SBP anchors 2023 World Cup hosting bid on ‘power of three’

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award If the three-nation proposal wins the hosting rights, half of the 32 World Cup qualifiers will play at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Mall of Asia Arena and the Philippine Arena. All games, though, will be played in the Philippines starting in the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think we really wanted to have a more compelling bid,” said SBP president Al Panlilio as the Philippines, together with Japan and Indonesia, gear up for their three-nation proposal before the Fiba Central Board this Saturday in Geneva.“We feel that this bid, with the three countries—the power of three—is a compelling bid for Fiba to consider,” added Panlilio during a press conference Monday in Meralco, Ortigas. “I guess at the end of the day, we want to make sure we do win. I feel optimistically cautious or guarded that we do have a good chance to win the bid.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPanlilio admitted the presentation won’t be as star-studded as in 2015 when the Philippines lost out to China in its bid to host the 2019 Fiba World Cup. Back then, celebrities like American actor Lou Diamond Phillips, who traces his roots in Zambales, and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao made an impassioned plea that cited the country’s love for the sport.Bigger audience This time, the SBP hopes to align its bid with Fiba’s vision to draw a bigger audience.“There’s the uniqueness of our co-hosting bid,” said SBP executive director Sonny Barrios. “If you’re Fiba and your main objective is globalization of the sport, you’d take note of the co-hosting bid of three countries. There’s a global reach in many aspects— culturally, religiously, economically—and the sheer number of 500 million [of the co-hosts’ combined population].”The SBP officials said it’s strongly coordinating with co-host cities Jakarta and Okinawa as the group goes up against the Argentina-Uruguay team, another co-hosting bidder.“Indonesia and Japan look at us as the lead [host],” said Panlilio.Just like in 2015, SBP also hopes to tap public support through social media with the hashtag #PlayLouderIn2023.ADVERTISEMENT Rose returns to Cavaliers to resume rehab on sprained ankle MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours A unique hosting set-up may just win it this time for the Philippines.At least that’s what the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) hopes as it banks on the “power of three” to bag the hosting rights for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

LAPD ranks reach 8-year high

first_imgFor newly minted LAPD Officer Alberto Ortiz, Friday’s graduation from the Police Academy marked a milestone, with his class of 44 pushing the force over 9,500 – the most since 1999. “I would do anything for any of them,” said Ortiz, 21. “I’m very proud I made it through LAPD.” With the department struggling with gang violence and a staff shortage, these young, eager academy graduates are a bright spot for department leaders. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton are continuing a push to build a force of 10,000 officers in five years. But more progress is needed, with some 255 veteran officers anticipated to retire beginning in April amid stiff competition between law enforcement agencies for new recruits, Los Angeles Police Department and city leaders said. “It’s a significant milestone in terms of numbers,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine, a member of the council’s Public Safety Committee. “But the overall picture – it is short of what we’re trying to achieve with the impending retirements. “You got your senior officers, senior detectives that are retiring. How do you fill 50 years of experience?” Through aggressive recruitment campaigns, including billboards and online ads and enticements such as signing bonuses of up to $10,000 for new officers, the LAPD has reached 9,503 officers, the highest deployment since the department had 9,504 sworn officers in November 1999. The department had fewer than 9,000 officers when Bratton became chief in 2002. “You’re coming into the department at a time when Chief Bratton and the command staff gets it,” Police Commissioner Anthony Pacheco told the graduates during a ceremony at the Police Academy in Elysian Park. “They understand and are working with the city leaders in ways unheard of … all in an effort to enhance public safety.” Yet Zine believes more can be done to address the underlying hurdles to recruitment, like the city’s high cost of living. He cited past attempts by police agencies in Arizona that have attracted recruits by touting lower housing costs. Rookie LAPD officers make just under $50,000 a year. Zine proposed developing affordable housing for officers on city-owned land as another draw for potential recruits. “If they’re paying $2,000 for an apartment, that doesn’t leave a lot for them for a car payment,” he said. Bratton did not attend the ceremony but said the department remains on track to meet the goal of 10,500 officers, with the academy training 70 officers a month. Despite the manpower shortage, he said the department has been effective. “I think you are seeing clearly we have a very aggressive department,” he said. “They have, over the last four now going on five years, gotten overall crime down 30 percent.” Pacheco acknowledged the job of the graduates won’t be easy – the 9,500 LAPD officers are taking on an estimated 39,000 known gang members in the city. They can only even the odds with community cooperation and more officers, he said. “When I see these new officers join the ranks,” he said, “I know the future is bright.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gor drown Bandari to open three-point lead

first_imgThe win sees Gor control the league table on 13 points, three ahead of Mathare United who face Thika United away on Sunday.Gor, who are unbeaten this season, could have taken the lead in the 25th minute when Francis Kahata floated the ball in the area, to see Kagere powerfully head but Bandari shot-stopper Farouk Shikhalo pushed the ball for a fruitless corner.Gor Mahia’s Wesley Onguso takes a cross. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAThe goal came in the 44th minute after Bandari soaked in pressure, seeing defender Felly Mulumba deflect home Wesley Onguso’s cross for the own goal and hand the defending champions a 1-0 lead at the break.Gor were dominant the second half with their efforts paying dividends in the 62nd minute after Kagere fully maximized on Shikhalo’s blunder to score the second goal for Gor. Shikhalo had come out to clear the ball, but he missed to hand Kagere the golden opportunity to easily tap home past an empty net.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr giving out instructions to his players from the dugout. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAAs it has been Gor head coach Dylan Kerr’s norm this season, he substituted Kahata for Boniface Omondi and Kagere who went out for Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi.The changes increased the tempo of the match and in the 74th minute George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo made a good run on the left wing to set-up Onguso, who cut in and to smear a measured pass to Boniface Omondi, but Shikhalo was alert to save the danger.Bandari head coach Kennedy Odhiambo giving instructions to his players. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAGor now turn attention to continental football where they host Tunisian giants Esperance in the opening leg of the First round at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday next week.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia winger George ‘Blackberry Odhiambo’ beats Bandari’s Nicholas Meja. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Mighty Gor Mahia opened a three-point lead at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League after winning 2-0 over visiting Bandari in match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.K’Ogalo found the opener on the stroke of half time through Felly Mulumba’s own goals before talisman Meddie Kagere added the second in the 62nd minute.last_img read more