Austria turns emotional after SMB win as wife undergoes kidney transplant

first_imgSan Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria turned emotional during the post-game press conference after the Beermen advanced to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals following a win over TNT Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Fajardo wreaks havoc as San Miguel ousts TNT, advances to semis UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m worried in this game, but I have to be credit to the boys especially JMF (Fajardo). He was so focused in this game. All of them. We followed our game plan to the letter. Thank you SMB, especially my players for giving this win.”Fajardo played like the reigning four-time MVP that he is, finishing with 35 points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds and two blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Austria couldn’t hold back his tears after revealing that his wife Nanette underwent a successful kidney transplant just this afternoon.“First of all I want to praise God. I never had sleep last night because of my wife, she’s undergone a kidney transplant but [it was a] very successful operation for her and I know she’s watching right now. So Ma, I love you,” said Austria as he fought back tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAn emotional Leo Austria during the post-game interview. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“This afternoon I was called by the doctor that everything is okay and now she’s in the recovery room. Very successful,” he said. “Thank you to the doctor who helped us a lot in this kidney transplant. I never had a problem for so long but this time, so thankful to God because he still gave us the win and the players really played well.”The Beermen won by double digits, 106-93, but Austria said it was “the hardest game” they ever played against the KaTropa, who are still a powerhouse team despite being the eighth-seed. View commentslast_img read more

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US$27.3M for RIA Rehab

first_imgLiberia has secured US$27.3 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to speedily embark on a rigorous upgrade of its only international airport, a statement from EIB said.Roberts International Airport (RIA), particularly its runway, has serious safety problems, forcing international carriers like Air France and others to pullout of Liberia.To help upgrade and restore safety at RIA, the international organization approved the funds yesterday. Rehabilitation work on the runway will include improvements to the drainage and lighting which are in a deplorable state.According to a press statement posted on the organization’s website yesterday, EIB stressed the urgent need to secure the long-term loan to commence “urgent work to upgrade the runway and address safety at Liberia’s main airport in the capital, Monrovia.”EIB said the agreement came following discussions between Liberia’s then Finance Minister, now Minister for Finance and Development Planning Amara Konneh and Europe’s long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank, following an agreement signed in Washington D.C. the United States.“The twenty year loan for RIA was formally agreed on the sidelines of the World Bank, International Monitoring Fund (IMF) meetings in Washington at a ceremony attended by Minister Konneh and Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Dr. J. Mills Jones.“The occasion also allowed for detailed discussion of issues of pressing concern in Liberia, the government’s economic recovery plan and EIB engagement in West Africa,” the statement said.The post quoted the Bank’s vice president Pim van Ballekom as saying that EIB stands side by side with Liberia at this time of need and will continue her engagement with Liberian officials, partner institutions and European Union Delegations in the region and will ensure that any support the EU can provide will be of best use.“Upgrading Monrovia’s airport is essential for Liberia and we are pleased to share experience from similar projects elsewhere in Africa.” said Pim van Ballekom.When completed, the document noted, RIA will be in compliance with international civil aviation standards.Minister Konneh maintained that “the EIB has always been a true partner to the people of Liberia. The airport rehabilitation project is another clear manifestation of that partnership,” he asserted.This is the first EIB operation with the Liberian Airports Authority and follows recent support for improving electricity generation in Liberia through backing for rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydropower Plant.Liberia’s project is being co-financed by the Saudi Fund for Development and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa, EIB asserted.RIA rehabilitation has over the years under the President Johnson regime become an issue of national concern with serious controversy erupting from the management of the airport.Of late, former airport manager Ellen Corkrum accused the Unity Party led government of doing nothing to address such major concerns and even “misapplying resources intended for rehabilitating the facility with no regard to safety,” a claim government has repeatedly denied.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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