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Gavina to embattled Kia: ‘Prove them wrong’

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We had tremendous energy coming into this game. We’ve been really praising our guys with regards to their confidence level. Almost,” he said.“Effort-wise, we were there. It just came down to they executed better than us. For us to control the time with the lead – I think something about 32 minutes – goes to show that we’re more than capable of keeping up with a high-scoring team like that.”Eric Camson and new recruits Rashawn McCarthy and JayR Reyes gave Kia huge lift in the endgame as they stayed in step with NLEX in the clutch.Still, Gavina believes the game was a good building block for his team going forward as Kia seeks to shock a few teams this season.“As a coach, you kind of hate to say moral victory, but considering what happened to us last conference, we showed our grit tonight. We showed a great deal of character in being able to keep up with what I feel is one of the contenders coming into this conference, so if we can do this against NLEX, we can do this against anybody,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kiefer Ravena attributes impressive PBA debut to NLEX coach Yeng Guiao 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net“Prove them wrong.”Coach Chris Gavina proudly wore a shirt with those words printed in front heading into Kia’s season opener against NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Kia takes a week-long breather before facing Phoenix at Ynares Center in Antipolo next Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals But for the youthful mentor, it’s not just a statement but also a mindset for his embattled Picanto crew as they enter the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup without any expectations but with a lot of doubters.“I wore this for a reason today. I told everybody, ‘Prove everybody wrong today.’ I told them you have no idea how many people have doubted us but you know I gave everybody this baller early in our season that says, ‘Nothing’s impossible with God,’ and that’s the mindset going in,” Gavina said as he once again donned that shirt on his way out of Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd if this first game against the Road Warriors is any indication, the Picanto’s unconventional ways could be taken seriously as they pushed their opponents to the limit before bowing in the end, 119-115.Gavina couldn’t stop himself from lauding his wards for the grit they showed, even if they entered the game as heavy underdogs.last_img read more

The Challenge for Capacitating Liberian-owned Businesses

first_imgThe President, in her recent Annual Message to the Legislature admitted  that a paltry (measly, worthless) 25% of government’s purchases come from Liberian-owned businesses.  This is, unfortunately, a tacit admission that this government has failed to encourage its own  people in business.  But there is more to it.However, let us deal first with the government’s own responsibility in the premises–why? Because the government, as in most countries, including the United States, is the biggest  employer and contract giver.  It is also that ONE BODY that wields ALL the political power in a country.  And, just so we know, it is that POWER that can make ANYTHING happen in any country. In other words, it is the government that gets done what it wants done.Daily Observer staff members, and many in the public, have often observed in small, medium-sized or big businesses–that there are always government officials hanging around these businesses—doing what? Begging for favors, or having been summoned to receive a handout or gift.When the Daily Observer got into trouble with a certain major Lebanese businessman in 2007 for exposing the sale of a rotten commodity, we learned that this particular businessman had NEVER visited the Ministry of Commerce.  It was, instead, the Ministers of Commerce—in the Samuel Doe, Charles Taylor, National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) regimes–and probably even before–that went to this Lebanese businessman’s office.  He did not have to go to the Ministry of Commerce, because  there were NO questions, only answers—packaged generously and neatly in brown envelopes, to be picked up by the Ministers themselves–nobody else.But make no mistake! This has been going on for a very long time. That is why Liberia is not yet developed, but backward.  The Daily Observer has often told the story of Moshe Meyer, who built the Ducor Hotel.  When in 1972 President Tolbert added Tourism to the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, the Minister G. Henry Andrews invited tourism developers from around the world to present proposals to develop Liberian tourism.  Moshe Meyer returned, with some great proposals.  When we recalled that it was he who had built the Ducor, we asked him what had happened?  Why had he, instead, developed tourism in La Cote d’Ivoire?Mr. Meyer’s reply: He saw Liberia as the perfect place to launch tourism in West Africa because of her vibrant economy, her rich culture and her unique geographic position, THE Roberts International Airport was where Pan American Airways  touched down first in Africa, before going on to any other African capital, including Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya.  BUT the problem: After the Ducor was opened, President Tubman sent them to the other government offices to do the follow-up work for Tourism development. But everywhere he and his colleagues went, the officials in charge wanted a cut “up front.”  “We didn’t have that kind of money; so when we found out that President Houphouet and his government were serious, we settled in Ivory Coast, built Hotel Ivoire, the Towers and the Ivorian Rivera.”Liberia lost out  completely!And we are still losing out, because of our selfishness, corruption and our patent lack of PATRIOTISM and  SERIOUSNESS.THE SAME THING IS STILL HAPPENING.  It is as though we have learned NOTHING all these five decades.  Remember, 1964 was 50 years ago!  How long does it take for a people to learn?The foregoing sums up the government side.  What about ourselves as ordinary Liberians?  Are we different? Or are we just like our past and  present  officials?  How many of us have borrowed from our friends and relatives and refused to pay back?  How many of us have borrowed money from banks and failed to pursue our professed  businesses, and failed to pay back?The Liberian Business Association (LIBA) and  Central Bank Governor J. Mills Jones are among the few who are striving to give Liberians a new opportunity.  We are told that so far, the beneficiaries are paying their LIBA  debts.Let us pray that this new beginning will make a substantial and sustained difference and that one day, at long last, Liberians will be empowered to take the lead in business in their own country.Part two to follow tomorrow.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GM’s Chevrolet Blazer rates first in driver deaths

first_imgChris Naughton, a Honda Motor Co. spokesman, said the company, which makes the Acura RSX, has “long striven to build very safe vehicles with a long list of safety features.” He noted the sports coupe typically had younger buyers, which could have contributed to its ranking. The institute found that the average death rate for all vehicles has declined from 110 from 1990 to 1994 to the current rate of 79 for the 2002-2005 period. “This is a big improvement over time. The rates have gone down about 30 percent since the mid-1990s,” said Anne McCartt, the institute’s senior vice president for research. The study also reaffirmed past research that found that heavier vehicles in categories such as cars, SUVs and pickups generally had lower death rates. The study of 202 passenger vehicle models included rates of driver deaths in all crashes plus rates in multiple-vehicle, single-vehicle, and single-vehicle rollover crashes. The rate represented the reported number of driver deaths divided by the model’s number of registered years, according to data from the federal government’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System and registration counts from The Polk Company, a Michigan-based provider of automotive information. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Automakers said the study was limited in its scope because it did not include factors that could play a major role in the fatalities. “The study doesn’t really take into account driver behavior or how the vehicles are used so it’s difficult to really draw much significance,” said GM spokesman Alan Adler. The Astro and Blazer went out of production in 2005. GM currently sells the Chevy TrailBlazer midsize SUV. Nissan said all of its vehicles “are engineered to meet or exceed government safety regulations as well as our own rigorous internal safety requirements, and the 350Z is no exception.” The automaker said it urges “everyone driving a Nissan or Infiniti vehicle to do so safely.” WASHINGTON – General Motors Corp. vehicles had the highest and lowest driver death rates from 2002 through 2005, according to a study being released today by the insurance industry. Two-door, two-wheel drive Chevrolet Blazers built from 2001 to 2004 had the highest rate of 232 driver deaths per million registered vehicles during the four-year span, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found. By contrast, the Chevrolet Astro minivan had the lowest rate with only seven deaths per million registered vehicles. It was followed by the Infiniti G35, BMW 7 Series and the Toyota 4Runner. The two-door Acura RSX had the second-highest rate with 202 driver deaths followed by the Nissan 350Z, which registered 193 deaths. last_img read more

Gold Line groups clash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardWith a deadline fast approaching to complete the application process, Nicholas Conway, executive director of COG, urged his board to push for a resolution. “We are kind of at a crisis point right now,” Conway said, adding that the agency that will ultimately receive the funds, the Gold Line Construction Authority, had failed to follow through with its pledge to take responsibility for the grant. The construction authority responded with surprise and alarm. The grant application process had been COG’s responsibility, officials there said. They bristled at the implication that they had somehow dropped the ball. “It is a miscarriage of the facts to try and blame the construction authority for any of the delays that have occurred until now,” said Habib Balian, CEO of the construction authority. “It is pure nonsense. It has never been our grant to manage.” On Jan. 25, La Verne Mayor Jon Blickenstaff, who serves as president of the construction authority board, sent a letter to “declare the inaccuracy of the report” made by Conway. The letter detailed the various steps taken by both agencies since 2004 to try and secure the grant. PASADENA – The power struggle waged in the San Gabriel Valley over the Gold Line train has quieted in recent months, but lingering resentments continue to plague the project. The most recent conflict centers on a $2.9 million federal grant. San Gabriel Valley officials have been pursuing the money for years, but the grant was put at risk because of the inability or unwillingness of San Gabriel Valley officials to clearly communicate with one another. The money is being offered through the Federal Highway Administration and would be used to pay for planning and engineering work on the planned 24-mile extension from Pasadena to Montclair. The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments originally applied for the money, but recently divulged liability issues made it impossible for the agency to receive the funds. Blickenstaff, reached Tuesday, would only say he has since talked to Conway and Balian and believes the dispute has been resolved. “My leadership will be focused on cooperation and team work because that is what it takes to serve the communities we represent,” Blickenstaff said. “I won’t go backwards in time and try and analyze or diagnose what happened or who did what.” The problems first arose last summer when COG learned that, to receive the grant, it would have to assume legal liability for how the money is spent. Conway said the construction authority was in the process of being certified to receive federal funds directly, which would have removed COG from the equation. Considering the construction authority had lobbied for COG to step aside from the Gold Line project, COG leaders thought this was the best solution. “The Gold Line has been wanting to do things on their own, be their own entity and responsible for their own future,” said COG President Carol Herrera. “When somebody says, `Stay out of our business,’ you take a few steps back and you say, `You want to take care of it, go take care of it.”‘ This mistrust can be traced back to disagreements over who should sit on the Gold Line Construction Authority board and which cities in the San Gabriel Valley should oversee the project. A solution does appear to be on the horizon to ensure the construction authority gets the grant before the May 31 deadline. Conway said he spoke with Caltrans, which is managing the funds, and confirmed with them COG is no longer the designated recipient. Instead, the money will go directly to the construction authority, pending its certification as a federal recipient, which is expected in the next week or two. gary.scott@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

HORSE RACING RETURNS TO FALCARRAGH AFTER 14 YEAR ABSENCE

first_imgHorse racing has returned to a Co Donegal town and hopefully it won’t be a wash-out! After a 14 year break, horse racing makes a welcome return to Falcarragh this Bank Holiday Monday when Falcarragh beach hosts an eight race card.The first race goes off at 12 noon and with the good weather expected to last over the coming days, a bumper crowd is expected at the Gaeltacht venue. Because of the tide restrictions, patrons are asked to be at the venue as early as possible to avoid any delays. HORSE RACING RETURNS TO FALCARRAGH AFTER 14 YEAR ABSENCE was last modified: May 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Falcarraghhorse racinglast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S TAKE ON GAOTH DOBHAIR AND GLENSWILLY IN EASTER FIXTURES

first_imgThe Seniors and Reserves have a double round of fixtures this weekend. They start on Friday with home games v Gaoth Dobhair at 5:30pm and 7pm and then on Easter Sunday they make the short trip to Glenswilly at 1:30pm and 3pm. The Senior Hurlers host Aodh Ruadh in the Ulster Táin League Div. 3 on Easter Monday with a 4pm throw-in.The Junior footballers begin their league campaign this Saturday evening (19th) with a home game v Ardara at 7pm. Best of luck to Micheál and john and the players. The Senior Ladies league begins on Sunday week, April 27th and their opening game is away to Milford.The Minor boys footballers await the losers of the Gaels / N. Colmcille play-off in their Northern League q-final which is due to take place on Easter Monday, time tbc.Minor Hurlers had their first loss in the League away to Buncrana last Thursday. The U14 hurlers did the club proud in reaching the final of the Donegal Féile. They lost out in the final to Buncrana but they will have the opportunity to take on the same opposition this Thursday in the League in O’Donnell Park.The U12 Camogie team had a good win in the League over the Four Masters on Sunday at home which saw great display of team work by the girls which should benefit them in the near future. U14, U16 and Minor Hurling training continues every Tuesday at 5pm.Details of the U14 Northern league q-finals will be available in the next couple of days, keep an eye on social media for details.The U14 girl’s footballers game v the Gaels on Tuesday was cancelled after the Gaels were unable to field a team. Training continues on Thursdays at 4:50pm. Game away to Glenswilly is next Tuesday (5.30pm throw-in). All players to be in Glenswilly at 4.50pm.The Sunday Morning Football Academy is up and running once again and takes place at 11am each week for ages 4 to 10. New members welcome from the entire Letterkenny area.The Hurling & Camogie Academy is on a two week break and will return at 6:30pm on Friday, April 25th. The Minor Board are meeting this Wednesday (16th) at 7:30pm in the Clubhouse. All managers are asked to attend.Our new App is available to download for iPhones and from the Google and Amazon stores and costs just €0.99c.This week’s Lotto results. Winning numbers were 4,10,17,23. There were 6 match 3 winners each getting €15. Ciara McKeon 8 Glendale Drive; Kieron Price 10 Binnion Ave (both Adrian); Theresa Martin, Thorn Road; Eugene Duffy, Killyclug; Shane O Connor, Castlebane and Noel Keaveny, Drumany (all card).GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S TAKE ON GAOTH DOBHAIR AND GLENSWILLY IN EASTER FIXTURES was last modified: April 15th, 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:fixturesnewsSt Eunan’s GAA clublast_img read more

INISHOWEN GEARS UP FOR DERRY’S CITY OF CULTURE

first_imgBusiness representatives and community groups from around Inishowen are being invited to attend a 2013 City of Culture Briefing on Monday 25th June at the Inishowen Gateway Hotel in Buncrana, commencing at 7.00pm.The event is the joint initiative of Inishowen Tourism, Buncrana Town Council and the City of Culture Team aimed at informing businesses and community groups about the programme of events being organised for 2013 and potential social and economic opportunities they present for Inishowen, as Derry’s main hinterland. Inishowen Tourism also intends in the coming weeks to hold three community group workshops throughout the peninsula to identify possible community projects that will compliment the City of Culture offering.Commenting on the City of Culture Briefing, Lee Tedstone, Chairman of Inishowen Tourism said “2013 is set to be a landmark year of change for Derry and its hinterland, therefore it is vitally important that Inishowen engages and is prepared to reap the huge benefits the City of Culture Programme represents in terms of delivering economic and social development throughout the peninsula.”Inishowen Tourism have already taken the unique step of appointing Jennifer O’Donnell as City of Culture & Trade Liaison Officer, a dedicated resource that will strengthen our communication and working partnership with Derry in the run up to and throughout 2013.Jennifer’s role will ensure Inishowen benefits from key strategic tourism development and marketing opportunities the City of Culture represents; increasing visitor numbers to Inishowen, developing the Peninsula’s tourism offering, improving transport links with Derry and identifying joint marketing initiatives. Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Culture team, said: “We are delighted Inishowen Tourism and Buncrana Town Council are supporting City of Culture 2013.The Inishowen Peninsula’s connectivity with Derry-Londonderry as its natural social and economic hinterland means Inishowen stands to benefit by being part of something that will reach a worldwide stage.“It also offers a unique opportunity to explore the shared history and cultural links that Derry has with Inishowen and will forge a partnership, between the city and peninsula, that will resonate for years to come ”John McLaughlin, Buncrana Town Council Manager, said “The City of Culture Briefing is an excellent way of allowing the Inishowen businesses and community groups to engage directly with the Culture Company about what’s happening during 2013 and what significance that will have on their respective businesses and community projects. Events such as the All-Ireland Fleadh in August 2013 and the Turner Prize in October 2013 will have a direct impact on Buncrana and Inishowen in terms of potential visitors, bed nights etc. due to the high volume of visitors these particular events draw”To register for the City of Culture Briefing please contact: Jennifer O’Donnell, City of Culture Officer, Inishowen Tourism Tel: 074 9362602 / E-mail: j.odonnell@visitinishowen.com     INISHOWEN GEARS UP FOR DERRY’S CITY OF CULTURE was last modified: June 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CITY OF CUTUREDerryInishowenlast_img read more

Al Sharpton wants sitcom

first_imgHe’s been a minister, an activist and a presidential candidate. Now Al Sharpton wants to be a sitcom star. Sharpton told the New York Daily News in Saturday’s editions that he is working with CBS on a pilot, tentatively named, “Al in the Family.” “It’s about conflicting social and political views,” Sharpton said. “There’ll also be a social message.” The Democrat, who has also run for mayor of New York and the U.S. Senate, said one possible episode would have one of his TV children becoming a Republican. It was the second child for Mette-Marit and Haakon, both 32, who married in August 2001. They have a 1-year-old daughter, Ingrid Alexandra, second in line to the throne. The new prince weighed about 8 pounds. Public announcement of his name is not expected until Monday at the earliest, the palace said. Mette-Marit Tjessem-Hoiby was a commoner and a single mother when she married Haakon. She has a son from a previous relationship, Marius, but the boy has neither title nor rights to the Norwegian throne. Princess Martha Louise is the eldest child of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, but Haakon is next in line for the throne because the constitution at the time of their births only allowed male monarchs. The Norwegian constitution was amended in 1990 to allow female monarchs, but the change was not made retroactive so Haakon remained first in line for the throne. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I don’t know if I am a good actor or not, but I will be playing myself and I have been practicing that for 51 years,” he said. _ Associated Press Norway princess gives birth to boy Norway’s Crown Princess Mette-Marit on Saturday gave birth to a boy, the third in line to the throne, the royal palace said. “Everything went well; there were no problems with the birth,” Crown Prince Haakon told reporters at the hospital. last_img read more

CANCER SURVIVORS ROW THEIR WAY INTO DONEGAL HEARTS

first_imgThe Donegal Dragons in action.A group of very special women are looking forward to the big Rowathon which takes place in Killybegs Harbour on August 23rd.The Donegal Dragons will be taking part, weather permitting.A spokeswoman for Killybegs Rowing Club: “It will be a great honour to have this boat, the “Inspire” taking part and helping to raise funds for the Cancer Bus and Killybegs Rowing Club.” This boat, funded by the Conaghan family in Killybegs, was named in memory of the late Susan Conaghan, a lecturer in Killybegs Tourism College.The Donegal Dragons is a rowing club for women cancer survivors and supportersThe event will run from 12 noon to 6pm.Said the spokeswoman: “Let the fun begin. Anyone over 16 years is welcome to enter a team of four rowers. Sponsorship cards are available from the Club.” There will be lots of spot prizes on the day. The main prizes will be awarded to the fastest team and most creatively dressed team. There will also be barbeque, bouncy castle, face painting and other activities for a fun-filled family day out.For further details or to enter, please contact Club Chairman, Cathal Boyle, on 087-2244 708, Club Secretary, Clodagh McGill, on 087-615 8585 or any other Committee member. All donations and sponsorship welcome.CANCER SURVIVORS ROW THEIR WAY INTO DONEGAL HEARTS was last modified: August 18th, 2015 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:Donegal Dragonsrowathonlast_img read more

Donegal Weather: Prepare for a washout weekend

first_imgThe summer is well and truly over as Met Eireann forecast rain and gusty conditions for Donegal this weekend.Heavy and thundery falls are possible this evening, with moderate northwesterly breezes that are gustier along the coast.Tomorrow will be cool and blustery, with some heavy showers predicted. The showers will ease towards the evening. Gusty and fresh northwesterly winds will reach strong to near gale in coastal areas, but will gradually moderate by evening. Highest temperatures of 15 to 16 degrees. The wind will pick up slightly on Sunday and Monday, with temperatures of 13/14 degrees. Met Eireann has also issued a gale warning and small craft warning today. They warn that northwest winds will reach gale force later tonight on coasts from Mizen Head to Slyne Head to Malin Head. Small crafts in all coastal waters are warned of westerly winds veering northwest will reach force 6 or higher today.Source: Met EireannDonegal Weather: Prepare for a washout weekend was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalforecastMet Eireannrainweatherwindlast_img read more