Fajardo, Pogoy, Rosario still feeling their way into Gilas system

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon ‘Homeland’ star Patinkin lauds intelligence community Jerramy King, Russell Escoto traded to NorthPort Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? “When June Mar, Pogs, and Troy were on the floor they were kind of looking for their spots. That’s one thing we have to fix in the next few days because that was what happened in the second quarter when we got out of sync.”Gilas ended the first quarter with a 25-16 lead but were outplayed in the second period and saw their margin dwindle to one, 50-49, heading into the break right when the trio was inserted into the match.Only Pogoy made a considerable impact scoring 10 points with eight of those coming in Gilas 13-2 game-closing run. Fajardo had four points in 11 minutes if play while Rosario went scoreless.ADVERTISEMENT In fact, it’s just been three days since they rejoined training after their 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals duties.“They just arrived with the team and they’re still finding their spots during the game and their teammates were also trying to adjust to them,” said Guiao in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“When we were in Spain the team was more cohesive because they’ve been with each other for a long time already.”That’s going to be Gilas Pilipinas’ focus as its heads into the final stretch of training with the Fajardo, Pogoy, and Rosario likely to make the Final 12 roster. Priyanka Chopra Jonas joining Amazon’s spy series ‘Citadel’ Mandatory evacuation enforced in Lemerycenter_img MOST READ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake View comments WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Dutch YouTube star Nikkie de Jager says she is transgender BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy. Photos by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas’ first tune-up against Adelaide on Friday revealed problems that still need fixing with a week before the 2019 Fiba World Cup.In the 93-82 victory over the 36ers, coach Yeng Guiao said it was evident that June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario are still trying to feel their way into the system having missed a chunk of the national team’s practices.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

O’Shea hails Republic of Ireland team-mates after ‘special night’

first_img1 Republic of Ireland goal hero John O’Shea has praised his team-mates after their spirited performances earned them a 1-1 draw with Germany in Euro 2016 qualifying.The Boys In Green had been heading for a slim defeat following Toni Kroos’ strike but the visitors never gave up and eventually the Sunderland defender, sent forward by Martin O’Neill, popped up with a rare goal to earn them a share of the spoils in injury time.And O’Shea couldn’t praise his fellow players enough for their determined display in the Group D clash.He told Sky Sports: “The manager [Martin O’Neill] put me forward with a couple of minutes to go and thankfully I was able to stick the ball away.“But it was a big credit to the lads in front of me tonight. It was very determined and very dogged. It was a big, big performance but we came up with little bits of quality when we had to come out and play and that was very pleasing.“Once they got that goal it was a big blow for us because we’re looking towards the end of the game to maybe catch them a little bit. And they got that first goal with maybe 20 minutes to go so we had to come out a little bit more.“The manager said to us at half-time that even if we do go that goal down then we will have chances and we will have time to play. We were able to string together some lovely passes. It was special night and thankfully I was able to play my part.” Republic of Ireland players celebrate last_img read more

Homeowner doesn’t merit jail sentence

first_imgTalks with the city over a solution dragged on until a Superior Court judge sentenced him to the maximum jail term, with no possibility for house arrest or probation. Issues of neighborhood compatibility, aesthetics and permitting have led to a number of prolonged disputes in some South Bay cities. We don’t recall any of them resulting in jail time, however. For instance, we don’t recall Donald Trump being threatened with jail time over a dispute at the Trump National Golf Club, where a 70-foot-tall flagpole was illegally erected. Eventually, the city of Rancho Palos Verdes worked out a deal with Trump that allowed the flagpole to remain in place. There was also the case in Torrance of a Superior Court judge who illegally built a fence and gate on public property outside his home. That case dates back four years and involved protracted litigation, but we recall no discussions about jail time. In Linares’ case, the judge should reconsider and allow him to appeal the sentence. We hope that the intense public interest in his case will lead to renewed discussions with Rolling Hills Estates and more openness on all sides to find a reasonable compromise. It should not take the threat of jail time to accomplish that. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Six months in jail over a dispute involving aesthetics, home improvements and paperwork? Many of the readers responding to a Daily Breeze story on the plight of Rolling Hills Estates resident Francisco Linares were outraged by his jail sentence, especially considering the number of violent offenders who commit crimes in the Los Angeles area. We share the outrage. Linares, a Cuban immigrant, wanted to repair a fence behind his home. He was told by the city that the fence was on his property and that it was his responsibility. Later, the city offered a different interpretation: that Linares’ new fence was illegally built on city property. Eventually he was charged with three misdemeanors for not removing the fence, for building a retaining wall that apparently exceeded height restrictions and for installing some decorative stone columns. last_img read more

Spector guilty — of schlock music

first_imgYou see the pattern. This isn’t about rebel teenagers. This isn’t about good times, get it while you’re young. This is the Tin Pan Alley sausage-machine mentality. Of course he wasn’t alone. Little Philly had lots of company, and all had very little Teen Spirit. They wanted to be someone special, and they had the machinery and the contacts to do it. So very quickly rock ‘n’ roll got pre-empted from its home in the South and hijacked by professional friends in New York and Philadelphia and, to a lesser extent, by the Los Angeles grubs. It wasn’t pretty. It was like listening to elevator music cranking out of your car radio. Luckily the Brits had been listening and sent their mobs over. The invasion more or less stopped that sticky swill from drowning us all. Not the Beatles – they were more of the same. But surely the Rolling Stones and Eric Burden and The Animals. Now we await the closing arguments of Spector’s murder trial, the decision of the jury. Maybe we’ll get a little justice for the hours of horror he has inflicted upon us.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CLOSING arguments in the Phil Spector murder trial are set for Wednesday and Sept. 6, with the jury expected to begin considering his case the next day. I’ve already considered Spector’s case. He’s guilty. Oh, I’m sure he may have killed Lana Clarkson, but I’m not talking about that. He’s guilty of subverting and sliming rock ‘n’ roll in its very early days. I’ve been considering his offenses since the late ’50s. I was about 12 years old when rock ‘n’ roll reared itself up from rhythm and blues and honky-tonk country music. White and black people singing fast blues. The radio record-players told us it was our music. So we believed them. This was the ’50s; we believed everything authority was telling us. And the music was good – “Rock Around the Clock,” “Mystery Train,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On.” But all the while we were innocent about the real nature of radio and the record business – the wee people, the small souls who didn’t get the rock and didn’t feel the roll. They thought about money. They thought about fame. They thought about business. So Spector squeezed out his first warm-and-wet hit in 1958 – a sluggish, saccharine piece of drivel called “To Know Him Is To Love Him.” You cannot imagine my horror when first I heard it. The lyrics went something like this: “To know, know, know him, is to love, love, love him. And I do, and I do, and I do.” Twelve-year-olds should not be afflicted with lyrics like this. It is a crime. Twelve-year-olds get the shakes when exposed to tepid crap of this magnitude. Admit it: If you saw those lyrics on a Hallmark greeting card, you would not buy it; you would not even finish reading it. But this was the golden age of payola, of record promoters, guys who were paid to go around to local radio stations to meet and bribe tiny-souled record jockeys to play their loathsome records. And they did, and they did, and they did. So little Phil had a hit at age 19. Then he began working the system in earnest. He acquired and jettisoned mentors and tried to make money off everyone who could help him. And the hits kept coming – “Pretty Little Angel Eyes,” “He Knows I Love Him Too Much,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love,” the infamous “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Be My Baby.” last_img read more

Clean-air crusade to start at LAX

first_img“Pollution knows no political or geographical boundaries,” Perez- Sullivan said. “The U.S. has invested over $37 billion on climate change science, technology and tax incentive programs, more than any other country in the world.” Aviation’s impact on global warming is greater than other greenhouse gas sources because the emissions are released from high altitudes, according to Brown. Just under 10 percent of all transportation sector emissions come from aircraft, but that number is “rapidly growing,” according to Deron Lovaas, a transportation analyst for the National Resources Defense Council. Additionally, Lovaas said, the aviation sector is looking at liquefied coal as a substitute for jet fuel, which could pose a considerable challenge in reducing carbon emissions. “I looked at this petition and nearly fell over in my chair,” Lovaas said. “This is an exciting development because this is a part of the transportation sector where we see rapidly growing emissions, and it is often overlooked when considering the climate challenge.” art.marroquin@dailybreeze.com160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBrown’s petition asks the EPA to respond within 180 days and initiate the formal process to limit greenhouse gas emissions from all aircraft arriving or departing from airports across the United States. EPA officials declined to comment on the matter, saying they have not yet received the petition. “We will comment after we receive and review the petition,” said Margot Perez-Sullivan, an EPA spokeswoman. Aircraft contributed to 3 percent of the country’s total carbon dioxide emissions in 2005, according to EPA statistics cited by Brown. However, Perez-Sullivan said that a series of voluntary efforts helped to eliminate about 100 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions last year. She also said the EPA hopes to reduce greenhouse gases by 18 percent by 2012. Attorney General Jerry Brown will ask the EPA to set aircraft emission standards. California Attorney General Jerry Brown is expected to visit Los Angeles International Airport today to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt strict emissions standards for commercial aircraft. Brown said he plans to file a petition asking the EPA to find that greenhouse-gas-forming pollutants from aircraft contribute to global warming. Such a move could eventually prompt the federal agency to push for lower aircraft emissions, he said. “Aviation is a large and rapidly growing source of greenhouse gases, and the EPA should have taken action by now to curb these emissions,” Brown said. “Not to do so ignores the tremendous opportunity for technical innovations that can increase efficiency and reduce emissions.” last_img read more

Kosovo coach jokes the only way to stop Sterling is to ‘break his leg’

first_img update Bernard Challandes is known for his eccentric press conferences Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Getty Images – Getty GRABS latest 2 on target Raheem Sterling is likely to star against Kosovo Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes joked the only way to stop Raheem Sterling is to break his leg.Challandes also labelled England as the best team in Europe ahead of the final Euro 2020 qualification match, with the Three Lions having already booked their place in next summer’s tournament.Kosovo can no longer qualify directly after suffering a narrow defeat in the Czech Republic but will be in the play-offs and Challandes will want to build on their performance in a 5-3 loss to England at St Mary’s earlier in the year. stalemate Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship targets 2 appointed Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman “This game is a wonderful game with these objectives. At least I can say it is for us a wonderful challenge to play against one of the best teams in the world and perhaps now the best team in Europe.“If you see this qualification round from England no one has scored so much, the incredible offensive potential of this team: winning 7-0, 6-0, 5-0, 5-0, 5-0. Incredible!“No other team (is like that), that means for us it is an incredible challenge and as a coach I can enjoy such a challenge but am also a little afraid.“We can laugh a little but it is the 1,001st game for England, it is our 29th – they are a little more experienced.” statement LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future While England shipped three goals in that game, they showed their quality in attack, as they have done throughout the group.Southgate’s side have racked up 33 goals – three more than the next most potent side Belgium, who have played one more game – and Challandes pointed to that statistic as proof of England’s current standing.“If you can remember when we began this European qualifiers I have always spoken about new experiences and progress, about improving,” he said. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Sterling is expected to start for the visitors having been sidelined for the 7-0 thrashing of Montenegro on Thursday as punishment for his training ground spat with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.Challandes believes it is bad news for his side that Sterling will be back and looking to make a point on his return to the team.“For us it is not good news for sure,” he said Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 20.70%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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But that is not our style, we are too nice – we are a team who are very, very, very nice but it is not a problem if we play together.”last_img read more

Gethins first pro fight to be televised live

first_imgSligo’s newest professional boxer, Aaron Gethins, will have his debut pro bout televised live by TG4 on Friday, December 7th.He will fight on the undercard of the Ray Moylette bill in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar against a Croatian opponent.18-year-old Gethins nad fellow Sligo man James Lynch recently joined the pro-ranks and are being managed by well-known Dublin veteran trainer Tony Davitt.Gethins is a three-time Irish underage champion and represented the country at the 2015 European Junior Championships, reaching the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Masters number 50 for Player

first_img4 April 2007When Gary Player tees off at the US Masters at Augusta on Thursday, he will be playing in the major for a record-equalling 50th time.Player will become only the second golfer to reach the magic number in the tournament, following in the footsteps of Arnold Palmer, who played it exactly 50 times.Player doesn’t want to stop at 50, however; he reckons he would love to compete in the Masters one more time in 2008.Masters victoriesHe first contested the Masters in 1957 and won it three times, in 1961, 1974 and 1978. When he won in 1961, he became the first non-American winner of the event. In the 1978 tournament, a final round eight-under-par 64 saw him come from seven strokes back to snatch a stunning victory at age 43.In recognition of the 71-year-old’s achievement, the World Golf Hall of Fame in St Augustine, Florida has been running a special exhibit, “Gary Player: A Global Journey”, that explores Player’s impact on the game through personal memorabilia, artifacts, videos and images.Jack Peter, the Hall’s chief operating officer, said the exhibit had been extremely well-received since it opened last year, “and we look forward to continuing to tell [Player’s] story.”Player was inducted into golf’s Hall of Fame in 1974.163 tournament winsDuring Player’s career he won nine majors and 163 tournaments. Jack Nicklaus, who is widely regarded as the greatest player ever, secured 18 majors and 113 titles in all, 50 wins shy of Player.The World Golf Village website quotes Nicklaus as saying: “I don’t think Gary was a great driver of the golf ball. I don’t think he was a great iron player. He was a good putter, not a great putter.“But when he really needed to be, he was a great driver, and a great iron player, and he made the putt when he needed to make it. Gary, as much as anyone I ever saw, has that thing inside him that champions have.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Lion Air’s safety record a mixed bag

first_imgLion Air is Indonesia’s biggest privately-owned airline, runs second to Malaysia’s AirAsia in terms of South-East Asian low-cost carriers and been responsible for some of the world’s biggest aircraft orders.It has a chequered past when it comes to accidents but has moved in recent years to improve its operations by joining a global audit regime.The group was founded in 1999 by Indonesian-Chinese brothers Rusdi and Kusnan Kirana and started operations the following year.It grew rapidly,  launching short-haul commuter subsidiary Wings Air in 2003 and Batik Air in 2013. It is also a joint venture partner in Malaysia’s Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air.The group currently operates a fleet of more than 300 aircraft, ranging from turboprops to older McDonnell Douglas planes and an aging Boeing 747.  They serve a mix of domestic and international destinations, including Australia.But the single-aisle Boeing 737, and to a lesser extent the Airbus A320, form the backbone of the group fleet with Lion Air’s services are nearly all operated by the Boeing jet.Headline-grabbing aircraft orders included a record 2011 deal to buy 230 Boeing jets listing at $US21.7 billion and a 2013 order for 234 Airbus jets worth $US24 billion at list prices.More recently, it signed a 2017 deal for 50 737 MAX 10 jets worth more than $US6 billion at catalog prices.The airline’s safety record has been mixed and at one stage it was banned, along with other Indonesia carriers from flying to the US and Europe because of safety concerns.Indonesian airlines were cleared to fly to the US in 2016 and that year Europe lifted its ban on Lion Air.READ:  Lion Air’s erratic speed and altitude graphs revealed.The European Commission also lifted its blanket ban on Indonesia carriers in mid-2018 after the country returned mostly above average results in a 2017 review by the  International Civil Aviation Organisation Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program.The EC has said it has no immediate plans to retintroduce the ban on Lion Air as a result of Monday’s crash.ICAO’s audit reviews the national aviation system and looks at operations, airworthiness, accident investigation, aerodromes, organization, legislation, air navigation services and licensing.The 2017 audit saw Indonesia score above the global average in six of the eight areas, was average in one and slightly below average — by about 0.1 of a percentage point — when it came to organization.Its highest ICAO score of 90.91 percent was for airworthiness.Lion Air, Batik Air and Garuda have all also completed the International Air Transport Association completed IOSA, which is conducted every two years and is designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.It looks at more than 1000 parameters and has become an internationally recognized aviation standard since its inception 15 years ago.In 2017, the all accident rate for airlines on the IOSA registry was nearly four times better than that of non-IOSA airlines (0.56 vs. 2.17) and it was nearly three times better over the 2012-16 period.Nonetheless, Lion Air’s chequered safety history has seen one other fatal crash and a number of aircraft written off.Its last fatal accident was in 2004, when 25 people died after a McDonnell-Douglas MD-82 overran a runway while landing at Solo City in central Java and crashed into a metal fence and cemetery.The most recent prior to Monday’s tragedy was a runway excursion in April this year at Gorontalo in which a Boeing 737-800 was substantially damaged.A 2013 incident saw a Boeing 737 crash short of the runway at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and break in two. The crash injured 46 people, four of them seriously, and was attributed to pilot error.Two passengers also suffered serious injuries after a Lion Air plane bounced four times in hard landing at Surabaya-Juanda Airport in 2007.The Aviation Safety Network’s accident database shows Lion Air aircraft were damaged beyond repair in accidents in 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013.Batik Air has had one aircraft substantially damaged in a ground collision attributed to poor air traffic control coordination.last_img read more

House Passes Small Business Healthcare Tax Relief Bill

first_imgThe House passed the bipartisan Small Business Health Care Relief Bill (HR 5447) on June 21 by voice vote. The House Ways and Means Committee had approved the bill on June 15 (TAXDAY, 2016/06/16, C.1). The measure, sponsored by Reps. Charles Boustany, R-La., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., now heads to the Senate.According to Boustany, the bill would implement the following measures:– Small businesses and local municipalities with fewer than 50 employees will be allowed to continue using pre-tax dollars to give employees a defined contribution for healthcare expenses;– Employees will be allowed to use Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) funds to purchase health coverage on the individual market, as well as for qualified out-of-pocket medical expenses if the employee has qualified health coverage; and– Employers will be protected from financial penalties for providing this cost-sharing option to employees.BackgroundThe IRS issued Notice 2013-54, I.R.B. 2013-40, 287, which generally prohibited the use of HRAs for purchasing health insurance on the individual market because these arrangements do not meet the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA’s) (P.L. 111-148) minimum benefit and annual dollar cap requirements for health insurance plans offered by employers. “Under this guidance, employers who continue to offer HRAs would be subject to a $100 per day, per employee penalty totaling up to $36,500 per year,” Boustany noted.“The Small Business Healthcare Relief Bill is a common-sense, bipartisan solution ensuring our small businesses aren’t penalized for trying to do the right thing”, Boustany said. “HRAs are an affordable solution for both employees and employers to combat the escalating cost of health insurance,” he added.JCTAccording to the Joint Committee on Taxation’s (JCT) report on the bill (JCX-47-16), “IRS guidance holds that employer payment plans generally fail to meet certain group health plan requirements.” Additionally, an HRA cannot meet those requirements unless it is offered in conjunction with employer-sponsored coverage, the JCT report noted. “An employer may be subject to an excise tax if it provides an employer payment plan or a stand-alone HRA,” it added.Business Community SupportThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter in support of HR 5447 to Boustany and Thompson. “This bipartisan bill would restore the ability of small businesses to offer stand-alone HRAs to their employees without being penalized,” the organization noted. “Since many small employers do not have human resource departments or benefits specialists, this bill would provide them with the necessary flexibility to help their employees pay for health care,” it added.The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) also voiced its support for the bipartisan measure. This legislation “would allow home building firms and other small businesses to provide Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), which let employers contribute something to their employee health costs,” NAHB Second Vice Chairman Randy Noel said. “HRAs allow small businesses to offer pre-tax dollars to insured employees to help pay premiums and/or other out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care and services”, he added.SenateSens. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., recently released an updated version of their bill that also focuses on allowing small businesses, through HRAs, to help employees purchase health coverage (TAXDAY, 2016/06/16, C.1). Their version of the Small Business Health Care Relief Bill (Sen 3060) “would allow small businesses to reimburse their employees on a pre-tax basis for the purchase of health insurance on the individual market,” Grassley said in a statement.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffCBO Cost Estimate on HR 5447, the Small Business Health Care Relief Act of 2016Ways and Means Press Release: Levin Floor Statement on HR 5447last_img read more