Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41), of Germany, shouts at an official calling for a foul after attempting a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Dallas. AP Photo/Tony GutierrezMost NBA players have hung their sneakers by the time they were close to 40 years old, but it looks like Dirk Nowitzki is still willing to continue the grind.With another shot at an NBA title looking far from grasp for the seemingly lottery-bound Dallas Mavericks, the 7-foot-tall German revealed that he would most likely still play his 21st season in 2018-19.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson With the Mavs currently sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference with an atrocious 8-21 record, Nowitzki remains optimistic and hopes to still be a factor for his team.“I signed up for, obviously, two years to help the franchise push through that and get better. I didn’t think we would be sitting here 10 (games) over .500. I mean, I wasn’t delusional. We felt like we might have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs. And we still do. We’ve played the toughest schedule in basketball to this point,” he said.“As long as my body feels fine like it has so far, with no setbacks like last year when I missed two months, I’m looking forward to hopefully fulfilling my contract,” he added.In his 20th year in the league, Dirk still manages to come up with respectable averages of 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds while making 41.6 percent of his threes.He is currently tied with Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant as the longest tenured player to suit up for only one franchise. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Meneses steps aside, puts Lasquety as JRU coach in PBA D-League “I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back–but it’s looking like it,” the 39-year-old Nowitzki told Eddie Seiko of the Dallas Morning News.“I feel fine so far. I’ve played every game. I’d love to play all 82. That would be amazing at 39. We’ll see how the body feels. But so far, it’s been fine.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAfter capturing the franchise’s lone NBA title back in 2011, the Texas-based squad has hit a rough patch in recent seasons and has embraced the “rebuilding” process this year—starting with selecting explosive guard Dennis Smith Jr. in this year’s draft.“We drafted an unbelievable prospect this summer. I figured we’re going to be a team that’s rebuilding a little bit and trying to get better and trying to get back to winning ways,” the 13-time All-Star said. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year02:14Carpio 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals
Conspiracy to traffic drugsThree immigration officers and a security guard were on Wednesday freed from a conspiracy to traffic drugs charge.The four were charged following the discovery in 2016 of $1.3 million worth of cocaine on a Dynamic Airways flight, which left Georgetown for JFK International Airport.Immigration officers Oral David, 31; Orin Parris, 26; Raduskie Wright, 26; and security guard Diane Jackson, 33, were on trial before Magistrate Leron Daly for the offence.The Magistrate on Wednesday ruled that the prosecution failed to prove its case, as there was a lack of evidence to substantiate the charge. As such, the Magistrate dismissed the case against the defendants.It was alleged that on February 2, 2016, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, the defendants conspired with each other and other persons to traffic the narcotics.The defendants were represented by Attorneys-at-Law George Thomas and Sandil Kissoon.According to reports, a package of cocaine was discovered in the baggage hold of the Dynamic Airways flight after it landed at JFK on February 2, 2016.Reports are that the cocaine was placed into the baggage hold by a local handler and was found by handling staff while they were clearing luggage from the aircraft upon its arrival in the USA.After the discovery, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) launched an investigation, which led to the arrest of the three immigration officers and the security guard.
Black shoppers walk down M Street NW in Washington, D.C., browsing through stores in the Georgetown neighborhood. (Photo Courtesy Georgetown Business Improvement District)The mobile group messaging app GroupMe, owned by Microsoft, is claimed to have been a useful technological tool in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown district, helping business owners to connect with police in real time in their efforts to curtail crime and targeting shoplifters along the neighborhood’s popular shopping strip. Now the app is in the process of being taken down, because of possible racial profiling toward Blacks.“The overriding goal of our retail community is to ensure that everyone who visits Georgetown feels welcomed, comfortable, safe, and that their civil rights and individual dignity are protected and respected. So long as there are questions about how this app is being used, this goal cannot be met,” wrote Georgetown Business Improvement District’s chief executive Joe Sternlieb in a statement, as cited in an Oct. 19 article in The Georgetowner.An Aug. 10 investigative report from the publication, “Critics Claim Racial Bias in Georgetown Digital Crime Prevention,” noted that although the community worked to identify threats and prevent crime beginning with the app’s launch in March 2014, it also “illustrated a stark racial disparity in how crime and suspicious behavior are reported in the community, raising hard questions about the relationship between community policing and civil rights.”The idea of using the app was introduced by Metropolitan Police Officer Antonial Atkins, who covers Georgetown. As a result, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) began using the app as a go-between for retailers and police.Unfortunately, the app seemed to create a mechanism for racial profiling, critics say. Murray’s article stated that between March 1 and July 1, warned messages sent on the app targeted 330 people of which 236 were Black (72 percent). Only 16 percent were White. Also, in terms of appearance, people with dreadlocks were often deemed “suspicious.”The Georgetown shopping area is known for its wide variety of fashionable stores in Northwest, where it begins at M Street all the way to Wisconsin Avenue. Shopaholics can find medium to high end priced stores such as TJ Maxx, Alex and Ani, Lacoste, Ann Taylor, Dean and DeLuca, Banana Republic and many others.One manager at the Nike store stated they used to use the GroupMe app but stopped it some time ago. A sales clerk at Barney’s New York said her manager was in a conference call. Ayana Ransom, a Black manager at All Saints, stated the app did help.“Yes, there are a lot of pictures of African Americans on the app,” Ransom said. “The shoplifters don’t look at the prices, they bring in old bags and sometimes wear sunglasses.” She picked up two shoplifters in the last three weeks.Two women, Stacy and Shaquanta, window shopping for fall fashions, said, “Basically, if you’re Black in America, you’re constantly under surveillance, you’re looked at frequently; honestly every day.”