first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ The SBP is hoping to pair Blatche with Clarkson in the World Cup, which Gilas Pilipinas recently booked tickets to in the last window of Fiba’s Asian qualifiers.But with Clarkson granted only naturalized status despite his Filipino lineage, that pairing cannot materialize without a successful appeal. Clarkson acquired his Philippine passport after the required Fiba cutoff of 16 years old.“We have committed to do our best (in seeking reconsideration from Fiba),” he said. “There are no assurances of guarantees. It’s up to them.”The NBA will be out of the way in the Clarkson case in the coming World Cup with its season long concluded by the time China hosts the event in eight cities from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15.Blatche, on the other hand, has just a few more games in China before he flies home to the US. If he is allowed to play as import, he will head here.But not having obtained a passport before he was 16 years old disqualifies Clarkson from playing as a Filipino, and this is something that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and president Al Panlilio will appeal.“I don’t think there’s a single Filipino who doesn’t want Jordan Clarkson to play (with Gilas),” national coach Yeng Guiao said. “All of us want him. But it’s up to the process and what we can do about it.”Guiao, incidentally, doesn’t want his squad to be satisfied by just making the main draw.The mercurial coach is hoping for a favorable draw come March 15 in Shezhen, and have “photo ops” with powerhouse the United States later to be able to make the next round of the 32-nation conclave.“(If we get) bracketed with the US (in the first phase), then we can do nothing about it but have photos taken with them,” Guiao said with a smile in a press conference at Meralco. “But if we can get wins to advance, we’ll take that.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recognized by Fiba in the 2014 World Cup in Spain as the world’s best fans, Filipinos went to all forms of media last year, blasting the NBA when it initially refused to allow Clarkson to suit up in the Jakarta Asiad.The SBP, Panlilio earlier said, has already greased the wheels for Clarkson’s appeal. The national basketball federation is also expected to lobby the PBA board to allow Andray Blatche to suit up as an import in the Commissioner’s Cup so Gilas Pilipinas can prepare with him earlier.But like the Clarkson bid, the SBP could face an uphill battle for Blatche, a knowledgeable source told the Inquirer, one that could focus on a single inch.“If at all, Blatche would be subject to the rules governing imports in every conference,” said the source. “That means, even his height will be checked.”The Commissioner’s Cup allows imports no taller than 6-foot-10. Though the league hasn’t officially measured Blatche, the former NBA player is listed as a shade over 6-11.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Kaya settles for draw in Vientiane 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title National coach Yeng Guiao (left) addresses the media during a presscon hosted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas where telecommunications tycoon and Gilas Pilipinas patron Manny V. Pangilinan and SBP president Al Panlilio (right) gave updates on the national squad. —AUGUST DELA CRUZWith the clamor for Jordan Clarkson to play as a Filipino for Gilas Pilipinas in the World Cup later this year as loud as it could get from this cage-crazy nation, the country’s top basketball patron on Thursday said that the best approach at this time would be “a quiet one.”Telecommunications chief Manny V. Pangilinan, a member of the powerful central board of the international cage body (Fiba), knows exactly how the ruling committee behaves and wants the appeal for Clarkson to follow a more toned-down process.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments LATEST STORIES “Certainly, we would do our best to persuade them (Fiba, to allow Clarkson to play),” Pangilinan said. “Probably, the best approach would be a quiet one rather than create some noise.”It is a tack different from the one that got the NBA to release Clarkson for national duty in last year’s Asian Games, where a very vocal Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and a public clamor that dominated social media drew a favorable response for the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut does that mean that Pangilinan would want what Fiba had said was the world’s greatest fans to be quiet?“No, not at all,” said SBP president Al Panlilio. “What he means is that as a federation, we (the SBP) would want an approach that is not head-on.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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first_imgDr. Wang Jim, outgoing head of the Chinese medical team assigned at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Memorial Hospital says he was saddened to leave Liberia after successfully performing several surgeries on patients, including cataracts, glaucoma, and pediatric related ailments, among others.“Liberians are very good people to live and work with. I enjoyed the working relationship we have had with Liberian doctors especially the young doctors. I will miss them, but I am going to come back and work in this country,” Dr. Jim, who is an ophthalmologist (eye specialist), told the gathering at a gowning and farewell ceremony held in his honor in the courtyard of the JFK Hospital in Sinkor.He and his team are expected to leave the country on October 27, after spending two and half years in Liberia. Dr. Jim was gowned by the Liberia-Chinese Friendship Organization.Following the ceremony, he suggested to the Liberian government to place more emphasis on study opportunities for young doctors in foreign lands.“It is now time for government to concentrate all of its resources to empower local doctors to take over the country’s healthcare delivery system,” he said.“You need to know that only Liberians can take care of their health system, and not for them to depend on foreign doctors, because they would shortly leave for their respective homes,” Dr. Jim said.According to him, Liberia’s health situation has improved significantly, despite the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease that exposed weaknesses in the system.Commenting, Mr. Sheriff, president of Liberia-Chinese Friendship Organization, said they were appreciating Dr. Jim and his team for the role they played in the fight against Ebola in the country.“When Ebola hit the country, they were here for us. They sacrificed themselves to save Liberians from the virus. So we need to appreciate them in this way,” Mr. Sheriff added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe 50 Valley officers will fan out across the region to target high-crime areas like Pacoima, North Hills and Mission Hills, where gang crimes have skyrocketed over the past year. Under the plan, police are also cracking down on the 204th Street gang responsible for a high-profile, racially motivated killing of a 14-year-old girl in Harbor Gateway. And the FBI has also agreed to list one of the city’s most wanted gangsters on its 10 Most Wanted list. But already, change in a decades-old policy that stopped police from naming gangs is sparking criticism from those who work with the groups. And others say they are anxious to see a desperately needed intervention and prevention plan. Though Villaraigosa has pledged to come up with one, he has no deadline. “If you understand the gang subculture, it’s like a promotion for the gang,” said Tom Ward, an adjunct professor at USC and expert in transnational gangs. “They want to establish the reputation for themselves and for the gangs. Vowing an all-out assault on gangs, city leaders presented a long-awaited plan Thursday that commits 50 new officers to combat San Fernando Valley criminals and takes bold steps in publicly naming the city’s most violent gangs and their members. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton released the plan during a roll call at the LAPD’s Mission Division, where there was a 161 percent gang-crime spike last year. “The rise in gang violence must stop,” Villaraigosa said. “We are mounting a coordinated, aggressive suppression strategy that targets the worst offenders and the most violent gangs and we are coming at them with everything we have.” By naming the city’s most vicious gangs, training 5,000 officers in gang-suppression tactics, establishing a gang homicide unit in South Los Angeles and increasing community outreach – the mayor thinks his plan can quell the violence. “It’s the best promotional material they can imagine.” But Bratton defended the shift, comparing gangsters with such mobsters as John Gotti, former boss of the Gambino crime family. “I am from back East. Back East we publicize our criminals because we find it helps to prosecute them and get them arrested,” Bratton said. “John enjoyed the limelight … but he died in prison.” ‘Smart, strategic’ Civil-rights attorney Connie Rice, who recently completed a half-million-dollar study on gangs for the city, called the plan smart, strategic and coordinated, though she too criticized Bratton’s call to name gangs. “We all know they have that list, but I’m not sure it should be public,” she said. “There might be gangs out there working now to make that list.” But she said having a gang coordinator and bringing patrol forces into gang suppression will improve policing. Councilman Tony Cardenas, who chairs the City Council’s ad hoc Committee on Gangs and Youth Violence, said it’s a good first step but not enough to tackle long-term problems. “The city is a boiling cauldron, and we are finally noticing what people have been living with for years,” Cardenas said. “But we have to do more than suppression.” Rounding up suspects could cost more in the long run than prevention efforts such as after-school programs, he said. “Every time someone is arrested, you are looking at spending $90,000. To have prevention and intervention costs $1,300 to $1,400. It’s simple math on where our money should go.” But Bratton said there was a crisis that could not wait. “We don’t have time to wait on the suppression side,” he said. Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose South Los Angeles district is among the worst when it comes to gang crime, welcomed the new approach to naming gangsters. “I think it might empower the community to know who these gang members are and be able to recognize their faces,” Hahn said. “To be able to identify them and be proactive in reporting what they’re doing can only help.” The proposal drew support from Los Angeles Police Protective League President Bob Baker, but he said if the LAPD doesn’t get more officers, crime could just shift from one high-gang area to the next. Plan needs rules District Attorney Steve Cooley backed the efforts in South Los Angeles but said a top-10 list could prove counterproductive if gangs gain notoriety. He also said the plan could use rules to ensure there is not a repeat of the Rampart scandal, when gang officers in the former CRASH program overstepped their authority and were accused of framing gang members. It was that case that led to the federal consent decree. “I’m sure we have all learned from that and that the city will send a message that they cannot use whatever means are necessary to stop gangs,” Cooley said. While political leaders praised Villaraigosa for creating the city’s first coordinated gang plan, Alex Alonso said police are not focusing on the most long-term violent gangs. “When the gangs are selected for a target, there is usually a political reason,” said the creator of “It’s not the long-term violence they cause but it can be a single event that gives attention to the gang or geographic location.” He points to the 204th Street gang, one of the city’s smallest. But the Latino gang garnered national media attention after two of its members were accused of killing a 14-year-old African-American girl in racially divided gang territory. The 204th Street gang made the mayor’s list. Making the list The most dangerous gangs in Los Angeles attack LAPD officers and shoot indiscriminately, and their assaults are racially motivated. It’s that profile that got Canoga Park Alabama placed on the Los Angeles Police Department’s list of the most violent gangs – the only San Fernando Valley gang included. Begun decades ago by Latinos seeking unity and protection in a hostile, mostly white neighborhood, the gang now has 400 members whom authorities blame for the majority of the Valley’s hate crimes. The most active members are just 14 to 18 years old, police say. “They shoot at innocent people in the Valley, based on their race,” said Lt. Tom Smart, who heads the gang unit at the LAPD’s West Valley station. West Valley police have logged 14 racially motivated gang shootings since last July – 10 of which involve the CPA gang. Typical of the attacks is one reported Jan. 4, when a 28-year-old African-American was shot and wounded by three Alabama members as he walked home from work. And four Alabama members are suspected in the unprovoked shooting of a black man July 19 at Winnetka Avenue and Sherman Way. “It’s amazing that nobody has been killed,” Smart said. In 2002, the City Attorney’s Office won a court injunction against the gang that prohibits its members from congregating or committing illegal activity. Since then, 97 members have been arrested for violating the injunction. The LAPD estimates there are 77 gangs in the Valley, with a total of 11,000 members. (818) 713-3741160Want 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

first_imgHEAVY rain is making driving conditions dangerous and difficult in Donegal this morning.It follows a Yellow Alert warning from Met Eireann.The yellow warning is in effect until 8pm for Donegal, with 25-40mm of rain expected and a risk of local flooding. However BBC Northern Ireland says the worst of the rain should leave east Donegal by around 5pm.AA Roadwatch and Gardaí are asking motorists to take extreme care on our roads in the county today. ROADS ALERT: HEAVY RAIN MAKING DRIVING CONDITIONS DIFFICULT was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalrainROADSweather warninglast_img read more

first_imgBox Score CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team had its 2015-16 season come to an end on Saturday night in a 64-58 defeat at UNI in the second round of the WNIT Tournament. Drake (23-10) was led in scoring by sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.), who just missed a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) also just missed a double with 11 points and eight rebounds. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.)  added 10 points before fouling out late in the game. UNI (24-10) had three players in double-figure points led by Amber Sorenson’s 16 points. Stephanie Davison scored 15 points and Madison Weekly chipped in 13 points. UNI led 24-23 at halftime, but Drake quickly claimed the lead with a layup from Wendell moments into the third quarter. The teams then traded baskets with junior Cortni Rush (Mason City, Iowa) tying the game at 30-30 with a three-pointer. Weekly hit consecutive three-pointers to give UNI a 36-30 lead. Later Wendell pulled Drake to within two points at 41-39 with a three-point play with 2:18 left in the third quarter. It would be as close as Drake would be after going scoreless for just over four minutes as UNI scored six-straight points during that span. Rhine knocked in a three-pointer to end the drought, but another drought for two minutes proved the difference as the Panthers built a 10-point lead as they held on for the win to advance to the third round. “We missed a few things and we were in gaps instead of being on shooters,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “I think they hit some shots they haven’t hit in a long time and they had some players step up. That happens sometimes. Our offense wasn’t we needed it to be and we didn’t shoot the ball like we wanted to. We had some great possessions, but we had a few that our movement wasn’t like we need it to be.” Drake with just one senior, three juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen won 23 games in 2015-16. The 23 wins are the most for the program since the 2007-08 season. Drake also won 20-plus games for the second consecutive season. It’s the first time since the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons the Bulldogs have accomplished this feat. Drake is also excited to welcome back Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.), who missed this past season due to injury. “You look at the progression of this team since I came,” Baranczyk said. “Ninth place, to fifth place, to second place last year by two games and this year second place by one game. Not where we want to be, but you can see it coming. To build like that is going in the right direction. We are playing a tough non-conference schedule to test ourselves and get better. I’m excited for the future.” UNI will play the winner of Minnesota vs. Nebraska, who play Sunday afternoon at Minnesota.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks general manager Doug Wilson expects this weekend’s NHL Draft to be anything but routine.Especially considering the amount of chatter that’s gone on between league executives over the last several weeks.“There’s been more conversation, more communication between GMs in the last month, than maybe ever since I’ve been a GM,” said Wilson, who started his current job in 2003. “There’s parity in this league, so everybody’s looking for that bit of difference on their team.”On …last_img

first_imgFacing heat for inefficiency and mismanagement in preparations to the Games, Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Saturday tried to deflect some of the criticism, saying he was not solely responsible for the delays and the shoddy work.”I don’t think the OC is responsible for it,” Kalmadi said, referring to the situation at the Games Village flats which has prompted visiting athletes to stay at hotels for the time being.”The last 18 towers were handed to us just three days back and we have been working on these Games for the past few years. I wish all the venues were handed over to me earlier.We would have done a better job,” he told reporters with Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Mike Fennell and CEO Mike Hooper by his side.However, Kalmadi refused to step down. “My job is to conduct the Games and I will do that. I am not going to quit.” He pointed out that several other agencies were responsible for projects related to the Games.”Contrary to popular belief that the OC had the right to spend `30-40,000 crore on the organisation, we only had `1,600 crore allotted. The rest was taken care of by the government and the Indian Olympic Association. “Everyone had fixed responsibilities. Our job was to ensure that the athletes of all the countries reach safely and ensure that their stay is comfortable,” Kalmadi said.”We have some issues in the Games Village but I think it is a fine Vil-lage. Only that some blocks have to be cleaned up. But all the infrastructure is good. The international zone, the food, the kitchen are good. I can assure you that our aim is to host a good Games. Our aim is to do as good as Melbourne did in 2006,” a defensive Kalmadi said.advertisementHe also sounded optimistic of finishing all work in time for the Games. “There are still eight days left for the Games, and we will, in the next few days, finish all the work that needs to be done,” he said.He even said that athletes were made to stay in a university hostel during the 2002 Manchester Games. He avoided a direct answer when asked whether the mess meant India cannot hope to host the Olympics. “We will answer that question once the Games are over.”He also sought to redress security concerns in the wake of the recent shooting incident near Jama Masjid. “We have had a CGF adviser who has been monitoring the progress of the work every second month,” he said.Elaborating on the security arrangements, Kalmadi explained that there will be two police patrol cars – one in front and the other behind every team bus. An armed police person will also be present in the bus. Later, accompanying journalists at the Games Village, Kalmadi also urged them to look at the overall class of the Village, which he termed ‘fantastic’.Pawar makes fun of his one-time protegeUnion agriculture minister Sharad Pawar decided to take a dig at Suresh Kalmadi, the man who is fast becoming the topic of most SMS jokes. Speaking at a public function in Pune, Pawar came up with a joke.”Nowadays, I am hearing a story that due to severe criticism, the chief of the organising committee decided to commit suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling, but ironically, the ceiling came down. Maybe the quality of the ceiling was not good,” he chuckled, drawing forth laughter from his supporters.Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) functionaries said that they were waiting for an attack to come from Pawar for a long time. “He chose the right moment and spoke at the right place. The statement would not have had the desired effect in Delhi, but Pune is a different matter as it is the bastion of Kalmadi,” an NCP leader said. He added that the Kalmadi- Pawar fight is an old one.”Kalmadi was once Pawar’s protg. But their relationship soured to such an extent that Kalmadi left the Congress and returned only when Pawar quit the Congress to form the NCP.” Pawar’s speech was an attempt to lampoon Kalmadi, who is already under a lot of fire for the CWG’s mismanagement.last_img

first_imgA protest rally here on Tuesday against FDI in retail turned out to be a two-hour long cultural meeting of pro-Trinamool Congress intellectuals and artists who blocked a part of the Esplanade area of the city.A section of intellectuals of Kolkata, close to Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, organised a protest rally in the heart of the city to protest the Central government’s decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail. Intellectuals like painter Shuvaprasanna, painter Samir Aich, film director Haranath Chakrabarty, singer Indranil Sen, music composer Jeet Ganguly, theatre personality Bibhas Chakraborty, Arpita Ghosh, Saoli Mitra, sports personalities PK Banerjee and Amal Dutt, and actors Dev and Sandhya Roy were on the dais at the protest.Bhibas Chakraborty recited lines of a play mocking retail FDI and the centre’s economic policies.These are the same intellectuals who had jumped on Banerjee’s bandwagon during last year’s assembly polls in her fight to decimate the 34-year Left Front regime in the state.Apart from a few words of expression against retail FDI, the protest turned out to be a cultural meeting of the intellectuals, where they sang songs from Rabindrasangeet to popular Bengali item numbers.Banerjee, who was at the rally with other Trinamool Congress leaders as guests, was seen instructing the intellectuals to recite poetry.Several actors and actresses of the Bengali film industry used the occasion to strike a rapport with Banerjee and other Trinamool Congress leaders.”Are they protesting against retail FDI or spending a nice evening by singing songs and blocking roads? They should be ashamed for blocking roads,” said Santosh Pal, a banker.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAccording to our sources, the official bookings for the upcoming Dzire will commence from the 1st week of May. Maruti Suzuki will look to revive the growth in compact sedan segment in the country with the launch of its third generation Dzire next month.Maruti Suzuki has till date sold 13.81 lakh units of the model in India since its launch in March 2008, will roll out an all-new version of Dzire on May 16. Last full model change of the Dzire happened in February 2012. Last year, the company launched the compact sedan with auto gear shift (AGS) technology.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Price:We expect the new generation Dzire to come for a base price of Rs 6 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 9 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the top end variant.Engine:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that produces 83 bhp of maximum power and 115 Nm of maximum torque, while the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel engine churns out peak power of 74 bhp and peak torque of 190 Nm.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Transmission:Both the engines will come mated to a AGS unit. The petrol engine will also come mated to a five-speed manual transmission.Design:The new generation Dzire will come with a completely new and fresh look. Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been redesigned with a hexagonal grille with a chrome strip around it. The front bumper  and the headlamp cluster gets an appealing makeover. At the rear, the new generation Dzire gets minor cosmetic change as the tail lamps has a revised design. The new Dzire will also sport new projector headlamps, LED DRLs and redesigned alloy wheels.advertisement2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Features:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will come with an upgraded list of features to compete with its competition in the segment. The list includes touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in among others.Dimensions:The new generation Dzire will be 3995 mm in length, 1735 mm in width, 1515mm in height and 163 mm of ground clearance.2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire. (Photo: Rahul Ghosh)Competition:The new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire will compete against the recently launched Hyundai Xcent facelift, new Tata Tigor, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire and Volkswagen Ameo.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki unveils new generation Dzire in India; launch on May 16ALSO READ:New generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire: Everything you need to knowALSO READ:This is what the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire will look like. We think it’s neatlast_img read more