Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “It’s a normal reaction when you disturb the status quo, but give us a chance to prove our philosophy,” he said on Friday in a small chat with reporters at Azure Residences in Bicutan.“We already espoused this kind of philosophy when we started the team three years ago, but it takes time to embrace that philosophy. We understand the public’s outcry, but we appeal to give us a chance to contribute something different.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSince joining the PBA in 2014, the Kia franchise—which was initially called the Kia Sorento, before getting its name changed to Mahindra Enforcer, among others—has never gone beyond the quarterfinals. The team’s best finish was fifth place in the 2016 Governor’s Cup.But after that, Kia lost key guys likes like Aldrech Ramos, Niño Canaleta and Paolo Taha through either trade or free agency and has never won more than three games per conference this 2106-2017 season. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kia is reportedly sending the number one pick in this year’s draft proceedings, which is projected to be Christian Standhardinger, to San Miguel for a  combination of Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Rashawn McCarthy, and Keith Agovida, along with the Beermen’s 2019 first rounder and cash considerations.Rosales said that the 0-11 finish in the 2017 season-ending Governors’ Cup factored into the decision of the revamp.“Partly. We’re never at the cellar, the last team. In the previous seasons, were never the last team. So yes, it was a factor.”Among the changes is the appointment of Joe Lipa as the new team manager, together with his group of Bong Nave, Raymond Gabriel, and Dr. Iby Bautista. Chris Gavina has also been officially appointed as the squad’s head coach.“We’d like to play the kind of basketball that is not confined to the books. We’d like to veer away from the orthodox and shift to something unconventional. The idea that we’re trying to develop has been proven before, but we know that it takes years and a lot of dedication on the part of the players and the coaching staff. We’d like to pay our dues,” said Lipa.ADVERTISEMENT Cousins has 41 and 23 in Sacramento return, Pelicans rally Kia’s new management vowed that the team it will trot out this season will be ready to prove the doubters wrong.“We’ll put up a fighting team. We may not become champions immediately, but we’ll put up a fighting team,” Rosales ended.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? New Kia team manager Joe Lipa and team governor Bobby Rosales. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netGoing on a road less travelled, Kia is hoping for the public’s understanding as it embarks on a new journey this upcoming PBA season.Team governor Bobby Rosales understands the outcry following the Picanto’s decision to trade the top pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft to San Miguel, but said that his team is embracing an “unconventional philosophy” in forming their squad.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

Govt says oil resources will aid environmental protection plan

first_imgProtection of the country’s environment is of paramount importance to Government, especially in the context of Guyana becoming an oil-producing country and the attendant risk of an oil spill, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said on Wednesday.As such, Government has committed to using the revenue from the development of oil to advance the preservation of the environment. Trotman said Guyana must be known not as an oil-producing nation but as a nation that used its resources to protect its environment which includes people and the communities.Addressing a stakeholder consultation on the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan,Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman (third from left) among top key stakeholders and heads of agencies that participated in the consultation at the Civil Defence Commission on WednesdayTrotman said that there was no rush as there was enough time to properly plan and ensure that the right mechanisms were in place for the sector. However, he said the process has started and Guyana would be fully prepared in 2020.Speaking specifically about the plan, Trotman said that there was a possibility that Guyana may encounter an oil spill at some stage of its life as an oil-producing nation and that was mainly why plans were being made in this regard. The plan is being crafted with the support of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).The Minister explained that this fell directly under Government’s National Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) which prioritised the protection and preservation of the environment for current and future generations. That strategy sets out guidelines for protection of the entire coastal area.“…where fishing and farming are conducted as well as our water resources, both freshwater and the offshore marine environment which make up our Exclusive Economic Zone. This overarching strategy provides our most significant commitment to the preservation of our environment in tandem with the development of our resources,” he told attendees at the consultation.  Given the massive oil finds over the past year with the initial reserve estimate of 800 million barrels of oil equivalent moving to 3.2 billion barrels and counting, Trotman said with every new find, the importance of a National Oil Spill Contingency Plan took on an even more important role.“While as a Government, we are cognisant of the potential risks which come with developing this new-found petroleum resource we are equally committed to the protection of our environment and Guyana continues to be a fierce proponent for its protection internationally,” he asserted.Reference was made to Guyana becoming a member of the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and a signatory to the IMO’s International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation (OPRC) in 1998. “I am aware that the IMO guidelines have been a driving force in the design of this National Oil Spill Contingency Plan,” he added. In 2010, Guyana acceded to the Cartagena Convention and all three of its protocols, including the one concerning combating oil spills in the Caribbean.Support mobilisation has already begun since 2017 with the procurement of four containers of oil spill response equipment and accessories including booms, skimmers, and dispersant. These are presently stored at the CDC’s Alternate National Emergency Operations Centre at Timehri and will soon be pre-positioned at various locations to facilitate ease in deployment should the need arise.last_img read more