LeBron James interacts with Jimmy Alapag’s son Ian Maximus during the Strive for Greatness tour. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLeBron James has returned to the Philippines for the third time on Saturday and in the eyes of Philippine basketball icon Jimmy Alapag, this speaks volumes for the NBA superstar’s appreciation for this country.“The fact that he came here to Manila to share some brief moments with everyone here at home…I think he understands how passionate we are about the game of basketball,” said Alapag Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena as James wrapped up another showcase before Filipino fans.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay It would’ve been James’ fourth tour in the country had his “Battle the Doubt Night” show in 2016 pushed through.But much like his in two previous visits, James once shared the floor with up-and-coming stars and national team members in a brief exhibition game for the “Strive for Greatness” show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Alapag, one of the key Gilas players in the last decade, showed he can still duke it out in the parquet floor—against one of the best NBA players ever no less—even a year into retirement.Saturday night was extra special, though, as he got to play again with his batch’s Gilas Pilipinas squad that include Ranidel de Ocampo and LA Tenorio, among others. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu ‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success “What made it more special was being with my Gilas brothers because you know these guys are family for life,” said Alapag.But he also got to bring his real family with him to the bench to meet the King.His eldest child Ian Maximus, who has the same second name as LeBron’s youngest son Bryce, even got to keep LeBron’s arms sleeves.“My son will have to grow into it because it’s a little big right now and I’m just glad my kids could be here to experience it with me,” said Alapag.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments
A 25-year-old Lindener, who was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a young girl on separate occasions, was on Monday jailed.A probation report presented in court revealed that the convicted man, Keon Lawson, and the victim are relatives. The probation officer informed the court that prior to the incidents, the victim was an “above average” student, always cheerful and interactive. However, this changed following the incidents and the victim’s academic performance became poor and socialising was no longer an interest of hers.Convicted: Keon Lawson being escorted by Police ranks following his sentencing on MondayTaking this into account, Justice Morris-Ramlall considered the prevalence of the crime within Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), together with the fact that Lawson breached the trust of a relative and showed no remorse for his actions.Lawson of Wismar, Linden, was handed 18 years in jail on the first rape count, and 20 years on the second, which are expected to run concurrently.The first charge read that between November 1 and 30, 2014, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual activity with a six-year-old girl.The second read that on October 6, 2017, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual activity with the said victim, who was nine years old.According to reports, on the first occasion, the convicted man went over to the child’s home, then proceeded to hold the child, cover her mouth and committed the act.On the second occasion, the young girl visited Lawson’s home to uplift an item for her mother; however, upon arrival at his premises, he prevented her from leaving and proceeded to rape her.The child later confided in her teacher about the incidents and the teacher informed the parents and Police.Attorney-at-Law George Thomas represented Lawson while Prosecutors Teriq Mohamed and Nafeeza Baig presented the State’s case.