first_imgPublic Health Minister Volda LawrenceWith the need for adequate and quality healthcare becoming more crucial, the need for more skilled human resources to deliver these much-needed services to individuals increases.It was since revealed that the country’s Public Health Sector currently lacks some 550 trained nurses to better distribute medical care at health facilities throughout the country. This disclosure was made by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence who presented the feature address at the opening ceremony of the second Nurses’ Training Annex located at the Critchlow Labour College, Woolford Avenue, Georgetown.Minister Lawrence underscored that the statistics were revealed to her by Chief Nursing Officer Linda Johnson; nevertheless, Lawrence noted that the second annex will fill the gaps.“We envisage that this Annex II will certainly boost our capacity to provide more training and enable the development of a competent workforce to fill the gaps and eliminate our deficiencies,” she explained.This new facility falls directly under the Public Health Ministry’s Health Science Education Division, as it now complements the existing Georgetown School of Nursing situated at Kingston and contributes to the outputs from the New Amsterdam and Charles Rosa School of Nursing.Furthermore, it presently has 90 students enrolled: 88 females and two males, 30 of whom are on the Registered Nursing (RN) Programme and 60 on the Nursing Assistant Programme.Only in 2018, Minister Lawrence announced plans to increase student intake as Guyana, at the time, needed approximately 1000 nurses— an issue which has reached the level of the World Health Organisation (WHO).“We have to do that in order to ensure we can fulfil our requirement. Right now, we need about 1000 nurses in the system. We’re also inviting persons to come into the Ministry. If you’re a retiree, you have a skill to offer and so on, and we can put you at a different level to work within the system,” she told media operatives at a Medex[KM1] programme launch in 2018.last_img read more

first_img– Police investigatingRegion Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Councillor Naithram (only name)AFC Councillor Naithramwas on Friday slapped some four times by an employee of the Region Two Administration. The incident reportedly occurred at around 09:15h Friday.According to Naithram, who spoke with Guyana Times, he was disrespected by the newly appointed employee. Unveiling his side of the story he related that he was having a conversation with two rangers at the RDC Drainage and Irrigation (D&I) building concerning the cleaning and maintenance of trenches. He said that during that conversation, the employee interrupted and dealt him four slaps to his face. The employee, who is a well-known A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) activist in Region Two, is responsible for clearing and cleaning of trenches from Anna Regina to Charity.Naithram, currently the coordinator for Agriculture in the Region, said he is deeply concerned about the trenches and the way they are cleaned, citing that in some instances they are only sprayed. He said it is also alleged that the said ranger is approving trenches that are sprayed instead of being cleaned – cleared.“What I did was simply speak out; things aren’t going the way I speak out, I am the one overlooking, I have every right to speak out,” Naithram said.Following the misunderstanding Naithram said he made a report to the Anna Regina Police Station then visited the Suddie Public Hospital and was examined by doctors and given a medical.Head of the Region Two RDC, Devanand Ramdatt said he is saddened over the disrespectful act by the employee who was handpicked by the REO. Ramdatt said as such the RDC condemns and call on the Minister of Communities to immediately launch an investigation.Ramdatt further noted that on numerous occasions the REO would breach the employment practices by hiring people that are not under the Public Service Commission.“Recently he hired someone who went and broke another person office; he has like five retirees walking around the compound doing nothing. These persons were appointed without anyone’s knowledge,” Ramdatt noted.last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada announced that its Educational Fund program will be offering new scholarships to five schools that offer petroleum-related training programs. One of the five schools eligible for the new scholarship is Northern Lights College, which has campuses across northeast B.C., including in Fort St. John. A new scholarship opportunity has become available to five schools in Western Canada. Other eligible schools include Alberta`s Keyano College, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Each institute will receive four scholarships worth $1,500 each for a three-year period. President and CEO of PSAC Mark Salkeld says “the fund provides great opportunites for deserving students to acquire the knowledge and tools to thrive, and is just one example of the petroleum service sector supporting the Canadian communities in which we work. Encouraging students at a time when they are making crucial career decisions to consider the exciting prospects available in the service sector, and helping them capitalize on opportunities by providing further training and financial support is the central aim of the PSAC Educational Fund. For more information on the PSAC Educational Fund and the available scholarships, please visit the PSAC official website.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgDouble-digit raises for presidents of the state university system? Something’s wrong here. But it’s complicated. The real problem is that misguided federal government policies are pricing California’s public universities out of the market when it comes to salaries for university presidents, deans, faculty members and others. Almost nobody notices what’s going on until California State University trustees try to put the system on a more competitive level. That’s what happened last week, when the board gave 26 top CSU executives pay raises averaging 11.8percent. CSU Dominguez Hills President Mildred Garcia will not receive a pay hike, however, because she is a new hire. In this case, you might say that some universities have figured out how to game the system. For example, when a state government cuts its support, the state university just jacks up tuition and then looks to the federal government to match the increase with grants and guaranteed student loans. When that works, then comes even higher tuition that pays for higher and higher salaries for faculty, deans and presidents. The costs simply get passed along to students, often in the form of financially crippling loans. Universities that struggle to keep tuition low soon find they can’t compete for many of the best qualified candidates for jobs on the faculty or in management, including presidents. California’s state universities, and to a lesser extent the UC system, are among those trying to keep tuition low. At Cal State Dominguez Hills, tuition and fees amount to about $3,400, which is far under the national average. Of the costs of educating a student, only 20 percent comes from tuition and fees, compared to the national average of 35 percent. When that formula isn’t rich enough, the high-tuition campuses pull in out-of-state students, who pay even more. Also, at a university with very high tuition, such as Harvard, grants and loans are based on a “sticker price” of $44,000, when the average is only $28,000. A parent paying $44,000 must feel like it’s the sucker price, and so should the feds. Campuses with the high sticker prices win two ways. Not only does the revenue pour in, but some parents believe the high prices must mean high quality, and they line up to pay more. Some of that growing gusher goes to recruit faculty, deans and presidents with salaries that go as high as a million dollars a year. California can’t play in that league. This system needs fixing. As it happens, Cal State Long Beach’s president, F. King Alexander, has become a leader in a national effort to bring more fairness to the system. If he can help pull that off, he will be worth far more to California than those recent pay increases.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

first_imgMark Hughes, part of the Manchester United team famously thrashed 4-1 by QPR 20 years ago, has told his players that they too can cause a massive upset at Old Trafford.Dennis Bailey’s hat-trick gave Rangers an unforgettable victory in front of a live television audience and stunned a United side that were chasing the title.R’s boss Hughes remembers that day all too well and insists the current team must believe that history can repeat itself.Top scorer Heidar Helguson is back in the QPR squad for Sunday’s game.“You can’t legislate for it and you never know when those type of results will happen,” Hughes declared ahead of Sunday’s encounter.“I was in the United team that day. It was New Year’s Day and everyone thought we’d been out all night. In fairness we probably would have played better if we had been.“We didn’t see that result coming, but it can happen and this year as with any other year results will pop up that people don’t expect.“I’ve taken Blackburn there and got positive results. It can be done, but we need to catch them on an off-day and play exceptionally well.“Teams can go there and cause an upset and we certainly have enough talent to do that.”And Hughes has pledged that Rangers will look to attack United rather than try to get men behind the ball.“Old Trafford isn’t a place you can go to and be timid,” he said.“You have to front up and say ‘Listen, this is what we’re about and we’re going to come here, give a good account of ourselves and see where it takes us’.”Click here for our Man Utd v QPR quizSee also: Mixed news for QPR ahead of Man Utd clashFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgQANTAS’ will continue to concentrate on Asia and North America while it waits for new ultra long-range “hub-buster” aircraft to give it the ability to offer unique non-stop services between Australia and markets in Europe.That is the message from the airline’s group chief executive Alan Joyce who is looking to new technology aircraft such as the Boeing 787s it has on order plus either Boeing new 777X or the Airbus A350 to deliver the airline unprecedented non-stop capability.Those non-stops will likely be London to Perth with the 787 followed later by routes such as Paris to Sydney and Rome to Melbourne. The airline looked some years ago at using Jetstar to service destinations in Southern Europe Mr Joyce says the low-cost offshoot won’t be joining Scoot and AirAsia X on the “kangaroo route” to Europe any time soon.“I think Jetstar’s got so many growth opportunities in Asia,’’ Joyce says, pointing to recent announcements that the brand’s Japanese joint venture will grow from 20 to 28 aircraft and Veitnam’s Jetstar Pacific would be adding 10.  “I think we have enough growth in this region and … we have a solution to Europe, which is the Emirates partnership.’’The Emirates partnership gives Qantas 40 destinations in Europe without the need to invest the capital to operate its own services and, says Joyce, gives the Australian carrier a reach it could never have achieved on its own.But that doesn’t mean the flying kangaroo, famed for its ability to convince aircraft manufacturers to help it conquer long distances, doesn’t see opportunities further down the track.Joyce says technology is the airline’s friend and he’s keen to see what opportunities Qantas International’s new fleet of Boeing 787-9s can open up.  The airline is preparing for the arrival of the first of eight B787s at the end of the next year and plans to start selling Dreamliner flights on its existing network before Christmas.The planes will replace five older Boeing 747s and will be fitted with luxury business class seats, roomier economy seats and what the carrier describes as “a revolutionary premium economy that is streets ahead of anything out there’’.Possible new routes include a non-stop service between Perth and London made possible by the 787-9’s 7,635 nm (14,140 km) nominal range.London remains a destination for Qantas because of the size of the market and the traditionally strong links between Australia and the UK.  But with 32 competitors on routes to Europe, Joyce argues the airline currently cannot make other ports on the continent pay, particularly with the one-stop flights that would be required from Australia’s East Coast. “The dilemma you always have with the Qantas Group is that it is out of an Australian cost base, it is a long distance from your home and the costs are a lot higher as a consequence of that,’’ says Joyce“So I think our future is the direct flights.’’The long-term potential is for non-stop premium services to European ports other airlines would struggle to match, including Sydney-London, using planes such as ultra-long range Boeing 777-8X due to enter service at the end of the decade. The 777-8X, which builds on the technological advances made by the 787 program with enhancements such as carbon fibre high-span wings, will be able to carry 350 to 375 passengers up to 8,700 nm (16,110 km) in a wider cabin. “We’re never going to fly to the 40 destinations Emirates has but you could be flying to a few of those top destinations,’’ Joyce says, noting that the combination of direct and indirect services “gives you a very feasible and economic operation in Europe that works very well”.For now, however, China and the US are the main game.“We talk about Europe a lot but people forget how big the US is for Qantas,’’ Joyce says, adding that the airline’s Airbus A380 services to partner American Airlines’ hub in Dallas, Texas, are “booming’’. “We’d love to be able to fly more destinations into the states.’’The 787-9s open up Melbourne-Dallas and Brisbane-Dallas as potential destinations with daily services to cities such as Vancouver also a possibility.“And then eventually with the aircraft in the next decade, you’ll have New York direct and that means Chicago direct,’’ Joyce says. “That means a lot of destinations in the US that have the viability to have direct services start coming on to the radar screen.’’The alliance with American Airlines remains the biggest for Qantas, despite the higher profile of its marriage with Emirates, but that may be set to change.Australia’s competition regulator recently gave an alliance with China Eastern a green light and Joyce believes that rapid tourism growth out of China will ultimately make this the flying kangaroo’s biggest partnership. The airline is also set to benefit from Chinese tourism growth through partnerships with China Southern and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific.“The stats just blow you away,” Joyce says. “I think we have 1.2 million visitors from China and we get 1 per cent of the worldwide visitor rate of over 100 million that go overseas.“Some estimates have that growing to over 500 million in the next decades. Even if we stay at just 1 per cent, the total of the Chinese visitors (coming) here nearly gets to the 7 million total visitors that we have now.“And when they come to Australia, they typically take an average two domestic sectors when they’re travelling, so the benefits to the domestic network, not only the international one, are quite huge.’’ “So the potential to tap into a hugely different market that benefits the whole tourism economy is massive in the Chinese market and that’s quite exciting.’’While Joyce can see growth in all parts of the business from China, including a Qantas service to Shanghai that now operates from China Eastern’s terminal, he is particularly excited about the price-sensitive end of the market.He sees a big potential in charter services such as the one recently operated by Jetstar between Australia’s Gold Coast and the Chinese city of Wuhan with the Dalian Wanda Group. The year-long Gold Coast deal to sell combined flight and holiday packages ends on October 1 and the parties are working on new services to Australia to begin in time for the Chinese New Year.Working in conjunction with travel groups such as Wanda means Qantas or its Jetstar affiliates do not have to incur the expense of setting up a distribution network in China.“They sell the seats and they actually package it,’’ he says. “So Jetstar Vietnam, Jetstar Singapore and Jetstar Japan all will be participating in that growth as well and they’re all doing various forms of charter activity.’’Another plus out of China for Qantas is, surprisingly, freight. The group has unique freight traffic rights which allow it to fly a triangular Australia-China-US-Australia route using wet leased freighters (aircraft leased with crew) from Atlas Air.  The route has given Qantas Freight about 5 per cent of the China-Us freight market and Joyce says it has been participating well in growth over time.Australia-China has always been its weakest leg but Joyce says a free trade agreement between the two countries is starting to see this improve with a range of new products.Of course, Qantas isn’t the only airline with Chinese aspirations.Virgin Australia’s John Borghetti also sees a big growth potential from the world’s most populous nation and now has two major Chinese groups, Nanshan and Hainan, as major shareholders.Joyce is unfazed by Virgin’s new shareholders and says he’s happy with Qantas’s position and its partnership with two carriers enjoying strong growth and support.“I think it’s such a huge market that there’s plenty for everybody on it,’’ he says “ And you know I’d say with the China market I’d rather have the big players as well. I think China Southern for example just reached 700 aircraft, which makes it the fourth largest airline in the world.’’Another point Joyce makes is that Qantas is a different organisation from the one it was a few years ago.The airline made a net profit of more than $1 billion in the year ended June 30, 2016, with a 60 per cent rise in underlying pre-tax profit, the best result in the airline’s 95-year history.It declared its first shareholder dividend since 2009 and saw record earnings from all business units – except freight.The result was partly driven by a $664 million benefit from lower global fuel prices but also by a transformation program that has unlocked $1.66 billion in permanent cost and revenue benefits since 2014 and expects to see that rise to $2.1 billion by next June.One result of the changes, according to Joyce, is that airline group well-placed to cope with the often quickly changing aviation environment.“What’s great, I think, about where you see Qantas today compared to where it was when it had its previous record earnings back in 2007 is they are coming from a bigger variety of things,’’ he says.“We have a lot bigger frequent flyer program than we had back then, which is making over $300 million. Jetstar made over $400 million, a record profit for Jetstar, but what’s great in the results is that Qantas International and Qantas Domestic also had a record profit.Joyce is particularly pleased with a billion-dollar turnaround in the international business that prompted the airline to invest in the long-awaited B787s.“Every business has earned the right to grow and we are now in an enviable position of figuring out what’s the growth opportunities for the businesses going forward — where do we invest the capital, how do we grow to take advantage of the really solid position each of the businesses are in?’’ he says“And that’s very different from where we were in the past, where usually it’s one component of the business that contributes all the profits and some of the others were underperforming.’’However, he also acknowledges that low fuel prices have been accompanied by international fares at historic lows in some markets and a global economy that is at best mixed.He observes that the Australian economy is also going through a transition which saw Qantas drop more than $250m in resource sector revenue, although it managed to redeploy aircraft to the East Coast to take advantage of the property boom and leisure routes have been going well..“So you’ve definitely got a mixed environment and what I think we’ve changed in our culture here is the ability to be agile and to move things around to take advantage of that,’’ he says.With the 787s and Airbus A320 neos on the way for Jetstar, the group has a sizeable commitment to new planes but Joyce says it will continue to take a cautious view on capital management.Investments such as new lounges, new seats on existing aircraft and, increasingly, information technology all clamour for a slice of what will be a $4.5 billion capital expenditure pie over the next three years.“It’s a lot of money but there are lot demands for growth, there are a lot of demands for new businesses, there are a lot of demands for new seats,’’ he says. “And we have a prioritisation within the organisation for that capital demand and that it’s allocated to the right things.“I think Qantas is a lot better at doing that than it did before so everything gets done. The pace at which it gets done has to fit into our capital program and the ability, like any business would have, of the business to be able to pay for it.’’The airline has 15 options and 30 purchase orders for the Dreamliner and Joyce says he wants to see how they perform before ordering more.  Even if that happens, further orders are likely to be incremental and Joyce says it could be as little as one at a time under the agreement the airline has with Boeing.Qantas has yet to determine whether it will order the new Boeing 777-8X as a replacement for its 12 still relatively young A380 superjumbos.  When the time comes, it will run a competition between the new Boeing widebody and Airbus’s A350-1000.“We always run a competition on every aircraft type and there are no certainties on these things,’’ says Joyce. “But what I think is always the case in the airline industry is that you’re always continuously monitoring what’s your potential replacement. So the minute you get a new aircraft you’re thinking about what’s going to be in the future the aircraft that has to replace it.’’Qantas will not exercise options to take an eight additional A380s but Joyce says the existing fleet has worked well for Qantas on Los Angeles,  Dallas, London and, on occasion,  Hong Kong.Asked how the 380s stack up against the new planes, Joyce says they work well on high volume, long distance routes to hub cities.Qantas has five services that depart Los Angeles within a small window and Joyce says flying smaller aircraft would not be as cost-effective and would mean too many frequencies.“So you’ve got the A380 which is a very, big efficient vehicle – and it depends on oil prices as well.,’’ he says. “Today the 380s look a lot better than they did with oil prices over $US100 .’’ He adds that oil prices also determine the roll-over or replacement case for aircraft but declines to predict what will happen in that arena, describing picking fuel trends as a “fool’s game’’.“We always hedge and we are hedging and we’ve communicated our hedging for financial year 17 and we’re hedging into 18,’’ he says. “And the idea is to give you time to cope with whatever the fuel price is and not try to put a bet on where fuel’s going to be.’’last_img read more

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first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal leaders on Saturday authorised party chief Lalu Prasad to select party candidates in Bihar for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the Assembly by-elections thereafter. He has also been authorised to stitch an alliance with like-minded parties for the upcoming LS polls.“The party’s central parliamentary board has unanimously authorised Lalu Prasad to select the candidates for the Lok Sabha elections and Assembly bypolls thereafter… besides, the party chief has also been authorised to hold parleys with like-minded parties to find out the possibilities and give a final shape to the alliance for the Lok Sabha polls,” RJD Rajya Sabha MP and national spokesperson Manoj Jha told media persons.The party’s central parliamentary board meeting was preceded by another meeting of the State units of Bihar and Jharkhand held at the official residence of former Chief Minister Rabri Devi at 10, Circular Road, in Patna.‘No Holi this year’ The party has also decided to stay away from Holi celebrations this year to show solidarity with the families of those killed in the Pulwama terror attack last month, said Mr. Jha.Lalu Prasad is currently serving prison sentences in Ranchi in several fodder scam cases and taking medical treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences. RJD and its alliance leaders visit him regularly. Meanwhile, on seat-sharing among the Magathbandhan (Grand Alliance) constituents, Mr. Jha said, “All is well and everything is on the right track.”last_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Riding the wave NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines performs during the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Michael Christian Martinez had a flawless run in the short program round of the men’s single figure skating in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics Friday at Gangneung Ice Arena.Performing sixth in the first wave of skaters, the 21-year-old skated to the tune of “Emerald Tiger” by Vanessa-Mae.ADVERTISEMENT Martinez scored 55.56 points from his performance, 26.04 from the technical elements and 29.52 from presentation without deductions, good for fifth place in the first group.Vincent Zhou of USA topped the competition after the first group with his 84.53 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe top 24 skaters in the short program will advance to the free skate round on Saturday. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Ajax players celebrate after the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Ajax won 4-1. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Yet again, Ajax has assembled a young, entertaining team — one that fans want to watch but rivals want to avoid.Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt have a chance to continue a not-so-proud Dutch tradition of playing beautiful soccer before being sold to wealthier clubs.That’s what happened back when Ajax won three straight European Cup titles from 1971-73 with players like Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens, and again in 1995 with Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids and Patrick Kluivert.Ajax, which beat defending champion Real Madrid 4-1 in Spain to advance, is the only quarterfinalist that started in the qualifying rounds, way back in July.BARCELONAADVERTISEMENT View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Phisgoc reopens talks with MOA for SEA Games basketball venue Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)Surprisingly, Barcelona has reached only one Champions League final in the last seven years — even with Lionel Messi on the field.Messi was certainly a key component in the last 16 against Lyon on Wednesday, scoring two goals in the 5-1 rout and keeping Barcelona on track for another treble of titles.Barcelona also leads the Spanish league and recently beat Real Madrid to reach the final of the Copa del Rey.JUVENTUSJuventus’ Leonardo Bonucci, centre left and Cristiano Ronaldo hug at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)Juventus’ offseason move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo was intended to end a 23-year wait for a third European title.It’s working so far.Ronaldo delivered another career-defining performance, scoring a hat trick against Atletico Madrid to overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss. His legal issues in the United States, where he has been accused of rape, seemed a world away.Ronaldo is looking to join Seedorf as the only players to win the European Cup or Champions League with three different clubs. Veteran Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, along with coach Massimiliano Allegri, just want a first title after losing in the final in 2015 and ’17.LIVERPOOLA finalist last season and now in the quarterfinals again, Liverpool is back at Europe’s top table. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The plan for the Super League was traced back to Real Madrid, while Bayern Munich has previously been revealed as another team seeking a breakaway.Both of those teams were eliminated in the last 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHere’s a look at the teams that did make it through to the quarterfinals:AJAX Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy GENEVA— Three of the eight teams in Friday’s draw for the Champions League quarterfinals are three of the hundreds of teams that would have been excluded from a proposed Super League.Ajax, Porto and Tottenham were all left off the list of 16 teams included in the breakaway proposal — a proposal exposed last year and widely denounced.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TOTTENHAMTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino smiles prior the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)Tottenham is in the quarterfinals for only the second time, despite not buying any players in the past year.That highlights the extraordinary job coach Mauricio Pochettino is doing with a tight-knit squad — headlined by England striker Harry Kane and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen — and an ever tighter budget.Tottenham’s new stadium, built on the site of its former White Hart Lane ground in north London, should finally get to host a Champions League game after season-long construction delays and safety concerns.If Tottenham is drawn at home for the first leg on April 9-10, it could even officially open the new arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manchester United caretaker head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates after the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)Twenty years after scoring the winning goal for United in a Champions League final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to lead the team to the title as manager.After his understrength team’s amazing comeback at Paris Saint-Germain from a 2-0 first-leg loss, who would bet against them?There’s a “nothing to lose” feel about United, which was a huge outsider when qualifying for the knockout stage under Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer has restored some of the team’s belief and attacking swagger in three months in charge. See especially Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.It might not be enough for a fourth European title but it should be fun watching.PORTOPorto is, perhaps, the team everyone else in the draw wants to face.Coached by former player Sergio Conceicao, Porto is looking to go beyond the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004 when Jose Mourinho led the team to its second title.Porto has flavors of South America and Mexico in the team, plus a foundation of Champions League-winning former Madrid veterans: 37-year-old goalkeeper Iker Casillas and 36-year-old defender Pepe, who returned to his former club in January.Like Liverpool, Porto has a strong African influence in attack with Mali forward Moussa Marega its top scorer with six goals in the competition. The mature way the five-time European champions dealt with Bayern Munich in their 3-1 away win in the last 16 showed how far they have come under Juergen Klopp over the past two years.It was fitting that a goal by Virgil van Dijk proved to be key in Munich, with the arrival of the center back for $99 million in January 2018 shoring up a defense that had been shaky in Klopp’s first two years in charge. Liverpool also now has a world-class goalkeeper in Brazil international Alisson Becker.Few will relish going to Anfield in the last eight. Just ask Manchester City, which was swept aside 3-0 in the first leg last year to virtually end its Champions League ambitions.MANCHESTER CITYThis season seems like City’s best chance to become European champion since being taken over by its Abu Dhabi owners in 2008.No longer Champions League novices, City is in the quarterfinals for the third time in four years.The depth in Pep Guardiola’s squad is fueling a challenge for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, having already won the English League Cup.City has benefited from benign draws, with Schalke shaping up as the weakest round of 16 option. City won 10-2 over two legs.A two-leg quarterfinal against Liverpool, its Premier League title rival, or against Manchester United, its neighbor, would be quite an experience.MANCHESTER UNITED Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endlast_img read more