LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak PSC comes to Lariba’s aid Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He can say whatever he wants and I don’t mind. He’s a winning coach. He’s a winner and that’s why I won’t have a problem if he says a thing,” said Koy. “Our relationship, we grew up as best friends so we don’t have any hang-ups towards each other. I can say whatever I want and he can say whatever he wants because of our relationship and we can both accept that.”Though the roles are set, Koy made it clear that the system he has put in place allows everyone, including Joel, to share their inputs for the greater good of the team.READ: Batangas downs debuting Marinerong Pilipino“We put the boundaries. He assured me that this is my team and I run the system, and he’s just a supporting cast. But we made it a point that you can say whatever you want, and that goes even before because in the past, I encourage my assistants to get involved. I just told him to keep on sharing what’s on his mind,” he said.And the chance excites Koy, as he gets a chance to show his older brother the fundamentals he had absorbed from him while also integrating the experiences he had in their time away from each other.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead PBA IMAGESIt had been 17 years in the making, but brothers Koy and Joel Banal are reunited once again in the sidelines, this time with Marinerong Pilipino.“I’m very comfortable with him and that’s why he’s with me. We are very comfortable with each other. I consider him not only as an elder brother but as mentor,” said Koy, the head coach for the PBA D-League newcomer.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle The younger Banal didn’t hesitate to enlist the services of his older brother as a consultant, bringing memories of their partnership back with the Pasig Pirates in the now-defunct MBA.READ: Koy Banal makes coaching return as Seafarers face Batangas FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundA lot has changed in 17 years, with Koy and Joel going on separate ways and leading numerous teams to championships.But now, they find themselves on the same boat anew, rekindling the partnership which started way back to their childhood days. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working “Aside from the xs and os, what I learned from him is the leadership, which came from his faith — our faith,” he said.For the elder Banal, he made it clear that he’s taking the back seat and allowing Koy to implement his system but still giving his brother pointers whenever he deems fit.“He’s a respected coach who has won a lot of championships and he knows how to win so I’m just here to support what he wants. I’m just adding pointers to him because I don’t want the players to be confused with our differing styles,” he said.Joel also believes that somewhere along the way, both their styles will find their way into the system but for now, the Seafarers have one voice to listen to as they gun for a spot in the quarterfinals in their maiden voyage in the PBA D-League.“I think at some point, our systems are going to criss-cross. But as of the moment, the team just have to hear one voice. At some point, it’s gonna bolt in. Hopefully, we have time and we can catch the bus going to the semis or quarters. That’s all we need, a chance to get to the playoffs,” he said.But for that to happen, Marinerong Pilipino must first find a way to build chemistry together.“Teamwork is what we lack at the moment, but we’ll get there,” said Joel. “Everyday, that’s our goal to get closer, to be solid, and to know each other. That’s the most important thing: knowing each other.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments
Dear Editor,On Tuesday, June 4, pensioners living in Blairmont and neighbouring villages finally got some much-needed relief from the rain and blistering sun, and can now rest their weary legs while waiting at the Blairmont Post Office to cash their Old Age Pension vouchers.On June 10, I wrote a letter in the press in support of two previous letters, denouncing the undignified manner in which our senior citizens are treated every month at many post offices nationwide as they wait patiently for long, exhausting hours to collect the ,000 subsistence given by the government.I then called upon the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) to provide a more reliable, hassle-free service to our most vulnerable, our elderly. Today, I’m pleased that a Good Samaritan and native of Blairmont, Nowrang Persaud, undertook this noble initiative and erected a permanent shed with wooden benches adjoining the front of the Blairmont Post Office with the blessing and approval of the GPOC.At a small opening ceremony attended by GPOC Postmistress General Karen Brown; Area Manager Balkarran Kissoon; PRO Telesha Whyte and Region 5 Vice-Chairman, Rion Peters, an overview of the project was given by Persaud, who had so far spent 0,000 of his own savings, and called for other civic-minded persons in the business community to replicate this initiative in other parts of the country.But while we appreciate this initiative, it is unfair and unrealistic to expect the business community, which is under undue pressure in a declining economy, to undertake the responsibilities of government.Our private sector is already burdened with high taxes, a struggling economy, high interest rates and lack of government incentives needed to promote growth and job-creation.I was also pleased with the commitment given by the GPOC Postmistress Genera to undertake additional improvements to the facility to prevent flooding and to provide a wheelchair ramp to the entrance of the Blairmont Post Office as is required by the Persons with Disabilities Act of 2010 – Section 28 (1).Our senior citizens deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.Yours faithfully,Harry GillMember of Parliament(PPP/C)
CUP OF WOE: Sachin Tendulkar made to stand down by the AustraliansOn the night India lost the World Cup final, one of the bowlers ran into a friend. “Hard luck,” said the friend. The player exploded, “What hard luck? Why does everyone say that? We played f***-all. Who knows when,CUP OF WOE: Sachin Tendulkar made to stand down by the AustraliansOn the night India lost the World Cup final, one of the bowlers ran into a friend. “Hard luck,” said the friend. The player exploded, “What hard luck? Why does everyone say that? We played f***-all. Who knows when we’ll ever get to a Cup final again?”As it happens, the young man could play in a couple more World Cups but on that bleak Sunday night when gloom crept into Indian souls like the chill of an advancing Johannesburg autumn, his heart wouldn’t listen to reason or reassurance. He could barely imagine it but by hating defeat so intensely, the cricketer was giving himself the best chance to reach another big final. If being the No. 2 team in the world doesn’t feel good at all, there is only one other alternative.The men in blue headed out of their hotel rooms looking for warm food and cold comfort, a cavalcade of the chronically dejected. That night all the glasses came up half-empty but if Indian cricket learns to look into the distance – admittedly, not its strong suit – its African campaign could be a blueprint for future success and, maybe, a cup running over.En route to the World Cup finals Sourav Ganguly’s team equalled the record for the most successful streak by an Indian team in one-day internationals – eight straight wins. It matched the run of the 1985 team that won five matches to take the World Championship of Cricket in Australia and three one-dayers after that. India’s record pales in comparison to Australia’s 17 but collective achievement in Indian cricket is rare. For too long has the sport been ruled by the cult and clash of personality and the mammoth weight of some pretty impressive individual records.advertisementCUP OF WOE: India were made to stand down by the AustraliansCaptain Ganguly, who could well be the first militant Bengali after Subhas Chandra Bose, will have no more of it. He is fast becoming the leading pulpitt-humping evangelist of a new church of Indian cricket.Drinking tea in a train-wreck of a hotel room in Durban, windows open to cooling sea breezes off the Indian Ocean, he said, “Individual performances don’t matter at all if the team doesn’t win. Indian cricket has to realise that the team is first: whether you are looking at the past or whether the team has to go ahead in the future.”The future is the only place to go because the past is never as glorious and golden as it is made out to be. The Australians are already in tomorrow, casting long shadows on those who try to follow. India have responded to the rigours and rewards of a nascent professionalism with the enthusiasm of a child who, after days of sliding around his bottom, discovers the heady benefits of being able to walk.They are quick to give credit to their three-man back-up team of professional coach, trainer and physio, use polar wristwatches to monitor their fitness, know how to download the data from the watches onto their personal laptops, and have discovered the use of computer analysis in team planning. Fellows who would struggle to spell “psychologist” sit down with the famous sports shrink Sandy Gordon to discuss insecurity, fear of failure, ambition and come out feeling wiser, less burdened.Radical? For Indian cricket, yes. Australia has been there, done that – and moved on. Diving and slide-tackling in the field is kindergarten stuff. Their specialist fielding and throwing consultant, Mike Young, an ex-baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, knows nothing about cricket fielding, but uses his understanding of motion from baseball to design drills. His brief is to keep the fielders moving, energised and involved and minimise the time taken for a ball to travel from the fielder to the man at the wicket.When the ball goes to a fielder’s “wrong’ side” (i.e. on the left side of a right-hander), usually the fielder picks up the ball, transfers it to his throwing hand, shifts his weight and then throws the ball back. Young taught the Australians to pick up and pivot, transferring the ball from hand to hand during the pivot before hurling it back to the man at the stumps. The fielder can end up off-balance during the throw, but when Andy Bichel ran out Aravinda De Silva in the semi-final, hours of practice turned into something perfect.Young also turned out to be a handy bard who composed a poem about his adopted home which the Aussies chanted and sang after every victory in South Africa. Coach John Buchanan says, “At the moment we do most things everyone else does but we do them a little bit better and more consistently. There is no question we can get better.”advertisementIt could be a frightening thought for anyone trying to catch up, but then it could be an inspiration too – there is always a way, teams must have the will to discover it. The Indians seem to have found theirs. It took a year of thinking and tinkering for their World Cup campaign to come together. The hiring of fitness trainer Adrian LeRoux made a difference to the strength of the bowlers and consequently the pace at which they bowled in South Africa.Andrew Leipus held the bodies of all the main men together with hours of physiotherapy, yards of tape and the pure power of prayer. No matter how loud the howls of protest, Rahul Dravid was given a year with the wicketkeeping gloves in order to lengthen the batting line-up. An idea of the best balanced team for South Africa was devised and stuck to. In South Africa, only two teams looked like they had made progress from the 1999 Cup: Australia, of course, and, surprise, surprise, the consorts of chaos, India, a testimony to persistence with The Plan.India have done a lot right in the past two years, reckons former South African coach Graham Ford, but to keep progressing they need to replace the one important link that will go missing soon. “They need to get another pace bowler into the squad now because they are going to miss Javagal.”The man himself, who went through the World Cup wearing an unusually sunny disposition all the time and a beach hat at practice, believes fast bowlers are like fine china, meant to be handled with care and wrapped in cotton-wool. Only then can they provide service for years. “An Australian or South African bowler may take two years to develop, in India you have to give a guy 3-3 1/2 years, put him on a fitness routine, monitor his progress. If you are thinking of 2007,” Srinath says, “find a guy now.”Australia reaped the benefits of pure pace in the Cup – Brett Lee broke down batting line-ups after injury stopped Jason Gillespie and tiredness slowed Glenn McGrath down. Lee has been shepherded through Australian cricket since 1995 – when it was discovered he was the fastest kid on the block – and let loose on the world only in 1999. South Africa, looking for its successors to the Allan Donald generation, tried the same with the injury-plagued Mfuneko Ngam and are now working on Monde Zondeki.A team insider says, “What we cannot do is bumble along and hope for someone to turn up. That’s the way it has been with us but that’s not the way it works in professional sport anymore.” It means the traditional animosity between selector and player, board and player, the swell of egos must subside to make the team competitive.advertisementSunil Gavaskar believes the team needs to do more, telling INDIA TODAY, “The 2007 World Cup should be the assignment starting now. We must overcome the weaknesses that prevented us from winning this one and consolidate the gains have been made from this trip.” The gains are both cricketing and cultural.Indian cricket knows now why it needs genuine fast bowlers, all-wicket batsmen and the best support staff the BCCI’s money can buy. But like that angry young man on finals night, it must breed dissatisfaction and stoke hunger too. Because finishing second may be noble, and worthy, but it really is no fun.
Samsung launched its new lower mid-range 4G LTE-capable smartphones, the Galaxy On5 Pro and On7 Pro in India on Tuesday. Sucessors to the Galaxy On5 and On7, the Galaxy On5 Pro and On7 Pro phones have been priced at Rs 9,190 and Rs 11,190 respectively. Both the phones will be exclusively available for buying from Amazon India.The Galaxy On5 Pro and On7 Pro phones share many common features. At the outset, both the phones feature faux leather back panels and come pre-bundled with Samsung’s Ultra Data Saving mode and S bike mode. Both of them sport support dualSIM, come with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory further expandable by up to 128GB storage via microSD card, Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based TouchWiz UI and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.While the Galaxy On5 Pro comes with a 5-inch HD TFT display with a 720p resolution, the Galaxy On7 Pro has a 5.5-inch 720p display. The Galaxy On5 Pro is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Exynos processor, while the On7 Pro has a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor under the hood.Also Read: Samsung launches Galaxy J2 2016 with Smart Glow feature at Rs 9,750 The Galaxy On5 Pro sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and is backed by a 2,600mAh battery. The Galaxy On7 Pro, on the other hand has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and uses a larger 3,000mAh battery.Samsung recently launched the J2 2016 4G LTE-capable phone in India, at a price of Rs 9,750. The USP of the Galaxy J2 2016 is said to be its next-generation LED notification system, the company calls Smart Glow. In addition, the Galaxy J2 2016 also comes with Turbo Speed Technology (TST) that “loads apps up to 40 per cent faster than devices with double the RAM,” according to Samsung.advertisementIt comes with a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card.