‘Major concern’ for TNT ahead of crucial game as key cogs fulfill Gilas duties

first_img“But it’s just so hard when you practice with just 10 players… we’ll just make our adjustments while the other teams are not almost complete.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial FEU knocks out La Salle to enter Filoil semis MOST READ Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy—basically half of TNT’s core—are all part of the Gilas team that is in Taiwan for the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Although the PBA Commissioner’s Cup is on a two-week break to accommodate Gilas, TNT head coach Nash Racela couldn’t shake off the feeling that he couldn’t use the layoff to improve his team.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“It’s not easy on our part right now because you don’t have your Gilas players,” said Racela in Filipino Thursday during their training at Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in Ateneo.“This is a major concern for us because when you lose four players, you don’t get to practice and prepare as a group so it’s really a concern.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew TNT has the distinction of being the best-represented team in the Philippine national basketball team, but that honor came at a price for the KaTropa in the club level.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Apart from the four Gilas players, Racela also has three more players who couldn’t practice with the team with Joshua Smith, Kelly Williams, and Alex Nuyles saddled with injuries.This predicament comes at an unfortunate time for the KaTropa who are tied with Alaska at the second seed with 7-3 records and will need every bit of advantage to lock up that last no.2 spot.One slip up could deny them of the second spot, which will give a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, with just one more game left in their schedule.Waiting for TNT in its last game is no.1 Rain or Shine that holds a 9-1 record.“We can only focus on things we can control, which is our game against Rain or Shine, we can’t control what happens in Alaska’s game so we’ll just do our part in preparing for our last match,” said Racela.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan 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 awardlast_img read more

Linden duo jailed, fined for narcotic trafficking

first_imgA forty-two-year-old taxi driver and his 19-year-old female accomplice were on Friday fined $6.3 million each and jailed four and three years respectively after they were found guilty by Magistrate Fabayo Azore for narcotics possession.The accused, Michael Bascom of Phase One, Linden Housing Scheme and Reva Bovell, of Obama Drive, Linden, were handed down the sentence several months after being charged for the offence.It was alleged that on May 9, 2018, at the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, they trafficked 11.832 kilograms of cannabis which they had in their possession.Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor, Konyo Sandiford had told the court that on the day in question the two defendants were the lone occupants of the vehicle when it was stopped and searched by ranks at a roadblock.last_img read more

Youth Department to commence ‘job readiness training’ initiative

first_imgYouth DirectorMelissa CarmichaelRecognising that young people are often lost to drugs and crime after finishing school, or even during the latter part of their school years, the Department of Youth has said it plans to launch a ‘job readiness training’ initiative for youths to better ease them into the work force.This announcement was made on Wednesday by Youth Director Melissa Carmichael during a press conference.We recognise that there is a gap between when young people leave their secondary education (and when they get) into the work force, or to becoming a part of the work force. There is a great gap there. Young people — very often in that area or during that stage — we lose them to different things; so, in order for us to ensure that they head towards careers, we have to start our work within the school system,” she said.Carmichael pointed out that this project would require officials meeting with young people, not only within fifth and sixth forms, but those who have already left school. According to her, youths require career guidance to prepare them for the world of work.The Youth Director noted that the relevant agencies which would be responsible for working along with those youths have already been engaged, so that young people both in and out of school can benefit.“I can tell you that we’ve already engaged the Manpower Unit that will be working with us to provide job readiness training moving forward…both for in-school and out-of-school young people. We believe that this will provide an opportunity for them to start thinking about, one: the place that they want to be in terms of career; and two: give them enough information and training so that, once they leave the secondary school system, they understand what is the next step,” she explained.The Department is pushing to have youths ready for jobs, but youths are complaining that there is a lack of job opportunities. In fact, at the Department’s job fair hosted only on Friday, more than 600 youths were in attendance, but the Department said during that very press conference that only about 200 youths were being catered for.Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton, who has responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, has expressed some concern over the fact that 40 per cent of youths are unemployed.last_img read more

Region 6 completes 98% of work programme

first_img…says regional education budget misspent over Independence celebrationsThe Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) administration has completed 98 per cent of its work programme and Chairman David Armogan is optimistic that the Council will complete all proposed projects for the year.Regional Chairman David ArmoganSpeaking about the performance of the Regional Democratic Council, Armogan said that the Regional Administration has performed well.The region was allocated $7.6 billion from the National Budget for 2019. Of that amount, $6.9 billion was budgeted under the current budget and the 97 per cent has so far been spent, while $744 million as budgeted on the capital programme of that, 96 per cent has been spent, giving an overall total 97 per cent the region’s 2019 budget.“So, works are ongoing at the moment and some works have been completed as well but the payments have not been made as yet. And once the payments have not been made, it will not be reflected here in the report,” he explained.If the payments are not made before December 31, 2019, funds will go back to the consolidated fund, Armogan explained.“Every cent that goes back to the consolidated refund is goods and services that the people of Region Six are being robbed of because these monies were budgeted to do works for the people and if we are returning that money, it means that we would not have done what you were supposed to do,” the Chairman added. He added that one outstanding project is the purchase of a bulldozer. He said that $80 million was budgeted for the machine.Meanwhile, under Administration and Finance, a total of $162 million was budgeted and according to Armogan, 96 per cent of the work programme has been completed.“For this month, wages and salaries have not come out from the 96 per cent, so, it means if when this money is taken out, we will probably be about 100 per cent in the Region Administration and Finance.”Under Public Works, $320 million was budgeted and so far, 84 per cent has been completed. According to the Chairman, there are still some bridges which are expected to be completed before the year ends.Under Agriculture, a total of $875 million was budgeted; 97 per cent has been completed.The largest slice of the budget went to education, where $3.7 billion was budgeted for Region Six with salaries soaking up almost 55 per cent. Ninety-eight per cent of the budget has been exhausted.“So, in terms of repairs to schools and so, there is no money available right now. If there is an urgent need at the school during this out-of-school period, there is no money available. All have expired. I think that to some extent the money was misspent in some ways because for Independence celebrations, this region has to take massive sums of money out of the Regional EducationBudget to send two or three buses every day for an entire month to take students from some of the schools in Region Six to Georgetown. So, a lot of money would have taken away what could have been spent on other areas in education,” the Regional Chairman said.last_img read more

Wheatbelt League Results

first_imgFINAL STANDINGSRycroft           17-4Peace River    17-4GP                 14-7FSJ                12-8Wanham        7-12Grimshaw       6-15Fairview         4-15DC                 3-15PLAYOFF SCHEDULE        (best of 5)- Advertisement -FSJ Vs. RR1 – Friday Aug. 8 @ FSJ      7:00 P2 – Sunday Aug. 10 @ RR    12 noon3 – Sunday Aug. 10 @ RR    4:00 P4 – Wednesday Aug. 13 @ FSJ   7:00 P5 – Saturday Aug. 16 @ RR     PR Vs. GP1 – Saturday Aug. 9 @ PR    1:00 P2 – Saturday Aug. 9 @ PR    5:00 P3 – Sunday Aug. 10 @ GP  ** Can change based on Peace River results at Provincials **4 – Saturday Aug. 16 @ GP  1:00 P5 – Saturday Aug. 16 @ GP  5:00 P*6 – Sunday Aug. 17 @ PR ** Only if necessary and game 3 is not played**last_img read more

Ian Wright tells Arsenal fans criticising Hector Bellerin to ‘f*** off’

first_imgEarlier this year, the vegan fashion fanatic admitted he is often the target of sickening online abuse.He told the Times: “Some of it can get very abusive.“Most of the abuse is online, but you hear it in the stadium too.“People have called me ‘lesbian’ for growing my hair. There are other kinds of homophobic insults.“I have learnt to grow a thick skin but it can affect you. Every now and again, you get a bit of self-doubt.” RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Wright was quick to praise Bellerin’s display on social media, however his comments were met with criticism from Arsenal supporters claiming the right-back still struggles defensively.And it appears Wright has run out of patience with Bellerin’s critics.The legendary Arsenal striker responded to his own tweet, writing: “I put this out yesterday and today I’m reading Arsenal fans telling me about his defending! One word, f*** off.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF MONEY REVEALED Ian Wright has sprung to the defence of Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, telling trolls on Twitter to ‘f*** off’.The Spanish full-back, 23, is yet to convince some Gunners fans despite an impressive performance against Leicester in his team’s 3-1 victory on Monday night. 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Bellerin bagged two assists on Monday night I put this out yesterday and today I’m reading Arsenal fans telling me about his defending! One word, Fu**off. 😡 https://t.co/MwMeDjndgj— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) October 23, 2018Leicester took the lead on Monday courtesy of a Bellerin own-goal, with the Spanish defender caught out by a smart run from Ben Chillwell.However, Bellerin responded by creating two of Arsenal’s three goals with superb work down the right-hand side.The victory extended the Gunnners’ winning run to ten in all competitions and Bellerin has been central to their fine form, playing every minute of Premier League football this season. Wright was not happy with the responses to his tweet REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice last_img read more

Prep roundup: New face takes top spot on the links; Mack, Arcata volleyball nab wins

first_imgArcata … Girls golfThrough the first four rounds of the season the same two names, Avary Henry and Phoebe Sundberg, sat atop the leader board when all was said an done.Thursday at the Eureka Municipal Golf Course a new face rose up to take the top spot.McKinleyville’s Isabella Sundberg shot a field-low 86 to win the fifth round of the Humboldt-Del Norte League girls golf season.Isabella Sundberg finished in third-place in each of the first four rounds before Thursday’s breakthrough.last_img

Les telecommunications de l’Afrique du Sud

first_imgCela ne devrait pas etre une surprise que d’apprendre que le pays qui a invente la numerotation a tonalite offre des telecommunications de rang mondial.Les telecommunications sont l’un des secteurs se developpant le plus de l’economie d’Afrique du Sud, refletant la croissance rapide de la telephonie mobile dans le pays. Le secteur des telecommunications ainsi que celui des transports et du stockage representent presque 10 % du produit interieur brut (PIB).Grace a un reseau numerique a 99 % qui inclut les dernieres technologies en matiere de ligne fixe, sans fil et satellite, le pays possede le reseau de telecommunications le mieux developpe d’Afrique.Le monopole de la telephonie fixe de Telkom, une societe cotee en bourse dans laquelle le gouvernement est actionnaire majoritaire, a pris fin avec l’accord de licence de Neotel en tant que deuxieme operateur national d’Afrique du Sud. Neotel possede une licence pour fournir une gamme complete de services de telecommunications a l’exception de la mobilite totale.Le boom du mobile en Afrique du SudL’Afrique du Sud est le quatrieme marche des telecommunications mobiles progressant le plus rapidement au monde. Les trois operateurs de telephonie mobile du pays, Vodacom, MTN et Cell C, possedent plus de 39 millions d’abonnes, couvrant presque 80 % de la population.L’introduction de la portabilite des numeros ainsi que l’arrivee en 2006 de Virgin Mobile, un fournisseur de services de reseau virtuel qui exerce en partenariat avec Cell C, a favoriser une plus grande concurrence.Les societes de telephonies mobiles sud-africaines penetrent en Afrique et au Moyen Orient, Min etant en tete avec plus de 20 operations sur ces marches emergents.Au niveau national, certaines des marques de telecommunications leaders, comme Siemens, Alcatel, SBC Communications, Telecom Malasya et Vodafone, ont procede a des investissements importants dans le secteur local.Acces et couts de la bande passanteUn plus grand acces au haut debit, a l’ADSL et au 3G a fait augmenter la connectivite en fleche, le nombre de surfeurs sur le web sud-africains augmentant de 121 % en deux ans, passant de 1,8 million en mai 2005 a 3,8 millions en mai 2007, d’apres la societe d’etude Nielsen/NetRatings.La bande passante, cependant, reste assez limitee et chere en Afrique du Sud, ce qui freine le rythme de la croissance economique. Mais le gouvernement s’est engage a une plus grande accessibilite et a une reduction des couts.Dans ce but, le parlement a approuve des lois debut 2008 permettant la creation d’Infraco, une nouvelle entreprise publique qui proposera une capacite haut debit par des cables en fibre optique vers d’autres operateurs de telecommunications dans le pays.Le role d’Infraco completera celui du fournisseur public de signaux Sentech, qui fournit une connectivite Internet, axee sur le secteur public, par des systemes sans fil plutot que par des cables de fibre optique.Pendant ce temps, les grandes villes comme le Cap, Durban, Johannesburg et Pretoria ont lance des initiatives publiques pour construire leurs propres reseaux haut debit afin de fournir des services vocaux et de donnees moins chers aux habitants.Et en Septembre 2007, la societe de telephonie mobile MTN a annonce qu’elle s’associerait a d’autres operateurs pour construire un reseau de fibre optique de 5 000 kilometres entre les principaux centres du pays afin de repondre a la demande de bande passante de ses clients.De gros projets sont aussi en cours pour installer des cables de fibre optique sous marins le long des cotes est et ouest de l’Afrique afin d’augmenter la connexion du continent avec le reste du monde.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :Standard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaTelkomCell CMTNNeotelBusiness DayBusiness ReportITWeblast_img read more

Dan Uetrecht, Nov. 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We finished up last Thursday, Nov. 8 with the double-crops and put the combine away for the year. There are still quite a few beans out around here. It has been a struggle to get the crops in. To finish up on the double-crops we were running them at 16% or 17%. We put them in a corn bin with Stir-Ator. I’m glad we have done that because they are calling for more rain and snow.I know two people who have over 1,000 acres of beans yet to go. Sometimes you have to just get out and do it. They ran well, they were just wet. We just have to keep them in condition and dry them down.Since we finished up the first crop the only thing we have been able to do in the field was to finish up the double-crops. It has been too wet. The way the ground is right now, guys may still be running but it won’t be pretty.We ran some stuff early and got some cover crops in. We had some really warm weather and this year the cover crops really benefitted. I think it is too wet and cold now and I think the time for planting cover crops is over.The wheat looks really good. Last year we kind of mudded it in and it never got a good start. It didn’t yield very well. This year we got a good start and it came up fast and is looking healthy.We had some forward contracts that will be pretty good. I think there will be opportunities in corn. I’ve already started selling $4 Dec new crop for next year. I think we have got to take advantage of that. There may be some bullish news for the corn. I have lowered my price that I’ll start selling at for beans. They are going to be tough. The last couple of years have been heavy beans and I think we’ll be heavy on corn next year if we have any kind of good planting weather in the spring.It has been a good year, but we had some trying moments, some tough things and we learned a lot.last_img read more

Jaipur Foot camp in Syria

first_imgA special camp will be organised in Syria to fit “Jaipur Foot”, an artificial limb, in people wounded in the civil war in the West Asian country.The Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), the parent body of ‘Jaipur Foot’, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Syrian organisation Saint James the Mutilated (SJM) for the purpose.Under the MoU BMVSS will hold a special camp in Syria with the support of Ministry of External Affairs and the Syrian Foreign Ministry.In the first phase, 500 amputees would be provided with ‘Jaipur Foot’, a release from BMVSS said on Saturdaylast_img