Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES View comments Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos (41) tries to strip the ball from San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in San Antonio. The Spurs won 114-104. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)The San Antonio Spurs delivered the biggest comeback of the National Basketball Association season on Wednesday with a 114-104 win over the Sacramento Kings to extend their winning streak to nine games.Coming back from as many as 28 points, the Spurs improved to 50-13 on the season, giving them their 18th straight 50-win season. San Antonio has now won 50 or more games every season since 1997-98, except in the strike-shortened 1998-99 campaign, when they went 37-13.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Longtime coach tears up after Nowitzki notches 30K points 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. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ “We are always going to fight as a team. We knew if we got a few stops in a row and every hustle play, we could get to within striking distance.“Being down 28 seemed like a lot of points, but we were able to chop away and make it work.” San Antonio never led until a Patty Mills three-pointer with 6:26 to play gave them a 95-92 advantage.Another Mills three-pointer and free throw almost three minutes later gave the Spurs’ a 99-94 lead and the Kings couldn’t stay with them. Danny Green drained consecutive three-pointers in the final 2:20 to help San Antonio secure the win.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Mills finished with 17 points while Jonathon Simmons and Green scored 14 points each.“It was a team effort — we had 33 assists,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “Everybody chipped in and did what they had to do by getting up into the Kings after the first quarter.“They took some pride in it. They wanted to win the game. I thought the whole team effort was fantastic.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In 28 years, the Spurs have had just one losing season, when they finished 20-62 in 1996-97. Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 19 points and David Lee equalled his season-best scoring output with 18 points as the shorthanded Spurs roared from behind in front of a crowd of 18,400 at the AT&T Center.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 returnThe Spurs rested star forwards Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge and trailed by as many as 28 points in the second quarter before their scorers took over.“It was a really bad start for us, but once we started getting back on defence and making them score in the half-court, we turned up the pressure a little bit,” Lee said. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon
After a plethora of emotional and at times vitriolic outbursts from fans of the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), in reaction to the team management’s decision to play three of their designated five home games in Lauderhill, Florida, a public-relations nightmare was beginning to unfold for the franchise’s ownership and management. The team going on to lose all three games in Florida in front of very moderate crowds rubbed even more salt into the wounds of the team’s management and ownership. Thanks to that almost embarrassing sequence of events, however, we are beginning to get some of the specific answers to the several questions relating to the controversial move. It was neither greed nor disdain for the fans as was being theorised. It was strictly business, motivated by the lack of sponsorship support from both the Jamaican Government and the private sector. That’s the essence of the response coming from the Tallawahs hierarchy. With a pay bill of close to US$1 million dollars, not even a full Sabina Park for every home game of the season can guarantee the financial sustainability of the Tallawahs franchise, while, by contrast, the other five competing franchises across the region continue to receive significantly more sponsorship support from their governments and business sectors. The Honourable Minister of Sports Olivia Grange promptly responded with confirmation that the Jamaican Government has, in the past, contributed over $7 million to the Tallawahs cause. The minister chronicled funding of US$25,000 for the 2015 season, followed by US$35,000 in the 2017 season, while revealing that a late request cost the Tallawahs their allocation for this season. The real context of the discontent, however is the disparity in support that the other franchises continue to get compared to what is coming the way of the Tallawahs. Reports quoted figures ranging from US$500,000 to US$3 million in support by the governments of the smaller Caribbean territories to their respective franchises. The fact that the Jamaican Government is constrained by the International Monitary Fund agreement and increasingly limited resources cannot be scoffed at. How, though, the conspicuous snob of the Jamaican private sector? It is absolutely befuddling to think that a product as popular, as viewed locally and internationally as the CPL, a month-long spectacle that is on display in packed stadia across the region and streamed into the big markets of Australia and India, cannot attract the requisite sponsorship. POOR COMMUNICATION The Tallawahs management obviously made their unpopular move out of frustration, but the public-relations department of the franchise should have been more forthright with the dissemination of the information relating to the reasons for the moving the games to Florida before the fact. Better communication with skipper AndrÈ Russell and the players surely would have prevented Russell’s public expression of displeasure at playing at home away from home. The utterances of the exuberant and inexperienced skipper seemed to characterise a champion and serial winner whose last priority in those emotionally testy moments was political correctness. Ironically, the Russell outburst did accelerate the streaky flow of the information regarding the specific reasons for the exporting of the Tallawahs home games. Just like the rest of us, Russell was in the dark and responded as such. Thankfully, skipper Russell and the rest of us now know who the culprits are. We can now see them perched in the wings, awaiting the full motion of the wagon so they can promptly jump aboard. Now we know. Now we understand.
View comments San Miguel clashes with sister team Barangay Ginebra at the start of the season-ending conference’s quarterfinal round on Sunday, with the Beermen needing to win two straight times to make the Final Four while doing it without its original import and three locals suspended.The Beermen qualified as the fifth seeds, just behind the Gin Kings, who were also the ones who spoiled their last stab at a Triple Crown two years ago in this same conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Arwind Santos, Ronald Tubid and Kelly Nabong have all been indefinitely suspended by management after a fight in practice that included original import choice Dez Wells last week, and it is seen by many as a huge blow with Wells considered as the most prolific reinforcement in the lot.Wells has since gone back to the United States, leaving John Holland to help the Beermen overturn the win-once advantage that the Kings have. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees San Miguel, incidentally, is winless in the two games that Holland has played.Tip-off is at 6:45 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum shortly after Meralco, the No. 2 seed, shoots for the win that will bundle out No. 7 Alaska and seal the Bolts’ place in the semifinals.“Their decision is firm,” a San Miguel source who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Inquirer about the decision to keep the three locals suspended.“The rotation that you saw during the TNT match (a 114-109 loss) is pretty much it (for Sunday).”The team’s practices has been shut off from the press and spectators following the tumultuous episode last week.ADVERTISEMENT Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee SEA Games stint vital for Petecio 2020 quest 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Ginebra coach Tim Cone, meanwhile, isn’t one to let his guard down even with what is going on at San Miguel.“It’s always such a great challenge going against them,” said Cone, who beat the Beermen in the 2017 quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel Beer’s trek to the top has never been devoid of hurdles.And with a familiar problem arising, a familiar foe will be at the opposite end of the floor when the Beermen start their difficult trek to win the PBA Governors’ Cup and complete the franchise’s second Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:05Poor 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 shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption
Dear Editor,It is most depressing to me, and I am sure all Guyanese who have the welfare of our country at heart, to see the continuing hostile attitude that seems to pervade the relationship between the present political party in power and those on the other side of the table, both in and out of Parliament, the place which has been specifically designed for them to come together and work to find programmes and projects that would work for the benefit all the people of our nation, irrespective of political persuasion or any other diversity.Most disheartening is the fact that the overriding atmosphere in all the deliberations between these two factions is that most times we get the feeling that there is more than mere opposition to one another, but a deep feeling of acrimony at the highest level. This is evident in the manner in which they seem to explore all means to discredit the efforts of either one or the other in whatever they are engaged, not only politically, but more devastating on the personal level.The present situation is not only troubling in that it must definitely serve to keep hampering any progress we should be making, but that it will continue to keep our people divided, thereby lessening the general national effort towards our advancement. On the psychological level, it is eating away at the self-confidence and pride which we should be displaying as citizens of a sovereign nation.Also, in an area in which I have been proven to be specially interested and effective, it is little by little eroding the respect in our leaders and institutions in our youths, something which would have an adverse effect when the time comes for them to play their part in our national affairs.I would like to ask all our leaders to up the level of their dialogue and interaction to the point where statesmanship and goodwill become the hallmarks of their interaction, as this would serve to create an atmosphere which would make all our people feel a part of the national effort but, more so, facilitate all their endeavours towards the material progress of our people.Yours sincerely,Roy Paul
Dear Editor,It was announced on February 28 that the world’s largest marijuana company has signalled its intention to be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Also, more than 33 states in the USA have legalised marijuana, for medical and/or recreational use. Uruguay, North Korea and other countries have fully legalised marijuana.What these states and countries have in common are strong and growing economies, because of the revenue being collected from taxes and trade. It is also important to note that the Netherlands, which was one of the first to legalize Marijuana, has a crime rate that is less than most countries in the world, to the point where that country is actually closing some of its prisons.If Guyana wants to find a viable alternative to the sugar industry, which is now in crisis, why not invest in marijuana as an agricultural, research and product manufacturing economy. We have the land and the agricultural know-how to transition to this crop very easily, and its return on investment would be much higher than rice and sugar combined.The marijuana industry generated US$ 6.7 billion in revenue in North America in 2016, and is projected to grow to US$20 billion by 2021. In Colorado alone, the industry generated US$1 billion in sales in 2015, and that state collected US$150 million in taxes and fees. All this in just a few years, while countries like Guyana are doing the opposite by spending tax payers’ money to send people to prison, while other countries are using those people to grow their economies.Any Government that does not reform its marijuana laws is doing an injustice to its citizens, and I am surprised that we have not yet tabled a bill to reform our laws to pave the way for a marijuana industry.We should be thinking of ways to replace the sugar cane fields with marijuana plants and setting up research facilities and factories to produce all the countless products that come from marijuana, which include medicines, clothes, cosmetics and other industrial products. We should be setting up marijuana resorts for tourism like the Netherlands, and differentiate ourselves as an organic producer of quality weed.Once again, we are not taking the opportunity to seize a moment to diversify our income streams for the country; instead, we are all focused on Exxon and the 1% oil contract. We must open our eyes and see that most, if not all, countries of coloured people, with the exception of some Middle Eastern states, have not seen much prosperity from oil. The list is long, and ranges from Nigeria to Equatorial Guinea to Angola and others.Let’s not depend solely on our politicians to bring us economic liberation, because we will be waiting for a very, very long time. We must start thinking of our country as our own, and demand a better future.Sincerely,Malcolm Watkins
Richmond, B.C. – WorkSafeBC is reminding employers and workers with the cold weather temperatures in Northern B.C., to prepare and have a plan to manage the risks of working outside in sub-zero temperatures.68 workers have been injured in B.C from 2013 to 2018 due to cold exposure with one death in 2014 taking place in the Okanagan. Injuries due to weather include frostbite and hypothermia which can cause death if untreated.“In Fort St. John our winter has been milder than usual this year, but we’re now seeing a bitterly cold snap,” says Budd Phillips, Manager of Prevention Field Services for WorkSafeBC. “When that happens, employers must conduct risk assessments and have a control plan in place to ensure workers are safe.”Frostbite, which accounted for 60 of the 68 cold-related injuries over the last five years, can happen fast, in just a few minutes when in extreme temperatures shares WorkSafeBC.Wind or wet clothing are factors in frostbite and some at-risk occupations are; transport truck drivers, recreational instructors, operators and attendants, construction workers, and utility and maintenance workers.The following tips will help prepare outdoor workers and prevent injury: Keep an eye on temperature and wind-chill forecasts from Environment CanadaMinimize skin exposureLayer clothing to trap heat and allow perspiration to escapeKeep clothing dryKeep bare hands away from metal objectsStay hydrated and limit intake of coffee and teaWork rested — fatigue is a risk factor in the coldWear a hat to help retain body heatPace any vigorous work with scheduled breaks in warm and dry areasTo read more about preventing cold-weather injuries; CLICK HERE – Advertisement –
SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Navy can use high-power sonar during exercises off the Southern California coast, despite the technology’s threat to whales and other marine mammals, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. National security interests outweigh the possible harm to marine life, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined in overturning a judge’s order banning the practice. “The public does indeed have a very considerable interest in preserving our natural environment and especially relatively scarce whales,” Judge Andrew Kleinfeld wrote for the majority. “But it also has an interest in national defense. We are currently engaged in war, in two countries.” Judge Milan Smith Jr. disagreed, saying he would have kept the ban in place, in part because the Natural Resources Defense Council is likely to win its lawsuit to stop the use of sonar. The ruling allows the Navy to use the high-power sonar in 11 planned training exercises. Cara Horowitz, an attorney for the Santa Monica-based resources defense council, said she was “somewhat disappointed” by the ruling Friday, but remained confident the lawsuit would force the Navy to refashion it so it doesn’t harm marine life off the Southern California coast. The appeals court said in its Friday ruling that it wanted to resolve the lawsuit quickly, and Horowitz was hopeful the Navy will not be able to undertake most of the 11 planned exercises. She said the next planned exercise is in September. The council’s lawsuit alleges that the Navy’s sonar causes whales to beach themselves, among other environmental harms. The Navy maintains that it already minimizes risks to marine life. It has monitored the ocean off Southern California for the 40 years it has employed sonar without seeing any whale injuries. It said the sonar is vital for tracking submarines. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tottenham Hotspur are looking to keep pace at the top end of the Premier League table by claiming three vital points against Leicester City on Saturday.Spurs proved their title credentials when they beat Manchester City 2-0 prior to the last international break, but have failed to win a game since then – scoring only two goals in the process.Their lack of form has seen Mauricio Pochettino’s men fall out of the top four, and they will be wanting to get their season back on track this weekend.Leicester may be reigning Premier League champions, but they have failed to win an away game this season – losing all four of their matches with a goal difference of -10.It is certainly a winnable game for the Lilywhites, but just who will Pochettino select to face off against Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s predicted Tottenham line-up in squad number order… 1. Hugo Lloris (goalkeeper) – click the right arrow, above, to see the rest of the Tottenham predicted line up in squad number order 11 12. Victor Wanyama (holding midfield) 19. Mousa Dembele (holding midfield) 11 2. Kyle Walker (right back) 11 23. Christian Eriksen (number 10) 9. Vincent Janssen (centre forward) 7. Heung-Min Son (right wing) 11 15. Eric Dier (centre back) 11 5. Jan Vertonghen (centre back) 11 3. Danny Rose (left back) 11 11 11 11 11 20. Dele Alli (left wing)
Harry Kane celebrates scoring for Tottenham against West Brom 1 Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as Tottenham thrashed West Brom to make it six Premier League wins a row.Spurs were superior throughout the lunchtime meeting at White Hart Lane, with a only fine display from goalkeeper Ben Foster preventing an even more embarrassing defeat for the Baggies.Kane became a father for the first time this week and marked the arrival of his daughter in style.The England marksman put Spurs ahead early on, firing the ball in off the post after an excellent pass from Christian Eriksen.Gareth McAuley’s own goal doubled the home side’s lead before Kane struck twice more to complete his treble and seal an emphatic victory.West Brom had won their past two league games, but were completely outclassed by Tottenham.Rampant from the start, Mauricio Pochettino’s in-form side were ahead on 12 minutes – Kane confidently sweeping the ball in off the upright after good build-up play from Eriksen.Kane almost added a second on 24 minutes when he dived to meet Victor Wanyama’s cross with a header but was brilliantly denied by Foster.Spurs supporters didn’t have wait long to celebrate a second, though, as they doubled their lead from the next attack.Danny Rose played the ball back to Eriksen on the edge of the West Brom box and his low shot deflected off McAuley and past the unfortunate Foster.Dele Alli thought he had made it 3-0 soon after as Spurs continued to dominate, but his smart finish on the half-hour mark was correctly ruled out for offside.Kane was then twice denied in quick succession by Foster, with West Brom indebted to their ‘keeper for keeping the score down to 2-0 at the break. Having not threatened at all during the first half, West Brom boss Tony Pulis would have demanded for an improved display from his side in the second half.But Spurs continued to dominate after the break and Foster again came to the visitors’ rescue to keep out fierce strikes from Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.However, there was nothing the former Manchester United stopper could do to prevent Kane notching his second with 12 minutes remaining.Kyle Walker robbed McAuley all too easily and crossed for Kane, who did well to convert past Foster first time.Just five minutes later and Kane had his hat-trick as he exchanged passes with Alli to tuck away his 15th goal of the campaign.It was an impressive display from Spurs, who move to second in the table ahead of the Saturday afternoon kick-offs and look every inch a title contender.
For the first time since 1997, Hart High’s football team has gone two seasons in a row without winning a title, so the question this year is: can the Indians come back? It won’t be easy. Hart’s good, but so is the competition. Hart, which has begun its three-week dead period, looked strong during summer passing tournaments – though not quite as dominant as usual – and the team appears to have found a suitable quarterback in Alex Pettee, who served as Tyler Lyon’s backup last season. The receiving corps, always a crucial factor in Hart’s success, will be under the test, especially now that top returnee Tyler Embree has transferred out because of a family move. Among the pleasant surprises is the emergence of receiver Brandon Arndt, a converted defensive back who until this summer had virtually no experience catching the football. Canyon, which has defeated Hart three times in a row over two seasons (including a 21-13 victory in the Southern Section Div. II championship in December) should be strong once again – strong enough to be considered the league favorite. The prime reason to expect continued success is the return of DiLuigi, who scored a league-record 43 touchdowns last year, along with a talented offensive line led by returnees Nick Madia, Nick Peterson and A.J. Wallerstein. Plus, quarterback Ben Longshore has developed nicely, leading Canyon to several passing league championships. Canyon also has been blessed with the surprising return of Blake McMartin, a talented but troubled defensive back who left Canyon early last year for personal reasons but appears to be totally refocused and primed for a breakout senior season. McMartin was considered one of the league’s hardest hitters last season. “Blake McMartin is doing awesome. He’s doing really well,” coach Harry Welch said. “I couldn’t be more pleased with his attitude, effort and performance. He’s a great kid.” Canyon also has an intriguing prospect in senior Paul Ned, who has decided to try out for the football team after finishing ninth in California in the 100 meters during the spring. At this point, Ned is considered a “project,” but certainly an interesting one if he pans out. Valencia High baseball pitchers Caleb Deville and Nick Pappas, two of the league’s top senior right-handers this past season, have signed with Mississippi Valley State – a college best known for being the alma mater of former NFL star Jerry Rice. Both changed their plans after originally committing to Triton College, a JC program near Chicago. In other Valencia baseball news, Michael Scott, Randy Guerrero and Scott Fowler are headed to Santa Barbara City College. Sal Frias, a longtime vice principal in charge of athletics at Canyon High, has left to take an administration job at Golden Valley High. Lineman Andy Madjid and receiver Nate Jones, a pair of All-Southern Section Div. XII football players from L.A. Baptist High of North Hills, are among several L.A. Baptist alums who plan to play at College of the Canyons this fall. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or gerry.gittelson@ dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“All of a sudden, Brandon is our go-to guy this year,” coach Mike Herrington said. Can Arndt follow in the footsteps of previous Hart standouts such as Troy Yudin, Ryan Wolfe and Kevin Ciccone? Such a development will be vital if Hart is to contend for another title – this time in the newly formed Northern Division, which also includes state power St. Bonaventure of Ventura, which has defeated Hart three times in a row in nonleague matchups. Also key are juniors Delano Howell, a running back, and Patrick Larrimore, a linebacker, both of whom are supremely talented but coming off injuries. Howell, once considered Hart’s brightest young tailback prospect since Ted Iacenda, limped through what was expected to be breakout sophomore season last year. A chronic ankle problem limited Howell to 726 yards rushing, 13 receptions and nine touchdowns – well below the standard set by previous Hart backs. However, Howell, now fully healthy, has looked terrific during summer tournaments, and perhaps he could evolve into the same class as all-state prospects J.J. DiLuigi of Canyon and Shane Vereen of Valencia. Larrimore, a 6-foot-3, 230-pounder who has the size of an NFL linebacker, missed nearly all of last season because of a leg injury. Like Howell, Larrimore appears to be 100 percent, and if he’s as good as Hart coaches think he’ll be, Larrimore should be the Foothill League’s top linebacker.