Fernandez gets headstart on Red Lions’ preps with D-League team

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Fortunately for Fernandez, he will enjoy a solid core led by Davon Potts, Javee Mocon, Robert Bolick, AC Soberano, and Ben Adamos in this D-League stint, while still on the lookout for potential talents springing from the school’s Team B.“There’s a lot of players in San Beda that are capable to be in the D-League. We’ll see, when we start our practices, that’s when we’ll decide who will make it to our lineup,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m really excited to return to the Lions’ den, but there’s really pressure on us because this team I inherited from coach Jamike (Jarin) is a champion team,” he said on Tuesday.“I have big shoes to fill. We know how big the disappointment will be if San Beda can’t get back-to-back titles, so it will really be the objective for my coaching staff and for me to lead San Beda to anotherchampionship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAdmittedly unfamiliar with the core after two years of being away from Mendiola, Fernandez is looking at this stint as a chance for him to know his players better and build the same relationship Jarin had with the holdovers.Our transition will be fast tracked with San Beda playing in the D-League, so it will be easier for me to know the players more in preparation for the NCAA. It’s hard to replace coach Jamike because he spent a lot of time with these players, almost two years. So of course, I have to also establish my relationship with the players,” he said. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View comments PBA D-League: Chongson says Brickman worth the gamble for Tanduay Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town San Beda Red Lions. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReturning to San Beda just last Sunday, coach Boyet Fernandez is putting a lot of pressure on himself to live up to the expectations following the Red Lions’ conquest last season.Fortunately for him, he gets an early start for his preparation for NCAA Season 93 by handling Cignal-San Beda in the upcoming 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup which starts January 19.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

General: Shiites target U.S. troops

first_imgTehran has denied U.S. allegations that it is fueling the violence in Iraq and the military claims come as the Americans and the Iranians have agreed to set up a committee to deal with Iraqi security issues. Odierno’s comments hinted at the difficulty Iraqi and U.S. security forces face in keeping the peace once U.S. troops have successfully ousted mostly Sunni al-Qaida-linked fighters from any particular spot. “We knew this was coming, but there’s been a shift,” Odierno told The Associated Press in an interview after touring a mainly Shiite area of southeastern Baghdad. “Because of the effect we’ve had on al-Qaida in Iraq and the success against them and the Sunni insurgency, it’s now shifted.” Gates sees little political progress WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged Sunday that political stability in Iraq won’t likely happen before the Bush administration makes its critical September assessment on whether its war strategy is working. BAGHDAD – Rogue Shiite militiamen with Iranian weapons and training launched three-quarters of the attacks that killed or wounded American forces last month in Baghdad, stepping into the void left as Sunni insurgents have been dislodged, a top U.S commander said Sunday. Attacks against U.S. forces were down sharply last month nationwide, and military officials have expressed cautious optimism that a security crackdown is working. At the same time, the number of attacks launched by breakaway factions of the Shiite Mahdi Army militia has increased, said Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the U.S. second-in-command. He did not provide a total number of militia attacks. But he said 73 percent of the attacks that wounded or killed U.S. troops last month in Baghdad were launched by Shiite militiamen, nearly double the figure six months earlier. Odierno said Iran has sharply increased its support for the fighters ahead of a September report to Congress on progress in Iraq, leading to the surge in rogue militia action. But Gates declined to predict that a drawdown of U.S. military forces in such a scenario would happen by year’s end. He cited some progress in reducing violence locally in regions such as Anbar Province, a former base of al-Qaida’s activities in Iraq. “There is a possibility,” Gates hedged, when asked in broadcast interviews if he considered a troop drawdown this year a “good possibility” or would bet on it. He explained that Gen. David Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker in September would have to weigh some of the local successes against continuing problems in Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s national government. “We’re doing contingency planning on a lot of different possibilities,” Gates said. Gates’ comments came as al-Maliki struggled to unite rival factions over the weekend. On Sunday, al-Maliki rejected the resignation of Cabinet ministers from the country’s largest Sunni Arab bloc and asked the six ministers to rejoin his government. Ministers from the Iraqi Accordance Front, which also holds 44 of parliament’s 275 seats, quit al-Maliki’s government on Wednesday. The move left only two Sunnis in the 40-member body, casting doubt on the government’s “national unity” status and undermining the prime minister’s efforts to pass laws the U.S. considers benchmarks that could lead to sectarian reconciliation. – Associated Press160Want 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

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first_imgPlay Your Part is Brand SA’s national initiative that encourages all South Africans to contribute to positive change. The Play Your Part logo is an encapsulation of this in one consolidated visual. The heart shaped flag embodies the prideand patriotism of all citizens which must inspire acts of volunteerism under the Play Your Part banner.The website link is positioned in such a way as to inspire action immediately, driving an audience to the online platform where it is possible to show how you play your part and be inspired by others whom are playing their part.last_img read more

Behind The Screen With Maori: Pariah

first_imgPariah – Adepero Oduye & Charles Parnell(Courtesy of Pariah) By now you’ve more than likely heard about the narrative feature film directed by NYU grad Dee Rees—Pariah. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival last January, has since received much deserved critical acclaim for its sensitive and emotionally-gripping portrayal of protagonist Alike’s coming-of-age and –out as a queer teen. Set in Brooklyn, Pariah tells the story of a 17-year-old girl preoccupied with poetry and searching for romantic love. As she begins to embrace her sexuality and commence that awkward crawl towards adulthood, Alike battles her conventional parents and more flamboyant peers, all the while managing to continually progress toward a graceful freedom that she can call her own. This film is not a tragic tale, and contrary to a few mentions in the urban blogosphere—it is not “Precious 2.0.” Pariah is lovingly and masterfully crafted. Rees has surrounded herself with a team of über-talented filmmakers including executive producer Spike Lee, cinematographer Bradford Young (who received an award at Sundance for his work on the film), producer Nekisa Cooper and actors Adepero Oduye (Alike), Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell among others—the entire cast is stellar. The characters are all three-dimensional and smash open stereotypes. It’s not easy to love or hate any character outright. The costumes are seamless and the art direction is subtle and captivating. Cinematographer Young recently gave an interview in Shadow & Act where he discussed the visual aesthetic of the film and the importance of discovering new ways to present black bodies at their most beautiful. The overall effect of the film is not one that is overwrought, but rather has a fine sense of balance. In our jaded times, Rees has managed to construct a story that hasn’t yet been told in this manner, that pulls on our hearts in all the right ways and encourages us to love ourselves (and our families)—whole. Insider tip: There will be a special tastemakers screening on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30pm at the Ritz East (125 S. 2nd Street). Philly 360° has a few tickets available! Follow Philly 360° on Twitter for a chance to win. Pariah opens in Philadelphia on Friday January 13 Landmark Theatres: Ritz At The Bourse 5 400 Ranstead Street (Old City) Philadelphia, PA 19106last_img read more

Don’t forget Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket, says Afridi

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni may have faced lot of flak for his team’s embarrassing ODI series defeat against Bangladesh but Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi is “not happy” in the manner the Indian ODI skipper was being targeted.Afridi termed this as “sub-continental trend” where the cricketing heroes are pilloried after one odd series defeat.”I really felt bad in the way MS (Dhoni) has been treated after Bangladesh series defeat. I completely think it’s a sub-continental trend where our heroes are not spared after one bad defeat. The media is also responsible for not painting the true picture at times,” Afridi said during an interaction.Afridi could empathizes more with Dhoni as he has also faced criticism over the years in his own country.”I am not saying that one should not analyse the present performance of a leader or a player. Criticize him but when you do that please don’t forget to also inform the world about the past. When you look at Dhoni, just look at his record before jumping to any conclusions. He has been such a tremendous player for India. His record speaks for itself,” said Afridi.The swashbuckling batsman also credited Dhoni for building a good Indian team for future.”Dhoni has built such a good team for the future. There is so much quality and talent in that batting line-up,” he said.Afridi, who now only plays T20 format for Pakistan, also sounded positive about Pakistan’s bench strength.”Pakistan cricket’s domestic structure has improved a lot in recent years. That is why we are now having a good supply line of youngsters in the national team. This team will only grow from strength to strength in coming days,” observed the 35-year-old.advertisementAfridi quit playing ODIs after World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with a record 398 ODIs. Asked if he regrets not reaching the coveted 400 ODIs milestone, he said “Not at all I am grateful to Almighty Allah (God) that I have got the opportunity to play for Pakistan for such a long time and  I am very happy to play T20 for Pakistan and would like to play the World T20 in India, next year. “The hard-hitting batsman also said that plying his trade in T20 leagues across the world is his way of staying fit for competitions.”I have played in Big Bash in Australia and now I will be playing for St Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). In all these tournaments, you play with some of the top international cricketers in the world and you know you will have to be at your best to compete with them,” said Afridi.While signing off, Afridi said that “India’s co-operation will be needed” to resume full-time cricket in Pakistan.last_img read more