Palami looking to add more talent to Azkals roster

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhilippine Azkals aren’t resting on their laurels as they brace for bigger wars ahead.Team manager Dan Palami shared that this early, the management is already scouring the nation and the globe for prospects who could don the national team colors beginning the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup in November.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, Geritt Holtman is a 23-year-old midfielder playing for FSV Mainz and has seen action in top-tier Bundesliga. He has made five appearances for the German U-20 squad back in 2015.Completing the trio is Jesper Nyholm, who is a 24-year-old defender suiting up for AIK Fotboll in Allsvenskan, the top flight league in Sweden.Palami shared he has already talked to the parents of these players.“They are interested in representing the country.”But the Azkals aren’t limiting their choices to Fil-foreign booters as top players from the Philippines Football League (PFL) and in the collegiate leagues are also in consideration for a possible call-up.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES “Maybe, they can actually shine when they’re playing with players with the quality of those in the national team,” said Palami. “It’s a two-pronged process, we’re looking outside of the country and inside. We’ll be looking at players so that we could augment them to our national team.” View comments “We’re already talking to some prospects,” the amiable executive said Tuesday in the weekly PSA Forum at Tapa King in Cubao. “We’ve actually talked to the moms of the players who are playing in higher competitions.”Palami said there are three Fil-foreign booters who are in the process of joining the Azkals for the next window of competitions.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 crownRaphael Obermair is a 21-year-old midfielder currently playing for FC Bayern Munich II in the fourth-tier Regionalliga Bayern.“Sometimes he has been in the line-up of the first team in some of their games. Even though he didn’t play, he’s on the bench and it’s a testament to the quality that he has.” In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Palami on Dooley’s status with Azkals: ‘A lot of reasons for him to be extended’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sinoe Health Boss ‘Recalled’

first_imgIt would have been fatal outcomes if the over 35 county health workers who are playing supervisory roles including doctors, nurses and support staff of the F. J. Grante Hospital had carried out a “go-slow” action in protest against what they see as the underhanded dismissal of Dr. Wilmot G. Frank as the County Health Officer (CHO). Dr. Frank has been purportedly recalled for reassignment.If Dr. Frank had not seriously begged us to not protest, according to a senior health worker who begged anonymity, all the clinics, health centers and the F.J. Grante Hospital would be closed by now to demand his reinstatement as the CHO.Though it is being referred to as “a recall for reassignment” the health workers are not convinced and have labeled it a “dismissal”. They claim that the sacking of Dr. Frank was not routine but rather political.Some health workers said that the bad blood started prior to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) but intensified when Dr. Frank became the co-chairman to then Superintendent Milton Teahjay on the County Ebola Response Team.Although it cannot be proven, health workers believe that during the contentious confirmation process of nominee Bernice Dahn as Minister of Health, Sinoe Senator Teajay pushed for the removal of Dr. Frank in exchange for his vote to confirm Dahn.Dr. Frank, in a telephone interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend, said although his recall was a shock, he would not indicate whether it was political.“I was recalled and am awaiting reassignment, but as a professional man, I don’t want to consider my recall as political because most of the time our assignments are rotational,” Dr. Frank explained.“I really stopped the protest which could have upset the health system in the county because I don’t want politics to spoil our profession.”The former Sinoe CHO said his only regret is that the health workers’ living quarters is still incomplete.Dr. Frank said the Health Ministry has already appointed his successor, Dr. John Doedeh, who is already in the county.“I am officially introducing Dr. Doedeh to the County officials, including the Superintendent, Development Superintedent, County Attorney, Inspector and Police and the turn over ceremony will be this weekend or next week,” he said.Dr. Frank, 48, has been the CHO since 2009. Prior to becoming Sinoe’s CHO, he worked with the John F. Kennedy, Redemption and Phoebe Hospitals as Medical Doctor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Toshao forges relationship with businessman

first_img– aggressively pursuing sports and youth developmentAfter building her successful campaign on the promise that if elected she would aggressively pursue sports and youth development in St Cuthbert’s Mission (Pakuri), Beverley Clenkian has begun working towards delivering on what she has dubbed her commitment.Toshao Beverley Clenkian with SKI Construction Managing Director Alex Mahaica after the presentationAs such, the Toshao has begun her work with a meeting involving SKI Construction Managing Director Alex Mahaica, where she made a request to have him partner with her and her community in enhancing sports development.“I recognised that during the recently-held REO Inter-Secondary School Male Hardball Cricket Competition, he was passionate and sincere about helping the youths and after not being able to participate in the cricket competition, I thought it best to approach him with a request to help the youths in our community,” she said.The Toshao further revealed that Mahaica presented a compete volleyball set to her and the community as an indication of his commitment and he would soon follow up with a table tennis table among other sporting gear to aid the community in its aggressive sports drive.The Toshao noted that owing to the remoteness of her community, it was very difficult and costly for her youths to participate in a number of competitions. “We have talent and skills and we are confident that our youths can do very well; unfortunately, owing to the high cost of travelling, we are forced to decline many invitations.”As such, Toshao Clenkian said that while the aim is to get the youths of the community involved in all sports, her primary focus at the moment was on cricket, volleyball, football, table tennis and athletics.She said that they remained confident that if given an opportunity, the youths would excel. “We are not being taken seriously, because not many persons know about our ability, but I can say that if we get a chance to showcase, many persons would be impressed. We have been receiving a few exchanges as other communities would visit us to play in friendly competitions with the view of doing fundraisers and you can say that in many cases, we are underestimated.”Toshao Clenkian reminded that she made a commitment when she was campaigning and she intended to fulfil that commitment, noting that the lack of positive activities and events were the main contributor to a number of social ills affecting the youths.“I believe that if our young people have activities to get involved in then they may recognise that the social ills are not worth it, but, unfortunately, they have all the time on their hands to do it and that is why I am seeking avenues to help them in trying to recognise that social ills shouldn’t have no place in society,” the Toshao said.In handing over the sport gear, Mahaica reminded the Toshao that maintaining the donated items at the highest level was critically important. “One of the sad things which we see regularly in Guyana is that you spend your hard-earned monies in securing gears and equipment for substantial amount of monies, but, unfortunately, those using it tend to forget that they are responsible for ensuring that it is taken care of properly so that many persons can benefit from them. “He also disclosed that he was willing to assist in other areas, stating, “As a businessman I am giving my commitment that whenever and whatever that I can do to help in enhancing the community that I would certainly do.”Toshao Clenkian admitted that she was overjoyed at the noble gesture of Mahaica. She thanked him and stressed that her community would certainly benefit significantly from the gear, promising to ensure that they were used properly and, more importantly, responsibly.last_img read more

Proposed Lancaster vets home gets $12,000

first_imgVietnam War veterans led the parade, followed by veterans from other wars and eras. Among the honored guests were Navajo veterans, including some who served as “code talkers,” using their language as a basis of codes to transmit secret tactical messages during World War II. Plans for the local parade were inspired by the national Welcome Home parade held Veterans Day 2005 in Las Vegas. Local Vietnam veterans and parade co-chairmen Gary Chapman and Ray Santana walked in the Las Vegas parade for U.S. soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen who came home from Vietnam more than 30 years ago to hostility or indifference. Local parade organizers had promised to give any money left over from the event to the veterans home. A check for $11,889, money donated by parade sponsors, was presented to Craft by Cliff Barth, commander of Quartz Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000, which co-sponsored the parade. QUARTZ HILL – As promised, organizers of a parade to welcome home Vietnam veterans donated nearly $12,000 Monday to the planned veterans’ home in Lancaster at 30th Street West and Avenue I. Groundbreaking for the home, to be named after the late state Sen. William J. “Pete” Knight, will be in June, with completion expected by the end of the year. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Tom Craft, chairman of the Lancaster Veterans Home Citizens Committee and a retired Navy captain wearing his “dress whites” for the occasion. “I was taught as a youngster that anything worthwhile is worth working for. Eventually everything will turn out all right.” About 2,000 veterans marched and rode in November down Lancaster Boulevard in the Antelope Valley Operation Welcome Home Parade to belatedly honor those who served in Vietnam. There were about 5,000 spectators. The money will go into a fund to provide veterans-home residents with things like vehicles to go on trips, televisions, radios and entertainment. A painting of a soldier praying, done on the day of the parade by artist Myron Mielke, was donated to the home by the artist. Also donated was a Navajo Nations Warriors Code Talkers banner that was carried in the parade. Craft, who served during the Korean War, said riding in the parade was a privilege. “Riding in that parade in uniform with other vets, to ride down Lancaster Boulevard and see all the people, grownups and children, brings tears to my eyes. We know this community loves its veterans,” said Craft, 75. (661) 267-5744160Want 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

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – February 6

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Branson all but given up hope at finding Fossett alive

first_imgLAS VEGAS – British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson said Monday he had all but given up hope that explorer Steve Fossett would be found alive. Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show, Branson described his friend Fossett as a remarkable individual who touched the lives of those he knew. Fossett, 63, disappeared Sept. 3 after he took off from a western Nevada ranch in a single-engine plane on a search for suitable sites to attempt a new land-speed record. “I think the chances are that he’s no longer with us,” Branson said. “I think everybody involved has pretty well given up hope, sadly.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Branson said Fossett’s wife, Peggy, had written to him to say she was returning to Nevada for one final search but the likely fate of her husband was “beginning to sink in.” Fossett had previously survived a nearly 30,000-foot plunge in a crippled balloon and a dangerous swim through the frigid English Channel. Branson paid tribute to Fossett’s record-breaking prowess. He said Fossett had set 125 world records since the age of 55 “Incredible individual,” Branson said. Fossett, who made millions as a commodities broker in Chicago, also completed the 1,165-mile Iditarod sled-dog race, scaled some of the world’s best-known peaks, sailed and flew around the world, and set more than 100 aviation and distance records.last_img read more


first_imgPatrick and his team celebrate their amazing win.Patrick Gildea Hairdressing have been awarded “Best Salon In Ireland” by Ireland’s Top Celebrity Magazine RSVP.This amazing achievement comes after great success in many other awards this year including RSVP’s Best Salon in Ulster and Best Colourist in Ulster.The RSVP awards have been hugely successful for number of years representing the Crème de la Crème of the hairdressing industry and this year is no different. More than 15 of the country’s highest quality hair salons battled it out to be crowned the “The Best Salon in Ireland”, votes were cast in all four corners of the country but in the end there was only one winner!Commenting on this prestigious Award Patrick said “We as a team are absolutely delighted with the recognition we have received this year and to be given the title of “Best Salon In Ireland” as voted by the people is exciting and rewarding. We take great pride in what we do and that we can represent Donegal in this way in the hairdressing industry. This is a fantastic achievement for our team and we would like to thank everyone for voting”.THE BEST HAIRDRESSING SALON IN IRELAND IS IN DONEGAL! was last modified: June 11th, 2015 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:donegalletterkennyPatrick Gildea Hairdressing SalonRSVP magazinelast_img read more

Arnold eschews tax hikes

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled on Friday an updated $131 billion budget plan for next year that restores funding for education and social services, pays down California’s debt and does not raise taxes. The plan reflects a nearly $14 billion increase in spending from the current year, buoyed by increased receipts of personal income tax, capital gains, stock options and corporate taxes. “Today I’m a very happy governor,” Schwarzenegger said at a press conference releasing the budget. “Because of our fantastic economic growth, education is now fully funded. That is a cause for great celebration. “But we’re not out of the woods yet. We still have work to do and we won’t rest until we get rid of the deficit once and for all.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsStill, the unexpected revenue growth allows the governor to pay back funds he owed to schools earlier than planned, as well as make early payments on the economic recovery bond debt he incurred in his first year in office. It also allows him to put $2.2 billion in reserve, the highest level since the 1970s. The plan won guarded praise from both Democrats and Republicans, apparently foreshadowing what could be a relatively smooth debate in the Legislature this summer. Democrats said they were glad to see the changes Schwarzenegger had made since his January budget, particularly the increased funds for education and social services. They portrayed the budget as one aligned with changes that Democrats had sought in recent legislative hearings. They also believe the governor was considering his own re-election bid later this year in crafting the budget. “This is an election-year budget that is clearly calculated to pacify some of the governor’s critics and get him re-elected,” said Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, the majority leader. “Having said that, we in the Assembly are delighted this budget reflects the priorities Democrats have been pushing for the last two years – including fully funding education, maintaining a strong reserve, and reducing our out-year deficit without severe cuts to the senior and disabled.” Sen. Wesley Chesbro, D-Santa Rosa, chairman of the Senate Budget committee, cautioned that there are several factors not accounted for in the budget, including new contracts for state employees that are to be negotiated next year and rising costs for health care in the prison system. Also, he said, Democrats would like to see more money going toward health care for uninsured children and other increases in the health and human services budget. But the differences, Chesbro said, are smaller than they have been in past years. Republicans also offered tentative praise. Assemblyman Rick Keene, R-Chico, vice chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, said he is glad the governor is paying down debt and reducing the structural deficit, but he would have liked to see him go even further. “Overall it’s the right direction,” Keene said. “He’s putting aside money for a rainy day. He is taking care of past obligations. We see those as overall very positive things.” “We just want to see if we can get further down the deficit-repayment path. Because we don’t know how long we’re going to be in this sunny time.” The governor’s budget includes: Overall spending of $131 billion and general fund spending of $101 billion. Revenue increases of $4.8 billion in 2005-06 and $2.7 billion in 2006-07 above the projections made in his January budget. One-time funding of $400 million to help hospitals prepare for health emergencies such as a flu pandemic. Settling a lawsuit filed by education advocates who contend that the governor failed to follow the Proposition 98 guarantees for education. The settlement, subject to legislative approval, includes: $2.9 billion to repay, over a seven-year period, past loans from the education budget; $2 billion added to the 2005-06 education budget and $800 million added to the 2006-07 education budget above the governor’s January projection. The plan also calls for the state to restore $44 million in payments to seniors and the disabled that the governor’s January budget had proposed cutting. The restoration, however, still leaves recipients of Supplemental Security Income receiving less than they hoped. The state is partially maintaining its policy of decreasing a portion of its contributions for the first three months of the year as federal payments increase – meaning the average recipient won’t get an expected $15-a-month increase for that period. Advocates for seniors and the disabled were angry that he did not restore all of the SSI funds. Bill Young, a 73-year-old senior activist who receives about $836 a month from SSI, said if he and other seniors don’t receive more financial help, many will end up in assisted-living facilities that will cost the state more than the SSI payments. “It just doesn’t make sense to keep cutting and cutting the lowest-income people,” Young said. “It’s not good economics.” The improving budget comes at a critical time politically for Schwarzenegger. He started the year with low poll ratings after losing all of his special-election initiatives in 2005. Then in January he proposed a budget with cuts to social service and health programs that Democrats deemed unacceptable. And he failed to persuade the Legislature to place his massive infrastructure bond on the June ballot. But recently, the governor has begun to rebound, as he abandons the harsh rhetoric of 2005. Legislative leaders, although they mostly negotiated without the governor, recently agreed to place a bond deal on the November ballot. And now Schwarzenegger has proposed a budget that restores many of the cuts that sparked Democratic objections and restores funds to education that had triggered powerful campaigns against him last year by the teachers unions. Now with an improving economy driving a stronger budget, his next test is whether he can persuade the Legislature to pass the budget on time in June or only slightly late in July. The constitutional deadline for the Legislature to pass a budget is June 15 and the governor is supposed to sign it by June 30 with the new fiscal year beginning July 1. But the constitution provides no penalties for late budgets, and they have been passed late eight times in the past 10 years. “The system is now accustomed to late budgets,” said Tim Hodson, executive director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. “But I think if a budget is passed by mid-July, with comparatively little acrimony, he will be able to use that in November.” (916) 446-6723160Want 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


first_imgA young man is in a serious condition in hospital after being attacked in the early hours of this morning.It is believed the 18 year old was struck in the head with a bottle during a disturbance in the Beechwood area of Lifford around 4am.The man was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital where his condition is described as “serious.” Nobody has yet been arrested in relation to the attack.However Gardai have appealed for anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed the disturbance to contact them.“We are asking people who may have witnssed this attack or knojw anything about it to come forward.“This is a serious matter which has resulted in a young man being hospitalised with serious injuries,” said a Garda source.  Ends YOUNG MAN IN SERIOUS CONDITION AFTER SAVAGE BOTTLE ATTACK was last modified: March 12th, 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:attackbottleGardaiLiffordlast_img read more

Women’s Tennis Topped By Saint Louis

first_imgSAINT LOUIS, Mo. – The Drake University women’s tennis team fell at Saint Louis, 4-1, on Friday afternoon at the St. Clair Tennis Club. 2. Tess Herder (DU) vs. N. Tchakarova (STL) Unfinished, 4-6, 6-4, 2-0 Doubles competition The Bulldogs will look to bounce back on Sunday as they host Eastern Illinois at 11 a.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. 3. D. Tchakarova (STL) def. Kenya Wiliams (DU) 6-0, 6-1 4. Allie McKenzie (STL) def. Joely Lomas (DU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 The Bulldogs took an early 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Alex Kozlowski and Joely Lomas defeated Aspen Cervin and Cassie McKenzie, 7-5 at No. 2 doubles, while Summer Brills and Mela Jaglarz clinched the point with a tiebreaker victory over Mariluz Rojo and Ally McKenzie at No. 3. 1. Summer Brills (DU) vs. Aspen Cervin (STL) Unfinished, 6-3, 3-6, 5-4 6. Mariluz Rojo (STL) def. Mela Jaglarz (DU) 6-1, 6-1 The Billikins went on to take a 2-1 lead with convincing victories at No. 6 and No. 3 singles. Lomas won the first set 6-4 but Allie McKenzie managed to win the final two sets 6-3, 7-5 to clinch the victory for Saint Louis.center_img  Print Friendly Version Tess Herder and Brills went unfinished in their respective matches but were ahead in the third set in each of their matches. 5. Cassie McKenzie (STL) def. Alex Kozlowski (DU) 6-2, 7-6 (2) 1. D. Tchakarova/Tchakarova N. (STL) def. Herder/Williams (DU) 6-2 2. Kozlowski/Lomas (DU) def. Cervin/C. McKenzie (STL) 7-5 Cassie McKenzie gave the Billikins a 3-1 lead with her 6-2, 7-6 win over Kozlowski at No. 5. 3. Brllis/Jaglarz (DU) def. Rojo/A. McKenzie (STL) 7-6 (2) Saint Louis 4, Drake 1March 10, 2017 at Saint Louis, Mo. (St. Clair Tennis Club)  Singles competitionlast_img read more