Andray Blatche practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.betGilas Pilipinas was back at work for the second straight night on Tuesday at Meralco Gym in Pasig.The Nationals had 12 players present, including Andray Blatche, who just rejoined the team on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Guard Jayson Castro and forward Japeth Aguilar were in attendance but did not participate.Castro said he just needed to take a breather after having no rest for two straight weeks while Aguilar is nursing a minor ankle injury he sustained in Barangay Ginebra’s win over Columbian on Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAmong those who continued to put the work in were June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee, Marcio Lassiter, Troy Rosario, Poy Erram, Gabe Norwood, Roger Pogoy, Mark Barroca, Scottie Thompson and Blatche, who is noticeably in top shape.Raymond Almazan, Christian Standhardinger and Thirdy Ravena were absent. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gilas is preparing for its crucial last two games on the road in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers against Qatar on February 21 and Kazakhstan on February 24.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history New champ Magnolia still getting rhythm back as first game of season ends in loss In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES
The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has restored 600 fire hydrants in Georgetown; and in the coming weeks, will be doing same across the country, according to GWI Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles.He noted that while it was not directly the GWI’s responsibility to replace the hydrants, the company embarked on doing same in a project costing it $25 million.“We have done a lot with respect to the fire hydrants. We have replaced a number of fire hydrants throughout Georgetown. The fire hydrants are not really a defining responsibility of GWI, but we have taken up that mantle and refurbished more than 600 fire hydrants throughout the city,” the GWI head declared.He related that in most cases the hydrants were vandalised, but he said those refurbished will be maintained, and an additional 500 hydrants will be restored in the near future.He disclosed that there was some collaboration with the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) to rehabilitate the fire hydrants.He also said that new communities are earmarked for installation of hydrants, as attention is being given to the exercise to make it a mainstream activity. In this regard, the GWI is seeking to extend collaboration with the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) among other agencies.“We’re seeking to work with CH&PA and other agencies to ensure that fire hydrants become a mainstream activity for new communities which are emerging; but at the same time, it is something that we have to look at as the society’s development improves,” he added. In regard to water quality, the GWI, it was learnt, has secured a recommendation from the Guyana National Bureau of Standards to be certified for its testing laboratories, and is now working to achieve standards which are set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
Three persons are now homeless after a fire completely destroyed their three-bedroom home in New Amsterdam on Thursday.Flames were initially seen emanating from the upper flat of the Second Street, Overwinning, Greater New Amsterdam home. At the time of the fire, Hazmon Mohamed, her grandson and a friend were in the house.According to Mohamed, she and a friend were seated under the house and as she got up to use the washroom, she heard a strange sound coming from the roof.She said initially she thought that her grandson had chased the ducks and they landed on the roof but it was her friend who told her that the house was on fire.Mohamed said she saw flames in the back room. “I did not go upstairs, I just peeped from downstairs and I see the fire blazing… Heavy fire in the back room.”The aftermath of the fireWithin minutes the three bedroom house was engulfed.According to the 67-year-old woman, the bedroom in which the flames were first seen contained a few pieces of furniture and was being used as a store room.Another occupant of the house, Sabrina Jaffar, was not at home when the fire was detected but told Guyana Times that no electrical appliances are used in the bedroom where the flames originated.Neighbours formed a bucket brigade to extinguish the blaze but soon after, the Guyana Fire Service responded with two units and within a few minutes, the blaze was under control.The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
President David Granger along with the newly-accredited Ambassador of Indonesia to Guyana, Julang Pujianto and other officialsThe Guyana Government is preparing to host the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo next month.This high-level State visit was announced by President David Granger on Wednesday as he accepted the letters of credence from Ghana’s new High Commissioner to Guyana.In brief remarks, the Guyanese Head of State posited that he had met President Akufo-Addo twice – at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference last year and again this year, in Cuba, where the African leader accepted an invitation to visit Georgetown.“Guyana prepares to host a State Visit of President Akufo-Addo on 11th-12th June 2019. We are confident that this visit will result in practical measures aimed at enhancing relations and cooperation between our two States, particularly in the fields of agriculture, culture, energy, environment, investment, petroleum production, Private Sector cooperation, tourism and transportation,” President Granger said.Meanwhile, the newly-accredited Ghanaian High Commissioner, Professor Abena Busia, in her remarks, noted that the two countries, bound by historical relations, could learn from each other as they positioned themselves in the global energy market.“… I single out the aspirations we both have for cooperation and support as comparative newcomers to the global energy market. We have much to learn from each other, and I hope to count on the support of all stakeholders to create the enabling environment for the promotion of this sector…,” the Ghanaian diplomat stated.Professor Busia’s accreditation comes as a large high-level Ghanaian delegation is currently in Guyana to engage local stakeholders on areas of mutual interest in the oil and gas sector, among other areas.The team – which numbers in excess of 15 and is led by Ghana’s Energy Minister and Deputy Minister (Petroleum), Dr Mohammed Amin Adam –met with Director of Energy, Dr Mark Bynoe and other officials from his department on Tuesday.“I think anybody who says Guyana is not the hottest place to be and I am not speaking about climatologically, but in terms of what we have found thus far in the oil and gas sector would not be lying. It’s a time in which also, we are keen to ensure that as a Department, though young, … we seek as best we can to ensure that these resources are managed in an efficient manner and an effective manner for all of Guyana,” Dr Bynoe said.The Director of Energy further noted that the Department did not underestimate the momentous task ahead and continued to seek for partnerships to ensure it obtained the best value for the nation.“We do not pretend to have all the answers to all the challenges that are before us, but we are very much positioned and we are keen to learn from others; the good, the not-so good and even the indifferent experiences, so we do not have to trod the same path which others may have trod before us,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr Adam posited that he was pleased for the opportunity to discuss issues relative to cooperation with the Energy Department here.“We are bound by so many factors [that] unite us because as you know, the … formation in your offshore bases is analogous to what we have in Ghana. So, it’s not surprising that Exxon, which is here, has also entered Ghana and so we are united by so many factors and … will be able to leverage that for the benefit of the people of our two countries,” the Ghanaian Minister said.Oil and gas exploration in Ghana is ongoing, and with the amount of discoveries of both crude oil and natural gas continuing to increase, it was reported last year that the West African nation is set to experience an “oil boom”.Meanwhile, Guyana is gearing up for the commencement of first oil. US oil giant ExxonMobil is expected to start production early next year having made 13 discoveries thus far offshore Guyana. The estimated recoverable resource from these finds has been pegged at approximately 5.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels in the Stabroek Block alone.According to President Granger, it is anticipated that the delegation’s visit will lay a solid foundation for further cooperation between the two States, which are now in their 40th year of bilateral relations.The Head of State also accepted letters of credence on Wednesday from the new Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Guyana, Julang Pujianto, at the Ministry of the Presidency.President David Granger greeting the new Ghanaian High Commissioner to Guyana, Professor Abena Busia
SANTA CLARITA – The winter homeless shelter could have a more permanent footing in the Santa Clarita Valley, with the choice of four sites it could occupy on a rotating basis. Ensuring that the shelter had a location for the winter has been an annual problem in Santa Clarita, with community opposition to establishing a permanent location. For the past year, a committee has been evaluating sites to put the shelter. “We didn’t want to have any one community bear the sole burden of having the homeless shelter,” said Councilman Frank Ferry, who is on the committee. The sites the committee has chosen are: a city-owned property at Magic Mountain Parkway and San Fernando Road in Saugus; a city-owned lot near Towsley Canyon Park near Stevenson Ranch; by Golden Valley Road near a temporary fire station in Canyon Country; and in the parking lot of the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. The shelter would be at each location for two years. “The idea is this buys us eight years to find either a permanent solution or somewhere where it can go to after eight years,” said Bob Haueter, who until recently was a deputy with Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Haueter, who now works for U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said Antonovich will hear a presentation next week on the committee’s recommendation of the four sites. The Santa Clarita City Council will also consider the recommendation at a meeting later this month. This year, the shelter is at a county public works yard at 21190 Centre Pointe Parkway within the city of Santa Clarita. But the site will not be available next year. “We can run a shelter at any one of those four sites or all four of them, that works for us,” said Tim Davis, executive director of the Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., which runs the shelter. Officials said the shelter will continue to be open during the winter only, and not all year. The shelter is used by a variety of people, including women who are victims of domestic abuse and high school students, Ferry said, adding that the goal is to help homeless individuals from the community. “I visit the shelter many times and it’s not your Hollywood, typical Skid Row homeless,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000De Gea was at it again just moments later to deny Sevilla striker Luis Muriel with this stunning save. Photo/DAILY MAILSEVILLE, Spain, Feb 21 – David de Gea deflected the attention away from Paul Pogba with another spectacular display of goalkeeping as Manchester United came away from their Champions League last 16, first leg against Sevilla in Spain with a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.De Gea made two breathtaking saves to deny Steven N’Zonzi and Luis Muriel at the end of the first half at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, denying Sevilla a lead to take to England for next month’s return. Sevilla were the more likely side, with United offering little going forward despite the presence of Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata in their attack.Lukaku had a late goal disallowed, but United’s was the kind of cautious approach seen time and again in such games by Mourinho’s teams down the years.Their inability, unwillingness even, to get an away goal leaves the tie wide open ahead of the second leg, with United looking to reach the quarter-finals in their first appearance in the knockout stage of the Champions League since 2014.Mourinho decided to leave Pogba out of his starting line-up, despite the Frenchman being back in the squad after illness had kept him out of United’s FA Cup win at Huddersfield Town.Fuelling the speculation of an uneasy relationship between Mourinho and the France midfielder, the United manager chose to select 21-year-old Scott McTominay ahead of Pogba in a midfield three.However, an untimely injury to Ander Herrera meant Pogba was thrown on after just 17 minutes of a first half dominated by the Spanish side.Sevilla, looking to make it past the last 16 of the Champions League after falling in their three previous appearances at this stage over the last decade, could and should have had a goal to show for their performance.De Gea made one good early save low down to deny Colombian Muriel, while Jesus Navas, impressive at right-back, fired just wide after latching onto Ever Banega’s cross-field pass.Stepping up the pressure just before half-time, Joaquin Correa’s shot from a good position was too easy for De Gea, but the Spain ‘keeper displayed all his class as he kept out headed attempts from N’Zonzi and Muriel from point-blank range, both saves requiring breathtaking reactions.The importance to United of not letting in a goal was clear — they had kept eight clean sheets in their 10 matches before heading to Andalusia, with their only defeats in that time coming in the two games in which they had conceded.And they seemed content enough to leave Spain with a 0-0 draw, continuing to soak up pressure in the second half and relying on Sevilla’s indecision in the final third.They were also aided by Pablo Sarabia’s inability to find the target from an inviting Muriel cross in the 73rd minute, before Lukaku’s goal was ruled out by French referee Clement Turpin for a handball as he controlled before shooting.Whether Mourinho’s team should have been more adventurous will only become clear after the return in Manchester in three weeks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 Tottenham could face a fight to land top target Saido Berahino before the end of the transfer window, with West Brom manager Tony Pulis claiming 15 clubs are chasing the 22-year-old.Spurs have already had a bid for the England Under-21 international turned down this summer, though the north London side are reportedly hoping a second offer of around £22milllion could convince the Baggies to sell their prize asset.Berahino was missing from West Brom squad to face Chelsea on Sunday, leading to rumours that his move to White Hart Lane had been completed.And Pulis while admitted the starlet was not in the right frame of mind to play after the speculation, he also added that Tottenham are not the only side who have registered an interest.The Baggies boss didn’t take kindly to questions about Berahino’s future following their narrow 3-2 defeat at the Hawthorns, telling the post-match press conference: “Everybody here today should be talking about the game and this wouldn’t be an issue.“Why are we talking about Saido today? We’re talking about Saido because of the transfer window. It can be disruptive and has been.“He is fine, there are no problems but it’s the transfer window which causes the problems. He needs to be protected, there’s loads of stuff going on in his mind, no just one club but 15 clubs. No-one should have this problem.” West Brom starlet Saido Berahino
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will arrive in Donegal on Monday to official open the new North West Regional Science Park Building.The new €4.5 million campus is situated at the CoLab Building at the Letterkenny Institute of technology.Minister Richard Bruton will perform the official opening ceremony at 8.30am.The new science park is now home to a number of smaller or medium sized innovation projects which it is hoped will increase in employment numbers in the coming months. As well as Minister Bruton, LYIT President Paul Hannigan, is expected to speak at the opening.The project is being delivered through a cross border partnership involving the Northern Ireland Science Park, the LYIT and led by the North West Region Cross Border Group.MINISTER FOR JOBS TO OPEN NEW SCIENCE PARK IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 26th, 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:CoLabdonegalLYITNorth West Science ParkOPENING
The Cope presents John Gillespie of WAAR with their sponsorship cheque. Staff from The Cope are gearing up to take part in the Wild Atlantic Advernture tace WAAR which takes place on the 16th of May.Former Dungloe GAA star Brendan McGee is taking part in the individual category and is hoping he can revoke the competitive spirit from his playing days to get him over the line.The Builders Providers team led by Denis ‘Packedy’ Boyle will be hoping they can perform at the event being organised by Naomh Muire GAA club.The images above show the staff from The Cope getting presented with their sponsorship cheques for participating in the event. THE COPE ‘WAAR-IORS’ READY TO TAKE ON THE WILD ATLANTIC ADVENTURE CHALLENGE was last modified: April 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:FeaturesNoticesSportTHE COPEWAAR
Villa are currently searching for a training ground. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueKyetume FC vs SC VillaMandela National Stadium, NambooleThursday, 29-08-2019 @8pmNAMBOOLE – StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) record winners SC Villa will be hoping they can get their season off to a winning start when they take on Kyetume FC at the Mandela National Stadium on Thursday evening.The game will be the opener for the 2018/19 season and despite having a troubled preseason, the Jogoos will be favourites to take all three points.Villa have had issues throughout the last two months. Key among them was their training ground at Villa Park in Nsambya which was taken away and currently under demolition.According to reliable sources, Villa is set to be compensated but are yet to identify a new ground.For that reason, they have stayed at Villa park and used the remaining grass for their training, including the last one before Thursday’s league opener.The Jogoos have also had issues regarding players as they have allowed excessive trails due to lack of funds to make proper signings.As a consequence, they have resorted to signing second-fiddle players with the hope that they can help take the team forward.The opening day fixture could not have been any kinder for Villa as they take on one of the three newly-promoted sides in Kyetume.Kyetume are taking part in their debut top flight season.However, the Mukono based side will be no pushovers as they have several experienced players in their set-up, some of who have previously featured in the top flight.Vicent Kayizzi, Elkenah Nkugwa, Joel Mutakubwa, Sam Ssenkoomi, Jonathan Dante Mugabi; Patrick Ochan,Robert Ssentongo, Noel Nasasira and Seiff Bate have all had stints in the Uganda Premier League and will surely cause Villa issues.What the managers are sayingEdward Kaziba, SC Villa“It’s very important to start the league with victory because it will give us a picture of where we will stand the whole season.“The only thing I pray is that all our players qualify because there are lots of bureaucracy in player licensing. If all the players are there, am sure of the win.“We have been preparing very well, we played a couple of games in preseason and we are ready for the kickoff. We are playing under floodlights although we didn’t get a chance to train under floodlights because of the protocol of Namboole.”George Best Nsimbe, Kyetume“We have had enough preparations, it will not be an easy game, we are still new in the league, unlike Villa who are the record winners.“SC Villa are experienced and we respect that.“We cannot predict how far we can go but our real target is to stay in the league this season.“I have trust in all my players because all footballers are the same, it’s just a matter of motivation and encouragement.”Match StatsThis will be the first-ever top-flight meeting between the two sides with Kyetume only featuring in the debut season.SC Villa finished 12th last season while Kyetume were 3rd in the Big League.Villa head into the game having lost only one of their last six SUPL games (W3 D2).Away from home, the Jogoos have won two of their last six fixtures (D2 L2).The SUPL upcoming fixturesFriday, 29-08-2019-URA FC vs Maroons FC @4pm-Bright Stars vs Vipers SC @4:30pm-Bul FC vs Express FC @4:30pm-Onduparaka vs Police FC @4:30pmSaturday, 30-08-2019-KCCA FC vs Wakiso Giants @3pm-Tooro United vs Busoga United @4pm-Mbarara City vs Proline FCComments Tags: Edward KazibaElkenah Nkugwageorge best nsimbeJoel MutakubwaJonathan Dante Mugabi; Patrick OchanKyetume FCNoel NasasiraRobert SsentongoSam SsenkoomiSC VillaSeiff BateStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopVicent Kayizzi