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Uichico aware of PH’s rich cage history as he calls shots in SEAG

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Jong Uichico will call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur late next month, and knowing the country’s history, the multi-titled coach knows that there is pressure to deliver.“It’s the gold (medal) that matters,” Uichico said on Saturday while munching on a candy bar, moments before Gilas was to play its penultimate game in the Jones Cup Invitational here. “They (other countries) will surely be sending strong teams.”ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor completes community service for pre-fight fracas LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur In Kuala Lumpur, Uichico will have Christian Standhardinger and young members of the Cadet program that counts amateur Kiefer Ravena, Bobby Ray Parks, Raymar Jose and Kobe Paras.Baser Amer, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Cruz, Almond Vosotros and Troy Rosario are the other members of the team.The Philippines failed to win the gold medal just once, in 1989, also in Malaysia, interestingly enough.“We’ll give them a few days (off) after this tournament before going to work,” Uichico, who won the 2013 gold in Palembang, said.Jimmy Alapag, the Gilas shooting legend, will be Uichico’s assistant in Kuala Lumpur and Chot Reyes and son Josh will be calling the shots for the PBA superstars-composed National Five that will play in the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon the week before.ADVERTISEMENT Uichico feels that, while the Philippines sends its best teams in bigger regional events like the Asian Games and the Asian Championship, the country’s foes in Kuala Lumpur are concentrated on unseating the Filipinos for the longest time as kings of Southeast Asia.“Those countries believe that the SEAG is the tournament they have to concentrate on,” he said. “We sent our best team to the SEABA (Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship, the qualifier for the Fiba Asia) and I don’t think they (opponents) did.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Gilas was made up of multimillionaire PBA stars in the SEABA and it was reinforced by naturalized center Andray Blatche as the country didn’t take anything to chance.The result was a bamboozling of the field many thought to be overkill. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View commentslast_img read more

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On Liberia’s MCC Success

first_imgThe signing of the US$257 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant is a big deal for Liberia. It reinforces two critical development pillars of the Sirleaf administration, Roads and Energy, as it seeks to address binding constraints to growth.The compact negotiated between the two governments will support the GoL fund key projects including the largest contribution to the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydro Power Plant, rehabilitation of the water intake and pipeline from Mt. Coffee to Millsburg, construction of regional road maintenance centers in River Gee and Tubmanburg, and construction of a LEC Training Center.Beyond the sheer size of the grant, the single largest bilateral infrastructure aid, it has three other significant implications of interest. First, and as Vice President Joseph Boakai declared, it represents an acknowledgment that in spite of all the challenges and domestic criticisms of the government’s performance records, it has made notable progress in improving the governance landscape. As meeting the MCC eligibility requirements mean a country must score well across key governance indicators, many of which are informed by third party assessments.Matched against the MCC’s own sets of stringent criteria, reaching a pass mark is no mean feat and for the few countries that have made progress in the program’s history, it is always a monumental affair. Therefore, it is uplifting to see that Liberia is being recognized as a “governance success story” even in the face of domestic criticisms.As the Liberia Compact was prepared largely by Liberian professionals working on the ground in Liberia through the direction and leadership of Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, it goes to show that Liberia despite still suffering the effects of a prolonged civil conflict is blessed with individuals possessing the expertise and courage to successfully engage with an international process of such repute. It is easy to misunderstand what the MCC is especially from a layman’s point of view, but diving deeper into the complex sets of regimes that a country must navigate to be deemed eligible you will appreciate the enormity of work required to even make successive rounds of qualification. And whether you hate or like Konneh, this might be his single most important achievement of his tenure as Liberia’s Minister of Finance.And finally, the MCC grant comes at an opportune time for the country, when considering the severe economic consequences left by Ebola and the less than favorable global economic downturn that could potentially trouble the country’s balance sheet in the near future. Through this assistance, the Liberian government can now air a sigh of relief that one its signature projects, the restoration of the Mount Coffee Hydroelectric dam will happen as hoped. Not many might have known that Ebola in itself had brought an unexpected cost overrun on the Mount Coffee project and also that the GOL was struggling to raise its share of counterpart contribution to the joint fund through which the project was financed. But with this support, those concerns can now be allied at least in the interim.When put together, it can be seen that this grant is a phenomenal life saver for a country so desperately in need of a lift, following a rather terrible disaster as was the Ebola crisis. But while the country dances to the music, we all are consumed by the euphoria forget to acknowledge the hands behind the orchestras set, who worked tirelessly in making what had seem in 2013 as a far-fetched hope to now become a reality in the works. We must applaud Amara Konneh and his team and all his predecessors who worked in making this dream a reality.Indeed Liberia has won!About the authorLawrence Randall is former Executive Director of the African Peer Review Mechanism, Liberia Office. A program development specialist and lawyer with extensive experience in the media and communication sector. Randall has worked in media and civil society for an extended period. He is a student of Public Policy studies at Georgetown University, United States.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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