Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ The Orlando Magic are on their hottest run in more than seven years.Orlando’s win in Toronto on Sunday was the eighth for Steve Clifford’s club in its last 10 games. That’s the first 8-2 stretch for the Magic since going 8-2 from Feb. 1-17, 2012.The coach of that Orlando team? Stan Van Gundy, who just happened to be assisted by … Steve Clifford.THE WEEK AHEADA game to watch each day this week:— Monday, Golden State at Charlotte: Stephen Curry goes back to his hometown, after All-Star weekend there was a Curry family celebration.— Tuesday, Oklahoma City at Denver: Paul George has played himself into the MVP race, and the Nuggets’ late-season schedule is brutally hard.— Wednesday, Milwaukee at Sacramento: A win over the team with the NBA’s best record would be a big help to the Kings’ postseason hopes.— Thursday, Miami at Houston: A brutal back-to-back for the Heat, who have Golden State at home on Wednesday and then go to the Rockets.— Friday, Charlotte at Brooklyn: Few might have guessed last summer that these clubs meeting on March 1 would have postseason implications. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title (FILES) In this file photo taken on February 20, 2019, James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets argues with referee Michael Smith #38 after getting three fouls during the first quarter in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. – Houston Rockets guard James Harden was fined $25,000 by the NBA on February 23, 2019, for public criticism of officiating, the league announced. Harden made his comments to reporters after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the visiting Rockets 111-106 on Thursday at Staples Center. Referee Scott Foster aroused Harden’s anger, the versatile All-Star saying Foster has a “personal” issue with the Rockets and should not be permitted to officiate any more of their games. (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)The NBA is not happy that tensions between teams and referees seem to be rising.Then again, ’tis the season.ADVERTISEMENT Players and coaches have been fined more than $2.2 million already this season for technicals, ejections and other reasons for sanctioning by the league office — not counting salaries lost to suspensions.And if there’s any good to be derived from behaving badly, it’s this: That $2.2 million (and more to come) goes to charities chosen by the NBA and the players’ union.CRUNCH TIMEForget his streak of eight straight appearances in the NBA Finals. LeBron James’ streak of 13 straight trips to the playoffs is in major peril.James and the Los Angeles Lakers (29-30) are currently 10th in the Western Conference. And the Lakers do not have the easiest stretch run in the NBA, either.When he signed with L.A., James knew getting the Lakers to the playoffs in Year 1 would be a test. But it’s proving to be a bigger mountain to climb than he imagined, partly because of injuries that the Lakers have been dealing with and partly because not all of his teammates have a real understanding yet of what it takes to get into the postseason.“I knew it was going to be very challenging, just because of the experience that the roster had at that point in time,” James said. “I knew it was going to be challenging from that sense, but I felt like we could still play better basketball.”They still have to face Milwaukee and Utah twice, plus have a five-game Eastern Conference road trip in mid-March and four back-to-backs left to navigate. Among the other top teams left on the Lakers’ schedule: Boston, Denver, Golden State, Oklahoma City, Portland and Toronto.Assuming it’ll take 44 wins — basically the average needed over the last five years — to secure the No. 8 seed in the West, that means the Lakers would have to finish 15-8 to get into the playoffs.MAGIC HAPPENING Playoff-race pressure is real, and the NBA thinks — or hopes — that some tantrums in recent weeks can be attributed to that and not an eroding of the always-tenuous relationship between those who commit infractions and those who call them. Golden State coach Steve Kerr smashing clipboards and Houston star James Harden calling out longtime official Scott Foster are sights and sounds that the league doesn’t want, so the NBA is once again reaching out to teams to offer reminders about not going too far when ripping the refs.“This is the dark ages of the season,” said Michelle Johnson, the NBA’s senior vice president and head of referee operations. “Teams are shaping up where they stand and it matters more to some teams than others, and some coaches do tactical outbursts for the good of their teams. So even if we go to teams and they don’t have a lot of issues … we want to keep the dialogue open.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKerr got fined $25,000 earlier this month for verbally abusing referee Ken Mauer, and the tirade was at the level where the Warriors’ coach obviously knew it would be costing him cash so he decided to get his money’s worth. He got ejected, the Warriors lost that night in Portland, but writing that check probably earned him some more points with players who always need to know that their coach has their back.Kerr actually likes Mauer, and believes he’s one of the best refs in the league. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil That being said, Kerr also said the coach-ref dynamic is almost always weird.“I don’t know why anybody would want to be a ref,” Kerr said. “What a brutal job.”Harden also got fined $25,000 for saying that Foster should no longer work Houston’s games, after the Rockets were upset with a number of calls in their loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Foster is traditionally one of the league’s highest-rated refs, and it’s a really good bet that at some point in this postseason the Rockets will be playing a big game and Foster will be out there.Johnson and referee-turned-league-executive Monty McCutchen have made improving relations a top priority. They’re talking to every team again about finding common ground — just as they did around this time last year.“I think there’s progress,” Johnson said. “It’s still the same passionate game, a tough game and the stakes are up now.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra
The opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has described the resignation of Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff as a “betrayal to the party that brought her to the political [lime]light.”The Montserrado County Senator Thursday, May 22, announced her resignation after she was “expelled” and later “accepted” by the party during and after the conduct of the 2011 Presidential and Legislative Elections.Doe-Sheriff blamed her resignation on the “imperialistic tenets currently entrenched in the party,” from which she believes the party will never depart once the likes of George Solo and others are leading the CDC.The Montserrado County Senator said she was leaving the party with a “heavy heart” but could no longer sit back and see the party run in such manner and form. She tendered her exit May 19, 2014 to CDC secretary general Nathaniel McGill in Monrovia.In reaction to the Senator’s resignation, CDC chairman George Solo welcomed Madam Doe-Sheriff’s action. He noted that the party is grateful to her for the “betrayal on many different occasions.”Solo maintained that CDC respects the Senator and her decision and expressed willingness to work with her, “even if she stays in Liberia as a politician or practices politics in a foreign land.”CDC: “Madam Doe-Sheriff added value to the party when she was here and her departure tells the world that nothing is taken away from the party.We are grateful to her for the decision and wish her well whether in a new political party or at the Senate and her private life. CDC is bigger than every one of us and a single individual cannot change the direction of the institution.CDC remains focus on political activities in the country particularly those of the upcoming Special Senatorial Election and we can’t ignore that.”Meanwhile, the party Thursday announced the constitution of the Primaries Steering Committee for the ensuing election.The party named an eleven-man committee to vet candidates wanting to contest on the party’s ticket.According to CDC, the Committee is headed by Chairman George Solo with other prominent partisans on board.“All primaries are to be held from June 6 to 8 2014. The committee is mandated to begin the process of aspirants’ registration Friday, May 23, 2014 and end on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The executive committee is calling on all partisans of CDC, who intend to contest in these primaries to be cognizant of the registration period and pick up the aspirant application package to be aware of aspirant’s requirements,” CDC communicated yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Throughout the past weeks, several contracting and electrical firms have stood before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), claiming that they were ordered by City Hall to conduct works around the city of Georgetown without being issued any contracts.Royston King testifying at the Commission of InquiryThis was on Friday confirmed by Town Clerk Royston King, as he reappeared to answer questions about the financial state of affairs at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).General Manager of XL Engineering, Aysha Harrop previously testified that no contacts were produced since King would take contractors to the site and stipulate that it was “emergency works”. The total cost of these works amounted to some $150 million and date back to 2015.When probed, King told the Commission that there was a “verbal agreement” between himself; the contractor; the acting City Treasurer, John Douglas; and former member of the Finance Committee, Junior Garrett. The contractors agreed to proceed with the works and would be paid depending on the availability of financial resources. He could not recall if any payments were made but was certain that an amount is still outstanding.Meanwhile in another scenario, the same contracting firm was hired to carry out works under the umbrella of the Communities Ministry but was spearheaded by City Hall. A sum of $15 million was disbursed to the City Treasury Department to make payments for the cleaning project but only $9 million was handed over to XL Engineering. For this project, the then City Treasurer, Ron Mc Almont is under scrutiny since he was responsible for the payment.Legal Officer, Sherwin Benjamin questioned as to how monies are allocated without contracts to which King retorted, “Such a matter would be discussed with the City Treasurer and the City Treasurer would determine based on works assessed by the Engineer’s Department what should be paid.”To this response, the Chairman, Justice Cecil Kennard commented, “That is a loose way of doing business…and it increases suspicion. [It] creates the impression that something is wrong there.”Chairman of the Finance Committee, Oscar Clarke made it clear during his statement to the CoI that cash must only be paid if there is a contract or source document.The company maintained that a letter was sent to the firm by King which stated how much money was owed. Despite several efforts to contact the Town Clerk to retrieve this substantial sum, officials of the Council would make excuses about the lack of finances.Absent recordsThe Audit Office of Guyana presented to the Commission that there are no financial records from City Hall for the years 2006 to 2011 while $70 million was unaccounted for in the city restoration funds. Adding to that, payments were made in excess of $150 million but there were no vouchers to ascertain such. Audit Manager Dhanraj Persaud had stated that the Town Council has a history of failing to produce records for their expenditures.As this topic arose during Friday’s hearing, King threw the blame on the City Treasurer, stating that he is responsible for sourcing financial records. He further stated that his function is only to relate to the City Treasurer’s Department when those requests are made by the Audit Office.In attempts to produce a report of the organisation’s spending, Persaud related that the documents were not prepared in accordance with the requirements that are accepted by the Audit Office.For this, King was notified via a letter on June 30, and was required to respond within 30 days in following the Audit Act of 2004. Subsequently, King responded by asking for a 30-day extension but to date, there has been no response and the report remains incomplete.“The Town clerk would be ultimately responsible for the presentation of the record. These monies would’ve been given by Central Government and so findings of this report would be present in the Auditor General’s report that is presented in Parliament,” the Audit Manager indicated before the Commission.“Presently, the officers have been cooperating with the Audit Office. I know they have had communication and I know that they are preparing documents in a way that will allow the auditor to make an opinion,” King defended.The Municipal and District Act (Chapter 28:01) states that failure to supply accounts for the purpose of auditing is considered an offence. (Rupadai Seenaraine)
Tony Pulis has defended Phil Bardsley’s challenge on Eden Hazard during Stoke’s defeat to Chelsea on Monday.Bardlsey was widely blasted on social media for his late foul on the tricky Belgian playmaker in the first half of the Britannia Stadium clash and Jose Mourinho suggested after the game that the full-back was lucky to escape with just a yellow card.But Pulis insists there was nothing malicious in the tackle, and claims referee Neil Swarbrick got the call exactly right.“It was a mistimed challenge,” said the former Potters boss, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“If Bardsley had gone in with his studs up over the ball, it’s a definite sending off. The lad has actually tried to win the ball.“The difficulty for him is he is playing against a world class player and Hazard has got there quicker than him and moved it quicker than him. It is just the fact that Bardsley was too slow into the challenge.“I don’t think the kid is trying to do Hazard at all, he just mistimed the challenge, and actually caught him with the side of his foot, not his studs. There is a big difference.“In this country, supporters go to see a competitive football match, they don’t go to see a game of netball or basketball. Yes, it must be within the rules of the game, but you can’t take the competitive side out of it.”
0Shares0000German international Leroy Sane has won his place in the Manchester City team back in time to face Hoffenheim in his homeland on Tuesday © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 1 – Manchester City travel to Hoffenheim on Tuesday desperately needing a win to kickstart a Champions League campaign that began with a shock 2-1 defeat to Lyon for the competition favourites.There should therefore be no shortage of motivation for Pep Guardiola’s men, but one member of the City squad will be especially keen to make a big impression back on German soil. Leroy Sane was one of the stars of City’s romp to a record 100 Premier League points and the League Cup last season. The 22-year-old was crowned Young Player of the Year in England thanks to a stellar return of 14 goals and 19 assists in all competitions.However, that still wasn’t enough to earn him a place in Germany’s World Cup squad as Sane was surprisingly cut from Joachim Loew’s 23.Sane may have had the last laugh as the defending champions crashed out in the group stages — the first time in 80 years Germany had fallen at the first hurdle.The pace, direct running and eye for a quick shot at goal possessed by the former Schalke winger were all traits missing from a laboured and predictable Germany in Russia.– Let down by body language –Leroy Sane was recalled to the Germany squad last month after being left out by Joachim Loew for the World Cup © AFP / Christof STACHEYet, there was no time for Sane to feel vindicated as on his return to club duty he was similarly shunned by Guardiola, sparking doubts over his attitude off the field.“Sometimes you have the feeling with Leroy’s body language that it is all the same whether we win or lose. He has to improve his body language,” said Germany’s vice-captain Toni Kroos even as Sane was recalled to Loew’s squad for last month’s Nations League opener against newly crowned world champions France.“He was fantastic for City last year but Pep has the same problem at the moment -– he’s trying to get the best out of him so he can perform better.”If Guardiola was looking for a reaction, he has got what he desired.After being dropped for City’s first four Premier League games of the season, Sane scored just two minutes into his return against Fulham and has created a goal in all three of his appearances since.That included Bernardo Silva’s consolation against Lyon as Sane came off the bench to transform a pedestrian first-half performance that has put City under pressure to bounce back this week.“Leroy has played really good the last few games,” said Guardiola after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton in which Sane created Raheem Sterling’s opening goal.“Our profession is so demanding, we have to do our best every single day. I want all of my players to be focused.”Guardiola is notoriously demanding of his players’ professionalism. But having racked up titles in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now City, the Catalan coach knows which players are worth persisting with.“We never -– even in this period when he didn’t play -– doubted Leroy’s quality,” added Guardiola after Sane’s instant impact against Fulham.With his club manager’s faith restored, Sane heads back to Germany with a perfect chance to show his compatriots, least of all Loew, what they were missing in a rare summer of sorrow at international level.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Road Safety Authority experts are at Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top this morning, where they are checking if your child car seat is fitting correctly.The RSA are carrying out the checks for free as part of a nationwide campaign to promote safety and awareness regarding your child’s seat.Incredibly, what RSA officials have found in running the ‘Check it Fits’ campaign is that an average of four in five child car seats are fitted incorrectly! So in order to improve the safety of infants and children in cars, they’re providing free expert checks nationwide.Incorrectly fitted seats can cause serious injuries and even fatalities in the event of a collision.Check it Fits is a vital and lifesaving service.Is your child’s seat fitted correctly? Why not get it checked by an expert today at Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top for FREE! The checks will be carried out all day and will last until 5.30pm today.It’s fast, it’s easy and it’s free!www.rsa.ie/checkitfits RSA AND KELLY’S CENTRA PUTTING KIDS IN A SAFE DRIVING SEAT was last modified: February 10th, 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:Car safety checksChildren’s seatsFeaturesKelly’s CentranewsNoticesRSA
4 Nigeria take part in their seventh World Cup and talkSPORT.com takes an in-depth look at the Group D nation.MANAGERBordeaux legend Gernot Rohr makes his World Cup debut after more than 45 years in the game as both a player and a manager.He promised the Super Eagles World Cup qualification after his appointment in 2016 and he more than delivered.Simultaneously, he introduced several exciting young players and transformed the African nation into a force to be reckoned with.CAPTAINJohn Obi Mikel is virtually unrecognisable in Nigerias number 10 shirt. It is often forgotten that Chelsea signed him as a forward-minded player, before turning him into the ultra-defensive holding midfielder we know him as today.He was superb in the 2014 World Cup, earning man of the match in his teams opening victory against Iran while guiding them to a first knockout stage since 1998.KEY PLAYERChelseas Victor Moses was excellent in his clubs 2016/17 Premier League triumph, with a newfound role at wing-back injecting life back into his football career.His performance levels took a sizeable dip last season, along with the rest of his team-mates, but he remains a key attacking force for Nigeria. ONE TO WATCHAlex Iwobi‘s progression has stalled at Arsenal over the last couple of years, but he generally does show up when representing his country. Could this World Cup finally see the 22-year-old fulfil his huge potential?His legendary uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha, helped Nigeria to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup before a dramatic exit to eventual runners-up Italy, which required extra-time. Iwobi will be hoping to go one better.FIXTURESSaturday, June 16th: CROATIA v Nigeria (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad) kick-off 20:00Friday, June 22nd: Nigeria v ICELAND (Volgograd Arena, Volgograd) kick-off 16:00Tuesday, June 26th: Nigeria v ARGENTINA (St Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg) kick-off 19:00KITS 4 RECORD IN QUALIFYINGRunaway group winners Nigeria were docked three points for fielding the ineligible Shehu Abdullahi in their final qualifier against Algeria, but they still reached the tournament with ease, five points ahead of closest-rivals Zambia.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSNigerias Premier League stars travel to the familiar setting of Wembley to face England on Saturday June 2nd, before facing World Cup absentees Czech Republic four days later.BASE CAMPSanatorium Istochnik, Stavropol RegionPROBABLE LINE-UPtalkSPORT 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.
10 February 2014The introduction of Kangaroo mother care – continued skin to skin contact between the mother and her newborn – to all hospitals in Gauteng that offer maternity services is one of the measures credited for the improvement of the child mortality rate, according to Hope Papo, Gauteng’s MEC for Health.Improved services for mothers and children has seen the mortality rate for children under the age of five drop 7.3 percentage points from 10.7% in 2006 to 3.4% in mid- 2013, Papo said in a statement issued to mark the start of Reproductive Health Month.Kangaroo mother care has been shown to prevent infections, promote breastfeeding, regulate the baby’s temperature, breathing, and brain activity, and encourages mother and baby bonding.Other measures to improve maternal and child care highlighted by Papo include the stepping up of school health services, training of health workers on integrated management of childhood illnesses, and a successful immunisation programme.Immunisation services are provided daily by all clinics and some hospitals in Gauteng, which is South Africa’s wealthiest province. The coverage of children under the age of five has “consistently been above the national target of 90% of all children in the age group”, Papo said.Maternal deathsThe rate of maternal deaths in Gauteng hospitals had also dropped, Papo said, attributing this to strategies implemented by the department to combat the HIV epidemic. The ratio of maternal deaths has decreased from 167.7 per 100 000 live births in between 2005 and 2007 to 145 per 100 000 live births for 2008 to 2010.Other contributing factors included the purchasing of 20 new dedicated obstetric ambulances, ongoing service training for doctors and midwives on essential steps in the management of obstetric emergency (ESMOE), and responding to recommendations of the “Saving Mothers” report.Improved services for mothers and children had also improved in the past two years, Papo said. Three out of every four new mothers are now visited at home within six days of delivery and approximately eight out of 10 pregnant women (80.5%) who are HIV-positive have been placed on long-term antiretroviral therapy.HIV-positive mothersPapo noted that although this is primarily intended to treat the mother, ARV therapy also prevents transmission of HIV to the baby.“In Gauteng, we have achieved 99% coverage of babies who are born of HIV positive mothers. In the year 2012/13, only 2.4% of babies born to HIV-positive mothers proved to be HIV infected when tested at the age of six weeks, a rate which is below the national target of 5%,” Papo said.He added that the department’s exclusive breastfeeding campaign was also assisting in increasing the number of healthy babies.Papo encouraged pregnant women to know their health status and that of their children: “The drive to encourage our people to know their health status will not only assist the department in its goal to reduce infant, child and maternal deaths but will also ensure that the mothers and their babies live a long and healthy life.”Women who think they might be
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest China announced that it is placing pork on a list of U.S. products that could be subject to increased import duties — cause for great concern in the pork industry. The National Pork Producers Council warned that possible Chinese tariffs on U.S. pork could have a significant negative impact on rural America. China has indicated it will impose the duties in response to U.S. tariffs and restrictions being placed on a host of Chinese goods.“We sell a lot of pork to China, so higher tariffs on our exports going there will harm our producers and undermine the rural economy,” said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “No one wins in these tit-for-tat trade disputes, least of all the farmers and the consumers.”Last year, the U.S. pork industry exported $1.1 billion of product to China, making that country the No. 2 value market for U.S. pork.Many economists, including Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, have cautioned that tariffs on U.S. agricultural products could disrupt exports to China. Lost sales would have severe economic consequences for America’s farmers, who shipped nearly $20 billion of goods to the Asian nation in 2017.The U.S. restrictions on Chinese imports come after an inquiry by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) into China’s practices related to technology transfer, licensing and intellectual property rights. USTR’s Section 301 – of the 1974 Trade Act – investigation determined that U.S. companies have lost billions of dollars from being forced by China to disclose intellectual property and to transfer technology.“When it comes to trade, we expect all countries to follow international rules and to trade fairly,” Heimerl said. “We also expect all countries to resolve trade disputes in a way that doesn’t harm businesses, farmers and consumers.”National Farmers Union (NFU) supports aggressive efforts to fight unfair trade practices, but lamented the administration’s apparent lack of a plan to safeguard the interests of family farmers.“Our trade agenda for the past 30 years has been to promote free trade at all costs, ignoring countries cheating on intellectual property rights and currency manipulation. While we’re appreciative of the administration’s focus on creating fair trade between the U.S. and our trading partners, their ‘bull in a china shop’ approach to fixing our trade woes is dangerous,” saidRoger Johnson, NFU president. “Family farmers and ranchers are always the first to be hit by retaliatory tariffs, and in the case of China, significant exports markets are likely to be the first casualty. NFU is very concerned about the effects that China’s proposed retaliatory efforts would have on all agricultural products, particularly given our already burdensome inventories of grains. The President must have a plan in place to protect family farmers before seeking to remedy unfair trade practices.”
Senior leader and former Minister Damodar Rout heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday when the Orissa High Court quashed an FIR registered against him over alleged anti-Dalit statements during a public meeting in August 2010.“The Orissa High Court has quashed the FIR registered against Dr. Rout and ordered to drop all the related proceedings,” informed his advocate Biswajit Maharana. A criminal case was registered against Mr. Rout, then a BJD MLA, at the Kujanga police station under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly making casteist remarks against the then Jagatsinghpur Collector, local MLA and MP.While Mr. Rout had immediately obtained bail from a local lower court, he had approached the Orissa High Court challenging the FIR and seeking to quash the entire proceedings in the case. “Justice A.K. Mishra accepted our argument that a false case was registered against the senior political leader and the honourable court was pleased to quash the FIR and drop the proceedings,” Mr. Maharana said. Mr. Rout was expelled from the BJD in September last year for his alleged anti-party stand. He had been making serious allegations of irregularities in various State government departments and schemes, thereby evoking strong criticism from party workers against him.