PBA IMAGESTNT coach Nash Racela had little to say about the status of his import Joshua Smith after the KaTropa’s 125-101 Game 3 loss in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Thursday night.“I don’t know. No idea. I can say something here, but I really have no idea,” Racela told reporters when asked for updates on Smith.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Strizak fulfills championship demand from Pocari Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Smith played a measly nine minutes on the floor, contributing just four points and seven rebounds before complaining about pain in his right foot and leaving the arena early.He left the game with 6:54 remaining in the second quarter as team doctors tended on his supposed injury, then exited to the dugout midway in the third period and out of the venue even before the game ended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela explained that it was a team decision to take Smith out of the court so that the medics can assesshis situation better.“It’s a decision by the team. We just want to make sure that he’s ok,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Racela also didn’t guaranteed that Smith will be able to suit up for Game 4 on Saturday.“We’ll let you know if we get something soon,” he said.Without Smith, the KaTropa failed to match the mighty Gin Kings, with Justin Brownlee taking over in the first half and igniting the rout with a 61-47 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 32, 125-93, late in the game.In Racela’s eyes, though, coach Tim Cone simply just had the better gameplan for the game.“It’s a game of adjustments. Coach Tim made wonderful adjustments for this game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What was glaring, however, was the discrepancy when it comes to fouls (TNT 30 – Ginebra 17) and free throw attempts (TNT 9 – Ginebra 29), which further made closing the series out hard for the KaTropa.“It’s hard to play in a game like this. You would really struggle. You saw the game, you saw the game,” said Racela, before citing Cone’s plea back in Game 3 for more fan support. “Coach Tim asked for help and he got his help today. It is what it is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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
General Manager of the Banana Board, Janet Conie, is imploring banana farmers to contribute to the Catastrophe Fund, which will provide them with some level of insurance in the event of a natural disaster. Speaking to JIS News following a tour of a number of banana farms in St. Mary on October 26, Mrs. Conie pointed out that following the recent passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, farmers who have been contributing to the Fund will receive assistance in the coming weeks. “What we are asking is that farmers contribute to the Fund – contribute to their own ‘insurance’,” she implored. “It’s a Fund that was seeded with European Union (EU) funding and what we want is for farmers to build the fund to benefit their own programmes,” she added. The Catastrophe Fund, which is a little over $50 million, is managed by the Banana Board and was established in 2007 to help with the speedy recovery of the island’s banana industry in the wake of natural disasters. Mrs. Conie stressed that the support mechanism is a contributory Fund. Hence, farmers will only be able to benefit in the event of a disaster if they have been making regular contributions to the initiative. “Farmers must register with us. At the beginning of every year, we go on a drive and we make it very public. We go out into the banana communities and we really try to get farmers to contribute to their own recovery,” she noted. She said that the Fund only asks for $2,500 per hectare per year, “and with that you’re able to get much more.” Mrs. Conie pointed out however, that some farmers have shied away from the initiative because of a number of concerns. “What farmers are most concerned about is that ‘if I pay into the Fund and there’s no damage this year, do I benefit?’ [But] you cannot benefit from the Fund without a catastrophe,” she advised. Mrs. Conie further informed that in 2010, the Banana Board paid out some $10 million to farmers following the passage of Hurricane Nicole, under the Catastrophe Fund. “What we did was to look at the level of damage. We looked at what the Fund could put forward and then we pro-rated the level of damage per acre, per farmer and we made a contribution towards buying the inputs to get them back into production. Those farmers benefitted quite well,” she said. In 2011, some 266 farmers registered for the Catastrophe Fund. There are more than 200,000 farmers across Jamaica.