Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reyes, although appreciative of Abueva’s effort, said the he was there as “part of the pool.” But Abueva is not counting on it.“I’m here to give everything that I have [in practice],” Abueva said. “We all don’t know what can happen.”Gilas won its first two matches in this grueling qualifying home-and-away series being used by the Fiba for the first time, routing the Japanese in Tokyo and then carving out a tight win over Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum last November.Naturalized center Andray Blatche planed in on Friday and was glad to rejoin practice, appearing to be in far better shape compared to the previous times when he came over after long vacations.June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Matthew Wright, Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena are the other members of the Gilas team bracketed in Group B with Australia, Japan and Taiwan. They will be fighting for one of seven available slots for Asia.ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Has the POC president gone deaf and blind? Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The injured Troy Rosario was the only one missing in practice at West Greenhills g.ym and would likely be out for the duel with the Aussies at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne and against Japan at Mall of Asia Arena three days later.Rosario took a horrific fall in TNT KaTropa’s game against Phoenix Petroleum last week and sat out the Texters’ next game against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe hit the floor face first and had to be wheeled out of the game strapped in a gurney.Calvin Abueva, who along with Raymond Almazan were dropped for the coming matches by Reyes after failing to attend several practice sessions, was at the workout on Monday which fueled speculations that he could be recalled with Rosario likely to be out. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Gilas Pilipinas has started practicing full time and in full force, but coach Chot Reyes is seeking understanding from everyone as he again made it a closed-door session as the Filipinos gear up for a tough battle with Australia on Feb. 22 in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT 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
Region 5 floodsAfter weeks of assault from the raging waves from the sea due to inadequate, and in some instances, damaged sea defence, residents of Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) are now being told that contractors are being mobilised to execute flood relief works.Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Jaipaul SharmaJunior Public Infrastructure Minister Jaipaul Sharma in an interview with this publication on Monday said that works that could end up costing over $1 billion will be done on a projected three-kilometre stretch of land in Mahaicony.“We’re currently mobilising with the contractors, that will be executing the works. Recently, we requested from Cabinet, additional contingency advances. So we are engaging with the contractors for the laying of the material.”“We’re also cooperating with the [National Drainage and Irrigation Authority] and so we are looking at it holistically to see what can be done comprehensively to address the issues,” Sharma added.Sharma noted that NDIA had placed pumps to draw floodwater out and mitigate flooding on farmlands. He noted also that empoldering, the use of polders and dykes, among other measures to reclaim land from the floodwaters, is ongoing.“There’s some empoldering work being done for the land. They’re also [working on] the access dam. They might even consider if they should put crusher run on the surface… we have to ensure that the integrity of the dam will be maintained.” he said, noting the importance of being able to use available roads and other avenues to access the area.DestructionThe recent flooding in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice)Flooding in Mahaica this month saw more than 300 acres of rice being destroyed and hundreds of acres more being put under threat of destruction by saltwater. In addition, livestock was destroyed and properties sustained damages.Apart from the destruction of the rice, it has been reported that the flooded land is no longer suitable for rice production, since the soil composition has become too salty.On Thursday last, high tides caused major overtopping of the sea defence at Dantzig and nearby villages. This occurred even as the NDIA was preparing to prevent flooding from the October spring tide expected in two weeks.Region Five Chairman Vickchand Ramphal told Guyana Times on Friday that the floodwaters from the previous flood receded a few days ago and the area is once again bracing itself for disaster. He said that the Dantzig-Fairfield area has been completely flooded again.“Currently, the situation in the Dantzig-Fairfield area has not been fully recovered from the previous floods. What we have seen over the past 24 hours is the water coming back onto the land, some of the fields which had dried off over the past couple of days have flooded again,” the Chairman said.Two weeks ago, the sea defence at Dantzig, Mahaica, was breached and saltwater from the ocean flowed onto the land, killing livestock, rice fields and vegetable farms.Persons in the residential areas were also hard-hit as the sea covered several miles inland.Rice farmers at First Savannah, Mahaicony Creek, have been very critical of the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) after flooding caused millions in losses for them.