Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Alaska Aces vs Phoenix Fuel Masters. PBA IMAGESPhoenix head coach Louie Alas was in no mood to tone down his choice of words after Alaska ripped his team apart in a 93-75 beating in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“We were raped by my former team,” said Alas, who was the former head assistant coach at Alaska under Alex Compton.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “If you remember the championship games Alaska before, we got there because of our physicality,” said Alas in Filipino as he referred to the Aces’ runner-up finishes from 2014 to 2016.The game started off slowly with Alaska ahead just 5-4 five minutes into the game, but with a 21-4 run across the first two quarters, the Aces managed to blow the game wide open and push the lead to 34-14 lead after Nonoy Baclao’s jumper.READ: Foes first, friends afterAlas was upset with how the Fuel Masters let Alaska take control when Compton fielded his reserves against their starters.“I was wondering why the game was such a low-scoring one, then Alaska decided to change its players and they had a lot of easy baskets,” said Alas. “We can’t just rely on our starters”ADVERTISEMENT “That was my post-game talk with my players, ‘you allowed them to rape us.’ Before the game, I was saying that this kind of officiating goes for everybody but it fitted Alaska primarily.”READ: Alaska continues streak, decimates Phoenix FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWhat Alas pointed out was the Aces were able to impose their physicality on the Fuel Masters as the referees this season have been more tolerable in allowing some rough contact.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska used that to its full advantage and limited Phoenix to just 33 percent shooting, 30-of-90, and run the Fuel Masters to the ground as the Aces raced to 27 fastbreak points. 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Escoto returns from ACL injury, admits conditioning not at peak LATEST STORIES View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Dear Editor,Twice within weeks, I have been forced to use the word disgraceful and the reasons being that the situation in Guyana is so appalling that the only description that can best describe it is the use of that single word, disgraceful!Last Friday, D’Urban Street, Georgetown became the scene of another deadly confrontation between armed thieves and law enforcement.Two bandits were shot dead, stopped short in their tracks in the act of committing a crime. This latest incident came fast on the heels of a deadly shootout mere months ago in another ward of the city.Now, I would like you to contrast the above occurrences with the circumstances of some other folks right here within the city limits, I speak of those greens sellers in and around the Bourda Market area. These are ordinary people like anybody else, trying their level best to eke out a living selling from the back of their vehicles. Those farmers, after paying the council fees, were given permission to sell their produce for a meagre four hours per day. However, soon after that they were faced with eviction from that area; very soon after the collection of their fees, these farmers were told that they were illegal sellers and trespassers on the city’s streets.The forceful removal of the predominantly Indian vegetable farmers from selling along Alexander Street is an act of extreme provocation. It is a discriminatory and unconscionable act meted out to those farmers by City Council staff. The Georgetown City Council is continuing along the same path of Central Government, who revel in the thought of hurting a certain select group of people. These vendors have now joined the ranks of thousands of their counterparts in the sugar belt in being snuffed out of existence and the right to survive. This is outrageously evil!I want you to consider the aggravation, that state of being pushed over the limit for doing something that is perfectly normal, perfectly legal. That state of being totally provoked is enough to cause one to turn to a life of crime, but they would not! These people could have easily taken up arms like the thieves of D’Urban Street, but they would not! They could have easily resorted to a life of crime, but again they would not. They are like true patriots, hardworking people who would rather tough it out each day and somehow create a niche where they can survive against the odds. Though discriminated against, these people are showing the grit and determination that oppressed people show under extreme and trying circumstances. These are persons who have families to take care of, mortgages to service, while at the same time send their children to school. These mounting costs are almost unbearable, but as persons of character they rally on.They are weathering the onslaught of an uncaring, heavy-handed, blatantly-biased regime and their operators.Well then, President Granger and his PNC-led coalition should be utterly ashamed of themselves seeing these goings-on are taking place right here in the seat of Government and all we can get is this bland token response “we are concerned about the crime situation” and nothing else. What about ensuring the safety of your citizens? Where are the signs of the “good life?” Where is the hope for the youths?Respectfully,Neil Adams
Award-winning colloqua singer DenG has made history again by becoming the first Liberian artist to receive an MTV Africa Music Award (MAMA) nomination.DenG, who is widely recognized for hot Afro bangers like “Kemah” and “Put Foot,” was nominated in the “Listener’s Choice” award category along with other hit makers like BeBe Cool and Prince Kayee, just to name a few.Although DenG has made a big impression for Liberia’s struggling entertainment industry with this nomination, it is still unclear if he will be attending the event in Johannesburg. Also, as things stand, the catchy colloqua hits-maker, who turned 32 this year, does not seem to be doing much publicity to encourage his fans to vote for him. Lastly, he has remained mute to the media of late for reasons best known to himself.This year’s award will feature performances from African and international artists, exemplifying the show’s signature cross-genre and cross-border collaborations.The 2016 MTV Base Awards will celebrate African talents across 17 categories, including Best Male, Best Female, Best Song and Best Collaboration. Since the MTV Base Awards started in 2008, it has continued to recognize the talents of musicians, achievers and personalities from across Africa, including 2Face Idibia, Big Nuz, D’ Banj, Mafikizolo and Sarkodie, just to name a few. To vote for DenG, go to http://mama.mtv.com/voting/ and click the Listener’s Choice Category. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents of Savannah Park, New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) who have been squatting on the Council’s land for more than two decades and were recently told that they will have to pay $700,000 for a plot of land, on Wednesday blocked the access road to their dwellings, preventing Council officials from accessing the area.On Tuesday, Deputy Mayor Compton Grant had promised that he will head a delegation to the community to meet with the residents at 10:00h to discuss the concerns the residents have. However, at 07:30h, Mayor Winifred Yearwood, the Deputy Mayor Grant, Councillors and Council workers arrived at the entrance to the squatting area but could not access the community. The residents had placed large obstacles at the entrance preventing access.After a confrontation between the two sides, the Police were called and initially tried to remove the barricades but as they learnt of the issue, they acted asResidents of Savannah Park, New Amsterdam, blocking the entrance to their community on Wednesdaybystanders and remained there to ensure that peace prevailed. The residents said they were waiting until the appointed time before addressing the delegation. However, Grant asked for a delegation of four to go to the Council’s Chambers for the meeting. After the four persons were identified, the municipal officials left. At 10:00h the residents decided that since the Deputy Mayor was not there as promised, they were going to the Chambers to meet with him.“It is all of us, not just four. They want to separate us. I want to represent myself,” one resident said, as they boarded vehicles on their way to the Mayor’s office where they were told that the house lots in the area, which are covered with thorny vegetation, has been values at $2 million each.Town Clerk Sharron Alexander, told the residents that the house lots were valued between $1.5 million and $2 million each. However, when asked who was the evaluator, the residents received no answer.There are 24 homes with more than 150 residents. The size of each house lot is 48 feet by 75 feet. The residents claim the price the Council is asking is too high. They are using Angoy’s Avenue as the base for their argument. Recently, land occupiers were being asked to pay $79,000 and $98,000 at Angoy’s Avenue. While the prices were determined by the size of land, none were sold for as much as $200,000. Addressing the issue, the Mayor said the land in Angoy’s Avenue belongs to the Government which is in the process of regularising the community. “The Government cannot come and give it to you at that price simply because it belongs to the Council and the Council is an autonomous body.”She said there is need for the two sides to have dialogue.The residents were also represented by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Regional Party Chairman Zamal Hussain. During the meeting, she denied allegations that some Councillors have purchased land for $100,000. Some of the land is situated in close proximity to where the squatters are. Deputy Mayor Grant explained that the cost was so because the land will be developed and have water and electricity. Grant said in time to come, there will be roads erected there. Meanwhile, Councillor Kirk Fraser explained that the Council is a caring one and puts its people first. He noted that the Council has given a section of the land to the Housing Minister to construct Duplex houses. Fraser noted that Councillors do not want to have to appear before SOCU for under selling property below the market value.The residents left the meeting dissatisfied as the Council maintained that they had to pay the $785,000, initially starting with the $25,000 processing fee. The residents say they are willing to pay $100,000 for the plots of busy which they occupy when they got there. (Andrew Carmichael)
Infantino was visiting Kuwait to announce the eagerly anticipated decision.World sports bodies led by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for the second time since 2010 over alleged government meddling in sports.The suspensions meant Kuwait missed out on the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup, and before that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.On Sunday, the Kuwaiti parliament passed a new law in line with FIFA’s requirements and on Tuesday, Kuwaiti clubs elected the head of a new football federation.Analysts say the crisis in Kuwaiti sports was the result of a power struggle within the ruling elite.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA president Gianni Infantino (R) is welcomed by Kuwaiti national assembly speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim on December 6, 2016, on a visit to announce the lifting of the emirate’s suspension from world football © Kuwait News Agency/AFP / HandoutKUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, Dec 6 – World football governing body FIFA announced on Wednesday it was lifting its suspension of Kuwait, after the Gulf state’s parliament adopted a law meant to end government interference in the sport.“The suspension of the Kuwait football association is lifted,” FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino announced alongside a Kuwaiti official in a short video shared widely on Twitter.
Another Premier League gameweek is in the books and it’s made things very interesting at the top with title challengers Liverpool and Manchester City drawing 0-0.Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has held onto his job, for now, after he led his side to a 3-2 comeback win against Newcastle United. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 5 It was, as always, a thrilling weekend throughout the top flight, with Bournemouth beating Watford 4-0 and Everton beating Leicester 2-1 thanks to a Gylfi Sigurdsson wondergoal, but were the results backed up by the performances?‘Expected goals’ is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match, with every shot taken given an ‘expected goal’ value based on the difficulty of the attempt. Latest Premier League News Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow 5 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Burnley vs HuddersfieldReal result: 1-1xG result: 0.5-1.1Crystal Palace vs Wolverhampton WanderersReal result: 0-1xG result: 1.2-0.7Leicester City vs EvertonReal result: 1-2xG result: 1.2-1.2Tottenham vs Cardiff CityReal result: 1-0xG result: 2.2-1.3 gameday cracker Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Brighton’s Glenn Murray was the hero in Friday night’s game. It only took one goal for Tottenham to beat Cardiff City. REVEALED 5 shining Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Watford vs BournemouthReal result: 0-4xG result: 1.2-3.5Manchester United vs NewcastleReal result: 3-2xG result: 2.6-1.6Fulham vs ArsenalReal result: 1-5xG result: 1.5-1.3 no dice Based on a number of factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders, the ‘expected goal’ value reveals the likelihood a specific shot will end in a goal; the higher the value, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The ‘expected goal’ value of every shot in a game is used to calculate the ‘expected goals’ of a match. Click here to find out more about the calculations used to work out xG. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Southampton vs ChelseaReal result: 0-3xG result: 1.7-3.5Liverpool vs Manchester CityReal result: 0-0xG result: 0.4-1.1 Should a team end with a higher xG than actual goals scored, it is probable they were wasteful in front of goal due to poor finishing or an in-form opposition goalkeeper. If the real goals scored is higher than the xG, the team may have been lucky to score so many in that match, or come up against a poor defence.So, how did every team perform compared to their xG in the seventh round of Premier League matches? Find out below thanks to shot-based expected goals statistics from FiveThirtyEight.com…Brighton vs West HamReal result: 1-0xG result: 1.0-1.5 silverware tense Sigurdsson’s stunner was wasn’t totally unexpected given his penchant for long range goals. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 5 deals Manchester United star Paul Pogba attempts an outrageous overhead kick against Newcastle United Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 5 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Aaron Ramsey’s goal against Fulham will be one of the Goals of the Season. REVEALED REAL DEAL
Pictures shown around the world of the famous Northern Lights above Donegal last night may have been light pollution from a nearby town.The pictures were captured on Thursday night by amateur photographers seemingly showed the Aurora Borealis above the skyline over Ballyliffin.They featured on television networks both here and in America including RTE, TV3, NBC and ABC. However the spectacular sky scenes have been dismissed as light pollution from nearby towns.Local amateur photographers unknowingly thought they had capatured the magical green haze of the Northern Lights.However well-known and respected Irish astronomer David Gradwell said there is scientific proof that the pictures are not unfortunately that of the Aurora Borealisis.The stargazer, based in Birr, Co Offaly, says the photographers mistakenly captured light pollution from nearby towns. “They’re not Northern Lights, that’s light pollution from a nearby town or sports field illuminating the underside of the clouds“From my solar observatory near Birr I measure the earth’s magnetic field and there was minimal impact from the Coronal Mass Ejection impact over low altitudes.“The storm referred to here is a proton storm which affects the polar ionosphere and does not cause auroral activity. In fact magnetic activity was greater this morning (FRI) than Thursday.“The Canadian Churchill and Troms magnetometers (and webcams) showed the Northern Lights erupted at 4am onwards, mostly after sunrise in Ireland.“I do hope that photographers will not be disappointed,” he said. ASTRONOMERS DISMISS LATEST NORTHERN LIGHTS SIGHTINGS AS LIGHT POLLUTION was last modified: March 9th, 2012 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:northern lights
The students visited the Bund and the Pudong Skyline.A group of TY students from Errigal College in Letterkenny are on a first for Donegal.The students have embarked on a trip of a life time to China, spending 11 days engaging in cultural activities and attending local Chinese school.This is the first cultural exchange in the county for a post primary school, and Errigal college are delighted to be leading the way with such an initiative. The students have been learning Mandarin Chinese in the college and now hope that their trip to china will further enhance what they have been learning.The school asked Donegal Daily to carry this daily diary of what they have been up to.Day 1- Thursday 15th:In expectation and excited the students depart from Letterkenny at 2.30am for check in at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. The emphasis of the trip is experiencing and exchanging Cultural ideas. Midway through our transfer between Dublin and Shanghai we stopped in Abu Dhabi. Day 2- Friday 16th:Being greeted at the airport.We were greeted at Shanghai Airport by our hosts from Zhida who assisted us with our transfer to our Hotel in downtown Shanghai. The students checked in and rested for a short time before experiencing the Shanghai underground and East Nanjing Road students were fascinated by the volume of people, the street entertainment and the high end shopping.Day 3- Saturday 17th:These people have entertaining down to a ‘tea’!We were warmly greeted to a civic reception at the Gonghexin Community Cultural Activity Centre. The opening ceremony consisted of a demonstration of Chinese traditional musical instruments, followed by an award winning Chinese Tea Ceremony performance.The students enjoyed a traditional Chinese lunch and relaxation time which consisted of Chinese Ping-Pong. This was the opening event where the students were paired with their Chinese partners. The students were introduced to both Cultures and followed this up with prepared role plays they had worked on in their respective language classes.The students followed a traditional dinner of Chinese Dumplings with a visit to traditional Chinese market.The students relaxed by playing some ping pong.Day 4- Sunday 18th:In the morning the students took part in a Chinese Tea making session where they perfected the skills of Chinese tea making. This was followed by a visit to the Shanghai Tea Museum Club, where the CEO of the Centre greeted the students and showed them the ancient art of tea making and sampling of the different varieties of tea. The students returned to the Gonghexin Centre for an afternoon of traditional Chinese Painting by Ms Lü, who presented the Errigal College with a beautiful water coloured painting of a Peony flower, the traditional emblem of China.The students visited the People’s Park in the centre of Shanghai in the evening time.The students also showed their Chinese hosts how to Irish dance.TEA AND PING-PONG! ERRIGAL COLLEGE’S TRIP TO CHINA – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 20th, 2013 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:Chinacultural exchangeerrigal college
Job losses could be in the pipeline at Glenveagh National Park following plans for a shake-up and possible privatisation of Ireland’s national parks.Glenveagh CastleTourism Minister Jimmy Deenihan has ordered a wide-ranging review which could see visitor services at the country’s six national parks change.A whistleblower inside the National Parks & Wildlife Service said Mr Deenihan’s plans could lead to job losses and claimed the organisation was in ‘crisis’ over its alleged lack of a tourism strategy. There are genuine fears amongst staff at Glenveagh of the privatisation plan for certain sectors of the parks go ahead.Bus drivers who take visitors to its famous castle are among those who could lose their jobs or be forced to switch to private operators.Guides positions at all the sites could also be outsourced if the plans go ahead.The source said he feared that all jobs in the service – run by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht – could eventually be outsourced. Catering services have already been privatised.A national parks insider told the Irish Independent today “The focus of the parks is entirely on conservation and the environment and really there is no focus on tourism at all and breaking up who runs what at the national parks will only make that worse,” said the insider.“If these proposals go ahead, how long will it be before the conservation side of what we do is also put out to tender?“There is a real fear among staff that each of our national parks will eventually be run by three or four different private companies whose sole interests will be profits.”The insider said he was speaking out because “at this rate it is only a matter of time before we start charging people to go into the parks.” The country’s other national parks are the Ballycrory National Park in north-west Mayo, the Connemara National Park in Galway, the Burren National Park and the Wicklow Mountains National Park.Entrance to all six parks is free, although there are various cover charges to see inside some of its buildings like Glenveagh Castle.Donegal TD Pearse Doherty said staff were worried.“This is the piece-by-piece sale of our national parks,” he said. “The Government is starting to privatise services, one piece at a time, and people will ask how long it is before entire parks are outsourced to private companies to generate a profit.”A spokesman for Mr Deenihan told the Independent that services are under review.“A key priority for the department is to keep National Parks and Nature Reserves open to the public, to provide quality visitor information and to maintain appropriate health and safety standards at these sites,” he said.“As such, the Department is exploring the potential of alternative models to augment its visitor services and nature education services nationally.”FEARS FOR JOBS AT GLENVEAGH AS MINISTER SHAKES UP PARKS SERVICE was last modified: April 14th, 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:glenveagh national parkjobs
Donegal’s regional and local roads have been allocated a €33 million share of a €417 million national investment programme for 2018. This grant funding is a marginal increase on previous years, with €10m set aside to assist with road repairs in Inishowen. The €10m ‘Severe Weather’ grant was allocated for urgent work required in areas worst hit by the Inishowen flooding of August 22nd.The grants cover all local roads improvements and maintenance, along with bridge restorations and safety improvement measures. The funding is not enough to meet the needs of local and regional roads in Donegal, according to Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher. He said: “Overall the allocation will not meet the legacy needs of the county’s infrastructure which due to under investment, is coming under severe pressure.”“The real terms increase of just over €2 million, will still fall short of the needs of the county’s regional and county roads.Pat the Cope called on the Department to grant more funding to Donegal later in the year to help bring the roads up to standard:He added: “Additional resources must be obtained for Donegal roads in order to maintain the vast road network we have within the county – we have a backdrop of under investment on our roads network between 2011 and present – further investment will be needed and an accelerated investment programme on our roads will be required on a multiannual basis and therefore I request the Department to make an additional announcement of resources for Donegal in the course of 2018 from internal savings.” Meanwhile, Government Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed the funding increase and highlighted the €40million which was already announced for major routes in 2018.Minister McHugh said: “I was delighted to see Donegal receive €33M in funding for our local and regional roads. This is on top of the €40m I announced for major routes like the N56.“Some €10M of this allocation will go towards repairs in Inishowen following last August’s floods with further works required in 2019. Excluding the extra funding for Inishowen, this package represents a €3M increase on 2017.“This funding will allow safety improvement works to be carried out throughout the county in Killybegs, Fintra, Cockhill, Tirconnell Bridge, Bunbeg, Carrigart, Doochary, Meenaclady, Annagry, Malin Head, Porthall, Windyhall and Listillion“Fine Gael in Government is also committed to reducing deaths on Irish roads. These roads are used by families every day and are essential for connecting people locally. “This funding will be used to maintain and improve local roads. It is essential that our infrastructure is capable of meeting the demands of our expanding economy.Speaking on the announcement Minister for Transport Shane Ross said: “I am especially pleased that the 2018 grant allocations include important initiatives in the area of Community Involvement Schemes and Drainage. “While local authorities were able to use general grants for such schemes in recent years, this year ring-fenced funding is being provided. These are two areas where I have very much wanted to take action and I am very glad to be able to do so this year. There needs to be an increased focus on measures to improve the resilience of the road network in the face of climate change.”€33m funding injection announced for Donegal’s regional and local roads was last modified: January 30th, 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:fundingMinister Joe McHughPat The Cope GallagherROADS