…doctors transferred to another wardAfter six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca received an injection before starting chemotherapy which left her battling for her life at the Georgetown Public Hospital, her family said that she died on Thursday.Mendonca was placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Public Hospital after she became unresponsive having been administered an injection prior to her chemotherapy sessions.Her father, Michael Mendonca told this newscast earlier today that his daughter was admitted to the ICU after being placed in the paediatric ward for a few hours. He noted that after receiving the injection, her face became swollen, but relativesSix-year-oldSharezer Mendoncawere not allowed to touch her.During the same period, which Mendonca was admitted, three-year-old Roshnie Seegobin also visited the medical institution for chemotherapy but after returning home, her condition deteriorated. She was diagnosed with leukaemia.Seegobin’s mother, Pranita Harripaul explained that her daughter woke up the following day and complained that her feet were aching. A few moments after, she was unresponsive and she was later taken to GPHC where she was admitted. Doctors on duty then informed that she was in need of saline to dilute the medication, which would take at least one week.“Normally, when she would take the medication, she would be a normal kid. We went for a check-up and her labs and blood count were okay and they told us to come for treatment on January 4. She was normal until the Saturday when she woke up and then she told me that she couldn’t walk. She said her foot was hurting,” Harripaul said.She added, “We put her on the bed and she was not responsive to us. I took her to the hospital.”After her daughter’s condition deteriorated further, Harripaul reportedly questioned this occurrence. The response she received was that her child was injected to her spine, which affected the functioning of her nervous system. Seegobin died at theThree-year-old Roshnie Seegobinhospital shortly after.“On Sunday, she couldn’t sit up and balance her neck, so I keep asking ‘why is my child like this’. They didn’t respond to me and said it was the side effect of the medication. I later heard that they inject her on her spine which affect her whole nervous system,” said the aggrieved mother.This publication understands that another child, Corwin Edwards, also passed away during this period after undergoing similar treatment.In response to these alarming incidents, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) indicated that an investigation was launched earlier in the week to discover why there was an ‘adverse’ reaction to the medication provided. According to the institution, usage of the medication was stopped.“The administration of the GPHC is aware of this situation and has launched an investigation to determine the reason for the adverse reaction to the medication. That investigation involves the interviewing of all medical persons directly involved, along with an assessment of the medication administered. Further, the usage of that medication has been discontinued,” the Hospital said in a statement.The doctors at the centre of the investigation have since been transferred to another ward.
…tells Magistrate he is displeased with her toneA Police Inspector was jailed for a few hours after he was found in contempt of court on Wednesday.Inspector Prem NarineInspector Prem Narine was jailed by Magistrate Rondell Weaver at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts initially for seven days. At the time of his appearance, he was testifying in a $2.1 million fraud case against Mohamed Ali. Ali was charged for pretending to be Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and therein collecting $2.1 million under false pretence.While giving evidence, the Inspector on several occasions asked to see the statement he provided in the matter to refresh his memory. However, things went downhill when the Inspector asked again to see his initial statement and Ali began behaving disorderly in the courtroom. The Magistrate allegedly shouted at the prisoner to conduct himself properly and told the Inspector in the same tone that he too cannot be constantly requesting his statement to refresh his memory.This allegedly angered the Inspector, who told the Magistrate to address him properly, while allegedly uttering other remarks to the Magistrate.He was then ordered to exit the witness box and to take a seat, but he reportedly began to raise his voice at Magistrate Weaver. The Magistrate then warned him again, but the Inspector allegedly walked out of the witness box and walked out of the courtroom. A Police Constable was told to arrest him for contempt, but the Inspector blatantly told the Constable that he was of a higher rank and could not be arrested by him. He was eventually arrested and sentenced to the Camp Street Prison for one week. However, as he was awaiting transport to the prison, the Inspector began complaining of feeling unwell and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he remained a patient under Police guard. His lawyers subsequently moved to the High Court to have the sentence reduced to a few hours.
THEIR love blossomed at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny…and now we can reveal that Brian McFadden has introduced new love Vogue Williams to his daughter Molly.The ex-Westlife star met the former Fade Street model at a club in the town just a few weeks ago.But they fell for each other staying at the town hotel later that night. Noe Brian’s ex-wife Kerry Katona has revealed that Brian and Vogue have taken Brian’s nine-year-old daughter out for the day.“She looks pretty and is about his height!’ said Kerry about Vogue.“I don’t know much about her but Molly has been to the cinema with her, though she doesn’t know if they’re serious boyfriend and girlfriend or not.“When you split up with anyone, you always go for a rebound thing. But I just hope he’s happy,” said Kerry. THEIR LOVE BLOSSOMED IN DONEGAL HOTEL – NOW VOGUE MEETS BRIAN’S DAUGHTER was last modified: June 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian McFaddenstation house hotel letterkennyVogue Williams
Kristle Robles of Van Nuys was among 85 college students recently awarded scholarships of up to $1,000 from the Denny’s restaurant chain through a partnership with the Hispanic College Fund. Robles, attending Brown University, qualified for the scholarship by pursuing a bachelor’s in a major related to business, engineering, technology, or entrepreneurship and having a 3.0 grade-point average or higher. The Denny’s partnership has aided more than 325 Hispanic students with more than $300,000 in scholarships over the past four years. California State University, Northridge, music student Ani Maldjian won first place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Western Regional Auditions earlier this month. Maldjian, a soprano, studies with CSUN music professor Deanna Murray and plays the role of Cleopatra in the CSUN Opera’s current production of G.F. Handel’s “Julius Caesar.” CSUN music student Tara Davidson also competed in the western regionals, where she received an Encouragement Award. Maldjian will travel in March to New York to compete in the national semifinals at the Metropolitan Opera. Ten finalists will be chosen to compete in the national finals, and the five top winners each will receive $15,000. CSUN also recently received a five-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences division of the National Institutes of Health to encourage minority students to consider careers in biomedical research. “This award provides opportunities not just for the students who are directly involved in the program, but it is actually going to change the way we teach biology for all of our students by giving us the resources to make our courses even more competitive,” said biology professor Maria Elena Zavala, director of the Minority Access to Research Careers program. The Los Angeles Police Foundation recently honored Reserve Officer Anne Waisberger, Devonshire Area, with its Crystal Angel Award. Waisberger was one of four officers to receive the award, presented in recognition of exemplary community service. Some San Fernando Valley girls were among those reaching out to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Girl Scout Troop 266 in the San Fernando Valley contributed $350 in proceeds from its cookie drive money to the American Red Cross, American Humane Society and Habitat for Humanity International for victims of the Gulf Coast disasters. Sherman Oaks resident Andy Maltz recently was named to a national panel to advise the U.S. archivist on an electronic records archive system. Maltz – director of the science and technology council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – was among 20 members appointed to the committee by U.S. Archivist Allen Weinstein. “As we move forward to making the Electronic Records Archives a reality, it is more important than ever that we reach out to obtain advice from a broad spectrum of experts,” said Kenneth Thibodeau, director of the Electronic Records Archives Program. Submit Community Column items via e-mail to email@example.com; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sidedressing manure opens up new windows of application time for commercial manure application while also providing valuable nutrients to growing crops when they can be immediately used.“That is a down time for commercial applicators. They currently do not have that window available to apply manure from May 1 to early July,” said Glen Arnold, Ohio State Extension manure specialist. “We all know we are going to spend $100 or $125 per acre on sidedressing corn. We are learning that we could go out there with 6,000 gallons of swine manure and accomplish the same thing.”Arnold has now conducted several years of studies of manure application.“We started with dairy and swine manure on small plots and swine manure on wheat. We were very pleased with how that worked,” Arnold said. “Then we tried sidedressing corn because it uses much more nitrogen. You have to haul that manure at some point. Every gallon we can put on a growing crop in the early spring and summer is one that we don’t have to put on in the fall. If we get it on the growing crop we have a better chance of catching the nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and other nutrients that are there. We are also working to convert to drag hose technology for application.”In response to the success demonstrated in the research, several farmers in Ohio have started sidedressing corn with livestock manure using a manure tanker and incorporation toolbar. Manure tankers can be adapted for corn rows by using narrow wheels and wheel spacers.Here is a summary from Arnold. The 28% UAN nitrogen rates and manure nitrogen rates were 200 units of nitrogen per acre. The swine manure application rate was 5,200 gallons per acre to get 200 units of nitrogen. The dairy manure application rate 13,577 gallons per acre to get 130 units of nitrogen per acre. The dairy reps received additional nitrogen as incorporated 28% UAN just prior to the manure being applied to reach the 200-unit goal. Manure was applied using a manure tanker and Dietrich injection units with covering wheels attached.Pre-emergent manure applications were made within five days of the corn being planted. Post-emergent manure applications were made at the V3 stage of corn growth.The 2011, 2012 and 2014 growing seasons experienced periods of drought. The 2013 growing season was very good, with adequate moisture through July. The 2015 growing season was very wet.Stand populations were approximately 31,000 plants per acre across all treatments. The manure did not appear to reduce the plot stands in any year. All manure was applied with manure tanker and Dietrich tool bar.Grain samples were analyzed each year for vomitoxin. There were no differences between the treatments. The manure treatment grain samples did run about 0.5% higher in moisture at harvest time.The incorporated manure applications were approximately 20 bushels per acre higher than the 28% UAN treatments over the five-year study. Moisture from the manure was beneficial to the crop in the dry years. The surface applied manure treatments were similar in yield to the incorporated 28% UAN treatments. Drag hose plot resultsThe 2015 growing season was the second year for a corn post-emergent drag hose study. The purpose of this plot is to determine how far along in development the corn crop can be before the damage from a drag hose would rule out sidedressing with livestock manure. A 15-foot long drag hose filled with water was used for this study.The six-inch diameter drag hose was pulled across each plot twice (going in opposite directions) at corn growth stages one through five (stage five was not completed in 2015 due to excessive rainfall). The tractor speed was approximately 4 miles per hour. The plot was replicated four times in a randomized block design. The 2014 plot experienced an unusually dry growing season, especially in the weeks following the drag hose treatments. Total precipitation received by this plot from planting until Oct. 1 was 11.62 inches. The 2015 plot experienced an unusually wet growing season, especially in the weeks during the drag hose treatments. Total precipitation received by this plot from planting until Oct. 1 was 22.12 inches. The results of this two-year research study suggest corn could be sidedressed with liquid livestock manure using a drag hose, up to growth stage three (three leaf collars), without a statistically significant yield loss. This study will be repeated in 2016 to establish a larger data base.Below are links to videos of the swine manure application process to emerged corn in Ohio. Harrod Farms applied almost one million gallons to 160 acres of corn (five fields from five barns) over two days in May 2015. The rate was about 6,200 gallons per acre and this supplies the N, P, & K needed by the 2015 corn crop and the P & K needed for the 2016 soybean crop. The only additional nitrogen for the corn was 10 gallons per acre of 28% UAN as row starter.Manure tanker application to corn: go.osu.edu/mtanker• Harrod Farms 2015: go.osu.edu/mHF15• Harrod Farms 2014 (Field yielded 226 bushels per acre): go.osu.edu/mHF14.
By EDWARD BARBIER and TERRY IVERSONThe U.S. solar industry is nervously awaiting President Donald Trump’s decision whether to impose punitive duties on imported solar panels and related equipment or even restrict some of those imports altogether. It could come any day between now and late January.This is the final stage of a process that began when two U.S. subsidiaries of foreign solar panel makers filed a rarely used kind of trade complaint with the International Trade Commission. The independent U.S. agency has recommended a course of action officially intended to protect domestic manufacturers from unfair competition.But far from protecting U.S. interests, the tariffs would stifle the current solar boom, destroying American jobs and dragging down clean energy innovation. As economists who research climate and energy policies that can foster a greener North American economy, we argue the government should instead create targeted subsidies that support innovation and lower costs across the supply chain. This approach would do a better job of helping the U.S. industry fend off foreign competition without harming the industry itself. A booming industryThe U.S. solar industry has enjoyed unprecedented growth in recent years, thanks to the rapidly declining cost to install solar systems and tax breaks for homeowners, businesses, and utilities that have expanded demand but are being phased out. Prices have plunged to roughly $1.50 per watt from around $6 in 2010 due to both innovation that made it less expensive to make panels anywhere and cheap imports. Solar job growthSolar job growth took off in 2010. By 2016, more than 260,000 Americans worked in the industry, up from fewer than 95,000 seven years earlier.An uninterrupted solar boom would create even more jobs. The number of solar panel installers, for example, would more than double from 11,300 to 23,000 within 10 years at the current pace of growth, which would make it the fastest-growing profession, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another renewable energy mainstay, wind turbine technician, came in a close second.Imposing tariffs on imported panels would cloud that outlook, largely because manufacturing accounts for less than 15% of U.S. solar jobs while installation amounts to more than half of them, according to the Solar Foundation’s annual census. If panels get more expensive, the cost to go solar will rise and demand will fall – along with the impetus to employ so many installers.The Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group that represents many companies in the industry and opposes the duties, estimates that imposing them could double solar prices and cost the industry 88,000 jobs. Solar Ruling Prompts Industry Jitters How the Suniva Trade Dispute is Reshaping the Solar IndustryHearings Open on Solar Panel Trade CaseCould a Trade Dispute With China End the U.S. Solar Boom?Tariffs Could Boost Solar Panel Prices RELATED ARTICLES Why make an exception?Like most economists, we believe that subsidies should be avoided except in special circumstances. Here are three reasons why this industry is an exception.First, when one nation subsidizes solar panel production and exports those panels, it makes it cheaper to go solar in other countries, effectively cutting the cost of implementing climate policies abroad.Second, when solar energy replaces fossil fuels in one place, the declining carbon emissions benefit people around the globe. Climate change, after all, affects the entire world.Third, R&D investments made in any one economy eventually add to the global knowledge base. Improving solar technology will ultimately benefit the entire industry worldwide.The proposed tariffs the Trump administration is considering will yield none of these benefits. In fact, they could instigate a trade war over clean energy products with our trading partners globally.That is why we believe that the smarter subsidies we are proposing are a better way to sustain the U.S. solar industry and protect jobs. Smarter subsidiesDespite the robust growth in wind and solar employment and its official support for an “all of the above” energy policy that combines fossil fuels, nuclear power, biofuels, and renewable energy alternatives like wind and solar, the Trump administration has sought to slash support for alternative energy through the federal budget.We agree that the government should encourage solar panel manufacturing within the nation’s borders. But there are better ways to support this important priority than by raising prices on imported equipment through punitive tariffs.China’s edge in solar panel manufacturing — apart from low wages — is driven by scale and supply-chain development, spurred by cost inducements like low-interest loans, technology development assistance, and cheap land. Other newly industrialized countries like South Korea and Taiwan have followed China’s lead by fostering their own solar manufacturing bases with targeted subsidies.We believe the U.S. should follow suit. In addition to directing subsidies to reduce the costs of the solar supply chain, the government should also increase subsidies for private research and development for green innovation. Currently, federal financing for private solar R&D lags far behind levels seen in China and the European Union.These subsidies could be funded by the tariffs the government is already collecting on solar panels imported from China and elsewhere.If the U.S. government deems that additional restrictions are required, then it makes sense to follow a separate recommendation to freeze solar panel imports at 2016 market share levels. The government should then auction off the rights to import foreign solar panels to U.S. installers.The government could spend the proceeds from these auctioned import licenses on domestic innovation and other efforts to cut supply chain costs for U.S. manufacturers of solar panels and related equipment.While World Trade Organization rules limit the use of subsidies that explicitly promote a country’s exports in global markets, the ones we are proposing would likely be WTO-compliant.This is because their aim is to make the U.S. solar industry more competitive within the domestic market, given the government’s earlier findings that cheap imported panels are being dumped — sold too cheaply — here. In 2016, 87% of U.S. solar installations used foreign-produced PV panels, also known as PV modules, primarily from China.The rapid decline in solar panel costs has been driven by policies in China and elsewhere intended to expand domestic manufacturing of these products.The problem is not unique. Other countries dependent on cheap solar imports, including Germany and Canada, are also grappling with how to sustain the solar boom while protecting their own domestic manufacturers from unfair foreign competition.The trade commission sent Trump its recommendations on November 13, giving him until January 13 to accept or reject its guidance. Later, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer asked the agency to draft a “supplemental” report, effectively extending the president’s deadline for setting the tariffs to January 26.The request, observers surmise, could signal that the administration is concerned about this case’s potential to spiral into a broader trade dispute with China and other major U.S. trading partners. Edward Barbier is a professor of economics, and Terry Iverson is an associate professor of economics, at Colorado State University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.
More than one type of mass timberOne option for the Riverfront Park building, according to the developer, is to use dowel-laminated panels. They are similar to cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, except that they are assembled with dowels rather than glue.As explained by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger, dowel-lamination eases concerns about the longevity of glued connections, and has some advantages over a similar approach called nail-lamination in which long nails are used to join piece of softwood into panels.Dowel-lamination takes advantage of the structural behavior of wood — shrinking when relative humidity is low and expanding when it’s high. Panel-makers use softwood that’s dried so it has a moisture content of 12% to 15% and hardwood dowels with a moisture content of about 8%, Alter says. When the two are joined, the different types of wood want to reach a moisture equilibrium, so the dowels expand and lock the panels firmly together.(This is exactly the technique that makers of Windsor chairs use to ensure long-lasting performance. Stretchers have a lower moisture content than the legs. When a stretcher is inserted into a hole bored into the leg, it expands and the two pieces are locked together.)Whatever the technique of making the panels, advocates of mass-timber building like the speed of construction over more conventional steel and concrete high-rises, the smaller carbon footprint of buildings made mostly of wood, and the natural beauty of the material, among other things. Concrete is usually a part of mass timber buildings, forming the base or core of the structure, but there’s a great deal less of it than there is in conventional high-rise construction.Work on the Riverfront Park tower is to begin when developers have signed an anchor tenant for the building. Construction will take about 20 months. It will become part of a $1.7 billion development on the site opposite New York City across the Hudson River. It will include 2,000 residential units and a total of 2 million square feet of office space. Can Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers?Heavy Timber Assemblies Earn Fire RatingUMass Opens ‘Landmark’ Timber BuildingA New Timber Tower Opens in MinneapolisTimber High Rise in New York Is Canceled Mass timber construction seems to be picking up steam. Developers have announced plans for an 11-story mass timber building in Newark, New Jersey, that would house 500,000 square feet of office space and be nearly twice as big as similar timber structures in Chicago and Minneapolis.New York-based Lotus Equity Group says the office building will be constructed on a nearly 12-acre site and become part of a mixed-use development called Riverfront Park. The office tower, which would be the largest mass timber building in the U.S., will be built on the site of Newark Bears Stadium, home of a minor league baseball team that folded in 2014, according to a report published by NJ Advance Media.The architect is Michael Green, who also designed mass timber buildings for Hines, a real estate developer, in Chicago and Minneapolis. The seven-story T3 Tower in Minneapolis, completed in 2016, was the country’s first modern timber tower (T3 stands for timber, technology and transit). At seven stories and 220,000 square feet, it was the largest in the U.S.The following year, Hines announced plans to build an even bigger mass timber tower, T3 Goose Island in Chicago. It will be six stories tall and 270,000 square feet, slightly bigger than the Minneapolis tower, but only about half the size of the Newark project. RELATED ARTICLES
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ron Dennison. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison was mainly used as a defensive stopper in Season 79, but in Season 80 he’s become FEU’s full-fledged main offensive option. The fifth-year guard averaged 15 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists during the stretch but his team’s 1-2 record has put a damper on his personal numbers. Ricci Rivero (De La Salle University)Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnother honorable mention is La Salle’s Ricci Rivero.The sophomore Green Archer got in this list after his 21-point outburst against NU, a game that La Salle won, 115-109. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe reigning champion De La Salle have started off marvelously in its title defense going 2-0 with wins over Far Eastern University and National University despite the absence of reigning MVP Ben Mbala.Santi Santillan, with all his length, has become a disruptor in the paint for the Green Archers.He may not have the same bulk as teammates Mbala, Abu Tratter, and Prince Rivero but Santillan makes up for it with his smooth game and the aforementioned length to average 11 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.0 offensive rebounds.Against NU, Santillan had one of the better games of any individual this season when he put up 13 points and 16 boards.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo de Manila University)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe may be called Thirdy but Thirdy Ravena has played like he’s the No. 1 in his position this season.After an up-and-down performance last year, Ravena has been Ateneo’s most consistent player so far this season and his steady contributions helped the Blue Eagles grab the early lead in the standings at 3-0. Ravena is averaging 18 points, nine rebounds, and 2.3 assists this season.Guard: Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines)Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUnlike Ravena, Paul Desiderio hasn’t been steady. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No collegiate league in the country generates as much hype as the UAAP and nothing stirs conversations and debates than players’ rankings.With that said, here are the best players for each position in the first two weeks of competition. And sticking to Inquirer’s seven-bulleted list articles there would be two more names included in this piece and those couple of players are the honorable mentions. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPlayers are considered based on their numbers and win-loss records are also factored in.Enough chitchat, let’s start some arguments. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Get ready for pandemonium as the UAAP basketball season has begun. ADVERTISEMENT Center: Steve Akomo (University of Santo Tomas)Steve Akomo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHey look, it’s a player from the University of Santo Tomas, which remained winless after two games.Never mind that the Growling Tigers looked more like house cats than large predators, but Steve Akomo has shown glimpses that he can become a force in the middle in the UAAP.The 6-foot-8 Akomo has displayed tremendous upside as he averaged 12.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks to become UST’s most consistent player despite its disappointing start to the season.Forward: Santi Santillan (De La Salle University)ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But when the Fighting Maroons needed the big shots, Desiderio wasn’t shy to throw the haymakers.Desiderio took out the heart out of University of Santo Tomas in UP’s opener and he then proceeded to suck the soul out of University of the East for the Fighting Maroons’ second win.The UP skipper was 1-of-10 from deep before he hit the game-winning triple against UST to push the Fighting Maroons to the 74-73 win.He then outscored the whole Red Warriors team, 16-7, in the third quarter in UP’s 84-71 win en route to a career-best 28 points.Guard: Aljun Melecio (De La Salle University)Aljun Melecio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAljun Melecio has been La Salle’s diminutive dynamite averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 2.5 steals.La Salle employs head coach Aldin Ayo’s Mayhem system and it always starts with the point guard hounding the opposing team’s ball handler. Melecio is capable of starting the team’s defensive scheme and he’s also at ease with finishing his team’s possessions. Honorable mentions:Ron Dennison (Far Eastern University) ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments
San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria is not really thinking of the Grand Slam this early, but he has more or less plotted the path that the Beermen should take to get a shot at that.ADVERTISEMENT The KaTropa also unveiled a gem of an import in KJ McDaniels, who tossed in 41, as they gird up for a chance to take on the Beermen again later, possibly in the Finals, and deny San Miguel that Triple Crown.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers “We should be in the top four [after the elimination round],” Austria said after the Beermen—still fatigued after a tournament overseas—played just well enough to rip Phoenix Pulse, 130-119, to get their PBA Governors’ Cup bid off to a roaring start on Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Every game is important,” said Austria after getting 42 points from import Dez Wells, 23 from Alex Cabagnot and a combined 35 from frontliners June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Beermen—to Austria’s surprise—played with a lot of energy, dropping 70 points on the Fuel Masters in the first half and 105 after three periods that made a 25-point fourth quarter look pedestrian.It was the second straight loss for the Fuel Masters, who got 41 points from Eugene Phelps and 18 from Matthew Wright. Phoenix was still without suspended forward Calvin Abueva. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Big start for Blu Girls Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Austria was also able to heave a huge sigh of relief, their debut here being a lot different from the ones they have had in the past conferences.“Finally, we have one good start after a championship,” he said. “The [stint in the] Terrific 12 [in Macau] helped us a lot—with bonding and experience [playing as a team]. I’m really surprised that they had a lot of energy despite our hectic schedule.”Wells had 30 points after three quarters and didn’t look like he needed to pour in more in the fourth as the Beermen led, 105-83. But the Fuel Masters made a serious run, which Wells nipped almost single-handedly.“I can’t say anything more,” Austria said, when asked to comment on Wells’ first PBA game. “The way he played in Macau, I know he can do the same thing here.”TNT, which San Miguel beat in six games in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals, also got off to a strong start by thumping Blackwater, 135-107, in the first game.ADVERTISEMENT
NEW YORK — Yoenis Cespedes says he chose happiness over more dollars.Of course, the lower offer was a $75 million, three-year contract that kept him with the New York Mets.“It’s not always about the amount of money being offered,” he said through a translator Wednesday in his first public comments about his Jan. 22 decision. “It’s about wanting to be in a place you want to play in, that you’re happy in. And as you can see, this is just what happened in that case.”Still, the slugging outfielder has the right to terminate his contract after one season and $27.5 million, then become a free agent once again.Acquired from Detroit on July 31, Cespedes had 17 homers and 44 RBIs for the Mets, helping the team reach its first World Series since 2000. Fans at Citi Field likely expect him to keep up that pace.“From my first day when I came last season after the trade, that very first day … the fans showed incredible support, my teammates were so welcoming, as well as the full Mets organization,” the 30-year-old Cespedes said. “And I think that was what encouraged me to make the decision to come back.”New York treated Cespedes as a newly signed player, showing video highlights of his performance last season after he entered the news conference.Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and general manager Sandy Alderson presented Cespedes with his No. 52 jersey, which fit snugly over his street clothes. The Mets gave him his own hashtag: “GotYoBack.”Since starting his big league career in 2012, the Cuban star played for Oakland, Boston and Detroit before landing with the Mets.Washington was among the clubs that pursued Cespedes and was said to have offered a $110 million, five-year deal that included deferred money.“There were several teams that wanted to give me five years,” Cespedes said.New York, shaken by underperforming players with large salaries in the 2000s, refused to consider a contract of that length.“I don’t think it had specifically to do with Yoenis,” Alderson said. “I think it had as much to do with just the history of long-term deals, both generally throughout baseball as well as in recent years with the Mets.”Cespedes was driving on his Florida farm when his agent told him the deal with the Mets had been agreed to.“It was a big relief for me,” he said.Cespedes is expected to see time in center field as well as left, relegating Juan Lagares to mostly a platoon and late-game defensive role. With Cespedes’ return, Alderson said Michael Conforto could be used in right field during spring training.Playing time could be limited for outfielder Alejandro De Aza, signed as a free agent. While the Mets haven’t pursued a possible trade, Alderson said interest from other teams during spring training was conceivable.“We’re happy to have another left-handed hitter that hits well against right-handed pitching, and we’ll figure it out,” Alderson said.Cespedes’ deal raised the Mets’ payroll to about $140 million, its highest level since 2011. Alderson said the team likely would not agree to any more major league contracts with free agents during the offseason, which probably precludes the return of reliever Tyler Clippard.Mets home attendance increased to nearly 2.57 million last year, its highest since the club drew more than 3 million during Citi Field’s inaugural season in 2009. Executive vice president and chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli said season-ticket equivalents had doubled since this point last year, although he would not specify a figure.“We’re happy that the franchise is reasonably healthy and that we’re able to make some of these moves that we haven’t been able to make for a few years,” Alderson said.NOTES: Closer Jeurys Familia agreed to a $4.1 million, one-year contract, settling the team’s last salary arbitration case. … Catcher Kevin Plawecki may see some time at first base during spring training, Alderson said, adding he could see starting catcher Travis d’Arnaud “playing one or two other positions” during the exhibition season. “He thinks he’s a shortstop,” Alderson said.RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball WriterAP Sports Writer Ricardo Zuniga contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares