Trinidad and Tobago Takes Measures to Fight Potential Threat of Terrorism

first_img Diálogo: In your opinion, why are countries not reacting as fast to counter what the terrorists are doing, especially when it comes to the use of social media? But now the country confronts a new threat: the possible growth of terrorism within its borders. To understand why this could be a major concern for the country, Diálogo spoke with Brigadier General Rodney Smart, Chief of Defense Staff Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, during the XIV Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) in Kingston, Jamaica, held in January. Brig. Gen. Smart: In TTO, we have several youth programs, some of them are run by the military, and through those programs, we hope to influence the minds of young people and show them there are better alternatives to those which are presented by groups such as ISIS. I will also say to you that we are becoming more vigilant in terms of social media and the effects and the mechanisms through which persons on the other side are using social media. Those are two immediate things I can tell you that are happening. Youths are speaking to youths. I am seeing youths go on the television and discouraging other youths. Having been empowered enough to feel that this – what is being presented to them – is not a good alternative. Diálogo: What do you expect from Admiral Kurt Tidd, U.S. Southern Command’s new Commander? Brig. Gen. Smart: He has huge shoes to fill because [U.S. Marine Corps] General [John F.] Kelly (former SOUTHCOM commander) was exceptional, a very good friend to the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force; he was a supporter. However, I just came out of a bilateral meeting with Adm. Tidd, and I am convinced we have a very willing and able partner as well in him. I look forward with great enthusiasm to engage with him as well as General [Clarence K.K.] Chinn [U.S. Army South Commander]. What has happened is that there is a new engagement at the Army Soldier level in the Trinidad and Tobago Army, the Regiment. There is a new engagement that was enabled by the United States Chief Military Liaison Officer, Colonel Claudia Carrizales. She has enabled that relationship between Army South and the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment. So I am saying, at the strategic level – SOUTHCOM level – I can see continued engagement, and I can see continued development between these two organizations. But even at a level below, Gen. Chinn already has begun making sure that there is a relationship that is in place. In a nutshell, I can see the relationship growing even stronger, if that is possible. Good articles on world events.They are in depth and give lots of information on what is happening in the world… Brigadier General Rodney Smart: It’s possible. As far back as 1990, we have had an attempt by a Muslim organization to overthrow the elected government of the country. So that always remains in our head. But more recently, you may have heard about a video that was circulated on the Internet where there were Trinidadians who had gone to fight with ISIS. They used to bring the message to try to recruit young people from Trinidad and Tobago [TTO]. From that perspective, we have concerns that TTO remains one of the countries where recruiting is taking place. TTO is one of the countries where people have gone to Syria to fight, as well as to return. We do have concerns in our country with regard to the potential of terrorism. And hear the word I used: potential. I believe it will not happen, but we have concerns, and therefore, we have put strategies in place. Diálogo: Do you think your Defence Force is having to focus more and more on what’s called the new threats, like the Armed Forces in other countries, such as Colombia? Diálogo: Speaking specifically about illicit trafficking, a few years ago TTO had to establish a curfew because of the violence that was rising, especially among young males. What’s the current situation in the country? Brig. Gen. Smart: Because this is not a normal mechanism of a country to communicate to its youth; so countries don’t have programs set up, established programs that communicate nationally to youths. However, because they – the terrorist perpetrators – recognize that this is a mechanism through which youths communicate, they are using this space. Now, the established countries will eventually catch up, but because this is not the normal way of communicating, they are using the conventional approaches. I think we reached a point where countries have recognized they have to now use social media to communicate with youths. Diálogo: A lot was said about the possible growth in terrorism in the Caribbean during CANSEC 2016. Somehow, Trinidad and Tobago was referenced more times than other countries. Is it because it has the largest Muslim population in this region? Brig. Gen. Smart: Having established a curfew is what we call a State of Emergency to deal with the crime situation at any given moment. And it worked. The level of violence went down, especially homicides. What we have recognized is that this is something you have to be continuously putting resources after. You have to be continuously looking at the internal databases. And very recently, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (Keith Rowley) – recognizing that there has been a spike (in violence) at the start of 2016 – has asked the Military to work with the police in a more definitive manner so that this spike he has observed will not prevail, and that the persons who are perpetrating the violence in the society will be brought to justice. Brig. Gen. Smart: Yes. Trinidad is not unique. In other countries in the Commonwealth you will see a similar model. If you go back to Britain, Britain has always used its forces both internally and externally. The chances of you seeing U.S. Troops being used in American cities are very rare. It is just a different model. Brig. Gen. Smart: I would say to you that Armed Forces in the Caribbean missions have always been different than Armed Forces in most developed countries. For example, the United States Armed Forces or Regular Forces, its purpose is really external to the United States, governed by posse comitatus for example. But there are Military capabilities that are available to states through the National Guard, but small countries are unable to have a standing military as well as a National Guard. The capabilities of small states have always been used not just for security but also for developmental purposes. In small nations, the Military model is different than the developed countries. But, I will also say to you, for example, the United Kingdom has a history of using its Troops internally for things such as flood relief. Disaster response is not new to a Military like the United Kingdom’s. The model is dependent on one’s situation. Diálogo: You mentioned the United Kingdom because Trinidad and Tobago is part of the Commonwealth, correct? Things have been going so well for so many years in Trinidad and Tobago that locals repeat the mantra “God is a Trini.” During the good times, earnings from natural gas and oil exports made this Caribbean nation one of the richest countries in the Western Hemisphere. However, the recent collapse in world oil prices has caused the country to more difficult times. By Dialogo February 24, 2016 Diálogo: During your presentation at CANSEC 2016 you said that one way of countering this would be to send positive messages, especially to the youth. What is your country doing to accomplish that? last_img read more

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Jennings County crash claims the life of North Vernon man

first_imgJennings County, In. — Indiana State Police and the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department investigated a fatal crash Friday around 6 p.m. on County Road 450 West near U.S. 50.The crash reconstruction team determined a car driven by Travis Green, 31, of North Vernon, was northbound on County Road 450 West when he lost control of the vehicle. The car hit a tree, reentered the roadway and caught fire.Green was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.last_img

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PGA Nigeria Season Tees Off in Otukpo

first_imgOlawale AjimotokanThe first official event on the PGA Nigeria 2017 calendar got underway yesterday in Otukpo, Benue State, with all the key players bidding for vital tour points at the Pa Aikwuta Mark Memorial Championship.Traditionally, the Pa Mark tournament, organised by the former President of Nigerian Senate, Senator David Mark in memory of his late father, set the stage for other events on the PGA calendar.A cluster of 100 professional players and 30 Category One players are in Akpegede, Otukpo for the tournament that ends on Saturday.The event began on Tuesday when 30 professional players held their nerves and progressed into the main 72-hole event from the Tour Card event that featured 64 players.The players who make the cut after 36 holes will split the prize purse of N5million at the end of the tournament. PGA Nigeria official, Bolaji Olajide, yesterday said that the Tour Card event is symbolic as it would enable the players that fell outside the top 30 last year to fight for a place in the exempt group that do not have to pre- qualify for events in the whole of the 2017 season.Some of the players in the heat of the moment in Otukpo include the 2016 Order of Merit Leader, Sunday Odegha, Gboyega Oyebanji, Gift Willy, Lateef Lasisi, Markus Elisha and the Ghanaian Vincent Torgah, among others.Instructively, it was Torgah who defeated Odegha in a play-off to win the tournament last year before he finished with a flourish by clinching the West Africa Tour at the year ending event in Abuja, beating a pack of shot-makers led by Andrew Oche Odoh.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Former Tipp hurler recovering after UK assault

first_imgThe 29 year old father of one – who also used to play for the Senior Tipperary Hurlers as well club hurling with Cashel King Cormacs was hospitalised after being attacked at a fast foot outlet in Britain.Its believed he suffered mulitple injuries including a fractured jaw Brendan Bonnar, the chairman of Cashel King Cormacs, said everyone had the highest of respect for him and wished him all the best describing him as a dedicated sportsman who loves hurling.last_img

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Dodgers’ Ross Stripling was tipping pitches ‘big time’ but believes he’s eliminated the issue

first_imgStripling said he had no idea but “a lot of people” – apparently on the Dodgers and opposing teams – did. Stripling’s tell involved the positioning of both his feet and his hands in the stretch position. He came to a set position with his hands higher or lower based on which pitch he was going to throw. Even before that, he would pull his left foot back even with his right foot on a fastball, more out in front of his body if he was going to throw a breaking ball.“Chase (Utley) was obviously in there,” Stripling said of the intervention staged by his teammates. “Honey (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) found it. (John) Pratt, our video guy found it. They picked up on different things. Chase noticed my feet. Even (Brian) Dozier noticed my feet. Pratt noticed my glove.”Like others before him – there is still no consensus in the Dodgers’ clubhouse on whether Yu Darvish was tipping pitches during last year’s World Series – Stripling said just having the knowledge that he was doing it didn’t necessarily make correcting it a snap.“We were trying to fix it down the stretch and really what happened was when I was on the mound it was all I was thinking about,” he said.“What happens is, you might know it and you think you’re fixing it and you’re not. Or you’re facing Paul Goldschmidt and you’re like, ‘I don’t want to think about my feet. I want to think about getting Paul Goldschmidt out.’” LOS ANGELES — After making the National League All-Star team in midseason, Ross Stripling had a 6.41 ERA in the second half and was left off the Dodgers’ roster for their National League Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.And he only has himself to blame for it.“I was tipping pitches down the stretch, big time,” he said after Wednesday’s workout at Dodger Stadium.The right-hander relies heavily on his curveball, making a tip that let opposing hitters know when the breaking pitch was coming valuable, to say the least. Stripling has thrown in the bullpen and to hitters over the past week and feels he has eliminated the problem. Whether that lands him on the roster for the best-of-seven NLCS remains to be seen. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the team is still considering a couple changes to the roster for the next round and Stripling said he was told before Wednesday’s workout that the final decision has not been made yet.“At the end of the day, I think we only gave up one run out of the bullpen against Atlanta,” Stripling said. “So it’s an if-it’s-not-broke-don’t-fix-it type of thing. But obviously, we play matchups as much as anyone. So I’m not sure what they’re thinking. They told me an hour ago they hadn’t decided so I’m sort of in limbo. I’m not overly optimistic, just waiting to see what they do.”PITCHING PLANSThe Brewers announced their starter for Game 1 of their NLDS on Twitter as the “initial out-getter” – it was reliever Brandon Woodruff. They have not announced their starting plans for the NLCS yet.The Dodgers will start left-hander Clayton Kershaw in Game 1, but Roberts would not say anything beyond that when asked Wednesday.“We don’t have our starter for Game 2 or 3 decided yet,” Roberts said, acknowledging only that there were a number of factors being considered – none of which he was willing to discuss.Hyun-Jin Ryu started Game 1 of the NLDS followed by Kershaw and rookie Walker Buehler. This round, though, they might go with Kershaw and Buehler in the first two games, holding Ryu back for Game 3 at Dodger Stadium. He had a 1.15 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in nine regular-season starts at Dodger Stadium this year, then held the Atlanta Braves scoreless for seven innings in his NLDS start, extending his scoreless streak at home to 21 innings.“We understand that he has pitched better at home this year than on the road,” Roberts said. “But Hyun-Jin is a veteran pitcher. Regardless of where he pitches, we expect him to throw the ball well. We haven’t made that decision yet. But we’re confident he’ll pitch well wherever he pitches.”ALSORelievers Josh Fields and Dylan Floro threw to hitters at the end of Wednesday’s workout in a simulated-game setting. Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor were among the hitters.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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The Rivonia Trialists today

first_imgBob Hepple still lives in England. Ahmed Kathrada is now retired.(Images: Lucille Davie)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello HatangCEO and spokespersonNelson Mandela Centre of Memory+27 11 547 5600.RELATED ARTICLES• Madiba’s legacy is forever• Mandela posters show world’s respect• Liliesleaf remembered 50 years on• From Liliesleaf to Robben Island• Travelling the Mandela RouteLucille DavieHe was Accused No 1, and he was the last man to be released from jail. Nelson Mandela stood accused with 10 others in the Rivonia Trial in 1964, all on trial for sabotage, which carried the death penalty.But they didn’t go to the gallows. Instead, eight men got life imprisonment, serving from 22 to 27 years. At the trial, Judge Quartus de Wet said: “I have decided not to impose the supreme penalty, which would usually be death for such a crime. But consistent with my duty, that is the only leniency which I can show. The sentence in the case of all the accused will be one of life imprisonment…”Mandela’s fellow accused were Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni, Raymond Mhlaba, Walter Sisulu, Elias Motsoaledi, Govan Mbeki, James Kantor, Lionel “Rusty” Bernstein, and Bob Hepple.Bernstein and Kantor were acquitted in late 1963, and charges against Hepple were withdrawn, after which he fled to England, where he still lives.But where are the trialists now?Nelson MandelaMandela became South Africa’s first democratic president in 1994, stepping down in 1999. He joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1943, and was one of the group which formed the ANC Youth League in 1944. He was the Transvaal president and national volunteer-in-chief of the 1952 Defiance Campaign. He was arrested and tried for treason with 156 others in 1956, and acquitted in 1961. He was detained under the state of emergency in 1960, and on his release, went underground. He co-founded Mkhonto we Sizwe (MK, Spear of the Nation), the ANC’s military division, and was its first commander-in-chief, leaving the country for five months in 1962 for military training. After 17 months on the run Mandela was arrested in August 1962 for leaving South Africa without a passport, and for inciting workers to strike. He was serving five years’ imprisonment on Robben Island for these crimes, when he was charged with sabotage, along with those arrested at Liliesleaf. He was the last Rivonia trialist to be released from prison, on 11 February 1990. He celebrated his 95th birthday in hospital on 18 July 2013, being treated for a recurring lung infection.Ahmed KathradaKathrada or Kathy, Accused No 5, was released in 1989 and became a member of parliament in 1994, and served as adviser to Mandela during his tenure as president. He joined the Young Communist League at the age of 12, and was a member of the South African Communist Party (SACP) central committee. After frequent bannings, arrests and house arrests, he went underground in April 1963, but was arrested at Liliesleaf in July of that year. While imprisoned on Robben Island he obtained four degrees. After 1994 he was appointed as parliamentary counsellor to President Mandela. From 1997 to 2006 he was chairman of the Robben Island Council. He has written three books and received many awards. He is now retired and consults to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Andrew MlangeniAccused No 10, Mlangeni was released in 1989 and became a member of Parliament, a position he still holds. He was a trade unionist and was active in the bus boycott and strike in 1955. He joined the ANC Youth League in 1951, and was a member of the SACP and MK. He was sent for military training in 1962, and was arrested on his return in 1963. Mlangeni received the ANC’s Isitwalandwe Award in 1992 for his contribution to the liberation struggle.Raymond MhlabaA former commander-in-chief of MK, Mhlaba was Accused No 7. He was released from Pollsmoor Prison in 1989 and in 1991 was elected to the ANC national executive and the SACP central committee, becoming national party chairman in 1995. In 1994 he became premier of the Eastern Cape and served in this role until 1997. He was then appointed high commissioner to Uganda and Rwanda, retiring in 2001. In 2003 he had a stroke and in 2004 was diagnosed with liver cancer. He died in 2005 in Port Elizabeth. Mhlaba received the ANC’s Isitwalandwe Award in 1992 for his contribution to the liberation struggle, and the Moses Kotane Award in 2002 for his contribution to the SACP.Walter SisuluWalter Sisulu, Mandela’s great friend, was Accused No 2. He was the former secretary-general of the ANC, and very influential in the movement. He moved back into his small four-roomed house in Soweto after his release in 1989, at the age of 77. He took up ANC duties but after democratic elections in 1994 retired from politics. Sisulu and his wife Albertina moved into the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, because he needed to be closer to his doctors, his health now failing. In May 2003 he died peacefully in Albertina’s arms at his home, at the age of 90.Denis GoldbergAccused No 3, Goldberg spent 22 years in Pretoria Central, isolated from his fellow Rivonia trialists because white prisoners weren’t sent to Robben Island. In 1985 the government offered to release any political prisoner who renounced armed struggle. Goldberg accepted, and after visiting his daughter briefly in Israel, moved to England, where he represented the ANC at the UN’s Anti-Apartheid Committee. He founded Community HEART in 1995 to help poor black South Africans overcome the legacy left by apartheid. Goldberg returned to South Africa in 2002 and became a member of Parliament. He lives in Cape Town, and after serving for several years as a special adviser to the ministry of water affairs and forestry, has now retired.Elias MotsoalediMotsoaledi was Accused No 9. He was a trade unionist and a member of the Council of Non-European Trade Unions. He was banned after the 1952 Defiance Campaign and helped establish the South African Congress of Trade Unions in 1955. He was imprisoned for four months during the 1960 state of emergency and detained under the 90-day detention laws of 1963. He was released from Robben Island in 1989, and elected to the ANC’s National Executive Committee on his release. Motsoaledi He was awarded the ANC’s Isitwalandwe Award in 1992 for his contribution to the liberation struggle. He died in 1994.Govan MbekiThe father of former president Thabo Mbeki, and Accused No 4, Mbeki was a teacher, trade union organiser, journalist and writer. He joined the ANC in 1935 and the SACP in 1953. He was a member of the SACP central committee, the ANC national executive committee and the MK high command. He went underground in November 1962 and was arrested at Liliesleaf. After his release from Robben Island in 1987, he was elected deputy president of the Senate, the precursor of the National Council of the Provinces, the country’s second parliament. Mbeki was also a recipient of the Isithwalandwe award. He wrote several books: South Africa: The Peasants’ Revolt, The Struggle for Liberation in South Africa and Sunset at Midday. He died in 2001 in Port Elizabeth.Bob HeppleCharges were dropped against Hepple, Accused No 11, and he was released. The prosecution was hoping he would turn state witness, but he immediately fled to England with his wife, to be joined there by his parents with his two young children. He went on to have a long and distinguished legal career in that country – he is an international expert and activist in labour law, equality and human rights; emeritus master of Clare College and emeritus professor of law at the University of Cambridge in England; and has received several awards and honours, including a knighthood in 2004. He has just published a book, titled Young man with a Red Tie: a memoir of Mandela and the Failed Revolution 1960-1963. It recounts his escape to avoid testifying against the Rivonia trialists.Rusty BernsteinRusty Bernstein, Accused No 6, was acquitted in the Rivonia Trial, but arrested again soon after and released on bail. He fled the country and lived with his wife Hilda and family in England, working as an architect until he died in June 2002. Bernstein remained a member of the ANC until his death at the age of 82. He joined the Communist Party in 1938, and was a founder member of the South African Congress of Democrats. He was the principal drafter of the 1955 Freedom Charter. After 1994 he made several trips to South Africa but continued to live just outside Oxford in England. In 1999 he published his autobiography, Memory against Forgetting.James KantorAccused No 8 was Kantor, a lawyer but not a member of the ANC or MK. He was one of the trialists, possibly because his brother-in-law and business partner was Harold Wolpe, who had been arrested at Liliesleaf, and was a member of the ANC and the SACP. When Kantor was acquitted at the trial, he fled the country, and died in London in 1974, at the age of 47.Wolpe escaped from the Marshall Square Police Station, together with Goldreich and Mosie Moola and Abdulhay Jassat, and after hiding out in Johannesburg for two months, Wolpe and Goldreich escaped across the border, and flew to London. Goldreich moved to Israel in 1964, where he died in 2011. Wolpe lived with his family for 27 years in London, where he became an academic. He remained an active member of the ANC and the SACP. In 1991 he and his wife and son returned to South Africa, settling in Cape Town, leaving their two daughters in Europe. He died in 1996 at the age of 70.Mosie Moola and Abdulhay Jassat made their way to India after their release, but ended up back in South Africa. Moola served as ambassador in various embassies, and is now based in Johannesburg. He works in the department of foreign affairs. Jassat (who still suffers from epilepsy as a result of his torture) was in exile for 32 years. He is now a businessman in Johannesburg.last_img read more

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More storms on the way with wild spring weather

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AccuWeather reports  an outbreak of severe thunderstorms, including the potential for a few tornadoes, is anticipated from portions of the central and southern Plains to the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee valleys spanning Friday and Saturday. The eruption of thunderstorms will be inspired by a strong temperature contrast, fueled by daytime heating and a surge of Gulf of Mexico moisture and enhanced by strong winds and dry air aloft. The same storm bringing the ingredients for severe weather together will also produce heavy snow and blizzard conditions in part of the north-central United States.  More than 22 million people will be at risk for severe weather on Friday alone. This day, the potential for damaging weather conditions will extend from near the Nebraska and Iowa border, southward to central Texas and eastward to Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and western Illinois. During Friday, major cities at risk for violent storms and potential damage include Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri; Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, Texas.  The storms will pick up forward speed on Friday night as the roll through Moline, Illinois; St. Louis; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Shreveport and Alexandria, Louisiana; and Houston. The storms may bring the full spectrum of severe weather ranging from high winds, large hail, flash flooding, frequent lightning strikes and perhaps a tornado. On Saturday, the severe weather setup is likely to be complex in that clouds and rain from Friday night’s thunderstorms may race eastward and limit severe weather in parts of the Midwest and South, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski. “Two or three separate areas of severe weather may evolve on Saturday,” Pydynowski said. “Where the sun is out long enough to allow some heating, ahead of the push of cooler air is where the greatest risk of severe thunderstorms will be.” A severe thunderstorm and flooding rainfall are possible in Peoria, Illinois; Indianapolis; Louisville; Kentucky; Jackson, Mississippi; New Orleans; and Mobile, Alabama; on Saturday. One area may focus near and north of the Ohio River, while a second area is likely farther south, perhaps from Tennessee to the Gulf coast. The risk of heavy, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms is likely to continue farther to the east on Sunday. People from the eastern part of the Ohio Valley to the central and southern Appalachians and Piedmont should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions on Sunday. Downpours and gusty storms may affect the major airport hubs of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, to close out the weekend. The NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Tennessee, may be threatened by drenching downpours and gusty thunderstorms on Sunday afternoon. A sweep of much cooler air will end the severe weather threat from west to east spanning Saturday to Monday. Persistent well below-average temperatures has been a factor in lower-than-average tornadoes so far this year. For example, in areas from Oklahoma City to St. Louis and Little Rock, temperatures have averaged 10 to 14 degrees below normal for April thus far. These areas lie within the heart of Tornado Alley. As of April 10, based on preliminary reports, there have been 47 tornadoes this month, compared to a recent three-year average of 174 confirmed tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The actual number of tornadoes through April 10 this year is likely to be less, once research has been completed. During April 2017, when temperatures averaged above normal over much of the region, there were 211 confirmed tornadoes across the nation. AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologists are estimating that between two and four dozen tornadoes may be reported with this multiple-day event. Most of the storms capable of producing tornadoes are likely to be from late Friday afternoon to Friday evening.last_img read more

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Bolts crush Aces; Hotshots end three-game slide

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Amateur Kim steals spotlight from pros With several pieces added to the crew that finished second last season, coach Norman Black believes his Meralco Bolts are slowly overcoming a key obstacle.ADVERTISEMENT “There are a lot of teams fighting for top four spots,” Black stressed. “And this is the time of the conference where you need to win games, otherwise, you won’t get it. And a top four berth has been our goal right from the start.”Meanwhile, Star snapped a three-game losing streak with a 109-83 decision of GlobalPort in the second game.The Hotshots got back in top four contention after rising to 5-3, while pushing the Batang Pier harder to the wall with a 3-6 record.Tolomia hit all five of his triple tries and finished with a career-high 24 points, while De Ocampo, six times a champion with TNT, scored 10 points in just 16 minutes.Allen Durham had 26 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and two blocks to lead the Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 “We’re starting to blend well, starting to become cohesive,” Black said after the Bolts bamboozled Alaska, 106-78, Friday to move within another victory of clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the first round of the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Rookie Mike Tolomia, added to the lineup less than a month ago, and veteran superstar Ranidel de Ocampo, playing his first game with Meralco after his acquisition from TNT KaTropa in a three-team deal, helped the Bolts break loose in the second period and yawn their way to a seventh win in nine games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe loss was the first in the last four games for the Aces, who slumped to a 3-7 card and are in danger of missing the playoffs.Meralco has two games to nail the win that will seal their place in the top four and the Bolts—against GlobalPort and powerhouse San Miguel Beer. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Meanwhile, the Gin Kings shoot for the first of the top four berths when they clash with the Rain or Shine Painters in a Petron Saturday Special schedule at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Game time is 5:15 p.m., after the Beermen battle the winless KIA Picanto at 3 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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