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Almazan shows up

Rain or Shine and disgruntled center Raymond Almazan patched up their differences, but the 6-foot-8 national team mainstay won't be returning to the Elasto Painters as they make a desperate drive to make the PBA Governors' Cup playoffs. Almazan finally appeared before co-owner Raymund Yu and other members of team management on Monday afternoon. He apologized after weeks of unauthorized absence from practices and the Painters' last six games. Going AWOL (absent without leave) had a lot to do with Almazan's differences with coach Caloy Garcia. Although they agreed to talk, the former Letran ace, drafted third overall under Yeng Guiao in 2013, cannot escape sanctions. A trade is al...Keep on reading: Almazan shows up.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 22nd, 2018Related News

U2 pays tribute to terrorist attack victims in Manchester show

U2 paid its respects to the victims of the May 2017 terrorist attack by dedicating the song "13. There is a Light" in their Oct. 19 show at the Manchester Arena in England. Frontman Bono made the dedication as the band prepared to play the closing song for a set. "This is a prayer for the safety of your children," said Bono before he started singing as reported by NME. The May 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack involved Islamic extremists detonating homemade bombs following the concert of American singer Ariana Grande. Twenty-two civilians were killed in the attack. YouTube user Raymond Jager shared a two-minute clip of Bono solemnly singing "There Is a Light" as the spo...Keep on reading: U2 pays tribute to terrorist attack victims in Manchester show.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Oct 20th, 2018Related News

Beau Belga injury adds to Rain or Shine s woes

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Just as Rain or Shine is starting to pick up steam in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup following a horrendous start, it is dealt another huge blow with an injury to big man Beau Belga. Already playing without star center Raymond Almazan, the Elasto Painters might ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 19th, 2018Related News

PBA: Almazan will have to regain spot with ROS says Garcia: 'Magkahiyaan naman tayo'

The Raymond Almazan saga could be nearing its conclusion. Almazan, Rain or Shine's top center, was still a no show Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome as the Elasto Painters won back-to-back games in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup, beating Northport by 22 points. It's been weeks since Almazan went AWOL for Rain or Shine and contact with him has been limited and spotty at best. But with ROS picking up a 120-98 decision over the Batang Pier, pushing the Elasto Painters' record to 2-2 without Almazan and 2-4 for the conference, some light has been shed on the big man's mysterious disappearance. For one, it appears that Almazan is set to finally sit down with team management to sort this one out. "Wala pa ako nababalitaan," head coach Caloy Garcia said. "Actually with Raymond, I think they're having a meeting on Saturday. I haven't talked to him, I think management will talk to him on Saturday," he added. With rumors flying around that Garcia is part of the reason why Almazan decided to go AWOL, the Rain or Shine mentor simply brushed it off. Garcia defended himself, saying that he's only doing his job as head coach and would like to keep things professional overall. "Actually for me, nagulat nga ako dun na ako tinuro eh. At the end of the day I'm just doing my job. There was just a time that I told him... kasi madalas siya mag-absent at ma-late, we're losing and we needed him to come in and work. I didn't know that that's gonna cause this because lahat naman tanggap nila everybody comes in early and works and it's working right now," Garcia said. "If that's the reason why, it's my job to discipline the players. Samin nga wala nga kaming fine eh, so wag naman nila i-ano, sobra sobra naman na alam mo na. Basically we're just trying to be professionals," he added. With Rain or Shine chasing a playoff spot in the Governors' Cup, the Elasto Painters could certainly use the boost that Almazan is set to give once he returns to the team. However, Almazan's actual return will not be as simple as him showing up and being fielded for the rest of Rain or Shine's games this season. "Just be professional, yun lagi kong iniisip. If he shows up in practice and wants to play, then he has to work for it. Basically yun sinasabi ko sa mga players, magkahiyaan naman tayo," Garcia said. "You see players come in and really work hard that I don't even give chances to play. Pero sabi ko nga sa kanila, they should set good examples, especially the veterans. Hopefully, if ever mapa-isip siya maglaro, I hope he comes ready to play as a professional," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 17th, 2018Related News

Almazan’s trade stock rises

At least six teams reportedly expressed willingness to trade for Raymond Almazan despite him being tagged as “missing in action” by Rain or Shine in the ongoing Governors’ Cup of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). A source closely monitoring the situation said Almazan’s trade value is at an all-time high and could land a handsome […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 11th, 2018Related News

As Almazan goes missing, six PBA teams interested in his services

Six teams are interested in exploring possibilities to acquire the services of embattled Rain or Shine big man Raymond Almazan, a source close to the situation said.........»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsOct 11th, 2018Related News

PBA: So where in the world is Raymond Almazan?

The Raymond Almazan saga continues. The Rain or Shine center has been MIA for the Elasto Painters since last week. Initial word was he had to deal with a family emergency, causing him to miss the team's loss to Alaska. Almazan was still nowhere to be found in Rain or Shine's loss to Blackwater last Sunday and he was officially declared MIA by head coach Caloy Garcia. Three days later, there's still no word on Almazan. Even NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, who used to coach Almazan in Rain or Shine and acts as a godfather to the former Letran Knight, has no idea where Raymond is. "Asawa niya nga hindi alam eh, alangan naman ako maka-alam noon," Guiao said. "I did not make any attempt to reach out to him. I actually talked to coach Caloy [Garcia], kinamusta ko lang. Sabi naman ni coach Caloy, subukan nilang ayusin, subukan nilang kausapin but sila rin, wala pang contact. That's all I can say about the situation," he added. Veteran sports agent Danny Espiritu, who represents Almazan, also has nothing on where Raymond is. Espiritu says his last contact with Almazan was two days ago via text. "Two days agin nung nag-text siya sakin. Wala pa akong update sa kanya. Sabi niya sakin, antayin ko lang daw, inaayos pa raw niya yung problema niya. Matatapos din daw. Pero di ko alam nasaan siya, di niya sinabi sakin," he said. "Nakausap ko naman yung misis niya, sabi nung misis niya wala naman daw siyang problema. Eh di ko lang alam kung ano… eh dalawa yung pamilya niya, di ba? Doon sa mother side niya, yung mga kapatid niya roon, yung mother niya, ganyan. [Tapos] yung pamilya niya naman doon sa asawa. So di ko alam kung may problema doon [mother side], pero yung misis niya, sabi ng misis niya sakin, wala naman daw problema," Espiritu added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 10th, 2018Related News

Missing-in-action Almazan dealing with problem, says agent

Three days into the Raymond Almazan’s disapperaing episode with Rain or Shine and the lanky but athletic big man remains off the grid......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsOct 10th, 2018Related News

Raymond Almazan goes AWOL for luckless Rain or Shine

STA. ROSA CITY, Philippines – As if Rain or Shine's woes in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup couldn't get any worse, it is now missing star center Raymond Almazan for unknown reasons. Almazan was nowhere to be found as the Elasto Painters absorbed a 93-99 loss to Blackwater on Sunday, October ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 8th, 2018Related News

Garcia to Tomas: Meet cops regularly

WITH the growing peace and order concerns in Cebu City, Councilor Raymond Garcia has urged Mayor Tomas Osmeña to take action. “I don’t like to make any comments until and unless an investigation is made because it’s hard to listen only to one side without listening to the side of the police,” Garcia said when… link: Garcia to Tomas: Meet cops regularly.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Oct 5th, 2018Related News

Smashing debut: Giannis, Bucks cruise in new arena s opener

By The Associated Press Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks put on a smashing opening-night performance at their new arena. Antetokounmpo had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the Bucks routed the Chicago Bulls 116-82 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in the first game at the Fiserv Forum. The Bucks had the look of contenders under new coach Mike Budenholzer, scoring 63 points in the first half of their preseason opener and leading by as much as 34 points. Their new arena opened in August and the Bucks looked right at home there against the Bulls, overwhelming them on the backboards with a 64-43 rebound advantage. Bobby Portis led Chicago with 17 points and Kris Dunn added 10. BUCKS: Eric Bledsoe added 16 points, Khris Middleton scored 15 and Pat Connaughton had 12 points on four three-pointers. ... First-rounder Donte DiVincenzo scored just two points on 1-of-9 shooting but grabbed seven boards in 19 minutes ... Budenholzer spent the last five seasons as Atlanta coach. BULLS: Jabari Parker was 1-of-12 from the field and scored two points in his return to Milwaukee, where the Bucks’ former No. 2 pick played his first four seasons. ... No. 7 pick Wendell Carter Jr. had nine points on 4-of-8 shooting. UP NEXT: The Bucks (1-0) play Minnesota at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, on Sunday (next Monday, PHL time). The Bulls (1-1) visit Charlotte on Monday (next Tuesday, PHL time). PISTONS 97, THUNDER 91 Andre Drummond had 31 points and 16 rebounds, and scored the go-ahead points on a three-point play that gave visiting Detroit a 94-91 lead with 1:37 left. Ish Smith’s three-pointer with 17 seconds left capped the scoring. Stanley Johnson scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half for the Pistons. Dennis Schroder had 21 points and nine assists and Steven Adams added 17 points and 12 boards for Oklahoma City. PISTONS: Blake Griffin did not play. ... Glen Robinson III had 11 points, and Reggie Bullock and Zaza Pachulia scored 10 each. ... Dwane Casey made his debut as the Pistons’ head coach after seven seasons in Toronto, including a 59-win campaign in 2017-18. THUNDER: Russell Westbrook and Paul George did not play. ... Raymond Felton had 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting in 19 minutes. UP NEXT: The Pistons (1-0) travel to San Antonio on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). The Thunder (0-1) visit Minnesota on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). KNICKS 107, NETS 102 Rookie Allonzo Trier scored 25 points, Enes Kanter had 22 points and 20 rebounds, and the Knicks took the first of two preseason meetings between the city rivals. Caris LeVert scored 15 points for the Nets in their preseason opener. The teams meet again at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 12 (Oct. 13, PHL time) on the final night of preseason play. KNICKS: New York closed the first half with a 24-6 burst, turning a 40-26 deficit into a 50-46 lead. ... Rookie Mitchell Robinson limped to the locker room early in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury. ... Veteran Courtney Lee missed his second straight game with a strained neck. NETS: Spencer Dinwiddie and rookie Rodions Kurucs each scored 13 points. ... D’Angelo Russell had 11 points but shot just 4-for-12. ... The Nets were 8-for-41 (19.5 percent) from three-point range. DeMarre Carroll missed all four of his attempts in an overall 0-for-5, scoreless performance. ... Brooklyn was without veteran forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left abductor strain) and newcomers Shabazz Napier (strained right hamstring) and Kenneth Faried (sore left ankle). UP NEXT: New York (2-0) hosts New Orleans on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). ... Brooklyn (0-1) visits Detroit on Monday (next Tuesday, PHL time). SUNS 91, NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS 86 No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton reached a double-double with five minutes left in the second quarter and finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. The Suns briefly trailed in the middle of the first quarter before taking the lead for good at 17-15. Corey Webster led the Breakers with 27 points and seven assists. SUNS: Ayton is shooting 62.1 percent from the field and averaging 22.5 points and 12 rebounds in two preseason games. ... Trevor Ariza added 16 points and TJ Warren scored 13. ... No. 10 pick Mikal Bridges had two points in 19 minutes. NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS: Tai Wesley added 15 points and Patrick Richard scored 11. ... New Zealand made just 35.6 percent from the field and 6-of-25 from three-point range. UP NEXT: The Suns (1-1) host Portland on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). CLIPPERS 128, TIMBERWOLVES 101 Tobias Harris shot 4-for-5 from three-point range and scored 23 points, and Danilo Gallinari added 22 points and Boban Marjanovic had 15 points in 11 minutes for the Clippers. Los Angeles never trailed after the early moments and pulled away in the second quarter. Karl Anthony-Towns led Minnesota with 18 points. Andrew Wiggins and Tyus Jones added 12 points each. CLIPPERS: Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 12 points. ... The Clippers’ other first-round pick Jerome Robinson scored five. ... Gallinari had 14 points in the first eight minutes and 20 in the first half. ... Avery Bradley and Luc Mbah A Moute did not play. TIMBERWOLVES: Jimmy Butler, the subject of ongoing trade rumors, did not play for a second straight game. ... Second-round pick Keita Bates-Diop had 11 points and Anthony Tolliver scored 10. UP NEXT: The Clippers (2-0) face the Lakers at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). The Timberwolves (1-1) host Oklahoma City on Friday (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 4th, 2018Related News

2nd Glory Awards, musical tribute highlight UP CMC Homecoming

Former students of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UPCMC) will gather for their 53rd alumni homecoming onSaturday, Oct. 6. The event features the 2nd Glory Awards for outstanding alumni and a musical show. The festivities will start 4 p.m. at Bahay ng Alumni in the UP Diliman campus. This year's highlights include a musical tribute to the late film and TV director Maryo de los Reyes---a beloved professor and two-term alumni association president---featuring singer-actress Isabelle de Leon, balladeer Steven Paysu, and a rare performance by UP Masscom alumnus Raymond Lauchengco. His fellow alumni Pia Guanio, Ramon Bautista and Willy Inong (a.k.a. Hillbil...Keep on reading: 2nd Glory Awards, musical tribute highlight UP CMC Homecoming.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 28th, 2018Related News

Mental health advocate hits blogger Olivar over suicide remarks

Raymond John Naguit, chairman of the Youth for Mental Health Coalition, slammed blogger Drew Olivar for posting a video on encouraging suicide, noting his group's hard work in combating the stigma against mental health. "Various groups have been working so hard to fight the stigma and promote responsible means of reporting mental health. Here you have the Pepederalismo dancer, bomb scare instigator, and PWD trivializer Drew Olivar rambling mindlessly about suicide/self-harm," Naguit said in a tweet on Tuesday. Various groups have been working so hard to fight the stigma and promote responsible means of reporting mental health. Here you have the Pepederalismo dancer, bomb scare ...Keep on reading: Mental health advocate hits blogger Olivar over suicide remarks.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 26th, 2018Related News

SAfrica’s top court legalizes personal, private cannabis use

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s top court ruled on Tuesday that private, personal cannabis use was legal in a landmark case that had pitted law enforcement agencies against marijuana advocates and the judiciary. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, delivering the Johannesburg-based Constitutional Court’s unanimous verdict, declared the law banning marijuana use in private by adults “is unconstitutional… link: SAfrica’s top court legalizes personal, private cannabis use.....»»

Source: Manilainformer ManilainformerCategory: Sep 18th, 2018Related News

SAfrica’s top court legalizes personal, private cannabis use

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s top court ruled on Tuesday that private, personal cannabis use was legal in a landmark case that had pitted law enforcement agencies against marijuana advocates and the judiciary. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, delivering the Johannesburg-based Constitutional Court’s unanimous verdict, declared the law banning marijuana use in private by adults “is unconstitutional [...] The post SAfrica’s top court legalizes personal, private cannabis use appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsSep 18th, 2018Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: Wright, Aguilar back in Gilas 12 vs. Qatar

Gilas Pilipinas' final 12 for Qatar is set. Team Pilipinas is bringing back Matthew Wright and Japeth Aguilar for the closed-door game Monday to continue round 2 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Wright and Aguilar are no longer suspended by FIBA following the Gilas-Boomers brawl back in July. Joining the two national team mainstays for the clash againsr Qatar are Beau Belga, Alex Cabagnot, Paul Lee, JP Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Ian Sangalang, Asi Taulava, and Scottie Thompson. Stanley Pringle is Gilas' designated naturalized player for the Qatar game, taking over from Christian Standhardinger who led the Philippines with 30 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Iran last week. Aside from Standhardinger, the other cuts from the Iran game are Allein Maliksi, Raymond Almazan, and Greg Slaughter. "It is a welcome development that Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright are back in the Final 12 after serving their one-game suspension imposed by FIBA," the Samahang Basketkol ng Pilipinas (SBP) said in its statement Sunday announcing the lineup. Gilas is currently on a two-game skid in the Asian Qualifiers and its 4-3 record is good for third place in the merged Group F.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 16th, 2018Related News

Bataan Eyes to Plant 1M Trees

Provincial Government of Bataan launched Monday a project that challenges residents to plant and grow one million trees. “1Million Trees for 1Bataan aims to encourage Bataeños to plant more trees and help the province in empowering environmental responsiveness,” Governor Albert Raymond Garcia said. It is being implemented in partnership with Department of Environment and Natural […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsSep 15th, 2018Related News

Lifeless Body of a Man Found in Brgy. Lagtang

A lifeless body of a man was found at Fiber Home Compound, Sitio Ilang-ilang, Brgy. Lagtang, Talisay City last September 11, 2018. The dead body was identified to be Eddie Villejo, 70, a native from Davao with no immediate relatives in Cebu. At around 1:57 P.M., Chito Racaza, the security guard of the compound, reported […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsSep 14th, 2018Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: SMC stars get first shot as Gilas challenges Iran

Whether you will stick to Gilas Pilipinas or go with the simpler Team Pilipinas, the fact remains, a new era for the Philippine national team will officially start Thursday. Gilas continues its bid to return to the FIBA World Cup as round 2 of the Asian Qualifiers tip off, pitting the Philippines against Iran to start the action in the merged Group F. [Related: FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers: Chot Reyes steps aside as NT coach] It's unclear whether or not coach Yeng Guiao will take over full time from coach Chot Reyes, who officially stepped down two days ago, but the fiery mentor gets his first crack in these Asian Qualifiers as his version of Team Pilipinas look to score a road win against the Iranians, a longtime rival of Filipinos in international play. Coach Yeng's version of Team Pilipinas will feature Scottie Thompson, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Alex Cabagnot, Paul Lee, JP Erram, Marcio Lassiter, Allein Maliksi, Gabe Norwood, Ian Sangalang, Christian Standhardinger, and Asi Taulava. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Scottie in, Greg out in Gilas vs. Iran] After round 1, the Philippines sports a 4-2 record, with the two defeats coming from Australia. Meanwhile, Iran has compiled a strong 5-1 mark and is in the middle of a five-game winning streak. The merged Group F also include the Boomers, Japan, Qatar, and Kazakhstan. To qualify for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas needs to finish at least third in its new group. The Philippines is currently third, one full game behind Australia and Iran. A win against the Iranians on the road will be a huge boost to Gilas' World Cup bid without a doubt. The Philippines-Iran match will tip off at 8:30 p.m. Manila time.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 12th, 2018Related News

FIBA WORLD CUP: Team Pilipinas set to leave for Iran to start round 2 of Asian Qualifiers

Team Pilipinas is off to Iran to start round 2 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Gilas had one last morning practice on Monday and the national team is off to Tehran in the evening. The Philippines will take on Iran on September 13. No final 12 has been announced still and Team Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao said last week that the lineup will be revealed once they're already in Iran. And so, all 16 players will make the trip. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Yeng says Gilas will take 16-man pool to Iran] Gilas currently has a pool that includes Beau Belga, Paul Lee, Gabe Norwood, Scottie Thompson, Asi Taulava, Alex Cabagnot, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Ian Sangalang, Matthew Wright, Raymond Almazan, Christian Standhardinger, Marcio Lassiter, Greg Slaughter, Stanley Pringle, and Poy Erram. However, for the Iran game, Wright and Aguilar are suspended while Guiao will have to drop either Standhardinger or Pringle due to eligibility issues. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Slaughter cleared as local for Team Pilipinas] The Philippines is part of a merged group F with Australia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Japan, and Qatar. Team Pilipinas is sitting at third place so far with a 4-2 record behind the Boomers (5-1) and the Iranians (5-1) themselves. Gilas will take on Iran at 8:30 p.m. (Philippine time) on Thursday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 10th, 2018Related News