76ers’ future looking strong following 52-win season

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to call a 19-year-old No. 1 pick a bust (right? … right?) but Fultz is certainly trending that way after a pitiful rookie year derailed by a mysterious shoulder injury, a broken shot and confidence issues. He played the first four games, missed 68 games because of injury, then was persona non grata in the postseason.Simmons-Embiid-Fultz were expected to form a trio of stars that would lead the Sixers to the top. Fultz’s ignominious first year instead made him more of a mystery than when the Sixers selected him out of Washington.Fultz said it hasn’t been discussed if he’ll play summer league.REDICK FUTUREJJ Redick said he enjoyed his season with the Sixers about as much as any over his 12-year career.Redick averaged 17.1 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range on a $23 million, one-year deal.Will he return?Redick would like to return but it’s doubtful the Sixers would offer him that kind of cash, even on a shortened deal.FREE AGENTSThe Sixers are flush with cash to go on a spending spree. The sometimes-forgotten part of The Process wasn’t just jettisoning players to lose and gobble draft picks. It was clearing money on the salary cap to put them in position to sign major free agents. The Sixers have $70 in committed salary next year, leaving them with about $31 million to play with this summer to make a run at LeBron James or Paul George or overpay a lower-tiered free agent. “If we all sat in that room when we met back in September, and said we’re going to finish third in the Eastern conference, we’re going to lose in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference, there’s a strong chance we all would have been hugging each other,” coach Brett Brown said. “The initial goal was to make the playoffs. The final piece is, if we’re going to do anything of any significance.”They did, which makes this offseason about as key as any in recent 76ers history for team president Bryan Colangelo.Here’s what else to know about the 76ers:FULTZ FLOPNo doubt about it, the Sixers got outplayed by Boston in the playoffs — and last year’s draft. It was a gut-punch for every Sixers fan who watched Jayson Tatum torch the Sixers while Markelle Fultz rode the bench. The Sixers, of course, swapped the No. 3 pick to Boston (who took Tatum) for the No. 1 pick (Fultz).ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ SPEAKING OF LEBRONJames is a mentor of Simmons and their friendship could be a factor in the Cleveland star’s defection to Philly. Or not. Who knows what James will do this summer, and he could still have another month of basketball left to play. One Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in Ohio urging James to sign with the 76ers this summer. James, who famously left Cleveland in 2010 and signed with the Miami Heat, could bolt again if he feels the Cavs and 76ers are both trending in different directions.THE BIG 3-0Simmons can drive the lane as well any guard in the league. He sure can’t shoot like the best, though.Simmons failed to make a 3-pointer this season (on 11 attempts) and Fultz didn’t make one either in just 14 games. Simmons attempted just one 3 in the postseason.He’ll have to establish some sort of long-range jumper to become a serious all-around threat in the NBA.“It just takes time, shooting the ball,” Simmons said. “It’s one of those things where you want to improve your game and get better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img View comments — Was a 52-win season that ended with a five-game loss to the Boston Celtics in the conference semis just part of the learning curve on the way toward NBA titles?— Or are the Sixers destined to become a Toronto/Indiana-type of franchise where strong regular seasons end up with postseason disappointment and championships?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThose are suddenly fun problems for a team to have only two years removed from a 10-win season and serious doubts about the future of a rebuilding plan both condemned and praised by zealots on both sides. Joel Embiid (22.9 points, 11 rebounds) made his first All-Star team and seemed worth every bit of the $148 million, five-year extension he signed before the season. Ben Simmons was a regular triple-double threat and emerged as a favorite to win rookie of the year. Those two should anchor Philly’s run for the next decade, a Russell Westbrook/Kevin Durant tandem of sorts that should make them playoff regulars until they are in their 30s.Yes, there was a 16-game winning streak to end the regular season, a first-round playoff series win over Miami and so much hoopla over rapper Meek Mill that it seemed like the Sixers had the ingredients to throw a parade this season. There are serious questions ahead about who will team with Embiid and Simmons to form a championship core — and plenty of room to grow for both franchise stars. Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown, right, talks with guard Ben Simmons before Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers have morphed from laughingstock to legitimate Eastern Conference contender in just two seasons.But just how far can The Process take them?ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Hornets officially name James Borrego as coach Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

USA women’s hoop dynasty names 16 finalists for World Cup

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Neymar gets goal, yellow card for diving as Brazil romps 5-0 US women have never taken three consecutive world titles, a feat they will try to achieve September 22-30 at Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands.Also among 16 players seeking a spot on the final 12-woman roster were two-time Olympic and two-time world champion Tina Charles, 2014 world champion Nneka Ogwumike and 2016 Olympic champions Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSeeking their first US world team berth are Women’s NBA standouts Layshia Clarendon, Jewell Loyd, Kelsey Mitchell, Tiffany Mitchell, Kelsey Plum, Morgan Tuck, Elizabeth Williams and A’ja Wilson plus collegian Napheesa Collier.“We had a great group of pool players that gave themselves a chance to be a part of the 16,” US coach Dawn Staley said. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gold medallists USA’s guard Lindsay Whalen, USA’s guard Sue Bird, USA’s forward Seimone Augustus, USA’s forward Maya Moore, USA’s power forward Breanna Stewart, USA’s small forward Angel Mccoughtry, USA’s forward Tamika Catchings, USA’s small forward Elena Delle Donne, USA’s guard Diana Taurasi, USA’s centre Sylvia Fowles, USA’s centre Tina Charles and USA’s centre Brittney Griner pose after the final of the Women’s basketball competition at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel DUNANDFour-time Olympic champion guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were among 16 roster finalists named Tuesday for two-time defending champion United States ahead of this month’s Women’s Basketball World Cup.The American dynasty has won six of the past eight women’s world titles, losing only twice since 1986, as well as six consecutive Olympic gold medals and eight of the past nine with only one loss over 32 years.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Americans will play in a pre-Cup event Saturday through Monday at Antibes, France, with Senegal, Canada and the French teams with the final roster selected just ahead of the Cup start.“I’m just looking forward to leaving the country and playing some different competition, and continuing to create a bond and build the chemistry that is needed to win the World Cup,” Staley said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Nagoya trips Yulon in Asia League Terrific 12 opener

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cummings, who once played with NorthPort and Kia in the PBA, put up 30 points and nine rebounds for the Diamond Dolphins while Brackins had 28 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals.Shaquille Hines had 19 points and 18 rebounds to lead the semi-professional club from the Republic of China’s Super Basketball League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLu Cheng-Ju added 15 points to the Luxgen Dinos’ offense while Billy McSheperd had 14 points and 11 rebounds. LATEST STORIES NCAA: Altas shut down Chiefs, snap 3-game skid Nagoya’s Craig Brackins goes up for a dunk as Yulen’s Chou Po-Chen looks on in their Group A match in the Asia League The Terrific 12 Tuesday at Studio City Events Center in Macau. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO.MACAU—Nagoya got off to a strong start after burying Yulon, 84-72, in Group A of the Asia League The Terrific 12 Tuesday at Studio City Events Center here in Macau.The Diamond Dolphins practically left their fortunes on the hands of two men with Markeith Cummings and Craig Brackins carrying the B.League team in every conceivable way.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

UFC boss: Nurmagomedov won’t be stripped of title

first_imgMOST READ Nurmagomedov had barely released his hold after McGregor tapped out when he launched himself over the Octagon fence, apparently targeting McGregor’s training partner, Dillon Danis, as security tried to quell the chaos in the crowd.Nurmagomedov was hustled out surrounded by security officers as a pro-McGregor crowd jeered and threw drinks at him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWhile UFC president Dana White did not present Nurmagomedov the title belt, fearing arousing the crowd’s ire, he told TMZ in video posted on the UFC website that the Russian would not be stripped of the title and any punishment for the melee after UFC 229 would likely come from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and not UFC.“He absolutely keeps his title,” White said. “And he’s going to get suspended (by the NAC), so maybe you give him a four-to-six month suspension.” White said the NAC has not given Nurmagomedov his prize money pending an investigation of the situation and could impose a fine for his actions.“(The NAC) took his whole purse right now and they are talking about keeping his purse. I do not think that that should happen,” White said. “You should not be able to keep his whole purse.”White said he thought the NAC should take a $250,000 fine.White told TMZ pay-per-view record MMA sales numbers above two million buys for the show made him “a little giddy” but he added that Nurmagomedov made the wrong decision to enter the crowd after a heckler from McGregor’s camp.“I don’t think there’s too many people who don’t understand why he did it, but he shouldn’t have done it,” White said. “He’s the world champion. He just beat Conor in front of the entire world. Stand up, get that belt wrapped around you. You won. The guy who’s yelling at you means nothing.”ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Khabib Nurmagomedov, center, is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission during the fourth round to retain the title. (AP Photo/John Locher)Unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov will not be stripped of his UFC lightweight title despite his role in a post-match brawl Saturday, UFC president Dana White said in a website posting Tuesday.The 30-year-old Russian kept his crown with a fourth-round submission victory over Ireland’s Conor McGregor in Las Vegas, improving to 27-0 in his professional career and 11-0 in UFC bouts.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew White wasn’t sure what the future held for Nurmagomedov as far as opponents. McGregor says he wants a rematch but the NAC must rule first on just when the undefeated champion can return to the Octagon.“We have to see how this stuff plays out with Khabib,” White said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown NBA coaches box get a little more diverse during offseason Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

James Harden scores 39, leads Rockets past Spurs

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Rockets have won six of their last seven, while the Spurs lost for just the second time in their last nine games.“We’ve gotten better, for sure,” Aldridge said. “We’re playing a better brand of basketball, and I think we’ve learned how to play better with each other, and we’ll get better, too.”TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio fell to 1-8 when being outrebounded by an opponent on the road. The Spurs were outrebounded 58-43 and gave up a season-high 19 offensive rebounds. … SG Derrick White had three blocks in the game.Rockets: Backup PG Brandon Knight was playing under a minutes’ restriction that was capped at 20, coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game. Knight played 12 minutes in the game. … SF James Ennis III missed his sixth straight game with a right hamstring strain.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Nuggets on Wednesday.Rockets: Host Thunder on Tuesday. The Rockets were playing without Paul, who suffered a Grade-2 left hamstring strain on Thursday night in Miami and is expected to be out at least two-to-four weeks. Houston entered Saturday winless in five games without Paul this season.Clint Capela had 21 points and a season-high 23 rebounds, and Eric Gordon had 18 points on 4-of-12 shooting from 3-point range.Capela said his performance was partly inspired by Paul’s absence.“Everyone needs to step up because we don’t have a choice,” Capela said. “Tonight, we did a great job, but we’ve got a lot of things to work on because Chris is going to be out for a little while so we’re all going to have to step up.”DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio with 28 points and eight assists. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points, and Rudy Gay added 13.ADVERTISEMENT DeRozan, a childhood friend of Harden’s, said there’s only one thing you can do defensively when Harden gets going.“Hope he misses,” he said.The Rockets scored 43 points in the third quarter and carried a 15-point lead in the final period. That followed one of their lowest-scoring first two periods of the season, including a 13-point second quarter. San Antonio led 43-41 at the break.In the third quarter, the Rockets made 9 of 13 3-pointers and finished the game with 19 3s on 54 attempts (35.2 percent). The Rockets were two games removed from setting an NBA record with 26 3s in a 136-118 win over Washington.Danuel House Jr. made his first start of the season for Houston. In 28 minutes, House had four points and three rebounds.Houston missed its first seven shots of the second quarter and went scoreless through the first five minutes of the period. The Rockets ended up with just 13 points in the second quarter, but trailed by just two points at halftime.The Rockets opened up the third quarter on a 12-0 run and took a 10-point lead. Houston had a season-high 43 points in the third quarter. That followed a 41-point first half.“I mean, we made shots,” D’Antoni said on Houston’s third-quarter turnaround. “I know it’s a simple answer, but a lot of it is that, and then we cut off that energy. I thought our defense was good all the way from the first quarter on to give ourselves a chance.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Houston’s rebounding made the difference. San Antonio fell to 1-8 when being outrebounded by an opponent on the road. The Spurs were outrebounded 58-43 and gave up a season-high 19 offensive rebounds“Overall, the killer was the offensive boards,” Popovich said. “Capela was great. I didn’t look at the stat sheet yet, but that was the killer.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, left, walks off the court after the team’s loss to the Houston Rockets as Houston player development coach John Lucas offers encouragement in an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Houston. Houston won the game 108-101. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden took control for the Houston Rockets in the first game of what could be a lengthy period without point guard Chris Paul.Harden played a bruising 41 minutes and had 39 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Rockets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 108-101 and won for the first time this season without Paul.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was asked where the line is between letting the reigning league MVP carry the team and putting too much on his plate.“I haven’t found the line yet — I’m still looking for it,” D’Antoni said. “I can tell him afterward, but he has a better feeling about what he needs to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissD’Antoni said Harden is playing in “another atmosphere” following his sixth straight game of scoring at least 30 points. After the Rockets let a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead slip and fell behind 97-96 with three minutes remaining, Harden scored nine of Houston’s final 12 points, including two 3s, to close out the win.“That’s what we do,” Harden said. “We do it at a high level, we shoot the ball, we shoot it with confidence. Some are going to go in, some aren’t. That’s the way we play.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Bradley Beal triple-double leads Wizards to 3OT win vs Suns View commentslast_img read more

Worth the wait: UST rookie Eya Laure dazzles in collegiate debut

first_imgStarting in her first collegiate game, Laure put up 17 points on 13 spikes, three blocks, and an ace in a moment she waited patiently for.“I’m just thankful because I was able to showcase the talent that coach Kung Fu [Reyes] built up when I played for him in high school,” said Laure in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLaure was supposed to go to the Golden Tigresses in 2017 after she graduated high school but this was also the time that the K-12 program was implemented and she had no choice but to endure two more years of senior high school instead of becoming a college student right away.Those two years, however, are over and Laure was just happy she finally got to play in front of thousands of supporters for the first time in her young career. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I’m super happy and overwhelmed when I saw the UST crowd and they really helped us fight better,” said Laure, who played in front of 15,400 spectators in her debut.“Before we played the coaches told us that there would be a lot of people in the audience and they just told us to focus on the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES UST’s Cherry Rondina grateful to get much-needed help from Eya Laure, Milena Alessandrini Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The two-year wait is over and Eya Laure was finally able to showcase her skills in the collegiate level of the UAAP as a full-fledged member of University of Santo Tomas.Laure was quick to display her abilities as she led the Golden Tigresses to a five-set win over Adamson University, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-16, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

‘JPC Faces Challenges But Not Dormant’

first_imgMost Rev. Archbishop Lewis Jerome Zeigler of the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia has disclosed that despite financial and logistical problems, the Justice and Peace Commission is not dormant, as feared by the public and members of the Catholic Church.Archbishop Zeigler recalled that during the time of his predecessor, the late Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis, the JPC was very vocal and active because of the situation in the country then. Though there are logistical and financial difficulties, Archbishop Zeigler maintained that the JPC is not dormant, but working inwardly.Most Rev. Zeigler lamented the difficult challenges facing the Catholic Church and its various institutions such as schools and health centers. He said the JPC, which presently does not have a vehicle, was feeling restrained by a lack of financial support.It may be recalled that in recent times, Archbishop Zeigler seems to be gradually— but surely— fitting his feet into the big shoes of his predecessor, the highly outspoken late Archbishop Francis, who was hailed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in her 2006 inaugural address as the “Conscience of the Nation.”On New Year’s Eve, Rev. Zeigler reminded Liberians that the fight against corruption must start from somewhere, mainly the family, and all other sectors of society where traces of corruption can be found.He said Liberians need to admit that corruption has permeated (spread through) the entire country. “We are all corrupt and we need to admit that and try to work on ourselves individually, and then we will be able to look at the another person say he/she is corrupt.”Sometime last year, Archbishop Zeigler said, underscoring the important role the media needs to play at “this critical junction of our peace sustainability and reconciliation, ”challenged Liberian radio station owners to control their talk shows, saying many of the conversations would not promote peace and reconciliation. “I beg you; please control your talk shows.”He warned that sustaining the 10-year-old peace and forging ahead toward total reconciliation for all Liberians would— to a large extent— depend on the type and quality of news and programs the media houses try to disseminate.The JPC was established by the Catholic Church in Liberia in 1991 under the sheperdship of late Archbishop Francis as a non-governmental organization (NGO). It was formed in response to a century-long history of widespread human rights abuses and injustices accentuated by the Liberian civil war, which began in December 24,1989. The work of the JPC includes monitoring and reporting on human rights violations in Liberia; provision of legal aid and coordinates the Human Rights Fact-Finding Documentation and Reporting Program. It works concretely for reconciliation in Liberia through its Conflict Resolution and Peace-building program, which include training, workshops, and the promotion of dialogue and tolerance at the local level, by utilizing existing traditional mechanisms where possible.The Former Minister of Public Works, Samuel Kofi Woods, and the former Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Madam Frances Johnson-Morris, were among the many prominent personalities that headed the JPC during the civil war and post-war periods.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CAROLINE DENNIS: THE MAKE UP ARTIST

first_imgIt is hard to believe that such stunning special effects (pictured) are entirely created from make-up. What makes it even more incredible is that it is all done by one of our very own.  Whether it’s a fantasy or theatrical make-up, Caroline Dennis has the talent to elevate her craft of make-up design to a form of high art. But a skill that refined doesn’t come without training and a lot of skill.For someone who has only been in such a school for only four months, the Liberian-born make-up artist first made an impression of her work when she posted her first work on her Facebook page, getting over a hundred likes and comments expressing how talented people think she is based on a make-up job she did on a model.Born on July 7, 1987 in Monrovia, Caroline Dennis is a student at the Scandinavian International Make-up School in Bankok, Thailand. Still in her mid 20’s, her creations are not just impeccable and vibrant, but bursting with inspiration as well, making you wish you too could be a make-up artist.For Caroline, make-up was always something that intrigued her while growing up as a child, leaving her with no other options but dreams of becoming a make up artist some day. “I’ve always been drawn to colors and beauty, and it amazes me how make-up can transform a person from one look to the other.”In as much as Caroline is not a full time make-up artist, her work stands out for a beginner; but that doesn’t give the young creative artist a big ego. Rather it encourages her to do better.  “I’m even going into special effects and learning about everything from fantasy make-up, photography make-up, drag queen make up, photography black and white make-up, T.V and film bridal make-up, creative make-up, theater make-up, and fashion make-up”.But not all that glitters is gold.  Being in a school where you’re the only person of African descent is a huge challenge for Caroline. In addition to the stigmas associated with being Black, she’s also battling the challenge of learning how to do make up on her fellow black skin tone; as she’s only being taught how to do make up for models with fair skin. “I m the only black in the school so is hard for me to work on black skin tone. So I try my best to practice at home, doing my own make-up. At times I will practice on my friend”.Adding, “The difference is ‘white’ skin tone but I use the same basic on dark skin tone. Like matching the right foundation, know the skin type, type of eyes, shape of eyebrow, face shapes and contouring.  They are just white but I use the same technique to do a dark skin”.Beyond every successful person is a dream bigger than him/herself. For Caroline, her dreams are to one day come back home and give back to the society she comes from.“In the future eventually I will come back home and build up my name in the make-up industry as well as wanting to work in the Fashion and Film industry, working along with talented artists.”The budding make-up artist describes herself as a “simple person” and believes that within the next five years, “I will like to have my own make up team and create a big impression in the make-up industry.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Proper investigation needed into Uitvlugt factory incident

first_imgDear Editor,I fully support the call by Sookram Persaud for a proper investigation of the recent accident at the Uitvlugt Sugar Cane Factory.Editor, the very next day after the accident, many people could be heard saying that the industry is being sabotaged by this present administration, and whilst evidence might be available, not everything must be taken as truth. From what I’ve gathered, a manager went against the wishes and advice of the junior employees and personally increased the speed, causing the damages, because the machine is an old machine and cannot operate to its full capacity. It’s like forcing a Morris Oxford to drive at the same speed as a Ferrari.Now, according to the Guyana Times, some $18 million in canes are spoilt, even though the factory restarted operating on Sunday night/Monday morning. It’s too late! With the estimated damages at the factory and the spoilt canes, my calculation is around $30 million has gone down the drain. All is not lost, the spoilt canes could be used to make molasses for sale, so some sort of money can be recovered, but it still cannot cushion the losses due to negligence.So, in all fairness, I’m urging a proper investigation by the relevant authorities, and that preventative steps be taken to prevent future disasters.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

Continued senseless loss of lives

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me some space in your daily print to comment on the fatal accident which occurred on the morning of October 15 involving a police vehicle.Based on footage widely circulated on social media, it appears that neither driver was wearing seat belts. The reality is, none of our Police or emergency response drivers wear seat belts.It is a known fact that police cars and fire trucks ‘fly’ down our streets at a breakneck pace. This places the occupants at higher risk of being involved in an accident, causing injury or loss of life for themselves as well as innocent bystanders. It, therefore, begs the question, why is it not mandated that they observe the rules of “safety first”. After all, the rest of the world does just that and basic common sense should so guide those in authority who design the rules for the citizenry to follow. The situation is further exacerbated by these very individuals who are on their phones while driving. On Tuesday morning, just around 09:00h while on Sheriff Street, the police convoy transporting prisoners was ‘flying’ southbound in the vicinity of Mae’s School, sirens blaring and lights flashing. The driver of the enclosed van was on his phone. This is a school zone and young children are known to innocently dart across streets. Where was the sense of safety? Other parts of the world mandate a slower speed in school zones. There is also the scenario with Police open-back pick-ups, loaded with armed ranks sitting precariously in the open tray speeding down the road. On Monday night, one such vehicle on the East Bank corridor had three armed ranks sitting in the open tray. The front left headlamp, inclusive of the parking light of that vehicle, was nonfunctional. Again, the average road users are rightly pulled over for these violations while our law enforcement officers continue to do their own thing. Why the hypocrisy? When will innocent Guyanese lives start to matter? Those of us who forget the past are certain to repeat it. In late December a few years ago we had the sad situation where innocent lives were lost on Carifesta Avenue because of a speeding police chase whereby, once again, no seat belts were worn. A few years ago we had two situations involving fire trucks – one in the vicinity of the Harbour Bridge and the other at the Vlissingen Road-Lamaha Street intersection involving a popular businessman. The examples are too many and will continue until such time as good sense intervenes.I close by imploring the authorities – please hold those who are there to protect and serve to the same standards that they are paid to enforce for the common man. If seatbelts were worn on Tuesday, chances are a few lives could have been saved. Let’s think safety first and enforce the seatbelt rule (for all occupants of these vehicles), no cell phone while driving and also apply common sense while driving. Install tracking devices on Police vehicles so that they can be monitored for speed, etc. It is time to start saving lives and saving some taxpayer dollars which have to be spent to replace State assets unnecessarily.Sincerely,Aconcerned Guyaneselast_img read more