2 Jun

OPD chief provides shooting detailsOfficers placed on standard leave as Rangers investigate

first_img WhatsApp OPD chief provides shooting detailsOfficers placed on standard leave as Rangers investigate Facebook Previous articleEverbridge annuncia di essersi aggiudicata cinque contratti relativi alle soluzioni Public Warning con società di trasmissioni wireless, governi e Stati finalizzati alla protezione delle persone e delle aziende in Europa e in AsiaNext articleWilliams career-high 32 sparks WSU to romp over Cal 82-51 Digital AIM Web Support Local News TAGS  Facebook Pinterestcenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 WhatsApp Twitter By Royal [email protected] Police Department Chief Michael Gerke on Friday afternoon provided details of Thursday’s officer-involved shooting that sent one man to the hospital. Gerke identified the man shot by law enforcement as 39-year-old Odessan Christopher Ocon. The OPD chief said during the press conference that Ocon was shot once after he was reportedly involved in an auto theft. Gerke said two OPD officers and one Texas Department of Public Safety deputy fired shots after they saw Ocon pointing an unknown object at them. “That object at this point is not identified,” Gerke said when he was asked about the object Ocon pointed at law enforcement. The reported officer-involved shooting happened around 10:20 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Ellis Drive, an OPD press release stated. Officers reportedly responded to the listed address. Gerke said officers made contact with Ocon and he pointed an unknown object at law enforcement that they immediately perceived as a firearm. Ocon was shot once and transported to Medical Center Hospital. Gerke said Ocon was in stable condition as of Friday afternoon. Gerke also said that Ocon is currently being charged with theft, a third-degree felony. “As the investigation progresses, further charges may result,” Gerke said. The two officers and deputy involved weren’t injured. Gerke said the two officers were placed on administrative leave as is department policy during an officer-involved shooting investigation. Gerke didn’t identify the two OPD officers who were on administrative leave. Gerke also said he didn’t know how many officer-involved shootings OPD has been involved in during the last year. This investigation was turned over to the Texas Rangers, which is standard protocol. “We really do step back from it,” Gerke said. “We let the Texas Rangers run the investigation.”Reach Royal McGregor at 432-333-7793 or by email at r​[email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @SirRoyal.Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke answers questions during a press conference about an officer involved shooting Friday afternoon at the Odessa Police Department. Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

6 Aug

Sandstone Distillery Wins Double Gold for Stone Carver White Whiskey

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Sandstone DistilleryTenino’s Sandstone Distillery was awarded a Double Gold Medal last week at the 2016 Seattle International Spirits Awards for their Stone Carver White Whiskey. This on the heels of a Silver Medal from the American Craft Spirits Association in Chicago in March.  The Seattle event included national and international brands like Grey Goose, Seagram’s, Kettle One and Hendrick’s. Fifteen of Washington state’s 110 distilleries were awarded medals, with Sandstone Distillery the lone recipient of Double Gold in any of the spirit classifications.Sandstone’s Stone Carver Vodka was also a Silver Medal winner in the 2016 American Craft Spirits Association competition, and was honored with a Bronze Medal at the Seattle International Spirits Awards.Craft distillers John and Justin Bourdon were thrilled to have their spirits place against some pretty big national and international brands. “It’s an honor just to be on the podium competing with some of the oldest and largest distilleries in the world,” says John. He and son Justin have made it their passion to blend art and science, old school and new, to create Sandstone’s now world-class spirits right here in Thurston County.A founding member of Thurston County’s agro-tourism loop, the Bountiful Byway, Sandstone is located just outside of Tenino. Tours and tastings are offered Thursday through Monday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at 842 Wright Rd SE. www.sandstonedistillery.com or www.Facebook.com/SandstoneDistillerylast_img read more

4 Aug

Townhouses Approved For Vacant Tract in Atlantic Highlands

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – After 27 hours of testimony and more than 10 months of public hearings, the borough planning board voted 6-2 to approve an application to transform one of the last significant pieces of undeveloped Bayshore property into a cluster of luxury townhomes. When the application was first submitted to the planning board, Denholtz initially proposed 21 homes, but scaled back the plan to accommodate requests for a public board- walk and open green space overlooking the bay. In his post-hearing publiccomments, board memberEd Cetron, who is a memberof the Atlantic HighlandsFire Department and joinedthe borough’s first aid andsafety squad in January,addressed the emergencyresponse concerns. Though the case was made the tract had never been developed for residen- tial purposes and should be recognized as an undeveloped space in a flood zone, Cetron, who helped craft the addition six years ago, disagreed. The McConnell Tract is currently occupied by Blackfoot Mobile Marine Services, a boat storage facility. The site has been zoned residential but used commercially since 1923. In 1929 the parcel was developed by Standard Oil and was later owned by Exxon for industrial operations. The property in question, better known as the McConnell Tract, is an elevated piece of land that backs up to Center Avenue and extends forward to the bay, pressing up against a narrow stretch of beachfront and a bulkhead that has taken a beating in recent years from historic weather events like Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. Borough resident Brent Sonnek-Schmelz stressed the dangers of developing homes so close to the waterfront and on a piece of land that has never previously held residential properties. “Regardless of the intent (of the code), we are legally bound by the wordage. And I think it’s absolutely clear that it only applies to undeveloped open space. This is clearly a developed space,” Cetron said. Chiles said the first meeting with Denholtz concerning funding took place in December 2018, where resources like the borough’s open space acquisition fund, county open space grants and green acres funding from the state were suggested. “We love the application and we think it’s going to be great for the town,” Denholtz said. “We have tried to do what they (the board and residents) have asked. It’s never fun to be in an environment where you have some vocal people, but I understand their feelings, and if they have ideas, we’ll be here to talk.” “We have an opportunity right now to actually protect our town, protect the land, protect the people,” Sonnek-Schmelz said. “We do not want to put homes where they are at risk in a storm surge situation like Sandy. And we’re not just talking about the residents who would live there. We’re also talking about our first responders who would report to rescue those who don’t evacuate when they’re directed to. These are potentially life-threatening situations and situations that we want to avoid.” “As a first responder who lived through Sandy and did a lot of work during and after Sandy, I know what the building standards are now. I’ve seen what the building codes are. And I have no intention of risking my life, ever. However, I do not see any opportunity here where I would be at risk of doing that, if these buildings are built to standards. And they will be. There will be no problem. It’s a lot more risky going into homes on the steep slopes we have thandown there,” Cetron said. This article was first published in the May 2-8, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. In an interview with The Two River Times earlier this month, Denholtz CEO Steven Denholtz said the public portion of the project was cut after discussions about public funding options to maintain those amenities broke down. But according to Denholtz, who spoke to The Two River Times following the planning board’s decision, there is still time to hear suggestions from the public. Benson Chiles, leader of the resident opposition group Neighbors for Water- front Preservation, noted that the proposed development’s current alignment would result in three homes, as well as portions of seven of the planned lots, constructed in the AE flood zone. Neither Chiles nor Denholtz said they pursued any of the sources and the public facilities have since been removed from the plan. About 100 people attended the meeting concerning the Denholtz Custom Homes application calling for the construction of 16 luxury townhouses on 7 acres of land overlooking the Sandy Hook Bay. It was held at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. Cetron also did not agree with residents who cited borough code 150-84, which addresses general site design standards for subdivision site plans. The code lists several areas that should be preserved as undeveloped open space, including “lands in the flood way,” a provision added to the code April 24, 2013 in response to Super Storm Sandy. last_img read more

3 Aug

Leafs open KIJHL season Friday against defending champs from Beaver Valley

first_imgThe Leafs enter the contest with a new coach in Dave McLellan, who replaces Frank Maida behind the bench.The veteran skipper has been tested already, getting a late start to coaching the Green and White after being thrust into the coaching position late in the off-season when first pick, Matt Hughes surprisingly resigned.McLellan has had his work cut out for him finding the right mix of players to roster the Leafs and fans should not be surprised if the opening night roster looks very different in a few weeks when a few more Junior A cuts filter into the dressing room.What McLellan does have is a ton of experience on the blueline as no less than four quality defencemen — Darnel St. Pierre, Patrick Croome, Robson Cramer and Austin Lindsay — return to the Green and White.Adam Maida is also back to hold down the backstopping duties. The Nelson Minor Hockey product hopes to rebound from an injury-plagued season.Up front it’s work in progress as Nolan Percival is back along with Alaskan native Aaron Dunlap and versatile center Austin Lindsay.McLellan has very little time to get the Leafs’ roster set as Nelson plays six of its first seven league games at home.Saturday Nelson meets Castlegar Rebels at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena before hosting Kamloops Storm, Kimberley Dynamiters and Sicamous Eagles to round out September.ICE CHIPS: Season tickets for the Leafs on sale at the Nelson Sports Council upstairs in the Chamber of Commerce building on Hall Street — 250-352-3989 The colder weather can only mean one thing — hockey is back.The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks of on five fronts as 19 teams look to dethrone defending champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks from the top of the podium.The Hawks made the 2014 campaign a season for the history books as the Fruitvale-based squad swept all three Junior B titles— KIJHL, Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cup.The Nelson Leafs have the first opportunity to beat up on the Hawks as the Heritage City franchise hosts Beaver Valley in one of five games to open the season.Game time is 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

19 Dec

Zackie Achmat, TIME hero

first_img24 April 2003Aids activist Zackie Achmat continues to receive accolades in the international community for his struggle to get antiretroviral drugs administered free to HIV/Aids sufferers.This week he was featured as one of 35 “Heroes 2003” around the world in TIME magazine’s European edition. In the profile, written by South African TIME correspondent Peter Hawthorne, Achmat is described as “filled with defiant energy” and “an old hand at fighting deadly foes”.Certainly, Aids is not the first battle Achmat, 40, has taken up. Writes Hawthorne: “As a schoolboy in the 1970s in a segregated Cape Town township, he was caught up in the violent student campaign against apartheid. He helped to set fire to his own school and was arrested and detained five times.“For 10 years he operated as an underground activist for the banned African National Congress, evading the secret police and organising youth resistance groups.”A new struggleThen it was apartheid, now it is Aids. Ironically, Achmat’s latest struggle frequently pits him against the government he fought to put in place, although he insists he is still a loyal member of the ANC.Achmat, who is gay and who has openly championed gay rights, took on his new struggle when he found out he was HIV-positive. “The disease was regarded as taboo”, he says in the TIME article. “The cost of treatment, if you could find any, was way out of the reach of poor people. To have Aids was a death sentence.”With the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which he heads, Achmat has fought and won several battles to make anti-retrovirals more accessible to those who can’t afford to pay for them. Extensive lobbying by the TAC helped compel 39 large pharmaceutical companies to back down from their legal challenge against South Africa’s drug laws, in an attempt to prevent the production and importation of generic Aids drugs.Refusal to take antiretroviralsHis ongoing battle is to get the government to offer anti-retrovirals to the thousands of Aids sufferers who need them. Despite losing a lot of weight recently and suffering from constant diarrhoea, Achmat refuses to take the medication himself – in solidarity with the so many others who are denied it because they cannot afford to pay for it.The South African government has increased its HIV/Aids-combatting budget ten-fold from R342-million in 2001/02 to R3.6-billion in 2005/6, but is still unable to offer all Aids sufferers access to antiretrovirals. This would cost government R7-billion a year.Pregnant HIV-positive mothers around the country now receive Nevirapine to stop mother-to-child transmission, where adequate counselling and testing facilities exist. Antiretrovirals are also being offered to those who have been raped.The government is also providing treatment for opportunistic infections associated with Aids such as TB, pneumonia and oral thrush, but the provision of antiretrovirals for all Aids sufferers continues to pose a major challenge. A government task team trying to find ways of lowering the drug prices is set to announce its findings soon.In the meantime, Achmat won’t give up his struggle until he sees poor people who are Aids sufferers get the life-saving treatment he believes they have a right to. Not even former President Nelson Mandela, who has visited him to plead with him to take the drugs, can change his mind.Achmat has received several other accolades, including:In April 2001 he was named TIME magazine’s “Person of the Week”.In October 2001 he won the Desmond Tutu Leadership Award.The Treatment Action Campaign won an MTV Free Your Mind Award in Germany in November 2001.Others listed in TIME’s “Heroes 2003” include U-2’s Bono, soccer star David Beckham and Harry Potter author J K Rowling.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

17 Dec

Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Producers Council is pleased to announce the 2018 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship, which is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and is managed and administered by the National Pork Producers Council.The scholarship program was introduced in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC to celebrate the 25th anniversary of CME Hog futures. The scholarship was renamed in 2006 to honor the passing of NPPC Board of Director Lois Britt. Britt, a lifetime supporter of agriculture, spent 34 years with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, finishing out her career for 15 years with Smithfield Hog Production doing Public and Government Relations. She was inducted into the NPPC Pork Industry Hall of Fame, the N.C. Pork Council Hall of Fame, and awarded the N.C. 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award as some of her many achievements.Ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded to students annually who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry with hopes that they may emerge as pork industry leaders themselves someday.To be eligible, applicants must:1. Be an undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or four-year college of agriculture, and a U.S. citizen.2. Write a brief letter indicating what role the applicant sees themselves playing in the pork industry after graduation.3. Submit an essay of 750 words or less describing an issue the applicant sees confronting the pork industry today or in the future, including offering their solutions.4. Obtain two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals.5. Prepare a cover sheet with the following information:a. Name of Applicantb. Name of Schoolc. Year in Schoold. Contact Information (mailing address, telephone number & e-mail address)Please submit the items listed above in a single envelope via mail OR e-mail to the address listed below. All entries must be postmarked by JANUARY 5, 2018 to be accepted.National Pork Producers CouncilATTN: Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry ScholarshipP.O. Box 10383Des Moines, IA 50306-9960E-mail Submissions to: [email protected] will be judged on the basis of clarity and expression, persuasiveness, originality, and relevance of topic. Winners will be announced at the National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, MO Feb. 28-March 2, 2018. NPPC and CME Group reserve the right to publish any or all parts the essays submitted.Please contact Cally Fix, NPPC Director of Industry Resource Development, with questions about the scholarship at (515)278-8012 or [email protected]ppc.org.last_img read more

30 Nov

Familiarity helps Dennison stop Desiderio in FEU win over UP

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGuarding Paul Desiderio was never strange for Ron Dennison.The two were teammates in high school at University of Visayas and both entered the UAAP at the same time in Season 76 and this familiarity helped Dennison put a stranglehold on Desiderio.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH And, just for the record, Desiderio is 0-7 against Dennison. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Desiderio also came off a career performance in a stunning win over defending champion La Salle with 30 points.READ: Desiderio struggles, praises ‘great defender’ DennisonDennison also made his presence felt on the offensive end with 16 points and three assists while also grabbing seven rebounds.The two also had an interesting duel last season in the first round when Dennison got ejected.“Last year, he one-upped me with that flop so during the game he started acting again but I didn’t let him do the same thing again,” said Dennison.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Desiderio, the University of the Philippines’ stalwart headed into the Sunday matchup against Far Eastern University averaging 21 points a game, and Dennison made sure Desiderio would not reach that mark.“We were teammates in high school, so I knew how he moved,” said Dennison in Filipino after FEU trumped UP, 78-59, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I just played straight-up clean defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UPWith Dennison hounding him, Desiderio struggled from the floor, scoring ust nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, and converted only one of his five attempts from long range. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 29 football fans hurt as French stadium barrier collapses Read Nextlast_img read more

28 Nov

Indian designers obsessed with celebrities?

first_imgCelebrity sightings on the runway – a superfluous exercise, or an indicator of a mutually beneficial relationship between designer and star? We find out.One actress, six months, three shows for three different designers. The price – 8-12 lakhs depending on the stature of the designer concerned. Plus the usual trappings. A business-class air ticket, a Mercedes to pick up the star, a suite at a fivestar hotel, etc etc. And was it worth it? Sure, if you judge the entire exercise by the pictures of the star accompanied by the said designer of the moment in the city supplements. Not if you look closely. Hardly a mention of the clothes or the actual fashion.So why does practically every designer (with the exception of a handful) hanker after a Bollywood showstopper? The answer may lie in the fact that in a country so diverse and versatile, the one common denominator between socioeconomic classes and geographical differences is its cinema-where its movie stars make these made-in-Mumbai films come alive, and lend mass appeal. Thus a star at a fashion show is an easy crutch to draw attention.We now have multiple fashion weeks. In fact so many such exercises are being mounted, that the inevitable ‘fatigue factor’ has reared its ugly head, and both the audience and the press are reluctant to pay too much attention to these shows. Compounding the problem is the fact that each week is packed to the gills with quantity rather than quality. So whether you are a young designer starting out, or an old one fading fast, the only way to bring in the crowds and get the chatterati talking is the presence of a movie star.Yet the exercise is quickly losing momentum. Often, movie stars looking to promote their upcoming releases will walk the ramp at fashion shows and then go on to talk about their latest film instead of the outfits they just wore. And jaded by the phenomenon, newspapers have started to simply ignore the final walk on the ramp, and publish interviews with these stars (who have been made available at the designer’s expense), where they talk about everything under the sun, except the show.But sometimes the association can be beneficial. If the designer works with a star and the star is a client or an admirer, then the connect is relevant and real. Sabyasachi, the talented man from Kolkata, has designed for long for actress Rani Mukerjee, and she has been a faithful presence at his shows. So is the case with Tarun Tahiliani and Shilpa Shetty, who walked for the designer and has sported his ensembles at her wedding and other red-carpet occasions. Plus there is Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla who have always been the designers of choice for the Bachchan family and Dimple Kapadia among others, with these stars enthusiastically being part of every show the designer duo mount.Part of the problem has been exacerbated by fashion magazines, who in their quest for larger sales, dumped models from their covers in favour of movie celebrities. So if the press subscribed to the practice, the fashion fraternity was only too happy to follow.In the late ’90s, a watch company was launched in India. The name of the brand was a difficult one for the Indian tongue to pronounce. And thus sales suffered in spite of an aggressive advertising and PR campaign. The solution: a male star with a pan-Indian reach was called in and made its brand ambassador. An active event calendar and a big advertising campaign followed. In two years, it was among the top watch brands in the country with the star endorsing the timepieces in his shoots and films.The lesson here is that the partnership between brand and star was established as a long-standing one, and over time consumers recognised the fact. Compare this with a star’s solitary ramp walk at a fashion show that instantly fades from public memory, and doesn’t garner lasting benefits.The question to ask is, what makes customers flock towards fashion labels? Is it the multiple pictures of a movie star wearing a brand, or is it the actual fashion garments themselves?Packing a front row with B-list movie stars (as demonstrated by a designer known for his pushy manners) only takes away from whatever little design he is displaying on the ramp. Compare this to a Manish Arora and Rajesh Pratap Singh who have, to my memory, never used a movie star on the catwalk, and yet have been lauded show after show for the finesse and beauty of their presentations. Both designers, by remaining true to their essence, have garnered international acclaim and commercial success.Around the globe, we see that fashion brands engage with movie talent in a more multi-layered manner. If the star is sitting on the front row at their shows, more likely than not, he or she also features in their advertising spreads. In India, the cost of using a star in a fashion campaign is prohibitive, making this an impossibility. None of the Indian fashion houses are large enough to afford this kind of a relationship with a leading Bollywood figure.And so we will continue to see stars sparkle on the ramp in the foreseeable future. And until the show sponsors, the page-three press and the designers themselves are happy with this little stunt and what it brings to the table, fashion will remain incidental, and never the focus.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

27 Nov

ICC ranking: R Ashwin becomes world’s No.1 Test all-rounder

first_imgIndian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.India’s Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday became the number one Test all-rounder in ICC rankings following his fine show with the bat in the fourth cricket Test against England in Manchester.Ashwin scored 40 and 46 not out at the Old Trafford though India lost the Test by an innings and 54 runs. As a bowler, Ashwin went wicketless in his 14 overs in England’s first innings.The Indian off-spinner, who now has 372 rating points, displaced South Africa’s Vernon Philander (365) at the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders.Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan was at third spot while Englishman Stuart Broad has moved ahead of Australia’s Mitchell Johnson in fourth position.Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has regained the number one Test batsman spot following his 10th double century in Galle against Pakistan while India’s Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli slipped down the ladder.Sangakkara, who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards in Colombo in 2012, scored 221 and 21 in the Test, which earned him 31 ratings points that helped him dethrone AB de Villiers from the top pedestal.The South African had snatched the number one spot from his team-mate Hashim Amla in October 2013 and spent a total stretch of 287 days and 33 Tests at the top.last_img read more

27 Nov

New national team talents excite PH skipper Schrock

first_imgPhilippines captain Stephan Schrock sees plenty of promise from the Azkals’ latest recruits, whom he said look “hungry, fresh and excited” to help the country in the next cycle of the World Cup qualifiers starting September.Speaking to the Inquirer before the Azkals left for Guangzhou, China, on Tuesday night, the country’s only Asian Cup goal scorer believes the likes of newcomers Michael Kempter, Diego Bardanca and Pancho Fernandez can bring “positive vibes and energy” in their upcoming training camp and in future tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DQ’d Ochoa settles for bronze LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ In fact, the new talents have made Schrock put his international retirement plans on hold.“There are so many reasons to quit and really just a few to stay and continue,” said the 33-year-old Schrock. “This is for the country. I feel like I can still help on the pitch than somewhere else. If they find players much better than me, then I’ll be happy to step away.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAzkals coach Scott Cooper has brought 24 players for the China camp, but only 17 will be eligible for the match against the Chinese national team on Friday.Midfielder Christian Rontini of Italian side Sangiovannesse and goalkeeper Bernd Schipmann of German club Rot Weiss Ahlen are eligible to play against China. Kempter, Bardanca, Fernandez, Kainoa Bailey, Enrique Bernal, Kevin Guerra and Kristoffer Strickler are only invitees to the camp as they are still trying to secure the necessary requirements to play for the country. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:44Philippines 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Kempter, a defender, needs to secure a change in sporting nationality from the Fifa Player Status committee since he played for Switzerland at the youth level, while the Poland-based Bardanca, who has Filipino lineage through one of his grandparents, is still in the process of securing his passport.Fernandez grew up in Toronto, Canada, but plays in the second division in Chile. Both of his parents are Filipino as he traces his roots in Bacolod City and Manila.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more