Prelude to tough stretch

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s going to be another fast-paced duel between guards LA Revilla of Phoenix (red) and Roi Sumang of Blackwater. —RICHARD A. REYESLouie Alas wants his team to make hay while the sun is shining.With his Phoenix Pulse crew getting the benefit of playing the lesser lights in the PBA Philippine Cup early, Alas knows that stringing together as many wins as they can will help them in great stead until the time “we play the heavyweights.”ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix has opened up with three straight victories and is setting the pace. It is the best start in Phoenix franchise history, but Alas is just halfway through his personal record achieved several years back when he was still coaching Mobiline (now TNT KaTropa).“That record is not important [for me],” he said. “What we want is to win more games and move closer to the playoffs.”Phoenix’s last five games are against perennial title contenders.After going through Meralco, TNT and then Columbian, the Fuel Masters will close out against NLEX, Alaska, Magnolia, Barangay Ginebra and four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.Meanwhile, the Beermen and Rain or Shine, two squads coming off their first loss in their last three games, slug it out at 7 p.m. contest with wins keeping either at the upper half of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Not that he is belittling Blackwater, the Fuel Masters’ foe on Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo, but Alas knows that Phoenix stacks well against the Elite in their 4:30 p.m. duel.“This game is very important to us,” he told the Inquirer, as he stressed the importance of keeping intact the conference’s only spotless slate. “We need to win as many as we can this early because we will be playing the heavyweights [later on in the eliminations].”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 starsAlas said that he felt that Blackwater has at least six players capable of big nights every game, and that he had a basic defensive plan going into the contest.“We cannot stop all of them,” he said of the six Elite. “That’s why we have decided that we will just pick our poison and allow some of them their usual outputs. But I cannot tell you who they are.” 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 Krausscenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Money isn’t everything SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Beermen went down against the Texters, while the Elasto Painters will come into this game still licking the wounds of a 111-99 loss to the Elite.“Actually, they (Elite) have played well in their last two games. That game against Meralco was very winnable,” he said. “And I told my players that there is no easy outing in this league.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar gets leave of absence from Rajya Sabha

first_imgSachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar was granted leave of absence from Rajya Sabha on Monday. The Rajya Sabha chairman granted him leave for the entire session.The House was informed that the cricketer had sought leave citing personal and professional reasons.The Indian cricketer along with Bollywood star Rekha had earlier come under attack in the Upper House over their regular absence from the Parliament.Both have attended the house for only three and seven days, respectively, since their nomination two years back.There was a ruckus in the Rajya Sabha on Monday as cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s application for being granted leave was brought before the house.It is a regular practice to take up applications from members seeking leave from the sittings of the house and it is generally granted by members without any objection.However, as Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien read out the application from Tendulkar seeking leave, some members raised objections and created a din.”He (Tendulkar) came to Delhi, went to Vigyan Bhawan but did not come to the house. If someone comes to Delhi and does not attend the house, it means the person does not respect the house,” Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party (SP) said.”Sachin needs to explain why he did not come to the house when he was in Delhi,” he added.Kurien, however, said the members were not supposed to discuss applications seeking leave.”So many members are absent for various reasons, it is for the chair to enquire why they were absent. It is not for members to enquire why a certain member is not coming,” said Kurien.advertisementThe house then granted leave to Tendulkar.last_img read more

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De Jesus banking on Lady Spikers’ winning tradition as they face ‘thirsty’ Tigresses

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—-With La Salle at the disadvantage in the Final Four for the first time in the decade, the Lady Spikers’ season could end as early as Saturday as they face a feisty University of Santo Tomas side, which holds the win-once edge.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Lady Spikers are also gunning for a fourth straight title, something that hasn’t been done since University of Santo Tomas won seven consecutive from 1985 to 1991.De Jesus’ team can be treated as someone of a rebuilding squad after the leadership troika of Mary Joy Baron, Kianna Dy, and Dawn Macandili all left in 2018.Baron was the Season 79 MVP and Season 78 Best Blocker while Dy and Macandili were one-time winners of the Finals MVP plum in Seasons 78 and 80, respectively.Macandili was also named as the league’s Best Receiver twice and Best Digger once.Left from Season 80’s championship squad are Season 79 Finals MVP Desiree Cheng, Tin Tiamzon, May Luna, and Aduke Ogunsanya but in terms of individual notoriety none of them—with the exception of Cheng—can matchup to the ones who left.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES But Ramil De Jesus is banking on De La Salle’s championship tradition to bolster the Lady Spikers back into UAAP women’s volleyball finals.“There are times that winning tradition alone, even though I don’t have that strong of a lineup, is enough,” said De Jesus, who’s the head coach of F2 Logistics in the Philippine Super Liga, in Filipino Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Sometimes the players carry this pride with them. Like this year, I can’t say that I have the strongest of lineups but they themselves believe that they are strong.”La Salle won its first title in 2000 and has since become the most dominant team in the UAAP for two decades compiling a total of 11 championships. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated 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 Semenya case: A clash over ensuring an even playing field Still, De Jesus is confident that his team still has that championship moxie few players in the league has.“This winning faith is a big thing for us because the players still believe that they’re still one of the best,” said De Jesus, whose team had always carried that twice-to-beat advantage since Season 71.De Jesus added that the Lady Spikers must want it more than the Golden Tigresses, who last won the title in 2010 and had missed the Final Four in five of the past six seasons.“I told them that UST is thirsty for that win because it’s been a long time since UST has been to the finals,” said De Jesus, who owns all of La Salle’s 11 titles. “We should want those wins more to get back to the finals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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No state govt ready to share information on terror financing: Centre

first_imgGovernment’s efforts to deal with the menace of terror financing has hit a road block with no state government sharing information on national risk assessment on threats to various financial institutions and capital market.Following a recommendation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body that looks after how to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats, the Centre set up a working group to asses the terror threat, its vulnerability in banking, insurance, capital market and financing institutions.The group had sent a letter on August 19 to all state governments and Union territories along with the three templates on ‘terrorism threat’, ‘terrorism financing threat’ and ‘terrorism financing vulnerability’ asking them to reply by August 30.”So far, no response has been received from any of the state governments or Union territories,” a senior government official said.ALSO READ | Rajnath slams Pakistan for terrorism against India, says IS not big challenge The first template on ‘terrorism threat’ aims to determine the extent of the threat based on the sources as identified through enforcement and intelligence data on terrorism in the jurisdiction and related financing information.The template collects data on the organisations and individuals that pose terrorism threat to the jurisdiction. It requires information on terrorism cases which includes number of reported or investigated cases, number of convictions, number of international assistance requests received, sent, property damage.Qualitative information on future trends, other intelligence, the level of terrorism threat – low, medium or high, level of sophistication of operation, organisation average costs of operation, annual operational budget of operation, main income sources, main sectors or channels abused and originating jurisdiction of funds, the impact of terrorism financing threat – low, medium or high are other information which the state governments have to provide.advertisementALSO READ | Modi skips foreign policy, terrorism in Independence Day speech The second template on ‘terrorism financing threat’ aims at identifying the direction of terrorism financing funds and the sources and channels that are being used for terrorism financing, using enforcement data and typology information as indicators.It seeks information on direction of funds, sources, criminal activity channels and overall terror financing threat.On terror financing cases, it requires information on number of cases investigated, prosecuted, convicted, number of persons convicted, number of case files sent to law enforcement agencies, number of international assistance requests, received, sent, amount of terror financing funds seized or frozen or confiscated.On qualitative data, it requires information of Financial Intelligence Unit-Intelligence on terror financing, FATF mutual evaluation report (reference to source and destination of funds if available) on terror financing and estimation of undetected terror financing funds (incoming and outgoing).Lastly, it requires information on terror financing threat whether it is high, medium or low.The third template on ‘terrorism financing vulnerability’ aims at determining the strength of terrorism financing controls in the country context.It requires information on quality of legislation, quality of intelligence, effectiveness of terror financing related STRs, monitoring and analysis, adequacy of resources, effectiveness of international cooperation, awareness and commitments of terror financing, geographic and demographic factors and over all vulnerability of terror financing.All these information are to be classified according to strengths and positive aspects, weaknesses gaps and challenges, data, input from FATF, mutual evaluation report and negative impact on vulnerability.last_img read more

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