West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, who has been sidelined by injury, is eyeing the impending WICB NAGICO Super50 Tournament as the perfect launch pad to solidify his comeback when he turns out for the Jamaica Scorpions.The left-arm seamer, who has been making steady strides in the limited-overs arena in recent years, recently recovered from a knee injury that he sustained during a West Indies training camp last summer.Since then, the 26-year-old has gone on to represent Jamaica Scorpions in two matches in the WICB First-Class Championship, which is currently on a midseason break.”For me, it (Super50) is a comeback tournament, and I want to make a big statement,” he explained.”I am coming off a knee injury and have been steadily getting in the groove since, and this tournament, I want to finish high on the bowling list.”Cottrell, who has been particularly good in Twenty20 matches and has been a leading figure in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, is set to spearhead Jamaica’s bowling attack in the absence of fellow West Indian Jerome Taylor, who is currently in Australia.Taylor, like batsman Jermaine Blackwood, is earmarked to join the Jamaica team after their first three group-stage matches. The team is scheduled to play six matches, and Cottrell wants to make a big impact.”With me likely to lead the bowling attack, I intend to be aggressive up top and take wickets,” he said.”I want to make batsmen as uncomfortable as much as possible, with regard to my pace and control. If I am able to do that, I know it will be better for me to take wickets, which should put the team in better positions to win matches.”Cottrell has represented the West Indies in two one-day internationals, six Twenty20 internationals, and two Tests.The Scorpions’ other specialist fast bowler in the 14-man ssquad is the up-and-coming Marquino Mindley.GORDON ADDEDReserve pacer Nicholson Gordon, in the meantime, has been added to the squad as cover until Taylor joins the team.Champions of the regional one-day showpiece event five years ago, Jamaica Scorpions are slated to face stiff competition in the group stage of the Super50 tournament.Pitted in Group A, they will battle co-hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride for one of the two available semi-final spots. Guest team ICC Americas is the group’s other contestant.The other two-semi-finalists will come from Group Two, which includes Guyana, co-hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and Windward Island Volcanoes.Jamaica will bow into action tomorrow against Trinidad at Queen’s Park Oval in a day/night encounter. Match time is 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time.
NORWICH (4-1-4-1)RUDDY,PINTO, KLOSE,MARTIN, BRADY,O’NEIL,REDMOND, HOOLAHAN, HOWSON, NAISMITH,JEROMEAGUERO, BONY,SILVA, TOURE,FERNANDINHO, NAVAS,CLICHY, OTAMENDI, KOMPANY, SAGNA,HARTMANCHESTER CITY (4-4-2)Manchester City are 10 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City and, with Tottenham Hotspur without a game and Arsenal in FA Cup quarter-final action, at home to Watford, City can move into third spot with a win at Carrow Road.After this game, City entertain Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League then have another home game, against rivals and neighbours Manchester United in the Premier League.However, City’s 15 league wins include 10 at home and only five away while they have just 13 goals on the road; their previous fewest goals on the road is 17, in 2005-06 and 2007-08. In each of the last two season’s City have scored 39 away goals.When the teams met in October, City needed a late Yaya Toure penalty to beat Norwich and stay top of the Premier League. Nicolas Otamendi’s header put the hosts in front, before Joe Hart inexplicably dropped the ball at the feet of Cameron Jerome for a Canaries equaliser.A frantic finale followed, as Toure scored from the spot after Russell Martin’s red card for handball. And before the end Aleksandar Kolarov missed a penalty.And in January City won 3-0 in the FA Cup at Carrow Road. Sergio Aguero scored in that tie to maintain his record of always scoring when he starts against Norwich. So far the Argentine has played five full games against the Canaries, scoring a total of six goals.Norwich test Sebastien Bassong, Robbie Brady, Andre Wisdom and Steven Naismith but Alex Tettey is out for the season. City, meanwhile, are still missing Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph and Samir Nasri.
Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, is currently fighting for his life, according to information from the Texas Presbyterian Hospital where he is isolated, and his condition has moved from critical to worse. But while he is fighting for his life, officials in Liberia are plotting for his prosecution, along with others found in deliberately infesting others. Justice Ministry officials reportedly held a discussion last week on how to prosecute Ebola infected persons who knowingly would infect others. “This is a serious situation,” said a young man who has followed the crisis involving Mr. Duncan’s trip to the United States. “The situation is critical and has legal implications.”This has provoked the recent reaction of former Public Works Minister, Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods. Mr. Woods, speaking at a Carter Center forum at the Emory University’s Department of Ethics and International Studies recently, said it was premature to discuss the innocence or guilt of Mr. Duncan. Minister Woods was addressing the issue as to whether Duncan knowingly and deliberately planned to mislead authorities when he answered “no” to questions whether he had contact with Ebola patients. But with a clear open-ended question and answer, many Liberians are worried that Mr. Duncan’s action was anything but deliberate. Though Minister Woods noted that the current situation should rather focused on proper legal representation, he said he would represent Mr. Duncan’s rights to a free and fair trial that guarantees his due process rights. “The issue of due process indicates that the action by Mr. Duncan should be on the books,” admitted a law student, who asked not to be identified, “for the Justice Minister to want to prosecute any violator may involve human rights issues.” Indeed there are fundamental issues the Liberian government should take into account, many Liberians interviewed for this article said. This is precisely Attorney Woods’ view.One has to do with the government’s initial response to the Ebola epidemic. Like many Liberians, Attorney Woods described Liberian government’s response as, “woeful, inadequate, and disjointed.” And if the government proceeds with the case, Woods said, “we will assemble the best legal team to put the Liberian government on trial, for failing the people of Liberia, rather than Mr. Duncan, a victim of institutional neglect.” That is if Mr. Duncan survives. Attorney Woods seems to have a case against the Liberian government, as he has indicated his willingness to fight the Duncan case to the end. “We know too well the trail of the countless displays of wholesale impunity, complicity, neglect and abuses that have occurred recently and over the years under the watchful eyes of this Government. The list is endless,” he said. How can the Liberian government win such a case against Mr. Duncan, if it ever comes to court? But many Liberians are also saying that for a start, what would be the government’s response when Mr. Duncan took the Ebola infested patient to seek medical attention? Did the Liberian government have any initiative to ensure that anyone who takes a sick person to any medical center is questioned and possibly isolated? “First of all, the Liberian government should set things straight with itself,” said a seller in Monrovia. “Does this government have any tracking system to identify suspected Ebola patients and those who might have come into contact with them?” This is where the major issue is. Perhaps prosecuting Mr. Duncan can hold ground if what many see as necessary actions are considered first, as suggested by Attorney Woods.“I have said repeatedly that we continue to commit moral sin and ethical transgression against the poor and weak. It is the poor, weak and powerless that are vulnerable to the caprices of our governments. We ignore their needs and demands, we reward their abusers, turn a blind eye to the theft and abuse that deprive them of basic social services, including health care, yet we are anxious to punish them, even before we gather all the facts. This must stop!” Admittedly, the Duncan issue is larger than itself. And prosecuting violators may seem to be the best option, but for any success, many Liberians are asking the Liberian government to recognize its own shortcomings, or the effort would be a waste of resources that government has said it did not have. “We don’t need any window-shopping case that may serve as a distraction,” said a local attorney. “We have a larger problem here.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
SHAY GIVEN says he is delighted to be back in training after fearing an injury scare would hit his chances of playing in the Euro 2012 Championship.The 36-year-old goalkeeper Lifford man says he flew to London last week to see a knee specialist who confirmed that he would be able to take part in the tournament if he rested until the middle of this week.Shay also welcomed the news that former Norwich City manager Paul Lambert is about to take over at his club Aston Villa. The goalie trained today in Tuscany – showing no signs of his injury.He told Sport on One on RTE Radio One tonight: “You are always concerned, of course, because it’s an injury the second day into the training camp and it’s frustrating as much as anything.“But today, I was really happy with how I trained and how the knee felt, and that’s the most important thing. That’s the biggest test.“It’s not about talking about it, it’s about going out and putting it under the pressure you need to, and today it was fine. “It was just nice to be training, to be honest. It’s been a long ten days, or whatever it is.“It’s tough in the hotel sometimes when your only break is to get out for a couple of hours to train and then that’s taken away from you a little bit. I am delighted to be back training and back among the lads and back giving out to them, all that kind of stuff. It’s nice.”Shay also welcomed a return to fitness by Sunderland’s John O’Shea.“He looks good,” said Given. “We have been in the gym quite a bit in the last few days just working on our core and stability; all the different work you have to do coming back from an injury.“We have both been working together, so it is nice that we are both back on the same day to be honest. John is looking pretty sharp as well, so that’s good news.” With the injury behind him, Given is keen to get some game time before Ireland begin their tournament against Croatia on Sunday 10 June.However, he is unsure if he will win his 122nd cap when Ireland take on Hungary in their final pre-tournament friendly in Budapest on Monday night.“I don’t know, you will have to ask him,” he said, when asked if Trapattoni would select him for that game.“I would like to think I can play, hopefully, in Hungary and get 90 minutes under my belt before the Croatia game. “I am sure whatever team he plays against Hungary, personally, will maybe start against Croatia.“But the manager might have a totally different idea to that, I don’t know.”He went on: “The whole season at the back of your mind, you are thinking about the European Championships in the summer. Every training session, every game, it’s at the back of your mind.“It’s getting closer and closer now and the excitement is building and building, and we can’t wait for next week.”“I think there’s a real belief as well that we are a good team,” he said when questioned about the confidence in the squad.“People outside the country might not think that, but as a group of players and the management and even the supporters, we are a tight-knit group.“We have got to keep that going throughout the Championships. We would like to go a long way.”Kevin Foley’s omission being dropped by Giovanni Trapattoni has made most of the headlines.Given told RTE: “We didn’t actually see him (Foley). He chugged off to the airport and we didn’t actually see him.“But Kevin is gutted, as we are gutted for him as well. But as the manager said, it’s not about one player, it’s about the team and the nation.“He felt it was the right decision and we have got to respect his decision.“We are gutted for him, but I am sure he is back at home and he is going to support the team in the summer.”Meanwhile Shay welcomed news that Paul Lambert is on his way to his club Aston Villa.“I have no idea … about what’s going on at Aston Villa – but if Paul was to come in, he would be a great appointment because he is a fantastic manager,” Given said.“Since he took the hotseat at any club he has been at, he has just gone all the way up all the time, so hopefully if they can get that done, that would be great news for the club.“The sooner the manager is in place for next season – because he will have targets and players he will want to get in himself – the sooner that’s done, the better.”RELIEF FOR SHAY GIVEN AS HE RETURNS TO TRAINING was last modified: May 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RELIEF FOR SHAY GIVEN AS HE RETURNS TO TRAINING
The Second World Conference on Healthy Ageing will be held in Johannesburg at the end of July, focusing on positive ageing, which encourages senior citizens to make the most of growing older with active minds in active bodies It will also look at challenges such as overmedication, caregiving and legal issues. The Second World Conference on Healthy Ageing will look at ways of curbing non-communicable diseases such cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory conditions. (Image: Shamin Chibba) • Mandela: Champion of public health• Township yoga brings peace and healing• Taking the nation’s health to heart• New medical school for Eastern Cape • Rural doctors are a prescription for good health Dr Ryan FullerThe busy pace of today’s lifestyles means that many of us overlook the power we have to choose to enjoy our world more by living better and longer. Growing older is no longer something we must simply accept and endure – and the Second World Conference on Healthy Ageing, to be held in Johannesburg end of this month, examines major ways in which we as individuals can control our own ageing processes as much as possible.It looks at what we call positive ageing, making the most of growing older with active minds in active bodies, free from pain. It also looks at challenges to watch for, such as overmedication, caregiving and legal issues.It is an honour to host a conference of this calibre in South Africa as it once again reaffirms that we are moving in the right direction in creating a culture of much needed conversations. The African continent now faces an explosion of what we call non-communicable diseases – cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory conditions and we have to find the best practice and holistic solutions to deal with them.Already two out of five South Africans die from non-communicable diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The 40% is not far below the 51% who die of communicable diseases, from diarrhoea and pneumonia to HIV and TB, as well as maternal health and nutrition issues. This situation is changing fast and it’s expected that by 2030, non-communicable diseases will cause five times more deaths than communicable diseases in developed and developing countries.There may be elements of non-communicable diseases that we inherit through our genes – but we can do a remarkable amount to put more life in our years. I’ve been excited to see so much inspiration emerging in recent years to do just that, from the Park Runs that have spread across the country, through to initiatives such as cycling lanes spearheaded by the eThekwini Metro mayor, to the good-natured rivalry in the Fittest Cities competition.All of these initiatives and more underline what we can do in our own lives and communities to improve our quality of life. It’s up to each of us to find whatever works for us as individuals, families and groups of friends and acquaintances. Exercise, eating and drinking alcohol in moderation, cutting down on salt intake, enjoying cleaner air and great relationships can do us good and more importantly – the power to slow down the ageing process.The alternative is what’s studied under the specialised focus of the burden of disease for individuals, our communities and the economy. The WHO calculates the number of people who die prematurely, before the age of 60, thereafter a calculation of years of life lost is done. This study provides us with great insight as to whether global health is improving or not and further clarifies what still needs to be done.Another WHO metric system, Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALY), essentially calculates and measures the limitations put on our lives based on factors from injuries and smoking to hypertension and obesity.Our congress will be a great platform to learn more about healthy ageing, meet experts and share in the inspiration. It will offer the latest understandings of the ageing process, as well as some really creative solutions. “Bingo as a diabetes management tool”, for instance, is the intriguing title of a presentation by Dr Yanira Cruz, president and CEO of the USA’s National Hispanic Council on Ageing.When we were children, we had to find strategies to cope in an adult world. When we became adults, we realised there was no magic wand to wave that would make everything turn out the way we hoped – we needed to put together a combination of personal insights with the best efforts we could deliver.Dealing with ageing is no different. My personal prescription for good ageing is about putting your house in order so you can, indeed, put as much good life in your years as possible. Many people find that carrying the burden of their own unresolved personal history when they confront the ageing process makes matters harder. So you also need to work on your interpersonal relationships, look into your inner self and consider how you can enjoy the best relationships with the world around you.To complete this circle, a feature on the importance of spirituality and its impact on positive ageing in one of the conference’s consumer workshops, which are open to the general public and give you access to some top experts from South Africa and around the world.We’re pleased that the importance of positive ageing particularly and public health in general is being taken much more seriously now by both corporates, such as food producers, and by national and local government, who are backing healthy city initiatives such as pedestrian precincts and children’s playgrounds to help us all incorporate some more movement in our days – however you choose to do that.As we go through life, our exercise preferences change, which is great for retaining our interest. Exercise experts currently recommend 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise, spread over five days, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise across three days – even if you do your exercise in 10-minute bursts.Exercise is vitally important because it can counter conditions associated with ageing, such as hypertension. Already hypertension affects at least 42% of all South African adults, 34% have high cholesterol and more than 10% have high blood glucose. These factors put people at risk of cardiovascular problems, stroke and diabetes – and are aggravated by lack of exercise and obesity. More than 72% of South African women aged over 35 are overweight or obese and more than 50% of the male counterparts aged 45 to 65 years are overweight.These are serious issues to be discussed. If we want age to be nothing but a number, we need to keep reminding ourselves to track our own numbers, from weight and minutes of exercise to blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. Small changes in the way we live and eat can have a big impact over the years – and that’s what will give you the payback of life in your years.Dr Ryan Fuller MBBCh, MRCPsych, CST, Psychiatry is the Chair of the Scientific Committee for the 2nd World Conference on Healthy Ageing to be held in Johannesburg 30 July – 02 August 2015.
Bengal dengue outbreak result of unplanned urbanisation, say expertsSoumya Das, KolkataRapid and unplanned urbanisation is the key reason behind current outbreak of dengue in West Bengal, experts said. They are of the opinion that large scale construction works in Kolkata as well as in semi-urban areas are providing ample breeding grounds to the female Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector of the disease, which breeds in clean stagnated water. As per latest government estimates 40 people died due to dengue while at least 20,500 have been diagnosed with the disease. Elaborating on the urban nature of dengue eminent virologist and former head of parasitology department (study of parasites) Amitava Nandi said that the Aedes aegypti mosquito mostly breeds in stagnated water in artificial containers. “Social change due to urbanisation has triggered a sharp increase in the use of artificial containers in the cities. Now products which were earlier sold in paper bags are coming in plastic packets and containers providing more breeding space to the female Aedes aegypti mosquito,” Dr. Nandi told The Hindu.He also argued that with the use of containers spreading to semi-urban and rural area dengue is no longer confined to large cities As for Kolkata he said that large scale use of artificial containers-which are not disposed properly-is the key reason behind the spread of dengue. “The same can be said for the rural areas of West Bengal where increased urbanisation has resulted into a spurt in the use of plastic containers leading to increase in Ades aegypti mosquito population,” said Dr. Nandi.Experts also pointed out that unplanned building construction without proper drainage system in semi-urban and rural areas is contributing to the spread of dengue there.“Even in rural areas of North 24 Paraganas district (which according to the State government is the worst affected with dengue) unplanned building construction without proper drainage system has increased over the last decade,” said Shanta Dutta, director of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED).She also said that this year till September, the about 15% of the blood samples at NICED tested positive with dengue. “Since late September it has gone up to 40 to 45%,” she added.The severity of the situation can be gouged from the fact that currently 108 dengue patients are admitted only in the State run Belieaghata Infectious Diseases (ID) hospital. “Apart from these 108 patients there are 214 other patients are admitted here with fever. If they are diagnosed with dengue the number of such patients will increase further,” said U.K.Bhadra, principal of the hospital.As for the solution to the dengue crisis experts pointed out that so far there is no proper medicine available for the dengue and only supportive treatment can be provided to the patients.“Dengue deaths can be avoided with early detection and proper treatment. Increasing public awareness about the disease is also key to tackle the situation,” said Dr. Dutta. (EOM) casouRapid, unplanned urbanisation is the main reason behind the current outbreak of dengue in West Bengal, experts have said. They are of the opinion that large-scale construction work in Kolkata as well as semi-urban areas provide ample breeding ground for the female Aedes Aegypti mosquito, the vector of the disease, which breeds in clean stagnated water. As per the latest government estimates, 40 people have died due to dengue while at least 20,500 have been diagnosed with the disease. Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court on Friday instructed the State government to file an affidavit on the dengue outbreak in the State within a week.Elaborating on the urban nature of dengue, eminent virologist and former head of parasitology department (study of parasites) Amitava Nandi said the Aedes Aegypti mosquito mostly breeds in stagnated water in artificial containers. “Social change due to urbanisation has triggered a sharp increase in the use of artificial containers in the cities. Products which were earlier sold in paper bags are coming in plastic packets and containers providing more breeding space to the Aedes Aegypti mosquito,” Dr. Nandi told The Hindu.He said with the use of containers spreading to semi-urban and rural areas, dengue was no longer confined to large cities. “Earlier, Delhi and adjoining areas were known to be the hotbed of dengue as air coolers provided a perfect breeding space for Aedes Aegypti,” he said.As for Kolkata, he said even though air coolers were not used in the city, large-scale use of artificial containers, which were not disposed properly, was a key reason behind the spread of dengue. “The same can be said for the rural areas of West Bengal where increased urbanisation has resulted in a spurt in the use of plastic containers,” said Dr. Nandi.Experts also pointed out that unplanned building construction without proper drainage system in semi-urban and rural areas contributed to the spread of dengue.“Even in the rural areas of North 24 Paraganas district (which, according to the State government, is the worst affected), unplanned building construction without proper drainage system has increased over the last decade,” said Shanta Dutta, director of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED).She also said that this year till September, about 15% of the blood samples at NICED tested positive for dengue. “Since late September, it has gone up to 40 to 45%,” she added.Dr. Dutta pointed out that dengue was a “climate sensitive disease” and areas with high temperature and population density were more likely to be affected by it. Senior journalist Debdut Ghosh Thakur, working on vector borne diseases, describes dengue as a typical urban disease. “Metropolitan cities usually witness high number of dengue cases due to a large number of construction work which creates more spaces where water accumulates,” said Mr .Ghosh Thakur.The severity of the situation can be seen from the fact that currently 108 dengue patients are admitted in the State run Belieaghata Infectious Diseases(ID) hospital. “Apart from the 108 patients, there are 214 admitted here with fever. If they are diagnosed with dengue, the number of patients will increase further,” said U.K. Bhadra, principal of the hospital.As for the solution to the dengue crisis, experts pointed out that so far there was no proper medicine. Only supportive treatment could be provided to patients.“Dengue deaths can be avoided with early detection and proper treatment. Increasing public awareness about the disease is also key to tackle the situation,” said Dr. Dutta. Sources in the State administration said the “current dengue outbreak has put the State government in a spot and it is suppressing related data to avoid further embarrassment.”HC seeks reportThe Calcutta High Court on Friday instructed the West Bengal government to file an affidavit on the dengue outbreak in the State during a hearing of three public interest litigation pleas filed over the issue. “The High Court has asked the State government to file an affidavit by next Friday stating the number of deaths due to dengue this year as well as the number of people diagnosed with the disease. The court also asked the Bengal government to clearly state what steps it is taking to tackle the situation,” said Partha Ghosh, one of the lawyers involved with the PILs.Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has expressed concern over the spread of dengue and other viral diseases in the State. “Governor Tripathi has written a letter to the State government to the effect that, in view of the serious nature of all these diseases and the concern expressed by a large number of the population in this regard, all efforts should be made for treatment as well as prevention of these diseases,” said a statement issued by the Raj Bhavan.
Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes minced no words in blasting his wards following their 81-76 loss to Alab Pilipinas in a exhibition game Saturday at Meralco Gym.“We sucked big time. If we play like this we better not even go to Japan, we have no chance,” a disappointed Reyes said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “We better find a way to fix that. Hopefully, we have enough time. That’s something we need to fix, even before we think about Japan.”Reyes commended Alab, which he think dominated Gilas in all aspects of the game during their scrimmage.“Credit to Alab, they came in they were very prepared. They outplayed us, they outfought us, they outhustled us, they outshot us. I can’t think of one positive thing in today’s ballgame,” he said.Help is on its way for Gilas with naturalized player Andray Blatche set to arrive on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments LATEST STORIES With one week of practice already under its belt, the Philippine national team struggled to fend off Alab, .Only Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo were able to crack double-digits for Gilas, which allowed Alab import Reggie Okosa to have his way down low in the closed-door tuneup game.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 shutoutGilas was listless and Reyes didn’t have the gall to point out any silver linings from the exhibition game less than two weeks before the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifying duel against Japan on November 24 in Tokyo.“No positives at all. We need to improve on a lot. We need to learn how to play basketball. With the way we played, we looked like we don’t know how to play basketball. We can’t shoot, we can’t defend, we can’t rebound,” he said.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Jorginho reveals Sarri importance in Chelsea moveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJorginho has admitted Maurizio Sarri made it easier for him to join Chelsea over Manchester City.The midfielder joined the Blues from Napoli at the last second following Sarri’s appointment also from the Serie A giants.And the 27-year-old says he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reunite with his former manager.He said: “I think it is easier for me because I know how he [Sarri] works and I know what he wants from me on the pitch. It has made me coming here easier.”I think he has already changed a lot. You can see that on the pitch, we’ve improved but there is still room for improvement. We need to keep going, keep improving but keep our feet on the ground and who knows, hopefully, we’ll be able to win something.”