Rappler’s Ressa tells Filipinos to protect their rights

first_imgShe urged the Filipinos to challenge a brazen move trying to roll back the rights guaranteed in the constitution.“This is a pivotal moment for the Philippines, and a pivotal moment not just for our democracy but for the idea of what a free press means,” the veteran journalist further said.Ressa, who was cited by the Time magazine as a Person of the Year in 2018, cited the “unthinkable” shutdown of ABS-CBN Corp. last month and the anti-terror bill which awaits President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature.“Sa mga Pilipinong nanonood po, hindi lang po ito tungkol sa amin. Tungkol po ito sa inyo because freedom of the press is the foundation of every right you have as a Filipino citizen,” Ressa said.“I think we’re redefining what the new world is gonna look like, what journalism is going to become. Are we going to lose freedom of the press, will it be death by a thousand cuts, or are we going to hold the line so that we protect the rights that are enshrined in the Constitution even if power attacks you directly,” she added.Reynaldo Santos, a former Rappler researcher and writer, was also found guilty in the case.Santos, for his part, said he was saddened by the Manila City court’s decision, adding that others who were going against the administration could suffer the same fate.Ressa and Santos, Jr. face six months to up to six years in prison over an article published in 2012 and allegedly “republished” in 2014. The two remain free after being granted post-conviction bail.The cyber libel case against Ressa stemmed from a complaint by businessman Wilfredo Keng in 2017 over a Rappler story five years earlier about his alleged ties to a then-Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona.Ressa’s lawyer, former Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te, said they will decide what legal action to take in the next 15 days.In a separate statement, Rappler said the judgment “sets a dangerous precedent not only for journalists but for everyone online.”“Today marks diminished freedom and more threats to democratic rights supposedly guaranteed by the Philippine Constitution, especially in the context of a looming anti-terrorism law,” it added.Aside from the cyber libel case, Rappler and Ressa are facing charges of tax fraud, violating the Securities Regulation Code and the Anti-Dummy Law, among others./PN “The case against us meant to be a cautionary tale, we are meant to make you afraid,” said Ressa after the verdict was read in closed-door proceedings. Maria Ressa. ABS-CBN NEWScenter_img MANILA – Rappler chief Maria Ressa branded her cyber libel conviction as a “cautionary tale” aimed to silence and strike fear towards the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte.last_img read more

New deal for Odemwingie

first_img The Nigeria international will remain at the Britannia Stadium until the end of the 2015-16 campaign but there is the option of a further 12 months. Odemwingie, who joined the Potters in January 2014, recovered from a serious knee injury which sidelined him for eight months to return to action in April. Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie has been rewarded with a new one-year contract extension. “We’re delighted to that Peter has extended his stay with us at the club until the summer of 2016,” said chief executive Tony Scholes. “He suffered an unfortunate injury last season after making a big impression immediately after joining the club. “Peter has worked incredibly hard to battle back from this to regain full fitness. “He’s a popular figure not just in the dressing room but with club staff and supporters so we are thrilled to keep him on board this season.” Stoke have also appointed John Coates, son of chairman Peter, as vice-chairman because Keith Humphreys is stepping down from his role on the board of directors. “John and I have run the club together since bet365 purchased the club in 2006 and his appointment as vice-chairman serves to formalise his involvement,” said Peter. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Melissa Piacentini emerges as efficient passer amid goal-scoring drought

first_img Published on February 3, 2016 at 1:14 am Contact Jake: [email protected] As Syracuse continues to grind its way through a tough conference schedule, the chances have been numerous and, at times, tantalizingly close. But the finishing goal hasn’t been there.And senior forward Melissa Piacentini has been at the forefront of the Orange’s scoring problems. As one of the more offensive minded players on the team for the past three years, she has only seven goals on the year after scoring 18 last year and 17 the year before that. She hasn’t scored in eight games since a 7-2 loss to Boston College on Dec. 10, in which she scored both goals for the Orange.SU (12-13-3, 8-4-2 College Hockey America) is within two wins of overtaking Mercyhurst (12-10-4, 9-3-2) for first place in the CHA standings with only six games to go, and head coach Paul Flanagan said when the time is right, the forward will score and the slump will fade away.“If she just wasn’t manufacturing opportunities and chances I’d be nervous,” Flanagan said. “I would have to say the old adage, ‘she’s been really snake bitten.’”Piacentini said she also believes over the next few weeks her fortunes should change and that her assists are still a positive stat for the team. Her lack of goal scoring, she said, has led her to become more of a playmaker.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just need to stick to my style of play and things will work themselves out,” Piacentini said. “I’m perfectly fine getting an assist. As long as I’m doing a role that’s going to help us win the game.”Flanagan has consistently praised her ability to generate offense and this year, Piacentini already has a career-high in assists with 19. Her 20th assist will make her Syracuse’s all-time leader in that category.Piacentini’s development has turned from more of a pure goal-scorer to more of a thinker, as evidenced by the 57 assists she has accumulated since her freshman year.Flanagan has seen Piacentini’s development as a player. When she was younger, her situational awareness wasn’t as keen as it is now. Defensively, she’s also improved.With both offensive and defensive instincts at such a high level, Piacentini has been able to grow into a responsible two-way player and thus has allowed her assists to matter just as much as goals.“She’s a team player,” Flanagan said. “Whether it’s an assist or even if you make a play that ends with a goal … you’re doing good things. She’s making things happen, and I’m very confident that she will be there when we need her”One of the beneficiaries to Piacentini’s playmaking has been leading goal-scorer Nicole Ferrara, who has 12 goals on the season. Ferrara says that she would have likely had fewer goals on the season without the on-ice vision of Piacentini. Ferrera had not scored more than 10 in a full season before this year.“Every time you step on the ice, it’s a big opportunity to prove yourself,” said Piacentini. “It’s something that I’ve always kept with myself to work for.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LA Lakers fall to San Antonio Spurs

first_imgSeldom-used Jose Calderon started and offered five points and three assists. But it was Lou Williams (24 points), Nick Young (22 points) and Jordan Clarkson (20 points) that filled the void.After entering the game ranked No. 2 in total offense, the Lakers did not initially feature a dynamic offense. The Spurs opened with nine unanswered points. The Lakers missed their first seven shots. San Antonio then outscored the Lakers, 39-24, by going 14-of-19 from the field without collecting any offensive rebounds.The Lakers hit plenty of shots to keep the game close, though. Young made 4 out of his 6 attempts from 3-point range. Clarkson made a 3-pointer to cut the Spurs’ lead to 109-104 with 1:30 left. Randle made one of two foul shots to trim the gap at 109-105 with 1:04 left. But Aldridge and Parker answered with jumpers. Young then missed a 3-pointer as the Lakers trailed, 113-107, with 27.9 seconds left.After showing promise in both his development and closing out games, Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram also had only four points while shooting 1-of-9 from the field and 0-of-3 from 3-point range in 26 minutes. Despite showing inconsistency with his accuracy thus far, veteran forward Luol Deng stepped in with both points (10 points on 4-of-10 shooting) and finishing the game until forward Larry Nance Jr. entered with 54 seconds left to counter the Spurs’ size. Nonetheless, the Lakers’ efforts only reinforced the message behind Bird’s quote. LOS ANGELES >> Despite jumpstarting his young team with positive reinforcement and constructive criticism, Lakers coach Luke Walton has resisted the urge to bask in the praise.He often has deferred to his players to make them feel more empowered. So Walton hardly hesitated sharing an inspirational quote attributed to former Celtics forward Larry Bird. Walton did not flinch in complimenting Lakers advance scout Casey Owens for finding it.“‘Never let winning make you soft,’” Walton repeated to his players recently. “‘Never let losing make you quit. Never let your teammates down in any situation.” The Lakers’ 116-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday at Staples Center captured that message perfectly. The Lakers (7-6) hardly entered the game appearing complacent with a promising start. They did not appear discouraged with the Spurs (10-3) either. Just as San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich joked the retirement of Spurs star Tim Duncan and Lakers star Kobe Bryant “makes me feel older,” the Spurs’ otherwise uninterrupted continuity surely made the Lakers feel younger. After once rejecting the Lakers’ free agency pitch that centered more on Hollywood than hoops, LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points. After once leading the Lakers to two NBA titles before leaving them in free agency two years ago, Pau Gasol provided 16 points. Just like it has been for nearly a decade, the Spurs’ Tony Parker (16 points, seven assists) and Manu Ginobili (10 points) remained too hard to stop. The same thing applied to forever growing Kawhi Leonard (20 points). Yet, the Lakers still trimmed a 17-point deficit to single digits in the waning minutes despite various obstacles.After showing promise with his development, Lakers second-year guard D’Angelo Russell missed Friday’s game because of a sore left knee the team said has bothered him in recent days. Russell practiced for most of Thursday before sitting out the last scrimmage so he could sit and ice his left knee. At the time, the Lakers did not indicate Russell had an injury.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

DD Motoring: Remembering Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly

first_imgby Brian McDaidA month has passed but still, the cars arrive from all corners of Ireland to pay their respect or just for a chat at his graveside.A friend of Mandy’s, James Mc Carville lands from Monaghan and meets Mandy’s brother Teighearnán and they both head up to the graveside. Advertisement I decided to give them space and I took a spin out to Glenswilly.It’s a fine summer’s evening, there’s a crowd of young ones saving the hay and building the bales into a stack in the old sports fields near Rashedoge.Taking a left, I head on up the Glen and the school soon comes into view. Great days of celebrations flood my mind. The sight of three former pupils, Michael Murphy, Copper McFadden and Neil Gallagher landing in the gate of their old school in 2012 with the Sam Maguire in their hand would be a dream come true for many.Sam Maguire arriving at Glenswilly N.S with former pupils Michael Murphy, Copper Mc Fadden and Neil Gallagher. In 2012. Photo Brian McDaid.A few years later for me the day former pupils Damian Gallagher and Manus Kelly landed in that same school gate with the national and international silverware in their hands following that year’s Donegal Rally. Advertisement That was an image I’ll never forget.Agnes Wiseman former vice principal at Glenswilly National School pictured with her two former pupils Donegal Rally winners Manus Kelly and Damien Gallagher who were back as special guests for the school prize giving Photo Brian McDaid.On the wall in the school hall behind Manus and Damien with their silverware including the Jim Kennedy Memorial was a collection of pictures of a bandaged up Neil Gallagher (Mandy’s Cousin) lifting the National League title, next to that Copper Mc Fadden was lifting the Dr. Maguire County Final Cup and Michael Murphy in the middle lifting the All Ireland Sam Maguire Cup.Parish achievements don’t come much higher than this.By now, the road has taken me to McFadden’s and I take another left turn and I’m soon on the start of the Breenagh Stage.Coming to the point on the road, where just over a year ago, I had arranged to meet Manus to do a portrait of him in the run-up to the defence of his title for the third time. That night Manus was there waiting.Tonight Glenswilly is looking picturesque but the road is a lonely one for me.Manus was looking for rain that year and his wish was granted and over Breenagh he rattled his opposition.The old cottage along the Breenagh Stage where Manus Kelly granny was reared. Photo Brian McDaid.Driving along the road past where the old sheep dip once stood I look across at the old cottage where Mandy pointed out the home that his Granny was reared. The Breenagh Stage wasn’t used this year but the round bale positions markers can still be seen and are a nice memory of the year Manus won his hat-trick in 2018.WaitingFor them who worked with Manus, every time the door opens at Uptown Cafe or at his offices opposite the Mount Errigal Hotel they are just expecting Mandy to walk in.For me it’s the hopeful gaze into every Tailored Facility Solutions van that I meet on the roads thinking for a moment I am going to see the outline of Manus behind the wheel, and his familiar wave that I have taken for granted since I first got to know him.Sometimes it’s hard to express what you really want to say.Its 36 years since a Donegal crew first won the Donegal rally, and I still haven’t got around to telling Vincent Bonnar and Seamus McGettigan how proud I was of them back in 1983.Manus Kelly at the finish ramp at the Mt. Errigal Hotel with Donall Barrett after their win in the National in 2015. Photo Brian McDaid.I was there on that Fanad Head Stage when it was them who came through the stage first in their Ford Escort instead of Bertie Fisher who was leading the event.Fisher was to drive through later in his rearranged Opel Manta. Bonnar pushed on to record the first-ever win by a Donegal man, that’s the problem with local heroes.We just assume that they will know how much we think of them even if a word of praise for them never passes our lips.Old woundsDeath is very hard to except at the best of times and in the case of Manus it becomes more difficult when someone departs this life at such a young age.We try and place simple facts of where we were and what we were doing and say them over and over to ourselves that we associate with the time that Sunday we received the devastating news.Then in our mind, we end up opening up old wounds that we thought were healed long ago.For me, my mother’s death, also at 41 years of age, just three weeks short of her 42nd birthday in 1970 floods back from 50 years ago.She was laid to rest in Conwall along what was then the new perimeter wall.Now her grave is in the middle of the same graveyard and Mandy’s grave in now along the new perimeter wall.Along with trying to come to with terms with the loss a friend and a hero his passing is also making me relive memories of me as a five-year-old losing a parent.I’m now on the road back from Glenswilly were once the bump on the bridge of the old road was. I’m automatically looking over the Graveyard wall again now in search of Mandy’s grave.The three trees together along the wall is my reference point, Manus would love that, a tree for every win.As his grave comes into view there are now even more people up at his graveside this time, so tonight I will give my visit a miss.New careerTwo months ago on the 26th of May at ten minutes to eleven on a Sunday night at the nearby Aura Leisure Centre, Manus had a Donegal win of a difference.He was elected to the Donegal Co. Council to represent his area.That familiar smile from Cllr. Manus Kelly on the Sunday evening of his election to the Council. Photo Brian McDaid.This was a different stage that we were used seeing him on but he took his victory with his typical Manus Kelly infectious joy, something everyone around him wanted to be part of.It was the start of what was looking like a very promising political career.My last conversation with manus was at his first and only area meeting of the Letterkenny and Milford Municipal Council.That day Mandy and Kevin Bradley were the new kids in the block a week or so before the Donegal Rally which both of them would be competing on as drivers.Along Lough Swilly, which flows out to the Atlantic between Inishowen and Fanad Head, the sound of Manus Kelly’s rally car that gave us so much joy followed by success with his first-ever outright win on the very last stage on 2016 Donegal Rally, was also going to give us so much sorry.I was there you would hear and see him for the very last time when his car left the road that Sunday.In our hearts and for along time to come he will remain the “King of the Hills of Donegal”On what was one of the most heartbreaking days of what was the biggest wakes witness in Donegal fellow competitor and former winner of the Donegal.Declan Boyle filled the Glen once again with that familiar old sound of a flat-four Subaru that Manus won the Donegal three years in a row. Declan and Mandy’s son Charlie led the funeral cortege to its final finish.On his approach to the very last corner just off the “Conwal straight” Boyle put the Subaru on the right-hand side of the road to make sure he would get in the narrow graveyard gate with one cut.That high gear Subaru reflected exactly how we all felt that day as it struggled to make it way over final few feet up through the cemetery on Manus final journey.Beautiful gestureOne of the bravest and most beautiful gestures on that very emotional day was that of Manus Kelly’s wife Bernie who did what she felt Manus would have wanted and presented her husband’s title to the 2019 winner, Sam Moffett with the winning laurels.Now Conwall has two ‘Kings of Donegal’ within its cemetery walls. The first one was buried there nearly seven hundred years ago in 1258 AD.His name was Godfrey O’ Donnell. Back then his people called him the Chieftain of Tyrconnell.Mandy Kelly near the start of the Breenagh stage just over a year ago. Photo Brian McDaidHis grave is believed to be along the wall at the ruins of the 7th century Abbey.A passage from a poem penned about that Donegal chieftain all them years ago has something very familiar to the way we feel over these last few weeks at the loss of our present-day King of Hills of Donegal, Manus Kelly.Donegal yet died he there all gloriously,A victor in the fight,A chieftain in his people’s head,A warrior in his might,They dug him there a fitting grave,Upon that field of pride,A lofty cairn the raised above,By fair Lough Swilly side.B.MCD.DD Motoring: Remembering Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)last_img read more

Earn Gems by playing your part for Madiba

first_imgThe Gem app can be used on both smart and feature phones, rewarding South Africans for playing their part and doing good work in their communities by paying them a virtual currency known as Gems. (Image: Gem)Priya Pitamber“You want to make a difference?” asks the video from Going the Extra Mile – also known as Gem. “You’re ready to help, but don’t know how? What if there was something you could do? What if your good deeds helped you?”Gem is a mobile rewards platform for South African who want to play their part in society. Opening a Gem account is quick, easy and free, and can be done on both smart and feature phone. App users who have helped a cause are immediately eligible to win virtual rewards known as – you guessed it – Gems. The Gems can be used to buy airtime or data, prepaid electricity, or even movie tickets.Brand South Africa, as part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship, has partnered with the Gem project for July – Mandela Month. Organisations served by the app need help from fellow citizens with donations of clothing, help with homework, job shadowing, skills development and much more.“The app is a social development drive that aims to mobilise communities within themselves so that they can help each other rise,” David Shields, co-founder and director of the Gem project, said during the launch of the partnership at the Nelson Mandela Foundation this morning.“Volunteers are encouraged to donate their Gems back to needy causes during Mandela Month. In order to ensure continuity and mobilise support even beyond Mandela Month, corporates are also encouraged to donate Gems so that they can be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis.”Forget rands, I want Gems“Users earn Gems by doing community work, for example separating waste or planting trees,” Shields told tech blog Smile and Mobile last month. “Users download Gem via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1 # or as an app.“Once they’ve signed in, they are able to see which volunteering opportunities are available in their area. When they’ve decided on a day and a place, the app tells them how many Gems they’ll earn as a token of appreciation.”The Gems are donated by corporate and public sector sponsors, and distributed evenly to the social partners that host events.“Gem not only rewards people for volunteering their time at charities but also helps impact on behavioural change, such as rewarding people to go for HIV and pregnancy tests,” says Shields. “Or recycling their waste at schools and varsities.”The big ideaCo-founded by Shields and Camilo Ramada, the idea came about two years ago, but the non-profit organisation was only established in September 2014.“One night Camilo and I were chatting about the South African socioeconomic situation,” says Shields. “More specifically, about how people are immobile to creating opportunities to do good – particularly if communities don’t acknowledge and appreciate such behaviour.”Both Ramada and Shields have worked extensively in the digital industry, and know the power of mobile. “Camilo is a pioneer in mobile payments and has been at the forefront of the industry for over 10 years,” says Shields. “I’ve done media, PR and digital marketing for a variety of brands.”Shields says the app helps create online relationships between civil society, the public sector and business. It allows these different entities to work hand in hand to achieve a greater goal: social development.“By helping others, people have a chance to help themselves and by doing so, are able to network and create tight knit communities that contribute to long-term networking and social cohesion.”Play your part during Mandela MonthBrand South Africa’s partnership with Gems is part of the organisation’s “Play your Part for Madiba” campaign, also launched today.“This partnership is not only an extension of the commemorative month’s activities and actions of goodwill by South Africans,” Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Marketing Officer Sithembile Ntombela said at the launch. “We also hope that the nation will continue to contribute to positive change because a nation of people who care deeply for one another, and the environment in which they live, is beneficial for everyone.“This is our call to action so that every day can become a Mandela Day!” Volunteers having fun with the kids at Olico Youth Centre, Diepsloot. Everyone is thoroughly enjoying Winter School! pic.twitter.com/EswB3rGWZA — GEM (@GEMproject_) July 2, 2015   Your good vibe words for the day… Go on, make it happen. pic.twitter.com/j2kd8Zb5Jf — GEM (@GEMproject_) June 18, 2015last_img read more

A roundtable with young farmers on the issues hitting them

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience noted another year of exciting speakers, engaging networking, and good fun this past weekend.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood and Ohio’s Country Journal’s Matt Reese sat down with farmers Rose Hartschuh of Crawford Co., Ron Burns of Union Co., and Luke Dull of Montgomery Co.last_img

“DSOM – Minero las piedras” GC273NE GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – November 21, 2011

first_img SharePrint RelatedGhost Ship GC2HM40 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK September 19, 2011September 19, 2011In “Community””Wahe Ka-Ho-Nee” GCJZDX Geocache of the Week – March 7, 2011March 8, 2011In “Community””Triglav 2864” GC14N3H GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 27, 2012February 15, 2012In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Dark Side of MallorcaThe warning is clear: “Never go alone!” This difficulty five, terrain five geocache challenges adventurers as they descend below the surface of the island of Mallorca.The cache page for “DSOM – Minero las piedras” (GC273NE) weaves a ghostly story of phantom voices and those who did not obey warnings turning to stone. ‘DSOM’ stands for ‘Dark Side of Mallorca.’Pullermann & Tossiman hid the small size cache in 2010. Some 35 geocachers have logged smileys on the geocache and it has received 23 Favorite Points so far.The cache page tells the story of Pedro, the ghost of the stones. The cache owners tempt geocachers to hunt for the cache: “Do you want to unveil Pedro’s secret? His ghost may live in an old can which is hidden very well somewhere in the quarry. To locate it, you have to follow Pedro’s traces. But be careful, never walk alone…”Dark Side of MallorcaTo find the final location of this Multi-Cache, geocachers must use clues collected at several waypoints. When they finally reach the location of Pedro’s ghost they discover artifacts which lead them to the final cache container. Geocachers must also use specialized climbing equipment and are advised to take extreme caution.One geocacher reports completing this geocache took his group seven hours. He also said “DSOM” was one of his favorite caches. Other logs on the cache page read, “Wow wow wow!” Followed by a string of smileys.Dark Side of MallorcaContinue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the globe. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com. If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache and the GC code to [email protected]last_img read more

UAAP Starting 5: Week 4

first_imgLa Salle had just one game this week and Mbala punished University of Santo Tomas with 29 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.READ: La Salle bounces back, clobbers USTHis performance came after the Green Archers’ 98-87 loss to University of the Philippines.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the longest time, Thirdy Ravena has lived under the shadow of older brother Kiefer.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Alejandro almost single-handedly carried the Bulldogs in Week 4.The wingman averaged 23.5 points this week as he tried to lift the Bulldogs in every conceivable offensive way against Ateneo and Far Eastern University.Guard: Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMatt Nieto is no longer one-half of the Nieto twins, technically he is, but he’s now distinguished himself as man of his own.The third-year Eagle has shown why he’s an invaluable piece of the Ateneo puzzle that has now won its first six games.Nieto lit up against University of Santo Tomas and finished with a career-high 22 points, 12 of which came from long distance. He, then, followed it up with a decent 12-point outing against FEU.Honorable mentionsChibueze Ikeh (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Chi Ikeh. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoy oh boy have the Blue Eagles dominated this season and big man Chibueze Ikeh featured spectacularly in one of their better wins.Ikeh had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in their 96-83 win over NU and not only did the 6-foot-8 center show his muscle underneath he also displayed a sweet stroke never before seen in his three-year career as he went 2-of-2 from deep. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Indians get AL-best 102nd victory, beat White Sox For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Center: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHere’s a question, is there a center right now in the league better than the reigning MVP?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter representing Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket, Ben Mbala went back to business.And that business was dominating the competition in the UAAP.center_img MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Jordan Sta. Ana (UST Growling Tigers)Jordan Sta. Ana. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUST had the misfortune of facing the top two teams in the league, Ateneo and La Salle, in the same week and this led to its record plummeting to a sorry 0-6.Bright spots are hard to come by in the Growling Tigers season but wingman Jordan Sta. Ana tries to change that.Sta. Ana is not a shooter, and he knows it, with practically all of his points coming from drives and free throws and he averaged 17.5 points this week while putting his body on the line against the Blue Eagles and Green Archers’ frontlines. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But this season, Thirdy has come to his own as Ateneo’s leader.Thirdy isn’t the type of player to dominate opponents with scoring, but he does it in a variety of ways.In the two games Ateneo played this week, Thirdy averaged a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds a game while also putting up 4.5 assists per outing.Forward: Vince Tolentino (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Vince Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVince Tolentino is not a scorer, but he proves his worth through his hustle plays.The forward has made a name for Ateneo as a player who’s willing to do the dirty work.Prior to facing NU, Tolentino averaged 6.4 points a game with most of his scoring options coming off drop passes from teammates and open layups.Then Tolentino showed his offensive wares against the Bulldogs, punishing Matt Salem with constant drives to the basket en route to a career-high 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.Guard: J-Jay Alejandro (NU Bulldogs)Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netForget that J-Jay Alejandro spells his first name in a certain way, or that National University lost both of its games this week. The end of the first round is nearing and the Final Four picture is starting to form.Ateneo has been flawless and La Salle, well the champion is hell-bent on ending its rival’s streak.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

‘No favorite, no underdog’ in Ginebra-Meralco series, says Tenorio

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “There’s no favorite and underdog in this series. It’s going to be 50-50,” Tenorio told INQUIRER.net.“There are no injuries to either team and they’ve also added firepower in Ranidel,” he said, singling out the veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, who has been a perfect fit for the Bolts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 33-year-old Tenorio said both teams present a difficult matchup to each other.The Gin Kings have the size advantage with the 7-foot Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar upfront while the Bolts flaunt a versatile roster led by the do-it-all import Allen Durham. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s gonna be a really, really tough matchup for both teams. Not only for us. Of course, we’re going to make things hard for them and definitely, they will also make it difficult for us,” Tenorio said.Both Grand Slam coaches Tim Cone and Norman Black acknowledged the other team’s edge heading into Game 1 on Friday in Lucena.“I think Meralco is probably the most balanced team out there. It’s going to be hard for us to dictate match-ups with them because of their versatility,” said Cone, the only coach to win two Grand Slams. “Durham changes things.”“They are the biggest team in the league. They’ve shown this conference that they can overpower teams. We have Durham, we can go big or small but whatever we do, we’re never going to be big as them,” Black said.Ginebra won last year’s finals on a buzzer-beating triple by Justin Brownlee in Game 6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio sees the finals rematch against Meralco as dead even ahead of tipoff.Tenorio has a point. Both teams are healthy and the Bolts have brought in additional firepower to level the return of Greg Slaughter to the Gin Kings and the acquisition of Kevin Ferrer from the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Meralco has been on a redemption tour ever since that painful loss and Tenorio thinks the Gin Kings have very little room for error.“We just have to be ready, we just have to be composed and focused every possession this series. We cannot blink our eye, it’s like one blink and we’re dead.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mavs take tempered expectations into Nowitzki’s 20th seasonlast_img read more