Lin plans to return to Nets a new player next season

first_imgInjured Brooklyn Nets guards Jeremy Lin, left, and Isaiah Whitehead, standing, watch from the bench along with Caris LeVert and DeMarre Carroll, far right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Monday, April 9, 2018, in New York. Caris LeVert and (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin didn’t even make it through one full game this season.He plans to return next season playing a different way so he can stay on the floor and help the Brooklyn Nets keep building.ADVERTISEMENT Moving parts: Cavaliers to use 10-man rotation in 1st round Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Other things to know about the Nets:WANTING WINSLin was asked how he would define progress in what could be his final season in a Nets uniform.“I’m a very results-oriented person, and I’m a very wins-oriented person,” he said. “My answer would be wins. I don’t love moral victories. We just need to win more games, and we need to, hopefully, win a lot.”HARRIS’ HOPESJoe Harris averaged 10.8 points and enjoyed career-bests in field goal shooting (49.1 percent) and 3-point makes (41.9 percent). The former Cleveland guard is one of four unrestricted free agents and could become too expensive for the Nets, who have about $16 million available in their cap space.He’s already told his agent and the front office his preference to stay.“Yeah, I think any time you’re comfortable playing within a system you’re going to play more aggressive, you’re going to play with more confidence,” Harris said.“It’s not to say you would go someplace else and not be able to adjust quickly, but I think being here and having a familiarity with everyone . it just makes the game easier for you and understanding where you need to be and what they expect out of you.”RUSSELL’S ROLE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Running, shooting and defending will all seem new for Lin, who signed a three-year, $36 million deal with the Nets in July 2016, and in February opted in to his $12.5 million player option.“It won’t look different to the eye, or on TV any different, but it will be very different in terms of how I do it, and where I move from and what muscles I’m using and what tendons and joints I’m not using,” Lin said.His injury led to the development of others at point guard.Spencer Dinwiddie became a candidate for the Most Improved Player award after averaging career highs with 12.6 points and 6.6 assists. Coach Kenny Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks also got a good look at D’Angelo Russell, who took over Lin’s duties, but then needed knee suffer that forced him out until mid-January. Once the 22-year-old returned to the court, he showed flashes of why the Los Angeles Lakers made him the No. 2 pick of the 2015 draft before including him in the Brook Lopez deal last summer.Add in Allen Crabbe, who struggled at times but set the franchise season-single record of 201 3-pointers made; an improved defender in second-year player Caris LeVert; a young shot-blocker in rookie Jarrett Allen; and the rising play of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson along with the veteran presence of DeMarre Carroll, Lin has a reason to feel optimistic.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIEScenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lin played in just 36 games in 2016-17 due to hamstring injuries and ruptured his right patella tendon in a loss at Indiana on opening night of this season. His plan to stay healthy focuses on ditching all the on-court motor skills that started Linsanity six years ago across the city with the New York Knicks in exchange for a new range of motion.“So, like, at every level of ability to be more dynamic, I’m not just looking at whether my knee will hold up. I’m looking at whether I have done enough to completely change pre-existing movement patterns,” Lin said Thursday, a day after the Nets finished 28-54, their third consecutive 50-loss season after three straight playoff appearances.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 crownThe Nets won seven of their last 13 games after losing 19 of 22.The 29-year-old Lin spent a large chunk of his rehab process at Fortius Sport and Health in Vancouver, British Columbia, under his personal trainer, Rick Celebrini, who in the past worked with former NBA star Steve Nash. MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Russell fell out of favor in Los Angeles but his teammates in Brooklyn praised his play and work ethic.“His talent, nobody in this room or arena will question his talent. You just want him to do it consistently”, Carroll said. “D’Angelo is probably the closest thing we have to an All-Star on our team if he did it consistently. Me, being his big brother, being a leader, I just challenge him to come in and hit it hard every day.”Sharing the backcourt with Dinwiddie over the last three months of the season, Russell played on and off the ball and averaged 15.5 points and a career-high 5.2 assists. He often mentioned his commitment to Brooklyn’s long-term future.“I came into this situation, played a few games and got hurt, went down and come back,” Russell said. “I had to earn my stripes all over again and start over. That’s kind of what it really was, the reality of it, the whole situation. I had to gain Coach’s trust back and show them that I was willing to do that again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

World Cup quarterfinals exclusive to Europe, South America

first_imgTeams from other continents approach matches against world powers trailing before the opening kickoff because of a mentality deficit. They often speak after losses lamenting they gave opponents “too much respect.” They approach World Cup games as if facing an entire nation, not just the 11 opponents on the field. That us-against-history affliction has proven difficult to treat.“In Italy, I think some of the fans said if they don’t beat the U.S. 4-0, it’s a disgrace,” 1990 U.S. captain Michael Windischmann said when the Americans returned to the World Cup after a 40-year absence.Mexico is the North American power, yet it has lost seven straight round-of-16 matches and been frustrated in its national quest to reach “el quinto partido” — the fifth match — for the first time since ’86.“The mentality is changing, it’s changing,” Mexican star forward Javier Hernandez told Fox after the loss. “In the world you can see that, You can feel it.”The quarterfinals are all European and South American for the fourth time in nine World Cups, after 1994, ’98 and ’06. Only once has more than one outsider made the last eight, when CONCACAF, Africa and Asia each advanced a team in South Korea.Lalas thinks Africa is the most likely nation to break the powers’ hegemony.“While it would be different and unique and never-before seen, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility,” he said. “Certainly if a CONCACAF team did it, it would be a huge, huge surprise. You not only need to be good, you need to have a little bit of luck.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mexico’s Miguel Layun lies on the ground at the end of the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. Brazil defeated Mexico 2-0. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)MOSCOW — So much for this being a “World” Cup.The quarterfinals are all-European and South American for the first time since 2006.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Mexico said adios with a 2-0 loss to Brazil in the round of 16 on Tuesday and Japan sayonara when it wasted a two-goal lead in a 3-2 defeat to Belgium, ending the hopes of North America and Asia.Africa and Central America didn’t make it past the group phase. Oceania and the Caribbean couldn’t even earn an invite.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 crownFor 47 consecutive months, experts proclaim emerging soccer nations are catching up with the traditional powers.Then the World Cup pitches its big tent and the European and South American nations knock all others to the curb with the ruthlessness of an Eric Cantona kung fu kick. Turns out not much has changed from the days when players wore shorts that extended below kneecaps and booted dark T-model leather balls with thick laces. Real Madrid denies report of $360M offer to buy Neymar LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town “What we’re seeing here for the most part, when it comes to that European and South American talent, it’s in abundance, and it’s traditionally very successful,” said former American defender Alexi Lalas, at the World Cup as a Fox analyst.Since the current format of group stage followed by knockout rounds started in 1986, 46 of 72 quarterfinalists have been from Europe and 18 from South America, with Wednesday’s England-Colombia match to decide another spot.CONCACAF has made it three times: Mexico at home in ’86, the United States at South Korea in 2002 and Costa Rica in Brazil four years ago.Africa also has three quarterfinalists: Cameroon at Italy in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana at South Africa in 2010.There has been just one from Asia — South Korea, when it hosted the tournament. That Korean team was the only outsider that advanced to a semifinal, where it lost to Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

‘I’ll be back’ vows Nadal after injury halts US Open repeat bid

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The frustration isn’t new for Nadal.“I feel that I fought all my career against these kind of things too,” added the 32-year-old, who has missed at least eight Grand Slams due to injury since his major debut at Wimbledon in 2003.That hasn’t stopped him amassing 17 Grand Slam titles, three short of Swiss great Roger Federer’s record 20.“It’s tough, these moments, but on the other hand I’m going to keep going and I’m going to keep working hard to keep having opportunities.”Nadal’s injuries have run the gamut, from the start of his elite career.ADVERTISEMENT An elbow injury in 2003 prevented his expected French Open debut that year and a stress fracture in one ankle kept him out of Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2004.He’s nursed foot, back and wrist injuries, adductor and abdominal trouble. And through it all the tendninits in his knees has periodically slowed him.“All my career everybody said that because of my style, I will have a short career,” he noted. “I’m still here.“I’m still here because I love what I am doing. I still have the passion for the game.“I’m going to keep fighting and working hard to keep enjoying this tour and keep having chances to compete at the highest level. So that’s all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rafael Nadal, of Spain, is treated by a trainer during a change over against Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Devastated Rafael Nadal vowed the knee injury that forced him out of the US Open semi-finals on Friday won’t stop him chasing more Grand Slam glory.The Spaniard, his world number one ranking still safe, said the trouble was the familiar tendinitis he’s dealt with for a decade — unpredictable but not career-threatening.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Olympic taekwondo champion banned for life in abuse case Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I know what I have,” he said after limping off Arthur Ashe Stadium having lost two sets to third-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. “I know what is going on with the knee. I know how I have to work to be better as soon as possible.”But it was clearly galling for the player famed for his fighting spirit to hobble out of a second Grand Slam of 2018, having retired in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic with a torn inner hip muscle.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’“It’s not about losing, it’s about not having the chance to fight for it,” he said.“I’m having two great years,” added Nadal, who was trying to complete a French Open-US Open double for the second straight season. “Last year was a fantastic year. This year has been a fantastic year until this moment. I lost four matches. Two of them I had to retire.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Animation film fest rescinds Kobe Bryant invite after outcry

first_imgMOST READ “After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury, Beckman said in a statement. “We are a young organization and it is important to keep our collective energies focused on the films, the participating filmmakers, and our festival attendees.”An online petition had been circulating demanding Bryant be dropped.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 ChrissBryant won an Academy Award in March for his part in making the animated short, “Dear Basketball” and has founded an animation company, Granity Studios.He released a statement saying he was honored to be invited and disappointed to be excluded. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Former NBA basketball all-star Kobe Bryant speaks as he moderates a panel about youth sports during the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant was dropped Wednesday from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star’s ouster over a 2003 rape allegation.Eric Beckman the CEO of GKIDS, the company that organizes the Animation Is Film Festival, announced the move.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “This decision further motivates me and my commitment to building a studio that focuses on diversity and inclusion in storytelling for the animation industry,” Bryant’s statement said. “I remain focused on changing the world in positive ways through diverse stories, characters, and leadership, in order to inspire the next generation.”In 2003, Bryant was charged with raping a 19-year-old hotel employee.The Lakers star said he believed it was a consensual sexual encounter. The case was dropped after Bryant’s accuser refused to testify.She later filed a civil suit against him, which was settled out of court with Bryant admitting no guilt.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Canelo Alvarez inks $365M deal with sports-streaming service Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Blake Griffin’s 30 powers Pistons past Knicks

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Reggie Jackson contributed 21 points for Detroit. The Pistons held New York to 40 percent shooting from the field and led throughout the final three quarters.The Pistons (11-7) are off to a solid start under new coach Dwane Casey. Nine of their victories — including Tuesday’s — have been against teams that currently have losing records, but they all count.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 Chriss“We have to prove to our fans who we are and what we are, and make sure they are trusting to spend their hard-earned money,” Casey said after another game in front of a sparse crowd in Detroit. “I do know that if you’re a basketball fan, we do play a brand of basketball that is a winning brand. We’re not a finished product.”Allonzo Trier scored 24 points for the Knicks, who had won a season-high three in a row. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Kyle Lowry rallies Raptors past Grizzlies; Warriors up next Knicks: New York was without F-C Kristaps Porzingis (left knee), G Courtney Lee (neck) and F Lance Thomas (left knee). … Damyean Dotson, who didn’t play at all in the previous four games, played only a few seconds in the first half Tuesday. Then he came out and scored 17 points in the second.Pistons: Detroit was missing G Luke Kennard (right shoulder).UP NEXTKnicks: At Philadelphia on Wednesday night.Pistons: Host Chicago on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom The Knicks (7-15) took an early 13-5 lead, but Detroit was up 24-19 at the end of the first quarter, and the Pistons never relinquished the lead.“I thought we came out great, and then we hit 17 points and everything just stalled for whatever reason,” New York coach David Fizdale said.New York shot 15 of 50 in the first half and trailed by as many as 16 points in the second quarter. It was 51-43 at the half, and the Pistons stretched the lead back as high as 18 in the fourth.The Knicks had the deficit down to seven when Johnson came leaping from behind to block Trier’s layup attempt with about 30 seconds to play in the game.TAKING CARE OF BUSINESSADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Detroit’s wins this season have come against Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland (twice), Orlando, Atlanta, Toronto, Houston, Phoenix and New York. The Pistons are in a tight race with Indiana for the fourth-best record in the East.REUNIONNew York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke and Detroit’s Glenn Robinson III were teammates on Michigan’s 2013 Final Four team. It wasn’t a great night for that trio, which combined to shoot 6 of 24 from the field.Hardaway did have 19 points and Burke scored six. Robinson had one point in 11:07 of playing time.“I wish he could have played more,” Hardaway said. “It was great just to have him out there on the floor.”WHISTLESMitchell Robinson, New York’s 7-foot-1 rookie, fouled out with 3:27 remaining in the third quarter after having only two fouls at halftime. Noah Vonleh of the Knicks also fouled out with 2:29 to go in the fourth, and Mario Hezonja picked up his sixth foul in the final minute.Detroit went 32 of 45 on free throws and New York was 27 of 32.“I thought tonight was at least pretty consistent,” Griffin said. “Both ends, there was a lot of fouls called.”TIP-INScenter_img LATEST STORIES New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh (32) reaches for the ball against Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — There’s plenty of mediocrity in the Eastern Conference this season, and the Detroit Pistons are taking advantage.Blake Griffin scored 30 points and Stanley Johnson added 21 to lift the Pistons to a 115-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NU, Ateneo set up UAAP juniors finals rematch

first_imgFILE — Terrence Fortea leads the way for NU anew. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It’s going to be a championship rematch as National University and Ateneo handled its respective foes in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 81 junior’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Bullpups had themselves a feast after an easy 94-72 victory over Adamson University.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Terrence Fortea lit up for 30 points to lead last year’s runners-up with 22 of those coming in the first half to put the Bullpups up 54-35, essentially setting up their return to the title round.“He really played well. Day in and day out, that’s how he is. He will try his best,” said NU coach Goldwin Monteverde of Fortea. “We really played well, we executed our plays, but the most important thing is we’re preparing for the Finals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe reigning champions Blue Eaglets staved off Far Eastern University’s furious comeback to come away with a 90-82 win and a chance for a title repeat.FEU was down by as much as 21 points but the Blue Eaglets were able to hold off the Baby Tamaraws in the final seconds. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Kai Sotto had 22 points, 19 in the second half, with eight rebounds while rookie Ian Espinosa had 19 points, four assists, and two steals.The two teams will start their three-game series on Monday at Filoil Flying V Center.NU swept the season series against Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Yeng Guiao ‘confident, happy’ with Gilas roster ahead of final Fiba qualifying window Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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

Manny Pacquiao discouraging son from going into boxing

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The eight-division champion had a lot to say when asked about Jimuel’s potential career in boxing.WATCH: Next Manny? Pacquiao’s eldest son Jimuel shows off boxing chopsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We don’t like it. We’re discouraging him,” Manny told ANC’s Headstart in Filipino. “You won’t see any boxing gloves or boxing equipment in our house just a basketball court.”The WBA welterweight champion also said he dabbled into boxing as a teenager out of necessity as a means to help his family overcome poverty while Jimuel’s case is very much different. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ UAAP volleyball: UP Lady Maroons beat FEU Lady Tamaraws for 1st time in 5 years 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 “I told him that your daddy boxed due to poverty. I became a boxer because of poverty and to support our family,” he said.The 18-year-old Jimuel, though, is eager to continue doing what he loves.“He (Jimuel) told me, ‘Daddy, like you, boxing is my passion also,  I want to be the representative of this country as an athlete.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The number of potential opponents for Manny Pacquiao continues to dwindle. —AFPIf Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee would have their way, their eldest son Jimuel won’t try boxing.Jimuel, however, is keen on pursuing a career in boxing and a video of him sparring that made rounds on social media just shows how serious he is to follow in his father’s footsteps.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Chot Reyes underscores importance of tune-up games for Gilas’ World Cup bid

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “I know there are some challenges with the schedule but with the [league] throwing its all-out support? I think it’s [going to be] important,” Reyes said.Reyes said it is imperative for Gilas to generate something similar as it could help with the players’ headspace.“They should have a good feeling about themselves that they can compete with anybody,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Coming into Group B play as overwhelming underdogs, the Philippines played Greece, and then put up valiant stands against Croatia, Argentina and Puerto Rico. They finally eked out a victory—their only one in the campaign—versus Senegal.“We kept on losing. But at least we tried to level with them,” Reyes said in Filipino. “Our players felt that they were improving and getting stronger as we progressed. And I think that feeling spilled over into the World Cup.”READ: Chot Reyes steps down as PH men’s basketball team coach “When they got into the actual games, the players had a very good feeling about themselves,” he added.Earlier this month, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) said that Gilas will be skipping the Jones Cup—a perennial training ground for the country for years—due to conflicts in schedule. But the federation said they are looking to compensate by hosting pocket tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra San Beda knocks out Jalen Green, FilAm Sports to advance to NBTC semis Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhile Chot Reyes is optimistic with the Philippines’ chances in the of the FIBA World Cup, he couldn’t stress enough the importance of preparation.Gilas Pilipinas has over five months to gear up the squad and Reyes hopes that the current iteration of the National team could be afforded with an opportunity to generate edge—just like what his squad had nearly five years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Speaking to reporters during the PBA’s lull on Wednesday night, Reyes recalled Gilas’ participation in a couple of tuneup games that helped them prepare for the prestigious global contest.READ: Chot Reyes likes Gilas’ chances in 2019World Cup: ‘We have proven we can compete’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“[Those games] really toughened us up,” he said. “That was a big factor and hopefully coach Yeng (Guiao’s) team gets a chance as well,” he added.Gilas played Ukraine, Australia, France, Venezuela and Dominican Republic in a battery of friendlies to prepare for the 2014 edition of the games in Seville, Spain. View commentslast_img read more

US$4.9m Waived!

first_imgThe Chairman of the former Bong Mining Company Employees Committee, J. Jaye Larblah, at the launch of the validation of names of the former workers as of August 31, 1990, has disclosed that the Committee has agreed to waive US$4.9m through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, November 27, last year.Mr. Larblah told the Daily Observer in exclusive interview over the weekend, that the waiver was done in close consultations with the former employees of BMC, and the pronouncement is intended to sensitize the public, that neither the Government ,or any concession companies, shall henceforth, in no way or form, be indebted to ex-BMC workers.The Larblah committee, as of today, is expected to publish the names of 1,804 former employees, and is requesting anyone, who has not seen their name published, to proceed to the “upper flat chamber of Oppong’s Store at Red-light with documents to justify their inclusion.” (See the names in the paper).“The validation of the names will end on Saturday and hopefully, before on by the 15th of January, payment of benefits for former BMC employees will begin,” Mr. Larblah said.He added: “About 90% of the former BMC employees had already taken their ID cards and we are informing those that did not, to go the upper dlat chamber of Oppong’s Store.”It may be recalled, the former BMC Workers claimed that the BMC Management owed them about US$17m, but the Government of Liberia agreed to pay US$13m. Legal representation by Cllr. Varney Sherman produced for the former BMC workers, US$4.1m, leaving a balance of US$8.9m.After over four years of silence, the former BMC workers began ending strike actions, when the multi- billion-concession company, China Union, which is operating the erstwhile BMC, began operations.Fortunately, given the efforts of Trustees, Inter-ministerial Committees and the media, the Government of Liberia finally agreed to listen to the workers; pleas; most of the almost 2,000 workers are now in their 50s.On Wednesday, November 7, at the Ninth Floor Conference Room of the Finance Ministry, the Government of Liberia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with former workers of the Bong Mining Company (BMC) agreeing to pay US$4 million to the workers in back wages.The money, according to Finance Minister Amara M. Konneh, is a lump sum payment to the former BMC workers to leave the old BMC facility and give way for China Union to commence full operations in the area. The government also signed another MOU with squatters occupying the BMC facility in Bong Mines and the railroad to leave the area. According to the MOU, the Government will make the lump sum payments to the former BMC workers and the squatters beginning from December 15th to January 10th 2014.In the case of the squatters, the government agreed to pay US$500 to each of the 857 family heads between December 15th and January 10th 2014 as a one-time payment. This means that all of the squatters will receive a lump-sum payment of US$428,500, from the government. Speaking during the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Finance, Minister Amara Konneh thanked the former BMC workers and the squatters. He assured them that the monies were already allotted in the budget “and this MOU commits the government to disbursing them.” He said the signing of the MOU with the former BMC workers and the squatters marked the closure of a dark page in the economic history of Liberia. Konneh also assured the public that the concerned parties have made formal, legal commitments to evacuating the premises and no longer impede China Union’s operations. He pointed out that once the housing units in Bong Mines and the railroad are rehabilitated and taken care of, China Union plans to increase its iron ore production from 50,000 metric tons to 800,000 metric tons within a year, thereby injecting billions of dollars into the economy. “In the coming year or two,” he said ‘China Union will contribute about US$5 million a year in revenue to the government for development purposes.” According to Minister Konneh, China Union also plans on increasing its current employment of 232 Liberians to 459 Liberians in the span of one year.Earlier, the Chairman of the former BMC Employees Committee J. Jaye Larblah thanked the government of Liberia for agreeing to pay them off.Mr. Larblah, however, appealed to the government to press China Union to employ those former BMC workers that have the skills and are still strong enough to work. According to him, there is no need for the Chinese company to hire foreigners when Liberians are qualified for the job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ecobank to Introduce ‘Special Product’ for Chinese

first_imgEcobank Liberia Limited (ELL) has hosted the Ecobank-Chinese Business Forum (ECBF) in Monrovia with Management announcing that the Bank is working on a product exclusively for Chinese businesses operating in the country. The forum, the first of its kind ever in the banking industry, took place at the Chinese-own Golden Gate Hotel on July 11, with several Chinese business executives, special guests and Ecobank-Liberia staffs in attendance. It comes amid growing Chinese presence in the country.The aim of the forum, the Management says, is to attract Chinese customers to save their monies with Ecobank. Ecobank-Liberia Managing Director Mr. Kola Adeleke, who introduced the forum, said the decision by Ecobank to pioneer the new relationship with the Chinese is intended to bolster the Bank’s relationship with Chinese businesses in the country.Although Mr. Adeleke didn’t name the new product for his Chinese customers, he noted that if introduced, it will be exclusively for Chinese businesses to use as an instrument to transact with key business centers in the country.He also disclosed that Ecobank Management is setting up a corporate desk exclusively for Chinese with a Chinese-Liberia local account officer in charge in Monrovia.“I want to assure all our Chinese customers of our commitment to helping their businesses in Liberia and to ensure further strengthening of our business relationship,” said the Ecobank Managing Director.He said the local Chinese-Liberia account officer will be a Liberian who is voiced enough in speaking Chinese.“We are sure that this account officer will be able to deal with issues facing our Chinese customers in a special way,” he said.  Mr. Adeleke’s remarks were relayed in Chinese to the Chinese audience by Mr. David Quame Appiah of Ecobank Ghana.Mr. Appiah, according to Ecobank officials, studied how to read and write Chinese in China. “It is a great joy for us as managers of the Pan African Bank to establish we really care for the Chinese people in Liberia,” the Ecobank Managing Director stated.He observed that Ecobank Bank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), parent company of Ecobank Group, sees China as a crucial partner for the development of Africa. According to the Ecobank Liberia Managing Director, ETI has been following China’s   investment in Africa, which led the company to recognize it as a crucial partner for the development of the continent.In 2013, China’s total investment in Africa is over US$210 billion dollars. Chinese at the Ecobank Chinese Business Forum made several inquiries from Management including the issue of visa and other debit cards.They also requested Management to build an Ecobank Branch near the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town.The Chinese also requested for multi-language automated teller machines mainly ones that have Chinese writings. In response, Mr. Adeleke assured the Chinese that he will take the issue of the Chinese language ATMs to ETI for discussion.The Ecobank boss thanked the Chinese for bringing about the idea and declared that the current Ecobank ATMs are assigned for both English and French. On the issue of Chinese businesses who don’t have collateral accessing loan from Ecobank, Mr. Adeleke explained that since some of the Chinese don’t have assets for collateral, they can use the assets of their parent companies to acquire loan from the Bank.On the issue of interest rate pricing as raised by the Chinese, Mr. Adeleke noted that the Bank will consider lowering pricing according to the case.He told the Chinese that Ecobank Management is willing to sit and discuss the pricing. Meanwhile, the Chinese businesses have pledged to do business with Ecobank as they consider the Bank a partner.One of the Chinese participating in the forum spoke of how Ecobank is making impact in the country. In her closing remarks, Ecobank Liberia Board Chair Mrs. Clavenda Bright-Parker said the Bank has seen the contribution of Chinese to the Liberian economy.Mrs. Parker noted that as the Pan African Bank focusing on the development of Africa and Africans, Ecobank Liberia has decided to work with the Chinese who are also involved in developing Africa to support their businesses in Liberia.“The Chinese have come a long way in becoming our strong partners and so we at Ecobank see them as our good friends,” she said.“This is why we have decided to make available a special product exclusively for them (Chinese) which will be introduced soon. And this product will be accompanied by the setting up of a corporate at Ecobnak exclusively for them also,” said Mrs. Parker.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more