cuts. How can you say it’s self-defense if it was the three of them who got hit the most?”
Cocolife bounced back from a first set loss to dispose of stubborn University of the East-Cherrylume, 22-25, 25-13, 25-22, 25-18, in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Ace libero Denden Lazaro missed the game, but the Asset Managers managed to weather the hard-fighting Iron Lady Warriors to gain their first win in Pool B.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Batangas-EAC, Centro Escolar prevail Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Former La Salle University standout Gyra Barroga proved her worth right in her first PSL game as she led Cocolife with 17 points on 12 attacks, four blocks and an ace.Alex Tan chipped in 15 hits, while Justine Tiu added nine, including 18 digs and eight receptions.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 crown“There were mistakes because the players relaxed a little,” Cocolife head coach Moro Branislav said. “I understand that we are still calculating since it was our first game with my new players.”The Asset Managers bounced back strong in the second set, opening up a 22-11 spread. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
MOST READ Ateneo recovers; Creamline nears final 4 Alaska’s Vic Manuel won’t allow Meralco’s Mike Tolomia an easy basket during their PBA semifinal match on Sunday. —AUGUST DELA CRUZAfter battling injuries to key men, barely putting a foot in the playoffs and surviving six knockout matches, Meralco continued to inch its way back to the Finals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.Knocking down shots that quelled several Alaska rallies in the fourth quarter, the Bolts took a 1-0 lead in their Final Four series with fancied Alaska after a 97-92 victory on Sunday night to move within two more wins of making a third straight title series appearance in the season-ending conference.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The scores:MERALCO 97—Durham 32, Newsome 16, Amer 14, Hugnatan 9, Caram 7, Faundo 6, Canaleta 6, Tolomia 5, Salva 2, Dillinger 0.ALASKA 92—Harris 37, Banchero 16, Manuel 14, Casio 5, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 5, Teng 4, Pascual 4, Galliguez 2, Baclao 0, Racal 0, Thoss 0.Quarters: 25-17, 47-34, 72-56, 97-92Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Mike Harris scored 37 points, but Alaska was slowed down by the lack of local support for its talented import. Only Chris Banchero and Vic Manuel scored in twin digits.The winner of the race-to-3 series will advance to face either Magnolia or Barangay Ginebra in a best-of-seven title match-up. The Hotshots will be shooting for a 2-0 lead on Monday at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Magnolia main local Paul Lee believes they remain the underdogs despite drawing first blood, 106-98, on Saturday also at Ynares Antipolo.This mindset could serve the Hotshots well as they aim to dethrone the Gin Kings, champions of the season-ending conference the last two years.“It’s zero-zero [in the standings] again as far as we’re concerned,” said Lee, who scored 27 points in their Game 1 win that snapped a seven-game slide against the Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Owning the shortest rotation in the tournament with several men still in injured bay, the Bolts played with complete command at Ynares Center in Antipolo, keeping the Aces within arm’s length all throughout the fourth period.“You’re just never really done until you play your last game,” said Chris Newsome, who scored 16 points and had seven rebounds in providing a great backup job to import Allen Durham, as the Bolts take momentum heading into Game 2 Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.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 ChrissDurham slowed down in the fourth, with Newsome and the other locals coming up with the finishing touches to the authoritative win that wasn’t reflected in the final tally.Durham still finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and six assists even with coach Norman Black preparing him well for the next game by playing him under 40 minutes. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
As usual, the weekend flood water in some parts of Monrovia and its environs again caused serious headache, agony and misery for many of Monrovia’s communities and residents.During the weekend there were heavy downpours of rain that adversely affected several community residents and business entities. Consequently, some concerned environmentalists and health workers have sounded an urgent appeal to the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) for their swift interventions to protect citizens and residents affected by flooding.Among the affected communities were the former Omega Navigation Station on the Paynesville-Kakata highway, the Doe Community at Bushrod Island, Soul Clinic, LEC substation, Joe Bar in Paynesville and GSA Junction.It was also observed that affected residents of the communities were seen stranded in flooded water which carried lots of debris, detrimental to health and the environment.Regrettably, environmentalists say that several of the structures in the affected communities were built in what they called ‘in flood plains.’The environmentalists and geologists explained that residents and business entities built in such areas are always potential targets of extensive flooding.Recently in rural Liberia, specifically between Saclapea and Tappita Districts, a large river over-flooded the highway, disconnecting human and vehicular traffic for almost 18 to 24 hours.Accordingly, about 18 commercial, aid-agency and other public service transport vehicles were stranded on both sides of the road connection to Southeastern Liberia.Some aid-agency officials at the stranded spot on the Saclapea and Tappita highway, expressed serious concern over the impediments been posed by the over flooding of the river.An aid-agency official, Washington B. Nyanti, underscored the need for the rehabilitation of the 25-year-old bridge and fixing of dangerous potholes on the highway.Several businesspeople also stranded at the flood water expressed grave concern over the deplorable conditions of bridge in particular, and the general condition of the road corridor in that part of Nimba County.Businessman Tommy K. Tugbeh pointed out that with the huge procurement of yellow machines by the then leadership of Nimba County, bad road connections should be a thing of the past in that commercial and agriculture- driven belt.“The county authorities and contractors need to put all the yellow machines to work in order for us to do our businesses and services to our sisters and brothers in hard to reach areas in Nimba and other counties,” Mr. Tugbeh pleaded.He also stressed the need for the current leadership of Nimba County to see the genuine reason and begin rehabilitating the deplorable roads in all parts of county in the interest of humanity and the poverty-stricken rural Liberians.“I’m of the strong conviction that the current leadership of Nimba County would open their ears and listen to the complaints and appeals of businesspeople and aid-agencies operating in North and Southeastern Liberia,” businessman Tugbeh stressed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOSTORIA, Ohio – The city’s police chief and police dog have degrees from the same online school, according to a defense lawyer challenging the chief’s authority. The issue gives “one pause, if not paws, for concern” about what it takes to get a degree from the school, based in the Caribbean, Gene Murray wrote Monday in a motion seeking to have the dog introduced as evidence. Chief John McGuire and Rocko – listed as John I. Rocko on his diploma – are graduates of Concordia College and University, according to copies of diplomas that are part of Murray’s motion.
0Shares0000Nasser Al-Khelaifi is also the president of French football giants PSG, who were knocked out of the Champions League last week by Real Madrid © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFECAIRO, Egypt, Mar 13 – Qatar’s BeIN Sports chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also the president of Paris Saint-Germain, was hit with a second anti-trust fine by an Egyptian court on Monday.The court accuses BeIN of forcing its Egyptian customers to replace their existing satellites to obtain their services. A fine of 400 million Egyptian pounds ($22.7 million, 18 million euros) has been handed down after prosecution by the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) in a Cairo economic court.The fine is the second one BeIN has incurred in Egypt after a similar one was imposed in January.The decision imposed comes at a politically-charged time for the two countries, with ties between Egypt and Qatar deeply strained.Egypt was one of several countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting extremists and being too close to Iran.Qatar denies the allegations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Ezequiel Garay Chelsea want to sign Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay from Zenit Saint Petersburg.Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster his back-line after an unconvincing start to the season.He has earmarked John Stones as his top target but Everton are refusing to sell and have rejected three bids from the Premier League champions for the 21-year-old.Now, according to reports on Sky Italia, Chelsea have turned to Garay and have opened talks with the Russian club over a deal for their centre-back.Roman Abramovich has a close relationship with Zenit’s board of directors and is confident of completing a deal before the deadline.Garay has earned 31 caps for Argentina and played a major role in their run to the World Cup and Copa America finals in the last two years. 1
WASHINGTON – Deeply concerned about the prospect of failure in Afghanistan, the Bush administration and NATO have begun three top-to-bottom reviews of the entire mission, from security and counterterrorism to political consolidation and economic development, according to U.S. and alliance officials. The reviews are an acknowledgment of the need for greater coordination in fighting the Taliban and al-Qaida, halting the rising opium production and trafficking that finances the insurgency and helping the Kabul government extend its legitimacy and control. Taken together, these efforts reflect a growing apprehension that one of the administration’s most important legacies – the routing of Taliban and Qaida forces in Afghanistan after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 – may slip away, according to senior administration officials. Unlike the administration’s sweeping review of Iraq policy a year ago, which was announced with great fanfare and ultimately resulted in a large increase in troops, the U.S. reviews of the Afghan strategy have not been announced and are not expected to result in a similar infusion of combat forces, mostly because there are no U.S. troops readily available. A third review, one that has previously been part of the public discussion, involves the strategy of NATO, which last year assumed control of the security operation in Afghanistan and has since been criticized by U.S. officials and lawmakers for not being aggressive enough. At an alliance meeting in Scotland on Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates successfully gained a commitment from NATO to produce what senior Pentagon officials called an “integrated plan” for Afghanistan. “The intent is to get people to look beyond 2008 and realize this is a longer-term endeavor,” said Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, who was with Gates in Scotland. He said the plan would “start off by acknowledging the success we’re having in terms of reconstruction and education and governance and so forth, but it also will state where we want to be in three to five years, and how we get there.” The NATO assessment is to be completed for a meeting of alliance heads of state in Bucharest, Romania, next spring. The other reviews are due early next year. Publicly, administration officials have expressed optimism that the war in Afghanistan can be won, but Gates told Congress last week that his optimism was “tempered by caution.” In recent months, though, Bush’s senior advisers have expressed a growing unease. While there is a sense that this year’s troop buildup in Iraq has turned around a dire situation, the effort in Afghanistan has begun to drift, at best, officials said. That prompted Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley, to oversee internal deliberations that resulted in the push for the new reviews. The NATO-led security assistance mission in Afghanistan has about 40,000 troops; of those, 14,000 are American. Separately, the U.S. military has 12,000 other troops in Afghanistan conducting specialized counterterrorism missions. Gates has declined to name specific allies that have not fulfilled pledges for combat troops, security trainers and helicopters for Afghanistan, or whose governments have placed restrictions on their combat forces. But he has noted that Britain, Canada and Australia had met their commitments and carry their full combat load. Some members of Congress have not been so diplomatic. “The Germans, the Spanish, the Italians don’t send any troops to the south except for 250 troops by Germany,” said Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa. A retired three-star admiral who worked on the staff of the National Security Council in the 1990s, Sestak complained that some allies “refuse to do combat ops at night and some don’t fly when the first snowflake falls.” As part of the NATO review, alliance diplomats and military officers are closely watching the actions of Britain, which may be able to commit additional troops to Afghanistan as it reduces its deployments in Iraq. To that end, Britain has opened its own “strategic review” of the Afghan mission, especially in the turbulent southern provinces, which will shape the alliance’s assessment, according to a senior diplomat of a NATO nation. “Essentially what’s driving it is that a year ago, we were regarding Afghanistan as an outstanding success – we established democracy, we were in control of many parts of the country,” the NATO diplomat said. “Now we have significant issues with certain areas producing opium and the Taliban coming back in certain parts of the country, as well.” The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., was more direct in assessing possible failure in Afghanistan. “I have a real concern that given our preoccupation in Iraq, we’ve not devoted sufficient troops and funding to Afghanistan to ensure success in that mission,” Skelton said. “Afghanistan has been the forgotten war.” Strained by commitments in Iraq, the U.S. military has few troops available for Afghanistan. “It is simply a matter of resources, of capacity,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress this week. “In Afghanistan, we do what we can. In Iraq, we do what we must.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe administration is now committed to finding an international coordinator, described as a “super-envoy,” to synchronize the full range of efforts in Afghanistan, and to continue pressing for more NATO troops to fight an insurgency that made 2007 the most violent year since the Taliban and al-Qaida were routed in December 2001. “We are looking for ways to gain greater strategic coherence,” said a senior administration official involved in the review process. One assessment is being conducted within the U.S. military. Adm. William J. Fallon, commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, has ordered a full review of the mission, including the hunt for Taliban and Qaida leaders. “It’s an assessment of our current strategy and how we are doing,” said a senior military officer. “It’s looking at whether we’ve done enough or need to do more in terms of expanding governance and economic development, as well as wrestling with the difficult security issues that we have been dealing with in Afghanistan.” Senior State Department officials also said that R. Nicholas Burns, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, was coordinating another internal assessment of diplomatic efforts and economic aid – the sorts of “soft-power” assistance beyond combat force that officials agree are required for success.