Ray Parks on PBA debut: Blackwater win ‘most important thing’

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks was his own toughest critic on Sunday when he made his keenly-anticipated debut in the PBA.Parks was triumphant in his first game, helping Blackwater survive Meralco, 94-91, in overtime at the start of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Stepheson led Blackwater with 21 points and 31 rebounds while Mike DiGregorio also shone with 21 points.“We got the win, it’s the most important thing. Rough shooting night, still adjusting but at the end of the day we got the win,” said Parks.“A win is a win but I know we have a lot to work on. We’re still hungry for more wins and we have to get better in order to beat the other top-tier teams. Kudos to Meralco, Meralco is a well-coached team, very talented. We just did a great job tonight holding on.”PBA fans waited years for Parks to finally take his talents in the country’s top basketball league.Parks, who spent his last three years playing for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League where he won a championship and three Local MVP awards, didn’t want to put too much into his debut and felt that it was just like “another day” for him.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN “Just another day, I played in a lot of different leagues already. I understand that the PBA is the most prestigious league here and I just wanna do my work. As much as possible, try to get more wins than we had last conference,” Parks, who was the second overall pick by Blackwater in the 2018 PBA Draft, said.“It’s good that now I’m in the PBA. Sana masaya na sila (I hope the fans are now happy). I’m happy to be here, I’m happy to help the team. I just wanna start this new chapter in my career in the PBA and I’m excited for it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card View comments The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ray Parks makes PBA debut, Blackwater beats Meralco in OT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The 26-year-old guard had a solid outing with 20 points and eight rebounds but what caught his attention more was his eight turnovers and 1-of-6 shooting from the three-point area.Parks knows he still has a lot of room for improvement, but despite the errors and poor shooting, his performance was already enough to make a good account of himself.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Just like I said before, Ray is a winner. He brings a lot of things to the table. It may not be all on scoring but he has shown his leadership here. He can make shots, he can defend even in the tightest situations and I’m happy for him,” said Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan. “We all welcome him here in the PBA.”“Ray played good. First game in the PBA, it was an impressive game. Ray is really, really good,” said Elite import Alex Stepheson. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Fire razes Mocha house

first_img– 4 homelessA Mocha, East Bank Demerara resident is counting her losses after her years of hard work and savings were destroyed in the blink of an eye following a fire on Tuesday night, which left four persons homeless.The fire reportedly started about 21:30h in the upper flat of the Lot 6 Plantation Prosperity, Barnwell North, Mocha home after a candle was left unattended.The building previously housed a salon, but was later converted into three apartments that were all rented out.When Guyana Times visited the scene, the entire upper flat of the concrete and wooden structure was completely destroyed.This publication was told by the owner, Sappha Lord, that currently the area has no electricity, but she uses a generator to provide electricity to her tenants.Lord revealed that on Monday last she had taken the generator to be serviced and as such, the tenants were all using candles.One of the tenants reportedly lit a candle after which she went out. Around 22:00h, Lord was awakened by strange sounds and upon inspection, she saw that the house was on fire.The fire was reportedly started by an unattended candle“Everything gone. All of my hard work. I work hard to bring this up. This is what I does depend on for me family and them thing and now I ain’t got nothing,” she cried as she spoke with this publication.Lord, however, thanked the community for their assistance, noting that many persons helped, but  there was not enough water sources close by to douse the flames.“Everybody in the community come out, they come out with buckets and everything and we ain’t had no water because the canal stagnated,” she explained.She noted that by the time the Guyana Fire Service arrived at the scene, the flames had already engulfed the house. Additionally, there were difficulties in sourcing water.The distraught woman is further contending that had the Government answered the community’s calls for electricity in the area, the fire could have been avoided.“Late last year, we call out for somebody to come in because snakes does be coming up [from the trench] and all kinda thing does be coming up from the canal. It stagnated, you know with the mosquito and thing. We begging for we lights, for we get we lights because if we had lights you could’ve say it was the electrical problem, but is not electrical problem. Is just a candle and all ah me hard work gone. Everything,” the woman said in tears.Fire officials are investigating the incident.  (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

Minister to meet with organisers to address safety issues

first_img…body of male recovered, no lifeguard on duty for festivalIn light of the recent drowning of two persons at the Rockstone Fish Festival on Sunday, Minister with the responsibility for tourism, Dominic Gaskin said that he called a meeting with the various organising bodies to address the issue of safety to ensure that such an incident did not recur.Minister with responsibility for tourism, Dominic GaskinOn Sunday, 50-year-old Gavin Moses and his niece, 13-year-old Kimeanda “Yasha” Prince drowned after going for a swim at the Golden Beach. Moses’s body was recovered in the Essequibo River on Monday around 13:30h and was currently at the Linden Hospital Mortuary.At a press conference on Tuesday, Minister Gaskin said that this was the first time such an incident has occurred. He noted that the incident highlighted the importance of safety measures.“I asked for a meeting between the organisers, the GTA (Guyana Tourism Authority) and the Department of Tourism to get a better idea of what occurred and look at what ought to have been in place in terms of safety measures and ensure that in the planning for next year’s event that a lot more emphasis is placed on safety and that there is a plan to deal with issues like this,” Gaskin said.“The question about lifeguard is a valid one, because if people are swimming in open waters, should there be a lifeguard? Of course! This may be the first time that something like this has happened and it is most unfortunate and it drives home how important it is to have safety measures and we would like to use this as a learning experience,” the Minister added.Meanwhile, GTA Logistics Manager Carla Chandra said that they had basic emergency services personnel on the ground with the exception of a lifeguard. She said that at the time of the incident, the judging of the competition was ongoing with almost everyone at the main event area.Chandra said that the GTA would be working with the community of Rockstone and the other organisers to ensure that signs were placed to warn people of the dangers.Prince, of Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara, and Moses, formerly of Goed Bananen Land, East Canje, Berbice, met their demise on Sunday during the 12th Annual Rockstone Fish Festival.It was reported that Moses and other relatives had hired a private boat to transport them to Golden Beach – minutes away from the main event area. Whilst there, Prince and two cousins, one being Thalia Clarke, experienced difficulties in navigating through the deep waters.Moses, who could not swim, went to their aid, but instead went under the water and never resurfaced. The now dead teen was celebrating her birthday on Sunday, and her now dead uncle had celebrated his on Saturday.last_img read more

Charlton misfit returns to Belgium

first_imgCharlton misfit Christophe Lepoint has returned to Belgium having agreed a deal with Zulte Waregem.The 30-year-old arrived from Gent in January and signed a two-and-a-half-year deal but started just one Championship game for the Addicks in the second half of the campaign.And now Charlton have confirmed they have agreed an undisclosed fee with Waregem for the sale of Lepoint, who will link up once again with Francky Dury who was his manager at Gent. Christophe Lepoint 1last_img

Having 52,000 fans doesn’t mean we deserve to be in the Premier League!

first_imgMatt Ritchie has told his Newcastle United team-mates they need to “respect the Premier League” as they bid to re-establish themselves as a top-flight club.The Toon are back in the big time after just one season in the Championship, but the former Swindon and Bournemouth winger knows they can’t take anything for granted as they approach their opening game at home to Tottenham this weekend.Speaking to talkSPORT at a Premier League launch event in London, Ritchie said: “We need to respect the fact the club got relegated for a reason, and we need to respect the other teams. Just because they haven’t got 52,000 fans, we need to prove we’re a good team and can win games, because that’s what keeps you in the league.“But if you stick to what you’ve done on the training ground, you can get results. We’re a team that’s come back up from the Championship and we need to re-establish ourselves as a Premier League football club. And that’s the aim this year.”Manager Rafa Benitez has been largely frustrated in his efforts in the transfer market this summer, with his failure to land a new striker his main cause for concern. The Spaniard has been unable to land Arsenal forward Lucas Perez, while Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham chose a loan move to Swansea over one to St James’ Park.And Ritchie admits it would be nice to add some more firepower to the squad before the end of the transfer window on August 31.“I won’t disagree that we probably need another striker,” he added. “The manager has made no secret of the fact he wants to bring more quality players into the group to make us stronger, and that can only help the group and the competition for places.“We’ve got two or three very good strikers, but some more competition is no doubt needed.”last_img read more

Man City duo riding high, but who’s number one? Top creative players in Europe

first_imgOnly the best players have an eye for a killer pass.Fans that keep tabs on European football’s best talent will have been pleased with what they have witnessed so far this season.From Kevin De Bruyne to Joshua Kimmich, there’s been plenty of quality on display.But which player has created the most chances across Europe’s top five leagues this season? Find out by scrolling through the gallery above.  10 10. Florian Thauvin has created 23 chances for Marseille this season =5. David Silva has created 25 chances for Manchester City this season =5. Joshua Kimmich has created 25 chances for Bayern Munich this season =7. Benjamin Bourigeaud has created 24 chances for Rennes this season 10 10 =7. Faouzi Ghoulam has created 24 chances for Napoli this season 10 10 10 10 10 =3. Lorenzo Insigne has created 26 chances for Napoli this season 10 10 =3. Kevin De Bruyne has created 26 chances for Manchester City this season 2. Malcom has created 27 chances for Bordeaux this season =7. Adem Ljajic has created 24 chances for Torino this season 1. Neymar has created 33 chances for Paris Saint-Germain this seasonlast_img read more

Remediation work continues on Erie Shore Drive

first_imgDespite Erie Shore Drive being battered by high winds and waves yet again the past weekend, remediation work is still slated to be completed by the end of this week.Jerry Corso, Chatham-Kent’s manager of public works south, said the municipality’s infrastructure remained intact.“All of our stuff performed quite well,” he said on Monday. “We are looking it over right now. We’re on site for the day anyways.“I have no indication that anything was damaged from our right of way.”Several properties were flooded after winds reached up to 60 km/h starting on Saturday and continuing Sunday.The municipality declared a state of emergency in late August after powerful winds sent waves crashing on shore along Erie Shore Drive during a time when Lake Erie was experiencing record-high water levels.“I’m hopeful the remedial work gets completed. The blocks are in place. The clay should be done,” Corso said. “Obviously the spillways are all in place.”He added the municipality continues to monitor the overall situation and plan accordingly.“Mother Nature will dictate to us how things go,” he said. “I’m hoping for the best, but I don’t know what else to expect.”tterfloth@postmedia.com Twitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Stevens Point blanks Marshfield boys soccer, climbs over Tigers in WVC standings

first_imgTigers manage just three shots on goal in home lossBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Marshfield took a big hit as it tries to work its way toward a Wisconsin Valley Conference title with a 3-0 loss to Stevens Point on Thursday at Griese Park.After a scoreless first half, Nate Napiwocki scored twice, both off assists from Joey Dorgan, in a seven-minute span for Stevens Point. Jordan Schreiber added a goal nine minutes later to finish the scoring.Ryan Weber saved all three shots he saw in goal for the Panthers, who move into second place in the Wisconsin Valley Conference with the win and are now 9-6 overall and 6-3 in the conference.Marshfield drops in the standings and is now 6-6-2 overall and 5-3 in the WVC with four games remaining.Mathias Holm had eight saves in goal for the Tigers.Marshfield’s next game is Tuesday night at Wisconsin Rapids.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Panthers 3, Tigers 0Stevens Point 0 3 – 3Marshfield 0 0 – 0Second half: 1. SP, Nate Napiwocki (Joey Dorgan), 47:19; 2. SP, Napiwocki (Dorgan), 54:08; 3. SP, Jordan Schreiber (Napiwocki), 63;06.Total shots: Stevens Point 11; Marshfield 7.Shots on goal: Stevens Point 11; Marshfield 3.Saves: SP, Ryan Weber 3; M, Mathias Holm 8.Records: Stevens Point 9-6, 6-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 6-6-2, 5-3 WVC.last_img read more

Boeing starts payments to MAX crash families

first_imgEthiopian 737 MAX engine. Image: CNBC Boeing has opened a $US50 million fund designed to provide immediate financial assistance to the families of the 346 victims of the two 737 MAX tragedies.The payout works out to about $144,500 per family is part of an $US100m expenditure by the aerospace giant to address the family and community needs of those affected by the crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.The start of operations was announced Monday by the two administrators of the Boeing Financial Fund, Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, and comes as the company faces almost  100 lawsuits by law firms representing families.READ: More than 150,000 stranded as Thomas Cook collapses.Participants in the fund are not required to waive or release the right to litigate as a condition of participation.“The recent 737 MAX tragedies weigh heavily on all of us at Boeing, and we continue to extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of all those on board,” Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said in a statement.  “The opening of this fund is an important step in our efforts to help affected families. We thank Ken Feinberg and Camille Biros for their important work leading this effort.”The second part of the $US100m will support “education and economic empowerment in impacted communities” through partnerships with local governments and non-profit partnerships.The manufacturer has also partnered with Global Impact to establish the One Boeing Support Fund, a separate charitable fund backed by Boeing employees and retirees that has so far raised more than $780,000.The start of the fund comes as The Wall Street Journal reported that draft findings by Indonesian crash investigators had found design and supervisory flaws at Boeing played a key role in the Lion Air crash on October 2018.The unpublished report is also expected to point a string of pilots errors and maintenance mistakes as factors.The Journal said a final report was likely due early November.last_img read more

Anirban Lahiri overcomes wind to take lead

first_imgDefending champion Anirban Lahiri started from where he had left last year as he overcame gusts of winds to shoot three-under 69 and establish a onestroke lead on the opening day of the Panasonic Open India golf here on Thursday.It was his 16th hole birdie that left Lahiri one shot clear off seven players – Indian trio Digvijay Singh, Ashok Kumar and Shankar Das, and Australians Adam Groom and Scot Barr, Thai Prom Meesawat and Scot James Byrne, who shot 70 each to be tied second on the high-scoring day at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC).Jyoti Randhawa celebrated his 200th start on the Asian Tour with a one-under 71 and shared the ninth place with compatriots SSP Chowrasia and Om Prakash Chauhan and Bangladesh’s Siddikur and Kunal Bhasin of Australia.The leader is expected to shoot three to five-under in any round at the DGC, but the early morning wind made scoring so tough that none of the six of the seven eventual second-placed pros, who had set the early pace, could go under 70.The conditions became even worse for those who teed off in the afternoon session. By that time the wind had gained speed and the control over the ball had become more challenging. However, Lahiri prevented the adverse conditions spoil his day as he sank five birdies and dropped only two shots.”Probably today’s are the toughest conditions I have ever faced at the Delhi Golf Club. It was nearly impossible to land your shots on the fairways. Wind was just blowing away our shots today,” Lahiri said after the round.advertisement”Dry leaves on the greens are making us more frustrated as whenever we are about to make a putt, a leaf comes our way and we are forced to take our stance back.”But the wind seemed to have little effect on Lahiri, when he started his round at 11:48 am. The Bangalore golfer drained a five-footer for a birdie on the opening hole, and followed it up with a 20-foot birdie putt on the third hole. He could have gone three-under had he not missed a short putt on the fifth, but three putts on the sixth green saw him drop his first bogey of the day. He played safe on the next three holes and turned in 34.Lahiri played his shot of the day on the 12th green. From a difficult position, he knocked in an eightfoot birdie putt. But he lost his way on the 13th, where he played his shot into the greenside bunker, hit out on the green and missed the putt for a bogey. He was lucky when his speedy putt for a birdie on the 16th hit the wall of the cup and dropped in. “Had the ball bumped, it would have passed the cup by seven to eight feet.” That shot powered him into the sole lead.Shankar, who finished tied sixth in February’s SAIL-SBI Open, made three birdies against a bogey to join the early leaders. “I’m quite pleased with my round of two-under today as the conditions were tough out there due to the wind. I’m putting better after I recently changed my putter,” he said.Ashok rallied from a poor start to score five birdies and three bogeys in a roller-coaster ride. Digvijay maintained composure as he picked up three birdies against one bogey in the afternoon session.Among other Indians, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Manav Jaini, Randhir Ghotra and Harmeet Kahlon are tied 16th after a 72 each.last_img read more