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Perlas Pilipinas falls to Indonesia anew as road to gold gets tougher

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perlas Pilipinas quickly lost its luster, dropping a 78-68 decision to Indonesia just a day after its sparkling debut against Singapore in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Buoyed by a big Filipino crowd at MABA Stadium, the Philippines fought hard, but Indonesia proved to be too much in the end as a familiar narrative was rewritten.The Filipinos also yielded to the Indonesians in the 2015 SEA Games with Natasha Christaline leading the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Christaline was brilliant yet again, scoring 25 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. Yuni Anggraeni also made a big impact with 16 points and 11 rebounds.The setback to Indonesia, just like before, dealt a huge blow to the Philippines’ bid to bag its breakthrough gold medal in women’s basketball. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Joshua open to MMA crossover fight MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate Perlas took a 41-34 lead at the half but its shooting turned sour in the second half while Christaline caught fire for Indonesia, which gained a 59-50 advantage entering the final frame.Allana Lim had 15 points for PH, which ripped Singapore, 88-54, in the opener, while Camille Sambile added 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

4 Oil Blocks ‘Lease’ Postpones Capitol Recess

first_imgThe Liberian Legislature has extended its Special Session by one week, upon a request from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the pending submission of four undrilled offshore petroleum exploration Blocks— LB-6, LB-7, LB-16 and LB-17 – the leases of which she wants to conclude before the lawmakers depart for their annual break.Members of the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives, unanimously and separately, agreed with the extension yesterday, which political pundits have described as a ‘mutual agreement’ because there wasn’t a Certificate of Extension for the extra one week.The Liberian Legislature was expected to end its 3rd working Session today, December 12, and proceed on Annual or Constituency Break, previously known as Agriculture Break, according to an earlier Certificate of Extension which took effect November 12.However, the Liberian leader, in her communication to the two Houses, informed the Legislature that for the past two months, the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has been concluding negotiations for the exploration of the final oil blocks that were initiated under the 2002 petroleum law with “certain international oil companies.”“We are nearing completion of the process, but need more time in order to make a full submission to you,” the President wrote. “I therefore request your consideration of a delay in the closure of your honorable body.”It can be recalled that the Bid Round for the leasing of the Oil Blocks, was slated for August 5 to November 14, 2014.“The Government of Liberia in association with the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) is pleased to announce the opening of a Liberia Basin Bid Round, scheduled for August 5, 2014. Four undrilled offshore petroleum exploration Blocks (LB-6, LB-7, LB-16 and LB-17), which were the subject of earlier Bid Rounds have again become available,” the notice on the NOCAL’s website said. “Our goal is to lease Liberian oil blocks only to those companies best suited to both explore for and produce our country’s petroleum resources. All companies seeking to explore in Liberia, including our offshore territories, should expect to meet our high standards for corporate responsibility.”However, nine of Liberia’s off-shore blocks have already been leased. Block 8, located off the coast of Sinoe County, and Block 9, off the coast of Sinoe and Rivercess Counties, have been leased to European Hydrocarbons Limited.Block 10, off the coast of Rivercess County, were contracted to Anadarko of the USA (80%), Mitsubishi of Japan (10%) and Repsol of Spain (10%), while Blocks 11 and 12, off the coast of Grand Bassa County, were leased to Chevron (45%), Oranto (30%) and ENI (25%).Block 13, off the coasts of Montserrado and Margibi Counties, were contracted to ExxonMobil (80%) and COPL (20%), while Block 14 located in the same areas, were leased to Chevron (45%), Oranto (30%) and ENI (25%).The last of these, Block 15, off the coast of Montserrado and Bomi counties, were leased to Anadarko (47.5%), Repsol (27.5%) and Tullow (25%).Most of the oil blocks are still undergoing explorations.Besides the anticipated contracts of the four oil blocks, the Liberian legislature is expected to pass the recently validated draft oil & gas laws, referred to as the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) and the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) Acts of 2013.At least 150 stakeholders from over 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) across the country successfully validated two ‘Oil and Gas Laws’, but recommended limitations on the power of the Head of State, in order to promote sustained transparency, accountability and good governance.The validation was sponsored by the House of Representatives in partnership with NOCAL.The passage of the two oil laws will bring about a Conference Committee from both Houses, as described by the Legislature’s rule, to derive a full-passage, when one of the Houses effect a change to the passed bill.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kimmie Weeks Resigns From Cellcom

first_imgThe man who has held the position as Cellcom’s Corporate Communications Strategist for the last four years, Dr. Kimmie L. Weeks, has formally tendered his resignation citing a desire to “pursue other paths” after accomplishing what he termed his “previously thought to be impossible major goals and deliverables,” a press release from Cellcom GSM said yesterday. In a recent post on social media, Dr. Weeks asserted: “After over four years serving as Cellcom’s Corporate Communications Strategist, I have tendered my resignation to allow me to focus on new opportunities and give others the chance to fill this critical role. I came to Cellcom with a set of goals and now that those goals have been accomplished, I believe that it is best to leave on a high and positive note. I salute all of those who I’ve worked with throughout this incredible journey and I look forward to the future ahead.” In a country where voluntary, high profile resignations are rare, Dr. Week’s resignation is turning many heads, but also generating sentiments appreciation for the role he played at Cellcom. As of press time, hundreds of individuals on Facebook were commending Dr. Weeks for the important role he played with Cellcom. Dr. Weeks was invited to join the Cellcom team in early 2011 as its Corporate Communications Strategist and was tasked to fill a position created and customized for him. As Cellcom’s Corporate Communications Strategist, Dr. Weeks was tasked with working behind the scenes to create new and innovative ways to maximize the exposure of the company as well as its products and services. He also became the official face of Cellcom, leading the company’s major press conferences as well as unveiling new products and services including Cellcom’s widely popular 3 days free calls, Cellcom’s 4G network, and Cellcom’s recently launched 4G LTE network. He was also at the forefront of Cellcom’s memorable corporate communications initiatives including unveiling several of Cellcom’s CSR initiatives related to health, education, culture and sports. When quizzed if this was the end of his involvement with Liberia’s telecommunications sector, Weeks responded: “Well, I consider this an early retirement from the telecommunications industry, but nobody knows the future.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Galatzan, Vladovic win, securing mayor’s hold on LAUSD board

first_imgBoth school board candidates backed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa emerged victorious today, giving the mayor’s reform-minded allies a 4-3 majority on the panel that governs the nation’s second-largest school district. With just over 6 percent of registered voters casting ballots, unofficial returns showed veteran city prosecutor Tamar Galatzan, who had the mayor’s political and financial backing, with 58 percent of the vote, with 42 percent for union-backed incumbent Jon Lauritzen in the race to represent the San Fernando Valley. For the seat representing South Gate, Richard Vladovic captured 54 percent over Neal Kleiner’s 46 percent, according to unofficials results. Villaraigosa had endorsed Vladovic, but did not provided the hefty contributions he gave Galatzan in her battle against her well-funded rival. Galatzan said that she looked forward to collaborating with Villaraigosa and others who shared her desire for change. “This vote is going to make clear that voters in the San Fernando Valley want reform and this is going to be a new day for L.A. Unified,” Galatzan said. “It’s fresh blood. It’s people who ran for office with the singular goal of reform. The victory by Galatzan and Vladovic gives Villaraigosa four allies on the seven-member school board, allowing him to reignite his stalled effort to help run the nation’s second-largest district. The mayor showed up with Galatzan Tuesday night at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City to show his support to LAUSD leaders with whom he’s been at odds. Galatzan said that she looked forward to working with Villaraigosa and others who want change. Galatzan’s challenge to Lauritzen’s re-election bid sparked a vigorous and expensive race that evolved into a contest between reform and the status quo. The candidates sparred over the future of charter schools, as well as ways to improve lagging student test scores and the district’s stubbornly high dropout rate. Lauritzen predicted that Galatzan will be stymied in fulfilling her promises to voters. “I think she’s going to find herself taking orders from the mayor and they’re going to be trying to change the district in a way that is not possible at this time because she doesn’t understand how the district works,” Lauritzen said late Tuesday, as the votes continued to trickle in. Galatzan’s campaign relied heavily on election mailers, most of them funded by the Partnership for Better Schools – a committee of mayoral supporters that contributed $2 million of the $2.2 million she raised Jan. 1. Lauritzen, meanwhile, received $1.04 million in contributions, about $900,000 of it from United Teachers Los Angeles. Although Galatzan’s campaign had hoped to persuade voters to cast absentee ballots and Lauritzen had counted on strong support from the district’s labor unions, election officials estimated turnout at less than 5 percent. The hefty contributions reflect the scope of the battle for control of the 707,000-student district. Soon after being sworn in as mayor, Villaraigosa took aim at the Los Angeles Unified School District, initially vowing to wrest away control of the district. He later tempered his goals, and collaborated with UTLA to draft a state law that would give him a significant role in running the district. Assembly Bill 1381 was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor last September. However, the LAUSD mounted a legal challenge, and the legislation has been struck down repeatedly in the courts. Villaraigosa turned to the school board race – in which four seats would be up for grabs – as his final attempt to have influence in the district. With four supporters on the board, the mayor will get a cluster of low-performing schools to oversee as well as other, symbolic forms of decision-making, said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. But depending on the degree to which Villaraigosa is going to have a role in the district, it may lead to friction with new Superintendent David Brewer III, who’s working on creating his own path at the LAUSD. “The school board and the district will now lean more toward what the mayor deems as necessary and practical for the district. He’s going to be more of a player now,” Regalado said. It will heighten the visibility of the mayor and result in Brewer having a more difficult time making his own mark and looking like a true leader.” Villaraigosa-backed Yolie Flores Aguilar handily won the District 5 seat during the March 6 general election and Monica Garcia, a Villaraigosa ally, is already a member of the school board. Garcia, long the sole Villaraigosa ally on the board, said she’s thrilled the mayor’s slate prevailed and welcomes a clear partnership with the mayor in the form of having him oversee a cluster of low-performing schools. “The three new board members represent change and I expect that their leadership will produce the urgency and the focus of improving graduation rates that we haven’t seen,” Garcia said. UTLA President A.J. Duffy said he called Galatzan Tuesday evening to congratulate her and offered to meet with her very soon. And although his candidate Lauritzen lost, Duffy believes the union will still be able to bring in its reforms to the LAUSD. “We have some bridges to build, we have a future together and we should start working on that future,” Duffy said. “I think we’ll be on the same page and I don’t think there will be a problem.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgReady Steady Smiles provide a broad range of Dental Treatments designed to improve your oral health and well-being. Our State of the art facilities, combined with our team of highly regarded Dentists and Hygienists ensure a service that is second to none.Dr. Joseph Bonner has been the principal dentist at the practice since he took it over in 1995. Since then the practice has grown significantly into a first class treatment facility meaning patients no longer need to travel further afield for modern treatments such as Dental Implants.At the centre of the practice are our patients.We involve you in every decision made about the health and appearance of your smile and ensure each visit is a calm, relaxed comfortable one.What some of their patients had to say, “It was one of the best decisions I ever made. “Donegal is so lucky to have such a state of the art dental practice where world-class work is carried out with very thorough after care.“I can recommend Dr. Bonner and each of his excellent team without reservation.For further information please visit www.readysteadysmiles.comWe are here to help. Call 1890 265 365 / 074 97 21508 / 074 91 90029 to book a consultation. Or email info@readysteadysmiles.comGET THE SMILE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TODAY WITH READY STEADY SMILES was last modified: August 12th, 2014 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:Dental ImpakntsFeatureshealthInstant smilesnewsPromoted PostReady Steady Smileslast_img read more

Wayne Rooney insists he’s not entering a ‘retirement home’ at Everton

first_imgWayne Rooney insists Everton is not a retirement home for him to play out the remainder of his career as he is keen to force his way back into England reckoning.The 31-year-old completed an emotional return to his boyhood club after a 13-year, trophy-laden spell at Manchester United, but he has no intention of wallowing in the sentimentality of a move which he admits delighted his family, primarily his dad Wayne Snr and eldest son Kai.Rooney left Old Trafford as United’s all-time leading scorer – a title he also holds for the national team – but returns to Goodison with a burning desire to bring success to a club whose last trophy was the FA Cup in 1995.“I think I always play like I have got a point to prove,” he said.“I am not coming into a retirement home. I am ready to play, I want to win, I want to be successful at this football club.“It is too long (without a trophy). I feel the club are moving in the right direction. We will all pull together and make sure we give everything to do it.“I am focused on playing well for Everton. If I do that then (England manager) Gareth Southgate will have a decision to make whether he puts me back in the squad.“Hopefully my performances will be good enough for Everton and he won’t be able to ignore me.”Over the last 12 months Rooney has been written off having struggled to get in Manchester United’s starting line-up under Jose Mourinho and, as a consequence, losing his England place to younger players.In January he was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League and – although that did not materialise – Rooney realised, with his 32nd birthday approaching in October, he had to start looking elsewhere for regular football.“It hadn’t gone stale (at United). I enjoyed my time there but I needed to play more games,” he added.“I didn’t play that often last season. I know I am at my best when I am playing games consistently.“It is obviously frustrating. My whole career I have played and it was the first time I didn’t play and I was on the bench. It is not me, I need to play football.“Obviously I was the captain of Manchester United so you need to keep yourself positive and make sure you are not bringing negativity to the dressing room.“Some people will accept not playing and playing every few weeks but that is not me.“I spoke with Jose and I knew it was the right time to leave and go and play somewhere else and I firmly believe Everton is the right club to do that.“Of course there were other options but once I knew Ronald wanted to bring me back it was the only place I was going to play my football.” Wayne Rooney has returned to Everton after 13 years at Manchester United 1last_img read more

Mother of tragic soldier said he lost her son and best friend in drowning accident

first_imgThe mother of a soldier who lost his life in a drowning accident said she lost her son and also her best friend in the tragedy.Corporal Gavin Carey (27) from Mullingar drowned at Tullan Strand in Bundoran last August.The inquest into Gavin death was held in Kee’s Hotel, Stranorlar today. As a result of the inquest, coroner Dr Denis McCauley is to write to Donegal County Council regarding signage warning visitors of the dangers of a beach where a member of the Defence Forces drowned last summer.The inquest into his death heard that the five soldiers who entered the water had only gone out to their waists but three of them experienced difficulty getting back to the beach due to a strong undertow.Just last weekend members of a football team from Fermanagh got into difficulty in a similar situation at the beach.The inquest heard that only one faded sign warns the public of the dangers of swimming at the beach. Dr McCauley said he would be writing to Donegal County Council to ask them to review the signage at the beach.Dr McCauley said the beach is known by locals to be dangerous and is used mainly by surfers. He said two groups of people not from the area, Mr Careyand his colleagues and the football team from Fermanagh had not been aware of the dangers associated with Tullan Strand.“I will contact Donegal County Council in relation to this, that it is a beach that has amenity value in terms of surfing but maybe it does not have amenity value for swimming,” he said at the inquest in Ballybofey today.Mr Carey and five colleagues from Custume Barracks in Athlone, who were all attending a medical training course at Finner Camp, had gone to the beach for a swim at around 6.30pm on August 23rd last year.Two of the men made it to safety and suffered minor injuries after three of them got into difficulty. But Mr Carey, of Ashfield, Mullingar did not emerge from the water and the alarm was raised by colleagues on shore.His body was recovered from the water five days later by members of a voluntary underwater search team after an extensive search involving over 100 members of the Defence Forces.The soldiers had been on a two-week medical course at Finner Camp ahead of a six-month deployment to Lebanon in November.Mr Carey’s colleague, Dean Toan, said they had been swimming at the beach the week before and conditions seemed exactly the same with no reason to cause them concern. “We went to waist level and thought we would be safe there,” he said.He said they had been “messing about in the waves” for about 20 minutes and had not gone further out than waist height into the water but when they tried to get back in they found themselves in difficulty.He and Mr Carey and another colleague tried to push themselves back in but couldn’t. When they tried to swim in, the current took them further out.Mr Toan said the men were pulled out into the open sea and he lost sight of Gavin.The waves pushed him to the right and then pushed him back into the beach and two colleagues came and grabbed him. He was physically sick as he left the water and he saw his colleague Alan O’Connor, who was in the water with him, come running from the rocks covered in blood. He had assumed Mr Carey had made it to the rocks before he realised he was still out in the water.Mr O’Connor, the third of the soldiers who got into difficulty, said that just as they went to leave the water the waves got very strong.“It was fine up to a stage. It was only when we went to leave where we struggling to get out,” he said.Mr Carey was the closest of the three to the shore.Mr O’Connor said he decided to head for the rocks as he could not get to the beach.The waves threw him onto the rocks and he managed to hold on at the second attempt.When he got to shore he realised Mr Carey was missing. A bystander handed him a mobile phone and he contacted the coast guard.Padraig Cunningham told the inquest that due to an ear infection he was the only one of the six soldiers who do not enter the water.He said Mr Carey was in his unit and he knew him well.When he saw his colleagues were in difficulty he tried to get help.Mark O’Malley of the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service told the inquest he was in a rib with a diving team which left Creevy pier at 9am on august 28th. At 10.25 a.m. a body was recovered.Mr Carey’s mother, Patricia Peyton, told the inquest her son had joined the Defence Forces at 18 and it had been a lifelong ambition of his to be a soldier.“He was a soldier to the core,” she said.“Gavin was not just my son, he was my best friend. I lost everything when I lost him.”Sgt Damian Gaffney of Bundoran Garda station told the coroner the beach has mainly been used by surfers in recent years and it is known that there are rip tides and undercurrents there.He said it is not recommended for bathing. Sgt Gaffney said one sign at the car park telling people it is dangerous to swim at the beach is faded.There are long-running negotiations between Donegal County Council and a local landowner over access to the beach which aren’t progressing, he said.Sgt Gaffney said the sign warning of the dangers of swimming is “faded and will need to be upgraded”.When asked by Dr McCauley what should be done at the beach Sgt Gaffney said: “I think we need to upgrade the signage and warn people that it is unsafe for swimming.”A post mortem found that Mr Carey died fromasphyxia as a result of drowning.The coroner said the death was a terrible accident which happened after the soldiers found themselves in “a terribly stressful situation”.Dr McCauley said that there had been one fatality at the beach and a near fatality at the weekend “we need to do more to draw attention that this is a dangerous beach”.The coroner thanked the gardaí, the emergency services and the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service. He said the fact that Mr Careywas found so quickly was of great relief to his family.Mother of tragic soldier said he lost her son and best friend in drowning accident was last modified: July 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:bundoranCpl Gavin Careydrownedinquestsoldierlast_img read more

NBA 3-point contest: Stephen & Seth Curry have a wager

first_imgCharlotte, N.C. – Steph Curry could not put a price on what it meant to return to his hometown for All-Star Weekend.He will, however, have a hefty and ongoing debt to pay if he loses tonight’s 3-point shooting contest to his younger brother, Seth. The two have a bet going that could have repercussions for years to come.“Whoever loses has to pick up the tab for all the tickets for  anytime we play against each other for the rest of our careers,” Curry said. “The stakes are high, considering …last_img read more

Why moving to wing might benefit Sharks’ Dylan Gambrell

first_imgSAN JOSE — At the time, it could have either been considered a tough spot to be in or a golden opportunity. Sharks forward Dylan Gambrell chose the latter.With Tomas Hertl, not to mention Joe Pavelski and Erik Karlsson, injured and unable to play in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final, Gambrell was suddenly thrust into the lineup as the Sharks’ third line center in an elimination game against the St. Louis Blues.The decimated Sharks lost 5-1 to the Blues, but Gambrell came away from the …last_img read more