Reyes defends Blatche: ‘His value goes beyond points, rebounds’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 “Also to say that @drayblatche is our guy – his value goes beyond pts & rebounds. We have his back. # #GilasSigningOff,” Reyes posted on Twitter.June Mar Fajardo led the Filipinos with 15 points while Matthew Wright added nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDespite Blatche’s struggles and the absence of key players particularly Jayson Castro due to an injury, the Philippines put up a gallant stand against the 10th-best team in the world, as per Fiba rankings.READ: Castro returns for Gilas vs Japan Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img Gilas hopes to get back on the winning track against Japan, which is still winless after three games, on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Castro, who was sidelined with an ankle injury, is expected to return against the Japanese.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James has triple-double in Cavs win over Grizzlies Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes came to the defense of naturalized big man Andray Blatche, who took flak for his subpar numbers in a loss to Australia in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers on Thursday.Blatche only had eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. He was aggressive to start the game, but appeared winded in the second half, where the Aussies took control to win, 84-68, and remain undefeated at 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

House Regrets Allison’s Death

first_imgThe House of Representatives has expressed its deepest regrets over the death of Attorney-at-Law Michael Allison, who served as one of its consultants during the formulation of the New Oil and Gas Law.Atty. Allison’s body was found early Friday morning, the 13th of February on a beach behind the Royal Air Maroc Monrovia office in his underwear with froth at his mouth.The House said Atty. Allison will be missed for his hard working spirit demonstrated during the oil consultation when he availed his expertise to synchronize and validate views and comments from across the country, reflecting the dreams and aspirations of the Liberian people.According to a press statement under the signature of the House’s Acting Press and Public Affairs Director, Nelson Carr, the consultative role of Atty. Allison and two others hired as consultants, strengthened the national effort to sustain a vibrant Hydro Carbon Sector.The release also said the Honorable House joins the many voices calling for a speedy investigation leading to the cause of his death.“The Speaker and Members support any certified pathologist(s) to conduct an autopsy to establish circumstances surrounding the cause of death of Atty. Allison,” the release noted.The House of Representatives described the death of Atty. Allison as “unfortunate and regrettable.”“It is with a heavy heart the Honorable House of Representatives expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved family, friends, loved ones and the Maryland County Bar Association,” the release said.The late Atty. Allison, son of the late former Defense Minister Gray D. Allison, was the Managing Director of the BRICS Mano River Union Legal Consultants.Atty. Allison was reportedly the whistleblower of the ongoing investigation by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), involving Speaker Alex Tyler, Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue and Rep. Edwin M. Snowe and others.The case involves the questionable payment of US$25,000 to consultants in the formulation of the New Oil and Gas Law, which is the subject of a US$1.2m given to the National Legislature for a nationwide consultation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

It Is Something Else, Not a “Christian State,” That Will Make Liberia Great?

first_imgMany, if not most of the people who are calling for Liberia to be declared a “Christian state” have traveled around the world, especially Europe and America. Some have even traveled to India, the world’s largest democracy.In addition to being aware of the complete industrialization of Europe and America, these so-called advocates of a “Christian state” have seen how wealthy Europe and America have become. True, there is still poverty in some of these industrialized nations, especially the United States, where they are still fighting for universal healthcare as a human right. But the riches of Europe and America have made them even more powerful—so powerful that despite the fall of colonialism, they still control the world. Their non-governmental organizations (NGOs) alone wield considerable power in most developing countries, including Liberia. This is in addition to their governmental organizations, such as the European Union, the US Agency for International Development, the Swedish International Development Agency and those of Germany, Japan, etc. These agencies in many instances call the shots in development initiatives, especially in such countries like Liberia that have grown so dependent on outside help. The officials and others in such countries feel they can do nothing without outside help, which is NOT true.All we need to do is to become independently minded to realize that our destiny is, under God, in our own hands, and we must use our resources wisely in our care for one another and for our country, instead of being selfish, dishonest, corrupt, uncaring and so unpatriotic, not giving a fig about our own country or our own people.We do not realize that so long as we maintain this selfish attitude, so long will we remain poor, underdeveloped and backward.See how, because we have insisted over the past 10 years of maintaining this attitude of selfishness and corruption, we have little to show in terms of development, compared to at least two African nations—Rwanda and La Cote d’Ivoire.Have these two nations been declared “Christian” or Moslem nations? NO! They have other priorities—not foolishly and blindly pursuing a vain policy that they KNOW will DIVIDE their countries and bring conflict.Here we come to the whole point of this Editorial: Have these Liberians who are calling for a “Christian state” ever heard of such a thing in Europe or America, the two regions that control the world? No!There are in these two regions mosques, Buddhist, Hindi, Tibetan and other temples—why? Because there is freedom of worship in these regions, despite the fact that most of their populations profess Christianity. In the American Constitution (1776) they call it “freedom of conscience” and “freedom of worship.” The same pertains to the constitutions of most European nations. They do not behave like Saudi Arabia, where only Islam is permitted to be practiced; nor Iraq where, since US President George Bush invaded that country, churches have ceased to have the freedom they had enjoyed for centuries. There, especially since the emergence of the Islamic State (IS), churches are being burnt down and Christians massacred.See now how, since that invasion, that region has been riddled with conflict! See how this and other particularities, including dictatorship and oppression (Syria) have led to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.So we say to Liberians, NEVER allow anyone to fool you into tolerating such a foolish, divisive, conflict-prone and TOTALLY unnecessary idea of a “Christian state” in Liberia.Instead, as we suggested in a recent Editorial, let our churches embark upon a sustained, serious, strategic and systematic EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGN to rid our country of witchcraft and other demonic tendencies. In addition, let the churches, just as the missionaries did in the 19th and early 20th centuries, build schools, hospitals, clinics and help create an environment where faith in God, love, peace, educational and social enlightenment and tolerance will prevail. Love for one another and for our country will propel us toward doing everything good for one another and for Liberia.Then and only then will we be on our way to a peaceful, progressive and prosperous 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

Fire guts luxury apartment building

first_imgA fire, suspected to be of electrical origin, early Monday night gutted a luxury apartment building at D’Aguiar Park, East Bank Demerara.Reports are that the fire started some time around 18:45h when one of the tenants noticed thick smoke coming from her ceiling and raised an alarm.Firefighters conducting their investigations following the extinguishing of the blazeThe Barrington Apartment Building contained five units and according to one of the tenants, Managing Director of the GTM Group of Insurance Companies, Roger Yee, the fire started in his neighbour’s apartment.“My neighbour from next door banged on my door to tell me there is a fire in her room, but there was nothing I could do… I went up to see if it was possible to save, but it was too late at that time. Smoke was too thick, so I asked if anybody called the fire tender, but nobody seems to have a clue,” he said.The Fire Service was called and got there within 10 minutes, and was able to contain the blaze to just one building.Meanwhile, another resident said that she was in her bathroom when she heard someone yelling fire and she quickly evacuated her building.The building’s owner, Nanus Hussein, related that he got a call informing him of the fire, but was unable to divulge any other information since he was not informed of the possible cause. He did state that the units were rented to foreign nationals.At the scene, the firefighters worked swiftly to contain the blaze in spite of facing their regular water shortage issues. They were able to access water from the complex’s swimming pool, which aided them tremendously in extinguishing the fire.Tenant Roger Yee speaking to friendsPreliminary reports indicate that there was a fluctuation of power in the area which may have led to the fire. Four of the five units were occupied at the time of the incident while one was vacant. Three of the five units were significantly damaged.last_img read more

Breaking News: More sugar workers on the breadline – GAWU

first_imgComing on the heels of the recently approved supplementary provision to offset partially severance payments to thousands of displaced workers, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) was informed by the Guyana Sugar Corporation Inc (GuySuCo) that more workers retained at Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara and Wales Estate, after the recent deluge of dismissals mere weeks ago, would soon be made additionally redundant.More details in January 23rd edition of the Guyana Times.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlast_img

GPF donates to Lance Corporal after fire guts home

first_imgTwo days after a fire destroyed her home, Police Lance Corporal Khemwantie Persaud is trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild with her family, as she contemplates their next move.The Lance Corporal was not at home when a fire of unknown origin ripped through her one-storey concrete building located at Lot 33 Anna Catherina South, West Coast Demerara (WCD) on Sunday.The flames, which threatened neighbouring buildings, was brought under control by firefighters, but nothing was salvaged from the burning building.However, ranks in Persaud’s Division were not planning to let their colleague face the aftermath alone. According to Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Police Commander Simon McBean, ranks of the Division are doing their best to offer more than moral support.He added that together with others within the Guyana Police Force (GPF), they will be pooling funds and necessary supplies, to assist Lance Corporal Persaud in starting afresh.“We from the divisional level are working to see how we can and will assist the Police rank whose home went up in flames. We from my division will see what we can do to help her get back on her feet. Also, we are talking with authorities of the GPF to see how the Force itself will be able to help her outside of providing moral support,” Commander McBean noted.The Commander posited that Persaud would receive the Force’s full support; she is the second member of the GPF whose home was gutted by fire in 2019.Back in April, the home of G Division (Essequibo Coast-Essequibo Islands) Commander, Crystal Robinson was destroyed by an early-morning fire.The Lot 154 Back Street, Stewartville, WCD home was engulfed by intense flames which prevented firefighters from saving household items and three vehicles that belonged to the Commander.last_img read more

Guyanese gunned down in Barbados during robbery

first_imgA Guyanese businessman living in Barbados was on Sunday morning shot and killed during a robbery at Beckles Road, Barbados. The dead man has been identified as Eton “Junior” Lyken, 46, of St Michael, Barbados. The now dead man was the owner of Eton Bakery and Variety Store.Dead: Eton Junior LykenBased on reports received, the now dead man and another man were having a conversation in a car when they were pounced on and ordered out of the car by a lone gunman who was at the time wearing a mask.As the two men exited the motorcar, they were reportedly held at gunpoint and relieved of their jewellery, cash and other valuables. It is believed that the Guyanese businessman attempted to fight off the bandit but instead, he was shot to the head once. The bandit then left the scene.Lyken reportedly died instantly. His reputed wife, Mia Kirton, was quoted in Barbados Today saying that her husband always looked out for others and she is still trying to come to grips with the manner in which he died. As such, she is calling for justice to be served.“I still can’t believe it. I still can’t believe it. I would really like justice to be served because a man dead for no reason. Someone who use to help out any and everybody. Junior use to pick up people from off of the road and help them. He would pick up people off of the road to come and work. And I use to tell Junior be careful who you picking up off of the road, because everybody you smile at ain’t you friend”, she told the Barbadian newspapers.Lyken left Guyana several years ago and opened up a business and lived comfortably with his reputed wife and three children up to the time of this demise.The Barbadian authorities have launched an investigation into the latest murder.last_img read more

Narain claims Open title

first_imgANSA McAL Trading Ltd Lucozade Handicap Squash Tournament…The ANSA McAL-sponsored Lucozade Handicap Squash Tournament ended on Sunday with Nicholas Narain (-15) being crowned king after a three-game battle in which each point had spectators spellbound with the standard of play of both athletes.Nicholas NarainNicholas Verwey (-10) was a truly worthy opponent in this ultimate match-up for the title. He displayed irrefutable evidence of his disciplined training regimen and enthusiasm for the game. As Narain tactically kept Verwey off the T and worked him around the whole court in the first game, Verwey’s retrieval skills kept the rallies running long; and often, 20+ shots were kept in play by either player performing the impossible.In the second game, Verwey used his drops effectively and worked Narain into the corners to secure the win; but the third game of an outstanding match of great depth, great squash and great athletes landed on the side of the experienced Narain for the 15/14, 13/15, 15/11 win.Daniel Ince took the Plate title, while Louis DaSilva obtained his first title in the Category ‘A’ group, and Lajaun Munroe nabbed the ‘A’ Plate.In the Open Plate, after a game apiece, the tired legs of both players in the third game between Daniel Ince (-9) and Ian Mekdeci (-4) slowed down what had been a fast-paced clash. Ince took the first in smooth fashion with tight lengths and low drops. Mekdeci pulled it back in the second, pushing to hold Ince off at 15/14. In the decider, relying on talent rather than fitness, Ince was able to move up his deficit and close off the game at 15/9, 14/15, 15/11.The title of the Category ‘A’ was earned by a much improved Louis DaSilva (-8) over Zachary Persaud (-8). DaSilva came out strong and played a clever tactical game from the outset, placing his shots to get them past Persaud.Persaud came out determined in the second game and made his bid to stay in the game with tighter play, which set him ahead. DaSilva kept his head and worked away to even out, and eventually push in the last two points to close off in straight games 15/6, 15/14.For the Category ‘A’ plate, Joshua Verwey made a valiant effort with good lengths against eventual winner Lajaun Munroe. Munroe forced the younger Verwey into every corner of the court as he worked him through most of the rallies, but Verwey stuck with it and kept the scores close.Munroe managed a 13/15 win in the first, and Verwey answered with a 15/14 win in the second, but couldn’t quite hold on in the third, and conceded the decider. Munroe triumphed 15/13, 14/15, 15/12.The Guyana Squash Association would like to extend their gratitude to long-time sponsors ANSA McAL Trading Ltd for making the tournament possible.Sunday’s resutsOpen CategoryNicholas Narain (-15) defeated Nicholas Verwey (-10) 15/14, 13/15, 15/11Deje Dias (-15) defeated Gianni Carpenter (5) 15/, 15/Open PlateDaniel Ince (-9) defeated (-4) 15/9, 14/15, 15/11Kirsten Gomes (0) defeated Ethan Jonas (4) 15/9, 12/15, 15/12Category ALouis DaSilva (-8) defeated Zachary Persaud (-8) 15/6, 15/14Shiloh Asregado (3) defeated Matthew Spooner (9) 15/8, 15/6Category A PlateLajuan Munroe (5) defeated Joshua Verwey (3) 15/13, 14/15, 15/12Teija Edwards (0) defeated Angel Rahamin (2) 13/15, 15/12, 15/9last_img read more

Opportunities available for businesses to take part in United Way’s Day of Caring

first_imgNiki Hedges is with United Way Northern B.C. She says Days of Caring is something that isn’t limited to any part of the year and can include a variety of tasks.“Days of Caring is done throughout the year at different times. The way it works is that the not for profit agencies contact me. There’s so many different kinds of projects that people need volunteers for,” she says. “It could be something in the spring, a playground, or it may be the seniors home who will contact me and say we need some volunteers to help us with snow shovelling.”One of the groups looking for help presently is the Salvation Army. Hedges says they- Advertisement -“They have their Christmas, they need help with their food bank. With all of the Christmas donations there is a tremendous need for that to be sorted,” she explains. “The other one is with the kettle pots so I have a couple things I’m working on to help find that.”Any business or workplace that is looking to contribute to not for profit organizations can call Niki Hedges at 250-263-9266. Likewise, any not for profit organizations looking for help for are project are also encouraged to get into contact with Niki Hedges.last_img read more

Brazil 1-7 Germany: Hosts’ World Cup party ends in humiliation

first_img1 Brazil 1-7 Germany: Hosts’ World Cup party ends in humiliation Germany didn’t just end Brazil’s World Cup dream. They destroyed it in a ruthless first half display of pace and precision.It was a humiliation of epic proportions – the heaviest ever defeat in a World Cup semi-final – and one a nation of 200 million fervent fans could not believe they were witnessing as the greatest party on earth was brought to a staggeringly abrupt climax.It was one of the most incredible 45 minutes of football ever seen at a major tournament, and one you wonder if some of the Brazilians will ever truly recover from.The simple truth unfolding was what so many had feared – Brazil are, in fact, an average side that has over-performed on home soil and been dragged forward by the sheer will of the people.It will, of course, be pointed out that golden boy Neymar missed the collapse in Belo Horizonte through injury, but the Barcelona superstar would have been powerless to prevent the German onslaught.And it was, as so many people suggested prior to kick-off, suspended captain Thiago Silva who was the real miss.Without his leadership and guidance the defence simply fell apart as they were horribly exposed time and time and time again.Thomas Muller got the ball rolling as early as the tenth minute, as he netted his fifth goal of this tournament and his tenth World Cup finals goal. And it’s arguable if he will ever score an easier one.Toni Kroos’ corner sailed over the heads of everyone in a yellow shirt to find Muller all alone, unmarked, six yards from goal, and he did not pass up the opportunity.That was the way the game stayed until the 22nd minute when a suicidal period from the hosts ended the match as a contest as they inexplicably leaked four goals in seven insane minutes.Miroslav Klose made is 2-0 after 22 minutes, and wrote his name into the World Cup history books in the process as he became the tournament’s all-time record goalscorer as he extended his tally to 16, one ahead of Brazilian great Ronaldo.He needed two attempts to force the ball in, after his initial shot was saved by Julio Cesar, but such was the space afforded to him in the penalty area that he had plenty of time to pick his spot and score.Two minutes later, Kroos added a third when he fired in left-footed from the edge of the box after a cross has been allowed to travel all the way across the face of goal from the opposite side of the pitch.And it was 4-0 just seconds later as Brazil utterly imploded.Fernandinho gave the ball away 15 yards outside his own penalty box, and Kroos was simply allowed to waltz into the space behind him, exchange passes with Sami Khedira, and roll the ball into the corner of the net.And the embarrassment continued when Khedira himself added a fifth after 29 minutes. He exploited another massive gap in the Brazil rearguard, played a one-two with Mesut Ozil, and finished casually.It was a horror half and left Luiz Felipe Scolari with an almost impossible task to rally his troops for the second period.To their credit, they started the second half in much more positive fashion, and could have had three goals in the first ten minutes after the break were it not for the magnificent Manuel Neuer.Hulk and Fernandinho were replaced at the break by Ramires and Paulinho, and Ramires almost made an immediate impact as he got in behind the German defence and pulled the ball back for his Chelsea team-mate, Oscar, but his shot was saved Neuer.The German keeper repeated the trick two minutes later to deny the same player, and a minute after that he made his best save of the match as he spectacularly turned aside Paulinho’s drive.But although the Samba stars were looking more threatening going forward, their soft centre was still there, waiting to be exploited.Muller also did just that on the half hour mark before he was denied by a last ditch diving save by the onrushing Cesar, and the goalkeeper then proved he could be just as impressive as Neuer with a flying stop of his own to turn aside Muller’s 20-yard drive.But he was powerless to prevent the almost inevitable sixth goal for the Germans in the 69th minute.And it was another goal of ridiculous simplicity. Two passes exposed Brazil down the left flank, and Philipp Lahm had acres of space to pick his centre for substitute Andre Schurrle to stroke the ball home.Schurrle and Germany were not finished, however, as 12 minutes from time the Chelsea man made it seven.A long throw down the right touchline opened up Brazil, and when the ball was played in to Schurrle by Muller he took one touch with his right foot to control it before smashing it in off the underside of the crossbar with his left foot.It completed a stunning display by Joachim Low’s side and, while Brazil certainly contributed to their own downfall, there can be no doubting the quality of the Germans.Perhaps it was fitting, however, that the final word fell to a Brazilian as Oscar provided some consolation, scant though it surely was, as he finally beat Neuer in the final minute to at least get the Selecao on the scoresheet.But for them, the dream is over, and the lights have been well and truly turned out on their party.For Germany, though, they now turn their attention to Argentina or Holland in the Maracana on Sunday.The question for them is whether they can come down from the extraordinary high of a victory of this magnitude to repeat this level of performance in Rio. But this is Germany, so you suspect they probably can, and will.last_img read more