Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance

first_imgPBA IMAGESIn a Finals series pitting two evenly-matched teams, Games 5, 6 and 7 will be necessary.At least that’s the consensus among players and coaches from both Barangay Ginebra and Meralco ahead of their championship rematch.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:43Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I know they’re capable of scoring 100 points and we are too, but I expect this to be a defensive struggle for how many games it will go,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.Meralco is No. 1 in points allowed with an average of 88.8 points per game while Ginebra is in fifth at 96.7.The finals is a sequel, but a lot has changed since.Ginebra now has Greg Slaughter, who just returned from a knee injury at the start of the conference, and rookie Kevin Ferrer.Meralco also had a major upgrade in adding veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, rookie Mike Tolomia and guard Garvo Lanete via trades while also welcoming back key player Jared Dillinger.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “As much as we want to have a short series, two tough teams will battle and I think it’s going to be a long one,” Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio told reporters during the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals press conference Tuesday.“Two great teams, two great coaches. It’s going to be a long, hard-fought series,” said Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, whose buzzer-beating triple won the last season’s title for the Gin Kings in Game 6.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Bolts and Kings are loaded with firepower but they are also known for being two of the best defensive teams in the league.And Meralco head coach Norman Black thinks the game will be won on the defensive end. BPC award the least of concerns for Slaughter, Newsome Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Dillinger missed the finals against Ginebra due to a hamstring injury.The Bolts won the two teams’ lone duel in the elimination round, 93-78, in a game where the Gin Kings blew a double-digit lead in the first half.Game 1 of their best-of-7 series is on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.“It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be rough,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone.“You all better believe that this is going to be war. We’re just excited at this point. I’m not sleeping. I woke up at 3 a.m. and I’m ready to go,” Dillinger said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

A Tribute to All Mothers

first_imgBy F Shelton GonkerwonFrom where I sit in thrilled solitudeBeholding mothers through the corner of my eyesWherever they are in the near and distant landsI could espy them in an orderly motherly rowAs they patiently wait with their heads honorably bowedSeeking God’s face in the heavily troubled earthly raceWhen evil men have made justice and rights absolute slavesWhen social disasters have become the ultimate goal of political mastersAnd when satanic villains are planting graves all over the placeI could see in their hands living seeds intended to sowIn their enthusiastic mood to produce assorted eatable fruitsAimed at placing joy over sorrow to ensure Christly marrowAnd establish the spirit of true love and keep the light of unity burningThey are the living light, the foundation and the family mightTaking daily pains to ensure desired family gainsDreaming Christly dream to establish Christly creamServing as managers of men and all of their unguided hensGiving their best in the wake of unavoidable worldly testsWhile accepting unprovoked insults just to produce needed resultsAnd challenging the fearful dark to leave outstanding marksThey would provide hope in the face of loveless lookThey would remain tough when things become absolutely roughThey would painfully shed tears when you have punishment to bearMay their sun rise and transparently shineMay they not disgracefully fallBut to defiantly stand tall in the morality hallTo always honor God’s persistent callsIn line with the Christly writing on the wallMay Christ continue to place them the first and quench their thirstMay they be honorably honored and not be ponderedMay their gains remain firm to replace those devil created painsMay God’s grace keep them protected in the lifelong raceMay their deeds subdue the evil men’s weedsI wish you safe journey as you seek the eternal placeShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GHDS donates to relief efforts for The Bahamas

first_imgThe Civil Defence Commission (CDC) on Tuesday received a cheque valued $500,000 from the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (GHDS) to support the procurement of much-needed relief supplies for the hurricane-ravaged island of The Bahamas.Director General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig receives the cheque from the President of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Dr Vindhya PersaudDirector General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, in brief remarks, expressed gratitude to the GHDS on behalf of the Government and the people of Guyana for giving so generously and contributing to the disaster relief efforts of the Commission.“We [the CDC] were happy when we received a call from the GHDS who inquired about the assistance needed and were able to subsequently supply the cash donation for the relief of not only The Bahamians that are affected but also the Guyanese that are affected and this money will be added to all the donations collected thus far. [The CDC] will be handing over the funds to the Bahamian Government,” he said.The Director General in providing an update on Guyana’s relief efforts stated that in keeping with the criteria set out by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Government of Guyana through the Commission will continue to provide financial assistance as indicated by the island state and will continue to monitor the situation.Meanwhile, President of the GHDS, Dr Vindhya Persaud said the organisation has always contributed to those in need and the donation is in no way different from what has been done in the past for Haiti.“At the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (GHDS), our motto is ‘Action thy duty reward, not thy concern,’ so we feel it is time to act and this donation is a humble one and we hope that this donation can help to elevate some of the losses that the affected would have suffered,” she said.last_img read more

Students suspended for sexual activity

first_imgPASADENA – Police are investigating six students who recently engaged in sexual activity during school hours at John Muir High School. Police and school officials said they don’t know for sure if the Thursday incident, involving five boys and one girl inside a vehicle parked on campus, was consensual. “One female and several males were involved in some kind of sexual activity,” said Lt. Alex Uribe of the Pasadena Police Department. “But the case is still being written.” Uribe said Monday he had little information about the incident, but although it “appeared to be consensual,” minors can’t give consent under the law. “There was an allegation. Initially the information was it was consensual, then that it wasn’t, then maybe that it was,” said Assistant Superintendent George McKenna of the Pasadena Unified School District. “Either way, it was inappropriate. If you’re below the age of consent, then consent is an oxymoron.” All students allegedly involved have been suspended while the incident is investigated, McKenna added. Muir school administrators could not be reached for comment Monday. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 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

Twelve new fire starts reported in Prince George Fire Centre

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — In light of a weekend weather forecast is calling for mainly dry and warm conditions, with temperatures above seasonal averages throughout the region, the BC Wildfire Service is encouraging the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning.Since April 1, 12 fires have burned 88 hectares in the Prince George Fire Centre — covering an area from the Northwest Territories and Yukon to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, Cottonwood River and Robson Valley in the south, and to the Alberta border in the east as well as Skeena Mountains in the west.Crews and local fire departments have extinguished four of them, but eight others are still on the patrol stage.- Advertisement -“All of these fires are suspected to have been caused by people and resulted from grass burning or pile burning,” a press release from the government states. “No fire of any size should ever be left unattended.”Anyone wishing to light an open fire has to watch for changing weather conditions and follow all burning regulations to reduce the number of preventable wildfires. Those planning to do any large-scale industrial burning, larger than a fifth of a hectare, must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time.People are also required to check venting conditions before conducting an open burn. If venting conditions are poor or fair, open burning is restricted.Advertisementlast_img read more

Hawthorne robbery suspect found injured at hospital

first_imgA male employee fired at the fleeing Chevrolet Blazer, shattering its rear window. A short time later, the Blazer pulled up outside the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Hospital at 6041 Cadillac Ave. The robbers dropped Guzman on the ground and took off, Ishii said. Police found the Blazer abandoned near downtown Los Angeles. Flores was held at the Hawthorne jail on suspicion of robbery. Guzman will be arrested as soon as he recovers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “One guy dragged him out and put him on the driveway,” Ishii said. Manuel Guzman, 26, of Long Beach, remained hospitalized Thursday in connection with the 12:30 p.m. robbery Tuesday at Credit Investigations USA, 12939 S. Hawthorne Blvd. Police later located the abandoned getaway vehicle and, on Wednesday, arrested Luis Fernando Flores, 33, of Pacoima, on suspicion of robbery. Detectives are looking for more suspects connected to the crime in which three robbers barged into the business. One beat a male employee in the head with a gun. They escaped with $100 and a female employee’s purse, cash and jewelry. But they didn’t make a clean getaway. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER An employee of a Hawthorne business who opened fire on a trio of fleeing robbers earlier this week apparently hit one of them, police said Thursday. The suspected robber was dumped outside a West Los Angeles hospital about 45 minutes after the holdup by accomplices who sped off in their getaway vehicle, Hawthorne police Lt. Michael Ishii said. last_img read more

Championship news: Evangelos Marinakis completes Nottingham Forest takeover

first_imgNottingham Forest have announced Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has completed his takeover of the club.The Sky Bet Championship side said Marinakis’ 100 per cent buy-out has been approved by the English Football League (EFL) even though an investigation into accusations of match-fixing is ongoing in Greece.Marinakis has passed the EFL’s owner’s and directors’ test and the deal ends the five-year reign of Fawaz Al Hasawi, but UEFA is still monitoring the Greek case and awaiting the outcome.He told BBC Sport that claims he is involved in criminal activity had been made up by “jealous” opponents in a bid to discredit him, adding: “I have nothing to be afraid of and to worry about as I have done nothing wrong.”A statement on Forest’s official website read: “Nottingham Forest FC have announced the takeover of the club by a consortium headed by Evangelos M Marinakis, a Greek ship owner, businessman and owner of Greek champions Olympiacos, and Sokratis Kominakis, a Greek businessman and investor, previously a senior executive with several multinational corporations.“The completion of the purchase of 100 per cent of the club’s shares follows the EFL’s review of the business plan submitted for the club.“The EFL conducted an owners’ and directors’ test and concluded that none of the persons who would be relevant persons are liable to be disqualified under the test.”Marinakis, who set up his business in the UK after attending school and university in London, wants to replicate his success with Olympiacos at Forest and has appointed lawyer Nicholas Randall as club chairman.“Our intention is to keep Nottingham Forest thoroughly embedded in English football culture,” Marinakis added.“We are therefore proud to announce the appointment of Nicholas Randall, QC, one of the leading sports lawyers in England, to the club’s board. Nicholas knows the football industry like few others and has accepted an offer to join the club as its chairman.”Forest, twice winners of the European Cup under former manager Brian Clough, beat Ipswich 3-0 at home on the final day of the season to escape relegation to the third tier on goal difference.Al Hasawi, who took control of Forest in 2012, held takeover talks with an American consortium in January but the deal fell through. 1 The Olympiacos owner’s purchase was approved by the EFL last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Under 14 Schoolboy team took on Glasgow Celtic at the Foyle Cup.The Donegal boys did well and came with a more than deserved 1-1 draw.Photographer Gary Foy was there to capture all the action. Donegal Schoolboys Under-14 team captain Shane Blaney shields the ball from a Glasgow Celtic player during the match between the sides at the 2013 Foyle Cup in Derry. Pic.: Gary FoyConor Gavigan times his tackle to perfection against Celtic. Pic.: Gary FoyDonegal Schoolboys Under 14 team who drew with Glasgow Celtic in the group stages of the 2013 Foyle Cup in a match played on Wednesday at the Brandywell Showgrounds. Pic.: Gary Foy Conor Gormley makes a well timed interception during the match between Donegal Schoolboys and Glasgow Celtic in the Foyle Cup 2013. Pic.: Gary Foy Donegal Schoolboy’s Jack Keeney competes for the ball with a Celtic midfielder. Pic.: Gary Foy Donegal Schoolboy’s Under 14 team captain Shane Blaney in control against Glasgow Celtic. Pic.: Gary Foy  Sean Mc Bride of Donegal Schoolboys is congratulated by team-mates after equalising against Glasgow Celtic at the 2013 Foyle Cup. Pic.: Gary Foy DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS PUT IT UP TO CELTIC – PIC SPECIAL! was last modified: July 25th, 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:Donegal SchoolboysFoyle CupGlasgow Celticlast_img read more


first_imgMalachy gets his awardDONEGAL soccer players picked up two prestigious awards at 24th Three FAI International Football Awards, which took place at the RTÉ studios in Dublin on Sunday evening.But there was disbelief in many circles when Ireland captain Robbie Keane scooped the Senior International Player of the Year Award, an award Killybegs man Seamus Coleman had been hotly tipped to take.Cockhill Celtic’s Malachy McDermott made up for local disappointment when he was named Intermediate Player of the Year. And Noel O’Donnell, who has played for the Irish Deaf Team for more than 10 years and has almost 50 caps won the Football For All Award.Shane Long’s momentous goal against England during a friendly last May was voted the Three International Goal of the Year.Everton’s James McCarthy captured the Young International Player of the Year for the second year running, Sean Murray was crowned the U21 Player of the Year, while Killian Brennan was voted the SSE Airtricity League Player of the year.Former Republic of Ireland midfielder, Ronnie Whelan was inducted into the FAI Hall of Fame, while Serbian legend Dejan Stankovic was awarded the International Personality of the Year award. Ciara Grant received the special merit award in recognition of her remarkable international career as one of the greatest female players in Irish football. The Three FAI International Football Award winners are:Senior International Player of the Year: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy)Senior Women’s International Player of the Year Louise Quinn (Eskilstuna United)Three International Goal of the Year Shane Long (Hull City FC)Young International Player of the Year James McCarthy (Everton FC) SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year Killian Brennan (St Patrick’s Athletic)Hall of Fame Award Ronnie WhelanInternational Personality Award Dejan StankovicSpecial Merit Award Ciara Grant (Reading FC) Under 21 International Player of the Year Sean Murray (Watford FC)Under 19 International Player of the Year Pierce Sweeney (Reading FC)Under 19 Women’s International Player of the Year Clare Shine (Raheny Utd)Under 17 International Player of the Year Jack Byrne (Manchester City)Under 17 Women’s International Player of the Year Savannah McCarthy (Listowel Celtic)Under 16 International Player of the Year Robert Duggan (Peterborough United)Junior International Player of the Year Paul Breen (St Michael’s FC)Intermediate Player of the Year Malachy McDermott (Cockhill Celtic FC)Football for All International Player of the Year Noel O’Donnell (Irish Deaf Football Team)FAI School’s International Player of the Year Alan Browne (Preston North End)DONEGAL SOCCER STARS SCOOP 2 FAI AWARDS – BUT SHOCK AS KEANE GETS GONG AHEAD OF COLEMAN was last modified: March 3rd, 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:FAI awardsMalachy McDermottNoel O’Donnellseamus colemanlast_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has accused the Government of attempting to buy votes with a giveaway budget later this year.Deputy Pearse DohertyDeputy Doherty was speaking today as the Fiscal Advisory Council gave its support to the campaign for more budget flexibility.The West Donegal-based TD said It is well documented, by the Fiscal Advisory Council and others, that the real pressures on the economy are in the areas of health, education and pensions. “However, pumping money into these areas does not win votes as quickly as cutting income tax levels.“That is why, rather than seeking to address the real areas of concern in our economy, Enda Kenny and his Government are preparing to cut the higher rate of tax later this year in a giveaway budget designed to buy votes in the upcoming general election.“And he has the cheek to continually describe Sinn Féin as a populist party,” said Deputy Doherty.He added that he fully supports the call for more flexibility in his own party’s budget but said where Sinn Féin differs with the government is on how they use that flexibility. “The priority should be to address the problems of under investment in our public services and then and only then should we be looking at cutting taxes beginning with the most regressive taxes first.“That is why Sinn Féin’s commitment is to quality public services and the scrapping of the property tax and water charges. That is how we would put money back in people’s pockets.“This government wants to start at the top, cutting the top rate of tax for high earners while leaving in place the flat taxes that impact most on those with low incomes such as the property tax and water charges.“That is the choice now facing the electorate in the coming election. It is a choice between a Fine Gael led government that prioritises high earners or a Sinn Féin led government that prioritises on the basis of need.” GOVERNMENT ATTEMPTING TO BUY NEXT ELECTION – DOHERTY was last modified: April 1st, 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:electionGovernmentPearse DohertyTDlast_img read more