As Almazan goes missing, six PBA teams interested in his services

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I did not make any attempt to reach out to him. I actually talked to coach Caloy. Coach Caloy said they’re trying to fix [the situation] and try to talk to [Almazan], but even they (Rain or Shine) have no contact so that’s all I can say about the situation.”When asked if he would want Almazan’s services if Rain or Shine makes him available via trade, Guiao did not beat around the bush.“It’s no secret that I think every team would want him,” Guiao said.Another coach, who asked not to be named, said he won’t hesitate to trade for Almazan.“I’d be willing to get him as long as what they are going to offer in exchange is fair.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fully embracing Ayo’s system doing wonders for UST Tigers Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 29-year-old Almazan, who was the third overall pick by Rain or Shine in the 2013 PBA Draft, is still under contract until August 2019.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Six teams are interested in exploring possibilities to acquire the services of embattled Rain or Shine big man Raymond Almazan, a source close to the situation said.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan last played for the Elasto Painters on September 26 and he has since gone AWOL from Rain or Shine, which is still winless after four games.“A lot of teams have inquired about Raymond, in fact there are six of them,” said the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.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 ChrissYeng Guiao, Almazan’s former longtime coach at Rain or Shine, said he did not try to contact the 29-year-old center but instead, he spoke with current Painters mentor Caloy Garcia.“No one knows where he is,” said the NLEX head coach in Filipino on Monday when asked he if he has any idea about where Almazan might be following the Road Warriors’ lopsided loss to the Phoenix Fuel Masters at Cuneta Astrodome. “Even his wife doesn’t know so it’s impossible for me to know anything as well.”last_img read more

Myth of the Slayer

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But for a coach preparing for a first Final Four appearance in 21 years, he doesn’t want his squad overly fixated with Manganti. It’s not just about slaying a slayer. Not with Adamson having the luxury of burning a twice-to-beat advantage.“To say he’s the one who beat us altogether? I don’t think so,” Perasol said.“Adamson has a very good team; I think everybody contributes … [and] everybody defends. We need to defend Sean as well, but what’s important is we need to do it as a team.”Manganti also wants to deflect some of the attention from him, saying that his label as a slayer of sorts is a myth, a basketball urban legend propped by a string of past performances against UP that will have no bearing on the Final Four.The 6-foot-5 skipper considers the Falcons as a team of UP slayers, with him, Sarr and Jerrick Ahanmisi leading the charge.“I’m sure their focus is on me, Jerrick and Papi,” said Manganti. “But you know, you can’t put a price on the guys like Simon (Camacho), Jonathan Espeleta, Jerom Lastimosa. Those guys do things that don’t show up on the stat sheet.”“We have that ‘Next Man Up’ mentality,” Manganti stressed. “Every team needs those type of players and I’m just glad we have those players who could step up, you know.”“They don’t care ‘bout playing times and nobody in the team cares about stats. Nobody’s a padder. Everyone just wants to win. I think that’s what sets us apart—the collective effort. We all want the same thing, we all have the same goal,” he added.And the goal is not to extend the Falcons’ mastery of the Maroons. The goal is to end a string of semifinal appearances and finally tab a championship berth.UP simply happens to be in the way. The same can be said for graduating player Sean Manganti, who many in Malate and Katipunan hail as the “UP Killer.”“People are gonna say things,” Manganti told the Inquirer with a wry smile on Friday afternoon shortly after team practice. “For me, though, I’m excited about the game.”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 us and them, we got the best crowd in the league so it’s gonna be a fun game,” he added.Manganti’s name has been a harbinger of sorts for the Maroons. Ball in his hands, dying seconds. That always sets the tone for a UP heartache lately. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Adamson celebrates after a game-winner from Sean Maganti against UP. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon.Over at Adamson University, the usual scenes unfold: The logjam on San Marcelino street, the stream of students in a bottleneck at the front gate, the midday bells of the nearby chapel ringing for prayer.It’s just another day at the nest of the Soaring Falcons, who despite having one game left to play, are now preparing for University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img No dog day afternoon for ‘comebarking’ NU Pep Squad at UAAP CDC Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ That began in Season 80, when he cleaned up import Papi Sarr’s miss with a tip-in to win the game for the Falcons with a tenth of a second remaining.This season, he’s added two daggers to the list: A game-winning basket in the first round and a clutch triple that deflated a UP rally in the second round.So much so that there’s been only two words to kick off an interview with UP coach Bo Perasol nowadays.Sean. Manganti.“He’d been playing well against us,” Perasol said. “It’s something we need to address.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Guyana’s finances are being mismanaged

first_imgDear Editor,From Plato through to the 21st century, mankind could draw on comprehensive thoughts to guide their governments and societies towards a better life. What I am witnessing today under this Granger government are major acts of economic mismanagement of the nation’s finances. But what is even scarier is how unprepared the Fourth Estate is at exposing this economic mismanagement. If it were not for some stellar work from Chris Ram and Anand Goolsarran, the nation would have been totally in the dark on many key things.Am I to believe that we, as a people, have lost our foundational supports in the media? Where are the investigative journalists on the local scene? The media should be aware that the politicians have set a trap for them by creating a daily circus to fill the papers with nuisance value items. It is all “smoke and mirrors” tactics to hide the current financial skullduggery in the economy.As an example, the nation has lost G$58 billion at the Bank of Guyana from Government Deposits since President Granger was sworn.I am presenting a chart below with source documents to attest to this fact. I am hoping a bright journalist will have the courage of conviction to ask the good Minister the hard questions behind this situation.A Central Bank is a lender of last resort in an economy. When the banking system seizes up, it is the function of the Central Bank to prevent the financial system from failing. But it can only do this if its balance sheet remains stable and strong. If one were to peruse the balance sheet of the Bank of Guyana, one would see it has been losing value for a while now under this Granger administration. This is a major economic threat, and all the evidence of this economic meltdown can be found on Table 1.2 on the latest Bank of Guyana Statistical Abstract.On the liability side of the Balance Sheet, if one cross-examines the numbers, one will find a column called Government Deposits. According to the notes of this BoG document, Government Deposits are current account deposits from the Central Government at the Central Bank – literally the local savings of the government.In February 2014, the Government had liquid cash (saving) deposited in the Bank of Guyana to the tune of G$38 billion (see chart). When Mr. Ramotar left in May 2015, some G$23 billion had been depleted, but there was still a savings of G$10 billion.But what has happened since then? Mr. Granger told the nation that he was the better man, and the man who would turn around the economy. Utter bollock!Since Mr. Granger came to office, some G$58 billion was drained from the Government Deposits at the Central Bank. But you only met G$10 billion in savings, so what did you do? You borrowed some G$48 billion from the Central Bank. And it was déjà vu and the Burnham days of reckless spending not supported by adequate revenues are here again.You have deliberately imported major systemic risk into the Central Bank, which they did not experience since the Burnham days, when his team collectively drove the economy into a state of “uncreditworthiness” and bankruptcy in the 1980s.This act of deliberately weakening the balance sheet of the Bank of Guyana by offering the silly explanation that the future oil revenue will replenish the overdraft is economic hogwash. WHY?What if the oil price changes? What if the world demand flattens and another source floods the market, leading to a slow up in the production in Guyana? This Granger government has unilaterally made the decision to already spend 2 years of the oil revenue before it has actually touched it. What a gamble!I am calling on President Granger to reflect deeply on what his government is doing to this nation’s finances, and take the high road and repay the Central Bank every single cent of the G$48 billion that his government took from this institution of financial stability since May 2015. It is your duty as the President to preserve the integrity of the nation’s financial system.RegardsSasenarine Singhlast_img read more

‘US$1M Needed Annually to Clean Kakata City’

first_imgThe City Mayor of Kakata, Margibi County, Eddie Z. Murphy, has disclosed that the City needs US$1 million annually to have its city cleaned and place into its perfect perspective.“Based on our economic status, a million United States dollars annually can make this city clean and put all the systems into place. This will enable the city corporation to have a waste sector, sanitation sector, among others, and build the capacity of workers,” Mayor Murphy explained.Making the disclosure yesterday to newsmen at his office in Kakata, Mr. Murphy said there has been major progress in the cleaning of the city with the cooperation of the people within the various communities, homes and the business sector as well. “Our people are now seeing the cleaning of the city as key to good health and with the emphasis being made to them about the intention of the city’s authorities to ensure that we keep the city clean. We have also designed a lot of strategies to help in cleaning the city, while we take 16 tons of waste from the street every day,” Mayor Murphy explained.He further disclosed that NC-Sanitors and Services, a waste management company, has been performing excellently in ensuring that Kakata City is cleaned and hailed the company for the level of progress made since moving to Kakata to support the city corporation’s efforts.“This company is also employing young people within their various communities, which provide job opportunity but help clean the community as well. Managing waste is expensive but with such initiative and effort, Kakata will have a facelift with young people being employed,” Mayor Murphy said. He noted that the coming of the new sanitation regime remains helpful in maintaining and giving the city a facelift. The process, according to him, is being cemented by the community dwellers and other business people through cooperation and proper maintenance.“Since the coming of the group, before 6am, people wakeup in the morning and see the streets, business areas and some homes cleaned. They are also operating now in seven communities with a plan in two months to extend the campaign to other communities,” Mayor Murphy explained.He continued, “The communities include Vai Town-one and two; Mandingo Quarter; Cassava Market; and Sugar Hill, among others. We have started deploying garbage materials within these communities – close to 30 of them. The various communities will deposit their waste and will pay 250 Liberian dollars at the end of a month.”Mayor Murphy said the community dwellers have also embraced the idea of deploying these garbage materials to ensure that the city is cleaned. They are also playing their respective roles of monitoring each other as part of their commitment to the city corporation. Also highlighting some of the progress made, Mayor Murphy said they have completed negotiations of a land, which will be used for disposing of the waste from the various communities and negotiations for a truck has already been finalized and waiting to be turned over.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Security guards charged with $3.2M theft freed

first_imgThe three security guards attached to the Massy Security Limited, who were charged in March for stealing some $3.2 million had the matter dismissed against them by Magistrate Dylan Best on Tuesday.The three security guardsClarence Patterson, 50; Shawn Good luck, 44; and Cosmo Chichester, 48; were jointly charged and denied the allegation. The prosecution contended that on November 13, 2017, at Charlotte and Oronoque Streets, Georgetown, they stole two Republic Bank tamper proof money bags with $1 million cash, along with $2.2 million in cheques; property of Marics and Company Limited.The men were reportedly responsible for collecting daily sales from various businesses and depositing it at the bank. However, the company later discovered that the monies were not deposited and reported the matter to the Police.Magistrate Best in dismissing the matter, told the prosecution that the evidence presented was insufficient to convict the trio, and as such, they were freed of the charge.last_img read more

Dialogue sessions on LNG impact coming to Fort St. John, Chetwynd

first_imgStaff council at West Coast Environmental Law Hanna Askew says the organizations, alongside First Nations groups, community members and local governments, have recently been getting together to discuss the need for the provincial government “to develop a better accumulative impact management framework” – considering the combined impacts of LNG proposals, including all accompanying wells and pipelines, on the environmental values residents most care about.“For example, a lot of people we talked [with] in other places just talked about the reason they live in northern communities in the first place is because they have strong attachments to the land – being able to hunt or fish, and that they want their children to grow up in healthy environments,” explains Askew. “So what we’re kind of advocating for is a better process to understand how all the different kinds of development happening in the region – how they’re all interacting together and what kind of effect that’s having on the things the people in the north care about.”“We haven’t taken a position on LNG per se, but what we’re concerned about is for the projects to go through in the absence of a good – like a strong accumulative impact management plan.”- Advertisement -These conversations have already taken place in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and Hazelton, with the last leg of the tour in northeast B.C.The B.C. government has, for the past few years, been advocating for a new, international LNG industry to be built in the province, saying it will create major economic prosperity for this generation and future generations to come. It has garnished some attention from large-scale companies like Malaysian state-owned Petronas, but has fallen short of any final investment decision.Once the organizations complete their tour, Askew say they will create a report based on the information gathered from the aforementioned communities, expected to be released in June, which will then be presented back to them, and they hope the B.C. government as well.Advertisement The first community discussion takes place at the Fort St. John Quality Inn on Tuesday, May 12 – beginning at 1:00 p.m.This will be followed by a session at the Chetwynd and District Rec Centre on May 13 – beginning at 1:00 p.m.last_img read more

Rooney voted England’s Player of the Year for 2014

first_img1 Wayne Rooney has been voted as England player of the year after topping a poll of Three Lions fans.Despite a disappointing World Cup, Rooney has enjoyed a host of personal accolades.The 29-year-old scored eight goals in 13 appearances and was named England captain following Steven Gerrard’s retirement from international football in July.The Manchester United skipper also earned his 100th cap and moved to within three goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record of 49.Rooney took 27 per cent of the votes from an online poll of supporters club members, more than second-placed Danny Welbeck (11 per cent) and third-placed Raheem Sterling (seven per cent) combined. It is the third time he has won the award.Rooney told the Football Association: “I’m both very happy and proud to be named the England fans’ player of the year.“The fact that this award is chosen by the fans makes it even more special, so I would like to thank all those who voted. I would also like to thank all the England fans for their support throughout what was a mixed year.“Receiving an honour such as this from the fans is always something that fills you with personal pride.“But it is important to point out that without the support of my team-mates, coaching and backroom staff such an award would not be possible. I therefore accept this from the fans on behalf of every single member of the England team.”Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Toni Duggan claimed the women’s player of the year award.West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino won Under-21 player of the year while Dominic Solanke and Leah Williamson took the respective men’s and women’s youth player awards. Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring for England last_img read more

Stars thrashed by Eritrea, lose CECAFA title

first_imgRobel Kidane, Abel Solomon and Michel Habte scored one a piece  to add on to Oscar Wamalwa’s early own goal as the Eritreans heavily revenged on the loss they suffered under Kenya’s hands in the semis of the Under-20 Championship in Jinja last October.Wamalwa scored on the other end for Kenya’s consolation, but it wasn’t enough to wipe out the shame of a performance not worth to remember for head coach Francis Kimanzi and his charges.Harambee Stars forward Oscar Wamalwa in action against Eritrea during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIt looked like a day nothing was going right for the Kenyans.Two substitutions within the opening 40 minutes, zero shots on target and a goal down to the Eritreans wasn’t the ideal situation Kimanzi hoped for when he returned to the touchline after serving a two match ban.Eritrea had done their home work on Stars. They closed down the spaces, and ran in behind the defense as they sought to break a Kenyan side that had not lost in the group stages.They broke the deadlock in the 20th ,minute when Kidane’s shot from the right was punched to Wamalwa’s legs by Samuel Odhiambo after Joash Omyango was left for the dead from a quickly started short corner.The Eritreans had won the set piece just after losing an open scoring chance.Skipper Robel Teklemichel volleyed the ball over, unmarked from inside the area after Ismael Sultan’s cross from the right was deflected to his path.Kimanzi made his first change after 28 minutes, Roy Okal who had started in midfield after impressing against Zanzibar being hauled off early for Whyvonne Isuza.Harambee Stars forward Abdallah Hassan in action against Eritrea during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluStars were forced into another change 10 minutes later when Kevin Kimani came off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Daniel Sakari.In the second half, when Stars thought they would come in and fight to get back into the match, they were punched right in the underbelly, thanks to some outrageous effort from Solomon.The midfielder cited keeper Odhiambo way off his line and went for a brilliant effort from 50 yards out, the ball skipping into the net much to the glee of the hundreds of Eritrean fans who had thronged the stadium.Immediately, Kimanzi called in a change, Musa Masika coming in for Samwel Olwande, the tactician going for a three at the back formation with Sakari playing the wingback role.Harambee Stars forward David Owino in action against Eritrea during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 17, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluJust two minutes later, Kenya halved the deficit when Wamalwa tapped the ball home from close range after Joash Onyango’s header from a Kenneth Muguna free kick hit the upright.Stars were motivated by the goal and pushed the Eritreans to their half, but found it difficult to crack a strong defensive wall put up.They were punched out once again in the 65th minute with another cheap goal, substitute Habte curling the ball over Odhiambo with a chipped effort from the left after another short start to a corner.To add insult to injury, skipper Robel Teklemichel danced away from Joash and Sakari on the left before squaring the ball to Kidane who simply tapped the ball home with Odhiambo out of his line.0Shares0000(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eritrea celebrate their goal against Harambee Stars. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuuKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 17 – Defending champions Harambee Stars were outthought, outplayed, outwitted and outrun by a spirited Eritrean side as the Red Sea boys thrashed the Kenyans 4-1 to sail to the final of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on Tuesday afternoon.It was a day to forget for goalkeeper Samwel Odhiambo, who hitherto had been tipped to challenge for a place in the senior team as he conceded three lousy goals on a day that the Kenyan side played like a team without heart.last_img read more

All have a role in getting through fire season

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Some undoubtedly are acts of man and not acts of God, but it’s too soon to start chronicling what went wrong or to start figuring out what we can do to protect ourselves and our fragile environment. At this time, with so many fires still blazing, we all can see for ourselves the great job thousands of firefighters are doing in the face of tremendous danger. Firefighters have the biggest, most important jobs of fighting fires. And over the weekend and Monday, crews did an admirable job of beating back the flames driven by 80 mph winds. But all of us can help make Earth seem less hellish. For one, just by helping others. More than a quarter-million people have been displaced from their homes, from San Diego to Santa Clarita. They need places to stay and some tolerance as people crowd the roads getting somewhere else. EVERY fall when the hot dry Santa Ana winds start to blow strongly through Southern California, residents brace for the inevitable: wildfires that bring a taste of hell to Earth. Sometimes the conflagrations are minor, focused in a small area. Sometimes they are not. But one thing is for sure: They always come. And sometimes they are like nothing we’ve ever experienced, such as that terrible 10 days in the fall of 2003, in which 10 major wildfires in five Southern California counties killed 22 people and burned nearly 750,000 acres, 3,626 homes and 1,184 outbuildings. Today, in the midst of what could be another record-breaking fire season, more than a dozen blazes are threatening homes and lives. Traffic on Monday was nightmarish for many. Evacuations and road closures all over Southern California are bound to make the next few days hard ones. Those who can help by staying away from freeways during high-traffic times should do so. And, most important, everyone can make sure no new fires get a chance to begin. Law enforcement cannot be everywhere to spot potential arsonists or people who are careless. Southern California might smell like brimstone and look like a view of Hades for the next few days, but there’s no reason it has to lack humanity.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

Wal-Mart report faulted

first_imgROSEMEAD – Earthmovers rumbled across the alluvial soil Friday where a Wal-Mart Supercenter is being built.From a tall lamppost on Rush Street, a red-tailed hawk watched as its former hunting grounds were graded by the giant yellow Caterpillars.Watching from the sidewalk along Rush was Jim Flournoy, clutching a seismic map, a copy of the 1983 Rosemead General Plan and the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act with its powder-blue paper cover.The Rosemead resident is suing to put a stop to the Wal-Mart project based on what he alleges is a lack of study of a fault line across the 24-acre property.The Alhambra Wash fault line cuts a northwesterly slash across roughly the center of the land at Walnut Grove Avenue and Rush Street, where Wal-Mart is building. The fault is one of a smattering in the area, each an extension of the fault that caused the deadly 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake.Wal-Mart is building its 204,388-square-foot store outside the mandated 100-foot setback from the fault.Flournoy said little is known about another fault, the Puente Hills blind thrust, that also cuts a wide swath across the area, including under the Wal-Mart site. Flournoy’s suit alleges that without the studies the Supercenter should never have been approved.The environmental impact report the council used to approve the project includes two studies evaluating to some degree the dangers presented by area faults.“There are studies,” Flournoy said. “But they’re not the studies the law requires them to have.”The studies are available in the appendices of the EIR, which was produced by Ontario-based Applied Planning Inc. The EIR can be found at www.appliedplanning.com.City Hall defends the studies.“All the studies are there, they’re done,” said Brad Johnson, Rosemead planning director. jason.kosareff@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE160Want 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