first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It will be the PBA Luzon All-Stars turn to test the national team at Batangas Coliseum in Batangas City on Friday night with Gilas stalwarts Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro and Matthew Wright switching to the PBA side this time.The nationals welcome Jio Jalalon and Mac Belo back in the fold after the duo played for Mindanao on Wednesday night. Completing the squad that will be handled by coach Yeng Guiao are June Mar Fajardo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Allein Maliksi, Terrence Romeo, Gabe Norwood and Kiefer Ravena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Luzon team also features LA Tenorio, Paul Lee, Stanley Pringle, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Ian Sangalang and Raymond Almazan.The All-Star skills competitions—the three-point shootout, the slam dunk and obstacle challenge—are also on tap on Friday night with former MVP winner Asi Taulava leading the big men vying in the Obstacle Challenge. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Sonny Thoss, Raymond Aguilar, JP Erram, Kelly Nabong, Russell Escoto, Ken Bono, Justin Chua, Aldrech Ramos, Beau Belga, Gabby Espinas and Yousef Taha are also entered in the event.Maliksi defends his three-point shootout crown against a strong field that includes former champs Romeo and James Yap and Marcio Lassiter. Lee, Wright, Tenorio, Pringle, Alaska’s Jvee Casio, Columbian Dyip’s Ronald Tubid, Meralco’s KG Canaleta and NLEX’s Larry Fonacier are also entered in the shootout.Chris Newsome guns for another slam dunk crown against former champ Rey Guevarra and challengers Mat Rosser, Marion Magat, Renz Palma and Lervin Flores.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film After shouldering scoring chores for the national team, Calvin Abueva (left) shifts to do duty for the Luzon All-Stars. —PBA IMAGESThe Smart National Team dropped the first of three duels against a PBA Mindanao All-Star Team on Wednesday night in Digos City, but one of the stars of the winning team believes Gilas Pilipinas will only get better in their next two outings.“I’m sure they’re not going to lose their next two games,” said Mark Barroca, after scoring 20 points in the Mindanao All-Stars’ 144-130 conquest of the Smart All-Stars at Davao Del Sur Coliseum. “They were just complacent. They are a very strong team.”ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ 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 View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Alcantara, new partner in ITF finals Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

first_imgDespite economic woes…claims PPP blinded by Govt’s “progress”Despite the regressing economic growth rate, the thousands of laid off sugar workers, and multiple challenges being faced by the private sector, such as taxes, the Government is contending that “people at all levels” are enjoying the good life.Making this statement was Social Protection Minister Amna Ally. In her capacity as People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) Chairperson, she insisted in a statement on Monday that the Opposition Peoples Progressive Party- was in fact “blinded” by the coalition’s “progress.”While her statement was ostensibly in response to concerns raised by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on carrying out new house-to-house registration for elections, Ally also boasted of the Government’s work in installing street lights and potable water, among others.“Street lighting has given many the opportunit to light up their lives. Our interior locations can now boast of a new consciousness with the installation of radio stations, keeping them informed of current events. Our aerodromes and airports, which are properly maintained add pride to our successes.  Do not let me give you more examples. Guyana is better off under this government,” Ally said, claiming that the Government has no intention to delay Local Government Elections.DesperationThe PPP had said in a statement that recent calls by Ally for a new house-to-house registration ahead of this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE) were a desperate attempt to delay or postpone the elections.According to the PPP, the call by Ally has nothing to do with the PPP, but more so to do with the PNC, since they “discovered the harsh reality that (their) supporters are not heeding their calls to register.”The party attributed this to what it said is APNU/AFC’s woefully inept management that “not only decimated a once vibrant economy, but has made it virtually impossible for Guyanese, including their own supporters, to eke out a living after falsely promising a good life…“Their failed economic policies have removed confidence from local and foreign investors, thereby compounding the woes of a now wary Guyanese populace.”The PPP reminded that after the 2015 General and Regional Elections, it “called not only for new house-to-house registration by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), but for electronic voting utilizing enhanced biometrics with a paper- ballot trail which could be audited.”“Having ignored our calls, the PNC, having completed almost three years in government, is now making calls for a new house-to-house registration. After the completion of two cycles of continuous registration and two periods of claims and objections…This reluctance to engage in the process is as a result of the despondency precipitated from the economic hardships that the PNC government continue to stack on the backs of Guyanese” the PPP said.Moreover, the party outlined in its release that house-to-house registration is a meticulous process that necessitates a protracted time period for its completion and accuracy.Therefore, “having realized that its support is diminishing, this desperate call for a new house-to-house registration by the PNC three years hence can only be seen as a deliberate attempt to postpone or even derail Local Government Elections (LGE), scheduled for later this year, and General and Regional Elections constitutionally due in 2020? the PPP remarked.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars legend Peter Dawo is appealing for medical fund through Paybill 891300 that will see him undergo surgery on his left knee at a Kisumu hospital. photo/MICHEZO AFRICANAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars legend Peter Dawo is in need of Sh650, 000 to undergo a knee replacement surgery.To make this possible, Dawo is appealing for donations through Paybill 891300 that will see him undergo surgery in his left knee at Kisumu Orthopaedic Clinic. “He was complaining of severe pain in his left knee that was affecting his activities of daily living. Further investigations revealed severe osteoarthritis of the same knee. Total knee replacement surgery is recommended to rid him of the pain and restore function of the affected limb,” a letter signed by Dr. Walter Adero of Orthopaedic Clinic read.“These types of surgery are performed locally in Kisumu. It will cost around Sh550, 000 with a short hospital stay,” the letter concluded.Speaking to Capital Sport from Kisumu, Dawo, who featured in the 1988 and 90 Africa Cup of Nations, called on the government to come to his aid and end the pain he has gone through for the last 15 years.“I have been having this problem for a long time. It made me retire from football so I am appealing for help from everyone and especially from the government. Some people are saying that I could have invested during my time of play, but I want to tell them that during our time we were not being paid, we were playing for passion even after winning Mandela Cup we were not given even a shilling,” Dawo revealed.Dawo, immortalised in K’Ogalo folklore for guiding them over Tunisian giants Esperance in the final of the CAF Cup Winners’ Cup, has challenged the government to provide medical cover for retired football legends.“I would like the government to give retired legend footballers a comprehensive medical cover because if I had it I would have gone to Aga Khan Hospital and get treatment. When I was playing for Kenya everyone was happy. I am pleading with them to help me when I am alive not to wait until one has passed on to give praise,” Dawo who led Gor to become the only team in East African team to have won continental silverware, stated.Talented players such Gor assistant coach Bobby Ogolla, Abbas Magongo and Austin Oduor, father to Norway based shot-stopper Arnold Origi, among others inspired them to lift the Mandela Cup at Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani in presence of then Head of State Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.The first leg played in Tunis saw Magongo score the first goal but Esperance equalised and went ahead to lead 2-1. However, midway through the second half, Dawo levelled matters with a brilliant long range shot to see the match end 2-2.In the return leg staged at a full capacity Kasarani Stadium, Dawo sent K’Ogalo ahead after powerfully nodding home from a Magongo corner but Esperance equalised late for a 1-1 draw.The goal did not matter for the visitors as Gor won their first ever continental title on away goal rule after a 3-3 aggregate final score from the two legs.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000The Spanish football federation and Spanish Prime Minisister Mariano Rajoy insisted that Spain would indeed go to the World Cup in Russia © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Dec 15 – The governing body of world football (FIFA) confirmed on Friday that it has written to the Spanish federation (RFEF) warning they could be suspended form the 2018 World Cup because of political interference.Earlier in the day Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Spain had received “no such letter from FIFA.” The issue centres on the RFEF presidency. Angel Maria Villar, who was also a senior FIFA and UEFA official, resigned after being arrested in July on suspicion of embezzling funds. Villar was replaced, on an interim basis, by Juan Luis Larrea, another long-time football administrator.Even though he is only a stand-in, Larrea has made clear he wants to see out Villar’s term, which was due to end in 2020. The Spanish National Sports Agency (CSD) has objected and that prompted FIFA’s warning, reported on Friday by the daily El Pais.“We can confirm that FIFA recently sent a letter to the Spanish FA (RFEF) expressing its concern at the current situation in the association and reiterating that, under the FIFA Statutes, all member associations must manage their affairs independently and ensure that there is no interference by third parties in internal matters,” said a FIFA statement.“FIFA is in contact with the RFEF, and a joint FIFA-UEFA delegation will be sent to Madrid shortly to monitor and assess the situation in the association,” the statement continued.The RFEF and the Spanish government insisted on Friday that Spain would go to the World Cup in Russia.“I just can’t see that scenario,” Rajoy said at a press conference in Brussels. “I am absolutely convinced Spain will go to the World Cup, and will win.”Rajoy said Spain’s sports minister had told him the Spanish authorities had “received no official communication from FIFA but only a letter from a member of FIFA requesting a meeting.” He said his government’s attitude was “exemplary.”Villar was re-elected for an eighth term as president last May. He had run the RFEF for 29 years until his arrest on suspicion of creating a network of corruption in Spanish football.Last month, Luis Rubiales, the former head of the players’ union and an ally of Villar’s put forward a motion of censure against Larrea with the objective of becoming president himself. That motion is scheduled for a vote on January 16.At the same time, the Spanish cabinet, acting on requests from the CSD, demanded fresh RFEF elections because of irregularities in the vote last May. FIFA sees this as external political interference.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A graveyard marker that was recently removed from a burial plot has been returned to its site and staff of the City of Fort St. John shared a public apology on its City of Fort St. John FB page.On October 30th, 2019, a public post was made to the Fort St. John FB page by Trish-Allen Dyck that her husband noticed the city of Fort St. John Public Works department had completely removed the wooden cross and plot marker for her parent’s plot.- Advertisement –The FB post received immediate attention from the public and responses from Mayor Lori Ackerman, Councillor Becky Grimsrud and Councillor Trevor Bolin.It is not clear as to why this gravesite marker was removed as it has stood in its place for nine years, according to Dyck’s FB post. On the FB post, Councillor Grimsrud offers a sincere reply and information as to where the confusion could be stemming from.Thursday, October 31st, Dyck posted the following update to the original FB post.The same day the cross was returned to its burial plot and the grass sodded by the staff of the city.Advertisement To view the group where Dyck made her post; CLICK HERE To view the post by the City of Fort St. John staff; CLICK HERElast_img read more

first_imgBarcelona are ready to step up their pursuit of Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports in Spain.Despite being club captain, Vermaelen’s future is up in the air and Wenger last week admitted that he ‘cannot guarantee’ that the Belgian will still be at Arsenal when the season starts.Manchester United, who are desperate to sign central defensive cover this summer, looked like his most likely destination but they have so far failed to agree a deal.But now El Mundo Deportivo, the Spanish newspaper, has claimed that Barca are ready to approach Arsenal about selling Vermaelen.The Catalan club have already landed Jeremy Mathieu but want at least one more centre-back before the new campaign begins, with PSG’s Marquinhos high on their list.But the French club are said to want at least £35m for the Brazilian while Vermaelen, who has been on their radar for the past 18 months, is available for just £10m. Arsenal star Thomas Vermaelen 1last_img read more

first_img REVEALED ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Man City fixtures De Bruyne could miss RANKED On the setback, Guardiola said: “For the fact he was out two-and-a-half months and again, we’re sad for him. Nobody likes to be injured.“When you come back you cannot expect in one day to be the player we know he is, he needs time to settle, take the rhythm, the pace.“Yesterday he came back in many things but it is what it is. Unfortunately he’s injured but fortunately it’s not surgery. Between four and six weeks, the doctor said, he will come back.” MONEY Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is ‘sad’ for Kevin De Bruyne after he suffered a fresh injury setback.The Belgian midfielder limped off during Thursday’s 2-0 Carabao Cup victory over Fulham in what was his first start since returning from a ten-match absence due to knee ligament damage suffered in August and is now facing up to another six weeks on the sidelines. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Southampton (H) – 04/11Shakhtar Donetsk (H) – 07/11Man United (H) – 11/11West Ham (A) – 24/11Lyon (A) – 27/11Bournemouth (H) – 01/12Watford (A)  – 04/12Chelsea (H) – 08/12Hoffenheim (H) – 12/12 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img 2 De Bruyne’s start against Fulham was just his second of the season and Guardiola was asked if he had considered substituting him before he was injured.He said: “Football is football. It’s a dynamic game with a lot of contact and this sometimes happens.”Both goals against Fulham were scored by Brahim Diaz, one of City’s most highly-rated academy products.The 19-year-old’s future has been thrown into doubt this week with reports contract talks have stalled due to concerns over a lack of game time.Guardiola pointed out that he is not directly involved in contract talks but said: “The fact is we want him.”Guardiola also dismissed fresh reports that the club are again interested in signing Barcelona’s five-time world player of the year Lionel Messi.The matter has recurred frequently throughout Guardiola’s tenure at City.He said: “I have said many, many times since I came here, when I left Barcelona to go to Bayern Munich and now City that I never went to both clubs and said I want this player. Never. I know how important he is to Barcelona.” 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The 27-year-old was dealt the blow after Fulham defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah – on-loan from Manchester United – accidentally fell on his knee in the 85th minute.City coped well without De Bruyne earlier in the season, but this latest blow comes ahead of some crucial fixtures, including Manchester United at the Etihad next Sunday. Latest Football News Guardiola was visibly concerned De Bruyne’s injury, to his left knee, is not to the same knee he was operated on after sustaining ligament damage in August.Guardiola said: “This kind of injury is unlucky but I think he’s so strong and had recovered so well. The other was more dangerous than this one. He’ll recover well, we have an excellent (medical) department.”De Bruyne will miss next week’s derby against Manchester United in the Premier League and at least two Champions League games. He is also likely to be unavailable for his side’s trip to former club Chelsea on December 8.Guardiola, speaking at a press conference to preview the champions’ clash with Southampton on Sunday, said: “It’s not about the Manchester derby – the Manchester derby is three points like Southampton is three points. The Manchester derby will not be a final, it will be another game.“But we are a stronger team with Kevin than without him. We have to live without him and we have to be there when he comes back, that’s all we can do.” no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card De Bruyne was forced off against Fulham last_img read more

first_imgA Killybegs family is in mourning for the second time for a son lost at sea – a brother of a man who died in Cork this week also drowned nine years ago.The body of Oliver Cunningham (43), was recovered close to the slip at the pier in Castletownbere yesterday afternoon.His brother Matthew, pictured right, who was just 25 at the time, drowned off Killybegs harbour in November 2002. Tragic Oliver had been aboard the fishing trawler the Patrick C, based at Clogherhead in Co Louth. The trawler had docked in Castletownbere in Co Cork overnight on Monday.He was reported missing early yesterday morning and a search operation began at 11am.His body was spotted in the water close to the pier by Castletownbere lifeboat volunteers two and half hours later.It is understood he had been out socialising with friends on Monday night. Fellow crew members raised the alarm when they realised he had not returned to the vessel yesterday morning.Mr Cunningham had been living in Co Louth in recent times. His family at St Catherine’s Road in Killybegs are devastated by the loss of a second son.A postmortem is to be carried out at Cork University Hospital today.Speaking about the tragedy yesterday local TD Thomas Pringle said: “It’s a terrible blow. It’s been a number of years since we have had anything like it. He is well-known in the locality and our thoughts are with his family.”KILLYBEGS TRAGEDY: BROTHER ALSO DROWNED NINE YEARS AGO was last modified: April 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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:KillybegsOliver Cunninghamtragedylast_img read more

first_imgYoung campaigners of Donegal have been commended for their efforts in striking for climate change earlier this month.Thousands of Donegal students left their classrooms on Friday 20th September to highlight the climate emergency. Through strikes and social media, they called on the government to take urgent action to prevent climate breakdown and ensure a just and sustainable future.Donegal County Councillor Jack Murray has said that the students in the county should be commended by elected representatives for their strike. Speaking at the council’s monthly meeting on Monday, he said that the council can do a lot of proactive work to answer the students’ calls for action. Climate change, Cllr Murray said, is the biggest challenge of our generation.He expressed his views that carbon tax is a retrograde step and said that the council should be encouraging more offshore wind energy rather than controversial wind farms.The motion comes as the council considers a draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the next five years. The 100-page draft strategy sets out a framework of actions and measures that Donegal County Council proposes to undertake to further embed climate adaptation into all local authority areas of responsibility and to assist communities in adapting to climate change.School climate strikes are praised by council was last modified: September 30th, 2019 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)last_img read more

first_imgPaul Eldrenkamp is the founder of Byggmeister (Scandinavian for “Master Builder”), a remodeling company in Massachusetts. This post originally appeared at the company’s website. One of the Swedish building standard researchers we met with told us that this tradition of stringent energy standards goes back centuries, to a time when the growing Swedish steel industry was burning most of the native forests and leaving less and less wood available for home heating. The result was an early energy crisis that led to the development of ways to heat Swedish homes with relatively little wood (including some wonderful masonry stoves).But there are social norms at work here, too: Just as Scandinavians do not tolerate extreme poverty and income inequality, there seems to be a general outlook that all people deserve high quality housing, and that the best housing should not be too much better than the worst housing. RELATED ARTICLESNESEA Conference HighlightsAn Architect’s Take on Sweden’s Factory-Built HousesVäxjö, Sweden, is a Model of SustainabilityCombined Heat and Power in SwedenGetting Around in SwedenDistrict HeatingVisiting a District Heating Plant in Austria Capturing and Distributing Waste Heat From Power GenerationBringing Combined Heat and Power to Brattleboro Thinking on a broader scaleIn the U.S., we tend to think in terms of high-performance buildings. In Scandinavia, they tend to think in terms of high-performance neighborhoods, cities, regions, and whole countries. Because of the centralized heat and power generation facilities, at which it’s relatively easy to switch fuels as needed, this larger-scale strategy tends to be a higher-leverage and more cost-effective way of reducing carbon emissions. It was fascinating to see this sort of thinking in action.center_img Combined heat and power plants proliferateEven more interesting than the more stringent energy performance standards, however, are the systems that have developed over the years for delivering heat and electricity to buildings in Scandinavia.Combined heat and power plants proliferate in the region, certainly in the more urban areas. Traditional electrical generating plants burn fuel (typically, coal or gas) to create steam that spins turbines that in turn generate electricity. It’s not unusual for these plants to be only 30% to 40% efficient — most of the energy created by burning the fuel is lost as waste heat (this is one of the reasons that what you pay for electricity is over three times what you pay for the same amount of energy delivered to your house as natural gas; the wasted energy accounts for the premium price).A combined heat and power plant, however, captures that waste heat and transfers it to water that is distributed through well-insulated underground pipes and used for space heating and domestic hot water in the buildings near the plant. Most Scandinavian cities have these systems, and you won’t find any boilers in the basements; instead, there’s a network of pipes and heat exchangers. Because of good engineering and good pipe insulation, the distribution losses are minimal. It’s a very efficient way to deliver energy.In essence, it’s like having one very large, very efficient, fuel-flexible boiler for a whole large neighborhood, rather than tens of thousands of small boilers for each of the buildings in that neighborhood. I say “fuel-flexible” because of the options these systems offer for producing energy. They can burn fossil fuels (and most still burn coal at times, though a diminishing quantity), biomass, trash, and biogas (mostly methane harvested from the sewage system). This past October I was in Sweden and Denmark with four colleagues from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). We were on a study tour of sustainable design and green building practices in Scandinavia, a trip inspired by a similar tour we did of Upper Austria and Saxony four years ago. My traveling companions were architects Chris Benedict and Tom Hartman, engineer Andy Shapiro, and energy analyst and graduate student Heather Nolen.While doing our research to plan the trip we had been advised that we may not find many particularly remarkable buildings to visit. This was true, in its way: the best buildings here in the Northeast are possibly the equal of any of the buildings we saw in Sweden and Denmark.One key difference, though, is that the average building in Scandinavia is built to a higher performance standard than the average building in the Northeast because their codes are more stringent than ours. And it’s not because Scandinavia has harsher winters than we do: in fact, their climate is very similar to ours.last_img read more