CJ Perez named PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup MVP

first_imgHe edged teammate Jaycee Marcelino, Samboy de Leon and Allyn Bulanadi of Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, Jerrick Ahanmisi and Sean Manganti of Akari-Adamson, and Rian Ayonayon and Gab Banal of Marinerong Pilipino.This wasn’t Perez’ first time to be feted as the best individual performer of a tournament, winning the Most Valuable Player award this past NCAA Season 93.ADVERTISEMENT His leadership allowed Zark’s-Lyceum to become the lowest-ranked team to reach the Finals.PBA commissioner Willie Marcial bestowed the honor on Perez before Game 2 of the Finals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLeading Zark’s Burger-Lyceum to the Finals, CJ Perez was named as the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Conference Most Valuable Player on Thursday.The 24-year-old averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.9 steals as he dragged the sixth seed Jawbreakers from the brink of elimination to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Folayang ready to get back up after toughest loss of his careercenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 .@jaymar_perez is the 2018 #PBADLeague Aspirants’ Cup Conference MVP! pic.twitter.com/b2sbeZVRNM— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 26, 2018 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

License fee increase requested by Ohio sportsmen

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to the Columbus-based Sportsmen’s Alliance, Ohio’s hunters, fishermen and trappers are doing something most citizens never do: asking Ohio’s governor, state representatives and state senators to raise the license fees for these activities in Ohio. Concerned about counties with no law enforcement presence, decreasing fish stocking, decreases in wildlife habitat management, and a growing list of projects that need to be done, some of Ohio’s top conservation groups are united in asking the legislature to allow sportsmen to continue to pay their own way as they have done for decades.The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife (ODOW) is funded almost entirely (96%) by sportsmen’s dollars. These funds pay for law enforcement, wildlife habitat enhancements, endangered species programs, fish stocking, boating access, shooting ranges and much more. However, many of these programs have increasingly fallen on hard times because the fees paid by hunters, fishermen and trappers have not been updated for 14 years.“In 2003, Ohio sportsmen and women promised then-Governor Bob Taft that if he raised license fees that the funds would last for at least ten years,” said Luke Houghton, associate director of state services for the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “We’ve gone well past that mark now, and it’s time to take action. Rising healthcare costs and other increases over the past 14 years have taken their toll on the services sportsmen and women, and all Ohioans, have come to rely upon. We’re asking Governor Kasich and the legislature to address this need by raising license fees.”Unlike many government agencies that use general taxpayer dollars, Ohio sportsmen gladly pay their own way to ensure quality habitat, great fisheries, and diligent law enforcement. These things have made hunting a $1.4 billion per year economic driver in Ohio, and fishing more than double that at $2.9 billion per year.“Without an increase however, customer satisfaction will continue to drop, and the hunting and fishing economies with it,” Houghton said. “Fortunately, this is all preventable because Ohio’s outdoor community is willing to pay for the needed improvements.”The Sportsmen’s Alliance, along with 22 other conservation organizations are asking the legislature to address the issue by taking two steps. First, according to the Alliance, by addressing the cost of non-resident deer hunting in Ohio, which is the lowest of any quality whitetail deer hunting state in the country at $149 for a license and tag. The average for other high-quality deer states is $393, with the lowest cost states around $250. By raising the cost of nonresident deer hunting to $250, Ohio will remain attractive to the current 40,000 non-residents who hunt here, while decreasing the burden faced by resident hunters and anglers.Second, the Sportsmen’s Alliance said that by addressing the inequity on non-resident costs, the increase on resident hunting and fishing fees could be a modest $3. The two user fee increases are fair to non-residents, and modest on Ohioans. More importantly, the group contends, they will provide the funds to solve the issues that concern Ohio’s sportsmen.  For more information, visit sportsmensalliance.com.last_img read more

Rahul, Priyanka cancel on Saharanpur

first_imgA day after the show of strength by the Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance in Saharanpur’s Deoband, the stage was set for Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to address supporters in the constituency on Monday.However, after hours of waiting, the crowd gathered at Gandhi Park in Saharanpur left without a glimpse of the brother and sister. According to the announcement made about three hours after the rally was supposed to start, the two leaders were forced to cancel their appearance at the rally in Saharanpur, as well as in Shamli and Bijnor later in the day, due to “bad weather”, which prevented their helicopter from taking off. Ms. Gandhi would, however, hold a roadshow in Saharanpur, which goes to polls on April 11, on Tuesday morning, the party announced.Support for MasoodAs the crowd was gathering at the venue earlier in the day, a dust storm blew through, ripping the tents open and leaving the metal trussing dangling overhead. While the two star campaigners of the party cancelled, many local Congress leaders as well as representatives of the Bhim Army turned up to lend support to the Saharanpur candidate, Imran Masood.Many among the crowd said that they will continue to support and will vote for the Congress candidate, while some felt they were “fooled” and used to assemble a big crowd at the venue.Rashid Ahmed, a carpenter who attended the rally, said: “We will all still vote for the Congress. Priyanka is coming for a roadshow on Tuesday, and we will go and attend that as well.”Mr. Ahmed was interrupted by another member of the crowd, Ishrar, who said: “They have made fools out of us, they just wanted a big crowd.”For Mohammad Farhan, an 18-year-old first-time voter, defeating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government was the aim.“Modi kept promising acchhe din. The good days never came, so we want the old days back. Rahul Gandhi does what he says, Modi only spreads rumours,” he said.Twenty-one-year-old college student Shahrukh Ali said: “Modi has done sabka saath, sabka naash. I opened four zero balance accounts and they are still at zero. Now, I will wait for ₹72,000 [minimum income guaranteed by the Congress].”Rally vs rally Another local at the rally, Gulbahar, said he had attended the gathbandhan’s rally in Deoband on Sunday as well and the turnout was more than that at the Congress rally.“Haji Fazulrahman [the SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate] may win here, but Rahul should be the next Prime Minister,” he said.Ram Kumar Jogi, a teacher who attended the rally, said: “What they [Mr. Gandhi and Ms. Vadra] did today is disrespect of the whole community. All parties are making false promises.”last_img read more

Painters frustrate Gin Kings

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more Mr. Nice Guy: Tiu at peace with decision to retire PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, Pangasinan—It wouldn’t be a typical heroic night for Gabe Norwood if he would shine on offense alone.After dropping two big long jumpers inside the final 2:14, Norwood came up with the biggest defensive play and led Rain or Shine to an 83-80 win over Barangay Ginebra in a Petron Saturday Special Game of the PBA Philippine Cup at Calasiao Sports Complex here.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, defending four-time champion San Miguel Beer and surprising Columbian shoot for victories to strengthen their respective positions in the elimination round standings on Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Beermen have a two-game winning streak going and can add to TNT KaTropa’s woes in the 6:45 p.m. game, just after the Dyip try to assemble their first winning streak and win for the third time in four games in their tussle with struggling NLEX.The Texters will actually be coming off their first victory but will come into their clash with the Beermen short in manpower, with Troy Rosario expected to sit out another game.Columbian has made heads turn here after claiming NorthPort’s scalp on Friday, 110-100, and with the Road Warriors reeling from three straight defeats, the Dyip are given more than an even chance in their 4:30 p.m. confrontation.“I told my players that every game is important for us for us to gain respect [from the field],” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said after the Friday win.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img The national team’s best defensive player then snuffed out all of the Gin Kings’ hopes of turning the result around a few plays later when he snared the most critical offensive rebound that led to the Elasto Painters’ second straight win.Ginebra lost for the second consecutive night and dropped to 1-2 after not getting the benefit in two play reviews—the first on Norwood’s chase-down block on LA Tenorio which would have made it a one-point game, and the second when it was ruled that Tenorio touched the ball last in the ensuing jump ball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRain or Shine got two unheralded big men in Norbert Torres and Mark Borboran leading all of its scorers with 12 coming off the bench, while Japeth Aguilar tossed in 19 to spearhead Ginebra.Maverick Ahanmisi was the only starter in twin digits for the Painters with 11. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Indigenous families need reassurance as inquiry director resigns group says

first_imgOTTAWA – An Aboriginal group is calling on organizers of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to be more transparent about how the process will move forward with the resignation of its executive director.The inquiry issued a statement Friday afternoon saying its executive director Michele Moreau would be officially leaving July 21 for personal reasons. They have not said when a new executive will be hired.The Native Women’s Association of Canada says a several other executives and staff have quit in recent months, and families need reassurance that the national inquiry is not in jeopardy.The inquiry already held a session with families in Whitehorse in the spring, but has yet to schedule dates in other communities.The association’s president, Francyne Joe, says this could be a pivotal moment to bring in new leadership as the inquiry reviews its process.Officials with the national inquiry did not respond to requests for comment.Joe suggested that the new executive director should either be two-spirited, transgender or a woman with Indigenous ties, adding that the position should be filled before September.“I don’t think we need to see another lawyer filling this type of position,” she said. “We need to see somebody who is well organized, who is able to communicate on a normal, one-to-one basis with families.”Joe said there are leaders within Indigenous communities who would be strong candidates for the job.She said the meetings with families in Yukon went well but those people need to know they’ll continue to receive support.“I think the commissioners need to come out immediately and have a proper press release so they can reassure families that they are still going to be moving forward,” she said.____By Linda Givetash in Vancouverlast_img read more