Guiao focused on Iran, names final roster

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Manila grabs North solo lead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe suddenly vacant Gilas Pilipinas head coaching position has thrust Yeng Guiao into even more spotlight, as coach Chot Reyes’ decision to step down from his post lined up the fiery NLEX mentor in the PBA as the natural successor to the position.But Guiao was not ready to tackle the issue just yet, not with a more important job at hand.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I don’t have thoughts about it right now,” Guiao told the Inquirer via a text message from Tehran, where the national men’s team will face Iran in a Fiba World Cup qualifying match on Thursday. “I’m focusing on our game vs Iran … [and] I will also have to prepare the team further for our game against Qatar on Monday.”So it was business as usual for Guiao Wednesday, who announced the 12 players that will face the Asian heavyweights, who may miss star center Hamed Haddadi, who is reportedly suffering from a groin injury.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 final 12 who will battle Iran at 8 p.m. Thursday are: Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Alex Cabagnot, Paul Lee, JP Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Allein Malicsi, Gabe Norwood, Ian Sangalang, Christian Standhardinger, Asi Taulava and Scottie Thompson.Almazan, Belga, Lee, Erram, Norwood and Standhardinger were teammates in the Asian Games, where the Philippines finished at fifth spot. Lassiter, the San Miguel Beer gunslinger, will be making a comeback to the national team while playmakers Cabagnot and Thompson will be making their debuts with the Gilas program. Haddadi has been a target of injury speculations, with some media outlets hitting at the secrecy that the Iran basketball federation is wrapping his status in.The former Phoenix Sun in the NBA reportedly sustained his injury in the Asian Games, where the Iranians finished with a silver behind champion China.Another key player, Arsalan Kazemi, is reportedly also injured and sources have said that both might play sparingly.Reyes stepped down as national coach Tuesday night, saying  he will focus on building the team for the 2023 World Cup that the country is hosting.“Now that the PBA has opened its doors fully to the SBP and the national team, it is time for me to step aside and contribute in a different capacity, focusing on the 2023 program,” Reyes posted on his Twitter account (@coachot).ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

When the Wells Run Dry

first_imgIt’s a common saying that you never miss the water until the well runs dry.  Well, year after year, this adage plays out in countless communities across Liberia. As Saran Kaba Jones, CEO and Founder of the WASH NGO FaceAfrica, puts it, “It begins with WATER.”From water to tend our crops, to water used for cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene, from water for construction, to water used in washing our hands to prevent the spread of disease, every single sector of human endeavor thrives on the availability, accessibility and affordability of water. As a nation and a people, we may lack many things but one thing we can all agree on is that water is not one of them. Our vast transboundary rivers, beautiful lakes, seemingly endless rainfall and abundant groundwater supply so readily accessible by means of hand-dug wells are all reflections of how endowed Liberia is in freshwater resources. Within and along our national boundaries, non-saline water exists in such volumes that it could literally re-vegetate the Sahara. What seems to be lacking is the adequate means to convert this vastly abundant, untreated, under-utilized natural resource into safe, sufficient and accessible water that meets World Health Organization standards for drinking, domestic and agriculture use. That, unfortunately, is where we fall short.Needless to say, if the Ebola outbreak has taught us anything, it has reminded each of us of the importance of potable water in minimizing the spread of disease. Just take a look around you, almost every single home, office, public gathering, and place of worship or leisure nationwide now has a bucket of chlorinated water for mandatory hand-washing at the entrance. The now instilled habit of washing our hands has become so common a practice in our daily lives in the fight against the deadly EVD that most people are left feeling very uncomfortable without. No doubt, water has been in the forefront of it all.While significant strides have been made in the fight against Ebola nationwide, as we strive to put an end to this gruesome chapter and hopefully revive the dormant sectors of our society, the critical concern surrounding sustained access to potable water nationwide cannot be ignored. Families need water to drink, to cook, to clean, and most importantly, in the continued fight against Ebola, to wash their hands.As we approach the peak of yet another dry season, when the water table tends to drop and shallow wells and surface water sources run dry, history will sadly repeat itself, leaving thousands across Liberia to scramble for water for months on end. Some way, somehow, the lingering question of the availability, accessibility and affordability of safe water must be answered.One proactive approach would be to strategically ensure that people have sustained access to sufficient water at the domestic and community levels. In areas where annual water shortage is known to be very high, it is recommended that local authorities, relevant line ministries and the NGO community consider contingency measures such as: 1) drilling of boreholes as opposed to shallow hand-dug wells — which have a tendency to run dry by February-March; 2) water trucking and establishing of chlorinated service points in various communities, where necessary; 3) the provision and administration of chlorine at hand-pumps, wells and other water sources known to remain viable throughout the dry months; and 4) routine testing of drinking water sources for chlorine residual and bacterial contamination as a protective means of preventing other potential water-borne illnesses such as cholera and diarrhea.  As a caveat, these measures should be employed with advice from a WASH specialist, as water situations are unique from one location to the next. The proposed water testing exercises can be coordinated through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare making use of its existing Environmental Health Technicians in the various counties. These few strategies, though not exhaustive in nature, can help contribute to on-going WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) efforts and ensure that all citizens continue to observe the basic yet highly protective public health measure of regular hand-washing.While the Ebola death tolls may have considerably decreased nationwide, the need to maintain the gains made thus far cannot be overemphasized. According to the United Nations, “Water is critical for sustainable development, including environmental integrity and the alleviation of poverty and hunger, and is indispensable for human health and well-being.”Let’s not wait until the wells run dry to acknowledge the critical role potable water has played in the national and regional fight against Ebola.  Let’s not wait for severe water shortages to realize that in a water-scarce situation, a mother would most likely opt to cook a pot of rice with a single bucket of water to feed her children as opposed to or using that same water just to wash hands.As a nation, a people, policy makers, policy enforcers, service providers, caregivers, health workers, opinion leaders, aid community, let’s chart a new course this New Year and move away from trying to find cures to problems we can readily prevent.  French Environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau once said, “We have the ability to provide clean water for every man, woman and child on the Earth. What has been lacking is the collective will to accomplish this.”  Cousteau argues that addressing the elusive question of potable water for all year round is possible, but he concludes by asking, “What are we waiting for?”  Let’s not wait to miss the water, only when the wells run dry.Magdalene Matthews holds an M. Sc in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Cyprus International Institute; She is also the Author of RISE! Redeeming the Future of Liberia, a Practical Guide to Self-Development. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Break in at the B.C. Ministry of Transportation yard

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP is looking for the culprits responsible for breaking into a private yard and stealing some hard-to-handle materials. On August 15th or 16th, the thieves broke into the B.C. Ministry of Transportation road works yard on 7315 87th Avenue. The RCMP report that the suspects entered the yard through an opening they made in the fence. Once inside, the thieves used a forklift to move several rolls of Nilex-brand fabric landscape cloth and a pallet of Titan-brand barbed wire to the opening of the fence.- Advertisement -Nilex landscape cloth is easily identifiable as the rolls are 15 feet long. Officers are asking any motorists traveling on the East Bypass Road, who have seen any suspicious activity in the yard, to contact police at 250-787-8140 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Local ski hill ready to reopen by this winter

first_imgThere’s some good news for skiers in the North Peace – the Big Bam Ski Hill will be reopening. President of the Big Bam Ski Club Greg Hammond says he has been hearing nothing but positive feedback from the community. [asset|aid=1895|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b9d2684201e34fb2c6be17236c75ed85-Hammond 1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -The ski hill on the south side of Taylor was operational until 1997. A landslide ruined a chunk of the facility, including the T-Bar and bunny tow. Hammond says the Ski Club has been in talks with the insurance brokers over the years, and recently received a settlement. Now, construction is being done on the land, getting it ready for a new lift that is coming in from Europe. Advertisement Volunteer positions range from concession workers to laborers. Hammond says once that is installed, the BC Safety Authority will inspect the lift, and based on those results, certify the hill. [asset|aid=1896|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b9d2684201e34fb2c6be17236c75ed85-Hammond 2_1_Pub.mp3] That means -weather permitting- the hill will be ready for this winter. Hammond says the ski hill is run by volunteers, and anyone who is interested can drop by the site and apply. Alternatively, potential volunteers can contact Hammond at Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgValley Relay for Life Kick-Off, 6:30 p.m., Community Integration Services Building, 10100 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 648-8224. Musician/Storyteller Makinto musical lecture, 7 p.m., Burbank Public Library, 300 N. Buena Vista St. Free. Call (818) 238-5600. Meet the candidates for 6th City Council District forum, 7 p.m., Canterbury Elementary Auditorium, 13670 Montague St., Arleta. Call (323) 719-2173. Digital photography workshop, 7 p.m., Platt Branch Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., West Hills. Bring camera/instruction manual. Free. Call (818) 340-9386. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail TUESDAY Internet Use/Basic Searching Techniques, 10-11:45 a.m., Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Free. Registration: Call (805) 449-2660. Peter and the Wolf, 10 a.m. and noon, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. $12. Call (805) 496-1233. Cancer Awareness Seminar, 10:45 a.m., Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale. Free. Call (818) 548-2188. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Local heroes

first_img Justin Burke had an RBI, along with three hits, for the Highlanders (5-1). Sophmore Lucas LaPointe collected 12 strikeouts in five innings to earn his first victory of the season as Knight of Palmdale defeated visiting Burroughs of Ridgecrest 9-3 in the Golden League Tournament. BASEBALL Tim Hill scattered two hits over seven shutout innings as Granada Hills defeated visiting Los Angeles 10-0 in a nonleague game. Designated hitter Kyle Littinger had a pair of hits, including a three-run home run, for the Hawks (3-6). SOFTBALL Brianna Barth led the attack both in the circle and at the plate for host Chaminade of West Hills as the Eagles (4-2) defeated El Camino Real of Woodland Hills 7-0. The senior struck out six batters and allowed three hits in a complete-game effort. Barth went 2for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Senior Crystal Maraz went 2for 3 with a pair of RBIs as visiting Kennedy of Granada Hills defeated Palmdale 6-1 in a nonleague game. center_img BOYS’ GOLF Chase Patten shot a 2-under 70 for the Pioneers as Simi Valley (360) defeated Agoura (403) and St.Bonaventure of Ventura (412) in a nonleague match at Tierra Rejada Golf Course in Moorpark. BOYS’ TENNIS Joseph Valentino defeated Johnny Siu in straight sets 6-1, 6-0 as Eagle Rock beat Wilson of ElSereno 7-0 in the Northern league opener for both teams. GIRLS’ SWIMMING K.T. Livingstone doubled in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.44) and 200 individual medley (2:18.48) to lead Canyon of Canyon Country to a 120-47 nonleague victory over Burroughs of Burbank. Chelsea Griffiths and Milena Lopez each captured twoevents for the Cowboys, who won 10 of the 11 races. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The Prince George Fire Centre announces 21 new fires

first_imgMore information can be found at, on their Twitter account, or on their Facebook page. “There are currently 5 fires burning in the Prince George fire zone, 6 in the Vanderhoof/Fort St. James fire zone, 4 in the Dawson Creek fire zone, 6 in the Fort Nelson fire zone, and 1 in each of the Mackenzie and Fort St. John fire zones,” Information Officer, Jill Kelsh explained.Kelsh says these fires are currently being assessed and resources are being allocated throughout the fire centre.The largest of these fires is 4 hectares in size, 30 kilometres south of Kotcho Lake in the Fort Nelson fire zone, according to the Wildfire Management Branch.- Advertisement -The Fort Nelson fire is currently under a modified response, which means it’s being actively monitored but not actively suppressed.“With an increase in fire starts, the Prince George Fire Centre is urging the public to be extremely cautious with campfire and forest use,” Kelsh said. “The fire danger rating is currently high to extreme throughout the entire Prince George Fire Centre.”The does not apply to campfires.Advertisementlast_img read more

QPR chief sets points target ahead of crunch clash with Premier League relegation rivals Hull City

first_imgChris Ramsey is challenging his Queens Park Rangers squad to take at least 15 points from their remaining Premier League games to secure survival.Ramsey, in charge for the remainder of the season following Harry Redknapp’s resignation, steered the Hoops to a first away victory of the season at Sunderland last week.QPR now face another trip to a relegation rival, with Steve Bruce’s 16th-placed Hull side their hosts this Saturday, and Ramsey had made it clear what his team, who have taken 22 points from 25 games so far this season, must do to ensure they avoid the drop.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “There is always the magical points [target] you try to get between 37 and 40.“It is a cliché but you have got take each game as it comes and try to make sure whatever happens you try and get a result in every game.“The other teams have got their games to deal with and we don’t really focus on what is around us. We just know if you get between 37 to 40 points, there is a good chance you will stay up.“It is going to be very tough, but I think the players have got the bit between the teeth.“We know Hull is going to be really difficult, they have got some very good players, but we will just prepare the best we can and go into it with the same attitude we did against Sunderland.”last_img read more

United win battle of Manchester marred by alleged racism

first_img0Shares0000Abused: Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Fred tries to take a corner after being pelted with objects © AFP / Oli SCARFFManchester, United Kingdom, Dec 7 – Manchester City are 14 points adrift of runaway leaders Premier League leaders Liverpool after a 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester United that was marred by alleged racist abuse aimed at United midfielder Fred and Jesse Lingard.City issued a statement promising to take a “zero tolerance” approach to any supporters guilty of racism as Fred was also hit by objects thrown from the crowd as he took a corner. On the field, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial scored the goals for the visitors, who survived a late onslaught after Nicolas Otamendi pulled a goal back to inflict a fourth league defeat of the season on Pep Guardiola’s men.United remain eight points adrift of their neighbours, but move up to fifth and within five points of fourth-placed Chelsea to haul themselves back into contention for a return to the Champions League next season.“It’s not nice to see that City are so much better than us, they are the best team in the world,” said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “But today we’ve come away with some dignity.”City’s priority may also now be limited to securing a top-four finish with the gap to Liverpool growing by the week and a makeshift defence that has now failed to keep a clean sheet in nine games.“I like how my team played. We conceded a bit more than usual on the counter-attack, but against United with the pace they have it is not possible to control it,” said Guardiola.“Sometimes you don’t win, the others are better and you lose. The normal thing is not to win all the leagues.”Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have now lost four of their last 12 Premier League games © AFP / Oli SCARFFGuardiola also offered his support to City’s statement on the reported racist abuse. One City fan was seen to mimmick a monkey gesture towards Fred as he took a corner midway through the second half.– ‘Educate him. It’s not City’s fault’ –“The club operates a zero tolerance policy regarding discrimination of any kind, and anyone found guilty of racial abuse will be banned from the club for life,” said City.Solskjaer said both players had been affected by the incident, but said the fan in question and not City should be punished.“Why don’t we educate him instead? It’s not City’s fault, it’s his. Nothing to do with Man City as a football club,” said the Norwegian.“He’s been caught on camera and he should never be allowed into a football ground again, it’s unacceptable.” Victory rounded off a huge week for Solskjaer. From facing questions over his future just six days ago after a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa left United with just four wins from their opening 14 league games, wins over Tottenham on Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford and now the side who have left United second best in their own city in recent times, relieves the pressure.City were powerless to stop the visitors’ pace on the break in the opening quarter in which United should have scored more than twice.Ederson made a hat-trick of big saves to deny Daniel James, Lingard and Martial before United were awarded a penalty when Rashford was chopped down by Bernardo Silva inside the area.Rashford stepped up to continue his fine form with a 13th goal in 14 games for club and country and passed up two more big chances before Martial fired in at the near post to make it 2-0.“I was so happy with the way we started the game, the way we created big chances. We looked like we could score every time we got the ball,” added Solskjaer.“It should have been three or 4-0 up, but we are playing against the best team in the world so you have to defend well.”Anthony Martial celebrates Manchester United’s second goal against Manchester City © AFP / Lindsey ParnabyOtamendi gave City life five minutes from time when he rose highest to meet Riyad Mahrez’s corner.United were suddenly rocking and David De Gea had to make a brilliant save moments later to deny Mahrez an equaliser.But Solskjaer’s men held out to realistically end City’s title challenge.No side has ever overcome a 14-point deficit to win the league in English top-flight history.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgRichard Blackburn who was found guilty of sexual offences at Letterkenny Circuit court. (North West Newspix)A serial sex predator who attacked a girl when she was just 13 years -old in the back of a specially-adapted youth club van can be named today, thanks to the brave victim.Rachel McAuley wrote to prosecutors in Donegal to ask that evangelical Christian Richard Blackburn be named and shamed. And she waived her right to anonymity so she could do that.Sick Blackburn groomed his victim at a the Congregational Church Youth Club in Raphoe between 2000 and 2002. Rachel was 13 when the abuse began and was just short of her 15th birthday when the abuse ended.She plucked up the courage to go to gardai in 2011 to reveal the shocking tale of abuse.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how Blackburn bought his victim presents including a mobile phone so he could keep in touch with her.Blackburn, 57, of Carnone, Raphoe, pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault but Ms McAuley said in her victim impact statement read to the court that he had abused her ‘daily’ between 2000 and 2002.Detective Garda Ciaran Brolly said Ms McAuley was unable to return from abroad to attend the court but wanted the court to know that she had waived her right to anonymity so Blackburn could be identified.He read her statement to Judge John O’Hagan in which she described how the incidents had destroyed her life, making her constantly nervous and unable to sleep at night.Blackburn would abuse her on trips back from Raphoe Youth Club to her granny’s house in Convoy.One one occasion he had driven the van, with a sofa-bed in the back and curtains to stop anyone seeing in, to a secluded spot known as The Spire in Convoy. He had then sexually assaulted the girl.“I didn’t have my life,” said Ms McAuley.“I had my innocence taken away, my teenager years didn’t exist at all. People can look back at their teenage years with happy memories but I cannot do that because it was dark, scary and life-altering.”She said her parents were Blackburn’s best friends. Her mother had even been bridesmaid at her mother’s wedding and her grandmother treated Blackburn like another son.She said she rarely slept at night and suffered anxiety.She felt unable to return to Ireland over the past couple of years to spend time with her elderly grandmother for fear of running into Blackburn who had spent years blaming her for the assaults.Her granny, she said, had since died and she had missed special moments in the last years of her life.Ms McAuley said she had been to counselling but had found the latest treatment too traumatic to complete.The court heard Blackburn had helped to run the Congregational Church Youth Club for 12 to 18-year-olds.During one attack on Ms McAuley a garda patrol had stopped to check on the van which was parked on the Barnesmore Gap in Co Donegal.Blackburn had jumped back into the front of the vehicle and told gardai he had stopped for a sleep. Gardai had left the scene not realising Ms McAuley, then 14, was in the back.Judge John O’Hagan said that while reports said Blackburn was at a low risk of re-offending, the breach of trust in the case was extremely serious.He said the pervert had known Ms McAuley’s age very well because he had known her from she was a baby.The attacks had left “deep scars” on the victim, said the judge, and it was clear the incidents were still having an affect on her life.He jailed Blackburn for two years, suspending the last year for a period of 12 months, on each of the three counts and placed Blackburn on the sex offenders register for 10 years.BRAVE VICTIM OF CHURCH YOUTH CLUB PAEDOPHILE NAMES HER ATTACKER was last modified: January 28th, 2016 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:atatckerdonegalpervertRaphoeRichard Blackburnyouth clublast_img read more