Gilas Pilipinas World Cup bid in peril

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA young, shorthanded Iran crew played with poise and confidence in the stretch and handed the Philippine team and its loyal throng a 78-70 defeat that put the Filipinos’ chances of advancing to the 2019 World Cup proper in serious trouble.With its two foremost international stars not making the trip here, the Iranians leaned on their future stars to pull off the victory before a dumbfounded Mall of Asia Arena crowd and formally qualify for the global championship slated in China.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “We thought we had a chance to win the game, holding small leads [most of the night],” Team PH coach Yeng Guiao said. “But toward the endgame, I thought it was the lack of our maturity [that doomed us].“The guys tried their best, but we made some bad decisions in the end.”Jayson Castro returned to international play by shooting 19 points and Christian Standhardinger added 17 for the Filipinos, who also lost to Kazakhstan, 88-92, on Friday.Australia, New Zealand and South Korea are the other early Asian qualifiers.Only three slots are left to be contested, with the Filipinos still to play two away games—in Qatar and Kazakhstan—in February next year. They would need nothing less than a sweep and hope that other bidders drop some of theirs to advance without a hitch. Only the top three teams from each group and the best fourth-placed squad will qualify.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Fearless Azkals primed for another Hanoi miracle 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “We needed to show everyone that Iranian basketball has big potential,” Mohammad Jamshidi, a former Meralco import in the Philippine Basketball Association, said after shooting 16 points in the fourth period. He was referring to their effort churned out sans Hamed Haddadi and Nikkhah Bahrami.“It was a big game for both (teams),” added Jamshidi, who finished with 26 points to lead all shooters for the night. “To be honest, there was pressure on us, a lot, after our [bad] game against Australia.”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 Iranians were coming off a 29-point loss at the hands of the Aussies on Friday but didn’t show traces of that rout, playing heads-up all night long to win for the seventh time in 10 Group F matches and lock a berth to China.The Filipinos, after failing in two homestands, dropped to a level 5-5 and coupled by an 86-70 win by Japan over Kazakhstan at Toyama City Gymnasium earlier, got knocked out of a third place tie with the Japanese (6-4). Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Rohee says no decision yet on holding of PPP Congress

first_img…can be postponed without reasons givenDelivering disappointing news for some, People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) General Secretary Clement Rohee disclosed that no decision has yet been made on the holding of the Party’s General Congress.According to the Party’s Constitution, a General Congress is to be held this year during which party members will be afforded the opportunity to discuss a number of issues as well as nominate and elect new leaders.Even after dismissing these suggestions, reports continue to insinuate that the gathering will be postponed owing to the alleged internal conflicts within the Party, particularly between Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and Rohee.However, during a press conference on Monday, Rohee explained that there is a process that needs to be followed with regards to the holding of the Party’s congress.“The Executive Committee considers the matter but the final decision and members at the Executive Committee level are free to ventilate their views, we have a lot of passionate discussions and views, to extent that people misinterpret, outside of the PPP, to believe that the PPP was cracking up,” he stated referring to the media reports.He then explained that the decision goes to the Central Committee where it is further discussed and then determined.Rohee, a member of the Central Committee, said he does not want to prejudge the decision taken by the Committee.Nonetheless, he explained that the Constitution of the Party stipulates that only the Central Committee can postpone the Congress.“It doesn’t have to give any specific reasons why they are postponing the congress…The members themselves would discuss among and determine wither they would hold it this year or not,” he stated.Rohee clarified, “It’s nothing to do with Rohee and Jagdeo, we are part of that body and we will also express our views.”Just last week, the General Secretary was forced to reject rumours of an immense power struggle within the party.He was at the time responding to an article which stated that there was a rift among senior executive members over who should be the presidential candidate for the General and Regional Election and the information was accredited to a “source”; with some members rooting for former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali while others are backing former Culture Youth and Sports Minister Dr Frank Anthony.The article also pointed out that former President and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has his mind set on serving a third term as president after former Chief Justice Ian Chang (AG) ruled that the two-term presidential term-limit is unconstitutional.It is also rumoured that Rohee has presidential aspirations however when previously prompted on this, the General Secretary refused to comment.last_img read more

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Gbedin WFP Donated Rice Mill Down for Lack of Spares

first_imgThe out-of-order rice processing machine.Farmer says they were not put in contact with manufacturer to order spare partsThe rice mill machine donated to the Dokodan Farmers Cooperative of Gbedin in Nimba County has reportedly broken down two years after installation and remains in disrepair due to the lack of spare parts.The multi-purpose rice mill was used by the farmers to mill and bag rice in 25 kg bags for sale. However, it suddenly broke down and, to everyone’s surprise, attributed to apparent careless handling of the machine.At the recent handing over of tractors to the cooperative on January 12, Nimba County Agriculture Coordinator Samuel Keahleay praised the partners for their good working relationship, but cautioned the farmers to handle the tractors carefully.He said the farmers should use the tractors with care to ensure that they remain serviceable for a long time, calling on them to do the same for any equipment that will be donated in the future.“You were given a rice processing machine, power tiller, but they are yet to be seen,” he said.However, the chairman of the cooperative, Jefferson Tokpa, has denied misusing the rice mill. He claimed the rice mill did not come with any spare parts; and as a result, whenever there was a breakdown, they did not have any means of repairing the mill.“We do not have means of getting the spare parts and those who brought it, did not connect us to the manufacturer,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Montserrado County District #1 to Get Big Development from Arizona State

first_imgRep. Morris discusses with officials from Arizona State. -Reveals Rep. MorrisMontserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence Morris is expected to swing a development package in order to transform his district into an oasis of opportunity and a model district which will be referenced and emulated across the country in terms of economic and infrastructure, a release has said.In the state of Arizona (USA) recently, Rep. Morris held a lobbying meeting with some officials that included former Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor, who currently serves as Assistant Director of Arizona’s Department of Economic Security, about the challenges facing Montserrado County District #1, especially in the areas of sanitation, roads and food production.Others in attendance were Cloves Campbell, Director for African American Affairs in the Governor’s Office, former Arizona State Representative and owner of Arizona Informant Newspaper; Mel J. Hannah, member of the Governor’s Board  for African American Affairs, Dr. C.T. Wright of the ACAAA, Phoenix, Arizona, and Dr. Robert Sherman, Professor at the University of Phoenix.Arizona is a U.S. State in the southwestern region.“I addressed officials of the State of Arizona Congress, making the case to take on initiatives to model my district and within a timeline of four years; they agreed, and within six months, we should start seeing the boots on the ground independent of government’s projects. This has been my pitch in my visits about lobbying with the USA Government and State officials. Great things are ahead and new heights are coming,” Rep. Morris assured.Rep. Lawrence Morris: “I addressed officials of the State of Arizona, making the case to take on initiatives to model my district.”Morris added, “I want Montserrado County District #1 to be a model district in terms of trade, education, health and self-sufficiency in food production.”He said another wealthy American has agreed to construct a modern market in the Township of Kingsville.“The meeting with Mr. George was meaningful, and l am optimistic that there will be other people in Kingsville who will contribute to the development of Kingsville in Liberia,” Rep. Morris said.It can be recalled that Tamba Boimah Hali, a Liberian-born millionaire who has plied his trade in the National Football League (NFL) of the U.S., will construct a modern automatic poultry farm on 72 acres of land in Montserrado County District #1.The farm is a partnership between Mr. Hali and the office of Rep. Morris, with the aim to stimulate the country’s economy by creating more jobs.Rep. Morris is the chairman on the House’s Committee on Refugee, Repatriation and Resettlement, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Lawrence Morris Foundation.Prior to becoming a member of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature, he was the Resident Representative of the Manor River Union in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Honorary consuls are not paid for work done – Greenidge

first_imgForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge has sought to set the record straight regarding Guyana’s handling of its Honorary Consuls in various countries, making it clear that the volunteers are not employed by the Government of Guyana.Minister Greenidge was making reference to a misleading article in the Kaieteur News which reported that the Honorary Consul in Miami, Ramzan Roshanali, wasForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidgeallegedly being criticised by Guyanese in North America. However, Minister Greenidge explained that the post of Honorary Consul is voluntary, which means the officer is providing service based on the availability of their time.“The honorary consul is characterised by the following, they are unpaid as regards their labour…they are unpaid,” the minister disclosed at a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.Minister Greenidge said the situation in not peculiar to Guyana or any other developing country. In instances where a government is unable to establish offices of consul generals in countries where their nationals reside or for which it wishes to have relations, it retains the services of prominent individuals to function as Honorary Consuls.Guyana, he said, has some 29 Honorary Consuls who are paid an honorarium or stipend of US$500 per month.“Because we try to ensure that the expenses they incur are minimised, they are chosen because they have the capacity to save us money. You choose either a businessman or you choose a professional. We don’t pay those people, what weGuyana’s Honourary Consul in Florida, Ramzan Roshanalido is give them an honorarium. that covers the expenses they incur, it is not a cost for their labour they provide,” the Minister explained.He reiterated that the stipend is a nominal amount which does not even reach a tenth of the what Ambassadors “employees of the government,” are receiving.According to one observer, who resides in Florida, the Kaieteur News article which attacked the Honorary Consul of Florida, Mr Ramzan Roshanali, “totally misrepresents the office with a photograph of the wrong building”. The observer said the “article appears biased, is without any comment from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who overviews the work of the Honorary Consul, and written in a highly disparaging manner.”“It is unfortunate that KN has again selectively resorted to attacking the hard work and commitments of Guyanese Americans who continue to serve Guyana, with no compensation, at their own expense and time. Mr. Ramzan Roshanali is known as a gentleman who goes out of his way to help the Florida Guyanese community. He also sponsors many Guyanese activities in the region at no expense to the Government of Guyana,” the observer stated.last_img read more

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Tartans wild about postseason

first_imgThe Spartans were awarded a home game and the Division I-A’s No. 12 overall seed. San Dimas was given the No. 8 seed in Division II-A and got a home game against San Luis Obispo, which will have to do its share of traveling prior to tip-off. Rowland coach Gordon Hamlow should be hoping for another strong dose of fan support when his Raiders host Elsinore on Wednesday in the Division III-A playoffs. Rowland’s crowd in last Thursday’s win against West Covina provided one of the better home-court advantages in the Valley this season. aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! That performance was one of few highlights for the Tartans this season, though. But recent performances lend hope that Glendora is starting to turn things around. “We’re playing as well as we’ve played all year,” LeDuc said. “I think the timing is right for us. If we play like we did against Damien, we would have a chance against a lot of teams.” Glendora isn’t the only team with little time to spend before its wild-card opener. Bishop Amat, which struggled in the Del Rey League, will visit Golden Valley on Wednesday night. If the Lancers win, they’ll play highly rated Pasadena in Friday’s first round. Damien will have to shake off its costly loss to Glendora in time for Friday’s first-round game against either Riverside Poly or Newport Harbor. Starting the CIF-Southern Section Division I-A boys basketball playoffs as a wild-card team may not be optimal for Glendora High School. But considering what the Tartans have been through this season, they’ll take it. Sunday’s playoff pairings announcement sent Glendora coach Mike LeDuc scrambling to find information about his team’s opponent with only two days to prepare. Glendora visits El Dorado on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. center_img “I don’t know anything about them,” LeDuc said. “I will be trying to get information about them. We have to find out something about El Dorado and see what we’re dealing with.” Glendora (15-13) concluded the regular season with a stunning upset over rival Damien, which was playing last Thursday for a share of the Sierra League championship. last_img read more

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Items stolen from unlocked vehicles in Dawson Creek

first_imgHowever, every single vehicle that was stolen from had been left unlocked. Public assistance is being requested in identifying a suspect or suspects, but police are also reminding residents to lock their vehicles and not leave valuable items in sight. If possible, valuables should be taken inside overnight. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img

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Nigerian Doctors find new home and community in Fort St. John

first_imgWe are so glad you are here! Welcome! #yxj https://t.co/u0yeEj7JAl— City of Fort St John (@fortstjohn) December 14, 2015The duo trained and worked in Nigeria, coming to Canada at the end of 2013. They arrived in Ontario to stay with friends and family before heading out west and taking part in B.C.’s Practice Ready Assessment program, which made it possible for them to use their skills and training as doctors together here in B.C.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. Government has shared the story of two doctors and their family who uprooted from their lives in Nigeria to practice medicine in Canada — specifically, Fort St. John.Married doctors Fola and Abbie Olajide are not just celebrating their first Christmas in British Columbia with their family this year, but they are also celebrating finding new jobs and a sense of community in town.“Not only did our realtor help us buy our home, but she made sure it had food and essentials we’d need when we moved in,” said Fola. “The other doctors in town are wonderful – sharing professional knowledge during emergency room shifts, as well as hosting potluck dinners to welcome us into the community.”- Advertisement -The doctor shortage has been partially remedied recently with the addition of half a dozen new doctors, and that shortage has been apparent to Abbie. He says patients have shouted with excitement when he tells them he is able to accept them into his practice.“That appreciation by our patients and warmth of the community, along with incredible staff at Northern Health, makes working in Fort St. John very rewarding,” said Abbie.#YXJ welcomes the Olajide family! https://t.co/iQ31xv0DWNAdvertisement — Northern Health (@Northern_Health) December 14, 2015center_img The B.C. government says the Practice Ready Assessment Program will assess up to 55 internationally trained family physicians between April 2015 and January 2017. Successful applicants commit to a three-year return of service in a rural or remote community in B.C. — Countries that do not have reciprocal agreements with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, such as South Africa, China, India and Nigeria, have the physicians that are assessed for this program.Fort St. John and the Northern Health Authority worked with the program’s selection committee to sponsor doctors that they felt would be a good fit for the city. The couple then underwent a comprehensive formal skills assessment in Vancouver, followed by a further three-month assessment in Valemount, before arriving here.While the Olajide family won’t be gathering with friends and family this year, they were pleasantly surprised to discover a tight-knit African community in Fort St. John, both among other doctors and attending Northern Lights College. Fola says they will be having a small get-together over the holidays with new friends, and seeing patients while other doctors take a holiday.Adjusting to the weather has been a drastic change, but the couple, along with their children, are looking forward to pursing new outdoor hobbies this region is known for, and their new lives in the Energetic City.last_img read more

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Burnley 2-2 Birmingham: Late Tayor stunner claims point for Clarets

first_img1 Burnley’s MattTayor Matt Taylor came off the bench to rescue a point for Burnley with a fine late free-kick in a lively 2-2 draw with Birmingham at Turf Moor.Sean Dyche’s Clarets were force to come from behind twice to claim a share of the spoils, with Jon Toral putting the Blues in front with a low drive after just ten minutes.Birmingham took that slender lead into the half-time break, but it lasted mere minutes after the re-start as defender Michael Keane – who joined Burnley from Manchester United this summer – nodded the hosts level on 51 minutes.The Clarets then only had themselves to blame as Paul Caddis soon fired Birmingham back in front from the penalty spot, following Tendayi Darikwa’s clumsy challenge on Clayton Donaldson.But Burnley had the final say in their first home game of the season, with former West Ham and Bolton midfielder Taylor scoring within three minutes of his introduction – his curling free-kick nicking the underside of the bar on its way into the net.A point takes Birmingham temporarily to the top of the Championship table, having beaten Reading on the opening day, while Burnley are still yet to win since their Premier League relegation, following their opening day draw with Leeds.last_img read more

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The best man to replace Arsene Wenger is…

first_img1 Vote for who you think should replace Arsene Wenger Roberto Mancini is the latest man linked with Arsene Wenger’s job at Arsenal.Italian publication Corriere dello Sport have linked the Inter boss with a move to north London and Mancini is the latest in a line of football managers said to be on the club’s radar if Wenger decides to leave his post in the summer.CONTE REFUSES TO COMMIT TO CHELSEAIt seems unlikely the Frenchman will be told to go, but when he finally decides it is time to say goodbye, who do you think is the best person to replace him?last_img read more

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