Gilas battles China

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve always believed that the best way to prepare for a game is to completely be in the present,” Reyes said in the report. “It’s the now that’s going to be important.”The Filipinos hope to use speed to offset China’s edge in size, with Gilas having a fleet-footed backcourt led by Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo.Save for the absence of Blatche and Fajardo, the Philippines is being represented by possibly the best team it could cull, unlike the Chinese and Iran, who are saving their best players for the World Cup Qualifying starting in November.Gilas and China are bracketed with Iraq and Qatar in Group B and to keep on playing, would need to win at least once in the first round.Each group topnotcher will automatically make it to the quarterfinals, while Nos. 2 and 3 will advance to a qualifying round for the quarters.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Key game up for national squad LATEST STORIES View comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA Gilas Pilipinas side that is definitely wanting in size gets its Fiba Asia Cup bid going, clashing with defending titlist China Wednesday at Mouhad Nawfai Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.With Andray Blatche refusing to go and June Mar Fajardo injured, the Filipinos are the definite underdogs in their 6:30 p.m. (Manila time) clash with the Chinese, who had taken just four players from their team that played in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Oympics but still loom as one of the teams to beat in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Christian Standhardinger has taken over the place of Blatche on short notice, and there will be a lot that the6-foot-8 Filipino-German would need to do in order to make Gilas competitive in the continental championship.The Philippines finished second in the last two editions of the Fiba Asia, the first happening in 2013 in Manila and two years ago in Changsha, Hunan province in China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Iran won the 2013 event, while the Chinese literally maximized homecourt edge two years later to beat the Filipinos in a close contest.Coach Chot Reyes doesn’t want his players to be thinking about that for this game, but was quoted as saying by a TV5 report that “it’s human nature,” for players to recall what happened then. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Pre-election, Election Day and post-election day fraud

first_imgDear Editor,Various methods were used in the past to rig elections. These can be classified as pre-election fraud, Election Day fraud and post-election fraud.In the pre-election, it’s about the selection of the GECOM Head, delaying of elections, the padding of the voters’ list with persons not eligible to vote and disenfranchising of voters by names not on the voters’ list or because of errors. In the past, there was the fraudulent use of proxy, postal and overseas voting. During the election there is seizure and tampering of the ballot boxes, multiple voting by PNC members and supporters, ejection of polling agents, intimidation of voters, failure to use the electoral ink on the fingers of PNC supporters, large-scale use of the army and thugs to perpetrate several acts of violence to scare voters away, and failure of Police to prevent violations of the law.The post-election period sees undue delays in the vote counts and refusals to re-count close results as in the one-vote difference in Region Eight which would have probably given the one seat to the PPP/C. The rigging arsenal of the PNC has no shortage of ammunition.However, in the last Local Government Elections (LGE), the PNC became complacent or probably attempted to gauge its popularity and thus felt that there was no need to activate its rigging machinery which since 1985 was oiled and placed in storage.We have also seen that it was a strategy of the PNC in the past to postpone the holding of elections to facilitate rigging and from the various GECOM-aided delaying tactics currently being employed, it is pellucid that the PNC-controlled coalition feared a massive defeat at the General Elections if they are held as constitutionally due by March 21. They have not only failed to deliver on their campaign promises but they have eroded the economic gains made by the PPP/C Government who had inherited a bankrupt economy from the same PNC in 1992. Hordes of the coalition’s own supporters have now rejected them and in just over 3 years, the PNC’s partner in crime, the AFC, has completely disintegrated except for the few hustlers and thieves who remained.In the last LGE, the AFC tried in vain to be ‘fit and proppa’ to effect its own brand of electoral fraud but sadly this later became exposed by the results of the LGE itself when they got far fewer votes than the number of their backers’ lists. On the other hand, the PNC became shell-shocked by its LGE demolition and was later blasted by Amna’s ricochet “bring it on” boast. Both the PNC and the AFC have now realised that they are two losers who can complement each other, with the AFC continuing its subservient role.It is evident that the pre-election rigging process is activated and that these delaying tactics are only meant to give the PNC enough time to put its entire rigging apparatus in place. However, this should not be allowed to happen since Article 106 of the Constitution has made it clear that Elections must be held within the 90-day period and the High Court’s decision has supported this. Many arguments have been proposed by the Leader of the Opposition and other prominent political commentators and reputable local and international organisations which support the holding of General Elections.Will the coalition risk the wrath of the local and international community to illegally remain in Government so that it could perpetuate a massive electoral rigging? They can, they have done it before!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor Region Sixlast_img read more

Bartica man released on $3M bail

first_img6M fraudThe gold dealer who defrauded a local bank of a total of $956 million was on Monday slapped with six counts of fraud.Saddiqi Rasul, the owner of SSS Minerals Trading Inc, who was accused of committing fraud at the local commercial bank made his first appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he denied the charges.Saddiqi Rasul making his way to the prisoners holding dock after the charges being readThe prosecution is contending that Rasul changed six cheques for a total of $956 million at the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) between March 21 and 24, 2017. The cheques were in the sums of $290 million, $96 million, $138 million, $89 million, $298 million and $45 million.The incident became public on Thursday last and within a few hours, the suspect turned himself in to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in the company of his lawyer.At the court on Monday, his lawyer, Sandil Kissoon, in a bail application, accused the Bank of negligence while noting that the Bank’s Manager did not follow protocol, a prerequisite of the Bank’s policy. The Bank’s Manager, however, is still on the run.On the other hand, Prosecutor Arvin Moore, in his objection to bail, informed the Court that the suspect may tamper with evidence and witnesses. Moore also noted that Rasul has a pending case for a similar offence.Rasul, a known fraudster, is believed to have robbed and conned several gold dealers of hundreds of millions of dollars. He presently has several lawsuits hanging over his head from clients that he took money from to purchase gold, but instead, fraudulently converted it to his own use.Since his arrest, members of the Major Crime Unit of the CID swopped down on several of the suspect’s offices and houses where they conducted searches, but came up empty-handed.The fraud was pulled off at GBTI’S office at Bartica. Based on reports received, Rasul deposited the money in cheques into his bank account at GBTI.The cheques were, however, from Citizens’ Bank, but the manager of GBTI went ahead and effect payment without the cheques being cleared.Guyana Times understands that several close associates of the suspect have arrested and have been assisting Police as the probe intensifies. One of those arrested is a worker at the office at Charity, Essequibo.Rasul will make his next court appearance on April 21 at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

North Peace Light Horse Association hosting winter carnival tomorrow

first_imgThere will be a number of activities at the event including a campfire, sleigh rides, games, and food.Admission will be by donation with the proceeds going towards the SPCA.Further questions about the event can be directed to Stacy at 250-263-5574.- Advertisement –last_img

Exclusive – Walcott will have to fight for place after injury return, insists Arsenal legend

first_imgArsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has told talkSPORT that Theo Walcott will have to fight for his place in the Gunners side when he returns from injury.The winger has been sidelined since January after suffering knee ligament damage during the FA Cup third round victory over fierce rivals Tottenham.In his absence, Wenger has strengthened his attacking options with Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez providing stiff competition for a spot in the Gunners’ attack.And while Winterburn believes the England international may not fit straight back into the squad, he adds that Walcott is likely to become a key member of the squad again when he eventually returns to full fitness.“I’m not sure Walcott will come straight back into the side,” the former defender told Drivetime.“If you remember at the start of last season he was injured and came off the bench a lot and had a massive impact.“Eventually, though, he will come back into the team. Theo is a player I really like, he’s got genuine pace, his goalscoring ability is very, very good.“I think he’ll eventually come in on the right wing, and with Olivier Giroud out for a while it means Welbeck can play on his own up front, with maybe Sanchez going over to the left.“With that front three, that’s how I see Arsenal’s best formation going forward, even when everyone is fit.”last_img read more

‘Neymar will end up at Real Madrid’ – Legendary Barcelona star makes claim

first_imgBarcelona legend Rivaldo has admitted a transfer taking Neymar to Real Madrid will happen, it’s just a matter of when.The Brazil ace left the Nou Camp for Paris Saint-Germain last summer in a blockbuster £200million deal. Neymar celebrates winning the French Super Cup with Paris Saint-Germain. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Most Popular Premier League News The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker 1 Neymar’s future, despite being in the French capital for just one season, is already up in the air with Real Madrid interested in signing their rivals’ former star.And while Julen Lopetegui doesn’t seem likely to move for the 26-year-old just yet, the legendary Barcelona forward reckons it will happen eventually. SORRY possible standings center_img revealed Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? latest silverware What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “At the moment Neymar will stay at PSG, but from the comments I’ve heard I believe that, sooner or later, he’ll end up playing for Real Madrid,” said Rivaldo.“It’s evident that Ney will stay in France for another year. Although the transfer market is so crazy nowadays you never know what might happen.” How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings smart causal last_img read more

Championship Scores

first_imgCITY SECTION CITY Crenshaw 20, Taft 14 INVITATIONAL AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Eagle Rock 36, Marshall 35 SOUTHERN SECTION DIV. II Canyon 21, Hart 13 DIV. IV St. Bonaventure 27, Moorpark 7 DIV. V Norco 28, Temescal Canyon 14 DIV. VII South Hills 41, Orange 6 DIV. IX Tesoro 27, Northwood 6 DIV. X Crespi 24, Lompoc 14 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lough Swilly RNLI gets Letter of Appreciation for Meritorious Service

first_imgThe awards are to recognise outstanding acts of courage, heroism, skill and initiative in the context of marine emergency incidents. The scheme also recognises exceptional dedication to duty in the execution of Ireland’s marine emergency response. A Marine Ministerial Letter of Appreciation may be awarded for meritorious service where outstanding dedication to duty over a career of service can be demonstrated, or for an act of particular meritorious dedication, showing skill and initiative, but which is not of an order for receipt of a Meritorious Service or Marine Gallantry medal.The volunteer lifeboat crew from Kinsale RNLI and Castletownbere RNLI in County Cork were also awarded a Marine Ministerial Letter of Appreciation. The volunteer lifeboat crew from Lough Swilly RNLI in County Donegal has been awarded a Marine Ministerial Letter of Appreciation for Meritorious Service.The award is in recognition of the crew’s professionalism and courage in a bid to help those in need.It was presented to volunteers of the Donegal lifeboat crew by the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Shane Ross, T.D. at the National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards 2016 at a ceremony in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park on Friday evening last. Lough Swilly RNLI was represented at the awards by Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter, Coxswain Mark Barnett and Deputy Launching Authority Eunan McConnell.The lifeboat crew were awarded for their service on Sunday 20 March, when the volunteers were requested to launch their all-weather and inshore lifeboats following a report that a car had entered the water at Buncrana Pier. Five occupants of the car, all members of the one family died in the tragedy while a member of the public saved the life of a young baby.Lough Swilly RNLI was one of the first emergency services on scene and recovered five casualties from the water. The lifeboat crew proceeded to provide casualty care on the shore but sadly all five were pronounced dead a short time later.While RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew train for and respond to every possible incident, the events in the Buncrana community that night, were extremely tragic and challenging. The volunteer crew responded to the call out with professionalism and courage and used their skills and training in a bid to help those in need.In the aftermath of the tragedy, the crew members have demonstrated great character and resilience as they continue to respond to call outs and help save lives at sea.Speaking at the awards ceremony, Minister Ross praised the ‘courageous achievements and service of this group of brave Irish men and women who have faced crises and dug deep, offering their skills and in many cases placing themselves in danger in order that others might be safe on our waterways’.Pausing to remember those who lost their lives at sea since the last set of Awards in 2014, Minister Ross spoke of the tragic death of volunteer Coast Guard Caitríona Lucas last month, describing her as ‘a courageous and heroic woman who made the ultimate sacrifice while in the service of others’.center_img The National Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards Committee is chaired by Bryan Dobson of RTÉ.Lough Swilly RNLI gets Letter of Appreciation for Meritorious Service was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association offers unique opportunities for breeders and youth

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Best of the Buckeye Program, hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) in conjunction with the Ohio Beef Expo and the Ohio State Fair, is gearing up for its fifth season.The Best of the Buckeye program recognizes top-placing Ohio bred, born and registered calves, along with the breeder and exhibitor, in each breed division at the two shows. This year’s sponsoring partners are The Folks Printing and Dickson Cattle Company, heifer division; Jones Show Cattle and R.D. Jones Excavating, steer division; Ohio Ag Equipment and Ohio Cat, scholarship division and Sullivan Supply and Stock Show University, breeder recognition. Thanks to these generous sponsors, $60,000 will be given through premiums at each show, scholarships and awards for both participants and breeders.The program provides Ohio seedstock breeders an additional marketing opportunity, creates a source for moderately priced show steers and heifers by providing a program with awards and prestige and attracts new participants interested in showing at the Ohio Beef Expo and/or the Ohio State Fair with the benefit of added premiums. Breeders are encouraged to use the Best of the Buckeye logo for use in printed and digital promotion of Best of the Buckeye eligible cattle. The logo may be downloaded from the website at or requested by email at for the 2018 program, a breeder recognition category has been added. All nominating breeders will be recognized on the website at and will also be recognized for their honors achieved with the cattle they sell and nominate for the program. The category is sponsored by Sullivan Supply and Stock Show University.The Best of the Buckeye program will offer scholarship opportunities for Best of the Buckeye participants to offset the cost of purchasing, raising and exhibiting a Best of the Buckeye nominated calf. Scholarships will be awarded to less-experienced participants, ages 8-21, with consideration given to the applicant’s financial need. Scholarship applications can be found at  and will be due on January 15, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified in February 2018. Nominating breeders meeting age requirements may also apply.Academic scholarships will be offered to youth pursuing a post-high school degree. Scholarships will be based on academics and extracurricular activities. Eligible Best of the Buckeye participants are high school juniors through 21 years of age as of January 1, 2018. Academic scholarships will be awarded to participants and breeders pursuing an Ag related degree and may be awarded to applicants who are entering a non-Ag related field of study (based on the number of applications). All scholarship applicants will also be required to submit an essay along with their scholarship application. The scholarship essay topic will be predetermined and posted at The scholarship deadline will be June 15, 2018 and scholarships will be presented at the Ohio State Fair. The scholarship division is sponsored by Ohio Cat and Ohio Ag Equipment.For cattle to be eligible for the Best of the Buckeye program, they must be registered and bred by an Ohio cattleman and born in state.  ET Calves and calves out of purchased bred cows are eligible if they were born in Ohio and list an Ohio cattleman as the breeder and are calved in Ohio. Breeders and exhibitors must be OCA members and in good standing with OCA to be eligible. Exhibitors must be Ohio residents and meet the age requirements for the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair junior shows. The heifer division is sponsored by The Folks Printing and Dickson Cattle Company and the steer division is sponsored by Jones Show Cattle and R.D. Jones Excavating.To participate in Best of the Buckeye, breeders must complete a nomination form (each form can be used to nominate up to five animals from the same breeder) and sign an affidavit verifying Best of the Buckeye eligibility. The breeder or exhibitor may submit the nomination forms and fee for the Best of the Buckeye nominations. Cattle that are nominated prior to the Ohio Beef Expo by March 1, 2018 and prior to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2018 will incur a $25 per head nomination fee per show. Cattle may be nominated for both shows by March 1, 2018 for a rate of $40. Breeders will have the opportunity to nominate cattle through check-in at the Ohio Beef Expo and at the Ohio State Fair at an increased late nomination fee of $75 per head.Best of the Buckeye exhibitor rules, last year’s show results and additional nomination details are available at or by contacting the OCA office. For more information, contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email read more

After Effects Fundamentals Lesson 4: Editing & Animating Text

first_imgLearn how to animate text in lesson 4 of our After Effects Fundamentals course.We’ve arrived at lesson 4 of our 10 part Fundamentals of After Effects series. Up to this point we’ve learned about the After Effects interface, basic expressions, and keying. In this lesson we share some tricks for working with text in Adobe After Effects.Learning how to animate and work with text is an essential skill for every motion graphic designer to know. Unlike still designs made in Illustrator or Photoshop, text in After Effects requires a designer to take into consideration the length at which the viewer will be reading the text. This makes it more complicated but also more dynamic . This After Effects video tutorial covers:Text layersThe character windowStylizing textKey-framing source textWorking with path optionsAnimating textIf you are still feeling inspired after watching this tutorial check out some of the other awesome text based tutorials on the PremiumBeat blog like 3D corner text and how to create animated hipster logos.Best viewed full screen:We will post new lessons every Monday for the next 6 weeks. Check the Premiumbeat blog for future lessons. And while you’re there you can watch more After Effects tutorials, read the latest filmmaking news and pick up some post-production tricks!What did you think of this lesson? Have any questions? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more