‘Tough’ Huang emerges as key cog for Ayo’s Tigers

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Growling Tigers were a miserable bunch in Season 80 when they lost 13 straight games before winning the final one against University of the East, 88-85.It was in that season that the fourth-year Huang played a shade under 10 minutes a game and averaged just 3.1 points.Under Ayo, Huang has flourished and has averaged 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.“You have to see him how he works in practice because what he shows in the games doesn’t compare to what he does when we’re in UST,” said Ayo, whose team improved to 4-4 after winning its third straight game, in Filipino.“Zach is one of the veterans but he’s one of the players that will give it his all in practice,” added Ayo. “He’s tough mentally and physically, and he just wants to play.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The  6-foot-3 forward was a predator on the loose at the start of the second round of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament when he led the Growling Tigers in their 78-70 win over Far Eastern University Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: UST sweeps FEU in elimination roundFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHuang put up a career-high 20 points while pulling down six rebounds in a victory that he considered as a statement game for the Growling Tigers.“We’re extra motivated because of coach Aldin and because last season we didn’t win one game against FEU so this one is a statement from us,” said Huang in Filipino. UAAP: UST sweeps FEU in elimination round Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Huang credited Ayo for revitalizing his game with the Tigers.“I’m just following what coach tells me to do,” said Huang. “If I follow his game plan, then good things will happen.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Zachary Huang went from being a seldom-used role player under Boy Sablan to a vital component of Aldin Ayo’s system with University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Union of Disabled Fiscally Strapped

first_imgThe president of the National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD), Rev. Fallah S. Cymbianoh, says the major challenge facing the union is funding and disclosed that the organization does not have a stable source of funding to support its activities.Subsidies provided by government through the National Commission on Disabilities cannot even cover the monthly rent of the Union’s office and presently, “we are facing eviction,” Rev. Cymbianoh announced in his address at the opening of the two-day National General Assembly of NUOD in Monrovia last Tuesday.The Assembly officially opened by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, brought together delegates from all fifteen counties under the theme, “Getting to Zero New Ebola, Mainstreaming Persons with Disabilities and Post-Ebola Recovery Plan.”  “To put it more bluntly Madam President, the Union is in a precarious financial situation,” said Cymbianoh, emphasizing the need to have at least 30 percent of the budget of the National Commission on Disabilities allocated to the Union to match its rising challenges.Rev. Cymbianoh praised the European Union for its assistance since 2012 through a project that covered its rental obligations over the last few years but which has now expired.While commending the President for reconstituting the National Commission on Disabilities and its role in directing the affairs of persons with disabilities, Cymbianoh appealed to her to appoint NCD’s leadership from a shortlist already provided to her through the office of Vice President Joseph Boakai.In her address, President Sirleaf assured members of NUOD that irrespective of their physical conditions they are part of the Liberian nation as one people and deserve equal opportunities, pledging that her administration remains committed to support Liberians with disabilities in the government’s development agenda. Her administration will not allow disability to be a disadvantage to their participation in the collective development of the country President Sirleaf said and promised to work along with NUOD in achieving the goals and agenda which emerged out of the Assembly.The General Assembly also brought together various disabled people’s organizations from all 15 counties. They meet in March of each year. During the conference held at the Mildred Page Hall of the S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church, all chapters reported to the NUOD, which also makes a formal report of its activities for the past year.Also during this Assembly, a new corps of officers was expected to be elected to run the affairs of the NUOD for a four-year term.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Express, KCCA renew league rivalry

first_imgExpress FC have lost their last two league games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Express FC vs KCCA FCBetway Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Tuesday, 11-12-2018WANKULUKUKU – Express and KCCA will renew their rivalry on Tuesday afternoon when the two Ugandan football giants clash at the Betway Mutessa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.In the recent past, fortunes have changed for both sides with the Kasasiros being the giants of the game in Uganda while Express are playing catch-up.Going into the games, the two heavy-weights are separated by 9 places and 11 points on the standings after 10 games with KCCA sitting atop the log while Express lay 9th.KCCA FC are top of the League (file photo)The gulf in-between the two side should give the visitors an edge over Express and they must be confident about seeing off the Red Eagles.“Tomorrow’s (Tuesday) game is not as strong as many people expect because we have a stronger technical team and squad depth, said KCCA FC forward-Suleiman Mutyaba ahead of the game.“We are also boosting of massive confidence going into the tie.“The players are in harmony and whoever plays is not anyone’s problem.Asked about what the game means to him as a player, the former Express FC and Vipers’ forward had this to say.“I for one, am going to enjoy the game because i can not go out to punish Express after all am a former player there.KCCA FC have no fresh injuries going into the game and will be boosted but the returning trio of Muzamir Mutyaba, Gift Ali and Filbert Obenchan. With the treatment room almost cleared of visitors, Mike Mutebi and his stuff will have a strong pool of players to choose from.For Express, they are currently in a desperate situation, losing both of their last two encounters in the league. The Red Eagles lost 2-0 at home to Onduparaka and their misery was compounded on Saturday, when they went down 1-0 at Kirinya JSS.They will be boosted by the return to full fitness of Ibrahim Kayiwa and Tony Odur, who missed the defeat in Jinja last time out.Only Davis Mayanja is expect to be out after the Midfielder accumulated three yellow cards, a situation which automatically rules him out. Julius Ntambi was indefinitely suspended by the club.With currant head coach Kefa Kisala already witnessing pressure mount on him, there will be no room for error for Express.Match Facts:The two side share 18 league titles going into the game with KCCA enjoying the Lion’s share of them (16) while Express have six.Since December 2010, the two sides have faced off 18 times in the league with KCCA winning 8 times and drawing 7.Express have not beaten the Kasasiros since 2015.Last season, KCCA defeated Express home and away including a 2-1 victory at Wankulukuku in the reverse fixtures.Going into the game, Express have won only 4 of their last 16 games in all competitions (D7 L5).They are currently on a four game winless run drawing two and losing as many in their last 4 fixtures.At home, the Red Eagles have won only one of their last 7 games (D4 L2).For KCCA, they head into Wednesday’s fixture on a 10 game unbeaten run in the league (W10 D5). The last time the Kasasiros lost a league game was in the 3-2 loss away to Vipers in April.Away from home, Mutebi’s side have lost only one of their last 13 games (W6 D6). The loss came on 27th April at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.The other fixtures on Tuesday (all at 4:30pm):– Paidah Black Angels vs Kirinya JSS– Bul FC vs Onduparaka FC– Ndejje University vs SC Villa– Mbarara City vs Tooro United– Maroons FC vs Nyamityobora FCComments Tags: Express FCKCCA FCStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueSuleiman Mutyabatoplast_img read more

Absa, E Cape govt partner on housing

first_img28 September 2010The Eastern Cape government has entered into a partnership with Absa to improve access to affordable housing in the province, particularly targeting middle-income earners who do not qualify for low-cost housing but cannot afford expensive bonds either.Eastern Cape Human Settlements MEC Nombulelo Mabandla and Absa Development Company (Absa DevCo) signed the co-operation partnership agreement on Monday.The projected housing units will be available for lease or purchase, targeting families with a combined monthly income of not more than R15 498, as well as those who have no income.Identifying projects, developing proposalsAs part of the agreement, Absa will identify projects and develop proposals for the department’s approval.The housing will be built throughout the province, particularly in rural areas, in a mixed mode of rental and home ownership, with the aim of integrating communities into sustainable human settlements, the department said.The agreement is expected to be of particular benefit to middle-income earners who do not qualify for low-cost housing but cannot afford expensive bonds either.“We want to maximise the impact of private and public sector resources to accelerate the delivery of tenure, with good quality services and housing, on well located land with convenient access to transport options, jobs and other economic opportunities,” Mabandla said.Thornhill housing projectThe provincial government already has a successful partnership with Absa DevCo at the Thornhill housing project outside Port Alfred, where the bank has been appointed as the implementing agent to build 5 000 homes.Mabandla said the government needed the participation of the private sector to provide decent, affordable housing in the country, adding that the department was looking forward to working with other financial institutions on similar projects.“The provision of decent homes must not only be responsibility of government alone,” she said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more