Big load off Paul Lee’s back as he leads Magnolia to first title since James Yap trade

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Replacing the club’s poster boy was a big task in itself but leading the team to a championship, something that Yap has done for seven times including the 2014 Grand Slam, is another beastly burden.But Lee finally got a title to lighten the load that he carried on his shoulders for more than two years.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 ChrissLee helped the Hotshots claim their first title since the Grand Slam as they overcame Alaska in six games capped off with a resounding 102-86 Game 6 victory Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.The championship was the first of Lee’s career with the Hotshots and it also lightened the load that he carried on his shoulders for two years. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is big because winning a championship was the first thing that I had to do when I got traded for Kuya James,” said Lee, who was with Rain or Shine first, in Filipino.“The people will always expect me to win a championship with the Purefoods franchise.”Lee and Yap were involved in that blockbuster of a trade before the start of the 2016-17 season that left the Philippine basketball community in a state of shock.Yap was 34-years-old during the time of the trade and even though Lee, who’s seven years younger, had a similar skill set it was still seen as a surprise.Lee carried a lingering pressure every time he stepped on the court for the Hotshots since he knew he was under a microscope but his Best Player of the Conference award in the Governors’ Cup and the title helped take away some of that burden.ADVERTISEMENT He also hoped that this isn’t the last title that he’s going to win with Magnolia.“I wish the blessings don’t stop coming,” said Lee who had 16 points in the final game of the season. “I’m just so happy right now and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I can’t put everything into words, I’m just very blessed this year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Paul Lee finally delivered on a promise.The mercurial guard wasn’t just some new addition to the Magnolia franchise when he arrived in October 2016–he was the player that the Hotshots got in return for the iconic James Yap.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Geje Eustaquio keenly awaits Demetrious Johnson’s ONE debut in Japan Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending Articles01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race02:14Carpio 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 ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Mental Health Needs Serious Attention

first_imgMedical doctors and physicians in a lecture series on June 23 raised an alarm that mental illness has become an unrecognized emergency that needs the collective effort of every party to fight. It means as doctors are at the forefront by providing medication and counseling for affected people, so is the government to provide the resources and facilities that will create the enabling environment for addressing the problem.Not only that doctors and government will play these cardinal roles, parents or relatives of affected people need to also care for the affected person while people taking risk of doing or consuming things that may serve as conduits for mental illness need to stop.According to the vice president of the Liberia chapter for the West African College of Physicians (WACP), Rose Jallah Macauley, one major cause of mental illness in Liberia today is drug abuse. Although she did not provide any statistics regarding cases of mental illness resulting from drug abuse, it is no doubt that many young people have turned to be drug addicts as ‘ghettos’ are erected in most parts of the country, especially the city areas.The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) of the Liberia National Police and presidential task force have on many occasions arrested drug abusers and even traffickers of dangerous drugs into the country. It is sad to note that despite attempts to battle against the production, trafficking and sale of these drugs to prevent abuse by young people, the Drug Law of Liberia remains stuck in committee room at the National Legislature and there is no deterrent law at present.World Health Organization (WHO) statistics show that about 130,000 people in this country have severe mental illness, reinforcing the call by Dr. Jallah to have a rehabilitation center for mentally ill people to undergo counseling and receive treatment for their conditions.The country is faced with a few consequences resulting from mental illness that can be underscored here. Severe mental illness is seriously decreasing the human resource capacity of the country. Some of the affected people could have become teachers, physicians and doctors, nurses and other useful people that can deliver valuable services in the Liberian society. But as the case is now, instead of these people being useful to the society, they have become societal burdens that government is called upon to provide money to cater for.As cases of mental illness increase, so is the danger posed to the rest of the people who mix up with mentally ill people in the streets on a daily basis. Any of these mentally ill people could be agitated to injure or harm anyone at any time. Who will take responsibility for such actions by mentally ill people? Everyone needs security; either the mentally ill person or the ordinary person. It is therefore possible that if a mentally ill person causes anyone to sustain an injury, the person can also react against the perpetrator, and more problems will arise.This newspaper, the Daily Observer, is therefore urging the government to attach seriousness to the passage of the Drug Law to deter traffickers and abusers and reduce the risk of mental illness. During the Ebola epidemic of 2014, there were survivors and relatives of victims who developed trauma. There are also other social conditions that are affecting people thus causing them to develop mental illness. The WHO also says about 400,000 people are suffering from some form of mental illness. We call on the government to therefore provide facilities that will accommodate such people, where care and counseling will be given them to overcome the issues that cause mental stress.The Daily Observer could disregard this societal problem as anyone else, but let us learn from the story, “Town trap is not for rat alone” written by Professor Wilton Sankawulo in one of his publications, Marriage of Wisdom. The cows, sheep, goats and pigs felt that they were not rat eaters, and therefore could not loosen the trap to allow cat in to find rats. But as the trap caught the rattle snake and the snake in turn bit the King’s daughter and she died, there were no other livestock to kill during the feast but cows, goats and sheep.Let the government and other people learn from some of these stories to put proper facilities in place to prevent future problems. Mental illness is increasing and overcoming the population. Let us be aware of this pressing unrecognized national emergency to develop plans to tackle it so we can continue to have a society that is at peace with itself.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more