January 18

‘Coaching is like politics’: No exchange of pleasantries between Ayo, Gonzales

first_img“No, I don’t talk to him anymore,” said Ayo of Gonzales after UST’s 99-72 loss to La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The game between the Growling Tigers and the Green Archers were the first time the former colleagues faced each other since Ayo left La Salle in 2017.Ayo added that he didn’t even extend any words after the game was over and both benches greeted each other for some post-game handshakes.READ: Looming UST-La Salle clash just a regular game for coaches Ayo, Gonzales“I didn’t tell him anything, I didn’t speak to him,” said Ayo, who is a city councilor in Sorsogon, in Filipino. “Coaching for me is like politics. You’re with each other if you have the same goal, if you have the same interests. But if there’s a conflict in your interests then it becomes different, it’s that simple.”ADVERTISEMENT Aldin Ayo and Louie Gonzales were almost inseparable since they both worked as assistant coaches in the Kia bench in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As for Gonzales, he just shrugged off any storyline that involves Ayo and instead focused on the game at hand.La Salle improved to a 3-2 card to maintain in the top half of the ladder while the Growling Tigers dropped to 1-4 and tied University of the East at the no.8 spot.“We all know how a coach works, be it against Aldin or anyone, we’re here to win,” said Gonzales in Filipino. “My treatment is the same for anybody and all I want is to win and I want my team to compete.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Both would move on to Colegio de San Juan de Letran with Ayo holding the head coach’s seat and Gonzales as the assistant.From 2015 to 2017 the two won one NCAA title and another UAAP title with De La Salle, but that friendship looks to have ended when they parted ways in 2018.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 ChrissREAD: UAAP: La Salle destroys UST in first game against AyoAyo, now the head coach of University of Santo Tomas, said he and Gonzales, now in charge of De La Salle’s bench, haven’t spoken to each other. SBP attends Fiba World Basketball Summit Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

January 18

‘Jehovah Bless’ Sayon Mayson

first_imgWith pleasure I present to you Minister Sayon Mayson, Liberia’s Gospel Artist of the year 2013-2014. With this, you now know that he is the biggest Gospel artist our nation can boast of at the moment, at least as per the choice of the Liberian Association of Gospel Musical Artists (LAGMA).The Christian conglomerate association of all Gospel musicians in Liberia bestowed upon the young artist that highest national title on March 30, 2014 during its Annual Awards Night.Minister Mayson is currently most famous for his thrilling testimonial song titled “Jehovah Bless Me”, one that eventually earned him the award.Additionally, he won four other awards as he was also voted the Best Gospel Artist, Best Male Vocalist, Best Song, and Best Male Artist during this year’s annual event. He was nominated in all four of the categories and went on to win all including the coveted one ‘Artist of The Year’.“I just give God the glory for his blessings. For that song ‘Jehovah Bless Me’ which continues to make so much headways, I honestly never expected it to be such a boom”, the tall-slim young artist stated.Humming the wordings of the song (He took me from nowhere to someone), Minister Mayson said, “I just decided to sit down one day in my room and began to think about where He has taken me from, where He has brought me and where He is taking me. So I just decided to praise Him in my room and that is how the whole song came about. I sang this song to just appreciate God”.“I have been singing in my church [Trinity Healing Temple] choir for a while now and God decided to just bless me and I’m now the Gospel Artist of the Year”, he exclaimed.But prior to his national award, Minister Mayson’s recognition had gone international. He was one of two Liberian Gospel artists who for the very first time were nominated by the prestigeous internationally acclaimed Africa Gospel Music Awards (AGMA’s), the other being awards-winning Kanvee Gaines Adams.The 4th edition of the AGMA event nominated and placed Mayson among other top-notch African Gospel Artists in the category Best Male Artist of West Africa For 2013, held in London, the United Kingdom in July of last year.Though a late invitation and a 15-day visa issuance restriction coupled with Mayson’s ongoing academic commitments at the time all prevented his attendance of the event, Mayson’s touching Gospel music continues to touch lives the world over.A graduating senior student of the University of Liberia (reading Accounting and Economics), Minister Mayson’s musical dream goes beyond: “My first priority for now is getting my first degree which comes in December and then I will begin to put full time into music with no limits to what I can achieve by God’s special grace.”With special acknowledgment to Mr. Nathan Reeves whose sponsorship has helped him through God’s grace, the artist, who is working on his third 8-track album, seeks additional assistance and sponsorship to make his dream a reality: “I even want to have a bigger musical show to bless God, though I had a thanksgiving concert in my church a few Sundays ago”.His immediate future plans include holding God-inspiring musical concerts in other parts of Liberia outside Monrovia and even international concerts, especially among Diaspora Liberians in the United States, Australia and Europe.Beginning at the tender age of nine,  Mayson was made to stand on the bench and sing among people in various churches and school campuses.Born in Monrovia to parents named Mr. Maxwell Mayson and Mrs. Oretha Vah (deceased), he hails originally from Grand Bassa County. He schooled at the Bassa Community School (BCS) and the WPL Brumskine United Methodist School, where he wooed his fellow students through his singing before returning to Monrovia where he has begun the process of fully launching himself into stardom with God’s grace.He has produced two albums, the first being ‘No One Like U’ (8 tracks) in 2008 and the current thrilling one called ‘Jehovah Bless You’ (8 tracks) in 2013. His third (with another set of 8 tracks) will be released officially on June 4, 2014 to mark his 34th birthday. He had previously won Best Lyric Composer in 2008, Best Male Vocalist in 2009, and in 2010 and 2011 the Best Male Vocalist.Currently the president of the Music Ministry and Director of the English Choir at THT Church in Topoe’s Village in Gardnersville, Sayon Mayson’s favored musical sojourn is most likely to shoot upwards: “For now, Bro. Bayjay, there’s no turning back for me, by God’s special grace”, he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 17

Cabinet gives green light to over $2B in contracts

first_imgDuring its weekly meeting on Tuesday last, Cabinet granted its no objection to several multimillion-dollar contracts in the various sectors.According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday, approvals were given for contracts in the Ministries of Public Infrastructure, Public Health, Education, Security, Communities and Social Protection.These approved contracts amounts to a total of a whopping ,054,059,056.Under the Public Security Ministry, a total of 2.2 million was approved in contracts. These include .5 million for the upgrade of sea defence structures between Bushlot and Reliance in Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); 6.4 million for supply and installation of ADS-Band WHF repeater equipment for the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), which is awarded to Intelecan; .9 million for rehabilitation of Iwokrama-Fairview Airstrip, awarded to JR Ranch Incorporated.An additional .59 million was approved for the docking and rehabilitation of MV Sabanto, being awarded to EC Vieira Investments Limited; .97 million for the construction of river defences at Arthurville, Wakenaam Island, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), and was awarded to Maraj Contracting Services; .59 million for the construction of rip rap sea defences at Moorfarm and Rubblewall, Wakenaam Island, Region Three, awarded to Maraj Contracting Services, and another .3 million for the construction of groynes along Cullen, Essequibo Coast, Region Two, given to Adamantium Holdings.Meanwhile, Cabinet also granted it’s no objection to contracts under the Education Ministry to the tune of 8 million. Among the contracts was the procurement of primary and secondary level textbooks for national distribution from the following publishers: Oxford University Press at .7 million, Macmillan Distribution at .4 million, Bookpoint Limited at .7 million, and Mohamed’s Book Store Associates Limited 0.3 million.There were also contracts for the provision of security services for the University of Guyana – Tain and Turkeyen campuses, awarded to Massy Security Guyana to the tune of million, and procurement of fortified sweetened biscuits under the National School Feeding Programme for the school year April 2016-March 2017 and this contract valued 4.7 million was awarded to Banks DIH Limited.On the other hand, contracts to the tune of 2.6 million were approved for the procurement of items for the Public Health Ministry of. A contract in the sum of million was approved for the procurement of two ventilators for the Intensive Care Unit at the Georgetown Public Hospital from KD Enterprise; .6 million for the supply and delivery of contraceptives for Maternal and Child Health Care awarded to NEW GPC INC; .2 for the purchase of vaccines for Maternal Child Health from Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO), and 2.2 million for the procurement of dialysis fluids and supplies for the Georgetown Public Hospital from ANSA McAL Trading Limited.In addition, Cabinet gave its no objection to the award of the contract for the procurement of pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital. The 7.94 million contract is awarded to NEW GPC INC, Health 2000 Guyana, Global Healthcare Supplies and International Pharmacy Agency.A contract for the sum of 9.4 million for the procurement of medical supplies for the Public Health Ministry was awarded to New GPC INC, Meditron, International Pharmacy Agency, Caribbean Medical Supplies and Global Healthcare Supplies; while second contract valued 5.2 million for the procurement of roche reagents and supplies for the National Public Health Reference Laboratory was given to Productos Roche Panama, South America, and a third contract of million was awarded to Netcom Computer City for the supply of a washer for the laundry at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Two contracts were approved under the Foreign Affairs Ministry for the provision of advisory services in respect to the Guyana-Venezuela Border Controversy. These contracts were awarded to Sir Shridath Ramphal for .8 million and Dr Payam Akhavan for .3 million.Moreover, Dask Enterprise was awarded a contract to the tune of million under the Ministry of Presidency for the procurement of military uniform material for the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and another contract to the tune of million was approved under the Guyana Fire Service for the procurement of tools and equipment from Industrial Safety Supplies Incorporated.Additionally, a .97 million contract was given no objection for the construction of a ramp and landing for Orealla and Siparuta residents on the Corriverton Foreshore, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). This contract under the Communities Ministry was awarded to Memorex Enterprises.Cabinet also approved the supply and delivery of cooked meals for the Night Shelter under the Social Protection Ministry. These contracts were awarded to D and Gee’s Foods for Dinner at .5 million and Breakfast at .1 million, to Koshall’s Catering for Lunch at .26 million.last_img read more

January 12

Govt urged to build more airstrips in interior

first_img– MP says it has potential to advance eco-tourismOpposition Member of Parliament Africo Selman has urged the coalition Government to build more airstrips in the hinterland region, so as to create a wider market for international visitors interested in experiencing Guyana’s rich fauna and flora, and advance the eco-tourism drive.Selman told the National Assembly recently that despite little attention being paidOpposition MP Africo Selmanto tourism by the current Government, this sector has the potential to boost the Guyana economy.“This Administration robbed Guyana of its opportunity to become a top tourism destination by scrapping the Tourism Ministry. What we now have is a Department of Tourism in the Ministry of Business. Both of these areas have vast potential for economic growth, and should not be paired. The rationale for this move will never be understood,” she argued.While noting the figures quoted in the National Assembly, which show that the growth of tourism is continuing at a steady pace, with visitor arrivals totalling 170,322 between January and September, a 5.7 percent increase over the same period in 2016, she described it as “total deception”.“Returning Guyanese are not tourists. That is the part that was left out. How many of these arrivals are Guyanese? What statistics does this administration have to convince us that all these visitors, when they come, visit historical sites?” the Opposition MP questioned the Government.Selman noted that while a majority of the tourist sites are located in the hinterland, people can get there by boat, road or plane. However, she suggested that Government invest in building proper roads close to these sites, building more and better airstrips, and even creating resorts.In his presentation to the National Assembly, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said several key hinterland roads would be upgraded to facilitate gold miners and loggers, but there was no talk about improving the road network to benefit tourists.“The state of bridges in the hinterland is another downside to tourism. Which tourist would be comfortable driving across an unstable wooden bridge with no guard rails? None! People want to see our wildlife, our birds, our flora and fauna,” she added.According to the Opposition MP, one of the biggest obstacles to tourism in Guyana is the state of the roads. She noted that when it rains, many of the roads in the interior are impassible.“The tourist from London, the tourist from Canada, the tourist from Australia does not want to be in a small plane flying from one place to the next. He wants to be on the road seeing and experiencing nature, virgin terrain. That is how we sell our tourism product,” she opined.Another huge obstacle to tourism is security, Selman added. “It is well known that we have a lawless interior fuelled by the rough terrain and lack of an adequate fleet of security personnel. I would suggest that the Ministry of Public Security and the Department of Tourism work together to formulate a comprehensive plan to treat with these issues. The Guyana Police Force, first of all, must be brought up to strength. The availability of ranks and resources is of paramount importance to ensure that tourists are safe and they feel safe. Security officials accompanying tourists to far-flung destinations should be taken into consideration,” she further suggested.Apart from that, Selman said that, in an effort to have a sound tourism development plan which prioritises regular, safe, and affordable airlift to Guyana, Government would have to start looking at ways to improve collaboration with, and improve receipt of assistance from, private sector companies here.“Expanding the international airport without adequate, reliable and affordable airlift to encourage the Guyanese diaspora and tourists interested in our tourism product to visit Guyana will be a lost opportunity for this nation. I urge this Government to spend some time focusing on securing adequate, reliable, and affordable airlift services to this country,” she added.last_img read more

January 11

Running Rebels Basketball Club holds tryouts in West San Gabriel Valley

first_img COST $35 Registration fee 10 per month Uniform and tournament fees extra. Practice days vary per division. Two practices per week and two tournaments per month. Seeking a fun place to play? Ready to compete, work hard and have fun? “Everyone plays”, is our philosophy. So, if this sounds like it might be a home for you. Continue down the page for more player info. TRYOUTS/ROSTER OPENINGS **We are currently seeking: BOYS 11 & Under, 10 & Under GIRLS-11 & Under DEVELOPMENTAL DIVISION COED 6-8 yeras old(Starts in April) ***Days and times are scheduled on our website weekly. CONTACT: To contact the Running Rebels, call (626)393-0991. Team Website.leaguelineup.com/RunningRebelsBasketball E-mail Address:RunningRebelsBasketball@yahoo.com center_img 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

January 6

Chelsea youngster to join Spanish side?

first_img Tenerife 1 Chelsea youngster Ulises Davila could be set for a loan move to Tenerife.The 23-year-old has been with Chelsea since 2011 but is yet to make a first-team appearance for the club.And reports in Spain suggest he will be loaned out to Tenerife to aid his development so he can challenge for a first-team spot back at Stamford Bridge.last_img

December 29

Funny video of sport mascots gatecrashing photos

first_imgWhether you want them to or not, mascots are there to manufacture and enforce fun at sport events.That’s right, clubs pay people to dress up in dinosaur and bear costumes to run around the pitch and dance for you.Because that’s what you want, right? FUN.But not all mascots are bad, with some enjoying the occasional punch up and others gatecrashing photos…last_img

December 28


first_imgIt’s that time of the year again and everybody is looking for the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones and one business in Letterkenny ‘Unique Gifts’ have a wide range of stunning Christmas offers for you to avail of. Specialists in Gift Hampers, Unique Gifts can help you make that gift even more special this Christmas with a wide selection of Gift hampers suitable as elegant gifts for family and friends this Christmas.You can choose either one of their per-prepared hampers or build one to suit your particular taste and budget from items in-store. Unique Gifts stock an extensive variety of gifts ideas including quality scented candles, personalised candles, picture frames, photo albums, Baby’s First Christmas gift ideas and a wide range of Irish items suitable for sending abroad.They also stock Willow Tree figurines & angels, Donegal Calendars, Heart & Home Candles, Keepsakes, Lily O’Briens chocolates, Donegal road signs, Christmas cards & much more as suitable as unique and affordable gifts for everyone.In stock also is a stunning collection of Christmas decoration items including advent trains, candle holders, table centrepieces, nativity sets, tree decorations, ornaments and finishing touches to create that unique Christmas feeling for the home.Check out their Facebook page for more information and to view some of the Christmas gift collection available instore: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unique-Gifts/416427815084112Or visit their recently launched online store at: www.uniquegifts.ie CINNAMON SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE AT UNIQUE GIFTS THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 12th, 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsUnique Giftslast_img read more

December 28


first_imgA woman told Gardai her husband was drink-driving – after they had a lunchtime row.Roman Leppek appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with drink-driving at Ranmore Walk, Letterkenny at 1.25pm on May 31st, 2015.Leppek, 49, a father of three daughters, was stopped by Gardai driving his Nissan Qausqai. Solicitor Kieran Dillon said there had been “unhappy differences” between the couple and that Mrs Leppek was concerned about her husband’s demeanour.The court heard Mr Leppek, of 57 Rann More, Letterkenny, had arrived in Ireland in 2006 and had fund employment in the engineering sector.Judge Paul Kelly fined the accused €350 and disqualified him from driving for 3 years.MAN’S WIFE TOLD GARDAI HE WAS DRINK-DRIVING AFTER LUNCHTIME ROW was last modified: June 21st, 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)last_img read more

December 27


first_imgNaomh Colmcille CLG  – weekly notesA bus has been organised for the All-Ireland final next Sunday; contact Catherine Clarke at 086-8941414 for more details and to book a seat. The Naomh Colmcille senior team had no match this weekend. The reserve team’s unbeaten run came to an end as they concluded their league campaign with a defeat at Naomh Ultan.Congratulations to the minor team who have reached the Division 2 Championship final following a great win over Fanad Gaels. Our young u13 team lost out in their match away to Burt on Friday.Naomh Colmcille hosted a very successful u10 blitz on Sunday for the Sean McDaid Memorial Cup; Sean, one of the founders of Naomh Colmcille CLG, sadly passed away earlier this year. The blitz involved teams from Naomh Colmcille, Doire Colmcille, Burt and Buncrana. Well done to everyone that took part. Pictures from the day are on the club Facebook page and will be added to club website.Naomh Colmcille Training Schedule this week is as follows · Under 8’s: Training will be this Saturday 22th of September at 11 am.· Under 10’s: Training on Friday night at 6:00.· Under 13’s: Match home to Convoy this Friday (21st) at 6:15 pm.· Under 16’s: training/match tbc; please check Facebook or club website for updates.· Under 18’s: training/match tbc; please check Facebook or club website for updates.· Gaelic for Girls training: training TBC. Can all under age players please bring €2, boots, shorts /track bottoms and a drink please.· Senior training will continue this week as per notification via TEXT from Senior Manager Joe HigginsNew players are always welcome!!Note: all updates about training and match fixtures will be on the Club’s website (www.naomhcolmcille.com) and Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille GAA.) Naomh Colmcille’s Weekly Lotto: This week’s winning numbers were 3, 10, 13, 20, 23. Closest match three were John and Jim, Michael O’Donnell and Barry McDaid who share €75. The Club would like to take the opportunity to Thank Everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the Club the essential means of continuing to give our local Kids and Adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.Best of luck to Thomas McKinley and the Donegal senior panel next Sunday in the All-Ireland final against Mayo.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NEWS was last modified: September 17th, 2012 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:NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTESlast_img read more