Ravena, Alas ready to step up for Gilas in Romeo’s absence

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The NLEX guards are included in Reyes’ 12-man lineup for the Japan game with Philippine side dealing with a depleted guard rotation.“It’s a big advantage for me to play with some of the best players in the league,” said Ravena. “Being around them twice a day helps me a lot when it comes to learning the nuances of the game. We’re locked in these next two weeks which will be important for our campaign in the 2019 Fiba World Cup.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the thronePhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRavena has had numerous stints with the national team, last seeing action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.Alas, meanwhile, had to wait for three long years before getting this chance again, with his last tour coming in the 2014 Fiba Asia Cup in China. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Go, Nieto power Eagles to Finals “I’m just excited to play for the national team again. I’m really looking forward playing against Japan,” said Alas, who has grown into one of the the Road Warriors’ top guys the past season.The match against the Japanese is set at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from Fiba.comWith Terrence Romeo missing Gilas Pilipinas duty due to a knee injury, coach Chot Reyes is hard-pressed to find someone to fill the hole left by the high-scoring guard, putting much of the burden on the shoulders of Jayson Castro.Fortunately, Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas are raring to contribute for the national team as it opens its 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers campaign against Japan on Friday at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

B.C. Budget 2009 focuses on infrastructure spending

first_imgFinance Minister Colin Hansen announced today that Budget 2009 supports infrastructure projects. He says thousands of jobs and building opportunities will be available in every region of the province while providing stability and confidence for British Columbians by investing in health, education and social services. [asset|aid=953|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=1dd8f4e20a7c12cd51df24726b4a7a89-Colin Hansen 2_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement – Budget 2009 will invest almost 14 billion dollars in infrastructure projects in every region of British Columbia. Mr. Hansen says the Province will move forward on its capital plan and partner with the federal government and municipalities to build and upgrade housing, hospitals, schools and roads. The new and accelerated investments are expected to generate as many as 88,000 jobs across B.C. Over the next three years, health-care funding will increase by 4.8 billion dollars. By 2011/12, total provincial health spending will be 17.5 billion dollars – an increase of 65 per cent since 2001. The budget maintains funding for kindergarten to Grade 12 education, resulting in per-student funding of 8,242 dollars, the highest level in B.C. history. The budget invests 228 million dollars over three years in post-secondary education to enhance access to institutions, expand health education programs, and fulfil the commitment to increase the number of trained physicians in B.C. Advertisement As allowed by the recently amended Balanced Budget and Ministerial Accountability Act, Budget 2009 includes a temporary deficit for two fiscal years due to the impact of the global economic crisis on provincial revenues. Hansen says this is the responsible thing to do. [asset|aid=954|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2247d155e71e51a7826a07eb2d2b87d2-Colin Hansen 1_1_Pub.mp3] The deficit is forecast to be 495 million dollars for 2009/10 and 245 million dollars for 2010/11, with a return to balanced budgets by 2011/12. For more information on the budget, visit http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/ .Advertisementlast_img read more

Genocide recognition sought Ex-U.S. ambassador to Armenia urges Congress to act on legislation

first_img“I join my fellow Americans and Armenian people around the world in commemorating this tragedy,” Bush said. “The world must never forget this painful chapter of its history.” A resolution on the issue – introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, and others – has been stalled for years. But with Democrats now in charge of Congress, some believe it’s chance of passage is close than ever before. The administration continues to oppose the bill, citing a likely and dangerous rift between the United States and Turkey if it passes. Evans, who is writing a book due out in the spring about his tenure in Armenia and his subsequent departure from foreign service, said the State Department does not to his knowledge have a written policy against using the word genocide to describe the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians. But, he said, the word is “taboo” in Washington and State Department officials refer to it internally as “the g-word.” Nearly two-dozen countries recognize the Armenian Genocide. Turkey, however, strenuously objects to the label. While Turkish officials widely acknowledge Armenians were killed, they place the number at about 300,000. They also note that Armenians joined forces with the French and Russians in the chaotic aftermath of World War I, and point out that thousands of Turks were killed as well. Evans on Tuesday said he believes all historical archives on the topic should become public and acknowledged there are unanswered questions on both sides. “Probably it is not possible to get agreement on all of the history, but if we could get agreement on some of the history, that would be progress,” he said. “You cannot have reconciliation without that important stage of recognizing the truth.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The former U.S. ambassador to Armenia called on Congress Tuesday to pass legislation officially recognizing the post-World War I slaughter of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as a genocide. John Evans, who resigned his post after coming under fire from the State Department for calling the 1915 massacres “genocide” during a 2005 speech at the University of California at Berkeley, called congressional recognition the key to moving forward. “I do believe this Congress should pass this resolution,” Evans told a gathering at the National Press Club. “The current state of affairs is not good for Turkey, is not good for Armenia … and it’s not good for America.” Evans’ speech marked the anniversary of the start of the massacres. President George W. Bush issued a statement of remembrance, but stopped short of calling the killings a genocide. last_img read more

Stars handed Algeria loss in AFCON opener

first_img0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring against Kenya’s Harambee Stars during their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match in Cairo on June 23, 2019CAIRO, Egypt, Jun 24 – Despite an improved second half performance, Kenya’s Harambee Stars fell 2-0 to Algeria in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group C opening match at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on Sunday night.Baghdad Bounedjah scored from the penalty spot before Riyad Mahrez’s deflected strike handed Algeria victory with a well worked first half performance. Stars had a shambolic first half, one to forget and one in which they gifted the North Africans so many fouls with both fullbacks Philemon Otieno and Abud Omar going into the referee’s book within the opening 25 minutes.With Joash Onyango out with a twisted ankle from yesterday’s training and Brian Mandela out for three months with an operated knee, head coach Sebastien Migne threw youngster Joseph Okumu into the deep end for his first competitive debut having played in the friendly games against Madagascar and DR Congo.Stars seemed jittered and Algeria started off better and came close as early as the second minute when Bounedjah raced onto a long ball and took an effort with his first touch, but it went wide.Mahrez had his first sniff at goal in the 13th minute when he stood over a freekick after Bounedjah was fouled by Abud at the edge of the box, but the Manchester City winger wrapped his freekick just wide off target.Harambee Stars defender Abud Omar vies for the ball with Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez during their Africa Cup of Nations tie at the June 30 Stadium in Cairo on June 23, 2019. PHOTO/CAFYoucef Bellaili lined up Algeria’s next chance when he struck a powerful shot from the edge of the box after being played through by Sofian Feghouli. Patrick Matasi in Kenya’s goal spilled the effort but luckily for him Musa Mohammed whacked the ball away.Mahrez had another effort with a freekick from range but it went inches wide with Matasi caught off his guard.For all the fouls Kenya were giving away, they paid the ultimate price when Dennis Odhiambo brought down Youce Atal inside the box.Bounedjah stepped up from the spot and with Matasi going down early, he sent the ball the opposite direction to break the deadlock.Mahrez then made it 2-0 just before the break when his shot from inside the box deflected off Omar, taking it off keeper Matasi’s path and into the net.Stars had struggled to create in the opening half and the only chances they had at goal was through Ayub Timbe and Eric Johanna whose shots from the left were of little trouble to the Algerian keeper.Baghdad Bounedjah scored from the penalty spot before Riyad Mahrez’s deflected strike handed Algeria victoryIn the second half, coach Migne pulled out Francis Kahata for Eric Ouma while Johannah also came off for Eric Johannah as Kenya brought in an improved performance.However, their hunt for goals could not bear fruit with the closest being a Michael Olunga backheel that was blocked off a Timbe cross from the right.Stars will turn their guns on East Africa neighbors Tanzania who they face at the same venue next Thursday while Algeria face Senegal in a top of the table clash.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgLOCAL people have described as a “miracle” an incident in the early hours of this morning in which four teenagers escaped from a car which crashed into a river.Our picture shows the vehicle under water in the Cockhill area of Buncrana.The car went off the road through a field and backwards over a 40 to 50 foot drop into the river. You can still see the headlights still on in the car which was fully covered in the river.“There were four people on board who somehow managed to escape from the car in the river,” said one local man.Three fire crews and two ambulances attended the scene. One teenager was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.Gardai in Buncrana are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. The driver and passengers were treated at the scene before one was taken to hospital. “It’s a miracle that no-one was killed,” said another local.A Garda spokesperson said: “The collison was a single vehicle collision that occurred at Tullyavan at approx 00.10hrs.“There were three males and one female on board, ranging in agefrom 16yrs to 19 yrs. One male went to hospital with minor injuries.” ‘MIRACLE’ AS FOUR ESCAPE FROM CAR CRASH INTO RIVER was last modified: June 3rd, 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) Tags:’MIRACLE’ AS FOUR ESCAPE FROM CAR CRASH INTO RIVERbuncranaCockhilllast_img read more

Doing the Business: Opportunities bloom for gardener Damien

first_imgDOING THE BUSINESS: Donegal Daily in conjunction with the ETB will be profiling a number of individuals and businesses who have successfully graduated from one of the many training programmes ETB has to offer.As the ETB launch their latest diverse range of courses, Donegal Daily spoke with Damien Egan, who successfully completed a Horticulture course at the ETB Letterkenny Training Centre this year. The Ardara native finished his course in July, and took on a part-time role at Oakfield Park just days after finishing the programme.Damien had been retired from a career working in catering for the health service when he decided to see what courses were on offer at the Donegal ETB. Horticulture appealed directly to his interests in home gardening and brought him on a journey of discovery through the landscapes of Donegal, he told Donegal Daily. The 41-week Level 5 course initially presented a tough challenge for Damien, he said. “I found it very hard as I hadn’t been in school for more than 30 years. It was tough but I got there in the end,” he said.His course involved four days of classes per week and one day per week of on-the-job training. Damien worked at Oakfield Park in Raphoe, where he had the chance to sharpen his skills among the vast parkland and rich variety of plants.The Horticulture programme was an intense learning experience, said Damien. “I soon realised that I knew very little about the subject as I was a home gardener. I knew nothing about soil science, about planting and where to plant. Then at Oakfield Park, it was very hands-on. No two days are the same and there is variety all the time.” Damien’s class learned their trade while working on a greenfield site outside their training centre in Letterkenny. They had classes focused on developing the site, including the installation of a polytunnel and raised beds.The course was intensive for a short period of time, Damien said. He would advise anyone considering taking the course to do plenty of research to make sure it’s a path that will suit them.Looking back, he realised that his gardening knowledge was very basic for taking on the horticulture training. However, the opportunities it presented him with were worth the hard work, he said.“If it’s what you want, go for it. It is very intense, but the rewards are good. I’m now in a part-time job and enjoying working out in the fresh air. It’s a healthy job,” he said.Damien’s course led him to discover beautiful gardens around Donegal he didn’t know had existed before. His training brought him to Oakfield Park for the first time, where he is happily working today.For further information on these programs and others contact Sarah on 074-9120542: Visit www.donegaletb.iehttp://www.donegaletb.ie/lang/en-uk/further-education-training/course-finder/course-detail/?CourseId=2850&course_name=HorticultureDoing the Business: Opportunities bloom for gardener Damien was last modified: October 27th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Puzz pushes Panthers past Tigers

first_imgIssac Puzz dropped 24 points in the first half and the McKinleyville Panthers snapped a 6-game losing streak with a 74-54 win on the road over the Arcata Tigers, Thursday night, in Arcata. The win puts the season series at 1-1 between the two rivals after Arcata beat the Panthers on their home court a couple weeks ago.Puzz was electric in the first half, dictating the pace of the game and pushing McKinleyville’s offense. Puzz finished the night with 32 points.“I just kept shooting,” Puzz …last_img

Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillIs a large tax refund always a loan to the government and return of taxes paid in by a service member?Tax Center Education – U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea – 15 January 2013No. A large tax refund is not always a return of funds paid to the government through excess tax withholding. It can also be the result of 100% refundable credits.Consider this scenario as an example: A single-income family with two adults and three children including a junior enlisted service member (i.e., a service member in ranks E1 through E4) making $48,000 take-home (net) pay and are living off post. $24,000 of that $48,000 is basic allowance for housing (BAH) and is a housing reimbursement which is not taxable.Considering the standard deduction and the exemptions for each family member ($12,200 plus $3,900 x 5 or $19,500 in 2013), the $24,000 adjusted gross income (AGI) is reduced by $31,700, leaving no taxable income. The family in this example will likely also get refundable credits from the earned income tax credit (EITC) and the child tax credit which will create a significant refund.With a taxable income of $0, a service member may elect to write exempt on his or her W-4 (tax withholding) form and have nothing ($0) withheld and still get a substantial refund.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on March 11, 2013.last_img read more

Turnout at Hooda’s rallies sets alarm bells ringing for BJP

first_imgThe large turnouts at the public meetings of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda during the second leg of his Jan Kranti Yatra in Panipat, covering around 60 villages across four Assembly constituencies of the district in three days this past week, seem to suggest that the mood in the State is palpable for a political change ahead of the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections next year.This has set the alarm bells ringing for the State’s BJP leadership, as three of the four Assembly constituencies in the district are held by the party and none by the Congress.Major promisesHaving mustered a simple majority for the first time in the State, riding mainly on the “Modi wave”, the BJP seems to have squandered the opportunity, failing to deliver on its major promises of employment generation, implementation of Swaminathan Commission report and crackdown on corruption, besides inept handling of Jat reservation agitation and Ram Rahim conviction aftermath.Despite its “Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek” slogan, the party has been accused of creating a rift between the Jats and other groups for political gains.Also, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Cabinet colleagues, BJP MLAs and party’s Gurugram MP and Union Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) Rao Inderjit Singh have publicly cast doubts over his leadership, not helping the party’s cause.Summing up the mood in the region, Satpal, a tea stall owner off National Highway 709 near Ishrana, said: “The people in Haryana voted for (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi with much hope, but his team in the State has failed him. Disappointed, the people are now turning back to Hooda.”Though the Aam Aadmi Party and the Indian National Lok Dal in an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party are vying to cash in on the resentment against the ruling party, Mr. Hooda seems ahead of his rivals with a huge mass appeal among the farmers, Dalits and the support of dominant Jat community in the stretch dominated by Deswali Jats that includes Rohtak, Panipat, Kaithal and Jind.Despite facing allegations of corruption in land deals, Mr. Hooda has emerged as an undisputed leader of the farmers in the State after former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal because of his pro-farmer decisions, such as waiving off electricity bills and farm loans worth ₹1,600 crore, increased compensation for land acquisition and hike in Minimum Support Price during his 10-year rule.Though Mr. Hooda maintains in his speeches that all sections are disillusioned with the present State government, his emphasis remains on the plight of the farmers and the Dalits in Haryana.New leadership Political analysts believe that Mr. Hooda’s charisma could lead the Congress to victory in the State if he is made the face of his party. However, infighting, delay in deciding on the new leadership and disarrayed organisational set-up in the State could mar the party’s prospects. If the Congress fails to seize the opportunity, it could be advantage INLD and BSP with the Jats turning to them to keep the BJP out.last_img read more

Immigrants Seeking Permanent Green Cards Through Marriage May Have One Less Hurdle

first_imgThe U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised one of its procedures for immigrants who got their green cards through marriage with U.S. citizens.Green cards issued for those immigrants are normally conditional, and are only valid for two years. After that, those seeking permanent residence must prove their marriage was not intended to break the immigration laws and therefore is not fraudulent.Read it at Miami Herald Related Itemslast_img