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Cruz, Standhardinger honored to do double duty for Gilas

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If we go to the semifinals, that means that we’re gonna play up to August 20, and that means they’re not gonna play the first game in the Sea Games. That’s gonna be a problem. (They’ll finish the Fiba Asia Cup) if we get to the Finals, of course. But if we don’t get to the Finals, then maybe we’ll send them early already to get to the Southeast Asian Games,” he said.Reyes acknowledges that picking the two to backstop for both tourneys also comes with its own set of risks.“If they’re playing with us in Fiba Asia, then they’re not practicing with the Southeast Asian Games team. The good thing with the Sea Games format is that there’s a semifinals and a Finals, so we could afford to lose. We play Thailand right away, but not that we’re planning to (lose), but we could afford an early loss and get them back in the semifinals and hopefully, still make the Finals in the Southeast Asian Games,” he said.“I hope you can appreciate the difficult position that we’re in. This is really a testament, a test of adaptability and flexibility because this is the first time that this has happened. We’re planning for something that is really difficult.”However, both Cruz and Standhardinger made it clear that whatever tournament they’re in, they’re still going to bring nothing but their 100-percent on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT “For me, it’s for the country. I’ll do my part and whatever coach Chot wants me to do,” said the bruising Alaska forward.The Fil-German big man added: “I’m going to be ready.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netGetting the nod to represent the country in any international tournament is already an honor for any player.So to be named for two teams in back-to-back tourneys is incomparable feeling for  Carl Bryan Cruz and Christian Standhardinger.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Despite the exhausting task at hand, the two ready for action as Chot Reyes picked them for both the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and 2017 Southeast Asian Games squads.“It’s going to be tiring, but opportunities like this is rare. You can’t mind fatigue if it’s for the country,” said Cruz in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I feel very honored that I’ll play for two tournaments for the Philippines. I think that means that the coaches like what they see or they wouldn’t let me participate in both. I’m going to try my best to help win us as a whole to win both tournaments,” Standhardinger added.They will suit up in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon from August 8 to 20, before flying to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 2017 Sea Games from August 19 to 30. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Former Thailand coach Tim Lewis impressed with Gilas’ depthlast_img read more

NBA unveils vote schedule for All-Star Game with new format

first_imgMOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The league announced Thursday that voting begins on NBA.com and the NBA App on Dec. 21. Voting through all other formats, such as Twitter and Facebook and including Amazon Alexa for the first time, starts on Christmas Day before the annual five-game slate.There will also be five 2-for-1 days where ballots cast through the NBA App and NBA.com, along with Sina Weibo and Tencent in China, will count twice. Those days are Dec. 31, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 12 and Jan. 15 — the day balloting ends.Continuing a policy instituted last season, players and media will join fans in the voting process. The fan vote accounts for 50 percent, while players and a media panel each account for 25 percent.That change led to some debate last season when it kept eventual MVP Westbrook out of the starting lineup by a tiebreaker, but the league hopes the changes this season will create even more interest for the game at Staples Center in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT NEW YORK — Debuting a new NBA All-Game format in which players will pick teams in an effort to energize the event, the league has unveiled the voting schedule for its 2018 showcase.The NBA had previously announced that the Eastern vs. Western Conference format would be scrapped for the first time, replaced by captains choosing sides in the latest effort to generate more enthusiasm and perhaps competitiveness for the game.ADVERTISEMENT The West has won six of the last seven games, scoring nearly 200 points in the lackluster last two. Following last February’s 192-182 victory in New Orleans, players association president Chris Paul told Commissioner Adam Silver something had to be done to fix the game, and the league has responded with changes to the selection process.The hope is that the changes better balance the rosters after All-Stars such as Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Jimmy Butler went from East to West over the summer, and trigger buzz about who wants to play with what players.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 folkThe starters from each conference with the highest total of fan votes will serve as the captains. They will then pick from the eight remaining starters first, then choose from the pool of players voted as reserves. It could lead to some intriguing scenarios — would LeBron James pick Kyrie Irving if he’s a captain? Would Russell Westbrook choose Kevin Durant?Unfortunately, the captains’ selections will be conducted before the full rosters are unveiled during a TNT program on Jan. 25. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Perpetual hires Frankie Lim as team consultant OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

Players to blame for TNT’s 1-3 start, says Castro

first_imgBanchero keeps ball moving for ‘on fire’ Aces in win over TNT The KaTropa are 1-3 at the start of the PBA Governors’ Cup after suffering a humiliating 125-96 loss to Alaska Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For point guard Jayson Castro, the team needs to experience a change in whatever way necessary.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth 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’“Something needs to change in us, we have to change our mindset,” said Castro, who had 13 points and three assists, in Filipino. “This kind of slump is in us players and not on the coaches or whoever.”“We’re the ones playing on the floor so there’s no one to blame but us.” TNT has long been considered as one of the top echelon teams of the league but with the way things are going for the KaTropa, they are slowly veering away from that reputation.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re at 1-3 and it seems hard to bounce back from this because every game counts here in the eliminations.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TNT’s 29-point loss to the Aces was its worst loss since it lost to Rain or Shine 105-73 in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.Castro, who’s won six championships all with TNT, said the KaTropa lacked the energy to practically put up a good fight against the Aces.Alaska ran off the gates and built a 35-13 lead after the first quarter off the back of Simon Enciso’s five three-pointers.TNT never recovered and looked sluggish against the fast-paced attack of the Aces.“We played really bad today and the energy wasn’t there even at the start of the game,” said Castro. “I never expected this from us because our expectations coming into the conference was we would be on a high position.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

What is corruption?

first_imgDear Editor,What is corruption? What are the consequences of unethical and corrupt behaviour committed by law enforcement officials? In Guyana, these are good topical issues to start a conversation with or even an argument. Please permit me to join in the confabulation.Rothlein (2000) posits, “Corruption is a corrosive element that will spread like rust if it is not contained and eliminated. Addressing unethical behaviour and corruption has become a top priority and major challenge for Police administration. The causes of corruption are complex. Many factors can contribute to corruption, including greed; personal motivators such as ego, sex, or the exercise of power; tolerance of the behaviour by the community; socialisation from peers and/or the organisation; inadequate supervision and monitoring of behaviour; lack of clear accountability of employees’ behaviour and no real threat to discipline or sanctions.”The real elements of corrupt behaviour are that the conduct (1) is prohibited by law or rule; (2) involves misuse of position and (3) involves a reward or personal gain for the officer.The average Police recruit or beat duty cop is expected to conduct his or her private and professional life with more integrity and decorum than most other citizens, however difficult and unrealistic that may seem at times. One area in which the Police’s conduct may be called into question is whether or not they accept gratuities. A gratuity is defined as a favour or gift, usually in the form of money, given in return for service; for example, a tip given to a waiter at a restaurant.Many contend that accepting gratuities is often the launching pad in officers engaging in unethical behaviour and from there plunge quickly into actual corruption. Many persons provide ‘freebies’ because they expect preferential treatment from the recipient officers. Experience has shown that at times when the ‘freebies’ are not forthcoming, officers will make demands – even demand by menace. These may include simple things like money to buy drinks for the birthday party of the boss, tickets to attend a show at the National Stadium, a fish fry or a barbecue. Research indicates that most scandals start with one employee doing relatively small unethical acts that grow to whatever level the leadership allows.Strandberg (2000) notes, “Corruption takes on many forms, and some things seemingly insignificant can put an officer on a slippery slope, leading to major crimes.”All is not lost. A good starting point to promoting ethical behaviour and integrity is to eliminate the code of silence. The code of silence encourages ranks not to speak up when they see another officer doing something wrong. McCarthy (2000) recommends seven steps to help prevent unethical behaviour and corruption: “ (1) Recruit with great care. (2) Establish appropriate policies and put them in writing. (3) Adopt a good employee evaluation process. (4) Make sure your sergeants share management’s values and philosophies. (5) Develop operational control. (6) Perform regular anti-corruption inspections and audits. (7) Implement ethics and integrity training into every training activity.”Ethical behaviour is that which is ‘moral’ and ‘right’. Integrity refers to steadfast adherence to an ethical code. Therefore, the Police must inculcate ethical, integrity and anti-corruption training for all members of the Force, more so paying special attention to the subordinate officers and junior officers. The subordinate officers will not be able to change the department, but they can change their squads. The junior officers may not be able to change the department, but they can change the large number of ranks under their control. Fast forward, in time to come, these corporals and sergeants; inspectors, cadet officers, and assistant superintendents will be the divisional and branch commanders, the senior superintendents and assistant commissioners upwards, where they will be able to foster an environment of excellent ethical behaviour and integrity, thereby enhancing greater public confidence in the GPF.Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistant Commissionerof Police(Retired)last_img read more

All Safe As UN Chopper Crash Lands in Thinker’s Village

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Region 2 dissatisfied with work done by Infrastructure Ministry

first_imgHaving received several complaints from Riverstown, Essequibo Coast residents about their frustration regarding the manner in which a project was designed and implemented by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure — without any consultation with the Region or residents, Regional Chairman Devanand Ramdatt and Councillors of the Region Two Administration visited the area on Friday last and met with residents.The team was shocked to see the destruction of many bearing plantain suckers, they having been thrown to the ground.According to a farmer, he lost more than one hundred bearing plantain suckers and is contemplating legal action.Residents are also claiming that the project was done on private farm lands.It was brought to the attention of the visiting team that no engineer or technical staff visited the construction site, and as such, substandard work is being done.It was noted that neither the RDC, NDCs, nor residents were provided with project details and Bills of Quantities.Residents felt they were being grossly disrespected, and therefore compelled the Regional Chairman and Councillors to make immediate contact with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to get details about the construction project.last_img read more

Man denies trying to murder father-in-law at Vergenoegen

first_img…to stand trial next MondaySudesh Rambhajue will next Monday answer to allegations that he attempted to murder his father-in-law, Latchman Narine Persaud, on September 18, 2015 at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo.Accused: Sudesh RambhajueRambhajue had been charged with felonious wounding committed on Narine Persaud, but at Tuesday’s arraignment before Justice Brassington Reynolds at the Demerara High Court, he denied both counts.The defendant did not have legal representation, but the court nevertheless empanelled the matter, giving the accused almost one week to obtain the services of an attorney to defend him in court.Rambhajue told the court he could not afford to retain an attorney and requested that the State provide representation for him. However, the court’s view was that such charges do not necessarily require the State to provide legal counsel.Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial is leading the State’s case, and is assisted by fellow attorneys Narissa Leander and Tiffini Lyken.It was previously reported that Narine Persaud claimed to have been attacked by the suspect after he had asked him to move out from his house. However, Persaud explained that after Rambhajue had ignored his request, he sought to repeat it when he saw the man approaching his home on the evening in question.Narine Persaud reported that the man became annoyed, and stabbed him before fleeing the scene.Several witnesses are expected to testify when the matter is heard next week.last_img read more

City unveils new learn to play lacrosse program

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John released details on a new learn to play lacrosse program for children between the ages of 6-8. It will run weekly on Wednesdays starting on May 21 through June 25.The six week program will focus on skills such as passing, shooting, cradling, and checking from a certified coach.Registration is underway and can be completed at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, the North Peace Leisure Pool, or online.- Advertisement -Full gear is required and the cost to take part is $40.For more information call 250-785-3033.last_img read more

Swansea manager Garry Monk remains coy on possibility of European football after Arsenal victory

first_img1 Garry Monk Swansea manager Garry Monk refused to be drawn on the possibility of European football at the Liberty Stadium after stunning Arsenal with a 1-0 victory at the Emirates.The Swans were indebted to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who frustrated his former club with a string of fine saves, before Bafetimbi Gomis’ late header snatched an unlikely victory for the visitors.The win was Swansea’s third in succession and closed the gap on seventh placed Southampton to just a single point, but Monk didn’t want to get carried away with two games of the season remaining.“I don’t focus on that. What will be will be and we’ll just keep pushing,” said the Swans’ boss.“The good thing about playing on Monday night was that we saw the results and the places above us had opened up with the results, so why shouldn’t we be pushing for that? Why shouldn’t we be pushing those teams above and go on the hunt for them?”Swansea played Europa League football last season after winning the League Cup the year before and struggled with the multiple commitments, but Monk has challenged his side to keep alive the potential of another European adventure.He said: “I think today showed exactly what we’re about and how we think about each game.“We’ll take the next two games and whether that takes us, then great. If not we’ll have to asses again in the summer.”last_img read more

DONEGAL WATER PROTESTORS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR JAILED COLLEAGUES

first_imgRight2Water Donegal have today affirmed their support for the five water protesters who were jailed in Dublin.Donegal protestors at a previous march. Pic by Northwest Newspix.They have pledged the support of the water campaigners of Donegal to their fellow campaigners who were jailed for between 28 and 56 days respectively.Right2Water Donegal PRO Gary Doherty has described the imprisonment of the five as “an unnecessary and provocative decision brought about by an unfair water charge that has already been rejected and cannot work.” Cllr Doherty said “We have a country where 37% of children live in deprivation and 1.7 million citizens have less than €100 disposal income monthly. Moreover, another 500,000 citizens have nothing left after bills have been paid.“The communities represented by the protesters jailed today are the human face of these statistics. We again call on the Government to show common sense, halt the installation of water meters and abolish these charges. This is necessary to prevent any further unnecessary confrontation in the interests of both communities and workers.”Fellow Right2Water Donegal member Philip McFadden said it is important to remember that these jailings are not as a result of any crime committed, but for a technical ‘contempt’ issue.“They stand in stark contrast to the apparent impunity of those who brought about the financial crisis which has resulted in untold hardship for communities across Ireland – hardship further exacerbated by the imposition of water charges. The movement against water charges has been based on mass peaceful protest, and this will continue. “The ultimate responsibility for these incarcerations lies with the Government who have made a political choice to impose water charges on communities. The protestors jailed yesterday are simply protecting themselves, their children and their communities from further political attacks on their living standards. They should be freed without delay.”DONEGAL WATER PROTESTORS PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR JAILED COLLEAGUES was last modified: February 21st, 2015 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:CLLR GARY DOHERTYdonegalprotestorsRight2Waterlast_img read more