Baptism of fire

first_imgView comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast While it seems to be a pressure-packed situation for Standhardinger, considering the controversy that arose with the trade that allowed him to go to the Beermen, the high-motor big man has done a good job mentally dialing down expectations.“I’m in a very nice position that for the first time in my career, I can really just focus on winning. I don’t have to focus on anything else,” he said, saying life with the Beermen is far different from the cut-throat nature of professional basketball in Europe.“Sometimes, when you have a one-year contract with a team, you have to focus on your stats because that’s how you’ll get another job. So you have to focus on winning and your stats,” Standhardinger added.“Here, all that matters is winning.”And don’t expect him to stray from that focus. After all, he isn’t new to the game.“I’m not a rookie,” Standhardinger said. “I’m talking facts here. You can’t call a 28-year-old who’s played five-year professional basketball in Europe and in Hong Kong as a rookie. I know that I’m not a rookie and I know my teammates know that, too.”The rest of the PBA is about to find out the same thing. —WITH A REPORT FROM RANDOLPH B. LEONGSONSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC He could be, they said, a defensive foil to the San Miguel Beer big man. And his offense could force the 6-10 Fajardo to spend more energy on the other end.Instead, the Beermen made him the top pick in this season’s rookie draft and the story has changed drastically: There is a palpable excitement over the kind of juggernaut the new Twin Towers could produce.The fact that San Miguel will be parading 6-9 import Troy Gillenwater makes the team’s frontline a sight to behold. Throw in veteran Arwind Santos, gunner Marcio Lassiter and guards Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross and it’s easy to expect the Beermen to pick up the second gem of a potential Grand Slam season.“I’m really more concerned on doing whatever I can to help San Miguel become successful,” said Standhardinger, who missed the Beermen’s championship run in the Philippine Cup due to his ABL stint.Game time is at 7 p.m., right after the 4:30 p.m. opener between leader Rain Or Shine (3-0) and Columbian (2-2).ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:55Off-duty cops to report to camps on New Year’s eve to avoid indiscriminate firing01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace02:14Carpio 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 Genuine Pinoy ‘basketbol’ hot on its way back MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Standhardinger has tried to calm expectations of his teamup with the Beermen.“They (Beermen) have a very great team already,” he said. “So my job is not to get in here and try to be a key piece or try to make something happen. My job is to really see what I can do and what I can personally do to make this great team a little bit better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt’s a tough story line to sell.When fans and experts first caught glimpse of the 6-foot-8 Filipino-German in a Gilas Pilipinas jersey, he was touted to be the big man that could give the Beermen’s June Mar Fajardo, owner of the last four MVP trophies, some competition. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netAll the hype, all the talk, all the controversy stirred by Christian Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA via powerhouse San Miguel Beer shifts to a new narrative on Wednesday. In front of a curious crowd that will include practically every scout in the league, the celebrated No. 1 pick debuts with the team that has been No. 1 for the past few seasons.It’s almost like Meralco, the team that drew the—unfortunate?—card of testing Standhardinger’s debut with the Beermen in the Commissioner’s Cup at Mall of Asia, is a mere footnote to this moment: A perfect situation for an underdog squad to think upset.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Corentyne man attempts suicide after chopping ex-wife, lover

first_imgA Bush Lot, Berbice man on Sunday evening chopped his ex-wife and her new lover, following an argument at his residence. Reports are Narine Permauloo, having committed the act consumed a poisonous substance and was rushed along with the couple to the Port Mourant Hospital.Details of this story will be published in the February 07, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.last_img

Ontario Christian wins on late penalty

first_img“I haven’t taken any (penalty kicks) this year, this is my first one,” said Gann, a sophomore. “I was thinking, `don’t kick it wide.”‘ The goal atoned for what could have been a disaster for Ontario Christian, which blew a 3-0 lead in the second half and seemed doomed when Woodcrest stormed back to take a 4-3 advantage in the first overtime. Marisella Macias and Taylor Libolt scored in the first half for the Knights (20-6-4), and Gann added a third goal in the 48th minute. A re-energized Royal squad then scored three times over the next 13 minutes, and the game stayed deadlocked in regulation. OCHS will play Lancaster Desert Christian, a 4-0 winner over Murrieta Calvary Chapel, in Saturday’s Division VI final in Downey. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Second, no team wants to lose a spot in the finals the way the Royals did. “We have it on videotape, and that was a hand-ball by Ontario Christian,” Woodcrest Christian head coach Kim Davis said. “If it (a hand-ball by Ontario Christian) is there, we’ll be sending it (the video) in to CIF.” The difference between agony and ecstasy came down to one play. With just under four minutes remaining in the second sudden-death OT, the Knights launched a corner kick from right to left toward the Royals’ net. The ball appeared to ricochet among a crowd of purple and yellow jerseys huddled in the goalie box, with Woodcrest keeper Hillary Barreto making a tough save as the ball headed for the net. Then one referee blew a whistle, conferred with a colleague, and pointed in the direction of the goalie box. Ontario Christian’s Jenna Gann had been awarded a penalty kick, the result of an intentional hand-ball violation by Woodcrest – a stiff consequence for what could have been an inadvertent mistake. “It’s one of those unfortunate situations where the referee has to make a decision, it’s a tough one, but we’ll take it,” OCHS coach Dave Belden said. Gann lined up for the PK and sent it to her right. Barreto dove left and the home fans stormed the field, ending a physical, emotional game that lasted more than two hours. center_img ONTARIO – Even amidst controversy, there was consensus on both sidelines after Ontario Christian’s 5-4 win Tuesday over Woodcrest Christian in the CIF-Southern Section Division VI semifinals. First, no team wants to clinch a championship-game berth the way the Knights did: On a disputed hand-ball violation which led to a game-winning penalty kick with three minutes to play in sudden-death overtime. last_img

Swansea double bid for French star Stambouli

first_img Benjamin Stambouli 1 Swansea have made a second offer for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to reports in France.The Swans had a £2.5m bid rejected earlier this week but have now returned with an improved offer.And now it has been reported the Premier League side are willing to double their initial offer to around £5m.That is said to be closer to Montpellier’s asking price, although there is still no guarantee the Ligue 1 team will part with the 23-year-old.In fact, the team’s coach, Rolland Courbis, believes Stambouli is worth more than £10m.“I see Stambouli (as a €15m player). This is not the condition, it is the act of watching what he does,” said Courbis.last_img read more

BEO GIG TONIGHT TO LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE

first_imgBY MOLLIE MacGINTY: BEO, which was set up in 2009 by three neighbouring schools in Letterkenny, Colaiste Ailigh, Loreto Convent and St Eunan’s, organises and promotes live music events for teenagers is getting ready for a special gig tonight – to launch their own website.For the past few months the BEO committee have been putting together a website. This website is to help other schools run their own BEO project.It contains sections for Students, Teachers and Bands showing what BEO has to offer. It even includes a week by week guide to running your own BEO. The event  will take place in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny this evening, Friday, at 6:30pm. The official launch will take place at 6:45.Bands playing on the night are:Not Squares: A trio from Belfast who describe their music as ‘Disco Beard’. They have played at BEO before and are loved by many of the BEO Network.Hogan : A pop rock band from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, consisting of Mark Hogan (vocals, guitar), Wayne Brereton (guitar), Jonathan Westman (bass), and Ronan Nolan (drums).. Don’t Lean Back : A four piece, all-girl rock band from Buncrana (pictured). The drummer in the band Rachel Nelson is a student of Coláiste Ailigh and was in the first TY Group to run a BEO event.The launch is sure to be a great night of ceol agus craic. Bígí linn chun oíche speisialta, féiltiúla a bheith again.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comBEO GIG TONIGHT TO LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE was last modified: December 16th, 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:buncranaColaiste AilighletterkennyLoreto Convent and St Eunan’slast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S RECORD FIRST LEAGUE WIN OF THE SEASON OVER FOUR MASTERS

first_imgSt Eunan’s GAA News:The Senior Footballers recorded their first league victory on Friday last, overcoming Four Masters by 0-12 to 1-06.The Reserves also defeated Four Masters on Sunday on a scoreline of 2-06 to 0-09. Both teams are now due to host Ardara this coming Saturday. The Senior Hurlers were defeated by Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon on Easter Monday, losing by 0-14 to 0-11. They will host Setanta this Sunday at O’Donnell Park, at 1.30pm.Congratulations to Eamonn Doherty and the Donegal Senior Footballers who qualified for the National League Semi Finals by securing a vital draw in Castlebar against Mayo on Sunday. They now face Cork this Sunday at 2pm in Croke Park. Good luck to Maxi, Brendan and all our U-21 players representing Donegal in the Ulster U-21 Final tomorrow night (Wednesday) against Tyrone in Celtic Park, Derry, throw in 8pm.Junior Football Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday in the Park at 7pm.The Minor Footballers host St. Michael’s while the Development team travel to Red Hugh’s this Friday, both games scheduled for 6.45pm.Minor Hurling training continues every Tuesday at 5pm.The U-16 footballers had a good win away to Milford on Good Friday, winning by 6-09 to 4-06 and they are due to host Gaoth Dobhair this Friday at 6.30pm. The Development team fell to a narrow two point defeat at Glenswilly last weekend and they travel to Downings this Friday, starting at 6.30pm.Under 11 boys’ football training, (boys born in 2004), has now commenced and will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 5.45pm to 7pm in O’Donnell Park.Cash 4 Clothes 4 Féile: Are you doing a spring clean this year? Tidying up that wardrobe and wondering where to put your old clothes? As part of our “4 for Féile” fundraising campaign we are collecting all your old clothes which we hope to turn into cash to help fund our four teams that will compete in this year’s Féile events. The boys and girls U14 Footballers will travel to the south-east (Wexford – Carlow – Wicklow) in late June for the All-Ireland Féile whilst the U14 Hurlers and Camógs will act as hosts for this year’s Ulster Féile. You can drop your black bags of old clothes to O’Donnell Park for 4 Sunday’s beginning on Sunday, April 12th (19th, 26th April & May 3rd) during the Century Cinemas Sunday Morning Academy or, alternatively, if anyone has stuff and needs it collected, contact Eunan ODonnell at 0876775637. Your support is greatly appreciated for these young sports people. The Annual St. Eunan’s G.A.A. Golf Classic will take place on Saturday 23rd May. Entry for a team of 4 is only €100 with some excellent prizes on offer. Contact Peter Curran on 086 3852973, or any other member of the organising committee, if you or anyone you know is interested in entering a team. The organising committee consists of James Friel, Peter Curran, Paul Carr, Siobhan Grant, Noel McGinley, Ciaran Haran, Dermot Higgins, Enda Kelly and Adrian McClafferty.Legendary local band RAW will be performing a gig in the Clubhouse this Friday 10th April followed by music with local DJ PK playing a mix of Funk, Classic Rock, 60s and 70s music. Doors will open at 8pm and there will be a free shuttle bus service operating from the Market Square to the Clubhouse at 10pm, 10.30pm, 11pm and 11.30pm on the night. This is definitely a night not to be missed!Tomorrow night (Wednesday) is the closing date for entry in our U.S. Masters Golf prediction competition with a fantastic first prize of €500 on offer for the winner. Further details available on club Facebook and Twitter pages or contact any committee member for more information.Please remember to support the Topaz Cash for Clubs initiative at Tobin’s Service Station or any other Topaz outlet as we now need a big push in our attempt to reach our target. Simply Stamp the St. Eunan’s card every time you refuel by €40 or more in Tobin’s. Anyone wishing to have anything included in the weekly notes, please email gareth.mcglynn@hotmail.com by 9pm on a Monday evening.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S RECORD FIRST LEAGUE WIN OF THE SEASON OVER FOUR MASTERS was last modified: April 7th, 2015 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:GAANoticesSportSt Eunanslast_img read more

Colombia vs England: World Cup match preview, commentary, predicted teams and more

first_imgPredicted teamsColombia: David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Davinson Sanchez, Yerry Mina, Johan Mojica; Carlos Sanchez, Mateus Uribe; Juan Cuadrado, Juan Quintero, Luis Muriel; Radamel Falcao.England: Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire; Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Ex-Manchester United and Chelsea forward Radamel Falcao will want to prove a point against England. England manager Gareth Southgate celebrates against Tunisia. Team newsColombia star James Rodriguez is a doubt with a calf issue, while they may also set up in a more conservative manner.Meanwhile, the Three Lions will welcome back Dele Alli following injury and should recall most of their starting XI after many were rested against Belgium. 4 Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup Gareth Southgate (England): “For this team this is a brilliant opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams have before them. The lads have got the chance to write their own stories.”What the players are saying:Radamel Falcao (Colombia): “Well, it’s true that I didn’t shine as I waned to in England but that is part of the past.“Regarding tomorrow’s game, I only can say that it’s a dream to be here to play against England, as I said at the beginning, and I think all my team-mates are ready to play tomorrow.” 4 Shy guy Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Colombia v England is set to leave both nations at a stand still on Tuesday night as they bid for a spot in the World Cup 2018 quarter-finals.With tournament favourites falling foul of minnows, both sides will fancy their chances of going far in Russia. Tottenham star Dele Alli should return to play against Colombia. 4 Good times But first they must face each other in a bid to reach the quarter-finals.You can hear commentary of the action unfold live on talkSPORT from 7pm.What the managers are saying:Jose Pekerman (Colombia): “He’s a great player, he has played very well at Tottenham, very efficient, a great scorer who is playing very well.“He is one of the top scorers in the world, so we need to be careful about him. When you have a forward like him, it is very difficult to stop him, so we have to be careful.” Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers SUPERSTITION Ashley Young (England): “Of course I’ll put my name forward [to take a penalty].“I have got the confidence in my own ability to step up and take one, so if it goes to that stage then I’ll definitely be one to put my hand up and want to take one.“Obviously we’ve worked and practised them, and I have got confidence in my own ability to be able to score one.”How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT. Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? LU BEAUTY Southgate makes young England fan’s day by replying to his letter ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch Pure class diamond geezer NO JOY Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Colombia players celebrate Yerry Mina’s goal against Senegal. 4 Watch every goal England scored at the 2018 World Cup Fallon d’Floor Olivier Giroud confirms N’Golo Kante is the nicest man in football You’re the one misery Latest World Cup 2018 newslast_img read more

WANT TO SEE A CELEBRITY CHEF? HOMEGROWN FOOD FESTIVAL RELEASES DEMONSTRATION SCHEDULE

first_imgThe HomeGrown Food Festival has released a full schedule of celebrity cooking demonstrations and masterclasses taking place on the 12th & 13th of July.The action packed two day event will feature celebrity cooking demonstrations with Rachel Allen, Paul Rankin, Brian McDermott, Gary O’Hanlon, Ian Orr and Martin Anderson.There will also be a range of masterclasses on cocktails, wine, cheese making and butter making taking place from 12pm each day. HomeGrown Food Festival is taking place in Aura Letterkenny on the 12th & 13th of July. Early bird tickets are available online for a limited time only www.HomeGrownFoodFestival.ie. WANT TO SEE A CELEBRITY CHEF? HOMEGROWN FOOD FESTIVAL RELEASES DEMONSTRATION SCHEDULE was last modified: July 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Celebrity ChefsdonegalHOMEGROWN FOOD FESTIVALlast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: EVEN THE NORTH’S POLITICIANS ARE CLEARING DONEGAL’S PATH TO FINAL

first_imgNot even roadworks which were planned for the North can stop Donegal supporters marching onwards to Croke Park.Fans won’t be delayed n the way to Croker.It follows confirmation from the Department for Regional Development that scheduled roadworks in Strabane which would cause traffic delays for Donegal supporters travelling to Dublin from the North West will now be deferred.The SDLP’s mark Mr Durkan welcomed the move. “As soon as I became aware of the GAA concerns for supporters’ journeys I contacted the Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy.“I stressed that the scheduled roadworks on the Great Northern Link in Strabane would cause untold disruption to supporters, and that the planned diversion routes would not easily accommodate the volume of traffic that All-Ireland Sunday would bring.“In fairness the Minister’s office quickly took the point about the disproportionate impact of the proposed closure for works on this key artery on this of all occasions.“I want to thank the Minister and his officials who came back quickly to say that the work will now be deferred. “We don’t want people to have a difficult journey on what we all hope will be a great day for Donegal!”COUNTDOWN TO CROKER: EVEN THE NORTH’S POLITICIANS ARE CLEARING DONEGAL’S PATH TO FINAL was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfansMark Durkanroadworksstrabanelast_img read more

Skills ‘flowing back into South Africa’

first_img14 January 2014 The “brain drain” of highly skilled professionals from South Africa is showing signs of reversing, according to employment figures released on Monday by workforce management company Adcorp. Adcorp’s January employment report estimates that, since the global financial crisis of 2008-09, approximately 359 000 high-skilled South Africans have returned from foreign work assignments. “This is a sizeable number, representing 18% of the total pool of managers and professionals in South Africa and 12% of the total pool of graduates,” Adcorp said in a statement. Adcorp labour market economist Loane Sharp said this indicated that living standards in South Africa had remained relatively high compared to other English-speaking countries where emigrant South Africans had taken up residence, and that South Africans who had emigrated prior to the 2008 financial crisis “were possibly over-confident about the security of their jobs in foreign countries”. The South African economy’s demand for high-skilled workers has remained relatively stable over the past decade, according to Adcorp, with a consistent shortage of high-skilled workers amounting to around 829 000 unfilled vacancies. Over the same period, the country’s unemployment rate for high-skilled workers has remained roughly constant at around 0.4% – compared to an unemployment rate of 37% for the workforce as a whole – while the average real wages of high-skilled workers has increased from R265 680 per annum in 1997 to R423 730 per annum in 2013 – an above-inflation increase of 5.1% per annum. In money-of-the-day (i.e. pre-inflation) terms, Adcorp estimates that the wages of high-skilled workers in South Africa have increased from R112 966 per annum in 1997 to R423 730 per annum in 2013 – an increase of 11.2% per annum. “At the same time, the supply of high-skilled foreign workers has been negligible due to strict immigration measures adopted by the Department of Home Affairs in 2002, which were further tightened in 2008 and 2010,” the company said. Sharp said this clearly indicated that South Africa’s skills shortage “is substantial and is not being met by the local supply of high-skilled workers. Therefore the restrictions on foreigners living and working in South Africa should be relaxed.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more