Warriors, Steel forge huge upsets

first_imgGeneral Santos City and Basilan, two teams from the Mindanao region, pulled off shocking victories over their more fancied rivals to boost their playoff aspirations in the MPBL Datu Cup.The GenSan Warriors overcame a sloppy first half to turn back the Bulacan Kuyas-Mighty Sports, 56-43, at JRU Gym in Mandaluyong.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Held to an all-time low 12 points at the half, the Warriors, who are supported by Golden State College, worked double time on the defensive end and limited the Kuyas to only 20 points in the second half.General Santos forged a four-way tie for fourth to seventh spots along with Zamboanga, Bacoor and Laguna in the Southern Division at 4-4.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 ChrissBasilan completed the night of upsets with a 70-68 squeaker over Mandaluyong, which lost at home for the first time in the tournament.It was the fourth win in nine games for the Steel, who dealt the El Tigre their second loss in eight matches. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Journeyman Lee Gwan Hee says PBA stint helped his career Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Flooding, Garbage, Clogged Drainages: Monrovia’s Age-Old Challenges

first_imgPerennial flooding, garbage pollution and clogged drainages have become age-old challenges for residents of Monrovia.Every year during the Rainy Season, residents of over crowded slums and other communities in and around Monrovia endure hardships as a result of flooding, coupled with unattended garbage.The majority of Monrovia’s residents and business entities are built in flood plains that play host to continuous flood water and countless breeding places for mosquitoes and other harmful insects.Most of the drainages in and around Monrovia lie open, narrow and un-concreted. They constantly need sustained rehabilitation and expansion in order to cope with the volume of waste that go through them.The epi-centers of flood water are the crowded slums and deprived communities where structures are built without engineering consultations and designs.Touring three major slum settlements in Monrovia earlier this week, volumes of flood water and piles of garbage were seen filling streets and clogged drainages.Buzzy Quarters, Doe Community and West Point were flooded with dirty water and garbage.The general facial expressions of residents and business people in the affected communities reflected anger, frustration, resentment and dissatisfaction due to their present conditions.Sadly, at the Rally Time Market on United Nations Drive, a stone’s throw from Buzzy Quarters, cook-shops and mini restaurants were in business a few yards from one clogged drainage, which played host to flies, cockroaches and other harmful insects.In that same community around the Rally Time Market, latrine facilities constructed by aid agencies and private entities exist, but in unsanitary conditions.A handful of charcoal sellers in the Rally Time Market, expressed shock and disappointment about the odor emanating from the garbage dumped there three weeks ago.“This stink dirt and water at this Rally Time Market continues to make us sick all the time because the sanitation companies are not clearing the rotten garbage regularly from this big dumpsite,” Charcoal seller Martha Wesseh said.A 54-year-old cook-shop operator, Esther B. Sackie, also told the Daily Observer that her business is losing customers everyday due to the unsanitary conditions of the Rally Time Market.She explained that flies and other harmful insects and rodents such as rats and cockroaches are “regular visitors” to her shop.This story has not changed since last year, or the year before, and may likely not change next year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GECOM officials’ response is disappointing, disturbing

first_imgDear Editor,It is with a sense of optimism that hundreds of thousands of citizens across Guyana welcomes the representatives from the Carter Centre to Guyana. The global role of this organisation in advancing democracy is widely recognised and appreciated. It will be recalled that the organisation played a significant mediating role prior to 1992, in the re-establishment of a framework for an acceptable democratic environment after 28 years of PNC dictatorship.With Guyana’s deteriorating internal and external image hurtling towards the doldrums, the timing of the visit gives testimony to the international attention being given and the need to quell and emerging monster. It also emphasises the broad negative impact that will likely accrue for our relationships with other states if the posture adopted by the fallen APNU/AFC regime is continued.The pronouncements on the historic no-confidence motion of December 21, 2018, is significant. The antics and actions of the Granger clique following the carried motion, are outright obstructive, dictatorial, and nothing but a power-driven quest that has no legal basis. Both the Judicial and Legislative arms of our three-tiered system of Government ruled in favour of the mandatory holding of General and Regional Elections within the constitutionally stated time-bound period of 90 days.Although this period is subject to an extension if approved by 75 per cent of the members that constitute the Legislature (Parliament), there has been no move by the fallen Granger clan, to address the option. Indeed, they must be acutely aware of the wicked indelible wounds they have inflicted and imprinted on so many citizens in such a short time.Instead, there is a heightened state of lawlessness being advance by the de facto President, David Granger, and his now illegal Cabinet. It is of significant relevance that the ruling of Chief Justice stipulated that the Cabinet stands resigned immediately after the passing of the no-confidence motion. Her Honour Justice George also correctly stated that it was outside of the jurisdiction of the courts to grant an extended time.The de facto President and his cohorts have signalled and taken actions to defy the ruling of our High Court although there is no stay of obligatory performance. Mr Granger’s vehement refusal to announce a date for the imminent elections at the time of writing constitutes a flagrant disregard for Guyana’s most supreme law.This damming position serves to catalyse a system of mayhem and ultimate anarchy because if there is no rule of law for the Government, none of our citizens will be rule-bound in behaviour and survival.It is just not business as usual Mr Granger, you are creating a conundrum of machinations and chaos, which only serve to uncover the characteristic innate nature that two-thirds of the PNC displayed during their 28 years of dictatorial strife and rule in Guyana.The role of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) then, was as much a significant contributing factor as it is now. It was a period when being recognised as a Guyanese in many parts of the world was disadvantageous to any citizen’s advancement. It required international interventions and amendments to the then legislation before the People’s Progressive Party and the citizens of this country achieved and earned hard-won democracy in 1992. It was only then that rebuilding a sense of recognition and esteem began.Sad to say, the behaviour of some leading GECOM officials at this critical juncture is indeed disappointing and very disturbing. To put it mildly, most civil thinking persons would agree that these leading officials seem to be acting as pimps in this illegal ‘prostitutional’ assault of Guyanese citizens by Granger and his henchmen.It is very obvious that public confidence in GECOM is eroding at an exponential rate.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

August 2nd Gold Panning Pictures

first_imgA couple of people take part in the Adult Metal Detecting event at Peace Island Park.                                                                                                      Picture: Amber DavyTaylor Mayor Fred Jarvis (right) and Andy Ackerman (left) face off against each other in the Celebrity Event.                                                                                                       Picture: Amber DavyWorld famous gold panner “Yukon” Dan competes in the Class “A” Gold Panning Championships.- Advertisement –                                                                                                                  Picture: Amber DavyFred Jarvis presents Melanie Robinson the trophy for placing 1st in the Media Event.                                                                                                              Picture: Amber DavyAll of the competetors from the Class “A” Championships gather for a group shot. Scott Rea (front middle) recieved first place. Fred Jarvis recieves second place and Stephane Titley (right of Scott Rea) gets third.                                                                                            Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

‘There’s a lot at stake’ – Slaven Bilic expecting Upton Park classic on Saturday

first_img1 Slaven Bilic West Ham boss Slaven Bilic admits Saturday’s clash with Arsenal could make or break both teams’ season.The Hammers need a victory to stay in the hunt for a place in the top four as they bid to secure Champions League football for the first time.Facing them are an Arsenal side who require all three points to cling on to any realistic hopes of staying in the title race, while defeat would bring their own top-four credentials into question.Bilic’s side remain in the FA Cup but his league ambitions, which have grown loftier as the season has progressed, could suffer a fatal blow with defeat by the Gunners.“It’s a big game, a London derby first of all,” he said.“The season is approaching an end and it’s very important for them and for us. We are both fighting, either for a place in Europe or, from their point of view, they are trying to be champions.“They still have a chance on paper, but they admit they need to win all their games.“There’s a lot at stake. We also need points to stay in the race for the top four, five or six.”West Ham are unbeaten in their last 13 matches at Upton Park and are looking to complete the double over Arsenal, having won 2-0 win at the Emirates on the opening day of the season.They received a major boost ahead of the clash after Cheikhou Kouyate’s red card, for his lunging challenge on Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle last weekend, was overturned ensuring the midfielder is available.“It was a good, proper decision to overrule it,” added Bilic. “I said straight after the game it was obviously never a red card.“It’s nice to be unbeaten at home. I didn’t know it was 13 games but that just shows we approach every game as a single game.“We know we have a good home record, that is why we are high in the table.“Our form and our position in the table makes us quite confident. That first game was ages ago but it’s nice to know that we played them this season and beat them 2-0.“We are at home, we are confident, so it should be a great game.”last_img read more


first_imgThe dance crew which features many well-known faces!Clg Gaoth Dobhair recently came up with an idea to stage a simple dance show.They recruited 28 dancers from the local area to help them put on a show to help raise money for the club.Tickets were like gold dust and the show was so good as was the feed back from the public, that a second night has been arranged for Friday 24th of April. The show will make donations to local charities including St Vincent De Paul, Aras Gaoth Dobhair and the Little Angels.Tickets, which again promise to turn into gold-dust, are now on sale in Derrybeg post office and also will be on sale at the Clg Gaoth Dobhair game today (SUN)  in Magheragallon.The show itself is called Cosa in Airde and you won’t be disappointed!     DANCERS TO LIGHT-FOOT IT ONE MORE TIME FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR GAA CLUB was last modified: April 19th, 2015 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) Tags:dance nightdonegalGAAGaoth Dobhairlast_img read more


first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin County Councillor and VEC member Education Jack Murray has said that the significant difficulties in the processing of third level grant applications by the recently established Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) is at crisis point.Cllr Murray was commenting after his party obtained statistics from the Department of Education and Skills which showed that 52,430 student applications were still waiting to be processed through the online SUSI system.Cllr Murray also stated that he and his colleagues have been contacted by a number of students who because they are still awaiting payment of their grant may be forced to drop out of college, while many cannot fully enrol and access college libraries and other facilities. “The SUSI online application system has been a disaster.  Tens of thousands of students have been left in dire straits as they await payment of their third level grant.“I am aware of a number of cases where students cannot fully enrol without their grant. Now through no fault of their own they cannot access library and other college facilities. Others are even worried that they have to drop out of college altogether due to the financial stress they have been put under.“Sinn Féin welcomed the SUSI system whenever it was first launched in June, but we also made clear that it would have to be properly resourced in order to provide an adequate service. The backlog of thousands of unprocessed applications, the apparent lack of training for staff and the difficulties in getting answers when contacting SUSI are much more than initial teething problems.“It is now time Education Minister Ruairí Quinn intervened directly to ensure this integrated on-line system, which was supposed to make the process of applying for a grant a good deal easier, can make the outstanding payments immediately. “The failure of SUSI has already had serious consequences for students and their families unacceptable that its serious flaws could force people out of college at a time when higher education is so important for our long-term prosperity.” STUDENTS BEING ‘FORCED OUT OF COLLEGE’ BECAUSE OF GRANT FIASCO – MURRAY was last modified: November 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:STUDENTS BEING ‘FORCED OUT OF COLLEGE’ BECAUSE OF GRANT FIASCO – MURRAYlast_img read more

Cloughaneely appoints Ireland’s first Irish Language Planning Officer

first_imgA Donegal gaeltacht area has become the first region in Ireland to appoint an Irish Language planning Officer. Micheal Mac Aoidh was unveiled on Tuesday as the Irish Language Planning Officer for the Cloughaneely region by Coiste Pleanála Teanga Cloich Cheann Fhaola at a special event in Falcarragh.Mr. Mac Aoidh was appointed under the Language Planning Scheme, which has been set up to halt the decline in the Irish language in the Gaeltacht and to increase its usage, status and visibility. Language plans will be implemented in 26 different language-planning regions throughout the Gaeltacht regions.Micheal, who is originally from Galway city, but whose father was from a well-known family in Marble Hill, Port na Blagh is a graduate of NUIG and spent the last 10 years working with Údarás na Gaeltachta as the Arts Officer for the Donegal Gaeltacht.Prior to that, Micheal worked across the television and arts industries in a variety of administrative, management and advisory roles, including a period as Head of Stage Management with TG4´s flagship drama, Ros na Rún.Mr. MacAoidh also spent two years working with a publishing company in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has also published a play as Gaeilge and is well regarded in Irish language theatre circles. Mr. Mac Aoidh is married to a Brazilian national, Ines Quintanilha and they live with their son, Frederico in Crolly. In his role as language planning officer, Mr. Mac Aoidh will be tasked with implementing Cloughaneely´s Irish Language plan and with encouraging new language based enterprises and activities.The area under his responsibility covers Falcarragh, Gort an Choirce, Dunlewy, Magheroarty and outlying areas. To assist theCoiste Pleanála Teanga Cloich Cheann Fhaola, the organisation responsible for implementing the plan, an allocation of €100,000 has been provided by Minister McHugh´s department over a 12 month period. Údarás na Gaeltachta are the agency responsible for ensuring the language planning process is implemented.Speaking at Tuesday´s announcement, Mr Mac Aoidh said: “I am delighted to be taking up this new and exciting opportunity. Although, the language planning process will be complicated and challenging, I believe the ingredients are in place for Cloughaneely to succeed. Cloughaneely´s language planning committee is very strong, proactive and energetic. A strong community spirit exists in the area and there is great pride in the language and culture. Furthermore, the people of Cloughaneely recognise the opportunities the language presents.  This pride and spirit can help us achieve the goals set out in the plan.”Mr Mac Aoidh will officially take up his new post at the end of August. Cloughaneely appoints Ireland’s first Irish Language Planning Officer was last modified: July 26th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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

Formula One to implement ‘halo’ protection device from 2018

first_imgFormula One will introduce the ‘halo’ cockpit protection system from next year, the sport’s governing body, the FIA, said on Wednesday.The FIA said in a statement that it had tested a large number devices over the past five years and it had “become clear that the halo presents the best overall safety performance”.The decision to implement the ‘halo’ comes less than a week after a transparent cockpit ‘shield’ was tested for the first time on track at Silverstone last Friday in British Grand Prix practice.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel said the transparent open canopy made him feel dizzy.Cockpit protection has become a priority since the deaths of drivers in other series after being hit by wheels and flying debris.The ‘halo’, which is fixed at three points including a central pillar in front of the driver that supports a protective loop above his head, was extensively tested last season with a mixed response. The appearance of the device also drew criticism.The FIA said in January the net safety benefit had been established but a decision needed to be made about the aesthetics and whether such a system was right for Formula One.The FIA said in Wednesday’s statement that certain features of the halo’s design would be further enhanced with the support of the teams.last_img read more

Knicks Roll, Beat Sixers, 98-91

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares PHILADELPHIA — Led by Carmelo Anthony, New York is at last on the right kind of streak.Anthony had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers 98-91 on Jan. 21.The worst team in the Eastern Conference is suddenly on a hot streak. New York snapped its 16-game losing streak Jan. 19 with a win against New Orleans and made it two straight with the victory against the lowly Sixers.The Knicks won consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 30-Nov. 2.“Guys are still having fun with the game and not letting our record keep us down,” Anthony said. “We’re still enjoying the game of basketball.”The Sixers’ eight wins are only one more than New York’s total, and each team is battling to better its odds to win the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery.Knicks President Phil Jackson tried to tell Knicks fans better times were ahead by building around Anthony. The Sixers started the season on a 17-game losing streak and have been open about a rebuilding process that included holding a bounty of draft picks.The teams instead played in game that was billed as “Tank Bowl.”Sixers rookie center Nerlens Noel was sent home with an illness and their 2014 No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid has not played this season.New York (92.7) and Philadelphia (90.0) entered at the bottom of the league in scoring averages and labored to even crack 80 in this one until a surge in the final minutes.The Knicks let a 14-point lead be sliced to three on Michael Carter-Williams’ fast-break layup with 7 minutes left. MCW — as he’s known around the league — had 25 points by that time but it came on 9 of 23 shooting. He finished with 27.“I was just trying to keep us in the game,” Carter-Williams said. “I was trying to keep it close and hopefully at the end we could squeeze it out.”Not this time.Carter-Williams had one less option on offense with Noel out with the upper respiratory infection. Noel griped after a Jan. 19 blowout loss at Washington that the offense had become stagnant and the Sixers have “to be able to reward our big guys.”Coach Brett Brown said passing always remained a point of emphasis, though the responsibility, “will always be dropped on the point guard’s doorstep.”He also downplayed any hint of a rift between two of Philadelphia’s projected cornerstones.“It’s two friends trying to figure it out. It’s healthy,” Brown said. “These guys, they amazingly get along and coexist on buses and locker rooms and all that. Just sometimes, they don’t pass to each other. They’re so tunnel visioned, it’s not that they’re selfish.”Both the Knicks and 76ers insist they are not tanking, fielding a noncompetitive roster in hopes of bettering the odds for high draft picks and potential franchise players. The likely prize this year is Duke center Jahlil Okafor.Anthony opened the second half with consecutive 3s that helped the Knicks build a 61-47 lead. Robert Covington pulled the Sixers to 91-87 on a 3-pointer with 1:30 left that at least ensured that the few thousand fans that turned out would get a competitive finish.Langston Galloway, who starred at nearby Saint Joseph’s, ended the threat of a comeback with a 3 from the corner that made it 96-89 and produced a nice roar from the Knicks fans that always make the short trip to Philly.“I had to get one up real quick and it went down for me,” Galloway said.(DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more