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SMBeer, TNT renew rivalry

first_imgTNT’s Danny Seigle blocks San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGrand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer is off to what coach Leo Austria said was its best conference start after a championship.The Beermen hope to keep Austria smiling when they slug it out with TNT KaTropa, the very same side they ripped last conference, as the two traditional powerhouses part ways in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Tip-off is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and both the Beermen and the Texters will be picking up the intensity as they clash for the first time since San Miguel posted a 4-2 ripping in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals just more than a month back.After a 118-93 win over shorthanded Blackwater last week, Austria was able to say something he never had a chance to after five championships in less than three seasons as coach of the Beermen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I think this is our best start (coming off a championship),” Austria said after the win off Blackwater. “I’m so proud of my players (because) despite the long break, they were very sharp.”There is a lot riding on how the Beermen perform—and finish—in this conference as the league’s sixth Triple Crown sweep is well within reach. It will also be the second Grand Slam for the franchise, if ever, and with a solid local core and management support, everyone’s expecting them to go all the way. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy, who will see action for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia, and Troy Rosario, who will be suiting up in the Southeast Asian Games, are all going to play for the Texters to be in full force.June Mar Fajardo, meanwhile, will continue to lead the Beermen as he can still come up with a dominant conference and hopefully salvage a fourth straight MVP.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra shoots for a second straight win when the Gin Kings tangle with winless KIA Picanto in the 4:15 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Pirates sail to best start End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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With Final 4 in mind, Mapua determined to keep on

first_imgNCAA: Red Lions smother Generals for 3-0 start Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Cardinals, with added experience, are also more equipped to make a Final Four run this season with the likes of Christian Buñag and Cedric Pelayo to name a few capable of stepping up to support graduating guard Exe Biteng.In its 91-83 win over Arellano, Mapua had five players in double digits led by Buñag’s 16-point, 10-rebound double-double. 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Last season, Mapua finished dead last in the standings with only three wins.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal This year, the Cardinals have already chalked up a couple victories after only four games but third-year guard Laurenz Victoria knows the team can’t look too far ahead despite tasting early success.Victoria admitted the Final Four is in the Cardinals mind, though, he added they still have a ton of work to do before they can even seriously think about possibly making the postseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We think about it (Final Four) but sometimes we lie low in practice and that’s what we need to improve on and then, that’s when we can think about the Final Four,” Victoria said in Filipino.At 2-2, Mapua finds itself in the middle of the pack with similar records as College of St. Benilde and Arellano. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Improving conditions in the city

first_imgDear Editor,As the city of Georgetown celebrates its 175th Anniversary, greetings are extended to the Mayor, City Councillors, and general staff.We are all aware of ongoing challenges faced by the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC), but that is not the focus of this writing.What I would like to suggest are two probabilities for relief to the Council, particularly by entities which have outstanding rates and other forms of indebtedness to the Council. Of course, what I’m about to suggest would require structured management and accountability to avert possible abuse or corruption.The M&CC’s massive cleanup in observance of this special anniversary began last week with parapets being weeded, the clearing of vegetation from drains, and desilting of canals within some wards and extensions of the city. However, the waste materials from these exercises were left piled on the sides of some roads. As I write, this is the current situation along Dennis Street and some sections of Pattensen and South Turkeyen.My suggestion is for Council to consider having those defaulting tax payers, particularly businesses, assist in the removal of the piled refuge under some sort of bartered arrangement. Some of these businesses, while lamenting their inability to pay outstanding taxes, may have the resources or alternate means to support the Council.Another observation is the absence of signs reflecting road names in several sections of the city. Some roads have lost their initial name signs over the years, while others seem to have never been officially named.Some rate-indebted businesses could be approached to stand the cost of placing or replacing road name signs. They could also subscribe to adopt certain unkempt streets by providing maintenance, under council’s supervision and assessment, as a deductible in lieu of owed taxes.Such an approach would improve aesthetics in extensions of the city, reduce disposal and maintenance costs to the M&CC, and offset their bad debts.We must find ways, whether established or innovative, to improve conditions in this city.Yours faithfully,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

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Understanding a US Congressional Report

first_imgDear Editor,Usually, when I read a report or column that says a certain party or candidate will win an election, I look forward for poll numbers and/or reasons for forming such a conclusion. The recent report purportedly issued on December 6 by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) on Guyana elections did not cite any polls, and neither did it offer reasons why it feels a party will be victorious or defeated at the next elections. Thus how does one interpret the CRS report? Can it be taken seriously?This missive explains the concept of a CRS report. Those of us who study the US Congress in Political Science courses (especially at the doctoral level) would have some in-depth knowledge of how Congress functions, and the role of the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The CRS is a huge library staff that functions out of the US Library of Congress. Its task is primarily to provide research to Members of Congress or any of its several Committees on any issue, or about a country. Any member or Committee can request a report on an issue or about a country; the CRS prepares the report.It seems that some staff of the CRS prepared a report on Guyana (on its coming elections). It is a broad, general report; it has not provided any reasons why it feels a political party would win or lose the March 2 election.The CRS report is not found at the Library of Congress. It does not say why it was released, nor which member of Congress or committee requested it. It can be requested by a member in his (her) private capacity. In fact, Members of Congress (MOC) usually request such a report to get an understanding of political issues in a country when he or she is lobbied to issue a statement.In this case, no Member of Congress issued a report on Guyana on the March 2 elections, so why it is in the public domain is unknown.The report is replete with errors. It says Guyana is holding a plebiscite (a referendum or vote to change a constitution), but Guyana is not holding a plebiscite; it is holding a general election to choose a government.The report refers to Bharrat Jagdeo as a former Prime Minister; Jagdeo is a former President. The report does not cite any source for its conclusion, it states that “some analysts feel” a party will win or lose, but it does not name any of the analysts.Who are they? I conducted opinion surveys that were published in the media, but the findings were not cited. A Google perusal (search) of the media does not reveal any analyst or poll showing or stating a victory for any party, except a recent commentary by one Prof Evan Ellis of the War College, who is quoted as saying that he concludes that the Opposition would win.There is also a disclaimer in the report, saying it should not be relied upon for purposes other than understanding of an issue by members of congress, as provided by staff.One positive aspect of the report is it calls for free and fair elections; that is welcomed.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu BisramPolitical Scientistlast_img read more

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Gov’t Warns Opposition Leaders Against June 7 Protest

first_imgPres. Weah says meeting with the oppositions will strengthen peace and unity.The government has warned planners of the pending June 7 ‘peaceful protest’ to abandon to their quest or else made to face the consequence thereafter. Government also threatened to drastically institute serious action against the leaderships of political parties and individual organizers of the planned ‘peaceful protest’, should it turn violent and destructive.The threat came ahead of the planned June 7 ‘peaceful protest’ organized by some stalwarts of the opposition political parties, and individuals critical of the George Weah system of governance.At a news conference on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Deputy Presidential Press Secretary, Smith Toby, described as “unfortunate” for organizers of the planned protest to insist that they will not negotiate with government on finding any amicable solution to resolve whatever their grievances.“The President is aware that the protesters have received US$350,000 to pay vulnerable citizens to protest on June 7; and has therefore budgeted US$5 for each of the protesters. Again, the government will not go for innocent citizens if the protest turned chaotic, but the planners,” Toby warned.He said while the government is prepared to grant any request from its citizens to protest, failure on the part of the political leaders and individuals to institute measures to keep it peaceful will lead to total accountability of any negative results.Toby said President Weah will ensure that the country is stable as the protesters will not instill fear in the minds of their fellow citizens and the international community.“We hear people from the Alternative National Congress (ANC), the Unity Party (UP), All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Liberty Party (LP) talking about the protest. It is their members who keep talking about the protest. This money can be used to build factories instead of paying people to take to the streets,” Toby alleged.It can be recalled that the ANC political leader Alexander Benedict Cummings and the vice chair of Liberty Party, Abraham Darius Dillon have already added their voices in support of the planned protest.But Toby said President Weah is a peaceful person, who is ready and open for discussion regarding the planned June 7 protest.Commenting on District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah’s recent engagements with Mr. Weah, Toby said the lawmaker was “courageous to indicate that if supporters of the President continue to attack or rain insults at him, he will reply them at the presidency.”“I hold nothing against you President Weah. We don’t have any beef but if some of your supporters continue to attack me, I will do same to you,” Toby said, quoting Rep. Kolubah’s remarks to President Weah during their recent interaction.According to him, President Weah’s quest to keep Liberia stable prompted the meeting with Rep. Kolubah, describing the engagement as fruitful with plans to continue the dialogue ongoing.Mr. Toby said in the wake of the prevailing economic crisis, President Weah is engaging with investors and international partners to resuscitate the country’s economy.In a related development, Toby said the Headquarters of the Female Journalist Association of Liberia (FeJAL), was the President’s way of appreciating the work of the ladies in the media.“The facility is valued US$112,000, with computers, chairs, tables and the two and half parcel of land. We are hoping that they will utilize their new facility. This is not something that the President has given and wants people to write good story about him, but everywhere people just criticize and think that it is meant to buy the journalists,” Toby said.The president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Charles Coffey, has also made similar request to Mr. Weah; a request that is currently being viewed by the government.Meanwhile, President Weah, along with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, resumed official work yesterday after nearly one week of fumigation, following the appearance of snakes in the lobby of the Foreign Ministry, the building that houses the Office of the President.Toby said President Weah has been working from his residence while the fumigation process was ongoing at the Foreign Ministry.He added, “the snakes were seen on the ground floor of the Ministry, and were spotted by many of those who were on duty at the fateful hour.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Danelo details are not needed

first_imgI’m going to shed my journalistic raiment for a moment, and admit I detested Tuesday seeing a story that appeared in this newspaper and others that detailed the blood-alcohol level of the late USC kicker, Mario Danelo. Oh, I know the public has a right to know and that the Los Angeles County coroner by law had to reveal its findings, but one idly wonders if such information is so vital for all of us to know at a time when Danelo’s parents – and so many other relatives and close friends – are still in serious mourning over his tragic death. What about their rights? What about their feelings? Where’s the empathy? As an editor countered, if we don’t report such findings, then why even report his death in the first place? Where does one draw the proverbial line, if one does exist? It’s a difficult question, but, still, I felt a disturbing sense of discomfort as I read the story about Mario Danelo, for one would have to have the chilliest of hearts not to realize the enhanced pain it caused a Danelo family already grieving deeply over the loss of its youngest son. Always in such cases where young people with a high profile die suddenly in unusual circumstances, there is almost a ghoulish fascination over the causes and what inevitably ensues is rampant speculation, most of it of a dark, conspiratorial nature. center_img I have heard all the theories about what led to Danelo’s death, and alcohol was linked to every one of them. And, as it turns out, it was, as his blood-alcohol level was almost three times over the legal limit. But do we all feel relieved, even more enlightened now that we know officially that Mario Danelo had too much to drink, as though that revelation somehow will make it easier for all of us to accept his passing, as well as give those extravagantly pious a chance to wag their fingers in reproach. I realize this isn’t exactly an admission I should be making in these insufferably politically correct times, but I, too, at Mario Danelo’s tender age – he was 21 – several times had too much to drink, as I’ve had on other occasions during the intervening years. I’m certainly not proud of such excesses that, blessedly, have become less frequent as the aging process conspires to diminish one’s tolerance in such activities, and I’ve been fortunate across the decades to avoid major incident. How many of you out there, especially when young, also consumed too much liquor on one occasion or another? The cause of Mario Danelo’s death continues to be a source of obsessive conjecture even though it’s now quite irrelevant. Was it an accident? Or was it …? In the coroner’s report, his death is listed as “undetermined.” OK, but what difference does it now make? I’m sure the way Mario Danelo died – he tumbled 150 feet down the Pt. Fermin cliffs in San Pedro – strikes a primal chord in all of us, since falling is an experience one fears from childhood, one dreads as an adult, as it can be the embodiment of death itself, as the body becomes a defenseless mechanism as it descends haplessly against alien forces into a void that betrays its mortality and frailty. Indeed, there isn’t a time when I’m in an airplane that at least momentarily a fey thought doesn’t pass warily through my mind that my hands, feet, muscles – the protective matter of my body – can be rendered helpless against the enmity of a gravitational force beyond my control. I’ll always remember Mario Danelo as being a likable, popular kid from San Pedro High who was the most accurate kicker in USC history and who lost his life prematurely. As a journalist, I do, of course, understand the reason for the media reporting on the L.A. coroner’s findings, for, after all, Mario Danelo was a public figure by virtue of his affiliation with USC and his heroics on the gridiron. But that doesn’t mean I heartily advocate it, although perhaps it could serve as a cautionary tale that might prevent similar fatalities from occurring in the future. The Long Beach State athletic director, Vic Cegles, admits he shuddered perceptibly when he read about it, and immediately forwarded an e-mail of the story to his two sons, Vic, a junior at Rutgers, and Casey, a sophomore at Towson University. “So many of the young college students drink and have that aura of invincibility,” says Cegles. “You just feel horrible when you read such a story. It’s just so heartbreaking.” It is heartbreaking, especially when the bereavement of those left behind is compounded needlessly by information that just as well could have been kept private. Doug Krikorian can be reached at doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com 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

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SACKED! Sven-Goran Eriksson leaves Chinese club Shenzhen after six months

first_img Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been sacked by Chinese club Shenzhen after just six months in charge.The 69-year-old replaced Clarence Seedorf as boss of the second-tier side in December but a poor run of form has seen the Swede axed.Eriksson, who managed England between 2001 and 2006, failed to inspire a promotion charge and mustered only five wins from 13 league games.The Guangdong-based side are fourth in League One after a winless eight-game run and they confirmed Eriksson’s departure on their official website.“The negotiations between the two sides were very smooth, leaving only some details to be completed by lawyers,” read a statement.Eriksson, who managed Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou R&F prior to his appointment at Shenzhen, will be replaced by Wang Baoshan. 1last_img read more

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SURF SENSATION! DONEGAL COULD HAVE BIGGEST WAVES IN THE WORLD!

first_imgSURFERS are travelling to Donegal from all over the world to catch our waves – and that’s because they could be the BIGGEST on the planet.That could see a massive influx of tourists into the county in 2012.But one expert has warned amateur surfers to avoid catching the monster rollers. Al Mennie, from Portrush in Co Antrim, says he has found one spot off Co Donegal which could produce waves of 120-feet – that’s nearly twice the 67-foot high wave recorded by Met Eireann earlier this month.“I look for the same characteristics in Ireland as in the US and Hawaii and now we’ve found waves in Ireland bigger and better,” he said.“We are doing the same as Hawaii but they’re in board shorts and suncream. We are wearning six-millimetre thick wetsuits in water 10C and near freezing air temperatures.”However he is refusing to say where the biggest Donegal waves are, adding: “Some of these Donegal waves are the biggest in the world in my opinion, but they’re not for inexperienced surfers.” Our picture shows the incredible moment an English surfer rode a massive wave in Donegal Bay, as we reported earlier this month.Jayce Robinson, from St Ives, can just be seen inside the huge rolling wave.The daredevil surfer even dislocated his knee – and his board snapped in half – during his efforts on Tuesday.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comSURF SENSATION! DONEGAL COULD HAVE BIGGEST WAVES IN THE WORLD! was last modified: December 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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 BIGGEST WAVES IN WORLDDONEGAL SURFINGSURFING DONEGALlast_img read more

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Poor Magpies defending angers Pardew

first_imgNewcastle manager Alan Pardew bemoaned his team’s defensive shortcomings following their 2-1 defeat at Fulham.Hugo Rodallega was allowed to head home Damien Duff’s free-kick and give Fulham their first win in eight matches.Pardew told Sky Sports: “It was a really soft second goal – a soft free-kick and soft defensively from the free-kick and you can’t do that at this level.“We missed the first period where one or two players got caught out with the pace Fulham had, but you could just sense at half-time we were still in it.“In the second half we were terrific, but we’ve conceded poor goals at poor times. We can’t argue tonight – that’s a soft goal.”More reaction to follow later.See also:Rodallega’s winner gives Fulham victoryAlan Pardew admits he’s worried after Newcastle’s latest 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Will Draymond Green’s wrist be a factor in Game 5?

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES — The Warriors reported having no concerns on Draymond Green’s right wrist after he had an MRI taken on Monday. Hence, the Warriors expect him to play for Game 5 of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday at Oracle Arena.“He’s fine,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s clear. He practiced fully today.”Green was seen …last_img read more

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