Odds even

first_imgThe Bolts come into Game 5 carrying the momentum after winning the last two games to tie the series and would try to move on the hill as the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena here hosts the final three games of what has been the closest-fought title series of the season about to end.“We now have a series, guys,” Meralco’s Norman Black proclaimed after outlasting the Gin Kings in a close endgame for the second straight night on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMorale boost“Coming back [from 0-2] down to tie them is a big morale boost for us. But it will still be very tough moving forward.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set BOCAUE, Bulacan—Barangay Ginebra and Meralco will fight through exhaustion to gain a head start in the PBA Governors’ Cup championship that is now down to a best-of-three series.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Both will be playing without key players for the remainder of the series.Meralco’s Ranidel de Ocampo is out because of a torn calf muscle while Cone has ruled out Sol Mercado who twisted an ankle near the final buzzer of Game 4.Meralco has been successful in holding down Ginebra’s huge roster in the last two games, with its ploy of running keeping the 7-foot Greg Slaughter, the Best Player of the Conference, on the bench in the endgame.The Bolts also rode out the inspiration given by former Most Valuable Players Jay Jay Helterbrand and Mark Caguioa, who beat them here last year.“The players were just simply determined not to let them (Caguioa and Heterbrand) beat us again,” Black said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “This is the way it should be,” Ginebra counterpart Tim Cone said after the 83-85 loss where his players failed to call for a timeout with under 20 seconds remaining.“We are playing a very tough team and they have been able to exploit our weaknesses.”Tip off is at 6:30 p.m. with Meralco shooting to move ahead for the first time in the series and inch closer to the franchise’s first title.“If you asked me before the start of this series if I would be happy [being 2-2] with them at this point, I would have said yes,” Cone added.Key players missingADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Int’l body warns against Granger’s growing dictatorial powers

first_img…calls Patterson’s secret appointment an assault on democracyThe International Centre for Democracy (ICD) has called on Guyanese from all walks of life – at home and in the Diaspora – to put aside differences to work in solidarity to stop the consolidation of a dictatorship in Guyana since the country is poised to return to the pre-1992 days.The clarion call came over the weekend in response to the secret appointment of Justice (rtd) James Patterson which the ICD says “may also be interpreted as a lack of political will by the President to involve the electorate and the Opposition, in what alternatively, ought to have been a transparent process.”The ICD has since publicly called on the international community “to sanction President Granger and the Guyana Government for their blatant violation and disregard for the Constitution and for promoting dictatorship, racism and division among Guyanese.”According to the International Democracy watchdog body, “we believe that since President Granger has declined to provide a legally sound justification for having declined the three lists comprising of 18 candidates nominated by the Opposition, his sudden appointment of Justice (Retired) James Patterson to the seat is not merely undemocratic, but wholly obstructive to the principles of inclusive governance.”The body, in a missive, voiced its belief that the way the new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been appointed creates an environment of suspicion and distrust in Guyana, “a country that is already highly polarised… It also generates wider suspicion since there is still a very strong view among the Guyanese people at home and in the Diaspora that the 2015 elections were not entirely free and fair.”The International Centre for Democracy has since registered its objection and condemnation of the undemocratic process that President Granger took in appointing the GECOM Chairman saying “the unilateral appointment of Mr Patterson as GECOM’s Chairman is a crippling blow to democracy in Guyana and worse further polarise our people.”According to the ICD, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has displayed patience and conducted wide consultation with both political and civil society and that the three lists submitted by the Opposition Leader contained names of distinguished Guyanese professionals and that each of the three lists contained names of persons qualified to be the chair of GECOM.“The arbitrary rejection of the three lists of candidates submitted by the Opposition as provided for by Article 161 (2) of the Constitution breaches both the law and the spirit of the Constitution. It also demonstrates a lack of respect for well-qualified Guyanese professionals and render the appeal of the President for qualified Guyanese to return home a hallow request.”The first list of names was submitted in December last year by Jagdeo and included Major General (retd) Norman McLean; Attorney and Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram; Business Executive Ramesh Dookhoo; Governance and Conflict Resolution Specialist, Lawrence Lachmansingh: Rights Activist Ryhaan Shah; and Professor James Rose.This list was rejected by the President after the Opposition Leader submitted for consideration former appellate Judge BS Roy, former High Court Justice William Ramlall, former Magistrate and now practising Attorney Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar, and former Guyana Defence Force Captain and businessman Gerald Gouveia for the post.This was also rejected before Jagdeo on August 25, submitted a third list containing Joe Singh, a retired Guyana Defence Force Major General, who previously served as GECOM Chairman; former long-serving Magistrate Krishenndat Persaud; Attorneys Teni Housty and Sanjeev Datadin; pilot and biodiversity advocate Annette Arjoon-Martins; and Adventist pastor and agriculturalist Onesi La Fleur.Subsequent to the resignation of former GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally in February 2017, a collaborative engagement mandated by Article 160 of the Constitution was initiated between President Granger and the Leader of the Opposition, with the purpose of filling the vacant seat.Since 1992, the appointment of the Chairman has been guided by the well-known Carter formula, whereby the Leader of the Opposition chooses six candidates and the President chooses one of the candidates as the Chairman. The Carter formula has become enshrined into the Constitution and is part of the law of Guyana.During the process that started with the resignation of Dr Surujbally, President Granger changed the process, insisting that only he could determine who is “fit and proper”.He also insisted initially that all the candidates nominated by the Leader of the Opposition must be a person who was a Judge or a person qualified to be a Judge.The ICD has since observed that not only has the President unilaterally changed the requirements, he ignored the ruling of the Chief Justice, a ruling that confirmed the President was acting in contravention of the Constitution.The Chief Justice had provided a ruling after a citizen asked the courts for an interpretation of the constitutional requirement for selecting the Chairman.The International Center for Democracy maintains that the rigid adherence to the formula and the process is critical to generate confidence and trust in the electoral process.“The behaviour of the President in disavowing both the Carter formula and the Constitution is an assault on Guyana’s democracy… The assault is even more egregious since the Chief Justice of Guyana offered the courts interpretation that was consistent with the practice since 1992 and with how the Leader of the Opposition today and in all instances in the past interpreted the Constitution,” the international body stated.last_img read more

LNG too perilous for offshore site

first_imgThe Southern California coast is one of our greatest gifts from Mother Nature. From surfing and boating to just hanging out at the beach, the coast provides recreation and respite for families, and draws visitors from every part of the world, fueling the region’s economy. Now our irreplaceable Southern California coast may be at risk. The world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton, has proposed building a massive Liquefied Natural Gas complex just off the Southern California coast. If this project is approved, BHP Billiton would build a floating terminal for supertankers bringing LNG from foreign countries. To hold the 72 million gallons of LNG delivered by the supertankers, the complex would include three storage tanks rising 160 feet out of the sea. From the storage tanks, two pipelines would be laid across the ocean floor for 22 miles before they reach land. I understand the need to seek alternative sources of energy as our state grows. But BHP Billiton’s proposal carries a risk we can’t afford to take. BHP Billiton assures us that this huge offshore complex would be perfectly safe. But this unproven technology would be put into practice for the first time off our coast at Oxnard and Malibu. Liquefied Natural Gas should not be confused with the natural gas that many of us use in our homes. LNG is a concentrated form of natural gas and can burn at extremely high temperatures. Because of its massive size, an accident or terrorist attack at the BHP Billiton processing plant could create a flash fire that would burn out of control. A blaze that involved only two of the three planned storage tanks could produce a fire extending more than 7 miles, according to safety experts. In February, the federal Government Accountability Office declared that LNG safety studies are inadequate and we need to know more about LNG transport and processing. Despite assurances of safety, large-scale explosions at LNG facilities have happened in the past. Just two years ago, an LNG pipeline in Nigeria sprung a leak that ignited and caused the pipeline to explode. The resulting fire consumed 16.5 square miles before it was extinguished — after 48 hours of firefighting. If we were going to trust a company to experiment with this new technology, the first thing we should do is look at its safety record. Let’s take a look at BHP Billiton. In the Gulf of Mexico, BHP Billiton promised residents that its natural gas platform was hurricane proof. So what happened to that natural gas platform during Hurricane Rita in 2005? It was torn from its moorings and drifted for more than 100 miles before coming to rest, upside down. Fully 43 percent of the goods imported into America travel through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Just a few days’ delay in the movement of goods can cost our businesses millions. The proposed BHP Billiton LNG complex off our coast is just too risky. There are proven alternatives to meeting our energy needs. Energy conservation, solar energy, wind power and vast quantities of geothermal power — available right here in California — along with existing natural gas supplies can meet California’s energy needs.— Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, is a member of the California Assembly. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mason signs new long-term Tottenham contract

first_img1 Ryan Mason Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has signed a new five-and-a-half year contract.The 23-year-old’s previous deal had been due to expire at the end of next season but he has now committed his future to the north London club until 2020.Mason, who came through Spurs’ academy, has had to bide his time before being given the chance to make an impact for the first team.He spent spells on loan at numerous clubs, including Yeovil, Doncaster and Swindon, before finally being handed his Premier League debut by boss Mauricio Pochettino against Arsenal in September.Since then he has become a key part of Pochettino’s side, and has played 18 times in all competitions so far this season.last_img

IT WON’T ‘YURT’ YOU TO VISIT DONEGAL’S NEWEST TOURIST DESTINATION

first_imgSean Coll and Helen Haworth who have developed Portsalon Luxury Camping on a beautiful location in Portsalon overlooking Ballymastocker Bay.Tucked away on a hillside overlooking the spectacular Ballymastocker Bay, Donegal’s newest tourist destination – Portsalon Luxury Camping – is home to the county’s first yurt site and it all came about thanks to a chance meeting at a music festival in England that led to love! Yurts are wooden framed, canvas-covered structures that originate in Mongolia, but the owners of Portsalon Luxury camping Helen Haworth and Sean Coll, found themselves living in one on their own site in Portsalon a few years ago, and from there the idea of developing the tourist attraction grew.Helen was brought up in Shrewsbury in England before moving to Leeds but after meeting Sean at a music festival and experiencing the long-distance relationship thing for a while – (because Sean was living in Portsalon), she had to make a choice. “We visited each other every weekend we could manage for a while and quickly decided we would like to be together.“I loved inner city Leeds with its colourful and crazy characters and the constant buzz of activity but I had been there a long time and along with the vibrancy of the inner city came all of the dark side too.“I was tiring of it and craving a more peaceful existence.“Sean was also the main carer for his mother who lives in Portsalon, so when we had to choose between Leeds and Donegal, there was only going to be one winner,” said Helen. Sean had inherited a site once owned by his granddad that had passed through the family in Portsalon and although he had lived there for a while, he had moved away for a number of years and spent time working in Stoke and London before his return.The house on the site had been left to the elements for a number of years, but when Helen decided to come to live in Donegal they began to think about renovations.“We initially stayed in a rented property in Letterkenny but wanted to be as close to the site as possible when the work was being done.However, Sean didn’t want to live in a caravan during the renovation as he had done this as a 10-year old-boy when he arrived in Portsalon from Glasgow.“I had seen yurts years ago at an environmental centre in Yorkshire and loved them and we had also seen them at festivals. “So, we decided on a yurt, bought a build your own yurt book on Amazon and went about building our own to stay in during the renovation.Specialist local carpenter Andrew Gibbons helped Sean and Helen with the wooden frame and Helen sewed the canvas on a small sewing machine to make the first yurt on their fabulous site.And, it was while living there during the house renovations, that the couple first had ideas about renting it out to make some money after they had finished the renovation.Those plans soon took on a whole new life. To sound out the idea at the start, Helen attended a Big Step event hosted by Donegal County Enterprise Board, moved on to a Start your Own Business Course and then took a place on Donegal’s first Discovery Zone programme where she really tested the idea to the limits.“It was tough and challenging – particularly as throughout the course we were living in a yurt with no electric – no broadband – and no water!However Donegal County Enterprise Board were amazingly supportive and allowed use of their offices etc.Discovery Zone left me with a good robust business plan and the presentations mid and end definitely put forward our idea to some important contacts.The plan to maybe rent out one yurt also became a much bigger and much more viable enterprise than it ever had been.Among the contacts made at those Discovery Zone presentations were staff members from Donegal Local Development Company.The project was then funded by DLDC Ltd under the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2007-2013 and with that assistance and grant aid – and a lot of perseverance from Helen and Sean – Portsalon Luxury Camping became a reality and already guests have been flocking to the site.“We’ve had all sorts of setbacks along the way but we just kept going and stuck at it and we now have five luxurious Yurts (four of them constructed by LPM Bohemia) on a breath-taking site.In keeping with the natural beauty of the surroundings, guests can enjoy fresh salad and herbs in season from the garden and fresh eggs from the hens on the site, but of course there are luxurious amenities as well including brand new toilet and shower facilities, a beautiful new kitchen/lounge for guests and even free wi-fi.Some of the first guests have hailed from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada, Germany, Dublin and Inishowen and the site has received terrific reviews on Tripadvisor.“People are very interested and they are keen to see something different and unusual doing well in the area.“To let everyone know what the place is like we are holding an open day on Saturday 28th June from 2pm-5pm so people can call and have a look around some of the Yurts and the site, Sean said.He added that more information about the site can also be found on their website www.portsalonluxurycamping.com or by finding them on Facebook and Twitter.IT WON’T ‘YURT’ YOU TO VISIT DONEGAL’S NEWEST TOURIST DESTINATION was last modified: June 25th, 2014 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:AttractionsBusinessFeaturesnewstouristYurtlast_img read more

Chelsea and Manchester United set to miss out on signing Serie A superstar

first_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star However, the Serie A giants are keen to tie the 25-year-old down to a new deal to ward off interest from abroad.Manchester United and Chelsea have all linked with Icardi for the past year and a failure to commit his long-term future to the club has led to speculation he could leave the club.And now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, both parties seem to have reached an agreement and confirmation of a new contract for the striker should be announced in the coming days. 2 Latest Transfer News The report states that Inter have offered Icardi a £5million per-year deal, which would tie him down until 2023. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 targets targets Man United and Chelsea look set to miss out on the striking sensation The Argentine has bagged 100 league goals for Inter in just 147 appearances since joining from Sampdoria back in 2013.After Cristiano Ronaldo signed a bumper deal with champions Juventus, expect there to be more contract negotiations between big clubs and their prized assets.A report by Gazzetta dello Sport reveals the Portuguese superstar has a net salary of €31million – €20million more than nearest competitor AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Icardi is yet to score from his two Serie A appearances this season Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Mauro Icardi is set to snub interest from Manchester United and Chelsea and sign a contract extension with Inter Milan, according to reports.The Argentina striker, who was left out of the World Cup squad for their ill-fated tournament in Russia, has three years left on his £4million-a-year deal at the San Siro. RANKED IN DEMAND last_img read more

FITNESS FANATIC MICHAEL PLANNING CHRISTMAS MORNING 5K

first_imgFITNESS guru Michael Black likes to build up an appetite for his Christmas turkey.So he has organised a “light jog” 5k for Christmas morning – leaving the old Dunnes in Letterkenny at 9.30am.So if you NEED to get out of the house tomorrow morning and fancy a jog, you can join him there. Michael, who helps run Optimal Fitness in the town, has included fitness elements to all of his Christmas….including his shopping.This is what he wrote on Christmas Eve in his Facebook page…….Xmas shopping done today on my bike. Benefit 1. No traffic jams. Benefit 2. Get fit as you shop. Benefit 3. As you shop you carry more which makes you work harder =harder workout =fitter you. Benefit 4. Rucksack gets heavier as you buy so you spend less =result. So next year get your bike out,strap on your rucksack and have a hassle free xmas shop. FITNESS FANATIC MICHAEL PLANNING CHRISTMAS MORNING 5K was last modified: December 24th, 2013 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:5kChristmas Day runletterkennyoptimal fitnesslast_img read more

DONEGAL SNUBBED AGAIN AS NOT A SINGLE TOWN NAMED IN ‘TOURISM AWARDS’

first_imgGlenties: Home of the MacGill Summer School and this weekend’s famous Harvest FairDONEGAL’S towns and villages have been completely excluded in new tourism awards announced by Tourism Ireland.Not a single place in our county was deemed good enough to make a shortlist announced by the organisation.There was no place for Bundoran, Letterkenny or Buncrana despite all three large towns pulling in tens of thousands of tourists every year. And other smaller towns which have scooped tourism awards in the past like Ardara and Glenties didn’t make the shortlist either.With the Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland has finally put Donegal on the tourism map as visitor numbers increase to this county.But when it comes to handing out the gongs, it appears Kerry is cleaning up again.Two overall winners will share the ultimate accolade of Ireland’s top Tourism Town – for the Best Large Town and Best Small Town – when the winners are chose in November. The shortlisted towns are:Ardmore, Waterford [small town]Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim [small town]Glengarriff, Cork [small town]Kinsale, Cork [small town]Lismore, Waterford [small town]Portmagee, Kerry [small town]Killarney, Kerry [large town]Cobh, Cork [large town]Westport, Mayo [large town]Kilkenny, Kilkenny [large town]The awards began in 2012, when Portmagee, Co. Kerry was crowned the inaugural winner, with Kilkenny taking honour last year.This year there are two awards to include Best Large Town and Best Small Town.As part of their shortlisting, the selected towns have already been subject to a series of unannounced inspections from a team of independent ‘secret shoppers’.But not a single town in Donegal made the shortlist. Minister of State for Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring, said: “This award is all about recognising those Irish towns, villages and communities which are putting their weight behind tourism and working hard to make their town even more attractive for tourists.“Tourism performance in Ireland has always been underpinned by the friendliness and hospitality of the people and it is truly fitting that we have an award scheme to recognise that vital input. I hope that the towns and villages shortlisted today will be an inspiration for other communities around Ireland.”WHAT do you think?Let us know via comments below or on Facebook and Twitter. DONEGAL SNUBBED AGAIN AS NOT A SINGLE TOWN NAMED IN ‘TOURISM AWARDS’ was last modified: September 9th, 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:ArdarabuncranabundoranGlentiesletterkennyTourism Irelandlast_img read more

BRAVE MARIA’S HEAD WILL BE IN THE CLOUDS FOR HER 21ST!

first_imgA young Manorcunningham woman is to celebrate her 21st birthday – by doing a charity skydive for suicide prevention.Maria BonnarMaria Bonnar will turn 21 on July 4th next.And she will spent part of it with her head literally in the clouds to raise funds for Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland. “Youth suicide is something which has hit our small county of Donegal hard over the past few years. Many families in Donegal have been affected by the loss of a young loved one due to youth suicide.“The money raised by this skydive will help to fund education and helpline services to prevent this for our future youth,” said Maria.The link to my donation page is : http://skydive.yspi.eu/my-account/profile/1514?search=1BRAVE MARIA’S HEAD WILL BE IN THE CLOUDS FOR HER 21ST! was last modified: June 20th, 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:donegalmanorcunninghamMaria BonnarSkydiveSUICIDElast_img read more

Have you seen Roxy?

first_imgA beloved family’s pet dog has gone missing in the Manorcunningham area.Roxy is mixing since yesterday and she’s a Bichon Frise and Jack Russell mix.She is wearing a neon green hardness and she’s microchipped. She was last seen in the Corky area of Manor. If you see her please contact Gerard on 087 4130771.Her family are very anxious to get her back safe and sound.UPDATED: Roxy has been found safe and well and will be getting a bath tonight!Have you seen Roxy? was last modified: June 17th, 2019 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) Tags:DOGmissing Manorcunninghamlast_img read more