Renaldo Balkman shrugs off ‘war wound’ to keep Beermen going

first_imgIt may be just a small cut on his left eyelid, but for Renaldo Balkman, it’s a small reminder of how he lays it out on the line for Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Tim Cone left ’embarrassed’ by Ginebra’s 38-point loss to San Miguel View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Balkman suffered the wound in the second quarter of Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals after catching an inadvertent elbow from Greg Slaughter who went up for a layup with 5:12 in the clock.“It’s a war wound for me. We just got to keep on fighting, man. I got a lot of wounds but I’m alright,” said Balkman after the Beermen dominated Ginebra, 132-94, for a 2-1 series lead Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Unlike in Game 2 where the emotions ran high leading to the ejections of Arwind Santos and Chris Ross, Game 3 was a more peaceful affair and Balkman wasn’t going to let the accidental hit get to him.“I’m always riled up, but at the same time you got to remain professional. I’m kind of in the edge but I kept my composure,” said Balkman, who actually had a little conversation with Slaughter after the play but the two brushed off the incident. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I got to get my team together, get them going, and after halftime we came out in the third quarter and I got them going.”Balkman finished with a team-high 28 points with 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and three blocks.And Balkman, after getting bandages for his wound during the halftime break, exploded for 13 points in the Beermen’s 39-21 third-quarter breakaway.The Beermen’s strong third quarter gave them a 92-72 lead heading into the fourth as the match turned into another blowout for the defending champions who won Game 2 by 25 points, 134-109.“After halftime we came out in the third quarter and I got them going,” said Balkman. “That was a great thing for me to see with those guys going the way we did.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Gallego hopes to learn from late-game blunder in NU loss to UP

first_imgIn a matter of just five seconds, JV Gallego got into a fateful fork that would either lead him to becoming a hero or a goat.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 Jarin says Bulldogs need to ‘get up, play together’ amid 1-5 start Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I think I just have to be more aware of the clock next time, I have to be more mature for our next games, and be more composed,” said Gallego in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.As Gallego laid down under the basket, with tears just waiting to roll down his eyes, teammate Issa Gaye and captain Dave Yu immediately picked him up and told him to keep his head high.Head coach Jamike Jarin also told him that’s he’s not in trouble for the wrong that he did.“I asked him why he’s putting his head down,” said Jarin. “I never get mad with those plays because it was a judgment call on his part and he saw that Dave was free and he had a chance to win it.”“All of us makes mistakes, that’s part of growth of everybody, and that’s why I’m here to mentor these young men,” added Jarin, whose team fell to a 1-5 record and tied University of the East at the bottom of the ladder.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil He became a goat.In National University’s close 89-88 loss to University of the Philippines, Gallego had the chance to win the game but instead of going for a game-winning layup he chucked a pass to Dave Ildefonso out in the wing as the buzzer sounded.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 ChrissGallego knew he made the most crucial of mistakes that led to the Bulldogs’ fifth loss in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.But only in his second year, Gallego knows he can still make up for his mistake. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

With LeBron gone, Eastern Conference set for a new champion

first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 9, 2017 file photo Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, and Gordon Hayward look on from the bench during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston. Last season hopes were high for the Celtics in the preseason with a new-look roster that included Irving and Hayward. Five minutes into the season opener everything changed with Hayward’s gruesome leg injury. It happened again late in the season with Irving was lost to knee surgery. With both back and healthy, Boston is embracing being called the presumptive favorites in the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, file)The roadblock has been removed. With LeBron James gone, the path to the NBA Finals from the Eastern Conference is open again.Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and more are hoping to win the race to it.ADVERTISEMENT 8. Detroit — A full season with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin together should be enough to get the Pistons back into the postseason.IN THE MIX9. Cleveland — Kevin Love and the remainder of the Cavaliers that James left behind should still be good enough to fight for a spot in the top eight.10. Charlotte — The Hornets will host an All-Star Game in February. They’ll try to host playoff games in April.FACING LONG ODDS11. Orlando — Steve Clifford is the latest coach to try to mix a collection of young players into one that can defend enough to be a decent team.12. Brooklyn — Nets made a seven-win improvement last season even while being dismal at defending and rebounding. Do either better and they can take another leap.13. New York — Kristaps Porzingis remains out indefinitely while rehabbing a torn ACL, so new coach David Fizdale will give rookie Kevin Knox an early green light.14. Atlanta — Trae Young may be exciting to watch, but he won’t be able to stop another long season of losing in Atlanta.15. Chicago — The Bulls of Tom Thibodeau were veterans who always defended hard. The Bulls of Fred Hoiberg have been none of the above. “It’s great that LeBron has taken his talents out West because it opens up the doors for not only a lot of these young players, but these organizations now. Fresh blood, something new to kind of see who can compete for that Eastern crown.”The Celtics nearly won it last year, falling to the Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. They were without the injured Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, and now that the two stars are healthy and have rejoined Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and the rest of a deep team that made a valiant run without them, Boston is probably the favorite in the East.But there’s intrigue beyond that, which rarely existed during James’ reign. Philadelphia finished strong in its first season with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons playing together, and now might get a full one with 2017 No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz joining them after his shoulder problems last season.Toronto shook up a 59-win team by firing coach Dwane Casey and shipping DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio in the trade for Kawhi Leonard, and Indiana bolstered a team that took Cleveland to seven games in the first round.Any of them have a chance to get to the place that James wouldn’t let them.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Lakers-Warriors most-watched NBA preseason game ever on ESPN “An appearance in the finals is going to be sweet,” Embiid said.A look at the East, in predicted order of finish:PLAYOFF BOUND1. Boston — Depth of talent is not only tops in the East, but comes closest in the NBA to rivaling Golden State’s.2. Philadelphia — If either Simmons or Fultz develops a jump shot to open things up more for Embiid, look out.3. Indiana — Victor Oladipo has emerged as an All-Star and the Pacers are balanced behind him.4. Toronto — If Leonard is fully healthy and motivated, Raptors added a top-five player to a 59-win team.5. Milwaukee — Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to make the Bucks fun to watch in their new arena.6. Washington — John Wall and Bradley Beal will give the Wizards plenty on the perimeter, but they need Dwight Howard provide a boost on the interior.7. Miami — Heat won’t want to send Dwyane Wade into retirement without one final playoff appearance. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title WHAT TO KNOWCANADA’S CHANCE: The Raptors gambled on acquiring Leonard from San Antonio, and now Toronto has a year to show him it’s worth sticking around when he becomes a free agent next summer.BEST MAN: A popular question after James left was who is the best player now in the East? Irving, Embiid, Antetokounmpo and Leonard are among those who can make compelling cases.HOWARD’S HEALTH: Dwight Howard has sat out his first preseason with the Wizards because of a balky back, the kind of injury that can sometimes linger, and Washington needs a presence in the middle no matter how good its backcourt is.OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW? Cleveland and Boston met in the opening game in the East last season and ended up squaring off in the conference finals. This time, it’s Boston and Philadelphia to open things in the East and they’ll be good candidates to close them.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college James ruled over the East for eight years, making four straight trips to the finals from Miami and then moving back to Cleveland in 2014 and getting there every year since.From Boston to Indiana, up north in Toronto all the way down to Atlanta, teams would emerge with what they thought was a title contender only to see James send them home for the summer.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 ChrissNow King James has abdicated his throne and moved to Los Angeles, and there should be rejoicing in the land he left behind.“It’s a new lease on life in the Eastern Conference,” said Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Reggie Miller, who faced a similar situation when he played in the East during the era of Michael Jordan’s Bulls. 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UAAP: UST sweeps FEU in elimination round

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. To make matters worse for FEU, Arvin Tolentino was slapped with his second straight disqualifying foul this season after his cheap shot on Huang with 15.9 seconds left.Huang finished with a career-high 20 while grabbing six rebounds for the Growling Tigers, who won their third straight game.Marvin Lee added 17 points with five assists for UST with Henri Subido tallying 14 points and Germy Mahinay putting up 10 points and eight boards.Despite making less field goals than FEU, 25 to 30, the Growling Tigers made up for it from the foul line hitting on a 21-of-27 clip while the Tamaraws went 7-of-13 from the stripe.Richard Escoto led the 5-3 Tamaraws with 12 points while Tolentino had 11 points and 11 rebounds before his exit.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title FEU held on to a slim 51-49 lead early in the fourth but that just fueled the Growling Tigers’ tenacity as they went on a game-changing 16-3 run to take a 65-54 after Zach Huang’s jumper with 3:55 left.Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela was then, called for a technical foul with 2:01 left in the game after he challenged the referees for calling an offensive foul on his guard Alec Stockton.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 Chriss“It’s so easy to coach these guys because they’re so connected, whatever you tell them to do they will,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo in Filipino. “There’s no resistance on their part.”“It’s a good thing they appreciate our efforts because they see the results and they trust us coaches even more.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas downed Far Eastern University anew, 78-70, to sweep their head-to-head battle in the elimination round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Growling Tigers won their first meeting, 76-74, and their latest win bumped them to .500 territory with a 4-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Crawford stops Benavidez late in last round to keep WBO beltlast_img read more

Looking to cruise, Aces slog past Dyip on Harris’ heroics

first_img“Absolutely,” Compton said when asked if he thinks that the Sunday clash against Blackwater is crucial. “We better be a different team [for that game] because it’s going to be a hard game for us if we play this way.”“Good thing that he (Harris) is a stud,” Compton said. “But we don’t want to be overreliant on our import.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Motolite-Ateneo holds off Tacloban gals PBA IMAGESIt was easy to understand why Alex Compton looked and sounded defeated even though he was doing the customary winning coach’s interview.Playing a team that has done practically nothing worth remembering in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Compton’s Alaska Aces needed 44 points and 27 rebounds from import Mike Harris to turn back Columbian, 104-94, to earn at least a tie for a playoff berth in the season-closing conference on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments For a powerhouse team to be dragged into a close contest by such a lowly squad, Compton faced reporters with a long face, a somber tone and words of displeasure toward his charges who are up for a crucial game with another top four contender on Sunday.“It’s an interesting feeling; we won that game but I am really unhappy right now,” he said even after the Aces improved to 6-2 and tied Blackwater for third spot with less than three weeks left in the elimination round. “No disrespect to anybody, but my concern is my team.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 Chriss“I think we’re a stronger team than Columbian, but we didn’t play the way we needed to play,” he said. “We have to get better.”The Aces slug it out with the Elite on Sunday in a match that could very well determine either side’s aspirations for a top four finish and a twice-to-beat privilege that goes with it. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Jamal Murray, Russell Westbrook tussle as Nuggets beat Thunder

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, blocks a shot by Denver Nuggets forward Trey Lyles in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Nikola Jokic scored 24 points, Jamal Murray had 19 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-98 on Friday night after Murray and Russell Westbrook had a heated exchange.Westbrook and Murray pushed each other and argued after lining up next to each other for a jump ball in the final seconds. Jokic tried to get between them, and Westbrook threatened to beat up Jokic while being restrained. No blows were exchanged, but the final moments played out amid heightened tensions.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: Andre Roberson remains sidelined by a left patellar tendon injury that has kept him out all season.Nuggets: F Paul Millsap missed a third game since suffering a right big toe fracture. … G Gary Harris missed a fifth straight game because of a right hip injury. … F Mason Plumlee fouled out with just over six minutes left to play.UP NEXTThunder: Complete a back-to-back at home Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers/Nuggets: Continue a four-game homestand Sunday night against Toronto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With a 9-2 burst capped by another layup from George, Oklahoma City pulled within 99-96 with 3:20 remaining. The Nuggets scored 10 of the last 12 points down the stretch, four of them on a jumper and a pair of free throws by Murray.The teams were gathered for a jump ball with 35.7 seconds left when Westbrook, apparently upset over Murray’s positioning around the circle, began pushing him. As Murray pushed back, teammates and officials quickly rushed in to separate the two, who exchanged words before the skirmish ended.The Nuggets took a 60-52 lead at halftime, boosted by Torrey Craig’s perimeter shooting as he made three of his first four attempts from 3-point range.Adams scored 17 of his points in the first half, helping to keep the Thunder within striking distance.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Damian Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Jokic also had 15 rebounds and nine assists, just shy of a third triple-double this season. Nick Young, signed as a free agent Monday, scored six points in his Nuggets debut, including a key 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.Paul George had 32 points to lead the Thunder, who lost their fourth in a row to the Nuggets.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 ChrissSteven Adams added 26 points, and Jerami Grant and Westbrook finished with 13 points apiece.Trailing by 10 points late in the third quarter, Oklahoma City got a layup and a 3-pointer from George in the final minute to pull to within 82-76. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Andrew Bogut rejoining Warriors, adds depth at center

first_imgView comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “He’s still got something to offer,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Whatever role that means, he’s ready to accept and take on the challenge and we’re excited to have him.”Golden State has struggled defensively, losing in embarrassing fashion at home to Boston 128-95 on Tuesday night, so Bogut’s 7-foot presence in the paint could be timely.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe played on the Warriors’ 2015 champion team and the 73-win team the following season that lost in Game 7 of the NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cavaliers.“I think it will be great for us to have Bogut back,” Draymond Green said after Wednesday’s practice, when the two-time defending champions met and re-established their goals. “We all know what Bogut brings to the table, so I think it will overall help us, especially going down this stretch where it’s going to be a tough run to try to three-peat.” Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MOST READ Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12), Klay Thompson (11), Shaun Livingston (34), and Draymond Green (23) talk on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 108-95. APOAKLAND, California—The Golden State Warriors signed Andrew Bogut, who is expected to rejoin the team next week and add depth heading into the playoffs.The Warriors made the announcement Wednesday, after Bogut was cleared by his Australian team, the Sydney Kings. The Warriors are without Damian Jones, who needed surgery after injuring his left pectoral muscle in December.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fifa explores Kuwait, Oman as 2022 WCup co-hosts The 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick out of Utah, Bogut appeared in 23 games for the Lakers last season and made five starts. He averaged 1.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 9.4 minutes.Bogut was injured in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals and missed the rest of the series. Then he got traded to Dallas to create salary cap room for Golden State to sign Kevin Durant, who went on to become back-to-back Finals MVP while bringing the franchise two more titles.The Warriors scouted the 34-year-old in Australia and had to wait on his work visa and clearance from FIBA to sign him.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Mogae: ‘Corruption Must Be Tackled If Africa Would Grow’

first_imgAs Africans continuously brainstorm on how their respective countries can economically grow to have better infrastructures and reduce the high level of inequality, former Botswana President Festus Mogae has underscored that the growth and development of Africa cannot take place in the midst of corruption.Raising the issue at the recently held African Development Bank’s 49th Annual Meeting in Kigali, Rwandat, he former Botswana President said, “It is difficult to discuss the problems militating against Africa’s development and its inability to lift the majority of its people out of poverty without mentioning corruption.”Former President Mogae said he sees corruption as a universal problem and cautioned that Africa should not shy away from borrowing concepts from abroad to deal with its problems.According to him, Africa should not unduly worry about the sources of solutions needed to deal with corruption, provided that what is copied is appropriate to a particular situation.He noted that the form of corruption people deal with may have been borrowed from western nations.Discussing “Transparency and Accountability” in one of the many panel discussions held during the Meeting, former President Mogae stressed, “Another way transparency could be brought to bear with the endemic corruption in the continent is for donor countries and agencies to conduct regular on-the-spot visits to project sites and to demand and obtain detail receipts on expense to ensure that it corresponds with the volume of work done to implement the project.”He added, “Apart from being transparent and accountable to its citizens, all the arms of the government must be accountable and responsible to each other.”The former President is of the view that parliamentary oversight and judicial examinations are the ways to minimizing the effect of corruption.Former President Mogae’s comment is endorsed by many to be the main problem facing the African continent.  Moreover, he has the credibility to comment on corruption because his country has the lowest corruption record in Africa. To this effect, in 2013, British Commonwealth countries selected Botswana to host the anti-corruption centre.Recently the African Development Bank (AfDB) held its annual Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss issues creating impediments to economic growth in Africa and to strategize about what can be done to bring integration and development to the continent.Under the theme, “In 50 Years: The Africa We Want,” African leaders, heads of banking institutions, members of the civil society and observers discussed infrastructure, the African economy, youth empowerment, the gender divide and education, amongst other topics as key to uplifting Africa; the issue about vices such as corruption and poor leadership, which many view as THE impediment to growth wa not given much attention.Nevertheless, former President Mogae, along with Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, vocally brought the issue to the attention of African leaders.President Ondimba, who succeeded his late father Omar Bongo in Gabon, said integration in Africa and Africans seeing one another as Africans was a matter of political will on the part of each African leader.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Takun J: B-Day Celebration Will Be “Different”

first_imgOne of Liberia’s most dependable and “all ears” Hip-Co artists, who has spent several years providing proof to his fans and nation that Hip-Co music could one day have a mark in the entertainment industry, celebrated another birthday on May 14, 2014.With great wishes and respect from LIB LIFE, we wish you a happy belated birthday!Due to celebrate a grand B-Day bash at club Dubai on May 24, 2014, Takun J celebrates his b-day with an exclusive, pay-to-enter house party, set up for sincere well-wishers, smiling faces and a room filled with gifts.“If it’s free, everyone will fill the place, and since there isn’t much space on 146 block, I’ve decided to charge a fee for those who really want to celebrate my birthday with me,” He stated duringthe renovation of 146.Also, Takun mentioned during the 12 ambassadors weekly Hip-Co Accountability Lab meeting that he wanted to do something special for his fans, despite it being his birthday.He also mentioned doing something different from what most of his fans are accustomed to seeing and hearing every Friday night during “146” open mic.“It’s going to be big, I’m going to have different people on the mic other than what everybody is used to,” he added.Furthermore, “146” block has become the second home for many Hip-Co artists who use the popular hangout spot as a means for stage practice, collaborations and for a good time.“146 is a good place to go and polish your skills and be able to do it around the real stars,” stated Black boy, another aspiring artist who dreams of one day featuring in Takun’s tracks.Meanwhile, artists and entertainers from all genres of music, class and style showed up at the birthday boy’s “146”, openly showing the love and respect that the whole country has for their “super-star” artist.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Survey: Nation disenchanted with handling of varied issues

first_imgDear Editor,The findings of an opinion survey conducted by this writer for the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) last July showed people are disenchanted with the incumbent coalition APNU/AFC Government’s handling of several issues.The Government scores poorly on a range of issues, while the Opposition has the confidence of a majority.The survey finds that three quarters of the nation feel they are worse off today than they were three years ago. A majority of the nation is not satisfied with the Government’s handling of the economy, corruption, crime, contract negotiations with Exxon, the Cyber Bill, and the termination of sugar workers. People do not express much hope in their future wellbeing, with an overwhelming majority saying the country is moving in the wrong direction.They are critical of the Government for its termination of well-known independent-minded Guyana Chronicle columnists Lincoln Lewis and David Hinds. The nation is also disappointed with how the Government has marked the late President Cheddi Jagan’s 100th birth anniversary. They say Government has not done enough to honour the late Dr Jagan, with many saying the Government has disrespected the memory of the founding father of the nation.Respondents also express grave concern about the fairness of the next elections in Guyana. A large majority say they don’t think the elections will be free and fair. However, if an election were called now and it is free and fair, people feel PPP would win a majority. Guyanese say the US has to be the guarantor of free and fair elections in Guyana, and a lopsided majority want closer relations with America.The latest Guyana survey was conducted in June/July to find out opinions on a number of current issues relating to people’s quality of life. NACTA interviewed 1340 adult respondents (550 Indians, 400 Africans, 242 Mixed, 135 Amerindians, and 13 Whites and others belonging to other ethnic categories) to yield a demographically representative sample of the adult population. People were polled randomly. The results of the poll were analysed at a 95 percent significance level, and an approximate statistical sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points was found. This means that in theory, in 19 cases out of 20, the results based on such a sample will differ by about 4 percentage points from what should have been obtained by seeking to interview the whole adult population.According to the findings of the opinion survey, crime remains the dominant issue, with people expressing widespread fear of being robbed; 86 per cent say they are dissatisfied with Government’s policy for combating crime.Many also express concerns about the handling of the economy (64 per cent), corruption (67 per cent), governance (63 per cent), Exxon contract (74 per cent), terminated sugar workers (68 per cent), and Cyber Bill (71 per cent). Some 88 per cent feel the country is moving in the wrong direction. Some 92 per cent feel Guyana should cement closer links with the United States.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more