Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Public Safety Residents Impacted By Bobcat Fire Have Until Wednesday to Apply For FEMA Aid CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Monday, December 14, 2020 | 3:25 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Residents impacted by the Bobcat Fire have until Wednesday to register for financial support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.FEMA gives eligible wildfire survivors financial support to help pay for needs such as rent, home repairs, medical/dental costs, funeral expenses, and other disaster-related expenses. Also, FEMA may be able to help with disaster-caused damage that insurance doesn’t cover.The Bobcat Fire erupted in the Angeles National Forest on Sept. 6, blackening about 116,000 acres, destroying 171 structures, including 87 residences and the Nature Center at the Devil’s Punchbowl Natural Area, and nearly burning down the Mt. Wilson Observatory. It damaged another 47 other structures, including 28 residences, and took weeks to fully contain.“We strongly encourage anyone who suffered a loss due to the Bobcat Fire to register for assistance from FEMA,” said Kevin McGowan, director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management.“During this holiday season, many individuals are feeling a big financial strain. Eligible Bobcat wildfire survivors can use FEMA’s financial support to help pay for needs such as rent, home repairs, medical costs, and other disaster-related expenses,” McGowan said. “Every bit of support helps and we want to make sure eligible L.A. County wildfire survivors get all the support that is available to them.”To be reimbursed by FEMA, residents should photograph damage and save repair receipts. They also should contact their insurers and file a claim for the disaster-caused damage before they register with FEMA because eligibility is determined once an applicant’s insurance claim is settled.If residents have insurance but aren’t sure whether they will be eligible for monetary assistance, they should still register with FEMA.Wildfire survivors can register with FEMA for federal aid in one of three ways:• online at DisasterAssistance.gov;• by downloading the FEMA app;• by calling the FEMA Helpline at (800) 621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585).If residents use a relay service such as a videophone, Innocaption or CapTel, they should provide FEMA with the specific number assigned to that service when they register.When registering for FEMA assistance, residents should be prepared to provide their personal information, including Social Security number, insurance policy information and a description of the damages or losses suffered in the wildfire.For additional Bobcat wildfire recovery resources, please visit lacounty.gov/recovery or dial 211 for information and resources. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS
Share via Shortlink The yield on 10-year Treasuries reached 1.3 percent this week, the highest in almost a year.Mortgage rates are still very low by historical standards. They have remained below 3 percent since July thanks in part to the Federal Reserve limiting borrowing costs.[Bloomberg News] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Mortgage RatesMortgagesResidential Real Estate Email Address* (iStock)Mortgage rates keep climbing.The average 30-year, fixed-rate loan last week was 2.81 percent, compared to 2.73 percent the previous week. That’s the highest since November and 16 basis points above the record low of 2.65 percent reached in early January, according to Bloomberg.Costlier loans may threaten the trend of rising home prices. The combination of growing demand and diminished supply has sparked bidding wars, and with mortgage rates now going up as well, the hot housing market could cool off as buyers are priced out.Read moreHomebuying up again, but rising mortgage rates depress refinancingHousing starts fall for first time since AugustHomebuilder confidence picks up after 2 months of decline Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Full Name*
Dear EditorFor as long as bus operators are not all being paid a fixed flat monthly rental for their much-needed services (and are instead left to fight and race each other for passengers and to speed to complete as many trips as possible to make their money), we will continue to have as many road deaths as seems to now be the new norm.Public transportation is transportation provided usually by the Government. We instead have private transportation being provided to the public. But with public transportation, the Government pays the bus operators.With public transportation, the Government is the boss, not the passenger nor the bus operator. The passenger does not pay the bus operators. The passenger purchases bus-passes from the Government and presents that in the bus instead of cash. The Government, in turn, uses the monies raised from the sale of bus passes to pay the bus operators. With public transportation, the Government has complete control over how high or low bus fares should go. And with public transportation, there are no accidents worthy of report because the bus operators do not need to pick up as many passengers, nor make as high a number of trips, as possible to make their money.Similarly, our Government would save our lives if they too collect cash from passengers and then use it to pay the bus operators one flat equal monthly rental to cover gas, maintenance and driver salaries, etc. (The Government can also provide gas subsidies for the operators).Let the bus operators become public servants, serving the public for a monthly fee.This way, our Government need not buy new buses. But most importantly, our bus operators would see no more benefit in speeding nor overtaking on turns nor racing nor overloading nor overcharging nor working only during profitable hours nor only on profitable routes nor using touts to pull and tug at passengers, etc. None of these activities would increase their monthly payment.This new system can be phased in. Alternately, a date can be announced for a complete switch-over, along with a deadline for bus operators to sign up.Too many of us know someone who died recently or was at least injured in a bus accident that proper public transportation could have avoided if it were being provided.Sincerely,John M Fraser LLB
OAKLAND — Except for one rough inning in the biggest game of the season, Liam Hendriks was effective down the stretch as the A’s “opener” last year.Saturday, the reliever was back in the familiar role.The right-hander who gave up a two-run homer to Aaron Judge in the first inning of Oakland’s wild-card playoff loss at Yankee Stadium last October was a late insert to the lineup against Cleveland, replacing scheduled starter Aaron Brooks.“The theory is to keep the starter off the top of the …
MDC leader Morgan Tsvangarai addresses his party members. The defiant President Robert Mugabe speaking at an election rally. The struggle for political stability in Zimbabwe continues.By Khanyi MagubaneIn the wake of violence ahead of the run-off elections in Zimbabwe, African leaders have called for efforts to be made to find a solution to that country’s deepening political crisis.The widespread condemnation of the state of affairs in Zimbabwe’s political unrest was further prompted by the unceremonious withdrawal of Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), from the presidential run-off against President Robert Mugabe.The run-off elections, scheduled for 27 June, had to be held following a narrow–margin win by Tsvangirai in March, which failed to gain him a convincing win as Zimbabwe’s next president.Tsvangirai quits electionsOn Sunday 22 June, Tsvangirai hosted a press conference where he announced his party’s withdrawal.He said running for presidential candidacy had proved to be pointless, as he no longer had confidence in the free and fairness of the electoral process. He accused police of carrying out ‘state sponsored’ violence against party members, “We in the MDC cannot ask [our members] to cast their vote on 27 June, when that vote could cost them their lives,” “We have resolved that we will no longer participate in this violent, illegitimate sham of an election process.”The MDC officially handed in a letter of withdrawal from the elections to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on 24 June. The commission announced that the run-off elections would still go ahead as planned, citing electoral laws which made it impossible for the elections to be postponed in the wake of the MDC’s last-minute withdrawal.African leaders speak outOn 25 June, members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) defence and security troika attended an emergency meeting to discuss Zimbabwe. These include Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, and Prime Minister Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos. The troika was chaired by Swaziland’s King Mswati III.Swazi government spokesperson Percy Simelane said the troika was called amid allegations of intimidation and killings ahead of the election.“[The leaders] elected to come together and see what they can do as far this situation is concerned,” he said.According to a Malawi online publication Nation Online, civil right groups have also condemned the pre-election violence, which according to reports, has seen hundreds of MDC members killed by militant supporters of Mugabe and over 200, 000 others displaced.Malawi Human Rights Commission chairperson Dorothy Nyasulu said it’s sad that the intense violence had caused Tsvangirai to withdraw from the run-off.“Zimbabweans had prepared to vote. They had wanted to choose a leader of their choice. However, what is happening in Zimbabwe frustrates whatever aspirations Zimbabweans had.”In response to the MDC’s pull out, the government of Botswana voiced its hope that even though the MDC had opted out the two leaders – Mugabe and Tsvangirai would come together, even at this late stage, to form a united government.Botswana’s foreign ministry released a statement urging the leaders to put the people of Zimbabwe first, “Failure to arrest and reverse the current situation of tension can only lead to Zimbabwe sliding further into deep economic and political crisis.”In South Africa, ANC president Jacob Zuma also condemned the continued reports of pre-election violence in the neighbouring country.“We cannot agree with Zanu-PF. We cannot agree with them on values,” he said, addressing the International Investment Conference in Johannesburg.Zuma added that the liberation movement values that the ANC once shared with Zanu-PF were no longer there, “We fought for the right of people to vote, we fought for democracy.”Following his decision to withdraw the MDC from of the elections, Tsvangirai, fearing that life is in danger, took refuge at the Dutch embassy in Harare.According to his spokesperson George Sibotshiwe, the leader received a tip that state police had intended on pouncing on him at his home, which caused him to flee. Other party officials have allegedly also gone into hiding in fear of police arrest.World leaders speak outSpeaking to Australian media, Tsvangirai said he sought diplomatic protection as he no longer felt safe as a citizen of his own country, “This is no joke, over the last three or so weeks I’ve been arrested, I’ve been harassed, I’ve been totally treated like a criminal, when I’m the leading contender in this election,” he said.Australia’s Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said his country would be part of international efforts increase pressure on Mugabe to allow free and fair elections. He also said that Australia was considering tightening its sanctions on the government.Other countries around the world have also given their support to Tsvangirai’s decision to withdraw from the elections.“A government which violates the constitution in Zimbabwe cannot be held as the legitimate representative of the Zimbabwe people.” said British foreign secretary David Milibrand, adding Britain’s voice to the chorus of condemnation of the violence in the Southern African country.In America, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has also been in touch with Tsvangirai. The democrat said he had spoken to Tsvangirai, “to share my deep concern for the way his supporters are being targeted by the regime, and to express my admiration for his efforts to ensure that the will of the Zimbabwean people is finally respected.”“The United States and the international community must be united, clear and unequivocal: the government of Zimbabwe is illegitimate and lacks any credibility” Obama said.Tsvangirai has also called for a military presence in the country to help bring the country back to calm. He urged the United Nations to isolate Mugabe and called for a peacekeeping force in Zimbabwe.He said while the country did not want armed conflict, it was important for agencies like the UN who had condemned the violence to back up their stance with action, such as sending peacekeeping troops.On the sports front, Cricket South Africa (CSA)has suspended its domestic agreement with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union. This was announced by CSA president Norman Arendse on Monday.He said, “In the light of the worsening situation in Zimbabwe, CSA has reviewed its position in relation to Zimbabwe cricket. We have decided to suspend our bilateral agreements with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union until further notice.”The Democratic Alliance, South Africa’s largest opposition party, welcomed the move to suspend South Africa’s agreement with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union. DA spokesperson for sport, Donald Lee, said the CSA was courageous in their decision, ” [We can] no longer hide behind the failed quiet diplomacy while Mugabe is killing our brothers and sisters,” “We must be very tough when dealing with a ruthless criminal like him.”Useful linksMovement for Democratic Change Association of Zimbabweans based abroadZimbabwe Ministry of Foreign Affairs Do you have any queries or comments on this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]
FNB Stadium is one of the legacies of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)The legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will stand South Africa in good stead, as the country prepares to stage yet another spectacular football tournament, this time the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).South Africa received the nod to host Afcon 2017 after being pipped by Morocco for the 2015 event. The two were the only nations bidding after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) pulled out.The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced its decision on 29 January in Lubumbashi, DRC, after evaluating bids from the two competing nations.The South African Football Association’s (Safa) delegation, comprising its president Kirsten Nematandani, vice president Danny Jordaan and outgoing CEO Leslie Sedibe, concluded their bid in a 45-minute presentation before Caf’s announcement, as did Morocco’s representatives.Safa wanted the 2015 rights as it felt the country is more than ready to host Afcon within the next four years.“Considering that we have all the resources in place, our preference was to host the tournament in 2015,” said Nematandani in a statement.The country’s 2010 Fifa World Cup infrastructure has been widely acclaimed. Dazzling venues like FNB in Soweto, Moses Mabhida in Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth and the eye-catching Cape Town Stadium are part of the international tournament’s legacy for South Africa.Billions were spent on building new and reconstructing old stadiums. Even low-key provinces like Mpumalanga and Limpopo now have world-class venues.The 43 500-seater Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga was built at a cost of R1.5-billion (US$140-million). Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo cost the tax-payer about R1.24-billion (US$150-million) and can accommodate more than 45 000 spectators.The football World Cup’s 64 matches were staged in 10 stadiums across eight of the nine provinces. With such a wealth of experience, South Africa will not find it difficult to prepare for 2017.“I think we’ll rely on the legacy of the World Cup. Our stadiums are in good condition,” said Safa’s spokesman Morio Sanyane in an interview.“Our roads are also good,” Sanyane added. “We did a great job in transporting people during the World Cup.”While main roads were transformed for the international spectacle, public transport also received a major boost in cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, where efficient Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems were introduced.Road to 2017Though Safa lost the bid for 2015 Afcon, it does not feel hard done by Caf and has congratulated Morocco. “Safa has welcomed the decision of Caf,” Sanyane said.“We congratulate Morocco and wish them all the best in hosting this project of continental importance,” Nematandani said.Part of the preparations for the 2017 event will be to review Safa’s 2014 vision, a strategy that focuses on competitions like the 2012 Afcon in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.“Our strategy has to incorporate various aspects that will lead to the successful hosting of the 2017 Afcon,” said Nematandani. “2017 may seem far away, but the work starts now so that we are better prepared come the time.”Safa has confirmed that they will bid for the 2014 Fifa Club World Cup tournament, whose 2010 edition was hosted by the United Arab Emirates last December.Preparing Bafana for gloryIn 2017 it will be exactly 21 years since South Africa hosted Afcon. The historic 1996 contest took place in the four host cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, and national team Bafana Bafana snatched the top honours from Tunisia before 80 000 fans in magnificent style.But Bafana’s Afcon performance has slumped after their debut victory in the tournament. The best results the team has produced since then are runners up in 1998 and third places in 1999 and 2002. They went out in the first round in three Afcons between 2004 and 2008.Fans around the country were devastated when Bafana failed to qualify for the 2010 Afcon in Angola.However, the team started their 2012 qualifying matches rather well in 2010. Bafana, which beat France in the World Cup, went on to thump Niger 2-0 in their first Afcon qualifier at Mbombela Stadium in September 2010.They played to a 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone in an away match. The next qualifier is a contest against the resilient Egyptian team in March in South Africa.Bafana have four important home and away matches where they have to achieve top points to secure a place in next year’s tournament.Then it’s the race to qualify for the 2013 Afcon in Libya, and Bafana will also need to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
The Partners for Possibility education initiative has been awarded sixth place at the HR.COM LEAD2017 awards, held in Nashville, Tennessee. The organisation was one of 200 in the running for the award.Partners for Possibility received well-deserved recognition when it came away with sixth place out of 200 in the category of Top Leadership Partner in the HR.COM LEAD2017 awards, held in February. (Image: Partners for Possibility)Mathiba MolefePartners for Possibility, the South African education development organisation, was awarded sixth place out of 200 in the category of Top Leadership Partner at the annual HR.COM LEAD2017 awards ceremony.Taking place in Nashville, Tennessee in US, the annual HR.COM awards are held to recognise the work being done in leadership development throughout the world by individuals and organisations such as Partners for Possibility (PFP).The HR.COM LEAD2017 awards ceremony was held during the LEAD2017 leadership forum on 7 and 8 February.Partners for PossibilityEducation is one of the most important factors in South Africa’s development and improving the country’s education system is one of the most pressing issues when it comes to securing its future.It was with this in mind that PFP was created, uniting some of the best business minds with teachers and principals from schools around the country.These partnerships were created to bring some of the best business practices to the running of the schools. The objective was to help these schools run more efficiently and ensure learners got the most out of their time there.By developing partnerships and leadership, the programme ensures that everybody involved benefits, from the business leader and principals to the children at the schools and the communities around them.“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, the stakeholder engagement lead at PFP.“It’s important that we showcase this as much as we can.”“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, the stakeholder engagement lead at PFP.Proud partnersHR.COM is not the only group to recognise the value of the work being done by PFP. Because of the great promise the organisation has, Brand South Africa has partnered with it.This budding venture is part of Brand South Africa’s ongoing efforts to support the development of South Africa, which is made easier by supporting organisations that have already laid the groundwork.Stand up and be counted, get involvedIf you are inspired by what Partners for Possibility is doing and you feel like you need to play a part in helping it realise the goal of providing high-quality education, you can visit the organisation’s website to find out more about how you can get involved.PFP aims to spread its influence as far as possible, facilitating more partnerships and paving the way for younger generations. If you want to become a partner, visit its Become a PFP web page to find out how you can do this.Play Your PartAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition for improving South Africa and its people?If you do, then submit your story to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all; we want to hear it.If we don’t get actively involved in creating a better future for South Africa, then who will? Step up and play your part in our country’s journey to greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Aribado also won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles Wednesday together with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida. Host Malaysia finished 1-2 in the podium like in the women’s doubles. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA 2K18 promises to release Celtics version of Kyrie Irving cover MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next The Philippines earned another bronze medal in the squash tournament of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Thursday. Robert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado captured the third place for the Philippines, a finish they shared with Singapore. ADVERTISEMENT
It’s the second round and the Final Four picture is starting to form.Ateneo and La Salle are well ahead of the competition sitting at No.1 and No.2, respectively. Adamson University and Far Eastern University are in a tight race for No. 3 while National University and University of the Philippines duke it out for No.4.ADVERTISEMENT Rivero showed he can become another focal point in the Green Archers’ offense and be a terror on defense when he put up 20 points, four assists, and five steals in their 75-73 squeaker over FEU.He then closed out the week with another 20-point game against the Fighting Maroons. Guard: Mark Maloles (UE Red Warriors)Mark Maloles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUE has another Red Warrior on this list, and it’s another Mark. Mark Maloles helped Olayon play closer for the Red Warriors in their win over NU when he put up 13 points, five in the fourth, and six assists.The reserve point guard also took over the responsibilities of Philip Manalang as the latter struggled with foul trouble against the Bulldogs.Honorable mentions:Issa Gaye (NU Bulldogs)Issa Gaye. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMbala has established himself as the best center this UAAP season and the label of “second-best” is a virtual toss up.Issa Gaye is one of those big men who are gunning to claim possession of the second place in the podium. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What if? Paras plays with idea of teaming up with Clarkson at Gilas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games The high-octane Green Archer, though, reminded the public that they better get used to him as the league’s most dominating force putting a commanding display in Week 6.Mbala led La Salle to a 2-0 week averaging 22.5 points and 16.5 rebound.He also showed his perimeter defense in their 85-62 victory over University of the Philippines as he hounded Paul Desiderio for the full 94 feet of the parquet floor.Mbala, after watching Desiderio torch La Salle for 30 points in UP’2 98-87 first round win, limited the UP skipper to just seven points on 2-of-13 shooting.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients University of the East can still gun for a surprise entrance while University of Santo Tomas is one loss away falling out of contention.Well, here are the seven players responsible for those scenarios:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCenter: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning MVP Ben Mbala produced a lackluster performance by his standardsin Week 5. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Although coming off a 90-77 loss, Gaye produced marvelous numbers against the Red Warriors finishing with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks.Ibrahim Ouattara (UP Fighting Maroons)Ibrahim Ouattara. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOuttara is another promising big man.The Fighting Maroons split their two games this week and Outtara showed respectable consistency in the two matches.Outtara quietly averaged nine points, 11.5 boards, and 2.5 blocks to help UP to a 4-5 record. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo played just one game this week and Thirdy Ravena shone the brightest among the Blue Eagles.In Ateneo’s 71-59 beating of Adamson University, Ravena was the lone Blue Eagle to finish in double figures with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds.Forward: Mark Olayon (UE Red Warriors)Mark Olayon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOh how University of the East become sudden Final Four contenders. The Red Warriors tacked on two straight wins and in honor of those couple of victories, there are two UE representatives on this list. First is lanky forward Mark Olayon.Olayon led UE in its 90-77 stunner of NU that saw the Red Warriors improve to 2-6 and he did that by stuffing the stat sheets. The versatile forward put up 17 points, six rebounds, and eight assists against the Bulldogs.Guard: Ricci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers) Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRicci Rivero reminded everyone this week that there is more to La Salle than just Mbala. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Cargo movers try to stretch win streak WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT KaTropa is still undecided on which import to play in Game 1—at least—of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday.Joshua Smith, the Texters’ 330-pound banger, attended the title series press launch on Monday, giving the impression that he will play despite torn ligaments in his right toe that left him hobbling in the last two games of their Final Four series against Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide But over at another table sat Mike Myers, an equally impressive specimen who is listed as standby by the coaching staff in case medical examinations to be done later in the day would keep Smith out of commission.So where does this leave pre-series favorite San Miguel Beer which must prepare for every single component of its title series foe?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd does TNT coach Nash Racela, in keeping his cards close to his chest, have an advantage in any way? Is he throwing San Miguel’s preparations off?Grand Slam-winning coach Tommy Manotoc feels that both teams have an advantage, albeit slight, with the element of surprise belonging to the Texters because they have two imports at their disposal. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ And Abanilla feels that TNT will be playing with Smith, at least for the 7 p.m. game slated Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? 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 “It will take San Miguel three quarters at most to adjust [to the new import of TNT], but that’s all,” Manotoc said over the phone. “But you have to keep in mind that even [the local players of] TNT would have to adjust [playing] with their new import in such a high stakes game.”“So it can work both ways—the positives and the negatives,” he said. “The advantage that TNT has is that it has two imports at its disposal and the advantage that San Miguel has is that it still has (June Mar) Fajardo and (Charles) Rhodes.”Manotoc feels that TNT must have its import—whether that be Smith or Myers—neutralize Fajardo, leaving Rhodes as Racela’s other defensive concern.“The question mark is if a local can guard Rhodes,” Manotoc said. “TNT’s locals would have to defend him, and he will be a handful.”San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla has compiled materials of Myers’ past games in the US and Korea since seeing him behind the TNT bench on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire