PBA: Columbian breaks out of slump, ekes out win over Meralco

first_imgThe Dyip bucked a lethargic start and crawled their way back into the game during the second period all thanks to a brilliant performance by Rashawn McCarthy.The Bolts had a chance to pull the rug from under Columbian after Chris Newsome hit a triple with 38 ticks left to bring Meralco within one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBaser Amer and Cliff Hodge squandered the opportunity to put Meralco ahead missing two looks in the final 13 seconds of the game.“I told the guys to forget what happened in the past six games but don’t forget about why we lose,” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel, whose squad improved to 3-4, said in the post-game presser. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? And it paid dividends as the Dyip now see the this new stretch as “a brand It’s a brand new conference,” he added.Colubmian takes on a struggling Blackwater side this Friday at MOA Arena. Meralco, on the other hand, will try to arrest their losing streak when they face Magnolia in Cagayan de Oro City this Mar. 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Columbian snapped its three-game skid at the expense of Meralco, 86-85, in the resumption of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup hostilities Wednesday night at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP volleyball: Judith Abil stars as UE picks up 1st win, sends Adamson to 0-3 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “We’re lucky we started the second quarter good,” he added. “The first quarter we felt like we didn’t know how to shoot the ball.”Skipper McCarthy posted a new career-best scoring performance with 30 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.The craft guard was held scoreless in the opening salvo and then posted 10 points in each succeeding quarter. Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson pumped in 14 and 10 markers respectively.Meralco drew 17 points from Newsome as Cliff Hodge and Ranidel de Ocampo chimed in 14 each. Amer contributed 10 more in the effort.“It’s a good start for us. After the long break, [we are] much better because we had two wins,” Cardel said. “[T]he break has given us an opportunity to give the boys a time off from basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Kent may be done after 2007

first_img“By December, I was ready to play baseball,” Kent said. In other words, the notoriously dour Kent, who has ridden his admittedly indifferent attitude toward the game to what probably is a Hall of Fame career, has a new attitude now that his bothersome left oblique finally has had enough time to properly heal. He was smiling broadly as he entered the Dodgers clubhouse, shaking hands with teammates along the way. Last spring, Kent signed a one-year, $11.5 million extension that will kick in this season. At the time, he was asked if it would be his final pro contract. He didn’t really answer definitely then, either. But the complicated deal carries a $7 million club option for next season, with a $500,000 buyout, or a $9 million vesting option if Kent has 550 plate appearances this year. Changing colors Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra said club officials have told him there is a plan to change the color of the Dodger Stadium dugout club seats behind home plate in an attempt to prevent injuries and unnecessary fielding errors. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent said Wednesday he has yet to decide whether he will retire after the upcoming season. He also said he doesn’t know when he will make that decision and that until he does, he has no interest in discussing it. “Last year, I talked about that a lot,” Kent said. “This year, I won’t, and maybe that is a telltale sign that it might be (his last year).” Kent then covered his bets by seeming to suggest he will return in 2008. The last Dodgers player to report to spring training, he said that after an injury-plagued 2006 in which he twice went on the disabled list, he began looking forward to the next season earlier than ever. center_img Last year, the seats were a pale yellow color. Consequently, infielders routinely lost the path of the ball after it left the pitcher’s hand because it blended into the scenery. “I think they’re going to go to kind of a teal green,” Garciaparra said. “They asked me about it, and that was great of them to do that. The organization listened to what we were saying. They wanted to do it right.” Changing minds Dodgers manager Grady Little said earlier this week that he had decided who his leadoff man was but that he wouldn’t announce it until after meeting with Rafael Furcal. That seemed to be an indication that Furcal would drop to the No. 2 spot behind newly signed center fielder Juan Pierre. But on Wednesday, Little said he had changed his mind and was withholding judgement. “To be honest, I find myself changing from one morning to the next,” Little said. “So I’m not going to make a decision until I am dead set that it’s the way I want to go.” 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

City Council scales-back on PACA funding request

first_imgThere will be a charge to attend the event, however at this point ticket prices can not be confirmed. If approved, the money would be received through the city’s discretionary grand-in-aid account.“In realizing we took $5,000 out of the discretionary aid already for North Peace Seniors Housing at our last council meeting, which only leaves us with $5,000 outside of this decision, this seems like an excessive amount to me, in that we are only in January – we have 11 months to go,” says Councillor Byron Stewart.In 2011, the city allocated $50 from the same account, for the same annual event – albeit PACA managed to rent space free of charge.- Advertisement -“I would like to have more discussion to find a middle-ground somewhere between $2,300 and $50,” Councillor Stewart proposes. “My thinking is more around the $1000 mark would be a more reasonable amount for a room rental.”It turns out that Councillor Stewart hit the mark, as City Council eventually decided on allocating $1000 in support of PACA’s event.PACA estimates this year’s Black History month celebration will cost the non-profit $15,000 and would cover airfares, hotels, feeding and equipment transportation among other things.Advertisement As of November 2014, PACA’s revenue and expense statement indicated $2,298 in their account.“I think they’re looking at the theatre at the Cultural Centre rather than just a room,” Mayor Lori Ackerman explained to Councillor Stewart before the decision was made. “This is something they’re trying that’s new; bringing in a band.”The non-profit has also contacted 10 local businesses to solicit sponsorship for the event, and at the time of request, they’ve managed to raise $2,700 in funds.The 2015 Black History Month celebration will be held on Saturday February 28, 2015 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Advertisementlast_img read more

Matano thrilled by competitive 2018 squad

first_img0Shares0000Coming in to 2018, the experienced tactician who has already won two Kenyan Premier League titles with two different clubs has warned that he could well be in line for a third, saying he has a stronger squad compared to last year. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 26- Robert Matano came in to AFC Leopards in June 2017, finding the Ingwe ship sinking towards relegation, but what he termed as ‘first aid’ saw the club crawl up to finish eighth and lift the GOtv Shield title.Coming in to 2018, the experienced tactician who has already won two Kenyan Premier League titles with two different clubs has warned that he could well be in line for a third, saying he has a stronger squad compared to last year. “Last season had its challenges because we didn’t have players who could play and win many matches; we had players who could win one match and that was it. This season we have a better team with variation. We can change players in each game with consistent results,” the tactician said.The tactician says he has been impressed with the input brought in by the new youngsters so far in pre-season training and has no doubt they will translate into results for the coming season. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC has changed almost half of the team from 2017 with Matano shipping in 15 new players, biggest hit being the attack which only has Vincent Oburu as the survivor from last year.The tactician says he has been impressed with the input brought in by the new youngsters so far in pre-season training and has no doubt they will translate into results for the coming season.“I did not lose many players; I released many. The only player I can say I lost was Kizito (Keziron). We have brought in a team capable of bringing results,” a confident Matano said.AFC Leopards Head Coach Robert Matano has won the Kenyan Premier League title with Sofapaka and Tusker before. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYABiggest on Matano’s ambition for the new season is making a mark in the CAF Confederations Cup where they start their campaign at home against Madagascar’s FOSA Juniors on February 10, possibly in Kakamega.If they make it past that first hurdle, they move on to the second round where they play the winner between Comoros’ Ngazi Sport and Mauritian side AS Port Louis.If they win the second hurdle, they will progress to the decisive knock-out phase where they will be tied with a team dropped down from the CAF Champions League and a win here will see them seal a group stage place.Matano believes it is possible; but only if the players and technical bench members are ‘motivated’.-Finance-The coach has now called on the government to step in and help the club finance its Confederations Cup campaign, arguing they will be representing Kenya. Photo/COURTESYIngwe is grappling with sponsorship issues after their shirt partners SportPes pulled out citing difficulty in sustaining the five-year partnership following the implementation of the 35 percent tax law on betting firms by the government.“If there is motivation, I am confident we will reach far. I believe in myself, I believe in my players but there has to be motivation. Motivation is about finance and it helps the players to focus. That’s what we need,” the experienced tactician further stated.The coach has now called on the government to step in and help the club finance its Confederations Cup campaign, arguing they will be representing Kenya.AFC officials have remained optimistic they will land sponsors in time for the new season with chairman Dan Mule disclosing they are engaging several potential partners already.-Super Cup-Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with AFC Leopards duo Joshua Mawira and Ramadhan Yakub during the final of the Sportpesa Super Cup on June 11, 2017. PHOTO/SportPesaMeanwhile, AFC begin their season at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday where they take on league champions Gor Mahia in the season-opening KPL Super Cup.Though without incentive of prize money, Matano says the match will be a crucial one as they seek to reflect on their pre-season progress and identify grey areas that need to be sharpened ahead of the new season.“This game is coming at a very good time because it will help us gauge ourselves against a tough opponent. Gor is a good team and the challenge they will give us is that they have not changed much of their starting 11. We have a new team which is still work in progress,” Matano noted.AFC has never won the KPL Super Cup and Matano is confident of breaking that duck.After the Super Cup, Ingwe will shift their attention to the season’s first match, an away trip down to Machakos where they take on Posta Rangers on February 4. They play FOSA Juniors six days later.AFC Leopards 2018 at a glance:Head Coach: Robert MatanoAssistant coach: Tom JumaCaptain: Duncan OtienoNew players: Ezekiel Onyango, Jairus Adira (goalkeepers), Yusuf Mainge, Isaac Oduro, Moses Mburu (Defenders), Brian Arasa, Baker Lukooya, Collins Okoth, Henry Uche, Joseph Kuria (midfielders), Jeffrey Owiti, Prince Arkoh, Ezekiel Otuoma, Eric Bekoe, Ezekiel Odera (strikers).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Toy firm can’t get the lead out

first_imgFor Zoe, the consequences are simple: no more Thomas toys. While just 5 percent of Thomas toys have tested as exceeding the federal limit for lead paint (0.06 percent lead content in a product’s paint), Schletter is severing all ties. He wants RC2 Corp. to do the same with China. “It just blows my mind that no one even seems to consider the possibility of not doing business the way they do it,” he said. In June, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that Illinois-based RC2 was voluntarily recalling about 1.5 million items in what would become the first of several major roundups involving lead paint on toys made in China. Children who ingest even small amounts of lead can suffer brain damage; large doses can kill. By mid-September, the company had recovered about 1 million items, sending bonus gifts to customers who returned a product. The goodwill gesture flopped when further testing showed that lead in the paint covering about 2,000 “Toad” train cars in the bonus shipment was up to four times higher than acceptable levels. The company had sent the stick-of-butter-sized items as part of 146,000 gifts it distributed to customers such as Schletter. Last week, RC2 recalled the affected Toads, along with about 200,000 other Thomas items. The company – which ranks in the top 10 of U.S. toy makers with 2006 sales volume of $500 million – has dropped its supplier, Hansheng Wood Products, which made the Toad pieces as well as the items in the first recall. In a letter addressed to “Dear Valued Thomas and Friends Customer,” company executives recognized the anguish the second recall would cause. “We are deeply apologetic for and embarrassed by this turn of events, and remain determined to make it up to you and restore your confidence,” wrote RC2 CEO Curt Stoelting and President Pete Henseler. Schletter said he felt for RC2’s predicament, but not enough to stay loyal. “You’re talking about kids’ lives,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first recall was bad enough: A million-plus Thomas & Friends toys pulled because of lead paint. The second was surreal: The maker of the smiley-faced trains sent customers “bonus gifts” so they’d stay loyal – and now some of those toys have been recalled, too. Even if you’re not 3-year-old Zoe McGaha-Schletter, it’s yet another mind-bending episode in a cascade of recalls that already had parents fretting what toys were safe for their kids. “This is so exactly what the villain in a children’s movie would do,” said Zoe’s father, Eban Schletter. “It’s just ridiculous.” The year of the recall rolled on last week when the maker of Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway toys issued its second lead paint warning since June. Among the 200,000 or so items on the new list were about 2,000 tainted train cars that RC2 Corp. sent to customers who turned in recalled items over the summer. The double recall dredges up issues of global supply chain management and China’s role as factory to the world. It also shows how a company that says it’s doing everything it can to ensure quality cannot guarantee that its products are lead free. RECALL: Company took back 1 million Thomas items – but its replacement gifts were tainted. By Justin Pritchard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS last_img read more

‘Unnecessary, needless, classless’ – Jose Mourinho blasted by former Chelsea star over Eva Carneiro row

first_imgCraig Burley has launched a blistering attack on Jose Mourinho over his treatment of Eva Carneiro and Chelsea’s medical staff.The Blues boss was visibly furious with club doctor Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn after they ran on to the field to give Eden Hazard treatment during Saturday’s Premier League opener against Swansea.It resulted in Chelsea being left with nine men temporarily and Mourinho publicly branded his medical staff “impulsive and naive” after the 2-2 draw, saying they did not “understand the game”.Carneiro has since been told she will have a reduced role, with the respected doctor banished from the bench on matchdays and restricted to working at the club’s training ground in Cobham.Mourinho has been accused of acting appallingly towards his medical staff over the matter, and Burley agrees – with the former Chelsea midfielder claiming that Portuguese coach has dragged the club’s name through the mud.“It is totally unnecessary, needless and classless,” the Scot said, speaking on The Sports Bar.“Chelsea should be bigger and better and Mourinho should be bigger and better at handling situations like this.“For goodness sake, talking about them almost costing Chelsea the game? No, what nearly cost you the game is your keeper making a bad decision, your defenders not defending properly. That is nothing to do with a doctor or a physio.“A particular individual or maybe two are going to get demoted in their job because they tried to do their job properly? If that is the kind of individual you are working for here, her and whoever else is on that staff must be thinking if that is the way they do business, I’m better off somewhere else.“Almost everybody apart from Chelsea fans will be rooting for Manchester City this weekend. That is the bottom line. That is the colour he [Mourinho] has painted on Chelsea this week with his actions.”last_img read more

ANGER AS IRISH WATER WORKERS LEAVE STREET LOOKING LIKE THIS!

first_imgTHIS is what one of Letterkenny’s oldest streets has looked like all week – thanks to Irish Water workers.“After making such an effort last year to paint and clean and plant flowers on the Church Lane, Irish Water has successfully left their mark,” said David from Universal Books.“Do you think conservation of one of the oldest streets in letterkenny was on their mind? As the only current business on the Church Lane and trying to entice people to the area, three days they have left it like this.” He added: “This is disgraceful.” ANGER AS IRISH WATER WORKERS LEAVE STREET LOOKING LIKE THIS! was last modified: February 19th, 2015 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:Church LaneIrish WaterletterkennyUniversal Bookslast_img read more

Nigeria too strong for Uganda in World cup qualifiers

first_imgUganda lost to Nigeria on Friday in their first game(File Photo)FIBA 2019 World cup qualifiers Nigeria 109-66 UgandaLagos, NigeriaFriday, 29-06-2018The Uganda men’s national basketball team, the Silver Backs got off to the worst possible start at the second phase of the first round of the 2019 FIBA World cup qualifiers in Lagos-Nigeria going down 66-109 to the hosts.Inspired by a rowdy and inspiring home crowd, and led by team captain Ike Diogu, Nigeria led 51-35 at the break, and never looked back.Diogu finished with a game-high 24 points, while Uganda’s new recruit Jordin Mayes hit two of his seven three-pointer attempts to lead the East African with 18 points.Diogu got the crowd roaring as early as the sixth second of the game with a long three off a Bryant Mbamalu assist.Seconds later, Uganda’s Robinson Odoch answered with a three of his own to tie the game at 3-3.Nigeria threatened to pull away after 19 year old Jordan Nwora threw down a lay up to make it 11-11 with 4:56 on the clock but Jordan Mayes who top scored for Uganda in the first quarter kept on replying to keep his side’s hopes high.Nigeria went on a run of 10-0 in the last two minutes to win the quarter 30-21 with Diogu shooting 2/2 outside the ‘D’.Braxton Obugueze got the second rolling with a layup inside the first minute as Nigeria went on rampage, scoring the first 13 points of the quarter and extending their lead to 22 with the score-board reading 43-21.Uganda finally got onto the score board when Mayes converted a long three with 5:13 to play.The Silver Backs cut the lead to 16 at halftime but Nigeria now new it was their game to lose as the scores read 51-35 in favour of the West Africans.Nigeria never looked back from there, winning the third 30-17 and giving a chance for their star players including Diogu to seat out the quarter.Despite most of Nigeria’s bench being on the court for the final quarter, Uganda failed to capitalize as they lost it 28-14 and the game 109-66.After Rwanda defeating Mali 82-72 in the other group B game, it means that Uganda are now occupying the elimination spot with two games to play.The Silver Backs take on Mali at the same venue on Saturday evening and will be hoping to get a positive result and also try to better there points difference as it may come into play after the final game against Rwanda on Sunday.Uganda has two more games left before the end of the first round (file photo)With the result, Nigeria increased their FIBA Basketball World Cup aspirations by becoming the first team to advance to the 12-team Second-Round.And, in the process, Nigeria extended their African Qualifiers winning streak to 4-0 with two games remaining.Sixteen African nations are competing this week across four cities (Cairo, Dakar, Lagos, and Tunisia) for the ultimate goal of securing the five tickets on offer for Africa for the 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.In the second round, the top three teams from each group will be placed in a group with three other top teams.All results from the first qualification round, except for results against teams that don’t advance, are carried over to the second round.Games will be played in September 2018, November 2018 and February 2019. The top two teams in each group along with the better placed third team will qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup proper.Group B standings:Nigeria 8ptsMali 6ptsUganda 5ptsRwanda 5ptsComments Tags: FIBA 2019 World cup qualifierstoplast_img read more

Picture Special: Donegal ETB’s 2017 Enterprise Day

first_imgPicture Special: Donegal ETB’s 2017 Enterprise Day was last modified: October 19th, 2017 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:Donegal ETBeducationEnterprise DayLYITpicture specialschools Donegal ETB’s 2017 Enterprise Day for schools and Youthreach centres took place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) on Wednesday 18 October.Two hundred and fifty young people from twenty-one schools and Youthreach centres from across the county participated in the event which involved each team developing a product on which they were judged in a Dragon’s Den-type set up. Teams were given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. Entrepreneur Stephen Maguire from Donegal Daily spoke to participants in the morning on entrepreneurship success and failure. Another entrepreneur, Katie McGloin, the founder of the award winning KT Clothing company and a student at Donegal ETB school Magh Éne College, Bundoran, spoke to participants on how to pitch a business idea. The judges found it very difficult to pick an outright winner due to the high standard of work presented to them. Finn Valley College, Stranorlar who are this year’s winners. Second place went to Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore Island, while Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny came third. Further information and photos of the day can be found on Donegal ETB’s website (www.donegaletb.ie), Facebook page and Twitter account (@DonegalETB #ETBEnterprise17)Check out all the photos from the exciting day’s events here: last_img read more

Is it time to put the brakes on diffing competitions on Rally Weekend?

first_imgDiffing competitions in Donegal during Rally Weekend could potentially be halted due to the rising number of complaints about the events.There has been an ‘avalanche of complaints’ over diffing centres in Letterkenny each year, according to Cllr Gerry McMonagle, who said that local people are suffering as a result of the noise and behaviour of attendees.Gridlocks were a regular occurrence on Letterkenny’s Four Lane Road during the weekend of the Donegal International Rally in June. Diffing contests are held on private properties off this main arterial route, which had a significant impact on traffic flow. Eighty two arrests were made between June 15-18 this year. The majority of offences were in the Letterkenny area for public order, drink driving, dangerous driving and drug-related, while Gardai confirmed that no arrests were linked to the official rally events.Cllr Gerry McMonagle is planning to explore options to regulate or stop privately operated diffing competitions in Letterkenny, which run separately to the Donegal International Rally.He said: “The rally is a great economic benefit for the county, but there is an increasing amount of hangers-on who are not here for the official competition. It is not good for the county.“We need more discipline about how these events are run. People are suffering in the area. The competitions take place beside back roads and it’s traumatic in a sense that you are waiting for a crash. “Particularly a lot has been happening around Dromore, where there is a nursing home nearby and people are suffering from the noise over three nights.”Cllr McMonagle will raise a motion on the issue at this week’s meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District. He said a roundtable discussion is needed to see if an agreement can be reached.“I want to see if all the participants – the businesses, the rally organisers, the Gardai and the council can come together to identify ways to regulate or possibly stop it.“We have got to the stage where it is dangerous and turning a blind eye is not enough.“I will be seeing if we can get the planning and environment departments to do something, or can the Gardai do a bit more. “The organisers might say they are taking the activities off the road, but it’s only for a few hours and they are energising these people and then letting them loose. Then we have the speeding and braking and donuts on our roads. The Gardai are having to deal with this and the residents are suffering.“If we can find a suitable accommodation for one another, then more people will enjoy the rally,” Cllr McMonagle said.Is it time to put the brakes on diffing competitions on Rally Weekend? was last modified: July 11th, 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:CLLR GERRY MCMONAGLEcouncilDiffingletterkennyLetterkenny Municipal DistrictRALLY WEEKENDlast_img read more