Contractors see no cause for concern at UHL site

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NewsHealthPoliticsContractors see no cause for concern at UHL siteBy David Raleigh – August 22, 2019 342 Groundwork gets under way on the site of the new 60 bed unit at UHL last April.A NEW 60-bed unit at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) is expected to be completed by next April, the company behind the €19.5 million project has confirmed to the Limerick Post.This follows confirmation earlier this week that the HSE awarded the contract for the building to Western Building Systems, which built 42 schools, all of which it is claimed have been found to have structural defects.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Western was awarded the tender earlier this year and signed off on the contract last May.The Department of Education is pursuing legal action against the firm for the cost of remediation of defects discovered at the schools.A UHL spokesman said the 60-bed unit “will be fully compliant with the building regulations”.“The proposal to provide a fast track ward block at UHL was initiated during 2018. Following a public procurement process by the HSE, the successful bidder was Western Building Systems. Funding to progress the project was subsequently included in the HSE Capital Plan 2019,” they said.The contract is “underway and progressing well” and is “anticipated to be completed by Quarter 3 2020 with the new beds envisaged to be operational in time for winter 2020”, the spokesman added.“Strict EU public procurement guidelines” were followed, and, Western “was entitled to bid for the contract and met all the contract criteria”.As the project is “a rapid build”, specialist work of this nature would have precluded some contractors from bidding. The work is being supervised and monitored by a HSE-appointed “technical advisor team” as well as “local HSE Estates staff”.UHL is consistently the most overcrowded hospital in the country, providing the only 24-hour emergency cover for the mid-west region and the spokesman said that the 60-bed unit “will go some way towards addressing the acknowledged lack of bed capacity in the region”.There is as yet no firm commitment to fund a proposed 96-bed unit at UHL.“This project is some years away from delivery”, the UHL spokesman said.Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan said: “It is very concerning that a company who is currently being sued by the Department of Education have been awarded the contract for the new ward at University Hospital Limerick.”“We don’t yet know to what extent Western Building Systems was responsible or not, for the building defects found in the 42 schools they built for the State over the past number of years.”“Until these facts are established, I would have assumed current tenders from this company would be under review, and new tenders not accepted, until the full facts are established.“I am extremely concerned that this news could result in delays for the new ward, which is critically needed at UHL,” Deputy Quinlivan added.Former Mayor and current Fianna Fáil general election candidate James Collins, said he felt there were many questions that needed to be answered about the situation.“I’m conscious that the company went through a tendering process and won the contract, but were those adjudicating on that contract fully aware of the issues which have arisen at the 42 schools. We have seen hundreds of schoolchildren nationwide disrupted,” Cllr Collins said.“In some cases, schools have had to shut down. There are outstanding questions in relation to the structural integrity of the work carried out by this company, so we must ask is it right to give them this contract?”“At the very least, the tender award should be reviewed given the large amount of public money at stake, and the significant public interest and public safety issues involved.”A UHL nursing source said they did not want to comment on the circumstances surrounding the awarding of the contract but that they “hope it won’t delay the unit”.A spokeswoman for Western Building Systems said the company, which has operated to 35 years, “continues to be awarded and deliver important public and private contracts in Ireland and the UK including University Hospital Limerick which is set for completion in April 2020”.“These tenders were awarded following extensive procurement processes.” She said that Western had “recently completed work and / or are currently working on other projects, including, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; a psychiatric inpatient unit at Beamount Hospital; Roslyn Park College; Greystones National School; Colaiste Cois Life and a number of housing projects”.“We note comments from the HSE last year when it stated ‘there are currently no safety concerns regarding the integrity of its buildings in relation to construction works carried out by Western Buildings Systems at this time’”.“We welcome engagement and cooperation with public contracting partners in respect of all such projects, not least to ensure we avoid a situation whereby projects which are deemed to have met contractual requirements and certified as such by Government Departments and agencies are subsequently not deemed to be.”“We will work with the contracting authorities such as the Health Service Executive in respect of whatever structures they deem appropriate as we have also done up to this point in respect of the school building with the Department of Education.”“In parallel, we will continue to engage with the Department of Education and Skills to ensure the independent report it promised into the schools building programme is delivered with a firm deadline for the publication,” the spokeswoman concluded. 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Spotlight: Lessons from a longtime leader

first_imgPat Jury, CUNA Board chairman and Iowa Credit Union League president/CEO, recently shared insights on the credit union movement, advocacy, and leadership with Credit Union Magazine.CU Mag: How big of an asset is your relationship with CUNA president/CEO Jim Nussle as you work to advance the CU movement?Jury: I met Jim Nussle in the mid-1980s when he was running for Congress, and over the past 30 years we’ve had many opportunities to work together.The relationship has benefited by our knowing one another and, probably more so, by our shared life experiences. We share the same home state, we’re the same age, and we both attended Drake University.We come from a culture that values hard work, honesty, and transparency. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ighalo to Decide China Move this Week

first_imgWatford striker Odion Ighalo will decide this week whether he will follow fellow Nigeria star John Mikel Obi and take the “crazy money” China now offers.Ighalo has long been linked with a big-money transfer to China and it has been reported there is now a renewed interest in the striker from the Far East.Media reports have suggested he could well partner Carlos Tevez at Shangai Shensua after Watford rejected a 38 million pounds bid for the striker from Shangai SIPG last year.Shangai Shensua have now made Tevez the highest paid player in the world on a weekly wage of 615,000 pounds.In the summer, Ighalo signed a new five-year contract with ‘The Hornets’ to cool off interests from China.“Yes, it’s a possibility he could move to China,” one top source disclosed to“There should be an update in this regard this week.”Ighalo, whose international future remains in the balance on account of lack of goals for the Super Eagles, spoke of having sleepless nights before he decided not to take “the crazy money” tabled before him from China.Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has tried to avoid being part of the speculations surrounding Ighalo’s future, insisting he remains with the Premier League club.On Saturday, the 27-year-old Ighalo played the entire game as Watford went past Burton Albion 2-0 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.He has only managed a goal in 17 appearances in the league, a far cry from the 15 goals he netted in his debut season in the English top flight. Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has praised Mikel’s contribution to ‘The Blues’ in the 10 years he was at the club.Mikel has left for Chinese club Tianjin Teda after he lost his first-team place on arrival of Conte at Stamford Bridge.Conte said he believes the move will be a new challenge for the Nigeria skipper after an eventful time at Chelsea.“Mikel played many years with this club and won a lot. But there is a moment you want to change, get a new experience,” Conte said at a media briefing“I wish for him and his family the best.”The Nigeria midfielder joined Chelsea in 2006 after controversially opting out of a contract with Premier League rivals Manchester United.Besides winning all the major honours in England, he also won the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman to become team’s GM

first_img NHL playoffs 2019: Penguins GM never saw point where ‘guys came together as a team’ Former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman is returning to Detroit to become the team’s general manager, according to multiple reports.The Red Wings have announced a 3 p.m. ET news conference Friday in Detroit with owner Chris Ilitch, general manager Ken Holland and Yzerman. Holland — who has been the Red Wings GM since 1997, leading the team to four Stanley Cups — is expected to stay on as a senior vice president, according to the reports.BREAKING: The Red Wings will introduce Steve Yzerman as their new GM this afternoon, Ken Holland to remain as Sr Vice President.— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) April 19, 2019Yzerman, 53, has been with the Lightning for nine seasons, the first eight as GM before moving into a consulting role this season in the final year of his contract. Related News At an end-of-season news conference April 8, Holland, 63, said he would remain the team’s general manager “until I’m not managing the Detroit Red Wings” (per the Detroit News), as rumors of Yzerman’s return swirled.A Hall of Fame player who captained the team for two decades, Yzerman was a key player on three Stanley Cup-winning teams in Detroit. In 22 seasons with the Red Wings, he scored 692 goals and amassed 1,755 points. He retired after the 2005-06 season, moving into the team’s front office as a vice president. Under Yzerman, the Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015. This season, Tampa Bay tied the Red Wings’ record for most victories in a single season (62). However, the Lightning’s postseason came to a crashing halt as the top seeds were swept out in the first round by the Blue Jackets.That immediately reheated speculation that had simmered all season over not if, but when Yzerman might return to the Red Wings, a proud franchise that has missed the playoffs the past three seasons.last_img read more

Bishop’s statement adds more confusion than clarity – Martin Ridge

first_imgAs a new generation of parents in the Diocese of Raphoe comes terms with the sexual trauma of minors highlighted in last week’s TG4 documentary, Martin Ridge, the Garda at the centre of uncovering the scandals has said Bishop McGuckian’s statement has caused more confusion than clarity.At the same time Martin Gallagher, a survivor of clerical abuse says he will accept any invitation to meet the bishop: however that meeting must include a senior Garda officer and all four participants in the TG4 ‘Finné’ documentary.Despite headlines on social media that a meeting had been arranged, Mr. Gallagher confirmed to the Tirconaill Tribune on Wednesday that he had no knowledge of this and no progress whatever been made on the issue. Gallagher said that while welcoming the Bishop’s statement he questions why it took a documentary for him to go to the gardaí and to say that any information that the Diocese of Raphoe holds in relation to the abuse of children is completely available to the gardaí.Martin Gallagher, victim of Eugene GreeneMr. Gallagher said: “We already learned from the audit of the Diocese in 2011 that not one shred of evidence was discovered, despite the human misery heaped on young boys by two leading figures in our parish.“We never had any doubt these cases were covered up and we had three bishops in forty years who did nothing to help the victims. The Church is in denial and has failed again to come to terms with the hurt of the abused and the legacy of suicide in our Diocese.”Martin Gallagher continued: “The last thing we want now is another statement from the Bishop. We need action because it is now more urgent than ever. Many of those involved are elderly and it is vital that we see the Bishop take appropriate to address the harm done. And it is his responsibility and not ours to offer a solution that will end our misery.” “I want to remind the Bishop that Fr. Greene raped me when I was a child of twelve and it continued for a whole year. But if the church had dealt with him, I would not have been abused and the same applies to many others. I can never forgive Fr. Greene for his behaviour. What he did could not have gone without notice by his superiors and it is my view that is why he was moved from parish to parish… to continue his evil deeds, it was like a virus,” he added.Tribune queryIn the aftermath of the Bishop’s response, the Tribune addressed correspondence seeking clarification on a number of issues raised on behalf of victims last Friday afternoon.The paper sought to clarify if any response is being proposed in relation to clergy referenced in the documentary and in relation to the former schoolteacher, Denis McGinely whom the programme identified as being forewarned ahead of a Garda search of his home.They raised a query in relation to the circumstances that obtained when Fr. Eugene Greene was restored to diocesan duties prior to the appointment of Bishop Philip Boyce. Martin Ridge. Photo: TG4 FinneMartin Ridge RespondsReacting to the Bishop’s statement, Martin Ridge told the Tribune: “Bishop McGuckian seems to suggest that in the ‘Finné’ documentary that there was coverup with regard to child sexual abuse in the diocese and allegations of sorts that was not already known before. “There is nothing new in the documentary that was not already highlighted in ‘Sins of Omission’ in 2002 in ‘Shame of the Catholic Church’ in 2012 and in the book, ‘Breaking the Silence’ by Martin Ridge.“What’s not clear is what the Catholic Hierarchy knew about Eugene Greene’s activity with regards to abusing children. ” Ridge said: “Clarity in writing of what the Bishops knew would be important as they can’t wash their hands off this. The real story of what happened in Raphoe to hundreds and hundreds of victims will, in my opinion, only come out when there is a full garda investigation or judicial inquiry.”Bishop’s statement adds more confusion than clarity – Martin Ridge was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Finnélast_img read more

Koeman wants a striker but won’t comment on Costa

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesRonald Koeman said it is vital Everton sign a striker following their defeat at Chelsea but refused to comment on reports he could make a pre-deadline move for Diego Costa.Koeman’s side were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, where first-half goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata gave the champions a comfortable victory.Boss Koeman is keen for his club to bring in two players before the transfer window closes on Thursday.The Merseyside club have been linked with Chelsea forward Costa, who wants to return to his former club Atletico Madrid.Embed from Getty ImagesKoeman would not comment on whether Costa could end up at Goodison Park, but he said: “We need at least two more players but the most important is a striker and one more player.“That’s what we need. The board knows the importance of these two signings.”Koeman conceded that his team were very much second best against Chelsea, particularly during a one-sided first half.He said: “I am disappointed about the first half because the ball possession was poor and that cost us the second goal.“We had spaces to play and didn’t play. We had not enough movement to give options to the player on the ball.“You know how Chelsea press and you have to be at your best to get a result against them and we were not at our best. We lost it in the first half not the second.“The first half was not good enough but I’m proud at how they fought until the last second to at least remain a team on the pitch.”See also:Transfer gossip: Barkley prefers Spurs move over Chelsea, Sunday Times claimsConte speaks to Belgium boss about Hazard’s call-up Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chicken, Silkworm Genomes Published

first_imgNow that the chicken genome has made the cover of Nature1 and the silkworm genome has been published in Science2 this week, evolutionists are busily mining the data for clues to evolutionary ancestry of very disparate groups of animals, says EurekAlert (also here and here).  For example, in the paper on the silkworm genome, the authors say, “Lepidoptera are unusual because they have holocentric chromosomes with diffuse kinetochores.  This characteristic is a potential driver of evolution because of the ability to retain chromosome fragments through many cell divisions.”  Yet in this case evolution is assumed; what was observed was an example of something that provides functional integrity. 1Jeremy Schmutz and Jane Grimwood, “Genomes: A fowl sequence,” Nature 432, 679 – 680 (09 December 2004); doi:10.1038/432679a.2Biology Analysis Group, “A Draft Sequence for the Genome of the Domesticated Silkworm (Bombyx mori), Science, Vol 306, Issue 5703, 1937-1940, 10 December 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1102210].Most of the evolutionary claims merely assume evolution, or make empty promises about how the new genomes will help shed light on evolution.  Example: “As life on Earth evolved over time, genes have been created, kept, discarded or deactivated, and reorganized.  At the particular point in evolutionary time over which a species first develops, these processes may have changed a gene in ways that allow scientists to use it to get a better fix on the human version of the gene.”    OK, design scientists, get busy.  Don’t just sit around telling jokes about why the chicken crossed the road.  The Darwin Party is already busily invoking their favorite word games like convergence and homoplasy, and tweaking the rate of evolution for this or that chrome to make things fit their preconceived beliefs.  There’s a wealth of complexity and order to mine in these new genetic data.  Don’t let evolutionary storytelling win by default. (Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Air New Zealand soars on award winning service

first_imgAIR New Zealand boss Christopher Luxon believes his carrier is in “fantastic shape’’ to cope with new competition in its home market and plans to build on successful efforts to convince Australian  travellers to use Auckand as a one-stop hub for travel to the Americas.The Kiwi carrier on Friday joined Qantas in announcing a record 2015-16 annual profit but warned increased competition will hamper the chances of another historic result in the current financial year.The airline announced an annual net profit of $NZ463m, up 42 per cent on the previous year, and a 40 per cent increase in pre-tax profit to $NZ663 million.But it expects pre-tax profit to fall to between $NZ400m and $NZ600m in fiscal 2017, assuming jet fuel remains at $US55 per barrel for the rest of the year, as it fends off increase competition from US, Gulf and Chinese carriers.“Unilke other airlines we’ve given a range; that range was very broad very early on the year,’’ Luxon told AirlineRatings. “As the year progresses we’ll have much more visibility as to how it’s panning out but if we land a result anywhere in that range that will be our second or our third best result ever. So it’s a still a pretty impressive result.’’Air NZ’s preferred measure of profit — earnings before tax and significant items —was up a massive 70 per cent to $806m as operating revenue rose 6.2 per cent to $NZ5.2 billion and earnings from passengers increased 8.9 per cent to $NZ4.5 billion.The result included a loss of $NZ86m on the carrier’s investment in Virgin Australia with $NZ63m realised on its sale of a 19.98 per cent stake to China’s Nanshan Group.Luxon said the split with Virgin had been “chronically overplayed’’ in Australian reports and the reason for the split was commercial. The airlines would continue to work together through their alliance from both a revenue and cost perspective in areas such as maintenance and biofuels.“The fact we were able to sell to Nanshan and HNA  and others were able to come on to the register is very good,’’ he said “They are shareholders that will continue to support Virgin incredibly strongly and well.’’Shareholders will receive a fully imputed ordinary dividend of NZ10 cents per share, bringing the total for the year to NZ20 cents, and a special dividend of NZ25 cents per share. There was also good news for staff with more than 8000 staff who do not have an incentive program set to receive payments of up to $NZ2500. Luxon said the airline ended the year with customer satisfaction levels at record highs and brand health in “excellent shape’. However, he acknowledged the impact of increased competition as other international airlines add capacity into New Zealand.   This includes increased competition by US carriers across the Pacific as well as new direct services to Auckland from the Middle East and China.He said there was no doubt customers had more choice but he was confident that the right pricing, products and services would help Air NZ stay a step ahead of the competition.He believed the medium and long-term demand curve for Air New Zealand remained “very, very good’’ and the challenge was to use “incredibly well’’ the levers the airline had around revenue and capacity management.“But the bottom line is I think that Air New Zealand’s in fantastic shape to compete and compete very strongly with our competition,’’ he said. The increased competition comes as Air NZ is expanding its trans-Pacific reach on new routes to markets such as Houston, Buenos Aires, Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City.Luxon said that was working well because the airline had spent months researching the new markets rather than just sending aircraft “willy-nilly’’ to destinations.“We spent 18 months really understanding South America and all the customer dynamics: the channels by which we sell the tickets, which partners we need to make that come to life and work for us,‘’ he said noting Buenos Aries had made a positive contribution from “day one’’. “So our literacy about how to unlock new markets and to build new businesses has really grown tremendously.’’The Air NZ chief also sees great opportunity to build up Auckland as a one-stop hub from cities such as Perth and Adelaide. He said Australians already accounted for about 40 per cent of the traffic to Buenos Aries and were second only to Argentinians and Brazilians.“You’ll see us I think more purposely and intentionally work on how we make the banks across the Tasman tie into international services and you’ll see us put a lot more resources into Australia in order to do that,’’ he said.Air NZ is continuing to upgrade its fleet and has been refurbishing lounges. It recently announced it would spend more than $NZ100m increasing the number of premium seats on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and refurbishing its Boeing 777-300ER fleet. The airline currently has seven Dreamliners with two more due to arrive before Christmas and three due next year.The three scheduled to be delivered from October next year will arrive in a new configuration that increases the number of Business Premier seats from 18 to 27 and the number of premium economy seats from 21 to 33.Its unique Spaceseat will be axed on the B777s in favour of the B787 seat, increasing the number of premium economy seats from 44 to 54. The new 777 interiors will feature refreshed Business Premier and economy seats as well as eX3 Panasonic inflight entertainment system used on the Dreamliner.Luxon said the Spaceseat had done well for the airline over the past six years but the Dreamliners had allowed it to do a side-by-side comparison which had found its new premium seat was doing well in terms of customer preference and rating.He agreed that premium economy was becoming a big trend with airlines, noting that “everyone’s piling into it’’. “We had a premium economy set up many years ago and I think we’ve proven that we’ve got a very competitive product,’’ he said.“Obviously for us from an Air New Zealand perspective, when you’re travelling from New Zealand you tend to be travelling 12 to 14 hours so premium economy’s been a really great way for people to say I want to be able to buy space, essentially, and cocoon myself a little bit. “In Business Premier, people want very much a lie flat bed experience and our seat option has worked incredibly well for that purpose.’’The airline, which has been increasing the proportion of aircraft it owns, also plans to exit its Boeing 767-300ER fleet by the second half of 2017. It expects overall capacity to grow 4 to 6 per cent this financial year with growth of up to 9 percent on domestic routes, between 3 and 5 per cent on the Tasman and 4 to 6 per cent on its international network.  Replacing Boeing 737 and Beech 1900D aircraft on its domestic routes with Airbus A320 and ATR turboprops helped drive domestic capacity   growth of 8.5 per cent last financial year while increased international flying saw capacity grow by 16 per cent as traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres grew  by 16.2 per cent.Capacity growth of 5.1 per cent on Tasman and Pacific Island routes outstripped traffic growth of 3.8 per cent.Macqurie Equities analysts, who have a neutral recommendation on Air NZ, said the result contained some positives in terms of a reduction in gearing, the special dividend and commentary around a sustainable ordinary dividend.“The moderation of capacity is both good in terms of rational response, but negative with it reacting to competitive pressures,’’ analysts Nick Mar and Warren Doak said. “The guidance is weak, well below our numbers and consensus with headwinds from competition which may impact investor sentiment.’’last_img read more

Gin Kings-Bolts return duel set

first_imgSol Mercado of Ginebra (right) boxes out Moala Tautuaa of TNT for the rebound during Game 4 of their Final Four series on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZBarangay Ginebra hardly capitalized on the early ejection of Glen Rice Jr.Luckily for the Gin Kings, Justin Brownlee was there to bail them out.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments The KaTropa tried to make do with the handicap as they worked hard to protect a double-digit advantage that even went as high as 18 at one point.But Rice’s shoes were too big to fill and his absence was eventually felt by TNT.The Bolts are practically the same team as last year except for one significant piece in the puzzle: former national team standout Ranidel De Ocampo.“Getting a player of his caliber was a big lift for us,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of the 13-year veteran De Ocampo, who was traded by TNT in a multiplayer, three-team deal in early September.GINEBRA 115 – TNT 105GINEBRA 115—Brownlee 46, Tenorio 25, Slaughter 21, Mercado 11, Aguilar 6, Ferrer 4, Caguioa 2, Thompson 0, Devance 0.TNT 105—Rosario 28, Castro 26, Pogoy 14, Semerad 12, Williams 10, Tautuaa 9, Reyes 4, Rice Jr. 2, Golla 0, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Hernandez 0, Seigle 0.Quarters: 32-41, 52-66, 80-86, 115-105 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adamson, FEU dispute finals slot LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brownlee fired on all cylinders and scored a career-high 46 points as the Kings ended their semifinal showdown with the TNT KaTropa, 115-105, on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The defending champion Gin Kings forged a championship rematch with the Meralco Bolts, who booked a finals spot on Friday with a sweep of the Star Hotshots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFinishing off the KaTropa in four games of their best-of-five series (3-1) wasn’t an easy task though after they had to spring back from an 18-point hole to carve out the win.But something happened at the halftime dugout that motivated the Gin Kings. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “It was (Robert) Jaworski,” said Brownlee. “He gave us a lot of motivation and reminded us of that never-say-die attitude.”With Ginebra’s “Living Legend” cheering at ringside, Brownlee banged in 28 of his points in the second half and LA Tenorio bombed TNT with threes and finished with 25 points.“It’s gonna be a fight,” said Brownlee in anticipation of his duel with Meralco’s Allen Durham, the reigning best import. “They’ll be ready, we’ll be ready and I can’t wait to play them.”Rice was sent to the dugout late in the first quarter with the KaTropa ahead by 10, to the delight of the Ginebra faithful.Kevin Ferrer’s physicality apparently got into Rice, who pushed Ferrer and threw the ball at the Ginebra wingman’s face in a dead-ball situation, 1:41 left in the opening quarter.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Keep on shooting: James Yap regains touch in Rain or Shine win

first_img8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “I think everybody expects James to play well but he’s just human,” said ROS coach Caloy Garcia. “But what we want from James is to basically play his best. Whether he’s in a slump, we still want him taking shots.”Yap, who turns 36 next month, hopes his efficient outing is the start of a string of good shooting games.“I hope we can carry this performance over into our next game.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NCAA volleyball: Perpetual claims solo 3rd, keeps EAC winless Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap may have been in a shooting slump in his first three games of the season, but it never affected his confidence heading into Rain or Shine’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.Yap kept shooting and finally regained his touch to help the Elasto Painters cruise to a 120-99 win over the Fuel Masters and avoid his team from slipping further into the standings.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed “I just kept working hard. I never got discouraged despite how bad my last three games were,” said Yap in Filipino.“Of course, we thought if we lose we’ll be closer to the bottom of the standings and coach reminded us that we need to win for us to at least be in the middle of the pack.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe star swingman shot a combined 4-of-26 from the field in his first three games, averaging just 3.3 points during the stretch.But his bad days are over after exploding for 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from deep in 20 minutes. View commentslast_img read more