Balkman puts negativity behind ahead of 2nd PBA stint with San Miguel

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Balkman had a heated altercation with Santos and subsequently choked his teammate during a Commissioner’s Cup game against Alaska, a match that Petron lost 83-73, back in 2013.Then-commissioner Chito Salud then banned Balkman from the PBA, on top of a P250,000 fine, but that ruling was then overturned five years later by current commissioner Willie Marcial. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As World Cup approaches, a budding team has no opponents Balkman, though, was able to redeem his image with Alab Pilipinas and helped the club to the Asean Basketball League title a few days before getting his ban lifted.And as for his relationship with Santos, Balkman said they have patched things up and now share the same goal of getting the Commissioner’s Cup title.“Arwind’s my guy, and to everybody out there we hashed it a long time ago and we’re teammates again,” said Balkman. “We have the same focus, the same goal, the same mentality and that’s winning a championship.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ But five years after the incident, the Puerto Rican international said what happened between him and Santos was all in the past.“I’m here now, negativity is what happened in the past and that is all over now,” said Balkman Thursday at Acropolis Club House. “We’re here to win games and we’re trying to win championships. I’m being positive about everything.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s the start of Renaldo Balkman’s redemption in the PBA and he’ll do it with the same team he spent his first stint with.Balkman was practically exiled from the Philippines’ premier basketball league when he got banned in 2013 following a choking incident with teammate Arwind Santos when San Miguel was still known as the Petron Blaze Boosters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Lakers give LeBron a good show, make NBA Summer League semis

first_imgHead coach Tyronn Lue (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers after a quarterfinal game of the 2018 NBA Summer League between the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS  — The Los Angeles Lakers put on a good show for LeBron James.With James in attendance , the defending NBA Summer League champions cruised back into the semifinals, beating the Detroit Pistons 101-78 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 James wore gold Lakers shorts in watching the Lakers improve to 5-0. He left as his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, were preparing for their quarterfinal game against Toronto.The Cavaliers won that game and will meet the Lakers in the semifinals Monday.Sunday’s games:LAKERS 101, PISTONS 78LeBron James is in the building in Vegas. #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/9qicl26Ru7ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Second-round pick Svi Mykhailiuk scored 19 points and Josh Hart added 18 for the Lakers, who shot out to a 33-14 lead after one quarter inside UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.LeBron watching his new squad! #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/xpP96MchQbFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’— NBA Summer League (@NBASummerLeague) July 15, 2018 — NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2018Jeff Ayres had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers.Former lottery pick Henry Ellenson finished a solid stint in Las Vegas with 22 points for the Pistons (3-3). Second-round pick Bruce Brown added 11 but was a woeful 3 for 17 from the field, missing all six 3-pointers.CAVALIERS 82, RAPTORS 68John Holland scored 23 points and No. 8 overall pick Collin Sexton had 18 points and six assists for the Cavaliers (5-1).The No. 12-seeded Cavaliers broke open the game by outscoring the Raptors 21-4 in the third quarter, when Toronto went 2 for 20 from the field and missed all 11 3-pointers.Chris Boucher scored 18 points for the 29th-seeded Raptors (2-4), who rested OG Anunoby. Malachi Richardson and Alfonzo McKinnie each added 14 points but combined to shoot 10 for 29. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Djokovic: My son inspired Wimbledon triumph ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Guyana classified as “flawed democracy” – EIU

first_imgWorld Democracy Index Democracy has no central meaning; rather it is defined as a set of practices and principles to ensure freedom in society. This is according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which in its 2018 assessment, rated Guyana as a “flawed democracy.”The EIU is a British business within the Economist Group providing forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis.According to the 2018 assessment, the EIU said it scores countries on a 0 to 10 scale which is based on ratings for 60 indicators grouped into five categories. The categories are: a) electoral process and pluralism; b) civil liberties; c) the functioning of government; d) political participation; and e) political culture. Each category has a rating on a 0 to 10 scale, and the overall Index is the simple average of the five category indexes. The ratings are mostly centred on the question of how free and fair elections are since that determines the level of democratic practices in a country.After the analysis of the various criteria, the countries are ranked, and the type of regime is determined. There are four types of regimes namely (a) full democracies: scores greater than 8; (b) flawed democracies: scores greater than 6, and less than or equal to 8; (c) Hybrid regimes: scores greater than 4, and less than or equal to 6; and (d) authoritarian regimes: scores less than or equal to 4.The EIU classifies full democracies as countries in which not only basic political freedoms and civil liberties are respected, but which also tend to be underpinned by a political culture conducive to the flourishing of democracy. The functioning of government is satisfactory. Media are independent and diverse. There is an effective system of checks and balances. The Judiciary is independent and judicial decisions are enforced. There are only limited problems in the functioning of democracies.It goes on to define flawed democracies, the category in which Guyana falls, as countries which also have free and fair elections and, even if there are problems such as infringements on media freedom, basic civil liberties are respected. However, there are significant weaknesses in other aspects of democracy, including problems in governance, an underdeveloped political culture and low levels of political participation. It is within that spectrum Guyana falls.An analysis of the results shows improvements from 2017 when 165 countries and two territories were evaluated as opposed to 167 countries and the two territories in 2018. In 2017, Guyana was placed at 63 on the overall index with an overall score of 6.46. Its electoral process and pluralism received an 8.75 while government functioning, political participation and political culture received 5.71, 6.11 and 4.38 respectively.The 2017 report was themed ‘Free speech under attack’ and focused heavily on the freedom of the media and classified the Guyanese media as partially free. Drawing inspiration from the “Me too” movement, the 2018 report focuses heavily on political participation, protest and democracy.A breakdown of the 2018 overall index shows Guyana receiving a 9.17 point average for electoral process and pluralism while Government functioning, political participation, political culture, and civil liberties received 5.71, 6.11, 5.00 and 7.35 respectively.The EIU noted that while there is no consensus for measuring democracy, a number of factors are taken into account. It added that although the terms “freedom” and “democracy” are often used interchangeably, the two are not synonymous; rather democracy can be seen as a set of practices and principles that institutionalise, and thereby, ultimately, protect freedom.Democratic deteriorationIn the report, Guyana is classed with the Latin America and the Caribbean region.Speaking to the culture of democracy in the region, it was noted that it remains the most democratic in the developing world but suffered another year of democratic deterioration.“The region’s overall score fell from 6.26 in 2017 to 6.24 in 2018. This deterioration bucks the trend among other regions of the developing world (Asia, Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East), which saw their scores stabilise or improve. Globally, only western Europe and Latin America registered declines this year,” the EIU noted.EIU synopsis of GuyanaOn its website, the EIU uses the following to provide its users with a brief synopsis what is happening in Guyana: “On December 21st, the coalition Government of the A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change, led by the President, David Granger, lost a vote of confidence against the Opposition party, People’s Progressive Party/Civic, by one vote.The national election, originally due in 2020, will now be held by March 2019. Despite political uncertainty, economic growth will be strong as key energy policies will remain unchanged ahead of an oil boom in 2020.”The EIU report covers almost the entire population of the world and the vast majority of the world’s states with microstates being excluded.This is the 11th edition of the Democracy Index, which began in 2006. It records how global democracy fared in 2018. The results are mixed. For the first time in three years, the global score for democracy remained stable.Although there was no big movement at the top and bottom of the index, there were big movements in the rankings elsewhere. The two countries to fall the most in the rankings in 2018 were both from Latin America: Nicaragua and Venezuela. Both fell by 17 places, causing Nicaragua to fall from “hybrid regime” to “authoritarian regime”, and causing Venezuela, already an authoritarian regime, to sink further towards the bottom of the ranking.There were some notable falls in eastern and western Europe, too. Italy’s ranking fell by 12 places, Turkey’s by 10 and Russia’s by nine places.The top 10 full democracies are Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark, Canada, Iceland, Finland, Australia and Switzerland. The United States places 25 on the list and is categorised as a flawed democracy after dropping four places.last_img read more

Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse Wraps Up Regular Season

first_imgThe teams will be taking a break this coming weekend, before playoffs take place over the final weekend in June. MACKENZIE, B.C. – Four teams from Fort St. John Minor Lacrosse were in Mackenzie this past weekend to play their final games of the regular season.Things sadly didn’t go phenomenally well for the teams, although most of the games were incredibly close contests.The FSJ Novice team played a pair of games against the combined Vanderhoof/Mackenzie team, losing the first game 13-9, and the second game by 10-8.- Advertisement -The Peewee team went one-and-one this past weekend, winning their first game against the combined Van/Mac Peewees 11-5, before dropping 10-7 in the second game of the weekend.The combined FSJ/Mackenzie Bantam squad played against an incredibly tough Vanderhoof team, going 0-for-2 this weekend.The Midgets fared a bit better against Vanderhoof, winning their first tilt 10-7, and losing game 2 of the weekend 6-1.Advertisementlast_img

Tumbler Ridge RCMP seeking public assistancein locating two men wanted in connection with multiple crimes

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Tumbler Ridge RCMP are requesting the public’s assistance in locating two men wanted in connection with multiple crimes.Wanted is Reece Allen Joseph Woods and Randolph George Sklapsky.Woods is wanted for:KidnappingAssault with a weaponAggravated assaultForcible confinementPointing a firearmCareless Use of a firearm- Advertisement -Woods is described as:Caucasian male29 years of5’ 9150 lbsBlue eyesBrown Wavy HairSklapsky is wanted for:KidnappingAssault with a weaponAggravated assaultUtter threatsForcible confinementPointing a firearmCareless Use of a firearmSklapsky is described as:Advertisement Caucasian male45 years of5’ 11200 lbsBlue eyesIf either man is seen, the RCMP is warning the public not to confront them. If located, you are asked to call the Tumbler Ridge RCMP immediately at 250-242-5252 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img

Man United line-up v Liverpool: News and tactical talk ahead of Miami clash

first_img1 Man United face Liverpool in Miami Manchester United’s strong pre-season campaign continued at the weekend as the Red Devils convincingly beat Real Madrid in Michigan.New boss Louis van Gaal may have some concerns about his side heading into the new season, but there can be little question that he has them humming with the Premier League campaign kicking off in less than two weeks.They now have the chance to wrap up a positive tour with victory against rivals Liverpool in Miami. It may be a ‘friendly’ game, but if previous encounters are anything to go by then expect this match to have a little bite to it.Van Gaal’s biggest concern will be the rest time in between games. Given the Red Devils have played a match and then travelled a fair distance in less than 48 hours, he may be opt to field a mixed side.Scroll down to see how Man United could line up: 1 GoalkeeperThere can be little doubt over David De Gea’s status as number one, and while he is hardly short of match practice, Van Gaal will likely use this opportunity to field something that resembles a starting XI for the new season.DefenceVan Gaal has reserved special praise for his defence, describing their adaptation to his new three-man line as ‘amazing’. Given he has played the same system throughout United’s summer tour, expect to see the same against Liverpool, although with a slightly different personnel.The new boss has admitted that he admires Jonny Evans, particularly for his two-footed ability, so he will surely get the nod. Chris Smalling seems to be relishing the new system as well, although perhaps needs a little more practice, so expect him to start, while young Michael Keane may also get the nod. Keane has featured frequently and while Van Gaal admits that he is unsure if he will play a senior role this year, he may use this as another chance to run the rule over the defender.MidfieldThe most intriguing aspect will be how United utilise their wing backs this season. Luke Shaw – although apparently lacking fitness – fills the void on the left well, while on the right Ashley Young has surprised in the absence of the injured Rafael. The England man looks to have played his way into Van Gaal’s plans this season, and he may be presented with another opportunity in this role against Liverpool.In the middle we could see Ander Herrera and Darren Fletcher continue, with a particular focus on the latter, who is thought to be on the fringes.AttackJuan Mata looks a different player now that he has been given the freedom to roam behind the strikers. He has arguably been one of the standout players of United’s pre-season, so should get some more minutes against Liverpool in order to further build his relationship with Wayne Rooney, who will likely start.His partner in attack will be one of Danny Welbeck or Javier Hernandez.Man United fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against Liverpool? Comment below…last_img read more

Video: 53 goals in 70 games! The striker wanted by Liverpool

first_imgThe task of replacing Luis Suarez at Liverpool was always going to be a tricky one but it’s been even harder than Brendan Rodgers could possibly imagined.Mario Balotelli, signed from AC Milan, has failed to score a Premier League goal so far while similarly Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are yet to make the net bulge in any competition this season.Daniel Sturridge’s absence through injury has worsened his manager’s headache at Anfield but things could be about to change as he looks to bring in another forward.Back in 2012, Porto signed Jackson Martinez from Mexican outfit Chiapas FC for €8.8million and since then the forward has been an incredible success.The 28-year-old’s Primeria Liga goal tally currently stands at 53 goals in just 70 matches, which is why Liverpool could part with £30million, according to the Daily Express, just to acquire his talents.Is he worth it? To run the rule over the striker yourself, you can check out the video above…last_img

Ronaldo will break the ice against Sassuolo, insists Allegri

first_img0Shares0000“Break the ice”: Massimiliano Allegri expects Cristiano Ronaldo will finally score in his fourth game. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Sep 15 – Cristiano Ronaldo is sure to break his scoring duck Sunday against Sassuolo, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insisted as he backed the Portuguese star to win the FIFA world player of the year award.Ronaldo skipped Portugal’s Nations League win over Italy to focus on his new club after failing to score in their opening three Serie A games. “Cristiano worked well and I think tomorrow he will score and break the ice,” Allegri told a press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against second-placed Sassuolo.“I don’t expect Ronaldo to do more or less than what he did in the first three games, everyone was waiting for Ronaldo and he set up (Mario) Mandzukic.“I believe tomorrow could be his day.”And Allegri insisted the five-time Ballon d’Or winner should lift the FIFA world player award for a sixth time after his performance for Real Madrid last season.Ronaldo has been shortlisted alongside Croatian World Cup star Luka Modric — who beat the Portuguese to the UEFA player of the year prize — and Egyptian Mohamed Salah.“With no offence to Luka Modric, I’d give the Ballon d’Or to Ronaldo for what he did last season. I think he deserves it,” said Allegri.Ronaldo scored 44 goals for Real Madrid last season including 15 in the Champions League on the way to a third straight title.Meanwhile, Allegri said he would make changes against Sassuolo — second in the league behind Juventus — with a view to next week’s Champions League trip to Valencia.“This is where the season starts in earnest.“Our first objectives are to qualify from our Champions League group and lead the way in the league in order to be fighting on all fronts come March.”German midfielder Emre Can should get his first start since arriving from Liverpool during the summer, with Miralem Pjanic and Giorgio Chiellini likely to be rested.“It should be the first start tomorrow for Emre Can, who came from a different style of football and it was only natural he would need a period to adapt, especially after an injury,” said Allegri.The Juventus boss insisted there was room for Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, the club’s top scorer last season, despite the arrival of Ronaldo.“When you have this much talent in the squad, someone has to sit out,” he said.“Paulo’s quality is not up for debate, but I have to pick 11 players plus another three to come off the bench.“Paulo has to prove he deserves his place in the starting line-up.“I’m very happy with the way he came off the bench in Parma for the last 15 minutes, as he already had a completely different approach.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Official: Gor Mahia sign Dennis Oliech

first_imgOliech has trained with the side for the last one week and in an exclusive interview with Capital Sport last week, Oliech said he was joing Gor to fulfill the wishes of his late mother.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars legend Dennis Oliech with defender Wellington Ochieng after his first training session with Gor Mahia at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on December 28, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2 – Gor Mahia have officially signed former Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech on a two-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday afternoon.“We have finalized negotiations and Dennis will officially be with us for a period of two seasons. We are happy to welcome him to the club because he is a legendary player and we feel he still has something to offer Kenyan football,” Gor Mahia CEO Lordvick Aduda told Capital Sport.last_img

CECAFA Senior Challenge fixtures rejigged

first_imgDefending champions Kenya will be in Pool B with Tanzania, Zanzibar and Sudan and will kick off their campaign against Tanzania on Sunday.Pool A will have hosts Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea with Djibouti playing Somalia in the opening fixture on Saturday while home side Uganda will tackle Djibouti in the day’s second game.The matches have also been shifted back to Kampala from Jinja and will be hosted at the Kampala City Council Authority Grounds in Lugogo.Initially, the games were to be hosted at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru, Jinja. But, the Under-17 girls’ tournament has been moved there while the Senior Challenge will be played in the Capital.Kenya is expected to travel to Kampala on Friday while Djibouti have already arrived.AFC Leopards midfielder Whyvonne Isuza during the 2017 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaStars have been training in Nairobi since Monday with head coach Francis Kimanzi set to name his final squad after the Friday morning session. He will drop seven players from the preliminary team to remain with a travelling party of 20.“We are still looking at the players. We have a very good group and everyday we give them freedom to express themselves and show joy on the pitch. We will pick the best team on Friday to go and represent the country,” Kimani said.Meanwhile, midfielder Whyvonne Isuza who was part of the squad that lifted the title in 2017 says they are ready to go and defend their crown.“Teams have changed, and so have we. We know it will not be difficult but our target is to go and represent our country well. Personally I want to win it for a second time and the other players who have never won it also have the hunger to do so,” said the AFC Leopards midfielder.0Shares0000(Visited 290 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zanzibar midfielder Suleiman Kassim vies for the ball against Uganda Cranes’ Bernard Muwanga during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 15, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – With Ethiopia and South Sudan pulling out due to financial reasons and DR Congo also not confirming their participation, the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Organizing Committee has re-jigged fixtures for this year’s competition which kicks off on Saturday in Kampala.The three exits mean there will only be nine teams competing for the title and have now been drawn into two groups with the top two sides in each pool moving straight to the semi finals.last_img read more