Batang Gilas boasts of height, speed for Fiba Asia U16

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sonny Barrios, executive director of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, said aside from Sotto, six other players in the team are above six feet, including the 6-foot-8 Chiu and 6-foot-7 Cortez.The team’s mettle will be tested right away being in Group B along with heavyweight Australia and Malaysia.The host country is in Group A with New Zealand and Hong Kong, Iran, Chinese Taipei and Macau are in Group C, while Korea, Japan, Lebanon and India comprise Group D.The top four finishers will represent Asia in the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina next year.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Expected to lead Batang Gilas’ campaign is 7-foot-1 center Kai Sotto, who is coming off a dominating season in the UAAP where he led the Ateneo Blue Eaglets to the championship.“We have a combination of height and speed. At least, we’re not going to look pitiful inside unlike before,” said Batang Gilas coach Michael Oliver during the PSA Forum on Tuesday at Tapa King Restaurant at Araneta Center in Cubao. “We’re not going to be undersized against our opponents.”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 folkJoining Sotto are Rafael Go, Raven Cortez, McLaude Guadana, Terrence Fortea, Recaredo Christian Calimag, Rence Padrigao, and Shaun Geofrrey Chiu, who helped the team win the Southeast Asian Basketball Association juniors championship in Manila last year.Rounding out the squad are newcomers Jerick Kyle Bautista, Joshua Rafael Lazaro, Yukien Andrada, and King Balaga. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery JR Quiñahan ejected in Game 6 after Jio Jalalon hit Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback The Philippine youth team is primed to present a different kind of challenge against the competition in the Fiba U16 Asian Championships in Foshan, China next month.Unlike in past editions of the tournament where undersized Philippine teams had to primarily bank on quickness, the latest version of Batang Gilas will have a man in the middle who can look eye-to-eye with the opposition’s big men.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales PLAY LIST 02:40Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales01:17Christmas Eve chaos in Hong Kong as police and protesters clash06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

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Globalport releases ‘unhappy’ Terrence

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Half-Filipinos to bolster Azkals’ Asian Cup roster 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIEScenter_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Center Yousef Taha will also join the KaTropa, who sent former 6-foot-7 top pick Mo Tautuaa to the Batang Pier along with their 2020 first round pick and 2021 second round pick.“It’s sad to let go one of the hottest players in the land, but we will not stand in the way of one’s desire and happiness,” said GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan. “So with a heavy heart, we are trading our top star. This is a win-win solution for us and the camp of Terrence.”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“We have so much respect for the guy, but we, as a team, must also move on toward our main goal which is to get better.”At TNT, the 2015 Most Improved Player will be reunited with Gilas Pilipinas teammate Jayson Castro to form one of the league’s most explosive backcourt tandems. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThree-time PBA scoring champion Terrence Romeo will be suiting up for a different team for the first time since he was drafted five years ago when the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup gets going on April 22.Following a tumultuous stint with GlobalPort in the Philippine Cup playoffs, the Batang Pier shipped their high-scoring yet disgruntled guard to TNTKaTropa in a trade approved by the league on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Romeo, picked fifth in 2013 by the Batang Pier, will also link up with coach Nash Racela, also his coach at Far Eastern U.Interestingly, KaTropa will open its Commissioner’s Cup campaign against the Batang Pier in the main game of the import-laced tournament’s opener at Smart Araneta Coliseum based on the schedule released by the league. Columbian Dyip (formerly Kia), goes up against Blackwater in the curtain raiser at 4:30 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismlast_img read more

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Teen committed to stand High Court trial for $440 killing

first_imgSeventeen-year-old Andrew Gittens, who allegedly murdered his cousin Leon Anthony Richie over a $440 loan to buy bread in January 2017, was committed to stand trial at the Demerara High Court by Magistrate Rushell Liverpool at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He was represented by Attorney Ravindra Mohabir during the Preliminary Inquiry (PI).Deceased: Leon RitchieMagistrate Liverpool at the conclusion of the PI ruled that the prosecution has made out a case against the accused. She informed the defendant and his attorney that it will be left for a 12-member jury to determine the accuracy of the evidence in the caution statement.Gittens remained silent as he was not legally bound to make a statement or a plea at this stage. His plea will be made when the matter comes up in the High Court.Ritchie, who was 17 at the time of his death, was killed at his Lot 20 L’Oratoire, Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara residence after the accused reportedly came up to him and demanded that he repay the money. Reports were that an argument ensued between the two over the $440 Ritchie had borrowed two weeks prior.It was stated that after a scuffle, Gittens, who was only 16, allegedly stabbed his cousin to the chest. An injured Ritchie reportedly collapsed and upon realising what he had done, the alleged perpetrator raised an alarm and the injured teen was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.When interviewed back in January 2017, Gittens’ father said his son lived at his grandparent’s house along with his other cousins. Their grandfather, who had supervised the boys, passed away in 2016 and ever since then, the young family members had lived alone.last_img read more

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GTT employees highlight concerns over mercury spill

first_img…say mercury level alarmingly high in their systemsEmployees attached to the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) are raising concerns over the alarmingly high mercury levels found in their systems, due to a mercury spill in April last at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Employees from both GGMC and GTT were affected by the spill, which caused several workers to seek medical attention.According to the workers, in May last, a colleague complained of feeling unwell, and discovered that his body had an alarming amount of the metal (mercury) only when he visited a private health institution.Another employee stated that after the incident, an email was sent out by the Human Resources Department of GTT, but it failed to explain the severity of the spill and the potential harm that spill can cause to the human body. “There was no indication from management that persons should have testing done to ensure that the metal did not affect those who work in the building. There was one individual who voiced their concerns about the incident with the HR Department, but (the concerns were) quickly dismissed by management, who told the individual that noSections of the GTT building can be seen with the thick black substance (mercury) several months after the spillone else (had) made any complaints, and as such, that person should not raise an alarm amongst other staff”, an employee told the Guyana Times.Recently, the workers noted that after receiving several other complaints from staff members about feeling unwell, six workers were randomly selected and sent for testing at a private laboratory.The blood samples were sent overseas, and when the results were returned, it confirmed that the workers had mercury in their systems.The workers are claiming that the company’s Health & Safety Officer asked that the information be kept secret, so as not to cause panic among their colleagues.Recently, it was reported in sections of the media that the company has been urging its staff to get tested; but this, they claim, “is far from the truth”.“There was no email sent to the employees of the company encouraging them to be tested. There was a meeting held to inform employees with regard to the hazardous material that was spilled”, it was contended.The GTT employees are also contending that they had received no financial assistance from the company in their moment of distress; but it was reported that “through its company’s medical plan, GTT continued to provide assistance to employees”.“The cost of a mercury test is $20,000, the medication is $31,000, and lab tests $39,000. There are persons who are on medical leave, receiving treatment for mercury toxicity, which was paid at their own expense. There was an individual who was hospitalised, and another was fired,” Guyana Times was made to understand.When Guyana Times contacted the company’s Public Relations Specialist, Jasmin Harris, she noted that they are fully aware of the situation and are working along with the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Social Protection, Department of Labour and Ministry of Natural Recourses to return the situation to normalcy.Harris also noted that an investigation has been launched. (Yanalla Dalrymple)last_img read more

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Rice farmers burnt to death by bandits

– botched robbery angered gunmenBy Kizzy ColemanPandemonium broke out at Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) late Sunday evening, when an elderly couple were horrendously burnt alive by bandits who set their house alight after a botched robbery.Dead are Bibi Munir, 70, and Mohammed Munir, 77, of Lot 16 Good Hope, who were both prominent rice farmers in Region Three.According to reports, at around 23:15h on Sunday, several armed bandits invaded the couple’s premises but they managed to secure themselves in one of the bedrooms.The ravaging blaze on Sunday nightWhat is left of the rice farmers’ houseAfter not being able to gain access to the couple, the angered bandits then doused the house with gasoline and set it alight.Speaking with this publication an eyewitness said she heard what sounded like gunshots and got out of bed to investigate.“I was in my bed when I heard gun shots. I got up and looked outside and I saw the fire and ran outside. When I got outside I was shocked to see that no one was on the road even though there was a huge fire but I was not aware that people were scared because they heard Uncle Munir screaming thief! thief!”According the eyewitnesses, the couple was heard screaming for persons to break a door of the heavily grilled house so that they could escape the fire. They were seen through a window in the room in which they were trapped.“A bus driver started to honk his bus horn and then people started to come out to lend assistance but by then the house was almost covered in flames, so no one could really do anything. Uncle Munir was at the window begging for people to use chains to pull out the grilled window so that he and his wife could come out but the heat was too much,” the woman explained.She added that the now dead man was also giving instructions for neighbours to drive his two tractors out of the yard to prevent them from exploding to which a neighbour complied.Meanwhile, a businessman known as ‘Dumb boy’ told this publication that after he heard the screams, he went to investigate and it was then that he recognised men armed with guns manoeuvring in the couple’s house.He added that in an attempt to alert neighbours, he got out his licenced gun and discharged several rounds in the air.“I saw them in the house and I just went and got my gun and I fired a few shots in the air to alert people of what was happening.”This publication was told that Jamila Munir had telephoned a businessman in the area, Shiraz Ally, as her house was going up in flames providing him with details as to what was transpiring and pleading with him for help from the deadly blaze.It is believed the gunmen used the street behind the couple’s house to gain entry to their yard and eventually their house since persons in the area stated that they did not see anyone enter from the front (the public road) entrance.According to reports, on Saturday night a tinted silver grey Toyota Allion car was “lurking” in the area and it appeared “suspicious”.Reports stated that the same car was spotted again hours before the fire occurred.When Guyana Times visited the scene Monday morning, the charred remains of the couple were being removed by undertakers as relatives wailed in agony.Regional Executive Officer Denis Jaikaran was on scene and expressed sadness at the ‘tragedy’.The police in a statement Monday said they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deadly fire.A team of investigators had already visited the scene and took statements from neighbours.The post mortems have confirmed the couple died as a result of smoke inhalation.The elderly couple leaves to mourn at least four children, siblings and other family. read more

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Christian youths rally in San Francisco

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Cheerful roars could be heard a block away from the downtown ballpark Saturday, and it had nothing to do with a Barry Bonds homer. The enthusiasm poured from thousands of Christian youths who had gathered – in one of the most permissive corners of the nation – for a rally to call for moral change and to decry homosexuality. Despite the strategic location for the two-day BattleCry event, the evangelical fanfare continued its final day Saturday without any fierce clashes. “I think we’ll just be able to do our thing today,” said Jeanine Rhoden, a spokeswoman for Teen Mania, the Texas-based ministry behind the extravaganza. Indeed, protesters were nowhere in sight Saturday as Christian rock bands and religious speakers roused the audience at AT&T Park, bringing them to their feet in song and prayer. Not surprisingly, however, passing motorists gave no signs of support – or car honks – as rally participants held up a large banner decrying “Homosexuality is sin” on the busy street outside the stadium. “People are welcome to come to the city to celebrate whatever, but I think they’re dead wrong,” said Thom Lynch, executive director of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. “And I feel sorry for some of the youth there that they’re being inculcated with a religious belief that doesn’t allow for any variances … at all.” The rally could have almost passed as any modern-day lollapalooza for teens – complete with entrepreneurs hawking “BattleCry” baseball caps and activists seeking signatures for a petition to support the First Amendment, namely the “freedom of religion.” But the impromptu prayer circles and arms raised in praise from church groups entering the stadium stood in contrast to the glamorized sex-and-drug culture that event organizers say are harming today’s youth. One rallygoer, Edward Sanares, the leader of a church youth group from Sunnyvale, found the spiritual rally uplifting. “It’s showing choices teens have to make in this society and that they should choose God,” he said. More than 20,000 people were registered to attend the two-day rally. It was BattleCry’s second appearance in two years. Last year’s inaugural event in the city known for its ultraliberal politics and gay marriages did spark some protests. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors had even passed a resolution condemning the “act of provocation” by an “anti-gay,” “anti-choice” organization that aimed to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.” This year, Lynch said, “it’s live and let be. After all, that’s what San Francisco is all about.” 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

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SISTER SARA’S SUPERPUB LAUNCH STUDENT NIGHT SPECIALS

first_imgSister Sara’s have launched ‘student night specials’ as the new academic year swings back into action. The Letterkenny super-pub has been going from strength to strength since re-opening under an innovative and driven new management team.It’s the now go to venue at the weekend, and provides an extensive and diverse range of entertainment which caters for all ages. It’s why its re-established itself as one of the most popular watering holes in Letterkenny.This weekend DJ TUBSY will be rocking the bar on FRIDAY night, while resident house DJ MARTY CURRAN will have the place hopping on Saturday.LIVE sport will be provided on many of their stunning HD Plasma TV’s all weekend, and with great drink promotions available all weekend, it really is the best place to watch the football!For more information on the students nights, and this weekend, check out their Facebook page now. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sister-Saras/154934577880211?fref=ts SISTER SARA’S SUPERPUB LAUNCH STUDENT NIGHT SPECIALS was last modified: October 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessEntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more

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Security agency objected to ports deal

first_img “Security is everybody’s business,” senior vice president Michael Moore told The Associated Press. “We’re going to have a very open mind to legitimate concerns. But anything we can do, any way to improve security, should apply to everybody equally.” The administration approved the ports deal on Jan. 17 after DP World agreed during secret negotiations to cooperate with law enforcement investigations in the future and make other concessions. Some lawmakers have challenged the adequacy of a classified intelligence assessment crucial to assuring the administration that the deal was proper. The report was assembled during four weeks in November by analysts working for the director of national intelligence. The report concluded that U.S. spy agencies were “unable to locate any derogatory information on the company,” according to a person familiar with the document. This person spoke only on condition of anonymity because the report was classified. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and others have complained that the intelligence report focused only on information the agencies collected about DP World and did not examine reported links between UAE government officials and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden before the 9-11 attacks. The uproar over DP World has exposed how the government routinely approves deals involving national security without the input of senior administration officials or Congress. President Bush, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and even Treasury Secretary John Snow, who oversees the government committee that approved the deal, all say they did not know about the purchase until after it was finalized. The work was done mostly by assistant secretaries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said discussions among some congressional leaders centered on that issue. “It’s my understanding that they are trying to build support for a deal involving a new 45-day investigation,” he said. King, R-N.Y., said he would need to see all the details of a compromise before deciding if it met all of his concerns, or met the demands of the legislation he planned to offer. Despite persistent criticism from Republicans and Democrats, the president has defended his administration’s approval of the ports deal and threatened to veto any measures in Congress that would block it. Republican House and Senate leaders are to meet Tuesday to discuss how to proceed. The company declined Saturday to discuss any potential compromise that may be in the works. A DP World executive said the company would agree to tougher security restrictions to win congressional support only if the same restrictions applied to all U.S. port operators. The company earlier had struck a more conciliatory stance, saying it would do whatever Bush asked to salvage the agreement. WASHINGTON – The Homeland Security Department objected at first to a United Arab Emirates company’s taking over significant operations at six U.S. ports. It was the lone protest among members of the government committee that eventually approved the deal without dissent. The department’s early objections were settled later in the government’s review of the $6.8 billion deal after Dubai-owned DP World agreed to a series of security restrictions. On Saturday, congressional leaders, the company and Bush administration officials appeared to move closer to a compromise intended to derail plans by Republicans and Democrats for legislation next week that would force a new investigation of security issues relating to the deal. Discussions under way Saturday were to continue through the weekend. Under one proposal being discussed, DP World would seek new approval of the deal from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, given the company’s surprise decision Thursday to indefinitely postpone its takeover of U.S. port operations. Other proposals included a new, intensive 45-day review of the deal by the government – something the White House had refused to consider as recently as Friday. last_img read more

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MAN APPEARS ON LITANY OF SEX ABUSE CHARGES

first_imgA man has appeared in court charged with 15 counts of indecent sexual assault.The man appeared at Dungloe District Court this morning.The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to all the charges. All the charges relate to one alleged victim.No bail application was made by the man’s solicitor Patsy Gallagher.The man is to appear by videolink to the next sitting of Letterkenny District Court next Monday.MAN APPEARS ON LITANY OF SEX ABUSE CHARGES was last modified: July 9th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Dungloe District Courtsex abuse chargeslast_img read more

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CELEBRITY CHEFS PENCILLED IN FOR LETTERKENNY FOOD FESTIVAL

first_imgMayor of Letterkenny Cllr Pascal Blake launches the Homegrown Food FestivalA major food festival will take place at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny on the 12th-13th July 2014.A host of celebrity chefs including Rachel Allen, Paul Rankin, Brian McDermott, Ian Orr and Martin Anderson with many more will display there culinary skills over the two days.Over 100 companies will be exhibiting their produce with food and beverage tasting taking place over the course of the event. It is expected to attract over 10000 people with a huge financial benefit to the local economy. The driving force behind this event is local lads Darren Browne and Joseph Jackson and believe the event is necessary to promote business and tourism in this region of the county.The exhibitor stands are selling fast and companies seeking exhibition space should contact Darren on 0876611599 or Joseph on 0877549364.Full details for the event can be found by visiting www.homegrownfoodfestival.ie. You can also like it on Facebook or follow on twitter.CELEBRITY CHEFS PENCILLED IN FOR LETTERKENNY FOOD FESTIVAL was last modified: May 12th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalHOMEGROWN FOOD FESTIVALletterkennyPAUL RANKINRACHEL ALLENlast_img read more

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