Grizzlies ready to erase painful memories of last season

first_imgCarpio 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Grizzlies drafted Jaren Jackson Jr., a star of the NBA summer league, at No. 4 overall out of Michigan State. They also signed restricted free agent Kyle Anderson away from San Antonio with a four-year, $37.2 million offer sheet and added veterans like Garrett Temple , Shelvin Mack and Omri Casspi through trades and signings.Parsons has played only 70 games combined over the past two seasons since signing a four-year, $94 million contract. But he said he feels good and ready to play as needed.All the offseason changes has general manager Chris Wallace believing the Grizzlies got better as well after missing the postseason for the first time in eight seasons.“I’m very confident we’ll be back in the thick of things in the Western Conference, and we’ve had a lot of success against these teams over the years,” Wallace said. “We’ve done well in the playoffs against some of the top teams in the West. I think we can continue that after a year on the sidelines. We’re raring to get back into the playoffs and be a real factor again.”Bickerstaff finally got to put together his own coaching staff and put together his own plan for a season after finishing two seasons as interim coach first in Houston and last season with Memphis. He embraces the idea of finding a different way to compete in the All-Star filled Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) and center Marc Gasol (33) pose during the team’s NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)MEMPHIS, Tennessee — Mike Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies want to make very clear that what happened last season was an aberration.Conley and the rest of the Grizzlies — yes even oft-injured Chandler Parsons — are reporting for training camp healthy and ready to erase the memories of that painful and ugly 60-loss season.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Let’s be out on a limb a little bit, take a little bit of risk and see what happens,” Bickerstaff said.Not only is Conley back, but center Marc Gasol remains a cornerstone for Memphis as well.The 7-foot-1 Gasol, who will be 34 in January, can opt out of his contract after this season. Gasol, with Conley’s help, organized a minicamp of sorts for all the Grizzlies in Los Angeles to help everyone get to know each other outside of the grind of a season or training camp.“That’s why we’ve been in contact all summer with everyone and why we set up the little minicamp in L.A.,” Gasol said. “It’s because I’m excited, and I think we have an important job this season coming up.”Conley noted teams trying to rebuild often jettison the older players. He’s been with Memphis 11 seasons and Gasol 10. Both veterans like the changes the front office made.“We’re a team that can get right back in the mix of things,” Conley said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Red-hot NLEX deals Blackwater its first loss in Guiao’s return “Now we’re back both feet planted, and we give ourselves just as good of a shot as anybody,” Conley said Monday.The Grizzlies have been through a whirlwind of changes since wrapping up that 22-60 season.FEATURED 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 ChrissJ.B. Bickerstaff, who took over on an interim basis after David Fizdale was fired last November, starts training camp Tuesday as a head coach at the beginning of a season for the first time in his career. Conley has been cleared with no restrictions with his sore left heel finally fixed surgically after limiting him to just 12 games last season.Memphis also has a handful of new faces on the roster trying to keep pace in an ever tougher Western Conference.last_img read more

‘No Reason Why Phebe Hospital Should Lack Fuel, Medicines’

first_imgFinance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah and Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah take oath before the full Plenary of the House of RepresentativesFinance and Health ministers told House Plenary that the hospital received 1.5 million from the current national budgetReports of the Government of Liberia’s failure to provide funds to Phebe Hospital which is causing the lack of medical supplies (drugs) and electricity and that doctors and nurses are using their mobile phone lights to carry out or perform treatments, have been rubbished by Finance and Health Ministers, when they individually disclosed that Phebe Hospital has received about US$1.5m out of their US$1.9m allocated in the 2018/2019 Fiscal Budget.Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah and Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah appeared on Thursday, May 30 before the full House’s session and called for robust monitoring against the abuse or mismanagement of government’s goods.Mr. Tweah’s and Dr. Jallah’s appearance together on Thursday, May 30 were to eschew contempt charges when they failed twice — on May 16 and 21 — to appear before the House’s full plenary.During their appearances, both Ministers formally expressed regret and apologized for failing to honor the invitations because of pressing engagements, and motions were made to accept their apologies.Health Minister Jallah said in her testimony that the there is no evidence to indicate that Phebe Referral Hospital is for the government and, despite that, about US$1.5 million has been disbursed to the hospital. She added that during the time the hospital was said to be in the verge of closure due to lack of money to provide drugs and electricity, about US$250,000 was in the ‘Performance Based Account’ for use.“After assessing the happenings at the Phebe Hospital, we were able to procure 3 months’ fuel and besides that, there are over 10 containers of essential medicines which will be distributed in the 15 counties and we hope to get the support from the Ministry of Finance and the Counties’ Legislative Caucuses for monitoring to tackle abuse and mismanagement of government goods,” Dr. Jallah said.In a stern tone, the Health Minister said Phebe Hospital should be questioned over the management of the US$1.5 million. She reported that the Government of Liberia does not have access to the hospital’s payroll and books because the Board Members mainly comprise members of the Lutheran Church, while the government only has a single member represented.“In 1972, in order to rescue Phebe Hospital from shutting down, former President William R. Tolbert intervened and promised government’s support and, since then, there has not been any document to indicate that the Phebe Hospital is government,” Dr. Jallah told the lawmakers.The Health Minister’s disclosure caused disagreement among lawmakers with Reps. Edward Karfiah, Francis Dopoh, Vicent Willie and Dixon Seebo arguing that an act to make Phebe Hospital a public referral hospital was passed in 1972. Other lawmakers including Rep. Acarous Gray and Joseph Sonwarbi indicated that only an act can substantiate whether Phebe Hospital is a public or a faith based hospital.Bong County District #3 Representative J. Marvin Cole suggested that an audit be conducted on the books of the hospital, especially concerning the US$15 million of the people’s taxpayers’ money that was given.Both Ministers appeared on Thursday, May 30, following a communication from Rep. Cole, craving the indulgence of the House to invite before its Plenary the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance & Development Planning, as well as the Administrator of the Phebe Hospital, to explain to the Liberian people what is going on in the health sector across the country, relative to the alleged shut down of operations due to the lack of electricity or lack of medicines.Making his brief interjections, Finance Minister Tweah confirmed the disbursement of US$1.5 million to Phebe but said the money was disbursed in cash, through grants and goods and services and indicated that about US$1 million is for personnel costs.The Finance Minister said following the funds given to Phebe Hospital there is no reason why the hospital should lack medicines and electricity. He stressed that the Finance and Health ministries are reviewing mechanisms to put in place for monitoring the hospital, specifically regarding medicines and fuel as it relates to grants.River Gee District lawmaker Francis Dopoh reminded the Finance Minister that the Budget Law gives him the authority to create policy for grant and donors funds.However, Mr. Tweah said the plans will be in accordance with the budget law but said the government’s priority to achieve her pro-poor agenda is health, education and youth empowerment. He said health is coded at US$81 million, US$66 million of which has been allotted, while US$54 million was disbursed.Minister Tweah has also revealed that the government has bent over backwards to ensure that the health sector is highly supported and government has acquired US$16 million in grants, from which only US$6.5 million has been discharged.Meanwhile, the House’s Plenary has mandated the Health Minister to provide detailed reports on Phebe Hospital to the Joint Committee on Health and Ways, Means and Finance within two weeks for subsequent report to the full plenary.Some lawmakers who requested to remain anonymous said the House of Representatives will be soliciting the required signatures and the vote of the Plenary to subject Phebe Hospital to an audit.Phebe Hospital provides preventive and primary health care to patients regardless of their ability to pay and was erected by the Lutheran Church. The Hospital opened in 1921 and the Phebe School of Nursing was the first nursing school in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more