Officiating, fans on top of Marcial’s priorities

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacquiao to Ancajas: Good job OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Willie Marcial. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWillie Marcial, who rose from the ranks to become the 10th commissioner of Asia’s first professional basketball league, yesterday said he will focus on bringing in more fans, improving officiating and unifying the PBA board.For starters, he’s called on players to become more attentive to fans’ needs.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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES A former league statistician and floor director for television coveror Vintage, Marcial said the league is open to holding games outside the country.“It depends on the promoters really. We have offers from Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the US,” said Marcial.Marcial said he has been getting lot of advice after getting the unanimous nod of the board, headed by Ricky Vargas, to replace Chito Narvasa, who quit his post following an uproar from some board members due to a controversial decision in the last PBA Draft.Marcial was initially appointed as officer in charge before Vargas and the board decided that Marcial could help unify the board. He was given a three-year tenure.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “I told them to approach and shake hands with the fans,” said Marcial. “I know that there are teams teaching their players the proper way to deal with the fans.”And to show he’s serious about improving the quality of games, Marcial suspended several officials involved in Barangay Ginebra’s 100-96 win over San Miguel Beer over the weekend after the endgame free-throw confusion.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 folkLow-key and known for his hands-on approach, Marcial told reporters at the weekly PSA Forum at Tapa King Wednesday that he’s working to improve the league’s standing with its audience.“I’m not going to promise anything but do my very best to continue making the league successful,” he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Northern Lights Raceway hosting Team Finals this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It’s going to be another exciting weekend at Northern Light Raceway, as the drag strip hosts arguably its biggest event of the season.The Raceway next to the North Peace Airport will be the host venue of the 2017 Division Six NHRA Team Finals. The event will see racers from as far away as the United States coming to Fort St. John to compete.The races take place starting at 10:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday for time trials, with elimination races taking place in the afternoon. For more information, visit Advertisement –last_img

August 1st “Hey Man, What’s Under Your Hat?” Winner

first_img                                                                                                       Picture: Amber DavyCongratulations to Melissa Crantz (middle), who won $300 worth of gift certificates by playing “Hey Man, What’s Under Your Hat?” at Centennial Park. These gift certificates are good for Home Hardware, M&M Meat Shops, Sobeys, Lakepoint Golf & Country Club, and 8 Seconds. Your next chance to play will be Thursday, August 6th at Kin Park Ball Diamonds between 5pm and 6pm.- Advertisement –last_img

Jodi Busche claims ladies curling title

first_imgBy staffFort St. John’s ladies curling league wrapped up play on Tuesday night, and Jodi Busche’s rink came out the winner. Participants say it was another fun and exciting year of curling, and as always, the league will be accepting new curlers next season, with play beginning in October, 2010.A League Winner:Skip- Jodi Busche, third Jill Hage, second Ethel O’Neill, lead Kristen Gendron.- Advertisement -B League Winner:Skip- Shawna Hartman, third Sherry Marshall, second Renee Kyllo, lead Theresa Kosinsky.C League Winner:Skip- Deanne Busche, third Anna Marie Miles, second Colleen Zieger, lead Michelle Hollingshead.D League Winner:Skip – Dianne Block, third Wanda Erickson, second Paula Maloney, lead Leona Smith.Advertisementlast_img

La Salle shows it’s playoff worthy

first_img“We knew we had to win today or we weren’t going to the playoffs,” said Libardoni, who scored his second goal of the game in the 69th minute. Besides leading his team in scoring, Libardoni also collected an assist on an Alex Techy goal in the 37th minute to put La Salle ahead 3-0 heading into the half. Fellow Lancers Nick Volckman, Sean Tracy, Teddy Davis and Mauricio Lizarazu all contributed a goal in Wednesday’s game. La Salle goalie Andy Saldana recorded his fifth shutout, finishing with five saves. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA- Needing a win to secure its playoff chances, the La Salle High School boys soccer team had little trouble knocking off visiting St. Bernard 7-0 in the regular-season finale Wednesday. “I was honest with the team,” La Salle coach Dan Sheridan said. “We knew that we had to win tonight or our season was over.” La Salle (8-5-8, 3-2-3) entered Wednesday afternoon’s game tied for second place with Bishop Amat, both schools having nine points in league, and two ahead of fourth-place Bishop Montgomery. With Bishop Amat playing Bishop Montgomery on Wednesday, La Salle would qualify for next week’s playoffs with an Amat win or tie. center_img However, a Bishop Montgomery win would force a coin-flip for second and third place today. “This league is very different,” Sheridan said about the Lancers’ first year competing in the Del Rey League. “Every game had a collegiate feel, a professional feel. Hopefully, that prepares us for the playoffs.” Wednesday’s finale resembled a shooting clinic more than a playoff tune-up. After a sluggish first 10 minutes in which St. Bernard (1-14-3, 0-8) outshot La Salle 3-0, the Lancers came alive. Lancers junior Eric Libardoni kicked off the scoring in the 13th minute with a goal off a perfect cross from teammate Matt Payne. last_img read more

After Chavez, the fears linger

first_imgOXNARD – The workers bend over raised rows, capturing strawberries the size of plums in their hands. It is good picking weather for the back-breaking job, the workers say, better than it has been in the last few days. But deep anxiety still lingers among those who make a living working the fields of strawberries and celery, avocado and citrus in verdant Ventura County. Thirty-five years after labor leader Cesar Chavez brought the plight of the migrant to the forefront and planted the seeds of reform through his United Farm Workers, some hardships still remain, some too big to be bargained with. “People feel unsatisfied inside,” said a 61-year-old field supervisor who identified himself only as Javier. “What Cesar Chavez did for us was all good, but I don’t know what’s happened since. We hold meetings. We march, and still, the people are afraid.” Lingering worries about the fate of immigration reform will likely overshadow the Chavez holiday observances that begin today, workers say. Adding to their frustration is January’s record-breaking cold snap that stole away precious crops and the farmworkers’ jobs. “Workers are moving to Colorado, to Kansas because California is too expensive,” said Teresa Nava, a mother of four who’s worked in the strawberry fields since she arrived in California from Mexico 18 years ago. “People are leaving because it’s been so tough this year. There is no feeling of security here.” Last week, federal lawmakers introduced a bill that would overhaul immigration, providing a pathway to U.S. citizenship for 12 million illegal immigrants. But the proposed legislation also includes tougher border security and workplace enforcement measures intended to stem the flow of illegal immigrants slipping into the United States. The ongoing dialogue on immigration has many of Ventura County’s work force uneasy. Some workers go back to Mexico during Christmastime to visit with family, then return to work the fields. Some say they have seen fewer workers return – bad news in an area where agriculture is a billion-dollar industry. “The economy has been damaged because of those concerns,” said Alfonso Velasquez as he headed into La Gloria Mercado, Oxnard’s popular Latino grocery store. Velasquez said the market has always been a hub for the locals, the parking lot always crowded. But not in the past year. There are too many fears, said Velasquez, 60, who recalled meeting Cesar Chavez in the 1960s. Velasquez once was a professional guitarist and played in an Oakland restaurant where Chavez held organizing meetings. “People don’t go to the market anymore,” Velasquez said. “They don’t come to the parks. Even though the migrant workers have more rights than before, the problem now is simply bigotry.” His legacy Chavez’s name is found on elementary schools, housing projects and boulevards, his image immortalized in paint and sculpture all around Oxnard, where much of his most important work for justice for migrants took place. Many residents can tell stories of meeting him. Ventura County Supervisor John Flynn recalls getting a call of gratitude from Chavez in the 1970s, after he’d expressed dismay that migrant workers in Oxnard had been chased down by sheriff’s deputies in low-flying helicopters. “A lot has changed since Cesar Chavez, but there are still a lot of problems,” Flynn said. “The living conditions are the most serious issue.” The recent winter freeze helped expose the reality of the living conditions among migrants, Flynn said, but with immigration reform still cloudy, building affordable housing remains a challenge. Flynn said he favors using a 10-acre site near Oxnard that is owned by the Los Angeles Archdiocese to build farmworker housing. But that issue has drawn strong opposition from many Ventura County residents. Flynn said he is saddened that attitudes have changed little since 1936, when novelist John Steinbeck documented the lives of migrant workers – the Filipinos, Japanese and Mexicans as well as farmers who fled the Dust Bowl and headed West. “In California, we find a curious attitude toward a group that makes our agriculture successful,” Steinbeck wrote in a lengthy newspaper report of the time. “The migrants are needed, and they are hated.” “I think once the immigration issue is resolved, (migrant workers) can settle down, once they know what the rules are,” Flynn said. “I know people may jump on me for saying that, but let’s face it, 70 to 80 percent of agricultural workers are here without documentation. It’s not an economical issue. It’s a moral one.” Even the employers have been made to feel like bad guys for hiring migrants, said Mike Conroy, owner of Conroy Farms in nearby Camarillo. His strawberry fields were spared the freeze, yet fruit picking got off to a late start. He said his work force is about 90 percent back. “Everybody was hurt and few realize what effect it has on the farmers,” Conroy said of the freeze. Still, he’s noticed that his work force has shrunk and blames the ongoing talks of immigration reform that may have frightened workers away. “The quicker (legislators) can get (a plan) resolved, it would certainly help,” Conroy said. Roots of hope Despite what advocates say is a minority of anti-immigration attitudes, Chavez’s work and legacy live on. One recent example was when a coalition of agricultural leaders, community leaders and resident and nonprofit organizations came together during the deep freeze, distributing food and rental assistance to migrant workers. “Did we help everybody? Not by a long shot,” said Barbara Macri-Ortiz, a local attorney and farmworker advocate. “But did we make a difference? Yeah, we did. There is a mix of people who care about the agricultural community.” Macri-Ortiz worked for the United Farm Workers for 20 years, learning skills from which she still draws. Since then, she has been at the center of many Ventura County affordable-housing battles. One lawsuit resulted in the Meta Street project, the first large-scale farmworker housing built in 2004. Several projects and proposed projects have followed since. “I was able to produce farmworker housing,” Macri-Ortiz said. “That would not have happened without Cesar’s influence. The one thing that Cesar brought to the farmworkers’ struggle is a sense of dignity.” As for the immigration issues that linger, Macri-Ortiz said the farmworker is simply the latest scapegoat at a time when the nation is still involved in war, a higher cost of living and economic instability. “Are migrant workers better off today? Probably not,” she said. “But it’s happening to all workers. “I was on the (grape) boycott in the mid-1970s, and in that day and age a father went to work, made enough money to put food on the table, buy a house, health care, and the kids went to school. “We don’t have that on the fields, but where do we have that?” she said. “All workers are struggling much more today than they ever have before.” (818) 713-3664 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

Stoke defender pens new three-year deal

first_img1 Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron has signed a new three-year contract with the Potters, the club have announced.The 29-year-old was heading into the final year of his previous deal but is now committed to the club until 2018.Cameron, a United States international, joined Stoke in 2012 from the Houston Dynamo, and has made 98 league appearances going into the final Premier League match of the season against Liverpool.News of the deal comes three days after Stoke announced they had made fellow defender Philipp Wollscheid’s loan move from Bayer Leverkusen permanent.last_img

Britney, Kevin Federline back in court

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Each parent will have a day with the boys this weekend, Kaplan said during a short news conference. As Spears attempted to regain custody of her children, her mother, Lynne Spears, announced plans to write a book about raising her family in the glare of the media spotlight. Britney Spears arrived in court giggling Friday but was later heard swearing during a break in a closed hearing that ended with no decision on her bid for shared custody of her two young sons with Kevin Federline. Lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan said the court was expected to issue a written ruling by Tuesday after extensive testimony was presented on a number of issues. Spears did not comment after the hearing. Earlier, she uttered an epithet when a reporter asked how the proceedings were going. Attorney Sorrell Trope, who represents Spears, said “something has changed, but I can’t say what.” He said Spears was pleased, but he declined further comment. last_img read more


first_imgPeople in Inishowen are keeping their children indoors in the wake of an incident in which two children were approached by a stranger.According to Cllr Ciaran MacLochlainn, parents on the peninsula are living in fear of the worrying incident.Two schoolchildren, one in Bridgend and the other in Buncrana, were approached by a man in a blue or silver-coloured car. The man is reportedly said to have offered them sweets to get into his car.Cllr McLochlainn said “There is a genuine fear and many parents are refusing to allow their children outside the front door.“It may turn out to be an innocent scenario but we must treat it seriously while the Gardai carry out their investigations.“After the horrific situation in Athlone, you simply cannot blame parents for being cautious.” The Sinn Fein Buncrana Town councillor said that many parents are now talking about not allowing their children out to ‘trick or treat’ at Halloween.He appealed to people and businesses to co-operate with Gardai and allow them to get to the bottom of the investigation.“Unfortunately people are having to have ‘that conversation” with their children about stranger danger and the evils that is in today’s world.“But people need to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour and to do simple things like taking note of license plates,” he added. CHILDREN BEING KEPT INDOORS AFTER CHILD ABDUCTION SCARE was last modified: October 4th, 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:childrenCllr Ciaran MacLochlainnGardaiInishowenpervertsweetslast_img read more

Uganda set to be without Men’s representatives in Zone V

first_img Tags: city oilersKIU TitansZone V Basketball Championships City Oilers are the defending champions of the Zone V Championships (File Photo)Uganda is set to be without a men’s team representative at this year’s FIBA Zone Five Africa Club Championship.This comes about after both City Oilers and KIU who contested last year’s FUBA NBL final are planning to pull out.It is believed that City Oilers who won the National League and are also the defending Zone Five champions (for the last two seasons), have not had enough preparations prior to the tourney.For KIU Titans who had finished as runners-up in the 2017 National League, will not honour the Championship as they have not gathered enough funds to support the trip. It is also believed that the University side had a big puzzle to have local players (Ugandans) as the team has only one Ugandan, officially on their current roster.The shock leaves Uganda with only Women team representatives – KCCA Leopards and UCU Lady Canons.This year’s Zone 5 Club Championships will take place from September 30 to October 7 in Tanzania Dar es Salaam.Comments last_img read more