Elite prime up for Govs’ Cup in Macau

first_imgLacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’ Fuller, who last saw PBA action with NLEX, and Stepheson, who was Blackwater’s first import in the Commissioner’s Cup, were teammates at University of Southern California.Stepheson, though, didn’t finish the tournament after flying back to the United States in a huff because of an illness.Fuller, meanwhile, will be the Elite’s import for the Governors’ Cup where a 6-foot-5 ceiling for imports is imposed.Dimaunahan said that his focus in Macau is to build cohesion and apply tweaks to prime the Elite for the third conference.“We’re really looking to improve our game,” said Dimaunahan.ADVERTISEMENT Blackwater is looking to build on its remarkable gains in the last conference and use them in a stint in the Asia League Terrific 12, a pocket tournament in Macau, in a bid to realize its PBA Finals aspirations for the season-ending Governors’ Cup.“We’re looking at our last campaign as a springboard going into the next,” Aris Dimaunahan, the Elite’s rookie coach, told the Inquirer Monday afternoon after the team’s first practice following a break.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake LATEST STORIES Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Gilas preparations go on even with three vital cogs still restingcenter_img Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Open Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ ONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Blackwater saw semifinal action for the first time and finished a franchise-best No. 3 after the Commissioner’s Cup eliminations with a 7-4 record.“I feel that our performance in the previous conference will serve as a huge morale boost for the team,” said Dimaunahan. “We learned that through playing for each other, we could take care of business, and ultimately win games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Elite are also looking to fine-tune their game when they play in the six-day tourney that begins on Sept. 17 at the Tap Seac Stadium.There, the young Blackwater cast will be backstopped by Aaron Fuller and old hand Alex Stepheson against a field featuring marquee teams from across the region, including Commissioner’s Cup finalists San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa. “Like how we close out quarters and halves,” he added. “We were doing well in that department in the eliminations, but not in the playoffs.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon View commentslast_img read more

Grocery union sets deadline for offer

first_imgAdena Tessler, a representative for the grocery chains, said the markets would be “delighted if we could reach an agreement by June 21.” Tessler rejected the union’s claim that without a deadline, negotiations will drag on. “There has been significant progress made” on pensions and wages, she said. Both sides have agreed tentatively to part of a health care plan that would reduce the time it takes new employees to qualify for insurance. Under the deal, employees will wait six months instead of 12 to qualify, dependents will wait six months instead of 30, and spouses will wait 23 months instead of 30. But there is no consensus on how to pay for the health plan. The two sides have been locked in contentious negotiations since before the three-year contract expired March 5. The contract covers almost 70,000 grocery clerks across Southern California. The markets voted in April to lock out employees if workers at one of the chains strikes, and the union has walked away from talks three times. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Grocery union leaders want the major markets they are negotiating a new contract with to give them a “comprehensive offer” by June 21 or face a strike authorization vote. “We’ve been negotiating for six months,” said Rick Icaza, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770. “That’s long enough.” Icaza said union representatives want a contract proposal that covers health care benefits, raises and pensions. If the markets respond, Icaza will ask the members to ratify it on June 24. Otherwise, the union will take strike authorization votes against Vons and Ralphs. The union passed a strike vote against Albertsons in April. last_img read more

Manchester City told to pay release clause for Real Sociedad defender

first_imgManchester City must pay Inigo Martinez’s £28.5million release clause in full if they want to sign him this January.Pep Guardiola is looking to add a centre-back to his squad this month and he has earmarked the Real Sociedad star as a potential purchase.Martinez was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer and he is regarded as one of the best defenders in Spain.However, according to Sport, if Manchester City want to sign him they must pay £28.5m.That is the 26-year-old’s current release clause and Sociedad are refusing to let him go for anything less.Barcelona called off a move in the summer after finding out his price tag was non-negotiable. 1 Inigo Martinez was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer last_img read more

Yucca dump doomed?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — While supporters vow to plow forward with plans for a nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, Nev., critics hope Democrats will be able to kill the project — which would take highly radioactive material transported through the Southland — when they take control of Congress next month. Led by incoming Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who already has declared the federal nuclear waste repository “dead,” congressional Democrats are expected to severely decrease funding for the dump. That, opponents say, is good news for Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and other communities through which approximately 70,000 tons of radioactive waste would likely be shipped on its way to the site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. “All of us in the Inland Empire will be safer if shipments of nuclear waste are not traveling through our communities on local highways or railroad tracks,” said Democrat Rep. Joe Baca, whose San Bernardino district lies smack in the middle of the proposed shipment route. “An accident could have deadly consequences,” Baca said. “We are fortunate that Harry Reid will be the Senate majority leader and in a better position to block the Yucca Mountain project.” First proposed in 1982, the Yucca Mountain depository has been strongly supported by President George W. Bush and the nuclear energy industry. Proponents say it is a secure alternative to storing waste at nuclear plants and hundreds of other sites around the country. Originally targeted to open in 1998, Yucca Mountain has been repeatedly set back by lawsuits, money shortfalls and scientific controversies. The Department of Energy’s best-case opening date is now 2017. Southern Californians are concerned about proposals to ship spent nuclear fuel to Yucca Mountain from the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County — a trek that could take it by train through Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley. There have also been discussions about a rail line through the Antelope Valley and across the High Desert; multiple rail links through the San Gabriel, Pomona and San Bernardino valleys; and a truck route from the San Onofre nuclear power plant along the Santa Ana, San Gabriel and San Bernardino freeway corridors. The DOE is poised to submit a license application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in mid-2008 that will allow it to proceed. But activists on both sides of the issue acknowledge that the DOE is quietly preparing for the likelihood of reduced funding and political support for Yucca. “I’m getting the sense there may be some reluctance to submit a sizeable, needed budget if Mr. Reid is just going to have it reduced,” said Brian O’Connell, director of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ nuclear waste program. He and other supporters of the repository have accused Reid of overstepping his power by refusing to allow Yucca legislation to come for a vote, and they argue that safety concerns have been blown out of proportion and politicized. “The typical representation of nuclear waste is a 50-ton cannister with green goo hanging out the sides,” O’Connell said. “It is well-protected. And the reality is that it has been shipped safely for over 30 years.” Annual federal funding for Yucca Mountain has ranged from $450 million to $550 million in recent years. O’Connell predicted that Reid and other lawmakers will “drastically reduce” that amount. Michelle Boyd, legislative director at Public Citizen, agreed, saying Yucca officials “are hobbling along, and they’re going to be hobbling even more when they have less money. It’s certainly on its last legs.” She and others also noted that the newly empowered anti-Yucca coalition in Congress has vowed to block bills like the one introduced last year by Sen. Pete Dominic, R-N.M., and Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, to guarantee funding for the repository. “No legislation will occur as long as Reid is there,” said Bob Loux, executive director of Nevada’s Agency for Nuclear Projects. “We believe this project has been on life support anyway for the last several years. This may be the final nail.” O’Connell disagreed that the death of Yucca is near. “I don’t think so,” he said. “(Reid) will do everything he can to impede it, but he can’t kill it outright.” Argun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research agreed. Though an opponent of Yucca Mountain who calls it a “badly botched project,” Makhijani said he expects plans for the repository to move ahead with shrunken resources. “I don’t think the project can be stopped altogether without setting in motion some larger scheme for the management of spent fuel,” he said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. — Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.comlast_img read more

Pochettino thinks it’s ‘not fair’ Ajax get weekend off before Champions League tie

first_img 2 REPLY huge blow talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Sheffield United vs Ipswich (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Newcastle (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs Blackburn (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds United vs Aston Villa (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry vs Shrewsbury (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2 BEST OF He said: “It is difficult. I understand that in this type of situation everyone can have an opinion.“I know very well the Premier League and FA have tried to help.“It’s true that the Premier League is very different to the Dutch league, the fact or the reality is they are not going to play. I think it’s not fair.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Mauricio Pochettino claims it is ‘not fair’ that Ajax will get an extended break ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash.Tottenham Hotspur play at home to West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday before the first leg of their last-four tie against the Dutch team. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ajax players celebrate their win against Juventus LIVE ON talkSPORT REVEALED REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Danny Rose also spoke out about the issue and felt that more could be done to help English teams in the Champions League.“It would be nice if the people in England took a similar stance and helped us out,” he told the BBC.Dutch president Eric Gudde said the decision to postpone the fixtures was ‘being done to help Dutch football as a whole’. Mauricio Pochettino was not happy with the decision to give Ajax the weekend off Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions They will play Ajax at their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday before the return leg in Amsterdam the following Wednesday.Ajax have been given a slight advantage, though, as the Dutch football authorities have postponed this weekend’s Eredivisie fixtures to give them more time to prepare for the first leg. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining All games were cancelled to avoid their opponenets, De Graafschap, from playing at the end of the season once other games have taken place, potentially compromising the competition.Pochettino does not feel the postponement is fair on his team. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more

Seaman on Fowler’s four minute hat-trick 25 years on – ‘He always scored against me’

first_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES OFF Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Getty Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Robbie Fowler burst onto the scene at a young age and became an Anfield legend Robbie Fowler scored 183 goals and lifted the FA Cup, League Cup (twice) and the UEFA Cup in a Liverpool shirt It’s 25 years to the day Robbie Fowler scored his famous four minute hat-trick against Arsenal, so talkSPORT asked (made) David Seaman to look back on the historic moment he’d surely prefer to forget.The date was August 28, 1994 when Fowler wrote himself into Anfield folklore by scoring three times in four minutes and 33 seconds – breaking the Premier League record for the fastest ever hat-trick. BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas latest LATEST deals Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ stalemate on target 2 “Then for his third, he suddenly got through one-no-one and I thought it’d made a great save, but then all of a sudden Martin came clattering into us both, the ball ricochets off him and fell lovely for Robbie to tap it in.“A hat-trick in four and a half minutes, it’s not something I’ll tell the grandkids!“When you watch Robbie, he scored lots of goals. Not just like good strikes, he scored headers and little lifts over the goalkeeper, he was just a fantastic striker.”Listen back to David Seaman on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above rookie error Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Seaman said: “He was always one of those guys who scored passed me.“I would make a save and he would always be there for the tap it.“He was on fire that day, and a certain Mr Keown didn’t cover himself in glory – always blame the defenders!“When you watch Robbie, sometimes he would have no backlift and that’s what would catch you out as a goalkeeper. You couldn’t really tell when he was going to shoot.“For his second goal, he half miss-hit the ball through Dicko’s legs [Lee Dixon], it hit the post and went in! Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more getty 2 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta If that wasn’t impressive enough, that it was against the country’s most formidable defence of its day – Arsenal’s back-four of Lee Dixon, Martin Keown, Tony Adams and Nigel Winterburn, with Seaman in goal – made it all the more extraordinary.And the fact he was just 19 years old made it a truly remarkable feat.Fowler was voted Young Player of the Year that season as he ended the campaign on 31 goals in 57 games – he won the award the following year, too.WATCH: Robbie Fowler’s four-minute hat-trick against ArsenalHis record stood for an incredible 21 years until current Liverpool star Sadio Mane, then wearing a Southampton shirt, put three goals past Aston Villa in two minutes and 56 seconds in 2015.And, on the 25th anniversary of Fowler’s legendary treble against the Gunners, there was only one man we could ask about his incredible feat – the man he scored past!And he said the Liverpool hero, who would later be dubbed ‘God’ by the adoring Liverpool fans, was very annoying to play against.last_img read more

Rose to leave Motherwell for Vancouver in January

first_img“From the fans, to the staff, to the boys in the dressing room, it’s been an unforgettable experience for me and my family. “The opportunity to return to America is something which I could not risk turning down and I’m extremely grateful to the club for supporting me, not just now, but throughout my time here in Scotland.” Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson added: “We had a gentlemen’s agreement with Andy when he signed his new deal that if an opportunity presented itself back near his home and family, we would allow him to go and do it. “Andy has been a superb professional during his time at Motherwell and I have no doubts he’ll give everything in the last six games before departing for North America.” Motherwell midfielder Andy Rose is set to leave the club for MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps.Rose, whose father-in-law is former US national team boss Bob Bradley, had a “gentleman’s agreement” with Motherwell that he could leave if a suitable offer arose for him to return to North America.Now the player, who joined Motherwell in 2017, will move to Whitecaps on January 1 and maintain his visa rights.“I’ve had such an amazing time at Fir Park and I want to thank everyone at the football club for making me feel welcome from day one,” Rose told Motherwell’s official website. last_img read more

Callan-McFadden suspended for Derry tie

first_imgThe FAI have confirmed that Sligo Rovers defender Kyle Callan-McFadden will be suspended for Saturday’s last home game of the season against Derry City.The centre-back, who has been one of Rovers’ best performers this season, serves a one-game ban for an accumulation of yellow cards.Goalkeeper Micheál Schlingermann is also expected to miss out once again through injury.Rovers are just one point above the relegation zone heading into the weekend’s action, but know that two wins in their last two games of the season will guarantee their safety, regardless of results elsewhere.Derry City guaranteed themselves European football once again next season thanks to last night’s scoreless draw away to champions Cork City.Kenny Shiels’s side are currently just one point behind third-placed Shamrock Rovers.Saturday’s game will be live on Ocean FM in association with McMullan O’Donnell Window & Door Specialists, Collooney.last_img read more

Friends set up fund to help tragic Jasmine’s children

first_imgHeartbroken friends of murdered actress and mum Jasmine McMonagle have set up a fund to look after her two little daughters.Tragic Jasmine, aged 28, was killed at her home in Killygordon, on Friday morning last.She leaves behind her close family and friends but also her two beloved daughters Skye, aged 7 and Luna, aged 18 months. Now friends of Jasmine’s have come together in a bid to raise money for any future counselling the little girls may need.The tots were in the house when Jasmine was found dead after she telephoned Gardai about a domestic incident at the family’s home at Forest Park just after 4am.Her children are now in the safe care of Jasmine’s family.After just a day, the friends have managed to raise almost €3,000 of a €5,000 target on their Go Fund Me page. The friends said “We are close friends of Jasmine’s sister Jenna and we have set up this fundraising page to lend support to Jasmine’s family in these difficult days.“We realise that there is nothing that can be said or done to take away the pain of losing a cherished mother, daughter, sister and friend such as Jasmine.“However, we hope that with the help and generosity of the local community we can slightly ease the financial pressures on the family at the moment.“Jasmine has two beautiful daughters aged 8 and 1 who have been left without their mother in the most terrible of circumstances.“All money collected will go directly to Jasmine’s family for the care of Skye and Luna and to fund any counselling services they may need. “We appreciate any donation, no matter how big or small. R.I.P. Jaz”Jasmine was buried following funeral mass at St Mary’s Church in her native CAstlefinn on the Donegal border on Monday morning last.Her former partner, Richard Burke, aged 27, has been charged with her murder and will appear again at Harristown Court this Friday.Anyone wishing to make a donation to the fund should click on https://www.gofundme.com/wq4daa-support-for-jasmine-mcmonagle039s-family?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnstaticsmall_r&fbclid=IwAR2dx2RJ_igjWVjPsfVPryZ9tUNEKmXpkTVb_kK1xX_G4Gv9L1MAHV4n4GE EndsFriends set up fund to help tragic Jasmine’s children was last modified: January 11th, 2019 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:donaitonsdonegalGo Fund MeJasmine McMonagleKillygordonLunamurderSkyelast_img read more

South Africa a ‘desirable trade nation’

first_img27 August 2012 Measures put in place by the South African government to grow the economy are bearing fruit, with the country being regarded as a desirable trade nation, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe. Thabethe is currently in India leading a technical mission to observe progress made by the Indian government on the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). Economic fundamentals such as trade liberation, inflation targeting, exchange control liberation and the control of government expenditure of fiscal measures since the dawn of democracy had helped the country, Thabethe said at the Indian Chamber of Commerce in the state of Cochin, Kerala on Monday. “These measures are now starting to bear fruit with exports increasing sharply as a percentage of gross domestic product,” she said. “South Africa now finds itself in a position where it’s regarded as a very desirable trade nation having negotiated a number of Free Trade Agreements over the past several years.” The technical mission reinforces the long-standing friendship that South Africa and India have built, with bilateral trade rising from US$45-million in 1993 to surpass the $7-billion mark last year. India ranks among the top 10 investing countries in South Africa, with estimated investment in South Africa calculated to be over $57-billion. Thabethe said that both countries have initiatives in place that enhance relations. The initiatives include the India-South Africa Joint Ministerial Commission, as well as the India-SA chief executive officers’ forum that is gaining momentum. “The challenge now, however, lies in increasing the pace of growth and consolidating gains,” she said. Various agreements have also been signed and entered into including a general trade agreement; co-operation on defence issues; small medium enterprises development and capacity-building through small enterprises development agencies and the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC). Thabethe is accompanied by a delegation comprising senior officials from the Trade and Industry Department and its agencies, including the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and the National Empowerment Fund. The visit, which will also observe the connectivity of rural economies to mainstream economic activity in India, will conclude on 30 August. It will include visits to the cities of Kerala, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more