Independent journalist completes a year in prison without trial

first_img to go further News CubaAmericas RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago May 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent journalist completes a year in prison without trial May 6, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas Follow the news on Cuba News RSF_en Help by sharing this information center_img News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Reporters Without Borders reiterated its call for the release of Armando Betancourt, 45, as he today completed a year in detention without trial. A contributor to the Nueva Prensa Cubana website and founder of the underground magazine El Camagüeyano, he was arrested by the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) on 23 May 2006 in the central city of Camagüey.“Betancourt’s only offense was to work as a journalist,” the press freedom organisation said. “There are no serious grounds for holding him and even the judges have acknowledged inconsistencies in the testimony about the circumstances of his arrest. Given the element of doubt and absence of any charge, Betancourt should be freed.”Betancourt went to cover the eviction of families squatting at a dump in Camagüey on 23 May 2006 and began to question some of the people present, who were protesting against the heavy-handed police operation. The police approached Betancourt and asked him to identify himself. When he said he was an independent journalist, he was immediately arrested.On 29 May 2006, he was transferred to the premises of the PNR’s 3rd detachment in Camagüey and placed in solitary confinement. From there, he was transferred to Camagüey’s Cerámica Roja prison on 6 June 2006.He was brought before the Camagüey municipal court on a charge of “disturbing the peace” on 8 February of this year, but the trial was quickly adjourned after the judges found that the statements provided by witness and members of the State Security (the political police) were “contradictory.”Cuba continues to be the world’s second biggest prison for the press, with a total of 25 journalists detained. Twenty of them were arrested in the “Black Spring” crackdown of March 2003 and are serving jail terms ranging from 14 to 27 years. The other five have been arrested since then. Two of them have never been tried and three are serving prison sentences of between three and four years. Receive email alerts October 15, 2020 Find out more News Organisation October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

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Education’s Influential Role in Home Purchase Decisions

first_imgSubscribe  Print This Post Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Education’s Influential Role in Home Purchase Decisions Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Overcoming the Barriers to Homeownership Next: Mortgage Round-Up: Rates Slip Near 2016 Lows, Applications Drop Households in which at least one member has a bachelor’s degree has increased 24 percent since 1991, and is expected to increase further as millennials graduate from college and enter the workforce, the report said. In 1990, the difference in homeownership rates among those without a high school degree versus those with a bachelor’s degree or higher was 15 percent. In 2015, however, educational homeownership gap has almost doubled to 28 percent. In addition, there is a 40 percent difference in the homeownership rate between those in the lowest income bracket versus those in the highest.”It is no accident that the states and markets with growing educational attainment rates are also often the same places with significant improvements in homeownership levels,” Fleming said. “Education is, as never before, a key to accessing the dream of eventually owning a home.”Fleming continued, “Homeownership is one of the most important tools for wealth creation, and the single largest source of wealth for most low-and middle-income Americans. The homeownership gap is widening by educational attainment level. Education is increasingly important to achieving the American Dream of homeownership, as home prices rise and qualifying for a mortgage in most cases requires good credit and consistent documented income. The good news is that educational attainment levels are improving nationally, so we are on the right track.” May 6, 2016 1,481 Views Share Save Tagged with: American Dream Education First American Financial Homeownership The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Featured, News Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Home / Featured / Education’s Influential Role in Home Purchase Decisions Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago American Dream Education First American Financial Homeownership 2016-05-06 Brian Honea About Author: Xhevrije West Related Articles The progression of homeownership across the U.S. is declining and educational attainment is a leading factor in the direction of these numbers.First American Financial Corporation’s Homeownership Progress Index released Thursday determined that the falling homeownership progress in the U.S. shares a special correlation with education levels of consumers.According to the report, the index declined 1.8 percent year-over-year, and is down 7.6 percent from the peak in 2005. In addition,the index is currently just 0.4 percent above the 25-year low point set in 1995.”Homeownership’s year-over-year decline in 2015 is no longer a story of economics and a housing crisis correcting the excesses of the mid-aughts. Tectonic demographic shifts taking place as the economy transitions from Baby Boomers to Millennials are causing homeownership rates to transition, too,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “Increasing educational attainment levels will improve the prospect of achieving the American Dream in the long-run, but the timing of important lifestyle decisions will have significant impact on homeownership in the near term.”According to the report, people with higher education levels are more likely to earn higher incomes and own homes. First American ultimately determined that educational attainment and income level are key to homeownership. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago “It is no accident that the states and markets with growing educational attainment rates are also often the same places with significant improvements in homeownership levels.”Mark Fleming, Chief Economist, First American The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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Cancer patient’s dream comes true

first_imgWalker shows her gratitude to Dream Foundation representative, Emily KingBATESVILLE, Ind. — Many people have a bucket list.For lung cancer patient Afena Walker, that list included taking a trip to New Orleans with her daughter, Heather.Thanks to the Dream Foundation, with help from Margaret Mary Health, Walker’s dream recently became a reality.Kari Ann Renekamp, patient support coordinator at Margaret Mary’s Cancer Center said during one of Walker’s chemotherapy treatments, Walker told her she always dreamt of going to New Orleans but was concerned about the expense.That’s when Rennekamp suggested they submit her wish to the Dream Foundation.The Dream Foundation is a national organization that serves terminally ill adults and their families by granting dreams that offer inspiration, comfort, and closure.Each year, the organization grants approximately 2,500 dreams nationwide.last_img read more

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UW better off sans Anderson

first_imgJolene Anderson: scorer, amazing, great, inspiring.These might be some of the words used to describe, up to this point, Wisconsin’s most talented women’s basketball player ever.Setting a school record for points (2,312) and starting every game as a Badger over the last four seasons, Anderson, now with the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA, certainly left a lasting legacy, one which will be difficult to follow. She consistently led the Badgers in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals from year to year, and her career average of 18.8 points per game is tops all-time at UW. She also helped bring the popularity of the sport back to Madison, drawing nearly 6,400 fans per game.But was she good for the team? Not really.Call it the Michael Beasley factor. Call it the Orlando Magic, Tracy McGrady or the Joe Johnson factor. When only one player is relied upon because, in this case, she has tremendous talent, the rest of the team suffers. Instead of developing their own games and being rewarded with an increased role in the offense, Anderson’s teammates (minus Janese Banks) seemed content passing the ball off and hoping their star could make something happen.More often than not, she didn’t.For all of the makes during the course of her career (886), there were more misses (1,197). For all of the 12-for-17 games, there were more 5-for-19 ones.During a five-game stretch this season, Anderson hit just 23 of 81 shots (28.4 percent).Yet after each miss and each performance, Anderson kept trying to shoot her way out of the slump. One particular night against Illinois, Anderson missed 16 shots, or 16 empty trips down the court — assuming no second-chance points — in a game the Badgers lost by 10.But Anderson is just the instrument. She does what is allowed and expected of her. The real blame lies in the musician.At some point, UW coach Lisa Stone should have said, “OK, Anderson doesn’t have it tonight. Let’s go with someone else who does.”Based on the shot attempts — Anderson’s season-low was nine, a game the Badgers won by 14 — it doesn’t appear that Stone took ownership of the team on those such occasions.In all, the Badgers went 3-8 when Anderson took 19 or more shots, but were 6-0 when someone else led the team in that department.Because Stone kept turning to Anderson, whether it was out of fear, timidity or just her nature, the team underachieved.The thought was that the Badgers could turn the corner after making it to the WNIT championship game in 2006-07. Instead, the year was full of disappointment.Wisconsin finished the Big Ten season in a seventh-place tie at 9-9, nowhere near the top-place conference finish predicted during preseason.UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez called out Stone for not performing the way he had expected. He told Stone she’d be back next season but warned her that he wanted results.If there has ever been a chance for Stone to prove her worth as a head coach, it’s now.She proved that she wasn’t a good coach with star-power talent. (Ask George Karl or Doc Rivers, and they’ll tell you it’s not easy.) Nevertheless, Stone can still prove that she has what it takes manning the sideline.With no Anderson, it will be up to her to figure out how to get a commonwealth of well-adept players to act cohesively as a unit. Something in that sentence alone says that Stone is breathing a sigh of relief and is eagerly awaiting the fall.If someone is on, the offense will run through her. No ifs, ands or buts anymore. If not, the ball rotation will find someone else who is. Every individual will be more consistent since they will be relied upon more equally, making the team more consistent.So don’t fret that Anderson will no longer be a Badger, because it very well could be a good thing.Kevin is a senior majoring in economics and journalism. Tell him how you think the women’s basketball team will fare without Anderson next season by e-mailing him at [email protected]last_img read more

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Redevelopment Continues at Fort

first_imgThe agreed upon price was $17.5 million. Somerset, owned by Ralph Zucker, plans to invest between $25 and $30 million in the project. On May 20, FMERA members voted unanimously to reduce the purchase price to $15.3 million after it was determined additional environmental work would be required. The former lodging area at Fort Monmouth along Parker Creek in Oceanport will require additional pilings and environmental work before it can be transformed into a new residential area with a waterfront esplanade. Courtesy FMERA According to Kristy Dantes, the director of facilities and infrastructure, on-site maintenance teams are transitioning to summer landscape maintenance mode and regularly checking buildings slated for sale or re-use, as well as assisting current developers.  “I don’t think there’s any project in Monmouth County that needs the designation more than Fort Monmouth,” Coffey said. “Oceanport has little or no control over development at the fort, FMERA does. We can say what we prefer. This designation puts tools in the box of municipalities under land use law and gives us more leeway, allowing us to offer PILOTS, payments in lieu of taxes. It helps us compete on an even keel with other municipalities.” By Laura D.C. Kolnoski “If the school was owned outright, we would get zero because it is a state university,” Coffey explained. “It’s a long-term arrangement and a win for the developer. It wouldn’t get built otherwise. It’s almost like a unicorn – a school paying taxes. I am enthused we are moving forward with this and will have a university in Oceanport. It will allow for those who can’t afford other colleges in the state to attend NJCU.”   The 89,492-square-foot McAfee Center, built in 1997, sits on a 50-acre parcel and is slated for reuse as a mixed-use technology campus. It has eight raised-floor dry labs, an anechoic chamber and a 16-foot loading dock. It has been aggressively marketed by FMERA, including a real estate showcase that drew numerous interested parties. A Request for Offers to Purchase for McAfee has been delayed by the pandemic, but is expected to be released soon, officials said.  May meeting highlights include the following.  Three fort parcels within Oceanport’s borders have been approved for the designation of Areas in Need of Redevelopment, two at the McAfee Center and Squier Hall, currently being redeveloped into a campus of New Jersey City University (NJCU). Borough Mayor Jay Coffey, a voting FMERA member, said the effort has been in the works for a while. After initially being studied and approved by the Oceanport Planning Board, it was approved by FMERA May 20, and voted on affirmatively by the borough council the following night. All three votes were unanimous.  “The proposals have been submitted to our internal review committee for scoring,” Steadman said, noting that as per FMERA rules, prospective buyers are not identified until proposals are reviewed and scored. “It is our plan to present a recommendation to our real estate committee at its June meeting.” “FMERA continues to make good progress on the fort’s redevelopment and all projects are moving forward in good faith,” said Sarah Giberson, senior marketing and development officer. “We are providing additional support to developers to ensure the successful redevelopment of properties currently under contract.”  Lodging Area, Oceanport Oceanport, FMERA Approve ‘Area in Need of Redevelopment’ Designation Somerset Development, the same firm that purchased and redeveloped the former Bell Labs in Holmdel into Bell Works, executed a contract in April 2018 for Fort Monmouth’s 15-acre Lodging Area along Parker Creek, a portion of which is located within the fort’s National Register Historic District. Somerset’s proposal calls for the demolition of six buildings to construct up to 148 townhomes and adaptively use two other buildings to satisfy the 20 percent affordable housing requirement on the property. center_img “Somerset found an unexpected problem that requires pilings and more, expected to cost $2.2 million,” said Robert Lucky, FMERA interim chairman. “They must certify hardship and use of the funds. Closing must be by Dec. 21 and we really need that to happen. It’s a very important development.” According to FMERA documents, “Purchaser (Somerset) certifies that is it experiencing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”  Tinton Falls Commercial Parcel  The article originally appeared in the May 28 – June 3, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “With COVID, my biggest concern is that we would have unfinished projects in buildings that have been empty for 10 years and are deteriorating,” Coffey continued. “It will mean $250,000 to $300,000 annually (for Oceanport).” Squier Hall has been purchased and is being redeveloped by KKF University Enterprises and will be leased to NJCU. In anticipation of reopening FMERA’s offices in the fort’s former library, plans are being made to implement safety measures including touch-less doors and heightened cleaning and sanitization, he added.  A PILOT is a payment made to compensate a government for some or all of the property tax revenue lost due to tax-exempt ownership or use of real property, often used to encourage a development project that might not otherwise be financially viable. Courtesy FMERA FMERA’s master reuse plan envisions office and research/development, along with commercial and light industrial uses in a campus-like setting for the property. FMERA executive director Bruce Steadman said the June meeting will “likely be held remotely as well,” adding, “We continue to send out marketing packets, answer phone calls and requests, have remote meetings, and push forward, albeit more slowly and with additional care.” FORT MONMOUTH – The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) held its third consecutive monthly meeting via teleconference May 20 as work continues on the redevelopment of the 1,126-acre former U.S. Army base during the novel coronavirus pandemic.  Two bids were received by the virus-extended May 11 deadline for this 31-acre site formerly known as the Charles Wood Area. Located at Pearl Harbor Avenue and Pinebrook Road, it is the last major piece of unsold real estate in the borough’s section of the fort. (The fort also spans portions of Eatontown and Oceanport.) It includes the fort’s Pulse Power Building, Pistol Range, and a large administrative structure with a high bay garage. The minimum purchase price was set at $4.5 million.  The project will include a 50-foot waterfront esplanade along Parker Creek with a 12-foot-wide walkway that will connect to a promenade being created at the adjacent Allison Hall parcel, being redeveloped by another firm. That project will include a hotel, office, and retail on the riverfront.last_img read more

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SCIAC swim finals today

first_imgEach school boasts a premier competitor on the women’s side, with seniors Cathleen Penney of Redlands and Lisal Smith of CMS starring. Both hail from Northern California – their rivalry dates back to their youth days – but will not be swimming head-to-head this weekend. Smith, a national champion in 2004, will swim the 400 IM and the 100 and 200 breaststroke.The Athenas also will be counting on senior Lauren Kristensen (50 and 100 free), sophomore Danielle Peebles (500, 1,650 free) and freshman Quirina Mitchell (100, 200 backstroke). Kristensen broke her own school record in the 50 earlier this season. Two local college swim teams will look to keep streaks alive today when the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet gets underway at Cerritos Olympic Swim Center. The University of Redlands men have won six league titles in a row while the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women have captured four straight. Preliminaries start at 9:30 a.m. the next three days with finals going off at 6 p.m. “We have several swimmers we rely on. We don’t have just one great superstar,” CMS coach Charlie Griffiths said. Men seeded first in their events for the Stags are senior Mark Emmanuel (diving), sophomore Matt Gannon (400 IM), sophomore John Sloat (200 free) and freshman Mike West (500 free). Other local schools won’t figure in the team race but have individuals to watch include sophomores Gerard Bolsor of La Verne and David Hendrickson of Pomona-Pitzer. The Division III national meet will be held at the University of Houston, with the women competing March 8-10 and the men the following week. The conference meet does not serve as an automatic qualifier. Athletes must meet mandatory time standards but once they do so in one event, they can compete in other events of their choosing. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Seven definitive reasons Cristiano Ronaldo is better than Lionel Messi

first_img 7 4. The better all-round athlete – There’s surely no disputing who the superior athlete is. Ronaldo’s incredible strength, jump height and raw speed simply cannot be matched by Messi. 7. The most European Golden Shoes – read all about Ronaldo’s goal scoring feats, below, then click the arrow above, right, to see six more reasons the Portugal superstar is better than Lionel Messi – The European Golden Shoe is awarded every season to the player who has recorded the highest goals tally out of all the European leagues. Ronaldo has won the award four times, including once for Manchester United, while Messi has clinched the honour three times. 7 6. The Champions League goal record – On club football’s biggest stage, who has produced the goods? Once again, it’s Ronaldo first, followed by Messi. Ronaldo currently has 93 Champions League goals in his career while Messi has 83. 7 5. The most given to charity – On top of all his footballing achievements, Ronaldo has been named the world’s most charitable sports star by dosomething.org. He even sold his 2011 European Golden Shoe award for €1.5m to fund schools in Gaza. 3. Ballons d’Or in two different countries – Messi (five) might have won more Ballons d’Or than Ronaldo (three), but the latter has claimed his World Player of the Year awards with teams from two different countries. The only other player to have achieved the same is the Brazilian Ronaldo, for Inter Milan and Real Madrid. 1. The international tournament – Portugal’s winning of the 2016 European Championship gives Ronaldo the edge over Lionel Messi on the international stage. The latter has lost one World Cup and three Copa America finals, while his rival has lost one Euro final and won one, too. 2. Trophies in two different countries – While Messi’s trophy haul is better than Ronaldo’s, Portugal’s star boasts two different league titles – in England and in Spain. He also conquered Europe with both Manchester United (in 2008) and Real Madrid (in 2014 and 2016). 7 7 Cristiano Ronaldo has done it. He’s clinched a trophy with his country, Portugal.And so the question resurfaces, once again – who’s better: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?The La Liga rivals have dominated the Ballon d’Or over the past six years, but Ronaldo now firmly has bragging rights after success with his country at this summer’s European Championship.His triumph, to rub it in even further, arrives only a few weeks after Messi announced his retirement from Argentina in the aftermath of their Copa America final defeat to Chile.Should the Barcelona forward remain loyal to his decision, his chances of lifting a trophy with his country are over.And so talkSPORT has put together seven reasons why Ronaldo should be considered the better player – check out our points by viewing the slideshow above.For great videos, head over to the talkSPORT YouTube channel here and subscribe free of charge! 7 7last_img read more

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Vying for a chance to get ‘fired’

first_img “You watch three seasons of the show and you figure, Why not?” Also looking for a career change was math teacher Bill Newyear, 58. “An MBA is fine. Young and energetic is good. But an old dog can learn new tricks,” said Newyear, a silver-haired teacher at New Vista Middle School in Lancaster who “would leave teaching in a heartbeat because the 250 grand or whatever sure beats the snot out of what teachers make.” Then there was David Schwartz, a 43-year-old artist from Oxnard, who already has plans for Trump City, “a fascinating place, very futuristic” that supposedly is being planned for the moon. “My creative ideas can not only help the Trump industry but help the world,” said Schwartz, who wore a black beret, tattered, paint-covered blue jeans and a jacket and tie. Shivering next to him was Eric Mark, a business consultant from Marina del Rey who got a call-back interview when he auditioned in San Diego for season four. Mark thinks he has a real shot of making the final cut this time and is ready for the reality TV ordeal: “It certainly takes a certain kind of person, the kind who enjoy challenges and humiliation.” After nearly four frigid hours outside, my back aching, I got into the warmth of the replica Globe Theatre. There were five tables inside a large room. Most had 10 applicants and two casting directors asking the questions. My table had nine hopefuls – and Trump. We had a former Miss Yugoslavia, an investment banking wunderkind and a 30-year-old once worth $60 million but now almost penniless, save the gold Rolex he kept as a memento from his salad days. TV crews and their blinding lights surrounded us. I knew I was going to do something stupid. After introductions, which were humbling at best, Trump asked us to debate whether dating should be allowed among colleagues. “If Mr. Trump were dating one of the contestants, I’d see a problem with that,” said Alex, the kind but unsmiling investment banker from Goldman Sachs. Trump and his casting producer based their picks on the way candidates interacted during the debate and articulated their points. I was at a loss, drowned beneath the din of a few dominating voices. I quickly learned how frustrating it must be to actually be on this show. After about five minutes, Trump asked each of us to fire someone. Miss Yugoslavia, the first to decide, said something about “glasses” and pointed at me. Scott Salyers, the casting major domo, told the group to avoid giving this journalist the boot. I asked that I not be treated special. “Well, then, everybody is going to pick you,” the amiable Salyers said. Charles, who is still in college, was the other offender to finger me. I soon returned the favor. “The first thing he said was, ‘I’m interested in business.’ I don’t want someone who isn’t interested in business,” I said. “I want someone who knows business.” “You did say that, Charles,” Trump nodded, validating my contribution. And like that, 10 minutes after it started, our interviews were over. We were told that everyone selected for a follow-up interview in May would be called by the end of the day. “So leave your cell phones on,” Salyers advised. Before I left, I pulled Trump away from the cameras and asked what I had been dying to know: How did I do? “You did great,” he told me. It was 11 a.m. I went home happy. And I waited. My phone never rang. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3436 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant About 25 people were ahead of me when I stepped into line at 5:44 a.m. It was so cold that Farrah Evagues was wrapped in a gray blanket as she sat in a pink folding chair at the head of the line. “We left Orange County at 2, got here at 3 and then drove around for an hour trying to figure out where we were supposed to be,” said Evagues, a 23-year-old director of operations for an Anaheim military-electronics company. Her mom was waiting in the car. The line quickly grew to several hundred. But this being Los Angeles, hundreds of others had mailed in taped submissions. Back in the line, dressed in a black suit and red T-shirt that read “future billionaire,” was Jon Cronstedt, 24, a mortgage division manager from Orange County who lamented that interest rates were rising and his list of prospective clients was shrinking. “The Apprentice,” he said, would broaden his career opportunities. UNIVERSAL CITY – You just don’t turn down a job interview with Donald Trump – not even if you’re a newspaper reporter instead of an wannabe executive. Trump was in Southern California on Friday to promote a 17-city casting call for the sixth season of the NBC reality show “The Apprentice,” which will be filmed in Los Angeles for the first time. A contact at NBC had arranged for my interview to be done by The Donald himself, so I worked late Thursday on my application and resume. I needed something extra to wow Trump and become one of 16 cast members. But even a magician can only do so much with “student, intern, reporter, reporter.” My printer failed about five minutes before midnight, and I made a quick run to Kinko’s. I managed to get four hours of sleep before getting myself ready and driving to Universal City, arriving before 6 a.m., even though NBC had said not to. last_img read more

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Ratliffe on guarding Stepheson: I wanted to tire him out

first_imgPBA IMAGESsStar import Ricardo Ratliffe employed one simple tactic in stopping Meralco’s hulking import Alexander Stepheson in their matchup in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena gets Paras on board for 3×3 South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “I just tried to wear him down a little, I ran the floor and just tried to make him tired,” said Ratliffe who finished with a game-high 32 points to go along 13 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.Ratliffe’s ploy worked perfectly as he helped Star to a 108-90 shellacking of Meralco as hhe limited Stepheson to a subpar line of nine points, on 4-of-7 shooting, and nine rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingStepheson, who stands two inches taller than the 6-foot-8 Ratliffe, has been averaging 18.88 points, 24 rebounds, and 15 shot attempts per game before he ran into Star’s defense.“He’s big, well I’m big too, but he’s huge so I know I can beat him up and down the floor and get him tired and I figured once he’s tired he’ll start to foul a bit,” said Ratliffe who forced Stepheson to six personal fouls. View comments MOST READ Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Stepheson was pedestrian at best for Meralco as he turned the ball over six times, the last one happening before his sixth personal foul at the 6:15 mark of the fourth quarter.Ratliffe said it was his constant pestering of Stepheson that caused the former University of Southern California Trojan to go awry on defense.“When you get fatigued, it’s kind of hard to play defense so I guess my strategy worked,” said Ratliffe. “He’s still a big presence inside but the game plan worked and coach [Chito Victolero] prepared us very well.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in pololast_img read more

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Durant congratulates Westbrook for MVP award, compares him to video game character

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ His ex-teammate Kevin Durant, a former MVP himself, took to his official YouTube page to congratulate the enigmatic superstar.“Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, F**kin balled out,” he wrote. “Gotta respect it!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe pair’s now-rocky relationship was one of the biggest story lines this season, after Durant decided to leave Oklahoma for the Golden State Warriors.The two also figured in a brief but heated exchange during their match-up last January, but shared quite the moment during the All Star game the following month, connecting on an alley-oop just like the old times. Pacquiao team says Horn fight will be ‘short and sweet’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant, right, celebrates in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Oakland, California.  AP FILE PHOTOFor his stellar play all through the season, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook bagged the 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year Award on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).READ: Westbrook wins MVP award after historic seasonADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Westbrook, Durant provide All-Star highlightAside from extending well wishes to Westbrook, Durant also congratulated all the major award winners this year.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READlast_img read more

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