The Aces started the game on a 10-2 run as they shot 51 percent from the field in the first half to establish a 30-point advantage.Jarrid Famous anchored Blackwater’s rally in the third quarter, outscoring Alaska, 27-12, and almost doubling their first half production.The Elite even got to within seven after a triple from Dave Marcelo at the 11:53 mark of the final quarter, before Alaska rode the hot hands of Manuel to get the win.“They took it to us, they were awesome in the third quarter. They deserved to come back,” said Compton of the opposition. “That was great heart for them, for a team that is struggling. But I got two words that changed the fourth quarter and that’s Calvin Abueva.”Famous wound up with 27 points, 21 rebounds, and three blocks while JP Erram got a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds but could not avert Blackwater from falling to 0-3.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska overcame a shaky third quarter to wallop Blackwater, 93-74, for its first win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Vic Manuel dropped 15 of his 27 points in the payoff period as the Aces denied the Elite’s rally that cut a 30-point lead, 49-19, to seven, 66-59, early in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Antonio Campbell also poured in 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for Alaska to erase the memory of Friday’s heartbreaking 103-109 defeat to Rain or Shine.Calvin Abueva also came up big despite having a 0-of-10 shooting clip. Abueva made his presence felt in different areas, finishing with 10 boards, six assists, two steals, and two blocks on top of his three points.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 crown“Calvin Abueva gave us the fire,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton. “I can’t describe it. He played just like exactly what we’re looking for. He helped us on the rebounds, he got the loose ball, and he got a lot of shots for his teammates.”“I told Calvin, you helped us basically win this game especially that part of the fourth quarter. He made so many extra unselfish plays that as coaches we love. If he plays like that, I’m confident we have a chance against the really talented, stronger teams. He was awesome and I think it rubbed off on everybody in the fourth quarter.” ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Japan Sumo Association to consider opinions on female ban MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The scores:ALASKA 93 — Manuel 27, Campbell 23, Enciso 7, Exciminiano 7, Magat 6, Racal 5, Teng 5, Baclao 4, Abueva 3, Banchero 2, Casio 2, Thoss 2, Galliguez 0.BLACKWATER 74 — Famous 27, Erram 11, DiGregorio 9, Sumang 9, Belo 5, Marcelo 4, Sena 4, Banal 2, Maliksi 2, Jose 1, Cruz 0, Palma 0, Pinto 0.Quarters: 27-11, 54-29, 66-56, 93-74.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
View comments But coach Norman Black put the win in perspective, reminding everyone that all they did was force the Fuel Masters to cash in on their twice-to-beat advantage.“It’s just one game,” said Black. “We need to win two. That’s why [Phoenix] worked hard to get that twice-to-beat advantage; we need to win one more to advance to the semifinals.”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 ChrissThe two teams will play sudden death on Friday.The Bolts, finalists in the last two editions of this tournament—losing in both instances to Barangay Ginebra—looked like it had finally run out of gas in the season-ending conference. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal That may be an understatement.The Bolts doubled their first-half output in the third quarter alone, seizing a 66-55 lead that seemed to have left the Fuel Masters stumped.That, and with Meralco’s defense regaining its bite, allowed the Bolts to grab control the rest of the way.“I’ll say it over and over again,” Black said. “Tonight it was about our defense. In the first half, we struggled because Phoenix is a very good defensive team. We just made a few adjustments and tried to take away their help defense and it worked for us.”So good was Meralco’s defense that according to PBA statistics chief Fidel Mangonon III, Phoenix matched its lowest output in a game under coach Louie Alas, tying the 72 points it scored in a loss to TNT in the 2018 Philippine Cup.Durham finished with 26 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Chris Newsome added 16 points and three boards while Baser Amer chipped in 14 points and six assists. Durham engineered a big third quarter run that gave the Bolts a 60-45 edge.Eugene Phelps led Phoenix with 27 points 17 rebounds, while Calvin Abueva chipped in 18 and 12 boards before fouling out with late in the game.The winner of this quarterfinal showdown will face the winner of the Alaska-San Miguel Beer duel that was being played at press time. —INQUIRER SPORTS Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown PBA IMAGESFrom winning just one game in their first seven outings, the Meralco Bolts are now within one win of making the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals, skating on the wheels of a five-game winning streak.The Bolts lived another day, coming out strong in the second half to turn back Phoenix Petroleum, 90-74, Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT After a win to open its campaign, Meralco lost six straight, needing every bit of that five-game winning run to get to within sniffing distance of a semifinal berth. Making that run even more remarkable is that all those five wins were do-or-die games for the Bolts.Buried to a 1-6 record following a six-game slide, Meralco has now won five straight and is on the verge of making another semis trip in the Governors’ Cup.Phoenix was actually ahead after a defensive struggle in the first half but the Bolts came out firing in the third period, scoring 33 points to turn the game in their favor.And it looked like Meralco would sputter in this one, falling prey to Phoenix’s defense and struggling to get any rhythm in the first half.“Their defense on (Allen) Durham in the first half was really good,” admitted Black. “But we stepped up in the second half and our shots started falling.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Lack of bigs catches up with UST in crucial loss to Adamson Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title
– points to flagrant violation of ConstitutionOpposition Member of Parliament (MP), Anil Nandlall is calling on Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams and Retired Justice James Patterson to resign their posts, pointing to a situation where both men knew that they were in clear violation of the Constitution.Nandlall, a former Attorney General himself, pointed to Article 161 (1) of the Constitution which states that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman should not be engaged in any other form of employment. However, Patterson continues to be an adviser to the Minister.This was brought to light on December 12, in the Committee of Supply, when Nandlall questioned the Minister and he disclosed that Patterson, the Chairman of GECOM, continued to be one of his five advisers who were being paid by the Legal Affairs Ministry and would continue to be paid in 2018.“The public would note that this disclosure comes from no other than the principal legal adviser of the Government of Guyana and it was made publicly and forms part of the public record of the National Assembly,” the Opposition MP observed while stressing the illegality of that move.Nandlall argued that based on this admission, the GECOM Chairman was currently in flagrant violation of the Constitution and the Attorney General himself was complicit in that violation by continuing to employ Patterson and budget for his continuing employment.“The fact that the very person is also the Attorney General of the country and is so “blissfully unaware” of the gravity of numerous violations committed that he discloses the information with seamless ease is by itself a scandal of gigantic proportion. Both Justice Patterson and the Attorney General should resign!”The AG compounded the issue by disclosing that in light of Justice Patterson’s recent appointment as the GECOM Chairman, he was not sure whether he (Patterson) would continue to be part of his advisory team. Nandlall said it has not dawned upon the AG that the GECOM chairmanship was constitutionally a full-time position.The Opposition MP said, “I wonder whom the President (David Granger) will now blame for this: will it be those who advised the Government before May 2015, or the hapless staff at the AG’s Chambers, who continue to be blamed daily for the incompetence which flows from the top?”Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil WilliamsFrom all indications, Nandlall said it may appear as if different members of the Government and those appointed by them were in competition with each other as to who would be most egregious in their violation of the Constitution and the rule of law, and who would generate the most sensational scandal.“It is common knowledge that the holder of the office of the Chairman of GECOM must be independent and impartial and a person of high integrity. The President rejected the names of 18 highly qualified and respected Guyanese as not possessing these qualities,” he recalled.Instead, President Granger unilaterally choose an octogenarian, whose suitability and appointment evoked unprecedented controversy and now are the subject of an ongoing legal challenge, and who continues to be in the remunerative employment of the Government in violation of the Constitution.“How can such a person ever inspire the confidence of the Guyanese electorate? How can the electorate perceive him to be fair and a person who is independent and impartial?Opposition parliamentarian and former Attorney General, Anil NandlallThe cogent links to a political party are already publicly disclosed; that very Party leader in Government appoints him to a critical independent and impartial constitutional institution, and he continues to serve that very Government several months after the appointment by being an adviser of a functionary of the Government who happens to be the Chairman of that political party,” Nandlall said.
3 months later…despite Ministry’s promisesPromises made by the Education Ministry earlier this year to restore the dilapidated wings and Science laboratories of Queen College have remained unfulfilled as students and teachers are still awaiting the rehabilitation, which was promised since August of this year.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, several employees, who requested not to be named, explained that no rehabilitation work was done on the school’s infrastructure and questions were raised as to whether the Ministry will keep their end of the bargain.After reports were carried in the media of the school’s dilapidated structure, the Education Ministry had issued a statement, informing that education officers from the Department of Education along with an engineer appointed by the Education Ministry would have visited the school and assessments were conducted. Upon examination, it was revealed that the institution indeed needed a restoration project.As a result, $11 million was allocated to the works, which should have begun during the last August vacation. The project included routine repairs and maintenance works which are needed. Additionally, the roofs of the East and West wings and the administrative building will be repaired.The Science laboratory, which was considered by the teachers as “not conducive” to laboratory experiments, will be repainted, cupboards will be installed, and the dilapidated walls and ceilings will be repaired.Guyana Times had reported earlier that students and teachers were raising complaints about the difficulties they faced on a daily basis, as a result of poor facilities. Calls were made for the labs to be redone, which was one of the main challenges faced.Sources had revealed that with respect to the quality of students produced every year, the institution requires at least one state-of-the-art laboratory.It was revealed that in the past, moderators that are dispatched to the school would comment on the state of the laboratories which were being utilised by the students.Additionally, the unmaintained playgrounds were one of the main reasons the school’s sports activities were held at the Guyana Cricket Club (GCC) ground. Presently, maintenance has been scheduled to fix the ground and sources have indicated that those works have begun.
…air-dashed to city hospitalA 29-year-old mother of three from Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) had to be air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) after she was stabbed by her reputed husband.Reports are Trecia Griffith, of Noon Grant, Lower Pomeroon River, was stabbed six times about her body on Monday. She was rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital where her condition was listed as critical. However, on Tuesday, after her condition worsened, Griffith was air-dashed to the city.Doctors rushing Trecia Griffith to the ambulanceAccording to information reaching Guyana Times, the woman and her 28-year-old spouse were imbibing on Monday with friends when an argument erupted. The woman’s reputed husband had accused her of having an extramarital affair with one of his friends. Reports are the woman denied the allegation, but her reputed husband allegedly pulled out a knife and dealt several stabs to her body. She received stab wounds to her abdomen and neck.According to sister of the injured woman, Synetha Hoyte, her sister’s reputed husband was trying to slit her throat when another man intervened, lashing him with a chair.“My sister had several, several stab wounds; we thought she would die. She is talking, but we are very fearful, she has a two-year-old child,” she related.The woman pointed out that her sister had endured the abusive relationship for years.The suspect was taken into Police custody.
SANTA CLARITA – Bowman High School students took their traffic safety concerns to the Santa Clarita City Council, asking the city to correct traffic hazards facing their fellow classmates. Student presenters asked the council to fix several problems and put their school’s safety quotient on par with that of other area schools. “The council appreciated that these kids thought this was important enough, not just for their safety but for their fellow schoolmates’, to bring this to our attention,” Councilman Bob Kellar said. “They did it in a very thorough and professional manner. I thought it was an excellent presentation.” The students voiced concern for throngs of classmates forced to navigate an active railroad crossing and two busy intersections not marked with crosswalks every day just to get to class. A survey of crosswalks in major and secondary streets near Saugus, Canyon and Valencia high schools spurred the students. They talked to others to gauge the magnitude of the problem. Council members watched footage of a passing train with students on either side waiting to cross, and a student driving up the hill, where the school is visible before a 25mph sign, with “School” appearing in small letters. The students have asked the city to pave a sidewalk over the train tracks, paint crosswalks at Golden Oak and Golden Triangle roads, and at Golden Triangle Road and Centre Pointe Parkway, and to install speed-limit and stop signs leading to the school. Navigating the political process might prove easier than crossing the street. Gus Pivetti, a senior traffic engineer for the city who has met with the students, said he was impressed with their work. The city has studied the traffic patterns and will paint crosswalks on those streets, he said. Constructing a crossing over the train tracks could cost $750,000 and would require widening and reconfiguring the existing crossing. City officials might consider the issue, but Metrolink and the California Public Utilities Commission would need to get involved. The city will install larger school area speed-limit signs on the approach to Bowman and paint pavement markings alerting drivers to the presence of students in the area. The city will consider relocating the municipal bus stop on Soledad Canyon Road closer to school. Some months ago, the city installed a no-right-turn-on-red sign on Soledad Canyon at Golden Oak, and while drivers ignored it at first, few do so now. “People would be turning right, and cars would be backed up over the railroad tracks while students were crossing the street,” said Sgt. Richard Cohen, who heads the traffic detail at the local sheriff’s station. “With the trains coming by, it created a hazard.” The intersection is now safer for drivers and students, Cohen said. Coombe touted the merit of engaging students in political and municipal processes. “I think this is a perfect example of seeing one of the basic freedoms in the First Amendment, petitioning the government for redress,” he said. “That’s what they’re doing.” For Rowles, it’s a step closer to her career. She plans to major in law enforcement in college and hopes to become a California Highway Patrol officer. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bowman, a continuation campus, sits on a winding, hilly road that had little traffic because it dead-ended – until recently. Now, the road connects to the Centre Pointe Business Park and receives more, and faster, traffic. The impetus for the traffic project was a car crash near school that didn’t kill anyone but was a close call. “There’s no price on a student’s life,” said Bowman senior Lauren Rowles, who spoke at City Hall on Tuesday. “We feel it’s important that our students, who are like a family, get from home to school safely, and back.” Rowles, seniors Cristina Morgan and Sean Johnson, and about 16 others in a leadership class taught by Michael Coombe, Bowman’s Associated Student Body director, developed the plan. They toiled for hours over several months packing their PowerPoint presentation with punch. In December, they delivered the pitch to a receptive William S. Hart Union High School District board, and board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine and school Superintendent Jaime Castellanos backed them before the council Tuesday.
But having suffered an almighty scare at home in the quarter-finals, when Juventus won 3-1 in Madrid after Real had beaten them 3-0 in Turin, Zidane says nothing is decided despite Real’s slender advantage.“We will have to fight in the second leg, nothing is decided, that showed in the second leg against Juventus,” said Zidane.“We will have to suffer again and face Bayern in a different way at home, because if we don’t, we could have a bad result next week,” he warned.The hosts took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break.Substitute Asensio hit Real’s winner after finishing a counter-attack to seal Real’s sixth straight win over Bayern in the knock-out stages of Europe.“We can be happy with the result, we had difficulties at the start of the match in imposing our game,” said Zidane.“It’s not easy to come and win here, we can do better, but we’re happy with the result.”Zidane pulled a surprise before kick-off by dropping Gareth Bale, but insisted he does not have a problem with the Welshman.“I have a lot of quality players here, he has been playing well and I know I can count on Gareth Bale the same way I do those others who also didn’t play,” said Zidane.Toni Kroos was unimpressed with Real’s performance at his former club.– Wasted chances –Golden strike: Marcelo celebrates scoring © AFP / Odd ANDERSEN“It was an average performance from us in the end, we had a lot of work to do, a lot of running,” said Madrid’s Germany midfielder.“The result is good, nothing more than that.“Bayern were probably a bit better than us, but we took our chances well.”Bayern captain Thomas Mueller admits the result does them no favours.To compound Bayern’s woes, they could have lost both Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng for the return.Both suffered leg injuries in the opening half an hour and will be examined on Thursday.“Madrid is Madrid, we saw their how coolly they took their chances,” said Mueller.“We need another mentality in front of goal, which could have been very different in my opinion.”Mueller says last year’s 2-1 second-leg win over 90 minutes at Madrid in the quarter-finals — before Bayern eventually lost 6-3 on aggregate after extra-time — gives them hope.“We won’t give up, we won there last year, but we need a different mentality and a killer instinct,” he said.Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes was not happy to see his team throw away the lead and waste a string of chances.“It was a curious game, we had a lot of chances we didn’t use, so it’s no wonder we lost,” fumed Heynckes“I’m not accusing anyone, but our defence was poor for the goals they scored — we gave them away.“What team has so many chances against Real and doesn’t use them?“We have nothing to lose in Madrid and go there with a free spirit.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Warning: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane wants no repeat of Juventus drama © AFP / GUENTER SCHIFFMANNMUNICH, Germany, Apr 26 – Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid must heed the lessons from their Juventus scare in order to finish off Bayern Munich in next Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, return leg.Real took a step closer to a third straight European title after Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 first-leg come-back victory in Munich on Wednesday.
1 Leyton Orient’s new owner Francesco Becchetti has vowed to splash the cash at the east London club and has already held talks with manager Russell Slade over new signings.The Italian businessman is ready to make an immediate impact after he took over ownership of the club from Barry Hearn.Orient were a penalty kick away from reaching the Championship last season after they lost in the Play-off final against Rotherham at Wembley.But Becchetti has high hopes for Orient and is not afraid to spend big as he looks to see Orient gain promotion next season.Becchetti said: “I spoke to the manager [on Wednesday night] and asked him to give me a list of key players who will be important for next season. I told him to give me the first player for each position.“Then I said, ‘Is there a player who can help us to aspire to the Championship without going to the Play-offs?“I have a vision of being a Championship club. Many times dreams come true. Even this season it can happen. We have to forget the Play-off match and the penalties and start from zero. I spoke to the manager and we all need the experience.” Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade
2 Most popular football news BEST OF no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade West Ham snapped up Wilshere when he was released by Arsenal Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED 2 RANKED ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED The 26-year-old then decided to end his 17-year association with the club and joined West Ham for free during the summer.“If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me,” the midfielder told the Islington Gazette.“He gave me the armband and respected me a lot.“So, I had pretty much agreed to stay. And then he left and that changed things.”Wilshere, who has had problems with injury throughout his career and is currently sidelined with an ankle issue, said his former boss always stood by him when he was recovering.“Arsene had said to me previously ‘stay and fight your way back into the team’ – because I knew Arsene and knew he had trust in me, I knew I could do that and fight my way into the team. huge blow Wenger oversaw Wilshere’s development and route into the Arsenal first team “I knew that if I got myself fit and was training well that Arsene would put me in – and he did.“But things were changing at the club and they were going into a new era and maybe it was time for me to leave as well.”Having joined the club at nine years old, Wilshere eventually made his way through the academy and into the first team at 16.He won two FA Cups with the Gunners and broke into the England team during his career in north London. MONEY Jack Wilshere believes he would still be an Arsenal player if Arsene Wenger was the manager.Wenger stepped down from his role at the end of last season after almost 22 years in charge and was replaced by Unai Emery, who couldn’t guarantee the midfielder regular minutes on the pitch. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won shining