Abu Tratter making most of chance to train with Gilas Pilipinas

Abu Tratter making most of chance to train with Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJust like his fellow “23-for-23” cadets, Abu Tratter couldn’t help but be starstruck over the star power he worked with when he attended his first Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday.“At first, I was just shocked to see June Mar (Fajardo) and Gabe (Norwood) and just to be able to be in the midst of them. I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully, they’ll still give me one. It’s just humbling,” he shared after the national team wrapped up the hour-long session at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 gold00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA 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 The 6-foot-7 Tratter was one of the eight frontcourt players coach Chot Reyes listed in his 2023 cadet pool and was the lone Lasallian to make the cut.But his height wasn’t the lone reason he earned the ticket to the national team pool as the 25-year-old knows that it’s his grit that brought him to this stage.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 folk“I think, just doing the dirty work — whatever the team needed, whatever rebound or any steals, anything a player would need to pick up on,” said Tratter, who is set to play for Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“That’s what I’m all about: turning garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything, and try to put the ball back.” Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense NCAA volleyball: Undefeated Arellano far from perfect, says coach Tratter knows very well how tough the competition will be to earn those coveted spots for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.Without much guarantee, he’s just relishing this opportunity to rock the Philippine threads and train with some of the best players in the country.“Just to be able to see these guys, to be able to practice with these guys, and to be able take in whatever information I can from them is already big for me. Hopefully in the future, I can apply it to my game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Durant, Thompson lead Warriors to a 2-0 series lead on Spurs

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast He followed up his brilliant 11-for-13 shooting day in a 113-92 Game 1 rout Saturday by hitting 12 of 20 shots. Durant also had six rebounds and six assists for the Warriors, who went without key backup big man David West down the stretch after he sprained his left ankle early in the fourth.Coach Steve Kerr stuck with JaVale McGee as his starting center and the 7-footer contributed 10 points and seven rebounds as the well-rounded defending champions again showed off their remarkable depth.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 for the Spurs despite facing double-teams and Rudy Gay moved into the starting lineup and scored 12 points.Game 3 is Thursday as the series shifts to San Antonio.Thompson managed just three shots in the first quarter and began 1 for 5. He pounded the basketball down with two hands, frustrated, midway through the second quarter. Then he found his groove.ADVERTISEMENT “He hit some tough shots off one leg and you know had some opportunity bounces,” Aldridge said. “That’s why they are who they are. They made tough shots. KD made tough shots.”A baseline 3 with 55.9 seconds left before halftime was his first of the night and got Golden State within 49-45 before the Spurs took a 53-47 lead at intermission.Draymond Green began 0 for 5 before his first basket on the opening possession of the fourth quarter and Durant missed his five 3-point tries in the first half then finally hit from deep early in the third.The Warriors opened the third on a 19-5 run to take charge but this time the Spurs didn’t go away.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich went with Gay in the starting lineup for Kyle Anderson in an effort to generate more scoring — and his team still struggled to make shots.Popovich said before the game that Golden State in Game 1 played “the most stifling defense we faced all year long. That was the best defensive 48 minutes that we have competed against all year long.”Kerr knew Popovich would have his team better prepared.And the Spurs showed higher intensity on both ends through the first half, working to keep the ball out of Durant’s hands or contest shots while jumping in passing lanes to force mistakes.Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, started a second straight game and had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors beat the Spurs for the 10th time in 11 games covering the regular season and playoffs.San Antonio struggled from the floor for the second straight game, finishing 35 for 85 (41.2 percent). In Game 1, the Spurs shot 40 just percent while going 9 for 22 from deep and got outrebounded 51-30. Zark’s-Lyceum stuns Marinerong Pilipino in OT, gains 1-0 semis lead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Durant sparked a decisive third-quarter run on the way to 32 points, Thompson added 31 points and five assists in another superb playoff performance and the Golden State Warriors rallied in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-101 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.As Curry remains out likely for the entire series nursing a sprained left knee, the Warriors used all the offensive power they had to take both home games in the best-of-seven series.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 crown“No one can make up Steph’s contributions individually,” Thompson said. “That’s got to be done as a team and even then it’s hard with the way he can shoot the ball.”Thompson has found his touch after missing two weeks in March with a broken right thumb. Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) is guarded by San Antonio Spurs’ Danny Green (14) during the first quarter in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry watched another lopsided win from the bench in sheer delight, wearing a sport coat and big smile.The steady hands of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson certainly have made the two-time MVP’s absence far less daunting for the defending champions so far in these playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments TIP-INSSpurs: Aldridge made all 12 of his free throws. … The Spurs missed 9 of their first 11 3s and were 4 for 28 from long range. … San Antonio lost its sixth straight games overall against the Warriors at Oracle Arena. … The Spurs took their first lead of the series, 18-17, with 4:20 left in the first quarter. They trailed from wire to wire in the series opener.Warriors: Golden State outscored San Antonio 69-48 in the second half. … After getting 32 assists on 44 field goals in the series opener, the Warriors tallied 24 assists on 41 baskets. … Golden State has won nine straight postseason Game 2s, all at home, and 11 consecutive home playoff games overall.RELIABLE WESTWest scored on three straight second-quarter possessions and finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.But he got injured with 9:59 left defending Aldridge and headed to the locker room, despite appearing to try stretching out his legs to return.“He had a really nice night,” Kerr said. “I was concerned with that sprained ankle. We’ll see how he’s doing. We need him, but he told me he was doing OK.”QUOTEABLEPopovich on whether he saw potential in Kerr to coach during Kerr’s four years for San Antonio:“Oh, sure, I mean are you kidding me? He played for Phil (Jackson) for 97 years and he learned a lot and won championships. … He’s a no-brainer.”last_img read more

Rain helps Campbell top her first Ironman 70.3 race in PH

first_imgLATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding A pair of Italian triathletes in Giovanni Bella and Giulio Vanni were second and third, respectively in the age group men.Claire Walton of Great Britain (30-34) finished four minutes and 34 seconds after Campbell while Inge Prasetyo (35-39) of Indonesia was the third fastest female to finish in the age group.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The rain was really nice. It definitely cooled things down,” Campbell told INQUIRER.net shortly after crossing the finish line at Remy Field here. “It was a really tough course, beautiful and really solid.”“The heat was definitely the biggest challenge. It really got hot towards the end of the ride.”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 crownCampbell became the first female finisher after topping the 25-29 age group women in five hours, 10 minutes and 48 seconds.Meanwhile, Andy Wibowo of Indonesia finished first overall in the Ironman 70.3 age group men, clocking four hours, 39 minutes and 39 seconds. Wibowo competed in the 35-39 age category. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Brittany Campbell. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC — The rain poured and it was just what Australian triathlete Brittany Campbell needed to fight off the unbearable heat and push through her first Ironman 70. 3 race in the Philippines.And it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be Campbell’s last here after having a triumphant first try.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Kelly knows he can play better after ‘okay’ debut for Magnolia MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

On Basketball: Durant shoots down Cavs with long 3—again

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES View comments 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 They did not have a super regular season. They are a Superteam, without question.To win any NBA Finals game, on the road, when LeBron James has a triple-double, when they trailed most of the night, when the deficit was as many as 13 early, when Curry and Thompson shot a combined 7 for 27 … only a Superteam can pull that off.“It’s almost like playing the Patriots,” Cleveland superstar LeBron James said Wednesday night. “You can’t have mistakes. They’re not going to beat themselves. You know, so when you’re able to either force a miscue on them, you have to be able to capitalize and you have to be so in tuned and razor sharp and focused every single possession. You can’t have miscommunication, you can’t have flaws … because they’re going to make you pay.”James had a triple-double. He’s three rebounds shy of averaging one in this series. He even had the highlight play of the series, a shot (which was really a pass) off the backboard to himself that he rebounded and viciously dunked. And he’s still down 3-0.He’s not conceding. But he is clearly tipping his cap to the Warriors, his nemesis in each of the last four Junes and a team that’s one win shy of beating him in three of those series.“That’s what championship teams do,” James said. “That’s what championship players do. They rise to the occasion, and that’s what Golden State has done the last four years.”Durant has made quite a career out of rising to the occasion.He was amused earlier in this series by a question that suggested the defining moment of his career was the 3-pointer in Game 3 last season. (“You know, I had a pretty solid career before I hit that shot, I felt,” Durant said.) He will be equally amused when he gets asked if the shot he made Wednesday will also be a defining moment. He’s been an MVP, a Finals MVP, an Olympic gold medalist already.This is just what’s next.“I was definitely excited,” said Durant, who tends to try and keep emotions to himself. “It’s hard to make shots at this level in the NBA and I understand that. But at the same time I knew the game wasn’t over.” Durant’s 33-footer was the final act in his 43-point night, and the Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the finals on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the title series for the second straight season. A year ago, his shot from a bit closer — 26 feet, officially — put the Warriors ahead to stay in what became a five-point win. This time, the longer one put Golden State up by six and sent fans starting to head toward the exits.“Different game, different season, different feel,” Durant shrugged afterward, knowing full well how similar it was to the one he hit last season and knowing what it means right now. “Just a different vibe around the team.”No, it isn’t.That team had a championship vibe. Soon, maybe Friday, maybe not until Monday, this team will have the same.This was why the Warriors needed Durant, and this is why Durant needed the Warriors. He was an elite player before he went to Golden State. He’s now about to be a two-time champion because he went to Golden State. And it’s a reminder to the rest of the NBA that when the free-agency shopping kiosks open on July 1, this is the team to be chasing.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Punk set for UFC 225 in wake of fight of his life in court Left wing pull-up, yes.Back in Cleveland, yes.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 crownFinal minute again, yes.But this one was deeper than his dagger was a year ago — and it cut deeper as well. And on a night where Stephen Curry couldn’t shoot and Klay Thompson wasn’t much better, Durant put the Golden State Warriors on his slender shoulders and carried them to the brink of becoming back-to-back NBA champions for the first time. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It may as well have been. Cleveland got within four on the next possession after Durant’s dagger, but never any closer.“They have a number of guys that can bail their team out on any play, any game, any possession,” Cleveland’s Kevin Love said. “And he’s been that for them a number of times. Defenses try to plan for him, but when you’re 6-11, 7-feet and you’re shooting a lazy pullup on the left wing from 27 feet that’s pretty tough to guard.”For the record, Durant made every effort to defer the credit Wednesday night. He didn’t think his shot was the biggest of the game. He thought Curry’s lone 3-pointer in 10 tries — one that put the Warriors up by four with 2:38 remaining — carried more weight, and he might have been right.But Durant finished it off. The game. The season. The title, basically.“You know, we’ve got a lot of depth,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can play, and they’re all chipping in. But we should probably go back to Kevin Durant, shouldn’t we? That was amazing what he did.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant celebrates with teammates after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — This was not exactly the same shot from Kevin Durant.Game 3 of the NBA Finals again, yes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Austria says Beermen will show clips of ‘missed calls and non-calls’ in Game 5 to PBA

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:14Carpio 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 Thompson saves day as Ginebra outlasts San Miguel to close in on PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Austria pertained to the out of bounds call that went against Arwind Santos when he battled with Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson for possession with 53.8 seconds left in the game.Thompson was already stepping out of bounds while Santos was clearly inbounds after rebounding June Mar Fajardo’s missed free throw.Before Santos got called with the turnover, though, there were also a couple of non-calls on Ginebra center Greg Slaughter, who appeared to have made contact with Renaldo Balkman’s arms while the SMB import attempted a shot in the paint.Balkman, who felt that there should’ve been a foul called on Slaughter, muttered some expletives during a dead ball situation.“That’s the judgment of the referee and we’ll try our best to let them [PBA] know what happened,” said Austria, whose team trails, 3-2, in the series.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The last, and probably the most backbreaking one for San Miguel, was Justin Brownlee’s supposed travelling violation before he made the assist to Thompson’s jumper that put Ginebra up, 84-83, with 36 seconds left in the game.Brownlee drove down the lane and made a spin move but got caught in the triple team of Balkman, Fajardo, and Santos and appeared to have shuffled his feet that could’ve merited a travelling violation but no whistle was blown.“The referees’ decisions will always be followed,” said Austria. “It was beyond our control.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The Gin Kings took the 87-83 Game 5 win in the first game of the series where it was decided by less than 25 points, but the score line didn’t mean the game itself was free from a little controversy.There were three instances where there were questionable calls and non-calls in the final minute and all were in favor of the Gin Kings.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’San Miguel head coach Leo Austria was aware of the incidents and he said that his team will send video clips to the PBA regarding those episodes.“Usually, what we do is show the PBA office the missed calls and non-calls that should be reviewed like those out of bounds calls and travelling calls,” said Austria in Filipino Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. View comments After four straight blowouts, the finals series between San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finally went down the wire.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PH long jump queen Sunang bows out in likely last Asian Games run

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio 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 Philippines Marestella Sunang competes in the final of the women’s long jump athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAUMarestella Torres Sunang settled for a ninth-place finish in what could be her last Asian Games performance Monday night at Gelora Bung Karko Main Stadium in Jakarta.The Philippines’ longtime long jump queen forced her 37-year-old legs to a 6.15-meter distance which was only good for ninth place in the 11-woman final of the event.ADVERTISEMENT Son helps South Korea reach Asian Games semis after late penalty Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins All her rivals were at least nine years her junior or younger.Vietnam’s Thiu Thu Tao Bui, 26, won the old with a leap of 6.55m, India’s Neena Varakil, 28, took the silver with 6.51, while China’s Xu Xiaoling, also 26, settled for the bronze with 6.50m.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’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Motolite-Ateneo battles struggling Tacloban gals

first_imgDeanna Wong (right) is expected to play a key role for the Motolite-Ateneo Lady Eagles. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNow that Motolite-Ateneo has proven it can deal with powerhouses like the Alyssa Valdez-powered Creamline, it’s not a stretch to tag them heavy favorites against struggling Tacloban when both teams clash on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Eagles established a new league order when they stumped the Cool Smashers in Batangas last week.ADVERTISEMENT Hardly in the championship discussion, Motolite-Ateneo snapped Creamline’s six-game winning run with that rousing victory.“When we got to the court, we knew that we were facing Alyssa, that was our biggest motivation because we knew what she is capable of doing,” said Motolite-Ateneo’s veteran middle blocker Bea de Leon. “We have so much respect for her (Valdez) and that reminded us that we needed to be on our toes all the time,” added De Leon.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 ChrissThe Lady Eagles dismantled the Cool Smashers, 25-18, 25-20, 15-25, 23-25, 15-12, in a match which saw Valdez unload 32 points.That’s bad news for a team drifting along this late in the conference like Tacloban, which will try to muster all it can in the 4 p.m. encounter. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PetroGazz will try to shake off rust after a three-week rest when it tackles Iriga-Navy in the other game set at 6 p.m.The Angels, highly touted at the start of the conference, are at 4-3 after the first round of eliminations. But they will face the surging Lady Oragons, who are on a two-game winning streak for a 3-7 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READcenter_img View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Chicano at the forefront of local hopefuls aiming high in Asian Elite 5150 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Customs Brokers End Strike over “Deal”

first_imgThe 40,000 member National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL) has partially ended its strike action, resumed work and will likely reach an agreement today, with the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).The president of NCBAL, Ivan J.F. Tumbey, said the NCBAL recently halted its protest to negotiate and reach a compromis after several appeals from stakeholders, including Grand Bassa County District # 5 Representative Robertson N. Siaway, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority, Matilda Parker and Commissioner Dorbor Jallah of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC).Mr. Tumbey said the association was advised to negotiate in the national interest instead of engaging in further confrontations.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend, Mr. Tumbey said that at the top of NCBAL’s agenda in today’s meeting is tackling the additional fees on the Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and collecting fees of US$50 per 20-foot container and  US$100 per 40-feet container for scanning of Pre-Shipment Containers (PSI) when in fact the scanner is not functioning.Tumbey maintained that the unnecessary additional fees are disturbing and the NCBAL wishes that the LRA should stop such charges until the scanner is functional and the charging power is renegotiated.When asked whether they would resume their strike action if the LRA did not stop the additional fees on the Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and containers, Mr. Tumbey said the question was out-of-order because the LRA boss, Mrs. Elfrieda Tamba, is an honorable woman and woman of her word.“I don’t think Madam Tamba will allow us to choke the budget, the economy and international trade…..because she is an honorable woman,” Mr. Tumbey said.It may be recalled, on Monday, February 2, the customs brokers staged a nationwide strike disrupting clearing of imports at the nation’s seaports, airports and borders, depriving the government of millions of dollars in tax revenues.The NCBAL which contributes nationwide US$2m daily into government coffers has a list of complaints that have so far not been addressed by the LRA or the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.The Customs Brokers cited unlawful, illegal and unjust collection of taxes from members of the business community by LRA, among other criticisms, and threatened to continue the strike until their terms are met.During the strike action, the Daily Observer gathered that clearing of imports had slowed down denying the Liberian   Government of millions of dollars from tariffs and other import charges.The major ports of entry affected include the Freeport of Monrovia, the Port of Buchanan, the border points in Cape Mount and Lofa Counties as well as the Ganta entry point in Nimba County.Mr. Tumbey said besides the additional fees on the Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and collecting fees of US$50 per 20-foot container and US$100 per 40-feet container, the LRA has appointed additional assessors to already assigned assessors at the DI-sites at the Freeport of Monrovia to re-appraise all cargos, a procedure which he said is outside of the agreement signed between BIVAC and GOL.Only BIVAC is authorized to appraise all cargos at the country of origin, using all of the internationally accepted procedures, according to the agreement between GOL and BIVAC.Mr. Tumbey further alleged that Customs Officers of the LRA and employees of the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Finance and Development Planning are engaged in Clearing and Forwarding while at the same time carrying on their normal government functions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Constitutionally correct

first_imgDear Editor,There is a question which is boggling the mind of every Guyanese and one to which our legal “experts” are giving diverse interpretations: Was Charrandas Persaud, as a Member of Parliament, an alien pledging allegiance to a foreign power or state?Article 155 (1) states that, “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who: (a) is by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state”. It is now common knowledge that Charrandas has held dual citizenship for a number of years and had re-migrated from Canada more than 20 years ago. Since then and until now he has not renounced his Canadian citizenship or his Guyanese citizenship. But can he be classified as an “alien” to Guyana? Article 232 (1) of our Constitution makes it undoubtedly clear that, “In this Constitution, except as otherwise provided or required by the context -“alien” means a person who is not a Commonwealth citizen, a British protected person or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland”. It must be stated here that Canada is a member of the Commonwealth, therefore, its citizens cannot be branded as “aliens”.This is also supported by Article 159 (2)(b) which states that a person can vote if he/she is a Commonwealth citizen who is not a citizen of Guyana and who is domiciled and resident in Guyana and has been a resident for a period of one year. Therefore, this person is given the same status as a citizen of Guyana. In this case Charrandas is a citizen of Guyana so why should he not be elected as a member of the National Assembly? He took the Oath of Office and he pledged “true faith and allegiance to the People of Guyana” and he will “honor, uphold and preserve the Constitution of the Co-operative of Guyana”. He did not violate the Constitution, he is not an “alien” and Canada cannot be deemed to be a “foreign power or state”.A distinction must be drawn here. It is accepted that because of the common culture and heritage shared among Commonwealth countries they are not deemed to be “aliens” and “foreign” to each other. However, while some countries see no difference between Commonwealth and foreign countries, other countries treat Commonwealth citizens as they would their own once certain criteria are met. In other words, Canada will be deemed a foreign power to Australia although both are Commonwealth countries. On the other hand, some countries like Guyana do not treat Commonwealth citizens as “aliens” and their countries as “foreign power or state” since the Guyanese Constitution allowed them to vote at the elections. This “right to vote” cannot be taken lightly. It is significant since only citizens of Guyana are given that status. Our Constitution, the Supreme Law of the land, has made it conclusive that a Commonwealth citizen is not an “alien”!Furthermore, Article 53 (a) is not breached since Charrandas is a citizen of Guyana and is duly elected to serve in the National Assembly. In addition, Article 156 (c) does not apply since he has not ceased to be a citizen of Guyana and no circumstance arose which would have caused him to cease to be a member of the National Assembly.It follows then that Charrandas Persaud was a duly elected member of the National Assembly and his “yes” vote in favor of the famous “no-confidence” motion is legally and constitutionally correct. Moreover, the framers of the Constitution knew perfectly why Article 52 provided for the National Assembly to be comprised of 65 members – 33 is the majority!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

Where are the Ministers?

first_imgDear Editor,Paddy bugs have led to the loss of almost 20 per cent of the rice crop in Region Six so far this year. Reports are that a similar loss has been experienced in Region Two and smaller amounts in Regions Three and Five. For Region Six alone, this loss translates into the loss of 500,000 bags of paddy, equating to the loss of $1.4 billion in revenue for farmers. Overall, Guyanese rice farmers are estimated to lose about $5 billion this year, having already lost more than $5 billion in 2018. Most of these are poor farmers and it is unconscionable that the GRDB and the Ministry of Agriculture are largely missing in action. Even more unforgivable, the President and APNU/AFC have ignored the suffering farmers, being more obsessed with violating the Constitution and avoiding elections.It has been confirmed that rice production fell by 10 per cent in the first half of 2019. The major reason advanced for the drop in production of rice is the devastation caused by paddy bug infestation, mainly in Regions Two and Six. In 2014, Guyana produced more than 637,000 tons of rice. In the first crop of 2015, production reached almost 400,000 tons, far ahead of the pace to meet the 2015 target of 700,000 tons. But Guyana failed to reach the 2015 target because of a significant drop in production for the second 2015 crop. Guyana failed again in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and now it is highly unlikely Guyana will reach the 700,000 target in 2019. One of the major reasons for production missing the 700,000 target in 2017, 2018 and now in 2019 is the paddy bug infestation.This week, the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) finally sought to assure everyone the paddy bug problem limiting rice production in the last two years, particularly in Regions Two and Six, is being seriously addressed. According to the GRDB, two experts in paddy bug control were in Guyana last week, under the auspices of FLAR, to assist farmers in controlling paddy bugs. However, few farmers have confidence the GRDB is of any help in fighting paddy bugs. The Central Corentyne Chambers of Commerce (CCCC) called out the GRDB for its sloth and its lack of serious interest in the paddy bug problem. Like the farmers, the CCCC called on the GRDB to declare the paddy bug problem an emergency. While supporting this call, I believe the Ministry of Agriculture must lead the fight against the paddy bug emergency.The paddy bugs are not new to Guyana, but it has emerged as a bigger problem in the last couple of years, seriously affecting production. After meeting with the FLAR experts, farmers contend the recommendations made by the experts are things they are already doing. Some of the things are not possible without the direct intervention of the GRDB, the Ministry of Agriculture and other Government entities. Farmers believe the GRDB and the Ministry of Agriculture are not just clueless, but they have little to no serious interest in assisting farmers in the fight against paddy bugs. I entirely concur with the farmers. The GRDB and the Ministry of Agriculture have been negligent and have allowed the paddy bug problem to escalate, careen out of control and it is now an emergency.It is a good thing the GRDB, after more than two years of neglect, sought to bring in FLAR, the Latin American Fund for Irrigated Rice. However, farmers, while not questioning the expertise of the two FLAR experts, noted neither of them is an entomologist. This begs the question – what happened to the resident and local entomologists, persons very familiar with paddy bugs in Guyana? Dr Vivian Baharally is a resident entomologist who is an employee of the GRDB and works out of the Burma Rice Research Centre. After her studies abroad, Dr Baharally returned home and started working at Burma since, at least, 2014. Another young entomologist just returned home. While retired, there are also two other very experienced entomologists living in Guyana – both Dr Leslie Munroe and Dr Dindial Permaul are not only experienced entomologists, they both have extensive research experience and management experience with paddy bugs. Why were these persons not engaged in the paddy bug fight?In 2014, the GRDB, with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, and my own engagement, commenced a $90 million initiative for the management and control of paddy bugs in Guyana’s rice industry. Dr Vivian Baharally, an entomologist, was the lead scientist in this initiative. The initiative was led by a team of experts chaired by Dr Leslie Munroe. But before the initiative gathered speed, the Government changed and most of the persons in charge at the GRDB were either forced to resign or were fired. The initiative died. It is no coincidence, therefore, that the paddy bug today has a destructive presence in Guyana.Many of the field officers were reporting the increasing paddy bug presence since 2016, but their reports fell on deaf ears. The GRDB clearly dropped the ball and their response is still too timid, lacking cohesion. The Ministry of Agriculture has been absolutely negligent. The Ministers of Agriculture have shown a complete lack of interest. In fact, farmers query if Guyana has any Minister of Agriculture.Regards,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more