Title loss to Ginebra ‘wake up call’ for San Miguel amid best-ever tag

first_imgSan Miguel has received nicknames the moment it started collecting championships under head coach Leo Austria.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Never say die personified: Cone marvels at Thompson’s will to win for Ginebra ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “This could serve as a wakeup call for us because of the hype, people are saying we’re a super team then all of a sudden there’s another team that’s emerging and playing better than us.”Austria said Cone was the architect of Ginebra’s instant rise to the championship conversation as it was the league’s winningest coach that ended the Gin Kings’ eight-year long title drought.“Ever since coach Tim coached Ginebra I knew that this time will come that we will face each other again in the championship,” said Austria whose finals record against Cone is at 1-1 after taking the 2017 Philippine Cup.Another person Austria saw as the difference maker in his team’s series against Ginebra was the unflappable Justin Brownlee.Ginebra’s import was magnificent for the Gin Kings as he averaged 31.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.83 assists, 1.67 steals, and 2.3 blocks in the series.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “I think the big factor was Brownlee, he can do it all,” said Austria. “He can play 1 through 5 and any team will have a problem matching up to him because if you put bigger guys on him he will play in the perimeter and if you put smaller guys he will play in the shaded area.”Austria added his team’s near unstoppable three-year reign in the PBA was bound to come to an end.“It’s hard to maintain being on top of the mountain because sooner or later you will get stormed upon, and you will fall, and it’s happening now,” said Austria in Filipino. “I know we became a little complacent, not only the players but everybody from the ball boys to the coaching staff.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next From being called a super team to becoming the consensus “best,” the Beermen received such accolades to back their six titles in just three years.Austria guided the Beermen to a perfect 6-for-6 run in the finals, until they faced Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup where their erstwhile perfect record came asunder losing 4-2 in the finals series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Entering an unfamiliar territory, Austria couldn’t help but praise counterpart Tim Cone and what he has done to turn Ginebra around.“It’s a very unusual feeling because we never experienced this kind of loss especially in the finals,” said Austria after their 93-77 Game 6 loss Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We’re not perfect, you win some you lose some.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

World’s oldest library to reopen

first_imgThe oldest library in the world, founded by a woman, is being rehabilitated by another woman. The al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco will reopen its doors in May 2016. The refurbishment came with its challenges and surprises for architect Aziza Chaouni. A new lighting system was fitted in the library’s main reading room. (Image: Aziza Chaouni, TED)• Mandela: a life in books• Jacana gives flight to new literary voices with BlackBird Book• Mandela’s presidential years to get book treatment• Celebrating books: National Library Week• Ginwala helped shape South Africa’s history Priya PitamberThe oldest working library in the world, the al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco, founded in 859, is reopening its doors in May this year. This comes after the Moroccan Ministry of Culture approached architect Aziza Chaouni to rehabilitate the crumbling establishment.In an interview with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, she spoke passionately about the project.Rich in historyThe library was founded by a woman, Fatima el-Fihriya, the daughter of a rich immigrant from al-Qayrawan, today’s Tunisia.According to TED, el-Fihriya spent her entire inheritance on building a mosque and knowledge centre.“Mystic poet and philosopher Ibn al-‘Arabi studied there in the 12th century, historian and economist Ibn Khaldun attended in the 14th century, while in medieval times, al-Qarawiyyin played a leading role in the transfer of knowledge between Muslims and Europeans,” reads the TED website.When Chaouni first visited the library, she was shocked at the state of the buildings and how this affected the condition of ancient manuscripts, which covered a range of subjects such as astronomy, law, and theology.Challenges and surprisesShe also noticed that in its 1 157 years of existence, the library had been extended in a hodgepodge manner.“Throughout the years, the library underwent many rehabilitations, but it still suffered from major structural problems, a lack of insulation, and infrastructural deficiencies like a blocked drainage system, broken tiles, cracked wood beams, exposed electric wires, and so on,” Chaouni said.There were other challenges too, such as finding similar material to match ancient mosaic, cracked wooden railings and ceiling beams. But, she said, there were many surprises too.A startling aspect about restoring such an old building was never knowing what was behind its walls. “You could scrap it and find a painting, take out the painting and find a door, and so on. We discovered some unexpected things, especially underground, such as a centuries-old sewage system.”al-Qarawiyyin library, Morocco, founded in 859 by a woman, reopens after delicate restoration by arch. Aziza Chaouni pic.twitter.com/ySdM7LyeEw— Roberta Busnelli_IQD (@RobertaBusnell1) March 11, 2016It’s about balanceThroughout her work on the project, Chaouni wanted to keep the harmony between the past and the present.“There has to be a fine balance between keeping the original spaces, addressing the needs of current users, including students, researchers and visitors, and integrating new sustainable technologies — solar panels, water collection for garden irrigation.”She also updated the fountains in the library’s grounds. “Embedded within the dense urban fabric of the Unesco World Heritage Medina of Fez, fountains are part of the city’s vast and ancient water network,” reads the website. So Chaouni was careful when she restored what was there. Where she built new fountains, she made sure she used local construction materials and systems.Today, as she puts the finishing touches, Chaouni is proud, tired and eager to open the library doors to people once more.“Both Moroccans and foreign visitors will get to glimpse, for the first time, some of the library’s amazing and unique manuscripts, as well as to enjoy its architecture.”last_img read more

Narvasa insists he’s ‘always ensured parity in all decisions’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Why did he have to use us to justify his decision?” the team’s statement said.Narvasa defended himself regarding the issue, saying that he “did not have any bad intentions” when he shared the information to the media.“I received the trade from (TNT governor) Rickie Vargas and (alternate governor) Pato Gregorio. They found my statement mentioning that it was uncalled for. I told them, when I said that, I was just telling the story. I did not mean to discredit you or disrespect them, but they found it very offensive,” he said.The league’s ninth commissioner said that if governors had an issue with his decision, they should have made an appeal in the weekly board meetings as predicated in the PBA by-laws, a move which is in contrast to the Board’s agreement days prior expressing their “all-out support” for his decision.“In any trade, there is a recourse. If the commissioner has made a grave mistake, anyone from the Board of Governors can appeal the decision of the commish as long as it wins by a vote of two-thirds. They can review, they can reverse, and/or modify the decision of the commissioner. It’s in the by-laws and constitution. It’s specifically written there,” he saidADVERTISEMENT Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principle QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Therefore, let’s say I made a grave mistake in this trade, they have the recourse among themselves in a special meeting to hold the trade. They have 10 days to make the complaint, so that means the trade is on hold and it’s not approved. Even if the commissioner approved it already, if there is an appeal to the chairman, they can review, they can modify, or reverse my decision, which they did not adopt.”Narvasa shared that he is saddened by the recent turn of events which cast the league in a bad light.“I feel bad more for the PBA. I was already involved in the private sector and I was happy there. But I was willing when they asked me to do the sacrifice in trying to balance their interests,” he said. “Now, they wanted to get me out of the way and I don’t know where that’s coming from, but that’s the situation.”The executive then stressed the necessity for the Board to convene and mend these issues quickly to maintain the credibility the Office of the Commissioner holds going forward.“I hope the Board of Directors talk among themselves already. I want it to be clarified for future commissioners. I know I’m here temporarily. There will be another commissioner here. Everybody wants to make sure that he has to remain independent. He cannot be influenced by any team. He cannot be frightened,” he said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33‘We are all suffering,’ Panelo says of commuting00:50Trending 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmbattled PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa has heard enough and said that despite all the controversies hurled his way, parity has always been his priority since he assumed his post.Narvasa said that he always tried to give everyone a fair shake, citing his approval of TNT’s trades to secure the top selections in the 2015 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT “What call for parity are they talking about? I have always ensured parity in all decisions I made as commissioner, not only in the trade involving Kia and San Miguel Beer, but even when TNT acquired the first round picks of Kia and Blackwater in the past to get Mo Tautuaa and Troy Rosario,” he said on a statement in Thursday.The KaTropa first got Blackwater’s first rounder, which turned out to be Tautuaa, in exchange for Larry Rodriguez and the former’s 2015 first rounder a year prior, before dealing with then-Mahindra for the second overall pick Rosario for Aldrech Ramos, Nino Cañaleta, and Rob Reyes.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 shutoutTNT has been vocal of its displeasure of Narvasa following his approval of the San Miguel-Kia trade, which sent 2017 top overall selection Christian Standhardinger to the Beermen.The KaTropa management also hit Narvasa for allegedly dragging them into the issue after the league executive bared that assistant team manager Magnum Membrere also submitted the Fil-German’s application papers, a duty Membrere did in “as a representative of Smart Gilas.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: Jalen McCleskey Makes Insane One-handed Snag in Practice

first_imgJalen McCleskey is headed into his second season in Stillwater looking to make a big impact after a surprising freshman campaign. McCleskey finished his first year in Stillwater with 29 receptions for 253 yards and 3 touchdowns, and 1 in the return game.There’s no denying he’s a special talent. Most freshman can’t even get on the field, let alone make an impact the way he was able to. He’s already flashed some big upside during his short stint with some elite speed and proven reliability as a receiver. And he did it again this week. Check out this incredible catch from McCleskey in practice that was posted to Josh Stewart’s instagram account: I’m no expert, but if Josh Stewart says you’re “straight sick with it”, that has to count for something. With David Glidden graduating, perhaps McCleskey can find himself a niche in the slot where Stewart found great success during his time in Stillwater.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Peterborough sign Brighton defender Ben White

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Peterborough sign Brighton defender Ben Whiteby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeterborough United have signed defenders Ben White and Daniel Lafferty on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United respectively.Both players have joined the League One side until the end of the campaign.White, 21, spent last term on loan with Newport County and has featured for the Seagulls’ Under-21 side in 2018-19.Seagulls boss Chris Hughton said, “This move is one which allows Ben to play regular first-team football at a good level for his development. At this stage of his career it’s important that he continues to gain as much match experience as possible.“He’s someone who we’ve had around the first-team squad for the first half of the campaign, but with competition for places increased with the return of Dan Burn from Wigan, this gives him the chance to go out and play regular football at a level higher than he experienced last season.” last_img read more

21 days agoAC Milan boss Giampaolo: Players must give their lives for the shirt, not for me

first_imgAC Milan boss Giampaolo: Players must give their lives for the shirt, not for meby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo is not seeking excuses for their start of the season.Giampaolo’s job is on the line facing Genoa this weekend.He said, “After four defeats in six games it is normal that everything is black. Even in this case we must have balance, I don’t think it’s time to make definitive judgments. “I know that the team has a lot of room for improvement, especially from the mental point of view, learning to do certain things in a certain way.”The players have to give their lives for the shirt, not for me. The team believed and believes in my ideas. “You have to be strong in defeats, you have to suffer and be attentive to details.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

I would love a cheque MacLeod wants 200 million from feds on

first_imgOTTAWA – Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister responsible for immigration, says the province is asking the federal government for $200 million to cover the cost of asylum seekers from the United States.Speaking to reporters after testifying at a House of Commons immigration committee meeting Tuesday, MacLeod said while the Liberal government has committed $11 million to Ontario, that money has “yet to flow.”MacLeod said her department is monitoring the costs of dealing with border crossers and predicts they will escalate. She expected to make a formal request for the $200 million later Tuesday.“I would love a cheque.”MacLeod said the $200 million figure breaks down as follows: $74 million for shelter costs for the City of Toronto, $12 million for shelter costs for the City of Ottawa, $90 million for social assistance costs her ministry is footing and $20 million for education.There are also expenses associated with legal aid and that Ontario has invested $3 million in the Red Cross, she said.Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said his office had not yet recieved a request from Ontario.Hussen also reiterated that the issue is a shared responsibility and that he hopes Ontario will resume discussions with Ottawa.So far the federal government has offered up $50 million to provinces, which includes $36 million for Quebec, $3 million for Manitoba and $11 million for Ontario, money that was funnelled directly to Toronto.MacLeod called the asylum seeker issue a crisis, since 800 migrants living in Toronto college dormitories will soon be evicted when students return for school.Bill Blair, the new federal minister responsible for border security, told the committee that asylum seekers would be moved to hotels around Toronto, but provided no information on the cost or how long people would live there.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the federal government has made it clear that simply entering Canada is not a “free ticket” for newcomers to stay in the country.But no matter how a person arrives in Canada, the individual must be given a fair hearing to determine whether they require protection, Goodale said during the committee meeting.From the moment asylum seekers started crossing into Canada from the U.S. in significant numbers, the federal government has made sure that laws are followed and international obligations are met, he added.The Commons committee held the emergency session in the dead of summer at the urging of opposition members.Canada’s Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S. stipulates that asylum seekers are required to make their claims in the first “safe” country where they arrive — meaning those who come into Canada at an official land crossing are sent back to make their claim in the U.S.The agreement does not cover “irregular” asylum seekers — those entering Canada at unofficial points, most notably in Quebec.According to the most recent numbers, the RCMP intercepted 1,263 people at the border in June, which is down from 1,869 in May.Seidu Mohammed, a Ghanaian asylum seeker who lost his fingers to frostbite while crossing at an unofficial entry point in Manitoba in 2016, told reporters he’s calling on Ottawa to suspend the Safe Third Country agreement because “it’s not safe.”Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel urged the Liberals to come up with a better plan to deal with the asylum seekers. She was frustrated with the outcome of committee meeting, saying it produced no answers.During the sometimes tempestuous session, Rempel pressed the government about extending the Safe Third Country agreement to the entire border.Blair said the effect of doing so would “be more problematic” than the current situation.Goodale said making every inch of the border an official entry point would mean staffing the 9,000-kilometre length, suggesting that would be impractical. In addition, he said, the Americans would have to mirror the effort to make it work.The government’s plan to address the asylum seeker issue draws on resources from the 2018 budget, said Goodale, who described the border situation as a challenge, not a “crisis.”At a news conference before the committee, Rempel said that so far all Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done to tackle the migrant issue is shuffle his cabinet and throw money at the problem.Rempel voiced skepticism about Blair’s cabinet appointment, asking whether it was simply a public relations exercise that would create more bureaucracy.“I think the government has a lot of explaining to do.”The tone of the committee became particularly tense during testimony from Adam Vaughan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of families, children and social development.NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan asked him how much money the federal government was willing to provide to cities struggling to house border crossers.At one point, a frustrated Kwan asked why Vaughan bothered testifying if he didn’t have any answers.A number of refugee advocates at the hearing urged politicians to stop referring to asylum seekers as “illegal.”Jean-Nicolas Beuze, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative in Canada, said using the term dehumanizes asylum seekers.last_img read more

Badgered again Just like in football Wisconsin ends Buckeyes unbeaten streak

With all coach Thad Matta had accomplished at Ohio State, he had never won at Wisconsin’s Kohl Center as the Buckeyes’ coach. Saturday, OSU arrived in Madison undefeated and No. 1 in the country to give the coach, perhaps, his best chance yet. But alas, a new year produced the same result. No. 14 Wisconsin (19-5, 9-3 Big Ten) handed OSU (24-1, 11-1 Big Ten) its first loss of the season Saturday, 71-67. Junior guard Jordan Taylor led all scorers with 27 points, 21 of which came in the second half, on 8-for-13 shooting for the Badgers. As expected, the Badgers came out at the slow pace that so many teams have implemented against the Buckeyes this year. As they played exclusively in the halfcourt, Wisconsin was able to open up an early lead. However, when freshman point guard Aaron Craft entered the game for the Buckeyes, the Badger offense quickly changed from methodical to simply stagnant. As Craft stifled Taylor, Wisconsin had a stretch in the first half in which it went more than six minutes without making a field goal. After junior guard William Buford tied the game at 26 with a minute to go, a basket from fifth-year senior forward David Lighty gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the game, 28-26, at halftime. The Badgers quickly tied the game at 28 to start the second half, but the next several minutes were all OSU. The Buckeyes went on a 21-4 run that lasted more than six minutes as they opened up a 47-32 lead with 13:30 to go. Wisconsin, however, wasn’t going away. Taylor scored eight unanswered points for the Badgers and a pair of free throws from sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz cut the lead to five. Taylor scored again on the next possession, and a 3-pointer from freshman guard Josh Gasser completed a 15-0 Wisconsin run and tied the game, 47-47. With the game tied, 55-55, and just more than six minutes remaining, a basket from senior forward Keaton Nankivil gave the Badgers their first lead since the first half. Another 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from Taylor put Wisconsin up seven with just more than four minutes to go. OSU cut the lead to two with less than a minute to go, but a Bruesewitz 3-pointer and a turnover from Craft on the ensuing possession put the game out of reach. Buford led the Buckeyes with 21 points, and forward Jared Sullinger’s 19 points and 12 rebounds gave the freshman his 12th double-double of the season. The Buckeyes play again at 9 p.m. Tuesday at home against Michigan State. read more

Football Wayne Davis announces transfer from Ohio State

Redshirt sophomore safety Wayne Davis announced his intentions to transfer from Ohio State to continue his collegiate career elsewhere via Twitter on Thursday.New Chapter #GodsPlan pic.twitter.com/O7KYcQeDi7— Wayne Davis Jr (@Waynedavis1_) May 10, 2018Davis had three years of eligibility remaining, but did not see meaningful time at Ohio State, and looked to be remaining on the sidelines for the upcoming season.A consensus four-star recruit out of high school, Davis redshirted the 2016 season, but appeared in only two games for a total of 10 snaps last season. He was listed as the 335th prospect in the 2016 class, the 33rd cornerback and No. 7 prospect in the state of Virginia, according to 247Sports composite rankings.Following Davis’ transfer, Ohio State is now down to 85 scholarships, the mandated number the NCAA requires from any college team.Davis was unlikely to see playing time given the depth of safeties at Ohio State. Junior safety Jordan Fuller, who has already been announced as a probable starter, will likely be paired up with either sophomore Isaiah Pryor, sophomore Brendan White or redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint for the 2018 season. read more