Playoff positioning will be the biggest thing going in the minds of Batangas and Tanduay when the two teams part ways on Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ranking tourney Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Chongson, however, argued that the only statistic he was mindful of is the wins, the losses, and especially the championships.“I can’t worry about stuff like that,” he said after the Rhum Masters shattered the record for most points scored and biggest winning margin. “The only record I’m after is the championship.”Batangas coach Eric Gonzales acknowledges that his side is coming in as underdogs in the tiff.“Honestly, we still lack experience compared with the Tanduay players,” he said, as he will bank on his leaders Joseph Sedurifa, Jessie Saitanan, and Cedrick Ablaza.However, the Batangueños are hell-bent on making it to the top six even after their close 70-66 defeat to Cignal HD last week.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission With the two squads currently tied at third place carrying their identical 4-2 slates, a victory is surely going to be a boost in the team’s bid to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.And that fact isn’t lost on Rhum Masters coach Lawrence Chongson, as they seek to stay in the running in the playoffs and, hopefully, a top two spot.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’“We’re really focused on the game against Batangas because we want to stay on top,” said the outspoken mentor. “One of us will get dropped because we are tied at three and four in the standings.”Tanduay got the necessary momentum builder it needed via a dominant 141-65 decimation of Zark’s Burgers last Monday, where the team also set two league records in the process behind Jerwin Gaco, Lester Alvarez, and James Martinez. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Tip-off is at 3 p.m., to be followed by the all-important game between Marinerong Pilipino and Racal Motors at 5 p.m.Currently on the outside looking in, Racal (3-3) and Marinero (1-4) are just out for survival as both teams try to stay in the playoff race. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments 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
AUTHORITIES AND HINTON SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING A THREAT RECEIVED BY THE HIGH SCHOOL LATE MONDAY NIGHT.SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT PETE STUERMAN SAYS THE THREAT WAS E-MAILED TO THE DISTRICT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HINTON.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….SINCE THEN. ;15THERE WAS NO SCHOOL AT HINTON ON TUESDAY BECAUSE OF ICY ROADS, BUT SCHOOL OFFICIALS HAD LOCAL POLICE INSPECT THE BUILDING AS A PRECAUTION:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HINTON2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..SEARCH OUR FACILITY. :10STUERMAN SAYS WHEN STUDENTS RETURN WEDNESDAY, THEY SHOULD EXPECT A NORMAL DAY OF CLASSES, BUT OFFICERS WILL BE AT THE SCHOOL TO INSURE EVERYONE’S SAFETY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HINTON3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……THEIR BUSINESS. ;15STUERMAN SAYS THE E-MAIL WAS FORWARDED TO FEDERAL AUTHORITIES AND THE FBI HAS TRACED THE E-MAIL THREAT TO GERMANY.
The Philadelphia Eagles have fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn after their 38-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.According to the team, Washburn was “relieved of his duties” following the team’s eighth straight loss. The Eagles defensive line gave up 123 rushing yards compared to the Cowboys 183 rushing yards, which does not seem to be the reason behind his firing.“Jim is a fine football coach and we appreciate the efforts he gave to this team over the past two years,” coach Andy Reid. “However, I determined that it was in the team’s best interest that we move in a different direction in terms of trying to maximize the production of that position group. We look forward to having Tommy Brasher back on board to work with the defensive line.”Brasher was the Eagles defensive line coach in 1985 and from 1999 through 2005.One the determining factors that played into Washburn’s firing was that he had become a “cancer” around the team, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. His attitude took a turn for the worse when defensive end Jason Babin was released last week and picked up off of waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars.Washburn was hired by Reid in Jan. 2011 to improve his pass rush defense. He brought his wide nine scheme to the Eagles, which aims to sack the quarterback at the expense of a run defense. The Eagles only managed to sack Tony Romo Sunday night one time for an 11-yard loss.The Eagles have 46 sacks on the season, but that was not enough for Reid nor the Eagles front office.Washburn built a reputation with the team for being outspoken about his thoughts. Last November, he was involved in an argument with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on the sideline during a game.He also expressed his frustrations to players about former defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, who was fired earlier in the season by Reid. Washburn has also complained about new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.With a few more weeks left to go in the season, Reid has potentially seen his last days as the Eagles head coach and could possibly receive his pink slip soon.
Sultana KamalSeven international and regional civil society organisations have expressed their deep concern over violent threats received by prominent lawyer and human rights activist Sultana Kamal. In a letter calling upon the Bangladesh authorities to conduct “credible investigation into threats of violence and ensure protection of Sultana Kamal”, the organisations stated that she has received threats from the “radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam” after expressing her views on a TV talk show.Signed by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Front Line Defenders, Amnesty International, South Asians for Human Rights, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, the Association for Progressive Communications and International Service for Human Rights, the letter stated that on 28 May, Sultana Kamal, Hefazat representative Mufti Sakhawat Hossain and others, appeared on a TV talk show to discuss the removal of the lady justice sculpture from the Supreme Court premises. Hefazat-e-Islam had insisted the statue needed to be dismantled on 26 May, arguing that it would lead to idol worship which went against the tenets of Islam.During the talk show, Sultana said that if no religious structure was permitted, then no mosques should be on the premises either. Reacting to this statement, Hefazat demanded her arrest within 24 hours. A Hefazat leader stated ‘we will break every bone in [her] body.’ Sultana received various other threats, including on social media. A person even posted a photo of Sultana Kamal, edited to look like she was being hanged.Dhaka Metropolitan Police said they were taking measures to ensure the safety of Sultana Kamal. The international rights organisations, in the letter, contended that so far the efforts to ensure her safety were limited to monitoring her neighbourhood.“We are concerned by the threats faced by Sultana. Violence has been used numerous times to stifle freedom of expression and the legitimate and peaceful work of human rights defenders in Bangladesh,” the letter said.The signatory organisations of the letter urged the Bangladesh authorities to openly and unequivocally condemn Hefazat’s statements and threats against Sultana Kamal and other Bangladeshi civil society, carry out all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychosocial security of Sultana Kamal, her family and fellow human rights defenders, assure she does not face additional gender-based discrimination or violence, and ensure an enabling environment for human rights defenders to carry out their peaceful and legitimate activities without any fear of reprisals, harassment or intimidation from state and non-state actors.
Chief of Staff of Kuwait Armed Forces Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khadher on Thursday highly appreciated Bangladesh Army personnel for their quick rescue operation after the emergency landing of Bangladesh Air Force helicopter carrying him and 15 others in Sreemangal on Wednesday, reports UNB.“The capability of the Bangladesh Army personnel in the rescue is highly appreciable… they came for the rescue in just five minutes’ time after the emergency landing,” he said.The visiting Kuwait Armed Forces chief came up with the remark when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khadher said Bangladesh and Kuwait have a strong relation and he has come to Bangladesh to strengthen it further.He mentioned that more than 6000 Bangladeshi armed forces members are working in Kuwait and they are highly professional and dedicated ones.Talking about the Rohingya issue, Khaled Al Khadher appreciated the move of Bangladesh.Regarding the ongoing joint training between Bangladesh and Kuwait army personnel, he said this has created a new opportunity in providing joint training.Welcoming him to Bangladesh, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to the Myanmar Rohingyas on humanitarian ground temporarily.She said the Bangladesh government is looking after their medical needs and education in addition to providing other facilities.The Bangladesh prime minister greeted Kuwait Amir and prime minister through its army chief.