The Gin Kings, with LA Tenorio coming up big in the second half, shot down Alaska for the second straight game, 108-97, before an animated gallery at Smart Araneta Coliseum to give Ginebra the last semifinal slot and seal a box office dream of a matchup with the Hotshots.“We’re just glad to be there (in the semifinals against Star) at this point,” Cone said after his Kings broke away in the third period and defeated the Aces handily. “I told the players that this is not our championship and I am looking forward to seven games [against the Hotshots].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“The last time we did it, I was on the other side (with Purefoods) and we broke all sorts of [attendance] records,” Cone said about the rivalry dubbed “Manila Clasico.” “I’m really looking forward to it.”Ginebra will go into this series trying to figure out how to shut down Star, which Cone noted is the best offensive team in the league right now. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LA Tenorio leads Ginebra. PBA IMAGESUsually, coaches want a series to be over and done with in the shortest time possible.Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone, though, is actually looking forward to Barangay Ginebra’s Final Four series with sister team Star going the distance.ADVERTISEMENT “We have to find a way to slow them down,” he said, pointing out that the Hotshots have blown their past six opponents by close to 20 points. “They (Hotshots) are playing great basketball. It’s just awesome to watch them play.”Tenorio scored all but one of his team-high 31 points in the final three periods as Ginebra shook off a slow start and came up with a rip-roaring finish to become the 12th team in history to overturn a twice-to-win disadvantage.“We certainly picked the right time to play our best game of the season,” Cone said after getting 20 points from Aljon Mariano and 15 points from rookie Kevin Ferrer.Calvin Abueva had 29 points to pace Alaska, which also got 23 from Vic Manuel. Abueva also had 13 rebounds but the Aces just couldn’t knock down the shots when they needed to.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer opens its semifinal series against Talk ‘N Text today at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Titanic showdown 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 View comments Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte LATEST STORIES
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 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Though the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player still normed decent numbers with 16 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks, just like in Game 2, his production wasn’t enough as the Beermen now stare at a 1-2 series deficit in their best-of-7 semifinals series.“We had lots of lapses and turnovers, but still, we’re there and it was still a close game,” he said, as the Beermen committed 19 turnovers which led to 18 easy points for TNT.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut just like last time, the Cebuano giant is keeping the faith with his squad, saying that San Miguel has proven itself more than capable of fighting back despite the back-to-back losses.“We’re still confident that we can bounce back and regroup from this loss,” he said. MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte LATEST STORIES Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFoul-plagued all game long, June Mar Fajardo admits TNT’s defense did its work following the San Miguel’s 98-92 Game 3 loss on Sunday.“I can feel that their defense is tightening up on me,” Fajardo said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Seigle sets milestone in TNT’s Game 3 win Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The same goes with Fajardo’s teammates as they trust that the big man will be able to come through.“June Mar will adjust. He’s not a three-time MVP for no reason, and we’re not three-time champions for no reason,” said Chris Ross.“I can’t really comment on the calls that were made, but the big man, he’s our big man and he should be able to get calls at the end. It just didn’t happen and he wasn’t able to get any calls. We’ll see what happens in Game 4,” SMB swingman Marcio Lassiter said.Fajardo feels the next game is already a must-win for San Miguel.“It’s a must-win for us. It’s going to be difficult if they go up 3-1. We have to win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThings are not looking to get any easier for Barangay Ginebra.After notching their first win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the Gin Kings will be tested against their rivals Star Hotshots on Sunday in one of the conference’s most anticipated games.ADVERTISEMENT Star has won four in a row despite its longtime leader Marc Pingris yet to make his conference debut and the Hotshots have certainly gotten the attention of the Gin Kings.“They’re an undefeated team, they’ve been playing really, really well,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone after a 113-96 rout of winless GlobalPort Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“They’re playing good basketball right now, they have a good import. I think nakukuha na nila yung chemistry nila as a team,” said Kings point guard LA Tenorio, who sustained a cut above his left eye after colliding with Batang Pier big man Rico Maierhofer in the waning seconds. “Even though Ping is not playing, we really have to focus on our defense and yung gameplan.”The Hotshots have been a force to reckon with thanks to their deep roster and import Tony Mitchell, who quickly learned how to play with his new teammates. “It’s gonna be tough game for us on Sunday for sure so we need to bring our A-game against Star so we cant afford to lose, win [and then] lose [again] in this conference,” Tenorio said. “We need to gain some momentum, so it will be big for us if we’re gonna win against Star.”The showdown on Sunday will be the two teams’ first meeting since Ginebra overcame Star in Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup two months ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government “Tony Mitchell seems to fit them really well. I scouted him in the D-League, he’s a very active guy, a very athletic and very active, he plays the game with a lot of emotion,” Cone praised.“He’s been playing very well for them, and they’ve looked really sharp. They’ve looked really sharp ever since Chito (Victolero) took over, so you know, we have our work cut out for us, obviously.”Mitchell had 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in Star’s 97-83 victory over Mahindra on Wednesday.But Mitchell isn’t the only one Ginebra has to deal with in its duel against Star, which flaunts a talented lineup from top to bottom.Against the Floodbuster, the Hotshots showed their firepower with four of their guards reaching double figures in scoring led by rookie Jio Jalalon’s 14.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Offensive woes dragging down Mahindra MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test
Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home A victory packed with unforgivable errors is definitely not a happy thought for BaliPure coach Roger Gorayeb.The Water Defenders gave up the opening set before sending the Power Smashers to their knees Tuesday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Donnie Nietes: Old warrior in a hurry? Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR 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 “It was a bad game,” said Gorayeb in Filipino after his team scraped past the Power Smashers, 17-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, to maintain an unbeaten slate after two games.“Committing errors are normal, but we should learn from every mistake,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnJerrili Malabanan somehow pacified her coach after leading BaliPure with 20 points, 19 of them on crisp and solid attacks at the net, while Grethcel Soltones contributed 15 points.“We lacked communication inside the court. This should not happen at this point in the tournament,” said Gorayeb. He was particularly annoyed at his team when the Water Defenders mounted a rally and pulled within a point or two on several occasions—only to commit a service error in the next sequence to bail the Power Smashers out.The trio of Jovelyn Prado, Regine Arocha and Dimdim Pacres scored 11 points while Katherine Villegas added 10 for the Power Smashers, who slid to 1-1.“Our team should learn from this and develop maturity as a team,” said Gorayeb.It could had gone either way in the final three sets with the Water Defenders pulling through with a couple of lucky breaks in the deciding set after the Power Smashers knotted the count for the last time at 22.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar
10 a.m: 100m Men Qualifying Round Morning Afternoon Today’s schedule 5:30 p.m: Javelin Men Final 5:32 p.m: Triple Jump Men Final 6:05 p.m: 400m Hurdles Women Heats 6:20 p.m: 400m Hurdles Men Heats 7:00 p.m: 100m Men Quarter Finals
Boycott sorry for ‘unacceptable’ remarks about WI Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has apologised for making an allegedly racist comment while discussing knighthoods handed out to West Indies cricketers. British newspaper The Daily Mirror reported yesterday that the 76-year-old Boycott said he would need to “black me face” to get a knighthood after seeing the honour handed out like “confetti” to West Indies greats such as Viv Richards, Garfield Sobers and Curtly Ambrose. Boycott responded to the newspaper article by tweeting that what he said was “unacceptable,” adding: “I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly.” He said he has “utmost respect” for West Indian cricket. Boycott, an outspoken pundit, is reported to have made the remarks at a question-and-answer session during a break in play of England’s day-night Test against the West Indies at Edgbaston last week. – AP Australia’s tour match cancelled after flooding DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP): Australia’s two-day tour match against a Bangladesh XI has been cancelled because of concerns over contaminated water following recent flooding at the ground. Australia coach Darren Lehmann and skipper Steven Smith visited the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Monday and decided it wouldn’t be fit for play yesterday and today. “The ground wasn’t deemed up to the mark,” Bangladesh Cricket Board media and communications committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. “Some parts of the outfield remained wet so they didn’t want to play the practise match there.” The visitors now will continue regular training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium ahead of the two-Test series, which starts August 27. “It’s a shame for both of the sides,” said Lehmann, whose team will enter the series with just an intra-squad trial in Australia last week as warmup. “The BCB has been fantastic trying to get us the game. The amount of rain hasn’t helped.
Zone A Anchovy vs Irwin Green Pond vs Maldon Zone B Rusea’s vs Green Island Frome vs Knockalva Cambridge vs Hopewell Zone C Herbert Morrison vs Muschett William Knibb vs Spot Valley Cedric Titus vs Holland Zone D Black River vs Petersfield Manning’s vs Grange Hill Little London vs Godfrey Stewart Zone E Maggotty vs Newell Lacovia vs B.B. Coke Munro vs STETHS Zone F Mile Gully vs Manchester Cross Keys vs May Day deCarteret vs Belair Zone G Holmwood vs Alston Christiana vs Knox Spalding vs Troy Zone H Edwin Allen vs Thompson Town Zone I Brown’s Town vs Ocho Rios Zone J Iona vs St Mary High Oracabessa vs Brimmervale Carron Hall vs St Mary Tech. Zone K Ewarton vs Bog Walk Dinthill vs Guys Hill McGrath vs Charlemont Zone L Horace Clarke vs Fair Prospect Port Antonio vs Titchfield Zone M Denbigh vs Bellefield Porus vs Foga Road Zone N Central vs Kemps Hill Vere Tech vs Old Harbour Bustamante vs Garvey Maceo Zone O Seaforth vs Paul Bogle St Thomas Tech vs Yallahs Robert Lightbourne vs Morant Bay Today’s other games Back-to-back wins aside, perhaps the most impressive thing about St James’ start so far is the fact that they are yet to concede a goal, but today’s test will be their biggest so far, given Cornwall’s penchant for attacking football. Cornwall certainly pack a ton of firepower and will be looking to Aiden Jokomba, the physical Garnett Hudson ,and their leading goalscorer Shavon McDonald to pierce the St James backline. Both teams are in great form and are level on six points at the top, only separated by goal difference, which favours St James High. They have scored one more goal than the defending champions, who have scored seven goals and conceded one. CLEAN SHEET The ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup is set to resume this afternoon with another Montego Bay cross-town derby with defending champions Cornwall College (CC) playing hosts to the Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore-coached St James High in Zone A action at 3:30 p.m. CC coach Dr Dean Weatherly described St James High as a well-coached team with a deep bench but says his boys will be going in the match determined to pick up all three points and maintain their 100 per cent win record in daCosta Cup. Former champions St James have also made an impressive start to this year’s competition under the guidance of Reggae Boyz head coach Whitmore, winning both games played so far.
Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman Jerry Benzwick has said that he supports 200m sprinter-turned-rugby player Warren Weir’s decision to migrate to Florida for track and field training. It was reported earlier this week that Weir will be leaving the Racers Track Club to join Lance Brauman’s camp in the United States. Benzwick said that Weir’s migration to be a better sprinter will also help him to become a better rugby player and help to raise the sport’s profile, not just locally, but internationally. “His decision to go to Florida and train is for track, but being there also allows him the opportunity to train for rugby,” Benzwick said. “The thing about Warren is that he created a major international buzz, even though he’s not 100 per cent rugby. He hasn’t played against all the giants or at the Hong Kong Sevens yet, but we hope to get him there. If we get him to play in the Hong Kong Sevens, it’s a big deal in general – not just for Jamaica Rugby, but it does well for the sport.” POSITIVE ATTENTION Benzwick said that Jamaican athletes have what he described as an “impeccable” integrity record as he said they are drug free and possess a winning mentality. “I want to big up Warren Weir and say thanks to him for bringing so much positive attention to the JRFU,” he said. “He has created a major buzz in the rugby world, with all the top athletes and top officials in the sport asking for him. “He has become social media friends with the likes of Carlin Isles, the fastest man in rugby until Warren; all the South African team players; Fiji, et cetera. And we are looking forward to him playing again and hope he continues to blaze on the track.” Benzwick said that World Rugby – the sport’s global governing body – has also been considering highlighting the London 2012 bronze medallist as an “Olympic crossover athlete”. email@example.com
After a day of kite flying in the sun, the night is expected to be much cooler as Magnum Tonic Wine hosts its explosive stage show on Easter Monday night at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, East Bank Demerara.The show will feature Jamaican dancehall artistes, Aidonia and Ding Dong and Trinidadian soca artiste, Bungi Garlin. The artistes are known for their versatility and are expected to put on an epic show. The local acts include Timeka Marshall, Popeye Caution and Jomo “Rubber Waist” Primo.The event will also feature local disc jockeys such as Fusion and Determine Sound systems. Gates open at 20:00h, with performances starting at 21:00h. Tickets are $2000, $3000 at the gate but with the purchase of three Magnum Tonic Wines at select retailers; you will receive a free ticket to the event.“Magnum has always been innovative and trendy with its campaigns and activations since its launch. With our close ties to the streets, we looked very closely at the current Caribbean music climate and knew that people of Guyana music would appreciate Magnum Xplosion, and the line-up we are offering,” an elated Kamal Powell, Regional Marketing Manager for the brand explained.Magnum Xplosion will not only take place in Guyana, but will also make stops in Trinidad & Tobago and other Caribbean countries to be confirmed. Another performer expected to be on these bills is Patrice Roberts, who like Ding Dong, is a regional brand influencer for Magnum Tonic Wine. Roberts’ (Carnival) “Sweet for Days” was one of the most played songs during Trinidad & Tobago’s two-day Carnival Road March for 2018.
…and meter contractsYour Eyewitness had wondered – and doubted whether this day would come. He figured the three-month suspension of the contract Government had requested, was basically to buy time and have the protesters run out of steam. And have no doubt – it’s not Bulkan who made the request, he’s just the conduit seeing as how he’s supposed to be “Communities Ministers” and all. This request came from the top.So, when Royston King, Town Clerk, says “no can do”, you know “things na regulah”! King pointed out to the “terror clause” in the contract, he, the Mayor, Councillor Garrett and Oscar signed away with Smart City Solutions while on the junket to Panama City the latter paid for. The said clause needs to be stated in full:If the city unilaterally terminates the contract, by Article 14, it would have to “pay the concessionaire a lump sum payment equivalent to (i) the total direct and indirect, hard and soft cost cumulative gross investment of the concessionaire in the project; plus (ii) an amount equal to 25 per cent of the direct and indirect hard and soft cost cumulative gross investment of the concessionaire in the project; multiplied by the number of years (or fraction) remaining under the term…(iii) the reasonable out of pocket and documented costs and expenses incurred by the concessionaire as a direct result of such termination.”The ‘lump sum”, we’re told is US$10,000,000 – and you can do the Maths for the final sum and you’ll know why it’s a “terror clause”. But this is what your Eyewitness and so many other folks were saying all along, no? Why would the Gang of Four, sign on the dotted line of a contract with this and other clauses that were so egregiously punitive to Georgetown? And we all know the answer, don’t we? And it’s not just the first-class tickets, hotel rooms and per diems!!When they came back – and were confronted by Duncan and other members of the City Council – they refused to back down. The Finance Ministry was scathing in its eight-page report calling some of the provisions “ignorant” as well as ultra vires since there was no bidding for the contract as is mandated by the Regs. Even the friendlier Attorney General’s Chambers report said the provision cited by King was intended “to put the city in terror of terminating the agreement.” And so said, so done.But yet after the above Government reports, Bulkan rubber stamped the deal when he signed the necessary By-laws.The stinky stuff will now hit the fan…and spatter on a lot of faces!…and riceTurhane Doerga of Alesie Mills revolutionised the rice industry in Guyana after he exploited a loophole in Europe to bypass tariffs when shipping the grain there. Martinique and Guadeloupe, as “departments” of France, are officially part and parcel of Europe and the tariffs don’t apply to rice from those Caribbean Islands. So Doerga established mills there, bought and shipped paddy from Guyanese farmers to be milled and shipped to Europe from the “Departments”! Voila! A new, lucrative rice market!The price of paddy in Guyana skyrocketed and that was the beginning of the expansion of the rice industry to its present 600,000 tonne status. Europe, of course, did what they’ll always do when the third world’s making some money – shutdown the arrangement through legislation. In Guyana, Doerga was always regarded as a “sharp operator”.But in business, your Eyewitness sees that as a necessary trait. Hey!! It’s a dog eat dog world, all right?But Doerga just announced he’s closing shop here and selling his rice mills. Your Eyewitness is waiting for the other foot to fall!…and Pharma sole sourcingThe procurement of pharma attracts more than its fair share of “smart flies”. One Minister’s been transferred – and before the ink’s dry on the new appointee’s contract, she’s in hot water!Maybe they should have a pre-qualification process for Ministers?