UP’s Desiderio, Gomez de Liaño to make most of chance to play for Gilas

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours And as expected, the two Fighting Maroons are overwhelmed to be part of the pool.“I’m so happy,” said Desiderio, who was part of the Batang Gilas team which competed in the 2014 Fiba Under-17 World Championship in Dubai. “I was in Cebu and (Gilas assistant) coach Ryan (Betia) was trying to call me. When I received his text, I wanted to immediately come back to Manila.”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 folkThe 18-year-old Gomez de Liaño, who previously donned the national tri-colors in the 2015 Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship in Jakarta, also shared the same sentiment.“I actually got shocked when I got the call from SBP saying that I made the pool for 2023. I was really excited for it and looking forward to working with these guys. I’m really thankful for it,” he said. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It’s exciting for UP’s future since both of us were handpicked,” said Gomez de Liaño.“This will be big for us especially that this will be my last year. So it’s huge that I’m here with Juan because once our wings graduate, he will be the one to lead the team and carry UP. So I’m really happy for him,” he said. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGiven this rare chance to join some of the best basketball players in the country, both are reveling in this opportunity to learn valuable lessons.“It’s really overwhelming,” said Gomez de Liaño, who was feted as the UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year. “This is the first time I met all of them and I hope to learn from Gabe Norwood and Jayson Castro because I like their playing styles. I’ll just make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity, just enjoying the process because I’m still young.”Desiderio added: “This will be a big help for my basketball career because I’ll learn so much from them.”Both are also well aware that the 2023 is still a long way to go.And right now, they are optimistic that this stint could only help them for the better as they seek to tow UP to the Final Four for the first time in two decades in the next UAAP season.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFrom University of the Philippines to Gilas Pilipinas.State U was well represented in coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” list with the inclusion of Paul Desiderio and Juan Gomez de Liaño, who attended the national team’s evening practice session on Monday at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Castro hopes young guns grow up quickly in time for 2023 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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State’s promises to retirees detailed

first_imgIf the state fully covers the future obligation with investment funds, that long-term $48 billion liability could shrink to about $31 billion, he said. Chiang said the problem will require a long-term solution, but in the meantime “it is not a crisis today.” “These are big numbers, but they are not insurmountable,” Chiang said. “We need not panic or rush to judgment.” The new Government Accounting Standards Board federal rules require state and local governments throughout the country to perform actuarial studies of their long-term liabilities of providing health benefits to retirees. Traditionally, government agencies have funded such benefits on a pay-as-you-go basis, but as health-care costs have continued to soar, accounting experts recognized that better long-term financial planning was needed. At the local level, Los Angeles Unified School District has estimated its long-term liability at $10 billion, and Los Angeles County’s estimate is $9 billion. Some analysts believe the state’s long-term liability is worse than Chiang’s projections. Last year, the state Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a preliminary estimate of up to $70 billion. Former Assemblyman Keith Richman, who now heads a foundation pushing for state pension reform, believes Chiang’s study underestimated the rate of health-care inflation over the long term, and that the actual liability could be closer to $100 billion. “Even if it’s $48 billion, which is probably too low of an estimate, it’s still a huge number,” Richman said. “It’s time to address this problem, and it’s time for the special interest groups who continue to put their head in the sand to help resolve this issue.” Richman’s California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility is planning to introduce a ballot measure within a few weeks to reform the state’s pension and health benefit system. The initiative, which the foundation hopes to place on the November 2008 ballot, would raise the retirement age for state and local employees to be consistent with federal Social Security standards. Depending on the job, that could raise retirement ages five to 10 years for state government employees, who now in some cases can retire at age 50 or 55. It would also revise the formulas on how pensions are calculated, basing them on a longer-term average to prevent the pension-spiking that occurs when employees earn a higher salary in their final year. The changes would only affect new employees, not those who are already working under the current system. In the past, efforts to reform the pension and health benefit system have met with stiff opposition from the state’s powerful public employee unions. In 2005, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed to switch the state’s pension system to a defined contribution plan, similar to a 401(k). But after the unions charged that he was cutting off benefits to widows of firefighters and police officers, the governor quickly retreated and withdrew his plan. This year, he has taken the more cautious approach of creating a commission to study the problem. “As the governor has said, we have to find the best way to meet these obligations without harming other government programs and taxpayers – or handing the problem off to future generations,” state Finance Director Mike Genest said in a statement. “That’s exactly what the commission he created is in the process of doing.” Dave Low, an official with the California School Employees Association, said unions would likely resist Richman’s proposal. “I think it’s absolutely a horrible and ridiculous idea,” Low said. “I believe the public will see that as a very Draconian and unacceptable statewide ballot measure.” Instead, Low said, most unions likely will be willing to work with the governor through the collective bargaining process. He said it is a problem best resolved in separate negotiations with individual unions rather than a single statewide solution. Low, who sits on the governor’s pension-reform commission, noted some unions in recent years have been willing to agree to concessions that include some reductions in retirement benefits. He also noted that over half of retirees for local government agencies and districts receive no health-care benefits from their former employers at all. harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916)446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Over the next 30 years, California taxpayers will have to come up with an extra $48 billion to pay health benefits for state retirees, according to a new study by State Controller John Chiang. The study, required under new federal accounting rules, found that next year alone, escalating health-care expenses for retirees will cost taxpayers an extra $3.6 billion. Still, other officials say the study underestimates the future burden, which they say will range between $70 billion and $100 billion. Whatever it is, Chiang said the massive “unfunded pension liability” is pressuring the state to set aside funds in a long-term investment account, just as it does with its pension system. last_img read more

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Wenger tells Arsenal boo-boys to lay off Chelsea star Fabregas

first_img1 Cesc Fabregas and Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger is pleading with the Arsenal boo-boys to lay off former captain Cesc Fabregas and give him the reception he deserves when they face Chelsea on Sunday.Fabregas is set to face his former club for the first time after he left the north London club in controversial circumstances back in August 2011.Many Arsenal fans have never forgiven the Spanish midfielder for the way he went about wanting a move to his boyhood club and will be even more upset that he is now playing for their London rivals.But Wenger is adamant that he didn’t need Fabregas back at the club this summer and is hoping that the fans will remember all the good times he had during his memorable spell and will not boo him.Wenger said: “Everyone respects Cesc here. I want him to get the reception he deserves on Sunday.“When he left we bought Ozil to buy an offensive player. We have Cazorla, we have Wilshere, we have Ramsey, we have Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are all offensive players.“We were not in the need to buy offensive players. It makes sense if you just look at the balance of the team. I think that’s a decision that is easy to understand.”last_img read more

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Kanu says Arsenal need ‘miracle’ to win EPL

first_img0Shares0000Former Arsenal and Nigeria forward Nwakwo Kanu.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 2 – Unai Emery’s Arsenal must produce a “miracle” to win the Premier League in the Spaniard’s first season at the club, says former striker Kanu.Former Paris St-Germain boss Emery, who succeeds Arsene Wenger after 22 years, claimed success in 2018-19 would constitute “battling for every title”. Emery has added five signings but Kanu believes the Gunners, sixth last season, must be patient.“If it happens and they win the league, it’s a miracle,” said the Nigerian.“It takes time for the newcomers, the new signings, to adapt. We have to allow time for him to bring his own style and the way he wants to play.”Kanu helped Arsenal to two league titles during five years at the club and was part of the undefeated ‘Invincibles’ side of 2003-04.Arsenal are yet to win the Premier League since then.“For the new manager, it’s going to be a very big challenge; the fans want them to perform in the league in his first year, which is always difficult for a new coach,” Kanu said.“It’s a very big club – coming into a big club you need a trophy, so if you don’t win the league, you need to win the others. It’s hard, but that’s what you expect of a coach of that stature and a big club.”Emery has added Uruguay international Lucas Torreira for £26m, along with goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund, as well as 19-year-old midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient.“He’s been signing new, good players. They’re more defensive, and not allowing goals, which is good,” Kanu added.“They have to know how to win games, even if it’s 1-0. All they need is the three points.”-By BBC Sports-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Don’t say ‘Islamic terrorism’ in front of the EU!

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The European Commission has found it fit to save us from a lexiconic hell of our own making. The EU, after surely shedding blood, sweat and tears in an arduous working group in Brussels, has decided that the term “Islamic terrorism” is bad, instead opting for “non-emotive lexicon for discussing radicalisation.” From now on, it’s “terrorists who abusively invoke Islam.” Rumor has it that runners-up included “gravely misunderstood and seriously agitated blokes who like bombs,” “grumpy chaps with a fondness for box cutters,” “volatile people who just happen to hang out at mosques” and “those we do not speak of.” Clearly, I’m a sarcastic columnist who abusively invokes freedom of speech. “The aim of the guidelines is to avoid the use of words that could unnecessarily offend Muslims and spark radicalisation,” noted the EU Observer. Thank God. I knew there was some reason al-Qaida wanted to bomb men, women and children and lop off heads for the rolling cameras. Our language was offensive! The EU – er, bureaucrats who abusively invoke the notion of a free society – is also reviewing the word “jihad.” EU officials said, “Jihad means something for you and me, it means something else for a Muslim. Jihad is a perfectly positive concept of trying to fight evil within yourself.” The World Islamic Front’s 1998 statement “Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders” might not have been a positive concept of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri trying to fight evil within themselves. “We – with Allah’s help – call on every Muslim who believes in Allah and wishes to be rewarded to comply with Allah’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan’s U.S. troops and the devil’s supporters allying with them, and to displace those who are behind them so that they may learn a lesson.” That sounds pretty darn negative. Perhaps some time in an EU working group will help them sort out their feelings with some nonemotive lexicon. But you say al-Qaeda, I say al-Qaida – Turkish online newspaper Zaman saw the EU decision in a more glowing light: “Instead of expressions like ‘Islamic terrorism’ and ‘Islamofascist,’ a phrase the United States insistently uses, Brussels is trying to develop new concepts that will not cause offense to Muslims. “For nearly two years, the EU and member countries authorities have been conducting secret talks about how to solve the religion origin terror problem. Contrary to the US, the authorities think the issue is Europe’s and therefore it must be handled as a domestic issue.” Zaman also notes that it was the publication of Muhammad cartoons in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and ensuing widespread religious violence that kicked the EU into gear on the issue of clarifying through nonemotive lexicon that it is never religion that makes people act violently. Understand? “Israeli measures also risk radicalising the hitherto relatively quiescent Palestinian population of East Jerusalem,” a report to EU ministers stated last November. So this clarifies the rules: Not only can you not say anything out of risk of turning people into terrorists, but you can’t do anything either. It’s a really fine line, you know. Drawn for us by the Brussels bootlickers who abusively invoke just about anything not related to Islamic terrorism. Because, of course, it’s all hurt feelings from insensitive lexicon that makes a guy sit muttering in a courtroom that he’d like more 9-11s, or drives a guy to shoot, nearly behead and stab a note with Quranic verse to the chest of a Dutch filmmaker. They probably got picked last for dodgeball back in third grade, too. “The basic idea behind it is to avoid the use of improper words that would cause frustration among Muslims and increase the risk of radicalisation,” the Daily Telegraph quoted an EU official. Yeah, frustration is the worst. Remember the last time you were so frustrated that you strapped a bomb across your torso and walked onto a crowded bus? So perhaps peaceful Muslims should be offended that the EU thinks uttering the phrase “Islamic terrorism” will suddenly make them go postal. The sensitive EU dictionary is due in June. I wish I could say I’ll be in on that working group, but I’m just a columnist who has abusively mocked the EU. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at bridget.johnson@dailynews.com.last_img read more

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DONEGAL BEACH DISPUTE TO FEATURE ON RTE’S ‘TODAY’ SHOW

first_imgThe ongoing dispute over the closure of a right of way at Aghadachor near Carrigart is to hit the airwaves on this coming Monday morning on the Today with Sean O’Rourke programme.RTE has taken a keen interest in the developments at Carrigart since it was first featured in the Tirconaill Tribune in early September.And after the headline revelations in the paper on Thursday last about a Government Dept. raising serious concerns about the planning status of the beach activity centre at Carrigart, RTE decided to come and meet the community and try to find answers to the crux. And on Saturday, the show’s senior reporter Valerie Cox came to Carrigart to walk the 500 metres long right of way only to be stopped in sight of the beach by a seven foot tall gate, locked and solidly welded in a number of places.As a Dublin based security patrol kept watch from a distance, Ms Cox interviewed a group of local whose lives have been affected by the closure of the right of way.Those interviewed included James McCorkell: Tony and Frances McCarry: Andrew Speer: 87 years old Patricia Coyle: Donal Cullen: Brendan McFadden: Senator Brian O’Domhnaill: the Mayor of Donegal, Cllr. Ian McGarvey and John McAteer, Editor, Tirconaill Tribune.Over two hours was spent at the scene on Saturday and it is expected the item will feature in the first hour of Monday morning’s show. The last time that Valerie Cox covered such an obstacle was when she reported on the demolition of the Berlin Wall from the Brandenburg Gate.The Sean O’Rourke Show airs between 10.00 am and noon daily Monday to Friday.DONEGAL BEACH DISPUTE TO FEATURE ON RTE’S ‘TODAY’ SHOW was last modified: November 23rd, 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:AGHADACHOR BEACHbeachCarrigartSean O’RourkeTODAYlast_img read more

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La Puente redevelopment flap arises

first_imgLA PUENTE — The city’s first redevelopment project continues to move forward, but some council members disagree on the direction. The La Puente City Council, serving as the city’s redevelopment agency, approved an exclusive negotiating agreement with Primestor Development to develop the 6.5-acre former bowling alley site at 1255-1301 Hacienda Blvd. The city bought the property for $3.36 million. Primestor proposes a mixed-use project with housing and retail, with separate parking for each. The redevelopment agency voted 3-2 Tuesday, with agency members John Solis and Lola Storing dissenting, to approve the agreement. Housing does not fit on Hacienda Boulevard, Solis said. The city could attract Lowe’s or another major retailer if it goes with a big-box concept rather than mixed use, he said. “We need to think about what is going to make the city money,” Solis said. The council interviewed several developers in the past six months, Councilman Lou Perez said. He questioned why Solis kept quiet until now. The project could bring in $815,000 annually to the city in tax revenue, said Arturo Sneider with Primestor. The proposal does not require financial help from the city and is designed to attract national retailers, he said. The one-year exclusive negotiating agreement sets tasks Primestor must accomplish, such as completing an environmental study and submitting a project schedule within three months. Mixed use fits better on Main Street, not Hacienda Boulevard, Solis said. He also said that Mayor Louie Lujan should have abstained from voting because he accepted campaign contributions from Primestor. “He should not be allowed to vote,” Solis said. But City Attorney Jamie Casso said state law does not prevent an elected official from accepting such a contribution. Campaign contributions do not influence his council decisions, Lujan said. The city decided on Primestor after whittling down a large list of candidates and going through reference checks, he said. “To assume after going through a lengthy process that a campaign contribution would influence that is not valid,” Lujan said. Storing said she voted against the agreement because the city should maximize the earning potential of the site by having only commercial developments. The housing component will make money initially when the units are sold, but then La Puente will spend money providing services to those new residents. The potential for tax generation at the bowling alley site is excellent, and mixed use also addresses regional housing needs, Lujan said. “At the very core of this is a simple black-and-white issue, stick with the mindset of the 1950s or move ahead,” Lujan said. “Looking back we will realize what we did was the right thing.” — Rodney Tanaka can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2230, or by e-mail at rodney.tanaka@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Men’s Basketball Continues CIT Action At Northern Colorado

first_img The Drake University men’s basketball team continues its postseason experience in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) Sunday at Northern Colorado. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CDT with fans able to stream the action on WatchCIT.com or listen on ESPN Des Moines 1350-AM.Drake (17-16) advanced to face the Bears by virtue of an 80-73 overtime victory against Abiliene Christian in the first round of the CIT to win the Lou Henson Classic. Senior Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) paced the Bulldogs in that win with a career-high 25 points while making all four of his three-point attempts. Junior Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) added 22 points for his second 20-point game of the season.Northern Colorado (22-12) is making is playing in its first contest since March 9 when the Bears fell to eventual Big Sky Conference Tournament Champions Montana, 91-89, in the semifinals of the tournament. Andre Spight, the Bears’ leading scorer, posted 22 points in the win and the redshirt-senior transfer from Arizona State is averaging 21.9 points per game and has had two 40-point games this season.The Bulldogs and Bears have never met before, but share three common opponents this season in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. Drake went 0-3 in those games with a pair of overtime losses while UNC went 2-1 in those games with wins over South Dakota and Wyoming.Drake’s 17 wins this season are the 13th most in program history and the most since the 2011-12 season. The team is in the midst of its 11th all-time postseason appearance and its third in the CIT.Print Friendly Version Drake Game Notes Story Links Live Video center_img Live Stats Live Audio last_img read more

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DDTV: Drones, GoPros and Kayaks on the spectacular Kinnego Bay

first_imgSpectacular video footage of Donegal’s hidden gems, Kinnego Bay.Donegal Daily reader Cormac Mc sent us in his wonderful video compilation of both his drone and go-pro footage he captured while kayaking in Kinnego Bay.This footage backs up Wednesdays’s article  on just how wonderful Donegal is. Have a look below at the Cormac’s video.DDTV: Drones, GoPros and Kayaks on the spectacular Kinnego Bay was last modified: September 22nd, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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

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Football’s message of hope

first_img6 July 2010Thirty-two football teams from across the world are battling it out in South Africa, but this time it’s youngsters playing, and the boys and girls competing are not just in it for the trophy. Each team is fighting for a cause, hoping to make an impact on the world with more than just their soccer skills.The Football for Hope Festival kicked off in Alexandra, Johannesburg on Sunday, with 32 mixed teams of boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 18 representing teams that tackle issues such as Aids, gang violence, corruption, discrimination and drugs.Like the opening ceremony of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Football for Hope tournament started with celebrations, dance and songs, with a number dignitaries present.While South African artists Danny K, Kabelo and JR entertained the crowd, South African President Jacob Zuma and Fifa president Sepp Blatter had words of wisdom for the participating teams.Zuma said it was an honour to host the Football for Hope Festival in South Africa and more especially in Alexandra – a place of happiness. He described the festival as an “important development in the family of soccer”.“Soccer is loved by the majority of the world. What the leaders of soccer have decided is that it must now act more, because football is more than just football, it goes beyond the game,” he said.There are important life lessons – such as being happy in victory and accepting defeat with a smile – that could be learnt through the game of soccer, the President added. “I wish I was young once again so I could play soccer!” he joked.The Football for Hope Festival aimed to connect bring people together from all over the world, Blatter said. The festival brought together the “characters and the essence of the game to disseminate a message of hope to the world hope through football”, he said.He described soccer as a school of life, saying the game helped educate not just on the field. “Football is a game based on discipline and respect. It’s a game in which you compete with a good spirit and with fair play,” Blatter said, encouraging the participants to display these qualities during their matches.The first match of the tournament saw Uruguay, a team that fights for children’s rights and social inclusion, play against hosts, Team Alexandra – a team made up of young volunteer coaches from Play Soccer South Africa.Apart from the football, the teams competing in the tournament will also participate in workshops where they are expected to learn from each other. The festival also includes a programme of cultural celebrations.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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