first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Red Lions zoomed to their ninth straight win and improved to a league-best 15-1 record while the eliminated Chiefs languish at the sixth seed with a 5-11 card.The defending champions were in the mood for a quick win, setting the tone as early as the first quarter by taking a 22-15 lead.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 ChrissSan Beda then amped it up in the second quarter, outscoring the Chiefs 16-8 to take a 38-23 lead heading into the break and never relented.Despite getting the incentive, Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez stressed to his team that they are far from done, with Final Four teams Lyceum and University of Perpetual still on their schedule. MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone crushed over death of triangle offense architect Tex Wintercenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We just have to be ready, we consider every game as a playoff game,” said Fernandez. “We’re happy that we achieved our goal to get to the top two, we just have to be ready.”Javee Mocon led the Red Lions with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Robert Bolick had 11 points, five rebounds, and nine assists.Dariel Bayla put up 12 points and six rebounds for Arellano.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments San Beda took the easy way to its twice-to-beat bonus after toying with Arellano University, 90-52, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

first_imgThe Trackers will play in two games next weekend. They’ll host the Peace River Royals on Friday night, then venture out on the road in Grande Prairie Sunday afternoon. The Trackers got off to a nice start in the game scoring just 22 seconds in. They held a 3-0 lead before the Thunder scored one of their own with 2:43 remaining.Any doubt about the outcome of the game was erased in the second period. The Trackers scored six unanswered goals to lead 9-1 heading into the third frame.The Trackers scored early again, this time 36 seconds into the third. They’d add one more to wrap up their scoring in the game. Big Lakes netted three of their own to make the final 11-4.- Advertisement -Scoring in the contest were Kole Comin (3), Dustin Bahm (2), Aiden Tegart, Nolan Lagace, Clayton Lepine, Brad Dixon, Kelsey Young, and Mathew Apsassin.Sunday’s game was a much different story. There was no scoring in the first, and the Thunder opened the scoring just over two minutes into the second. The Trackers responded with three unanswered goals to lead 3-1.As the final period began things started to unravel for the Trackers. The Thunder took the lead with three goals in the opening 10 minutes. The Trackers tied the game with 9:54 left, however Big Lakes got two goals in the final five minutes to take the 6-4 win.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A local group trying to get its pro-LNG message heard through a petition to support Pacific NorthWest LNG has received 500 signatures from people who support the project.The group FSJ for LNG was at Home Hardware on Saturday to gather signatures. Founder Alan Yu said he wasn’t too surprised by the reactions he received, though he was please to see the number of people who signed their petition exceed their expectations.“They were immediately on board,” he said. “They see the value of liquefied natural gas, and how important it is to Fort St. John.”- Advertisement -The group is also encouraging others who support the project to write in to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency during the public comment period of PNW LNG’s review. The deadline for comments — which can be sent by email at GNLPacificNorthWestLNG@ceaa-acee.gc.ca — is March 11, 2016.Just one week ago, the group had about 300 members on Facebook. Today, it has over 1,400.Their campaign has spread to other cities, and now Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Prince George also hosts their own local pro-LNG groups. Those groups alone have almost 1,700 members altogether.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTevez, who has previously suggested he would look to leave after the season, flew to Buenos Aires this week for treatment on a muscle injury.The trip has fuelled suspicions that he may not return, though the Chinese Super League (CSL) club told AFP this week Tevez was expected back by the end of the month.Shanghai Shenhua made Tevez one of the best-paid players in the world when they signed him in January from Boca Juniors on reported weekly wages of around 730,000 euros ($850,000).But the former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus star has failed to settle and has been christened by supporters and media in China as “Very Homesick Boy” — a play on how his name is pronounced in Chinese.The label is also an apparent reference to Tevez’s falling-out with then-City boss Roberto Mancini, when Tevez refused to warm up as a substitute in the last moments of a Champions League match against Bayern Munich in September 2011.Tevez flew back to Argentina and considered retiring, before eventually returning to England in February 2012.Many football fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, criticised Tevez.“He won’t need to come back in person. I’ll deliver his luggage to logistics companies,” said one posting.“Tevez shamelessly went back to Argentina. Don’t ever come back,” said another.“Shenhua’s highest-paid yet worst foreign player. As a Shenhua fan since 1994, the club’s management this season is the worst ever,” added another.Shenhua say that a break in the CSL season made it a good opportunity for Tevez to seek rehabilitation back in Argentina and that the decision to let him go was made after discussions between the player and the club’s medical team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Carlos Tevez was hailed a hero when he arrived at Shanghai Shenhua earlier this year on a reported $850,000-a-week, but with only two goals all season, the Argentine has been a disappointment to Chinese fans © AFP/File / STRSHANGHAI, China, Aug 18 – Chinese football fans and media are urging underperforming Carlos Tevez not to return from a trip to Argentina, nicknaming him “Very Homesick Boy” as speculation swirls that he wants out of China.The 33-year-old Argentine former international has been a flop since moving this year to Shanghai Shenhua on a fat salary, scoring only twice, missing half the games through injury and having his commitment repeatedly questioned by fans.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi reacts during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 19, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 29 – Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi subtly criticized Posta Rangers’ style of play during their 2-1 victory at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, saying they were forced to defend too many long balls and long throws.The Slum Boys had scored twice through Kevin Kimani and Cliff Nyakeya in either half before Posta made for a nervous end in the final 15 minutes with a goal from Dennis Ongeri. Posta attacked with balls dipped into the Mathare area and long throws delivered from Wesley Onguso which sometimes brought in some nerves, but Kimanzi’s men managed to hold on.“It was a tough game because the opponent plays in a difficult way defensively. When you have a team that plays every ball in the air it becomes very difficult to defend but I am lucky we were more composed showed some maturity and more important got the three points,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport after the match.He added; “In such a scrappy game you expect to get opportunities through set pieces and kill the game and if you have players with that quality you use everything that is in your possession. We were prepared to attack and also defend set pieces,”Mathare United keeper David Okello makes a save from a long throw during their Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 29, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“As you saw we were comfortable defending some throw balls I haven’t seen before. We were articulate in our own set pieces. We had few and from two of them we scored.”Nonetheless, the tactician was pleased with the three points that kept them unbeaten this season.“It’s a good progression especially this win coming in the festive period and it is some new environment that we are adapting to.  I think it’s a good job from the players and they deserve to win. This is a Christmas present for all of us,” Kimanzi opined.With the victory, Mathare moved top of the standings with 10 points, same as Western Stima who are also unbeaten but have scored fewer goals. The slum boys have won thrice and drawn once in their opening four games of the campaign.The slum boys have replicated the start they had last season when they started the season strong, but one lesson Kimanzi picked up is to ensure they don’t let their feet off the gas pedals.“You have to analyze on where it went wrong; whether technical or tactical but we know it is more of a mental issue and we have to push more,” the tactician opined.Mathare United midfielder Kevin Kimani during the team’s Kenyan Premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on December 19, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedOne figure that has been at the centre of the side’s brilliant start is midfielder Kevin Kimani who made a return to Mathare after a short stint with Sofapaka.Kimani skippered Mathare in the 2011 season when he was named player of the year with his impressive stats and he seems to be rolling back the years on his return to the side with two goals and three assists under his belt so far.He scored the first for Mathare against Posta and played a role in the second with another delivery off a freekick.Kimanzi has admitted that the pint-sized attacking midfielder has added some spice into his side and has tipped him to do more.“Offensively he brings in a lot and sometimes you need clever players who are quick and they bring with them some good statistics. Last season he didn’t play many matches but he had 10 assists and five goals so he is already building on that. That’s one of the reasons we brought him plus he also brings in some committed experience,” Kimanzi further noted.The Slum Boys hope to further continue with their impressive start when they take on winless KCB at the Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgEvelyn Hidalgo, who worked for a year in personnel at the plant, described the mood there Friday as “very somber.” She added, “Everybody came in this morning like it was a regular day. Then we had a meeting and that was it. It’s heartbreaking.” Topps faces at least two lawsuits filed since the recall; one from the family of an upstate New York girl who became ill, and one seeking class-action status on behalf of all people who bought or ate the hamburgers. The closing, or any subsequent bankruptcy, does not derail the lawsuits.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWARK, N.J. – It took 67 years to build Topps Meat Co. into one of the country’s largest suppliers of frozen beef patties; it took just six days to bring it down. Topps, which began grinding beef before the nation entered World War II and eventually had its products sold in stores across the country, announced on Friday that it was shutting down. Closure of the privately held, Elizabeth-based company puts 87 employees out of work and comes after Topps was forced to issue the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history on Sept. 29. The culprit was 21.7 million pounds of frozen beef patties – an entire year of production – that may have been tainted with potentially fatal E. coli bacteria. The Topps recall raised questions about whether the U.S. Agriculture Department should have acted quicker to encourage a recall, and on Thursday, top USDA officials said they would speed warnings in the future. Thirty people in eight states had E. coli infections matching the strain found in the Topps patties, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. None have died. Topps conceded that much of the recalled meat had already been eaten, and on Friday expressed regret that its product had been linked to illnesses. “We hope and pray for the full recovery of those individuals,” said Topps chief operating officer Anthony D’Urso, a member of the family that founded the company in 1940. “This is tragic for all concerned,” D’Urso said in a statement. Workers left the plant in small groups Friday afternoon, most carrying personal belongings. last_img read more

first_img1 Manchester United flop Bebe has admitted he initially thought it was a ‘joke’ when he heard the Premier League giants wanted to sign him.The Portuguese forward arrived at Old Trafford in 2010 in a notorious deal – the club reportedly paying Vitoria de Guimaraes £7million for the 20-year-old despite then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s admission that he’d never seen him play.He went on to make only seven appearances for the Red Devils, scoring twice, before – following a number of unsuccessful loan spells – leaving in 2014 for Benfica.Despite being considered one of the worst signings in the club’s history, though, Bebe insists he enjoyed the experience and that it was ‘insane’ to pull on the famous United shirt.“It all happened very quickly, a total surprise,” the 25-year-old, now on loan at Rayo Vallecano, said in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS.“One day I’m training and the next they’re telling me that I’m going to sign a five-year contract with Manchester United. I thought it was a joke. I wasn’t there long, but I enjoyed it.“It was insane. I was playing with the best in the world. It wasn’t easy, the first week I had to take a deep breath, but I got used to it. I adapted and tried to fit in.”He added: “I came there without much of a football education, just what I was born with: talent, speed, strength… but you needed more. If a big club signed me now it’d be different.”The forward has also raised some eyebrows after suggesting his game has similarities with that of United hero Cristiano Ronaldo.Being a Portuguese ex-United forward, the parallels between Bebe and global superstar Ronaldo would appear to end there.But when asked who his idol was, he said: “[Didier] Drogba, but also Cristiano because he’s Portuguese.“I have the same way of running, and the same shooting style, he’s definitely a favourite.” Former Manchester United forward Bebe last_img read more

first_imgCounty Councillor James Pat McDaid has slammed a situation where lone parents across Donegal have now been hit by an €80 cut.Cllr James Pat McDaid“More than 3,000 lone parent families in Donegal are about to be hit by a savage cut in their essential support from next week and many will be €80 worse off per week.”The FF Cllr James McDaid says he will continue to highlight the ongoing levels of austerity that now seem to be never ending. Cllr. McDaid said he knows many lone parents who are really struggling to make ends meet and this cut is something that must be reversed.He says that it will be a priority for FF to have this decision cancelled out if they are back in governmnet after the next election.Cllr Mc Daid said: “There are over 3,000 families in Donegal in receipt of the one parent family payment. Any of these whose children are aged over 7 years will suffer another cut in the payment from next week. From July 2nd, the age threshold for qualification is being slashed from 16 to 7 – so families who have children all over the age of 7 are no longer eligible.
This means that thousands of lone parents in Donegal who are dependent on this payment will lose up to €80 a week from July.“This is a savage cut, coming on the back of two consecutive cuts to the same support. Together, these three cuts imposed by the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton have led to huge financial loses for working lone parents, pricing many out of the workplace and leaving huge obstacles for lone parents looking to access third level education. “I have spoken to some lone parents in recent week who say it is now impossible for them to stay in work. They simply cannot afford it. Since 2012, the Government has reduced the age and income eligibility thresholds and as a result, some lone parents in Donegal will now be down effectively €140 a week.”CLLR McDAID SLAMS CUT IN ONE PARENTS ALLOWANCE was last modified: June 27th, 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:Cllr James Pat McDaiddonegalLONE PARENTS ALLOWANCElast_img read more

first_imgThe new €1m Tyrconnell Bridge in Donegal Town was officially opened today with a secret time-capsule included to remember its construction. The iconic bridge which is also known locally as the Iron bridge and the Green bridge has been expertly rebuilt with elements of the existing structure restored and blended with the new construction to form a genuine replica of the iron bridge that is fit for modern road users requirements.This bridge, which is listed on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, was originally constructed in 1895 by the contractor W.J. Glen C.E from Stranorlar costing £1,600. This four-span road bridge over River Eske and the New Row Road was built as part of the infrastructure for the narrow gauge rail network that made up the County Donegal Railway to transport goods from the local harbour to the County Donegal Railways rail station.Cllr. Micheal Naughton, Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD says that this bridge holds an important place within Donegal Towns historic streetscape nestling between the castle and Church of Ireland church.He said “This was a complex project and a very important project for the people of Donegal Town. This bridge is part of the town’s fabric and in designing this new bridge a lot of factors had to be taken into account. For instance the architectural heritage and the importance of designing a replica structure, the status of the River Eske as a Special area of conservation (SAC), the need to take into account modern design and loading standards, pedestrian links as well as the practical the long term maintenance of the structure.Admiring the view from the iconic Tyrconnell Bridge in Donegal Town following it’s official opening on Tuesday morning is Cllr. Barry O’Neill, Cllr. Tom Conaghan, Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy, Cllr. Noel Jordan and Cllr. Michael Naughton.“I would like to commend the team involved in the design and construction of this project including our own staff in Donegal County Council as well as designers Roughan O Donovan and contractor L&M Keating”. Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O Domhnaill also acknowledged the help and assistance from various organisations including ESB, Openeir and ENET as well as the Inland Fisheries Ireland and the National Parks & Wildlife Service.He said “Because of the help and assistance of the various personnel from different organisations we were in a position to deliver this complex project both on time and within budget. This bridge has stood the test of time for generations and has played a very important role in the life of Donegal Town for many years. Through this investment it will continue to play an important role linking some of the most historic parts of this beautiful town and I am confident that it will stand the test of time for future generations.”The new bridge has a 125-year design life, is 30m long and constructed from 6 plate girders and has 4 individual spans 6m in length, 3 river spans and 1 over New Row. The bridge is supported on original sandstone ashlar abutments and piers and has been designed to closely match the original bridge. The existing masonry substructure has been repaired with matching materials and traditional methodologies with new locally sourced sandstone copings.During construction historical items were found within the structure including a rat tail wrench and a chisel buried within the piers and these items have been donated to the Donegal County Museum and now form part of the Museum Collection.Time CapsuleIn keeping with the historical nature of the bridge a Time Capsule has been placed in the South End of Tyrconnell Bridge. The Time Capsule used is, in fact, the metal box which was previously attached to the North end, West side of the original bridge.This box is constructed of solid steel and the time capsule includes a bottle of Tyrconnell Whiskey for good luck, copies of newspapers, photographs of Donegal County Council staff directly involved in the project and key staff from all the contractors.The time capsule was locked with a marine grade padlock and entirely surrounded in concrete.The key is part of the Donegal County Museum Collection. It was placed at the South end of the bridge, near the East side on Friday, 4th January 2019. XYZ coordinates at the top of the Time Capsule are: Easting is 192953.749; Northing is 378551.285; and Elevation is 6.502. Judith McCarthy from Donegal County Museum believes that this is a great way to celebrate the rehabilitation works of the bridge.She said “By placing these items in the time capsule, it forms a piece of the history of this bridge, the project workers and of this community. I hope whoever opens the time capsule will get a good sense of what life is like in Donegal Town in 2019 and the importance of this piece of infrastructure to the town. The key for the padlock is in the Donegal County Museum Collection, in case future generations are looking for it!”Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O Domhnaill and Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD Cllr. Micheal Naughton unveiling the plaque at the new €1m Tyrconnell Bridge in Donegal Town on Tuesday with Cllr. Barry O’Neill, Cllr. Tom Conaghan, Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cllr. Michael Naughton, Cllr. Noel Jordan, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Counci, Cllr. Niamh Kennedy and Pauric Kennedy, Mayor of Donegal Town.Time capsule buried at new €1M Tyrconnell Bridge was last modified: May 21st, 2019 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

first_imgTHE 200th Letterkenny Parkrun took place on Saturday with another big crowd in attendance.The Parkrun has been running for the last four years now and has proved a huge hit.It is a free weekly 5km event for runners, taking place at 9.30am at the St Conals Hospital campus, taking in the Bernard McGlinchey Town Park. The Bishop of Raphoe, Alan McGuckian, SJ, is a regular participant and he was among the many who took part on Saturday in the latest landmark run.As always, participants were treated to refreshments afterwards in the Vestry Building. In the 200 runs so far, there have been an average of 70 runners per week. The biggest attendance saw 268 take part. Pictures by Danny Nee …  Picture special: Big crowds for 200th staging of Letterkenny Parkrun was last modified: December 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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