SBP makes U-turn, withdraws from Asian Games

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The SBP said in a statement that the participation in the 2018 Asian Games “would not be optimal.”This decision came just seven hours after the PBA Board and the SBP met to announce that Rain or Shine will be the representatives in the continental meet.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’Yeng Guiao, who is currently handling NLEX, was also appointed as the team’s head coach while Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia as the chief assistant.The SBP said they are in the process of regrouping the national team after the brawl against Australia in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has pulled out from the 2018 Asian Games just hours after announcing its concrete plans for the Jakarta meet.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins F2 survives Petron in five-set thriller to take PSL Finals Game 1 MOST READ “[This is to ] allow the national team and our organization to regroup, to prepare for the process of appealing the Fiba Disciplinary Panel’s recent decision, and aim for sustainable success in future tournaments including the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers and the 2023 Basketball World Cup,” the SBP said in a statement.“We have reached the conclusion that, with the foregoing considered and after consulting with the basketball community, the time and chance to participate in the 2018 Asian Games would not be optimal.”The SBP, however, asked for forgiveness after the laid out plans have gone asunder.“We apologize to the Asian Games organizers, to the fans of the Philippine team, and to the Asian basketball community for this withdrawal,” said the SBP. “The SBP resolves to solve its systems, and to prepare programs that will ensure respectable performances of our teams internationally, of which our countrymen can truly be proud of.”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 LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more

Hidilyn rues sad state of Rizal sports complex

first_imgZAMBOANGA CITY – Olympic’s weightlifting Silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is appealing here to national sports officials to do something to rehabilitate their training arena, the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.“Let’s face it, I admit that we athletes are giving our all, but look at our Rizal sports complex, its been there since 1991 but ganun pa rin hanggang ngayon. We need changes, improvements,” Diaz during her brief stage appearance at the frontage of the Zamboanga City Hall for a heroes’ welcome on Monday afternoon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Diaz pointed out that “surroundings of the sport complex ang dami ng nagsisitayo na mga condominiums, lahat nagbabago, pero ang Rizal Sports Complex, kahit rehabiliation wala.”She quickly clarified that she is not questioning or blaming the government for this, “panawagan ko lang ito, I dont want to judge them, pero kailangan na talaga itong i address.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes are now geared to Tokyo 2020 Diaz said and a good training area is one of their considerations.She too is now preparing, “and I am on training now for Tokyo 2020. Hopefully, I will qualify and I need to compete for 6 competitions to qualify for Tokyo 2020.”Diaz is in town along with fellow Zamboangueño athletes, Boxing bronze medalist Eumir Marcial and another Penkat Silat’s bronze medalist Jefferson Loon.Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar and the Zamboangueños gave a heroes’ welcome to the three athletes who made waves in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.Diaz received P300K financial incentives from the city government while Marcial and Loon received P100K each.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Olympic’s weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz is appealing here to national sports officials to do something to rehabilitate their training arena, the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex. PHOTO/Julie Alipala Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal During the welcome’s program, Loon became emotional.He narrated his experience where only a few appreciated his sport, “Penkat Silat is not popular here and I will do my best to make it popular, I am promoting this to inspire more youth to join this sport… sorry,” Loon said trying to hold his tears.A confident Marcial said he is grateful to the Zamboanguenos for the all-out support including his family, his fraternity and the city government. He urged Zamboanguenos to love whatever sports they are in, “love your sports and this will lead you to the life you dreamed of and this sports will bring honor and name to our city and you too, will bring honor and fame to the city.”The three athletes were overwhelmed with the warm reception of people mostly youth who endured the heat of the sun.“We are overwhelmed with this heroes’ welcome, I am happy, I am back to my birthplace. I am a very proud Zamboangueno and I am thankful for the people of Zamboanga for the continuous support and prayers,” Diaz said.She is elated to see more youth looking up at them as an inspiration.“I want to show and share to them this sport, it inspires young people and someday, they will become sports hero too,” Diaz said but reminded the young generation that sports is not an easy thing, “it requires real hard work and discipline.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NFL: Aaron Rodgers returns from injury, Packers beat Bears Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Yana Boys Association Frowns At Ellen’s Critics

first_imgThe leadership of the Yana Boys Association of Liberia (YBAL), has frowned at Liberians who opted for the resignation of the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.YBAL’s president, Prince Kollie, at a news conference on Wednesday, described those critics as people with ‘evil mind.’At the Ministry of Labor in Monrovia yesterday, Mr. Kollie said, those making the calls for the resignation of the President were not peace loving people especially at the time the country was facing its worst ever recorded national health crisis.“We believe that it is about time that all Liberians join hands in the fight against the current health crisis which has taken away lives of our love ones, family members, relatives and friends.”According to Mr. Kollie, the Liberian leader and the Unity Party have taken the country from broken states to a recognized nation after proper representation at the international level.He added that Liberians have to continue praising their leader for her hard work, which includes the step-up fight against the deadly Ebola virus.”He explained among other things that the association with over 36,000 members is disappointed over the waves of calls by some citizens both at home and abroad for the resignation of the Liberian leader and her Vice President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr.“We have witnessed huge transformations and international attention as well as good will through the initiative of President Sirleaf than any other government in the history of the country,” he recalled.He said the cancelation of the Liberia’s debts to foreign countries and international financial institutions, including the attraction of huge direct investments mostly in the mining and agriculture sectors are efforts by the Liberian leader.He continues, “With the initiatives by this government, thousands of Liberians are gainfully employed both in the government and private sectors. We also have banks providing loans or credit opportunities to citizens, organizations, including the Yana Boys Associations for empowerment and improvement of livelihood.”Mr. Kollie said that the number of schools, colleges, universities, and vocational and technical training institutions in the country as well as children in those areas were evidence of the Sirleaf led government with the desire to empower the citizens.“We currently have businesses operating in the country owned and operated by Liberians; indicating some levels of empowerment by the Sirleaf-led Administration.He added that no government in the history of Liberia has allowed or provided the level of press freedom that is being enjoyed by media practitioners and other citizens.He recalled how the President has provided several international scholarships and study programs for Liberian students in different fields of studies as well as local studies.Meanwhile, Mr. Kollie expressed gratitude to the President and her international as well as the local partners for the fight against the deadly Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Murder convicts appeal High Court’s decision

first_imgThe two men who were last week found guilty of murdering a security guard at a mandir at Bloomfield, Corentyne are appealing their conviction.The trial Judge, Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry is being accused of being biased in favour of the prosecution when she summed up the case.The duo Shivnarine Jainarine, also called “Sammy” or “Samuel”, of Train Line Dam, Port Mourant, Corentyne, and Ryan Persaud, also called “KK”, of Williamsburg, Corentyne were last week found guilty of murderinShivnarine Jainarineg Jagdat Ramcharran, called “Ronald”, 61, a security guard of Bloomfield between January 6, and January 7, 2013.The man’s body was found bound and gagged at the Iskcon Hari Krishna Mandir at Block 6 Williamsburg.Initially, the two, along with Kerwin Hintzen, also called “Rattie”, were indicted for the murder. However, Hintzen had earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter and wassentenced to a 20-year jail term.After being found guilty, the two are now saying that the trial Judge erred. In an appeal filed by Attorney-at-Law Murseline Bacchus, the convicted men are claiming that Justice Sewnarine-Beharry erred in law when she admitted the statement dated May 16, 2013, purportedly given by an appellant, into evidence.They are also contending that Justice Sewnarine-Beharry erred in law when she ruled that the said statement properly formed part of the evidence, thus making it admissible when there was no positive finding by the Magistrate as to itsRyan Persaudvoluntariness.The trial lasted five weeks. The trial was overshadowed by a voir dire which took up most of the time.In the appeal against the conviction, the two men are contending that the Judge erred in law when she rejected the “no case” submissions at the end of the prosecution’s case and at the end of the evidence.According to the notice of appeal, the Judge erred in law in ruling that the felony-murder rule applied when the alleged felony was not intrinsically associated with violence – the prosecution’s case was that there was a break-in at the temple and burglary of a dwelling house, when no dwelling house was burglarised.Meanwhile, Jainarine and Persaud are expected to return to court on November 29, when a probation report is expected to be presented. They are also expected to be sentenced then.last_img read more

GTU proposal for increased wages to be submitted next week

first_imgThe Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) is finalising its submission for another multi-year agreement which is expected to be ready next week.This is according to the General Secretary of the Union, Coretta McDonald during an interview with Guyana Times on Friday.She explained that the Union was initially hoping to have that proposal submitted before the end of December 2018, however, because of several reasons, the proposal will be submitted in the new week.When asked what those reasons were, the General Secretary pointed out that the Union is seeking to have all its members in the country when the document is sent to the Ministry. She also noted the importance of consultation on the figure withGTU General Secretary Coretta McDonaldteachers and the executive members of the Union.President of the Union, Mark Lyte was unreachable when this newspaper made contact with him, nonetheless, Lyte in a recent interview, was reluctant to reveal the percentage that the Union is looking forward to in the new agreement.He only said that the Union will find ways to justify its proposal.Things went haywire during the last bargaining process between the two parties which left children in empty classrooms as teachers resorted to the streets, calling for increased salaries.In fact, it was only last October that the GTU and the Education Ministry came to an agreement with regards to teachers’ salary; an impasse that lasted several weeks.As the agreement was inked on October 24 for a 12 per cent increase for 2016 and eight per cent for 2018, Lyte said that the Union has learnt its lesson and is looking forward to brokering a better agreement come 2019.Moreover, the GTU President pointed out that the Union has “learnt so many lessons” and is now better prepared for the next bargaining process with the Education Ministry.He explained that he believes the agreement made will better satisfy teachers and their families and even result in classrooms being better serviced.On the other hand, General Secretary of the GTU, during an exclusive interview with this publication, said she believes the Union should have been more diligent in its doings.She stated, “As a Union we needed to do a little more work, we needed to be a little more diligent in what we were doing, but it’s a learning experience and come 2019 our teachers, if it’s going to be a three year or a five years agreement, our teachers will see many more benefits coming their way”.“Those teachers who would have felt neglected over the past years and they weren’t being able to gain access to their benefits I want to say to them rest assure GTU has been there for you, we will continue to be there for you and your benefits are intact,” she added.A 40 per cent salary increase for public school teachers was initially proposed for the year 2016. Over time, the percentage will be increased for all categories of represented teachers. For the year 2017, the Union was hoping to have bargained for a 45 per cent increase, which would then increase to 50 per cent for the remainder of the years indicated in the agreement (2018-2020).last_img read more

PNC brags about Govt’s training programme despite high unemployment rate

first_imgGuyana has been battling high rates of unemployment, and despite initiatives that have been implemented by the APNU/AFC Government, statistics revealed that a large percentage of youths continue to remain unemployed, despite being academically qualified for jobs.PNCR member Aubrey NortonHowever, Peoples’ National Congress Reform member (PNCR) Aubrey Norton on Friday stated that since the APNU/AFC coalition took office, thousands of youths have been provided with tools they need to work among their peers and that many youths have been placed in both appointed and elected positions in society.“Government has delivered on many of its promises and the country is on the right path. As a government, we have served Guyana well,” said Norton bragged but failed to address the 40 per cent unemployment rate among youths in Guyana.Additionally, Norton in his declaration at the PNCR’s press conference on Friday, also stated that thousands of young people have been trained in leadership skills over the past four years.However, this contradicts the statements made by the Finance Ministry’s Finance Secretary, Michael Joseph, who while hammering home the point of arresting unemployment in Guyana at a University of Guyana (UG) Tain Talks event, noted that joblessness also narrows the potential base from which a Government can collect income tax as well as undermines the progress of any country.He had explained that Guyana’s high unemployment rate has economic and social implications for the country presently and in years to come.Additionally, Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram had recently pointed out that the APNU/AFC’s inability to effectively address the country’s unemployment rate, where a majority of the population is young people, will present a major challenge for Guyana in the coming years.In an interview with this publication, Ram spoke of some of the reasons for Guyana’s low employment rate and also expressed the belief that not enough attention is being paid to its economic and social side.“Part of the problem we have is that we have a very low wage economy,” Ram said, adding “and it discourages people entering into the employment sector. If you get the minimum wage and you have to spend 20 per cent of it on transportation alone, it’s not a great motivator for you to work”.“(This) is why we have the paradox of employment and yet it is difficult to get people with even the basic skills. The rate these people earn, they say they might as well hustle here and there, rather than getting involved in the formal economy, having to pay NIS and income tax”.Observers have also expressed worry about the link between unemployment as a signifier for the gradual erosion of the traditional sectors of the economy owing to neglect by the Government as it waits for oil revenues to start flowing.This will inevitably lead to the dreaded Dutch disease, where the economy cannot stand on one leg. This has been most graphically illustrated over the past few years, in the sugar industry where production has dwindled with the dismissal of the sugar workers, and the Government has not diversified the prime agricultural lands into other crops to create employment and generate foreign exchange by exporting those crops.last_img read more

La Ca?ada, La Salle take the long road

first_img“It’s tough enough playing a very good team, but when you go on four-hour bus rides, it makes the task even tougher. I’ve seen favored teams go on big trips like this and get beat, so we have a lot of obstacles to overcome.” St. Joseph scored an impressive 2-1 victory over Flintridge Sacred Heart in December and knocked off Orange League- champion Magnolia, 3-0, in the first round. Forward Andrea Zimkowski is the Knights’ big scoring threat, and goalkeeper Maranda Gaspar has 11 shutouts. Los Padres teams also went 4-0 in the first round, so Bilowitz is concerned. But the Spartans counter with junior forward Nancy Avesyan, who has 28 goals and 24 assists. Both games start at 3 p.m. “We’re leaving at 9 a.m.,” Spartans coach Louie Bilowitz said. “We’ll stop in Santa Barbara for lunch and hopefully have our legs by the time we get there. “We’re just preparing ourselves for a very good team,” Bilowitz said. “I was looking over their results, and they went through six games in a tournament without giving up a goal. But our motivation is that if we win, we know we will be at home in the quarterfinals.” They wouldn’t mind meeting La Salle at home in the quarterfinals on Thursday, but the Lancers have to get past the Braves, who have four shutouts in their last five games. Maranatha girls soccer coach Jolie Robison is wondering if it will snow when the Minutemen (22-2-3), top-ranked in Division V, travel to Big Bear (18-7) for today’s second-round match at 3 p.m. “I heard they got four to six inches of snow (Sunday) night,” Robison said. “We wanted to drive up (Monday) night and stay there, but the roads weren’t cleared yet.” It continued to snow on Monday in Big Bear, and the forecast calls for cloudy skies and temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s this afternoon. “The cold doesn’t concern me as much as the altitude,” Robison said. “We need a quick start, because I don’t know how the altitude is going to affect us.” Both teams have two of the division’s best scorers. The Bears boast Ariena Czech, who has 25 goals and 15 assists. But the Minutemen counter with sophomore Te’anna Robinson, who has 32 goals and eight assists. Big Bear defeated Gabrielino, 2-0, in the first round. “They’re a lot like us in terms of having a great scorer, and playing a fairly weak schedule,” Robison said. “I think we’ve played a few more quality teams, but that won’t mean anything by game time.” Marshall (12-4) has the tough task of traveling to Lancaster Desert Christian (20-1-2), the top seed in Division VI, for a second-round match. Westridge, a 3-2 winner over Wilson in a Division III first-round match on Friday, is the only local team at home in the second round today. The Tigers (11-2-5) will host Arroyo Grande (17-6-1), a 4-0 winner over Culver City, at 3 p.m. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img If the La Salle and La Ca?ada high school girls soccer teams meet in the CIF-SS Division IV quarterfinals, they will have to overcome long road trips and a pair of difficult Los Padres League teams in second-round games this afternoon. La Ca?ada (13-5-4) will be at Santa Maria St. Joseph (16-9-1), while La Salle (22-2-1) travels to league champion Lompoc (12-4-3). last_img read more

Automakers, union unite on global warming

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Inaction will not work, and telling us what doesn’t work is useful but no longer sufficient,” Dingell said. The committee was exploring alternatives to the fuel economy program, possibly through the regulation of a vehicle’s carbon dioxide emissions. Gettelfinger, for example, said the UAW wanted Congress to look into the potential of a carbon control policy that would require reductions in carbon emissions of vehicles. All the auto leaders answered “yes” when asked by Dingell if they were willing to consider “a system which regulates the emissions of carbon dioxide from your vehicles.” But they said it would need to be coupled with reduced emissions and carbon production from fuels. David Friedman, research director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the auto industry’s support for other industries – such as oil producers – paying for a cap on emissions could lead to higher gasoline prices and let car makers “avoid the responsibility for the pollution their vehicles produce.” WASHINGTON – U.S. automakers and a top union official pledged Wednesday to work with Congress to find new ways of dealing with global warming, but declared their industry could not bear the burden alone. The leaders of General Motors, Ford, Toyota and Chrysler, along with the head of the United Auto Workers union, made a rare joint appearance before a House subcommittee. They stressed that proposed increases in gas mileage standards for new vehicles would be extremely expensive and could have calamitous results. “This could include the closing of additional facilities and the loss of tens of thousands of automotive jobs,” UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said. But all the industry leaders, under questioning from House Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., vowed to work with the committee to produce regulations to address climate change and consider “new regulatory regimes” beyond the fuel economy program. last_img read more

Women warned to lock windows in wake of assaults

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies urged women to keep their windows shut and secure after the sexual assault of a woman early Thursday. The woman, in her 40s, was asleep in her bed in the 19000 block of Four Oaks Drive when a man believed to be in his mid-30s wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt climbed onto her bed, put a knife to her neck and sexually assaulted her, the report said. Sheriff’s officials said they think the man entered the woman’s home through the kitchen window. A similar assault occurred in Canyon Country in January when a man wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt entered a home on Stilmore Street and raped a 20-year-old woman. “We are investigating whether it is the same person,” Lt. Brenda Cambra said. Sheriff’s deputies are asking anyone with information on either crime to call the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station or Detective John Gill at 255-1121. (661) 257-5254 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_imgA new picture of a possible suspect connected to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will be released by UK police on BBC’s CrimeWatch programme next Monday. The British detectives investigating Madeleine’s disappearance are to issue the “e-fit” of a person they wish to interview.Madeleine – whose grandparents are from Donegal – disappeared in May 2007 while on holiday with her family in Portugal. Police said in a statement they did not wish to comment ahead of Monday’s TV programme.“We will be asking for help from the public in a number of countries, delivered through a series of public appeals,” the statement said.“We will do nothing to jeopardise the effectiveness of these appeals and we have repeatedly stated that media speculation can be damaging to our efforts.”The appeal will include a reconstruction of the “latest, most detailed understanding” of the events around the time Madeleine went missing. Scotland Yard has said that a vast log of mobile phone traffic could be the key to finding out what happened to the girl.Madeleine’s father Gerry and mother Kate brought her to Donegal just a few weeks before she disappeared.Madeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later. MADELEINE: UK POLICE TO RELEASE PICTURE OF SUSPECT was last modified: October 10th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BBCCrimeWatchmadeleine mccannpolicesuspectlast_img read more