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Cone wants defense to be Gilas Pilipinas’ calling card in SEA Games

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Cone, the winningest coach in PBA history, believes Gilas is fully equipped with the pieces to make a great defensive team.“Like I said before, we have great offensive players and they’re also great athletes. The great defensive players are also athletes so if we can get them thinking defense and using their athleticism on defense I think we can put a really good product together out there,” he said.“I’m not concerned about their offense but we’re gonna give them something that they can experiment with and discover how can they use it but defensively is where I think I as a coach can help them get on the same page and do something a little different,” he added. “Exciting because it seems like everybody is buying in.”ADVERTISEMENT “Today, basically all we did was some simple defensive drills just to try and get everybody on the same page,” Cone told reporters after national team pool practice at Meralco Gym.“I really want our guys to be thinking defense, I want our guys to be thinking defense, I want our guys to be talking about defense and I want them to take great pride in defense and hopefully, that’s going to be part of what we do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4With the likes of reigning five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and explosive guards Stanley Pringle and Jayson Castro to name a few, Gilas will have plenty of firepower—enough to overwhelm the opposition just by the squad’s sheer offensive talent.But Cone would rather want his players to be capable of lighting up the scoreboard while also play lockdown defense. LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study LATEST STORIES DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Gilas Pilipinas coach Tim Cone speaks with reporters after wrapping up national team pool practice at Meralco Gym. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Scoring doesn’t worry national team coach Tim Cone at all.It’s on the other side of the floor where Cone puts premium on as the Philippine team gears up to keep its throne as the region’s undisputed king in men’s basketball.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’center_img View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw ‘Gago’ Tiger Woods returning after fifth surgical procedure on left knee 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bustlast_img read more


Land, passport, birth certificate issues highlighted

first_img“Meet the Public Day” in LindenBy Utamu BelleResidents of Linden and other parts of Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) were afforded the opportunity of meeting directly with ministers of government and various agencies on Friday, during the hosting of “Meet the Public Day” organised by the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP).Representatives from the Ministry of Communities meeting with residents of LindenScores of citizens went to the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) Ground to meet the officials including Ministers Joseph Harmon, Simona Broomes, Valerie Adams-Patterson, Sydney Alicock, Volda Lawrence, director of sports Christopher Jones, among others.Agencies present were the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission, Guyana Water Inc and the National Insurance Scheme.The ministers were greeted by residents who sought to have issues regarding land, passports, birth certificates and others rectified.During an introductory address to the gathering, Harmon noted that the Public Day provided a chance for decisions to be made on the ground, as it relates to issues which affect people in the Region. The Minister said the aim is to bring government to the people in an effort to serve them.“Today, we continue a series of activities aimed at taking the government to the people. This is not just a ‘meet the people’, it is an exercise that deals with issues which affect you as citizens. And what we have done, we have actually brought the government up here… so that they can listen to you and they can make decisions here. This is not just about listening because the decision-makers are here,” he said.Also present was Regional Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira who said he was happy over the initiative.During an interview Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes also expressed optimism at addressing concerns and being provided the opportunity to serve the people of Region 10.Speaking with this newspaper after making use of the service, a woman indicated that she was able to receive the help she needed for public assistance. The woman said the steps she had to take were outlined and she was looking forward to doing so:“I need help with my children. I get four children and it’s hard, it’s very hard because I don’t get help from the father and I need help so I come to seek help with the public assistance to help with the transportation, to get food for they eat and stuff like that.”Another resident Howell Hinds said that he was able to relate his water issues to the GWI representatives, as they promised to look into the situation: “The kind of response I was able to get from the people here, I am satisfied because most of the problems that I came about, they gave me a positive indication that the matter is going to be handled…I hope that they live up to the promises made.”A pensioner who spoke to this newspaper related that he was there to have a community issue addressed, as he highlighted that there were abandoned homes adjacent to his, which are overgrown by vegetation. He said he sought help since this was affecting him tremendously.Speaking at the venue, however, deputy director of Community Development Councils Sandra Adams said there is a system in place to allow for a follow-up to the issues discussed by residents who were all provided forms to fill out.last_img read more


Bale extends Madrid deal to 2022

first_img0Shares0000Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid from Tottehham Hotspur in the English Premier League in 2013 and has won two Champions League titles with the Spanish club © AFP/File / Gerard JulienMADRID, Spain, Oct 30 – Gareth Bale tied his long term future to Real Madrid on Sunday by extending his contract with the Spanish giants to 2022, the club confirmed.“Real Madrid C. F. and Gareth Bale have agreed an extension to the player’s contract, keeping him at the club until the 30th of June 2022,” Madrid said in a statement. Bale, 27, joined Real for a then world record fee from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 on a six-year deal and has won the Champions League twice in his three full seasons in the Spanish capital.The Welshman is just the latest of a series of Real stars to agree contract extensions in recent weeks as the club prepares to serve a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA should a final appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport fail.Wales’ forward Gareth Bale, pictured on June 11, 2016, transfered from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid for £85.1m © AFP/File / Nicolas TucatLuka Modric, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez have already agreed new deals, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to follow suit.By tying Bale down for the prime years of his career, Real aim to ward off any suitors from the cash-rich Premier League for the Welshman, who was twice voted player of the year by his peers in England.Bale shone in Real’s two Champions League finals against cross city rivals Atletico Madrid.He scored the crucial second goal as Real ended a 12-year wait for their tenth European Cup in a 4-1 victory after extra time in his debut season in 2014, and from the penalty spot when Los Blancos edged this year’s final in May 5-3 on penalties.Yet, his most spectacular moment in a Real shirt came with a stunning solo effort that demonstrated fully his athleticism as he outstripped the Barcelona defence to net the winner in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.Despite those successes, Bale hasn’t always found life easy in Spain.His difficulties with the language means he is yet to address the media in Spanish, although he insisted towards the end of last season he has improved to allow himself to be a more active presence in the dressing room.On the pitch, Bale has been hampered by a series of calf injuries and he has still not won a league title in his career as Real have gone four years without lifting La Liga.He suffered from stinging criticism and was jeered by the Real fans towards the end of his second season as Madrid ended the campaign trophyless under Carlo Ancelotti.Rafael Benitez was hired at the beginning of last season with the aim of getting the best out of Bale.However, after Benitez’s reign ended in the sack after just seven months in charge, it is under Zinedine Zidane that Bale has flourished.Of his 62 goals in 135 appearances, 14 have come since the Frenchman took charge in January.Bale’s performances in leading Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals — their best ever run in a major finals — confirmed his status as one of the world’s best.And a first ever place on the podium for the Ballon d’Or could follow after Bale was named among the 30 nominees for the prize last week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Widow finds peace through faith

first_imgLINCOLNVILLE, Maine – Personal tragedy set Kate Braestrup on her path to ministry. Her husband, Maine State Police Trooper Drew Griffith, was killed in 1996 when a truck slammed into his cruiser about a mile from home, leaving Braestrup to raise their four young children by herself. Although he was 15 years from retirement, Griffith’s long-term plan was to attend seminary and pursue a second career as a minister. Braestrup took on that dream and went on to become chaplain of the Maine Warden Service, helping people who find themselves in the midst of sudden tragedy not unlike her own. The 45-year-old Braestrup shows up at the scene of drownings, snowmobile crashes and search-and-rescue efforts for hunters and hikers lost in the woods, comforting survivors and sometimes the wardens themselves. Instead of landing a police job, Braestrup was hired six years ago by the warden service. As one who doesn’t hunt or fish, she had only a limited idea of what wardens did and wondered why they might need a chaplain. “I might have asked the same question folks so often ask of me: What does a warden chaplain do? Bless the moose?” she wrote. Braestrup is only the second member of the Maine Warden Service to hold the post of chaplain. Wardens are usually first on the scene at drownings, hunting accidents, snowmobile crashes and searches for lost hikers in Maine’s vast backcountry, and they had pushed to get a chaplain, she said. “They said the people at the scene deserve a higher standard of care than we can give them,” she recalled. “They created this. I happen to fill it at the moment, but this is their thing.” Several other states have chaplain programs, but Maine and Delaware are among a handful that have a chaplain on their staff. Some rely on chaplains from other agencies, such as state police or sheriff’s departments. Although she is not a sworn officer and carries no weapon, Braestrup delights in the uniform she wears when headed out in the field. Her green warden service jacket and cap are embroidered with the word “Chaplain.” Under the high-buttoned collar of her black shirt, she slips a piece of white vinyl – a Roman collar of sorts – that also identifies her as clergy, but that she can easily pop off when dealing with a non-Christian or someone who has had a bad experience with religion. Although she works full-time, her schedule can be erratic. There are days when she’s summoned by cell phone and transported by float plane and 4-wheel-drive vehicle to a remote search-and-rescue site in the North Woods. Other days may find her providing counseling and pastoral care to wardens after emotionally wrenching encounters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She calls what she does “a ministry of presence.” Or as she writes in her new memoir, “Here If You Need Me,” (Little Brown, $23.99), the job “requires me mostly to just show up, shut my mouth and be.” A trim, vivacious woman with curly brown hair and gray-green eyes, Braestrup said her entry into the clergy and law enforcement was an outgrowth of her husband’s death. “I didn’t ask for the experience and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but it happened and it became something you could turn into a blessing,” she said. Religion had played little part in Braestrup’s life while growing up in Washington, D.C. Her father, a journalist, was nominally Lutheran but didn’t attend church; her mother was, at most, agnostic. When she and Griffith were married by a Methodist minister in the Roman Catholic chapel at Georgetown University, her alma mater, “it was the first overtly religious service I actually participated in.” Two years after her husband’s death, Braestrup entered Bangor Theological Seminary and went on to be ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister. During her studies, she gravitated to law enforcement, riding on patrol with members of various police agencies as part of an independent study of the spiritual dimensions of police work. last_img read more


Insider Trading: Liverpool’s interest in trio, Frenchman attracting three BPL clubs and more

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.In his Chelsea press conference on Friday, manager Guus Hiddink said there was no interest in pursuing Alexandre Pato.But has Warren heard otherwise? It is well known that former AC Milan forward Pato wants to come back to Europe and the Premier League is a likely destination. Could he be bound for Stamford Bridge or Liverpool?Interest in Andros Townsend has been stepped up by Newcastle after Steve McLaren completed a deal for Jonjo Shelvey. Warren tells the boys that the Magpies could bring him to St. James’ Park permanently.With midfielder Shelvey already in, Ivory Coast international Cheick Tiote could complete his move to China and he is set for a medical next week.Liverpool face competition from Sampdoria for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, while Franck Tabanou could be heading out of Swansea.Athletic Bilbao could struggle to keep hold of academy product and forward Inaki Williams.He was clocked as the quickest player in Spanish football history and, with his contract up in 18 months at the San Mames Stadium, Liverpool are monitoring his situation.French striker Sebastian Haller of Utrecht is interesting Premier League trio Norwich, West Brom and Aston Villa, plus much more.And here are the latest talkSPORT stories from Madrid monitoring long-term Manchester United target Nicolas GaitanSampdoria set to hijack Liverpool’s move for Inter Milan defender Andrea RanocchiaLiverpool teen ace set for loan move to BelgiumNorwich manager Alex Neil rejects suggestions club are close to signing France U21 strikerChelsea transfer report: Blues on verge of signing former AC Milan forward PatoBorussia Dortmund star told he could ruin career by joining Liverpool or Manchester UnitedCarlos Bacca will NOT be leaving AC Milan for Chelsea, insists striker’s agentSwansea transfer report: Premier League strugglers move for Roma strikerlast_img read more


Jamie Vardy latest: Leicester striker to decide TODAY whether to join Arsenal

first_imgJamie Vardy is set to decide on Monday whether to join Arsenal.The Gunners triggered a £20m release clause in the Leicester striker’s contract over the weekend.Arsenal are understood to have offered the 29-year-old a stunning four-year deal worth in excess of £100,000-a-week to quit the Premier League champions.Vardy is now weighing up whether to complete the switch, with Leicester fighting hard to keep him.And, according to the BBC, he will give Arsene Wenger his answer before England fly out to France for Euro 2016 on Monday.Vardy has enjoyed a stunning rise having emerged from non-league unknown to England international in four years.He struck 24 times for Leicester this season as Foxes were crowned Premier League champions in one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time.The pacey forward is now set to play a key role for the Three Lions at this summer’s European Championship finals in France. Jamie Vardy 1last_img read more


State College rallies to win Science Bowl

first_imgHalfway through the championship round of the U.S. Energy Department National Science Bowl this morning, the North Hollywood High School team held a solid lead over State College Area High School, their opponents from Pennsylvania. With a 52-18 lead, North Hollywood shifted into conservative mode. They didn’t take risks that could result in lost points, like buzzing in before the moderator finished reading a question. State College became more aggressive, and that approach translated into a 98-60 victory. “When we were up at the half, we knew we would probably play conservatively,” said Alex Yen, the team’s captain. “We wouldn’t interrupt (the moderator) as much. We’d wait for the questions to be fully read. “State College, they were down. They played aggressive. They made the right buzzes and they made the right answers.” Still, Yen and his teammates were thrilled with the second-place finish out of 65 teams to make the national tournament in Washington, D.C., and 800 that competed in qualifying tournaments around the country. The five-member team seniors Yen, Joseph Chang, Denise Ye, Timothy Hsieh and junior John Chen have played together for two years, developing a tight bond. “This is something all of my teammates and I have been working on for a really long time,” said Yen, who will study business and engineering at the University of Pennsylvania next year. “We’ve gotten really close. We know our strengths. My best friend is on the team. “This whole event, Science Bowl, is a great way to pick up skills. You learn how to study and you learn how to interact with people.” North Hollywood won the Science Bowl in 2001 and finished second in 1998 and 1999. “We’re very proud of them,” said Walter Zeisl of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which sponsors the LAUSD team in the national tournament each year. “They’re really nice young people. They work hard, they’re diligent. They would have liked to have won the national title, of course, but they were excited with second place.” — Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 546-3669 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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


3 cars damaged by fire at college

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe Dodge was destroyed, and the two cars parked adjacent to it sustained exterior damage from the flames, said Duran. The total damage is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000. All three vehicles are believed to be owned by college students, though none of the owners was present at the time of the fire, Duran said. The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical malfunction in the Dodge. – Brian Day 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Three cars were damaged, one of them destroyed, after a fire broke out Monday in a student parking lot at Rio Hondo College, officials said. Firefighters received a call about 7:30 p.m. regarding a vehicle fire at the college in the 3600 block of Workman Mill Road, said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Larry Duran. Firefighters found a Dodge Stratus fully engulfed in flames and two other cars threatened by the blaze. The fire was extinguished in about 10 minutes, Duran said. last_img read more


LISTEN: Ray Parlour urges Arsenal to wrap up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal

first_imgRay Parlour believes Arsenal can finally celebrate ‘a decent transfer window’ if they sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and has urged the club to do everything on their power to wrap up a deal for the Borussia Dortmund striker.After waving goodbye to star man Alexis Sanchez, who completed his move to Manchester United on Monday night, the Gunners are hoping to land 29-year-old Aubameyang as his replacement.But their move for the Gabon hitman is stalling.Aubameyang has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Gunners, but Dortmund are playing hard-ball over their £60million valuation, having rejected a £45million bid.But Arsenal are said to be confident of getting the deal done, and Parlour is excited about what he could bring to Arsene Wenger’s team.“It’ll be a decent window if Arsenal can get Aubameyang,” said the Gunners hero on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“This is a chance for Aubameyang. He’s 29 years old, so has probably got three or four years left at the top level.“This is a real opportunity for him to play in the Premier League and he might be saying, ‘look I can’t let this go, I need to prove myself’.“Sanchez has gone, so Arsenal have to replace him and with Aubameyang’s pace and power…”Playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan officially joined the Gunners on Monday, in a straight swap with Man United for Sanchez.Some fans have their doubts over whether the deal was a good one for the club, but Parlour says the seemingly impending arrival of Aubameyang makes signing his former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Mkhitaryan a great move for the Gunners.“You might say that Mkhitaryan is not as a good as Sanchez, but he can still fit into Arsenal very well because of the way they play,” he added.“The good thing [about the Aubameyang move] is they both played together before at Dortmund, and they fit really well in the team together.”last_img read more


Lesson unlearned

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But the answer is as simple as it is disconcerting: The five supervisors are so secure in their virtual lifetime positions that they’ve stopped caring about the public. They don’t need to, after all. If they run out of revenue to cover the pay costs that are increasing each year, they can do what they usually do: cut services or try to squeeze taxpayers even more. Meanwhile, they keep their staffers and their armies of bureaucrats fat and under their thumbs. Officials claim county government can afford the deal because its budget grew to $18 billion this year because of rising property-tax receipts. Apparently they forget that while fortunes can rise fast for government, they can fall just as fast. Tying up more money for the long term because of short-term gains is a recipe for future financial disaster. Already, the state of California and city of Los Angeles are anticipating less revenue, but county supervisors keep on spending as if there’s no tomorrow. WHEN it comes to pay, public-employee unions have local governments over a barrel. The unions wield an inordinate amount of political power, cowing politicians into large annual raises without regard to financial conditions. That’s why the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a 15.5 percent pay raise over three years for 50,000 county workers represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 660 – generally the lowest-paid workers. But it doesn’t explain why the supervisors last week extended the same-percentage deal to 12,000 nonunion workers, namely the better-paid managers, political appointees and upper-echelon bureaucrats who are not represented by unions. It seems inexplicable that the supervisors would agree to an additional $341 million a year, adjusted upward in subsequent years in the face of rising costs, without the pressure applied by a collective-bargaining unit. 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