Critical stretch

first_img“This is our last game, so getting a lot of rest [was] very important for us to attain peak performance,” said Alas.The Fuel Masters (4-6) are still in the running for a quarterfinal spot depending on the outcome of the remaining games involving San Miguel Beer (5-4), GlobalPort (5-5), Barangay Ginebra (5-5) and Magnolia (4-6).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’They remain in the hunt after fixing the cause of the team’s endgame collapse and walloping the Batang Pier to break loose from a dangerous losing skein.Phoenix hardly gave GlobalPort a fighting chance right from the start with Eugene Phelps winding up with a triple-double and Matthew Wright torching the hoops from afar that resulted in a 135-108 rout. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix coach Louie Alas understands the importance of getting fully recharged prior to a crucial match.And coming off a 16-day respite, the Phoenix Fuel Masters will face the Alaska Aces on Wednesday replete with energy and vigor in a game that could determine their fate in PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES If GlobalPort wins, the Batang Pier will also stay out of the last two playoff spots, which puts teams on the disadvantageous end of the twice-to-beat bonus. The top two teams only need to win once against the bottom two to book semifinals slots while those in the last two spots need to win back-to-back matches to advance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Angelis zooms to 3-0 start Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 Alas pointed out that, unlike their previous encounters where they were in total control only to get rattled down the stretch, the Fuel Masters showed steadiness this time around.“We usually encounter problems in the third quarter. When I fielded in two guards to take care of the basketball, we were able to control the game,” said Alas.But the Aces, though losing back-to-back games, are also motivated, especially with a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals as the prize.A win on Friday night paired with a TNT KaTropa setback at the hands of conference leader Rain or Shine (9-1) on Saturday could pave the way for the Aces to seal the other twice-to-beat edge in the next round.On a roll the past four games, Barangay Ginebra seeks a key win over GlobalPort in the second match that will assure the Gin Kings of a seat in the top six, where they figure in a best-of-three clash in the quarters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Nikita Edwards: Linden’s newest attorney-at-law

first_imgBy Kizzy ColemanIn a simple but significant ceremony held at the High Court last week, Nikita Edwards was admitted to the Bar Association of Guyana.Her words after taking her oath before Chief Justice Roxanne George were, “Don’t let anybody tell you that you cannot do it, and do not let any situation tell you that you cannot do it. If you want it, fight for it.”Attorney-at-LawNikita EdwardsAnd a fight it was for the 30-year-old Edwards, who hails from the mining town of Linden. Born as one of four children to parents whose occupations were cook and baker respectively, this vibrant young woman knew at an early age that any dream of hers had to be attained through diligent efforts.Edwards was taken under the wings of an aunt and a grandmother who provided for her, but she yet faced many financial challenges. Fortunately for her, though, her potential was noticed by many strangers, who assisted her.From a young age, she developed a love for the NBC hit series Law and Order, which focuses on the apprehension and prosecution of criminals.Edwards relayed: “Growing up, I always watched Law and Order. I always admired how the lawyers would dress and go to court; and one time, my grandmother told me, I was sleeping and in my sleep I was yelling, ‘Objections, Your Honour!’ So, from a young age, I always wanted to become a lawyer,” Edwards detailed.After completing her secondary education, Edwards knew that she wanted a career in the judicial field; however, her financial circumstances were such that would prevent her from pursuing same, so for a little while Edwards contemplated teaching, but later questioned that decision.“Sometimes you have so many dreams, but you also know that your family would not have the financial means to assist you. And for some people, you throw away your dreams because you also know that, and the reality is you don’t have it. But I was encouraged to keep pressing. Like I said, I contemplated teaching, but then how can I be a teacher and tell children that they could be the best that they could be when I myself wasn’t even trying to be the best that I could be?” Edwards reasoned.Nevertheless, she commenced her studies at the University of Guyana in 2009 with the belief that God would bless her efforts; and bless her efforts He did.Reflecting now on her achievement, Edwards commended herself for taking the leap and hoping for the best possible outcome to her journey.“You ask yourself, ‘How am I going to find $6 million to pay for law school?’ I still needed to live, I still needed to eat. I applied for a scholarship and I got through, and I knew that that was the grace of God. And I’m here today. Hugh Wooding was two of the best years of my life. I met folks that I would keep forever. I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything in this world,” the attorney said.Further, Edwards expressed her gratitude towards her family and friends who, according to her, made it possible for her. And, as such, she shares her accomplishments with them.Her journey, she hopes, acts as a testimony to encourage young persons in Guyana with a fire in their hearts for something great to keep pushing after their dreams.Justice George encouraged Edwards thus: “Legal Aid collaborates with Rights of the Child…I’m happy that you have started there. Expect to keep the high standard of work, and always overcome obstacles. Be assured that that part of your journey has ended, but similar assiduous is needed.”She added, “Be careful, and be frank with clients. Earn your reputation. Start from day one. Command the respect of the court and your colleagues; and do yourself, family, and whoever you may work for proud.”last_img read more

Activist to speak on military, religion

first_imgHe said, among other things, that evangelical Christian leaders at the school mandated attendance at religious services and recited prayers at public events. “They call Jews `Jesus killers’ and would schedule mandatory training during Jewish religious holidays or Sabbath,” Weinstein said. “There is no toleration of any other religion but Christianity.” Air Force officials have maintained that all members’ religious beliefs are respected. Weinstein’s watchdog organization, Military Religious Freedom Foundation, uncovered a recruitment video in December made by an evangelical group called “The Christian Embassy.” The video, filmed in the Pentagon, features uniformed officers talking about their religious beliefs. For his efforts, Weinstein has been pilloried by religious leaders and some media pundits, some of whom have called him “the most dangerous man in America” and “Satan’s advocate.” Critics such as James Dobson, leader of the evangelical organization Focus on the Family, have said that Air Force chaplains have the right to spread their faith. But Weinstein said the stealth takeover of the military by people with “end-of-world beliefs” is a “dangerous contagion to our Constitution.” “I still get death threats three or four times a week,” said Weinstein, who lives in Albuquerque. “Our tires get slashed, we find dead animals on our doorstep, hate mail. But I’ll never stop what I’m doing. This is my life now.” Rabbi Haim Beliak of Beth Shalom of Whittier said he has wanted Weinstein to come speak at the synagogue since he heard of the Air Force stories. “I felt that the story was being under-reported, both in the Jewish community and everywhere else,” Beliak said. “People are afraid of this story.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Mikey Weinstein, a lightning rod in the battle over church/state separation ever since he sued the U.S. Air Force for religious discrimination, will speak about his experiences at the Beth Shalom of Whittier on Friday as part of a nation-wide book tour. Weinstein’s book, “With God on Our Side,” details his and others’ exposure to what he says was overt evangelical proselytizing at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The former Air Force (JAG) lawyer and legal counsel in the Reagan administration filed suit in the District Court of New Mexico against the Air Force in October 2005, after his sons Casey and Curtis encountered some of the same pressures while attending the academy. Weinstein, 51, claims that for decades academy officials created an environment of religious intolerance, violating the First Amendment. last_img

Tottenham fans say NO to selling White Hart Lane favourite

first_img1 Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been linked to Southampton Harry Kane is wanted by Southampton apparently, with the Saints said to be ready to offer Spurs £10m for the 21-year-old.That may clear the way for Jay Rodriguez to move the other way. He was linked to Spurs in the summer following Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to swap St Mary’s for White Hart Lane.Kane has come through the Tottenham academy and has scored four goals in three Europa League games this season, though he is yet to start in the Premier League. So far the striker has made five substitute appearances.last_img

SHOCK AT DEATH OF DONEGAL-BASED DRAGON’S DEN STAR

first_imgPolice are investigating the death of a Donegal based entrepreneur who became an overnight sensation when he appeared on RTE’s Dragon’s Den.The PSNI said a post mortem examination on the body of Herbie Porsche will take place today.Mr Porsche, 60, was working on a boat when he took ill at Crawfords Marina, Carrybridge, Co. Fermanagh, on Wednesday evening. The German native, who lived outside Inver, Co. Donegal, hit the headlines after persuading Dragon’s Den judges to invest in a toilet pipe cover to improve the appearance behind toilets.He became such a star locally from his Dragon’s Den appearance that he was the 2010 Grand marshall in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Ardara.It is believed Mr Porsche suffered a heart attack and fell into the water in Lough Erne from the boat.Ends SHOCK AT DEATH OF DONEGAL-BASED DRAGON’S DEN STAR was last modified: July 1st, 2011 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:Herbie Porschelast_img read more

COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR LIAISON OFFICER AFTER BAKERY STAND-OFF

first_imgCounty councillor Ciaran Brogan has called for a Liaison Officer to be appointed for struggling businesses and the revenue Commissioner’s Office.The Fianna Fail politician was speaking after a stand-off between the staff of Letterkenny’s Highland Bakery and Revenue officials.Staff barricaded themselves into the Killyclug premises yesterday after Revenue officials tried to remove machinery form the premises. Owner Kevin Bradley told Donegaldaily that he is working with the Revenue to try and pay and outstanding bill.Cllr Brogan said more lines of communication need to be opened to sort such issues.“I think we need to appoint someone like a Liaison Officer to mediate between parties. It’s no secret that many businesses are struggling.“But at the end of the day we are talking about jobs and we need to work towards a solution that we are saving jobs and not losing them,” he said.    COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR LIAISON OFFICER AFTER BAKERY STAND-OFF was last modified: May 23rd, 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:Cllr Ciaran BroganHighland Bakerylast_img read more

Express suspend Captain over Match fixing

first_imgNtambi (left) was named Express Captian at the start of the season (file photo)Express FC has suspended club Captain, Julius Ntambi for alleged indiscipline and misconduct.PML Daily understand that the indiscipline cases are related to match fixing practices including during Express’s 2-0 loss at home to Onduparaka FC last Saturday.In a letter dated 6th December and signed by Express chairman, Kiryowa Kiwanuka, it is indicated that the captain has been suspended indefinitely from the club.“In Express FC’s drive to excellence, discipline in its facets shall be and remains fundamental building block, read the latter.“Express maintains a policy of zero tolerance to indiscipline.“Mr. Julius Ntambi’s conduct has been found wanting in several aspects and it’s now the subject of investigation. We therefore inform the Express family and entire footballing fraternity that Mr. Ntambi has been suspended indefinitely, as investigations into the alleged indiscipline and misconduct are concluded.Ntambi was named Express FC captain in September this year.He has previously featured for URA FC and Kira Young and was a key feature in the Cranes team that took part in the 2014 CHAN tournament in South Africa.Express become the second Uganda Premier League club to suspend their captain due to alleged match fixing after Nyamityobora did likewise two games into the current campaign.Comments Tags: Express FCNyamityobora FCStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetoplast_img read more

Express FC coach Ssemwogerere fined for improper conduct

first_img Tags: Competitions Disciplinary PanelExpress FCGeorge Ssemwogererepolice fctopUganda Premier League Ssemwogerere’s side is currently 11th on the UPL log. (PHOTO/File)KAMPALA – Express FC head coach George Ssemwogerere has been fined UGX 500,000 for ordering ball boys to hide match balls.It is understood that the gaffer committed the above-mentioned offense during the Red Eagles 5-3 victory over Police FC on Friday, October 4th, 2019.The fine was confirmed through a document sent by the Competitions Disciplinary Panel (CDP) on Thursday morning.“It was reported in the referee’s match reports that during the SUPL match #49 Express FC vs Police FC played on Friday 4th October 2019 at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium Wankulukuku, the head coach George Ssemwogerere ordered the ball boys to hide match balls in the 58th minute which led to delayed restarts to the game, read part of the document.After Express FC submitted a response to the disciplinary proceedings, the CDP ruled that Ssewogerere pays a fine of UGX 500,000 and he is further warned against repeating the same actions.The fine is supposed to be paid before October 23rd 2019 and failure will lead to suspension from the technical bench.What the rules sayUPL rules state that ‘matchday referee must ensure physical presence of at least 8 matchday balls before kick-off and this number of balls under normal circumstances must at all times during play be available for use’.The win over Police at the start of the month elevated Express FC to 7 points at the time. They went on to beat Kyetume FC 1-0 and lose 3-0 away to Vipers SC in their next two games.Currently, the Red Eagles are 11th on the log with 10 points from their first 9 games.Their next two fixtures will see Express host Busoga United on the 29th of September before traveling away to Wakiso Giants four days later.Comments last_img read more

Majella O’Donnell speaks of cancer anxiety following health scare

first_imgFour years on from her own fight with breast cancer, Majella O’Donnell launched the Irish Cancer Society’s new campaign, Cups Against Cancer, to fund life-saving breast cancer research and supports to help other women affected by the disease. Majella O’Donnell was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, and bravely shaved her head on the Late Late Show at the beginning of her treatment. Since then, she has been raising awareness for the disease and has spoken frankly about the treatment.“When I found out I had breast cancer I was shocked. The treatment was tough and it was difficult emotionally.” She told the Irish Sun that since getting the all-clear, she has had two further cancer scares.A couple of weeks ago she was alarmed to find a lump on her neck, which turned out to be an infected swollen lymph gland.“Straight away I thought ‘lymph glad, it’s back.’ It’s scary. I went in and had MRIs and a CT and bone scans and blood tests and it was all clear,” she said. “In the last two years twice I’ve gone to the oncologist and said ‘something’s not right’ and she’s checked me and I’m grand.”“I try to say, ‘Majella relax’. I say you can go back and call the oncologist. I tell her I’m turning into a hypochondriac. She’s brilliant, she says, ‘Don’t worry, come back, that’s what we’re here for’.” Majella says that since getting the diagnosis four years ago, she has been worried that the cancer will return.“The further I get from my diagnosis, four years now, the more I worry if I feel sick, or if I have a pain in my back for too long straight away I think, ‘the cancer is back.’ After I had the cancer treatment the first couple of years after it was great, you were over it. But when you’re over it for four years you start to worry.“My daughter is coming up to 30 so I tell her to regularly check. I say, ‘Check the girls, check the girls, check the girls’.“Don’t ever think, ‘It’s not going to happen to me’.”“I’m 57 now. I’m wanting to slow down and spend more time with my grandchildren. I feel life is very short. I want to slow.”Cups Against CancerThe Irish Cancer Society’s new campaign is encouraging people to get their cups out for a good cause and host a coffee morning in October, which is breast cancer awareness month. “There are a lot of supports available and more advances are being made as a result of cancer research which is improving the outcome for breast cancer patients,” Majella says.“It’s fantastic to see new discoveries being made, but these developments are reliant on donations so in order to fight back against this disease we need to raise funds.“This year over 2,900 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer here in Ireland. That’s eight women a day.“These are our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends and they need our support. “So please, sign up at www.cancer.ie/cupsagainstcancer and get your cups out for a good cause this October.”Majella O’Donnell speaks of cancer anxiety following health scare was last modified: September 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:cups against cancerMajella O’ Donnelllast_img read more

Takeaways: Joe Thornton joins elite company with 400th goal in Sharks win

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Thornton made sure that his 400th goal will be remembered in Sharks territory for quite some time.After the Sharks (10-6-3) coughed up a 3-0 lead by surrendering four unanswered goals to the Nashville Predators (13-4-1), Thornton stamped his place in the history books by scoring the game winner just 13 seconds after Joe Pavelski tied things up at 13:05 of the third period.In doing so, Thornton became just the seventh player in NHL history to score 400 goals, record 1,000 …last_img