Mariappa: We have a lot to be proud of

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:SUNDAY NIGHT’s 3-1 loss in their historic CONCACAF Gold Cup finals appearance to seven-time champions Mexico hurt Jamaica’s men’s senior football team deeply.”We’re gutted to lose today. I was obviously very emotional. You could see after the game the Boyz were upset because we believe we could win the competition,” defender Adrian Mariappa said after the game.Mexico went ahead at the 31st minute with a goal by Andres Guardado, then two bad errors by centre half Michael Hector led to early second-half goals from Jesus Corona at the 47th and Oribe Peralta in the 61st. By then, the game was as good as over.”We’ve a lot to be proud of; there’s a lot we can take away from this competition. We got to the final … but we are disappointed. We’ll lick our wounds and now go forward to the World Cup Qualifiers.”The silver-medal finish was Jamaica’s best at the confederation championship, having already qualified for the semis in 1993 – when they placed third – and 1998.Additionally, their win over the United States was their first on American soil, and they are the only Caribbean team to have played in the final.”I thought we started really well,” Mariappa continued. “They scored a good goal. Even after that, we had a couple of chances, so I think second half they scored quite early, which put us on the back foot, but it’s football, it’s about small margins, and today we came out on the losing side of it.”Despite the impactful mistakes, Mariappa, who plays for Crystal Palace in the English Premier League, said the 23-year-old Hector will rebound strongly.HECTORAVERY ACCOMPLISHED PLAYER”I think he’s been terrific. For someone so young to have so much composure and a good head on him. He’s already a very accomplished player, and I think he’s going to be somebody special going forward,” he observed.”Today we had a couple of unfortunate moments, but there were a lot of stuff leading up to the build-up before those things happened. So, definitely, (I’m) not pointing fingers at anyone; we win together, we lose together as a team, and I think he’s been terrific at Copa and this competition.”The Jamaicans will now turn their attention to the upcoming 2018 World Cup Qualifying competition, which begins with opening encounters against Nicaragua on September 4 and 8, home and away. – Audley Boydlast_img read more

Bad Ginebra start not Garcia’s fault alone

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Etheridge makes return to Premier League with Cardiff Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames PBA IMAGESWith Justin Brownlee just waiting for a call, the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings can dump the disappointing Charles Garcia anytime and get a reliable force to help arrest their slide.So far, Garcia has tallied averages of 17 points, 7.5 rebounds and five assists and couldn’t help the Gin Kings from losing their first two games in the young PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Return of SlaughterThe Kings will play hard-luck Blackwater Elite in a battle of winless teams on Friday, the time when Cone is expecting 7-foot giant Greg Slaughter to return from a hamstring injury.Though the heat is on Garcia, Cone readily put the blame on his locals.“I know all eyes are on our import, but I just feel like it’s more than that,” said Cone. “Our locals are not playing as well either and we’re not just playing at a high level at this point.”Undeterred by the shortcomings of his team, Cone remains positive of going deep in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We feel we’ll be there in the end. Obviously, we need to not fall too far behind in [the standings], but we’ll find a way to get there (title series),” said Cone.The Gin Kings have a penchant for starting slow every conference and they should recover their bearings fast with nine games remaining in the elimination round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But coach Tim Cone isn’t the impulsive type despite the writing on the wall, remaining tight-lipped on the team’s import situation.“That’s something that we’ll talk about internally. It’s not something that we’ll talk about publicly,” said Cone after the Kings’ 92-96 loss to TNT KaTropa on Sunday.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 crownBrownlee, who led the Kings to back-to-back titles in the Governors’ Cup, is still in town and has shown interest in suiting up for Cone after recently leading San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to the 2018 Asean Basketball League Championship.“You’ll know if and when or whatever we decide to do,” Cone told scribes. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Clothes vendor remanded on drug trafficking charge

first_imgA clothes vendor of Lot 316 Independence Boulevard, Georgetown, was on Wednesday hauled before the courts to answer to a charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.David Gobin appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Senior Magistrate Fabayo Azore.The charge against Gobin stated that on October 8, 2018 at Albouystown, Georgetown he had in his possession 46 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. The 49-year-old man denied the charge when it was read to him.According to the prosecution’s case, on October 8, ranks from the Police narcotics unit acting on information received, visited the residence located in Albouystown, Georgetown where they conducted a search. The prosecution is contending that during that search ranks found a black bag which contained the prohibited substance. Gobin reportedly claimed that he is not the owner of the property but had access to it since he takes care of the owner’s dog. He was nonetheless arrested and charged.In court on Wednesday, the Police prosecutor objected to bail. Gobin was remanded to prison and the case will continue on November 21.last_img read more

Durant leads Texas to win

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Aggies’ Acie Law forced both overtimes with 3-pointers. His first over Durant with 1.1 seconds left in regulation tied it at 78-78. He did it again when he hit another with 26 seconds left in the first overtime to make it 88-88. It looked like he would do it again when he drove to the basket for a tying layup at the end of the second, but his shot was blocked by Damion James with 15 seconds left. Durant hit three of four free throws in the final seconds to seal the win. At No. 24 Maryland 85, No. 14 Duke 77: Mike Jones scored 25 points and D.J. Strawberry had a pair of baskets during the decisive second-half spurt to lead Maryland past Duke. Strawberry finished with 17 points for the Terrapins (23-7, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won six straight games – all in the conference – to firm up what looked to be a shaky NCAA tournament resume only a few weeks ago. No. 19 Vanderbilt 99, at South Carolina 90 (OT): Shan Foster scored a career-high 33, Derrick Byars added eight of his 18 points in overtime and Vanderbilt surrendered a 17-point second-half lead before rallying to beat South Carolina. center_img Kevin Durant scored 30 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead No. 15 Texas past No. 7 Texas A&M 98-96 in double overtime Wednesday night, denying the Aggies their chance to clinch a share of their first Big 12 title. The win keeps the host Longhorns (22-7, 12-3) within sight of the conference title, which they can share with a win Saturday at No. 3 Kansas. last_img read more

Teachers, district hit pay talks roadblock

first_img“We don’t feel we’ve worked hard enough at negotiations to go to mediation,” she said. Palmer said teachers are simply asking the district to pass along the 5.92 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) the district received from the state this year. “It’s not a raise,” Palmer said. “We’re just asking to be fairly compensated with a COLA.” But Howell said the district used that COLA money to help shore up a $710,000 budget deficit from last year. Although the district initially planned to backfill the budget gap with proceeds from the sale of Grovedale Elementary, the proposed sale would have cost the district about $650,000 in state penalties. District officials subsequently decided against it. “This is a time for hard decisions and strong leadership,” Howell said of the contract talks. “It’s certainly my hope that the district and teachers can come to some type of agreement.” (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051,160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! District officials say the teachers’ pay hike demand would cost the district about $592,000 immediately. But the hike, which would be paid for each of the contract’s three years, would trigger a $2.3 million deficit by the 2008-09 school year, officials said. Financially, the district is simply “not at the point where we can offer more that what we’ve offered,” district Superintendent Patricia Howell said Monday. “And the teachers are not willing to move from their offer. So we went to impasse.” Now, a state-appointed mediator will try to get both sides to come to an agreement. District officials said a date for the first mediation session will probably be set in two to three weeks. If mediation fails, a three-member, fact-finding committee will be convened. Both sides will be allowed to present their cases to the panel, Howell said. Margaret Palmer, co-president of the Lowell Joint Education Association, which represents 130 teachers, said educators are “desperately disappointed” about the impasse. WHITTIER – Lowell Joint School District officials have declared an impasse in salary talks with teachers, a move that triggers the appointment of a state mediator to help resolve sticking points in a proposed three-year contract. The main obstacle is over pay raises. Teachers, represented by the Lowell Joint Education Association, have asked for a 5.92-percent increase. The district has offered a one-time, 1 percent salary bonus for the current school year only. Teachers have described the district’s offer as “insulting.” last_img read more

Blood pressure up worldwide More education, attention urged

first_imgOstergren joined experts from the London School of Economics and the State University of New York to assemble two teams of specialists and map what they call the coming crisis of hypertension: 1.56billion people are expected to have it by 2025. With funding from drug maker Novartis Pharma AG, they’re providing copies to governments and health officials around the globe; a briefing in Washington is set for Thursday. The report essentially calls for a cultural change. Consider: In the United States, commiserating about blood pressure readings is an accepted dinner-table topic. Because black Americans are at especially high risk – roughly 40percent are affected – hypertension has become a sermon topic at majority-black churches, and post-service screenings aren’t uncommon. The government even advertises about the condition. That adds up to an openness about blood pressure not seen in much of the world, says report co-author Dr. Michael Weber of SUNY’s Downstate College of Medicine. In some regions, “it’s sort of an insult to your manhood if you have to take a blood-pressure medicine,” Weber says, citing estimates that hypertension affects about one in three adults in Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela. “We need to break those barriers as well and make it perfectly fashionable.” The United States still needs to improve, too, Weber hastens to add. High blood pressure affects nearly one in three adult Americans as well, or 72million. About a third have their condition well-controlled, not nearly enough but better than other countries that track treatment, the report found. Normal blood pressure is measured at less than 120 over 80. Anyone can get high blood pressure, a level of 140 over 90 or more. But being overweight and inactive, and eating too much salt, all increase the risk. So does getting older. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The numbers are a shock: Almost 1 billion people worldwide have high blood pressure, and more than half a billion more will harbor this silent killer by 2025. It’s not just a problem for the ever-fattening Western world. Even in Africa, high blood pressure is becoming common. That translates into millions of deaths from heart disease alone. Yet hypertension doesn’t command the attention of, say, bird flu, which so far has killed fewer than 200 people. “Hypertension has gone a bit out of fashion,” says Dr. Jan Ostergren of Sweden’s Karolinska University Hospital, who co-wrote a first-of-its-kind analysis of the global impact of high blood pressure. The idea: to rev up world governments to fight bad blood pressure just as countries have banded together in the past to fight infectious diseases. International heart specialists welcome the push. “Even in the U.S., the majority of people with high blood pressure are not treated adequately,” says Dr. Sidney Smith of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who advises the World Heart Federation. And the dangers go well beyond the heart. High blood pressure is a leading cause of strokes and kidney failure. It also plays a role in blindness and even dementia. Patients seldom notice symptoms until organs already have been damaged. Yet treating high blood pressure before that happens is a medical best-buy. Improving diet and exercise can help. When that’s not enough, blood pressure drugs are among the oldest and thus cheapest on the market – 21cents a day for a leading diuretic. last_img read more

Blackburn 0-1 Liverpool: Coutinho fires Reds to FA Cup semi-finals

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho was again the saviour of Liverpool’s FA Cup hopes as the Brazilian’s fine strike sealed a narrow victory over a spirited Blackburn Rovers in their sixth round replay at Ewood Park.The Reds’ number ten was the standout star in what was a laboured performance from the Premier League side.Coutinho has already been the hero for the Reds this term, with his sensational strike seeing off Bolton in a dramatic fourth round replay, and he again mustered a moment of magic which proved enough to set up a Wembley Stadium meeting with Aston Villa.Having frustrated the Reds in their initial goalless draw at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers’ men again struggled to break down the stubborn Rovers, who set up with two banks of four players to limit their top flight opponents’ attacking threat.A buzzing capacity crowd witnessed a cagey first half but Gary Bowyer’s charges twice went close to taking the lead in a rapid start to the second, with Simon Mignolet doing well to first palm away Tom Cairney’s stinging long range effort before turning Ben Marshall’s stooping header onto the post.The best chances of the opening 45 fell to the visitors, with Joe Allen firing wide, Daniel Sturridge curling a shot over the crossbar and Coutinho seeing a low shot well saved by goalkeeper Simon Eastwood.Blackburn’s attacking options were limited with Jordan Rhodes on his own up front, though the Scot did have a chance after beating an injured Mamadou Sakho – who was later replaced by Kolo Toure after picking up a hamstring problem – in the air, but could only send a header into the stands.The hosts enjoyed some added impetus when Rudy Gestede, who wasn’t deemed fit enough to start, came off the bench, however it seemed only a matter of time until Liverpool, who piled on the pressure in the closing stages, broke through.And with 20 minutes remaining, Coutinho, playing a neat one-two with Jordan Henderson from a short corner, found an inch of space in the box and made the most of it, smashing a low shot across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.There was last minute drama when a late long throw-in led to Blackburn’s best chance of the match, though through an unlikely source as goalkeeper Eastwood came close to a dramtic equaliser.The shot-stopper, who had sprinted up the pitch to join his team-mates in the box, brought down the looped throw and sent a thumping shot towards goal, but Mignolet denied his counterpart with a strong one-handed save to secure Liverpool’s place at Wembley. Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho celebrates his winning goal against Blackburn 1last_img read more

‘LFC to sign striker for £27m is worse than the £35m spent on Andy Carroll!’

first_img1 Liverpool’s transfer business this summer has been impressive in its decisiveness and it seems they are determined to sign a striker sooner rather than later.The Mirror report that, having had a £22m bid for Christian Benteke rejected by Aston Villa, the Anfield club are prepared to offer in excess of £25m, although still short of the player’s £32.5m release clause.Having left it late to sign a striker last summer and ended up taking a (so far) unsuccessful punt on Mario Balotelli, it appears Brendan Rodgers is keen to secure his first choice targets this time round.But despite scoring 42 Premier League goals in 89 games, opinion among Liverpool fans on the suitability of the 24-year-old Belgian to flourish on Merseyside is decidedly split.Here are some examples of the debate raging between Reds about the pursuit of Benteke… Christian Benteke last_img read more

Aston Villa fans react to Tim Sherwood sacking and rumours of new boss

first_imgThe morning after Aston Villa suffered a sixth successive Premier League defeat, the Midlands club confirmed that they have parted ways with manager Tim Sherwood.Supporters were quick to react to the news, with a mixed response.Some claim that the Villans had no option but to dismiss the 46-year-old, while others suggest that he could feel hard done by following a summer in which two key players, Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph, were sold.Have a read of the best reactions to the news below… Tim Sherwood has been sacked by Aston Villa 1last_img

Overindulgence of holidays triggers heart-attack season

first_imgWASHINGTON – Those lords-a-leaping and ladies dancing might want to consider the downside of the holidays: Heart-attack season has arrived. December and January are the deadliest months for heart disease, and many of the things that make the season merry are culprits: rich meals, more alcohol – and all that extra stress. But what might make the Christmas coronary more deadly than the same-size heart attack in, say, August, is a double dose of denial. It’s not uncommon for people to initially shrug off chest pain as indigestion. Research suggests they’re even more reluctant for a run to the emergency room when it means disrupting a holiday gathering, or if they’ve traveled to a strange city – so they arrive sicker. Minutes matter. “You have only a short window of opportunity to save heart muscle,” warned Dr. William Suddath of Washington Hospital Center in the nation’s capital. Why there’s a seasonal upswing is hard to pin down. Vanderbilt University cardiologist Dr. Keith Churchwell says a “hurricane of factors” can tip someone at risk of a heart attack over the edge. Consider: Busy revelers tend to skip their medications, forget them when traveling or be unable to get refills far from home. What dieter can resist holiday goodies? The few extra pounds so many people gain will haunt you long-term. Right away, a particularly heavy meal, especially a high-fat one, stresses the heart as it is digested. Blood pressure and heart rate increase. Too much salt has an even more immediate effect, causing fluid retention that in turn makes the heart have to pump harder. Alcohol in moderation is considered heart-healthy. But if a round of holiday parties leaves you tipsy, that, too, makes your heart pump harder to get blood to peripheral arteries. Worse is something called “holiday heart syndrome,” in which alcohol literally irritates the heart muscle to trigger an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more