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PBA Season 43 Preview: Rain or Shine eyes semis breakthrough

first_imgA return to the semifinals is Rain or Shine’s immediate goal heading into the 2018 PBA season.The Elasto Painters made the playoffs in each of the three conferences last season but they just couldn’t go past the quarterfinals.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 folk“Our expectation [this season] is for us to be better than last year. First, we’re looking to make it to the semis and if we make it, we’ll see what happens after that,” ROS head coach Caloy Garcia told INQUIRER.net.Rain or Shine barely made the playoffs in the 2017 Philippine Cup as the eighth seed and was immediately knocked off in the quarterfinals by San Miguel Beer, which went to to win its third consecutive all-Filipino crown. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA Season 43 Preview: Without marquee players, Kia to bank on sheer work ethic Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READcenter_img Garcia, though, will need Nambatac to mature quickly with the Painters ailing coming into the season.Health is Garcia’s only but major concern entering the 2018 Philippine Cup, which opens on Sunday.“The only thing that we’re worried about right now is we still have five to six players recovering from injuries,” Garcia said.James Yap, Jericho Cruz, Jireh Ibañes and Jay Washington missed Rain or Shine’s all three games in the preseason due to injuries. Raymond Almazan sat out too.Fortunately for the Painters, they have the depth to fill in some of the holes their injured players left with the likes of Maverick Ahanmisi and old reliables Beau Belga, Chris Tiu and Gabe Norwood to bank on.Garcia is also counting on his young guns in Nambatac and second-year player Ed Daquioag.“We’re depleted right now and he (Nambatac) is going to get his time at the beginning of the season,” said Garcia.“Basically, he just has to adjust to his teammates and in facing bigger players. We also know what kind of quality we’re gonna get. He’s a scorer, he’s a good slasher.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Head Coach: Caloy GarciaKey Players: James Yap, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood, Raymond AlmazanKey Additions: Rey NambatacADVERTISEMENT The Painters got swept by the Star Hotshots in a best-of-three series in the Commissioner’s Cup before and were eliminated by the TNT KaTropa the following conference.Still, it was a decent run by Rain or Shine considering what the team had to deal with following a major shakeup.This year, the Painters added Rey Nambatac, whom they picked seventh overall in the draft.Garcia just couldn’t pass up the chance to reunite with his former player at Letran knowing the things he could do on the court.“He is quick to adjust because he played for me before,” said Garcia, who coached Nambatac for two years in college. “He knows what kind of coach I am and I know what kind of player he is.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Amidst absence of support for development

first_imgLocal residents of Bentol, Careysburg District, have begun engaging in self-help initiatives in the absence of budgetary support from government to meet their development needs.Under the leadership of Bentol City Mayor Christine Tolbert Norman, the local residents are engaged in manpower development that seeks to empower youths and women to produce and provide goods and services.In addition, the youth who are between 25 and 35 are trained at the William R. Tolbert Empowerment and Enlightenment Center to develop self realization.According to City Mayor Norman, the young people are taught values, including integrity, honesty, and truth and other social norms that can transform them in society.The locals are also trained in food processing, computer literacy, agriculture, sewing, amongst others, which she said will enable the local people to have some gainful employment.Mayor Norman in an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday said that they are engaged in health and sanitation awareness, enlightening locals how to care for their environment by keeping it clean and spreading health messages in schools, churches and in communities.“When the youths are made to know and trust themselves, they will have that psychosocial enlightenment of what they subscribe to. We are therefore trying to work with them to know and trust themselves and develop some core values,” she said.According to Mayor Norman market women are also people on her agenda to build them a market structure so they can have a specific place to sell their goods, instead of going to the Red Light market where they sit in the sun all day long.“We are working to build their market and find customers who will go to Bentol to purchase processed food, including potato greens, grinded cassava leave and other food stuff,” the Bentol Mayor noted.Mayor Norman, who is a daughter of the late President William R. Tolbert, Jr., told this newspaper that the City has planned a festival on February 21 to celebrate partners who have immensely contributed to their self-help initiatives and to recognize efforts of the locals in cleaning up their communities.At the occasion, she said she would sign and subsequently launch a book titled, “It is Time for Change.” The book according to her highlights the legacy of the late President William R. Tolbert in nation and institution building.She said it contains speeches of the late President on principles and policies he pursued during his regime.She said they include the late president’s position on the establishments of the Mano River Union (MRU), West African Rice Development Association (WARDA), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and inspirational speeches made at the Baptist Alliance.Also, the late president’s domestic policy of ‘Total Involvement in Higher Heights’ and the educational policy that allowed many to acquire education are highlighted.She said proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to support the William R. Tolbert Education Foundation. According to her, the family is currently constructing the foundation and will contain a museum, library and training areas for young people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parenting conference keeping up with the times

first_imgIt’s the third annual conference to date, and Locher says the conference keeps evolving every year. [asset|aid=2814|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=61b9405b7b248f9ef382f51a77ec81d2-Lynn Locher 2_3_Pub.mp3] While the registration deadline has come and gone, Locher encourages everyone who did register to attend.She’s asking everyone to check-in at 8:30 a.m. at the North Peace Secondary School on Saturday, April 24rd. There is a free lunch, free babysitting and door prizes.Advertisement By Christine Rumleskie A conference is being held for parents in the School District 60 region.- Advertisement -It’s called Parenting for the 21st Century, and conference organizer Lynn Locher says it aims to keep parents informed about the ever-changing times. [asset|aid=2813|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=61b9405b7b248f9ef382f51a77ec81d2-Lynn Locher 1_3_Pub.mp3] Kim Stewart will welcome guests as the keynote speaker. She will explain the relationship between media and children.There will be workshops on nutrition, why some cancer rates are higher in the Northeast, and even one called “Understanding Internet Related Police Investigations.”Advertisementcenter_img Kim Stewart’s keynote address will begin at 9:00 a.m.For a schedule of the conference, click on the attachment below.last_img read more

Fall Fair pulling into town

first_imgAdmission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 6 to 16 years old.For more information on the fair and activities, click here. The annual North Peace Fall Fair will be in full swing – or pull – this weekend.The event includes horse dressage, a cattle show, a stock dog show, a heavy horse pull and a tractor pull.Members of the 4-H club will also bring pets they’ve raised to have them judged.- Advertisement -Entries are being taken from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday for anyone wishing to have their baking, handicrafts, or photos judged.Peace River Regional District Chair Karen Goodings says there will be something for everyone to enjoy at the fair. She adds, however, that people should bring cash as there will not be an ATM onsite.The fair will take place at the North Peace Fall Fair Grounds, 21 kilometers north of Fort St. John on the Rose Prairie Road.Advertisementlast_img read more

Boca and River train in Madrid ahead of Libertadores Cup final

first_imgAfter arriving on Wednesday, Boca’s players looked in good spirits during a light session at Las Rozas, the Spanish national team’s training base in the north west of the capital, on Thursday morning.River had earlier flown in to Madrid’s Barajas Airport and took part in a session of their own on Thursday evening at Real’s Valdebebas training centre.At both sessions, more than 150 journalists were in attendance while a small number of fans were also seen waiting outside. The final’s first leg ended 2-2 at Boca’s Bombonera ground last month, with River set to host the return at their El Monumental stadium on November 24.The match had to be postponed, however, following an attack by River Plate fans on the Boca Juniors team bus, which saw windows smashed and some Boca players injured.As punishment, CONMEBOL ruled River would lose their home advantage and the game was moved abroad amid fears over further fan violence.Both clubs initially opposed the proposal to play their decisive second leg in Spain.Former Boca idol Juan Roman Riquelme voiced his disapproval earlier this week, saying it would make it “the most expensive friendly in history”.“It won’t be the same. No matter how much I want Boca to win it, I think the final has to be played in our country,” he said.“The way it is, makes it the most expensive friendly in history.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez training at the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) headquarters in Las Rozas, Madrid ahead of Sunday’s Libertadores Cup final against River Plate. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMadrid, Spain, Dec 6 – Boca Juniors and River Plate trained in Madrid for the first time on Thursday ahead of the Argentinian arch rivals’ postponed Libertadores Cup decider at the Santiago Bernabeu.The second leg will be held at the home of Real Madrid on Sunday following the controversial decision of South America’s football federation, CONMEBOL, to take the fixture out of Argentina.last_img read more

Spurs slump offers chasing Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea Champions League hope

first_img0Shares0000A run of four Premier League games without a win has put Tottenham in danger of missing out on the top four © AFP / John MACDOUGALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – As Arsenal played out the final stages of a hugely significant 2-0 victory over Manchester United to propel themselves back into the Premier League top four, cries of “Tottenham Hotspur we’re coming for you” rang out around the Emirates.A 10-point gap between the north London rivals has been whittled down to one in the space of four games courtesy of defeats for Spurs against Burnley, Chelsea and Southampton. With eight games of the campaign to go, the fight for automatic Champions League qualification next season looks set to go down to the wire, with Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea in desperate need of the revenue and prestige that brings for their own reasons.Only four points separate Tottenham in third and Chelsea in sixth, but the Blues also have a game in hand at home to Brighton, where victory would allow them to move level on points with Arsenal in fourth.A first domestic defeat for caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday has interrupted United’s momentum but they remain the form side of the chasing pack since the Norwegian took charge in mid-December — cutting the gap to the top four from 11 points down to two.– Spurs running out of steam? –Mauricio Pochettino was angered by his side’s second-half collapse in losing to Southampton on Saturday © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASTottenham defied World Cup fatigue, injuries to key players and coped with no new signings and a second season in their temporary home at Wembley for so long that just two weeks ago they were still being touted for an unlikely title challenge.Despite reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League, however, it appears the effects of a long season for a small squad may finally be starting to take hold as after dominating the first 45 minutes against struggling Southampton on Saturday, Spurs imploded after the break to manager Mauricio Pochettino’s ire.“In the first half we played like the quarter-finals, or the best eight teams in Europe, but in the second half we need to watch the game, analyse, and be critical of ourselves,” said the Argentine, hinting he needs to be backed with funds to improve his squad in the summer, should he remain in charge.“Maybe we need to understand that it is our limit to be there (fighting for top four). If it is our limit we need to take some decisions in the future.”Yet, with the club’s new stadium finally ready, at a reported cost of £1 billion ($1.3 billion), the level of investment in the squad will be highly dependent on securing Champions League cash.Pochettino’s men do have the slight relief of a three-week break now to regroup, but their next league game is a daunting one away to Liverpool and they also travel to title-chasing Manchester City next month.– Sarri’s job on the line –Arsenal have felt the brunt of losing Champions League revenue for the past two seasons after 17 consecutive years in Europe’s premier club competition and Unai Emery’s admission in the January transfer window that the Gunners could not afford permanent signings highlighted the importance of not missing out three years in a row.For Chelsea and United, the outcome of the top-four race could determine who is in charge next season.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is under pressure to secure Champions League qualification for next season © AFP / Glyn KIRKMaurizio Sarri has endured a stormy first campaign at Stamford Bridge and Champions League qualification either through the league or by winning the Europa League is seen as the minimum required for the Italian to be handed a second season.Solskjaer is expected to be given the United job on a permanent basis thanks to his incredible record since taking caretaker charge, particularly after eliminating Paris Saint-Germain to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.However, a failure to round off his run so far with a top-four finish may give the club’s hierarchy a difficult decision to make, especially if Pochettino can be lured from Tottenham.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The Offense Comes Out On Top Again In Football’s Annual Spring Game

first_imgDismond ended the third-quarter with his second pick of the day, making it 60-34. After opening the second-quarter with a three-and-out, the defense held the offense to a field goal to make it, 33-14. The team was split into offensive and defensive squads in which the defense earned points for touchdowns, turnovers, stops and safeties. Meanwhile the offense could score via traditional means and was awarded a point for each first down and play of 20 or more yards. The contest consisted of four five-minute quarters with a hurry-up situation added on to the first three quarters. Following the hurry-up situations, special teams competition took place where points could be earned for either team. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team’s offense came out on top for the second-straight year, besting the defense 60-43, in the Bulldogs’ annual spring game on Saturday afternoon at Drake Stadium. Sophomore Taylor Murph scored the final touchdown of the day on a great cutback mid-way through the third to put offense up 58-27. On the next possession, Kraemer found McFarlane again in the end zone to give the offense a commanding 45-14 lead. The spring game marks the completion of the Bulldogs’ spring practices. the squad will resume offseason workouts for the remainder of the semester before rejoining with the start of preseason practice in August. The team opens its 2017 schedule on Sept. 2 against South Dakota at Drake Stadium.center_img The defense finished the game strong, holding the offense scoreless in the fourth-quarter for the final score of 60-43. Senior Austin Dismond intercepted Kraemer in the opening drive of the third-quarter to cut the defense’s deficit, 47-27. The defense came out ready to play in the first two possessions. Following a stop, sophomore Will Warner intercepted a pass to give the defense a 7-4 lead.  Print Friendly Version The offense managed to find some rhythm at the end of the opening quarter, scoring on the final possession as well as in the hurry-up situation to take the lead. Senior Grant Kraemer completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Mitch McFarlane and then found junior Steven Doran near the front pylon to give the offense a 27-11 lead.last_img read more

€100,000 DONEGAL AMBULANCE CARS LYING IDLE, CLAIMS RTE REPORT

first_imgMANAGERS in the ambulance service in Donegal are provided with €100,000 response vehicles which are rarely used, a shocking TV documentary has revealed.The Prime Time investigation team – led by reporter Oonagh Smyth – also shone the national spotlight on the dreadful final hours of Carndonagh pensioner Maura Porter, who died after waiting more than 50 minutes for an ambulance.That was a story first highlighted here on Donegal Daily. But set against managers effectively using fully-equipped vehicles as company cars, it made last night’s revelations even more shocking.Costing around €100,000 each, 60 of the kitted-out cars are designated to officers as ‘Officer Responder Vehicles’. They’re allocated to senior managers who have paramedic training.Though officially they’re ‘on call’, the programme revealed that “they can be parked up for an entire day while managers attend meetings.”The investigation team tracked use of the cars over several months. There were some eye-opening revelations: A senior officer, based in Phoenix Park took his emergency vehicle home four nights a week to Donegal.A Donegal officer took his car home every night to his home in Derry.Statistics showed these 60 vehicles across the country were used ONCE every THREE WEEKS for responses to emergencies.Maura Porter’s son Brendan also spoke to Prime Time saying he thought the ambulance service was just broken in Inishowen and Donegal before realising it was broken throughout the State.Sinn Fein’s Martin Ferris was furious last night “I didn’t need a Prime Time programme to tell me that the ambulance service is understaffed, under pressure and unable to provide adequate services, however I congratulate the programme-makers for highlighting this crisis,” he said.“Some of my own constituents have suffered as a consequence of this situation. I am not surprised that Prime Time Investigates has found that only one in every three people with life-threatening conditions were responded to by an ambulance service within the target time last year.“The plain truth of it is: we don’t have enough vehicles or enough trained staff to provide a proper emergency service. A glance at the figures, compared, for example with the North, shows this.“In the North there are 57 ambulances for six counties, in the South there are only 87 ambulances for the entire 26 counties. “The centralisation of the call-out services has proven a disaster. Many people’s lives have been placed in danger by sending ambulances not alone to the wrong area but to the wrong county.“I have nothing but admiration for the people who are trying with dedication and diligence to work within this under-resourced service.“The response time targets are not being met because of a lack of staff, inadequate infrastructure and insufficient funding. The Minister for Health must act to ensure that proper resources are dedicated to providing a safe service all over the state. This is, in reality, a matter of life and death.”€100,000 DONEGAL AMBULANCE CARS LYING IDLE, CLAIMS RTE REPORT was last modified: March 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ambulance servicecutbacksDEATHSresponse timeslast_img read more

Logan Couture lights up Shark Tank with 2 goals in 2 minutes

first_imgSAN JOSE — If Logan Couture eventually gets crowned with the Conn Smythe Trophy, and if the Sharks eventually hoist their first Stanley Cup — both of which are big “ifs” — Monday’s two-goal, second-period sequence helped define Couture’s playoff greatness.So did his message after a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.“We weren’t hungry to score,” Couture said. “This time of year, it’s very difficult to score in the playoffs. It’s been pretty clear that …last_img read more

PH notches win in Tokyo

first_imgJayson Castro William. Photo from Fiba.comStruggling big time in the second half on Friday night, Gilas Pilipinas went to its two most reliable guns when the chips were down to score a 77-71 decision of Japan in the first window of their Fiba Asia 2019 World Cup Qualifying series at Komazawa Olympic gym in Tokyo.Jayson Castro and naturalized player Andray Blatche stepped up big and averted a collapse by the Filipinos, who bungled first half command with a lethargic third quarter and even trailed the under-rated Japanese twice before pulling this one out.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Keys to victory: Ateneo-La Salle Finals series Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Read Next Castro, voted best point guard in Asia twice, hit five straight points inside the final 1:50 that extended a 70-66 lead to a safe margin as the Filipinos gathered some momentum heading into their second match in three days.The Filipinos plane back home Saturday and will have very little time to cool their heels as they take on Chinese Taipei Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlatche epitomized the Filipinos’ offensive struggles but still had the guts to take over at the crunch, hitting a big triple that opened up an eight-point lead halfway through the fourth before issuing two critical feeds the rest of the way.Even with Blatche finishing with just three points after the first two quarters, Team PH still took the half comfortably and looked very fluid until several dry spells in the third allowed Japan to take a 40-37 lead. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Castro finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists, reprising his role as Gilas’ top go-to-guy, while the 6-foot-11 Blatche, who seemed to limp in the last four minutes, wound up with 13 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.The Philippine defense was also one of the biggest factors for the win, as it held the Japanese to an atrocious 28 percent clip in the first half before bottling up the enemy’s top guns when it needed to in the stretch.Matthew Wright and Gabe Norwood also finished in twin digits for the Philippines with a combined 22, although the Filipinos would want to forget how they shot from afar in this one. Gilas missed its first eight attempts from that distance, before Castro drilled in two straight late in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more