Kings, Aces secure bonus

first_imgMAGNOLIA 86—Travis 30, Lee 21, Jalalon 12, Barroca 10, Herndon 5, Melton 3, Simon 2, Dela Rosa 2, Reavis 1, Sangalang 0, Ramos 0, Brondial 0.Quarters: 24-15, 46-31, 69-53, 93-86Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ His first words weren’t about his brilliant coaching—he practically said he did not have a hand in the turnaround.Instead, he gave all the credits to team owner Wilfred Uytengsu, who gave the Aces a talk about reality at halftime.“It was short and powerful, and the players responded,” Compton said of Uytengsu’s talk as the Aces closed out their elimination round schedule with an 8-3 record.In a phone interview later on, Uytengsu said he told the players they can end up “being sorry at the end of this game and do it the hard way.”“They should play the brand of basketball that we are known for,” Uytengsu told the Aces.GINEBRA 93—Brownlee 29, Aguilar 17, Slaughter 11, Tenorio 9, Mercado 9, Mariano 6, Thompson 6, Chan 3, Ferrer 3, Caperal 0.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s too easy to say that No. 1 plays No. 8,” Cone said after getting 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists from Justin Brownlee in the wire-to-wire win that gave the Kings an 8-2 record. “You now have a lot of expectations on you.”Ginebra must win its game against TNT KaTropa on Sunday to claim top seeding, as a loss would put the Gin Kings at No. 2 and the right to play No. 7.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 ChrissImport Romeo Travis scored 30 points for the Hotshots, who will be No. 2 at worst after the eliminations.Earlier, Alex Compton heaved a huge sigh of relief after Alaska showed up a different team in the second half against NorthPort on its way to a 95-85 win and a similar twice-to-beat advantage. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Adamson repeats over UP; UST within F4 range Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra took the best that Magnolia could muster on Sunday night and still came away with a 93-86 victory before more than 12,000 fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The win can ultimately land the Gin Kings top seeding in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs. According to coach Tim Cone, it also means more pressure.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tab Baldwin asked for redemption game, Ange Koaume responds big time for Ateneo

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With top guy Vic Manuel ailing, Alaska struggles in PBA Finals opener Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—When Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin asked for his team to redeem itself in Game 2, center Angelo Kouame dutifully delivered.Kouame was a  menace in the Ateneo interior putting up 22 points and 20 rebounds—a stat line that only Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena’s 38 points, six rebounds, and six assists eclipsed—in the Blue Eagles’ title-clinching Game 2 99-81 win.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 The center’s performance earned him a nod of approval from Baldwin who demanded excellence from his players especially in the finals.“I asked the team for a redemption game because I wasn’t happy with our defenses,” said Baldwin Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I’m not sure if we got it but we tried really hard but certainly Ange had a redemption game.”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 ChrissBaldwin wasn’t far too impressed with how the Blue Eagles fared against University of the Philippines in their 88-79 win in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals and a large part of that was the nervous play of Kouame.Ateneo’s 6-foot-11 center looked rattled from the start of Game 1 and was then subjected to the UP crowd’s jeers when he accidentally became a cause to Bright Akhuetie’s hyperextended left knee.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Kouame, who is usually a massive ball of energy, looked flummoxed in Game 1 putting up a meager line of seven points and 12 rebounds due to his worry in getting involved with Akhuetie’s injury.Things, however, looked different for Kouame who got a bump of confidence not only from his own team but also from the MVP Akhuetie.“Bright reaching out to me was kind of motivational because he’s like an older brother to me and we’re both from Africa and we understand each other,” said Kouame who was also named Rookie of the Year.“When he texted me I answered that I’m really sorry for what happened and he told me ‘just go to your game, play the game, and don’t mind the crowd, thank you bro, and these things happen,’” added Kouame.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Chinese Embassy Donates Anti-Ebola Materials to BIN

first_imgIn support of the combat against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, the Chinese Embassy accredited near Monrovia  has donated several anti- Ebola materials to the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN)  in the fight against the deadly epidemic.Speaking to newsmen on Monday at the BIN’s Broad Street office,  Commissioner Lemuel  Reeves said, he was grateful to the Embassy for the kind gesture of  support to toward the empowerment of his men, describing it as timely.According to the BIN Commissioner, the donation includes personal protective equipment (PPE), hand-gloves, suits and facemasks intended to enhance the work of the officers in the field,  especially those in the border areas.   “We are very grateful to the Chinese Government for their generous  contributions to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. This will give our men more confidence as they go about performing their duties during this critical time in our country.”Commissioner Reeves  further said that the fight against the virus in Liberia should be the concern of all of us Liberians and foreign residents.  “We must be concerned and continue to worker harder to ensure that the epidemic is contained.The Commissioner praised all local and international partners of the Government of Liberia for their commitment to  supporting the campaign against the deadly Ebola virus.  Their contributions were fully helping in the process, he said.“We hope that our partners will continue to provide more support for the officers out there because more is needed.  I can assure you that these things will be deployed in the field,  especially in those counties affected by the virus.  The items are needed at the border points.”He explained that authorities of the BIN were greatly concerned about the men in the field that are striving fully to protect various crossing points.  “We will continue to encourage them and provide the necessary materials for their work.”Mr. Reeves turned the anti-Ebola materials donated to the Deputy Commissioner for operations, Robert Buddy, who assured the authorities of proper distributions in the various areas.On behalf of the women and men of the BIN, Deputy Commissioner Buddy said, “We want to say thanks to the Chinese Government for their timely contributions to the officers of BIN.  Let us  continue to work together.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BaiShanLin still controls 41,079 hectares of State forest

first_img– has separate arrangements with 5local logging companiesThe Guyana Forestry Commission has moved to take back State forest concessions it had issued to BaiShanLin International Forest Development Inc (BIFDI), but the Chinese-owned logging company still enjoys access to in excess of 400,000 hectares of forests through Timber Sales Agreements (TSA) and other such relations with other companies it would have engaged over the years.BaiShanLin trucks laden with logsBaiShanLin in January 2011 entered into a TSA with Haimorakabra Logging Co Inc which gave the Chinese logging company access to 52,896 hectares of forest.The company had also entered into a TSA with Kwebanna Wood Products Inc in April 2009. Under that arrangement, the company was made the majority shareholder and gained access to another 87,361 hectares of forested land.Shortly after BaiShanLin started its operation in 2006, the company then entered into a TSA with Puruni Woods.That arrangement saw BaiShanLin also becoming the majority shareholding in Puruni Woods, giving it access to 107,671 hectares of land.In February 2015 the company had also executed a TSA with Sherwood Forrest Inc, giving it access to that company’s concession of 167,075 hectares of State forests.Another company that BaiShanLin had entered into a TSA with is Wood Association Industries Company for its 26,076 hectares of land.This would bring the total area of lands for which BaiShanLin still has access to 441,079 hectares of land.The GFC on Tuesday announced that it would be repossessing, “concessions currently being held by BaiShanLin International Forest Development Inc (BIFDI).”According to a missive issued by the Commission on Tuesday, “The decision came after the company failed to deliver on agreed actions to introduce investors to the Commission and having been given time to prove that it had an acceptable plan to clear an approximately GY$80 million debt.”BIFDI was incorporated in September 2006 under the Guyana Companies Act 1991 with the main objective of timber harvesting and establishing downstream wood processing operations in Linden.To date, the BIFDI has failed to fulfil any of its commitments to the Government of Guyana; effectively failing on the obligations it made, which were accepted in good faith.According to GFC, “In keeping with Forest Governance Practices, the GFC will be formally repossessing the concessions owned by the company and accelerating efforts to recover the debt owed.”last_img read more

Banks DIH sues Govt for $28B

first_img…triggered by DDL’s .8 tax write-offAs forecasted, the floodgates have opened and one of the country’s leading beverage giants has slapped Government with a multibillion-dollar lawsuit, claiming in excess of $28 billion in repayment, in light of the controversial tax write-off given by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to its competitor, the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL).Banks DIH Limited on December 16, 2016 filed legal proceedings against Attorney General Basil Williams and the GRA, seeking a refund of approximately $28 billion.According to the court documents seen by Guyana Times, the corporate entity paid some $12.8 billion in taxes over the period 2001 to 2006. But since Government granted DDL a whopping $3.8 billion tax write-off from its assessed $5.3 billion owed, Banks DIH calculated that it should have only paid some $3 billion instead of $12.8 billion.The company, therefore, argued that the Guyana Government would be “unjustly enriched” if it retained the approximately $9 billion (the difference between the paid amount in taxes and the net figure Banks DIH estimated it should have paid).In this regard, Banks DIH claims that it is entitled to some $9 billion plus 10 per cent interest compounded over the period 2001 to 2006 resulting in a total of some $28 billion after taking into account the settlement figure payable by DDL of $1.5 billion.More lawsuitsGiven the perceived nature of the DDL tax write-off, it is believed that Banks DIH will file another lawsuit with additional refund claims.According to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, the beverage giant might claim up to $30 billion more.He explained during a news conference on Monday that the DDL tax write-off possibly spans the years 2006 to 2016 and when that figure becomes available, Banks DIH might make more repayment claims accordingly.Jagdeo reminded that he had warned of the domino effects this secret out-of-court tax write-off arrangement with DDL would have triggered – an outcome so calamitous with the potential to cost the treasury billions of dollars.He highlighted too that desperate efforts were exhausted, even at the highest discussion forum in the country – the Parliament to seek answers on this clandestine deal, but to no avail.Finance MinisterWinston JordanJagdeo, a former President, also argued that Government could have used the billions of taxpayers’ monies it gave away to the multibillion-dollar corporation to otherwise support the Wales Sugar Estate in the interest of sustaining the livelihoods and economic well-being of hundreds of Guyanese and by extension, the entire country.The Opposition Leader believes that this secretive deal reeks of corruption and has the potential to dwarf all the previous scandals which occurred thus far under the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Administration.DDL write-offAn extended legal battle between DDL and the GRA grinded to an end after the APNU/AFC Government, upon assumption to office, decided to grant the drinks company a whopping $3.8 billion tax write-off.The legal proceedings arose out of the Consumption Tax assessment levied against DDL by then Commissioner General Khurshid Sattaur in January 2009, in the sum of $5,392,020,753. This assessment was challenged in the High Court by DDL.In 2002, DDL had raised a legal challenge against the GRA on the methodology adopted by the latter for the assessment of Consumption Tax.In February 2005, the High Court found in favour of DDL. The GRA subsequently appealed that decision and on July 31, 2008, the Guyana Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed the GRA’s appeal.Following the dismissal of the appeal, the GRA commenced a new assessment in August 2008 and, notwithstanding attempts by the parties at resolving the matter on January 16, 2009, the GRA issued a new claim in the crippling amount of $5.392 billion.But the secretive arrangement between the Government and DDL saw the company only being liable to pay $1.5 billion.This cloudy tax write-off sparked immense controversy causing many, including the business community, to raise eyebrows over the deal.Questions still abound regarding who negotiated the settlement; if the settlement was approved by Cabinet or the board of the GRA; on what principles was the sum of $1.5 billion arrived at; and whether other deals were concluded or were currently being negotiated.DefenceFinance Minister Winston Jordan had previously declared that any attempts by other businesses seeking similar tax write-offs would be vigorously challenged.“Any attempts by other business persons to make claims and so on will also be vigorously opposed based on principles that underline the settlement with DDL,” he had stated.Jordan explained that Government could not stop other companies from wanting to make similar claims, but they would only have a solid case if they have reasonable grounds.Defending the DDL tax write-off, Jordan said the GRA engaged in tax settlements all the time and the DDL matter was nothing new.“The judgment is sound, based on what is told to me,” he stated. 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Opposition rips through Govt’s argument for Food Safety bill

first_img— highlights several deficienciesTwo major questions asked by the Opposition Parliamentarians, including Vickram Bharrat, during the debate on the Food Safety Bill 2016, included: What will be the impact on food prices? And what will not be the mandate of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD)?Government Parliamentarian, Raphael Trotman, stressed that the Bill looks to prevent the spread of food borne diseases through the control of the production,Opposition Parliamentarian Vickram Bharratpreparation, handling, storage and the transportation of food and provide for connected matters. “There is a standard,” he said, addressing what the Bill will do.He noted that the Bill will bring Guyana into conformity with what other territories are doing. He insisted that the “sky will not fall down” with the passage of the Bill.On the issue of what will happen with the GA-FDD, Trotman added that the Bill will consolidate the functions of agencies like the GA-FDD. “It is the first step…it is not the only step,” he said.The establishment of Food Safety Authority and other matters related to food safety are addressed in the Food Safety Bill 2016. Relative to the Authority, the Bill stated that it will: give guidance to food businesses: have the power to implement standards; and address the establishment of National Food Safety Committee. It will also have the power to: seize food; issue notification of unsafe food; andNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmanconduct analysis and examinations.The Bill also speaks to: Requirement for registration; Licensing of food business; Power to charge fees and suspend and revoke licence; Return of license; Permit to engage in street food vending: Requirement for health certificate; Application for permit; Granting or refusing of permits; and Cancellation of permits.Provisions for permits for food handlers and obligations of operators of food-handling establishments are also included in the Bill. The Bill addresses the liability of food inspector, who will not liable when acting in good faith, according to specific provisions.A provision for a “general offence and penalty” is provided for in the Bill, which means that for any general offence there will be a penalty. The penalty stipulated by the Bill is a fine of $20,000 and imprisonment of six months.Meanwhile, Opposition Parliamentarian, Dr Frank Anthony, noting Trotman’s arguments, charged that while there are commendable provisions in the Bill, there are also deficiencies. As such he called for greater consultation and review of the Bill.Anthony rubbished Trotman’s arguments on the consolidation of functions, relative to the fact that Food Safety is being taken from the GA-FDD. He stated that the Bill no explicit explanation is given to the government’s arguments about consolidation and one cannot see, by looking at the Food Safety Bill, what is being consolidated.“There is no connection between the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Control Board (PTCCB) and this new Authority (the Food Safety Authority being created with the Bill….you still have fragmentation (and advance consolidation of functions)… .the principle reason advanced, to end fragmentation, has not been accomplished by the Bill,” he said, proffering an example.On the issue of being in conformity with what other territories, Anthony charged that Guyana has a “cook-up” sort of arrangement with “bits and pieces” from various documents.He noted too that the label Food Safety Authority narrows the role of the Authority, dealing only with food safety, whereas a more comprehensive approach that deals with ‘Food Administration’ would have food safety as a component of a truly multipronged approach to improved standards in food administration.1We are only creating another level of bureaucracy, “he said.Anthony stressed that there are several issues that need to be addressed and fixed, many of them that deal with technical issues.The Opposition Parliamentarian also questioned what process will be used to determine the fees for a number of permits and other requirements, as detailed in the Bill.“On the face of it, when you look at the Bill, the opening, to prevent the spread of food borne diseases through the control of the production, preparation, handling, storage and the transportation of food and provide for connected matters, one would support it…but there are gaps in the Bill when you look carefully,” Anthony said.The political Opposition had called for the Bill to be sent to a Parliamentary Special Select Committee. Minister Noel Holder, considering the arguments by the political Opposition, agreed. The Bill was sent to a Parliamentary Special Select Committee.last_img read more

WellPoint surprise: new woman CEO

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – WellPoint Inc., the parent company of Thousand Oaks-based Blue Cross of California, surprised some analysts with its choice for a new CEO: a lesser-known executive who will become the highest-ranking woman in the Fortune 500. Angela F. Braly, a lawyer with deal-making experience and public-policy savvy, was tapped to take over when Larry Glasscock retires June 1. Glasscock, 58, announced his retirement Monday, citing family reasons. The company would not elaborate on his reasons for leaving. He will remain non-executive chairman. WellPoint is the nation’s largest health insurer. It ranked 38th in the 2006 Fortune 500 list of the largest U.S. companies. The next highest company with a female leader is No. 56 Archer Daniels Midland Co., headed by Patricia A. Woertz. Braly, currently a WellPoint executive vice president, said she might bring “great perspective” to the new role because of her gender. She noted that women make up 77 percent of WellPoint’s 42,000 employees and more than half of its management ranks. “What we know at WellPoint is that 70 percent of the health care decisions are made by women, so I think it’s a very natural place for me to be, both as a businesswoman and as a consumer of health care for my family,” said Braly, who is married and has three school-age children. The company’s choice came as a “major shock” to CIBC World Markets analyst Carl McDonald. “We want to emphasize that our issue is not with Braly herself, as she very well could be the perfect person for the role,” McDonald wrote. “We just don’t know her, and neither does the market.” 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

ATHLETICS – LIFFORD AC CLUB NOTES

first_imgIt was another busy week for the Lifford Ac athletes as they travelled to Derry for the Annual Paula’s 5k Run in Gransha. The club had a total of ten runners on duty on what turned out to be another great weekend for the club.The first runner over the line was Daniel Hannigan in a impressive time of 16.39. National medalist from Athlone Ann Marie McGlynn was next home from the club in a seasons best of 16.52, and also the winning senior lady. Paul Kelly was next in 17.12pb. Sean Dudgeon and Bill Duncan built on their 2nd and 3rd from last weeks 10k on Bundoran with a personal best of 17.28 and 17.34 respectively. Paul “Gadget” Kelly and Eddie Kelly also had a super runs in a time of 17.36 and 17.45. Paul knocking 32 secs off his pb. Next over the line was Claire McGuigan, in a pb of 18.30 which is 22secs off her previous pb. Next to cross the line was assistant coach Maurice Sharkey in 18.50pb, with the ever improving Kevin McMenamin next in 19.08. On Sunday in the Annual Letterkenny St Patrick’s Day 5k Lifford also had a few runner braving the tough route. Alan McGinley was the first home in an impressive time of 20.30, next home was Michael Murphy in 21.22, Martin Devenney 21.30 and Conor McGinley in 23.22. ATHLETICS – LIFFORD AC CLUB NOTES was last modified: March 17th, 2013 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:Lifford AC noteslast_img read more

LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL GIVE NORTH WEST 10K ORGANISERS CIVIC RECEPTION

first_imgThe people behind the successful North West 10k celebrated last night as Letterkenny Town Council honoured them with a Civic Reception for their fantastic fundraising efforts which has seen €656,000 raised for 30 charities over the past 18 years. Jim Brennan and Mick Foy at the North West 10k Civic Reception in the Letterkenny Public Services Centre last night.The popularity of the event has grown remarkably in recent years and charity race and walk is now attracting close to 2,500 people to the starting line in Letterkenny on the first Sunday in May. Last night past and present members of the North West 10k committee were honoured in the Public Services Centre by the Town Council.It was an occasion that also saw members of the original Rockhill 10k committee, join with the present charity organization to celebrate 18 years of fundraising.It was also an historic night for Letterkenny Town Council as it marked the final meeting of the local authority who will shut its doors for the final time tomorrow (Friday).In one of his final engagements as Mayor Paschal Blake made the official presentations to mark the Civic Reception to the North West 10k Chairperson James Boyle. Mr Boyle recalled the history of the charity event, which began in 1996 when the Rockhill 10k committee indicated that they would not be in a position to continue hosting the fundraising race.A new committee was formed under the Chairmanship of Mr Kelly who held the position for three years before handing over to Grace Boyle who was at the helm up until last year when she was succeeded by her husband James.There has been a remarkable rise in the status of the event particularly in recent years with the growth in the ‘keep fit’ culture.As well as the race a walking category has been added which has increased the popularity of the fundraiser now making it a truly family fund day out.Last night was a great social event and was in a fact a reunion of volunteers from both the Rockhill and 10k committees whose charity work received fitting recognition in the form of the highest honour that the Town Council can bestow.Red Cross staff at the North West 10k Civic Reception in the Letterkenny Public Services Centre last night. Michael Cullen and Patsy McGonigle enjoying the North West 10k Civic Reception last night in the Letterkenny Public Services CentreLETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL GIVE NORTH WEST 10K ORGANISERS CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share 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:civic receptionFeaturesnewsNorth West 10kSportlast_img read more

England still on a high despite loss to Belgium, says Three Lions star

first_img 2 Some will say England were boosted by the defeat to Belgium, as it handed them an easier possible route to the final.However, they will first face a tricky clash against Colombia, who reached the quarter-finals at Brazil 2014, on Tuesday.But Trippier says the England team have done their research and will be fully prepared to face the South Americans.“We’ve done a lot of work on them,” the right-back added. Trippier is expected to be back in England team as Southgate reverts to his first-XI for Colombia Kieran Trippier has dismissed claims England lost their World Cup momentum with their 1-0 defeat to Belgium, insisting the team is still on a high after sealing their place in the last-16.The Tottenham star was one of the first XI players rested by Gareth Southgate for Thursday’s clash, which the Belgians won 1-0 to finish at the top of Group G.There have been claims the result, and Southgate’s decision to rotate his squad, could come back to bite England in their preparation for a tough last-16 meeting against Colombia.But Trippier insists ‘nothing has changed’ and the mood in the camp in Russia has not been affected by the defeat.“Everyone is absolutely buzzing about qualifying,” the Spurs defender told talkSPORT’s England correspondent Nigel Adderley.“It’s a massive achievement because it’s not easy to qualify out of the group in a World Cup“The mood is high, nothing has changed and we’re all excited and ready to go.” “When you look at the players they’ve got in the team and the way the qualified in their group as well, they’ve got some quality players and we need to be aware of that.“They’re a very fit team who love to press, so we just need to play the way we’ve been playing, worry about our own game and about how we can hurt them.“Hopefully we can do that on Tuesday night.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Kieran Trippier IN FULL above!talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Colombia recorded two wins in their group, beating Poland 3-0 and Senegal 1-0 2last_img read more