NCAA Season 93 Preview: Run-and-gun Chiefs continue chase for title

first_imgTobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks View comments Codiñera acknowledged his team is expected to take a hit from the graduation of key guys from last season. But as always, he has his full confidence that there will be players ready to emerge out of the shadows and deliver for the Chiefs.“Like what we’ve been doing for the past four years, we just have to deliver and do what we’re supposed to do, make use of what we have, believe on our players and continue to motivate them to bring their A-game every game,” he said.But Codiñera promises that even without Jalalon, Arellano will still be the exciting fast-paced team which is ready to run the competition out of the building any given day.“We will still continue to do the running type of ball game and give our 100-percent effort every game. We’ll continue to excite the fans,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT But coach Jerry Codiñera knows that pulling off the feat will be a tough challenge for the Chiefs, especially with the departure of lead playmaker Jio Jalalon.“Every year, that’s always the case, that we want to win the championship,” he said. “We want to make it to the Final Four and we want to continue to do better every game in spite of the fact that year-in and year-out, there are players who leave the team. We continue to recruit and do well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Jalalon’s backcourt partner Kent Salado has been thrust to the spotlight along with seniors Lervin Flores and Zach Nicholls.“Salado will have a bigger role for us this year, same as with the veterans we have in our team,” said the PBA great. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Head coach: Jerry CodiñeraLast Season: 14-4 (Runner-up)Holdovers: Kent Salado, Lervin Flores, Zach NichollsKey Losses: Jio Jalalon, Dioncee Holts, Donald GumaruFinishing as runner-up for two of the last three seasons, Arellano is motivated to finally break the glass ceiling and win it all this year.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Djokovic shrugs off McEnroe’s Tiger comparison Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 LSU title parade draws massive crowds LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more

Warning on bribes

first_imgPolice Commissioner Leslie James on Monday sent a strong warning to members of the public and law enforcement officers who are engaged in collecting bribes – that there is intent to prosecute both parties. To use the Commissioner’s own words “it’s a two way street…once there is no offer, there can’t be acceptance. It goes both sides offer and acceptance and let me warn you civilians, we are coming after you those of you who are offering.” Policemen and women, the world over, are well respected personnel and role models for young people who aspire to contribute positively to the overall development of their communities and its residents.They usually earn the admiration of citizens because of their unique display of honesty, integrity, patience, good temperament, politeness and commitment to maintaining law and order, especially in troubling times and turbulent circumstances. For some, these men and women in uniform stand like superheroes between victims and villains, and the oppressed and their oppressors.In short, Policing is a noble profession and is therefore guided by codified laws and practices which dictate exactly how its members are expected to behave in almost every rational circumstance. It is also governed by high standards and ethics which serve to encourage and motivate its members to become standard bearers as far as morality and public decency are concerned.In the developed world, there is no changing of the goal-posts or standards whenever breaches that warrant sanctions and criminal prosecutions are concerned if a Policeman breaches the law or acts in a hostile manner towards people seeking the assistance of various law agencies.In the Caribbean, the culture is different. In some parts, there is a temptation on the part of the middle management of various Policing units to conceal the excesses of Policemen and women who are accused and in some instances found guilty of breaching the standards, ethics and laws of the profession.As a direct result of their actions, if they go undetected by the top brass of these agencies, a new culture is passed down to their subordinates which embolden and encourage junior ranks to get involved in unscrupulous activities, which in the short and long-term damage the reputation of the entire profession.In Guyana, some Policemen and women are openly engaged in crime and criminality within the divisions that they serve. Others are caught breaching the ethics of their profession accepting bribes, victimising citizens, applying their own version of the law and abusing their positions in order to create additional wealth and sources of income.The situation has reached such a level where the lines between right and wrong are now blurred and there is widespread collusion between ranks at all levels to engage in dishonesty for the right price. Additionally, some law men are even in the habit of verbally abusing members of the public, using expletives and other derogatory language in the presence of their seniors.The image of the force continues to decline because of the indifference and non-action of those in authority. Enough attention is not being paid by the top brass of the force in disciplining ranks who breach the standards and ethics of the profession. There is no reassessment of the entry requirements for the force. There is no emphasis on engineering internal programmes to lift the morale of these lawmen to empower them to cope better in the field.The Public Security Ministry needs to work with the force to advance a modern customer service and public relations programme aimed at strengthening the performance of Police Officers and their interpersonal skills. Also, an advance policy that tackles corruption and collusion in the force must be adumbrated.Modern crime-fighting tactics can only be successful when the public demonstrates higher levels of trust, confidence and respect for Policemen. The criminals are wining in some respect because the public demonstrates indifference in providing information that could infiltrate the criminal enterprise across the country.The public’s attitude will not change unless the Policemen and women carry themselves with higher levels of dignity, respect, integrity, honesty and decency. History will not be kind to the current Top Cop unless he distinguishes himself as the one lawman who managed to set the force on a path to delivering a higher level of service to the Guyanese people.last_img read more

President Sirleaf Declares World Telecommunication Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has by Proclamation, declared May 17, as “World Telecommunication and Information Society Day,” and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a working holiday, since the day falls on Sunday, it will be commemorated on Monday, May 18.The proclamation is in consonance with the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution (A/RES/60/252) in May 2006 stipulating that World Information Society Day shall be celebrated on the 17 of May each year, the ITU comprised of 192 member states and over 700 sector members and is the Specialized Agency of the United Nations (UN) responsible to facilitate development of Telecommunication & ICT services globally.The proclamation further states that Liberia being a founding member of the ITU shall support and uphold rules and procedures laid down by the world body in our strive to support plans of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Summit on Information Society (WSIS), geared towards building competencies in ICT, especially of women and girls and physically challenged individuals through the promotion of equitable access to opportunities provided by ICT.Liberia through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications will join member states of ITU to celebrate World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on May 17, under the theme: “TELECOMMUNICATION & ICTS: DRIVES OF INNOVATIONS”. President Sirleaf, in the proclamation called upon all Government Ministries and Agencies, Business Houses, National and International ICT organizations concerned, Telecommunication Companies and Internet Service Providers, to cooperate with the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication to execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Setting the record straight on Linden (Pt1)

first_imgDear Editor,I am obliged to respond to the article “Setting the record straight on Linden television”, by Imran Khan, Director of Public Information, which appeared in the State paper on March 29, 2017. Khan’s article should be seen for what it is: a veiled attempt to excuse the non-implementation of the APNU/AFC campaign promise, and an excuse for the failure and inability of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo to successfully conclude this initiative so far. Further, in penning this letter, Khan sought to take a swipe at the former PPP/C administration.I will address, firstly, the question of the implementing of Linden TV, and secondly, the events behind this call, which Khan so skilfully and colourfully misrepresents in his first three paragraphs.We are nearly two years into our APNU/AFC Coalition, and Linden TV is not yet up and running. Obviously there have been problems – problems which one might have expected to disappear with the PPP/C out of office. As I have written before, the PPP and the PPP/C are not all that is wrong and bad for bauxite communities, Guyanese and Guyana. Indeed, I am ready to argue that we (PPP and PPP/C) have been good for all Guyanese and Guyana.Let me acknowledge that a lot of anger and hostility to us might have been earnest, but as is the case here, a lot of it was not well founded. True, Green Construction Company in that time of foreign exchange difficulties arranged the purchase of the equipment/technology of the day (early 1980s), its delivery and setting up. They put in a bill for it. It was not free, and not a Green gift to anyone.  Note that, from then to 2012, the technology supplied then was superseded many times over; some were destroyed in a fire and any remainder was no longer useful. Just consider the large thirty-foot receiving dishes on Richmond Hill, Linden and at Versailles (of VCT 28/TVG) and the small two-foot-and-less satellite dishes of today.There was/is no Green TV to “return to the community for their full ownership, management and control”. It should be considered that handing over the present day NCN TV station in Region 10 presents a precedent for every RDC to plead for our Central Government to grant them a TV station in similar manner!Sincerely,Samuel A Hinds (OBE – Old Bauxite Employee)Former Prime Minister, Former Presidentlast_img read more

South Africa rejects hosting Afcon 2015

first_imgBut the minister tweeted: “Hosting AFCON (Africa Cup of Nations) is a NO NO.” He told South African media that the country had a responsibility to help fight to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has killed  more than 4,500 people, mainly in West Africa, with the UN predicting a surge in deaths and cases.“Even before taking the matter to cabinet, I can tell you unambiguously and categorically that hosting is a no no,” he told South African media.“We do not have a ready-made abundance of resources to be shifted to AFCON.“We did it (host the 2013 AFCON) in solidarity with Libya last year. Our budget cycle will not allow us to host the (2015) AFCON. It is totally impossible.“We would like to give this one a pass.”Mbalula added: “We will share the responsibility to fight Ebola — we are not immune to that.“We must be prepared to share our skills, our doctors, to reinforce the research to find a vaccine.” South Africa were among seven countries sounded out by the CAF as possible replacements should Morocco pull out.The republic have twice been ’emergency’ hosts of the competition, replacing cash-strapped Kenya in 1996 and strife-torn Libya last year.South Africa has world-class stadia having become the first African hosts of the World Cup four years ago.Ghana have also been approached  country that was approached by CAF, according to the sports minister of the west African country.The identities of the other five countries have not been officially revealed.Moroccan government officials have said last weekend they wanted the January 17-February 8 tournament postponed because they feared a spread of the deadly Ebola virus.But Cairo-based CAF reacted swiftly, saying the 16-nation tournament should go ahead as planned, in a different country if necessary.Most of the Ebola dead have been in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. CAF have barred Guinea and Sierra Leone from hosting Nations Cup qualifiers. Liberia were eliminated in the preliminary rounds.Guinea stage home fixtures in Moroccan commercial capital Casablanca.Sierra Leone, having failed to secure a neutral venue, had to play home games against the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon in Lubumbashi and Yaounde respectively.CAF officials are scheduled to discuss the Ebola crisis at a November 2 meeting in Algeria and travel to Morocco the following day for make-or-break talks.Should Morocco withdraw and more than one country offers to be take over as hosts, a draw will decide who stages the three-week African football showpiece.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, October 20- South Africa is not ready to host the Africa Cup of Nations in January if Morocco withdraws because of the Ebola epidemic, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said Monday.The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly approached South Africa, Ghana and five others countries ahead of a November 2 meeting to decide on the future of the continent’s premier football event.last_img read more

Kenya rises six places in latest FIFA rankings

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars squad training at Utali Ground on Thursday ahead of their AFCON qualifier against Congo.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 20 – The 1-0 win away to DR Congo on October 5 has seen national football team Harambee Stars rise six places in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday to occupy position 85 in the world.Kenya is now the second best East African Country, 13 places behind Uganda who have however dropped seven places. Stars will play another friendly against Liberia on the next FIFA friendly week on November 13 in Nairobi, the West Africans currently placed 104th after dropping one place.“We are very pleased with how much the team is progressing. We now play more friendly matches and we can actually go away from home and get a win. This is what we want to do, play more friendly matches, give this team more exposure as we aim to be better,” Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa told Capital Sport in a previous interview.Apart from the Togo friendly match, FKF is organizing another friendly match for the local based players on October 29 in Nairobi, though the same is yet to be confirmed.“We are looking at CECAFA in December and of course we want to take the trophy again after we did so when we played last at home in 2013. These friendly games will help us become better, the synergy of the players will be improved as well,” assistant coach Musa Otieno offered.Meanwhile, Ivory Coast and Senegal have climbed up as the two best placed African countries after moving three and seven places respectively to 31st and 32nd. Algeria retains third spot after remaining 35th.Despite losing to Kenya, DR Congo have risen two places after their 4-0 thrashing of Libya and are now placed 49th.Neighbours Tanzania have dropped 12 places and are now 144th. Djibouti, Eritrea and Somalia who have rarely had FIFA matches are ranked in the bottom three.Worldwide, Germany and Brazil have climbed into the top three after moving one place up each. Argentina remains the best placed team in the world.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Hamilton give Norwich permission to talk to player/manager Neil

first_imgHamilton have confirmed they have given player/boss Alex Neil permission to talk to managerless Championship side Norwich.The Carrow Road outfit are looking for a replacement for Neil Adams, after he resigned on Monday.Now they look set to turn to 33-year-old Neil, who has masterminded Accies’ surprise storm up the Scottish Premiership table after winning promotion last summer.Hamilton vice-chairman Ronnie MacDonald said: “Further to an official approach by Norwich City, permission was granted for our manager Alex Neil to meet the Norwich board.“Alex travelled to Norwich today to view the stadium and training ground. Alex will return tomorrow for a meeting with myself after which a further statement will be made.“We are delighted that Alex’s achievements have been recognised by this approach and that our policy of progressing players, staff and managers continues.” Alex Neil 1last_img read more

Where the streets are safe

first_imgKurds are a non-Arab people distantly related to the Iranians and make up about 15 percent of Iraq’s 27 million people. Neighboring Iran, Syria and Turkey also have Kurdish minorities who have come into conflict with governments seeking to curb their separatist movements. Iraqi Kurds rebelled against Hussein after the Gulf War in 1991. U.S.-led forces created a safe haven for the Kurds, who eventually established a stable, self-governing territory that had little in common with the chaos elsewhere in Iraq. They rejoined the central government after Hussein was ousted in 2003 but maintain a big say in their own affairs. As U.S. allies, the Kurds are targets of insurgents, and the area under their control lies close to troubled cities such as Mosul and Kirkuk. But bombings in the Kurds’ semiautonomous zone are considered unusual, partly a result of rigorous policing that keeps attackers outside the so-called “Green Line” that divides Kurdistan from the rest of Iraq. An official of the Kurdistan Regional Government invited an American journalist for ice cream and a walk through downtown late one night to show that Irbil was safe. Such an excursion in Baghdad, for a foreigner or an Iraqi, would be extremely unwise. And unlike the Iraqi capital, Irbil does not impose curfews. Tea shops were packed and smoke billowed from a barbecue restaurant. Iskan Street, a shopping thoroughfare, was hopping, even though it was quieter than usual because Islam’s holy month of Ramadan was under way. The official urged the journalist to walk around at night by himself. Some foreign investors from neighboring Turkey and elsewhere have been attracted by Irbil’s stable security and its income from oil reserves in the region. High-rise apartments and office towers are rising from the dusty plains, but infrastructure needs upgrading. Private car owners in Irbil don’t seem to have any qualms about driving around in big, white SUVs. Such vehicles are frequently attacked in Baghdad and other more dangerous parts of Iraq because they are favored by foreign contractors. The largely homogenous, civilian population in Kurdistan, eager to stay away from the sectarian and factional bloodshed among Sunni and Shiite Arabs farther south, keeps in close contact with their trusted security forces. If a suspicious person loiters too long near a government building, someone will contact the authorities. If someone rents an apartment, the owner will likely demand proof of identity and clearance from security officials. Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of Kurdistan’s foreign relations department, said the Kurds had appealed in vain to American forces to provide surveillance cameras, equipment that detects explosives and other high-tech security gear. But he said he felt comfortable without bodyguards. “I drive alone,” Bakir said. “I go the market. I go to restaurants.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IRAQ: Irbil, Kurdistan’s capital, is a peaceful oasis in an otherwise war-torn country. By Christopher Torchia THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IRBIL, Iraq – For anyone who has spent time in Baghdad, the most startling thing about a visit to Kurdistan’s capital, Irbil, is that it resembles a city at peace, at least by Iraqi standards. The last bomb to hit Irbil was May 9, when 14 people died in a suicide attack on a government building. Planes flying into Baghdad execute a rapid spiral toward the runway to reduce the chances of getting hit by ground fire. U.S. and Iraqi military vehicles ply the highway leading into the city from the airport. Traffic crawls through heavily defended checkpoints. But the biggest hassle for a visitor arriving by plane in Irbil is mundane: a long wait in line at immigration. “Do you have your DOD card?” an officer asked, mistaking an American civilian for a U.S. government employee affiliated with the Department of Defense. The next cultural shock is the relative lack of guns on the streets of Irbil, an ancient city near the site of a battlefield victory of the Macedonian king, Alexander the Great, over forces of the Persian Empire. A little more than a decade ago, the city was the scene of fighting among Kurdish factions, one of them backed by Saddam Hussein’s military. Soldiers, some in uniforms of American-made desert camouflage, carry automatic weapons outside key government buildings. Some armed guards, visibly relaxed, stroll down avenues or lounge outside banks, fuel depots and other installations. They don’t wear helmets or bulletproof vests. Security is tighter around a compound in the Ainkawa neighborhood of Irbil where foreign contractors and U.S. diplomatic staff live. Even here, though, the concrete blast walls are fewer, and lower, than those found at similar installations in Baghdad. Ainkawa is a Christian district in a Kurdish city, which is as safe as it gets for Westerners in Iraq. last_img read more

Giuliani takes gun stance to NRA

first_imgSen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaking before Giuliani, tried to undercut what he predicted would be at the heart of the former mayor’s argument, saying there cannot be one standard for gun control when running a major city and another for the nation as a whole. And McCain also obliquely took on another opponent, former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, highlighting what his campaign sees as Romney’s chief vulnerability – a lack of authenticity – and mocking Romney’s portrayal of himself as a lifelong hunter. “There is the hunting myth,” McCain said. “If you show your bona fides by hunting ducks or varmints or quail, it makes up for support for gun control. This myth overlooks a fundamental truth: the Second Amendment is not about hunting; it is about freedom.” Romney was the only one of the four leading candidates not to appear here in person Friday, instead sending a short video segment. “I support the Second Amendment as one of the most basic and fundamental rights of every American,” he said. The former Tennessee senator, Fred Thompson, also appeared, but did not go into any great detail in his speech.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Rudolph Giuliani appeared Friday before the National Rifle Association – a group he once likened to extremists – and defended his very vocal past advocacy of tougher gun laws while affirming the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. The appearance by Giuliani was perhaps his biggest test yet of how his liberal record on gun control and abortion as a New York City mayor would square with a core Republican constituency now that he is running for president. And he confronted his past directly, saying he faced different challenges taming crime in New York City a decade ago, while signaling that he opposes new restrictions on gun ownership. “I believe that law enforcement should focus on enforcing the laws that exist on the books as opposed to passing new extensions of laws,” Giuliani said. He added that his views have been shaped by his time as a prosecutor, mayor and even by Sept. 11, 2001, which he said, “puts a whole different emphasis on what America has to do to protect itself.” But he said fighting crime outweighed nearly everything else when he was mayor. “Even your right to bear arms is all based on a reasonable degree of safety,” he said to tepid applause. During his years as mayor, Giuliani became a national leader in pushing stricter gun laws, lobbying Congress to outlaw most military-style assault weapons, joining lawsuits against the gun industry and complaining about lax gun laws in the South. Before he spoke, someone, perhaps from an opposing campaign, had left leaflets highlighting some of Giuliani’s past comments, including an interview he gave Charlie Rose in 1995. “The NRA, for some reason, I think goes way overboard,” he said then. “It’s almost what the extremists on the other side do.” At Friday’s forum, Giuliani was asked by an audience member whether he still supported some of the specific actions he took to limit gun ownership and hold gun manufacturers liable for making a weapon used in a crime. In response, Giuliani again sought to put it into the context of his job as mayor. “At the time, what I was doing during the time that I was mayor was taking advantage of every law and every interpretation of every law that I could think of to reduce crime,” he said. last_img read more