Standhardinger: ‘I’m not a rookie’

first_imgView comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netDon’t call Christian Standhardinger a rookie.The top pick of the 2017 PBA Draft argued that the rookie label doesn’t fit him given his experience of playing professionally overseas.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Battle ready: Big leaguers logging long hours on Fortnite P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m not a rookie,” Standhardinger said. “I’m talking facts here. You can’t call a 28-year-old who’s played five-year professional basketball in Europe and in Hong Kong as a rookie. That doesn’t make sense. I know that I’m not a rookie and I know my teammates know that, too.”Aside from being branded as a freshman, the Fil-German big man really have no complaints as he finally makes his much-awaited PBA debut with San Miguel in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.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 crown“I’m very surprised and happy with how the San Miguel group welcomed me here. It was very professional, very caring, very family-like, and I really appreciate that. I’m excited to play for this company hopefully for the long time, and it couldn’t get it any better in my head,” he said.Coming off a solid stint in the ASEAN Basketball League with Hong Kong Eastern, Standhardinger relishes the situation he is in now, saying that for the first time in his professional career, he’s focus on nothing else but winning. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “I’m in a very nice position that for the first time in my career, I can really just focus on winning. I don’t have to focus on anything else,” he said as he looked back at the cut-throat nature of professional basketball in Europe.“Sometimes, when you have a one-year contract with a team, you have to focus on your stats because that’s how you’ll get another job. So you have to focus on winning and your stats,” he said.“Here, I can really just put my focus on winning. I can look at how I can make this team better. Here, all that matters is winning.”That only makes Standhardinger all the more excited to blend in with his new teammates, especially with the likes of former MVPs June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos.“They have a great team already with great players, so what I’m doing is I look at where I can help a little bit,” he said. “There’s no pressure for me to do a big impact, but rather, just help in any way I can and hope that we win a lot of championships.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

900 Students’ Academic Future in Limbo

first_imgNew Hope Mission International (NHMI) in Dolo Town, Margibi County which has provided free education to more than 900 deprived children for the past eight years has itself run into financial hardship and has been forced to shut down. Last Friday during assembly, the school’s founder and CEO Rev. Louise Reeves, asked the students to stay home because the school was closing its doors due to a financial crisis. She explained that it was unfortunate that her partners who have assisted her since 2008 are now unable to continue supporting the school. Rev. Reeves further informed the students that she had received a letter from the District Education Officer, Mrs. Marcia Edwards, ordering her to suspend academic activities following complaints by teachers and confirmed by representatives of the student council government about the failure of the administration to settle teachers’ salaries. The letter was read to the students following which Rev. Reeves informed them to remain at home while she is trying to find money to reopen the school.The school which runs from nursery to the 12th grade free of charge has a faculty of 24.“I have not been able to pay my teachers for the last four months,” Rev. Reeves acknowledged in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia. “Also the decision (to close the school) stemmed from the District Education Officer’s order to suspend all educational activities until an arrangement is reached with the DEO, and warned that failure would leave her office “with no option but to take a legal administrative action” against Rev. Reeves.A copy of the DEO’s letter, which is with the Daily Observer, reminded Rev. Reeves of the numerous complaints by teachers and confirmed by representatives of the student council government about the failure of the administration to settle their salaries. In a reply to the order, Rev. Reeves admitted the unfortunate situation and explained that her partners have been facing financial problems but have encouraged the teachers to stay on. She warned that suspending academic activities will not mean well for the students.“Therefore, reconsider your decision as we are trying to mitigate the tension as soon as possible,” Rev. Reeves pleaded in her response to the DEO.She said while it is unfortunate that her partners who have assisted her since 2008 are unable to do so now, she is appealing to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Ministry of Education and Margibi County Legislative Caucus to come to the school’s assistance so that the children’s academic progress would not be interrupted.Reeves also disclosed that there are 50 orphans at the school’s orphanage center, and she feared for their future if help comes too late.“We started the school to provide free education to children who were sitting at home and doing nothing,” Rev. Reeves said, “and so with God’s intervention we want to continue the school so that the children will not sit or roam about since they are from families who cannot afford to send their children to schools that charge high fees.”Rev. Reeves said she never envisioned that the school would meet such difficulties as it is encountering because she believed that there have always been well-meaning Liberians who could offer hope for children whose parents cannot send them to school.“I am not losing hope,” she said. “I believe that President Sirleaf, the MOE and the Margibi County Legislative Caucus will not let these children down.”Rev. Reeves was raised in Dolo Town and after traveling abroad decided on her return to give back to children who are less fortunate.When her non-profit organization was launched eight years ago, Rev. Reeves told neighbors that she was joyful to return home and carry out her dream to help educate some of Liberia’s unfortunate children free of charge, which she has so far accomplished until the recent financial crisis occurred.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boeing sending technical team to site of deadly Ethiopian plane crash

first_imgCHICAGO – Boeing says it is sending a technical team to the site of the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed 157 people, including 18 Canadians.The Boeing 737-8 MAX plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Bole Airport in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya.Both @AirCanada and @WestJet use the 737-MAX, the same type involved in the #EthiopianAirlineCrash Both airlines send condolences to the families of the [email protected]— Peter Wagner (@peterjontheair) March 10, 2019In Canada, both WestJet and Air Canada use the aircraft — Air Canada says they have performed safely and reliably, and WestJet says it will not speculate on the cause of the incident.Ethiopian authorities say the pilot sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return.Records show the plane was new and had been delivered to the airline in November.The aircraft was also involved in a Lion Air crash in October when a two-month-old plane plunged into the Java Sea minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, killing 189 people.The Canadian Presslast_img read more