Magnolia tries to firm up bid for playoff bonus vs desperate Meralco

first_imgDoing everything right the past three weeks, Magnolia shoots for a quarterfinal bonus in the playoffs on Friday night against a Meralco side that is battling for dear life in the PBA Governors’ Cup.Ahead of the 12-team pack with a 7-1 record and unbeaten in their last five games, the Hotshots will come into the 7 p.m. match at Ynares Center in Antipolo as the overwhelming choice against the short-handed Bolts, who are in a one-miss-you-die situation.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With a two-game winning streak, Rain or Shine is favored to make it three straight after its 4:30 p.m. clash with out-of-it-all Columbian.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tournament format calls for the top four teams after the elimination round to advance to the playoffs needing to win just once over lower-ranked foes to march on to the Final Four.Meralco, right now, is hardly concerned about the playoff bonus and is focused on merely making the playoffs and dealing with the handicap later on.After dropping six games in a row, the Bolts finally carved out a win last Sunday and fanned their wafer-thin hopes of advancing.Coach Norman Black knows that it’s an uphill climb with the Bolts needing to sweep the Hotshots, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and then the mighty San Miguel Beermen, in that order, to entertain thoughts of staying alive.The Painters are another team on a roll despite some internal problems concerning blue-chip center Raymond Almazan.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Stojanovski on verge of first ICTSI win Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And coach Chito Victolero believes that being in that situation is what makes Meralco a very dangerous customer.“We know their situation—that they cannot afford another loss,” Victolero said. “And for me, that’s what makes them very dangerous when we play them. We have to make sure that we can match their (Bolts) desire and intensity.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissVictolero wants to go at least 2-1 in their last three outings to seal a twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals with at least six teams still in the running for a top four berth.“We want to just keep on winning and prepare for the playoffs,” Victolero said as his Hotshots, after the Meralco clash, will still have to go through TNT KaTropa and Barangay Ginebra, which is at 7-2 and also wants to seal a place in the top four. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more



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A FRIEND

first_imgMaybe you think this is for jokingMaybe you guess it’s a gossip thingMaybe you will be confused awhileMaybe the bad sighs are absent hereMaybe she just too correct for othersMaybe our galaxies commuted nearbyMaybe it is time to bond as sisters doMaybe the fine things in life connectsMaybe I took on your best companyMaybe I too deserve a chance to laughA FriendMaybe I am elated for this goodnessMaybe they are rare in our mean daysMaybe it is a gift from the Lord over meMaybe I have found my missing sisterMaybe she truly is the sister I never hadMaybe the lunch food and chat is grandMaybe my communion will change nowMaybe a subtler side will emerge in meMaybe I should chant her name proudlyMaybe she will smile if I sound her nameA Friend 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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Bandits shoot elderly farmer

first_img…in daring home invasion at FriendshipDays after Police recorded a 10 per cent dip in serious crimes, three armed bandits infiltrated the dwelling of a 65-year-old farmer, shooting him in the right thigh as they made good their escape with an undisclosed sum of cash from the pensioner’s Friendship, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home.According to information received, the armed robbery occurred at 06:45h on Sunday. Police were up to late Sunday hunting the suspects following investigators obtaining a spent shell from a small calibre weapon from the cash crop farmer’s home.last_img



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Suspects sought in Grande Prairie home invasion

first_imgGrande Prairie RCMP are searching for three suspects involved in a violent home invasion.The incident happened on Friday around 1:30 a.m. at a home on Pinnacle St.- Advertisement -Police say three suspects broke into the home wearing balaclavas and waving weapons. Three people were in the home at the time of the incident.Two 19 year-old males were injured and transported to hospital. They say one of the men was later released and the other was taken to a hospital in Edmonton for further treatment of a nonlife threatening injury.A 17 year-old female in the home was not hurt.Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment at 780-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.Advertisementlast_img



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Burnley sign Boyd from Premier League rivals Hull

first_img1 George Boyd in action for Hull Burnley have signed forward George Boyd from Premier League rivals Hull.The former Peterborough star, 28, has joined the Clarets for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.The switch has been completed after Tigers boss Steve Bruce revealed on Sunday that he had allowed the Scotland international to talk to Burnley.last_img



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MAN JAILED FOR TWO YEARS FOR OPERATING ILLEGAL DIESEL PLANT

first_imgA man caught operating an illegal diesel plant in Donegal which was costing the Revenue Commissioners €30,000 a week has been jailed for two years.Roddy Logan was part of a gang who were caught operating the plant in Castlefin on July 6th, 2011.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told today that the plant was one of the biggest ever found in Donegal. Revenue officer Bernadette Murray told the court that revenue officers and Gardai found various apparatus including 12,000 litres of mineral oil, hosing, upright cylinders, pumps and cat litter.Some men found at the plant escaped across fields but Logan was arrested at the scene.Logan, of Toomebridge, Co Antrim, pleaded guilty to knowingly remove a mineral oil prescribed marker when he appeared at court yesterday.The court was told that such illegal diesel operations were costing the State a huge amount of revenue.Not only were they depriving the state of tax revenue, but officers revealed the waste or sludge cost a considerable amount of money to clean up.Gangs who dumped this sludge left behind from illegal diesel plants cost the Government €3.4 million behind 2003 and 2011, officer Murray told the court.The sludge, which was often just dumped at the side of the road, had to be shipped to Germany to be disposed of.The court also heard how such illegal diesel had a long-term damaging effect on thousands of cars which used the diesel each year.Logan, who had studied engineering at University of Ulster, claims he was only being paid €30 a day to drive a lorry to the plant.Judge John O’Hagan compared illegal diesel plants to grow houses which were cultivating cannabis across the country.He said it was often the case that many gardeners were looking after the plants but the Mr Bigs were never caught.“This operation is carried on by serious criminals who are in for the quick buck and are depriving revenue of any taxes they might raise from diesel.“People involved in this operation are unscrupulous – although they remove dye – the acids remain in the by-product and this does untold damage to people’s engines. I have seen with my own eyes the damages it does to people’s engines,” said Judge O’Hagan.He added that Logan was an intelligent man who knew exactly what he was doing at the illegal plant.He said if he had pleaded not guilty he would have given him the maximum penalty of 5 years in prison.“I believe this is such a serious offence that a message has to be sent out that it is a crime that will attract a custodial sentence,” he said.He sentenced Logan to two years in prison.EndsMAN JAILED FOR TWO YEARS FOR OPERATING ILLEGAL DIESEL PLANT was last modified: January 29th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefindonegalILLEGAL DIESELREVENIE COMMISSIONERSRODDY LOGANlast_img read more



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PICTURES: THOUSANDS DESCEND ON ARDARA FOR CUP OF TAE FESTIVAL

first_imgThe fairy bread mothers Erin Coyle & Corinne Temple promoting the new improved Gallaghers White Sliced Pan at the Cup of Tae Festival in Ardara this afternoon. The festival was the location for the launch of Gallaghers Bite Back – announcing the return of the Gallagher family to the famous bakery.Thousands of people have descended on Ardara this weekend for the annual Cup of Tae festival. The superb mixture of music and craic is a massive boost to the town over the bank holiday weekend.A superb itinerary of events is appealing to people of all ages with music schools, cookery classes for children and storytelling.It all wraps up with a grand finale concert in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel on Sunday night.We’ll have even more pictures from the festival later.  Pictured at the Cup of Tae Festival in Ardara are Paul and Linda McCracken from Bambridge Co Down who won a Gallaghers Bakery hamper. Also pictured are tracey Gormley and Padraig byrne from Gallaghers Bakery, celebrating Gallaghers Bite Back.Sunday 1st May marks the return of the Bakery to the Gallagher family.The event is being supported by Gallaghers’ Bakery which is re-launching this weekend now that is it back in local hands.The rest of the event is as follows:Saturday 30th April, 2011.9.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. – Final RegistrationBeginners & Moderate in Flute, Fiddle, Tin Whistle & Accordian in St Marys SchoolGuitar and Singing in Heritage CentreClass Times: 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.at above mentioned Venues Irelands Top Teachers in AttendanceUpstairs in the Corner House 12 noon to 2.00 p.m.Breezy Willow – Storytelling and Cooking Session for children up to 12 years.A Show highly popular and not to be missed Heritage Centre at 1.00 p.m.Free Recital by Friends of Matthew McGranaghanOpen Air Recitals – 3.00 p.m. Open Air Musical Recitals with top Musicians in IrelandHeritage Centre at 5.00 p.m.Session Class on blending Fiddle & Music by Top MusiciansCorner House at 8.30 pmAn array of Story, Song, Dance, Recitation & Craic depicting our Irish Traditions.Corner House at 9 pmIrish nite of dancing with supper in heritage centre with Country Traditions.Free Irish Music in all Pubs in Town (see Posters)Sunday 1st May, 2011.10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m Music Classes continue2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Music Classes complete Heritage Centre – 1.00 p.m.  Musical Recital by Friends of Matthew McGranaghan. Open Air Recitals – 3.30 p.m.  Open Air Musical Recitals with top Musicians in Ireland On the Diamond at 5.00 p.m. (Weather Permitting) Musical Recital by all the students and their Teachers displaying the learning that took place at the School. Parents and all are welcome. Upstairs in the Corner House at 6.00 p.m. The Breezie Willow Concert A Show not to be missed. Come early. Limited Seating. Finale Concert in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel at 8.00 p.m.The John “the tae” Concert is always a special event.This year top Musicians, Family & friends of the Matthew McGranaghan open this Star Studded Concert. This Concert will see the best of talent in the area display this skill.A show not to be missed.The “Cup of Tae” is the name of an Irish Reel. Our Festival is in honour of a renowned Player John “the tae” Gallagher (generations of his family before him made ‘taes’ on Fair Days and other days of local importance) hence the name of the Festival.Free Irish Music Sessions in all Pubs in Town (see Posters)Monday 2nd May, 2011.Various Music Sessions will take place in all PubsFor details on accommodation and other information click here www.cupoftaefestival.com or here www.ardarafestivals.com PICTURES: THOUSANDS DESCEND ON ARDARA FOR CUP OF TAE FESTIVAL was last modified: April 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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:ArdaraCup of tae festivallast_img read more



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BFI’s bid to combine landfills dumped

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals And while BFI will still be able to operate its separate landfills, residents of Granada Hills, who have been fighting the dump for years, said they were pleased that the county board recognized their concerns. “We realize we’re not going to close the landfill. If we have to have it then we want them under the strictest conditions possible,” said Anne Ziliak, a member of the North Valley Coalition, a vocal opponent of the dump. Dump opponents complained that provisions of the proposed permit were too lax. They wanted a guaranteed date for the landfill’s closure, along with a requirement that a double-liner be installed under all new sections of the landfill. Sunshine Canyon accepts 12,100 tons of trash a day, most of it from Los Angeles residents, and has an estimated capacity of 90 million tons. BFI says the dump could operate for 26 more years, although an engineer hired by opponents has said it could be much longer. BFI District Manager Greg Loughnane said he was surprised by the commission’s decision because the company was simply asking to make its operation more efficient, with one set of equipment and one daily disposal area. In a surprise decision hailed by dump opponents, the Los Angeles County Planning Commission voted Monday against a permit that would allow the operator of Sunshine Canyon Landfill to merge two separate dumps into one gigantic landfill. The proposal would have allowed Browning-Ferris Industries to run its side-by-side dumps – one in the county, the other within the city limits – as a single operation. But in their 3-2 decision, the commissioners went beyond the Sunshine Canyon Landfill issue and raised serious concerns about how the region handles its trash. They also raised questions about traffic from trash trucks, the need for more recycling and trash-transfer stations and the lack of a guaranteed closure date for the Sunshine Canyon Landfill. “It was kind of unusual that they focused on issues that we have no control over. We had a simple request in front of them, which was to combine two landfills,” he said. “They all recognized that but, I feel, they got hung up on regional traffic issues and transfer stations. “We’re definitely stuck in the middle of city-county politics.” The company can appeal the decision to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. This permit is one of the last approvals BFI needed to merge the two dumps. Environmental documents dating back to the early 1990s anticipated that the two landfills would eventually be combined, although city and county leaders have disagreed over issuing the permit. Granada Hills-area Councilman Greig Smith was behind a City Council motion urging the county commission to deny the land-use permit, which he said would weaken the city’s tough controls at Sunshine Canyon. And Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office opposed the permit because he didn’t want to lose any authority over Sunshine Canyon. Meanwhile, members of the Planning Commission said they have serious concerns about the region’s trash policies. They want to see more facilities to sort recyclables from trash and consolidate garbage into semitrailers to reduce the number of smaller garbage trucks on the road. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s appointee, Harold Helsley, initially said he supported the BFI permit but changed his mind Monday and became the swing vote because he hoped to spur a change in the region’s trash management. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 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



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Noted educator, coach immortalized

first_imgEL MONTE – At least 125 people came out Monday to rename Valle Lindo Continuation School for longtime educator Fernando R. Ledesma. Guests spoke about Ledesma’s passion and dedication to students and education, his sense of humor and caring, and long-lasting friendships with the 72-year-old. Green and white balloons decorated the stage and the Mountain View High School band played “Tribute to Troy” when the USC graduate was introduced. Nicasio Salerno, assistant superintendent of educational services, reminisced about Ledesma being his coach when he was a ninth-grade student at Arroyo High School. Salerno said Ledesma, a former Marine, believed in him and built up his confidence. “Led is an outstanding role model and has outstanding people skills with a big heart. He made a tremendous difference in my life then and now,” Salerno said. Ledesma, a Glendora resident, retired in 1998 after 39 years at the district. He started as a Spanish teacher and cross-country and track-and-field coach at Arroyo High School. Ledesma also worked as a principal at Mountain View High and El Monte-Rosemead Adult schools and assistant superintendent of Adult and Alternative Education. “I’m overwhelmed,” Ledesma said about having a school named for him. He quickly added he’s received all the glory, but it was the hard work of many people who also brought educational excellence to the district. Board members of the El Monte Union High School District unanimously voted in August to rename the school where 450 students attend. Past and present students OK’d the change of names. The $10 million Fernando R. Ledesma High School was built Jan. 22, 2003. It is the only school in the district named for a person. “He feels tremendously good about having a school named after him. He deserves it too,” said Frank Clayton, who was Ledesma’s best man at his wedding in the early 1960s. marianne.love@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 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



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Picture Special: Local experts get to ‘Know Donegal’ with Fáilte Ireland

first_imgFáilte Ireland is this week holding workshops on its new KNOW DONEGAL Local Experts Programme initiative for over 111 attendees who are involved in the tourism sector and the local community, who welcome and engage with visitors to Donegal.The programme kicked-off on Tuesday, 26th June with a number of interactive workshops on what to see and do in Donegal at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny with additional workshops on Wednesday, 27th June.Attendees gained a wealth of knowledge and tips for sharing with visitors so they have a positive experience of the county: from knowing where Donegal’s great walking routes are, to planning free family days out, to recommending restaurants with the best Donegal food. At the core of this programme is a network of local people who came together to share local knowledge to help visitors make the most of their visit to Donegal. The programme will also feature a number of annual events, social media initiatives, a Visitor Attractions pass and the future development of a tourism business network.Seated: Denise Henry, Sally Toland, Michael Molloy, John Molloy Ltd.. and Colm Sweeney, Heritage Centre Ardra. Back from left are Gail Connaughton, Failte Ireland, Tracey Whelan, Ardra and Amanda Boyle, Failte Ireland. Photo Clive WassonExplaining the programme, Amanda Boyle, Visitor Engagement, with Fáilte Ireland said that those attending came from a diverse range of tourism businesses who all wanted to provide visitors with the best experience of Donegal, its attractions and people:“Donegal’s historical buildings and towns, its stunning landscapes and world class festivals are brought to life every day by the front line employees and volunteers. Visitors not only seek out local people and their advice, they trust it. This programme aims to build on the good work already happening on the ground and inspire all front line employees and volunteers to turn every visitor interaction into a truly informative and positive experience.”Deirdre Higgins, Murvagh Links, Jackie Browne, Aoife McElroy, Failte Ireland, Rossmore Manor, Mark Cech, Yellow Pepper at the Fáilte Ireland’s KNOW DONEGAL Local Experts Programmeworkshop in the Radisson Letterkenny on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonFailte Irelands, Aoife McElroy, Amanda Boyle, Ciara Cunningham, and Shona Mehan. Photo Clive WassonIrene Sweeney of Castle Grove Country House, Letterkenny, said that they were delighted to attend the Programme workshop as it provided an opportunity for tourism businesses from all over the county to meet and share positive experiences. “This is a fantastic event with a large number of tourism businesses attending over the two days to hear from Fáilte Ireland and each other on how we can further ensure that visitors to the our towns and county are provided with a first-class and positive tourism experience when they visit. The numbers attending are testament to the importance of tourism to Donegal and the determination of local people to make sure that the vital economic contribution that visitors bring to our local economy continues to have a positive impact.”Irene Sweeney, Castle Grove Country House, Sue Glacken, Donegal Food Tours, Shona Mehan, Failte Ireland and Emma Wallace, Old Glen Tea Room Photo Clive WassonThose seeking more information on the Programme can email: localexperts@failteireland.ie.Tourist service providers at the Fáilte Ireland’s KNOW DONEGAL Local Experts Programme workshop in the Radisson Letterkenny on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonJean Hegarty, Museum of Free Derry and Moses Alcorn, Dunfanaghy. Photo Clive WassonTourist service providers at the Fáilte Ireland’s KNOW DONEGAL Local Experts Programme workshop in the Radisson Letterkenny on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonPhoto Clive WassonRachel McLaughlin, Donegal Daily, Shona Mehan, Failte Ireland and Helen Coll, Porrtsalon Luxury Camping at the Fáilte Ireland’s KNOW DONEGAL Local Experts Programme workshop in the Radisson Letterkenny on Tuesday last. Photo Clive WassonCiara Cunningham, Failte Ireland, Jackie Doherty, Cathal Doherty and Ian Conroy Ballyliffen Town House. Photo Clive WassonPaolo Salgado, Radisson Letterkenny, Michelle Gallagher, Radisson Letterkenny, and Aoife McElroy, Failte ireland . Photo Clive WassonSeamus McElwee, Fintown Railway and Amanda Boyle, Failte Ireland . Photo Clive WassonLaura Boyce McGettigans Hotel, Aoife McElroy, Failte Ireland and Josipa Sragalj, McGettigans Hotel. Photo Clive WassonErin McGinty, Donegal Coolest Place on the Planet, Amanda Boyle, Failte Ireland and Evelyn McGlynn, Donegal Mammy. Photo Clive WassonPicture Special: Local experts get to ‘Know Donegal’ with Fáilte Ireland was last modified: June 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Failte Irelandknow donegallocal expertspicture specialtourismlast_img read more



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