PH’s Garcia, partner win back-to-back ITF juniors crowns

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ SBP seeks change in Fiba Asia Champions Cup eligibility rules Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Garcia, 16, and Nirundorn, 15, went on an eight-game winning streak to take two crowns in the 18-under tournaments. They capped a four-win spell with a final victory over Indian tandem of Subash Paramasivam and Arjun Sriram, 6-2, 6-1.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 ChrissGarcia and Nirundorn, were seeded fourth in the tournament.The duo followed this up with another four-game run that kicked off with an upset over the top-seeded pair of Prasanna Bagade and Kushan Shah of India, 6-1, 6-3. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Filipino Junior Davis Cup Team Member Matthew Castillejo Garcia and his partner Tanapatt Nirundorn of Thailand stamped their class in the ITF Junior Tennis Championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka, winning back to back championships recently.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garcia, son of tennis legend and sports broadcaster Dyan Castillejo, and Nirundorn ended that run with a blistering 6-0, 6-4 triumph over the tough South Korean pair of Hyeoung Jin Kim and Sunwoo Kim in the final.“I’m thankful for the good partnership we had (with Nirundorn),” said Garcia. “We played really well in the first set but got tight in the second as the Koreans also played better.“I thank God for the wins and hope to be able to have more in the future,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Read More →

4000 Artisanal Fishermen, Women Want Landing Facility in Buchanan

first_imgAbout 4000 members of the artisanal fishing community resident at the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County have sounded a clarion plea to the West Africa Fisheries Project (WARFP), Bureau National Fisheries (BNF), World Bank and stakeholders to construct a landing facility at the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The fishermen and women were pointed  out that the construction of a landing facility, including a cold storage, preservation, training and business strategies, are indeed critical to the socio-economic development and progress of the fishing communities at the port city of Buchanan.The plea was contained in an exclusive interview conducted with the Daily Observer last week at three separate artisanal fishing communities in Buchanan.The artisanal fishermen and women comprising Liberians and Ghanaians also sounded an SOS call on the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to prevail on the relevant agencies of the Liberian Government that are allegedly in the constant habit of harassing fishermen and women.They further explained that current structures on the ground at the various fishing communities in Buchanan are not up to standard in terms of preserving the fish for several months before sale is carried out at the Buchanan and other markets in the country.“We keenly listened to the Liberian leader’s pronouncement on the importation of agriculture and other farming implements free of duty fees in the county,” the fishermen and women asserted.The vice chairman of the Fanti Town fishing community, Joseph T. Karr, told our reporter that the community has been experiencing  great difficulty with Liberian custom officials at the Buchanan port of entry, when they (fishermen and women)  try to clear fishing implements imported from abroad.Asked about bigger vessels’ intrusion into Liberian territorial waters, vice chair Karr said such practices had been dealt with months ago by the Navy Division of the Armed Forces of Liberia {AFL}.As to why there is an acute shortage of fish on the Buchanan Market, Mr. Karr pointed out that at this time of the year, fishermen and women are preparing their fishing nets for the upcoming season in late October when they expect a massive turnout of more fish in the Atlantic Ocean.He further indicated that the construction of a landing facility at the port city of Buchanan would alleviate the huge burden on the artisanal fishermen and women in the maintenance of their canoes that needed constant repairs.  Regrettably, they claimed that their biggest challenge has been the lack of understanding on the part of custom   authorities that imported agriculture-related products should be duty free in    order to boost and enhance agriculture activities in the country.“I would greatly want the Bureau of National Fisheries {BNF} to concentrate on the professional capacity building of the fishermen and women in the areas of preservation techniques, co-management and other critical business skills,” Mr. Karr stressed.He also added that socio-economic conditions continue to remain bleak owing to low profit margins and other factors associated with the sustained development, growth and progress of some fishing communities in the country.Fisherman Karr also frowned on those who continue to use other poisonous chemicals that sometime destroy the young marine resources in rivers and Atlantic Ocean in the country.For her part, fisherwoman Betty James told the Daily Observer that the provision of cheaper fishing nets and improved training in fish preservation would improve her financial conditions at the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.“We have over the years tried with this old methods of drying our fish with wood, but such methods had not given us solid financial strength as compared to our sisters and brothers in other countries in West Africa,” Madam Betty James asserted.“I’m a mother of five children, three girls and two and only one of the children going to school owing to my current socio-economic conditions in Buchanan City, Grand Grand Bassa County,” Madam James nodded in frustration.Sadly, she added we sometimes buy those very old net from our counter parts that had lived out their usefulness to meet strong waves of the sea water and other rivers in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Read More →

LADA US$20M Project to Improve Agriculture

first_imgThe Chief of Party of Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) Mr. Daniel Gies has disclosed that his agency’s US$20million dollar program will contribute to food security.He made the statement at the launch of its agricultural value chains of rice, cassava and several vegetables through the Feed the Future (FTF) program on Wednesday at the Paynesville City Hall in Monrovia.Gies said LADA, a USAID sponsored program, will increase private sector investment in agricultural, increase private sector investment in post-harvest handling and auxiliary services and strengthen facilitation, market information, advocacy and support as a means of improving the agriculture sector.LADA’s program is implemented by Cultivating Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) with focus on increasing the incomes of smallholder farmers (SHFs) through investment in the agribusiness sector.Gies said the program will help farmers yield more results from their work in four of Liberia’s fifteen counties, namely Bong, Nimba, Lofa and Upper Montserrado counties.“Through the LADA Feed the Future (FTF) program, we are committed to working with Liberian entrepreneurs, aggregators, producers of farming equipment, retailers of fertilizers and other agricultural supplies, owners of logistics and transportation companies and cold storage operators, to improve the various food value chains and begin to export food to other countries,” Gies explained. According to LADA Private Sector Advisor, Madam Watchen Bruce, LADA selected three of the most promising agricultural value chains – rice, cassava, and vegetables because they are strong potential for job creation, self-sustainability, food security, increasing consumption trends, and reflect the priorities of the Liberian government. “These value chains that have been launched by LADA are key to this country’s food security and the counties selected are known for best results in these value chains. We believe that with this support the agriculture sector will yield more results and Liberians will begin to export food to other countries,” said Madam Bruce.Madam Bruce told this newspaper that LADA will accomplish its goal by expanding handling, packaging, processing and marketing services with the aim to increase the on-farm productivity and income for Liberian small farmers in the four selected counties.“We are also giving the LADA Co-Investment Fund (CIF) of US$3million grant mechanism to support agricultural processors in the FTF target areas in Liberia.“This grant will facilitate investments by nascent and active agriculture processors to develop needed infrastructure in post-harvest handling and marketing technologies and we have placed this information on the Executive Mansion website for interested people to apply,” she said.The program brought together several organizations and was followed by Agribusiness Investment Network (AIN) that facilitated business relationships to link suppliers, buyers, producers and investors in order to maximize investment and also promote policy interventions to improve the regulatory environment for agribusiness in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Read More →

Senior Flyers capping off regular season tonight versus Rangers

first_imgThe Senior Flyers have been on a roll lately, as the Senior Men’s hockey club enters the Friday evening tilt having won five in-a-row, and could close out the season with their largest winning streak of the season, with six games.Despite this being the final regular season game for the Senior Flyers, it won’t be their final tilt before the beginning of the 2013 Savage Cup.On March 9 and 10, the Senior Flyers will be in Innisfail, Alberta, to take on the Innisfail Eagles Senior Men’s Hockey Club, playing in two exhibition games in preparation for the Savage Cup.- Advertisement -Friday’s game against the Spirit River Rangers will hit the North Peace Arena ice at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

Read More →

Barca fight back to beat Sociedad, Real held in Bilbao

first_img0Shares0000Luis Suarez scored the first of Barcelona’s two goals in three minutes © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Sep 16 – Barcelona came from behind to beat Real Sociedad on Saturday as Real Madrid lost ground in La Liga after a 1-1 stalemate at Athletic Bilbao.Real, unbeaten after three games, fell behind to Iker Muniain’s 32nd-minute goal on a counter-attack. Athletic keeper Unai Simon held Real, who open their Champions League campaign against Roma at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, at bay until Isco headed in Gareth Bale’s assist after the hour.The draw put Julen Lopetegui’s men on 10 points, two adrift of Barcelona with Atletico Madrid also slipping back in the La Liga title race by drawing at home to Eibar.Seven points is now the gap between Atletico and Barca, who were in danger of tripping up themselves when Aritz Elustondo put Real Sociedad in front at Anoeta.But the hosts missed a series of excellent chances and paid the price, as two goals in three minutes from Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele clinched a hard-fought 2-1 win.“The league is defined by these kind of games,” Suarez said afterwards. “Last year we also came back from 2-0 after many years without winning here. The reaction says a lot about this team.”Atletico rallied too, Borja Garces equalising with virtually the last kick of the game, but there were no celebrations at the Wanda Metropolitano.Garces’ strike was enough only to rescue a 1-1 draw for Diego Simeone’s side, who had looked on course for defeat when Eibar’s Sergi Enrich bundled home in the 87th minute.Borja Garces celebrated after scoring in the last seconds for Atletico Madrid but it was only enough to secure a home draw with Eibar © AFP/File / Benjamin CREMELBarcelona might easily have dropped points too had their opponents been more clinical.Mikel Oyarzabal and Theo Hernandez both could have made it 2-0 after half-time but the former blazed over and the latter was denied by Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Within minutes, they were behind, as two crosses caused havoc in Real Sociedad’s defence, with Suarez and Dembele perfectly placed to pounce.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had made the surprise decision to omit Sergio Busquets from his starting line-up, presumably with Tuesday’s Champions League opener against PSV Eindhoven in mind.But it was testament to the hosts’ performance that Busquets was called upon in the second period after Philippe Coutinho had also been introduced at half-time.“In the first half they closed us down well but Philippe coming on in the second half helped changed the dynamics,” Suarez said.Simeone might also have liked to keep one eye on their Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday, but a victory was much-needed following defeat to Celta Vigo two weeks ago.Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, however, were both sloppy in the final third and Eibar might even have scored earlier, twice denied by the woodwork.It means Atleti have now recorded their worst league start since 2009.“I would worry if we had not created those chances to score,” Simeone said. “The team also showed a reaction after their goal. We continued to push forward and managed to take a point.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Read More →

Galaxy keep playoff hopes alive with win

first_imgRoberts scored when Crew defender Frankie Hejduk failed to clear the ball from inside the 6-yard box. Martino sent a shot through the legs of Ezra Hendrickson and into the goal. By The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio – Troy Roberts and Kyle Martino scored in the first half, and the Galaxy beat the Columbus Crew, 2-1, Sunday. The Galaxy (7-13-6) overcame a goal in the second minute by Alejandro Moreno and improved its chances of making the MLS Cup playoffs despite a poor start to the season and a stretch of eight losses in nine games in August and September. The Galaxy responded after the Crew scored barely 100 seconds into the match, taking advantage of Columbus’ inattentive defense in front of its own net by scoring two goals in three minutes to seal the win. 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

Read More →

‘Paul Pogba can be Man United’s Patrick Vieira’, Red Devils hero tells talkSPORT

first_imgRecord-breaking transfer target Paul Pogba can bring a Patrick Vieira-like presence to Manchester United’s midfield, according to Red Devils goal hero Dwight Yorke.Having been constantly linked with a return to Old Trafford during the close season, the transfer saga of the summer continues to drag on with Pogba still linked with a huge £100m move back to the club he left for free just four years ago.The deal would make the 23-year-old the most expensive footballer in the world, above the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale, who cost Real Madrid around £85m to prise away from Tottenham in 2013.Many have baulked at Juventus’ asking price, including Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who branded to rumoured deal ‘complete madness’.But former United striker Yorke believes the young midfielder can prove his worth with his commanding influence in midfield, and even likened him to Arsenal’s legendary general Vieira.Speaking to Alan Brazil and Gunners great Ray Parlour on Monday’s Sports Breakfast, Yorke said: “You ask questions about Pogba – is he better then Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? No he’s not.“Is he a Paul Scholes in midfield who is going to dominate games and get you 18, 19 goals a season? No, he’s not that type either.“He’s more in the mould of Patrick Vieira.“He’s got that presence in midfield and can get forward when he needs to, so he’s obviously got something to be worth £100m.“The Premier League has become such a global spectacle and the revenue that is created by teams is enormous now, but that’s the modern day game, I’m afraid. That’s just the way it is.“I’m sure Pogba will be a great acquisition to the Manchester United squad.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Dwight Yorke IN FULL above!last_img read more

Read More →

RUGBY: LETTERKENNY’S U18s TO MAKE HISTORY IN ULSTER FINAL

first_imgThe Letterkenny U18s.History will be made on Saturday next when Letterkenny compete in the U18 Ulster league final in Cookstown where they will meet Armagh. It is probably fitting that the final is between the winners of the premier division against the team that finish second.In a surprise move the Ulster branch changed the league play-off structure at the 11th hour to allow the second placed teams in divisions 1 and 2 enter the play offs. Letterkenny defeated Ballyclare 27 – 0 at Dave Gallaher Park on Saturday while Armagh defeated Newry 40 – 7. Letterkenny have the highest respect for Armagh who play a brand of open rugby very similar to their own and this will ensure a very exciting final to decide the Ulster league title.Letterkenny were made to work very hard to earn their place in the final by a physical Ballyclare side who arrived at the Glebe with quiet confidence that their big pack could stop Letterkenny where all other teams this season have failed.A heavy pitch and blustery conditions were ideal for the Ballyclare style of play where the ball was often surplus to their requirements. Letterkenny were well up to the challenge and showed that they can play a tight physical game when required.Joseph Dunleavy, playing at number eight for Letterkenny, was up against his Ulster u18 team mate Arron Hall who has now been fast tracked into the Ulster u20 team. On Saturday’s performance it was the much younger Dunleavy who came out well on top with a barn storming performance in both defence and attack. The strong running Hall was stopped at source on every occasion by Dunleavy and Daniel Faulkner at first centre and this removed the visitors only attacking ploy.Letterkenny were then guilty of getting involved in a tight arm wrestle with Ballyclare when playing the ball wide would have been more beneficial. In Letterkenny’s defence the visitors were flooding the breakdown and benefiting for the referees interpretation in this area.Three week’s since the last competitive game was also a factor in the nervous opening and it took Letterkenny a good 20 minutes to settle into their patterns. The pressure soon told resulting in out half Peter Scot landing two penalties.Letterkenny were now domination possession and finally got quick ball to Faulkner who drew two defenders before a reverse pass to Mathew Faulkner at outside centre. He then found Dunleavy in support and the big number 8 threw a few outrageous dummies before gliding in under the posts.The second half saw a big increase in tempo from the home team with the ball being moved with more pace and purpose. Continued infringements from Ballyclare prevented scores and it was a real surprise that it took until the 60th minute for the referee to show a yellow card. From the resulting penalty Martin Molloy once again showed his line out ability taking a great ball at two which allowed the pack set up a maul with Dunleavy touching down for his second try and the crucial score of the day. The icing was then applied in the last minutes when Mathew Faulkner jinked his way over from 10m after a great run from full back Kevin Grant. This was a game that Letterkenny badly needed. They were well tested on Saturday and answered all questions. This was a forward battle where the front row of David Ward, Stephen Holmes and Christopher Green were outstanding. Letterkenny scrum half Ben Khavia also deserves special mention as he had to deal with a lot of scrappy ball and also took a lot of physical punishment but still managed to give his out half a good service.Coach Gordon Curley will be pleased to get over this very difficult semi-final and can now look forward to next week with real optimism. The final will be played on a 4G pitch which should suit the Letterkenny style of play but a more focused performance with better decision making will be required to get over a very talented Armagh team.Team Photo: David Ward, Stephen Holmes, Christopher Green, Diarmiud Gallagher, Will Douglas, Martin Molloy, Daragh Toal, Joseph Dunleavy, Ben Khavia, Peter Scott, Oisin Toal, Daniel Faulkner (Captain), Matthew Faulkner, Adam Boal Quinn, Kevin Grant, James Roulston, Louis Carson, Connor Cannon, Stephen Holmes, Douglas Doyle, Jack McGarvey and Bailey Loughlin and Gordon Curley, Under 18’s Manager.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY’S U18s TO MAKE HISTORY IN ULSTER FINAL was last modified: March 7th, 2016 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:letterkennyRUGBYUlster Finallast_img read more

Read More →

Five Bulldogs Score In Double Figures As Men’s Basketball Defeats Evansville, 88-76

first_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Mediacom MC22 Listen Live Watch Live Indiana State 1/11/2017 – 7 p.m. Box Score (PDF) Story Links Next Game: Photo Gallery center_img In addition to Arogundade’s three-pointers, Schlatter and Timmer made 10-straight free throw in the final four minutes on an afternoon that saw the team shoot 23-of-25 (92.0 percent) from the free-throw line. As a team, the Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the field in the second half while committing just two turnovers in the period to start the MVC season 2-2 for the first time since the 2010-11 season.The Bulldogs continue their homestead on Wednesday, Jan. 11, for ‘We Back The Blue Night.’ Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will broadcast live on Mediacom MC22 and on radio via ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM. As part of ‘We Back The Blue Night,’ all law enforcement officials and their families receive free admission by showing their badge at the door. Click here for more information on ‘We Back The Blue Night.’Print Friendly Version Box Score (HTML) DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team outscored Evansville by 12 points in the final four minutes of an 88-76 win Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Knapp Center. The win was Drake’s third-straight on its home court and improved the Bulldogs to 2-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference.Drake (4-12, 2-2 MVC) was led by season-high 28 points from junior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) who finished just two points shy of a career-high while shooting 8-of-12 from the floor and 4-of-7 from the three-point arc. Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) added a career-high 17 points with seven rebounds. The junior also drained two critical three-pointers with less than three minutes to play as part of a 12-0 run to give the Bulldogs a 10-point cushion heading into the final minute of play.”You just have to believe in yourself and your teammates,” Arogundade said of his late six-point flurry. “Coach Rutter has done a really good job of instilling confidence in all of us so when I saw the shot, I let it fly.”Arogundade and Timmer were joined by three other Bulldogs, Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa), De’Antae McMurry (Alton, Ill.) and T.J. Thomas (Stone Mountain, Ga.) in double figures with 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively.The MVC’s leading scorer, Jaylon Brown, led Evansville (10-7, 1-3 MVC) with 23 points, 15 of them in the first half.Evansville claimed its first lead of the game six minutes into the second half as part of a 9-0 run and neither team led by more than a possession for the next 12 minutes. With four minutes left, Evansville’s Ryan Taylor hit a three-pointer to give the Aces a 72-70 lead. However, the Bulldogs’ defense clamped down and held Evansville without a field goal for the next 3:35 while assembling a 12-0 run to take a commanding lead into the final minute.”It was really back-and-forth until the end,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “We had not had a string of stops until the 3:40 mark where we had a string of five-straight stops when we moved to man-to-man down the stretch.” Full Schedule Roster last_img read more

Read More →

HARPS BOSS APPEALS TO FANS TO COME OUT IN FORCE FOR CRUNCH GAME

first_imgFinn Harps Manager, Peter Hutton, has appealed to the North West soccer supporting public to come out and support his team in Friday night’s Airtricity League First Division fixture against Waterford United at Finn Park.Harps boss HuttonHarps have won each of their last two home games and another victory on Friday would put them right back in the hunt for promotion and within touching distance of a play-off spot.Just a little more than 200 fans turned up at Finn Park last friday to watch Harps put in a super display to beat Salthill Devon. Hutton said that a big crowd cheering on his team can only help the players during the game.“You only need to look at games earlier in the season when we had a decent crowd, the atmosphere really galvanised the players and they fed off that support and it truly spurred them on,” said Hutton.“Prime examples being the home win against Longford and the League cup game against Derry in which the team were exceptional.“I genuinely hope we get a crowd that really gets behind the boys, this bunch of players have worked extremely hard for little if any financial reward from early December last year to get the chance to play in games like this, games that can define a season and they certainly deserve the vocal support of the Donegal footballing public.” Friday’s game against Waterford kicks-off at 8.00pm. HARPS BOSS APPEALS TO FANS TO COME OUT IN FORCE FOR CRUNCH GAME was last modified: August 13th, 2013 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:CrowdFinn HarpPeter Huttonlast_img read more

Read More →