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‘Plays like he’s 6-10’: Undersized import Khapri Alston impresses Columbian

first_img“That’s been my whole career since I started playing basketball when I was 13 years old. Playing the post position at my size I was always smaller but I’m from Chicago so we’re taught to not be afraid of anyone and play hard no matter who it is. The height, size, anything doesn’t matter.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption The 25-year-old Alston will make his PBA debut against Alaska when the season-ending conference opens on Friday but it’s not his first time playing overseas.Alston has played in England, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile before coming to the Philippines.The stocky Alston also has high praise for his teammates especially for CJ Perez, who is coming off an impressive showing with Gilas Pilipinas in his first World Cup stint.“He’s really great especially playing in the World Cup against great talent and different great teams. He was looking very good. I like his style of play, his energy, his motor,” Alston said of Perez.Facing taller competition is nothing new to Alston but rather a challenge he is more than willing to embrace.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Saudis cut loose at rave-like event PLAY LIST 01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event01:09Trump: Don’t feel like I’m being impeached02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son “Alston really surprised me. He’s only 6-3 and a half but he plays like he’s 6-10,” Columbian head coach Johnedel Cardel said in Filipino. “He has a very high basketball IQ. He can get in the post and create something for his teammates.”Cardel isn’t just praising Alston based off his video highlights after already seeing what the former Midwestern State University slotman brings to the table in a pair of tuneup games against Rain or Shine and NorthPort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“He put up big numbers during our tune-up games and (NorthPort) coach Pido (Jarencio) even told me how impressed he was after seeing Alston play,” Cardel recalled.“He fits very well with us. I talked to the locals and all the locals like him and the way he plays. He’s very patient, quiet and very understanding. He doesn’t complain whether he has the ball or not. He just plays.” LATEST STORIEScenter_img LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Terrific 12: Fajardo, Cabagnot, Nabong out for San Miguel’s first game Columbian import Khapri Alston. Photo by Mark GiongcoMANILA, Philippines—At just 6-foot-3 and a half, Khapri Alston is the shortest among reinforcements in the coming PBA Governors’ Cup.But don’t let the Columbian Dyip import’s height be a distraction from what he can do on the court.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Ministers must justify their public statements

first_imgDear Editor,It is irresponsible and taking the people for granted, for Ministers to make public statements without evidence and justification to the national community. Finance Minister Winston Jordan publicly alleged that the national economy under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration was supported by drug money. Where is the evidence, Minister Jordan? Establish your credibility with a sense of integrity and prove your allegation. The population is waiting for the evidence. Please provide it, Minister Jordan.There is also the misleading statement by Public Works Minister David Patterson justifying the takeover of the operations of the Berbice River Bridge on the grounds of PUBLIC SAFETY. The Minister needs to explain to the nation what public safety was involved? He is challenged to prove to the nation that public safety was in danger.Everyone knows that there were no threats to public safety, but a cheap, colluded political ploy and shenanigan to get some votes from Berbice at the last Local Government Elections. That ploy of rescuing the Berbicians from unconscionable prices for crossing vehicles over the bridge did not work, AFC Ministers. Everyone knows the colluded timing of the increases – November 12, 2018, the day for the last LGE.The other consequence of this action is engendering the lack of confidence in the public-private partnership and scaring away private investors.Let the Government buy out all the shares with full compensation, and manage and operate the Berbice River Bridge with the same pricing for the crossing the Demerara Harbour Bridge, thereby bringing equity in the river bridge transport system.The people await the responses of the Ministers.Yours faithfully,Joshua Singhlast_img read more

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CORE project launched in Region 10

first_imgThe Community Organised for the Restoration of the Environment (CORE) programme was launched in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Saturday, in the presence of Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and regional officials.CORE is a new initiative under the Public Infrastructure Ministry, which seeks toPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Regional Chairman Renis Morian, Member of Parliament Audwin Rutherford and members of the Region 10 CORE group and other officials pose alongside some of the donated gearbeautify and enhance the environment within communities across the country. The Linden arm of the initiative was launched in the boardroom of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), also in the presence of Regional Chairman Renis Morian; Member of Parliament Audwin Rutherford and Councillor and Representative of the Prime Minister, Vladimir Glasgow. Members of the CORE community group who will work under the programme were also present and received work gear, including rakes, brush cutters, safety gear and overalls.Alluding to the relevance of the CORE initiative, Minister Patterson said that upon completion of road works in communities it was noted, in many instances, there were other areas such as verges and bridges which also required enhancement work; hence, the establishment of CORE. He said people from the communities were chosen to work under the programme since they were the ones who demonstrate pride in the areas in which they live.The Minister said he wanted to ensure that when road works were completed, areas remained up to standard with regard to drainage and other aspects. He said apart from Georgetown, Linden should also appear to be another garden city under the initiative. The programme, the Minister said, has already been funded for the entire year and once successful in its objectives, it could be extended. Patterson said it may continue based on its ability to succeed, while he emphasised his hope of having four working groups in Linden. Presently, the community has two groups which will work under the CORE initiative.“The responsibility in ensuring the success of this programme lies with you persons here…So, the future is in your hands…I really would like us to make this programme work,” Minister Patterson said.He made a personal request for particular assistance to be given to elderly people and churches in the community, who may be in need of services provided by the items donated, noting that they should be cherished and respected.The Minister stated also that he was absolutely pleased and delighted to see women involved in the initiative, having celebrated International Women’s Day a few days ago. He said he would also be looking forward to feedback on the programme as he pointed out that it was yet to be launched in some other Regions in the country.Morian expressed gratitude to the Minister and his team, emphasising that the items which were handed over would be placed in an inventory on Tuesday and he would have the Regional Executive Officer (REO) secure a location for them to be stored. The Regional Chairman said, however, that the team leader of the CORE group would be fully in charge of the items while the RDC would be the custodian.last_img read more

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Tuyisenge feels indebted to Gor as he prepares to make debut

first_imgThe 25-year-old has recovered and featured in all of Gor’s friendly matches during the two-week international break and is in line to make his debut this weekend when the team travels to Mumias to take on Kakamega Homeboyz.“It means so much for the Gor Mahia management to have been patient with me, having bought me for a lot of money but couldn’t play because of injury. They have been supportive and I feel indebted to them to repay them for the patience they have shown.”“In terms of my recovery there isn’t so much left. I have been able to train well and the only thing I am working on is fitness,” Tuyisenge told Capital Sport.He says he has settled in well at the club and believes he will be an asset to Gor as they work to get their groove back and successfully defend their Premier League title for a fourth year in a row.“I have not have difficulties settling in because I knew Abouba Sibomana and Karim Nzigiyimana before coming so I was comfortable. When I started training everyone treated me well and gave me support,” he added.The availability of Tuyisenge will be a huge boost for head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira as he takes charge of his first match.-Marcelo upbeat-Gor Mahia head coach Jose Marcelo taking his charges through training.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.Gor has scored three goals in five matches and Ferreira is optimistic Tuyisenge’s involvement will increase the tally of goals.“I am quite happy that he is back and in training. He has the experience having played in high levels. I have a lot of faith in him and I know he will add strength to the team,” the tactician added.Tuyisenge in turn promises to deliver, knowing too well the expectations over his shoulders especially with his huge price tag.“I know a lot is expected of me but I trust in my abilities. I know I will score goals and I will strive to do so. It is not easy and I have watched KPL matches and I know it is tough,” Tuyisenge added.Gor will be looking for their first win of the season as they travel to Western Kenya and Ferreira, known to many as Ze Maria remains confident his side has been able to patch up all the grey areas and the team will be back to its menacing self.“The two weeks break has been of help to us because we have worked on our style of play and the team is grasping my philosophy. We have also played some friendly matches which have helped me to have a better look at the team,” the Brazilian stated.Heading into the match, Gor will be fresher than their opponents who played on Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to AFC Leopards in Nairobi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge in training with champions Gor Mahia at Jericho’s Camp Toyoyo Ground.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, MARCH 31- Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge says he is hungry to get his first minutes of action in the SportPesa Premier League and has promised to repay the faith K’Ogalo has shown in him.Tuyisenge, who skippered Rwanda’s team at the recently concluded African Nations Championship (CHAN), has not been able to feature for the three-time back-to-back champions since signing from Rwandese top tier side Police FC on a Sh4 million move due to a knee tendon injury.last_img read more

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Council approves 2018 base budget grants in principle

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John city council finalized a number of grants in principle at Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting.Eight organizations made applications for the city’s base budget grants back in September. Council approved, in principle, the following applications:The Fort St. John Arts Council made a request for $20,000 in grant funding. City staff recommended a $15,000 grant that council approved.The Community Arts also asked for a tax exemption grant for $10,321 which council agreed upon.The Fort St. John Library asked for $397,000 towards funding which council agreed upon.The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society requested $9,180 for its bus program which council agreed upon.North Peace Fall Fair Society has requested $5,000 for funding. Council agreed.North Peace Justice Society requested $17,000, city staff recommended $14,677. Council agreed.And finally Tourism Fort St. John asked for $45,000, city staff recommended $36,000 which council agreed upon.For 2018, the total amount of grants requested was $513,501. City staff has recommended that council award $497.177 of those grants, which is below the $592,180 asked for in 2017 with total grants approved totalling $527,692.- Advertisement -Council will now bring the proposed grants to the next council meeting to discuss how they will fit into the 2018 budget which won’t be approved until early in 2018.last_img read more

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Take the lid off the ‘carbon tax cover up,’ Poilievre urges government

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau did not give many hints about the status of those talks Tuesday but Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said they were progressing.“We are getting closer,” Notley told a news conference in Edmonton.She says she is “reasonably confident” a deal with Kinder Morgan will be in place before the end of the month.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Earlier this month Environment and Climate Change Canada estimated that a $50-per-tonne carbon price would reduce emissions by 80 million to 90 million tonnes per year, at an annual cost to the economy of about $2 billion _ not counting would-be growth in the clean technology industry, which some predict will grow by trillions over the next decade.The government’s numbers differ from those of the parliamentary budget office, which says the GDP impact will be about $10 billion a year. The office released a more detailed explanation of that number Tuesday, saying it reflects the difference between no carbon price anywhere and $50 per tonne everywhere.Ottawa’s numbers were based on the fact that four provinces representing about 80 per cent of the population already had a carbon price scheme of some sort in place or in progress before the government announced every province would be required to have one.Poilievre is also set to go after Morneau over the Trans Mountain pipeline and last week’s promise to “indemnify” would-be investors in the Alberta-B.C. expansion project against any cost overruns resulting from political interference.Morneau has been in talks with pipeline-builder Kinder Morgan since mid-April after the company threatened to pull out of the project, spooked by court threats from B.C. The company has given Ottawa until May 31 to smooth the jangled nerves of investors.Advertisement OTTAWA, O.N. –  If the federal Liberal government truly believed in carbon taxing, it would come clean on the potential cost to Canadians, Conservative critic Pierre Poilievre charged Tuesday in a sneak preview of the protracted partisan barrage Finance Minister Bill Morneau was likely to face later in the day.Poilievre was set to face off against Morneau in a four-hour, marathon Commons session later Tuesday evening, keen to crack the minister’s message-track veneer and expose what the government’s carbon pricing plan will cost an average Canadian family.Poilievre got the ball rolling earlier in the day during question period, accusing the government of an ongoing “carbon tax cover-up,” refusing to say how much more families can expect to pay for everything from gasoline to home heating to groceries as a result of the measure.- Advertisement -“If this is anything more than a tax grab, why will the government not end the carbon tax cover-up and tell us what this tax will cost the average Canadian household?” Poilievre asked.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna fielded that one, accusing the Conservatives of denying both the existence of climate change, the cost it is having from the impacts of major weather events, and the economic opportunity it poses in fostering growth in clean technology.“Canadians know that polluting is not free; it is having an impact right now,” McKenna said.Advertisement “Canadians are paying billions of dollars in insurance costs, but there is also a huge economic opportunity. Since members of the party opposite like talking about jobs, then maybe they should get on the bandwagon, because there is a $23-trillion opportunity in clean growth.”She did not, however, ever produce any specifics on the government’s understanding of what it will cost the average Canadian family.Neither did she later when she answered questions from senators at a Senate committee reviewing the government’s legislation to make the national carbon price a reality. The legislation, contained in the government’s spring budget implementation bill, would create a federal carbon price system that will be imposed in any province that doesn’t create their own system that meets federal requirements by the end of this year.Conservative Sen. Michael MacDonald said it is frustrating that the government continues to dodge the question about what that federal system will cost. McKenna said only that the carbon prices in place now are from individual provinces, each of which did different things with the revenues so the cost to people was different depending on where they lived.Advertisement That answer did not make MacDonald happy.“You never came close to answering the question,” he said.When the government unveiled its federal plan last year it did include the expected cost it will add to things like gasoline (11.6 cents a litre) and natural gas (9.79 cents per cubic metre). However a government analysis of what those costs could mean overall for an average family has been withheld from documents released to date under access-to-information legislation.It is an argument sure to persist into next year’s election campaign. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has promised to scrap the Liberal scheme, saying he will have a plan of his own to meet Canada’s international emissions targets without putting a tax on carbon.Canada’s 2030 target is to cut emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels. Carbon pricing is the most cost-effective, efficient way to get there, says McKenna; any other plan would require regulations and policies that would likely cost industry and families far more than a carbon price.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Szczesny not to blame for Arsenal’s woeful defensive displays, claims father

first_img1 Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny should not be singled out for some of the Gunners’ woeful defensive displays this season, according to the Poland star’s father.Szczesny has found his position under the spotlight this week following revelations he was caught smoking in the showers after the north London club’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, when his errors had played a part for both goals.It remains to be seen whether the 24-year-old will be back between the posts for Sunday’s game against Stoke at the Emirates Stadium after he was replaced by Colombian David Ospina for the FA Cup tie versus Hull – a move always planned by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.Reports suggest the player will be fined around £20,000 for his misdemeanour, but Maciej Szczesny, himself a former Poland international goalkeeper, claims the Arsenal defenders must also shoulder their share of the blame for when things went wrong on the pitch.Speaking in an interview with Polish newspaper Przegladu Sportowego, Maciej Szczesny maintained reports of the smoking incident and a bust-up with Wenger were inaccurate, although he admitted he had not spoken to his son directly about the issue.The 49-year-old also called for more focus to be placed on Arsenal’s shortcomings in other areas rather than just the form of their goalkeeper.Maciej Szczesny told the newspaper: “He made a mistake for the first (Southampton) goal, coming too far from the goal, but please look at the Arsenal defence – how these guys are playing is a disaster, but for some reason, nobody pays any attention to it.“Laurent Koscielny should immediately have run (back) to protect Wojciech, and Per Mertesacker should have stood in the goal.“Unfortunately they did not do that and gave him zero support, and in that situation Mertesacker showed the agility of a rhinoceros.“Wojciech is often paying for it (the mistakes), and that he really cares. He needs someone who will critically analyse every game with him, but also remain positive.“Someone should support him, but the coaching staff at Arsenal are not doing that, meanwhile the entire defence this season is an embarrassment.” Wojciech Szczesny in action for Arsenal during their 2-0 defeat to Southampton last_img read more

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DONEGAL COMPANY’S AMAZING GIFT TO ALZHEIMER SOCIETY

first_imgAlastair Mc Kinney – Donegal Alzheimers Society with Clodagh Swords – National branch of Alzheimers Society,Declan Devlin – Argos Letterkenny Charity Champion and Michael Devlin – Store Manager Argos Letterkenny.The Argos store in Letterkenny has presented the Alzheimers Society of Ireland with a cheque for €5,576.00.The money was raised by both customers and staff activities over this past two years.The events included hill climbing, quiz nights, catalogue launch, cake sales, Easter hampers, Name the doll (Christmas draw) to name but a few. “I’d like to thank both our Customers and our Staff here in store for their great efforts and support for a very worthwhile charity.“All monies raised in the Letterkenny Argos store go directly to the local Donegal branch of Alzheimers,” said Michael Devlin, Letterkenny Argos Store Manager. DONEGAL COMPANY’S AMAZING GIFT TO ALZHEIMER SOCIETY was last modified: March 21st, 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:Alzheimer SocietyArgosdonegallast_img read more

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Sky’s the limit for kids’ writing

first_imgPALMDALE – A thousand blue balloons will fill the sky today as Palmdale Learning Plaza helps kick off Yes2Kids’ 2006 Antelope Valley Writing Contest. Principal Todd Cherland will lead the school’s 925 pupils and staff members at 10 a.m. in the release of helium balloons. The school is at 38043 Division St., beside the Antelope Valley Freeway at Avenue R. “I feel special when my family …” is the theme for the writing contest, open to students throughout the Antelope Valley. Entries are due by March 3. The writing competition is held annually before National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is in April. Every year the Antelope Valley Child Abuse Prevention Council sponsors the Yes2Kids competition in cooperation with local schools from throughout the valley, including the Kern County communities of Tehachapi, Rosamond and California City. One winner will be named from each grade. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The winners will be honored at a Yes2Kids awards banquet April 6 at Palmdale’s Larry Chimbole Cultural Center. Learning Plaza’s balloon kickoff is open to the public and will include remarks by John Whitaker of the Children’s Bureau and Miesha Council of the Children’s Planning Council. The two are members of the Yes2Kids board of directors. last_img read more

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Juventus confirm manager Massimiliano Allegri will leave club at end of season

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri will leave Juventus at the end of the season, the Serie A club have confirmed.A statement on their website read: “Massimiliano Allegri will not sit on the Juventus bench in the 2019/2020 season. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED shining Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ A journeyman as a player, Allegri represented 11 different clubs throughout a 19-year career, before hanging up his boots to begin coaching in 2003. He spent half a decade in the lower leagues of Italian football before being brought to Serie A by Cagliari.Milan hired him in 2010 after two solid seasons with the Sardinian club, and in his debut season at San Siro Allegri guided the Rossoneri to their first league title since 2004.They finished second in Allegri’s sophomore campaign, and dropped a further place the following year. 2013/14 was far less successful with Milan sacking Allegri in January after a poor run of performances and results. no dice Statement from the club: https://t.co/Z7Sex0OaSx pic.twitter.com/hysOWz8dJO— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 17, 2019“The coach and the president, Andrea Agnelli, will meet the media together at the press conference, which will be held tomorrow, Saturday 18 May, at 2 pm in the conference hall of the Allianz Stadium.”Allegri, 51, departs after five years in Turin. He won the league championship in each of those five seasons, also completing four league and cup doubles during that time.Juve also reached the Champions League final on two occasions under the former Milan boss, but finished runners-up both times. huge blow LIVE ON talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Charlton vs Doncaster (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Watford (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORTcenter_img gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals tense REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Juventus’ decision to hire him that summer came as a surprise, but they’ve enjoyed dominant success throughout Allegri’s half-decade in charge.Allegri has long been linked with moving to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United both reported to have previously been in contact with the Italian.There have been no recent hints from Allegri over where his future lies, while the identity of Juventus’ next manager also remains unknown.last_img read more

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