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‘He has earned that’

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first_img“I’m not saying that [he will not be allowed to play]. I’m just saying that it will be difficult to seek that exemption. We are 12 teams and we have to take a look at that very carefully.”A successful appeal for Clarkson will allow the Cleveland Cavaliers standout in the NBA to suit up alongside Blatche and give the country a fighting chance to advance past the group stages of the World Cup.Meanwhile, every member of the team—counting coaching staff—got bonuses from the MVP group and another staunch basketball patron in Ramon S. Ang of San Miguel Corp.Details of the financial incentive were not disclosed, though Alfrancis Chua, Barangay Ginebra’s representative to the PBA board and SMC director of basketball operations, admitted RSA’s part of the bonus.“Do you see anyone with a long face in this table?” a smiling Manny V. Pangilinan said in Filipino, referring to the players, before making everyone laugh when he joked: “Sometimes it’s cheaper for the team to lose.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Guiao wouldn’t mind not having to make a choice.“I’m happy with Andray,” he said. “I’ll be happier [if he can play] with Jordan Clarkson.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe country can’t suit up both Clarkson and Blatche in China in the Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 showcase because the international cage federation still recognizes Clarkson as a naturalized player.The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is currently working on an appeal to get Clarkson to play as a local. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title UST tests FEU, La Salle stakes unbeaten record vs UP Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Andray Blatche has more than proven his worth with the Philippine national team. —FIBA.BASKETBALLBecause of his size—and how great he played for Team Philippines in the last qualifying window—Andray Blatche is Yeng Guiao’s first choice as a naturalized player in the event that the Philippines fails to get the green light from Fiba to have Jordan Clarkson play as a Filipino.“Right now, he has earned that if you ask me,” Guiao said of Blatche, the hero in a 93-75 victory over Kazakhstan on Sunday that sewed up a second straight World Cup stint for the country. “His size is vital in international tournaments.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ At 6-feet-11 with the ability to play the perimeter with ease, Blatche’s talent fits the international game. He scored 41 points and had 14 rebounds against the Kazakhs, shooting 17 of his total in a torrid first quarter effort that dictated the pace of the game.Meanwhile, Blatche’s stint in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup this year was canned immediately, with chair Ricky Vargas not wanting that to set a precedent in breaking the league’s import rules.“While we want him to play with us and be with us, there are certain rules that we have to adhere to,” Vargas said in a press conference after a board meeting on Friday. “Otherwise, it will really kill the PBA process.”The height limit for imports in the Commissioner’s Cup is 6-foot-10, and Vargas also said that it would be unfair for the 11 other teams in the field if Blatche, who is listed at 6-11, will be given a special exemption.The door, though, is not entirely closed.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Linden hotelier nabbed for Trafficking in Persons

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first_img…2 foreign women rescued…claims they were sold for $25000 eachA Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) hotelier is in Police custody after Police swooped down on his premises and allegedly found two foreign women being held against their will.Reports are the ranks raided the hotel and bar located at Wismar, Linden at about 21:30h on Thursday after a report was made about alleged Trafficking in Persons being committed by the businessman.During the raid, two foreign female nationals were removed from the business premises and handed over to officials from the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Unit at the Social Protection Ministry as investigations continue.Information from the Police indicates that ranks, acting on information received, went to the hotel and bar located at Burnham Drive Wismar, Linden, which is owned by a 54-year-old businessman. A search was conducted of the premises and two female Venezuelan ages 20 and 30 were allegedly found in one of the rooms. The females were questioned using an interpreter app where they allegedly stated that they were being held at the hotel against their will and they were sold to the hotel owner by a man for $25,000 each. Investigations are in progress.last_img read more

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NASA astronaut asks Can you spot the Big Dipper from the ISS

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Mamata remembers Tapasi Malik on death anniversary

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first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday remembered Tapasi Malik who was raped and burnt to death during the Singur agitation over land acquisition in 2006. Besides paying homage to Malik on her death anniversary, Banerjee also remembered those who had lost their lives in political violence during the 34 years of Left Front rule in the state. Remembering Tapasi Malik on her death anniversary. The young protestor from Singur was raped and burnt to death during the farmers agitation in 2006. My homage to all those who lost their lives during the 34 years of Left rule, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Malik was a member of the ‘Save Singur Farmland Committee’. Her charred body was recovered from the Tata Motors’ factory site in Singur on December 18, 2006. Singur witnessed large-scale protests in 2006, when the CPM-led Left Front tried to acquire land for the factory. The agitation, that lasted for months, made headlines across the world and catapulted the then opposition leader Mamata Banerjee to limelight.last_img read more

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All political parties should work together for masses

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first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged all political parties to work together for the welfare of the masses. The Chief Minister’s statement assumes great political significance ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.The parties working with a common manifesto to support the working class and downtrodden people will get support from Trinamool Congress, said Mamata Banerjee on the 21st anniversary of the party, which was formed on January 1, 1998. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Banerjee has called a historic rally at the Brigade Parade ground on January 19, which Opposition leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, former BJP Union minister Yashwant Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha, Chandrababu Naidu, Akhilesh Yadav and Sonia Gandhi are likely to attend. Banerjee hopes that the minor differences among the parties will be ironed out and the Opposition will be united to oust BJP from power at the Lok Sabha polls this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee tweeted on Tuesday: “Today @AITCofficial turns 21. The journey which began on January 1, 1998 has been full of struggles, but we have been steadfast in our resolve to fight for the people #Trinamool21. We are thankful to Maa-Mati-Manush for their constant support and the workers who work hard 365 days a year for the people. A big salute to you.” All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party MP Abhishek Banerjee said the people will fight to establish a non-communal democratic government at the Centre that will work for the masses. The flag of the party was hoisted at Trinamool’s headquarter by Subrata Bakshi, party MP and state president. Flags were hoisted atop the party offices in the districts as well. Colourful processions were taken out in different areas to celebrate the foundation day, which were attended by people coming from all walks of life. The leaders and workers of the party pledged to oust BJP from the Centre. On the party’s foundation day, the Chief Minister said that note ban had affected Indian economy badly and the worst sufferers were the farmers, working class and small traders. Hundreds of people had lost their jobs and farmers committed suicide. “BJP does not respect the Indian Constitution and is inciting one community against another. Lynching has taken place in different parts of the country. They have spread hate politics,” she added. For the past one month, TMC leaders have been visiting the districts and attending meetings urging people to attend the rally on January 19. A record number of people are likely to attend the meeting. Mamata Banerjee is likely to announce the roadmap on the day, which will be followed to oust BJP from power at the Centre.last_img read more

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Tea Board working on shrinking govt support Bezbaruah

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first_imgKolkata: Tea Board of India was working on a shrinking government support with total allocation being approximately Rs 250 crore, an official said. “Tea Board is working under the backdrop of shrinking government financial support. The Board also labours under the burden of high administrative costs, with more than Rs 70 crore per year being spent on employees and maintenance of infrastructure, out of a total allocation of approximately Rs 250 crore”, non-executive chairman of the board P K Bezbaruah told PTI. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Thus, he suggested, one of the focus area of the Board over the next few years would be to reduce administrative costs by upto Rs 10 crore per annum, while many cost cutting initiatives were already on the anvil. “In my opinion, the thrust areas of the Board relating to the tea industry should be on exports through incentivization of exportable variants of tea, like orthodox, organic and speciality teas.” The Board should attempt to get the incentive for production of such variants tripled from the present level. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Increase domestic consumption through generic promotion of tea should also be considered as a priority area, Bezbaruah, the second time non-executive chairman, said. He said that restructuring of primary markets, particularly the public tea auctions to ensure fair price discovery and prevent some sets of stakeholders from gaming the system to their advantage. “There should also be an effort to ensure transparency of all transactions on both sides, and to eliminate asymmetric information prevailing in todays primary markets”, he said. Bezbaruah said once the primary markets were restructured and strengthened, the Boards ultimate objective would be to ensure that the first sale of all produce that is not exported or sold directly to end consumers, is compulsorily routed through these channels.last_img read more

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