Botswanan journalist released

first_imgNews Follow the news on Zimbabwe Organisation ZimbabweAfrica RSF pointed out that, on 24 January, Sahondra Randriamasimanana, journalist with the Malagasy magazine Capricorne, who had gone to Zimbabwe with friends on vacation, was stopped by police at the airport because his passport said he was a journalist-. In late January, a journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sally Sara, was told by the Zimbabwean Ministry of Information that she would not be granted a visa to cover the election. On 17 February, a Swedish journalist Gorrel Espelund, the Johannesburg correspondent for the newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet, also was refused accreditation. Other journalists, American, British and South African, have also been refused visas. ZimbabweAfrica 04.03.2002 – A journalist from Botswana has been held in the east of the country for 16 daysIn a letter sent to the Minister of Justice, Patrick Chinamasa, Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders – RSF), protested against the detention of a journalist with the Botswanan magazine Trans-Kalahari, who was arrested on 17 February 2002. “To our knowledge, this journalist was just doing his job, informing the public, and nothing justifies his prolonged detention without charges being filed,” said Robert Ménard, General Secretary of RSF. “This case again shows, as presidential elections approach, how difficult it is for foreign journalists to work in Zimbabwe. Several journalists with international publications have been refused visas in recent days.” RSF asked that the journalist be released. RSF_en Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell News May 6, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Botswanan journalist released November 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts According to information obtained by RSF, Moses Oguti, editor in chief of the magazine Trans-Kalahari, based in Botswana, was arrested on 17 February 2002. He was transferred to Mutare Prison (east of Harare), but was not informed of any charges filed against him. The authorities say he crossed the border between Mozambique and Zimbabwe illegally, through the mountains, after customs officers at Forbes (on the border with Mozambique) refused to let him enter Zimbabwe. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa 06.05.2002 – Botswanan journalist releasedMoses Oguti, editor in chief of the Botswanan magazine Trans Kalahari, was released on 23 April. The journalist said he has been mistreated during his 45 days long incarceration. Authorities have given Oguti three days to leave the country._________________________________________________________________ Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail News Reports September 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Waste not, want not

first_img Jeffrey Frankel cites domino effect of problems in China, huge U.S. deficit, likely decline in jobs and spending Broad Leib also understood that the basic problem the clinic has been addressing was about to grow dramatically. “There are already so many people who were in vulnerable situations,” she says. “The crisis has exacerbated food access challenges for those people, and it has added so many more individuals and families in need. Workers are losing jobs, especially those doing hourly work — many, in fact, who work in the food industry. We are going to see a huge increase in people who suddenly need help getting basic needs met, especially food.”COVID-19 also adds a complex new layer to concerns about food safety. Not only are more people going to need food; they also need safer ways to get it. As the emphasis on the importance of social distancing has increased, new ways must be found to deliver food directly to seniors and immunocompromised individuals in their homes.In response, the clinic put out a brief with recommendations for federal and state governments, as well as for agencies such as FEMA and the USDA, looking at opportunities under existing government programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, to facilitate food delivery during the COVID-19 crisis. They also have come up with proposals for getting food from food banks and other organizations delivered directly to people’s doors, and for getting Congress to supplement existing community-based food delivery organizations.The clinic shared its brief with contacts in Congress on March 23 as the House and Senate, the president, executive agencies, and state governments across the country debated many of these policies. They have been working closely with members of Congress, helping support congressional requests to the USDA to use its authority to support food delivery. The team is also tracking state and local policies to stay on top of the best models for how state and local governments are ensuring vulnerable people stay fed in this crisis.The brief also encourages investment in a growing number of technology solutions that match food donors to recovery organizations that pick up and deliver the donated foods, such as Food Rescue Hero and Replate.“We make the point that these technologies can be really responsive to the challenges of the moment,” says Broad Leib, “but most of them have been developed by small nonprofits. Helping them scale up quickly to meet the needs of the growing number of people who need food support is going to require an investment.” “It’s been a really chaotic and frightening time. It’s as if everywhere we turn there are ways this crisis is impacting the food system.” — Emily Broad Leib, HLS Jesse Lazarus ’22, a student in Broad Leib’s Food Law and Policy seminar, played a major role in preparing this brief, focusing on public-private partnerships, describing existing efforts, and making policy recommendations to expand home delivery. “This is probably one of the most meaningful projects I have worked on since coming to law school, if not in my life,” says Lazarus. “It is an experience I will likely recall for many years to come, as I think back on this incredibly challenging time for the U.S. and the world.”Broad Leib and the clinic also focused on anticipated new challenges to the food system as a whole, in particular the loss of market access for the many farmers and producers who sell in farmers markets or depend on large purchases by schools and universities. The clinic collaborated with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition to propose legislative actions to unlock already appropriated funding to these farmers, and to redirect funds that will be underutilized during this crisis. “Local foods are now a $12 million business in the U.S.,” Broad Leib says. “We don’t want these food producers to go out of business or sell their farms.”Brianna Johnson-King ’21, a student now in the clinic for her second semester, worked on that brief, researching what flexibility existing statutes allowed. She found, for example, that a statute that supplies vouchers to low-income seniors to purchase food at farmers markets could also allow the government to make bulk purchases directly from farmers for distribution to seniors, a step that could help ensure the money is flowing to small farmers even if farmers markets are closed during COVID-19. How the institute converted a clinical processing lab into a large-scale COVID-19 testing facility in a matter of days Harvard scientists take various approaches in the race for a treatment for the deadly coronavirus Why odds of a coronavirus recession have risen Facing a pandemic, Broad does a quick pivot During a pandemic, a lot of things come to a halt, but one thing that never ceases is our need for a reliable supply of safe, nutritious food. Harvard Law School Professor Emily Broad Leib, J.D. ’08, director of the HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), and her students have been working furiously to ensure that the most vulnerable — and ultimately the rest of us — are fed.Broad Leib and the clinic have long been a resource for food producers, food-focused nonprofits, government agencies, legislators, policy experts, and other food system stakeholders. But since early March, as the COVID-19 crisis has grown, she and a team of students and clinic staff have worked around the clock, writing briefs aimed at saving tons of food that could feed the hungry, and working to inform the response to COVID-19, including legislation that Congress has been hammering out.According to Feeding America, a national network of food banks, one in seven Americans relied on food banks to get enough to eat before the pandemic. The clinic is a national leader in policy efforts to prevent food waste and promote food recovery, which it undertakes by partnering to provide legal and policy support to a range of programs that pick up excess food from universities, restaurants, and other organizations and get it to food banks.As universities suddenly began to move to online learning and close down most campus operations, and many businesses reduced hours or shut their doors, Broad Leib knew this would leave behind excess food. The clinic mobilized quickly to prepare a handout urging organizations not to shutter without passing on food that could feed the hungry, explaining liability protections and tax incentives for food donations, and providing information on where and how to donate food. Many organizations responded, including Harvard Law School, which now has a food donation program in the works. According to Feeding America, a national network of food banks, one in seven Americans relied on food banks to get enough to eat before the pandemic. A multipronged attack against a shared enemy Related Johnson-King grew up in rural Ohio and has a strong interest in agriculture and the farmer’s perspective. As she researched and wrote for the brief from home, she kept the TV on in the background. The situation worsened from hour to hour as more cities and states announced shutdowns and farmers markets voluntarily closed. She says she felt the pressure: “In the back of my mind, I’m thinking, ‘Are we going to get this out in time for Congress to have a chance to act on any of it?’”The clinic got that brief out by March 23 and followed it up with a companion document for state governments. By March 27, both the Senate and House had passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which includes funding for direct assistance to food producers, and President Trump had signed it into law. “The act does not directly address the changes we recommended; however, it still provides funding for the local and regional producers we aim to help,” Johnson-King says.Broad Leib believes they are gaining traction. The clinic is involved in ongoing discussions with members of Congress on other aspects of the brief that may find their way into the next relief package. She is also looking ahead to the impact that COVID-19 may have on the food supply chain as a whole. “I don’t intend to cause panic, but I am certainly thinking about that.”“A lot of the workers harvesting our crops are coming across the border,” says Broad Leib. “We need to be sure that we are keeping them safe and taking care of them. At the same time, we hear that in agriculture and manufacturing, trying to do social distancing and keep workers safe means having fewer people work at one time. That means we will have to be creative about meeting demand.” But Broad Leib also sees opportunities: “This may be the time for us to be more thoughtful about how we are regulating food and compensating and protecting workers — supporting food from farm to fork. If what comes out of this is that we better appreciate the value of the people and the resources that go into producing our food, that will be a silver lining.”“It’s been a really chaotic and frightening time,” Broad Leib says. “It’s as if everywhere we turn there are ways this crisis is impacting the food system.” She goes on: “I’ve been blown away at the number of our students who have reached out and asked to help, even during spring break. They dove in to this important work while they were also in the midst of moving, transitioning to remote learning, and figuring out their new lives. It’s been amazing. Our students are always amazing, but never more so than in this time.”See the Food Law and Policy Clinic’s COVID-19 Response website for more information and resources.last_img read more


first_imgA huge crowd has descended on The Mount Errigal Hotel for the Donegal Daily ‘Up for the Match’ in anticipation of Sunday’s All-Ireland Final with Kerry.Charlie Collins is the MC for the night, and the special guests are GAA legends Kevin Cassidy, Oisin McConville, Mickey Harte and Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh.Pictures courtesy of Brian McDaid. PICTURE SPECIAL – FROM THE DONEGAL DAILY ‘UP FOR THE MATCH’ was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more


first_imgNeil Gallagher and Michael Murphy with the Danny Mc Daid Perpetual Cup at the launch of the Glenswilly Gaa 5k. Also included in photo Danny Mc Daid, Neily Mc Daid, James Pat Mc Daid, the Glenswilly 5k committee and Beirne Lapsley of Donegal Stationery who are main sponsors of this years event. Photo: Geraldine DiverHave you ever fancied beating Donegal stars Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher in a 5K?Well now is your chance.The Glenswilly players will join their senior team-mates for the annual Glenswilly 5K next Wednesday, June 25th at 7.30pm. Now in its third year, the event has gone from strength to strength with all funds raised going to the development of the underage teams at the clubThere will be a pre-registration night next Tuesday from 6-7pm with registration also on the night from 6-7pm.The entry fee for the event is just €8 with all Under 16s free.The fast and flat course will be marshaled throughout and will be safe for all younger people who wish to take part. Showers and the best of Glenswilly refreshments will also be provided. FANCY BEATING GAA STARS MURPHY AND GALLAGHER IN THE GLENSWILLY 5K? was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glenswilly 5KMichael MurphyNeil Gallagherlast_img read more

Proposals submitted for new visitor attractions in Donegal

first_imgDonegal has submitted 10 proposals in an attempt to secure funding for a new large-scale visitor attraction, it has been revealed. Fáilte Ireland’s new investment programme has received a record of number of applications following its launch earlier this summer.The National Tourism Development Authority received a total of 141 ideas worth almost €1.3billion for new large-scale visitor attractions across the country through its Platforms for Growth programme. This is the highest number of project proposals ever submitted to Fáilte Ireland in a call for investment. These applications, from a total of 23 counties, have now progressed to the next stage of the highly competitive process with the greatest number of proposals coming from Dublin (25), Kerry (16), Galway (13), and Cork (12).Over the course of the programme, Fáilte Ireland will invest €150million into developing major new visitor experiences of scale across the country, with individual grants of €2.5million upwards available.Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Attractions, Mary Stack, said today that there are clear themes emerging from the ideas put forward and that ‘cutting-edge technology’ was at the core of almost every application.She said: “With a solid mix of applications from the private and public sector as well as voluntary organisations, this is the highest number of submissions we’ve had for an investment programme. This means there will be incredibly stiff competition for funding as only the best few will make it through to the final stages of the process. “The large number of applications really is a testament to the high level of confidence there is in the tourism sector and its unique ability to drive revenue and growth into regions across the country.“We’re seeing clear themes emerging from the applications, with ideas ranging from ways for tourists to explore Irish mythology or the country’s transport and aviation history, as well as new takes on contemporary Irish culture including sport, music and the arts.“We’ve seen applications for brand new attractions as well as existing attractions with proposals to refresh and reinvent themselves.”Platforms for Growth, which forms part of Fáilte Ireland’s Grants Scheme for Large Tourism Projects, is unlike any previous investment announced by the National Tourism Development Authority. It specifically targets ‘platforms’ or projects that have the greatest potential to grow tourism across Ireland, and fill gaps in the Irish tourism offering in order to meet changing visitor preferences.Through this approach, Platforms for Growth will pave the way for large-scale and transformative attractions that will become key motivators to visit an area. In turn, this will step-change the economic value of tourism in the area through increased visitor numbers, revenue and job creation. Mary Stack added: “Fusing great stories with cutting-edge technology is central to most of the applications we’ve received, and we’re hugely impressed by the calibre of the proposals.The overall value of the projects being put forward demonstrates how important this kind of investment programme is in leveraging further funding for a new or existing attraction. This is a very exciting time for Irish tourism and these projects would be truly transformative for local areas.”Fáilte Ireland will now begin assessing this large volume of applications. The strongest project proposals will be invited to compete in the final stage of the application process.Platforms for Growth is funded under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 strategy with the aim of driving sustainable growth in the Irish tourism sector and higher revenue and job creation around Ireland Proposals submitted for new visitor attractions in Donegal was last modified: August 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Meaning of Beauty Explained in Beautiful New Illustra Film

first_imgWhy is there beauty in the living world? We all recognize it. The implications take center stage in the design-vs-Darwin debate.A beautiful short film is being released today by Illustra Media on its flagship web page, The John 10:10 Project ( And the subject is Beauty itself!Titled Beauty, Darwin and Design, this 8-1/2 minute feature begins with the peacock tail and launches into a thought-provoking narration about the meaning of beauty in the living world. What does it signify? Can Darwin’s chance-and-survival worldview account for breathtaking beauty?As the film shows, there are often levels of beautiful design even deeper than the overall impression one gets looking at a peacock. Learn why the sight of a peacock’s tail made Charles Darwin sick to his stomach! He would have been even more sick if he knew then what we know now about what goes into making such a marvelous natural work of art. Watch for the short animation of intersecting Fibonacci spirals in the arrangement of eyespots, and the complexity of barbules at the microscopic scale.The peacock is just one instance among dozens of glorious examples of pageantry and color that parade across the screen in this film. Charles Darwin said, “Beauty created for its own sake… would be absolutely fatal to my theory.”Philosopher of biology Paul Nelson explores the implications of natural beauty in his usual clear, expressive way. Watch and see this new release right here:This short film can be shared easily using the paper-airplane icon at the top right. It deserves to be shared widely. When sharing, point your friends and contacts to the website,, and to its many other wonderful short films like this.If you appreciate the work of Illustra to produce films of this quality, visit the John 10:10 Project and Sign Up. Consider becoming a regular donor to support their ongoing efforts. Many new projects are in the queue. Also, join their Facebook Page, and follow them on Twitter at label: @illustramedia (Visited 734 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Africa set for ‘internet revolution’

first_img16 September 2010Businesses across Africa are expecting a revolution in internet access, costs and technology as a result of the rush of new undersea cables connecting the continent, a new report finds, with wider access also driving increased use of social networking as a business tool.More than 90% of business decision-makers across Africa are expecting prices to drop and competition to increase dramatically, according to the Telecoms Trends in Africa 2010 report, released on Thursday by South African technology research firm World Wide Worx and Database 360.The survey, conducted among 1 100 internet-using small, medium and large businesses across 20 African countries, also revealed that most African countries remain heavily reliant on slow or expensive forms of connectivity, such as dial-up and satellite. However, they are beginning the move to broadband.“Our interviewers encountered tremendous enthusiasm for the internet in all countries we surveyed,” Database 360 MD Louise Robinson said in a statement. “There is little doubt that, in this new connectivity era, the very nature of most businesses is changing.”ADSL: standard form of business internetDatabase 360 operates a call centre in Cape Town, from which the respondents were interviewed telephonically. The study was compiled and the data analysed by World Wide Worx.“ADSL is fast becoming the standard form of business internet access across Africa – more than 40% of businesses in these 20 countries are using it,” said World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck. “However, we can see the limitations of existing infrastructure from the fact that satellite connectivity remains a key part of the mix.”More than one in five respondents said they were using satellite connectivity, with a similar number planning to add it to their options.“Satellite is the most expensive means you can possibly use to access the internet. The continued appetite for it tells us that, even though there is an expectation for better and cheaper connectivity, the reality on the ground remains one of limited infrastructure.“Moreover, once businesses go online, the internet becomes increasingly more vital to their survival, and having a backup form of access becomes increasingly more important,” said Goldstuck.Broadband growth, social networkingCountries like Mauritius, Ivory Coast and Namibia are already showing strong growth in ADSL usage by business, while Angolan businesses indicate the highest anticipated growth for this form of broadband.“It’s amazing to see how the level of internet usage shoots up wherever the new undersea cables have landed and fibre optic networks have linked the cables to urban centres,” said Robinson. “The East Africa countries, especially, are taking to social networking as a business tool to a greater extent than almost anywhere else in Africa.”The survey highlights Kenya and Uganda as the biggest African users of social networking for business. However, even landlocked countries that have recently seen major upgrades to their fibre-optic networks, such as Botswana and Zambia, are also moving rapidly in this direction.The study further explored the use of general internet applications, e-mail on mobile phones, and the emergence of cloud computing in Africa.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Adopted school aims high

first_imgAlexander Forbes has adopted MemezeloSecondary School to help develop it. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthefacilitated Alexander Forbes’ investment. Alexander Forbes CEO Edward Kieswettersigning a memorandum of understanding.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Donray MalabieGroup Transformation ManagerAlexander Forbes+27 11 269 1329 or +27 82 389 9404Bongani NkosiMemezelo Secondary School in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, is the latest public school in South Africa to enter into a beneficial partnership with an established private sector group.Leading financial services group Alexander Forbes has adopted the school in a bid to help it improve the quality of its education output. The cooperation was formally launched on 3 August at Memezelo.Alexander Forbes will share expertise – ranging from financial management to leadership skills – with Memezelo, with the aim of advancing administration and teaching at the school. The ultimate goal is an improvement in matric results.Monetary investments into Memezelo will come at a later stage, said Alexander Forbes CEO Edward Kieswetter. For now the focus is on stabilising human capacity.Initial investments will go towards fixing the school’s hall and several classrooms, as well building a computer laboratory and a library. “We’ll start looking at building those over the next few months,” said KieswetterAlexander Forbes conducted a security risk audit at the school, and found that security needs to be bolstered. This, too, will be taken care of.Kieswetter has set up a mentoring relationship with Memezelo principal Prince Maluleke, which involves the transfer of management and leadership skills. The principal was invited to Alexander Forbes’ leadership conference held in Cape Town in January 2011, where, he said, he learnt a lot.Management teams from both sides will also meet for training programmes, while teachers have received education in personal finance management. “A financially healthy teacher is a productive teacher,” said Maluleke.HIV/Aids training sessions for teachers have started, and will be conducted over 12 months.The partnership is a direct result of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s involvement in Memezelo’s affairs. He adopted the school in January 2010 to help it improve.“I am confident that this commitment will go a long way towards improving the quality of education in this school,” said Motlanthe, speaking at the launch. “Through this partnership we will turn Memezelo into one of the highest performing schools.”Formerly one of Gauteng’s more troublesome schools, Memezelo is turning the tide on poor matric performance, lack of order and mismanagement. The school scored an 83.3% matric pass rate in 2010.Kieswetter said Alexander Forbes plans to sustain the relationship with Memezelo over many years to come. “It’s a journey that will unfold.”Bursaries for top performersAlexander Forbes will award bursaries to Memezelo matriculants who pass with flying colours.This announcement encouraged the school’s 2011 Grade 12 pupils to study hard and score high marks.Matric pupil Babuyile Ncube fancies her chances of obtaining the coveted bursary. An orphan dependent on her grandmother, she’s fully aware that the bursary could be a life-changing opportunity.“It’s up to me to take this opportunity. I have to work hard,” said Ncube.The teenager, who wants to enrol for a biotechnology degree, is confident of her examination prospects. “I have many chances in making it. I need the bursary.”Another Grade 12 pupil, Constance Madonsela, said the bursary offer was motivational.Principal Maluleke encouraged his pupils to work hard. “Go get those As, they will take all of you to university,” he told the pupils.Alexander Forbes will focus on training programmes and “making bursaries available to committed pupils who perform well”, said Motlanthe.A call to adopt schoolsThe government is confident that more businesses will heed its call to invest in public schools, scores of which are still disadvantaged.Motlanthe and basic education minister Angie Motshekga met 150 local business leaders in November 2010 to discuss Business-Adopt-a-School initiatives. Businesses did make pledges to support such schemes, according to Motlanthe.Alexander Forbes’ initiative is “one of the first of many that I hope will continue to follow from the private sector,” said Motlanthe.“We encourage others from the business sector to heed this example as part of their corporate social investment programmes.”While the government was “acutely aware” that it’s responsible for the achievement of quality primary education, it also needs help from businesses, added the deputy president.“The government cannot do without businesses,” said Gauteng Legislature member Molebatsi Bopape.Bopape added that the education department has done well in transforming the school into an environment conducive to learning.last_img read more

Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEX

first_imgKiefer Ravena with his new team NLEX after being selected second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRight from the moment his name was called in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Kiefer Ravena already knew what NLEX is going to expect from him.“Hopefully, even though I’m a rookie, I could bring the leadership,” Ravena, who was selected as the second overall pick, said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img LATEST STORIES With a lot of experience under his belt, Ravena is no doubt going to bring immediate impact for the Road Warriors.“You always see NLEX in neck-and-neck situations with the other teams, but come the endgame, they always falter. Hopefully, I could help in those aspects,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 24-year-old Ravena has always been the star on every team he’s played in but he knows that he still has a lot to learn and he’s willing to listen to his teammates and coaches.“I’m blessed to have the chance to play under a winning coach in Yeng Guiao, and I’m open to learning the ropes in the PBA from the veterans,” said Ravena, who joins a loaded NLEX guard rotation with Kevin Alas, Cyrus Baguio, Jonas Villanueva, Carlo Lastimosa, Alex Mallari, and Juami Tiongson.  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’m very ecstatic. It’s a very fulfilling feeling. I’ve been dreaming of this for a long time, so hopefully, I could contribute to NLEX,” he said. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMBlast_img read more

Sparks begin life without Younghusband brothers

first_img“Wanting them more (to stay) is not only based on the tangible stuff but also the intangible. The brothers knew they could always retire with Meralco and that was part of the reason they stayed this long.”The club official confirmed that they offered the Younghusband brothers, who have been with the club since 2011, a two-year deal “so that we can negotiate again after two years since we could not match what Davao was offering today.”The financial details of the Younghusband deal remain undisclosed, although the same club official confirmed that an agreement between the two clubs was reached last Friday. The Younghusband brothers still had a month left in their contract, but got their release from the Sparks after playing in the 3-2 win over the Aguilas in Tagum City last Saturday.FC Meralco Manila vice chairman Randy Roxas, in his pre-match message for the players, believes the Sparks can rise to the challenge without the brothers. ADVERTISEMENT But while Global will be under the microscope in anticipation of the PFL debut of Spanish striker Rufo Sanchez, who was signed just this week, the spotlight will be on the Sparks as they try to cope with the departure of the Younghusband brothers who are moving to the Davao Aguilas on a five-year deal. Phil and James spent the last six seasons playing for Meralco – a club they joined when it was still known as the Loyola Meralco Sparks in 2011. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMake no mistake about it, the Sparks management did everything within their powers to keep the brothers in the club. “We really wanted them to stay but just didn’t have the financial muscle to match the offer (of Davao),” said an official of the club.  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Teng records 3rd triple-double as Flying V completes eliminations sweep Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ FileFC Meralco Manila begins life without Phil and James Younghusband on Wednesday when it squares off with Global Cebu in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Sparks, who are second behind leader Kaya Makati (27 points) due to an inferior goal difference, can claim top spot with a victory over a Global side that is in fourth spot with 22 points. ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments “We are still in a good position to challenge for the inaugural PFL title,” said Roxas.“The absence of the boys (Phil and James) will certainly make a dent on our campaign but it can also be viewed by all of you as an opportunity to step up and chart your own destiny with this club and for Philippine football.”The Sparks gave the Younghusband brothers a traditional guard of honor before the match against the Aguilas. “They certainly deserve it for what they have done for the club and for their immense contribution to the growth of football in the country,” said Roxas. “We wish them both the very best in this new adventure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more