Lastimosa returns to Sta. Lucia after initial reports of joining Cocolife

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 “The spiker has already committed to play anew for the Lady Realtors for another 12 months.”A source said that Lastimosa was indeed in talks with Cocolife but the former University of Santo Tomas captain decided to return to Sta. Lucia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLastimosa helped the 3-5 Lady Realtors reach the quarterfinals in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix before bowing to Foton in the playoffs. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Refreshed Murray ready for 2018 assault OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pam Lastimosa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter it was reported that Pam Lastimosa would be jumping ship to Cocolife, Sta. Lucia immediately acted and quickly signed up the outside hitter.The club announced through social media that Lastimosa is the “first in our list of returning players.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo heads to Final Four as top seed after destruction of UST

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Investigation launched into abuse claims by ‘Garlic Girls’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Joshua Marcos also had a solid contribution for the Growling Tigers with 13 points and five rebounds.RELATED VIDEO Ateneo showed no remorse despite playing in a non-bearing game as it ripped University of Santo Tomas apart, 102-62, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img 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 View comments “The mentality in this game was this was not a no-bearing game,” said Arespacochaga who handled the team in the absence of head coach Tab Baldwin who had underwent some medical exams.“Our players were serious and we wanted to make sure our players were serious from the start because UST’s a dangerous team and we wanted our preparations heading into the Final Four to go forward. We didn’t want to take a step back or relax.”Ateneo pushed the ante in the third quarter taking a 44-point lead, 83-39, after Isaac Go’s free throws with 56 seconds left in the period.Angelo Kouame led the Blue Eagles with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks while William Navarro added 17 points and five boards.Renzo Subido paced UST with 18 points while Tobi Agustin had 15 points and nine boards.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Blue Eagles already locked up a twice-to-beat advantage going into the game against the eliminated Growling Tigers but the defending champions knew momentum was still of utmost importance for them going to the semifinals.A 16-0 start was enough for the defending champions, who own a league-best 12-2 record, to hold off the Growling Tigers who are missing star rookie CJ Cansino due to an ACL tear he suffered in their last game against University of the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUST ended their season with 5-9 record for the sixth seed, a four-game improvement from their 1-13 finish in Season 80.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said that even though they were assured of the top spot in the standings, and a twice-to-beat perk, they wouldn’t let relax one bit. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

President orders immediate investigation into ware “house” fiasco

first_imgIn light of startling revelations with respect to the rental of a ware “house” to store Government medicineNEW GPC’s state-of-the-art storage facility at Ruimveldt, Georgetown showing air conditioning systems and loading docksand medical supplies, President David Granger has announced that he has set up a Cabinet Sub-Committee to investigate the contract.In a statement issued Wednesday evening, the Ministry of the Presidency said that the Head of State was briefed by Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton on the issue during this week’s Cabinet (Council of Ministers) meeting.Following the briefing, President Granger immediately appointed the Cabinet Sub-Committee to “review, examine and report on the issue”.Natural Resources and Environment Minister Raphael Trotman has been appointed Chair of the Sub-Committee which includes Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. The preliminary report is expected to be presented to the media today.Drugs ware “house”The controversy erupted on Monday when Government presented for consideration more than $930 millionEntrance to Linden Holding Inc’s bond at Sussex Street, Georgetownin advances from the Contingency Fund to meet a number of “unforeseen and urgent” expenditure.Included in that amount is a $25 million deposit paid to Linden Holding Inc – a company owned by Larry Singh, a financier of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government – along with a $12.5 million amount representing one month’s rent for the storage facility.Dr Norton told the House that Government opted to ‘sole source’ the bond from Singh since NEW GPC INC was demanding an exorbitant fee as rental for its Ruimveldt, Industrial Site bond.His assertions generated significant public furore, since it was found he was misleading the House on the request made by NEW GPC, in addition to being less than forthcoming on the transaction with Linden Holding Inc.It was later revealed that the Ministry not only entered into a shady contract to rent a sub-standard facility,Storage at NEW GPC’s facilitythat is more than seven times smaller than NEW GPC’s facility, but it also agreed to pay as much as five times more than what NEW GPC requested. An invoice was computed by NEW GPC at $237 per square foot against the more than $1000 Government has decided to pay Linden Holding Inc.The multibillion-dollar premier pharmaceutical company had over the years afforded the Ministry and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) the use of its facility free of cost. Government terminated this arrangement after it took office, which led to NEW GPC requesting payment for the continued use of its facility.70,0000 sq ft vs 10,000 sq ftA comparative analysis of the two facilities in question, taking into account the international standards required for such facilities, reveals the Linden Holding Inc bond to be a far inferior facility and location.This newspaper researched the requirements for the operation of a drugs bond:Guyana Times was told that the operation of such a facility requires at least 20 staff members, including at least two pharmacists on site.This publication was told that a storage bond for drugs and medical supplies require certain mandatory requirements such as compartmentalised climate controls, security considerations, sanitary requirementsNEW GPC’s security checkpoint and protective gearEntrance to Cold Room storage at NEW GPC’s facilityand space considerations among others.The inventory chain begins with the delivery of drugs to the bond and ends when the drugs or medical supplies leave the bond.A visit to the NEW GPC bond at Industrial Site has since revealed the glaring deficiencies and inadequacies that exist at the Linden Holding Inc’s bond when compared to that of NEW GPC.At the NEW GPC facility, its loading area has been tailored to accept 40-foot containers. The loading area in addition to the sanitary and security considerations also takes into account space requirements since the process dictates that there be an adequate virtual quarantine location since drugs will have to be sorted even before being taken into the storage racks within the bond itself.While the NEW GPC bond boasts a large loading area, the entrance to the Linden Holding Inc bond is in fact the only entrance for the facility which is above a normally clogged canal.Among the mandatory requirements is the need for temperature controls in compartmentalised sections within the bond since different drugs require different storage conditions. Failure to adhere to stringent temperature control measures could result in drugs losing their integrity and could, in fact, become harmful to patients if not detected through quality assurance measures.Two small air-conditioning units were seen in the yard of the Linden Holding Inc bond’s compound while a few residential air-conditioning units appeared to be installed.NEW GPC’s bond boasts 13 industrial air-conditioning units, each with a capacity of 20,000 BTU, which are used to maintain the climate for at least three different temperature zones inclusive of extreme cold storage.Guyana Times was also informed of the importance of mandatory sections of such a facility inclusive of adequate quarantine zones. This location is used to house drugs and medical supplies that would have been flagged at the virtual quarantine space since those materials cannot be housed within the bond among other supplies.Space considerations were also said to be of paramount importance since in addition to the working environment, there is need for strict climate control measures.This newspaper was also told of the importance of the sanitary conditions being of the highest standards to ensure among other requirement, the facility is free of rodents and pests. Of note is that during Wednesday’s visit to the facility, rats could be seen running in the compound, in addition to algae in the drains in the yard housing the bond.Guyana Times was told too that fire hazards are among the safety issues to be considered in the use of such a facility. NEW GPC’s bond has been equipped with sprinkler systems, protocols and other safety gear. There were two black water tanks observed in the compound of Linden Holding Inc.The Guyana Fire Service is also required to undertake an inspection of storage bonds since such facilities pose real fire hazards as many drugs and medical supplies are extremely flammable.Guyana Times was told too of the importance of specialised security zones for the storage of controlled substances such as morphine and oxycontin among such drugs. Since such drugs are controlled substances under the laws of Guyana, such zones are required to ensure adequate security measures are in place to guard against pilferage and such like occurrences.In fact, the pre-qualification requirements for suppliers of pharmaceuticals as set out by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board in 2010 speak to the fact that NEW GPC exceeded all the expected requirements.The criteria for selecting the potential supplier at the time specifically included storage capacity and temperature as priorities.At the time, NEW GPC was selected by the Guyana Government as the only prequalified supplier; competitors such as IPA were disregarded since they were found to have insufficient storage; inadequate storage for drugs, including controlled narcotics; a lack of SOPs and a paucity of computerised inventory management.last_img read more

UCLA basketball notes: Defense is a big priority

first_imgThe Bears shot 48 percent from the field in the overtime win, continuing a disturbing trend for a UCLA squad that is best known for its tenacious defense. As No. 2 seed UCLA heads into Thursday’s game against No. 15 seed Weber State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Sacramento’s Arco Arena, the Bruins need to tighten up defensively. “We have to go back to our roots, go back to our defense,” Bruins point guard Darren Collison said. “We’ve been allowing teams (to shoot) a little over 45percent from the field. That’s not our game. We like to hold teams under 35 percent. We have to bring back that mindset, and I think we have. This team is capable of doing that. We just can’t get away from that.” In winning 20 of its first 22games, UCLA (26-5) held opponents to 41.9 percent shooting from the field. In going 6-3 in its final nine games, opponents shot 46.9 percent from the floor, with three of teams shooting better than 50 percent. Contacts not needed: Once the NCAA Tournament seedings were announced Sunday, UCLA coach Ben Howland said he would not contact his former assistant and current Northern Arizona coach, Mike Adras, for a scouting report. Since Weber State and NAU both play in the Big Sky, Howland said he didn’t want to put Adras in a difficult position. Of course, Howland didn’t need to talk to Adras, since the two spoke at about 11 p.m. Saturday. Adras said he was on a recruiting trip when he called Howland. “I thought for sure, and I think he felt it was going to be Weber,” Adras said. “They know what they’re doing. We’ll give them some calls, maybe something like that.” Throwing some iron: Bruins junior guard Arron Afflalo said he relieved a lot of his anger and frustration about his three-point effort in the loss to Cal by setting a personal-best in the bench press by “working out” with 265 pounds. “It’s funny how it gives you that inspiration,” Afflalo said. “Our strength coach told me lifting weights gets rid of nervous energy, any type of anxiety, any type of frustration. It’s true. Afterward, I felt calmer, and that I did something positive for myself coming off such a negative game.” More Afflalo honors: Afflalo was named first-team all-America by the Sporting News, the fifth team he’s made. He was also a first-team selection by the basketball coaches (NABC), SI.com, ESPN.com and Dick Vitale. Also, Collison was named to the Sporting News’ second team. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img When an opponent crossed halfcourt against UCLA last March, connecting on a pass was difficult, and finding an open shot was near-impossible. So as the Bruins regrouped during Saturday’s practice after the horrific loss to California in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament, it made perfect sense that defense was the starting point. last_img read more

West Ham injury boost! Key duo set to face Aston Villa

first_img Diafra Sakho West Ham duo Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho will be available to face Aston Villa in the Premier League at Upton Park on Saturday.Reid was forced to leave the field early during the 2-2 draw against Stoke last weekend and there were fears the influential defender had suffered a serious injury.But the New Zealand international only sustained a dead leg and will be ready to resume training later in the week.Sakho was also forced to miss the game at the Britannia Stadium with a shoulder injury he picked up in the last home victory over Manchester City.West Ham’s leading marksman had a scan last week which showed no dislocation and he was able to start training again on Monday.The club’s Head of Medical and Sports Science, Stijn Vandenbroucke, confirmed both players will be ready to face Villa this weekend.Vandenbroucke, speaking on West Ham’s website, said: “Winston came out of the game with a dead leg. He did not train on Monday but will train later in the week and will be available for the game on Saturday.“Diafra ran individually on Monday at Chadwell Heath and will also be available for the game.” 1last_img read more

Real Madrid star has no interest in Arsenal or Liverpool move

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool target Jese wants to stay and fight for his place at Real Madrid.The winger made his third La Liga start of the season on Saturday, helping the side to a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo.In the past the Spaniard has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool, who have scouted the player on several occasions.However, the 22-year-old is desperate to prove his worth at Madrid and has vowed to fight for his Real future under Rafa Benitez.“I’ve always wanted to be at Real Madrid and be a success,” Jese told the Real Madrid website.“I’m very happy. I always try to make the most of the playing time the coach gives me, and I feel good and I have to carry on like this.” 1 Jese Rodriguez last_img

Garde will provide under-performing squad with a ‘fresh start’, insists Sinclair

first_img1 Scott Sinclair in action for Aston Villa against Tottenham Aston Villa midfielder Scott Sinclair says new manager Remi Garde will offer the squad a fresh start.Garde, who has taken over from sacked Tim Sherwood, was in the crowd to watch his new side lose to Tottenham on Monday night.And Sinclair believes the former Arsenal man will offer the struggling members of the Villa squad a clean slate after their seventh consecutive Premier League defeat.“I’m sure all the players will be thinking the same when the manager comes in,” Sinclair said. “He’s going to get his points across and we will take it from there.“At all times we all need to give it 100 per cent in training and matches and make sure everyone raises their game.“When the new manager comes in it’s a fresh start.”last_img read more

Ventura-L.A. rail mulled

first_img But it won’t be easy. Though tracks owned by Transportation Commission between Montalvo and Piru remain in use by freight trains and vintage sightseeing trains operated by the Fillmore and Western Railway Co., they’ll likely require upgrades. From the county line, it’s about 4.5 miles to Santa Clarita Metrolink on new and refurbished tracks winding through The Newhall Land and Farming Company’s Newhall Ranch project and across the Santa Clara River and Interstate 5. But the planned 21,000-home community only has right-of-way for passenger trains – not freight, company spokeswoman Marlee Lauffer said. “The difficulty we have is more of function – there’s been a lot of building going on, and it’s difficult to pick an alignment,” Forsythe said. “When we get close to Magic Mountain, we have to cross the freeway. How do you cross over to connect with the Metrolink?” There also are jurisdictional hurdles. While city officials from Santa Clarita to Fillmore are open to the idea, they also have questions about potential impacts. “From a transportation perspective, all connections are good,” said Robert Newman, public works director for the city of Santa Clarita. “There are significant concerns in regards to the environmental impact and the impact to our residents. That analysis hasn’t started.” Fillmore City Planner Kevin McSweeney welcomed passenger service, but is leery of the noise and road congestion freight trains could create in his city of 15,000. “We’re in support of the commuter line,” McSweeney said. “We think that would be very beneficial. Our town was designed around a railroad. We’re building our downtown on that principle. “On the freight line, we’re a little cautious. Until that study is done, we’re a little concerned about the effect it’ll have on our town.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Plans for a passenger and freight rail line connecting Santa Clarita with Port Hueneme – a 48-mile trip from the canyons to the sea – are under review as Ventura County officials consider an alternative to state Route 126 to move goods and people east. The Ventura County Transportation Commission has initiated a $177,000 study on whether to refurbish the Santa Paula rail branch between Ventura’s Montalvo station and Piru, then extending it past the Ventura-Los Angeles county line to connect with the Metrolink in Santa Clarita. Results are expected in May, though early estimates by the state Business, Housing and Transportation Agency put the price tag at $250 million. “We’re kind of in the preliminary stages right now, gathering information and meeting with the stakeholders,” said Kerry Forsythe, the commission’s deputy director. “We want to see what the demand is going to be for passenger and freight, and what the cost is going to be to bring the track up to specifications, and does it pencil out?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Forsythe said the route offers a shortcut for Port Hueneme agriculture and automobile shipping – freight can bypass congested coastal traffic and access national rail lines by traveling east to the Antelope Valley. A passenger train route would offer an alternative for Antelope Valley and Ventura County commuters traveling to Valencia’s industrial parks, providing relief for state Route 126. Average daily traffic on Highway 126 near Interstate 5 is 33,500, according to CalTrans. About 24,000 vehicles travel across the Ventura-Los Angeles county line daily, while an average 41,500 vehicles pass through Peck Road and state Route 126 in Santa Paula. Transit advocate Bart Reed is excited about the route’s potential. “It would be a tremendous boon to the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Reed, executive director of The Transit Coalition. “If there is an alternative for people to go by train, you aren’t driving your car.” last_img read more

Man United stars told to ‘step up and play for the shirt’ by Arsenal legend

first_imgRay Parlour has told Manchester United players to end the negativity surrounding the club by pulling their socks up and start playing for the shirt.The Arsenal legend has told talkSPORT he feels the United players don’t look fit enough and said their performance against West Ham was once of the poorest he’s seen this season. Paul Pogba in action during Man United’s defeat to West Ham Mourinho is feeling the pressure in the Old Trafford dugout 3 3 Man United currently sit 10th in the Premier League with just three wins from seven games “This Champions League game tonight is absolutely vital to them. They had a really good result in the first game [against Young Boys in Switzerland], Pogba scored a great goal and played really well, so he [Mourinho] needs that same reaction tonight.“The big players have got to turn up, they have to enjoy wearing the Man United shirt, be proud of wearing the Man United shirt and give everything for the cause.” Jose Mourinho and his United team have been under the spotlight for weeks due to their dreadful start to the season, with Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to the Hammers making this their worst in 29 years.The Red Devils host Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday night and Parlour, who is said to see one of his biggest rivals as a player suffer such a fall from grace, is hoping they bounce back.“It’s so negative at Manchester United, I’m sure the fans are sick of it at the moment,” Parlour said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It was probably one of the poorest performances I’ve seen against West Ham.“I don’t think the players looked fit enough, I just felt they were a yard short everywhere. West Ham wanted to win every second ball more than the United players, so that’s quite a worrying situation. “The players just don’t look fit enough……It’s so negative and the Man United fans must be sick of it!”🗣️ @RealRomfordPele has his say on Mourinho’s future and the need for #MUFC’s big stars to step up! pic.twitter.com/jl4abkoD4D— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) October 2, 2018 “Obviously you’ve got the Pogba scenario at the moment and you’ve got Sanchez, who has been nowhere near the player he was at Arsenal.“Can Jose turn it around? It’s going to be difficult.“Once you lose that dressing room, you’re in trouble – especially big, influential players in that dressing room.“We’ve seen it so many times when the players lose respect for the manager and suddenly their performances go downhill.“So in the next two or three games the board will be looking to see what their reaction will be. 3last_img read more

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR THE 38TH DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS

first_imgIt’s always any occasion which creates debate and this year promises to be no different.Jason Quigley must be a contender for this year’s awards!Nominations are now being taken for the 38th Donegal Sports Star Awards.Nominations can be done online from the nominations page and emailed to info@donegalsportsstarawards.ie or by completing a simple nomination form, which can be downloaded and posted to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. Those not using on-line can simply post their nominations to Paul McDaid, Post Office, Ramelton. A brief summary only of achievements will suffice. Pictorial and DVD footage is also required. For further details visit www.donegalsportsstarawards.ie.The Hall of Fame winner has already been chosen by the committee therefore no nominations will be accepted in this category.The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 29th. The Donegal Sports Star Awards presentation function takes place on Friday, January 31st in the Mount Errigal Hotel.  THE COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR THE 38TH DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS was last modified: November 5th, 2013 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDSNOMINATIONSlast_img read more