MVP sees likes of Ravena brothers, Ricci Rivero as future Gilas members

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m no coach. Coach Chot will have to decide on that,” Pangilinan said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA Season 43 Preview: Guiao optimistic as new recruits expected to bolster NLEX Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes, meanwhile, knows the enormity of the task to lay out the blueprint for the future of the program.“We will need to plan a calendar now and not wait until 2021 or 2022 to put that calendar together,” Reyes said. “This early, we should have a plan. As we develop the players, we develop as well the conditions to make the team at its strongest in 2023. As to who they are, we still have to sit down and identify players.”By 2023, majority of current team members out of 26-to-32 age. Naturalized player Andray Blatche and lead playmaker Jayson Castro will already be 37 years old, Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar will be 36, Alaska slasher Calvin Abueva will be 35, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo will be 34.Those who are likely to still make the cut are Terrence Romeo, Roger Pogoy, and Jio Jalalon, who all will be 31, and Kiefer Ravena and Mac Belo, who will both be 30 by then.It’s still to early to predict the team’s makeup, though, and Pangilinan knows that six years is still a long time to build the 2023 crew and he’s giving Reyes a free rein in building the Gilas Pilipinas team of the future.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I told Chot (Reyes), this is really the end of a beginning. We have to look to form a team in 2023,” said Pangilinan, who address the public for the first time since winning the bid last Saturday. “The players that are likely to compose the team will not be Jayson Castro or the current players.”While the Philippines’ joint hosting together with Japan and Indonesia is already a gargantuan task, Pangilinan also wants to pull all the stops so the country can field a competent squad which can take on the best players in the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPangilinan dropped some names who he felt can make up the team in six years’ time. He mentioned reigning Rookie of the Year Roger Pogoy of TNT, NLEX neophyte Kiefer Ravena, as well as collegiate standouts Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo, Ricci Rivero of La Salle, Robert Bolick of San Beda, and CJ Perez of Lyceum.“I think will be the players that will make up that team,” Pangilinan said. “These are the kids that will be in the prime of their careers by that time. We have the raw materials, but we have to train and bond properly. We know that we have six years to prepare for the tournament, so it’s good for them to develop their bonding early.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina (FROM L-R) SBP Executives: Vice chair Robbie Puno, president Al Panlilio, chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan, Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Gilas head coach Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan knows that majority of the current crop of Gilas Pilipinas will no longer be available when the country hosts the 2023 Fiba World Cup.With that reality in mind, the country’s top sports patron wants to start preparing as early as now.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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

President Obama’s Robust Response: A Security Council Resolution Could Greatly Help the Process

first_imgFor the first time in its 167-year history, Liberia is to receive from one nation 3000 troops, sent by United States President Barrack Obama, to fight and defeat the deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging our country.The American leader’s move is in response to an SOS call made to him this week by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in which she told him that her country was being “overwhelmed” by the virus and that despite all the efforts of government, the people themselves and our international partners, the virus was spreading like wildfire, killing people daily.President Obama’s response was swift and decisive.  He immediately deployed 3000 troops to Liberia, to help save the country and its neighbors, primarily Guinea and Sierra Leone, from this menacing disease that continues to take its toll on human life and the economies and even stability of the affected nations.Just as Observer Guest Editorial writer, Political Science Professor Emeritus Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, said last Wednesday, calling the Ebola pandemic “a threat to international peace and security,” President Obama yesterday told the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention that the Ebola epidemic “is not just a threat to regional security but it’s a potential threat to global security.”He outlined a four-point strategy to combat the disease: 1) to control the outbreak; 2) to address the ripple effects of local economies and communities to prevent a truly massive humanitarian disaster; 3) to coordinate a broader global response; and 4) urgently to build up a public health system in these countries for the future, not just in West Africa,  but in countries that don’t have a lot of resources generally.U.S. Africa Command will establish a regional intermediate staging base (ISB) to facilitate and expedite the transportation of equipment, supplies and personnel.Command engineers will build additional Ebola Treatment Units in affected areas, and the U.S. Government will help recruit and organize medical personnel to staff them.Additionally, the Command will establish a site to train up to 500 health care providers per week, enabling healthcare workers to safely provide direct medical care to patients.The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is preparing to deploy 65 Commissioned Corps officers to Liberia to manage and staff a previously announced Department of Defense (DoD) hospital to care for healthcare workers who become ill.On the military front, the U.S. will Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support  to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination and international relief efforts. President Obama said U.S. major general Darryl Williams, commander of the U.S. Army forces in Africa, will lead the effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. force.This is indeed an elaborate plan of action which, though based primarily in Liberia, promises to have a tremendous impact on the other two affected countries, Guinea and Sierra Leone.We highly commend President Obama, the American government and people, for this decisive move to help us drive this deadly virus from our shores.  This is the largest military contingent that the USA has ever deployed in an African country south of the Sahara.  It is a clear demonstration of the gravity of the crisis.While thanking the Americans for this, we would like them,   the Liberian government and the United Nations to consider seriously a comment by Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, who first called the pandemic “a threat to international peace and security.”In a letter to the Daily Observer Editor, published in today’s edition, he has again called for the involvement of   the United Nations Security Council, which coincidentally  convenes in New York today under American leadership.  A Security Council resolution declaring Ebola a threat to international peace and security, he said, “would  enable the world body to coordinate action of the many international players now on the ground in Liberia.”He added, “This is the same logic that has enabled UNMIL to act as ONE with peacekeepers from many countries around the world.”    Without this, he cautioned, “the US cannot coordinate, outside a Security Council mandate, the activities of other sovereign states involved in our fight.”We further suggest that the Liberian government  sets up a full agreement with the guests, with distinct protocols, a linkage to the Liberian Army.  This should be facilitated through an  overseeing committee of the Liberian Cabinet that makes regular reports to the President of Liberia.The guests must not be given an open access to everything. They must consult at every stage, to ensure full and effective coordination.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SARU has no prosecuting powers, but operating legally – Trotman

first_img… says ‘Special Prosecuting Unit’ being consideredrotman disagreed with the “interpretation that SARU has no legal mandate”. He pointed out that the Unit is a legitimate department of the Ministry of the Presidency, where salaries are paid and requisitions are made.“So that gives them legal authority,” the minister stated of the Unit that was established by the Coalition Administration to hunt for assets that initially belonged to the State and are in the possession of persons who are no longer holding public positions.In so far as having prosecuting authority, the government spokesman admitted that while the Unit is unable to prosecute, it does have the right to investigate and to report its findings, which will be handed over to the relevant enforcement arms of the State – Guyana Police Force and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers – so they can take up the prosecutions.“There is nothing to suggest, in my view, legally that SARU is without any legal cloak at this point in time. I believe that SARU has been doing its work and passing its findings over to the relevant authorities and that is the correct protocol which is being followed,” he remarked.Nevertheless, Trotman outlined that steps are being undertaken to have SARU equipped with the relevant enforcement and prosecutorial powers.However, Leader of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, in a detailed letter last week pointed out there is no need for the unit to be empowered with new legislations to guide its operations, something which his party is completely against.“The claim that new legislation is required in order to bring charges against persons who are accused of criminal offences with regards to state assets is false. Statutes already exist to bring such charges. However, the new legislation that is being touted appears to relate more to entrenching the SARU as an entity in law with powers overriding the Guyana Police Force, the Audit Office of Guyana and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.” Jagdeo stated.In this vain, however, Trotman at Thursday’s post Cabinet briefing underscored the importance of having such legislation since entities such the Police Force and the DPP Chambers have their hands filled with their respective responsibilities and may be overwhelmed with the added work that SARU as well as the forensic audits bring.To this end, he outlined that the issue of a special prosecutors is being considered by government, particularly as it relates to the forensic audits.“Cabinet is overwhelmed at the scale of the (forensic audits) findings… this brings back the issue of special prosecutors because the Police Force, SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit), and even the DPP Chambers are overwhelmed and lack certain capacities to address all of these,” the minister stated.In this regard, Trotman disclosed that Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was tasked with holding discussions with Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General Basil Williams on the feasibility of a Special Prosecutor’s Office since the service of more than one Counsel may be required in some of the matters.“The idea of a special prosecutor has in fact been mooted several months ago,” he noted, while adding that it will not be a unit that is established to “witch-hunt” any one as is constantly being cried about.“We would prefer to have a more studied approach so that these cases, which are of public interest and concern, we have a strong prosecuting team to preside over them,” he remarked, adding that Cabinet is expected to get a feedback from the Public Security Minister within the next fortnight.So far, SARU, which is headed by economist Dr Clive Thomas, has recommended that the relevant authority consider laying charges against several PPP/C Members of Parliament, including former President Bharrat Jagdeo, over allegations they were all involved in obtaining State lands at an undervalued market price at Pradoville II, East Coast Demerara.Those named includes: PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee, former Education Minister Priya Manickchand, former Public Service Minister Jennifer Westford, former Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud, and former head of the Guyana Sugar Corporation board, Shaik Baksh.last_img read more

Thieves raid New Amsterdam church

first_imgThieves broke into the Church of Christ in New Amsterdam and escaped with over $2 million in valuables from the place of worship.The damaged doorReports are the incident took place sometime early Friday morning. Speaking with Guyana Times, Minister of the church, Samuel Singh said at about 20:30h on Thursday evening, the building, which is located at Republic Road and St Magdalene Street, was secured. However, when a member of the church turned up at about 05:00h to turn off the lights at the facility, he discovered that the building was burglarised.He said when he got there the entire building was ransacked. A window leading to the male washroom was ripped opened. The perpetrators used an old grill as a ladder to gain access to the window. They then removed the grill to that window.He said when they went into the building and visited the upper flat, a steel door which secures a storeroom was prised open and items valuing almost $2.5 million were taken.Among the articles listed as stolen were microwaves, blenders, silver wear, crystals and a number of other dining utensils along with kitchen utensils. Inflated mattresses, clothing, and shoes are just a fraction of the list of items removed from the church.“The Church of Christ has a feeding programme for schools and a hot meal programme for pensioners. Our brothers in the US have made contributions to our kitchen. We had breakages in the past and they have emptied our kitchen so recently we received eight barrels that were all filled with wears and microwaves and all the different things that aid us in our feeding programme and more so when we have church fellowship within ourselves and when we host other member congregations we have the facility; that is what the upstairs is for,” Singh explained.A next-door neighbour reportedly saw when the burglars were breaking into the building but was too terrified to report it to the Police.The Police have reviewed the surveillance footage taken and are on the hunt for two suspects.last_img read more

Fort St. John racers compete in Whitecourt Carlan Cup

first_imgWHITECOURT, A.B. — Three Fort St. John jet boat racers were in Whitecourt last weekend, competing in the 2017 Whitecourt Carlan Cup Riverboat Races.Gord Humprey piloted Unnatural Disaster on the race’s four legs in a total time of 1:23:44. Humphrey finished second in the Tri Jet Services division, behind Chad Burns. His time was also the second-fastest overall.Two other jet boat drivers from Fort St. John were also competing in the Carlan Cup. Racing in the Kehoe Marine division, Trapper Wolsey finished 3rd in that division at the wheel of his boat, Leroy. Wolsey recorded a time of 1:50:47, while Clayton Wolsey finished in 6th out of seven racers. Clayton piloted Dirty Harry to a time of 1:54:45.- Advertisement –last_img

Gor’s Wendo named May Player of the Month

first_img0Shares0000LG Marketing Manager Moses Marnji (L) hands over a Trophy to Ernest Wenbo (R) who was crowned SportPesa player on the Month for May at Camp Toyoyo Stadium.PHOTO-SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 19 – Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo was on Tuesday belatedly named the SportPesa/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) Player of the Month for May.Wendo steered K’Ogalo to three wins and one draw in May with an outstanding performance particularly in the Mashemeji Derby where Gor thrashed bitter rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 thanks to goals from Meddie Kagere, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo and Timothy Otieno. “I am so happy to be recognized after working so hard to be where I am. Playing at Gor Mahia makes one strong and the coaches and team-mates demand for better performance every game. I have to work hard and maintain the levels that won me this award and hopefully help my team win silverware.” An elated Wendo said after receiving the gong at their Camp Toyoyo training base.Unbeaten in that month, Gor also picked wins from Nzoia Sugar (1-0), Chemelil Sugar 2-0 and drawing 1-1 with Thika United.Ernest Wendo has been named the May Player of the Month.Photo/COURTESYUlinzi Stars talisman Stephen Waruru, Tusker FC veteran goal keeper Duncan Ochieng and Nakumatt FC forward Kepha Aswani joined Wendo in making the final shortlist.Wendo emerged the winner with 23 votes cast by a seven member SJAK Football Commission panel to receive Sh100, 000, a 49-inch LG smart television and a trophy while Sh50, 000 was awarded to the team.Tusker’s Ochieng was second with 20 votes, Aswani got 19 while Waruru garnered 18 votes.Ochieng made it to the nominees list by keeping four clean sheets between the sticks for Tusker in that month while Waruru, winner of April gong scored thrice for th soldiers. Aswani on the other hand netted five times for Nakumatt including two match winners.Gor Mahia’s Ernest Wendo in action during their KPL match against Thika United.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThrough that sterling performance, Wendo, the unsung hero for the record15- time Kenyan Premier League champion earned a call-up to the national football team Harambee Stars.Wendo’s exploits have seen Gor surge to league leadership with a healthy buffer of nine points. Coach Dylan Kerr is focused on leading the team to its 16th title and refuses to get carried away by the lead over Sofapaka.“It is always about winning the next game and that is all I’m preparing my players for. We have three big matches beginning with Tusker this weekend and I have to tune them to only concentrate on one at a time else complacency may set in.” Kerr said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sturridge in ‘top-class condition’ and could make Liverpool comeback against West Ham, confirms Rodgers

first_img Daniel Sturridge 1 Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge “looks in top-class condition” and the Liverpool boss will decide on Friday whether to play the striker against West Ham this weekend.The 25-year-old, out of action since September due to calf and thigh injuries, has been back in full training with his teammates this week.He has been badly missed by the Reds, with Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini all failing to fill the gap his absence has left.Rodgers is understandably desperate to get Sturridge back into his team, but he is not prepared to gamble on his fitness and will leave it as late as possible before making a call on whether to hand the England ace his comeback at Anfield on Saturday.“He has looked outstanding in training, but we will give him another day (before deciding whether to play him),” the Liverpool boss told a press conference.“I will have a chat with him (on Friday) and overview the week, how everything has gone, but in my brief conversation with him (on Thursday) I can tell he is happy and feeling very strong in his own body.“At this moment, he looks in top-class condition.”last_img read more

Video: Are you watching Manchester United? Angel di Maria’s clincial finish for PSG

first_img1 While Manchester United were labouring to a 0-0 draw with PSV, a certain Red Devils outcast was in fine form for his new club.Angel di Maria had a torrid solitary season in Manchester but scored twice as PSG romped to a 5-0 win over Malmo to clinch qualification to the Champions League knockout stages.Adrien Rabiot, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lucas were also in target in the emphatic win in Sweden, but it was Di Maria who stole the show.Below is his first goal, sweeping home Blaise Matuidi’s low cross: Angel di Maria last_img


first_imgTHE HSE has confirmed a Co Donegal mother had to drive her sick son to hospital because no other paramedics were available.The organisation was responding to concerns expressed by Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty and Fianna Fail’s Ciaran Brogan about an incident in Ballyare last week.Only one paramedic was available to attend to the young boy who was unconscious, as Donegal Daily reported earlier today. A decision was taken by the paramedic that he should accompany the child in the back of the parent’s car to Letterkenny General Hospital while the boy’s mother drove.In a statement, the HSE said: “On Monday November 12th there was one full crew and an Advanced Paramedic working alone on duty in Letterkenny at the time the emergency call was received; there were a total of 7 ambulance crews on duty in Donegal at the time. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Advanced Paramedic (who would regularly be utilised nationwide as a sole responder) was working alone from 1700-2000hrs.“The emergency call required an Advanced Paramedic response and the Advanced Paramedic was despatched to the scene.“Although an ambulance and Gardai were on route to the scene, the clinical need of the patient took precedence and the Advanced Paramedic made a clinical decision to travel to hospital in the back of a car driven by the mother of the patient. “The hospital was a five minute drive from the scene and the clinical decision was made to attend the hospital immediately rather than await the arrival of the second ambulance.”How we broke the story earlier today: HSE CONFIRM: ‘YES, MUM DID HAVE TO DRIVE HER SICK SON TO HOSPITAL’ was last modified: November 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HSE CONFIRM: ‘YESMUM DID HAVE TO DRIVER HER SICK SON TO HOSPITAL’last_img read more

Iraq security tightened; constitution vote nears

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Even with no people on the streets, sharp divisions over the referendum were visible in Baghdad. Hundreds of posters and banners urging a “yes” vote were plastered on virtually every wall and shop window in the Shiite district of Kazimiyah. Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has ordered his followers to approve the constitution. In contrast, not a single referendum poster was visible in the Sunni district of Azamiyah, just across the Tigris River. A banner by the Sunni Arab Iraqi Islamic Party urging a “no” vote was removed from where it hung a day earlier outside Azamiyah’s Grand Imam mosque. The party changed its stance after Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish lawmakers agreed Wednesday to several amendments to the document designed to win Sunni Arab support in Saturday’s vote. Still, no new “yes” banner was on display in the district. Many other Sunni Arab parties still oppose the charter. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Hundreds of Iraqi police and army troops fanned out across Baghdad on Thursday, setting up checkpoints and fortifying polling stations with barbed wire and blast barriers two days ahead of a historic constitutional referendum. From the city’s Shiite stronghold of Kazimiyah to its southern approaches in the notorious “Triangle of Death,” the capital’s usually chaotic traffic was down to a tiny fraction. Many stores didn’t bother to open and others shuttered early ahead of a 10 p.m. curfew. By nightfall, Baghdad streets were almost emptied of civilians. The large army and police presence, combined with the scarcity of people and vehicles, gave the city a disquieting calm. Similar security precautions were in place across much of Iraq in anticipation of a spike in attacks by insurgents who want to derail the political process. Nearly 450 people have been killed in violence over the past 18 days. In the so-called Triangle of Death, a mainly Sunni area known for kidnappings and killings, there was no sign of posters either. Iraqi troops searched cars under the watchful eyes of comrades manning machine-gun positions. U.S. helicopters hovered over the area. Traffic on the road through the “triangle” was thin. “I will vote ‘yes’ so as to isolate the troublemakers,” said Faisal Galab, a Sunni Arab sheik from the town of Youssifiyah, about 12 miles south of Baghdad. “I have asked my family and clan to vote ‘yes.”‘ U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch provided an upbeat assessment of the security situation ahead of the vote, arguing that the insurgent danger was far less than on the eve of the Jan. 30 parliamentary election. Also, Iraq’s security forces total 200,000 now, compared to 138,000 in January, Lynch said. But he still expects a referendum spike in attacks. “The insurgents have declared war on democracy and they’re going to conduct horrific acts of violence,” he said. In a clampdown to safeguard the vote, Iraq’s borders closed Thursday at midnight and will reopen Sunday. Baghdad’s International Airport will be shut Friday and Saturday. Private vehicles are banned for two days starting Friday evening. A nationwide 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew began Thursday and remains in force until Sunday. 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