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Fiba Asia Cup: Hot-shooting Gilas beats Qatar, sweeps Group B

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games gives Malaysia tourism a big push READ: LOOK: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas Pilipinas Already missing the services of June Mar Fajardo (strained calf) and Christian Standhardinger (stiff neck and shoulder), the Philippines also had to deal with Raymond Almazan’s foul woes and Calvin Abueva’s sprained ankle after he slipped in the paint at the 2:01 mark of the second quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Calvin Abueva being helped off to the bench. Photo from Fiba.comBut the Phoenix rookie came to the rescue as he drilled seven triples to finish with 25 points for the Philippines, which awaits the winner of the playoff between Japan and Korea for its next match up. He also had four assists.The quarterfinals are slated on Wednesday. Romeo struggled to get his offense in the game, but made a living from the charity stripe, canning six of his seven freebies to finish with 10 markers, three assists, and two rebounds in the win.READ: Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia CupQatar remains winless in its three outings.Elhadary paced the Qataris with 23 points, six assists, three rebounds, and three steals in the losing effort, while Saad got a double-double of 18 markers, 11 boards, three dimes, and two steals.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 80 – Wright 25, Cruz 13, Norwood 10, Romeo 10, Castro William 6, Pogoy 5, Almazan 4, Aguilar 3, Abueva 2, Jalalon 2.QATAR 74 – Elhadary 23, Saad 18, Erfan 9, Abdelhaleem 8, Al-Muftah 6, Mohamed 6, Mohmmed 4, Abdelkawy 0, Al-Darwish 0, Al-Rayes 0.Quarters: 25-16, 41-27, 59-47, 80-74. READ: Gilas PH squad underdog no moreWright wasn’t the only one who got going from downtown as the team shot 15-of-42 from three.Carl Bryan Cruz added 13 markers on a 3-of-9 shooting from three, while Gabe Norwood shot 2-of-4 from beyond the arc to wound up with 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.Norwood’s three-pointer at the 7:49 mark of the third quarter gave the Philippines a 20-point edge, 49-29, but Qatar leaned on Mansour Elhadary and Abdulrahman Saad to slice the lead down to as low as five, 75-70, with 2:06 to play.Photo from Fiba.comHowever, Wright was there to restore order as he banged a corner three, followed by the dagger floater from Terrence Romeo to seal the deal for Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Matthew Wright. Photo from Fiba.comBanking on its torrid three-point shooting, Gilas Pilipinas snared the top seed in Group B with an 80-74 victory over Qatar Sunday in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.Matthew Wright compensated for the Filipinos’ problems up front and caught fire to help them sweep Group B of the continental tilt, which also included China and Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READcenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

SA to clean up population register

first_imgSouth Africa is to introduce new measures to clean up its population register in order to restore the international integrity of the country’s identity documents (IDs) and passports. “We are not going to tolerate fraudulent and corrupt activities, and we believe that all corrupt officials should leave the department,” she said. In order to reduce late birth registrations, Dlamini-Zuma said the department would soon embark on a huge national campaign, which includes visiting both primary and secondary schools. Recently appointed Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says corrupt activities within the Department of Home Affairs had compromised the integrity of South African documents at an international level. “Since we can no longer be sure whether the person in possession of a South African ID or passport is 100% South African, we strongly believe that we need a clean population register that will truly and clearly reflect all South African citizens,” she said in Pretoria this week. Every year, the department produced in excess of two million IDs, but up to 60% were re-issues to those who had lost their IDs. “South Africans need to be proud of their IDs, and they should keep them safely. We cannot continue with this situation,” Dlamini-Zuma said. New birth certificate The former foreign minister added that her attitude towards fraud and all criminal activities would be one of zero tolerance. Birth certificates currently issued in South Africa only contain the name and future ID number of a child; new certificates will also include details of the mother. While the department recently introduced a modern passport with new and improved security features, Dlamini-Zuma said some countries still demanded a visa as they felt a South African passport was not secure enough. Fingerprintingcenter_img Zero tolerance “We also intend to issue IDs to children while they are still at high school,” she said. “We want to do all this to retain the integrity of our documents, which are being increasingly undermined at the international level.” Dlamini-Zuma said discussions were still under way as to the age that children under 16 years of age should be fingerprinted. “We will be visiting schools at the foundation level to ensure that all South African kids are properly captured on the population register,” she said. 28 May 2009 “The justice system should also ensure that such corrupt officials are punished appropriately, because their activities not only demoralise the spirit of honest officials, but also undermine the integrity of our country.” “This will reduce long and winding queues in our offices, because when children qualify to apply for an ID, they will just put their thumb on the system and their details captured on our data system will be reflected. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Goa govt. formation talks inconclusive: BJP says Parrikar’s final rites is top priority

first_imgChief Minister late Manohar Parrikar’s final rites are more important than government formation at this juncture, senior BJP leaders said on Monday taking the focus away from ongoing negotiations. The talks between allies and BJP leaders over new government formation have remained inconclusive.After the first round of talks failed, State BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said that Mr. Parrikar’s last rites would be given top priority before any government formation process is discussed again.The talks were held by top Goa BJP leaders along with Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari and BJP national secretary B.L. Santosh from Sunday.After meeting Mr. Gadkari, BJP leaders, Goa Forward president and former Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai said that the discussions were inconclusive.Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo, however, claimed that former PWD Minister and leader of Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Sudin Dhavalikar had shown interest to become Chief Mnister.“We will have to first pay a visit to Parrikar’s mortal remains. Then his body will be taken to the party office and after that, a decision will be taken,” Mr. Tendulkar told presspersons after the meeting.Mr. Lobo said that his party had shortlisted names of Vishwajit Rane, former Health Minister and Pramod Sawant, Goa Speaker, for the post of Chief Minister.Mr. Dhavlikar, however, declined to confirm if he had staked claim to Chief Ministership, but only said that during the meeting, each MLA was asked for his views by the BJP leaders. He said that he would be meeting the BJP leaders again soon, after discussions with the MGP State executive committee members.last_img read more