Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Gutsy Rain or Shine keeps San Miguel winless with OT win China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Tuesday is judgment day for San Miguel import Troy Gillenwater.With Gillenwater failing to impress in his first two outings for the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen, coach Leo Austria said the team is now in the process of evaluation, especially after the squad reeled to its first 0-2 start in three years after a 123-119 overtime defeat to Rain or Shine on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We’ll have to think about it. We have to evaluate. Any player is subject for evaluation if they are helpful or not. It should be a collective decision,” Austria said.Through two games, Gillenwater averaged only 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEven Austria admitted that he wasn’t blown away with Gillenwater’s performance.It also didn’t help that the 29-year-old was ejected late in the first half against the Elasto Painters after making physical contact with referee Rey Yante. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Compared to the other imports, we’re not impressed,” he said. “His first quarter is very impressive, but that’s just the first quarter. He should last at least 40 minutes per game and we saw that he’s so frustrated.”Austria shared that San Miguel is now pressed for time to make a decision quick, with the duel against Alaska set on Saturday in Dumaguete.But if the Beermen decide to make a change, they are still left with a tough decision to make with last season’s Best Import Charles Rhodes or San Miguel Alab Pilipinas reinforcement Renaldo Balkman both available.“Hopefully, we’ll have a decision soon. The sooner the better,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments
Local Government – says Govt awaiting conclusion of consultationsThe controversial idea of renaming administrative regions and implementing regional flags, having previously been floated by Government with lukewarm reception from the citizenry, is still on this administration’s agenda.A more cautious approach is, however, being adopted, with Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan revealing that Government is waiting on consultations to be carried out by regional officials in order to determine the fate of this idea.In a recent interview, Bulkan related that he has been in contact with regional officials, whom he has been urging to carry out consultations. He noted that the sooner those consultations are carried out, the better would be the prospects of Government determining its next move in regard to the idea.“Those consultations are actually the principal responsibility of the respective regional officers. I am continuously in contact with those RDCs, urging them to complete the consultations within their regions, (in order) to be able to make a determination (in regard to) whether those regions want to retain the names they currently have, or if those regions would like to have a different name. For instance, the Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo region is commonly referred to as the Rupununi,” he explained.“So the opportunity is being offered to residents all around Guyana to make a determination — out of a consultative process — if they want to keep their existing names or (adopt) a name they have ownership of. We would like to see the exercise completed sooner rather than later, but we are committed to allowing the democratic process to prevail. So all I can do is urge the respective RDCs to seek to conclude this process, so the administration can take it from there,” Minister Bulkan detailed.This publication has previously reported Region Nine Vice Chairman Karl Singh explaining that, within each of the other villages encompassing the Interior Savannahs, the village leaders/toshaos would have to embark on a process to get the views of each resident regarding the name change.According to Singh, approval from any village would be valid only if two-thirds of that village’s population are in favour of renaming the region.Personally, Singh has said, he is not against the renaming of Region Nine, but he believes that too much energy and time is being exerted in pursuit of this activity when there are more pressing issues to be addressed, including problems in the education and health sectors.Regional FlagsA decision to have each region produce its own unique flag was announced by Bulkan back in 2016. He had noted then that the initiative was all part and parcel of a wider effort to promote the decentralisation of each of the 10 administrative regions and encourage each district to embrace its uniqueness.Specimens of proposed regional flagsGovernment’s proposal to assign separate flags to each administrative region has been strongly objected to by the parliamentary Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), which believes more time, energy and resources ought to be spent on better governance.The PPPC has declared that the Golden Arrowhead is the constitutional flag of Guyana, and any other flag imposed anywhere in Guyana would be contrary to the Constitution of Guyana.In addition, the party had noted that most residents would prefer jobs, enhanced public security, money in their pockets, better roads, improved potable water supply, and efficient garbage collection rather than other flags.“Rather than seeking to change things that obtained under the PPP/C, and to make things look different under the (A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change) APNU/AFC, the Granger coalition Administration should change their racial and political, discriminatory and witch hunting practices, as well as their wasteful spending, and focus on improving the economic and social well-being of all Guyanese,” the Opposition PPPC Party had said.Regional officials have previously related that they simply are not interested in the exercise. It seems, however, that Government is intent on forging ahead with the plan. Bulkan confirmed during the interview that the regions have specimens of proposed designs for flags. He noted that the regional authorities have ben tasked with deciding on regional symbols to go with the flag specimens.“At the end of the exercise, the Central Government will examine all the contributions and submissions that have been made, to do a full assessment of what will be the eventual end product,” he has disclosed.