first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It was the lowest point of a whirlwind summer for Thomas, which was compounded by his ongoing recovery from the hip injury that cut short his postseason run with Boston last season.The injury sidelined him for Cleveland’s season opener against his former team back in October. He missed the Cavs’ first 36 games before returning to action against Portland on Tuesday night, scoring 17 points in 19 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFor now, his minutes are restricted, and he isn’t playing on back-to-back nights. So he returned to action Tuesday knowing that he’d sit against the Celtics.“I was out seven months. There’s no way I was gonna come back against Boston and play 17 minutes,” Thomas said. “It’s too big of an opportunity to just a play against my former teammates, my former coaches, the city that gave me my biggest opportunity.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina He looked at the camera, pounded his heart three times and waved.Late in Boston’s 102-88 win, Celtics fans began chanting, “We want I.T.!” Afterward, he shared hugs with several players, including Irving.There will be another opportunity for the Celtics honor him, when Boston hosts the Cavs on Feb. 11. But that’s also the night Paul Pierce will have his jersey retired. Thomas said it’s up to the Celtics whether they want to do something that night for him.“That’s Pierce’s night. The video tribute ain’t the whole night. I just wanted my family to be here to see it,” Thomas said. “That’s what it came down to. I wanted to be able to play. I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation of this city and this organization are gonna give me on that night.“I’m not taking nothing from Paul Pierce. He played 15 years here. There’s nothing I can take from here. If they choose to do it that night, that would be great. I would be honored.”He said he’s even buried the hatchet with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated quoted Thomas wondering whether he’d ever speak to Ainge again after the trade.But Thomas said Ainge reached out to him on Tuesday night.“There’s no hard feelings. Only hard feeling is Danny didn’t send me no Christmas card this year,” Thomas said. “He sent me one the last two years. He could have found my address somehow. Have I forgiven Danny? He texted me last night. So, yeah, we’re good.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thomas said he felt like he was home when he walked into the arena where he became a two-time All-Star, so much so that he almost went to the Celtics’ locker room.“I love this city. I love this organization. They gave me an opportunity to be who I always wanted to be,” Thomas said. “I can’t thank them enough. So there’s no hard feelings for anybody in this city or anybody in this organization. I’m glad I’m back. Like I always said, it’s genuine love. And that’s for the rest of my life.”That respect is mutual, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.“First and foremost, I will always value him as a friend and as a person,” Stevens said. “Lost amongst all the talk of where people play and everything else is the fact that you did get to compete together. I always appreciated that about him.”Though Thomas asked that there not be any kind of tribute video for him on this trip to the Garden, he did receive an extended standing ovation from the Boston fans when he was shown on the scoreboard monitors between the first and second quarters.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 6-time champion Djokovic unsure of playing Australian Open Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:09Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached00:50Trending 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas smiles as he is surrounded by reporters at Boston Garden prior to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Thomas was traded at the end of last season by the Celtics in exchange for Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas wanted to make thing one perfectly clear during his return to Boston: He isn’t holding onto any hard feelings about the way he left.Thomas returned to TD Garden on Wednesday night for the first time since he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August as part of the blockbuster trade that brought Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Peru almost added its third goal when Edison Flores’ shot hit the post following a fast breakaway.GROUP DYNAMICSThe victory allowed Peru to move into third place in the group, finishing with four points. The Australians ended up with one point after losing 2-1 to France and drawing 1-1 with Denmark.“We went in with greater expectations, but if we look at how we played, I think that Peru emerges from the World Cup with its head high,” Gareca said.KEY TO SUCCESSAustralia leaves consoled by decent performances even though it didn’t get the points to show for it. It played relatively well in the opener against the French and had chances to get more than a draw against Denmark.“I think in all three of the games, we gave a good performance,” Australia coach Bert van Marwijk said. “This team has really improved from the day I started working with them, and we became better and better and only at the World Cup you could see that for this team, it’s difficult to make the difference in goals at this level.”Peru had deserved more in its first two games, when it failed to capitalize on numerous scoring chances, including a missed penalty by Christian Cueva against Denmark.“We were effective this time. What we couldn’t do in the other (matches), we were able to do it today,” Gareca said.BREAKING THROUGH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It had been a long time before Peru had found the net in a World Cup. The last time was in its second match of the 1982 tournament, a 1-1 draw against Italy.The team also scored in a 5-1 loss to Poland that year. It’s last World Cup victory was a 4-1 result against Iran in the first round of the 1978 tournament in Argentina.NO ATTACKScoring hasn’t been easy for Australia at World Cups recently, with its last three goals in the tournament coming from penalty kicks, including two from captain Mile Jedinak in Russia.Australia is only the second team in World Cup history to score three consecutive goals from the penalty spot. Ghana did it from 2006-2010.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to France in the other Group C match, but neither result occurred. France and Denmark drew 0-0 in Moscow.Andre Carrillo’s 18th-minute goal — a half-volley from inside the area — was Peru’s first in a World Cup since its last appearance 36 years ago. Peru hadn’t won a World Cup match since defeating Iran in 1978.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 crown“I need to thank the players for their great effort, and the fans, who were incredible and supported us all the way,” Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. “At least we were able to give them a triumph, that’s the most important thing.”Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, who almost missed the tournament because of a doping suspension, scored the other goal in the 50th with a left-footed strike after getting to a loose ball inside the area. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan towncenter_img 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Peru’s Paolo Guerrero, right, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)SOCHI, Russia — Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn’t leaving Russia empty handed.The Peruvians failed to score a goal in their opening two matches, but the team finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate when it ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MPBL: Jai Reyes shines as Laguna bounces back LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees “This triumph is for our people and for Jefferson (Farfan),” Guerrero said of his teammate who missed the match after being hospitalized with a head injury sustained in practice last weekend. “We showed that Peru can play as equal to anyone.”Australia striker Tim Cahill, a 38-year-old veteran who entered the match in the 53rd minute, had a chance to become only the fifth player to score in four World Cups, joining Pele, Uwe Seeler, Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo. But he had few chances.Australia needed the victory to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2006 but it had a slow start at Fisht Stadium, unable to get near the opposing area. The Peruvians, boosted by a loud crowd that heavily outnumbered the Aussies, took advantage of their chances and gave their team an honorable finish after two opening losses.The whole squad saluted the boisterous Peruvian fans after the match, spending several moments near their sections in the stands.Australia’s best chance to score came in the 27th minute when Tom Rogic made a run through the Peru defense and had his shot saved by goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

first_imgOpen Liberia’s executive director, Samuka Konneh.On the very day Liberia inaugurated its new President and Vice President, a civil society organization released what it referred to as ‘useful data’ to support the new government’s education and youth development programs.The data is contained in a report titled: A Decade Without Higher Education, which details findings from a study conducted in September and October 2017, that sought to understand the level of education attained by local commercial motorcycle and taxi drivers within the last decade.There are an estimated 40,000 commercial motorcyclists in the country.Open Liberia’s executive director, Samuka Konneh, warned that in another decade from now, and as attractive as the commerical motorcycle sector remains, more and more young people will fail to attain higher education – thereby increasing the number of illiterates and school-dropouts in the country.The study concludes that as much as commercial motorcycle business seems to be a vibrant income-generating sector, it has in some significant ways hampered the pursuit of higher education by Liberia’s youth population. Releasing the report, Konneh said that the fast and untaxed revenues from this sector discourages actors from pursuing sustainable careers, either through higher academic, technical or vocational education, adding that the sector plays an enduring role in suppressing the national campaign against illiteracy.Motorcyclists overwhelmingly supported the candidacy of the soccer legend, George Weah.The study interviewed 1,001 motorcycle taxi drivers – 868 or 86.2% of whom the study finds have spent between one to ten years in the sector.“But in that whole decade, 90% of respondents attained less than a high school education. Only two motorcyclists were found to have graduated from a college or university, although 53 enrolled,” Konneh said.According to him, the primary reason commercial motorcyclists cited for not furthering their education was the lack of money to cater to personal, family, and school obligations at the same time, and from a single income source. “Interestingly, only a few respondents blamed their not being in school on lack of interest or lack of school in their communities. In fact, as per the data, all except 5 respondents expressed interest in going back to school,” he said.Specifically, the study found that 45 of respondents (4.7%)  have only attained elementary education; 231 (23.9%) have attained junior high education; 251 respondents (26%) have attained up to but not more than senior high education; while 341 respondents (35.3%) have graduated from high school within the last decade.The study also finds that within the last decade, only 21 of the respondents enrolled at a technical or vocational school.Holding the country’s stability as a measurement, the reports says any person who was in elementary school in 2003 would have been out of high school by the end of the decade in 2013.Konneh: “Similarly, those who were in junior high within the same time frame would have been in their 2nd or 3rd year in college while those at high school level would have all been out of college by now – if they had remained or continued in school. But the reality is different, based on the data our study has generated from speaking with actors in this sector.”Apart from the inquiry about their educational level, the study also inquired about why these young people chose the motorcycle taxi sector. The primary reason cited by them was to sustain themselves and their families, and not to pay school fees. 366 or 36.6% of respondents said they chose the trade primarily to sustain themselves while 318 (31.8%) chose it to sustain their families. In fact, only 99 respondents (9.8%) chose to drive motorcycle taxi in order to pay school fees.“These statistics explain why 90% of commercial motorcyclists interviewed are still in high school or only high school graduates,” Konneh added.The civil society organization is proposing that while commercial motorcycling remains a viable income generating sector, stakeholders in Liberia’s education and youth development should begin to develop technical, vocational or professional training programs specifically tailored for and targeting actors in this sector.“Our emphasis on this category of young people is based on the fact that they find motorcycle taxi driving as an activity that generates income to handle their immediate expenses, but ignore the long term effect of not being educated. Commercial motorcycling is not a sustainable trade or career. The fact that 90% of the young people interviewed did not get enough income to enroll in a higher learning institution supports our conclusion that commercial motorcycling is not a sustainable activity,” says Konneh.“If we must empower and include our young people in our country’s governance, we must start by prioritizing education rather than money-making at an early stage in their lives,” 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