Racela on officiating: Beermen ‘got what they wanted’ in Game 4 win

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties But Racela cleared he wasn’t disappointed with the how the calls turned out and that the officiating isn’t the sole reason why TNT lost the game.“But it’s not really about officiating. It’s just one factor. And as a coach, we’re not asking for special treatments. We’re only asking for them to make the right calls that won’t favor anybody,” he said.Racela, though, took a swipe at the Beermen, who had twice as many free throw attempts than the KaTropa with 24.“I don’t buy that as a coach. If you demand something, demand that the right calls be made by the referees,” he said.“If you lose by getting the right calls, we have to accept that. But demanding for some special treatment? That’s wrong.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte “They got what they wanted. They were demanding some treatment from the referees the last game,” Racela told reporters. “If they heard what (Chris) Ross and Marcio (Lassiter) said, they got it today. That kind of entitlement because they are the champions, they got it today.”“We expected that already before the game but what I didn’t expect was what they are saying that is like entitlement,” Racela added. “Just because they are the defending champion and they have the MVP, all of a sudden they are expecting special treatment when they enter the court.”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 returnRacela also wondered why female referee Edith Botecario didn’t officiate in Game 4 despite claiming Botecario “made the right calls” in Game 3.“Actually, I was surprised that there was no lady referee today. So I really thought that the lady referee made the right calls the last game and then suddenly there was no lady referee today.” MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ross downplays career-high 31 points, focuses on defense 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES TNT KaTropa head coach Nash Racela. PBA IMAGESTNT head coach Nash Racela said the San Miguel Beermen “got what they wanted” in their 97-86 win in Game 4 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Tuesday night.Racela was referring to San Miguel’s Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter’s plea towards the league that June Mar Fajardo isn’t getting the right treatment as a three-time MVP following the Beermen’s 98-92 loss in Game 3 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

Bong Demands Justice into Rep. Beaten

first_imgCitizens of Bong County, District #6 in particular, are demanding speedy and unconditional investigation into the recent assault on their lawmaker by Margibi County Representative Roland Opee Cooper.Representative Adam Bill Corneh of District #6, Bong County, was slapped during a standoff in the chamber of the House of Representatives, an action that is contrary to House’s Rules and Procedures.At a petition ceremony yesterday at the Capitol Building, citizens of Bong County converged in demand of “justice and prompt action by plenary of the House.”According to the petitioners,  the ‘disorder’ exhibited by Opee Cooper “lacks any semblance of civilization . .  . does not portray the image of the Honorable House of Representatives.”The petition under the signature of over fifty citizens inclusive of chiefs, elders, youth groups and commissioners among others, reminded Opee Cooper of the sacredness of the House, noting; “The House is a place of representation, lawmaking and oversight and therefore should comprise of individuals of good moral [character]; not individuals who resolve to physical brutality as means of persuading [their] colleagues.”“We the peace-loving citizens of Bong County are calling on Rep. Roland Opee Cooper, whose action does not match his title, to recognize that he has sinned against us and he must subsequently repent of his sin and prepare himself to bear the consequences thereof; as will be determined by the plenary of the House of Representatives in accordance to its standing rules,” the petitioners said.They recommended a speedy investigation and stringent action be taken in accordance with the House’s rules in order to serve as a deterrent to “would-be hooligans and barbarians.”Responding to the petitioners, Representative Adam Bill Corneh commended his people for taking such a decisive move.“I can assure you that your representative will not be beaten for nothing. I am positive that Speaker Alex Tyler and the leadership of the House will bring this matter to a logical conclusion in the shortest possible time,” Corneh declared.He told the Daily Observer that Opee Cooper there had never been any “unfriendly interaction” between himself and Rep. Opee Cooper, and as such, he was very saddened by his colleague’s action.Before the start of the petitioning ceremony, the House plenary reached a decision to allow its Rules, Order and Administration Committee to investigate Corneh’s written complaint addressed to the House on January 21, 2015 and submit findings in one week.Meanwhile, Opee Cooper has since declined to comment on the matter. When asked in the corridors of the Capitol Building yesterday, Opee Cooper insisted on being mute for now.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How hypocritical!

first_imgDear Editor,So the President used an unusual word, “vulgarian”, dating back to the 1640-50s, to describe the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s (PPP/C) protest in the Parliament Chambers during his speech? Most people got the gist of what the word meant but actually the choice of the word by the President is rather illustrative of a particular mind set.The word means “a vulgar person, especially one whose vulgarity is the more conspicuous because of wealth, prominence, or pretensions to good breeding,” according to the Random House and Collins dictionaries. It is a little used word, popular in the 1800s, and mostly used as a “put down” especially from an aristocratic or upper middle-class point of view to denote people not of their class or beneath their class.So the President found the PPP/C’s behaviour vulgarian? Funny he didn’t find that the case when he was Leader of the Opposition and his members, surely under his direction, banged the tables for long periods on many, many occasions in the 10th Parliament, thereby preventing several members of Government side from speaking, including Minister Clement Rohee for nine months, or, singing hymns loudly, or, even putting up placards. It happened so many times that the then Speaker, Mr Raphael Trotman, now Natural Resources Minister, had to suspend the sittings on several occasions, and, on others, adjourn the sitting abruptly as the Opposition benches refused to listen to his admonitions and appeals to stop the noise and allow the sitting to proceed. At no time was any action taken by the Speaker to discipline these members.This is the same A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and Alliance For Change (AFC) in opposition that reduced three annual budgets by GY billion, thereby denying Guyanese of important services and programmes they deserved.It is the same APNU and AFC Opposition which reneged on agreements made in the Inter-Parliamentary Parties Dialogue with President Ramotar on the Linden electricity subsidy, on the composition of the Commission of Inquiry on the Linden Disturbances, and, on the Amaila Falls Hydro Project.It is the same APNU and AFC Opposition which fanned the disturbances in Linden for 36 days that destroyed parts of the town, and, divided the country physically in two.It is the same APNU and AFC which organised and gave support to the October 11, 2012, protesters on the East Bank Highway in the vicinity of Agricola village, some imported from outside the community, who blocked the main thoroughfare into and out of the capital city, Georgetown, with connections to two other regions at rush hour for seven hours.Vehicles and debris were used to block the highway on all four lanes and fires were set. Thousands of commuters including school children were trapped in a small area with nowhere to turn. Citizens were attacked and robbed and hundreds of vehicles were unable to move for over seven long hours.In retrospect, the loss of life and property during the Linden disturbances and the Agricola protests are indicators of the level of extremism, irresponsible and reckless leadership that the APNU/AFC Government is capable of.Ironic isn’t it that the worst behaviour of the parliamentary Opposition in the Chambers was during the 10th Parliament when Granger was Leader of the Opposition?This pattern of behaviour continued during the election campaign, and, after the May 11, 2015 General And Regional Elections, whilst the country was waiting for the final results, the party and coalition he heads threatened GECOM, the international observers and the diplomatic corps that they would burn the city down and wreck violence if the results weren’t announced urgently? This scare tactic was designed to prevent a recount of 20 ballot boxes which the Chairman initially agreed to on the morning of May 14, 2017 and then recanted a few hours later.And now as Government, the President and his spokesperson, having unilaterally, unconstitutionally and undemocratically appointed the Chairman of GECOM, and destroyed trust in the integrity of the electoral machinery, finds the PPP/C protest in the Chambers anti-national? And the Prime Minister calls this action “domestic terrorism”? Their sensibilities have been offended by a peaceful protest? How hypocritical!Sincerely,Gail Teixeira, MP,Chief Whip,parliamentaryOppositionlast_img read more

Michel Platini: UEFA president ‘optimistic’ of overturning six-year ban

first_img Michel Platini 1 UEFA president Michel Platini expressed his optimism of overturning his six-year ban from all football-related activity, as his Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) appeal began in Lausanne.Platini and Sepp Blatter were punished in December over a 2million Swiss francs (£1.3million) “disloyal payment” made to the Frenchman by the former FIFA president.They were given eight-year suspensions which were reduced by two years in recognition of their services to the game, but both deny any wrongdoing and are challenging the bans in Switzerland.Arriving for the CAS hearing, Platini was quoted by the website of French radio station RTL as saying: “Today it is the start of the match – a new match, a final – and we are all on the same line.“I am optimistic, we will win.Blatter’s appeal against his six-year ban will be heard at a later date.But the 80-year-old former FIFA president attended the hearing to give evidence about the payment he approved for Platini in 2011 as backdated, uncontracted salary.“I was interviewed as a witness of FIFA, I answered questions from FIFA, from the representatives of Mr Platini, and I answered questions from the (CAS) panel,” Blatter was quoted as saying by RTL.“I hope I have given important information in this case, which is of interest to me. I hope my participation helps in finding a solution to this problem.“I found the atmosphere very fair, very correct, and I leave this meeting with a calm conscience.”The verdict on Platini’s case is expected sometime next week.UEFA will be keenly awaiting the outcome as it has delayed presidential elections until Platini’s case is concluded.Angel Maria Villar has been named as UEFA’s acting president, while Gianni Infantino has succeeded Blatter as FIFA president.Platini has already been invited to this summer’s European Championships in France, but the ban from football-related activity would not allow him to attend the tournament in any capacity which could appear official.last_img read more

Mission Releases Statement About Hospital Sale; Foundation Monies

first_imgMission Health’s Board of Directors announced that if and when the Mission Health and HCA Healthcare (HCA) transaction is closed, each Entity Legacy Foundation* will receive a distribution of $15 million dollars to improve the health and wellbeing of their community.None of the existing Foundations within the Mission Health system are part of the contemplated transaction with HCA. They are independent and will remain so. However, as part of the contemplated transaction, each will be redefining its goals and purpose since their purpose will no longer be to give funds to their local hospital or care facility. The Member Legacy Foundations that will be created or converted are:Angel Medical Center Foundation*Blue Ridge Regional Hospital FoundationCarePartners FoundationHighlands-Cashiers Hospital FoundationMission Hospital McDowell FoundationTransylvania Regional Hospital Foundation*Angel Medical Center currently does not have a foundation and will create one. The proceeds from Mission Health will be distributed over a three year period beginning with $5 million upon closing of the contemplated transaction with HCA Healthcare.Those funds are intended to build infrastructure capacity for the future and to improve the health and wellbeing of their local community. The terms of the disbursement of funds in years two and three will be contingent upon each Foundation’s previous year’s progress and its commitment to continue to develop community capacity to improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens and a successful start to improving the health and well-being of their communities, including a focus on the local social determinants of health.Local impact capacity will prepare the Legacy Foundations to work in partnership with the Dogwood Health Trust to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.last_img read more

Call for ‘gender-responsive’ budgeting

first_img3 August 2012Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has called for “gender-responsive” budgeting to be used as a tool for reducing inequality and advancing women’s empowerment.“We are fully aware that budgets have been instrumental in perpetuating gender biases globally,” Xingwana said during the launch of South Africa’s Women’s Month in Pretoria on Wednesday. “We also know that budgets can be instrumental in transforming and redressing existing gender inequalities.”Earlier this year, the department launched the Women and Budgeting Initiative in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation. The aim was to reflect on the budgeting process and economic frameworks and how these could constrain or promote the development and implementation of policies aimed at empowering women and vulnerable groups.South Africans will commemorate Women’s Month under the theme “56 Years of Women United against Poverty, Inequality and Unemployment”.The government declared August Women’s Month as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched, on 9 August 1956, in protest against the extension of apartheid’s hated Pass Laws to women.Xingwana said South Africa had registered significant progress in women’s empowerment and gender equality.“An array of measures, introduced since 1994 to promote women empowerment and uphold gender equality, have drastically improved the position and conditions of women in our country. Women occupy influential positions in government and play an important role in decision-making processes.”Xingwana pointed out, however, that women still bore a disproportionate burden of the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.“Women continue to be marginalised and discriminated against in terms of economic opportunities, the labour market as well as access to land, credit and finance.”Xingwana said the process of developing the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill was at an advanced stage, and it would be tabled before Cabinet during the 2012/13 financial year.The Bill will help enforce compliance in both the government and the private sector.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

US prepped for strikes on Iran before approval was withdrawn

first_img(AP) — The United States abruptly called off preparations for a military strike against Iran over the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone, a U.S. official said, while Iran claimed Friday it had issued several warnings before shooting down the drone over what it said was Iranian territory.The Trump administration offered no immediate public account of the thinking behind the last-minute halt in U.S. preparations for retaliation, amid days of escalating tensions between the two countries. A U.S. official, who was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the targets would have included radars and missile batteries.The swift reversal was a stark reminder of the serious risk of military conflict between U.S. and Iranian forces as the Trump administration combines a “maximum pressure” campaign of economic sanctions with a buildup of American forces in the region. As tensions mounted in recent weeks, there have been growing fears that either side could make a dire miscalculation that led to war.On Friday, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division told Iranian state television that Iran had warned a U.S. military surveillance drone several times before launching a missile at it.Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh made the comments standing in front of what Iranian authorities described as pieces of the U.S. Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk drone.Hajizadeh told state TV: “Unfortunately they did not answer.”He added Iran collected the debris from its territorial waters. The U.S. military says that the drone was in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz when it was shot down.The New York Times separately reported that President Donald Trump had approved the strikes Thursday night, but then called them off. The newspaper cited anonymous senior administration officials.Asked earlier in the day about a U.S. response to the attack, Trump said, “You’ll soon find out.”According to the official who spoke to The Associated Press, the strikes were recommended by the Pentagon and were among the options presented to senior administration officials.It was unclear how far the preparations had gone, but no shots were fired or missiles launched, the official said.The military operation was called off around 7:30 p.m. Washington time, after Trump had spent most of Thursday discussing Iran strategy with top national security advisers and congressional leaders.The downing of the U.S. drone — a huge, unmanned aircraft — over the Strait of Hormuz prompted accusations from the U.S. and Iran about who was the aggressor. Iran insisted the drone violated Iranian airspace; Washington said it had been flying over international waters.Trump’s initial comments on the attack were succinct. He declared in a tweet that “Iran made a very big mistake!” But he also suggested that shooting down the drone — which has a wingspan wider than a Boeing 737 — was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation, suggesting he may have been looking for some way to avoid a crisis.“I find it hard to believe it was intentional, if you want to know the truth,” Trump said at the White House. “I think that it could have been somebody who was loose and stupid that did it.”Trump, who has said he wants to avoid war and negotiate with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, cast the shootdown as “a new wrinkle … a new fly in the ointment.” Yet he also said “this country will not stand for it, that I can tell you.”He said the American drone was unarmed and unmanned and “clearly over international waters.” It would have “made a big, big difference” if someone had been inside, he said.But fears of open conflict shadowed much of the discourse in Washington. As the day wore on, Trump summoned his top national security advisers and congressional leaders to the White House for an hour-long briefing in the Situation Room. Attendees included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser John Bolton, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Army Secretary Mark Esper, whom Trump has said he’ll nominate as Pentagon chief.Pompeo and Bolton have advocated hardline policies against Iran, but Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said “the president certainly was listening” when congressional leaders at the meeting urged him to be cautious and not escalate the already tense situation.On Capitol Hill, leaders urged caution, and some lawmakers insisted the White House must consult with Congress before taking any actions.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said no specific options for a U.S. response were presented at the meeting. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “The administration is engaged in what I would call measured responses.” And late Thursday, House Republicans on the Foreign Affairs, intelligence and Armed Services committees issued a statement using the same word, saying, “There must be a measured response to these actions.”The Trump administration has been putting increasing economic pressure on Iran for more than a year. It reinstated punishing sanctions following Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of an international agreement intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from earlier sanctions.Citing Iranian threats, the U.S. recently sent an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region and deployed additional troops alongside the tens of thousands already there. All this has raised fears that a miscalculation or further rise in tensions could push the U.S. and Iran into an open conflict 40 years after Tehran’s Islamic Revolution.The paramilitary Guard, which answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it shot down the drone at 4:05 a.m. Thursday when it entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran’s Hormozgan province. Kouhmobarak is about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) southeast of Tehran.Taking issue with the U.S. version of where the attack occurred, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that his country had retrieved sections of the military drone “in OUR territorial waters where it was shot down.” He said, “We don’t seek war but will zealously defend our skies, land & waters.”Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, commander of U.S. Central Command air forces in the region, disputed that contention, telling reporters that the aircraft was 34 kilometers (21 miles) from the nearest Iranian territory and flying at high altitude when struck by a surface-to-air missile. The U.S. military has not commented on the mission of the remotely piloted aircraft that can fly higher than 10 miles in altitude and stay in the air for over 24 hours at a time.“This attack is an attempt to disrupt our ability to monitor the area following recent threats to international shipping and free flow of commerce,” he said.Late Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration barred American-registered aircraft from flying over parts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman and several major airlines from around the world on Friday began rerouting their flights to avoid the area, including British Airways, Australia’s Qantas, Germany’s Lufthansa and the Dutch carrier KLM.Democratic leaders in particular urged the president to work with U.S. allies and stressed the need for caution to avoid any unintended escalation.Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said he told Trump that conflicts have a way of escalating and “we’re worried that he and the administration may bumble into a war.”last_img read more

Known Issues wiki: LANDesk, MS ConfigMgr, Remote BIOS update, and more.

first_imgLANDesk* 8.8 SP2 console requires repeated deletion of two directories when provisioning Failure of collection-based power control in Microsoft* SCCM SP1Intel® MEBX, Web UI, and remote admin passwords are not automatically synchronizedTips on ME firmware updatesWrong IP address for Intel ME on Lenovo M58p using HypervisorIntel(R) AMT does not allow multiple simultaneous commandsNeed to set LANDesk* root certificate as trusted certificateIntel(R) SCS is only supported on English versions of Windows* Server 2008Usage of Locally Administered Address on Intel® Active Management Technology enabled systems Here’s a compilation of some of the issues that were added in the last few months to the Known Issues, Best Practices, and Workarounds wiki:last_img

NCAA jrs MVP Will Gozum commits to UP

first_imgDo we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNCAA Season 93 Juniors Most Valuable Player Will Gozum is set for a homecoming.The former Mapua Red Robin returns to Diliman as he has committed to play for University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gozum partners with Nigerian center Bright Akhuetie up front UAAP Season 81 as he joins a Fighting Maroons squad that boasts of potential with team captain Paul Desiderio and returnees Jun Manzo, Javi Gomez de Liaño, and UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year Juan Gomez de Liaño leading the way.Transferring from UPIS to Mapua, the 6-foot-6 Gozum made a name for himself in the NCAA, averaging 13.2 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in his senior year with the Red Robins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHis stellar showing also earned him an invite to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” cadet list in preparation for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.For now, Gozum will reunite with the Gomez de Liaño brothers, his former teammates in the Junior Maroons, this time under the guidance of coach Bo Perasol. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim UP is coming off a fifth place finish this past UAAP Season 80 with its 6-8 record. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Win ‘feels like loss’ for Gab Banal, Marinerong Pilipino ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Hike users to get Hindi news feed

first_imgMumbai, Sep 28 (PTI) Home grown chat application Hike messenger — headed by Kavin Mittal, son of Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal — today said Hindi news will be available to its users within the the instant messaging platform on their smartphones. The Hindi News will have content available in bite size feeds across sports, entertainment, politics, technology and many more categories, the company said in a statement. The launch of Hindi News comes on the back of the launch of the English News platform in August, which already has over 1.5 million daily users viewing 100 million stories per week. “We have carefully studied content consumption patterns of our user base and hike being an Indian app, we are happy that now our users can read news in Hindi. “Users can switch between Hindi and English news by tapping a button. We believe this is a step forward as we embark on our journey to bring India online in a locally relevant way,” Hike Messenger Founder and Chief Executive Officer Kavin Bharti Mittal said. Hike is also mulling to introduce news platform in regional Indian languages. PTI DS NRB ADI MKJlast_img read more