UAAP stars join NBA vet Odom in PH squad

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Philippines’ representative to the tournament has surrounded the veteran Odom with a solid cast of stars, including well-loved Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and UAAP standouts Juan Gomez de Liaño of UP and Santi Santillan of La Salle.The team, which will go up against Middle East clubs, also tapped American Randolph Morris, an import for China pro league squad Beijing Ducks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissOdom announced his plan to play for Mighty Sports through his Instagram account, adding that he is excited to be given an opportunity to represent the Philippines.PBA D-League standout Gab Banal and former PBA ace Joseph Yeo will bolster Mighty. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Broner looking at Pacquiao bout as career-defining Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It looks like Mighty Sports’ participation in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament will be more than just a comeback tour for former Lakers star Lamar Odom.The team is looking to be highly competitive this time.ADVERTISEMENT Odom is scheduled to arrive in January next year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Ramjattan boasts AFC played integral role in closing sugar estates

first_imgLeader of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan has admitted that his party played an integral role in the decision to close sugar estates across the country – a move which affected thousands of Guyanese and which was widely criticised by stakeholders.AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan“When the sugar sector decision was made to close estates and factories and merge some of them, it was primarily the AFC who was a big part of that decision,” Ramjattan said during a Globespan 24×7 programme on Wednesday.“Myself, Mr [Prime Minister Moses] Nagamootoo, and a whole host of other AFC members were part of that decision,” the AFC Leader declared.He was at the time responding to a question posed by the moderator, who asked why the AFC has not represented the thousands of workers – where the party’s support base lies – who were negatively affected when the estates were closed.But according to Ramjattan, “nobody was disenfranchised.” He contended that an “economic decision” had to be made for the sugar sector.“So, it was not a PNC decision that we were forced to accept,” Ramjattan contended.The Rose Hall EstateIn 2016, the Government announced the closure of the first sugar estate located at Wales on the West Bank of Demerara (WBD).The move was made despite the fact that Government spent millions of dollars to hold a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) which recommended that there be no closure of the sugar estates.Estates at Enmore, Skeldon and Rose Hall were subsequently shut down – triggering widespread controversy.More than 10,000 persons have been directly and indirectly affected by the closure of these estates.Nearly 4000 workers from Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon were dismissed in late 2017, and over 1000 were dismissed from Wales in the previous year.Cottage industries that were once thriving in some of the communities in close proximity to the estates are now dying as spending power has been significantly diminished among the local populace.Retrenched workers, most of whom were breadwinners of their families, are still struggling to find a steady job – despite several piecemeal initiatives rolled out by the Government.Despite calls by stakeholders, the Government refused to conduct a socioeconomic study before closing the estates.In fact, an executive member of the Working Peoples Alliance (WPA) – a member of the coalition Government – had blasted the APNU/AFC for not conducting social impact assessments before making such a decision.“I think that when you are making decisions to lay off so many people, you have to think about the impact of families and on communities; and I think the decision makers did not put enough thought into that impact, and we are clearly seeing that here,” Hinds had expressed during an event at Patentia – a community neighbouring Wales.The rippling effects of the closure of the sugar estates can be seen in those communities, especially in the commercial districts where activities have practically been ground to a halt.Market areas which were once bustling are now almost isolated.In some cases, families face a daily struggle in finding a way to send their children to school.Government had eventually arranged a $30 billion bond, guaranteed by the State and National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) assets, to recapitalise the sugar sector.But to date, little information is available on how the money was spent.last_img read more

Former Sofapaka skipper Bagoole dead

first_img0Shares0000Former Sofapaka defender Johnson Bagoole was confirmed dead in Lira, UgandaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 21- Former Sofapaka skipper Johnson Bagoole has died at 38, Ugandan media reported on Thursday.A senior Ugandan Journalist has told Capital Sport that the utility player succumbed to meningitis in Lira, Northern Uganda where he was rushed to from Kampala after his condition worsened. Bagoole had two separate stints at Sofapaka including the successful 2014 season where they clinched the GOtv Shield and in 2016 captained the side to avoid relegation.He left the club mid last season and moved to Congo where he played for Bukavu Dawa.According to popular Ugandan sports website Kawowo Sports, Bagoole had been bed ridden for close to a month suffering from malaria until he was transferred to Northern Uganda where he was diagnosed with Crytococal Meningitis.Speaking to Capital Sport, Sofapaka head coach John Baraza, who has known Bagoole since his playing days in Rwanda, said he received the news with profound shock.“It is so sad because Bagoole is a good lad on top of being a good player. I have known him for a long time and even when I was starting my coaching career, he was there to support me and give me words of wisdom,” a dejected Baraza said.He added; “He was a good and kind person especially with our junior team where he often went to coach and even bought them a whole set of uniforms. As a club we are quite saddened.”“It is sad news that the lion is gone. We have lost Johnson Bagoole. We are making arrangements to transport the body back to Kampala and finally to the ancestral village. Details of the burial arrangements will be communicated in the due course,” Simon Musoke, a former footballer who also played in the same team with Bagoole at Bukavu Dawa told Kawowo.At Capital Sports, we send our condolences to his family and friends back in Uganda.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more