Kai Sotto working double time chasing NBA dream

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Kai Sotto has NBA dreams and he is not wasting any second trying to achieve it. ADVERTISEMENT “He got a little foul. I gave it to him,” said Majok, who showed a gesture of appreciation for Sotto’s bold attempt. “You know, he’s got a bright future. I knew he’s young but I didn’t know he’s in high school. He’s gonna be something special.”The 6-foot-10 Majok was a 58th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft. “You know, NBA’s not a given,” added the 31-year-old big man. “If he works hard, I’m pretty sure he’s gonna be there. Now it’s about run, jump, shoot. So he looks like a guy who has characteristics for it, too. He should be okay.”Sotto shared the little exchange he had with Majok before he took—and made—his free throws. “He said ‘that was a good one!’ And me, I felt a bit bad because I was a bit short of dunking on him.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sotto knows, though, that fulfilling his NBA dream will take more than just dunking on fringe NBA selections. So he continues to find ways to polish a game that has grown too big for his high school setting. Aside from working on his skills with his Ateneo coaches, he constantly gets pointers from his dad, former pro Ervin. “We’re always open with each other,” Sotto said, adding that Ervin takes time out to answer every question his son asks and trusts Kai to make inputs into the decision-making process about his future. “It’s a big thing to have your dad supporting you.”Most of all, Sotto takes advantage of every opportunity to test himself against bigger, older and more talented players like those in the Gilas program.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH Azkals make AFF Suzuki Cup semis after goalless draw vs Indonesia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ View comments “When should I start? When I’m 18, 19? That would be too late,” the 16-year-old Sotto said after the Gilas Pilipinas-Lebanon match late Sunday, which the visitors won, 71-60. “Time is of the essence,” added Sotto, the 7-foot-1 star of Ateneo in the juniors division. “So while I have the time now, I’ll start trying to improve so when the time comes (to take my NBA shot) I’ll be ready.”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 ChrissSotto certainly made an impression on one person who had been drafted in the NBA. In a near highlight reel play, Sotto soared for an audacious dunk against Lebanon naturalized player Ater Majok, who rose to block the shot. Majok’s challenge forced the miss, but the midair contact drew a whistle from the referees.  Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Police ordered to conduct further investigations – Crime Chief

first_imgThe Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack has ordered the Guyana Police Force’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to conduct further investigations in order to locate the ‘intellectual authors’ behind the execution of activist Courtney Crum-Ewing over a year ago.Dead: Courtney Crum-EwingCrime Chief Wendell BlanhumBack in February, CID ranks arrested People’s Progressive Party (PPP) employee Jason Abdulla, PPP Executive Member and former Press Officer Kwame McKoy, Okene Fraser and self-confessed death squad member Sean Hinds, whom Police believe had a role in the activist’s death, which occurred on March 10, 2015.A file was prepared and sent to the DPP’s Chambers for advice on whether charges against the four suspects should be instituted. But the DPP returned the files with instructions for further investigations to be conducted. The four suspects were subsequently recalled at the CID Headquarters and further questioned immediately after.Following additionally investigation, the Police returned the files to the DPP but again were asked to do more work before advice can be given on whether to proceed with criminal charges.Head of the CID, Wendell Blanhum, told reporters on Saturday that the file has been returned to the Police with instructions for additional work to be conducted to ascertain the mastermind behind the murder that sparked much outraged in Guyana last year.Earlier this year, the Crime Chief had explained that the four new suspects were arrested in light of new information that had surfaced in relation to Crum-Ewing’s murder. However, he noted that investigators were unable to complete the probe.“The investigation would have been triggered due to some new developments, where we would have received further information and as a result of that, they had arrested those guys. We had them in custody but because of the complex nature of that investigation, time did not permit us to complete that investigation,” he stated.Following their arrests, the four suspects were released from Police custody on their own recognisance and have been reporting to the Police on a regular basis to assist with the further investigations.Crum-Ewing, a 40-year-old ex-soldier, was gunned down execution style on March 10, 2015, while urging residents of the Diamond Housing Scheme, on the East Bank of Demerara, to go out and cast their ballots in the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections.An autopsy performed on Crum-Ewing revealed he was shot five times – three bullets to the head, one to the back of the neck, and the fifth bullet entered under one of his arms. All the bullets were fired from behind and at close range except the one that hit under his arm and exited his shoulder.It was also reported that the bullet wound to the back of the man’s neck was at point-blank range and gunpowder residue was found on the back of the collar of the shirt he was wearing. Two .38 war heads were removed from the dead man’s head, reports revealed.Following the death of the man who rose to popularity after picketing former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall’s office, Reagan Rodrigues, also called “Grey Boy” was arrested and charged. Nandlall’s former bodyguard Rajput Narine was also arrested and questioned in relation to Crum-Ewing’s death.last_img read more

Harmon visits flood-affected communities

first_imgAfter visiting the storm-hit Linden community of Retrieve and the flooded community of Coomacka, in the Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region 10) region on Friday, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, met with affected residents and committed Government’s help with respect to the restoration of their livelihoods through the provision of seeds and other supplies that would assist in their rebuilding efforts.Minister Harmon said Government has been briefed on the plight of the residents and is committed to bringing them relief. As such, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), which is responsible for coordinating disaster relief efforts, will be working with the Region 10 Administration to assist the affected communities.One of the homes which was destroyed by heavy winds in Retrieve, Region TenThe Government Information Agency reported that Minister Harmon praised the residents for their efforts in assisting each other during their time of discomfiture, and noted that that is the spirit needed as the country continues to experience flooding in various regions due to heavy rainfall and overtopping of rivers.Director General of the CDC, Colonel (ret’d) Chabilall Ramsarup, noted that the CDC is working around the clock to bring relief to residents in all the affected regions, and would work with the Region 10 Administration and residents of Upper Demerara-Berbice to ensure that some amount of normalcy is restored them at the soonest possible time.The River in Coomacka, which is almost at the level of the roadThe CDC Director General gave residents a quantity of seeds and other agricultural implements, such as shovels, cutlasses, hoes and rakes, which he said would help them to make a new start; while Minister Harmon handed over several boxes of clothing.The Region 10 Administration, in collaboration with the CDC, is making food hampers, blankets and other necessities available to the affected residents.Minister Harmon told Coomacka residents during his meeting with them that he wanted to take a first-hand look at the situation, to determine for himself what were the damages and needs in the area and to assure residents that the Government is actively pursuing relief solutions.Government had, in May, deployed a team of engineers and other experts from various agencies to the village to conduct a site visit and explore several short, medium and long-term solutions to the plight of residents.Stemming from that site visit, the engineers had decided there was need for a new drainage system to be developed to stop the erosion and shifting of sand into the Demerara River. A new bridge would also have to be built for the village, and sections of the village where mining once took place have to be reforested. This plan of action has been drafted, and Minister Harmon assured the residents that he would soon have discussions with the Finance Minister to see how much can be accomplished.last_img read more

Fire ravages GFC living quarters at Soesdyke

first_imgLiving quarters belonging to the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) at Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara were on Monday completely destroyed by a fire which also inflicted damages to nearby structures.Firemen battling the fire which gutted the entire buildingAccording to residents, this fire started at about 11:00h in the lower front of the two-storey building which lies adjacent to two similar structures. This newspaper was told that residents saw black smoke billowing into the sky, and this was followed by a loud explosion.Orwin Fernandes, who at the time was nearby when the fire started, explained that when he arrived at the scene, alert neighbours had already summoned the Guyana Fire Service.“I know this place for a very long time. I come out ‘cause I live not too far from here and I see the thick smoke blowing the other way, so that draw my attention; but when I come, it’s just the front did start,” he recalled.“I see the big blaze and the commotion; ‘cause everybody run out to see what going on after they hear the big blast,” said another.Fernandes noted that the firefighters arrived promptly. However, while water was in abundance from a neighbouring trench, there was not sufficient leverage for the water to reach the building, which led to the blaze becoming uncontrollable.“At least like five minutes after I come the firefighters arrive, and the fire truck; so I said that was good, but what amaze me is that the water couldn’t meet from here to the building,” Fernandes said.The aftermath of the fire“It take them some time, and when I look, the part of the hose was already attached to the trench, so I said water is no problem; but it just wouldn’t meet the building! It just about ten feet the water reach from the gun, and it falling,” he added.The fire fighters were able to save the adjacent building from going up in flames. It ended up being scorched, and sustaining minor damages to the windows, walls and adjoining stairway. The tarpaulin of a house on the left side of the property was also damaged.At the scene, this publication was able to speak with the Deputy Commissioner of Forests from the Forest Monitoring Division (FMD), Gavin Asgard, who indicated that the building had been occupied by four employees. He noted that no information could be provided at that time, since the GFC management was awaiting the findings of the Guyana Fire Service after a complete investigation would have been done before any information could be divulged.However, no one was reportedly injured following the incident.“I was just called, and (I) came to this; and we’re waiting on a report from the Fire Service. As soon as I get that, I can give some information and more details,” Asgard related.In the investigation ongoing at the time, officers from the Fire Service were examining the rubble to assist them to determine what had transpired. (Rupadai Seenaraine)last_img read more

Cardinals give Pitt rare home beating

first_imgNo. 14 Georgetown 71, No. 23 West Virginia 53: Roy Hibbert scored 20 points, and the host Hoyas (19-5, 9-2) dismantled a Top 25 team for the second time in three days with a victory over the Mountaineers (19-6, 7-5). Texas 83, No. 18 Oklahoma State 54: Kevin Durant scored 21 points and the host Longhorns (18-7, 8-3 Big 12) routed the Cowboys (19-6, 5-5) WOMEN No. 2 North Carolina 80, Florida State 59: Ivory Latta scored 21 points as the visiting Tar Heels (25-1, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) shook off 28turnovers. No. 14 Oklahoma 78, Texas 58: Courtney Paris had 27 points and 15 rebounds for the host Sooners (19-4, 9-3 Big12). David Padgett and Derrick Caracter neutralized Aaron Gray inside while Louisville’s 2-3 zone defense was taking away No. 7 Pittsburgh’s outside shooting, and the Cardinals dominated both halves to rout the Panthers 66-53 Monday night. The loss was easily the worst for the Panthers (22-4, 10-2 Big East) since they moved into the Petersen Events Center in 2002, where they were beaten for only the eighth time in 86 games. Their worst previous loss there was 73-64 to Connecticut on Feb. 26, 2005, and they hadn’t lost by double figures at home since an 81-67 defeat to Georgetown on Feb. 5, 2001. This one was never close in a stunningly easy romp for Louisville (18-8, 8-4). center_img LOCAL MEN San Diego 97, Pepperdine 85: Ross DeRogatis scored 25points as host San Diego overcame a large first-half deficit against the Waves (6-21, 2-9 WCC). 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

HBO head takes leave

first_img“Two years ago, I decided that I could handle drinking again. Clearly, I was wrong. Given that truth, I have committed myself to sobriety. I intend to take a temporary leave of absence from HBO effective today, in order to go back to working with AA.” Albrecht said he was “deeply sorry for what occurred in Las Vegas this weekend and for any embarrassment it caused my family, the company I love, and myself.” He called the weekend a “wake-up call to me of a weakness I thought I had overcome long ago.” While he wasn’t free to discuss the incident while authorities and his attorneys are “still determining the facts, it is my hope to do so in the near future,” Albrecht said in his statement. A call to the Clark County, Nev., District Attorney’s Office regarding the arrest was not immediately returned Tuesday. On Sunday in Las Vegas, the HBO chairman and chief executive was arrested for investigation of assaulting his girlfriend outside the MGM Grand casino. The arrest came just hours after Saturday’s Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match aired on pay-per-view by HBO. Officers assigned to the match reported seeing Albrecht fighting with a woman identified only as his girlfriend in the MGM Grand’s valet parking lot shortly after 3 a.m., a Las Vegas police spokesman said. Albrecht was booked into the Clark County Detention Center and held for investigation of a misdemeanor battery-domestic assault. He was later released.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HBO chief executive Chris Albrecht said he was taking a leave of absence to regain control of his alcoholism following a weekend assault arrest in Las Vegas. Bill Nelson, HBO chief operating officer, will take over Albrecht’s duties “pending resolution of the police incident,” the company said. “We take these matters very seriously and will monitor this situation closely,” Time Warner chairman and chief executive officer Richard D. Parsons said in a statement. HBO Inc. is a division of Time Warner. In a statement sent to HBO staff members and released publicly Tuesday, Albrecht said he had been a “sober member” of Alcoholics Anonymous for 13 years. last_img read more

Firmino is ‘the player Liverpool need’, says Reds legend

first_imgRoberto Firmino could be just the player Liverpool need, according to former Reds goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.Liverpool have agreed a fee with Hoffenheim in the region of £29million for the 23-year-old, subject to a medical.Firmino, capped nine times for Brazil, made 151 appearances for the Bundesliga club, scoring 47 goals, and Grobbelaar admits it could represent a good piece of business with Raheem Sterling expected to join Manchester City for £50million.“Maybe it’s a lot of money, but Liverpool are going to get the funds from Raheem Sterling going to Manchester City – I hear he’s going for something ridiculous like £50m,” Grobbelaar told talkSPORT.“If Liverpool do get Firmino you are looking at half the cost for a player very similar to Sterling and at least he is scoring a lot more goals than him – he might be a signing we need.”Reds boss Brendan Rodgers received criticism last season for some of his signings and the pressure is mounting on the Northern Irishman with Liverpool’s difficult fixture list to start the season.But Grobbelaar explained that Rodgers should not shoulder all the blame and the Reds can recover from their start.“You have to look at the whole aspect – it’s not only Rodgers’ decision on players but someone behind the scenes completing the deals, so you can’t blame everything on Brendan,” he added.“The first ten games are very tough, but at least we are getting them all out of the way early. If Liverpool can get 18 points from 30, then we’ve done very well.”last_img read more

Services set for ex-Assemblyman Firebaugh

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88Firebaugh was president of the MAF Strategic Consulting public affairs firm and was a visiting professor and policy fellow at the UCLA School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture. He was appointed Assembly majority floor leader in 2002. He also headed the California Latino Legislative Caucus from 2002-04. During his time in the Assembly, Firebaugh authored legislation allowing California high school students to pursue a college education regardless of their immigration status. Firebaugh, who was seeking the Democratic nomination for the Senate ‘s 30th District, was honored last summer with the Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School in Lynwood. Firebaugh, who earned a political science degree at UC Berkeley and a law degree from UCLA, lived in Whittier and had two children, Tlalli Ariana and Nicolas Andres. He is also survived by his mother, Carmen Ramos Garcia, brothers Carlos and Jesse, and sisters Cecilia and Esmeralda. Funeral services will be held Monday for former Democratic Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh of Whittier, who died this week.Firebaugh, 39, died at 7:15a.m. Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors said he died of liver failure and influenza, according to Firebaugh’s state Senate campaign. Firebaugh represented southeast Los Angeles in the Assembly from 1998 to 2004. A viewing and rosary recitation will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at La Placita Church, 535N. Main St., in downtown Los Angeles. A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholarship Fund administered by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Donations can be mailed to the fund’s attention at MALDEF, 634 S. Spring St., 11th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014. 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


first_imgTonight one of Letterkenny’s most popular venues ARENA 7 celebrates 10 years in business and they would like you to join them. Arena 7 will celebrate the last decade with music by the popular Rod Stewart Tribute Act followed by the one and only DJ Scoop.There will be food, fun and loads of champagne. Enda Nicholls extends a warm welcome to all his loyal customers and thanks them for the continued support over the years.Lettekenny Rovers star and Marketing manager at Arena 7 Darren McElwaine will also be on hand to welcome and greet those in attendance. HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO ATTEND ARENA 7 CELEBRATIONS TONIGHT was last modified: September 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainementFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgThe ‘escape room’ global phenomenon is set to grip the North West with the opening of a new live game challenge at The Old Courthouse in Lifford.‘The Heist’ is a new live game experience which imprisons groups of up to six people in a ‘Crystal Maze’-styled puzzle fest.Players are forced to think their way out of the room by solving a series of carefully devised puzzles and problems in a game styled on the escape room craze which is taking the world by storm. Lifford’s Old Courthouse is one of the first locations in Ireland to offer the escape room experience. The Donegal venue’s latest brain-teasing challenge centres on a daring newsroom heist theme.Teams are tasked by a secretive millionaire to retrieve ‘extremely sensitive information’ from a newspaper magnate’s office before it’s delivered to his editors. Contestants are given 60 minutes to break into the office vault and ensure the information never goes to print. They are also given the ominous warning: ‘do not get caught’.The role-play experience is billed as a tremendous team building adventure and is expected to be a big hit with a diverse range of groups in the North West.“From teams of employees and groups of pupils to family units and circles of friends ‘The Heist’ is an experience which everyone will enjoy,” says the game’s developer Patrick McHugh, from the Old Courthouse in Lifford. “Our latest game is a high intensity heist scenario which places players in the roles of thieves in an against-the-clock newspaper office raid. Much planning has gone into making‘The Heist’ a fantastic live game experience for everyone from 14 years and upwards,” he adds.The escape room phenomenon is relatively new to Ireland and the UK but has been taking the world by storm in recent years after originating in Japan.Mr McHugh says: “The Old Courthouse has the only escape room experience in the North West and was one of the first in Ireland. Our ‘Jailbreak’ game has been imprisoning players since June 2015 and has been a huge success.“’Jailbreak’ evokes a unique feeling of authenticity as it takes place in the genuine dungeon cells beneath the courthouse, giving our death row ‘prisoners’ 60 minutes to escape or else face the gallows. “Several hundred groups have taken part so far and although some have not made it out alive – ‘Jailbreak’ has enjoyed fantastic reviews,” he quips.Mr McHugh’s team plans to change the game themes every six months while also introducing some seasonally themed ‘pop-up’ escape rooms to ensure new user experiences.“The themes will be changed and fresh puzzles devised but the fun fundamentals will remain the same. Our escape rooms are all about finding keys to open boxes and doors, and working out combinations to get into safes and locks. Players work from scratch when they enter and get an hour to think their way out of the room by solving one problem after another,” he says.The puzzles involve players thinking quite a bit outside the box while they remain imprisoned inside the box. “In our escape rooms there’s hardly any math involved – we found during our extensive research that nothing can kill momentum in a room more than flummoxing someone with tricky square roots or equations. Our games focus more on encouraging players to think outside the box and work out testing riddles – it’s more about thinking laterally than thinking literally,” he explains.‘The Heist’ escape room challenge will be on tour at Letterkenny Shopping Centre on Saturday, April 2. Shoppers will be given an opportunity to get a flavour of the experience by working out on-the-spot puzzles for prizes.For information on The Old Courthouse room escape experiences log on to www.liffordoldcourthouse.com/heist or www.liffordoldcourthouse.com/jailbreak‘The Heist’ and ‘Jailbreak’ escape room challenges are open Monday to Saturday for teams of 2-6 people with an entry fee of €12 per person. For teams of six the entry fee is €60.ESCAPE OR DIE AT LIFFORD’S OLD COURTHOUSE was last modified: March 31st, 2016 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:donegalLiffordTHE OLD COURTHOUSElast_img read more