PBA: Blackwater ends long skid to TNT with OT win

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Elite played a couple of pocket tournaments in Indonesia and Macau before returning to the Philippines for the PBA’s third conference.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I actually saw this kind of game from them during our time abroad, it really helped a lot because it helped with our chemistry,” said Elite’s head coach as he wiped away his tears. “It feels so great to win.”“This is God’s will and I’m sorry if I started crying because I really didn’t have any rest. These tears are from happiness. I want to thank the players because they sacrificed a lot.”Maliksi finished with 28 points, nine coming in overtime, with nine rebounds to lead the Elite while Henry Walker had 23 points and 14 rebounds.Pinto had 12 points, six of which came in the extra period after going scoreless in the second half, to aid Blackwater.Terrence Romeo had a team-high 24 points for the KaTropa, who dropped to 1-2 while new import Stacey Davis had 23 points and 16 boards with Jayson Castro pitching in 20 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blackwater muscled its way in overtime and broke its losing streak to TNT, coming away with a 104-98 win in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The Elite, who played their first game in the conference, were 0-11 against the KaTropa since they joined the league in 2014.John Pinto and Allein Maliksi were quick to respond to the Elite’s situation as they scored the first 14 of their team’s points in overtime for the 97-89 lead with 2:17 left in extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Maliksi then hit the dagger jumper for Blackwater’s 100-93 lead with 49.1 left to play.An emotional Bong Ramos said it took his team more than their regular practice sessions to achieve the cohesiveness they displayed in crunch time. View comments LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal South Korea demands probe into Chinese swimming ‘assault’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

Challenges in Education

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Imminent domain?

first_imgThe community members have quickly organized and held numerous meetings to prepare for tonight. “I’m not walking away,” said Chi Lu, 46, an eight-year resident whose home could be lost to the proposed plan. “I don’t care how much they offer me. “You don’t destroy an established neighborhood to build a school,” Lu said. “You have a community first, then you build a school. I understand there is a need, but do it justifiably.” Korenstein said the two proposed sites have not been finalized and that residents will have time to offer their input, including suggesting alternative sites. “If there is a better site for the school, we’ll certainly look at it,” Korenstein said. “I’ve never had a problem with that.” Korenstein said Panorama High School on Van Nuys Boulevard was originally envisioned north of Roscoe Boulevard, but then community members suggested that the school be built school south of Roscoe, which was ultimately done. The school district purchased the old Carnation plant as the site. “It can happen,” Korenstein said about school site changes. Under its $19.2 billion school-construction program, the largest public-works program in the nation, L.A. Unified has built 65 schools, with 80 more in various stages of planning, design and construction, officials said. In the San Fernando Valley, numerous schools and education centers have been built. Arleta, Panorama and East Valley high schools opened their doors on the same day, in October, to more than 8,000 students – a record, single-day new school opening for the district. Officials said that as they move forward on building more schools, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to target sites free of homes or businesses. “It’s very difficult finding open land today (because) we’re competing with developers,” Korenstein said. School administrators said the district is in the early stages of the site-selection process for Elementary School 14 and are months away from making any recommendation to the school board, which will vote on the matter. If residents fail to come up with another location and either sell their homes voluntarily to the district or are forced to sell them through eminent domain, it will no doubt leave a bitter taste in their mouths. “They used to say your house is your castle,” Trachtenberg said. “Well, it isn’t, if they can do this to you.” rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a very aggressive plan that is really good for students and their education, but there are always complexities in doing that,” said Julie Korenstein, school board member for District 6, which includes the proposed school. Tonight, school district officials will meet residents at Columbus Avenue Elementary School to explain their plans, discuss two possible sites and see whether residents have any alternatives. Choosing either site would doom 22 homes. One of the sites, located just north of Vanowen Street, is bordered by Bassett Street to the south, Hart Street to the north, Tobias Avenue to the east and Cedros Avenue to the west. The other potential site is bordered by Marlin Place to the north, Bassett Street to the south, Willis Avenue to the west and Cedros Avenue to the east. While the plan is in the very early stages, word of it has already upset homeowners. Residents said they were not adequately informed about earlier community meetings leading up to the district’s proposal. Many said they didn’t know anything about the proposed school until they or their neighbors received a letter from the district regarding the potential sites. VAN NUYS – If plans go through for a new public elementary school, residents fear they’ll lose not only their homes to the bulldozer, but also lose a tight-knit community where generations of neighbors have shared meals, friendship and laughter. “It’s not a neighborhood; it’s a family,” said Ron Trachtenberg, who with his wife, Mona, has lived for 34 years in their Tobias Avenue home, where they raised three children. “We take care of each other. We do things for each other.” Los Angeles Unified School District officials say proposed Elementary School 14 is necessary to alleviate crowding at several nearby elementary schools and to put those schools on a traditional calendar, rather than their current year-round schedule. As a public entity, the school district has the power to use eminent domain to seize private property to build the school. last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Charge Two In Connection With Storage Theft

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Police in Grande Prairie have charged two men in connection with a break and enter at a storage unit back in April of this year.The incident happened between April 4th and April 6th when two men were seen on security footage inside the locker. On April 12th, 31 year-old Fort St. John resident Nigel William Drapeau was located and charged with Break and Enter, and Theft under $5,000. 48 year-old Grande Prairie resident James Sentner was located by police on May 5th, and was also charged with Break and Enter and Theft under $5,000.Both men’s court dates were scheduled in Grande Prairie in May and June respectively. The outcome of either of the accused’s court dates was not released.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Passengers using Dublin to Donegal flight jumps by 52%

first_imgAer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has increased its passenger numbers on its Dublin to Donegal route by 52%.The routes is a ‘PSO’ (‘Public Service Obligation’) route flown by Stobart Air on behalf of the Irish Government.In the last twelve months, Stobart Air flew 33,516 passengers between Dublin and Donegal, up from 22,022 in 2014, a difference of 11,500. The airline flew 3,648 passengers on the route this August, the busiest month of the year.The business has also increased its business on its Dublin to Kerry route by 35%.Graeme Buchanan, Managing Director of Stobart Air, said: “For these rural regions, a link to the capital means more opportunities for work and business, and more ways to stay connected with friends and family.“For tourists in search of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, short-haul flights to Donegal and Kerry provide an easy, hassle-free way to access to some of the country’s most scenic and unspoilt locations.” Passengers using Dublin to Donegal flight jumps by 52% was last modified: November 21st, 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:Carrickfin AirportdonegalStobart Airlast_img read more


first_imgA Stranorlar-man who contested a drink driving case has been found guilty of the offence after unsuccessfully arguing that he had been unlawfully handcuffed during his arrest.Letterkenny Court.Eguene Gamble (43) of 23 Woodlawn, Stranorlar Gamble pleaded not guilty to failing or refusal to provide a breath sample at Letterkenny Garda Station on August 28th, 2013. Letterkenny District court heard he had been arrested after gardaí received a report of that a man had called to his wife’s house and began shouting at her while she was inside.The court heard that there was a barring order iSn place. The woman told gardaí that her husband, Eugene Gamble had been drinking and he had left the scene in a white van.Garda Malcolm McGee told Judge Denis McLoughlin that he and a colleague approach had approached from Castlefinn and saw a white van pulling out and driving in the opposite direction.Garda McGee said the white van drove past even though the Garda driver put her hand out the window indicating to van to stop.The Garda patrol van turned and followed the van which pulled in at Conneyburrow,Lifford, after the blue lights had been activated. Garda McGee said there was a strong smell of alcohol from Gamble who slurred as he spoke.Garda McGee said he arrested Gamble at 12.54am and handcuffed him as he considered there was a risk to his health and safety and that of the gardaí due to his failure to stop initially.Under cross-examination from Gamble’s solicitor, Donough Cleary, Garda McGee said that as Gamble was coming from a volatile situation and the fact that he had not stopped initially was enough to justify the use of handcuffs.The Garda said he did not normally handcuff people in drink driving arrests. Mr Clearly suggested that as Gamble was placed in the back of the Garda van and had only a bench to sit on, that handcuffing him was putting him at risk of injury.The court heard that Gamble had failed to give a breath sample at the garda station. Judge McLoughlin was told he was not making a genuine effort to give a breath sample and the time for completion of a sample lapsed.In a submission to the judge Mr Cleary said it is acceptable to handcuff a suspect if the decision was reasonable. He said it did not seem credible that Gamble was safer sitting handcuffed on a becnh in the back of the Gardaa van.Judge Mclaughlin ruled that Gamble had a case to answer. The accused told the court that he did blow into the breathalyser but it didn’t work. Judge McLoughlin found Gamble guilty, fined him €500 and disqualified from driving for four years.MAN CLAIMED HE HAD BEEN UNLAWFULLY HANDCUFFED DURING DRINK-DRIVE ARREST was last modified: November 27th, 2014 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


first_imgA Donegal man has blasted the FAI for scheduling an International friendly fixture on Good Friday!Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side host Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium tomorrow evening as they continue their preparations for EURO 2016 in France. However, one Donegal man is disgusted that the FAI have organised a game on what he describes as the most sacred day of the year.Cathal Gallagher told Donegal Daily, “A football match on Good Friday – the most sacred day of the year is an utter disgrace.Shame on the FAI, some fans who attend these matches are Catholic – this shows a crass lack of respect for their heritage.“It’s absolutely disgraceful.” There is a booze ban nationwide in Ireland, however there will be alcohol on sale in the bars inside the Aviva for tomorrow’s friendly.Alcohol will be permitted to patrons between 5pm-7pm in the bars around the stadium which has angered Cathal further.Vintners Federation have increased their calls for the Governement to scrap the law which prohibits the sale of alcohol on Good Friday.A spokesman said, “We have thousands of tourists that come over here for Easter, and they walk around Ireland on Good Friday dumbfounded that they can’t get in to any bars or restaurants.”  DONEGAL MAN BLASTS FAI FOR FIXING GAME ON GOOD FRIDAY! was last modified: March 24th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:banBooze BanFAIGood FridayIrelandMatchnewsSportSwitzerlandlast_img read more

Weekend round-up: Remy injury concern, QPR boss backs Hall, Jokanovic warning

first_imgA recap of the action during a weekend when Chelsea, Brentford and Fulham all recorded wins. QPR, meanwhile, were beaten by Middlesbrough…Grant Hall, below par against Middlesbrough, was backed by his bossQPR 2 Middlesbrough 3Match report  Hasselbaink reaction  Player ratings  Action: In Friday’s game, Jamie Mackie and Tjaronn Chery scored fine goals but QPR’s defensive lapses were punished by Middlesbrough at Loftus Road.Reaction: Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bemoaned his team’s poor defending from set-pieces, but insisted the spirit in the camp remained good.He also backed Grant Hall after the defender’s below-par performance, calling him “the future at QPR”.R’s man of the match: Jamie Mackie, scorer of a stunning goal, was back to his battling, hassling best. Click here to see how we think the QPR players fared.Alexandre Pato scored one of Chelsea’s goals at Villa ParkAston Villa 0 Chelsea 4 Match report  Hiddink reaction  Player ratings Action: Pedro scored twice and Alexandre Pato was also on target on his long-awaited Chelsea debut in a convincing win at Villa Park.Reaction: Afterwards, Blues boss Guus Hiddink said Pato had been “suffering” in the weeks leading up to his debut, and was pleased the Brazilian’s hard work had paid off.He also expressed concerns about an injury to Loic Remy, who may miss the rest of the season, and explained why John Terry and Gary Cahill were absent against Villa.Meanwhile, Aston Villa caretaker boss Eric Black said he wouldn’t protect under-performing players and insisted the fans were owed a performance.Blues man of the match: Pedro scored twice in the second half after being Chelsea’s primary threat – click here to see how we rated the players.Moussa Dembele was on target once again for FulhamFulham 2 MK Dons 1Match report  Jokanovic reaction  Action: Moussa Dembele’s goal gave Fulham a crucial victory against the team immediately below them in the Championship relegation battle.Reaction: Head coach Slavisa Jokanovic said Fulham were still far from safe despite the crucial win that gave them a four-point cushion above the drop zone.Dean Smith was all smiles as Brentford won at ForestNottingham Forest 0 Brentford 3 Match report  Action: Brentford ended their miserable run – and virtually ended their relegation fears – with a fabulous victory at the City Ground.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Amari Cooper starts fast, but Cowboys fade in loss to Tennessee

first_imgFor complete Oakland … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceALAMEDA — The NFL isn’t playing the 2018 season specifically to humiliate the Raiders.Sometimes it just seems that way.Amari Cooper, in his first game with the Dallas Cowboys, wasted no time in making his presence felt Monday night before a national television audience with a 4-yard touchdown reception from Dak Prescott for the first touchdown of the game against the Tennessee Titans.last_img read more

Pollution gets the boot

first_imgA colourful buffalo, skillfully crafted from flip-flops glued together and then carved. (Image: UniqEco) A small fraction of the thousands of discarded flip-flops that wash up on Kenya’s shores. (Image: UniqEco) Colourful and stylish earrings are just one of the imaginative variety of products fashioned from flip-flops. (Image: UniqEco) A Kenyan woman making beauty from waste. (Image: Elspeth Murray) Janine ErasmusBBC World Challenge finalist UniquEco has turned a potential environmental disaster in Kenya into an income for local crafters – making colourful jewellery and other products from discarded flip-flops that wash up on the country’s shore.The flip-flops arrive in their thousands on Kenya’s northern coast, brought there by the Indian Ocean tides from far-away Asian countries such as Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and China. The footwear is made from indestructible rubber, which boded ill for the health of the marine ecosystem – until UniquEco, the (Flipflop) Recycling Company, stepped in.The non-profit company seized the opportunity to help generate a sustainable income for women and youths from coastal communities, while simultaneously helping the environment. Not only are the beaches saved, but also the sea creatures that try to eat the rubbery objects and hatchling turtles that have to negotiate their way to the water through the footwear flotsam, often unsuccessfully.UniquEco was started in 2005 by two enterprising Kenyans, Tahreni Bwanaali and Julie Church. Marine conservationist Church had been working since 1997 on a turtle conservation project with the Worldwide Fund for Nature in Kenya, and noticed that children from communities adjacent to the Kiunga Marine National Reserve would fashion the washed-up flip-flops into crude, if colourful, toy boats.“I saw that something imaginative, artistic and inspirational could come from something disposed of, rejected and discarded,” commented Church. She also wished to develop basic business skills for the community, and, realising the potential in the virtually limitless supply of flip-flops, slowly grew her idea into a project for making key rings, serviette holders and placemats.Her clients included the Worldwide Fund for Nature, Switzerland, which placed a substantial order for 20 000 flip-flop key rings. Church brought partner Bwanaali, originally from the area and holder of a master’s degree in business management, on board in 2005 to establish UniquEco and give the project a formal business structure.“We knew something had to be done,” said Church. “The indestructible rubber from the flip-flops spoils the natural beauty of the beaches.”Besides its recognition as a World Challenge finalist, the project was recently featured on the front page of the website for the United Nations Environmental Programme‘s Climate Neutral Network.Transforming waste into beautyThousands of flip-flops are gathered and cleaned, then glued into blocks and carved into one-of-a-kind shapes by local communities. The shapes are sent to UniquEco’s head office in Nairobi to be further adorned with beads and other elements, and off-cuts are shredded to make cushion stuffing.Thus is potentially hazardous debris cunningly transformed into a variety of products ranging from useful household items such as bowls, bottle stops and coasters, to ingenious toys, to eye-catching earrings, necklaces and belts.Products are sold through outlets around the world, and thanks to UniquEco, communities in the area now have an alternative source of income. This reduces their need to over-exploit their natural resources through fishing, the area’s previous main industry. At the same time, almost 150 km of Kenya’s beaches are kept clean.Raising global awarenessTo raise global awareness around the impact of pollution of animal habitats and the benefits of recycling, UniquEco also commissioned two life-sized flip-flop sculptures – one a whale, the other a giraffe.Mfalme wa Bahari (Swahili, meaning “king of the ocean”), the flip-flop Minke whale, was constructed at Marula Studios in Karen, Nairobi. The creature consists of a metal frame covered with thousands of pieces of flip-flop rubber.Mfalme was part of a joint project between UniquEco, the Nairobi-based Coastal and Marine Secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals. Its mission was to generate greater understanding of whaling and its impact on whales and their habitats, as well as awareness of marine pollution and its effects on ecosystems. Kenya is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission, the body that regulates the whaling industry.It is expected that Mfalme will find a permanent home in London’s Natural History Museum as a statement from African communities against global pollution and whaling.Twiga (Swahili, meaning “giraffe”) was created by UniquEco, working with the International Trade Centre, to raise awareness around recycling. Also constructed from flip-flops glued over a metal frame, Twiga has travelled to Rome, Geneva and Paris as an ambassador for recycling.The creature was the star of the show at the 2008 Rome Fashion Week and was displayed in 2008 at the World Trade Organisation and at the World Export Development Forum in Switzerland. It stood at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the Swiss offices of the United Nations, until January 2009.Rewarding innovationThe World Challenge 08 is a global competition that recognises and rewards projects or small businesses from around the world that show innovation at grassroots level. The two main partners are BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell.In 2008 South Africa’s Heiveld Co-operative made it onto the list of finalists, with its organic rooibos tea initiative that pays local farmers a fair price for the product and then markets and exports the popular beverage to growing markets abroad.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesAn infusion of innovationAfrica: fast factsUseful linksUniquEcoClimate Neutral Network – United Nations Environmental ProgrammeMarula StudiosBBC World Challenge 08Flip Flotsam – the movieNew Partnership for Africa’s DevelopmentWorld Society for the Protection of AnimalsWorld Society for the Protection of Animals – Facebook pageInternational Trade Centrelast_img read more