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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Soriano, Tan put new tactic to test anew in Dumaguete 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Because we’re not.”It was another classic game in the evenly-matched series that has so far failed to draw in big crowds, and Compton believes that they will be in for a tougher battle come Game 4 as they try to vie for a championship for the first time since losing to Rain or Shine in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“They will look at it as a KO match and we have to also look at it as a KO match,” Compton went on after getting the big endgame buckets from Mike Harris and brilliant outside shooting from Simon Enciso in the fourth that enabled the Aces to have a chance at winning it in the stretch. “That (Game 4) is going to be another fantastic basketball game.”Both teams were at their best and it wasn’t an ending of miscues, but of brilliance with Alaska watching with bated breath in the dying seconds as the Bolts missed three point-blank attempts at trying to forge overtime. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I thought that was excellent basketball by both teams and that nobody deserved to lose,” Compton said after Harris finished with 31 points, 24 rebounds and seven assists. “Just incredible hearts on both sides.“It’s back to the drawing board for us, we have no time to rest,” said Compton with the potential series-clinching game slated Saturday at 6:30 p.m. also at the Pasay venue.Allen Durham finished with 37 points, 11 of them in the fourth period, but had the first and third misses in that last Meralco offensive which could have necessitated an extra five minutes.Reynel Hugnatan added 19, but missed the tip-in attempt of Durham’s first miss.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham of Meralco Bolts against Mike Harris and Sonny Thoss of Alaska Aces during game at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. INQUIRER PHOTO / RICHARD A. REYESIn another enthralling ending to a game of the PBA Governors’ Cup’s less-watched Final Four matchup, Alaska gutted out a 104-102 nipping of Meralco at Cuneta Astrodome on Thursday night to put a foot in the Finals, with coach Alex Compton now most wary of the Bolts more than ever.“No single coach—and I hope no single player in my team—feels that we’re past Meralco,” Compton said after taking a 2-1 lead and getting the chance to close this one out on Saturday and see action in their first title series in more than two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

Man to stand trial in fatal wildfire

first_imgBreazile, who has a young daughter with Oyler, said she and Oyler were watching televised reports of a wildfire in late May when the auto mechanic told her he had started the blaze. She threatened to leave him if he didn’t stop setting fires, said Breazile, who prosecutors called as a hostile witness during a two-day preliminary hearing to determine whether there was enough evidence to proceed to trial. “We were in an argument and I was going on and on about something and he sometimes does things to get a reaction out of me,” Breazile said, holding back tears. “He said, `Yeah, I did that, too.”‘ Breazile said Oyler told her he used “a cigarette and matches” to start the fire in Moreno Valley, about 11 miles outside Riverside, in late May. Oyler is charged with starting the fire. Breazile also testified that on another occasion Oyler suggested setting a fire to get his pit bull out of an animal shelter in nearby Banning, where it had been impounded for attacking someone. She said, however, that he never set the fire because the dog was released Oct. 25, a day before the deadly blaze began in the Banning area. “You admit as you sit here now that the defendant brought up setting a fire as one among many ideas?” Hestrin said. “Yes, but it didn’t happen,” Breazile replied. “We got the dogs before any of this ever took place.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RIVERSIDE – A judge Tuesday ordered the man suspected of setting a wildfire that killed five firefighters to stand trial on five counts of first-degree murder and multiple counts of arson. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey J. Prevost threw out one count of arson for an earlier blaze, from which investigators were unable to recover an incendiary device. Raymond Lee Oyler, 36, now faces 22 counts of arson and 17 counts of use of an incendiary device for allegedly setting nearly two dozen fires between May 16 and Oct. 26, 2006. The judge also found probable cause for special-circumstance allegations that could make Oyler eligible for the death penalty. Deputy District Attorney Michael Hestrin said his department hadn’t decided whether to seek a death sentence. Relatives of the dead firefighters sobbed and clutched each other as Prevost read his ruling. Oyler showed no emotion but members of his family cried quietly. An arraignment was scheduled for April 9. The deadly fire, which followed several smaller blazes, was ignited amid fierce Santa Ana winds and eventually charred more than 60 square miles near Banning, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles. Oyler was arrested Oct. 31, days after it began. “When the defendant is arrested, there’s no more fires,” Hestrin told Prevost. “There hasn’t been another single arson fire in the Banning Pass area. It’s inconceivable that this was not done by one defendant and not done by Mr. Oyler.” Defense attorney Mark McDonald countered that the devices investigators found at the scene differed too much to have been made by just one person. Oyler’s fiancee and cousin testified earlier Tuesday that the suspect had boasted about lighting fires in the area. Crystal Breazile, however, denied that her fiance set the blaze that claimed the firefighters’ lives last fall. last_img

WATCH: Notts County Ladies produce SUPERB free kick routine against Arsenal

first_imgNotts County Ladies produced a brilliant free kick routine against Arsenal Ladies on Thursday night during their 1-1 Super League draw at Meadow Lane.Ellen White surprised the entire Gunners defence just before the half hour mark to give the home side the lead.last_img

Forecasts: Asia’s ’08 growth likely constrained by U.S. woes

first_imgSINGAPORE – Asia’s economic growth is likely to be constrained by an expected slowdown in the U.S. economy and potential spillover from the subprime mortgage crisis, two economic forecasts released Thursday said. Emerging East Asian economies, which include China, will likely grow a collective 8 percent next year, down from the 8.5 percent rate forecast for this year, the Asian Development Bank said in a twice-yearly report. “If the U.S. economy enters a recession and the global economy substantially slows in tandem, the impact on emerging East Asian economies will be potent,” the report said. The U.S. economy – a major export market for Asia – has been buffeted by a slowdown in its housing market and a credit crisis after a spike in defaults on mortgages to borrowers with poor credit histories, which has led to losses at major banks and global market turmoil. Even if the U.S. economy avoids a recession, the ADB predicted financial markets will remain volatile for some time. Risks include further tightening of global credit, abrupt changes in exchange rates and a continued rise in oil and commodity prices, the Manila-based bank said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSimilarly, the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council said in a separate report that because of possible fallout from the subprime crisis, the outlook for the broader Pacific Rim region is the most uncertain it has been since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis. Still, Singapore-based PECC predicted that the U.S. economy would not enter a recession and that the troubled American housing market will recover by the second-half of 2008. The think tank, which comprises business executives, government officials and academics from more than 20 economies, was “cautiously optimistic” about the region’s outlook. It projected member economies’ collective growth to remain at 4.9 percent next year, about the same as this year. 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

French authorities brace for more vehicle torchings

first_img About 25,000 police will be deployed – “a few more” than in past years, she said. Precise figures were not available, she added. The recent violence broke out Oct. 27 in a poor Paris suburb after two youths who believed police were chasing them hid in a power substation and died of electrocution. The nongovernmental group Banlieues du Monde (Suburbs of the World) is planning a festive “New Year’s Eve caravan” with music and dancers to roll through tough Paris suburbs today and early Sunday to help defuse lingering anger. PARIS – France will deploy some 25,000 police officers to keep order on New Year’s Eve, a time when reveling youths often set fire to hundreds of cars. Police are being especially vigilant this year because of the rioting, arson attacks and other violence that rocked France for three weeks in November. Then, thousands of cars were set alight. A state of emergency imposed to quell the rioting is still in effect. Burning cars is not unusual in France – where dozens of vehicles are set afire on an average night. But the figure has risen to about 300 on New Year’s Eve in recent years, according to the Interior Ministry. “Nothing’s different. We are indeed expecting cars to be burned like every year,” Catherine Casteran, a spokeswoman for the national police, said by phone Friday. 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

Job Vacancy: Donegal Haulage Company require Office Administrator/Accounts Person

first_imgJob Vacancy: A well-established South Donegal Haulage Company are seeking to recruit an Office Administrator/Accounts Person to join their experienced, dynamic and hardworking team.Management at North-West Carriers are inviting applications for a vacant role within their organization.Job details: Contract Type: Full-time/PermanentSalary: Negotiable depending on experienceMain Responsibilities of the Job:Inputting and Reconciling data on Sage 50 Accounts packageManage personnel payroll systemFiling and paying BI-Monthly and Quarterly Vat Returns via ROSFiling and paying Monthly P30’s via ROSPreparation of Year End Accounts for AccountantGeneral office dutiesThe Ideal Candidate will have:3-5 years previous experience in a similar roleGood working knowledge of Sage 50 Accounts PackageGood working knowledge of Microsoft packagesAbility to work on own initiative, be highly organised with attention to detailTo apply for this position: please send your C.V. to or via post to Accounts Department, North West Carriers (Ballyshannon) Limited, The Cross, Cashelard, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.Job Vacancy: Donegal Haulage Company require Office Administrator/Accounts Person was last modified: September 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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

Between The Rows Farm Showcase: Nathan Brown

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this “Between The Rows” farm showcase powered by Seed Consultants, meet Nathan Brown of Highland County.last_img

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gives ‘Oust BJP’ call

first_imgTrinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday gave ‘Oust BJP from India’ call and said Bengal would stand by all political parties which would fight the saffron one.Asserting that the BJP has “failed on all fronts,” including on having good relations with foreign countries, Ms. Banerjee announced that her party will launch the ‘Oust BJP’ programme from August 9.“We will oust BJP from India. It is our challenge. The Centre is trying to browbeat us with Sarada, Narada cases but we are not afraid of it. None of us is guilty. We will not bow our heads,” she told a massive rally in Kolkata.Ms. Banerjee said 18 opposition parties had come together and supported joint candidate Meira Kumar in the just-concluded presidential election.“This platform will expand in future to defeat BJP which thinks that it will have a cakewalk in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. Things will not be that easy (for BJP),” she said.Expressing her party’s support to those who will fight the BJP, she said “Bengal will stand beside Sonia Gandhi, Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar, Arvind Kejriwal and all those who will oppose BJP.” “India’s relations with foreign countries have deteriorated under the BJP-led government at the Centre,” she alleged adding, “Why can’t it improve relations with Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh which have borders with Bengal?” She also accused the Centre of unleashing central agencies like CBI and ED against those who had opposed demonetisation and GST roll-out in haste.last_img read more

Rewards in hockey and cricket can never be equal

first_imgThe furore over Hockey India handing out cheques of Rs 25,000 each to members of the men’s team which won the Asian Champions Trophy may seem well justified, but the reality is quite different. At a time when hockey is making news for the wrong reasons at home, with the Champions Trophy being shifted to Auckland, it was heartening to note the performance from the Indian team in Ordos, China.Yet, what followed was really ugly, as Hockey India came in for flak from all quarters, with sports minister Ajay Maken also ready to loosen the purse strings. While I am happy that the sports ministry is now promptly disbursing rewards, it is also being smart in making the Greater Noida Formula One hosts – JP Sports – pay Rs 10 crore to the National Sports Development Fund.It is well known that in India, barring cricket and golf, in almost every other sport, people play with the ambition of winning laurels for the country.Money is a secondary concern. Had the Indian team lost to Pakistan in the final last Sunday, there would have been outrage.My point is, why should people target Hockey India for being able to raise just Rs 25,000 each per player? People are making comparisons between cricket and hockey, and that makes no sense at all.But the bigger issue is why did the Indian players use the media to tell Hockey India they were not going to accept the paltry sum? Captain Rajpal Singh ought to have been smart and he could have quietly gone and returned the cheques.advertisementNo, but this is the age of sensationalising news. From the players to those in the business of providing news, this was a chance to belt the federation black and blue. And Mr Maken also did not waste the opportunity to criticise the federation.When any young player picks up a hockey stick in India, he rarely thinks of making money. It is pride in the heart and winning laurels which comes to his or her mind.For each budding star like Rupinder Pal Singh (our new penalty corner expert) to goalkeeper P Sreejesh, there is a success story.Who would have imagined that Kerala, where hockey is hardly a popular sport, would produce a good goalkeeper? As for Rupinder, he is not a face whom everyone would recognise.Back to hockey-versus-cricket, and let’s look at some hard facts.If you take the Indian cricket team, on an average if it plays 12 Tests a year and 40 ODIs, the players will be on television for 100 days a year.Whether they win or lose, people are bound to see them, so even if a Parthiv Patel has been away for years and comes back, you will recognise him.Then again, such is the format of cricket that in an ODI match lasting a total of 100 overs, there will be at least 98 minutes of advertisements. In hockey, the whole match lasts a few minutes over 70, including extra time and tie- breaker. It leaves little room for commercial exploitation by way of ad breaks.To compare these two sports makes no sense, more so with hockey hardly seen on television. So if people think hockey can be ‘sold’ like cricket, then they are talking bunkum.As the national game, hockey still remains close to our hearts.But in the absence of a proper domestic tournament structure, we don’t get to see the players often enough.Unless there are sufficient tournaments and there is adequate TV coverage of matches plus visibility on news channels, hockey cannot come anywhere close to cricket in popularity.While all this may seem very difficult, steps have to be taken to make this possible, since it’s not just the common man who may find it difficult to recognise Rupinder Pal on the streets, but even our TV anchors, who pontificate and say heads must roll! At a time when Indian cricket has hit the nadir, some people feel Formula One is getting all the sponsorship deals at home.Again, this is not true, as those who want to be associated with a unique sport like F1 have some kind of a business connect.Marketing hockey is very difficult and things can get worse if the team fails to qualify for the London Olympics.However, I still maintain that for the thousands who still play hockey in villages and small towns, it is passion and wanting to do it for India which is the real ambition.I sincerely hope the Indian hockey players never again appear to be an Oliver Twist or treat the federation boss like a Fagin. The problem actually lies in the Indian sporting system. What say, Mr Maken?advertisements.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more


first_imgRio de Janeiro, Aug 22 (PTI) Final 2016 Olympics medals Rio de Janeiro, Aug 22 (PTI) Final 2016 Olympics medals table. Country G S B Total United States 46 37 38 121 Great Britain 27 23 17 67 China 26 18 26 70 Russia 19 18 19 56 Germany 17 10 15 42 Japan 12 8 21 41 France 10 18 14 42 South Korea 9 3 9 21 Italy 8 12 8 28 Australia 8 11 10 29 Netherlands 8 7 4 19 Hungary 8 3 4 15 Brazil 7 6 6 19 Spain 7 4 6 17 Kenya 6 6 1 13 Jamaica 6 3 2 11 Croatia 5 3 2 10 Cuba 5 2 4 11 New Zealand 4 9 5 18 Canada 4 3 15 22 Uzbekistan 4 2 7 13 Kazakhstan 3 5 9 17 Colombia 3 2 3 8 Switzerland 3 2 2 7 Iran 3 1 4 8 Greece 3 1 2 6 Argentina 3 1 0 4 Denmark 2 6 7 15 Sweden 2 6 3 11 South Africa 2 6 2 10 Ukraine 2 5 4 11 Serbia 2 4 2 8 Poland 2 3 6 11 North Korea 2 3 2 7 Belgium 2 2 2 6 Thailand 2 2 2 6 Slovakia 2 2 0 4 Georgia 2 1 4 7 Azerbaijan 1 7 10 18 Belarus 1 4 4 9 Turkey 1 3 4 8 Armenia 1 3 0 4 Czech Republic 1 2 7 10 Ethiopia 1 2 5 8 Slovenia 1 2 1 4. (MORE) PTI CM CMlast_img read more