George, Westbrook lead Thunder past Grizzlies

first_imgLATEST STORIES Westbrook entered the game 16 rebounds shy of becoming the first player to average a triple-double for a season more than once. He reached that total with just over nine minutes left in the third quarter and received a standing ovation. He finished with just six points, but had a career-high 20 rebounds and 19 assists.“I’m very, very thankful and blessed, man, to go out and compete,” Westbrook said. “Like I’ve said many, many times, I don’t take this game for granted. I don’t take going out on the floor and competing for granted.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGeorge made 13 of 20 shots, including eight of 14 3-pointers.“I just caught a rhythm early,” George said. “It’s just sticking with it, staying with the process and just putting work in — a lot of work in. It paid off tonight.” With a loss, the Thunder would have been a No. 8 seed and forced to play No. 1 seed Houston in the first round. Instead, Oklahoma City will play Utah.Steven Adams scored 24 points and Corey Brewer added 17 for the Thunder, who matched a franchise record with 20 made 3-pointers.Dillon Brooks scored a career-high 36 points for Memphis.Westbrook had one of the most unusual first halves of his career to help the Thunder take a 20-point lead. He had 12 assists and 11 rebounds, yet only scored one point and took two shots. George scored 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting, including 5 of 5 on 3-pointers in the first half to help Oklahoma City score a season-high 77 points in the first half.Brooks scored 16 points in the third quarter to help the Grizzlies trim their deficit to 105-96 at the end of the third quarter. The Grizzlies scored 39 points in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ellington sets Heat record, Miami tops Toronto View comments Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) passes the ball in front of Memphis Grizzlies guard Kobi Simmons (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook needed rebounds to reach a milestone, so Paul George took care of the points.George scored 40 points, Westbrook clinched a triple-double average for the second straight season and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 137-123 on Wednesday night.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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Memphis hung tough in the fourth quarter before back-to-back 3-pointers by Terrance Ferguson and George pushed Oklahoma City’s lead to 133-116.“Obviously, I thought we had plays where we could have prevented points, but for the most part, they (Memphis) just played really well tonight,” George said. “I thought we did a great job of not falling into just being complacent. I thought we played phenomenal tonight. It just so happened that they played well as well. It’s like that sometimes. It’s just great that we played well enough to win.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: Marc Gasol (rest), Tyreke Evans (personal reasons), JaMychal Green (knee soreness), Wayne Selden Jr. (right knee soreness), Andrew Harrison (right wrist/left shoulder) and Jarell Martin (left ankle) all sat out.Thunder: Westbrook brought F Nick Collison out to midcourt with him before the game. Westbrook said he wasn’t sure if it would be the 37-year-old Collison’s last regular-season game, but he wanted the crowd to acknowledge Collison’s contribution to the franchise. … G Alex Abrines (concussion protocol) did not play. … Westbrook had seven assists in the first quarter. … Brewer was fouled on a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and left the game for good with a knee sprain.STAT LINESWestbrook matched a season low with two field goals made and set a season low with nine field goal attempts.SUPPORTING CASTWestbrook didn’t shoot well, but the other four starters shot a combined 33 for 55 from the field.QUOTABLEBickerstaff on the team’s 22-60 finish: “When you go through these types of times, everybody who is involved’s true character comes out. It’s easy when things are roses and sunshine to be a good player, a good teammate, to be a positive coach, whatever it may be. But these times, who are you? Hopefully everybody involved learned from it.”UP NEXTGrizzlies: Season is over.Thunder: Will open the playoffs this weekend.center_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Mayhem

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 “Class,” Australian NBA player Andrew Bogut sarcastically tweeted after posting an image of Pingris’ selfie.The game was supposed to provide Fiba a glimpse of the cavernous arena, one of the venues for the Fiba World Cup 2023 which the country is hosting with Indonesia and Japan.Instead, it will now be remembered as the site of one of the worst brawls the sport has witnessed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nine players from the Philippines and four from Australia were ejected in the aftermath of the brawl that could also lead to huge repercussions as Gilas navigates the second round of qualifying.The game was stopped with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter and the Boomers comfortably ahead, 79-48, after some physical play involving RR Pogoy and Chris Goulding.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnother Aussie player, Daniel Kickert, hit Pogoy with an elbow, triggering the free-for-all that also saw Gilas players on the bench Carl Bryan Cruz and Calvin Abueva getting involved.Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo then swarmed at Kickert as the incident worsened when fans hurled chairs at the Aussies. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Pogoy, Blatche, Castro, Romeo, Cruz, Abueva, Troy Rosario, Matthew Wright and Japeth Aguilar were ejected, while NBA player Thon Maker, Kickert, Goulding and Nathan Sobey were also slapped with disqualifying fouls.The game resumed with Gilas left with just three players in June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood and Baser Amer.The match ended in the third quarter when the three Filipinos fouled out.While several fans inside the venue were loudly cheering for Gilas following the brawl, the incident was met with disdain and disappointment online, especially after former Gilas player Marc Pingris was captured taking a selfie with the team during a lull following the melee.“Embarassing,” former Gilas captain Jimmy Alapag said on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ceres widens gap after blanking Stallion Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES 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 BOCAUE, Bulacan—What was supposed to be a showcase of the strides made by Philippine basketball and its national team turned out to be one of its darkest moments on the world stage.In front of a big home crowd, Gilas Pilipinas absorbed a 53-89 loss to Australia in a Fiba World Cup 2019 Qualifiers game following a rumble in the third period in the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Boxing at 2020 Olympics remains in doubt

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced FILE – Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov poses with his medal after winning Uzbekistan’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZBoxing could still be axed from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after the IOC admitted Thursday that concerns remain over the sport’s governance and management by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA).“The IOC Executive Board received a report on the AIBA situation and highlighted its significant ongoing concern with a number of key areas… that require further information and confirmation,” said an IOC statement.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Tiger Woods finds his Open return a pain in the neck These areas involved “governance, ethical and financial management”.In February, the IOC said they had been “extremely worried” and “extremely preoccupied” by the nomination of Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov for the AIBA’s interim presidency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The IOC executive board decided to maintain its position which includes continued suspension of any financial contributions from IOC to AIBA and the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the programme of the 2020 Olympics.”IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the situation will be further evaluated at the next meeting of the executive board in Tokyo from November 30-December 2. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Philippines facing fines for SBP’s Asian Games pullout

first_imgCarpio 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. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ withdrawal from the 2018 Asian Games won’t go unpunished.Philippine Olympic Committee President Ricky Vargas said the SBP is expecting sanctions from the Olympic Council of Asia after their withdrawal with a few weeks left before the start of the competition.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “I think so, there will be a sanction which is probably in terms of a monetary fine,” said Vargas in media conference call at PBA office on. “I don’t know if there’s a sanction outside of the fine.”This isn’t the only fine the SBP has been slapped with in recent weeks with Fiba imposing hefty penalties for brawl between the Philippines and Australia during the 2018 World Cup Asian Qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Apart from the suspensions slapped on the players, Fiba fined the SBP around P13.3 million or CHF 250,000.Vargas, however, assured that the effects of SBP’s withdrawal from the Jakarta Games won’t spillover to the other sports the Philippines is participating in. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio namescenter_img DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “There’s no reason for it to spillover, this is an SBP decision so it should not affect the POC and the other sports,” said Vargas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘100% national team’: Revival of Gilas 1.0 program being considered Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more

SBP seeks change in Fiba Asia Champions Cup eligibility rules

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments “The SBP is one with them [Fiba] [in strengthening the Champions Cup] but they must adjust the eligibility rules in the Fiba-Asia Champions Cup.” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio marched to Thailand during the Fiba Asia Champions Cup with a directive in mind, and that was to create change.Panlilio wasn’t pleased when Fiba ruled Meralco forwards Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge as non-Filipinos for the continental club tournament despite the two being ruled as locals in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal UAAP: Ateneo destroys UST for fourth straight win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES That, however, may change for the next editions of the Champions Cup after Panlilio talked with Fiba Executive Director-Asia Hagop Khajiran during the halftime break between the Bolts and Alvark Tokyo in changing the policy regarding Filipino-foreign players.“Mission accomplished, that was the objective in coming over,” said Panlilio in a statement sent to the media.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 ChrissPanlilio said he advised Meralco team managed Paolo Trillo to talk to Hagop about changing the eligibility rules in the Champions Cup regarding players with mix heritage but the Fiba official did not make an attempt to talk to Fiba administrator Zoran Radovic to discuss the SBP’s suggestion.“The SBP just wants to be fair to the future teams who will represent the country, we must protect the interest of the club teams and the Filipino basketball fans in general,” added Panlilio. “We take our basketball seriously and it is the federation’s responsibility to compete with the best possible roster and have a chance to win.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Panlilio said the Champions Cup, which is a club tournament, should have different eligibility rules with the country competitions of Fiba.The PBA rules any player with a Filipino blood as a local while Fiba, especially in country competitions, has stricter regulations on players with dual bloodlines.Fiba requires players, in the case of Filipino-foreign athletes, to have Philippine passport issued to them before they reach 16-years-old.Panlilio said with PBA teams having several Filipino-foreign players in their roster who didn’t get PH passports before 16, Fiba needs to have looser eligibility requirements if they want the Philippine teams to compete in the Champions Cup.“If Hagop’s stance is firm, then in the future no PBA team will be able to represent the Philippines in the Fiba Asian Champions Cup because almost all the teams have similar cases as Newsome and Hodge,” said Panlilio. “It is just counter-productive for club teams.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Nuggets beat Magic in overtime for 7th straight win

first_imgMagic: A day after holding the Heat to just five free throws in a game at Miami, the Magic shot no free throws until Jonathan Isaac made two at 9:13 of the fourth quarter. … Ross came off the bench for 17 points, his average over the last seven games.UP NEXTNuggets: At Charlotte on Friday night.Magic: Host Indiana on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) defends a pass between Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and guard D.J. Augustin, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla.— To build a long winning streak, sometimes you need a little luck.The Denver Nuggets took sole possession of first place in the Western Conference with a 124-118 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Murray wouldn’t go quite that far.“We didn’t play our best, but they played really good,” said Murray, who also had eight assists. “They had a great game, and they’re a really underrated team, especially at home. They were making a lot of shots, more than we expected. It seemed like everybody was hitting.”The Magic kept up with the Nuggets with 57 percent shooting through three quarters, but made only 10 of 34 shots in the fourth quarter and overtime.“I thought we played well offensively. Defensively we just couldn’t get a stop,” said Aaron Gordon, who had 19 points.“Obviously our offense was more than good enough,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “We competed hard, but at the end of the day we couldn’t guard the high pick and roll the whole game, couldn’t get a handle on it.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “They did everything they could to win the game and we got lucky,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “We’ll take it, but we definitely got lucky.”Jamal Murray scored 31 points and the Nuggets shut down the Magic in overtime for their seventh straight victory.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 ChrissAfter Terence Ross tied it for Orlando with a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets outscored the Magic 9-2 until Nikola Vucevic dunked for the Magic’s first field goal of the overtime session with just 1:04 left.Ross’ open jumper — when the Magic needed three points in the final seconds — was one of the reasons Malone called it “one of our worst performances of the year.” 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 Paul Millsap added 18 points for Denver, which shot 55 percent for the game. Center Nikola Jokic had 12 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists.Evan Fournier led Orlando with 26 points before fouling out in overtime and then drawing a second technical foul. Fournier thought the Nuggets’ luck took a different form, resulting in their 37 foul shots to Orlando’s eight.“It’s terrible, man, and that’s why it’s frustrating,” he said. “We’re a team that never complains and we never get the calls. Then we start to say something and then we get the technicals. What is that?”Vucevic added 24 points and 15 rebounds for Orlando, which made 20 of 43 3-pointers during regulation against the NBA’s best 3-point defense. But the Magic made only one of nine shots in overtime and missed all six of their 3-pointers.The Nuggets made nine of their first 12 shots and broke out to a 22-10 lead, but Gordon scored 13 straight Magic points, including three 3-pointers, to get Orlando back in it. Neither team led by more than six points during the final three quarters.Denver took a five-point lead in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, but Ross tied it 112-112. Murray missed a short jumper just before the buzzer, taking the game into overtime.AFTER NOT REVIEWING THE PLAY. . .The crowd erupted when a replay showed Murray stepping out of bounds with the ball just before being fouled with 20.8 seconds left in overtime. Referee Marc Davis explained: “As per Rule 13, Section A, No. 17, an out-of-bounds may be reviewed if it is called or the officials have doubt as to whether the ball was out of bounds. It was never called out of bounds, and so there was no trigger. So it wasn’t a reviewable matter.”TIP-INSNuggets: G Gary Harris missed the entire game after injuring his right hip in the first quarter Monday night at Toronto. The Nuggets have not ruled him out for Friday night’s game at Charlotte. … The Nuggets missed 14 free throws, six more than the Magic attempted. 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Power Hitters try to finish off Agilas

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia PSA Forum: Wushu, PBA Draft Game time is at 3 p.m. after the 2 p.m. awards rites in the third season of the country’s premier men’s volley league organized by Sports Vision.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PLDT will aim to end Air Force’s bid on its first crack at the Spikers’ Turf Open Conference crown on Tuesday at Blue Eagle gym in Quezon City.The PLDT Home Power Hitwas seeded second in the Final Four but gained the twice-to-beat edge in the finals after No. 1 Sta. Elena-National University pulled out to represent the Philippines in the Asean University Games in Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT The withdrawal paved the way for the finals playoff between No. 3 Air Force and No. 4 Cignal, with the Agilas pulling off a 21-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-16 win over the weekend to stay in the title hunt.PLDT swept Air Force in the elimination round but the latter hopes to sustain the momentum of their victory over Cignal.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 ChrissHowever, the Agilas need to beat the Home Power Hitters twice to snatch the crown.Power-hitting Alnakran Abdilla, Rudolfo Labrador, Howard Mojica and Edwin Tolentino will lead the Agilas’ charge against the Home Power Hitters’ tested crew composed of Mark Alfafara, John Vic de Guzman, Joeven dela Vega, Kheeno Franco and Joshua Umandal.center_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View commentslast_img read more

No Jones Cup stint for Gilas; SBP eyes pocket tourneys

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Based on the calendar, it will be quite difficult to participate in the Jones Cup,” SBP president Al Panlilio said. “It’s a grueling schedule.”The Jones Cup, an international event where formidable teams see action, will be held on July 12 to 21, and will run right smack into the PBA Commissioner’s Cup schedule. It has been a perennial training ground for many Philippine teams in the past and which the Filipinos won twice before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHosting a mini-tournament or a series of friendlies will be easier to do, Panlilio said, since they can take the PBA schedule into consideration.Lebanon and Jordan came over to play the Filipinos in exhibition matches before the Philippines went to Qatar and Kazakhstan to book crucial wins that sealed a second straight stint in the global showcase scheduled on Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in eight cities in China. Meanwhile, in a continued show of solid support to the international program, the PBA said that it will lend its players even to the Southeast Asian Games where the Philippines is the heavy favorite for the cage gold medal.“Once chairman (Ricky) Vargas asks the PBA, we will give him players,” commissioner Willie Marcial said in Filipino as the PBA could ultimately wind up representing the country for the first time in the SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDue to conflict with the PBA schedule, coach Yeng Guiao’s original plan of having Gilas Pilipinas play in the Jones Cup to prepare for the World Cup will not happen.Instead, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is thinking of hosting pocket tournaments, or friendlies, in order to get the National Five to play together with the World Cup in China still six months away.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief After losing two world titles, Lakay ringmaster wants wards to go for swift, decisive wins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View commentslast_img read more

Health Promoters’ Network Commends Prexy Sirleaf

first_imgThe Health Promoters’ Network of Liberia (HPNL) has commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her visit early morning on Wednesday, 9, at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Congo Town.HPNL, through its Coordinator, Mr. Victor Seah, said the President’s visit signified the Government’s “willingness, preparedness and readiness” to put all hands on deck to combat the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.Mr. Seah also stated that President Sirleaf’s presence early morning visit with health authorities, also shows that the GOL is prepared to provide preventive measures that would help curtail the spread of the virus, which has so far claimed at least 12 lives, since its outbreak in Liberia in late March, 2014.The Health Promoters’ Network, which advocates for a healthy people and nation, said the President’s visit has given health workers and partners added impetus to vigorously work for the Liberian people.The group said they welcomed intervention measures taken by the Health Ministry under the leadership of Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, and partners, including World Health Organization (WHO), US Defense Department and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their consented efforts aimed at containing the spread of deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.The group has also commended all the local partners that are working along with the Ministry of Health to also spread messages that will help prevent the spread of the virus.HPNL has also commended health workers for the tireless services in rendering medical attention to Liberians, who have contracted the virus.Additionally, the group has vowed to closely work with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to combat the virus until it is completely wipe out of Liberia.HPNL thanked the media for providing right pieces of information to the public, in all of the local vernaculars (dialects).Meanwhile, HPNL Coordinator Seah has extended his condolences to all those families, who have lost loved ones to the virus; adding: “Your loss is our loss as fellow Liberians and we at HPNL will do all we can to work along with along the relevant stakeholders, including MoSHW, so that another Liberian won’t die.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Anguished over Isolation by African Neighbors

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The WHO further emphasized that official border closures would constrain resources to address the epidemic and would not stop all means of travel outside of affected areas. “Many of those who have now isolated Liberia have benefited from its friendship in the past. When the world found it fashionable and acceptable to ostracize them, Liberia welcomed them and was despised for it. But we were proud of what we were able to do for them.” The Foreign Minister commended the African Union (AU), which is expected to soon dispatch a military medical personnel team to Ebola affected countries including Liberia. The AU team is expected to comprise doctors, professional nurses, infection control officers, social workers, medical data management experts, among others. “How do we get the supplies we need?” Brown wondered. “Aid workers coming in to help us are coming from afar. They also come in rotations. He described the isolation of the Mano River Union as being “against the African spirit and that of African solidarity”, but nonetheless expressed the confidence that Liberia would weather this storm as it has others. Regional airlines such as Gambia Bird, Ghana Airways and Arik Air have halted flights to Monrovia in the wake of th outbreak of the Ebola virus, as have international carriers. British Airways has suspended flights to Monrovia. Delta’s flights will be suspended as of August 31.  SN Brussels had recently suspended its service to Liberia because landing in Liberia would have caused other countries to reject the Belgian carrier. The airline announced later Tuesday night that it had sorted out the issue, and that flights would resume Thursday, August 28.  Ivory Coast, Liberia’s neighbor to the east which still has refugees in Liberia since its civil conflict a few years ago, rejected a vessel that had docked at the Freeport of Monrovia.  While commending all countries, institutions, and individuals that have contributed towards the fight against the Ebola disease in Liberia and other affected countries, Minister Ngafuan also commended all African countries that have already contributed or communicated intentions to contribute to the fight against the disease.center_img The Foreign Minister was not the only Liberian official to register his disappointment with the isolation of the affected nations. Information Minister, Lewis Brown, addressing newsmen in Monrovia Tuesday, also recalled a time when Liberia came to the aid of other countries.  Minister Brown, too, could only have been referring to South Africa, during whose apartheid struggle many comrades (including Nelson Mandela) traveled on Liberian passports and took refuge here.  For other countries to isolate Liberia — rejecting ships that have docked in Liberia, canceling flights and shutting down businesses — is “unfair, unjust and un-African,” Brown contended. Even close neighbors, Brown said, have turned their backs on Liberia.  “In these difficult moments in our countries,” Ngafuan asserted, “we expect our African brothers and sisters across the globe to take actions that will complement measures already undertaken by the affected countries with a view to speedily eradicating the disease. Actions grounded primarily in paranoia may, instead of aiding affected countries, lead to blanket stigmatization of citizens from these countries and may make it doubly difficult for affected countries to effectively combat the Ebola disease.” The Government of Liberia is not taking lightly what it sees as the ostracizing of the three nations affected by the Ebola virus — Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.Addressing foreign newsmen over the weekend, Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan, recalled a time “when certain African nations were ravaged by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” Liberia, he said, did not shut its doors for fear of contagion. The Foreign Minister could only have been referring to one nation — South Africa — the latest African nation to close its borders to passengers traveling from the Mano River Union. Ngafuan also reminded newsmen that the Ebola virus used to be known as an East African disease before it suddenly surfaced in the West African rainforest. “As we speak,” he pointed out, “it has gone right back to Zaire. Who knows where it will go next?”Ngafuan said while it is understandable that countries not affected by the Ebola outbreak may take measures to protect their citizens, they should heed the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations which do not support travel or trade restrictions on Liberia and other countries hit by the Ebola virus. The WHO has been emphatic in its warning against the imposition of air and sea restrictions: “If you try to shut down air travel and sea travel, you risk affecting to a huge extent the economy, people’s livelihoods and their ability to get around without stopping the virus from traveling. You can’t ship goods in. Sometimes these goods are basic staples people need to survive — food and fuel,” said WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl.  He made specific mention of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which has already dispatched a five-member team of medical experts to Liberia. He also commended the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for committing US$500,000 to aid Liberia’s fight against the deadly virus. The Government of the Kingdom of Morocco also rceived commendation for continuing flights of Royal Air Maroc (the Moroccan national carrier) to Monrovia and Freetown.last_img read more