Jelling as a team biggest challenge for PH volleybelles, says Reyes

first_imgNational team skipper Mika Reyes. Photo by Bong Lozada/iNQUIRERThe biggest challenge for national team skipper Mika Reyes is not managing egos. Instead, it’s bringing together a group of players who came from different teams gathered for one common goal.“Actually, I think my work as a captain isn’t that hard because we’re not kids anymore,” said Reyes in Filipino during the team’s media day Friday at Arellano School of Law. “You won’t have to always tell them what to do.”ADVERTISEMENT “The challenge here is how we’ll bond together as one group, skills-wise, attitude-wise, and character-wise because we didn’t come from one team, we were selected from different teams and this was the only time we were together.”The national squad is composed of players selected from several teams in the Philippine Super Liga with Alyssa Valdez the only one coming from the Premier Volleyball League.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’Reyes added their upcoming training camp in Japan is the prime opportunity for them to bond further as a team following episodes where they had to cancel practices due to absent players.The team is set to leave for Japan late July to prepare for the upcoming 19th Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship and the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. MOST READ Gilas battles title favorite Canada in Jones Cup opener OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “This will be a new opportunity for us, yes everyone is good individually, but the challenge is how we’ll jell as one team because it’s not just one or two players who plays in a team,” said Reyes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Paradecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Jags Aviation to build US$3.5M hangar

first_imgWith major plans in the pipeline to expand its services beyond Guyana, Jags Aviation Incorporated has invested some US.5 million to construct a hangar at the Eugene F Correia International Airport in Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The sod turning ceremony for the modern multimillion-dollar aircraft facility was done on Tuesday at Ogle by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and Alana Tiwarie, Executive of BK International, the company which took over Jags Aviation in 2014.The new hangar will be constructed at the southern end of the airport, which facilitates mainly domestic and regional flights in and out of the country. The hangar will contain state-of-the-art conveniences necessary for the maintenance and protection of the company’s fleet of five aircraft.Owner of BK International, Brian Tiwarie; his daughter, Alana and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon at the site of Jags’ Aviation hangarIt was disclosed that company officials are preparing to travel to Miami to take possession of a new aircraft to add to the fleet, with the hopes of expanding Jags’ services to Caribbean destinations. At its establishment, Jags Aviation was given Cabinet’s approval to acquire as many as 15 aircraft, including a helicopter.Owner of BK International, Brian Tiwarie, told media operatives at the sod turning ceremony that his company has been breaking new ground in the local aviation sector over the past two years and he was confident that this trend would continue.“We think that we can make a big input into the aviation sector. We are just over a year old and we already acquired five aircraft,” he pointed out.The local business tycoon went on to say that his company was not competing with the other operators, but was operating on a level of its own.“We are buying aircraft actually, totally different from the other operators and that’s costing us a lot more because have to train people more. Only last week, we just had two trainers here from Poland,” Tiwarie stated.Meanwhile, Minister Harmon welcomed the investment and lauded the company for contributing to the development of the Eugene F Correia International Airport, which has undergone massive transformation over the years.“We have seen a lot of development taking place here at Ogle and it is in keeping with President (David) Granger’s commitment to ensure that we have a quality service provided to our hinterland,” he stated.The Minister noted that traffic to the hinterland has increased significantly; hence, the need for improved services.“This development here is going to improve the quality of service provided here… the hinterland is the heart and lungs of Guyana and to the extent to which we can provide quality service to the hinterland, it is to that extent that Guyana will develop and develop rapidly,” Harmon stated.Jags’ Aviation is currently housed in the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) hangar. As such, the company has assured that it would be returning the favour and would be offering space at its new state-of-the-art hangar to small carriers operating at the airport.last_img read more

Bosai to gift compactor truck to Linden municipality

first_imgA brand-new compactor truck is set to be handed over to the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC), compliments of bauxite mining company Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI).Carwyn Holland, who had lobbied for the truck while on a trip to China during his tenure as mayor, was recently invited by the company’s General Manager, Eric Yu, to inspect the truck which has arrived in Guyana from China.This is a boost for the Linden municipality as it relates to its garbage collection efforts, as this will now make a total of four compactor trucks in its possession.“As I’d announced a while back — that I’d successfully lobbied for a large compactor truck for Linden; I’m pleased to state that the gift has arrived, and will soon be handed over to the town”, Holland stated.According to the former mayor, there should now be no excuse for the garbage situation in the community not being rectified. Holland said he was happy and thankful for the gift to the municipality, noting that one of his plans as Mayor had been to eradicate the garbage woes in Linden. The former mayor had also been instrumental in terms of the municipality having resources and finances to secure compactor trucks, two of which were recently purchased. He said residents should now be able to enjoy timely and quality garbage collection, and as such, a healthier environment. Holland noted that the compactor truck which is set to be handed over is a larger one, and he is optimistic that residents will now be more motivated to pay their taxes. He also wished the municipality well with the new truck.last_img read more

“Proper assessment” yet to be submitted – Harmon

first_imgWCD flood compensation…NDC says complete assessment was submitted since MarchIt has been almost four months since several villages on the West Coast of Demerara were hit by a devastating flood, and residents are yet to be compensated for their losses.Government is, however, adamant that a complete assessment of the flooding has not been submitted, and accordingly, it cannot make any reimbursements in this respect.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, in an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, explained that during his last visit to that area, it was decided that the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the relevant Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) would make “a proper assessment” of the damages.“The last time I came here, I indicated to them that there’s an assessment whichUitvlugt/Tuschen NDC Chairman, Vishal Ambedkarhad to be done by the CDC, and that the NDC Chairman was supposed to be in touch with the Civil Defence Commission to make a proper assessment of the damages,” Harmon explained.The Minister of State posited that he has not received any response from the NDC. He related that he is awaiting the assessment before a decision is taken on the allocation of monies to the hundreds of affected residents.He noted, “I haven’t heard back from the CDC or from the NDC Chairman. So I think that is where it is. Once that is done, then we can make a decision where that is concerned.”NDC responseContacted on Thursday, Uitvlugt-Tuschen NDC Chairman Vishal Ambedkar told this publication that the council has not received any word from the Ministry. He also contended that the assessment was completed and submitted.“When we met, we would’ve indicated to Minister Harmon that we would’ve done our assessment. We have forwarded that to the Regional Executive Officer as well as to Minister Harmon. To say now that he is awaiting a report is very undesirable,” Ambedkar has said.Ambedkar noted that during that meeting with Minister Harmon, there was no indication that collaboration between the NDC and the CDC was required to conduct the assessment. However, he said, if that is what is needed to finalise the criteria surrounding the compensation, the CDC should be engaged.“We were not aware that we had to do anything combined. If so, then I think that the CDC and representatives from the council should sit and discuss it, if that’s theMinister of State Joseph Harmonway to go forward. At this point, we have received no communication which would’ve suggested that we should be part and parcel with the CDC to (compile) a list. As we are aware, our list was submitted since in March, which is the first quarter of the year, and we’re way past the second quarter,” Ambedkar said.The NDC chairman added that while representatives from the CDC were engaged in separate consultations with a few residents, the Council is unclear as to whether their calculations were “comprehensive” and all the factors surrounding the damages were considered.In his reasoning, Minister Harmon highlighted the initiatives other than the compensation from which the residents would benefit. Those include rehabilitation of the ruptured seawall structure.RecapEarlier in March of this year, waves from the Atlantic Ocean generated during a spring tide battered the seawall along the WCD, and residents were awakened from their morning slumber to find their homes completely inundated by the waters.Immediately, members of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) were dispatched to the various areas, where sandbags were used to temporarily fill the gaps in the seawall. When the water had receded, the Public Infrastructure Ministry had sent contractors to make temporary repairs by placing boulders along the gaps where sandbags were used to prevent the water from entering the dwellings of the residents.As a result of the flooding, the livelihoods of many were affected, and many hadWaters buffeting the sea defence structure in early Marchincurred infrastructural and household losses which resulted from the invading waters. In some cases, the communities suffered demolished fences, confiscated bridges, and destroyed furniture and other household appliances as the ocean laid siege to a beleaguered community.Some persons were also forced to leave their homes and take refuge in relief centres set up at various locations in the communities. Their losses at that time had tallied to some $100 million after initial evaluations were conducted when the water had receded.last_img read more

Digicel Guyana sends several children to computer summer camp

first_imgTelecommunications giant Digicel Guyana has sponsored a number of children, selected from Kingston, Georgetown and its environs, to attend an all-expenses-paid computer summer camp at Global Technology.Digicel Communications Officer Vidya Sanichara posing with the recipients of packages on Wednesday“We wanted to do something that will have a lasting impression on their minds,” said Digicel’s Communications Manager Vidya Sanichara.“At Digicel, we have been committed to youth development and empowerment, whether it’s through sports, education or academia. We are as delighted as they (are) to be able to give them this opportunity and expand their horizons,” she said.The computer summer camp for children, which will run for approximately three weeks, beginning on August 6 and ending on August 20, will offer the children experience in the fundamentals of computer and scratch programming.The children, between the ages of five and 12, are excited to learn about computers. “I am excited to learn about computers because I think it will help me with my homework”, one of the recipients has said.Digicel has procured the assistance of Junior Forrester to coordinate transportation to take the children to and from summer camp. Forrester is a very active member of the Kingston community, and is also the Founder-Principal of Kingston Football Development Academy.Over the 12 years that Digicel has been operating in Guyana, the company has contributed significantly to youth development. This has been done through several countrywide youth initiatives, like its schools’ football championships, youth basketball, track and field, squash, special Olympics, and back-to-school dental outreach programme, just to mention a few.“As always, we welcome the opportunity to give back in whatever way we can. The fact that we can have an impact in bettering the lives of youth and children in communities that we have a strong presence is always heartening to us”, Sanichara stated on Wednesday, when the company presented packages to the children who gathered at its Head Office to receive same.last_img read more

Stover is key in playoffs

first_imgAnthony Stover might be one of the best kept secrets in the area, but he won’t be considered an afterthought on the basketball landscape for much longer, especially if he continues to produce like he has during the postseason. The 6-foot-8 sophomore from Renaissance Academy of La Canada Flintridge has emerged as a legitimate threat on both ends of the floor, averaging 11 points, eight rebounds and five blocks for the Wildcats (27-2) heading into Thursday’s first-round game of the Southern California Div. V regional playoffs against host Immanuel of Reedley (25-8). “Anthony has been a nice surprise,” Renaissance Academy coach Sid Cooke said. “He has great upside and it will be interesting to see how he develops, because he has a chance to be very good.” Stover transferred to Renaissance Academy from Nia Charter in Altadena as a freshman and initially played on the Wildcats’ junior varsity team. There’s been no pressure, and his numbers are a reflection of that. “His game on the offensive end grows daily,” Cooke said. “Most importantly, now we have a guy back there to protect our basket and block shots, which means we can gamble out on top more often. “He’s not done growing, not by any stretch. This kid could end up being scary by the time he’s a senior.” Litmus test: DJ Gay and Poly of Sun Valley have faced plenty of good teams this season, but perhaps none as talented as Centennial of Corona (29-4), tonight’s opponent in a Southern California Div. I regional playoff opener at home. “Our schedule has been challenging, and I made sure that it was so we’d be prepared for games like this one,” Poly coach Brad Katz said. “Nothing they do is going to shock us. We don’t think we’re in over our heads. This is the state playoffs. We’re here for a reason.” If the Parrots (23-5) are going to defeat the Huskies – the defending Southern Section Div.II-A champions – and advance to Thursday’s second round against the Pasadena and Clovis West winner, Gay will have to be at his best. The 6-foot point guard, who has committed to San Diego State, led the City Section in scoring with 29.4 points per game and averages 5.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals a night. Gay, however, can’t be expected to do it by himself. Mauricio Gonzalez, Andy Guerra, Mike Rojas, Santiago Moreno and Dominique Duke must make significant contributions for Poly to prevail. “DJ has been exceptional up to this point, there’s no denying it,” Katz said. “We need the role players to play their roles. Everyone must do their job. It’s critical.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img He joined the varsity team 12 games ago and has been in the starting lineup for the past 10 games, including Saturday’s 69-57 loss to Corona del Mar of Newport Beach in the Southern Section Div.III-A title game. “I’m starting to feel more and more comfortable,” Stover said. “I just want to help my teammates out any way I can.” The Wildcats are a deep and talented team led by Justin Cook, who averages 24 points, six rebounds and four assists per game. Josh Thomas and Hector Harold average 16 and 12 points, respectively. Having experienced players surrounding Stover has allowed him to come in and contribute, essentially developing at his own pace. last_img read more

Exclusive – Liverpool might have won the title with Reina last season, claims Anfield legend

first_imgLegendary Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar has told talkSPORT he still isn’t convinced by Reds number one Simon Mignolet, claiming his former side may have ended their 24-year wait for the top-flight title with Pepe Reina in goal last season.Brendan Rodgers’ side were leading the charge for the Premier League crown as last year’s campaign neared its conclusion, but crucial dropped points in their final few games saw the title return to Manchester City, who finished top by just two points.Mignolet was brought in by Rodgers as the club’s new long-term first choice stopper last summer, with Reina – who had spent eight successful years as the club’s number one – loaned out to Napoli last term.With Rodgers making it clear the Belgian was to remain his preferred man between the sticks this season, the 31-year-old Anfield favourite ended his nine-year stay on Merseyside by sealing a surprise switch to German champions Bayern Munich.And Grobbelaar suggests the Liverpool boss may have made a mistake by allowing the Spain international to leave.“I said last season  I didn’t think Simon Mignolet was an all-round keeper,” the Reds hero told Extra Time.“I was crucified in the press for saying that, but when you look at the amount of goals he let in last season we eventually finished in second place.“Had we had Pepe Reina in goal we might have won the league, who knows?“It was Brendan Rodgers’ call to back Mignolet and let Reina go, and he went to one of the best teams in Europe at the moment.“Yes, maybe he’ll play second fiddle to Manuel Neuer at Bayern Munich, but he will still get games there.“Pep Guardiola is not a stupid manager and he’ll make sure he has two great ‘keepers just in case Neuer gets injured, and Reina can show everyone what Liverpool missed last year.”last_img read more

He can’t get in Leicester’s team… but Andrej Kramaric is wanted by Serie A giants

first_img1 Andrej Kramaric [right] Inter Milan and Juventus are leading the chase to sign Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric.The Croatian international has been restricted to just a solitary league appearance this season, largely due to Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking run in front of goal.According to Calcio Mercato, Kramaric is unhappy with his lack of playing time this term and could leave the King Power Stadium in January.Inter want to provide support for their main striker Mauro Icardi, while Juventus are after a replacement for Simone Zaza, who is expected to leave Turin next month.Kramaric was signed by Nigel Pearson from Rijeka back in January but has only managed to find the net on four occasions and just once under new boss Claudio Ranieri.last_img

Smith solid in Citrus win

first_imgChad Allan scored 15 points for the Owls, and James Reynolds had nine and Lester Cole had seven. Glendale missed 15 of 27 free-throw attempts and Citrus made 14 of 19. 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaThe Vaqueros (7-14, 1-2) never let Citrus pull away. Jamar Eubanks, Owen Duckworth and Jovan Jester combined to score 72 of Glendale’s 85 points and had 26 rebounds. “This was one of our most complete games of the year,” Croy said. “(Glendale) came out to beat us.” Croy credited role players Deanta Black, Lester Cole and Daryl Jones for producing when Smith and Fleming got in foul trouble. “These guys came in and gave us energy,” Croy said. GLENDORA – Tron Smith scored 38 points and grabbed seven rebounds Saturday to lead the Citrus College men’s basketball team to a 91-85 victory over visiting Glendale in a Western State Conference South Division game. The Owls (15-8, 3-1) trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and were hampered by early foul trouble, but Smith’s 22 first-half points not only kept Citrus afloat, they helped forge a seven-point lead at the break. center_img “(Smith) just led in every way this week,” Citrus coach Rick Croy said. “He leads by example and practices so hard.” Daniel Fleming picked up two early fouls and sat out the remainder of the first half without scoring, but came back and was clutch down the stretch with eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds in just 21 minutes. last_img read more

$50 million for home projects

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The fund has now distributed $169 million since early 2003, but officials struggled to reach a goal of $100 million per year. Then Villaraigosa announced last fall that he would fully fund the trust by diverting money from other city departments and supporting a $1 billion bond. While the date for that city housing bond remains uncertain, Villaraigosa has also been lobbying state officials to include money for local affordable housing in a bond proposal being promoted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this year. Villaraigosa said he is also looking at other creative ways to provide more money, such as investing city pension funds in development projects. The strategy has been used by State Treasurer Phil Angelides, now a gubernatorial candidate, to fund projects including some in downtown Los Angeles. Efforts to keep the trust fully funded at $100 million are important because building affordable units can be risky and developers need consistency, said Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department. “If developers don’t feel there’s enough money there for them to take a risk and do business then they won’t,” she said. Builders are noticing what the city is doing, said Dora Gallo, chief executive of A Community of Friends, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit affordable housing developer. “There seems to be a real commitment and things are moving,” she said. Gallo’s organization received $4.1 million toward a $12.9 million project in North Hills. The Rayen Apartments, projected to open in November 2007, would mix 25 units for foster children who come of age and lack homes, some with special needs, and 24 general low-income units. Villaraigosa also announced his appointments to the Affordable Housing Commission. He retained Second Baptist Church Rev. William Saxe Epps and activist Alice W. Harris from the previous administration and added Stewart Kim of PGP Capital Advisors, Stephanie Klasky-Gamer of the nonprofit Chrysalis, attorneys Pete Navarro and Evangeline Ordaz-Molina, and Lisa Sugino, former deputy director of the Little Tokyo Service Center. Klasky-Gamer, who lives in Valley Village and used to be an affordable housing developer herself, said there is a need to add housing across the city. “To date we’ve had a lot of concentration in particular districts,” she said. “I hope that having a diverse group of commissioners will help the city implement its housing goals throughout the city.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city of Los Angeles distributed more than $50 million to affordable housing projects Monday as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pledged to create a consistent funding source to help poor and working-class families find homes. The money, the city’s largest housing grant ever given, will build 14 projects – a total of 686 new housing units – across the city, including a 60-unit apartment in Sylmar and a 49-unit building in North Hills. “We’re here in the midst of a housing crisis in Los Angeles,” Villaraigosa said. “We need an unprecedented investment.” City leaders established the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in 2000 as a way for Los Angeles to provide grants to developers through competitive bids. Builders of affordable projects then typically use the city money in conjunction with state and federal tax credits and bond funding. last_img read more