Despite odds, 43-year-old fulfills dream of joining PBA Draft

first_img“Nung nag-apply ako sa (draft), actually bibili lang kami ng ticket e. Nung una naghe-hesitate pa e kasi hindi naman ako kilala. Sino ba naman ako diba?” he recalled.“After noon hindi ko na alam anong gagawin. Nakita ko na lang sa internet na kasama ako sa 55 applicants. Nung una hindi ako naniniwala sa mga pino-post ng barkada ko until ako mismo nag-search. At least blessing na rin ‘to sa akin.”Caluya never played high school and collegiate basketball. His playing experience is only at his barangay, where he’s fondly referred to as “Kobe.”“Kasi sa community namin may basketball court doon na katatayo lang, sa tabing-riles. Yung mga bata pag naglalaro ako tinatawag akong Kobe. By the way, ang tawag sa akin Kobe Charles kasi ang ultimate idol ko si Kobe Bryant e.”Caluya has Jayjay Helterbrand, Mark Caguioa and Asi Taulava — the elder statesmen in the PBA — as his inspiration.It’s highly likely that Caluya, the smallest applicant at 5-foot-6, is going get drafted. But he said the experience of sharing the same court with some of the future of Philippine basketball alone is already something he would treasure.“Parang panalo na rin ako kasi to be around this bunch of rookies talagang magagaling sila. Ako wala naman akong pinanggalingan kundi sa maliit na barangay,” he said.“Hindi man ako makuha, nandito na ako e. Pero siyempre ang ultimate goal ko is to play sa PBA, to give the fans total entertainment. Kasi when I play basketball, I play with the crowds also. Ako talaga yung [weakest] dito e, kaya ipapakita ko na lang game ko e.”The PBA will release the final list of applicants on Friday. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Caluya was unheard of until he became center of the media attention in the two-day 2016 Draft Combine.“Actually, longtime dream ko ‘to e,” said Caluya. “Hindi ko alam paano mag-apply sa draft noon pero I never stopped playing basketball. I never stopped dreaming. Sabi nga nila wala sa edad yan kung mangarap ka, as long as binigyan ka ng talent ni Lord, gamitin mo.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentCaluya said he’s not giving his PBA dreams a shot for himself but he’s doing it for the kids at his community in Sitio de Asis San Martin de Pores in Bicutan, Parañaque.“Actually hindi naman talaga ‘to para sa akin. Para sa mga kababayan ko na mga bata. Kasi may mga kids sa amin na hindi na nagaaral e. So gusto ko silang tulungan. Paano ko sila matutulungan wala naman akong trabaho? Naisip ko, binigay sa akin ni Lord ‘to, mag-try ako dito. Kung papalarin, matutulungan ko sila.” Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway MOST READ We are young But Caluya’s PBA hopes have been dashed even before the draft day.Caluya was not allowed to partake in the mini tournament on Thursday after failing to meet the standards set in the first day of the Combine.“He’s not fit to play based from the tests that were done yesterday by Focus Athletics. Today, we wanted him to observe and watch the games for the mean time,” said PBA deputy director for basketball operations Eric Castro.But the PBA official said that as of the moment, Caluya is still part of the list of the PBA draft hopefuls.He was with his friends looking for tickets to Game 4 of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals when he decided to apply for the draft.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter 43-year-old Charlie Caluya fulfills dream of joining PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmong the 50 plus applicants aspiring to make the PBA, an unknown hopeful stood out.At 43-years-old, Charlie Caluya looked like the unlikeliest player in the court as he joined and tried to compete against others half his age.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View from the bench: Former Supreme Court Justice roots for Cubslast_img read more

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San Miguel, TNT, Blackwater join Asia league

first_imgLATEST STORIES Three PBA teams will battle it out with clubs from the Korean Basketball League, Chinese Basketball League and the B-League of Japan in the East Asia League Terrific 12 from Sept. 17 to 22 in Macau.Reigning Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beermen, Commissioner’s Cup leader TNT Ka Tropa and Blackwater Elite have all confirmed their participation in the five-day tournament that dangles a $150,000 prize for the champion.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings are one of the four teams from Japan, which will also be represented by Utsunomiya Brex of former NBA player Yuta Tabuse and national team star Makoto Heijima.The Chiba Jets, led by B-League MVP Yuki Togashi, will also be in action together with Niigata Aibirex.The two Korean teams include Jeonju KCC Egis and Seoul SK Knights, who ruled the KBL two seasons ago.Blackwater has been bunched with Chiba and Seoul SK Knights, while the Beermen will have Ryukyu and Shenzhen with them in Group B. TNT landed in Group D with Liaoning and Niigata, while Group C has Jeonju,Utsunomiya and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Zamboanga joins country’s triathlon map Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian The three PBA clubs’ participation marks a successful campaign by Asia League CEO Matt Beyer, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes over the past year to convince the league to send some of their top teamsand test them against some of the best clubs in the continent.“We started a dialogue with the PBA with commissioner Willie Marcial and I think we can cut a long-term deal,” said Beyer, who invited Blackwater and NLEX to the Summer Super 8 tournament in June last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe tournament, which will allow two foreign reinforcements for each team, will not only see some of the best teams from the KBL, CBA and B-League, but their biggest stars, too.The CBA will be represented by their 2017-2018 season champion Liaoning Flying Leopards, Shenzhen Aviators and Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Chinese national team star Guo Ailun plays for the Flying Leopards. Benefits of township living View commentslast_img read more

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Fish farm protesters vowing to stay put

first_imgGetting electricity was big news.“When we started we were just in tents,” said Dawson. “And then the greenhouse-cookhouse was built.“Eventually the Tiny House Warriors were able to come out for a few days and they built most of this.”A supply boat run by volunteers comes out every few days. The power is from donated solar panels.The occupiers are now preparing for their next battle – dealing with winter weather conditions.“We have a woodstove and we are working on getting more wood, so we are pretty well settled in,” Dawson added. “There are definitely concerns and things, but the environment is not something I am afraid of.”Dawson says she’s ready to stay until the farms are gone.“This is probably the only way we would rid of these, if someone actually got on a farm and stayed, so it was never that far out of the realm of possibility.”Norwegian-owned parent company Marine Harvest, the largest fish farming company in B.C., has demanded the occupiers leave their property. But Dawson isn’t packing up.She’s staying put. In what she says is her traditional Aboriginal territory. Molina Dawson occupies a fish farm in the Pacific (Photo Laurie Hamelin)Laurie Hamelin APTN News Molina Dawson has spent the past two months occupying a controversial fish farm off Canada’s west coast.“We can’t afford to have these farms here,” the 21-year-old says of her time at Midsummer Island fish feedlot in the Broughton Archipelago.“They do too much damage to our wild fish and to our way of life and this environment.”The farms, which grow predominantly Atlantic salmon, are under scrutiny by Indigenous groups for the risk to wild salmon. Dawson is from the Musgamagw Dzawada’enux nation.Her community has repeatedly called for an end to net pen farms in the open ocean. A call that became more urgent in August after some farmed fish allegedly escaped their nets south of here.That’s why Dawson has given up the comforts up home to live like a castaway.“The grate we live on is about 6 feet – I think a little over 6 feet – and it’s got this electric fence all around the edges to keep seals and stuff out.”Staying safe and dry are Dawson’s top priorities. Along with protecting her precious few liters of drinking water.“Even though it’s sad and necessary work, I’m still able to enjoy being out in nature,” she says with a smile.Midsummer is a working farm, so Dawson is not authorized to be on the property. But she, along with other occupiers and supporters, spends her time documenting the fish inside the pens while living in structures they built.last_img read more

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Two arrested over church theft

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police have arrested two men in connection to the burglary of gold jewellery offerings at the Greek Orthodox Church of Panagia Kamariani Red Hill in July. A 34-year-old Coldstream man and a 29-year-old Warburton man were charged with burglary and theft on Thursday by detectives from the Rosebud Crime Investigation Unit, but no more details were released by police when Neos Kosmos inquired.Reverend Father Eleftherios Tatsis of the Mornington Peninsula church told Neos Kosmos the men arrested were not of Greek decent and were found through pawn brokers after the duo attempted to sell the jewellery.Father Tatsis says some of the jewellery can be recovered but police fear much of the jewellery has been melted and sold.The gold jewellery housed in the church’s icon of the Virgin Mary was worth upwards of $100,000. Father Tatsis said at the time of the burglary that offenders took less than six minutes to break the icon’s glass, steal the jewellery and flee. The burglary also happened in the daytime, while Father Tatsis was attending to another matter. “I went inside the church to put out some candles. I returned to my office, just to realise I had forgotten my keys inside the church,” he told Neos Kosmos in July.The offender, as the police believed at the time, according to father Tatsis, probably at that point broke the glass, and took the jewellery in his pockets.“As I went back to church, I kissed the Icon and saw the glass broken and jewellery missing.”Parishioners had been leaving the jewellery as offerings to the icon for protection and since 1987.“30 years here, with the doors wide open, day and night, nothing like this has ever occurred.”Father Tatsis was grateful that the miraculous icon of Panagia Kamariani wasn’t stolen.The news of the brazen attack angered and dismayed the Greek community of Melbourne in late July. The two men arrested over the theft will appear in Frankston Magistrates’ Court at a later date. last_img read more

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Gospel Concert and backtoschool giveaways in Provo

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOn Sunday at 3pm a gospel concert and back to school giveaway at Alice and Alice shopping plaza in down town, Provo… Pastor Branford Dean and his wife said the annual event will be even more special this year. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:alice and alice, pastor banford dean, tci gospellast_img

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Strong Santa Ana winds prompt Red Flag Warning for San Diego County

first_img Posted: October 15, 2018 Elizabeth Alvarez, Updated: 8:17 AM Elizabeth Alvarez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity levels and high temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning Monday in San Diego County.The red flag warning went into effect at 3 Monday morning and will last until 8 p.m. Tuesday for the county mountains and valleys. Elizabeth Alvarez was live at CalFire Headquarters in Rancho San Diego with the details.Northeast winds of 15 to 30 miles per hour were expected Monday morning through Tuesday night, with gusts of 45 to 50 miles per hour, according to the NWS. Humidity was expected to drop to 5-10 percent Monday as well.According to the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, “While recent rains have reduced the risk for significant fire in most areas, it has not been eliminated.”A wind advisory went into effect at 6 a.m. Sunday in coastal areas of the county. It was set to expire at 6 Monday evening. A wind advisory also went into effect at midnight for the county deserts. That advisory was set to expire at 8 p.m.Warm seasonal temperatures were also expected to add to the potential fire danger. High temperatures Monday will be 75 to 81 in the western valleys and foothills, 60 to 67 in the mountains and 78 in the deserts, NWS forecasters said.A San Diego Gas and Electric representative said the utility company was not planning to shut down any power lines ahead of the fire weather, but will be on standby in case of an emergency.“We don’t have anything planned to proactively shut down lines, but we are going to be fully staffed in the event that the weather is severe and we need to make any efforts,” SDGE spokeswoman Sabra Lattos told City News Service.Winds were predicted to gradually decrease Tuesday night and Wednesday, and conditions will be warm and sunny the remainder of the week, forecasters said.Related: Fire threats in California prompt power shutoffs for almost 60,000 customers center_img Strong Santa Ana winds prompt Red Flag Warning for San Diego County October 15, 2018 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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