Japan goes small vs PH

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours While Gilas Pilipinas and Chinese Taipei have enlisted services of centers as naturalized players, Group B mate Japan has included 6-foot-4 guard Ira Brown in its list of pool members submitted to Fiba (international basketball association) for the World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers starting Nov. 24.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Andray Blatche will return for another tour with the Filipinos, who will play the Japanese in the first round at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.Brown plays for the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the Japanese B League and posted efficient numbers for the national team by leading Team Nippon in rebounds, steals and blocks in the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge Cup in Tehran, Iran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBorn in Corsicana, Texas in the US, Brown went through a two-year period learning the Japanese language extensively. He currently resides in Tokyo.That was the last time that Brown played for Japan, which has a relatively tall team of homegrown talents led by the versatile Joji Takeuchi, a 6-foot-10 center who has a deft perimeter jumper and is agile to leave other big guns on the move. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yuta Tabuse, a 5-foot-8 guard who saw action for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA and played against the Filipinos in the 2015 Jones Cup, is not in the roster initially submitted by the Japanese association.Team Philippines, ranked higher (30th) than Japan (43rd) and Chinese Taipei (57th) in the latest world rankings, will play the Taiwanese and a very familiar foe, Quincy Davis III, at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Nov. 27.The Filipinos are 1-1 with the Taiwanese in their last two clashes, with the Chinese Taipei victory happening in 2013 in Manila, 84-79, during the first round of the Fiba Asia Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Team Philippines got back at the Taiwanese in the Jones Cup in front of a boisterous Taiwanese crowd, 88-72, with Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger and Mike Myers at the helm.Gilas played that game without its PBA veteran pool members led by June Mar Fajardo, Jason Castro, Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT Falcons secure 3rd semis seat Blatche last played for the Philippines in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship in Manila last May.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

How are we paying for the 2018 imports?

first_imgDear Editor,The sugar production at the end of 2017 was 138,070 tonnes, the lowest since Hoyte took action to stem the free fall in sugar production under the PNC in the late 1980s — when production hit rock bottom at 129,920 tonnes.On that foundation, the PPP came to office, and engineered sugar exports averaged US$124 million per year between 1993 and 2014. When we compare the three years under this post-2015 PNC-led Granger administration, sugar exports averaged US$72 million per year, a whopping 41% decline. The projected sugar exports for 2018 are expected to be worth less than US$50 million.This is the Granger legacy, one laced with under-performance and poor execution managing the sugar industry.If one evaluates how much of this 138,070 tonnes was produced by the now closed estates (Rose Hall, Skeldon, and Enmore), one finds that these estates collectively produced 49,414 tonnes of sugar. This translates to only 88,656 tonnes being produced in 2017 by those estates that were left open in 2018. What does this mean for 2018 sugar production?GuySuCo has a 2018 target of 103,002 tonnes, but we are all now aware that is nothing but a bogus figure. GuySuCo will not surpass a production of 100,000 tonnes of sugar in 2018 because, clearly, it does not have the factory capacity to support such an ambition. Based on the GuySuCo 2018 projections I have seen, they are expected to generate an export value of approximately US$49 million in 2018.This is far cry from the annual US$135 million – US$150 million that GuySuCo deposited into the Treasury for 10 years, up until 2014, when the destruction of the Raj Singh/Donald Ramotar leadership kicked in. The Granger team promised they would make a difference, but they lied, and actually made the situation much worse.When we asked team Granger what they were doing to fill this financial gap as a result of low sugar exports, we continued to hear from the Granger boys and girls that gold and oil do the job and take the nation to the “good life”.If you check the statistics in the Bank of Guyana Reports, team Granger clearly does not have a handle on the facts.There is very limited oil related cash-inflow today, because most of it is now being channeled through Trinidad rather than Guyana, for obvious reason; Trinidad is better prepared to service the oil sector. Then the gold declaration was below its target in 2017, and gold export has been flat compared to the previous year. So who really do these economic charlatans think they are fooling, other than themselves?So how are we paying for the 2018 imports?The plan of team Granger is to draw-down more of the gross international reserves, which is our savings in foreign currency. This is nothing but the destruction of saved wealth. It was done in the 1980s under Burnham, and now it is being done again today under Granger. Isn’t it time they update their economic model?It is disgusting that, after all these years, they have learned so little on the principle of how to run an economy.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Hire car driver fined for being untidy

first_imgA hire car driver of Christianburg, Wismar, Linden, was on Monday fined $7500 by Magistrate Wanda Fortune for the offence of being untidy when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.The defendant, Peter Matthews of Lot 6 Section C, Christianburg, was also charged for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), but that charge was dismissed owing to insufficient evidence from the prosecution.The court heard that on Friday, October 26, 2018, Matthews drove motor car HC 5594 along Burnham Drive, Wismar and failed to be clean and properly dressed.The defendant told the court that he was off duty on the day in question when he received a call from a relative asking to be picked up. He said he decided to do so while clad in a pair of three-quarter pants.The facts of the case indicated that the defendant was stopped by Police who observed his car had a single headlight.last_img read more

Reason to look askance at progress

first_imgSOON we’ll be wearing plexiglass bubbles, I thought, while watching a technology program on TV. A male voice-over stated, “This is the way we’ll all be shopping soon,” as a woman pushed her cart down a grocery aisle, scanning items with a portable mini-scanner. She then dropped the groceries into bags in her cart, swiped a debit card, and headed for the store’s door. All I could think was, “Wait a minute! What’s so great about that?” I work at home. Some days, grocery checkers are the only people I interact with. Sure, my husband asks “How are you?” And on rare occasions, my teenage daughter might ask the same – which makes me suspicious. At least the checker has no ulterior motive. Every now and then, a checker has even suggested a recipe, tossed me a compliment or commiserated about raising teens. The few times I’ve tried the self-checkout computer at my store, it’s been a hassle. And I can’t stand the tone the computerized woman uses to tell me to “Put the items in the bag.” So I’d hate to see the grocery checkers disappear the way employees at “service” stations have. Less than 10 years ago, I’d chat with my friendly gas-station attendant. He told me when his wife was going to have a baby, and I told him my mother was moving to France. On other visits, he’d proudly pull out wallet photos of his little girl. One time, I paid for my gas and my attendant friend had me laughing so hard that I drove away, forgetting to fuel my car. But now we have self-pay pumps. They’re convenient – and really boring. I scan my debit card and pick the lint from my sweater as my cents tick away into my tank. Not once has the pump made me laugh. Yeah, I realize technology has made life easier, but often at the expense of human interaction. I hear that before air conditioners came along, folks would grab icy glasses of lemonade and mosey out onto their porches to catch a cool breeze. They might spy Gladys over her fence, pruning her roses, and wave. “How you doing?” But now we have air conditioners, so we stay inside and have few reasons to talk to the Gladyses of our neighborhoods. A lot of our technologies buffer us from other humans. Think about the car. We drive inside our glass and metal bubbles, feeling free to yell – sometimes with certain fingers upright – at whoever gets in our way. Why is that? Would we do that to someone in the mall for blocking the line to Hot Dog on a Stick? Probably not. Though, now that I think about it, I know a few who would. But a lot of people might not even be bold enough to squeak an “Excuse me” if they had to look into someone’s pupils. Then we get into our cars, our bubbles of safety, and we feel bolder – in the same way we might behind our anonymity on the Internet. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. If only I had a cell phone back in the ’80s, I could have avoided one horrible evening I spent stuck on the 101 Freeway. And I remember having to search library shelves for information that I can now find within seconds on the Internet. So I’m hardly a Luddite. I just worry that the less we know about the people around us, the less we care. But, then again, plexiglass bubbles could serve as our domes of freedom; inside them, we could smoke or eat trans fats whenever we wanted. And we wouldn’t need to bother with perfume. Oh, well, I might have to accept this self-scanning grocery gadget. I guess it wouldn’t be too bad if it could say things like “Are you having a bad day? Tell me about it” and “Wow! Your hair looks great.” But to truly impress me, it would have to tell me how it got its teenager to wash her own dishes without rolling her eyes. Michele Miles Gardiner is a freelance writer in Winnetka.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

Kompany eyes once in a lifetime opportunity

first_imgThe result ensured the club remained 16 points clear of the Red Devils, who beat Liverpool 2-1 on Saturday.If Pep Guardiola’s side beat Everton on March 31, they could be crowned champions with victory in the Manchester derby at the Etihad on April 7.Kompany said: “I think everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.“But steady, we’ve one more game before United, which will be difficult, and then we see.”He added: “I’m sure it won’t be handed to us. It’s that time of year where you feel every win takes you one step closer to your goal.“The manager said it before the game, we’ll look to keep this standard until the end of the season and hopefully into next season as well.”Kompany concluded: “We are very close. Twelve months, 81 points. It’s a lot of points. We just lost one game.“To be champions is complicated. Our legacy behind us is not big in terms of a lot of titles. To grow, we have to win and win the most prestigious title in England.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kompany said: “I think everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.LONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 13 – Vincent Kompany is excited by the prospect of winning the Premier League against rivals Manchester United, saying it is a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.The runaway league leaders moved one step closer to clinching the 2017/18 title with a comprehensive 2-0 defeat of Stoke City on Monday night where David Silva scored both goals.last_img read more

Sean Dyche launches passionate defence of Tony Pulis and his tactics

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche has defended Tony Pulis’ tactics ahead of the meeting with West Brom by stressing substance should always trump style.Pulis’ Baggies are just six short of achieving their best-ever Premier League points haul, though the Welshman continues to have his detractors based on the functional approach he has become famed for.Dyche insists the key objective for any manager has to be finding a way to be successful and he cannot fathom why any supporter would think otherwise.“One thing I know about Tony, I don’t think he’s that hurt by any of it,” Dyche said of Pulis.“He’s very success-minded, he’s win-minded. I’m a bit like that. I’m not a zealot to any particular style of football, I like the one that can win.“I think there’s a bit of that about him. When you look at his teams they are usually big physically, they’re structured, experienced. He forms a team that he knows can get results. That’s his first marker.“If you’re one club you might say, ‘It’s not the football we want to watch’, but when he comes in and you’re in trouble and he flies away (from trouble) with it, they say, ‘That’s the football we want to watch’, because usually it wins.“Do you want the beauty of football or winning? I’ve not met a fan yet who wants beautiful football that loses.“It’s right at the balance now. Years ago it was win first, brand or style second. Now it seems to me that a lot of the public are so brainwashed that football should be like this, it’s now, ‘Why aren’t we doing this? Have we got the money? Have we got the technical players?’“There used to be a bit of thought on that. Now it’s, ‘Why aren’t we doing this or that?’ It’s this right way of playing.“It’s always tickled me that; no other sports have that. The right way has got to be to win, else what’s the point of being in that game?“I don’t think anyone gets into a game not wanting to win. Play the right way and lose every week and they will be saying, ‘You’re playing the wrong way’.“I remember a Premier League manager about 10 years ago said, ‘We might go down, but we’ll go down playing the right way’. As soon as I heard it I thought stay up playing the wrong way. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.”The Clarets, pre-season favourites for the drop, will secure their safety with victory over West Brom at Turf Moor after instant relegations following their previous two promotions to the Premier League.Dyche, who Pulis this week ranked in his top three Premier League managers of the season, believes the magnitude of such an achievement can be summed up by his team’s budget compared to those of their counterparts.“The biggest measure isn’t fees, it should be wages – that’s where it would show up some eye-opening situations,” Dyche said.“If they did it would maybe protect managers in roles where they get scrutinised so much they eventually lose their job, but some of them have got very tough jobs financially. On the other hand it could hurt managers who have got a lot.“None of these things are exact measures, but the Deloitte reports would suggest they are pretty exact, particularly in the Premier League. More or less your budget suggests where you’re going to finish.“I know we’re considerably above it, because we’d be bottom of the pile when it comes to wages. It’s not an exact measure, and I don’t use it as an excuse, but it has to be referenced because it’s the truth.” Sean Dyche defends ‘win-minded’ Tony Pulis ahead of Burnley’s clash with West Brom 1last_img read more

Mourinho ‘tells Martial he will start’ Man United showdown with Juventus

first_imgMourinho praised his attacking players for their second-half display against Chelsea, with Martial the star.“The team played very well. Individually in the second half our attacking players raised the bar,” said the Red Devils’ boss.“I’m really, really, really pleased with the individuals and the team. I’m not annoyed with anything.” Getty REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow MONEY 2 RANKED 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Anthony Martial’s impressive recent form is set to be rewarded with a start against Italian giants Juventus in the Champions League.The Frenchman has grabbed three goals in his last two games, including a brace in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Saturday.center_img BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The 22-year-old has struggled establish himself as a regular starter under Mourinho, but the pair’s relationship appears healthier now, with smiles and hugs exchanged at Stamford Bridge following Martial’s stunning performance.The £50m signing recently claimed there was never an issue between himself and Mourinho.“Come on, things were not tense between us to begin with,” Martial said.“We have a player-coach relationship and I hope that we will continue like that and bring Manchester United as much as possible.” Martial will look to continue his fine form against Juve And, according to RMC Radio, Jose Mourinho has put his faith in the French winger ahead of the showdown with Juve on Tuesday night.United are without forwards Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard through injury, as Martial looks to seize his opportunity on the big stage at Old Trafford.Martial’s future at the club had looked bleak after Mourinho criticised him for leaving the pre-season tour of America to witness the birth of his child. ADVICE Martial bagged a brace against Chelsea Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice REVEALED last_img read more


first_imgAll Ireland Pride of Place Awards: Castlefinn Partnership Initiative are delighted to announce that we won ‘The National Pride of Place Award for Community Gardens’ on Saturday last at the Cooperation Ireland Pride of Place awards ceremony in Limerick.The Judging day was held in July where we hosted a coffee morning and family fun morning, we also had the chance on this day to showcase the great community work happening in Castlefinn. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the local community groups and individuals who supported us on the day and continue to do so throughout the year. We are indebted to you all and look forward to continuing working for the advancement of the area.Robert Emmet’s: continue with their Bingo on Fri. night in the Parochial Hall commencing at 9pm. Jackpot is €1040 with two golden ball houses of €500 each. Other houses are €50 with lines €20. There was one match 3 winner in last week’s lotto. This week’s jackpot is €3900. Castlefinn & Districts History Club: Have a souvenir 2013 calendar on sale in local shops at just €2. This would make a nice wee present to send at Christmas and your support will also assist the local history club as the strive to retain and document the history of the area for future generations. The Club will also launch their new website at a function in the C.P.I. centre at &pm on Tue. 13th. Nov. We will also have our photograph display on show for the weekend of the 24th. & 25th.  Nov. in St. Mary’s hall. More details later.Healthy Walks Group: The Healthy Walks Group is back in action again and leaves the CPI centre every Wednesday at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to come along to meet, mingle and exercise. Castlefinn Notes: If you would like anything included in the Castlefinn Community Notes please contact the CPI Centre on 074 – 9143976.   LOCAL NEWS: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY NEWS AND NOTES was last modified: November 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LOCAL NEWS: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY NEWS AND NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgLocals and business owners in a Co Donegal town are up in arms after they were left cash-strapped by their banks.Moville ran out of cash at the weekend!Hundreds of tourists flocked to the Inishowen seaside town of Moville at the weekend.But those looking to use the town’s two banklink machines were left stumped when they weren’t working. Both the Ulster Bank and Bank of Ireland machines ran out of cash and were left without currency for up to four days.Although many could use credit cards, many smaller businesses depend on cash.Local business and chef Brian McDermott said it is simply not on that modern banks should run out of cash.“It is crazy to think that people could not get access to their cash and spend it as they see fit. “Moville was a very busy place with the great weather all week but traders could have done so much better.“It’s not often that we get such weather so we ned to capitalise on it when we do,” he said.He recounted how he met one man from Derry, who was at a wedding in a hotel in Greencastle who came into Moville to use the bank link machine.“He actually said he was going to have to go back into Derry to get cash there. That’s just not on,” added Mr McDermott.And with another bright spell of weather just around the corner, traders are hoping that the bank link machines do not run dry once again. CASH-STRAPPED! TOWN’S BANK MACHINES FAIL ON HOTTEST WEEKEND OF YEAR was last modified: April 10th, 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:banklink machinesBrian McDermottdonegalInishowenmovillesunnylast_img read more

Erik Karlsson talks chemistry with Burns on Sharks power play

first_imgSAN JOSE — Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi stated the obvious after the Sharks power play broke through with three goals Thursday night. Things worked out well with Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns skating on different units.Both defensemen are super creative, produce a high volume of offense and are used to playing the role of quarterback on the power play. Through the Sharks first six games, they struggled to hit the right notes on stage together.In some ways, it’s like putting Jimi Hendrix …last_img