Alab Pilipinas to get veteran boost from import Reggie Okosa

first_imgAlab Pilipinas team for the 2017-2018 ABL Season. Photo from @alabpilipinas Twitter.Reggie Okosa, a 6-foot-10 center who has vast experience playing overseas, is Alab Pilipinas’ other import in the coming Asean Basketball League season.Okosa has had stints in Korea, China, Japan, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico, but aside from his experience, new Alab coach Jimmy Alapag described Okosa as a versatile offensive player, who can score in variety of ways.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny READ: Hontiveros returns to action, joins Alab Pilipinas“He’s a veteran. He’s played all over the world from the CBA to the KBL to the Japanese league, he and Ivan actually competed with each other in the KBL a few seasons ago,” Alapag told, referring to his other reinforcement Ivan Johnson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“He gives us another inside presence. A guy who’s capable of stepping outside and make shots but can also play with his back to the basket.”READ: Team owner: Alab PH poses biggest threat to Hong Kong 5 reign It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Alapag is banking on the two imports’ familiarity with each other to further build the team’s chemistry with the new season set on Nov. 17.Alab Pilipinas opens its campaign against defending champion Hong Kong on Nov. 19 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines, which got swept by Singapore in last year’s semifinals, will also lean on the likes of reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and former PBA veteran Dondon Hontiveros.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:32JoyRide execs deny using trolls to boost page reviews00:50Trending 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 View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Michael Jordan scores again, this time with his Jumpman logolast_img read more

House ‘Majority’ Bows to Minority Pressure

first_img-Holds Executive Session to Make ‘Amends’The majority bloc of the House of Representatives on Thursday, January 24, during the 5th day sitting, bowed to pressure from the Independent Legislative Caucus (ILC), also known as the “minority bloc,” concerning an executive session to discuss the alleged misapplication of a “huge quantity” of duty-free gasoline intended for the entire body as well as the procurement status of their official vehicles.Members of the majority bloc are chaired by Montserrado County District #5 Representative Thomas Fallah, who also chairs the Coalition for Democratic Change Lawmakers and Montserrado County Caucus, while the ILC (minority bloc) is headed by Nimba County District #8 Representative Larry P. Younquoi.It may be recalled that on Tuesday, January 15, during the 2nd day sitting, some aggrieved members were denied the opportunity to express their grievances about the “huge quantity” of duty-free gasoline intended for the entire body, and the procurement status of their official vehicles to get redress in an executive session. The session was disrupted for about one hour.The failure to get redress for members of the House of Representatives to bring back credibility and sanity to the Lower House gave rise to the Independent Legislative Caucus.During Thursday’s (yesterday’s) session, members of the House of Representative held an exclusive (secret) executive session which lasted for about five hours.The secret session was provoked following an amendment from Rep. Younquoi that the letter from Representatives Rustonly Dennis, Adolph Lawrence, Thomas Goshua and others, which related to the alleged misapplication of a “huge quantity” of duty-free gasoline, should be discussed in the executive session.Rep. Younquoi’s amendment came after another amendment from Representative Vincent Willie that the letter from his colleagues should form part of Thursday’s agenda, which was excluded.He said Montserrado County District #8 Representative Acarous Gray’s amendment that Justice Minister Cllr. F. Musa Dean and Inspector General of the Liberia National Police, Patrick Sudue, be invited to appear before Plenary be denied, because the letter was sent to the House Speaker on the day of the session.The letter from Montserrado County District #15 Representative Adolph Lawrence said the two men should appear before that august body to explain the current state of the three investigations, including the alleged raping of two females in Barnesville and New Georgia communities, and the armed robbery that affected First Afriland Bank in Gbarpolu County.Bomi County Representative Edwin M. Snowe rejected the amendment on grounds that there was not enough evidence to prove that the letter was sent to the House Speaker on the day of the session.The denial of Rep. Gray’s amendments and the acceptance of Reps. Willie and Younquoi’s amendments were characterized by cheers from members of the minority, and the agenda was subsequently adopted and moved to the executive.It may also be recalled that following the failure of the aggrieved lawmakers to get redress in the “executive session,” they took to the media to point accusing fingers at the leadership on allegations of corruption and marginalization.During the 3rd day sitting on January 17, a letter from Representative Munah Pelham-Youngblood, chairperson on the House’s Committee on the Executive, mandated Speaker Chambers to place three lawmakers under probe, a decision that agitated many of his colleagues.Some of the lawmakers, among them Reps. Jay Nagbe Sloh (CDC, Sinoe County Dist. #2), Adolph Lawrence (CDC, Montserrado Dist. #15) and Yekeh Kolubah (Montserrado District #10, Independent), are being investigated by the Committee on Rules, Order and Administration, whose chairperson was implicated, too.The CDC Montserrado Dist. #9 Representative (Mrs. Pelham-Youngblood) craved the Speaker and colleagues’ indulgence to refer the concerned lawmakers to the Committee on Rules, Order, and Administration to provide proof or be punished.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Council approves study of poverty

first_img (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Councilman Bill Rosendahl said the panel needs to do more than talk about the issue, but come up with concrete proposals that can be used to spur a national debate. “We have all these presidential candidates coming out for the primary election next February and I would like us to have something we can use to hold their feet to the fire on these issues,” Rosendahl said. Alarc n said he hopes the panel will be able to develop a master plan on a variety of issues – from pay to health care and housing – that affect the poor. In Los Angeles, it costs $54,000 for a family of four to be above the poverty level, Alarc n said. Alarc n said the traditional formula for determining poverty levels is three times the cost of food. “That is fine for rural areas, but it doesn’t apply to a city like Los Angeles where the costs are so much higher,” Alarc n said. An effort to look at the causes and potential solutions to poverty in Los Angeles was approved Wednesday by the City Council, with the goal of developing proposals before next year’s presidential primary election. Councilman Richard Alarc n, who chaired a similar panel when he served in the state Senate, won council approval for creating an Ad Hoc Committee on Poverty, which will draft proposals to address the issues affecting the poor. “What I hope to see is us working with the business community, the faith-based community and others to address the issue of poverty and what we can do to help people,” Alarc n said. “This is not about the poor against the rich. I am not against people getting richer. What I want is to see it not at the expense of the poor.” last_img read more

Local Musician hoping to gain Prime Ministers attention

first_img“16 horses” was recorded live on the bans of the Peace River by Miss Quincy. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Canadian Musician is hoping to get Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s attention after releasing a live music video regarding the Site C Dam in northern British Columbia. The project is called “My Peace River” which was started my Jody Peck (also known as Miss Quincy) and Jodie Ponto. They both grew up in the Peace River region and they also both currently live in Vancouver BC. Peck created the song “16 horses”. She says it is about the connection to her home, her roots and who she is as a person. She says that she can’t stand and watch her home be destroyed. She states that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gone against what he promised in his election campaign by approving the Site C contraction permits. – Advertisement -She says though that it isn’t too late for Trudeau to change his mind and reverse the Site C decision. “Site C is not a done deal. We can all use our voices to stop the Peace River from being dammed.” On the website, you can take action by signing the petition and join 20,000+ Canadians hoping to get PM Justin Trudeau to stop the Site C dam. Advertisementlast_img read more

Huruma to face South B in Koth Biro final

first_imgMoses Masika, who is the younger brother to Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe scored the only penalty for FIFA Best as newly signed Gor Mahia defender Wesley Onguso blazed over his kick while Francis Alumba and goalkeeper Philip Okayo saw their kicks saved by Huruma custodian Kevin Omondi.Huruma successfully converted their kicks through Amos Asembeka, Alfred Mburu and Patrick Macharia while they lost one penalty.GAA will now face South B in the finals on January 7 while the playoffs between FIFA Best and Beirut will take place a day before the finals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000GAA will now face South B in the finals on January 7 while the playoffs between FIFA Best and Beirut will take place a day before the finals. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 30 – God Above All from Huruma will face South B All Stars in the 2017 Koth Biro tournament final after eliminating Kawangware based FIFA Best 3-1 on post-match penalties in the semi-final played at Nairobi’s Umeme Ground in Ziwani on Saturday.Both sides settled for a goalless draw after the two teams failed to find the back of the net at the packed venue.last_img read more

Super stats! The REAL reason Chelsea are ruling the Premier League

first_img 5 Chelsea’s dominance of the Premier League this season has been impressive, but while Diego Costa’s red-hot form in front of goal sees him take massive plaudits for the Blues’ rise to prominence, the real orchestrator of their success has been another summer signing.Cesc Fabregas’ arrival at Stamford Bridge during the summer was initially met with some consternation, given the manner with which he left Barcelona and considering his strong affiliation with Arsenal.His seamless transition into Jose Mourinho’s starting XI has been nothing short of sensational though, and with the Spaniard in the centre of the pitch Chelsea have taken on a new level of efficiency that they seemed to lack last year.It should come as a slight concern then that Mourinho has revealed that his midfield magician will be absent for the next three weeks with a thigh injury sustained in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool.The international break has come at the perfect time in that regard, but with league fixtures to come against West Brom and Sunderland, as well as a hugely important away trip to Schalke in the Champions League, how much will the Blues miss Fabregas?The former Barcelona man has been at the heart of everything Chelsea do this season and statistically speaking he is head and shoulders above everyone else at Stamford Bridge. His nine league assists is not only a Premier League high, but a European best joint with Wolfsburg’s Kevin De Bruyne, but that only scratches the surface of what he has offered.Fabregas was once uttered as Barcelona’s future replacement for Xavi, but his constant chopping and changing position resulted in him never really being allowed to develop his game further in this role. At Chelsea however, he has been given licence to do so and is clearly flourishing. Cesc Fabregas has been a hit at Chelsea 5 Indeed, only Matic (19) and just two Chelsea defenders (Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic) have made more interceptions that Fabregas, who has recorded 10 so far.A glance through the Chelsea ranks reveals no player capable of recording anywhere near the figures and influence that Fabregas has had. John Obi Mikel has a reputation for his passing, but remains woefully inconsistent, while Ramires seems to lack the discipline to perform the Fabregas role adequately.It looks increasingly likely that Chelsea will secure the league title at a canter, so his brief absence will probably not hinder their march forward too much, but if he continues in this vein, then he will be the reason for the Blues return to the summit of England.Chelsea fans, do you agree? Who do you think has been your best player this season? Comment below…center_img 5 5 5 Operating in his comfortable central position, Fabregas has been the conduit of nearly every Chelsea move, notching up 878 passes – 154 more than his closest teammate – of which 780 have been successful, and creating 32 goalscoring opportunities, 11 more than the Blues’ next most creative player Eden Hazard.While his influence in attack is most greatly felt – 64 per-cent of his passes have come in the opposition half – Fabregas has also bolstered Chelsea’s defensive play as part of a formidable partnership with Nemanja Matic.last_img read more

Troubled Stars face Egypt in Alexandria

first_imgAs at Wednesday night, the players were comfortably staying in the hotel after returning from their last training session at the Borg el Arab Stadium even as the hotel waits for the bills to be cleared.But, that notwithstanding, Stars have a gigantic task ahead of them as they go in search of back to back qualifications to the Cup of Nations.Head coach Francis Kimanzi believes it will be a tough tie, even as the real litmus test of his tenure starts. Kimanzi was appointed in August to take over from Frenchman Sebastien Migne who was fired after Kenya failed to qualify for the African nations Championship (CHAN).Kimanzi has been in charge for two matches, a 1-1 draw with Uganda and a 1-0 loss to Mozambique, both in friendly matches in Nairobi.“Both Kenya and Egypt are in transition because I was also not the head coach for the last AFCON just like Egypt have a new coach. History favors them as they have been dominant in Africa but that will be a motivation for us, that we are playing against one of the best teams in the continent,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport.He added; “It is the first round so we can’t panic much. We know we can do it but it is all about the character we have to put on the ground on Thursday.”Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi during a past training session at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKenya has always not fared well against North Africa opposition, more so at their own backyard.But that besides, Stars have a dream to qualify for the Cup of Nations again.“We have been there, we know how it feels and we definitely want to be back there again. It will be a tough match but as players we are ready for the task ahead. We have a good squad which has a good blend of new and experienced players and all we will play for is a positive result,” skipper Victor Wanyama opined.The Egyptians will be without star player Mohammed Salah who has been ruled out with an ankle injury but even in his absence, the Pharaohs are still a strong outfit.Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan has been in fine form for his club Aston Villa and will be looked at as the man to get the goals for the home side.Stars will meanwhile rely on the ever present Michael Olunga who has been in hot form for his Japanese second tier club Kashiwa Reysol and he is expected to carry his goal scoring form to Egypt.Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga powers past Mozambique’s Francisco Muchanga during an international friendly match at the Mou Sports Centre Kasarani on October 13, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluJesse Were is also in the fray and despite also enjoying good form in Zambia with Zesco United is yet to score a goal for the national team, a statistic that saw him alienated by former coach Migne who openly stated he was not the right man for Stars.The only major absentee for Kimanzi’s charges will be defender Brian Mandela who is still recovering from a knee injury he picked before the 2019 AFCON. His absence was seen when Kenya lost two matches against Senegal and Algeria.But, he will continue relying on the partnership of Joash Onyango and youngster Joseph Okumu who paired in both friendly matches against Uganda and Mozambique.A positive result away in Alexandria will be a welcome boost for Stars who will travel home to take on Togo on Tuesday night in a schedule that is set to test the endurance of Kimanzi’s charges.But, the tactician is unfazed.“We all have the same situation but if we are lucky enough in the two matches, then we can go back home with a small edge,” Kimanzi said.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players during a past training session at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – Harambee Stars will look to put a troubled pre-match build up behind their backs as they start their campaign to qualify for the 2021 African Cup of Nations with the opening Group G match against Egypt’s Pharaohs in Alexandria on Thursday night.Stars have allegedly not yet paid for their accommodation in Alexandria due to the ongoing tussle between Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa and Sports Ministry principle secretary Kirimi Kaberia and they might be blocked from leaving unless the dues are paid.last_img read more

Holy Cross hospital seeking support to grow

first_imgBut critics have worried about the impact on traffic and parking in the community and have called for further studies. The city’s Planning Commission recently modified a conditional-use permit to allow work to proceed, but the decision is being appealed to the City Council. Area Councilman Richard Alarc n has backed more study for the site and the council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee is scheduled to hear the appeals next month. But Carmody and hospital officials estimate that a full environmental study would delay the project at least 18 months and do not believe it will provide any more information than already has been collected. More than $50,000 has been set aside for the public-relations effort, which will emphasize hospital services as well as the need for a neonatal intensive-care unit. Hoping to head off more studies that would stall its $143 million expansion plans, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center launched a public-relations campaign Monday to try to win community support and pressure city officials to give the project final approval. The first full-page advertisements appeared in Monday newspapers and featured former LAPD SWAT Officer Bruce Hunt’s story of how the hospital saved his life after he was injured in an off-duty car crash. “We think we have a message about what we do that we want to get out to the community,” said Kerry Carmody, administrator for the Mission Hills hospital. “We want to educate the public and public officials about the need for the expansion.” Plans for the expansion call for a four-story, 120,000-square-foot addition at 15031 Rinaldi St. It would add 136 beds to the hospital, which now has 254 beds. The campaign also asks supporters to call Alarc n and urge him to change his position. On Monday, Alarc n said he was undeterred. “Holy Cross Hospital is attempting to paint this issue as either being for or against the hospital,” Alarc n said. “But it’s more about ensuring the negative impacts on traffic and the community are mitigated sufficiently. That’s why a full environmental impact report is needed.” Several neighborhood councils also have supported the additional studies, saying that while they support eventual expansion they want to know more about the potential impacts. Tammy Flores, president of the Sylmar Neighborhood Council, said that while she personally believes the hospital should expand now, the Sylmar council backs a more extensive review first. “I’ve had to be in the emergency room recently and I saw how crowded it is,” Flores said. “It must add more pressure on the doctors and nurses. I think if more people saw what was going on, they would realize we need this now.” Carmody said that is the message the hospital will stress. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DreamWorks quadruples third-quarter profits

first_imgThe animated sequel “Shrek The Third” helped DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. quadruple its third-quarter profit, as the film neared $800 million in worldwide revenue, the company said Tuesday. The Glendale-based company reported third-quarter net income of $47 million, or 47 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to $10.5 million, or 10 cents per share, for the same period last year. Revenue nearly tripled to $160.8million, compared with $55.6 million in the year-ago period. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected earnings of 44 cents per share on revenue of $166.6 million. “We are extremely pleased with the theatrical results of `Shrek The Third,’ especially with its performance overseas, where it has nearly equaled the box office success of `Shrek 2,”‘ DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The company said its fourth-quarter earnings would rely on the home video release of “Shrek The Third.” The title hits stores next month. The next animated film from the company is “Bee Movie,” written by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, which opens in theaters on Friday. Other revenue came from the home video release of “Over the Hedge” and “Flushed Away.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin TDs Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Pearse Doherty are demanding urgent answers from the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and the management of the Saolta University Healthcare Group following the resignation of Dr Kevin Moran.Letterkenny General HospitalThe Consultant Urologist and Surgeon at Letterkenny General Hospital is to leave his post next month.He has spoken out about the management of the hospital and the resources available to him. The two Donegal Deputies said that over recent years, they have repeatedly raised our serious concerns about the resources available to Letterkenny General Hospital.Only this week, they say they met Tony Canavan, the Director of Operations of the Saolta University Healthcare Group and Sean Murphy, the LGH Manager to discuss those concerns.“Only days after that meeting we now read about the disturbing resignation and comments of Dr Kevin Moran, the respected Consultant Urologist and Surgeon at the Hospital.“A major concern is how can the Saolta Group recruit a replacement Consultant Urologist, a role vital to the hospital and the people of Donegal, following Dr Moran’s devastating assessment of the supports available to his department and the hospital? “We are demanding an urgent response from the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and the management of the Saolta University Healthcare Group to the issues Dr Moran has raised. The people of Donegal demand a hospital that is provided with the resources and staff required to deliver the health services they need and that they are entitled to”. SINN FEIN TDs DEMAND ANSWERS OVER RESIGNATION OF DONEGAL CANCER SPECIALIST was last modified: February 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancer specialisthospitalKevin MoranRESIGNATIONSinn Feinlast_img read more