Return of the king: LeBron wows Manila fans anew

first_imgPolice seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay The 30-minute exhibition game at MOA capped a whirlwind day for the Cleveland Cavaliers star who had earlier presided over a workout session with Gilas Pilipinas players and select media at Kerry Sports.“I said two years ago that I was coming back, but unfortunate things happened and I wasn’t able to make it last year,” James addressed the crowd at MOA Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“There was no way I was not going to come this year to Manila. I’m really happy to be here and to celebrate the time with you guys here. I hope you guys continue to work with me. Thank you for being part of the Lebron James Tour.”James also dropped by The Tenement in Taguig where a mural honoring him was unveiled. “First of all, I’d like to apologize because I promised to be back the last time I was here and it took a long time,” said James, who last visited Manila in 2015.The exhibition game pitted the older batch of Gilas Pilipinas against the younger Gilas crew, which included the 6-foot-11, 15-year-old Kai Sotto, who showed nimble feet and a polished offensive game.Sotto played alongside Kiefer Ravena, RR Pogoy, Ray Parks, Raymond Almazan, Matthew Wright and Mike Tolomia.It also turned out to be a reunion of sorts for Gilas 2.0 members Jeff Chan, Ranidel De Ocampo, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, Gary David, Jayson Castro and retired national team legend Jimmy Alapag.But the array of local stars could not diminish one bit the spotlight and love Filipino fans showered on James, arguably the best —albeit also the most polarizing—player in the planet today.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Arellano, Ateneo score quick wins in PVL collegiate opener Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIEScenter_img During an earlier private training session, James also provided some inspiring messages for players and media people present.“For me, it’s all about believing in yourself; uncertainties will come to your mind but you cannot stop believing especially if you put in the work,” said James.“Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re not doing enough and if you get to that point just look at the mirror,” he added. “At the end of the day you’re the one who’ll control your destiny.” —WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETRELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LeBron puts on a show for his Filipino fans anew. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRER.Just like his two previous visits to Manila, NBA star Lebron James thrilled Filipino basketball fans with a dazzling display of skill, power and athleticism in an exhibition game highlighting his “Strive For Greatness” Tour at Mall of Asia Arena.James’ five minute stint was met by cheers from an adoring throng as the three-time NBA champion and four-time Most Valuable Player scored on a wide array of powerful dunks to power Gilas Young Blood past Gilas Originals, 92-71.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dieslast_img read more

“It is just not right” – Deodat Indar on foreign companies mopping up opportunities…

first_imgThe former President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, on Wednesday lamented that foreign companies, particularly those from the Caribbean region, are coming to Guyana and “mopping up” all of the opportunities springing from the budding oil and gas industry.A section of the gathering at Wednesday’s panel discussion on Local Content PolicyFormer GCCI PresidentDeodat Indar“Guyanese always behave like we gotta do the Treaty of Chaguaramas to the ‘T’ or else we gon go to hell; but damn with that, I’m sorry to say that, because if I go to Trinidad, I can’t go and set up my business, and I can’t do what they coming [here and do]. If I go to Barbados, or the U.S., or any other country, you can’t go and do the things we see happening here. Somebody needs to stand up and move out the politics and move back all the grand standing and call a spade a spade. It is just not right!” Indar contended.At the time delivering a presentation at a public panel discussion at Duke Lodge on Wednesday, on the third draft of the Local Content Policy (LCP) which was recently released by the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Energy, Indar noted that while this third draft is a “step up” from the previous two, there are still several issues with the document.He explained that one of the issues has to do with the ‘test of locality’ and the definition of local companies. According to the former GCCI President, a local company cannot be one that is recently established, which is the case with many of what he referred to as ‘shop fronts’; that is, small companies being established with the ‘big guns’ behind them.Indar noted that before the LOC was in the pipeline, the GCCI had drafted a policy of its own, which outlined the four ‘test of locality’ components to determine a local company.“A Guyanese company can’t be somebody just off the radar, who go and register something at the High Court,” he noted.Indar advanced that the residency requirement of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Income Tax Act is ‘183 days in Guyana’. That, he noted, is archaic.“It only deals with individuals, not institutions; so what you have are laws in Guyana that are draconian, and the oil and gas activity and level development is 100 years up. How you gonna work like that? Those things have to change, and (you have to) deal with what you have in the country,” he stressed.He posited that local content needs to be looked at in the context of now, and not in the future.“I’m not anti-foreign business, but you have a lot of foreign businesses that are here and are mopping up every single thing, and Guyanese are left to watch it happen and can’t do anything,” he posited.Private sector bodies have been in the forefront of local stakeholders pushing for a Local Content Policy, especially since oil production is expected to commence in the first quarter of next year. In fact, earlier this week, the GCCI lamented the sloth attending preparation to regulate the oil and gas industry.The Local Content Policy would guide the State in guarding against local companies being bypassed for the awarding of contracts and services in preference for foreign companies and workers.Transparent investmentOver the past weeks, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had also raised concerns about foreign investors coming here and striking underhand deals with the caretaker coalition Government.Two week ago, Jagdeo had disclosed that ‘carpetbagger’ investors, including some from Trinidad, are entering into secret deals with Government and are cleaning up prime real estate in Guyana.But his statement did not sit well with some foreigners looking to come and invest here, particularly those within the Caribbean region. In fact, days later, a spokesperson from the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that the comments made by the Guyanese politician is “currently being discussed.”However, the Opposition Leader last week defended his remarks by saying that there is nothing wrong with foreign investors coming here, but he insisted they should be transparent in their transactions.“(We don’t want) carpetbaggers flowing through here and, before we know it, there are no opportunities for our people; and that is what is being done. Not that I have anything against Trinidadians or anyone else coming here as investors, but what I have problems with is when this Government — in this period of illegality and (in)a caretaker role — went to an Investors’ Conference in Trinidad paid by taxpayers, and after the investors conference, was working out private deals,” Jagdeo stated.According to the Opposition Leader, investors were giving money to Government officials who went to the Investors’ Conference in Trinidad last month, and in exchange they were being given tracts of lands in prime locations across Guyana, including at Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara, Wales on the West Bank of Demerara, and even along the alignment of the East Bank to East Coast bypass road.He noted, too, that negotiations for the land that was earmarked for the now cancelled Specialty Hospital are ongoing, or the land has already been reallocated.Jagdeo had previously disclosed that many ‘carpetbagger’ investors are coming here to take advantage of underhand deals, and are benefiting from land giveaways at a time when the Government should be in a caretaker mode.The Opposition Leader noted that this situation is particularly worrying especially in the absence of a Local Content Policy to protect Guyanese interests.“Let me tell you something about local content: Before the Government changes, almost all of the opportunities that are gonna be available for our people are gonna be gone… There is no Local Content Policy. We will become second class citizens in this country because this Government doesn’t care, and is not looking out for Guyanese, and is part of these deals,” he stressed.The Opposition Leader noted thus, “We have to have a Local Content Policy — within the month of a new PPP government — that emphasises Guyanese benefitting from these things.”last_img read more

Sampaoli admits Argentina were “emotionally broken” in Croatia defeat

first_img0Shares0000Argentina’s national football team coach Jorge Sampaoli,NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 21 – Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli admitted his side were “emotionally broken” after conceding the first goal in their 3-0 defeat by Croatia on Thursday, which left their World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.The two-time world champions need to beat Nigeria in their final Group D match on Tuesday and for other results to go their way to have any chance of reaching the last 16, after Willy Caballero’s dreadful error allowed Ante Rebic to send Croatia on their way to victory and into the knockout stage. “I am the one who needs to make the final decisions on these things. The key to our defeat lies with my responsibility,” said Sampaoli.“I had to devise a plan for this match. If I had set things up differently, things might have turned out much better. I don’t think it’s realistic to put the burden on Caballero.“I thought that we were going to put a lot of pressure on Croatia and put a lot of pressure on them in their part of the pitch. But after they scored we were emotionally broken and we didn’t have any footballing arguments to change the course of events.”Sampaoli only took over last year, becoming Argentina’s fourth coach in as many years.They only just qualified for the tournament in Russia, as a Lionel Messi hat-trick sealed victory in their final match of South American qualifying in Ecuador.The Barcelona great has been a peripheral figure so far in Russia though, while his old rival Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four goals in two games for Portugal.But former Chile boss Sampaoli says that Messi’s struggles are more down to the quality of his team-mates.“I think Cristiano is a great player, you can look at all he has achieved for his club and his country,” said the 58-year-old.“Right now we shouldn’t compare these two players. The reality of the Argentina squad clouds Leo’s brilliance. He is limited because the team doesn’t gel with him as it should. We as coaches need to realise these things and try to deal with them and I’m the one that needs to accept it.”Argentina, who are looking to lift the trophy for the first time since the Diego Maradona-inspired glory of 1986, haven’t been knocked out in the group stage since finishing behind England and Sweden in 2002.But even victory over Nigeria may not be enough, especially after two late strikes from Croatia midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic left them with a poor goal difference of minus three.“When you don’t have momentum it’s very difficult to move forward. Some of the players didn’t manage to play with my system,” accepted Sampaoli.“I’m very hurt by this defeat, but I probably didn’t set up my team in the right way.“We need to take advantage of this last (group) match, we need to fight for it and hope to get into the next stage.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more