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Calimag, Batang Gilas unfazed of France and NBA prospect Hayes

first_imgLATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Batang Gilas faces early tests in Fiba U-17 World Cup Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The French-American guard is just one of the many potential NBA talents in the tournament and for Batang Gilas center Kai Sotto, playing against world class opponents brings out the competitor in him.“There’s pressure but for me, we have to use that as our motivation to work harder for us to know what we’re really made of,” Sotto said in Filipino.The 7-foot-1 Sotto also gave his teammates an important reminder heading into te tournament.“This is a different experience to be able to play against the best of the best, but hopefully, we won’t forget that we are also among the best of the best,” Sotto said in Filipino. “We just have to be confident in ourselves and do what we can. If we work together we’ll be able to reach our goal.”More than talent and the Xs and Os, Batang Gilas assistant coach Josh Reyes said the players should believe that they can defy the odds.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGoing head-to-head with some of the world’s best teams doesn’t send chills down RC Calimag’s spine. Matching up against potential NBA players doesn’t make the Philippines’ gutsy guard flinch either.Batang Gilas faces its biggest challenge yet less than two weeks from now as it competes in the Fiba Under-17 World Cup where Croatia, Argentina and France, led by European sensation Killian Hayes await. ADVERTISEMENT Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps PLAY LIST 02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps02:55Tourism’s gifts and woes for Santa and Sami homeland01:42No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame for first time in two centuries02:14Carpio 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Calimag and the rest of the team, though, have no reason to fear.“We’re motivated because coach told us that the No. 1 player in Europe Killian Hayes is there, but we don’t care if he’s also in the same group as ours,” Calimag told INQUIRER.net in Filipino on Monday during the team’s sendoff dinner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’re just here to play our game. We’re also basketball players like him so why get scared? We prepared really hard so we can’t go there and be scared. We’re just going to fight and play with heart.”Killian Hayes was named MVP in the Europe Under-16 Championship after leading France to the gold medal. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “We should believe. We can’t go there thinking that we can’t win. Otherwise, why else are we going through all this?” said Reyes.“These are your peers, of course, you’re saying you’ll be battling future NBA players but who knows? There might be a future NBA player here and you being exposed to the world stage can help you achieve that as long as you’ll be putting in the work and believe that we can compete.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Child father arraigned with murder of Sophia woman

first_imgLess than 24 hours after confessing to murdering the mother of his child, Clevon Hamilton was arraigned for the heinous crime at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on Friday. He was not required to plead to the indictment when it was read by Magistrate Zamina Ally-Seepaul.Murder suspect, Clevon HamiltonThe Police stated that between April 16 and 19, at Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara, the 37-year-old man murdered Simone Hackett. During his courtroom appearance, the suspect whose feet and hands were shackled told the court that he hails from Lot 96 Katherine, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, and is a father of two, showing some remorse for the crime.The Police prosecution told the court that between the aforementioned dates, the suspect contacted the now dead woman and instructed her to collect a package for his son from a friend at UG Access Road, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown. However, the woman went to the location only to see Hamilton instead of the friend.The Police added that the suspect then lured Hackett into the Cummings Lodge area where he stabbed her several times and slashed her throat after which he disposed of her body in the trench. The prosecutor also told the court that the suspect admitted to the crime during interrogation.It was reported that the mother of one left home on Saturday evening at about 20:30h to uplift a package but never returned home.She was due to be maid-of-honour at her sister’s wedding on Sunday last and she also missed her son’s birthday on Monday. The woman’s body was discovered in a trench among the vegetation by two school boys on their way to school.Hours after the discovery, the Police arrested Hamilton in Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni). He was transported to the CID headquarters where he was interrogated during which he caved under pressure, admitting to committing the crime.According to reports received, the man told investigators that he travelled to Georgetown on Saturday and stayed at a city hotel. On the night the woman went missing, he reportedly contacted Hackett and made arrangements to meet at the University of Guyana access road.He then contacted a close friend who collected him from the hotel and dropped him off at the bus shed where he met the woman. At the time, he was carrying a haversack in which the murder weapon was concealed.Dead: Simone HackettThe suspect went on to tell the Police that during the meeting, an argument ensued between the two, after he accused Hackett of being unfaithful.The man, who also admitted that he was jealous, explained that despite them being separated for some time, he was still in love with her.Added to his jealousy, the man also stated that the woman wanted to take his son away from him; hence he knew he had to get rid of her.Hamilton admitted that during the argument, he choked the woman after which he pulled out the knife and inflicted the fatal injuries. He then toss her body in the trench, got rid of the murder weapon, boarded a taxi and travelled back to Mahdia.Meanwhile, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Friday confirmed that the car that was used to transport the murder suspect to Mahdia was found abandoned in a bushy area in the mining district.During an inspection of the car, blood stains were found on the seats. It is believed that after stabbing the woman, Hamilton boarded that vehicle with blood on his clothing.While the Police continue the hunt for the driver of the car, the suspect was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on May 18.last_img read more

US$60,000 Grant Earmarked for Agro-entrepreneurs

first_img– Advertisement – (Far left) USAID Mission Director Anthony Chan and Daniel Gies, LADA’s Chief of Party, signing the grant with local agro-entrepreneurs. The Liberia Agri-business Development Activity (LADA) has provided a separate grant of US$60,000 to a local agro-dealer and a processor to strengthen their agricultural businesses.The two entrepreneurs are Joan Williams of the Joan Agriculture Business Center and Wedour David of the Bravo Sisters Enterprise.The agro-entrepreneurs signed the grant agreement with LADA on March 27 in Monrovia under a 50 percent cost share arrangement.Joan is an agro-dealer whose business is located at the Red Light General Market, outside Monrovia. She received the amount of US$10,000 from LADA to expand on her business to meet the agro-inputs needs of smallholder farmers, particular in Montserrado County. As for Wedour David, who specializes in food processing, he received US$50,000 to improve processing, thereby enhancing the market opportunities of farmers.LADA’s Chief of Party, Daniel Gies, stated during the signing ceremony that the grant was part of his entity’s US$3 million company investment fund that aims to build the capacities of agro-dealers and other agro-entrepreneurs.“We are very gratified that with the support of the people and Government of America, Liberian agro-entrepreneurs can obtain the opportunity to access money to expand their businesses,” he said.He added that LADA intends to facilitate the environment where agro-inputs can become more accessible and of quality for smallholder farmers by building the capacities of the private sector to improve the incomes of smallholder farmers as a way of sustaining Liberia’s food security.“Our project is working with agro-inputs dealers and other value chain actors to meet its goals to improve the income of smallholder farmers to sustain food production. We cannot achieve this objective without strengthening your capacities,” he told the grant beneficiaries.According to Mr. Gies, in the next four years, LADA expects to empower at least 300 agro-inputs dealers and processors so that they can create sustainable income opportunities for local farmers.The head for Component One at the LADA project, Ambrose Forpoh, stated that beneficiaries were selected based on their potential and interest to provide necessary services to farmers in the project’s targeted counties.“We are involved in providing training to several agro-dealers in the country to reach local farmers with quality and affordable services to improve the lives of smallholder farmers,” he stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden man slapped with attempted murder charge

first_img…after burning reputed wife with hot waterA Linden man who reportedly burnt his reputed wife with hot water was on Monday charged and remanded to prison for the offence of attempted murder.Leslie Woolford, 41, a cook of Silvertown, Wismar, Linden, appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court, where he was arraigned for the offence committed against his reputed wife, Onika Kingston, 38.He was not required to plead to the indictable charge. Woolford, who was unrepresented in court, was also charged with the offence of damage to property. He will make his next court appearance on May 25, 2018.It is alleged that Woolford poured hot rice water on his reputed wife during an argument at their Silvertown home last Thursday. According to Police, Woolford, after committing the act, ran into the Wismar Police Station panting for breath after which he launched into a complaint against the victim. Kingston, a mother of five, remains a patient at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) nursing burn wounds about her body. She reportedly suffered first- and second-degree burns to approximately 28 per cent of her upper body, including her back, chest, and arms.last_img read more

Fort St. John Residents honoured at Community Awards

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca StaffSeveral Fort St. John residents were honoured on Thursday night at the annual Community Awards.Over 50 people were nominated for an award and hundreds turned out to honour the nominees. The evening included performances by the Move Dance Centre and pianist Naomi Shore. Gail Weber also spoke about her experience volunteering at the 2010 Winter Olympics.- Advertisement -Mayor Bruce Lantz presented awards to three people. Sue Popesku was presented with a Mayor’s Award of Excellence for her tireless work in Fort St. John with the Fort St. John Arts Council and the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. Brad Brain also received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence for his community work. Brad started the Brad Brain Charitable Foundation which over the past few years has raised over $60,000 for several local charities.Mayor Lantz also honoured 11 year-old Cole Rafter for his SPCA fundraiser. In the summer of 2009, Cole approached Council to get support for his SPCA Bike-a-thon. The event was held in August of 2009 and raised over $3,000.Below is a complete list of award winners.Advertisement Citizen of the Year – Adam ReaburnVolunteer of the Year – NP Historicial SocietyCorporate Citizen of the Year – Moose FMEnvironmental Benefactor of the Year – Action BCFamily Friendly Business of the Year – Becky’s Hair ArtistsSportsperson of the Year – Bob TrobackArt and Culture Person of the Year – Russell EgglestonYouth Volunteer of the Year – T’Keya DelwoCultural Diversity of the Year Award – Lisett GodoyThe Making a Difference Award – Danielle YeomanAccessibility Award – The Totem MallVolunteer of the Year – Tony AtkinsYouth Male Athlete of the Year – Kayne DresslerYouth Female Athlete of the Year – Brittany BakstaadAdult Male Athlete of the Year – Adam HorstAdult Female Athlete of the Year – Barb PolehoykieSenior Male Athlete of the Year – Floyd ErickstadSenior Female Athlete of the Year – Freda Murphylast_img read more

Belgium pip England to top Pool G

first_imgBy finishing second in the group, England have though avoided a loaded top half of the draw containing past winners Brazil, France, Argentina and Uruguay as well as European champions Portugal.The fact second place in the group was no disaster seemed to be a big factor in both coaches’ team selection with their places in the last 16 already secured.Southgate made eight changes with Belgian boss Roberto Martinez going one better as only Thibaut Courtois and Dedryck Boyata retained their places from the 5-2 thrashing of Tunisia.Star Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne joined England captain Harry Kane in watching from the sidelines and their ability to thrill was badly missed as locals in the crowd turned on both sides with jeers and chants of “Russia”.Youri Tielemans did test Jordan Pickford with a fiercely struck effort just six minutes in that forced the Everton stopper into his best save of the World Cup so far.Moments later Pickford let a Michy Batshuayi effort squeeze past him and was rescued by Gary Cahill’s goal-line clearance.After an early burst, though, Belgium seemed more adept at picking up yellow cards that would have seen them finish behind England if the game ended in a draw due to a poorer disciplinary record.Tielemans and Leander Dendoncker both went into the book early to cheers from the Belgian fans.Six of England’s eight goals against Tunisia and Panama to reach the knockout stages came from set-pieces and they again proved the Three Lions greatest threat in the first-half as Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek headed just wide.Marcus Rashford had the opportunity to put serious pressure on Raheem Sterling for his place in the side for the last 16 after two disappointing performances from the Manchester City winger.But unlike his substitute appearance against Tunisia, Rashford failed to further his case for a start and fired well off target when presented with a shooting chance from the edge of the box just after half-time.Januzaj suddenly sparked the game into life moments later when he twisted and turned inside the England box before curling a wonderful strike into the top corner.Rashford had by a distance England’s best chance 25 minutes from time, but again slotted wide with just Courtois to beat.Belgium were given a major boost ahead of the knockout stages when captain Vincent Kompany made his return from injury for the final 15 minutes.Southgate didn’t even turn to Kane in search for an equaliser, instead introducing Danny Welbeck to ensure every outfield player in his squad featured across the three group games.And Welbeck nearly earned a point eight minutes from time when his goalbound effort was deflected just wide by Fellaini.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000That goal by the 23-year-old was his first-ever for his country on his ninth appearanceKALININGRAD, Russia, June 28 – A brilliant strike by Adnan Januzaj lit up an otherwise insipid clash as Belgium beat England 1-0 to secure top spot in World Cup Group G in Kaliningrad on Thursday.Januzaj’s superb second-half goal sent Belgium into a last 16 clash with Japan while England will now advance to a second round meeting with Colombia on Tuesday.last_img read more

Woodruff, Vogt show recovery

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card It was not immediately clear whether shrapnel had penetrated Woodruff’s brain or whether he was suffering from a concussive injury, said former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, a Woodruff family friend. LANDSTUHL, Germany – ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were showing signs of improvement Monday after being seriously injured in a roadside bombing in Iraq, according to the network and officials at the military hospital caring for them. Woodruff briefly opened his eyes Monday and responded to stimuli to his hands and feet, the network said. ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz said on “Larry King Live” that Woodruff and Vogt were expected to return today to the United States, where they would be treated at the brain injury center of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Marie Shaw, a spokeswoman for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in western Germany, told The Associated Press late Monday that “They are showing early signs of reaction, signs of slow improvement.” Col. Bryan Gamble, commander of the medical center, described Woodruff and Vogt on Monday as “very seriously injured, but stable,” with injuries “typical of victims of improvised explosive devices.” Gamble said their body armor likely saved them. last_img read more

ELECTION 2014: CULLEN – “CONSTITUENTS NOT IN IRELAND SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO VOTE”

first_imgDonal Cullen, an independent candidate for the Letterkenny-Milford electoral area, has expressed his anger that constituents who find themselves out of the country aren’t entitled to cast their vote and have their say in the local and European elections. Cullen told Donegal Daily, “One of the many issues I have encountered during my election campaign canvass, is the discrimination against members of the public who will be on holiday on the day of the Local and European Elections.“As an Independent Community Candidate contesting the forthcoming local election in the Milford/Letterkenny Area, I just find it ridiculous that members of the public who are out of the country on holiday on the day of the election are not entitled to cast their vote. Cullen added, “In essence what this message means is if your out of the country on holiday your vote doesn’t count, your opinion isn’t important!“The reality of the situation is that you have no say in what may happen in your community over the next five years.Cullen concluded by saying, “I am now calling on the Department of Environment and Local Government to review this situation with a view to introducing a system where votes can be cast by people prior to going on holiday.“Other jurisdictions have a system where votes can be cast by means of a proxy vote. “Every citizen of this state has the constitutional right to cast a vote.ELECTION 2014: CULLEN – “CONSTITUENTS NOT IN IRELAND SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO VOTE” was last modified: May 21st, 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:Donal CullenElection 2014:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Sunni coalition throws hat into ring for Iraqi elections

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – A Sunni Arab coalition submitted its list of candidates for the December election Friday, joining other political factions in the race and signaling greater Sunni participation in a process Washington hopes will help speed the day when U.S. soldiers can go home. The U.S. command announced that five more American service members were killed in Iraq, indicating the challenges still facing the United States and its partners as this country approaches a decisive stage in its political development. It has been six months since Iraq’s government took office April 28. At least 16 coalitions as well as an undetermined number of parties and independents met the Friday deadline of filing for the Dec. 15 election, when voters select a 275-member parliament to serve for four years. It will be the first full-term parliament in Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s regime collapsed after the U.S.-led invasion of 2003. Many Sunni Arabs believed the Americans and their foreign allies favored the Shiites and Kurds, thereby fueling the insurgency and triggering sectarian reprisal killings that have sharpened the religious and ethnic fault lines. The U.S. military said an Army soldier died of injuries suffered Thursday when his patrol hit a roadside bomb in Baghdad. When other soldiers arrived, a second bomb exploded, killing another soldier, the military said. In Saqlawiyah, 45 miles west of Baghdad, two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed Thursday by mortar or rocket fire, the military said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The election follows the Oct. 15 ratification of the new constitution, which many Sunni Arabs opposed. Despite the failure of Sunni Arabs to block the charter, the decision by a Sunni coalition to participate and the presence of prominent Sunnis on other tickets indicated that many members of the community, which forms the core of the insurgency, have not abandoned the political process. Political battle lines, in fact, have been drawn as before along ethnic and religious lines, a development that complicates nation-building in this factious, war-ravaged country of 27 million people. The major blocs include a Shiite alliance built around two religious parties with ties to Iran, a broad coalition led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, and the Sunni Arabs. Iraq’s two main Kurdish parties will run on a single ticket. Allawi’s ticket includes several prominent Sunni Arabs, including Vice President Ghazi al- Yawer and Sunni elder statesman Adnan Pachachi, as well as the communists. It hopes to appeal to Iraqis fed up with religiously based politics. But the ethnic and religious character of most of the tickets illustrates the sectarian nature of Iraq’s postwar politics. Following the collapse of Saddam’s Sunni-dominated regime, majority Shiites and Kurds have been pressing for the power so long denied them. last_img read more