Alab Pilipinas ‘definitely coming back’ for next ABL season

first_imgView comments Finishing as the third-seed with an 11-9 eliminations record, Alab fought valiantly but ultimately failed in their championship aspirations as their inconsistencies got the better of them in the playoffs.Dy, however, said here should be no shame with the way the team fought through the course of the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It was a good learning experience. I’m so proud of the team that they made it to the semifinals,” he said.Forming the team a little less than two weeks before the league commenced, Dy shared the struggles the team had as he scampered to fill out the rosters and recruit imports. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ALAB PILIPINAS. Photo from Asean Basketball League Facebook/Kuk ThewBALIWAG — Alab Pilipinas team owner Charlie Dy confirmed that the Philippine squad is set to return next year for another go-round in the ASEAN Basketball League.“We’re definitely coming back next season,” he bared to reporters after the squad’s semifinals exit at the hands of Singapore Slingers on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Luckily, two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player Bobby Ray Parks heeded the call to join the team from the start before Kiefer Ravena lent his services in the playoffs.Disappointingly, the young guns were only able to pair up for a better part of three quarters before Parks went down with an ankle injury in the third quarter of Game 1 against the Slingers.Alab Pilipinas team owner Charlie Dy. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netDy is hopeful to see more of that pairing next year as he hopes to convince both Parks and Ravena to come back for the 2018 season.“We will talk to them. Definitely, we want them back. We’ll see. Hopefully, they stay one more year,” he said.ABL chief operating officer Jericho Ilagan also shared his excitement with the impending comeback of the crew, noting that an entry of a Philippine team in the field is undoubtedly a big upside for the regional league.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town ‘Motivated’ Urbiztondo puts on show, torches Alab Pilipinas “I think every time you have a Philippine team in any tournament, the presence alone of the Philippines brings passionate fans to the game and competitiveness of the tournament. Even if Alab weren’t able to make it to the Finals, I’m very happy with the way they performed even with the personnel concerns that they had,” he said.Dy also shared that excitement as he keeps his optimism for the continued support of the fans for Alab Pilipinas.“We’re able to finish in a good position this year, so I hope our supporters will continue to support Alab Pilipinas next season,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on governmentlast_img read more

OAI welcomes Airport Review Panel

first_imgDear Editor,The Executive and Management of Ogle Airport Inc (OAI) welcome the announcement published in the Guyana Chronicle, Friday, November 4, 2016, from Minister of State Joseph Harmon, that Cabinet has approved the recommendation of Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, to establish the “Airport Review Panel” in accordance with the lease agreement between Government and Ogle Airport Inc for the management and operation of the Airport.The purpose of the Airport Review Panel is precisely “to review progress on the obligations of both parties”, that is the Government and the company, “to identify at an early stage any difficulty perceived by either party in the performance of the obligations of both parties under this agreement and to make recommendations related to the performance of those obligations.”It has always been the position of the Executive and Management of Ogle Airport Inc that many of the alleged and often self serving and frequently specious allegations against the performance of the Airport would have long ago been settled, had the Airport Review Panel been appointed at an early stage.It was since November last year when the Minister convened a meeting with OAI to address the opposition to the renaming of the Airport – the Eugene F Correia International Airport – that a widespread media campaign was mounted against the management of the Airport by the NATA group and that these complaints could and should have been properly addressed by the Airport Review Panel provided for in the Lease Agreement.An example of the complaints mounted against the Airport’s management, is the allegation made by NATA to the GCAA and reported in the Chronicle, that there is “congestion” at the Airport with the majority of operators forced to use a single taxiway access to the main runway, causing them to have to wait while one operator with separate access has privileged access.The fact is that all operators requiring access to the main runway file their request with the GCAA operated Control Tower and take their turn according to assignment by the Tower, it having nothing to do with taxiway access to the runway. OAI maintains Air Traffic control does a good job of minimising delays of departures and the Eugene F Correia International Airport has a good record in this area, given the fact that it is one of the busiest international airports in terms of movements in the region.OAI therefore looks forward to the appointment of the review panel as specified by our agreement with Government of Guyana, where complaints of this kind could be professionally addressed and settled quickly.Sincerely,Ogle Airport Inclast_img read more

SRC Opens Up about Decline in Price of Rubber

first_imgFollowing a drop of the price of rubber on the market over a year ago, the management of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) has for the first time broken silence about the effect of the price of rubber on its operations in the country. SRC is one of many multi-national companies contributing to Liberia’s economy and its sustainable development agenda for transformation.With the reduction of a ton of raw rubber from its usual US$2,500 to less than US$600, Jallah Mensah, the company’s human resource and administrative manager, said they are now depending on their stakeholders’ financial contributions to keep the company functioning.Besides, he added that the situation has affected their company’s earnings.“The company for now is not making any profit, but we are still going ahead with our social responsibility such as construction of educational and health facilities as well as planting new trees and building new infrastructures,” the SRC human resource manager told journalists recently.Mensah added that the company presently faced with numerous challenges of which the management is unable to finance her operations, because of the current drop of the price of rubber.Explaining some of the company’s challenges, Mr. Mensah noted that the company stopped processing and exporting rubber since October 2012, when the factory was shut down because some of the trees planted in the 1960s were no longer useful for production.“Because of that,” he added, “we could not supply raw rubber needed to keep the factory operational and enable us to produce and sell the products to the Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) in Grand Bassa County,” Mr. Mensah emphasized.Despite the numerous challenges facing the company, Mr. Mensah said, they still maintain cordial working relationship amongstthe entire workforce including senior management, expatriates, local senior staff, unionized employees, and contractors.Mensah also said they have a combined workforce of 1000 persons, “70 percent of whom are full time employees, while the remaining 30 percent are contractors.” When quizzed about the recently passed Decent Work Bill, Mensah confidently told journalists that they were following government pronounced wages for employees and contractors.“We would not comment any further on the decent work bill, because discussions on that issue are still in the process,” he reiterated.In reference to the deadly Ebola virus and the company’s operations, Mensah said in 2014, the company maintained its full operations and that its health facility remained operational by providing health care delivery to its employees, and community dwellers within and around its operational areas.In spite of the difficulty, Mensah said SRC has engaged in rebuilding administrative and social infrastructures, which include housing units for the workforce, thereby meeting additional capital needs for them.In his intervention, the President of the Salala Agriculture Workers Union (SAWU), Anthony Moses, commended the management for maintaining cordial working relationship between the union and the management.“The recent signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the company and workers’ union witnessed an increment in salaries for employees,” SAWU president disclosed.According to him, the company was also providing rice for each of his members. “They are also providing scholarships, free medication, and other basic services to eight family members of each member of the union,” Moses added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brownlee, Ginebra whip Magnolia for 3-2 record

first_imgMOST READ Barangay Ginebra shoots for a third straight victory against struggling Rain or Shine (1-4) on Saturday again at the Big Dome.Magnolia, meanwhile, hopes to stop its slide against three-game slide against Columbian (3-4), which lost to San Miguel Beer earlier, next Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption “We were looking at the standings going into this game. So it’s a big performance for us,” said head coach Tim Cone, whose squad climbed to 3-2.Cone, though, feels the Gin Kings still have so much to improve on as the conference progresses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We’ve been a team of two halves. Today we played an average first half and a great first half. We gotta find a way to smooth that out.”Rome dela Rosa had 18 points while import Romeo Travis added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Hotshots, who dropped their third consecutive game for a 3-4 mark. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘People evacuated on their own’ DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Barangay Ginebra leaned on a furious third quarter to topple Magnolia, 105-83, Sunday night in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The crowd darling’s beloved import Justin Brownlee put together an all-around performance of 27 points, nine rebounds, and 10 assists while Scottie Thompson and Japeth Aguilar both tossed in 14 each.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Gago’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Thirdy Ravena, Ateneo focused on sweeping elimination round View commentslast_img read more

SEA Games: Filipina pair rows to lightweight double sculls gold

first_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee SEA Games: PH rower Cris Nievarez captures gold in sculls Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) The Filipino rowers already bested their one-gold output in the 2013 Myanmar and a silver in 2015 Singapore courtesy of Nestor Cordova.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rowers Joanie Delgaco and Melka Jean Caballero, gold women’s lightweight double sculls. Photo by June Navarro/INQUIRERSUBIC BAY FREEPORT—Even before she plunged into action, Joanie Delgaco had been hoping for a house of her own.The 21-year-old rower from Iriga City moved closer to that pipe dream after emerging victorious with Melka Jean Caballero in the lightweight double sculls on Saturday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations MOST READ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas ‘People evacuated on their own’ “I will reward myself by buying my own property,’’ said Delgaco, a SEA Games first-timer who clocked seven minutes and 24.21 seconds with Caballero amid the searing midday sun at the Triboa Bay.Vietnam’s Thi Hao Dinh and Than Huyen Ta placed second in 7:27.65 and the Myanmar pair of Shwe Zin Latt and Nilar Win claimed the bronze in 7:30.23.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The achievement of Caballero and Delgaco, who both hail from Camarines Sur, was a fitting followup to the victory of Cris Nievarez earlier in the men’s lightweight single sculls.“We want to win this not only for our families, but for the country as well,’’ said the 23-year-old Caballero in her second stint in the Games. View commentslast_img read more

Man in custody following standoff in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. — One man is in custody after a police standoff in Grande Prairie yesterday.At approximately 3:30 on Thursday afternoon, the Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a call of a man who was possibly armed and barricaded in his home in the Westpointe neighbourhood. Isabelle Campbell School and Stepping Stones Daycare were placed in hold and secure as a safety precaution, while emergency services personnel secured the scene.At approximately 6:10 p.m. the man was taken into police custody without any further incident. The man’s identity has not been released, as Criminal Code charges are pending.- Advertisement –last_img

Exclusive – QPR chairman delighted by ‘dream’ signing

first_imgSigning Sandro from Tottenham is a dream come true, Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes has revealed.The 25-year-old was a fan favourite at White Hart Lane but after a string of injuries, and a falling out with ex-boss Tim Sherwood, he found himself on the fringes of the first-team at Spurs.After landing the defensive midfielder in a deal worth around £10million, Fernandes admitted the Brazilian is a player he has long admired and he believes Super Hoops fans will love having a character like Sandro at Loftus Road.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I remember watching him against Queens Park Rangers and thinking wouldn’t it be great to have a player like him. It seemed like a distant dream, but it’s great to dream.“When I met him it was even more special, he’s such a larger than life character and will bring so much to the club. I think the fans will love him.“I was looking at websites and Facebook, and you could see how popular he was with Spurs fan, so it was a bit of a coup.”Meanwhile, Fernandes also admitted Queens Park Rangers are likely to try and sign Jermain Defoe in January after failing with a move this summer.He added: “We tried very hard [to sign Jermain Defoe] but it’s not gone forever. I’m sure we’ll have another crack in January. Toronto are going into the play-offs, have sacked manager [Ryan Nelson] and thought it would get a negative reaction if they let Jermain Defoe go.“I feel for Jermain, he really wanted to come back, but we haven’t given up.“Losing Loic Remy when we did was a bit of a blow but Harry was very philosophical. We tried to get some strikers in but he feels we have enough within the group.”last_img read more

Transfer BLOW! Tottenham have £10m bid REJECTED for Dutch starlet

first_img1 Janssen scored a penalty against England in Holland’s 2-1 win at Wembley Tottenham have seen their offer of £10 million for AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen rejected.The north Londoners are keen to bolster their attacking options ahead of the 2016/17 season and ease the workload on star man Harry Kane.At 22, Janssen is viewed as an ideal understudy to Kane, who has seemed fatigued thus far at Euro 2016 after an arduous season for club and country.Yet Spurs will have to improve their opening offer of £10 million rejected by AZ, with the club’s sporting director Max Huiberts believing the offer to be derisory.  “The difference between the offer and the price we demand was too big,” Huiberts told De Telegraaf.“Spurs have made the only official bid. I’ve read a lot of speculation and been telephoned by other clubs but no one else has any concrete offer.”The Dutch forward was instrumental in his side’s 2-1 victory against England at Wembley back in March, bagging a goal and providing an assist.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Liverpool outcast completes £4.3m switch to Lazio

first_img Luis Alberto played just 12 times for Liverpool Luis Alberto has left Liverpool to sign with Serie A club Lazio in a £4.3 million deal.The 23-year-old Spaniard, an attacking midfielder, was signed by the Reds in the summer of 2013, playing 12 times in the 2013/14 season.However, he failed to claim a consistent role in the team, and was loaned out to Malaga and Deportivo for the last two seasons respectively.His form with the latter impressed Lazio enough for them to take a punt on him, and Alberto heads to Rome, with the fee potentially rising due to add-ons; Liverpool will also earn 30 per cent of any profit on a future transfer. 1last_img

Clubs must never get complacent over fans’ cash and loyalty

first_imgThe complex relationship Scottish football has with supporters has been highlighted by an annual UEFA report.European football’s governing body published its benchmarking study into the state of the game across the continent, which once again made clear the key role fans hold at the heart of the sport.The Scottish public’s appetite for live football remains insatiable with Premiership crowds rising by 12% in 2015/16. A total of 2,201,340 fans walked through the turnstiles, up from 1,974,292. The increase was the sixth biggest increase across Europe. Talk to supporters in person or on social media and feelings of frustration and a general sense of dissatisfaction remains over the product on offer.In regular life that mix of loyalty and dissatisfaction rarely coexists. Using a well-worn argument, if you were not happy with service at a supermarket, restaurant or cinema then you would simply take your business elsewhere. Generally it takes a lot more to push a football supporter to stay away but it is a line clubs should be wary of nonetheless.Last year, a Supporters Direct Scotland survey showed ticket prices were seen as the biggest factor in influencing a fan’s decision over whether or not to attend a match, with almost 70% feeling prices represented either poor or very poor value. In short, clubs need to ensure supporters and their loyalty are never taken for granted.While many have tried one-off offers and deals, more long-term, joined up pricing agreements between clubs, or giving punters more for their money than just 90 minutes, are required to help solve this issue.On air: Broadcast deals make up 13% of total revenue. SNSFootball’s relationship with TV is at the heart of the modern game. In the wider world it is understandable that major leagues with major broadcasting deals are in thrall to the whims of the companies. While the money Scotland gets from its broadcast deals is not to be disrespected, the current value of the agreements should not give them the muscle broadcasters have elsewhere.Broadcast cash accounts for 13% of total revenue for Scottish clubs. BT Sport, Sky and BBC provide a multitude of coverage for devotees and those with a passing interest. But the league is often accused of prioritising their concerns over that of the fans and the periodic announcement of games being moved for television inevitably brings complaints from fans.If it is not fans from the north being asked to travel south for lunchtime kick-offs, then followers of central belt teams are being asked to make long journeys over the festive period.Since the collapse of Setanta, and the subsequent financial implosion at Rangers, Scottish football has had an uneasy relationship with broadcast partners. There was a time when Scottish professional football would have been killed stone dead if they pulled the plug. The UEFA report shows standing up for a better deal should no longer hold fear for those in charge.Neil Doncaster: SPFL chief, centre, is not popular with fans. SNSThen there’s the lack of confidence in the game’s authorities.Viewed by many as distanced from the average fan’s experience and more at home with spreadsheets than supporters’ buses, it is worth bearing in mind that as chief executive Neil Doncaster’s job is to implement the wishes of 42 clubs.Nevertheless there is a clear disconnect at the heart of the game which the SPFL chief does little to mend.Major changes to league structure, as well as this season’s League Cup, were implemented with little to no consultation with supporters, while the SPFL has a real issue over a lack of transparency.Just this week, STV revealed two disciplinary cases dating back to 2015 matches between Rangers and Hibernian as well as Hearts and Dundee United had been settled last year without the outcome being communicated to the public.It is impossible to have faith in the league’s ability to regulate member clubs when they refuse to give any details on important matters.Football’s place at the centre of Scottish culture remains unquestionable, with the sport dominating discussions in households, pubs and offices throughout the land on a daily basis. Yet many who passionately follow the sport feel they are stigmatised, treated as second-class citizens under the controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.When considering this alongside scheduling, communication and policing would lead you to think fans are an inconvenience or window dressing for televised games. Talk of fans as the emotional core of the game seems little more than rhetoric at times but it does not have to be that way.Nobody likes or wants the lifelong fan to simply be treated as a customer but their cash is vital to the well-being of any side.UEFA’s report includes some eye-watering numbers that would puzzle and amaze the great Jock Stein in equal measure. When viewing the figures specific to Scotland, his most famous quote, “football is nothing without fans”, has rarely seemed so apt. Crucially, money from gate receipts accounts for 37% of revenue for Scottish clubs, a percentage which is higher than any other country in Europe’s 53 leagues. Those figures alone should be welcomed as busier stadiums improve atmosphere as well as the image of the league as a whole.Clubs and their fans form the foundation of so many communities and one of the most enjoyable parts of STV’s Premiership Pilgrimage this summer was meeting and talking to fans about how much their team means to them and their area.It is important to exercise caution, however, and realise that not all is rosy in the garden. last_img read more