View comments Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Estrella had the chance to redeem himself and Co gave him the opportunity to as the Cardinals went to the senior playmaker for the crucial basket.He measured his defender with the clock dwindling down. He stepped just before the arc and hoisted for a three over Flash Sadiwa. Swish. The Cardinals took the 74-71 advantage with 20.6 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Andoy Estrella for the lead! Bang! 74-71 Mapua. 20.6 left. #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/cK8Q0x91XL— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) October 5, 2017 Cone fined P5k for entering court during Aguilar-Espinas scuffle in quarters DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed And the graduating guard is just hoping that victories like these could spur the younger players on in the future.“These wins are big for us so that next season, the younger players that will come will have the confidence,” Estrella said. “It’s a boost in their morale, so I want them to think that we shouldn’t quit until the end. That even though we’re already out of the Final Four, we should continue playing, continue practicing, and continue fighting.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith the game tied at 71 with 30 seconds left and the ball in his hands, Andoy Estrella only had one person in his mind: coach Atoy Co.“I knew I had to give him a reason to trust me again. I haven’t been playing that well lately. So during our practices, he was giving me confidence to make up for the bad games,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. What followed was a solid defensive job on the other end and a Leo Gabo layup to seal the game shut to hand Mapua its third win in 15 games with the 76-71 shocker over the Altas.“I just paid off the trust coach Atoy has been giving me,” said Estrella.It was not his first time to step up to the plate, burying a game-winner against Letran back in July for the Cardinals’ first win of the season.In a season where positives are not as abundant as the seasons prior, moments like Estrella’s game-winner are are a big deal for the Cardinals.ADVERTISEMENT
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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Carmelo Anthony added 20 points, Paul George scored 18 and Steven Adams had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who avoided what would have been a fourth straight home loss thanks in large part to a dominant third quarter in which they outscored the Kings 31-16.“We were definitely more focused,” George said. “We’ve been in this position where we played a sub-.500 team and for whatever reason, we tried to turn it on and win the ballgame late in the fourth. Tonight we took it at them early, got that cushion and that carried us through the finish.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBuddy Hield scored 16 points and Willie Cauley-Stein added 15 for Sacramento, which scored only 36 second-half points and is 1-16 on the road against Oklahoma City since the Thunder franchise moved from Seattle.Oklahoma City was up 91-77 with 2:51 left before official Matt Boland called two quick technical fouls on Westbrook after he complained about being called for traveling on a play on which he thought he’d been fouled. Road Warriors: Durant’s 32 leads NBA champions past Cavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After the teams went scoreless for the first three-plus minutes of the fourth, Sacramento pulled within seven on a basket by Cauley-Stein, but Patrick Patterson hit two 3-pointers in a 17-second span and Alex Abrines followed with another to extend the Thunder’s lead to 86-70.TIP-INSKings: Hield traveled back to Norman on Sunday to visit practice at No. 4 Oklahoma. Hield led the Sooners to the 2016 Final Four. … The Kings, who beat the Thunder on Nov. 7 in Sacramento, haven’t won two straight over the Oklahoma City franchise since the 2007-08 season, when the team was in Seattle. … The Kings made 15 of 25 free throws, while the Thunder went 14 of 29 from the line.Thunder: Ace defender Andre Roberson sat out for the eighth straight game with patellar tendinitis in his left knee. … For the 14th straight game, Westbrook recorded a double-double with at least 20 points. The only guard in NBA history to have a longer such streak was Michael Jordan, with 15 straight in 1989. … George, the NBA steals leader, had five. … Westbrook’s 16 rebounds were three off his career high. … At halftime, the team showed a video with Thunder players reciting excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famed “I Have A Dream” speech.THE EJECTIONWith Oklahoma City up by 14 and the game seemingly under control, Westbrook looked to finish it off with a driving layup, but collided with Cauley-Stein as De’Aaron Fox appeared to hit Westbrook in the face. Boland ruled that Westbrook had traveled, setting off the slew of technical fouls.Westbrook didn’t stick around to answer questions after the game, but Donovan said Petraitis later apologized to him for calling the technical foul on the coach.“The official made a terrible mistake and he acknowledged it,” Donovan said. “I was yelling to the other official across the floor to get his attention and (Petraitis) just T’d me up. He came by and apologized to me. I definitely didn’t deserve a T. . I’ve been doing this long enough, I know when I’m close to getting a T and when I deserve a T. That was totally undeserved and should not have been called.”UP NEXTKings: Host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday before embarking on a six-game road trip.Thunder: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Another official, Gediminas Petraitis, then called a technical foul on Thunder coach Billy Donovan for protesting Westbrook’s ejection. Hield made all three technical free throws and Cauley-Stein went 1 of 2 from the line with 2:35 left, pulling Sacramento to 91-84. But the Kings made only one field goal the rest of the way, and George blocked a shot and came up with a steal in the final two minutes.“Melo, he was able to score about 15 points that (third) quarter,” Hield said. “He was helping open up the gap for him. (Westbrook) started making plays for everybody else. We got it back under 10, but we’ve got to be a little more experienced and a little more controlled. We’ve got to do better at executing late. We have to do a better job at helping each other out and make plays down the stretch.”The Kings led 24-20 after the first quarter and stretched their advantage to 48-33 after two free throws by Bogdan Bogdanovic with 3:03 left in the half. The Thunder closed the half on an 11-3 spurt to pull to 52-46.The Thunder seized control with an 11-0 run in the third quarter, highlighted by consecutive alley-oop passes from Westbrook for dunks — first to Anthony, then to Adams. Anthony’s two free throws put Oklahoma City ahead 75-66 with 1:39 left in the quarter.“We just had to decide that we wanted to play (and) pick it up, take it up another level,” Anthony said. “Once we decided we wanted to do that in the second half, we changed the outcome of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) and teammate Paul George (13) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — The third quarter has often been a problem for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season, but that’s when they made their move Monday night against the Sacramento Kings.Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists before being ejected, and Oklahoma City rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Sacramento 95-88.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, drives against New York Knicks guard Trey Burke, right, during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)MIAMI — The end has arrived.Actually, for Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte, the end came in their season finales Tuesday. There are nine teams who know Wednesday is the last day of their season. Another 15 teams have already clinched playoff berths.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UAAP volleyball: FEU bolsters bid for twice-to-beat after rout of UE P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Then there’s Minnesota and Denver.Game 82 for both teams will have a Game 7 feel, which is a fitting way to transition from the regular season to the postseason. Nuggets at Timberwolves, winner to the playoffs, loser to the offseason. It’s the first time since 1997 — and only the third time since the NBA went to this postseason format in 1983 — that two teams will play on the season’s final day in such a situation.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 crown“It’s bigger than all of us,” Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns said.Minnesota is trying to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2004 — the longest current drought in the NBA. Denver — winner of six straight to give itself this chance — is trying to get to the postseason for the first time since 2013. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Philadelphia would be the No. 3 seed in the East if it beats Milwaukee, and a franchise that knew nothing but losing (OK, “process” losing) in recent years will set a record — for winning. If the 76ers prevail, it would be their 16th consecutive victory and that would top the record for longest winning streak to end any NBA season.SCORING TITLEHouston’s James Harden has the scoring crown wrapped up. He’ll be the first player to win back-to-back scoring titles since his former Oklahoma City teammate Kevin Durant won three straight from 2009-10 through 2011-12.MORE POINTSOnce again, the NBA will see more points than ever (in terms of total, not average per game). There were 259,753 points in the regular season a year ago; that will be surpassed Wednesday night, and the league is on pace to reach somewhere around 261,000 by the time the final whistle blows.TRIPLE-DOUBLE RUSSOklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook needs 16 rebounds against Memphis to average exactly 10.0 per game this season. If he gets there, he’ll average a triple-double for the second consecutive year. Westbrook has six games this season with at least 16 rebounds, including a season-high, 18-board effort at Miami on Monday night. Westbrook will also lead the NBA in assists per game.STRUGGLING WARRIORSGolden State lost 10 of its final 17 games this season. The Warriors’ regular season ended Tuesday with a blowout loss at Utah. Klay Thompson isn’t worried, and he knows the defending champions — who have dealt with many injuries, most recently Stephen Curry out with a knee issue — have plenty of doubters. “We’re ready to prove people wrong,” Thompson said.TOP SHOOTERThe field-goal percentage race between Houston’s Clint Capela and the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan might look closer than it really is. Capela is shooting 65.3 percent, Jordan 64.3 percent — but if Jordan is going to catch Capela, he’ll have to shoot 15 for 15 on Wednesday (assuming Capela doesn’t take any shots). Jordan was trying to be the first player to lead the league in shooting for six straight seasons, but it seems like he’ll merely have to settle for tying Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O’Neal with five straight crowns.TOP REBOUNDERAnother category where Jordan will finish second. Detroit’s Andre Drummond will lead the league’s rebounding race for the second time in three years.WILD NORTHWESTThe Northwest Division this season will go down as the most competitive in the current six-division format — and it’s not even close. The team that finishes last in the Northwest this season will be only three games behind the team that wins the division crown. There’s never been a last-place team within less than 11 games of the winner in this current format, which has been in play for 14 seasons.ROOKIE WATCHThere have been 116 rookies in the NBA this season, up 28 from last season, and the latest addition is noteworthy. Andre Ingram is a 32-year-old who debuted Tuesday for the Los Angeles Lakers against Houston. He’s the oldest rookie this season and he more than paid his dues, having logged 384 games in what’s now called the G League — where he’s the career leader in 3-pointers (713). This year’s rookie class is the largest since 1949-50, when 120 players made their debuts. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So there’s only one spot left in the 16-team tournament that will decide whose fingerprints get to put the smudge of a championship celebration on the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June.Much like the race between Minnesota and Denver, the entire tournament bracket itself is going down to the wire. There will be eight first-round matchups, and every single one of those pairings will be decided on Wednesday. So, too, will 11 of the 16 seeds. Portland and Utah will play for the No. 3 seed in the West, in one of the few cut-and-dry matchups.The only order of business that was cleared up Tuesday was the No. 2 overall seed, with Toronto now assured of finishing with the NBA’s second-best record.Here’s 10 other things to note going into the last day of the regular season:A FIRST FOR LEBRONIt’s really, really, really hard to find something that LeBron James hasn’t done in his career. But if he appears for Cleveland against New York on Wednesday night, it will mark the first time in James’ 15 seasons that he plays in all 82 regular-season games. He will lead the NBA in minutes played, field goals made and total points this season — at 33 years old.PHILLY RECORDADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast
The National Elections Commission has issued its Writ of Elections, mandating all of its Commissioners in the 15 counties to proceed with preparations for the impending October vote. It is vote that will not replace the entire Legislature but half of the 30 seats in Liberian Senate.But who will participate in this most critical electoral exercise, when hundreds of thousands of Liberians, especially most of our young people who would have been voting for the first time, have been effectively left out of the process?And how were they left out? The National Elections Commission failed to organize properly the last Voters Registration. NEC made three cardinal mistakes: first, the Commission, in the exercise of the penny wise and pound foolish philosophy, did not advertise the voter registration, so very few people knew about it. For such a critically important process, no stone should have been left unturned to LET THE PUBLIC KNOW what was happening. For what is the point in spending all that money on the people’s thing without first informing the people about it?The Commission’s leaders could have approached some newspapers and radio stations, sat down with them and negotiated minimal advertising costs, and even mobilized the media, print and electronic, to speak and write about the voters registration, its crucial importance to the democratic process, when it would take place, where, in what parts of every city and district, on what dates and at what times. Special segments of such media engagement could have been targeted to the young, the 18 and 20 year-olds who were poised to cast their votes for the first time.Many media institutions would have been only too happy to contribute to this critical national cause, in patriotic response to NEC’S plea for help. At least the Daily Observer received no such overture from NEC.Secondly, what kind of budget did NEC ask for from government? The Commission should have carefully crafted a budget for the exercise, taking into consideration ALL the possible costs, and telling the Liberian government it could not execute that exercise without the requisite budgetary allocation. NEC should NOT have settled for less.This leads to the third element of NEC’s fiasco: its decision to organize rotating voter registration points. Who ever heard about such a thing? If you are serious about getting people to register to vote, specifically designated sites should have been established and made known, clearly pointing out the exact address of the site, and the time it opens and closes. That was what was done in 2005.To rotate the voter registration points is to totally confuse the citizen seeking to register because there was no one to tell him or her where the registration team would be, at what time, and where next it would go.No wonder, then, NEC painfully but shamelessly announced last month that it had achieved under one third of the projected registration target. From the projected 400,000 or more, NEC announced that it had registered only 104,000.It was sometime after the announcement of this dismal result that the Daily Observer published its story on the paper by the three Islamic women who said that Saudi Arabia had a plan to Islamize the world, including West Africa, especially Liberia. The writers, from Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria, respectively, said of the plan for Liberia that theNational Elections Commission would be “manipulated” to deprive certain people from voting in elections.The question could legitimately be asked, did NEC unwittingly contribute to this sinister scenario by failing to register hundreds of thousands of Liberian youth? It would be also be appropriate to ask, WHO were those that were registered?There are growing concerns that many foreigners crossing our highly porous borders are already acquiring Liberian identity cards, passports, etc., by which they may be eligible to be registered to vote. This is scary.We make another appeal to the Liberian government and to NEC, despite the paucity of time, to reopen the voters registration to give our young people another opportunity to fulfill their civil duty by registering to vote. It is their constitutional right which NO ONE should deny them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents of Baramita, Region One (Barima-Waini), as well as neighbouring communities will soon enjoy the full benefits of an improved health facility as it is expected for the Baramita Health Post to be upgraded to a cottage hospital.The building at Barama Line, which will house the cottage hospital, was recently visited by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and a team from the Health Ministry. Baramita’s Toshao, Sharmain Rambajue and Deputy Toshao Ralph Hamilton, along with other district and village officials, also joined the Minister during the visit.“With a catchment area this large, you have people coming from all over, you need to think big and there is a lot to be done here… But you are doing well,” the Minister related to Baramita’s Regional Health Officer, Dr Cerdel McWatt as quoted from Department of Public Information.Dr McWatt revealed that the health post’s services are available on a 24-hour basis, adding that additions to the laboratory services, a vector control unit, the area for infectious diseases and a morgue after the Health Post is relocated.The healthcare programme is also intact while the essentials drugs and medical supplies needed to support the chain of healthcare delivery are in stock.
The July sale of Northern BC oil and gas rights yesterday has resulted, in another chain of record breaking revenue numbers for the BC government. First, it shattered the 441 million dollar monthly sale record, set in May, with a phenominal total of 610 million. That takes this year’s seven month calendar year total, past one and half billion dollars and, the current fiscal year total past, one point three billion. Both those figures, still far from complete, are also records, which were set last year, at roughly one point two billion, in both cases. The July sale offered 149 parcels and, 146 of themcovering nearly 133 thousand hectares were sold. That put the average price per hectare at more than 45 hundred dollars, with the key parcels being five drilling licences located, about 45 kilometerswest of Dawson Creek. They include rights to the Montney formation and, the bids were over 32- Advertisement -thousand 500 dollars per hectare, for a total of more than 482 million dollars. The highest price paid for an individual drilling licence was 33 thousand, 649 dollarsand, the highest price for a lease parcel was 24 thousand 690 dollars. Those are also record totals for BC and, in the case of the lease price, breaks a mark which has stood since August of 1980. This year’sAugust sale is set for the 13th of the month and, will offer 136 parcels, covering nearly 116 thousand hectares.For more on this months sale and previous ones Click Here
All eyes will be on Victoria today as the provincial government tables its updated budget.When the Liberals submitted their original budget in February, it predicted a deficit of 495 million dollars, but that figure could soar to between 2 and 4 billion in the new budget.Premier Gordon Campbell says the government has seen its revenues drop by billions of dollars in recent months, something he says top economists didn’t even predict, and the province has no choice but to cut spending, though finance Minister Colin Hansen insists it won’t be all bad. [asset|aid=1811|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7ca91dfa6bc970b45221e1ee566a2bfa-Hansen-notallbad_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Hansen says much of the bad news around cuts to discretionary spending has already been released. He also insists health and education will be protected, but the NDP says hospitals and schools are already facing cuts.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AA: Of course we do, but there’s no use in complaining about it. People have underestimated us all year, and we just continue to win. We’re used to playing the underdog role, so this is nothing new. DN: What do you hope to prove over the next few weeks? A 5-foot-11 post player on the Grant of Van Nuys girls’ basketball team, Amirkhanyan has registered team highs of 13.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Lancers. She’ll be relied upon Friday night, when Grant hosts Crenshaw of Los Angeles in the first round of the City Section playoffs. DN: You guys are the only undefeated team remaining in the City Section, yet you were given the No. 4 seed in the City playoffs. Do you feel like you and your teammates were overlooked? AA: That we’re the best team in the City Section. A lot of people have doubted us, so winning it would be that much sweeter. We’re not overconfident, though. We know there are a lot of good teams out there that are just as hungry as us. DN: On Friday, you host 2004 City champion Crenshaw. Do you expect to be challenged in the first round? AA: We haven’t played them this season so we don’t know exactly what to expect. I’m sure they’ll be tough, but we’re confident we can play with anybody in the City Section. DN: Top seed Taft of Woodland Hills has won an area-best 19 consecutive games. You could potentially face them in the semifinals. Who would be favored if that game were to take place? AA: They’re the No. 1 seed. I guess that makes them the favorite. Hopefully, we can prove that theory wrong.
Lassana Diarra 1 Manchester United are working on a deal for former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra.The midfielder has shone for Marseille this season after joining the French side on a free transfer from Lokomotiv Moscow last summer.The 31-year-old has performed so well that he has earned a recall to the France squad and clubs are now circling.One of those, according to Foot Mercato, is United and they have put the wheels in motion to sign Diarra this summer.Scouts from the Premier League club have watched the Frenchman in action and they have returned with glowing reports.However, as well as interest from United, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also contacted Marseille over a potential transfer.
Danny Ings is raring to go after his injury comeback Liverpool striker Danny Ings believes he is in the best shape of his career as he prepares to re-launch his Liverpool career following an eight-month injury lay-off.The 24-year-old had just scored three goals in five matches, including one in the Merseyside derby at Everton, to earn his first England cap when his season was cut agonisingly short by a knee injury.He suffered ligament damage in his first training session under new manager Jurgen Klopp in October, and had surgery on the problem shortly after.But Ings worked hard throughout his rehabilitation and surprised many to make a quicker-than-expected return to play in Liverpool’s final league match of the season at West Brom.And, after just nine appearances since joining on a free transfer from Burnley last summer, Ings is keen to make up for lost time.“In the pre-season games so far this summer, I feel I’ve looked as sharp as I’ve ever looked in the last couple [of matches],” Ings, who has scored twice in pre-season, wrote in a blog from the club’s tour of the United States.“I am a lot more confident now and have taken a couple of whacks on my knee, which is also good for me.“I feel like I am back to myself now, enjoying my football. I feel I’ve put the dark days behind me now.“There will be loads of hard work to do while we’re on tour and when we’re getting on that plane back to Liverpool next month I want to be in the best shape possible after it all.“I feel with the heat out here, the amount of sessions and the work that will be on for us there is every ingredient to help me do that.“I also want to be tactically more aware of what the manager wants from me because with the year out, I didn’t have as much time to work with him whereas other players have.“For me this tour is all about learning as much as I can, getting as fit as I can and trying to prove myself every day.” 1