First night relay race in PH puts premium on ‘team spirit’

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 March Madness: Top 32 PH high school teams battle it out in 11th NBTC season Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters HiVelocity managing director Adrian Mok said they expect to have 3,000 participants.Filipino Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, who is also an ambassador for Asics, said running as part of a team, instead of as an individual, will put pressure not only on the runner but on the teammates as well.“You have one thing in mind and that’s to win not only for yourself but also for the team,” said Tabal. “It’s going to be a different feeling because you’re going to push each other, pressure them, and pressure yourself.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIES The Asics Relay will make its first stop in the Philippines before holding events in other Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.“The objective of the race is to create an event to emphasize the team spirit,” said Andy Neo, Asics Asia sports marketing manager, at during the press conference at Conrad Manila. “We know that people want to sleep in the morning and the evening time is perfect because you can sleep after and you will have more people to join.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe event features a full 42-kilometer marathon, where each team member is required to run two legs of 5.25 km, and a 21 km half marathon, where each participant needs to run a leg of 5.25 km.Winning teams will be awarded over P790,000 and the champion of the full marathon will have an automatic slot to any of the next four races. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Asics Relay Marathon. Photo from asics.com.A Japanese sportswear brand is introducing a new kind of marathon here in the Philippines.From the usual individual races held at dawn, this new race launched on Wednesday is looking for four-member teams for a relay marathon at night.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

LFA to Enforce CLS, No Financial Distribution to Clubs

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association will enforce CAF’s Club Licensing System in the 2015/16 soccer league, stakeholders who attended last Saturday’s Interactive Forum at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium were told.LFA President Musa Bility, responding to enquiries from participants, said it is not the duty of the association to provide money to support member clubs.“We are the regulators of football,” Bility said, “and our role is to ensure that we regulate and provide standard that will improve on the overall development of the game.”President Bility’s clarification stemmed from inquiries by several clubs, including LISCR FC and Nimba United FC for the need to get some financial support in the wake of the Ebola virus disease that affected the clubs.Bility said funds received from FIFA are exclusively for development purposes and not for clubs.He noted that the LFA made it clear to teams at the last Buchanan Congress that FIFA would provide U$750,000 financial assistance to the association.“The money is a special bonus from FIFA and the LFA is using this money to construct our national headquarters,” he told the gathering.So far, he said, “We have received $250k of this amount and purchased two pieces of land in Congo Town. We will use the remaining $500k to commence the construction of a $738k LFA HQ beginning February and we also received $100k from CAF towards this project.” Regarding the Financial Assistance Program, (FAP), from FIFA, he said it is the only revenue available to the LFA for the smooth running of the day to day operations of the Liberia Football Association.“We have no intention to distribute this money to clubs. In fact this money comes to LFA quarterly and we are yet to receive the first batch,” he said.He noted that concerning Cellcom GSM sponsorship money 45% goes towards prizes for clubs at the end of the season and the other 55% is used partially to finance the league hoping that the clubs registration and penalties will fill in the gap. The LFA, Bility said, “has no extra money to give to clubs. What we have done in the last four years is to put the LFA under great financial stress in order to assist the clubs.”He, however, pointed out that almost all the first division clubs still have enough credit with the LFA to register for the upcoming league. Bility reminded all club presidents that under the new clubs licensing regime the LFA too has obligations it must meet to carry out to a certain standard. “We will not abdicate our responsibilities to support clubs. It is expected that everyone desiring to own a club must have the finances to do so or disregard the quest.”Without pulling punches, Bility declared, “The ownership of clubs is a commercial venture that yields direct benefits to the clubs NOT LFA. We are the regulators of clubs not administrators.”He said the LFA will make all clubs in the 2015/16 seasons live up to at least twenty five percent requirement demanded in the Club Licensing System.The Club Licensing System demands every team to have, among other things, a youth team, a specified amount in its bank account, an office, and contract agreement with both players and technical staff.Bility said to get a good soccer league, players, coaches; medics and referees must receive necessary support, pointing out that the LFA is prepared to have a minimum number of clubs to ensure that a standard is set for the league this year.The forum had a team of panelist who provided overviews and answered questions in their respective areas. The areas included issues on coaches, referees, medics, and club management.The forum was organized by the technical department of the LFA, and its director Henry Browne earlier explained the importance of those involved in football meeting to exchange ideas to get some clarifications before the league proper.Coach Gabriel Johns discussed issues affecting coaches, relations with referees and clubs’ presidents. It was noted that because the roles of club officials are not defined, there are always overlapping their functions to tell coaches what to do during the process of a game.Bility pointed out that such development comes because of the coaches’ fear of failure, and assured all those involved in the game that the LFA demands clubs to sign contracts with coaches and their players to minimize some of the inherent overlapping of functions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Liberia’s Challenge Not Infrastructure, But Attitude’

first_imgAll Liberian Party (ALP) Presidential hopeful, Benoni Urey, says Liberia’s real challenge is not infrastructural development but, changing the mindset of Liberians to demonstrate patriotism to the nation. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on Tuesday, Urey emphasized that every Liberian in whatever political and social orientation must join forces and work together to ensure that the minds of Liberians are changed from hopelessness to development.He reminded Liberians at home and abroad to critically examine political and economic issues in the country and develop the spirit to resist negative feelings about the country.In no specific terms, Mr. Urey’s statement appeared to buttress what President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said when she bemoaned the attitudes of Liberians toward their country’s development. Upon her arrival from Kigali, Rwanda in July this year where she attended the 27th Ordinary Session of the African Union, President Sirleaf described the tremendous economic and infrastructural transformation Rwanda and Ethiopia had made since the days of their respective national crises, especially Rwanda, whose civil war of 1984, recorded Africa’s worst genocide. She recalled that she had the opportunity to work in Ethiopia and Rwanda earlier in her career and that, “The people” of those two countries “have good work ethics, discipline and are patriotic… But ah, Liberians,” the President lamented. But then, taking it personally, she also said Liberians are “not appreciative” of all she is doing to lift Liberia, “and at times it is disappointing.”Reconciliation Urey appears more optimistic. He believes that changing the Liberian attitude involves truly reconciling the country, something he believes President Sirleaf has failed to do. “She even admitted that she has a problem forgiving people,” he noted, “how then, can she reconcile an entire country?” There was however no clear answer from him as to how true reconciliation would be achieved if he were elected President. He did proffer that the attitudes of Liberians could change if Liberians are gainfully employed, especially through agriculture. President Sirleaf came under some criticism for her remarks, with some suggesting that, as President, it was her job to inspire the people of the country towards transformation. Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe a former Labor Minster and former Solicitor General in the first administration of President Sirleaf, said the President “is acknowledging failure that she led Liberia for more than a decade and expressing disappointment a the slow pace of development. Who is to blame? She should start blaming herself.” Gongloe recalled how, under President William R. Tolbert’s administration, a self-reliance policy was introduced, which led to the construction of roads, schools and clinics. “It takes a motivational leader to lead the people to transform the country but she must not attribute the poor state of Liberia to the attitude of the Liberian people,” he said. InfrastructureUrey, in the interview, cited as an example, Liberia’s once enviable healthcare and education systems that were beacons of standard in the subregion several decades ago, have nothing much to show for such past glories. “Guineans, Ghanaians and Ivoirians brought their citizens to Liberia to seek medical health, but sadly today, the story has changed; our education was also sought-after thirty years ago and it was literally free,” he said, lamenting that things have changed for the worse today. He said owing to the kind of infrastructure that was in Liberia, the country was rated as one of the best nations in the subregion. As for the party’s vision concerning the country’s road network, Mr. Urey proffered what he called a systematic approach to the development of Liberia’s road network. “If several miles of road are constructed on a yearly basis in our country,” he suggested, “in a few years our country could be connected with better roads,” Mr. Urey stressed.FarmersSpeaking of Agriculture, Mr. Urey, who owns a farming enterprise, says all the cooperative societies must be revived with funds to smallholder farmers.“We must first of all work out programs in the agriculture sector that would help our farmers to be able to market their produce in every part of our country,” he said.He stressed the need for smallholder farmers in the cocoa and coffee sectors to rehabilitate their previous farms and provide technical training that would increase their output.He noted that agriculture from all indications would indeed stimulate Liberia’s socioeconomic growth and that would ensure stability and peace in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FURNACE MOUNTAIN HEATS UP BLUEGRASS IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgStraight from the Appalachian mountains, Virginian act Furnace Mountain will bring their own brand of distinctive take on bluegrass and folk tunes when they play at the Regional Cultural Centre.Taking their name from the tallest peak of Catoctin Mountain in Loudoun County, Virginia, Furnace Mountain are one of the fast-rising stars of the American roots scene.The band draws its repertoire largely from the old-time, bluegrass and folk ballad tradition and have won critical acclaim for their fresh, authentic which combines the heart-worn and effortlessly sweet vocal harmonies of Aimee Curl and Morgan Morrison with fiddle playing that evokes everything from keening bagpipes to lonesome train whistles – with some dazzling mandolin chops thrown in for good measure. The band have performed at folk and bluegrass festivals across the globe and they are the host band of the world-famous Watermelon Park Festival each year.Furnace Mountain, Regional Cultural Centre.Tickets: An Grianán Theatre Box Office 074 91 20777Price: €12/€10 Date: Saturday 1 NovemberTime: 8.00pmFURNACE MOUNTAIN HEATS UP BLUEGRASS IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 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:BluegrassFurnace MountainRegional Cultural Centreroots musiclast_img read more

WATCH: Former Chelsea star Oscar causes massive FIGHT in CSL match

first_imgOscar made the move to the Chinese Super League from Chelsea in January, and he made his biggest impact over the weekend.However, it was not a positive impact…The Brazil international was guilty of starting a massive fight after deliberately kicking the ball at an opponent – TWICE!After being shoved to the ground, players and officials from both sides ended up brawling over Oscar’s limp body.You can see a video of the incident above…last_img

Netflix warns Irish customers of bogus email scam

first_imgA new bogus email scam has struck Irish Netflix customers.TV3 reporter Ruairi Carroll warned users this week after receiving an email from someone purporting to represent Netflix prompting him to restart his membership.Watch out, dodgy @NetflixUK “cancellation” email scam going around. pic.twitter.com/GDUvKn7cOV— Ruairi Carroll (@RCarrollTV3) July 13, 2017 Her.ie report that a Netflix spokesperson has confirmed the email as a phishing scam, and has urged customers who receive emails such as these to be cautious.The spokesperson says you can read up on Netflix security by visiting their ‘How can I keep my Netflix account secure?’ page, and to forward any suspicious emails on to phishing@netflix.com.Netflix warns Irish customers of bogus email scam was last modified: July 14th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:emailNetflixphishingscamlast_img read more

Magical moments are coming to Eclipse Cinemas

first_imgThere is much excitement this season at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane as three magical events take place in the coming weeks.Families will be spellbound by a wonderful Harry Potter day this weekend, as a classic installment of the franchise returns to the big screen.This Sunday, 15th October, fans can relive the first movie – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – and the event is so enchanting that Eclipse have added extra showings. 3pm is now SOLD OUT, and extra shows are added at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. Prebooking is strongly advised to catch this blockbuster. Plus, any Customer that buys a ticket will be entered into draw for a Harry Potter Hamper.Visit eclipsecinemas.com to book your tickets now and step back into the wonderful world of Hogwarts’ early years.And that’s not the only magical adventure for kids this weekend at Eclipse…The exciting Barbie: Dolphin Magic is out this Saturday and Sunday, bringing a special underwater story to young Barbie fans for two days only. Barbie and her sisters visit a beautiful and exotic coral reef, where they meet a real mermaid!Tickets are on sale now for this fantastic animation, click here to book now for 14th and 15th October viewings: Barbie: Dolphin MagicHow about a spellbinding Halloween event?The Sanderson Sisters of Hocus Pocus are three of the most iconic Halloween witches – and this month you can be one of them! On Saturday 29th October, you can dress up as a witch, ghost, or any other character and watch the classic movie.There’s plenty of time to begin planning your costume, but booking is strongly advised for this event: Click here to book Hocus Pocus.It’s all happening at Eclipse Lifford/Strabane, as well as all the best movies of the month! Find out what’s new and coming soon to the top-class venue with this list of trailers. To find times and booking info, check out eclipsecinemas.com.6th October Blade Runner 2049Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 yearsThe Mountain Between UsStranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible. 13th October The Ritual A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that’s stalking them.Barbie“In this fun, underwater adventure, Barbie and her sisters visit Ken at his summer internship where he works at a coral reef researching dolphins. While diving and exploring the reef, the sisters discover rare, rainbow-colored dolphins who only visit once a year. This amazing find encourages them to learn more about preserving the coral and all the sea life that lives there. That’s when they meet Isla, a mysterious new friend who’s also on a mission to save the coral. What seems like a simple task turns out to be quite the adventure when it’s revealed Isla is really a mermaid. But there’s no time to celebrate having a mermaid for a friend, because Isla needs the help of Barbie and her sisters, and the gemstone dolphins to save the day.”The SnowmanWhen an elite crime squad’s lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.Lego Ninjago MovieSix young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school. 20th October My Little Pony A dark force threatens Ponyville, and the Mane 6 – Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity – embark on an unforgettable journey beyond Equestria where they meet new friends and exciting challenges on a quest to use the magic of friendship to save their home.Happy Death Day A teenage girl, trying to enjoy her birthday, soon realizes that this is her final one. That is, if she can figure out who her killer is. She must relive that day, over and over again, dying in a different way each time. Can she solve her own murder?27th October Thor:RagnarokThor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.Magical moments are coming to Eclipse Cinemas was last modified: October 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:eclipse cinema lifford strabaneeventsHalloweenmovieslast_img read more

Watch as golfer pockets a one-in-a-million shot!

first_imgBallyliffin produced one of its most incredible surprises of the Irish Open in one astounding event. Belgian competitor Thomas Pieters drove his ball far left towards the gallery at the par-4 ninth yesterday. Where the ball ended up was a one-in-a-million outcome. A spectator was stunned to collect the ball in his pocket!This is a moment that has to be seen (rewatched again and again) to be believed.  The happy fan took the moment in his stride. When Pieters asked him how it all happened, the fan responded, “You’re the guy who hit it, you tell me!”Video via www.facebook.com/TheEuropeanTour  Watch as golfer pockets a one-in-a-million shot! was last modified: July 6th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

QPR v Leicester player ratings

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‘Cool Hand’ Luke Hardy leads Del Norte to Big 5 win over Eureka Loggers

first_imgEureka >> In a league-opening showdown, the kid they call ‘Cool Hand’ was as cool as they come.Del Norte pitcher Luke Hardy wiggled his way out of several jams to earn a complete-game victory as the Warriors defeated the Eureka Loggers 5-3 on Wednesday at Bud Cloney Field in Eureka.“I was able to focus with my catcher, Cole [Harper], and hit my spots, that was key for me,” said Hardy, a junior right-hander who allowed three runs on 10 hits and stranded nine Eureka runners. “Keep the ball down …last_img read more