Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Blackwater is already eliminated in the race for a quarterfinals spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup but for head coach Bong Ramos that is no excuse for them to stop playing proper basketball.ADVERTISEMENT View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Ramos was pertaining to games against Rain or Shine and Magnolia, two teams that are on top of the league standings.Rain or Shine sit atop the standings with a 7-1 record while the Hotshots are at fifth at 4-4.Blackwater played with an all-Filipino crew almost the entirety of the game when Henry Walker aggravated his injury in his right shoulder against the Elasto Painters and the Elite lost by just 10, 104-94.And although the Elite are at the bottom of the standings, they were able to stun Magnolia 86-84 after Walker’s game-winning dunk.Ramos, whose team will play San Miguel next, said he wants his players to bounce back and remove their attitude problem for their final match this conference.“I told them that what happened is due to negative attitude and they need to flush it away,” said Ramos. “I won’t stop teaching them, I won’t stop giving them inputs, and training them to learn. I will continue what I’m doing.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PBA: Alaska grabs share of top spot after fending off NLEX Although talking in a calm and posed way, Ramos’ words ripped at his players after the Elite lost to Meralco 102-75 Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“We didn’t play with any effort today, it’s as if we didn’t even show up for the game,” said Ramos in Filipino. “That’s all I can say, we didn’t show anything for this game. They seemed content with their performances in our previous games and it seems they left me hanging in midair.”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 crownThe Elite settled for a disappointing 1-9 record in the conference and Ramos knows its hard for a coach to motivate players who are fighting for nothing.“Of course it’s hard but I keep on pushing them,” said Ramos. “They displayed intensity, energy, and they were competing in our previous games but it was in this game that they went back to their old ways.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
…as City Council turns park into vending areaHire car drivers who ply the East Bank Demerara route via Ramp Road, Ruimveldt, Georgetown have suddenly been confronted with their car park, situated in the Stabroek Market Square, being modified to temporarily facilitate vendors who have been relocated there to facilitate rehabilitation of the wharf.As such, the area has been barricaded since Tuesday, resulting in the hire car drivers being without a venue from which to operate. This publication caught up with some of the operators on Thursday, and Percival Etwaroo explained that the placement of vendors at their designated car park has seriously affected the livelihoods of over 45 operators.He noted that, on Tuesday, when the drivers entered the Stabroek area to carry out their daily routines, they were confronted by barricades preventing them from entering their parking area.“When we showed up for work on Tuesday morning, we found that the park was barricaded with metal mesh and poles. We cannot make any entry into the park. We don’t know where to operate from, and we were told that this was an act done by the Mayor and City Council,” Etwaroo said.Another driver added, “We are faced with a problem over the last few days, in thatBarricades placed along the short drop hire car parkit’s affecting our operation on a daily basis. It is affecting us very miserably because we cannot work to get money to take home to our family.”He said that prior to this incident, they were never notified of Council’s intentions to use the park to temporarily accommodate the vendors.As such, all of the affected drivers are calling on the Council to find an area which they can utilise.“We don’t know the reason for that. We were not notified in a way of a notice or any meeting or nothing whatsoever.We don’t know what is going on, and we would like to know if anybody from the Mayor and City Council can come and tell us what is going on,” another distraught driver said. Meanwhile, Alan Rahman, who shared the same sentiments stated, “I think it’s blatant disrespect, not only to the drivers, but to the families of the drivers and the passengers. This should never be. We should learn to give instructions, give notification, and do what is necessary. On top of that, we are being harassed by the Police when we drop off and pick up (passengers) because there is no designated location to pick up or to set (them) down.”The drivers have opined that since they cannot operate anymore, commuters would also be affected, since many would have to use a taxi to traverse the EBD area. This costs more money and increases their expenditure.“I think it’s a very irresponsible move, and (shows) lack of respect from the general public, not just the drivers. Doing something like that…because many persons traverse that area, and the hire car drivers are the main movement that you have across the East Bank area. A lot of drivers have been there for years operating,” Girdharie Singh said.The hire car drivers are requesting that the matter be looked into by Central Government, in order to facilitate a less impacting approach to addressing the situation.“We don’t have a problem, but you cannot take out the public transportation operators to facilitate a few market vendors. I think that a more proper approach should be done on this issue, because you can find better accommodation for the few market vendors (instead of having) to displace so many hire cars,” another driver said.The drivers are awaiting a response from City Council regarding the provision of an alternative space, so that they can continue operating at the park. Meanwhile, efforts to contact the Mayor and Town Clerk for a comment on the decision to leave the drivers out in the cold have proven futile.