Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Lee, though, a three from such distance was no fluke.“I was focused on the game and I was confident on my shot because I always practice that,” said Lee. “I knew how far that was, I do that every time in practice. When the shot clock is winding down and you need to take those kinds of shots.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions “Of course the team’s morale is really high right now especially after a win like this,” said Lee who finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and two steals.READ: Star outlasts Alaska in OT thriller FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“That’s what coach Chito [Victolero] said, that we need these kinds of games going into the playoffs because this was a test of our character.”Star outscored Alaska 46-21 in the final 17 minutes of play and three of which came off Lee’s booming triple from 40 feet out to give the Hotshots a 97-93 lead with 1:32 left in overtime. SMB, Star stay in top-2 hunt Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle PBA IMAGESStar guard Paul Lee said Wednesday said the Hotshots are going into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs on a cloud nine after finishing the eliminations with a league-best 9-2 record.The Hotshots earned their ninth win in a comeback victory over an Alaska side that led by as much as 21 points, 73-52, at the end of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP): Manchester United gave their grieving home city a moment to cheer by winning the Europa League yesterday, beating Ajax 2-0 in the final thanks to goals by Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Pogba pointed to the sky as he was mobbed by teammates after his 18th-minute opening goal. The game was played two days after 22 people were killed in a bomb attack at a concert in Manchester, and 12 days after the death of Pogba’s father, Fassou Antoine. Mkhitaryan scored the second goal in the 48th minute, hooking the ball in from close range from a corner. The win earned United the bonus prize of a place in next season’s Champions League and meant coach Jose Mourinho finished his first season at England’s biggest club with two trophies. United also won the English League Cup in February. United’s players flew to Sweden in a sombre mood and with heavy hearts following the tragedy at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, and were determined to produce a display that served as a tribute to the victims and their families. That they succeeded in doing so was a testament to their strength of character. The planned pre-match one minute’s silence in honour of the victims rapidly turned into 60 seconds of applause, during which United’s fans chanted “Manchester, Manchester”. Both teams wore black armbands for the match in another mark of respect and both sets of fans came together, mingling happily outside the stadium and in the city centre before the match. The game was billed as a clash between the pragmatism of Mourinho’s United against the swagger and youthful exuberance of an Ajax side featuring six players aged 21 or under and in the club’s first European final in 21 years. STRENGTH OF CHARACTER
LOT OF STAR POWER When his team faces Jamalco in Netball Jamaica’s Middlesex County Supreme Ventures Major League semi-final at the Leila Robinson Courts this afternoon at 4 o’clock, Marlon Hibbert, the coach of Titans, will be looking to pull off what would be a huge upset. “A netball game can go any way, but we’re going up against the best team in Clarendon,” said Hibbert, referring to the many-time national champions. “We’re going there and are hoping for the best, even though we know we have a talented team. We played them earlier and they defeated us,” he added. That fact, sad as it may be, is the likely outcome of the encounter for a Titans team given their chance among the big guns because Netball Jamaica expanded the league. “It has been very competitive so far and it has basically exposed the girls,” Hibbert noted of the competition. “It’s a good thing for the players. It’s of a higher standard, so it is good for their development. All I can say is we’re hoping for the best.” Jamalco, meanwhile, will be led by former national captain and shooter Elaine Davis and Althea Byfield, another former Sunshine Girl on Winston Nevers’ high-powered team. The winners will face the winners of semi-final two between Rivoli and G.C. Foster College, which has a lot of star power, with Sunshine Girls Adean Thomas, Stacian Facey and Zonasha Hinds. The Surrey County Major League final will be between the all-conquering UTech and Molynes ‘A’. UTech won the Corporate Area Major League and intercollegiate titles and are motivated for additional silverware. “It has been pretty much a long season,” noted their coach, Marvette Anderson. “The ladies are looking forward to Sunday’s game. It’s another chance for them to become champions.” Anderson’s team, which includes Sunshine Girls Shanice Beckford, Khadijah Williams, Jodiann Ward and Kerry-Ann Brown, won both matches against Molynes, but she remains cautious. “I know the past performances don’t really give you the championship, but I expect the ladies to do well,” said Anderson. The Major League finals are set to begin at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by the Sunshine Cereals Intermediate League and Supreme Ventures Minor League semis and finals for teams in the counties of Middlesex and Surrey. Semis begin at 2 p.m. Global ‘B’ vs the Jamaica Defence Force and Police ‘A’ vs Tantrum in Surrey Minor League; and Jobs Lane vs Xtreme and Ken’s Wild Flower vs MD Strikers in Middlesex Minor League. The winners will play in the respective championship games at 5 p.m. Intermediate League games will start at 3 p.m. Middlesex’s Hayes ‘A’ will play Jetters for the right to meet the winners of the Friendship-Warriors battle in the final. For Surrey, it’s Global ‘A’ vs Morant Bay Uprising and Excelsior Eagles vs Flames Police Youth Club, with the final set for 5 p.m.
A date in early August is likely for the return World Boxing Council (WBC) world title fight between champion Fatuma Zarika from Kenya and Jamaica’s Alicia Ashley, the former champion. This was disclosed to The Sunday Gleaner yesterday by promoter Luigi Olcese, who also said that the venue would be El Paso, Texas. Zarika and Ashley met on October 1 last year in Michigan, USA, and Zarika dethroned the champion by way of a controversial, 10-round split decision. They had agreed to a return fight in case Ashley lost, however, and Olcese said that this is now being enforced. “There have been some hiccups in arranging the return fight, but I think everything is now sorted out, and we are pretty close to finalising all the details,” he said. Continuing, Olcese said that he had looked at several venues, including Jamaica, for the return fight, but Texas turned out to be the best option. “Alicia really wanted to fight in Jamaica, but I just could not get things sorted out there, but, hopefully, she regains the title, and in that case, Jamaica will, of course, be on the top of the list of possible venues,” he continued. Ashley, in the meantime, is anxious to get back into the ring for the return fight. She told The Sunday Gleaner that she was already in training for the fight and had shifted her training venue from New York to Florida. “I am taking this fight very seriously as I want to regain my title. I have moved my training camp to Fort Lauderdale so as to avoid distractions. It is a costly decision for me, but I want to focus on nothing but this fight, and this is the best thing for me now. I have to be in top condition, and nothing is going to stand in my way,” she added. She, too, expressed her disappointment that the fight would not be taking place in Jamaica but added: “The good thing is that after I regain my title, the venue for my first fight after that must be Jamaica.”
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Trinidad & Tobago Women have become the first English-speaking Caribbean volleyball team to book a place at a Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) World Championship. Though they went down to Mexico in a five-set thriller in the NORCECA Group C Women’s World Championship qualifier on Sunday, they had already secured a place following strong performances in the preceding matches in the tournament at the National Cycling Centre. “We’ve accomplished a lot this year,” T&T captain Krystle Esdelle said. “Fighting as we did means we have moved a step further. We used to think about beating Costa Rica as a goal and we have done it in this tournament, and now our goal will be to beat Mexico in the future, but this was an exciting final match.” The Mexicans defeated T&T 25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 22-25, 15-9 in a title match full of exciting and long rallies to clinch their spot to the World Championship for the eighth time. T&T trailed throughout the first two sets, but they came storming back in the third and fourth sets in a scoring party. The home team, however, could not sustain the effort and Mexico finally clinched the tie-break set, winning their second consecutive NORCECA qualifier. “We proved that our team and sport is worth investing in,” said T&T head coach Francisco Cruz. “Volleyball is the only sport that qualified to a world championships this year. Funding should come to us. “Our improvement has been so much with so little support. Imagine what we can accomplish with more money. I am positive we could have won, but we failed with too many serves and some players weren’t concentrating enough.” Trinidad & Tobago led in aces 6-5, as the both teams finished with 55 attacks, but they conceded 37 errors and benefited from 33. Channon Thompson of T&T scored a match high of 24 points on 20 impressive kills, two blocks and two aces; teammate Darlene Ramdin added 15 points, all by kills, and Esdelle scored 12 points.
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): Darren Bravo and Brendon McCullum produced one of the greatest displays of power hitting in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to lead the Trinbago Knight Riders to a shocking win over the St Lucia Stars here Thursday night. Bravo belted an unbeaten 94 from just 36 balls – laced with six boundaries and 10 sixes – and McCullum smashed 68 from 42 balls during a fourth-wicket stand of 137 to help the Knight Riders snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, overhauling the Stars’ challenging total of 212 for two, to reach 218 for five in 19.5 overs. The result left fans at the Darren Sammy Stadium in disbelief, as their team’s losing streak increased to 15, dating back to 2017. After Rahkeem Cornwall had struck twice in successive overs to leave the Knight Riders on 20-2, a Stars victory seemed on the cards. And even when Bravo joined the hard-hitting McCullum at 71-3, few believed there was any hope for the Knight Riders, including St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allan Chastanet, who was in the stands. Heading into the final five overs they required 85 runs for a seemingly impossible victory. But in the ensuing over, Bravo took his fellow countryman Pollard to the cleaners, smashing him for five huge sixes in an over which yielded 32 – the most expensive ever in the history of the CPL. Two sixes McCullum then joined in on the act, hitting Obed McCoy for two sixes and a four in the next over which went for 21, as the Stars’ bowlers suddenly began to lose their composures. By the time Mitchell McClenaghan returned to account for the wickets of McCullum and Javon Searles within three balls of each other in the 19th over to leave the score on 209-5, the damage had already been done. Denesh Ramdin hammered the final nail with a six, the 34th of the match, off the penultimate ball that, not only sealed the win but also equalled the record for most sixes in a Twenty20 match. Earlier, half-centuries by David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall and Pollard had pushed the Stars to their highest ever total overs and given them a real chance of picking up their first win in the competition in over a year. It was the first time in CPL history that three batsmen had scored half-centuries. Following the dismissal of Andre Fletcher for 17, and the score on 49 in the sixth over, Pollard made the bold decision to promote Cornwall. That immediately paid dividends as he pummelled Fawad Ahmed over midwicket for six and soon after hit fast bowler Shannon Gabriel out of the ground twice. He quickly raced to the third-fastest 50 in this year’s competition, off just 25 balls, before losing his wicket soon after. That brought Pollard to the crease and together with Warner, belted 80 runs from the last five overs. Pollard’s 50 came from just 18 balls, the joint-fastest ever in the CPL’s history, as he finished unbeaten on 64 off 23 balls, inclusive of one boundary and seven sixes. Warner was much more patient, his unbeaten 72 requiring 55 balls and containing four boundaries and three sixes. In the end though it wasn’t enough, as the Knight Riders claimed their second win of the competition while handing the Stars their fourth loss.
Kingston College 8-0 Dunoon Technical STATHS 3-0 Papine High Cumberland High 1-1 Tarrant High St Jago High 1-1 Denham Town High St George’s College 8-1 Cedar Grove Kingston Technical 0-0 Kingston High Bridgeport 3-2 Greater Portmore Innswood 1-0 Tivoli High Calabar 0-1 Mona High Excelsior High 10-0 Oberlin High St Catherine High 0-0 St Mary’s College Ardenne High P-P Clan Carty High (rain) Haile Selassie P-P Penwood High (rain) Kingston College’s (KC) head coach Ludlow Bernard said the team has dedicated the school’s 8-0 victory over Dunoon Technical in the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup to student Malek Grannell, who died from sickle-cell disease on Sunday. KC, who were semi-finalists in the competition last year, were led to victory courtesy of a brace each from Oneeko Allen, 33rd and 90th minutes, and Treyvone Reid, 42nd and 59th minutes. Ronaldo Robinson (29th), Trevor Tingling (38th), Renato Campbell (56th) were the other scorers for the North Street-based institution. There was also an own goal in the 49th minute. Bernard said that Grannell was actively involved with the team and that he would be missed by all. “He is accustomed to being around the team. He was suffering from sickle-cell disease and he would have been here today, very much alive and sharing with the guys, but unfortunately, he took another step elsewhere,” said Bernard. “As a show of some respect, we figured that it would have been appropriate for us to wear the black armbands,” he said. “It is a camaraderie thing with the Fortis family. When one of us has fallen, we are going to pick up the slack and we are going to do it for him,” Bernard said. Reflecting on his team’s opening game victory, Bernard said his players gave a good account of themselves despite a slow start. “It was a fair performance,” said Bernard. We started pretty slowly, but I know that despite the quality of the team, nervousness had a role to play in our slow start,” he said. “It being the first game of the season, we are pretty satisfied with the performance levels,” Bernard said. Yesterday’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup results
The Miss Berbice “I am a Big Deal” Pageant is expected to take centre stage once again in November and it promises to be bigger and better than last year’s edition.The reigning queen Farah Valentina Bates has been representing the Ancient County to the best of her ability and is preparing to hand over her crown come November.One lucky young lady will walk away with the title and more so, cash and other prizes when she is crowned the Miss Berbice “I’m a Big Deal” Queen. However, this cannot be possible if that lucky young lady does not apply.The casting call has been sounded, and those young ladies who think that they are passionate, eloquent, industrious and ambitious need to apply to be part of the extravaganza.The applicant must be between the ages 17 and 25 and must be unmarried, without children and most importantly, must be living in Berbice.If you possess the abovementioned criteria, then send an application to firstname.lastname@example.org or inbox us on Facebook with a recent photograph.Once selected, the delegates will begin the journey of a lifetime – one that will empower them with the necessary tools to deal with social ills in society and more so, be one step closer to the crown.Once the finalists have been selected, they will undergo rigorous training as they are prepared to compete in several segments on the night of the grand coronation. The delegates will be judged on costume, talent, swimwear, evening wear and intelligence.Closing date for entries is August 22. For more information, please contact the organisers on 666-4337 or 698-2500.
The Everest Cricket Club Ground will come alive on Sunday, July 28 for Kids Jam- one of the most talked about event for the kids over the past few days.School is out and Kids Jam will provide much needed activities for families before the end of the Summer vacation. Kids Jam attractions include mascots such as Princess Tiana, Chase, Princess Elsa, Sponge Bob, Dora and Diego.Additionally, there will be face painting, bouncy house, dunk tanks and other attractions and games for the entire family.There is also a Spelling Bee competition coordinated by KOKO the Natural Hair Store featuring children between the age of 9-11 which begins at 14:00h or 2PM.Tickets for Kids Jam cost $1000 and available at KOKO, Exclusive Styles, Hits and Jams Entertainment, Nimbus Vreed -En-Hoop and Muslim Top Up Shop, Linden.Kids Jam is sponsored by Ansa Mcal (through their brands Smalta, Tropical Rhythm, ICool, and Chiefeez Snack), Xtra Energy Drink, BM SOAT, Guybisco, Star Party Rental, Hits and Jams Entertainment, Pro Cleaners, Koko – the Natural Hair Store, Glosee PR and Marketing and Heavenly Delight Cuisine.The event is promoted by Ace Marketing.
Satiricus couldn’t get over the snobbishness, snootiness and snottiness of some people. Here it was… Guyana was celebrating 50 years of wrenching Independence from England. And let’s not fool ourselves, England it was: Scotland, Ireland and Wales were just as colonised as us in the boons. And these folks still felt we had to slavishly imitate the English in the way we celebrated. What colonial mindsets!“So we should serve cucumber sandwiches at the Stadium during our 20/20 Cricket matches?” fumed Satiricus to his buddy Cappo. “Over my dead body! Chicken and roti it is!”“Ah wha’ badda yuh dis time, Sato?” Cappo said solicitously, as he nursed his beer.“Didn’t you read how some stiff-necked people criticising the government because some fellas “pope” the VIP stand?” Satiricus asked.“Wha wraang wid people poping? De expect people fuh stand in line fuh siddown an’ watch flag raise?” Cappo was incredulous. “Dis ah Guyana!”“Well, in England they stand in line for hours to even get into a bus, without complaining,” explained Satiricus . “They call it queueing.”“Well, dem shoulda come fuh catch bus by Stabroek Market!!” started out Cappo belligerently, and then suddenly caught himself. “Aha!! Suh dat wha mek dem move de bus fram Stabroek Market… Dem na want dem fariner fuh see abee nah “Q”!” Abee does “P”, but abee na “Q”!”“That’s what I’m saying..They want us not only to be like England…but England 50 years ago when we got Independence!” moaned Satiricus.“Like dem na see football game in England, nowadays,” grinned Cappo. “Mo bottles and fight dan de ole Bourda!”“But what bother me most is the complaint that Prezzie use plastic plate and spoon at de Gala Dinner,” said Satiricus.“Ah wha’ wraang wid plastic plate and spoon?” Cappo asked in astonishment. “Dem fancy plate cyaan hold peppa pat.”“With their colonial mentality that’s exactly what they want,” said Satiricus. “And porcelain tea cups they have to stick their pinkie out to hold.”“Dem want me stick out anadda finga pan dem!” snorted Cappo. “If abee independent we gat fuh do ting abee way. Me prouda Prezzie.”“Yep!” snorted Satiricus. “Everybody had to line up an hour for their food! Real Guyanese, boy!”