Columbian rookie CJ Perez during the opening ceremony of the 2019 PBA season at Philippine Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCarrying the label of being the top overall pick already comes with tremendous pressure to live up to.CJ Perez, the No. 1 selection by Columbian in last month’s rookie draft, isn’t shying away from that challenge.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Apart from Perez, Columbian is also banking on its guards Jerramy King and Rashawn McCarthy, who is coming off his best season yet in his first year with the Kia franchise after playing sparingly for San Miguel in his rookie season.“I feel like San Miguel is the measuring stick for everyone especially in the all-Filipino Cup. They’ve won the last four championships,” McCarthy said. “I just love to play against those guys. those are my guys, I love to complete against those guys, it’s always fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Broner fires up fight hype Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fact, he’s raring to show the PBA what he’s all about even if it means going toe-to-toe with undisputed Philippine Cup king San Miguel Beer in his keenly-awaited pro debut.“They’re the top team and they’re a formidable team. It’s a good opportunity for us to show what we’re capable of,” Perez said in Filipino. “It’s our first game and we’re going to find out what we’re made of.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m excited to face them. They have great point guards in Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross. Chris Ross is a very good defender so it’s a chance for me to see how far I’ve improved as a player. I’m just really excited,” added Perez, who carried the Lyceum Pirates to back-to-back NCAA Finals appearances.The Beermen are gunning for a fifth straight all-Filipino crown while the Dyip are looking to finally turn their fortunes around this season after languishing at the bottom of the standings year after year. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history
The political landscape will be enhanced with the emergence of the Women’s Agenda for Leadership in Liberia (WALL) a new organization expected to be officially launched in Monrovia tomorrow Thursday, November 10.According to a statement signed by Dr. Evelyn Kandakai and Mrs. Myrtle Gibson, both senior members of WALL, the organization will contribute to the country’s democratic process and provide women candidates support in the upcoming 2017 presidential and legislative elections. WALL also aims to encourage women to vote during the elections. They two senior officials of WALL said the launch will witness a presentation by the Children’s Assembly in a panel discussion under the theme, “Liberian Women and Politics.” Dr. Kandakai said the panelists will include Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff; an executive of the National Patriotic Party, Nathaniel Barnes; Mrs. Andriennie Bloom-Salawahpue; and Montserrado County Representative Edward Forh in his position as HeforShe Coordinator at the Legislature.The women extended their solidarity through WALL to Mrs. Hilary R. Clinton during yesterday’s U.S. Presidential elections. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former Minister within the Agriculture Ministry and Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Chairman, Alli Baksh passed away on Thursday around 13:00h at his Cotton Field, Essequibo home after losing a year-long battle to illness.Alli had undergone heart bypass surgery several years ago.Former Minister Alli Baksh died on ThursdayAt the time of his death, Baksh was 70 years old, and was surrounded by his wife and children. According to one of his daughters, after he was diagnosed about a year ago, his children had been making extra efforts to ensure that sufficient time was spent with him.“That’s one thing we will be grateful for – that we were able to spend a lot of time with him before his death,” the grieving daughter told Guyana Times on Thursday.The father of four became the Chairman of Region Two in 1992 – a position he held until the end of 2011 and during his tenure, achieved many things for the Region. Under his stewardship, Baksh managed to open a branch of the Guyana School of Agriculture in the Region, establish the Essequibo Technical Institute (ETI) as well as provide a place for Amerindians, whenever they visit the Essequibo Coast.Baksh also served as an executive member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) as well as a Member of Parliament and a Junior Minister under the former administration.Baksh had said, in repeated interviews, that one of his greatest achievements was to see young agriculturists being trained within Region Two. He had always advocated for changes and his favourite quote was, “You only live once and only once you are given the same feature and outlook, as such you should use same to do good for others.”Other relatives who spoke with this newspaper said that Baksh always had the country’s welfare at heart and would stay updated with current events. They noted that he was a true believer in Islam and as such, used the teachings to serve others.His brother-in-law, Shankar Persaud, described Baksh as a very understanding and courageous individual. Several PPP supporters from different districts along the Essequibo Coast also extended condolences to relatives. Many of them still remember some of his teachings and said memories of him will forever live on.Meanwhile, reflecting on Baksh’s life achievements, former President Donald Ramotar, under whose administration the stalwart served as Minister, told Guyana Times that he was saddened by the death of not only a colleague but a comrade and a very dear, personal friend.“Alli’s whole adult life was dedicated to fighting for the downtrodden people of our country.From a very young age, he caught the vision of Cheddi Jagan and has fought to end colonialism in the latter stage. He was also a staunch fighter for the return of democracy to our society and rose through the ranks of the party to serve in top leadership positions,” Ramotar recalled fondly.He noted that during Baksh’s 20-year tenure as Regional Chairman, he managed to distinguish himself as not only an able political leader but as a good administrator, adding that during his leadership, Essequibo was transformed from being ‘Cinderella in rags’ to ‘Cinderella: the princess’.The former President also highlighted that as Junior Agriculture Minister, Baksh focused a lot of energy on developing the farming industry in Guyana. “His work stood out wherever he was assigned and today, they remain a monument of his life achievements.Alli Baksh will always be remembered as a determined political fighter who dedicated his energies towards uplifting the lives of the poor and oppressed,” Ramotar stated.Baksh, who was also a Justice of Peace and counsellor, is survived by his wife, four children, grandchildren and other relatives and friends. His funeral has been set for Saturday.
The Ducks ran out to a big lead, then survived a big scare from Cal but ultimately held on for an 81-63 win in Friday’s tournament semifinal at Staples Center. Oregon has won five in a row after suffering through a stretch in which it lost six of eight. Coach Ernie Kent credited a break he gave his team before a game against Washington State on Feb. 22 for refreshing the Ducks. “I feel like we are playing very good basketball at the right time of the year,” Kent said. “We took a couple of days off before (playing) Washington State and we’ve been re-energized. We are just one of those teams that is peaking at the right time.” Oregon (25-7) flourished, as it usually does, with its speedy backcourt. Freshman Tajuan Porter and junior Malik Hairston combined to make 18 of 25 shots and score 46 points. The Ducks shot 62.5 percent from the field, outrebounded Cal by four and built a 21-point halftime lead. “I thought Oregon really stepped up in the first half and really got off to a great start, knocking down some shots,” Cal coach Ben Braun said. “I thought our guys really came out in the second half, and I thought it was indicative of the fight in this team – the energy and the passion.” Cal cut the Ducks’ lead to six points at 59-53 on a Ryan Anderson shot inside with about eight minutes left, but that was as close as the Bears would get. Hairston drove the lane and converted a three-point play to put the Ducks up by nine points with seven minutes left, which made Braun put his hands to his head and grimace. Reserve guard Alex Pribble yelled: “D-up fellas!” from the bench, but Oregon’s guards were too quick. They figured they would be able to take advantage of Cal’s tired legs. LOS ANGELES – The Oregon Ducks could be crowned kings of Los Angeles. UCLA’s basketball team owned the city before its crippling loss to Cal on Thursday. The way Oregon is playing, with one more victory it will be the toast of the town. “Just run them,” Porter said. “They played three games in three days and we just wanted to keep them fatigued.” Porter had a game-high 24 points and Hairston added 22. Anderson and Theo Robertson each had 17 for Cal. Cal (16-17), already saddled with injuries, lost backup center Taylor Harrison to a knee injury, and he didn’t play in the second half. The way Oregon is playing, it might not have mattered. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Aymeric Laporte in action for Bilbao against Barcelona Football statistics experts WhoScored.com give you the lowdown on a French star playing in Spain who’s linked with a move to Manchester City. For more City stats, check out WhoScored.com.Capital One Cup success for Manchester City on Sunday provided manager Manuel Pellegrini with at least one piece of silverware in his final season at the Etihad Stadium.If it is the last trophy his side wins before he departs for pastures new, then it will see his time at the club come full circle with the Capital One Cup winners’ medal the Chilean’s first in his debut campaign at the City helm.With the Citizens now gearing up for life under Pep Guardiola, movements are supposedly being made behind the scenes to bolster the squad to the Spaniard’s specifications.One of those linked with a move to the club is highly rated Athletic Club centre-back Aymeric Laporte.Guardiola is believed to be a big fan of the French defender, with his impressive performances garnering interest across the continent.A WhoScored.com rating of 6.92 leaves room for improvement, but his performances in the Europa League (7.43) have helped accentuate his ability. At 21 years of age, Laporte has plenty of time to develop his game further, with Guardiola perhaps the ideal manager to help the youngster realise his potential.The soon-to-be-former Bayern boss is credited with helping previous diamond in the rough Jerome Boateng establish himself as one of the better defenders on the continent.Laporte’s performances during his time in the Athletic senior squad suggest he has the ability to become one of the best centre-back’s in Europe, particularly under Guardiola’s guidance.City are a team who favour playing the ball out from the back, with only a handful of teams averaging more possession (55.1%) in the Premier League this season.Furthermore, only Arsenal (541.5) are playing more passes per game than the Citizens (535.2). This possession-based approach will suit a defender of Laporte’s quality, with the player averaging a respectable 47.7 passes per game, highlighting his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘passing’.When taking into account the lacklustre performances and lack of composure of City’s current crop of centre-backs – Vincent Kompany aside – the need for investment at the back is clear.Granted, the rash side of Laporte’s game has reared its head at times this season. No player has conceded more penalties than the youngster (3), while seven yellow cards is a relatively high return for the centre-back.The pros, though, outweigh the cons. Only three players have made interceptions than Laporte (177) in La Liga since the start of last season.Given his age, his reading of the game is way beyond what his tender years suggest should be the case, with the France hopeful more than capable of playing the ball out from the back to instigate attacks from defence.Given the nimble offensive players in the City squad – Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne to name three – Laporte’s ability to not only limit opposition attacks but pick out those further forward would come as a bonus to City and Guardiola.If reports are to be believed, City will have to splash the cash in order to convince Athletic to sell Laporte.While they would likely be able to negotiate the price with the Basque side, the Citizens would perhaps be best-suited investing in the defence sooner rather than later given the questionable performances of Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis in particular.Indeed, Laporte boasts the ability to provide the ideal foundations for Guardiola to build his side upon.For more stats on Aymeric Laporte, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page
A young Donegal man has been killed in a road crash in Western Australia.Tomas Maguire, 24, from Ardara died when the Holden Rodeo pick up truck he was driving rolled over in Wickepin, about 214km south-east of Perth, around 8am yesterday morning.It is believed Tomas was the only person in the car. He had travelled from Donegal to Australia in February. The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is providing consular assistance to the dead man’s family.A source said “We are doing all we can to keep his family updated with the situation.”Local radio stations in the area of Western Australia say the dead man was a tourist. However he was there on a working visa and had secured a job on a farm as part of the visa process.In the past hour a spokesman for police there said: “Authorities are continuing to investigate the cause of a fatal car rollover in Western Australia’s Great Southern. “The single vehicle crash happened just before 8:00am (AWST) yesterday, about 12 kilometres north of Wickepin.“Ambulance officers attended but the man died at the scene.”Mr Maguire worked on the farm in the area and was on his way to pick up supplies when the accident happened.His parents Eunan and Eileen are devastated by the death.Relatives and friends of the extended families are comforting the couple. Tomas was a popular young man in Ardara, a superb gaelic footballer and Irish language enthusiast. He had been in Australia for just over two months.It is the second tragedy to hit the Maguire family in recent months.Tomas’s cousin Martina passed away in January after a brave battle against cancer.In April a 10k walk/run was held in her memory in Ardara. “The family are just still trying to take it all in,” said one family friend.DONEGAL MAN KILLED IN TRUCK SMASH IN AUSTRALIA was last modified: June 6th, 2012 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:accidentdeathDonegal Australia
Donegal has a new millionaire after a mystery ticket holder bought the Christmas Millionaire lotto ticket in Dungloe.Rumour is rife but nobody has yet to come forward to claim the prize.The ticket was bought in Sweeney’s Newsagents on the town’s Main Street on December 15th. The huge cash prize winner was drawn live on RTE One by TV presenter Brian Ormond as part of the New Year’s Eve The Gathering 2013 broadcast from College Green in Dublin. HUNT IS ON FOR MYSTERY €1 MILLION LOTTO WINNER IN DUNGLOE was last modified: January 1st, 2013 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:dungloelotto€1 million
Tributes have been flowing in for former Letterkenny Town Mayor Tadhg Culbert who passed away earlier today.Politicians and business people from across the county have been remembering the Tipperary man who man said was “more Donegal than many Donegal people.”Senator Jimmy Harte, who served on Letterkenny Town Council with the late Mr Culbert, said he was saddened by his friend’s death. “It is with sadness that I learned of the sad passing today of Tadhg Culbert.I wish to pass on my sympathies to his wife Hilda and to Andrew and Lisa.“I visited Tadhg recently in hospital in Dublin and he was looking forward to running for election next year. He was always enthusiastic and a hard working councillor. He will be missed by his family and the public who knew him as a councillor and a popular member of the An Post staff in Letterkenny.“He was active in sporting circles and was a prominent member of Letterkenny Rovers. “The Town Council has lost a valuable member and his family has lost a fine and well respected man. May he rest in peace,” said Senator Harte.John Watson paid his respects to Cllr Culbert on behalf of the entire Chamber of Commerce in Letterkenny.“It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Councillor Tadhg Culbert. Over the years Tadgh has been supportive of Letterkenny Chamber and the entire business community of Letterkenny.“He was a pleasure to work with and always had the interests of Letterkenny at the forefront of his mind. He was passionate about his adopted home of Letterkenny and was such an integral part of Main Street always encouraging of the development in recent years.“On a personal basis Tadgh always had time for people and was clearly a people person. His friendly smile and sunny nature were infectious and he always had a helpful word of encouragement. “As a Councillor and during his time as Mayor he was committed to the town of Letterkenny and wanted to see it thrive. He will be sadly missed by Letterkenny Chamber . Our sympathies go out to his family at this sad time.”Hotelier and former Letterkenny Town Councillor Terry McEniff said Tadgh brought a smile to anyone’s face he met.“There is no question the town will be a poorer place for the loss of Tadgh.“He always brought a smile to people’s face because he was always full of craic. “He was a Tipperary man but he was so proud of his adopted home and county of Letterkenny and Donegal.“My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was taken form us all too early,” he said.Senator Brian O Domhnaill said“Tadhg was a personable, affable and likable gentleman. While we all knew of his illness, I am greatly saddened today to learn of his passing. I will always remember him fondly.“I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his wife Hilda and his children Andrew and Lisa. Ar dheis lámh dea gó raibh a anam uasal.”Former Town Councillor PJ Blake said he will miss his close friend in so many ways.“As well as being a fellow councillor I will always count Tadhg as a friend first and foremost.“I don’t think we ever had a cross word and he always had the good of Letterkenny and Donegal at heart.“He will be missed by myself and many, many other for a long time,” said Mr Blake.Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Dessie Larkin, said Cllr Culbert was proud of being re-elected to Letterkenny Town Council and described himself as the “comeback kid.”MORE DONEGAL THAN MANY DONEGAL PEOPLE – TRIBUTES FLOW IN FOR CLLR CULBERT was last modified: April 17th, 2013 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)
A CONTROVERSIAL review of maternity services at Letterkenny General Hospital has been suspended.There had been fears the hospital could lose the services.But the HSE said today that the The West/North West Hospitals Group has decided to suspend the public and stakeholder engagement processes of its review of maternity services and to subsume its efforts into the national review of maternity services. The Department of Health, the HSE and all staff concerned are being informed of this decision through the normal communications channels, said the HSE.Mr Bill Maher, Group CEO of the West/North West Hospitals Group, stated: “It was our intention from the outset that our review of the models of care would feed into the national review of maternity services, which will be led by the Department of Health with input from the HSE.“We have advised the Department of Health and the HSE that our Group will assist the national maternity review in whatever way we can.“We will, of course, continue to implement the recommendations of the HIQA and other reviews where possible and considerable progress has been made in this regard. “A new Group Director of Midwifery Services will take up her appointment shortly and this is a further demonstration of the Group’s commitment to ensuring that all women accessing our maternity services receive best care from the most appropriate professional in the most appropriate setting.” HSE SUSPENDS CONTROVERSIAL REVIEW OF DONEGAL MATERNITY SERVICES was last modified: June 23rd, 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)
POWELLS POINT, N.C. – Freshman Jack Kennedy recorded a career-low on the final day of the Old Dominion University/Outer Banks Invitational to lead the Drake men’s golf to an 11th-place finish on Tuesday.“We had a nice team day and were one score away from a great day,” said head coach Matt Lewis.Going into Tuesday, the Bulldogs were in 13th place and shot a season-low 293 on the final day to move up to 11th-place with a total a score of 894 (295-306-293). Drake was just three strokes away from cracking the top-10 in the 18-team event, while Campbell ran away with the title, scoring an 841 (267-292-282).“I was very impressed with Jack (Kennedy) today, and coming back from yesterday showed me a lot. I know he felt bad and he did a great job forgetting about it and moving on,” said Lewis.After being disqualified in the second round for signing a wrong score on his card, Kennedy didn’t let that mistake affect him on the final round as he fired a career-low 69 (-2) to lead the charge for the Bulldogs.“Blake (Huser) was solid all three days and Matt (Lavery) played well again,” said Lewis.Senior Blake Huser continued his consistent play by shooting one-over par 72 for a 54-hole total score of 218 (72-74-72), good for tied for 18th. Sophomore Matt Lavery carded his second 74 of the tournament for a total score of 225 (74-77-74), while freshman Tommi Avant finished one stroke behind his teammate with a score of 226 (73-75-78). Sophomore Drew Ison, who was still battling an illness, rounded out the Bulldogs’ effort with a score of 236 (76-80-80).The ODU/OBX Invitational marked the final tournament of the fall season for the Bulldogs as they will open the spring season in February. Print Friendly Version