PBA now ‘letting players play’

first_imgUnification bout: Joshua won’t take Parker’s drug-cheat bait 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 “Now, we’re letting the players play, provided they play within the rules,” said technical director Eric Castro.READ: Mamaril says ‘physicality’ in Aces-B.Pier series an ‘acting job’Castro cleared the PBA is not going back to the days when they it incorporated the no-harm, no-foul rule.“We’re not going back to that. We’re just trying to incorporate everything that works,” said Castro. “Like I told the players, we’re going to let you play because that’s what the fans want, but we’re not going to allow you to hurt each other.”“Basketball is a physical game and players will bang bodies but what we don’t want is for them to hurt one another.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “One of the things we told the referees is to be firm when they make calls especially when they’re sure of it to keep them from reviewing plays too often,” Marcial said in Filipino during the PSA Forum Wednesday at Tapa King Farmers Market at Araneta Center in Cubao.READ: ‘Marcial law’: Belga, Brondial first to swap fines for community serviceFEATURED 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 folkAmong the ways to keep the games going are resumptions after a dead ball are quicker and so are player substitutions.As far as the officiating goes, the players are given more room to operate. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA Officer-In-Charge Willie Marcial said the league has now become lenient when it comes to the physicality during games.Apart from that, Marcial said games are also played at a faster rate since he filled in as interim commissioner following the resignation of Chito Narvasa last month.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

Brexit will not affect lending to Caribbean – EIB Vice President

first_imgWith the European Investment Bank (EIB) set on rekindling bilateral relations with Guyana by investing in some major projects here, there are some concerns of its financial capability in light of the fallout between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) following June’s historic vote on the ‘Brexit’ referendum.On June 23, 51.9 per cent of the UK voted to leave the economic trade bloc. This was despite a 48.1 per cent vote from London, Scotland and Northern Ireland, who were backing to stay within EU.EIB Vice President Pim van BallekomSince then, there have been many uncertainties about the future relation between the UK and Guyana and consequently the EU and Guyana. However, both UK and EU officials here have assured that this will not affect relations with Guyana nor the Caribbean region.This assurance was reiterated by Vice President of EIB responsible for lending in the Caribbean, Pim van Ballekom, who told the local media during a press briefing on Friday that there will be no difference in the money that is available for lending by EIB to the Caribbean as a result of the UK’s intention to leave the EU.“We don’t have specific amounts available for specific countries or regions or projects or sectors. We are looking to the quality of the project and if it’s in answer to our balance sheet, then we will put it in our balance sheet.”Having pointed out that the UK’s exit from the EU would result in less money being available for lending by the bank, Ballekom explained that the EIB has other shareholders and is eager to pick up those shares. He added too that the bank finances itself on the capital market so in that sense, it will not be a problem.Nevertheless, he noted that EIB is very saddened with the possible loss of a major shareholder but stated that there are other investors that it can capitalise on:“It’s always a pity to lose a strong shareholder, that is for sure, but we will continue to do business and that is the purpose of the bank. But I’m pretty sure that there are other member states who are willing to pick up the shares.”On this note, the VP recalled in the 1990s, where 10 member states joined the EU and at that time, their economies were quite small. He however pointed out that those economies have done quite well since then and their economic shares in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the EU are now comparable to the era surrounding the 1990s.“So I could imagine that those countries are interested to pick up more shares,” he added.Moreover, Ballekom outlined that there is no certainly about what is going to happen in the near future as it relates to Brexit, having regards to the fact that the UK is a shadow of the European Investment Bank:“I’m told, but I’m not a politician, that the negotiations on Brexit could take two or three years before an ultimate agreement is signed and I don’t know if our political leaders will decide that the UK has to sell their shares…if they are obliged to sell then we will go to length to United Kingdom via a mandate,” the banking executive declared.To this end, Ballekom outlined that there is expected to be some sort of an arrangement with the UK to continue lending to the EU economy, not as a member state but as a third country: “But let’s see what happens, up to now it’s pure speculation what is going to happen but it will not influence our commitment or activities in the Caribbean.”Furthermore, the VP highlighted that the EIB also lends to non-EU members like Guyana as well as to Turkey, where it has a portfolio of 2.5B a year.last_img read more

Alfalit President to Visit Liberia

first_imgThe president of Alfalit Liberia is scheduled to arrive in the country on Sunday, October 9 for a thanksgiving celebration for 10 years of the organization’s service to youth and adult literacy education in Liberia since 2006. Dr. Joseph Milton’s visit is aimed at offering more support to the Liberia–Ghana Missions and Alfalit Liberia. He will also review and assess the current programs and status of the two organizations’ impacts in supporting education and adult literacy in Liberia. Dr. Milton’s visit is also intended to strengthen commitments, renew friendships and remain engaged in buttressing the government of Liberia’s education drive. While in the country, according to a release, Dr. Milton will hold meetings with Vice President Joseph Boikai, officials of the United States Embassy in Monrovia, and the USAID Mission Director. He will visit at least five of Alfalit Liberia’s literacy centers and L-GM’s partner institutions and adopted schools in and outside of Monrovia. In keeping with the itinerary, Dr. Milton will on Monday October 10, meet with Vice President Joseph N. Boikai at his Capitol building office. He will also visit with the National Governors Council of Liberia and later meet with the Women in Peace Building Network. On October 12, Dr. Milton will visit the Women of Grace for Sustainability and Holistic Development, an L-GM partner institution, to meet with L-GM beneficiaries. He will meet with Educational Promoters in the Chocolate City Community and after that travel to Bong County andHarbel, Firestone, where he will meet with the Taylor Ta United Methodist School and beneficiaries of the Alfalit literacy program. Meanwhile on Tuesday, October 18, Alfalit Liberia will hold its thanksgiving service at the organization’s head office to thank Dr. Milton and his international partners for their tireless support to Alfalit Liberia and the Liberia-Ghana Missions, and to celebrate 10 years of dedicated service to education in Liberia. The Director of Alfalit Liberia, Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings, said preparations for Dr. Milton and the observance of Alfalit Liberia’s 10-year anniversary is ongoing and that the October 18 event is expected to bring together over 300 people from the private sector, the government and all its partner institutions and adopted schools. “The visit of Dr. Milton is special and Alfalit Liberia attaches more importance to reaching 10 consecutive years of committed support to youths and adult education in Liberia. We are committed to this cost and therefore want to reassure the Liberian people that Alfalit Liberia is here to stay,” Rev. Giddings said. “Alfalit Liberia is inviting people from the government, embassies the private sector and as well our partner institutions and adopted school who can tell the impact of what the institution has been doing in Liberia,” he said. As part of the celebration, individuals who have meaningfully contributed to the growth and development of Alfalit Liberia will be honored at the October 18 thanksgiving program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LYIT STUDENT CAUGHT SNORTING SPEED AT SISTER SARA’S NIGHTCLUB

first_imgGARDAI arrested a Raphoe man after sharp-eyed staff at a Letterkenny nightclub spotted in a toilet cubicle with another man, snorting speed up their noses.And the same man was arrested several months later with €1,500 worth of strong cannabis resin in a car, Letterkenny District Court has heard.Before the court was 29-year-old LYIT computer student Wayne McLaughlin, from Bray Cottage in Raphoe but now living in Trentnagh. Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that on December 26, 2011, McLaughlin had been arrested by two officers from the Letterkenny Garda drugs unit after he was spotted inside a toilet cubicle with another man.Gardai found white power on the cistern of the toilet which was later found to be speed worth €5.“Mr McLaughlin admitted allowing the other man to snort the substance,” said Inspector Harrison.Nine months later, he said, Gardai who had been monitoring the drugs trade in Letterkenny stopped McLaughlin and his brother John Paul McLaughlin (34) at Hawthorn Heights in the town.A search found a substantial amount of cannabis with a street value of €1,500.“Wayne McLaughlin initially denied possession of the drugs but after text messages on his phone were examined he admitted that he had owned the drugs,” said Inspector Harrison.He said civil engineer John Paul McLaughlin had no previous convictions but brother Wayne did have convictions for burglary, theft and possession of knives.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned sentencing, asking for probation reports.He told defence solicitor Ciaran McLaughlin that he would consider his plea for community service.But the judge warned: “I am not commiting myself to that (community service). The amount of drugs involved here is significant no matter what way you look at it.”* Comments are closed on this article as the case is ongoing.LYIT STUDENT CAUGHT SNORTING SPEED AT SISTER SARA’S NIGHTCLUB was last modified: January 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYIT STUDENT CAUGHT SNORTING SPEED AT SISTER SARA’S NIGHTCLUBlast_img read more

MacLOCHLAINN: I’M OUTRAGED AT SLAUGHTER ON STREETS OF CAIRO

first_imgTHIS was Donegal TD Padraig MacLochlainn visiting Cairo just last week.Tonight some of those he met are dead or injured after 48 hours of bloodshed.“I visited the huge Rabaa camp in Cairo, Egypt last week,” said Deputy MacLochlainn. “I was there along with other Irish and British parliamentarians seeking to assist a peaceful settlement to the crisis.“I am devastated and outraged at the slaughter at that camp today. They are peaceful protesters. Amongst them are Irish/ Egyptian citizens. Men, women and children. Tens of thousands.”The UN Security Council is due to meet in a closed emergency session to discuss the violence in Egypt.The move comes a day after least 638 people were killed when security forces broke up the camps of protesters allied to the Muslim Brotherhood. The protesters had been staging sit-ins for weeks, demanding the reinstatement of President Mohammed Morsi, overthrown by the army in July. MacLOCHLAINN: I’M OUTRAGED AT SLAUGHTER ON STREETS OF CAIRO was last modified: August 15th, 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:MacLOCHLAINN: I’M OUTRAGED AT SLAUGHTER ON STREETS OF CAIROlast_img read more

DONEGAL COUSINS CELEBRATE AS ANDREA BEGLEY WINS BBC’S THE VOICE

first_imgTYRONE singer Andrea Begley has won the UK’s The Voice. The niece of country singer Philomena Begley – with loads of cousins scattered around County Donegal – won the public vote in the huge TV show.She has now won a record deal.The 26-year-old, who has only 10% vision as a result of childhood glaucoma, impressed the British public with her rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s Angel.  DONEGAL COUSINS CELEBRATE AS ANDREA BEGLEY WINS BBC’S THE VOICE was last modified: June 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL COUSINS CELEBRATE AS ANDREA BEGLEY WINS BBC’S THE VOICElast_img read more

DONEGAL DARTS PLAYERS CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS AFTER DUBLIN VICTORY

first_imgAll-Ireland Champions 2014…DonegalDONEGAL’S DARTS players have been crowned All-Ireland champions tonight – after thrashing Dublin in the finalThe Donegal men beat Wexford in the semi-final 7-5 and faced a daunting task against Dublin who had whipped Mayo 7-2 in their semi-final.But the Donegal men waltzed to a final victory, beating Dublin 7-2, in the final in Ennis, Co Clare. Congrats to all the players – John Flood, Derek Quinn, Ger Porter, John Murray, Sean Wilson, Paddy Boyce, Charlie Grant, Mike Nulty, Clive Aiken, Martin McCloskey, Barry McBride, Junior Coyle, Paul Leech, Michael Leech, Francie Begley, PJ McLaughlin, Anthony Whoriskey and Noel O’Donnell.The Donegal women’s darts team also had a great tournament but were beaten in the deciding set of the quarter-final by Wexford on a scoreline of 4-3. DONEGAL DARTS PLAYERS CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS AFTER DUBLIN VICTORY was last modified: February 9th, 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:All-Ireland championsDartsDonegal Teamdublinlast_img read more

Numbers on Live Register in Donegal down 14% in the last year

first_imgThe number of people signing on the Live Register in Donegal has dropped by 14% in the last year.This good news for Donegal comes as the CSO revealed that the Live Register has fallen below 250,000 nationally for the first time since September 2008. This figure represents a year on year decrease of 14.6%.Government Chief Whip McHugh said: “It is very positive to see that the number of people signing on the Live Register here in County Donegal has reduced by 2,082 in the last year. “Furthermore, since Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs was launched in February 2012, the Donegal Live Register has decreased locally by 42%. with thousands of people who are back making a living, to the benefit of themselves, their families and the local communities in which they live.“We can see clearly that the Action Plan for Jobs is working. Since 2012 the number of jobs in the economy has risen by over 230,000 with over two million people now at work in Ireland.”Falls in the numbers on the live register included:Dungloe of 21% down from 1,570 to 1,232.Letterkenny down 16% from 4,497 to 3,779Killybegs down 16% from 778 to 654Buncrana down 14.6% from 2,668 to 2,277Dunfanaghy down 12.4% from 980 to 858Ballybofey down 9.6% from 1,987 to 1,792Donegal Town down 7% from 808 to 751. Minister McHugh said: “What’s also very promising is the improvement in the long-term unemployment figure, which at the end of September 2017 stood at 105,339 people nationally. That is a significant drop of 19.3% year on year compared to September 2016 and a decrease of 32.8% compared to September two years ago.“Fine Gael is working to build a republic of opportunity which will see everyone have a fair chance to reach their full potential. We envisage a society where there is equality of opportunity for everyone, and a second chance if they need one. Job Seekers Benefit and Allowance payments are a necessary support to those who need them, but of course we want to ensure that everyone who can work will have the opportunity to do so.“I am working hard in Government to ensure that all parts of Ireland can share in our prosperity and economic growth, including here in Donegal.”Numbers on Live Register in Donegal down 14% in the last year was last modified: October 7th, 2017 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:doledonegallive registerlast_img read more

Man Utd ‘on the trail’ of Fulham star

first_imgManchester United are on the trail of Fulham star Moussa Dembele, according to The People.The paper also suggest Bobby Zamora is a shock target for mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.Zamora only joined QPR from the Whites in January but it is claimed that Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink is planning to launch a bid for him in the summer.The People also say Middlesbrough want to sign young centre-back Dan Burn from Fulham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Redknapp: No regrets over Magpies snub

first_imgHarry Redknapp says he has no regrets about snubbing the Newcastle manager’s job in 2008 in order to stay at Portsmouth.The QPR boss, whose team visit Tyneside on Saturday, this week described Newcastle as “one of the great clubs in English football”.But he still believes he made the right decision to remain at Fratton Park before eventually leaving Pompey to take over at Tottenham.He said: “I don’t ever regret anything. I don’t look back and think like that. You keep looking forward and keep moving on.“That was ages ago – way down the line. I took the Tottenham job after that and didn’t regret that, I had four fantastic years there.“I don’t regret staying at Portsmouth instead of going to Newcastle, I absolutely loved it there.”Redknapp has also praised Newcastle’s much maligned owner Mike Ashley for standing by manager Alan Pardew.Magpies fans called for Pardew to be sacked during a poor recent run but he has since presided over a major upturn.“I think the chairman’s been fantastic there. He gets a lot of stick, Mike Ashley, but he’s always at games and follows the team,” said Redknapp.“He’s stuck by Alan because he knows he’s got a good manager. It’s easy to have a knee-jerk reaction and bomb him out.“They finished fifth the other year and were very unlucky not to finish in the Champions League places.“Alan’s done a good job and he knows he’s got the backing of the chairman there.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more