WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Mike Hesson will stay on as New Zealand cricket coach through the 2019 ICC World Cup after agreeing terms on a contract extension. New Zealand Cricket said yesterday that batting coach Craig McMillan, team manager Mike Sandle and strength and conditioning coach Chris Donaldson have also extended their contracts. Under Hesson, New Zealand have risen to the top-ranking in international Twenty20 cricket, No. 2 in one-day internationals and No. 5 in Tests. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said Hesson’s decision to continue “is very positive in terms of our succession planning, our preparation for the major events and, not least, general team stability.” “It was really important for us to retain the intellectual property and institutional knowledge that these people have developed,” White said.
PBA IMAGESBased on what he saw Sunday night, Leo Austria feels that San Miguel Beer’s chances in the PBA Governors’ Cup—and the Beermen’s historic Grand Slam bid—are in good hands with import Terrence Watson.Suiting up a third import in just over three weeks, the Beermen broke away early from Barangay Ginebra to snap the Gin Kings’ seven-game winning streak, 107-103, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar had 18 points and LA Tenorio 16 for the Kings.Earlier, Alaska nipped also-ran KIA Picanto, 102-94, for its third straight win that kept the Aces in the running for a playoff berth.Knowing it has no form of luxury to spare with its bid in hanging by a thread, the Aces survived a great test of character to live another day.“Boy, they gave us more than what we wanted,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “We were struggling for a while.”Calvin Abueva scored 26 points and had 15 rebounds to lead the Aces.Compton knows the Aces need all the character they can muster as they close out their elimination round stint against Meralco on Friday and against Rain or Shine next week.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ 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 Jota draws, keeps share of top spot with Pascua, Garma Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ JVee Casio hit 12 of his 20 points in the fourth period, and LaDontae Henton had a clutch triple with under a minute left that broke the game’s last tie at 94 and sent the Aces to a 3-6 record.The bottom four teams after the eliminations will get the boot, and the Picanto continue to bring up the rear with their ninth straight defeat.Geron Johnson had 39 points, including a three-pointer before the Henton conversion that kept the Picanto in the game. KIA led for majority of the contest, only to be held to just 17 points in the fourth period.ALASKA 102 – KIA 94ALASKA 102—Abueva 26, Henton 20, Casio 20, Exciminiano 14, Banchero 11, Thoss 4, Racal 3, Baclao 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 0, Magat 0, Pascual 0, Galliguez 0, Enciso 0.KIA 94—Johnson 39, Paniamogan 12, Elorde 11, Yee 11, Khobuntin 10, Ballesteros 4, Celda 3, Jaime 2, Corpuz 2, Revilla 0, Camson 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 23-27, 46-51, 67-77, 102-94Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winning start Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend The win also put San Miguel back in top four contention in the season-closing conference.“There are still a lot of [import] options for us,” Austria said of Watson. “But after tonight, considering that this was just his first game and after having just two practices with us, he’s OK.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWatson scored 28 points and had 17 rebounds and four locals tossed in twin digits as the Beermen rose to 5-3 and tied TNT KaTropa for fourth spot.It was Ginebra’s second loss in nine games and the Gin Kings, who trailed by as many as 26 points, dropped into a tie for the lead with NLEX. LATEST STORIES View comments
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her annual address to the nation yesterday said the economy of Liberia is still very much challenged.She said there is a sharp decline in domestic food production, mining activities, cross border trade, transport services and hospitality.The Liberian leader said they were all factors that led to a dramatic decline in the economic growth rate of Liberia; from a projected 5.9 percent to an initial negative 0.4 percent.“Although it was later revised to 1 percent, the future of economic growth is still severely challenged,” said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.“If we are to achieve development goals outlined in the Agenda for Transformation, and reach the long term average growth rate of 8 percent, radical changes will be required in the structure of our economy for increased investments in the productive sector of the economy and in our governance structure and processes.”According to her, the decline in economic activities resulted in reduction in domestic revenue collection and a sharp increase in Government expenditure. “Our original revenue was revised downwards by US$86 million (from US$559 million to US$473 million) while expenditure demand increased by US$152 million. We introduced tight fiscal measures with expenditure cuts in discretionary activities thereby reducing the fiscal gap by US$33 million,” she said.“We also introduced mitigating measures to lessen the impact of the downturn. These included foreign exchange rate stabilization; payment of salaries and wages of civil servants on time; ensuring commercial banks liquidity by settling payments to road contractors and other service providers; and ensuring availability of essential commodities such as rice and petroleum.”In spite of the numerous challenges revenues of US$517.2 million were collected representing 4 percent increase in Tax Revenue and 14 percent increase in Non-Tax Revenue. This included US$12.8 million from State-owned Enterprises.She noted that the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) commenced work on July 1, 2014. “Our hope is that with better governance, leadership and an incentive structure our tax Administration will significantly improve revenue performance. This will require cooperation and support from government officials and political authorities accepting that just as we pursue ordinary people and businesses to pay their taxes, the same treatment will be extended to officials of Government in all three branches who should commit to bearing their fair share of the tax burden. This is the only sustainable way to finance our national development and improve service delivery to our people.”Expenditure for the period totalled US$530.7 million, an increase of 10.6 percent over the previous year. Recurrent expenditure totalled U$$363.5 million of which wages and salaries claimed U$$206.8 million or 39 percent and goods and services US$$156.7 million or 30 percent. These two items continue to crowd out the fiscal space required for capital expenditure to expand the economy, she said.Capital expenditure in the Public Sector Investment Plan (PSIP) include US$230 million for the Mount Coffee Hydroelectric plant and US$$66 million for three HFO plants and an additional US$$200 million was directed to the West Africa Power Pool project between Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) and settlement to various contractors for road works.Loans contracted from external sources totalled approximately US$138.26 million and approximately US$19.95 million from domestic sources.External debt service was US$8.56 million with domestic debt service totalling approximately US$41.17 million, including settlement of the Central Bank of Liberia’s US$11.8 million overdraft facilities and US$29.37 million for other domestic debts.“We are careful to exercise caution in contracting debt. Working with our key development partners, a Medium Term Debt Strategy (MTDS) was adopted as an essential tool in accounting for and analyzing the costs and risks associated with borrowing and ensuring a balance with funding needs. In this manner, debt sustainability is assured.”According to her, the total debt stock increased from US$628.45 million to US$759.46 million, of which US$290 million is owed to the Central Bank of Liberia. This represents 22 percent of GDP.It is considered ironic by our partners, who have granted us significant debt relief that we are unable to convince our own public institutions and private sector entities, who have made significant profits over many years to act similarly by relieving us of the debt incurred many years ago under other administrations. Our development partners have been good friends not only in the fight against Ebola, but in our overall development progress over the past ten years, the Liberian leader recalled.Prior to the Ebola outbreak, between January and June 2014, our partners committed a total of US$197.6 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA) to support our Agenda for Transformation. About two-thirds of that amount was invested in the Economic Transformation Pillar to support important infrastructure.Disbursements were significantly reduced during the second half of the year, due to the outbreak. Although project activities continued sporadically, attention was shifted toward our national response to the epidemic. To date, a total of US$244.2 million has been spent on the Ebola response, by Government and our international partners – 49.4 per cent is being expended by US Government entities, 24.4 per cent by United Nations (UN) entities, 13.3 per cent by NGOs, and 12.9 per cent Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A Belgian based traditional medicine producer has launched its West Africa’s branch, the Pharmapath West Africa, Incorporated with headquarters in Monrovia, to launch its product – Phytexponent – which has a positive effect on the immune system.The traditional herbs – Phytexponent (herbal alcoholic extract) has been registered with the Liberia Medicines & Health Products Regulatory Authority (LMHRA). The registration is part of government’s five-year plan (2014 -2019) on the usage of herbs (traditional/country medicine) in all health centers across the country, in consonance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) strategy to support member countries in developing proactive policies and implement action plans that will strengthen the role traditional medicine plays in keeping populations healthy (WHA62.13).According to WHO, traditional medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.Chief executive officer (CEO) and founder Joris Ghyssaert said phytexponent is sold in clinics and hospitals in Monrovia and is sold also by dispensers.He named Dr. Moses Massaquoi and Madam P. Chon as partners and noted that Dr. Massaquoi played a significant role in the experiment of his drugs. This experiment has proven successful in Liberia against Ebola.Madam Chon said one of her main tasks is to counsel HIV patients. Some of her patients are taking Phytexponent, which has been successful.“I also want to extend my thanks and appreciation to Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn, who was then the Chief Medical Officer, as well as Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah for their individual roles,” Joris noted.The Belgian herbalist said the product boosts the immune system and also serves as a food supplement. Because of its enhancement of the immune system, it would cure various illnesses from viral, bacterial, fungal, and some ailments of parasitical origin.Joris said he planned to take the product to leeward counties, hopefully in 2016, to help the government improve the healthcare delivery system. In 2017, the products would be sold in other West African countries, he added.In December 2014, the Health Ministry, through the Division of Complementary Medicine, the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC), the Complementary Board and the Traditional Medicine Federation of Liberia (TRAMEDFOL) launched the Traditional Medicines Plan, known as the National Traditional Medicine Policy and Strategy. The plan will run from 2015-2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
At Better Hope– reportedly confesses to heinous crimeBy Kizzy ColemanA former rank of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Sunday confessed to the heinous crime of beheading his uncle, following a series of family disputes.Twenty-seven-year-old Dwayne Tappin, called “Waynie”, confessed to decapitating his 51-year-old uncle, Randolph Seenauth at 125 South Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) at around 16:30h on Sunday.Dwayne Tappin, called “Waynie”, the confessed murdererNeighbours were reportedly awakened by a loud commotion coming from the property and the Police were called to investigate.However, the gruesome discovery was made by the lawmen who reported that the dead man’s body and head were discovered in different parts of the bloodied house.Guyana Times understands that after hacking his uncle, Tappin fled the scene but later surrendered himself to the Police. When this publication arrived at the crime scene, Tappin was at the time being escorted by investigators to locate the cutlass he used to kill Seenauth.Speaking with neighbours to ascertain what motivated the crime, most revealed that they were unaware of what transpired and were shocked after learning what had transpired in the home.The house in which the murder occurredOne neighbour said Seenauth would be seen in the area and described him as a very quiet individual who would do odd and ends for a number of villagers.However, when this newspaper visited the dead man’s sister, Indra Seenauth, she revealed that the murder was committed because of a property dispute in the family.Indra Seenauth explained that she is the owner of the property in which her brother lived and is his caregiver, as he is epileptic.The distraught woman said that the property was given to her by her mother who passed away in 2005 with instructions that she care for her other relatives (documents which were seen by Guyana Times).However, Seenauth disclosed that ever since her mother’s passing, there have been a number of “fights” in the family for the property.“My mother allowed my sister to live at the house with her. However, she used to treat my mother bad and cuss my mother and so, she and her children. So my mother go and change her paper, the transport and everything, she put everything in my name. The whole village in Better Hope can tell you, when my mother died, I take care of my brother and sister them. But my sister, the one who son kill my brother, was never pleased and would always cause trouble,” Seenauth told this newspaper.The prime suspect, Dwayne Tappin, is the son of Indra Seenauth’s sister, and is said to be an employee of the Ministry of the Presidency.Tappin, reportedly with the assistance from other family members, would occasionally break into the dead man’s house and assault him. Indra noted that several reports were lodged at the Plaisance Police Station to attest to this.She said that on several occasions, her brother’s life and her own have been threatened. Seenauth said, “I start to keep away from the property because they keep telling me that they gon kill me. So I ask my brother to come out for his food, I does ask neighbours to watch over him or sometimes my daughter does go and check up on him”.Recently, the property dispute matter was reportedly called to ourt and Seenauth was granted the property. This publication was told by the woman that coupled with that, the confessed murderer threatened to commit the act because of an incident which occurred two Fridays ago.Tappin, along with two other male friends broke into the property and were allegedly involved in misconduct with a 14-year-old girl. The incident was reported to the Police.“Two weeks ago he and two other bai carry a girl at 11:00h in the night and (allegedly) rape she. The Police came in and the girl pointed out who rape she and he (Tappin) staining my brother and seh how my brother tell the Police,” the woman tearfully explained.Seenauth added that since that incident, Tappin threatened on several occasions to end the man’s life. “When me go and see my brother this morning, ow god, his head deh one side and his body deh laying another side, he didn’t deserve that,” Seenauth cried.Investigations into the gruesome killing are continuing and Tappin is expected to be charged shortly.
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However, one genuine positive for United was the performance of Chile international Sanchez, who shone brightest on an afternoon on which Huddersfield were not shy in targeting the slightly built Chilean.Yet despite watching his new signing get repeatedly clattered all afternoon, Mourinho said the goalscorer could handle it as United reduced the gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League to 13 points“Alexis is a fantastic player but not a prima donna,” Mourinho said.“He’s a humble guy who doesn’t forget where he started and I’m pretty sure when he was playing in Chile he had difficult places to play with difficult performers and he’s quite used to it.”Volley good: Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal against Huddersfield © AFP / PAUL ELLISApart from Sanchez’s brilliance, the other talking point at Old Trafford was Mourinho’s decision to drop Paul Pogba following United’s damaging defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.Mourinho said there had been no falling out with Pogba but he has risked annoying United’s fans after again criticising the volume levels inside Old Trafford.After first ticking off supporters following a home win against Leicester back in August, and then in programme notes before a clash with Everton a month later, Mourinho again felt the need to point out that the Old Trafford crowd is big, but shy.“It’s not Portsmouth,” he said. “I remember Portsmouth in the Premier League. It was such a small stadium that the atmosphere there was incredible. Here the atmosphere is a bit quieter, ours is not very enthusiastic but the players love playing here.“Paul is a fantastic player and no doubt for me one of the most talented players in the world but to sit on the bench for one day is not the end of the world.”Mourinho also used his post-match press conference to confirm that Marouane Fellaini is likely to be out until March after knee surgery.Ahead of kick-off, there was an impeccably observed minute’s silence to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, which falls on Tuesday, before the first half ended goalless after a physical Huddersfield team did all they could to keep United out.Most of their tackles were borderline legal as Sanchez, Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia were all roughed up while one challenge on Scott McTominay was particularly harsh.Sanchez got into the game more as it progressed and tested Jonas Lossl from 20 yards but David Wagner’s side were determined to play for a point and often had all 11 men behind the ball to frustrate the home team.However, after the break, Huddersfield’s resistance ended, when Mata delivered an inch-perfect cross for Romelu Lukaku, who volleyed home from close range.Midway through the second half, Sanchez was clumsily fouled by Michael Hefele on the edge of the box and although his initial spot kick was saved, he calmly followed up the rebound to finish off Huddersfield as they fell into the bottom three for the first time this term.“We wanted to be stable and compact and frustrate Man United for as long as we could,” Wagner said. “Unfortunately, that was not long enough. Defensively I saw everything I wanted to see and work ethic, desire and togetherness.“Unfortunately we were not able to create defensive moments. In the end it was a fair result.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000First class: Alexis Sanchez celebrates his first goal for Manchester United in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield © AFP / PAUL ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 3 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho praised Alexis Sanchez after the former Arsenal man scored his first goal for his new club in a 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town at a “quiet” Old Trafford on Saturday.Entertainment was in short supply at Old Trafford despite the victory but Mourinho chided the home fans for not supporting his players loudly enough.
0Shares0000Brazil’s Neymar trains in Sochi © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 26 – Brazil coach Tite leapt to Neymar’s defence Tuesday after former England and Real Madrid boss Fabio Capello labelled the star forward a “diver” over his World Cup theatrics.Tite was in a buoyant mood ahead of Brazil’s final Group E match against Serbia on Wednesday until asked about Capello’s remarks to Italian television. Capello was unimpressed with Neymar’s performance in Brazil’s 2-0 win against Costa Rica, when the referee awarded him a penalty but overturned it when VAR showed their was minimal contact.“For me he’s a diver,” Capello said. “He throws himself easily to the ground but he is a great player, he is also a champion.“He has more genius than (Cristiano) Ronaldo but less power, even if in these games he did not show (his) change of pace, dribbling and his imagination.”It’s not the first time Capello has singled out Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar for criticism, saying in 2014 that he had “a very annoying attitude” and “falls to the ground every time you touch him”.Tite was asked by a Russian journalist about Capello’s remarks and whether Brazil had a special diving coach.The Brazil coach addressed his reply directly to Capello before refusing to comment further.“Capello, this is for you, from coach to coach, it was a penalty, OK, it was a penalty. That’s all,” he said.Neymar’s habits have become so notorious that a bar in Rio de Janeiro is offering patrons free shots every time he falls over in the match against Serbia.“At each Neymar fall, it’s a round of shots on the house!” the Sir Walter Pub in northern Rio posted on its Facebook page.In his defence, the world’s most expensive player can point to statistics showing that he comes in for unusually rough treatment from opposition teams.He easily leads the table at the World Cup for number of fouls against him: 10 in the first game against Switzerland and four against Costa Rica.Five-time world champions Brazil need a draw against Serbia in Moscow to advance to the last 16 after unconvincing performances in their opening matches, with many critics blaming Neymar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
“We all feel an immense pride in welcoming Gianluigi Buffon into the great Paris Saint-Germain family,” PSG’s Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi announced in a statement.Confirmation of Buffon’s move came after he had arrived at PSG around midday accompanied by his doctor. He was also seen at the American Hospital in the nearby suburb of Neuilly.Buffon, who played a record 176 times for Italy, has an option to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes for a further season.He will be officially unveiled as the latest teammate of PSG stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and company on Monday.The first signing since German Thomas Tuchel took over as PSG manager in May said he was thrilled at his new job outside Italy.“For the first time in my career, I am leaving my country and only a project this ambitious could have encouraged me to make such a decision,” he said.“I am going to bring all my energy, all my experience and all of my thirst to win to help my new club achieve all the great objectives it has set out for the future.”The serial French champions’ overriding ambition is to finally be crowned European champions, something which has also eluded Buffon in his stellar career.“His arrival reaffirms our will to always go higher, an ambition that we intend to pursue with a determination just as strong,” said Al-Khelaifi.Al-Khelaifi suggested Buffon and PSG were an ideal match.“At 40 years old, his passion for football is intact and Gianluigi has found the ideal environment in our project to set himself extremely high objectives transmitting his experience, not only to the other goalkeepers at the club, but to all of our players.”Ironically, given his and the club’s desire to finally sate their Champions League hunger, Buffon is unavailable for PSG’s opening three European matches next season.That’s as a result of the ban handed down by UEFA for his red card and attack on referee Michael Oliver after Juve’s dramatic Champions League quarter-final loss to Real Madrid.Buffon had been charged both with breaching UEFA’s “general principles of conduct” over his outburst and also for his red card for dissent.The last-eight clash between holders Real and Juventus was decided by a last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo penalty after the Serie A champions had staged a remarkable comeback to wipe out a 3-0 first-leg deficit at the Santiago Bernabeu.But Buffon, who was sent off in the aftermath of the penalty decision, lashed out at Oliver’s decision to award the spot-kick, saying the English official had a “rubbish bin for a heart”.He joins a PSG keeper roster comprising Kevin Trapp, who was part of Germany’s squad at the World Cup, and Alphonse Areola, who is with semi-finalists France in Russia.Buffon won nine Serie A titles with Juventus and four successive Italian Cups.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon signs for Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOPARIS, France, Jul 6 – Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a one-year deal, the French Ligue 1 champions announced on Friday.The 40-year-old 2006 World Cup winner joins the big-spending Parisian side days after his contract with Juventus ended in June.
0Shares0000Didier Deschamps insists his side can still improve despite reaching the World Cup semi-finals © AFP / ANTONIN THUILLIERNIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russian Federation, Jul 6 – France coach Didier Deschamps said his side can still get better despite beating Uruguay 2-0 to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Friday.Raphael Varane’s fantastic header and a goalkeeping howler by Fernando Muslera to gift Antoine Griezmann a goal saw France ease to victory in a far more comfortable outing than the thrilling 4-3 last-16 win over Argentina. “We had done something big against Argentina and today we have again raised our level,” Deschamps told BeIN Sports. “I have a good team that still has plenty of room for improvement.“You can see our lack of experience sometimes, but we have so many qualities too.“In any case, it definitely won’t be a failed World Cup now, and we’ll wait to find out our opponents and see what happens.”France will face either five-time champions Brazil or Belgium in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday for a place in the final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)