Spotlight on Parks, NCAA stars as rookie hopefuls get tested

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ “He’s a veteran,” said the Blackwater coach. “He has been playing as a professional. He’s had multiple stints (in different leagues) prior to Alab, too.”Parks had long deferred his entry to the PBA, putting him in a class that includes Bolick and Perez, who have dueled for the NCAA crown for the last two years.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“Robert has been a proven winner. He’s helped San Beda win multiple championships,” said Ramos. “CJ is very versatile as well.”Those outside of the top three picks, meanwhile, will look to fill an immediate need in their rosters. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We’re looking for a really stable, reliable, legitimate point guard,” noted Louie Alas, whose Phoenix squad will pick twice in the first round (4th and 12th).Columbian will pick first during the Draft, which has in its pool the likes of Javee Mocon of San Beda, JP Calvo and Bong Quinto of Letran, Michael Calisaan of San Sebastian, Rob Manalang of Adamson, Adrian Wong of Ateneo,  Abu Tratter of La Salle, Paul Desiderio of UP, Jayjay Alejandro and Matt Salem of NU, Ron Dennison of FEU, and Jeepy Faundo of UST.Trevis Jackson, a Filipino-American out of Sacramento State, is looking to join the fray.NorthPort will make the third selection in event slated at Robinsons Manila. Meralco rounds out the top five.“I’m excited to see where I’m going, excited to see which teams want me and excited to play at this level,” said Parks, who has logged tours of duty with the national team, in the NBA D-League, and in the Asean Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments LATEST STORIES Among those who topped the anthropometry tests were John Ragasa of Victoria Sports, who topped the shuttle run in 21.97 seconds and Joe Trinidad of FEU who ran the 3/4 court sprint in 3.25 seconds.Faundo logged the highest vertical leap with 33.29 inches, while Ateneo forward Dan Wong logged a jump height of 39.19 inches.Mapua guard CJ Isit recorded the fastest time in lane agility (11.2 seconds) and had an 84-percent result in the reaction test.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The lesser known names aced test after test during Wednesday’s PBA Draft combine, but the spotlight was mostly on the three rookies expected to crowd the early picks: many-time Gilas Pilipinas member Ray Parks Jr., Lyceum star CJ Perez and San Beda standout Robert Bolick.Bong Ramos, whose Blackwater picks second in the Draft on Sunday and will have a shot at picking one of the three players, was all praises for Parks, but he isn’t taking his eyes off the two NCAA products either.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Suzuki Cup experience will make Azkals better’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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Opposition brings slew of fiscal measures for Budget 2018

first_img…says taxes cost Guyanese B in disposable incomeThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is gearing to table a slew of Budget measures it wants to see for 2018 – the proposals coming days before Finance Minister Winston Jordan is set to present the coalition’s third annual Budget.The measures have been documented in a Parliamentary Motion piloted by Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and PPP/C Member ofFinance Winston Jordan MinisterParliament, Irfaan Ali, along with party Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira.Parliament formally emerged from its recess this week, but there would not be any sittings until after October 21.This obtains since several Members of Parliament, including the Speaker of the National Assembly, are on an engagement in Russia.The PPP/C parliamentarians – in presenting the menu of measures – insisted Government’s tax-oriented approach to growth and policies is among the key factors responsible for the deteriorating economy and pointed to the introduction of increases for every category of taxes on income, property, production and consumption, and international trade, including environmental taxes.The Finance Minister on Monday announced that there would be no new taxes in Budget 2018, but the Opposition members contended that the 200 new taxes alone that were imposed in the last budget were currently costing Guyanese $10 billion in disposable income.According to a draft copy of the motion seen by Guyana Times, there has been a marked effect on the business community, “there is a marked reduction in the overall demand for goods and services”.The motion attributed this marked reduction to the reduced disposable income, “dwindling sugar and forestry sectors that employ in excess of 40,000 persons directly, the downsizing of many businesses and reduction in investment in agriculture”.According to the motion, the PPP/C, in calling for an affirmation of the adopting of its menu of measures, will point to the fact that Government in addition to dismantling the local productive sectors has also been depleting the foreign reserves/savings of the country while escalating its debt.“The Government expended US$18.3 million from the Bank of Guyana’s net foreign assets, thereby reducing the net foreign reserves from US$633 million in June 2016 to US$574 million in mid-2017, the lowest-ever recorded in over seven years,” the PPP/C motion outlines.In addition to Government dipping heavily into the foreign reserves, the PPP/C contends that external debt increased by US$53 million to US$1 billion.In arguing for the inclusion of its own list of measures, the PPP/C in its motion argues that Government continues to “crowd-out”, outstrip and deprive the Private Sector of much-needed credit for investment.According to the motion to be presented to Parliament for a date for debate, “there is no shadow of doubt that the economy is in a dire state; indicators are showing strong signs of distress and imminent economic failure with a severe shortage of foreign exchange, the decline of key foreign revenue streams such as sugar, bauxite, forestry and even rice to an extent, while concurrently the Bank of Guyana foreign reserve continues to be depleted and servicing our external debt will become more burdensome.”The political Opposition insists the Finance Minister needs to admit that his framework of fiscal policies and tax-oriented solutions have contributed to this state of affairs and have successfully dis-incentivised the economy, and, therefore, urgent and immediate measures need to be taken to reverse this economic decline”.The PPP/C, in laying down the gauntlet, further contended if Government was serious about national development and the ‘good life’ for all Guyanese, it needed to urgently change its policies and support the Opposition proposals “urgently introduced to stimulate the economy”.Finance Minister Jordan on Monday met members of the local press corps to provide an update on his imminent 2018 Budget, but did not commit to a reduction of any of the existing taxes.On the matter of consultations with the political Opposition ahead of the budget preparation, the Minister downplayed the hiatus, along with the PPP/C’s request for pertinent documentation.Budget 2018 will be presented to the National Assembly on November 27.last_img read more

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B.C. gas price average still highest provincial average in Canada

first_imgOnce again, the low end prices in this area of the province were in Dawson Creek, at 98.5 — but across the Alberta border, you could do much better than that at 83.4 at the Fas Gas in Demmitt, and at the Grande Prairie Costco, you could go 32 cents a litre lower than 76.9, the common Fort St. John price.However, the really low prices are still south of the BC border, with the U.S. average — although up slightly — still at $2.05 an American gallon, and the low end average in St, Louis at $1.64, which works out to 43.3 cents a litre.All this as the price of crude oil continues to falls — now below $33 a barrel U.S., amid global recession fears it could dive all the way to $25 a barrel. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The retail price of gasoline in B.C. has moved downward significantly, but according to the latest cross country check of GasBuddy‘s monitor, motorists in this province were still getting the short end of the pricing stick.Here in Fort St. John, an early morning check confirmed the common posted price fell at the end of last week by seven cents a litre to 108.9, but actually had slipped above the provincial average.This, despite the fact, that even with per litre price drops of ten cents or more recorded in the heavily serviced lower mainland, the B.C. average was still the highest provincial average in the country.- Advertisement -The Gas Buddy monitor had it down to $1.06 a litre, but still about three cents higher than the average in Quebec, the only other province above a dollar.Alberta had regained its position, as the province with the low end price at 83.6 cents a litre, nearly five cents less than second place Saskatchewan — the only other province below 90 cents.The same monitor had the best price in the country, once again in the Edmonton refinery area, at 72.9 cents — 13 cents less than the best price in BC: 85.9 at the Prince George Costco.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hillsborough disaster police chief pleads not guilty

first_img0Shares0000Former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent David Duckenfield was the match-day commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster © AFP / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 10 – The police commander at the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster pleaded not guilty on Monday on the first day of his manslaughter trial over the death of 95 Liverpool supporters.David Duckenfield, 74, was the match-day commander at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground. He faces 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter following the fatal crush in the Leppings Lane end allocated to Liverpool fans.The former chief superintendent appeared via videolink at Preston Crown Court on Monday, confirming his name and entering his plea.England’s state prosecutor, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), had applied to lift a historical stay — an order preventing him being tried — on Duckenfield, which was put in place in 2000.Former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell, 68, also pleaded not guilty to one charge involving the stadium safety certificate and one health and safety charge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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O’NEILL – “I SPOKE TO SHAY, HE THINKS HE’S READY FOR IT NOW, WHICH IS GREAT FOR US”

first_imgRepublic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has revealed that he spoke to Shay Given prior to Ireland’s international friendly clash with Slovakia last night.Ireland were held 2-2 in an entertaining clash as O’Neill ran the rule over a number of players in the run-up to EURO 2016. Ireland’s most capped player Shay Given has had his own injury problems of late, and has also found game time hard to come by.However, an injury to Jack Butland, and his return to full fitness has paved the way for Given to return to the starting XI for Stoke City.Given is also trying to force his way into O’Neill’s EURO 2016 plans.O’Neill told the assembled press last night, “Shay came into the dressing room, I think he was doing some work for TV today. “Obviously the injury to their keeper at Stoke has maybe hastened things on a little bit for him.“He was down to play two games in relatively quick succession, but those plans may change now with Butland injured.“He looked really well, I must admit, but seeing someone out in a suit and nicely dressed is a totally different issue to seeing someone out on the field of play.“But he looked remarkably good, and thinks he’s ready for it now, which is great for us.”O’NEILL – “I SPOKE TO SHAY, HE THINKS HE’S READY FOR IT NOW, WHICH IS GREAT FOR US” was last modified: March 30th, 2016 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:Euro 2016IrelandMartin O’NeillShay Givenlast_img read more

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O’DONNELL THE STAR OF THE SHOW AS MINORS EDGE PAST ANTRIM

first_imgST EUNAN’S starlet Niall O’Donnell was – by a country mile – the man of the match as Donegal’s Minors saw off Antrim in Belfast by 2-11 to 2-07.O’Donnell hit a personal tally of 2-05 in a class performance.And it was needed. The home side’s Eamon Fyffe hit 2-03 as Antrim stunned Donegal in the second half, the sides level 4 points apiece at the break.But it was a case of ‘I can do that’ as O’Donnell turned on the style and hit Donegal’s two goals within a minute to leave Antrim stunned.And then he crowned a superb performance with two wonderful late points at Corrigan Park.Donegal now face in the Ulster semi-final on June 23 but will be without Naomh Conaill’s Eoghan McGettigan who was sent off in yesterday’s clash.  O’DONNELL THE STAR OF THE SHOW AS MINORS EDGE PAST ANTRIM was last modified: May 30th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalNiall O’DonnellSt Eunanslast_img read more

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Failed Liverpool transfer target offered to Chelsea and Tottenham

first_img 2 Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Nabil Fekir after his failed move to Liverpool.The Reds were on the verge of concluding a deal for the France playmaker, who is at World Cup 2018 with his nation, but the move could not be completed, despite the player picking a shirt number. Lyon midfield Nabil Fekir had an outstanding 2017/18 season but there are questions about his previous knee injury. Now Lyon are attempting offering Fekir, 24, out to two of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals as they seek to sell one of their star men, report The Sun.Chelsea and Tottenham have been offered the attacking midfielder for £66million, with the Reds only willing to pay £53million for the player when they took into account his injury record.The Blues and Spurs are both looking to freshen up their midfield options as they attempt to chase down Premier League title winners Manchester City in the 2018/19 season. 2 France and Lyon star Nabil Fekir could be moving to the Premier League despite missing out on a transfer to Liverpool. A serious injury knee injury limited the player’s appearances in the 2015/16 Ligue 1 campaign and now has suitors wary about his physical condition.However, this season he was back to his best, scoring 18 goals and creating eight in the French top-flight.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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Uganda Cranes lose again

first_imgInternational FriendlyNiger 2-1 UgandaStade General Seyni Kountche, NiameySaturday, 02-06-2018.Just a day after Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre echoed out that he was not worried about the results on the pitch, the team lost again.This time it was against West African minors Niger who defeated the Cranes 2-1 in a second of two friendlies that were lined up for this particular training camp.The game played on Saturday night saw the West Africans storm into a 2-0 lead thanks to Victorien Adebayor’s goal in either half.A slightly changed Cranes side from the one that lost 1-0 last time out could not find the answers to Niger and got a consolation towards the end through right back Nicholas Wadada via a Yunus Ssentamu pass.Vipers SC captain Nicholas Wadada scored Cranes’ consolation on SaturdayThis is the second loss in three days that the Cranes have suffered after going down 1-0 to Central African Republic on Wednesday evening.After the loss on Wednesday, Desabre made a few changes to the team, introducing captain Denis Masinde Onyango in goal along with Edrisa Lubega upfront.The Frenchman also handed a debut to Danish based 20 year old midfielder Moses Opondo who failed to impress on his first outing with the National team.Danish based Moses Opondo was handed his debut on Saturday.Desabre has been in charge of seven official games for the Cranes since his arrival in late December to replace Moses Basena.Four of those games have been friendlies in which he has won one (against Soa Tome), drawn one (against Malawi) and lost two (against CAR and Niger).The other three games came at this year’s CHAN championships in Morocco where Uganda lost two and drawn one of its three games and subsequently failed to progress past the group stages.Indeed there are signs that the style of play may be changing for the better but what is worrying for everyone is Uganda’s inability to get results over the lesser Nations on the continent.With that said, the Cranes next competitive fixture is just over two months ago and come them, everyone will get a clear picture on where the team has now moved ever since both Micho and Basena departed.The team is expected to jet into the country on Monday and will have to wait till September for the next time they play a game, it It will not be a friendly this time round, rather an AFCON 2019 qualifier at home to Tanzania in Group L.Uganda currently leads the group with three points from an away win at Cape Verde while Tanzania are second on one point.Team Line Ups that featured against Niger:Dennis Onyango (GK), Nico Wakiro Wadada, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Timothy Denis Awanyi, Murushid Jjuuko, Khalid Aucho, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Moses Opondo, Allan Kateregga, Edrisa Lubega Emmanuel Okwi.Subs:Charles Lukwago (GK), Salim Jamal, Denis Iguma, Isaac Muleme, Bevis Mugabi, Tadeo Lwanga, Allan Kyambadde, William Kizito Luwagga, Milton Karisa, Muhammed Shaban, Yunus Sentamu, Farouk MiyaComments Tags: Moses OpondoNicholas WadadaSebastian Desabretoplast_img read more

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Moses Golola unveiled as StarTimes Challenger host

first_imgGolola (Center) at his unveiling as the official StarTimes Challenger host on Thursday. (PHOTO/SHABAN LUBEGA)KAMPALA – The StarTimes Challenger is the new sensation in town as several people look to take part in the competition.It is a challenge that requires one to negotiate through different obstacle and reach the finish-line in the shortest period of time.The auditions for the StarTimes Challenger entered into their second day on Thursday, at Arirang Restaurant in Nakaseero, where over 200 people showed up.On the same day, Uganda’s Kick-boxing darling Moses Golola was unveiled as the competition’s official host.At a function witnessed by several Journalists, the vocal fighter was on hand to urge the general public to utilize the chance and register for the first of its kind, competition, in Uganda.“I am honured to be the official host of a very rare competition in the world, said Golola.“The StarTimes Challenger is the first of its kind in Uganda.“We have watched the Ninja Warrior on TV and many wanted to one day be part of it and luckily, StarTimes and Hisense have brought it to everyone’s door step.“It is a chance to win money and prizes but at the same time, have fun as you negotiate the obstacles in place.“I would like to urge everyone out there to download the StarTimes APP, register and then take part in a competition that will surely push you all to the limit.Golola (Center) poses for a Photo at Arirang Restaurant in Nakasero on Thursday. (PHOTO/SHABAN LUBEGA)At the same venue, StarTimes-Uganda head of Marketing Isma Lule expressed welcomed Golola to the competition.“I would like to welcome Golola (Moses) as our official host for the StarTimes Challenger. Said Lule.“He is a reputable kick-boxer who trains to the limits and his presence can surely motivate the competitors.“We have successfully overseen our our second day of auditions and everything is so far going to plan.In the competition each competitor is expected to overcome various physical obstacles in the form of stepping stones, rope climbing, balancing bridge, bowling, sack racing among others.The winners of each group stage will automatically qualify for the finals.The competition will feature both sexes with the Males competing amongst their peers as the Female also do likewise.Registration for the competition will be done via the StarTimesON APP.The Medicals are slated for June 3rd and 4th.There will be training on June 5th and 6th while the official filming starts five days later on June 11th.Comments Tags: Golola MosesIsma LuleStarTimesStarTimes Challengerlast_img read more

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Odisha hospital claims to have done 50 bone marrow transplantations

first_imgThe Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) unit of the Clinical Haematology Department at SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack, has performed 50 transplantation cases, earning it the reputation of being the only State government hospital in the country to achieve the milestone.“The achievement gives us immense satisfaction, especially when we are the only government hospital in the country providing BMT services completely free of cost. The BMT unit boasts of having been state-of-the-art facilities,” said R. K. Jena, Professor and Head of the BMT on Sunday.Fifty BMT operations have been performed between April 23, 2014, and September 3, 2017. Of these, doctors claimed success in 49 cases by following BMT procedures, including stem cell mobilisation, collection and engraftment.‘Oldest patient’In three cases, deaths have been reported – two due to infection on the eighth day and after one month, while one on 178th day due to brain stroke. “Forty-seven patients are healthy and doing normal activities till date,” said Prof Jena.The unit claimed to have preformed BMT in Zabar Khan, 74, making him the oldest patient in Asia and Europe to have received the transplant. According to doctors, five elderly persons above 65 years of age have undergone BMT in SCB Medical College.last_img read more

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