Eagles ready to put collapse behind them

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “We’d like to put our emotions aside,” added assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “We lost this game but we still have the opportunity to win a championship.”Although momentum may have swung to La Salle’s side, Ateneo thinks it still has a strong shot as the two fierce rivals fight for the crown in a do-or-die Game 3 at 4 p.m. this Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We have to be focused on Sunday,” said Arespacochaga. “We can’t look at [Game 2] and say sayang (what a waste). We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena also hopes the Eagles will be better equipped against a La Salle side that can easily flip the switch.“It’s a real lesson for us that it’s not over until it’s over,” said Ravena. “We got complacent in the second half.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Prince picks up Ricci after ‘meltdown’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ It’s the kind of loss that could crush any team’s spirit. But it’s also the kind of loss that would, the Ateneo Blue Eagles hope, give them a fresh mindset.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know00:50Trending Articles05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know02:14Carpio 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 “We know that we’re tougher and we know we can handle that challenge against La Salle,” said Ateneo guard Matt Nieto. “We know we can trust in ourselves and we trust in our team. And of course, we trust in coach Tab (Baldwin).”Ateneo had looked all set to grab the UAAP championship—at least in the first half where the Blue Eagles erected a whopping 49-28 advantage—before La Salle turned the game around behind Ben Mbala and Ricci Rivero for a 92-83 Game 2 triumph last Wednesday that leveled the series at 1-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDespite blowing a 21-point lead—and the chance to sweep the title series—the Eagles want to forget about the heartbreak and focus on their second try to bag the crown.“We won’t think about Game 2,” said Baldwin. “La Salle didn’t think about [their 76-70 loss in] Game 1 and they came out and played.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Skullduggeries at GGMC Pt. 2

first_imgDear Editor,The management level at the GGMC urgently needs a complete overall in order to curb the level of corruption, which remains unchanged even though there were changes in leadership of over two years. The only difference is: the players are operating more discreetly.When a system is weak, it breeds corruption, and the only way to minimize this is to have persons with strong leadership qualities in command. The corruption level at this institution is an indication that there is an urgent need for the Commissioner to step-up his game to curb the situation, or it will get worse.Under the leadership of Mr. Robeson Benn, miners have enjoyed the best service from the staff at the GGMC, due to the strong leadership quality that he had demonstrated. A void for a good/strong leader was created at his departure, and this is yet to be filled. If disciplinary action is being introduced from a top-down basis, no one will be eager to be his/her brother’s keeper, and many atrocities will be exposed. This will also bring speedy resolution to matters which urgently needed resolution.There is an individual who, in my opinion, has the tenacity to go after those involved in crooked behaviours and practices that are affecting the smooth running of this organization. This individual has the ability to reform the Commission in order to acquire the best results, and change the image of the organization, but for some unknown reason/s, this individual was sidelined.It was once rumoured that the individual was being tipped for the top position, and this sparked uneasiness among some staff. I overheard conversations among individuals lamenting that their ‘Runnings will be cut-out’ if this individual eventually acquires the position. Why then not choose a person of such character to run an organization like the GGMC, which has a high level of corruption, one of the highest in the country.It is strange that little is being done at the GGMC to curb these practices, while it’s noticeable the changes that are taking place within other organizations, for example, the Police Force and the GRA, with their tough stance against corruption.While interacting with the Commissioner, it was obvious that some members of the Commission are stubbornly resisting “the authority” for their own ulterior motive, which I think led him to say, “You went to all heights and breadth to say I am covering-up corruption.”This leads one to wonder why these officers are holding back the findings of the reports, when these matters have drawn the attention of the highest office of the land and a wide cross-section of the Guyanese society. The Commissioner had even made mention, at our January 24th meeting, how far I was willing to go to get resolutions into our matters, but he still remains reluctant to release the findings of the reports that I had requested. Is it covering-up or collusion that is taking place? These are questions that are starting to plague my mind.Why the delays? Is it to make the Government look bad in the hope of a change of Government at the next pole? If those crooks could go so far as to resist the request for the resolution of our matters at Kurupung from the highest order of the land, I do not want to know of their other capabilities. There are some officials who are claiming the delays are being created by some individuals within the organization, who are trying to cover their tracks and make the administration look bad. It seems as though the Commissioner has developed a new normal of sending persons to the court to resolve their matters, instead of him doing the right thing of taking a tough stance against corruption, the root cause of many of the small miners’ problems.I am certain if the monies were to come from his salary or the salaries of many of these officials to pay those high-power lawyers, they would have chosen another course of action.It is heart-rending for us as tax payers to be paying our taxes in the hope that the Government would be able to provide a better life for our children, only for the same monies to be spent on retaining high-profile lawyers to defend the atrocities that are being committed against us. It would be better spent if the Commissioner chooses to do the right thing.There are many matters which need urgent attention. Some have their genesis as far back as 1996, and the situations have been compounded by recent events.Those matters have stymied the mining activities at Kurupung and turned it into a “ghost town”. Kurupung is the best known diamond bearing area of the country, and if there is an early resolution into our land situation, I am certain this community will spring back to life.Without the availability of those lands that the crooks at the GGMC did all sorts of skullduggeries with, it is unlikely the diamond industry will be able to meet the 50% increase in production that Hon. Minister Broomes has projected for this year. The Commissioner may not want to release the findings of the reports due to what can be revealed and the persons who will be implicated in these barbaric acts.Some may turn out to be his close associates, so he may choose to sweep the various matters under the table. With all that’s going on, the best solution will be an independent team of investigators to probe these matters. There is an old saying, ‘you cannot try the devil in hell and have favourable results.’ There is enough evidence to prove that high levels of corruption took placed with our lands at Kurupung. An investigation will be able to ascertain the level of involvement, and determine who did what, so they can be disciplined appropriately.Sincerely,Suffering minerlast_img read more

Euro 2016: Portugal and France combined XI – Any room for Giroud?

first_img 12 Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris (Click the right arrow, above, to see the rest of the combined XI) Manager – Fernando Santos Centre midfield – N’Golo Kante Centre midfield – Paul Pogba Left back – Patrice Evra 12 12 Centre forward – Cristiano Ronaldo Centre back – Pepe Right back – Cedric Soares 12 12 12 Left forward – Dimitri Payet 12 Centre back – Laurent Koscielny 12 12 12 12 You can listen to Portugal v France in the Euro 2016 final live on talkSPORT. Click here for team news and live stream details.It is finally here!The Euro 2016 final takes place this evening, with hosts France taking on Portugal for the right to be called the best footballing country in Europe.Les Bleus have wowed audiences with some glorious displays of attacking football, and the defensive issues many suggested they would suffer from have yet to appear.Fernando Santos’ men have been a much more reserved side, staying tight at the back and only attacking when necessary, but they are utilising their key players to the best of their abilities.The hosts are favourites to claim the trophy, but who makes a combined XI of the two finalists… Right forward – Antoine Griezmann 12 Centre midfield – Blaise Matuidi last_img read more


first_imgWINTER WARMERS… Lucy Evangelista and James McDowell get ready to swap their winter woollies for their shorts and t-shirts after Jet.com and Jet2holidays announced their biggest ever winter programme from Belfast International Airport.DD TRAVEL: Jet2.com has announced its biggest ever winter programme from Belfast International Airport with more than 50,000 seats available in 2016/17 – a huge increase of 25 per cent year on year.The desire of Donegal holidaymakers to soak up some sunshine during the long winter means that the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist has increased its winter 2016/17 capacity by a massive 10,000 seats between October 30, 2016 and March 25, 2017, including more seats to winter beach break destinations such as the Canary Islands and Alicante.“This is by far our biggest winter programme to date for Donegal holidaymakers,” said Steve Heapy, Chief Executive Officer, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays. “The number of people in Donegal wanting to jet off for some much-needed winter sunshine means we are seeing spectacular growth, and we have added thousands of winter sun seats to popular holiday hotspots such as Alicante and the Canary Islands.”This continued growth follows the recent launch of the company’s biggest ever flights and holidays programme for summer 17, which saw the introduction of a brand new route to Costa Brava (Girona) as part of an overall summer capacity increase of 10 per cent to more than 280,000 seats.Jet2.com winter flights from Belfast International Airport are available from just £46 one way including taxes at www.jet2.com while Jet2holidays winter holiday breaks start from as little as £209*pp including 22kg baggage allowance and airport transfers on www.jet2holidays.com and can be secured with a low £60 deposit.With the euro increasing in value against sterling, it makes Belfast even more competitive for flights this year. For more information you can visit their website at www.jet2.com/ DD TRAVEL: JET2.COM OFFER 50,000 SEATS TO WINTER SUN was last modified: July 25th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Canary Islandscheap flightsdonegaljet2.comwinter flightslast_img read more


first_imgA CO DONEGAL solicitor has agreed not to practise after an investigation found there was no control or accountability over money going into his office.The was despite a previous investigation over breaches of solicitors’ regulations, a court heard.The High Court was due to hear a number of matters relating to the practice of Robert Sweeney at High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal. The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, was told Mr Sweeney had undertaken not to seek a practising certificate and not to practise as a solicitor.There had been more than 200 complaints against him, mostly from financial institutions in relation to failure to comply with solicitors ’ undertakings.Mr Sweeney had previously been suspended and his client accounts frozen following an investigation in June 2012. It found he had failed to have 151 title deeds for property transactions stamped in time for Revenue purposes which meant interest and penalties started building up.He also had a deficit in his client account of about €77,000 which he undertook to discharge. That was only reduced to about €72,000 when Law Society investigating accountant Damien Colton checked on his practice over a month later.More than a year later, in November 2013, Mr Colton attended Mr Sweeney’s office and discovered another 38 deeds had not been stamped. In an affidavit, Mr Colton said he had found Mr Sweeney was in arrears for VAT and income tax for €65,000 and there was a client account deficit of about €27,000, with some client money unaccounted for.There were another 38 unstamped deeds equating to about €91,000 in unpaid stamp duty, he said.Significantly, the unstamped deeds had arisen during the period in which the Law Society’s regulation of practice committee believed Mr Sweeney was not fit to remain in practice, he added.While there was some control in relation to outgoings because a second solicitor had been brought in to co- sign cheques, there was in general “absolutely no control or accountability in relation to monies received by the office”.The fact Mr Sweeney was unable to account for €25,000 of client money gave rise for serious concern, Mr Colton said.Following a regulation of practice committee meeting on January 22nd last, it recommended to the High Court that Mr Sweeney’s suspension should continue and the matters be referred to a disciplinary tribunal.MONEY MISSING AND 200 COMPLAINTS AGAINST DONEGAL SOLICITOR was last modified: January 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:moneyrobert sweeneysolicitorlast_img read more


first_imgThe Catholic Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty, is to stand down.In a statement, he said he had decided to resign for medical reasons.He said he is receiving treatment for a condition which is “irreversible and progressive”. He decided to hand in his resignation because he can no longer fulfil his diocesan role.Dr Hegarty, who is 71, and from Kilcar, has been Bishop of Derry since 1994 having served as Bishop of Raphoe. He was ordained as a priest in 1966, and was consecrated Bishop of Raphoe in 1982.In recent years he urged anyone who has been abused by a member of the clergy to go to the civil authorities, and apologised to people who suffered child abuse in Catholic-run institutions.Dr Hegarty has said he will scale back his duties while the Pope considers his letter of resignation, but he hopes to maintain a pastoral ministery as long as he is able. Dr Hegarty’s resignation comes just days before the expected audit into child abuse in the Diocese of Raphoe is expected to be published.EndsBISHOP SEAMUS HEGARTY TO STAND DOWN FOR MEDICAL REASONS was last modified: November 8th, 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:Bishop Seamus Hegartylast_img read more


first_imgTHE Catholic Bishop of Raphoe Dr Philip Boyce has issued a Christmas Message of “hope”.Dr Boyce said that it was unfortunate that so many families were facing a tough time due to the recession.He said he hoped people would take solace and hope from the real Christmas message of peace and hope. His full pastoral letter is below: We live in the darkest week of the year. Nature is hushed in the seeming sleep of death. The sun is at its lowest arc in the skies. Only gradually will the daylight begin to lengthen. Moreover, many families have been passing through a difficult time as they try to survive the impact of unemployment, debt and poverty. The economic downturn has brought much suffering to many homes. A lot of people are struggling to survive. Advertisement Christmas, however, is a time of peace and hope. The Christ Child born for us at Bethlehem brought us the promise of renewed friendship with our God. Again and again throughout his life, he will say to us: “Do not be afraid, I am with you.” If God is with us, we shall be safe.Everything about the Christmas scene is extremely simple: the defenceless Child, the crib, the shepherds, the adoring Mother. It is our interior attitude more than the multiplicity of things that makes us happy. For love of us God made himself a Child. His little outstretched arms want to embrace a waiting world. The Christmas crib reminds us how we should appreciate and respect every human child, safeguarding them from all harm.Let us open our hearts to him who comes to save us. I wish you the deep joy and peace that come from simple things, from family friendship and from knowing that God came near us in the Child Jesus, with hope in our distress, faith in our doubts and joy in our sorrows.A Happy Christmas and God bless you. + Philip Boyce, OCD,Bishop of Raphoe BISHOP PHILIP BOYCE’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE was last modified: December 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BISHOP PHILIP BOYCE’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGElast_img read more


first_imgThe Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaign has turned on Fianna Fail and Fine Gael today over the debate on the household tax – and vowed to picket council offices this weekend.The group said it believes that the refusal of the Donegal County Council to debate emergency motions in relation to the Household Tax this week shows that many councillors are running scared on the issue.Micheàl Mac Giolla Easbuig of the steering committee of the campaign said: “Councillors from Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have been diving for cover this week. Very important matters were raised in emergency motions this week which affect every homeowner in the County and they simply refused to deal with it. “The people of Donegal wanted to know what was the response of the elected members to the claims from Minister Hogan that teams of Council workers would be conscripted to harass, on their own doorsteps, the tens of thousands who were boycotting the Household Charge.“Instead procedural rules were used by the mayor, with the backing of councillors from the main parties, to deny a debate. Fianna Fail and Fine Gael councillors did not want to make their views public because they are aware of the huge opposition to this hated tax. They are running scared on the Household Tax.“Every one of these councillors knows that Donegal County Council does not have the resources to send Council employees all over the county knocking on thousands of doors. No provision has been made in the Council budget to pay for this. No arrangements are in place. It simply will not happen. Let the message go out that no council workers will be knocking on anyone’s doors to pay the Household Tax.“This is another lie in Minister Hogan’s desperate attempt to rescue his new tax. Like the claims that they will take money out of your bank account, that they will add it to your ESB bill, that it will be deducted from your benefits or wages, it is all complete nonsense. “Last weekend saw a magnificent demonstration of over 2,000 people in Letterkenny in defiance of the charge. At current rates over a million could refuse to register nationally. We are winning. Our campaign is calling on people to remain resolute, to refuse to be bullied, to continue to refuse to register.“In response to the Council’s decision to open the Public Service Centres on Saturday to accept Household Tax payments we are calling on people to join protests outside the Centres. In Dungloe we will be picketing from 11AM and handing out leaflets. Other areas will be organising similar protests outside other centres around the county.”   HOUSEHOLD TAX: CAMPAIGNERS ACCUSE FIANNA FAIL/FINE GAEL IN PAYMENT ROW was last modified: March 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Okello’s late strike stuns leaders Villa

first_img Tags: KCCA FC Vs Villasport toptopUganda Premier League Ibrahim Saddam Juma (right) runs away with the ball under the watchful eye of Villa striker George Ssenkaaba: PHOTO BY SHABAN LUBEGAKCCA FC moved to within a point of log leaders SC Villa after a hard fought 1-0 win at the StarTimes stadium.Teenage sensation Allan Okello’s free-kick in the 85th minute was the all-important difference between the sides.SC Villa dominated much of the first half creating several half chances and were also unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the 30th minute when KCCA FC midfielder Ibrahim Saddam Juma clumsily brought down striker Alex Kitata in the box.KCCA’s only real sight of goal in the half came on 39 minutes when Saddam Juma hit the upright with a 25 yard strike much to the delight of Villa goalkeeper Samson Kirya who was clearly no where near the ball.KCCA FC coach Mike Mutebi brought on teenager Allan Okello for Jackson Nunda at halftime and what a stroke of genius that would later prove out to be.Okello was straight in to the mix as he became a menace on the left side of Villa’s defence and he forced a brilliant save from goalkeeper Kirya on 60 minutes as his curled long range strike was tipped over by the goalkeeper.Minutes later, Okello was at it again when he struck the cross bar with a ferocious strike from outside the box.With five minutes to go, the teenage sensation would not be denied for a third time as he expertly placed a low free-kick from outside the box into the left bottom corner after striker Shaban Muhammad was fouled outside the box.SC Villa had two clear cut chances from both Allan Kyambadde and striker George Ssenkaaba in the second half expertly saved by man of the match, Charles Lukwago who looked impenetrable on the day.“It was a great result for us on a day that am sure all teams played quality football. Said KCCA coach Mike Mutebi.“We could easily have fallen seven points behind Villa in the title race but we are now only a point behind.When asked about Okello’s performance, Mutebi had this to say.“He is a special player like Ihave continuously said. He did what special players do in big matches and I am proud he is in my team.KCCA now move to 32 points from 16 games, one point behind leaders SC Villa who have played one more game.KCCA’s Paul Mucureezi (left) in action against Villa on Thursday evening: PHOTO BY SHABAN LUBEGAComments last_img read more

Andrew Bogut could return for Warriors-Thunder game

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — The Warriors might spark some fireworks next week in Oklahoma City. For once, the reasons might not involve Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.That’s because Andrew Bogut might make his return for the Warriors-Thunder game on March 16, setting up a coveted matchup between an Australian native (Bogut) and a New Zealand rival (Thunder center Steven …last_img