Just over 2 years left, intense work at Tokyo stadium site Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The veteran forward was shipped to Meralco Monday, marking the end of a colorful nine-year run with the Talk ‘N Text franchise.“He fits us perfectly and he’s with us at the right time,” Black told INQUIRER.net Tuesday. “Ranidel is not only a talented and experienced player, he’s also very, very smart.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 6-foot-6 de Ocampo addresses the Bolts’ lack of big men and he gives the team another knock down shooter and reliable post player.“The reason why we wanted him at Meralco it’s because he gives us another floor spacer, somebody who can stretch the floor,” said Black, who won four titles with de Ocampo at TNT. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “Our team is built around Durham and we want to surround him with guys who can shoot from the outside,” he added, referring to import Allen Durham, who is a menacing force in the paint.Black hopes de Ocampo is Meralco’s missing piece of the puzzle to finally get over the hump.The Bolts are currently among the top teams in the 2017 Governors’ Cup with a 6-2 record just half a game out of first place held by Barangay Ginebra and NLEX, who own similar 7-2 slates.“We’re aiming to win a championship and we need him right now,” said Black, who has nothing but praise for the 35-year-old de Ocampo.“Ranidel is still the best, if not one of the best stretch fours in the league today.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Meralco head coach Norman Black believes Ranidel de Ocampo is a perfect addition to the Bolts and his arrival couldn’t have come at a better time.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Fire fighters in some rural parishes will soon enjoy improved working conditions, as the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development moves to refurbish a number of fire stations.This was disclosed by State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Colin Fagan, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on June 25.“Our fire fighters have, for years, been very patient with us as leaders. I want to extend my personal gratitude to them for having recognised the financial limitations of the Ministry over the years, and to assure them that strident efforts are being made to address the situation,” he said.Mr. Fagan informed that among those fire stations to undergo repairs is the one in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. He said a technical team from the Ministry has visited the location and has carried out the necessary modifications to the original drawing and completed the proposals for the adjustments.“A structural engineer is working on a design, while other processes leading to and including tendering and selection of a contractor are expected to be completed within two months of the approval of the engineer’s drawing; thereafter work will commence,” he said.The Ministry is also advancing plans to renovate the St. Ann’s Bay Fire Station, which is due to start in August.In Manchester, minor repairs will be carried out on the Christiana Fire Station.Mr. Fagan said documentation for the commencement of the project is being prepared.Additionally, the roof of the Frankfield Fire Station in Clarendon is to be replaced. “The documentation for the start of that project is also presently being prepared,” the State Minister said.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker