Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names It was nearly a decade ago when Slaughter’s University of Visayas beat Fajardo’s University of Cebu to win the Cesafi title.Fast forward to present day, Fajardo and Slaughter will meet for the championship again, this time in the grand stage of the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’A lot has changed since. Slaughter is now one of the stars for Barangay Ginebra in the PBA while Fajardo is widely-considered as the most dominant player in the country today.Greg Slaughter (left) and June Mar Fajardo – league’s top centers – finally meet in the PBA Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“Time flies really fast. We’ve come a long way,” said Slaughter on Tuesday during the pre-finals press conference. “It’s really exciting to be squaring off in the PBA Finals.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nine years removed from that finals loss, Fajardo still remembers it like it was yesterday.“Natalo kami nung finals nung nasa Cebu kami. Sana this time, ako naman manalo,” Fajardo said.(I lost to him when we were in the finals in Cebu. Hopefully, I’ll win this time.)The 7-foot Slaughter was sidelined with an ankle injury when San Miguel dominated Ginebra in the 2017 Philippine Cup Finals in five games.With Slaughter healthy, all signs point to a long and grueling seven-game series beginning Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Ryan Lochte’s future? Even he isn’t sure what’s next View comments MOST READ June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter were still college rivals in Cebu the last time the two faced in each other in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 awardlast_img read more

Trotman’s public statements prove Minister Patterson is lying – Jagdeo

first_imgPetroleum mining blocks…calls on Govt to publish list of oil concessions allocatedThe People’s Progressive Party, through its General Secretary, Opposition LeaderA map from the Natural Resources Ministry showing the concessions which were given out and those which are still availableBharrat Jagdeo, has dismissed as outright lies an assertion being levelled that the Jagdeo Administration had given out all of the available oil concessions/blocks; and is demanding that Government make available a list of all the petroleum-mining blocks available, the names of the persons or companies to whom they have been allocated, and the dates of allocation.Jagdeo has said this disclosure would alert the public to the fact that no newGeneral Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeopetroleum-mining blocks can be allocated in the near future.Sensationalised liesThe Opposition Leader had said several front companies belonging to friends and relatives of ministers of Government were, through complex shareholding structures, applying for exploration and production licences for the available oil blocks. He has posited that the strategy was in fact to flip the licences to large foreign companies, since those front companies are unable to raise the large amounts of capital required to develop an oil-and-gas concession.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, on Thursday during an Alliance forNatural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanChange press engagement at that party’s headquarters, was questioned on the allegations laid by Jagdeo the previous day.Patterson responded by saying, “In Budget 2015, the Minister of Natural Resources made a statement saying that all available forest land had been given out; so all I can say is, ‘Ditto’…when we got in they (had given) out everything.”Patterson continued: “Some of the people (to receive oil concessions) we don’t even know…so there is nothing to give.”He said further: “The Opposition Leader could say that. Maybe he is hoping for someone to drop out, so that he could get in. But I want (to) tell you (there) is nothing to give; he has given out all, and he should know.”Patterson said Jagdeo ought to know there is no oil concession/block available for allocation since, as President, he was in charge of the natural resources sector.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonBut in response to Patterson, Jagdeo has said: “Ministers of the Coalition Government continue to peddle massive lies and misinformation unashamedly and with impunity. They continue to get the Kaieteur News to sensationalize these lies with blazing headlines on the front pages of the newspapers — all with the intention to fool, mislead, and insult the intelligence of the public.”Petroleum blocksAccording to Jagdeo, the fact that oil concessions are still available was confirmed only recently by none other than the substantive minister, Trotman, when he recently referred to the existence of these petroleum-mining blocks.Jagdeo pointed out that Minister Trotman, in his public pronouncements, had spoken to the issuance of new oil-and-gas exploration and production licences forNewell Dennison, Commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commissionthese blocks.At the time, Trotman had said, “Whether we go openly and publicly with international bids, or whether we have quiet and private discussions, will be determined by the national interest.”The Opposition Leader observed: “Without more, Trotman’s assertion by themselves prove that Patterson is lying… Moreover, everyone who has some familiarity with the sector knows that there are several petroleum-mining blocks available.”The Opposition Leader has since further challenged Government, saying: “If Patterson has correctly expressed the position of the Government, then we call upon the Government to make public a list of all the petroleum-mining blocks, the names of the persons or companies to whom they have been allocated, and the date of allocation.”This disclosure, according to Jagdeo, will alert the public to the fact that no new petroleum-mining blocks can be allocated in the near future.Checks with the Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, as calls to his mobile phone, went unanswered.GGMC contextThe Guyana Times was directed by Trotman’s office to Newell Dennison, Commissioner of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).Dennison told this publication he was unable to provide any assistance at the time, and that a response from the Commission would be informed by what was said by Patterson and its context.According to Dennison, the matter of oil blocks being given out has to be seen in the context of what was given out and when, before referring further queries to the substantive minister.Among the concessionaires named as operating in oil blocks in Guyana (onshore and offshore) are: NABI Oil and Gas Inc, ON ENERGY Inc, REPSOL, ANADARKO, ESSO/HESS/NEXEN, Mid-Atlantic Oil and Gas Inc, RATIO Energy/Guyana Ltd, and CGX Resources Inc.The GGMC’s website has stated: “Presently, a number of companies are negotiating for concessions in the offshore Guyana area.”Jagdeo in his repudiation of Patterson’s pronouncements, has said: “This is the same strategy of lying which we recently witnessed by the Government when they misled the nation for several months by claiming that they cannot disclose the ExxonMobil contract because they are prevented from doing so by a law passed by the Jagdeo Administration… We unmasked this lie two weeks ago. Not a word has come from the Government since.”Complex shareholdingDuring his weekly media engagement with the local press corps on Wednesday, the Opposition Leader told media operatives that a worrying case of cronyism is currently evolving, in which relatives, friends and associates of ministers and senior Government functionaries have been incorporated into companies through complex shareholding arrangements, and they are applying for exploration and production licences for oil and gas in the blocs still available.“It has been brought to our attention that a number of front companies with key APNU/AFC individuals and ministers and their families as shareholders have submitted applications to the Ministry of Natural Resources for petroleum exploration and production licences.“There are at least two companies that we know of that have developed complex shareholding structures that have made applications”, Jagdeo disclosed.Speaking to the need for the available blocs to instead be auctioned off rather than having preferred companies apply, Jagdeo pointed out that a premium must be considered.He said the world-class discovery of oil in Guyana could be compared to a ‘gold shout’, and the moment oil was discovered, “there is a premium now to owning offshore blocs and getting an exploration or production licence.”Newspaper ployJagdeo was adamant that several of the local companies applying for petroleum licences “have no means whatsoever – who are aligned to ministers and their families, etc, and some others (are) cronies – they have no means of finding hundreds of millions of US dollars to do the exploration work.” He opined that the companies in question “will get these blocs and, weeks later, they will sell the blocs without any competitive process being followed”.He also suggested that even some of the foreign companies that have been making applications had “unhealthy contacts with some ministers and their surrogates”.In dismissing Minister’s Patterson’s dishonestly, Jagdeo also chided the Kaieteur News, which he accused of having a penchant for sensationalizing erroneous assertions.last_img read more

School District 60 looking into LGBTQ policy

first_img“It’s to protect all students if our policy isn’t going far enough. Maybe that’s something the policy committee could look at. I believe BCTF had some language recommended as well that Michele [Wiebe] could share with the steering committee.”A potential LGBTQ policy will be discussed at the next policy committee meeting at a date to be determined. Michele Wiebe, President of the Peace River North Teachers Association, says a separate policy would let people know about the issues facing those in the LGBTQ community and will help in providing a safer school for staff and students.She argues students that are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning/queer have rights to be protected just the same as their peers.“We have students that don’t want to go down certain hallways because maybe the girls are wearing cowboy shirts and boots and they’re a target, or boys that wear a pink shirt and they’re straight,” Wiebe says. “They become targets just based on what they wear, how they have their hair, their piercings, whatever it is. This will raise awareness for all students that everyone has a right to a safe learning environment, [and] for teachers to work in a safe working environment.”- Advertisement -While questions were being asked by various trustees, Secretary-Treasurer Doug Boyd chimed into the discussion saying School District 60 does have a policy against harassment, but not one specifically aimed for LGBTQ students.“Our policy is contained in many different policies in relationship to harassment, but I think the presentation at the board meeting was to gather information to see whether or not one specific policy can be completed that will directly relate to this area,” he explains. “It may be that the policy committee would come back with a recommendation that they amalgamate and put it all together into one policy, but it doesn’t clearly or specifically identify this group, and I think that’s what’s being asked for.”Boyd continues by saying the goal of a policy would be to protect all students, if the current policies in place are not doing that.Advertisementlast_img read more

ELECTED (INISHOWEN EA) JACK MURRAY AND NICHOLAS CROSSAN

first_imgSinn Féin Councillor Jack Murray and Independent candidate Nicholas McCrossan have been elected in the Inishowen EA, following the ninth count this evening. Murray said it was fitting, that on the 23rd anniversary of the death of Eddie Fullerton, that Sinn Féin now have two Councillors in the Inishowen EA.They may yet get a third Sinn Féin candidate, Ciaran McLaughlin is battling out with John Ryan for the final seat.  ELECTED (INISHOWEN EA) JACK MURRAY AND NICHOLAS CROSSAN was last modified: May 26th, 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:newsPoliticslast_img read more

Gardai and PSNI combine to take ‘killer’ car off the road

first_imgJoint work between Donegal Gardai and the PSNI in Derry has helped to take another dangerous car off the roads.Gardai in Donegal alerted police in Foyle last night about this blue four-door Peugeot.The car had been spotted being driven erratically in Donegal. Social media had reported the car was being driven by “maniacs” with some saying it could have caused a “serious accident” trying to evade Gardai.After being given the slip by the car criminals, Gardai alerted the PSNI in Derry who eventually ran it to ground.Unfortunately, two people on board had fled the vehicle on foot before they could be arrested.This is how PSNI Foyle reported the seizure on its Facebook page: “UMM UMM UMM  Another One Bites The Dust music “Ballyarnett Neighbourhood Team were alerted to this Killer Queen  by our Colleagues in #AGS“We were Under Pressure to find the wee beaut but when we did two persons ran from the car like a Flash ⚡️“That saved their skins but not their motor.“I think I can still say We Are The Champions#TeamWork #Queen #GettinTrashOffTheRoad#KeepingPeopleSafe. Anyone with information about those in the Peugeot car is asked to ring PSNI Foyle on the 101 number.Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111.Gardai and PSNI combine to take ‘killer’ car off the road was last modified: January 5th, 2018 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:cardangerousDerrydonegalGardaiPSNIlast_img read more

Minister’s flawed fodder fund risks increasing prices for farmers – McConalogue

first_imgFianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has warned that Minister Creed’s fodder transport measure could see prices accelerate as demand for fodder increases. The Inishowen TD criticised the Minister’s stand-alone measure, claiming that farmers will pay the price for this flawed scheme.“The details of the scheme announced by Minister Creed today merely confirm the concerns that I expressed last week. I, along with the various farming organisations, have repeatedly called on Minister Michael Creed to provide a fodder support programme through the introduction of a meal voucher scheme. Unfortunately these calls have fallen on deaf ears, and if anything, the measures announced by the Minister has the potential to push fodder prices up further”, said Deputy McConalogue. He added that thebWest and North West have been most severely impacted by the fodder crisis, and several farmers in these areas have outlined how they have less than half the fodder they need to get them through the winter.He said “Teagasc has been advising farmers to prioritise the feeding of meal concentrates to plug the gap. As it’s a grain-based product, there is no shortage of supply and it would reduce the demand for fodder. However, the Minister’s short-sighted scheme completely ignores this option, focusing solely on fodder transportation, therefore driving up the demand, and most likely the price. This will do nothing to help hard-pressed farmers.“The Minister’s announcement is another example of this government’s obsession with spin over substance. The details unveiled today have the potential to exacerbate the dire financial predicament that farmers are facing, rather than easing the situation.“I am calling on Minister Creed to establish a meal voucher scheme as a matter of urgency, before the fodder crisis spirals out of control leaving many family farms in a very precarious situation”. Minister’s flawed fodder fund risks increasing prices for farmers – McConalogue was last modified: January 25th, 2018 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:Charlie McConaloguefarmsfodderlast_img read more

Conte on his future, Chelsea’s two targets, possible exits and the captaincy

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at his news conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Sunderland. Here’s some of what the Italian had to say. Conte on Sunday’s game“On Sunday we have two targets; to try to win 30 games in this league, which would be an unbelievable target for us, and to help Thibaut Courtois to win the Golden Glove. We also want to to prepare the right way the FA Cup final against Arsenal.“It is important to celebrate because this title is a great win, for me, for the players, for the club and for our fans.On Sunday we have to try to win the game and then to celebrate this league is very important.” On whether John Terry will startEmbed from Getty Images“I think in this situation it’s important to take your time and take the best decision for him because I think John deserves the best for this reason. I think on Sunday we will see what happens.“It will be a surprise, because it’s important to take the best decision for him. He is a legend for this club and this season he has been very important for us winning the title. I have to take my time to make the best decision.” On whether Terry will continue playing“We all know he wants to play regularly. For this reason he has decided to leave because he wants to play every week and he has the possibility to do this. “He is still strong and the moment I called him to play he showed this.“When you arrive at this point in your career it is very important that you feel you still have the desire to work very hard.“If you feel this then it is right to continue to play and I think John has all of these characteristics.” On whether players might leaveEmbed from Getty Images“First of all, the player must have pleasure to stay at Chelsea. This is the first important thing for me.“For me it is very important that every single player who wants to stay at Chelsea has the pleasure to stay at Chelsea.” On the importance of his change of formation“To change was very important because we found the right suit for these players. I think it was very important.“We continued to work very hard, but that is a simple word. When I speak and say hard work, it means hard work. Anyone can say it but in reality it doesn’t happen. But it happened.“I had players who wanted to improve and I think this was the secret. I want to say thanks to my players.“Every single manager can have a good idea of football, but then there are players and if they don’t go into the idea then it is very difficult.” On whether Gary Cahill will be captain next seasonEmbed from Getty Images“Gary is our vice-captain this season and put the armband on every time John didn’t play. He has a good prospect to be a captain, but we have to finish this season and not think about next season.”“Gary is our vice-captain this season and put the armband on every time John didn’t play. He has a good prospect to be a captain, but we have to finish this season and not think about next season.” On his own future“It is important to repeat that I have two years to go on my contract. For me and the players it is very important to finish this season.”See also:Conte on Pedro, Morata, Wenger’s comments and Chelsea’s search for playersConte on Bakayoko, Hazard, Pedro’s setback and facing SpursConte on Costa, youngsters, Stoke, Zouma and Chelsea’s ‘big challenge’   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Will 49ers pursue Le’Veon Bell? Don’t count on it

first_imgSANTA CLARA — This time last year, the 49ers won a bidding war to sign dual-threat running back Jerick McKinnon. A year later, the 49ers don’t figure to break the bank for another running back.Instead, the 49ers will exercise more patience rather than rush McKinnon back in spring drills, after he spent all last season recovering from knee reconstruction.So when free agency begins on March 13, don’t expect a cash-bag pursuit of Le’Veon Bell, whose running style would be great in a Kyle …last_img read more

Kia signs up little known but ‘hungry’ players as part of ‘unconventional mentality’

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ And the Picanto aren’t batting an eyelash over losing the chance to sign top overall selection Christian Standhardinger, after trading the pick to San Miguel in exchange for a pair of veterans in Ronald Tubid and JayR Reyes, as well as sophomore guard Rashawn McCarthy.They still ended up with a Christian in their team. Two, in fact: Chris de Chavez and Christian Geronimo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWithout any picks in the first two rounds, Kia settled for drafting the wide-bodied Arvie Bringas of FEU, de Chavez from Ateneo, and little-known Geronimo of PUP as it continued to stockpile on prospects who they feel are eager enough to show their worth and accept their unique approach wholeheartedly.“We’d like to give hungry young players a chance to prove themselves in our team,” said Lipa. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kia is doubling down on the players’ desire to win rather than sheer talent alone, a method unheard of in any league.“The idea that were trying to develop has been proven in the past with the NCC and Purefoods teams before, but it takes years and a lot of dedication on the part of the players and the coaching staff to make it work. As we’ve said, we’d like to pay our dues,” said Lipa. “It may not be the conventional type of basketball people are expecting, but look at it as our little contribution and give us a chance to do something different.”Lipa also vouched for another Christian — Chris Gavina, that is — as the longtime deputy will now be given the steering wheel to anchor the Picanto this upcoming season as their new head coach.“Coach Chris is familiar with our philosophy with how we want to play the game. Our system is more of a system where everybody should fit into a role, and we believe that have the necessary tools to teach them how to play competitive basketball in the pro level,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Chris de Chavez was picked in the third round by Kia in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwo is better than one.That’s the “unconventional mentality” Kia is embracing as it embarks on a new beginning with team governor Bobby Rosales and team manager Joe Lipa leading the charge.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 13 players show up as Gilas opens World Cup qualifiers buildup LATEST STORIES View comments Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more