Hotshots take lead

first_imgLATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESUndermanned yet pushing the pedal to the metal all night long, Magnolia on Wednesday took the lead in its best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup Final Four series with NLEX.And the Hotshots will go into what their coach says will be a “dogfight” carrying a lot of momentum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ian Sangalang played double time and shone the brightest among the Hotshots’ big men, and Jio Jalalon played great on both ends in leading Magnolia to a 106-99 victory at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Hotshots put themselves in a position to deal NLEX a virtual killer blow on Friday.“Game 4 will be a dogfight because it will be a do-or-die game for NLEX,” coach Chito Victolero said. “And that means we have to sustain what we have been doing (in the last two games).”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJalalon, who is being buoyed by late night text messages from Victolero about carving his niche in the league, scored 25 points while playing defense on NLEX super rookie Kiefer Ravena, while Sangalang finished with 24 in almost 38 minutes of extended playing time because of the injury to Marc Pingris.“He knows that he has to step up and he knows that he needs to play more minutes because of Pingris’ absence,” Victolero said of Sangalang, his offensive revelation in this best-of-seven series. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phoenix hosts 3 WAGC qualifiers View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Victolero didn’t need to get heavy offensive contribution from Paul Lee, but got 17 big points from Rome dela Rosa.The Road Warriors did themselves in with spotty free-throw shooting in the fourth and horrendous execution in the stretch, losing for the second straight game despite having a clear shot at a win going into the final seven minutes.Ravena still went on to topscore with 20 points and Kevin Alas had 15 for the Road Warriors, who would really need to win the 7 p.m. game Friday to be able to entertain thoughts of making a title series for the first time in their franchise history.“We are thankful that we are leading the series,” Victolero went on. “But we need four wins to make the Finals. There’s still a lot of work to be done.”Meanwhile, San Miguel power forward Arwind Santos was fined P20,000 for statements detrimental to the league. Santos criticized officiating after a 95-87 Game 3 loss. He was also fined P5,000 for incurring a flagrant foul penalty 1.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

‘God Is Not Punishing Liberia with Ebola’, Bethel Pastor Says, as Body of Christ…

first_imgBethel Cathedral senior pastor, Rev. Dr. M. Wolo Belleh, has differed with some views in the public that the outbreak of Ebola and its devastating  impact on Liberia is a punishment for sin that the country has committed.Addressing a press conference on yesterday, Rev. Dr. Belleh indicated that Liberia is not the only country with Ebola, and the virus being a virus could spread in any way not in conformity with precautionary measures people need to take.In response to the Ebola outbreak and its effects on the population, the Bethel Cathedral senior pastor, along with other Christians of different denominations, have come out with a three-day fast and prayer to be observed throughout country.He said during such a time of crisis as this is when people draw closer to God.  The  declared fast and prayer is  expected to be observed from October 29, 30 and 31.  It will draw God’s attention to the plight of Liberians and other affected countries in the Mano River Union Basin.A statement read on behalf of the Christian community indicates that the fast and prayer will be carried out in every county and will not at this time be a Monrovia based event.According to the statement, the Christian community has constituted a task force that will organize churches and craft a plans to memorialize  health workers and those who have lost their lives through  contracting Ebola.Regarding the frequent declaration of fast and prayer, the Bethel leader said one needs to continuously pray to ensure that God hears their plea until He acts.The group says it is a command of God for His people to obey, and frequent prayer being a command from Him, they have to obey in totality.The Christian community urges that just as the case was with Nineveh that the King and all other people in the land took days, fasted and prayed, so it is with Liberia that everyone in the land needs to take these three days to fast and pray from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.Though Liberia was said to have been built on “Christian principle,” citizens have over the time complained about many evils, including homosexual and ritualistic  killing that keeps happening in the society.Regarding the sin of the nation, the Christian group said the prayer will focus on repentance, worshipping, thanksgiving and asking God for His perfect Will to be done in Liberia.Cognizant of the fact that the virus is spread through body contact, the group says the prayer will be done outdoor where people will not have any cause to come into close contact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vegetable prices skyrocket

first_img− farmers blame rainy weatherBy Ramona LuthiPrices of vegetables at city markets have hit the roof and the sole reason according to farmers and vendors onSome of the vegetables that have attracted increased pricesWednesday, is the May/June rainy weather.Visiting the primary market areas in Georgetown, Guyana Times was told that prices for cabbages and tomatoes, which were previously sold between prices of $160 to $200 per pounds, have doubled, putting a strain on the pockets of consumers.“Cabbage raise, tomatoes raise, almost everything raise. We used to sell cabbage and tomato for $160, $180, and $200 a pound, depends if it big or lil. Now we gat sell it for $360, $380, and $400,” a vendor at the Bourda Market highlighted.While the costs of other vegetables have increased, the most significant prices were that of celery and eschalots. Vendors at Stabroek Market told this publication that these two seasonings which once held a cost of $160 per pound have recently been increased to $800 and $700 per pound, respectively.“The greens that gone up the most is celery and eschalot. The other day we deh selling it for $160 a pound but now we ga sell it for $800 a pound for celery and $700 for eschalots,” a farmer identified as Harry voiced.Many farmers and merchants held the rain responsible for the upsurge of vegetable costs, highlighting that large amount of crops have perished in the excessive rainfall, either by too much soil moisture or simply “drowning.” They also pointed out that the increases have been tough on their businesses, resulting in a reduced daily income.“Uncle Sam”, a vendor of Bourda Market said “Rain falling too much and the water making the soil wet wet, the plants aint getting to grow properly cause they cant be in water all the time and other crops like the eschalots and suh, drowning cause the beds getting flood out. When we raise the price, business get hard. It really slow up and we losing yuh know, but is nah we fault.”Meanwhile, when Guyana Times spoke to consumers at the various markets around the city, many complained of the exorbitant prices, describing it as “ridiculous” and “unnecessary.” Other patrons indicated that adequate time was given to the farmers to prepare, since the May/June rain is expected annually.Speaking with this publication, one consumer, Shanice Betterford, expressed her dissatisfaction with the increased prices.“They get enough time. Is only couple months a year the rain does fall like this. They aint know this gon happen? They aint catering for poor people. Geez, things like eschallot and tomato necessary. They raising prices for everything just because of lil rain. Like they nah gon mek it back when sun come out.” A number of customers complained of the prices and as witnessed by this publication, attempted to bargain with vendors for more reasonable prices.However, since their grumbles did not alter the minds of many vendors and farmers, numerous patrons refused to patronise their businesses, opting to support the few merchants who were willing to negotiate.last_img read more

Linden man on trial for narcotics possession

first_imgSeveral witnesses for the prosecution on Tuesday testified in the case in which Quacy Giddings has been charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Giddings is accused of having had in his possession 49 grams of cannabis sativa for the purpose of trafficking, on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Mackenzie market in Linden.The Prosecution contends that, on the day in question, Police officers on foot patrol at the Mackenzie Market observed the accused acting suspiciously, and conducted a search of his person. They allegedly unearthed a pink and white plastic bag containing leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis. Nine small Ziploc bags containing leaves, seeds and stems of the plant were also found on his person, as was a quantity of empty small Ziploc bags.Giddings is being represented by attorney at law Yondessa Welcome. The trial is set to continue on May 22.last_img read more

Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United: Pressure mounts on Van Gaal as Black Cats stun the Red Devils

first_img1 Sunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 at the Stadium of Light Manchester United have been left stunned at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland deservedly clinched three points in front of a delighted home crowd.January signing Wahbi Khazri opened the scoring for the hosts, before Anthony Martial netted the equaliser to make it all square at the break.A David De Gea own goal, however, sealed victory for the Black Cats, boosting their fight to avoid relegation and leaving the Red Devils six points adrift of the top four.With fourth-placed Manchester City six points ahead, United headed into the game knowing that no less than victory would be required if they were to sustain a challenge for a Champions League spot.Despite this, they got off to a terrible start.With less than three minutes on the clock, winter window arrival Khazri, much to the shock of even the home fans, whipped the ball into the box from the left flank and watched as his curling delivery passed everyone by, including De Gea to open the scoring.Van Gaal’s side almost hit back immediately, with Juan Mata playing Wayne Rooney in, but the striker’s effort was blocked by Patrick van Aanholt at close-range.The Black Cats responded to their one-goal lead as any relegation-threatened predictably would; dropping deep, almost encouraging their opponents to press forward.It looked to be more of the same for United, with much possession and little penetration; half an hour in, however, and the pressure was ramped up.Juan Mata came close on the edge of the box, exquisitely meeting the ball on his majestic left foot, but his effort fell comfortably into the midriff of Vito Mannone.It was a frustrating first half for the visitors, but shortly before the break the pressure finally paid off, with Martial, again playing out of position on the wing, grabbing the equaliser.Mannone initially denied a powerful strike from Mata, only to see his save fall into the path of Martial and the Frenchman made no mistake, beautifully dinking the ball over the Italian goalkeeper from an acute angle.Donald Love later made his debut, replacing Matteo Darmian, who left the field clutching his shoulder, adding to a lengthy injury list.The Red Devils were desperate to grab a second before the referee blew his whistle, with Mata, Rooney and Martial causing plenty of problems for Allardyce’s men.The hosts, though, held on, leaving all to be fought for in the second half.It was more of the same as the final 45 minutes kicked off, with United continuing to dominate play.Sunderland, though, looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and De Gea’s goal was threatened more than he would have thought acceptable.Memphis Depay, who seems to have lost the trust of his manager over the past few months, replaced the ineffective Jesse Lingard on the hour mark, and soon after his arrival the Netherlands international almost set up his side’s second.Having surged into the box, from the left wing, he squared the ball to an unmarked Wayne Rooney only for a superb block by Jack Rodwell denying the England captain what looked to be a certain goal.With time running out, United seemed to be lacking in ideas.And true to the most unpredictable of seasons in Premier League history, Sunderland took the lead with late on, with another of the hosts’ new signings proving crucial.Lamine Koné rose highest from the corner, and his header crept under the legs of De Gea which, sadly for the Spaniard, goes down as an own goal.Van Gaal turned to Under-21 star Will Keane, bringing off Morgan Schneiderlin.Depay cried for a penalty in the final minutes, believing his effort on the half-volley had illegally been blocked by the arm of John O’Shea.His pleas were swiftly ignored by the officials, however, and the resulting corner was dealt with by Sunderland.Again, it’s back to the drawing board for the under pressure Van Gaal.last_img read more

Forest 1-2 Brighton: Sidwell’s late strike keeps Seagulls in touch with top two

first_img Lewis Dunk opens the scoring for the visitors 1 Steve Sidwell scored two minutes into stoppage time to steal Brighton a 2-1 victory on the road at Nottingham Forest. The three points moves Chris Hughton’s men to within a point of second-placed Middlesbrough in the Championship table, while strugglers Forest are fifth from bottom with just one win in their last ten. Lewis Dunk gave the Seagulls a first-half lead before Forest striker Dexter Blackstock drew Paul William’s side level early in the second half. As the match looked to be heading for a draw, Sidwell, on loan from Stoke, pounced in the penalty area to coolly win it for his side late on.The home side did not muster a meaningful moment of menace until the 17th minute, but it was one that almost saw them snatch the lead against the run of play. Henri Lansbury saw space open up for him as he advanced towards goal and he let fly from 22 yards but saw David Stockdale push his curling drive around the foot of the post.Forest were conceding a host of free-kicks – with Bojan Jokic also booked for a foul – and it was to prove costly in the 27th minute when Jiri Skalak whipped in a free-kick from the left side. Dunk beat the Forest defence and the advancing Dorus de Vries to the ball on the edge of the six-yard box to power a simple header home, albeit with a slight deflection off Danny Fox.Forest wanted a penalty when Jamie Ward beat Stockdale to a high ball just inside the box and went down after colliding with the keeper, but it would have been a generous decision with seemingly little contact made.There was another moment of controversy before half-time as Connor Goldson appeared to impede Lansbury when he looked to close down the keeper – and injured himself in the process.With the Brighton man prone on the turf, Forest played on and Ben Osborn’s cut-back set up a golden chance for Chris Cohen, who shot over. The Brighton players reacted furiously, but the goal would have stood had Cohen found the target.And it took only five minutes after the interval for the home side to claw themselves level, after Bruno Saltor conceded a free-kick on the Forest left. Lansbury’s delivery was enticing and Blackstock’s header was just as accurate as he flicked the ball across goal and into the net off the inside of the post to make it 1-1.Keeper De Vries had to make a fine save to deny Hemed after he connected with an acrobatic volley. But, shortly after Dunk had been booked for a bad foul on Gardner, Forest should have taken the lead when Blackstock fed Lansbury through only for the Reds skipper to lift a shot over the bar.But it was Sidwell who was to decide the outcome with his injury-time strike.last_img read more


first_imgA judge has warned a man accused of killing eight people by dangerous driving that he will revoke his bail if he continues to breach conditions.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard today that Shaun Kelly, (24), Ballymagan, Buncrana, had breached his bail conditions on several occasions.He had bee required to sign on at Buncrana Garda Station twice weekly – on Mondays and Fridays between 10am and 6pm. Defence counsel Peter Nolan acknowledged that Mr Kelly had signed in at the station on the days involved but outside the hours.Sgt Carol Doherty told Judge Keenan Johnson that Mr Kelly had breached these conditions on several occasions.Mr Nolan said his client had to attend medical appointments in Dublin and often travelled with his father who worked driving a truck.He described the breaches as “technical” adding: “There is no flight risk here whatsoever.”Patricia McLaughlin, for the DPP, said the bail conditions were reasonable and “he must comply with them.”Judge Johnson varied the bail conditions, ordering Mr Kelly to sign on at Buncrana Garda Station on Mondays and Fridays between 12 noon and 9pm.He told Mr Nolan to advise his client that the court would have “no hesitation” in revoking bail if there were any further breaches.The case against Mr Kelly was adjourned last month when Judge Keenan Johnson was told by defence counsel Peter Nolan that he had been given a psychological report which questioned his client’s fitness to stand trial.The State was forced to apply for an adjournment to assess the report and order their own psychological assessment.Judge Johnson adjourned the case until April 1st with peremptory against the accused.The men who died in the crash on July 11th, 2010 were Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, Eamon McDaid (22)of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19), of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21), of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana.MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING EIGHT PEOPLE BY DANGEROUS DRIVING WARNED ABOUT BAIL BREACHES was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bail breachShaun Kellylast_img read more

Historic day as Deele College officially opens its €3.5M extension

first_imgHistory was at Deele College in Raphoe today, with the official opening of the school’s new €3.5 million extension, which has provided the local area with a state of the art educational establishment.Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr Joe Joe McHugh T.D. was the guest of honour and it was the minister who officially opened the school along with CEO of the ETB, Anne McHugh and school principal Mr Joe Boyle.The Minister took a tour of the school following the official opening, where he visited students working hard in their new science labs, drawing rooms and computer suites. He commented on the colour and vibrancy of the school, as he chatted with students who were preparing for their Junior and Leaving certificate exams. The official ceremony was held shortly afterwards, where parents, students and teachers, both past and present came together to celebrate the occasion. Reverend Craig Wilson and Canon Dinny McGettigan gave an ecumenical blessing and the choir, under the stewardship of Miss Catriona Bonner gave a wonderful performance, with ‘Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears,’ sung by Eimear Friel particularly poignant.Addressing the audience, school principal, Mr Joe Boyle acknowledged the work of his predecessor, Mr PJ McGowan, who began the campaign for a new school building. He also praised the work of Glebe Builders and the staff of the Donegal ETB for all their hard work in getting the job completed. He also thanked the staff and students of Deele College for all their hard work in getting the new building ready.CEO of the ETB, Anne McHugh said that she was delighted that the work at Deele College was now completed and she has now set her sights on the next job, which she says is to get the go ahead from the department for the Buncrana campus.Minister Joe McHugh, addressing the audience, said that it was a privilege for him to be the guest of honour on such an historic occasion. He spoke of the reputation that Irish people have earned around the world, as hardworking, honest and educated, which he has witnessed first-hand in his capacity as Minister for the Diaspora.He also pleaded with students to talk about their problems and that in the age of social media, too many were looking for solutions online, when the real answer lay in talking to friends, teachers and family.He finished with a line from Beckett, which he said students would do well to remember, as they make their way in the world. “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”Historic day as Deele College officially opens its €3.5M extension was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Picture Special: Donegal Youth Service celebrate ‘Re-Activ8’ success

first_imgFamilies and community representatives from Donegal and Strabane, Co Tyrone came together last Friday evening in the Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey to celebrate the achievements of the participants in Phase 1 of the ‘Re-Activ8’ project. The ‘Re-Activ8’ project is a Personal Youth Development Programme, funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI). The aim of the programme is for young people to feel empowered to find their way back to training, further education or employment.The programme gives young people the opportunity to meet other young people, participate in team building exercises, residentials and activities with a strong emphasis on personal development skills such as confidence and self-esteem building, problem solving, coping skills and more. The focus of ‘Reactiv8’ is learning employability skills in a safe and friendly environment.  As well as working together in a group, participants also receive one to one support from their mentor for the duration of the programme.Forty-five participants between the ages of 16-25 years from Ballybofey, Falcarragh, Buncrana and Letterkenny in Co Donegal and Sion Mills and Strabane in Co Tyrone, engaged in this latest phase of the project. The initiative is organised and managed by Donegal Youth Service, in association with local community, statutory and voluntary organisations.See photos from the presentation event below by Clive Wasson: Participants with funders and co-ordinators celebrating the success of the ‘Re-Activ8’ Project Seated are Shianne McDonald, Amy Gallagher and Charlene Gildea. Back from left are Roslynn Stewart, Michelle Wylam, Project Co-ordinator, Alfie Orr, Paddy Harte, IFI Board Member, Sharon Roulston and Karen Conlin. Photo Clive Wasson. Michelle Wylam, Project Co-ordinator, Helen Simms, Re_Activ8 Programme, Cllr. Brian McMahon, Derry City and Strabane Council, Paddy Harte, IFI Board Member, Charlene Logue, Donegal Youth Service and Lorraine Thompson, Regional Director Donegal Youth Service. Photo Clive Wasson.Front from left Amanda Boyle, Shinnia McCarron, Tigen McCarron and Hannah McCarron. Back from left are Jade McKeever, Helen Simms, Re_Activ8 Programme, Mairead McElchar, Paddy Harte, IFI Board Member, and Conor Wright. Photo Clive WassonPicture Special: Donegal Youth Service celebrate ‘Re-Activ8’ success was last modified: May 21st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Youth Servicere-active8last_img read more

Another Evolutionary Statistic Is Wrong

first_imgMarine invertebrate diversity has not increased dramatically over time, contrary to conventional wisdom.  That’s the conclusion of a team of 35 researchers who spent a decade analyzing seashell fossils from around the world.    Science Daily reported the story July 7.  A week later, on July 14, Science Daily reported a follow-up story, entitled, “Disproving Conventional Wisdom On Diversity Of Marine Fossils And Extinction Rates.”  The later article featured John Alroy (UC Santa Barbara), the principal author of the paper published in Science.1  “There’s been 36 years of people arguing about this,” he said.  “And I feel we finally resolved this debate, which is certainly one of the most high profile debates in the study of diversity of the fossil record.”  95% of the fossil record consists of marine invertebrates (see ICR claim).  The abstract says,It has previously been thought that there was a steep Cretaceous and Cenozoic radiation of marine invertebrates.  This pattern can be replicated with a new data set of fossil occurrences representing 3.5 million specimens, but only when older analytical protocols are used.  Moreover, analyses that employ sampling standardization and more robust counting methods show a modest rise in diversity with no clear trend after the mid-Cretaceous.  Globally, locally, and at both high and low latitudes, diversity was less than twice as high in the Neogene as in the mid-Paleozoic.  The ratio of global to local richness has changed little, and a latitudinal diversity gradient was present in the early Paleozoic.The team painstakingly catalogued 248,816 fossils from around the world and found that things that paleontologists have been saying for 40 years may not be accurate.  Diversity reached saturation early after the Cambrian and Ordovician and remained flat, with minor excursions, over the remaining eras.    The new database suggests that there were only three, not five, mass extinctions.  The number of species recovered quickly, they said.  The sixth and last presumed extinction never happened, they claim, based on their results.    Another researcher explained the utility of the project.  She said, “If we know where we have been, we know something about where it will go.”1.  Alroy et al, “Phanerozoic Trends in the Global Diversity of Marine Invertebrates,” Science, 4 July 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5885, pp. 97-100, DOI: 10.1126/science.1156963.It’s good to know where you have been.  Where you have been, though, does not necessarily predict where you will go.  Do these researchers know the answer to such questions?    Statistics can be misleading.  Good for them that they went at it in much more detail than in previous studies.  They have falsified claims going back four decades.  That does not ipso facto “truthify” their own claims.  Because their work has an incestuous relationship with evolutionary geology and biology, any conclusions borne out have a statistically high likelihood of dementia.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more