Castro returns, rescues Gilas Pilipinas in close win over Japan

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro made the game-sealing floater with 10.6 seconds left as Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with an 89-84 win over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines lost a 15-point lead but denied the visitors the upset behind Castro and Andray Blatche, who split his charities with 5.5 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES NU sustains dominance, beats UST The Scores:PHILIPPINES 89 — Blatche 18, Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro William 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0.JAPAN 84 — Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0, Nagayoshi 0.Quarters: 21-22, 46-41, 72-61, 89-84.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Filipinos rose to 3-1 in Group B of the first round of the qualifiers, sweeping Japan in their home-and-away series and clinched a spot in the second round.Blatche had his best outing to date in the World Cup qualifiers, finishing with 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 30 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTroy Rosario also had a triumphant return, firing 14 markers on 2-of-4 shooting from three and grabbing four boards, while Kiefer Ravena provided the spark 13 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals.Castro, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against Australia due to an ankle sprain, had all of his eight markers in the second half. Missing six of its first eight shots, Gilas’ lackluster start saw the visitors run to a 20-4 lead before Ravena turned the tide and ignited a 17-2 blast to close the gap, 22-21, at the end of the first quarter.Rosario kept that flame burning in the second quarter as the Philippines staged a 20-4 run to grab a 41-26 lead. Makoto Hiejima and Ira Brown conspired to help the Japanese recover and pull within two, 43-41, before Rosario ended the first half with a booming triple for a 46-41 halftime edge.Blatche finally played true to form in the third frame, keeping Gilas in front before Castro and Calvin Abueva picked up the slack late and give the home team a 72-61 lead at the end of the period.Gilas Pilipinas faces Chinese Taipei in Taiwan on June 29, before seeking retribution against Australia at Philippine Arena on July 2 to wrap up the first round of the Asian qualifiers.Hiejima paced winless Japan (0-4) with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, while Brown got 16 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

A Tribute to Sheikh Kafumba Konneh

first_imgToday the heart of the Senate bleeds profusely not because there is news of a death in the nation, but because we have to bid farewell to a hero who will not be forgotten. Here lies the body of a hero. He was a religious hero. He was a hero of peace and unity. I still see him in June 1990 traveling with the Liberian delegation to Sierra Leone to negotiate peace for Liberia. He preached the message of peaceful coexistence.Certainly a Giant Cotton Tree has fallen! We were saddened and our hearts quivered when the announcement came to the Nation that the great Islamic scholar and cleric, the respected and esteemed Sheikh Kafumba Konneh’s heart has ceased to beat!The nation has lost a giant and a true patriot; a champion for peace and democracy. Sheikh Kafumba Konneh rose beyond religious lines. He was a man for his people. He made enormous sacrifices for the peace we enjoy today in Liberia and we will forever remember this sacrifice.He was a gift to Liberia and the African Continent and the world at large. He condemned the rise of Islamic Fundamentalism all over the world. He made us to see the pureness of Islam. He taught peace and love to everyone he met. He was one of the best evangelists the Islamic Faith has ever had in Liberia.Sheikh Kafumba Konneh worked so well with the Council of Churches at the level that elevated religious tolerance to nobler heights and we shall all commit to sustain the gains. The young generations of Muslims in Liberia will follow his teachings; no doubt we will have a purer Muslim faith practiced in Liberia because of his teachings, values, and legacy which we honor today and which will abide with us forever.Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, Liberia will miss you; but your contributions to the survival of this country and the advancement of peace and love amongst humankind will continue to inspire us – it will guide us to live together as brothers and sisters for that was the object of your fight. Accordingly, we have not come to bury him. Heroes live on; freedom fighters live on and their dreams never die; Heroes die only when they are forgotten; their memories live on. The Sheik has only changed residence and he is with Almighty Allah today.May the Almighty Allah be gracious unto you and grant you a peaceful repose at His right hand in His blissful presence with exceeding great joy.The Almighty Allah will say: “Well done, my faithful servant.” We hope to meet again, Ameena!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taylor considering keeping reduced cost for leisure skating passes

first_imgMinor hockey and figure skating in Taylor would have the option of tacking on passes to their regular season fees. Family passes would also be eliminated. A decision on implementing the new skating fees will be made at the next District Council meeting. Although the offer was well received by users, it wasn’t very successful, which Parks and Facilities Director Troy Gould attributes to bad timing. “Unfortunately, because we did it mid-season, there wasn’t as much interest in the skating on leisure ice time, so we only sold four,” he explains. “I do believe though, after talking with figure skating and minor hockey, that they’d be very interested in doing that.” The drop in fee for public skating at the arena is a $2 ticket, but Gould says it can be difficult to monitor who has purchased a ticket during the busy season of mid-October to mid-March, as skaters there to use the main arena don’t want to pay to use the ice while they’re waiting. – Advertisement -“The people that come to the arena to public skate have no issues paying. It’s the ones that are there four or five times a week and just don’t pay. It’s hard to tell those kids to get off the ice,” he admits. “So I believe these nominal fees will end that.” Gould is proposing to keep the reduced passes for the 2013/2014 ice season, which he believes, along with more “aggressive” ticket checking, will end confrontation with skaters without tickets. It’s hoped the affordability of the passes will encourage them to pay, when they haven’t before.Advertisementlast_img read more

Possible Gang Hit in PG

first_imgPrince George R-C-M-P say the killings of two people in the northern city have the hallmarks of a gang hit.Police arrived Tuesday at a house to find a vehicle shot up in a gunfight.They say the bodies of 23-year-old Garett John McComb and 19-year-old Brittany Joan Giese were found inside.- Advertisement -Police knew the home from a previous raid less than a month ago that turned up handguns and resulted in five arrests.No details about the killings or motives have been released.last_img

Council changes the year for reviewing the Annual Remuneration, as to UBCM practices.

first_imgThe Guide was developed in recognition of the changing landscape of local government and that remuneration may be seen as a barrier to citizens’ ability to participate. Advertisement According to City Council, the existing policy indicated a review be done in 2026, including that policies can be reviewed at any time. – Advertisement -The rationale for the year being placed within the policy is to act as a trigger for staff to schedule the review as part of the annual work plan. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council passed a motion to change the year for reviewing the Annual Remuneration for Members of Council from 2026 to 2021.center_img The change of the year was to reflect the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM)’s Council and Board Remuneration Guide’s best practices. To view Administration Report – 0205/19 – CLICK HERE UBCM produced the first edition of a Council and Board Remuneration Guide in September 2019. In the guide includes Section 6 – Best Practices Summary. last_img read more

Bush, in Saturday radio talk, touts feds’ quick action on brush fires

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Bush also singled out state officials for praise, even though there has been sniping about bureaucracy and state rules preventing the deployment of sufficient aerial support in the blazes’ first hours. “State and local authorities in California were well prepared for this crisis, and they responded quickly and effectively,” Bush said. The president had said a main aim of his trip was to inspire weary firefighters and others pitching into help. “Many of these brave men and women have battled the blaze in triple-digit heat. Some have worked around the clock. And more than once, firefighting teams were forced to take emergency shelter in their fire tents when threatened by approaching walls of flame,” he said in the address. “I was grateful for the opportunity to meet them, and I thank them for their courage.” WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush touted his administration’s response to the California wildfires Saturday. “I made a pledge to the people of California on behalf of all Americans: We will help you put out the fires, get through the crisis and rebuild your lives,” he said in his weekly radio address. Bush visited California on Thursday to see for himself the damage from fires that have burned in seven counties since Sunday. In the radio address, with many of the fires still threatening and unpredictable, the president said the federal government has responded to state pleas for help. Among Washington’s contributions that he ticked off were the contribution of federal firefighters and aircraft and swift emergency declarations to help speed federal aid. 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


first_imgThe owner of a restaurant in Bundoran has been given until April 26th to paint over a controversial mural or face court action.The Surf and Turf Lodge at Bayview has been a huge talking point since owner Killian O’Kelly painted a huge mural featuring an octopus on its walls.But Donegal County Council have now deemed the mural illegal and have given him until April 26th to paint over it or face prosecution. Killian said he has received hundreds of letters of support for the mural but his hands are tied.“We have received huge support but there is nothing we can do if the council deem that it is against the law,” he said.Artist Mick Minogue said it will break his heart to paint over it as many people love itA spokesman for Donegal County Council said “The mural at Bayview Terrace does not have the benefit of planning permission and is on a building that is on the Bundoran Town Council Record of Protective Structures and within an Architectural Conservation area.” What do you think the owners should do? Post your comment online now.EndsIT’S APRIL 26TH OR PROSECUTION FOR BUNDORAN MURAL OWNER was last modified: March 20th, 2011 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)last_img read more

Donegal pen brothers represent Ireland in European TV documentary

first_imgWest Donegal company Donegal Pens is the only company in Ireland selected to be part of a unique event featuring craftspeople from all over Europe.German company Experience GmbH is involved in exceptional driving events and they are currently travelling with a film crew throughout Europe in a Volkswagen Crafter van bringing the ‘Crafter to crafters’ as part of a documentary.One craft person/company has been selected in each of the thirty countries they will visit and pen-making brothers Rónán and Conor Mc Garvey were selected in Ireland. The entire event is expected to take until February next and the crew expect to clock up over 40,000km on their travels. The documentary will show what different and interesting craftsmen work around Europe as well as showing the reliability of the new VW Crafter van.The crew commenced their travels on November 5th and as of Wednesday night they had travelled through nine countries meeting up with six craftspeople and clocked over 11,00km on the Crafter van.This morning, Friday December 2nd they will arrive in Loughanure where they will meet up with and film the Mc Garvey brothers making their renowned wooden pens in their workshop.Andreas Renz from Experience GmbH said they are delighted to be meeting up with the brothers and filming their pen crafting skills. “Between November and February next our team will cover more than 40.000km and visit thirty countries between the Arctic Circle and the borders of the Sahara, and between the Atlantic Ocean and the Bosporus. In each country we will be visiting one selected craftsperson to learn more about the craft, the products, the challenges and the approach to the trade. The documentary is focusing on exceptional craftspeople specialising in a traditional or historical craft, mastering a rare or curious craft, renowned experts in a complex craft, pushing the limits of their crafts or interpreting the idea of craftsmanship into the future,” he said.Ronan Mc Garvey from Donegal Pens said they were surprised but delighted to learn that they were selected as the Irish company to be part of the event.“There are lots of very talented crafts people throughout Ireland in various fields so be selected as the Irish participant is a huge honour for us. The documentary will no doubt help bring news of our products to an even wider audience and we’re very thankful to Andreas and all the crew for selecting us,” he said.The progress of the trip can be followed at www.crafter2craftsmen.comDonegal pen brothers represent Ireland in European TV documentary was last modified: December 1st, 2016 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:Conor McGarveyCrafter vandonegalLoughanurePen BrothersRonanlast_img read more


first_imgThe Ritz Cinema building has been saved.Plans to demolish the iconic Ritz Cinema in Ballybofey have been scrapped by Donegal County Council.The council have declared the premises, which has been vacant since 2008, as a listed building.There was uproar recently when the owners of the art deco building, The Butt Hall Committee, applied to have the building bulldozed.A social media campaign created huge divide in the Twin Towns with many calling for the building to be saved while others agreed it should make way for another building. However Donegal County Council have made the decision.The council said “The subject site is located in an important location on Lower Main Street, Ballybofey, and is occupied by the Balor Theatre (Old Ritz Cinema) building which is identified on the Buildings Survey of Ireland as being of regional rating and of architectural and social value. The building forms an important part of the streetscape and built fabric of the town at this location.”It is not known what the building will be used for or if it will be put up for sale by the current owners, the Butt Hall Committee.It claims it has fallen into a state of disrepair and could be a health hazard. During the course of the debate over its future, some have called for it to be turned into a coffee shop or possibly and arts centre.CONTROVERSIAL RITZ CINEMA IS SAVED FROM THE BULLDOZER! was last modified: December 18th, 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:BallybofeydonegalRitz Cinemalast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty TD has said the new targets for concluded agreements on mortgages lack ambition and are wide open to abuse.He was reacting to figures from the Central Bank and is questioning the definition of ‘concluded agreements’ with mortgage holders.“The setting of concrete targets for conclusions, rather than just offers by the banks, is welcome but overdue,” said Doherty. “I am disappointed that the targets of only 15% concluded by the end of this year, moving up to only 25% three months later, lack ambition.“More seriously, today’s statement from the Central Bank is tellingly silent in what it considers to be a “concluded agreement”.“Unless further clarification is issued we can only presume that they will count repossessions or deals imposed under threat of repossession as “concluded agreements”.“The process of setting targets has been abused by the banks which have relied on legal letters to meet their targets. The Central Bank, and if necessary Minister Noonan, must clarify immediately that the targets will not be met by moving down the repossession route. “My office has received many examples of banks abusing the system and simply moving to the legal route as a first step. As long as this is tolerated any targets are meaningless.“Once again, I am calling for Minister Noonan and the Central Bank to stand up to the banks and make it clear that these targets are for meaningful solutions and that threatening repossession cannot count towards meeting targets. ” BANKS TAKING THE HAND AGAIN, SAYS DOHERTY was last modified: September 17th, 2013 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:BANKS TAKING THE HAND AGAINSAYS DOHERTYlast_img read more