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WHY BLAME US?: Iloilo’s top cop turns the tables on STL operator

THE Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) slammed insinuations that their failure to curb illegal gambling may have contributed to the failure of the Small Town Lottery operations in the province. Senior Superintendent Marlon Tayaba, Iloilo police chief, blurted out expletives when he learned that they are being blamed for the financial problems of Eagle Crest […] The post WHY BLAME US?: Iloilo’s top cop turns the tables on STL operator appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianMay 12th, 2018

SHOPWISE ILOILO GRAND OPENING DAY

Page Maker: Zedrick Señeres RUSTAN’S Supercenters, Inc,  a member of the Rustan’s Group of Companies and operator of the Rustan’s Supermarkets, finally opened its  Shopwise grocery store at the ground floor of the plush Amigo Mall, Iloilo City. Gracing the event was no less than Iloilo City Mayor Joe Espinosa III along with Rustan’s Supercenter’s […] The post SHOPWISE ILOILO GRAND OPENING DAY appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2019

Steelers edge Bengals 16-13 but miss out on AFC North title

By Will Graves, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The win they needed but at times didn't act like they particularly wanted finally secured, the Pittsburgh Steelers lingered on the Heinz Field turf after a sluggish 16-13 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday and turned their eyes to the massive videoboard in the south end zone. A season filled with promise six weeks ago before things came undone boiled down to something entirely out of Pittsburgh's control: whether Cleveland could pull off a stunning rally in Baltimore. As a decidedly out-of-place chant of "Let's Go Browns" reverberated and Cleveland marched into Ravens' territory, a third straight AFC North for the Steelers seemed possible. Then Cleveland rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield threw a late pick. The Ravens held on. Optimism evaporated. Replaced by a mix of harsh reality and a hint of wistfulness. The Steelers (9-6-1) firmly believe they would be a tough out in the playoffs. Barring the slim hope of a tie between Indianapolis and Tennessee on Sunday night, Pittsburgh won't get the chance. The team that appeared assured of a fifth consecutive playoff berth following a six-game midseason winning streak instead will miss the postseason for the first time since 2013. "It just sucks," Steelers guard David DeCastro said. "How hard we work, how much effort we put in. To go from 7-2-1 to where we are now is heartbreaking." And avoidable. Yet four losses in five games — all of which the Steelers led at some point in the second half — forced them to enter Week 17 needing to beat the injury ravaged Bengals and a hope surging Cleveland could upset the Ravens on the road. "It's just tough," said Pittsburgh running back James Conner, who ran for 64 yards in his return to the lineup after missing three games with a sprained left ankle. "We're relying on somebody else to advance." The team that stressed it wouldn't spend all afternoon scoreboard watching certainly looked distracted as Cincinnati took a 10-3 halftime lead. Pittsburgh eventually rallied behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — who threw for 287 yards and a touchdown despite missing injured star receiver Antonio Brown to finish with a career-best and NFL-high 5,129 yards passing — and new kicker Matt McCrane booted three field goals, the last a 35-yarder with 1:56 to go that put the Steelers ahead to stay. Pittsburgh held on when Cincinnati backup quarterback Jeff Driskel's fourth-down pass intended for Josh Malone fell incomplete with 1:08 to go. Roethlisberger then took a pair of knees to run out the clock, setting the stage for the bizarre sight of the Steelers and thousands of black-and-gold clad fans cheering on the Browns. For a few anxious minutes, the dominoes appeared to be falling into place. When they didn't, Pittsburgh didn't place blame on Cleveland but countless missed opportunities. "It just makes me mad that as a leader of this group, we put ourselves in this situation like this, looking for others to do our job," Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said. "Cleveland played a heck of a game ... it's frustrating and as a leader of this group it's just unacceptable." Roethlisberger vowed to return for a 16th season. He turns 37 in March and doesn't think Pittsburgh's window is closing as long as the offensive line in front of him remains intact. "I still feel good," he said. "We keep that line together, that'll give us a good fighting chance." MARVIN'S MURKY FUTURE Joe Mixon rushed for 105 yards for the Bengals but Cincinnati (6-10) — which entered Sunday with 18 players on injured reserve, including quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green— lost for the seventh time in eight games and head into another offseason unsure about the future of longtime head coach Marvin Lewis. Cincinnati's season turned at home against the Steelers back in October, when the Bengals let Pittsburgh go down the field in the final minute to pull out a 28-21 victory on Antonio Brown's 31-yard catch and run with 10 seconds to play. An avalanche of injuries and losses followed. Lewis headed to the locker room surrounded by cameras, which he found "ridiculous" after his beat-up squad took the Steelers basically to the wire. "I think it's sad (my status) is the only thing they can point to," Lewis said. "This isn't about me. This is about this football team and what they do. To make this about one person. It's not about one person. This is my job. That's it." INJURIES Bengals: WR Cody Core left late in the first quarter with a left elbow injury. Core was hurt while diving for a pass deep down the left sideline. ... LT Cordy Glenn injured his left ankle after getting rolled up on during a scrum following fumble by Driskel in the third quarter. Safety Brandon Wilson left in the second half with a chest injury and tight end Matt Lengel exited with a left knee issue. Steelers: Brown missed his first game of the season while dealing with a knee injury. Pittsburgh also sat starting safety Sean Davis (quadriceps) and inside linebacker Vince Williams (toe). UP NEXT Bengals: Owner Mike Brown will meet with Lewis to decide whether a 17th season is in the offing for the winning coach in franchise history. Steelers: While head coach Mike Tomlin is on firm ground, changes to the coaching staff could be made. Defensive coordinator Keith Butler's unit struggled to create turnovers and the special teams were a mess under coordinator Danny Smith......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

Stealth Indonesia tsunami turns perfect night into nightmare

TANJUNG LESUNG, Indonesia --- As the white strobe lights flashed hypnotically, the band's lead singer screamed into the crowd: "We are! We are Seventeen! Seventeen!" He then let loose with a long note as the guitarist wailed behind him. Some in the audience clapped as they sat at beachside tables covered in crisp white linens. Others walked casually across the grass. A small boy wandered among the tables, and a woman in a headscarf moved closer to the stage, her cellphone out and ready to capture the memory of this perfect night, a year-end concert at a popular resort on Java island's west coast. Then, in a heartbeat, it was all gone. A torrent of water emerged from the d...Keep on reading: Stealth Indonesia tsunami turns perfect night into nightmare.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 25th, 2018

SEC OKs P1.44-B IPO of Iloilo s Ace Medical | Inquirer Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a plan by hospital operator Allied Care Experts (Ace) Medical Center Iloilo Inc. to raise as much as P1.44 billion from an initial public offering (.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

SEC OKs P1.44-B IPO of Iloilo’s Ace Medical

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a plan by hospital operator Allied Care Experts (Ace) Medical Center Iloilo Inc. to raise as much as P1.44 billion from an initial public offering (IPO). Based on the prospectus cleared by the SEC, Ace Medical plans to offer as much as 36,000 primary shares at a maximum price of P40,000 each. Proceeds will be used to build a nine-storey 200-bed tertiary hospital in Jaro, Iloilo City. The 36,000 primary shares to be offered to the public will be sold in blocks of 10 shares each. Each block will be offered at a minimum of P250,000 to as much as P400,000. This suggests that the price per share of Ace Medical will be between P25...Keep on reading: SEC OKs P1.44-B IPO of Iloilo’s Ace Medical.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2018

Billionaire opens up on Iloilo power feud

Billionaire ports operator Enrique Razon went public on Tuesday with guns blazing against a power distribution company, which one of his companies was fighting with, for the right to distribute electricity in Iloilo City.   In a statement, Razon shot back at Panay Electric Co. (Peco) over what he said was Peco's claims that one of Razon's companies, More, was not qualified to run an electric firm.   The billionaire is majority stakeholder of More, parent firm of More Electric Power Corp., which was the beneficiary of a franchise bill pending in Congress.   "We certainly never want to have the qualifications of Peco," Razon said in his statement.  ...Keep on reading: Billionaire opens up on Iloilo power feud.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

ICTSI bids P5 billion for 2 Iloilo ports

Ports operator giant International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) of billionaire Enrique Razon Jr. looks to expand further its network in the country as it seeks to modernize and manage two ports in Iloilo for at least P5 billion......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

STL firm rues bookies operations in Iloilo

THE authorized Small Town Lottery (STL) operator in Iloilo province said it is about to stabilize its operations one month after it began running the legalized numbers game. But Red Subay Gaming Corp. said bookies or illegal STL operations still persist despite their operations. Rommel Duron, Red Subay’s legal counsel and incorporator, said their “operation […] The post STL firm rues bookies operations in Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Truck driver hurt in road mishap

By: Gail T. Momblan A TRUCK operator was injured in a road accident at Barangay Bancal, Alimodian, morning of August 15, 2018. Dino Corcolla was driving a ten-wheeler truck carrying sand and gravel from Leon town to Iloilo City. Chief Inspector Danilo Noca, Alimodian police commander, said that the truck’s brakes malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to […] The post Truck driver hurt in road mishap appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

NHCP turns over renovated Ker and Co. building to city

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Iloilo City government signed a Certificate of Transfer and Acceptance of the renovated Ker and Co. building or Bahay Kalakal on July 24, 2018. NHCP Executive Director Ludovico Badoy and Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III signed the agreement which was witnessed by […] The post NHCP turns over renovated Ker and Co. building to city appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

PRRD Awards Land Titles to 2,314 Farmers, Turns Over Support Services

CABATUAN, Iloilo, June 21 — The years of waiting is already over for 2,314 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) as they received their certificates of land ownership awards (CLOAs) from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, June 20 in a distribution ceremony held at the Cabatuan multi-purpose gymnasium. Duterte, together with Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

DAR turns over P25.8-M FMR to Dumangas town

ILOILO CITY, June 25 (PIA6) - - Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones turned over to the local government unit of Dumangas, Iloilo the P25.8 million worth of 3.707-kilometer farm-to-market ro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

DAR turns over P25.8-M FMR to Dumangas town

ILOILO CITY, June 25 (PIA6) - - Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones turned over to the local government unit of Dumangas, Iloilo the P25.8 million worth of 3.707-kilometer farm-to-market ro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Lawyer turns the tables on accusers

BACOLOD City – A lawyer accused of threats and extortion by victims of human rights violations during the Martial Law, who received reparations from the government, turned the tables on his accusers. In a statement emailed to the Daily Guardian on June 12, 2018, Atty. Rey Gorgonio said, “a lawyer is entitled to protection from […] The post Lawyer turns the tables on accusers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

LeBron s free agency decision could swing NBA s balance of power

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- These combo coronation-funerals can be tricky. Imagine the crowning of a new monarch where the royal subjects couldn’t stop chattering about the freshly deposed or deceased predecessor. Where the traditional cry of continuity and succession, “The king is dead! Long live the king!” got flipped, with what was overshadowing what is. That’s pretty much how it went Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena, with the Golden State Warriors’ latest NBA championship having to share the stage with speculation, instantly revved up, about LeBron James and the choice he’ll soon make about his next employer. The Warriors are the kings, claiming pro basketball’s throne yet again by completing a sweep of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Finals. But of course, James is the King, and as so many of us learned in sophomore English – thanks, CliffsNotes! – “Uneasy lies the head (of those who fret and obsess about the future whereabouts of the NBA superstar) that wears a crown.” Long live the kings! The King is ... gone? There was so much energy before, during and after Game 4 Friday (Saturday, PHL time) poured into the last game/next game conjecture about James, the Cavaliers and seismic shifts in the league’s 2018-19 landscape that even the player’s surprise reveal near the end of the night – a bruised and bandaged right hand – couldn’t derail it. Turns out, as James ‘fessed up, the sore shooting paw was an injury he had been playing with ever since Game 1 in Oakland eight days earlier. He had “self-inflicted” it in a fit of pique when he smacked a whiteboard in the visitors’ dressing room at Oracle Arena after Cleveland’s overtime loss in the series-setter, an outcome driven at least in part by some teammates’ mistakes and an arcane wrinkle in the NBA’s replay rules regarding block/charge fouls. Despite the hordes of media people chronicling every waking detail of the Finals, James had kept the injury on the down-low (along with the possibility that J.R. Smith’s nickname amongst his Cavs teammates might be “whiteboard”). The cameras zoomed in and clicked in a paparazzi frenzy of motor drives every time James raised the hand, wrapped in black tape, above the table during his postgame podium remarks. Whether a legit Page-2-the-rest-of-the-story factor in the championship series or a too-late alibi, the contused hand wound up as a sidebar to where James plans to be using it when training camps open in a few months. As of Friday (Saturday, PHL time), it had been 95 months since “The Decision,” the 2010 announcement that James made in a tone-deaf vanity TV production that he was taking his talents from Cleveland to South Beach. Nearly 47 months had passed since he broke the news of his return in a Sports Illustrated ghost-written essay, envisioning much of what actually has unfolded in the four years since. Now savvy insiders and casual observers alike presume James will be on the move again, pushed to leave the franchise he has defined in an urgent search for more and better talent with which he can compete. As in, y’know, some horses, some horses, his kingdom for some horses. James’ free-agency process next month (he can opt out of a $35.6 million deal in the final season of his current contract) is expected to dictate the market of player movement this summer like an oversized domino. It easily could swing the balance of power, if not quite at Golden State’s lofty level then immediately below it. The monster he helped create Dr. Frankenstein eventually was done in by his macabre creation, and it can similarly be argued that James has no one but himself to blame for the predicament in which he again finds himself. He set in motion the machinery of the super team, after all, when he chose to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami eight years ago. Oh sure, the Boston Celtics in 2007-08 got there first by luring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, but that was about knitting together three stars, all age 30 or older, for what would be their last best chance to win in an extremely limited run. That group won one title, went to two Finals in three seasons and was done, Allen leaving to join James & Co. with the Heat while Garnett and Pierce morphed into trade chips for Boston POBO Danny Ainge. When James, Wade and Bosh teamed up, they were in their basketball primes and their initial giddy boasts of “not four, not five, not six” championships turned off fans league-wide as much for its portent as its pretension. That crew went 4-for-4 in Finals, winning two rings before James, nudged by staleness and chafing as well as his grand plan for northeast Ohio, went home. From there, a line can be drawn through the ill-conceived 2012-13 L.A. Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol all the way to this season’s Houston Rockets of James Harden and Chris Paul and the talent-gorged Golden State roster. James was the centerpiece as Cleveland replicated the Big Three concept around him with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, two younger, playoff-stymied All-Stars. The new-look Cavaliers went to the Finals in their first season together and clambered atop the basketball world to win the franchise’s first NBA title by the end of the second, becoming the first team in league history to do so after digging a 1-3 hole in the best-of-seven series. In that moment, regardless of the two Finals trips that followed, James’ bill was stamped: Paid In Full. Misguided fans might burn his jersey if he leaves again, but James burned the mortgage after that Game 7 in Oakland in 2016 as far as any remaining obligation to fulfill. “I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business,” he said after elimination Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember. Honestly, I think we'll all remember that. It ended a drought for Cleveland of 50-plus years, so I think we'll all remember that in sports history.” James added: “When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually – for me personally – made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships. And I still want to be in championship mode. I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.” In other words, James intends to sustain his high level of performance. He expects to win. And he presumably will do whatever – and go wherever – is necessary to achieve that. There’s no perfect fit So what does that mean for the NBA’s best player (never mind what the annual MVP balloting says in any given season)? It means this: compromise. There is no ideal situation, certainly no easy answer to the guesswork surrounding James’ looming free agency. He could transform any of the 30 teams, but not without some trade-offs for him, for them or for both. Most of them won’t be in play. Teams in markets such as Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Sacramento, the Twin Cities and so on can’t scratch James’ itches for either championship-worthy depth chart or spotlight. New York and Chicago, among the biggies, are out of synch with his timeline. Toronto? No way James is resettling his brand north of the border, and given his stated desire for teammates who have not just sufficient basketball skills but also mental toughness, well, the Raptors teams he and the Cavs have dominated do not qualify. The Boston club that stretched Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals is built for the long haul and would have to surrender much of that to adjust to James’ career calendar. There’s a little Kyrie problem lurking there and, truth be told, the Celtics look to be on their way and are doing just fine without the 33-year-old heading, one of these years, toward decline. At some point in each of the 2018 Finals’ final three days, James spoke admiringly of the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs title teams that blocked his path whether in Miami or Cleveland. He was at it again even as the Warriors were dousing the opponent’s locker room at The Q with Moet champagne. “I made the move in 2010 to be able to play with talented players, cerebral players that you could see things that happen before they happened on the floor,” James said. “When you feel like you're really good at your craft, I think it's always great to be able to be around other great minds as well and other great ballplayers. “That's never changed. Even when I came here in '14, I wanted to try to surround myself and surround this franchise with great minds and guys that actually think outside the box of the game and not just go out and play it.” Where might James find that now or recruit that swiftly? Hard to say. There are asterisks and “buts” everywhere: * If he were to sign with the Houston Rockets, James would be hitching his star to Chris Paul, a buddy with an injury history that’s about the mirror opposite of his own. He would be teaming up with an elite coach in Mike D’Antoni, something he’s never had (though Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was just young and unproven, on his way to big things). But it also would require another big ask of James Harden, who had to adapt last summer to Paul’s arrival and need for the ball. * If James chooses the Lakers, he has the chance to hit reset with the league’s glitziest franchise, in a market that can meet his every off-court wish and where he and his family already own one or more ultra-comfortable homes. The Lakers have young talent to help James transition into a lower-usage veteran’s role, favored status as a destination team for other top free agents and the salary-cap space to get it done this summer with the likes of Paul George or his pal Paul. But that roster might not be capable of insta-contending, which could burn a season or two when James’ clock most definitely is clicking. * If it’s San Antonio, James could link up with the elite coach in Gregg Popovich, where the winning culture is in the DNA rather than some acquired taste. The Spurs have talent, particularly if Kawhi Leonard finds happiness again there. But they might not have enough to rattle the Warriors’ cage. And for all their professed admiration, James and Popovich might both fare better by keeping their relationship long-distance vs. the 82-game grind. * If it’s Golden State? Perish the thought. The NBA might have to board up itself if competitive balance were capsized to that extent. And as Draymond Green shrewdly noted on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), if James climbed aboard, it likely would require him and several other Golden State teammates to be dispatched to parts unknown. * If James prefers to stay East, where the winning comes easier, he could pick Philadelphia. The Sixers have two foundational young stars at positions that matter most, center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. But Simmons is a non-shooter at the moment, the antithesis of what makes a great complementary LeBron teammate. As for Embiid, James never has had to play off of and service a top center. And Philly might feel like a basketball-only move, with the hungriest and most demanding of any new fan base he would embrace. * If it’s Miami – wait, could it be Miami? Could he go second-home again? The Heat always strive to be competitive and offer a talent base deep enough for the East and lots of familiarity. But they also have players such as Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters whose mental approaches don’t seem to fit the model James was cooing about in Golden State and with the Tim Duncan-era Spurs. * That brings us to Cleveland, where it’s possible James might choose to remain. Staying with the Cavaliers, after leading them to four Finals and that heady 2016 title, would be the easiest choice as far as pressure to win. He owes these fans nothing anymore – in fact, had the bargain been offered to them in 2010 (“LeBron will leave and win elsewhere for four years, but will come back and deliver a championship and four Finals trips”), most would have grabbed it. Here, James and the fans who have watched him even through the interruption develop from ridiculously touted high schooler to one of the world’s most famous athletes could grow older together. Then he could partner up and buy the team from owner Dan Gilbert for a long-term future. Certainly, staying has a certain place in his and the rest of the James clan’s hearts. “The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” he said at series end Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.” It’s worth noting that as James contemplates his options as a modern pursuer of championship excellence, the prospect of him moving again qualifies at some level as a failure. Not just by the support system in Cleveland, where he and Gilbert have their friction and James gets snidely mentioned as the team’s unofficial GM and head coach, but by him too. He’s the one who went off to seek his “college education” in south Florida in what it takes to win, whether on the court, in the front office or in and around the seams 365 days a year, straight out of the Pat Riley handbook. The teams about which James talks so glowingly in Oakland now and in San Antonio then have cultures he covets, stability up and down the flowchart he craves. In Cleveland, for a variety of reasons, his team has been incapable of establishing and maintaining that to a lasting degree. He is part of that missed opportunity and he has to own it, no matter if he goes or stays. James is inseparable from the dynamic of the Cavaliers’ ever-changing and often melodramatic roster maneuvers. Spending big, swapping out draft picks to import current stars and supporting players, and overvaluing secondary guys like Smith and Tristan Thompson are risks the Warriors and the Spurs largely avoided thanks to shrew drafting and laudable continuity. The Cavs’ scrap heap, by contrast, is high with traded picks, scuttled plans, panic deals, short-term patches and folks such as former coach David Blatt and former GM David Griffin. And maybe James could have nurtured a little better relationship with All-Star point guard and 2016 title sidekick Kyrie Irving, enough to have kept Irving from bailing on them all with his trade demand last summer. Now he’s on the verge of casting about again, prioritizing what matters most for however long he continues to play. James is more at peace with it than he was before, particularly in 2010, and surely can enjoy the leverage he wields and the riches it delivers. But there is a burden there as well, one that could be seen as completing a circle. So many of the NBA’s greatest stars have been stuck playing and living in the Age of LeBron, right? Their paths to the Finals blocked, on one whole side of the league, by him and his? Well, LeBron James is stuck now in the Era of the Warriors, freshly swept and anxious to close the gap. What goes around comes around, though the key more pressing of the big W’s now is, where? Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

‘STL games’ persist in Iloilo province

UNDERGROUND Small Town Lottery (STL) activities continue in Iloilo province, police said. Senior Superintendent Marlon Tayaba, Iloilo provincial director, confirmed that STL bookies operations are still active after the stoppage of the operation of Eagle Crest Gaming and Holdings Corporation, the erstwhile STL operator in Iloilo. Recently, Tayaba said that most of the bet collectors […] The post ‘STL games’ persist in Iloilo province appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 29th, 2018

Kiefer banned 18 months for using PEDs

Say goodbye to Kiefer Ravena. For now. In a shocking development, Ravena is receiving a temporary ban from FIBA for allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs. After an official press conference Monday, Ravena is set to sit out for 1 and a half years, meaning he's set to miss Gilas Pilipinas' road back to the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Ravena was picked for a random drug test by FIBA back in February and results showed that he tested positive for 3 banned substances. The ingredients were Dimethylbutylamine Methylexaneamine, and Higenamine and all of them are in the WADA List of Prohibited Substances.  The ingredients were from a workout drink Ravena took pre-game last February 25 when Gilas Pilipinas took on Japan. The drink, which is called Dust, was bought over the counter. Reuben Terrado of Spin.ph cited unnamed sources and first broke the story Monday morning regarding Kiefer's failed drug test during the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. "Napakahirap isipin na umabot dito ang nangyari. It was my honest mistake in taking that pre-workout drink," Ravena said in his statement during the press conference. "With WADA and FIBA, we went back-and-forth with all the rules. Totoo naman, you are responsible for whatever you take. Why would I blame anybody? Wala eh, it's a pre-workout drink. Honest to goodness I didn't know," he added. Ravena's status with the NLEX Road Warriors is up in the air as of press time. On Sunday, Ravena was pulled out from the final leg of the 2018 PBA All-Star Games. Several members of the PBA Press Corps in Iloilo City reported the development following Commissioner Willie Marcial's confirmation that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas called Ravena and asked him to return to Manila immediately. [Related: PBA: Kiefer pulled out from All-Star Game for undisclosed reason] No addtional details were provided at that time. PBA players getting suspended for positive drug test results are nothing new. Back in 2003, Commissioner Noli Eala issued an indefinite suspension on Jimwell Torion. The Red Bull point guard reportedly tested positive for shabu. Kiefer's transition to the pros has been seamless so far. In the last Philippine Cup, he led NLEX all the way to Game 6 of the semifinals against Magnolia, It was the Road Warriors' first PBA semis appearance ever. Ravena has also been a crucial part in the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas in the ongoing Asian Qualifiers, appearing in all four games of the national team in the first round.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Guv rues cessation of STL operations

GOV. Arthur Defensor Sr. said the lack of a legal operator for Small Town Lottery (STL) is a loss for Iloilo province. Defensor then appealed to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to resume STL operations “at the earliest time possible.” “For me, it is better that there is STL. Because if there is no […] The post Guv rues cessation of STL operations appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Transport office resumes apprehension of ‘bad drivers’

THE Iloilo City Government through Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) has resumed issuing Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP) on May 2 after a 3-month suspension. TOPs are issued to drivers and conductors of motor vehicles who violate traffic rules and regulations. The issuance was suspended after the PSTMO ran out of TOPs and had […] The post Transport office resumes apprehension of ‘bad drivers’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

END OF THE ROAD FOR STL: Money woes force Iloilo operator to close shop

THE Small Town Lottery (STL) franchise in Iloilo is now open to interested players. This, as the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) terminated and canceled its agreement with Eagle Crest Gaming and Holding Corp. (ECGHC) allowing the latter to operate STL in Iloilo province. Based on PCSO Resolution No. 0118, Series of 2018, Eagle Crest, […] The post END OF THE ROAD FOR STL: Money woes force Iloilo operator to close shop appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018