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Business as usual?

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first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Based on the partial schedule released by the PBA, Japeth Aguilar (left) and Barangay Ginebra will feature in aChristmas Day game against rival Magnolia (Star) while June Mar Fajardo (15) and the defending championSan Miguel Beermen kick off the season against Phoenix Petroleum. —SHERWIN VARDELEONIn a show of optimism, the Philippine Basketball Association released an official partial schedule for Season 43, with defending champion San Miguel Beer slated to battle Phoenix Petroleum at Araneta Coliseum.The schedule also sets a Christmas Day bout between Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia Hotshots (the new name of the Purefoods franchise), a showdown known as the “Manila Clasico” in basketball circles.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The partial schedule lists games until Dec. 29, before the league goes on a New Year break.The schedule features all the teams in the PBA, prompting questions as to whether the board has mended the rift that split it into two factions—the opening day match, in fact, features two teams on different sides of the split. The schedule’s signatory is Chito Narvasa, whose tenure as commissioner of the league is the line that divides the two blocs in the board.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseRepresentatives from both blocs could not be reached for comment.Narvasa also could not be reached for comment but a source revealed that the PBA office is busy preparing for opening day since it hasn’t “received any objection to the proposed schedule and other activities.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The leadership crisis started when seven teams declared that they had lost confidence in Narvasa’s ability to steer the league. The seven include the three teams owned by Manny V. Pangilinan—TNT, Meralco and NLEX—and Rain or Shine, Alaska, Phoenix and Blackwater.But five teams—SMC squads San Miguel Beer, Magnolia and Barangay Ginebra, Kia and GlobalPort—rallied behind Narvasa. Neither bloc has the numbers to either force the appointment of a new commissioner or retain Narvasa.Before the PBA released the partial schedule, GlobalPort team owner and outgoing board chair Mikee Romero issued the strongest assurance so far that the league will open as scheduled on Dec. 17.Addressing members of the PBA Press Corps during its annual awards night, Romero said the league’s governors would thresh out the problems hounding the board and patch things up among themselves.“Rest assured, the 2018 PBA season will start on Dec. 17,” said Romero. “By next week, we will fix everything. This impasse will come to an end. I [can] confidently say that divisiveness, the impasse will [be] finished next week. 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But it’s in the interest of all 12 corporations, all 12 teams to put up a league by Dec. 17,” he said. “The PBA is preparing a big opening day. The PBA will be as scheduled and will be business as usual. We will fix this.”After the Dec. 17 opening featuring the Beermen and the Fuel Masters, the league shifts to San Juan Arena on Dec. 20, with Kia opening up the doubleheader against NLEX after which, Magnolia battles Alaska.On Dec. 22, Blackwater takes on Meralco in the first game at Cuneta Astrodome while Rain or Shine takes on TNT.There will be two more playdates for the year after the Christmas Day twinbill that will open with NLEX and GlobalPort at Philippine Arena. On Dec. 27, Phoenix takes on Kia and Meralco battles San Miguel. On Dec. 29, Blackwater tests Rain or Shine while TNT duels with Alaska.Fears about a delayed opening or a season postponed indefinitely rose when several board members made an apparent boycott of the league’s annual planning session in Los Angeles last month.The annual meeting was supposed to set the league direction and guidelines for the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

‘Two bridges are better than one’ – Harmon

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first_imgGovernment is soon to commence construction of a new bridge across the Demerara River, but the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, to have said there is no reason for the current structure to be demolished.Minister Harmon is reported to have said, “Two bridges are better than one”, and to have noted that, as Minister responsible for Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), he would be lobbying for the upkeep of the current bridge even after the new one has been completed.“I see absolutely no sensible reason to decommission one (when) you have another one. I will lend my voice to that chorus which says that we should keep both bridges,” he told staff members and special invitees at the Demerara Harbour Bridge’s 40th anniversary celebration on Sunday at the Umana Yana.The new Demerara River Bridge will see construction of an approximately 1,500-metre-long fixed bridge with a movable span, and two approach roads of a total length of 600 metres. It is envisaged that the project will commence in 2018 and be delivered in 2020.A ‘feasibility study and design’ report for the new Demerara River Bridge completed by consulting company Lievense CSO has determined that the proposed location of Houston-Versailles is the most ideal.The structure, the report said, will provide the greatest socio-economic benefits for Guyana, and lead to the lowest urban environmental impact. Furthermore, it was recommended that the promotion of alternative transportation routes should be encouraged, to lend to the longevity of the new bridge.last_img read more