Evans, Gasol help Grizzlies defeat Clippers

first_imgMemphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans (12) attempts a three point shot against Los Angeles Clippers guard Milos Teodosic (4) in the second half of an NBA basketball game. APMEMPHIS, Tennessee — The Memphis Grizzlies haven’t won many games lately, and those few victories have featured drama in the closing seconds.Tyreke Evans had 30 points and 11 assists, Marc Gasol had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and Memphis snapped a three-game losing streak with a 115-112 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Memphis had its largest lead of the game with 5 minutes left, 109-93, before Austin Rivers and Williams began chipping into the advantage. Eventually, the guards helped craft a 19-6 run, pulling the Clippers within 115-112 with 1:00 left after a 3-pointer from Williams. After a couple missed attempts by Memphis, Doc Rivers called timeout with 21 seconds left. But Los Angeles never got off a shot in the ensuing possession.“I didn’t like the last play at all,” the Clippers coach said. “I thought we were looking for the 3, which we wanted, but we also could have gotten a quick 2. But we basically just dribbled the clock out.”Memphis has struggled in at least one quarter in games throughout the losing skid. This time, Memphis used a strong third quarter to stretch its 63-59 halftime lead to as many as 12. The 16-point advantage in the closing 5 minutes was enough of a cushion for Memphis.For the Clippers, playing the second night of a back-to-back after a win in Houston on Friday, there wasn’t quite enough energy to overcome the deficit.“Emotionally, on defense, we weren’t communicating,” Austin Rivers said. “We weren’t into it. They got too many buckets, and it cost us down the stretch.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Clippers had the ball with a chance to tie in the closing 21 seconds, but a tough Memphis defense forced a bad pass from Lou Williams, and Evans ran the ball down in the backcourt as the horn sounded. The victory was only the third for Memphis in the last 22 games. In each, the opponents failed to convert shots for a tie or victory on the final possession.“You take the win any way that you can,” Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We’ve got to be better in those moments, though.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAustin Rivers had 38 points, his second straight game setting a career high, while Williams finished with 36. But no other Clippers player reached double figures. DeAndre Jordan, the league’s leading rebounder, had 18 boards.“It was a great comeback at the end when you’re down that many,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Pelicans pull away after halftime, top Heat Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

Finance Minister Clarifies Liberia’s Growth Rate Decline

first_imgThe Minister of Finance Planning and Development, Amara Konneh, has attributed the drop in Liberia’s economic growth rate in part to the drop in the prices of rubber and iron ore on the global market.The Finance minister disclosed that the country’s growth rate declined from 8.7 percent in 2013 to 5.9 percent projected in 2014, adding: “As you know, Liberia depends on these two resources as its main source of income generation.”He made the disclosure at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia on Thursday when he spoke on the current status of the Liberian economy.Minister Konneh also named the decline in support from donors and non-governmental organizations as well as UNMIL drawdown as some of the factors that led to the drop in the country’s total growth in the period under review.He pointed out that the Ebola virus has negative impact on economic activities and government operations, “The Ebola Virus Disease is Liberia’s worst ever disease outbreak.”He said the Ebola outbreak also led to a serious decline in the country’s revenues and an increase in expenditure, something that led to the drop in the fiscal budget of 2014/2015 from US$559.3 million to US$473.2 million.He blamed the decline mainly to the drop in concession activities, international trade, manufacturing and service industry as a result of the virus.The Minister said stringent fiscal and economic measures are being put in place to manage the impact of the Ebola virus on the Liberian economy.He said as part of those measures, the government has agreed to a one hundred percent disbursement to the health sector and instituted a freeze on non-essential expenditures on vehicles, furniture and other equipments.Minister Konneh indicated that a 40 percent cut in foreign travel and 25 percent drop in fuel and lubricant costs were part of the fiscal measures instituted by government to manage the impact of the Ebola crisis on the economy.Konneh also said that US$73.1 million was infused by government in the foreign exchange market to stabilize the exchange rate, while US$19 million was used to purchase treasury bills.According to the Minister, in an effort to enhance banking sector liquidity, government paid a total of US$35.2 million domestic debt directly to banks, while US$219.4 million was expended from January to December 2014 to pay civil servants’ salaries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LCCBC Wants to Provide Economic Freedom for Women

first_img– Advertisement – Madam Kamara, the Human Resource Manager of Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC) The Human Resource Manager of the Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC), Madam Aminata Kamara, said her company wants to provide economic freedom and security for Liberian women, especially those engaged in small business. According to her, when women are economically empowered, they can contribute significantly to the growth of the society.She said LCCBC is not just interested in empowering Liberian women economically, but also wants to train them to acquire the requisite skills relative to managing their businesses. The company, she added, wants to reach out to Liberian women entrepreneurs to make them financially independent, so as to enable them to “drive their own lives.”She recalled that since 5BY20 was launched in Liberia in 2010, over 1,700 women have been empowered by LCCBC including female Ebola survivors.Madam Kamara said LCCBC decided to partner with UN Women to reach out to women who are in dire need of support and independence to control their destiny.Earlier, Mr. Raman Garway, Program Manager for Women Economic Empowerment at UN Women, who spoke for his boss, said the Next Level program has successfully reached out to over 15,000 women entrepreneurs from over 110 communities across Liberia since 2010.The Next Level, a UN Women empowerment organization, and 5BY20 Joint Initiative targets the empowerment of 900 women in Liberia’s 15 counties.5BY20 is the Coca-Cola Company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of five million women entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020.Garway said UN Women believes that developing the skills of market women prepares them for the world of business, which remains the primary source of income for women entrepreneurs in the informal sector.He said the Next Level and 5BY20 partnership aims to address the barriers women entrepreneurs commonly face by providing increased access to business skills training, leadership training, mentoring, peer networking skills and access to financial assets.UN Women remain strategically positioned to respond to the needs of women entrepreneurs, and are also committed to ensuring strengthened partnerships to improve and diversify livelihood options for market women.“Given that this joint venture aims to address the skills gap among female entrepreneurs, UN Women will use this platform to get its message across, demonstrating the power of collaboration in addressing women’s economic empowerment in a sustainable manner,” Garway stated.“With the Next Level and 5BY20 partnership, we expect women participating in these programs will have greater ability to establish and grow their businesses, increase their earnings and create new jobs in their communities. Their success will set an example for other women and create a virtuous cycle of re-investment in their families and communities,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Poor utility services dominate complaints

first_imgPUC end-of-year report…GPL still to submit expansion plansThe Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has released its 2017 annual report, detailing its handling of complaints against poor utility services in Guyana.Dominating the list of complaints are those against the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) and GTT.Public Utility Commission HeadquartersAccording to the PUC in its report, a total of 296 complaints were received against GTT for last year. This figure is almost double the complaints – 162 – received about GPL’s service. Coming in a distant third was the Guyana Water Inc (GWI), as 38 complaints were recorded. U mobile cellular incorporated (Digicel) customers registered a mere three complaints for the year.“The complaints received from GT&T followed the same trend as previous years with the majority of complaints received pertaining to technical issues. GTT has advised that the company is in the process of providing new technological installations to some of the areas which were previously served by the obsolete Fixed Wireless System (FWA),” the report noted.GPL Chief Executive Officer Albert Gordon“Data service via Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology is being offered to the Essequibo Coast. Areas such as La Grange on the West Bank of Demerara that was once served by the obsolete FWA system benefited from Fibre to the Home (FTTH),” the report adds.The PUC expressed expectations that other areas would benefit during the year 2018 as GTT continued its FTTH rollout. It also noted that the company has been installing its new Blaze system using fibre as opposed to copper technologies.In a regional breakdown, 227 GTT complaints were received from Region Six, while the region produced 63 complaints for GPL and three for GWI. In Region Five, there were 21 complaints for GTT, 12 for GPL and none for GWI.The Commission noted that it was able to resolve 107 complaints against GTT, 28 against GPL and three against GWI, in the favour of the consumers. GPL was the only company that was able to have any complaints resolved in its favour – 10.GPLThe Commission noted that 24 per cent of the complaints received against GPL were for technical matters, while 22 per cent represented meter tampering. In contrast, 18 per cent of the complaints had to do with applications for service and the remaining 36 per cent concerned billing issues, disconnection, change of tenancy and claims for compensation.Besides this, the Commission had some harsh words for GPL on account of the company failing to submit to the Commission a copy of its 2017-2021 Development and Expansion Plan. The PUC noted that this is required by Section 38 of the Electricity Sector Reform Act (ESRA).“Section 38 3(a) of the ESRA states as follows: ‘except as otherwise provided in its licence, every public supplier shall, no later than 60 days prior to the end of each of its financial years, submit seven copies of its annual development and expansion programme and a current version of its five-year development and expansion programme, as approved by the governing body of the public supplier to the Commission for approval in accordance with part seven of the Public Utilities Commission Act 1999.”“The Commission, therefore, is uncertain what were the approved targets the company was mandated to achieve in 2017. The Commission whilst not authorised to approve the targets to be achieved by the company, is required to review the performance of those targets and in the event, they are not achieved may require from the utility the reason(s) for its failure and to decide what action, if any, should be taken against the company.”According to the PUC, it found GPL’s omission of its objective disturbing and indicative of the company’s “uncertainty in planning”. And with no 2017-2021 development plan, the Commission stated that this leaves the company no approved targets to work with. This is particularly troubling as the PUC in its report noted GPL’s failure to meet its loss reduction targets for another year.“System losses were projected at 27.6 per cent for 2017. Technical losses were estimated at 12.9 per cent and non-technical losses at 14.7 per cent. At the end of 2017, the total combined losses were 29.5 per cent. Technical losses were 14.5 per cent and non-technical losses 15 per cent. GPL did not meet this target. In 2016, the overall target was 28.6 per cent. With 29.2 per cent losses, GPL did not meet their target. Losses increased by approximately 0.3 per cent from 2016,” the Commission noted.It was only earlier this month that GPL was fined by the PUC. According to the order, dated April 25, 2018, GPL will have to forfeit five per cent of its total dividend payments for 2017. The PUC noted that despite cautioning the power company in a previous order, certain expectations for service quality were not met.last_img read more

English minnows cheer Man Utd glamour tie in FA Cup

first_img0Shares0000An AFC Wimbledon fan holds up a handmade replica of the FA Cup trophy during the English FA Cup third round match between Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon at Wembley Stadium in London, on January 7, 2018 © AFP/FileLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 9 – English minnows Yeovil Town have hailed a second FA Cup clash in four seasons against Premier League giants Manchester United as a “special moment”.The lowest-ranked side left in the competition will face Jose Mourinho’s side later this month at Huish Park, where the 12-time winners won 2-0 in 2015 thanks to goals from Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria. “I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” boss Darren Way told the club’s official website.“It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club.”“I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.”Fellow League Two side Newport will entertain Tottenham and Exiles manager Mike Flynn said the match would be a boost for the club’s finances.Mansfield, another club from the fourth tier, have the carrot of welcoming Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to Field Mill if they can overcome Cardiff at home in a replay.There are guaranteed to be at least two all-Premier League ties, with Liverpool once more at home against West Brom and Southampton facing Watford at St Mary’s.The 1987 FA Cup winners Coventry’s reward for ousting Stoke in the third round is a trip to League One outfit MK Dons.Nottingham Forest, who knocked holders Arsenal out on Sunday and announced the appointment of Aitor Karanka as their new manager cheer on Monday, visit Hull.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Football and faith: Deogratias, striker and future priest

first_imgOrganised every year in Rome on the grounds of the Pius XI stadium, which boasts one of the most beautiful views of the capital over the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Clericus Cup is the World Cup of priests and seminarians.In April, the Sedes Sapientiae, a seminary in the Roman neighbourhood of Trastevere and run by Opus Dei, defeated Amici della Chape, another team of aspiring priests, to reach its third semi-final in four years.Wearing the number 10 jersey, Deogratias was involved in most of the key action, winning a penalty kick, and scoring to make it 3-1. At the final whistle, he ran bare-chested to celebrate with dozens of fans who beat drums and sang “Forza, Forza Sedes!” throughout the match.“I always played football in my country, without shoes, on very hard ground. I had so many friends thanks to football, a match is like calling a friend to come to eat,” the Barcelona and Brazil fan, who is in his third year studying theology, told AFP.In a black shirt and Roman collar, sweating under the spring sun, Sedes coach Jose Huerta, a Mexican priest, shouted instructions in Italian and congratulations to players from Mexico, El Salvador, Argentina, the Philippines, Ghana, South Africa and Croatia.“Football is something that unites us, beyond the prayers and other things that we enjoy doing together, but football is really an entertaining activity that does a lot of good for the community,” he said.– Suspect technique, clear intent –Deogratias (2ndL, 1st row) poses with his team Sedes Sapientiae © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIAt the Clericus Cup, the technique is sometimes debatable and the physical condition often suspect.But the focus is clear and even though a Brazilian midfielder from “Chape” handed out a few knocks, everything ended with all the players embracing in a circle in the centre of the field.“We give everything, but always with a spirit that is, let’s say, Christian. We don’t forget that we are priests, seminarians, religious, in a word,” explained Huerta.In the austere yet well-lit room he shares with two other students at the seminary, Deogratias — whose name means “Thanks be to God” — recalls his childhood “in a very Christian family”. His little brother was baptised Melchior, after one of the three wise men.“Growing up, it became like a love story and I had this vocation to be a priest. At 17, I wanted to make this journey to understand what God wanted for my life,” he explains.“But our training is not just about prayer, it’s a human, intellectual education, and part of that human education is, of course, the game.“Some play volleyball and basketball. That is how we can have a little fun at the weekends, relax, and return in top form on Monday.”Deogratias arrives in the chapel of the International Ecclesiastical College Sedes Sapientiae to pray after the Clericus Cup quarter-final © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIIn the corridors decorated with old maps of the seminary, Deogratias was asked about the concept of victory and its compatibility with Christian virtues.“The question is not to win but to create friendships, and if we are all here it is for our faith,” he said.Nevertheless he has no hesitation in recalling the date of the Clericus Cup final.“May 26, like the Champions League final!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Deogratias kicks the ball during the Clericus Cup quarter-final between Sedes Sapientiae and Amici della Chape © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIROME, Italy, May 22 – Deogratias Nyamwihula is a 27-year-old Tanzanian striker whose quickness is a thorn in the side of defences.He has lived in Rome since 2015, but far from the glamour of Roma and Lazio, he plays for Sedes Sapientiae, a cosmopolitan team of seminary students that are among the most feared in the Clericus Cup.last_img read more

Stoke target set to snub Potters and join Europa League champions Sevilla

first_img Yevhen Konoplyanka in action for Dnipro Yevhen Konoplyanka is expected to snub the chance to join Stoke City and instead move to Europa League champions Sevilla this summer.Mark Hughes had been chasing the Ukrainian winger but, according to Spanish newspaper AS, the 25-year-old is on the verge of moving to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.Konoplyanka, who plies his trade with Dnipro in Ukraine, is entering the final weeks of his contract and is available on a free transfer at the end of the month.The Dnipro star has spent his whole career in his homeland but is said to favour a switch to Spain and caught the eye of Sevilla’s hierarchy during last season’s Europa League final between the two teams in Warsaw.Liverpool have also been linked with Konoplyanka in recent weeks. 1last_img read more

OATFIELD’S: LORRY LOADS UP EQUIPMENT FOR JOURNEY TO ENGLAND

first_imgA LORRY was loaded up today at the Oatfield’s sweet factory in Letterkenny with the final pieces of equipment for use at the Zed Candy operation in England.A huge crane lifted tonnes of equipment onto the lorry earlier today.It is being taken by ferry to England tonight and will be installed at the Kettering plant where Oatfield’s famous brand sweets will now be produced. Zed Candy are firing their last remaining workers – 15 of them – next week. They will get just two weeks wages for every year worked.It brings to an end 85 years of sweet manufacturing in Letterkenny.All the famous brands developed by the McKinney family over several generations will now be made in England.Others will be made in China. “It’s a very sad sight,” said one factory worker today, “it hasn’t sunk in yet that it’s closing but watching more equipment being taken today and it is becoming very real.”Earlier this week Zed Candy announced the creation of new jobs in Kettering.The site of the Donegal factory, owned by Donegal Creameries, is being sold to turn it into a supermarket.Once that happens, the only evidence of almost a century of history in the town will be the nearby Oatfield roundabout.  OATFIELD’S: LORRY LOADS UP EQUIPMENT FOR JOURNEY TO ENGLAND was last modified: May 11th, 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:donegaldaily.comletterkennyOATFIELD’S: LORRY LOADS UP EQUIPMENT FOR JOURNEY TO ENGLANDlast_img read more

DONEGAL RELAY FOR LIFE – WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL BE SPENT

first_imgThe Irish Cancer Society has confirmed that, even before the event is held, Relay for Life Donegal has topped all the polls.The county has more teams than any previous Irish Relay event, more Candles of Hope pre sold and record amounts of money raised.So how will Relay for Life Donegal monies be spent?  Daffodil Centre – The new Daffodil Centre in Letterkenny General Hospital is scheduled to be opened in the second half of 2012 and will be staffed by a specialist cancer nurse, aided by a team of trained volunteers to provide free, expert support and advice to cancer patients, their families and the general public who have cancer concerns. The Daffodil Centre will also direct people towards other support services provided by the Irish Cancer Society like financial aid, Care to Drive or local support groups.Care to Drive – A free transport service to appointments and treatments in Letterkenny General Hospital for cancer patients. Care to Drive recruits and trains volunteer drivers to bring patients to their appointments and drop them home again afterwards, free of charge. Care to Drive reduces the stress of having to drive yourself to treatment or ask family and friends to help and also reduces the financial burden of cancer on the patients. National Cancer Helpline – Provides free cancer advice and support service to people concerned about cancer. All helpline staff are specialist cancer nurses. Often these helpline nurses can answer questions that the patient would otherwise need to wait for until their next hospital appointment. The Helpline can direct people towards other support services provided such as financial aid, Care to Drive, Daffodil Centre or local support groups.Cancer Research – In 2012 the Irish Cancer Society is investing €3.1m in Cancer Research programs across the country. For example, in the last 2 years 4 new research proposals in Galway (two Research Scholarships and two prostate cancer research projects) have been funded with a total value of over €500,000. Irish Cancer Society research made over 650 important findings in 30 years. Funding top class research in Ireland means Irish patients have access to the latest treatments and breakthroughs wherever those discoveries are made.Nursing Services – Irish Cancer Society’s night nursing team provides palliative and respite care for cancer patients and their families in their own home. In 2011, 85 nights of nursing care was provided by Irish Cancer Society night nurses to cancer patients and their families in their own homes in Donegal.Financial Aid – The Irish Cancer Society’s financial aid program provides a grant to support cancer patients who are experiencing financial hardship due to their diagnosis and treatment. In 2011 the Financial Aid program gave out over €1 million in grants.Cancer Awareness and Health Promotion Materials – 688,266 cancer information booklets and fact sheets were distributed to people concerned about cancer across the country in 2011.Plus much, much more…For more information on these programs and all the other services and supports the Irish Cancer Society provide, including support groups, advocacy and policy change, which are supported by Relay for Life Donegal, please visit www.cancer.ie or low call 1800 700 800 relayforlifedonegal@gmail.com26th and 27th May 2012 in LYITCelebrate, Remember, Fight Back.DONEGAL RELAY FOR LIFE – WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL BE SPENT was last modified: May 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Relay For Life Donegallast_img read more

EMMA GETS HER FREE NEW WHEELS THANKS TO LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION

first_imgMembers of Letterkenny Credit Union committee with Emma and her new car.There’s not much more Letterkenny woman Emma Mills could hope for this Christmas.Emma, from Oldtown, was the lucky winner of her local credit union’s car draw recently.The members of the credit union couldn’t afford a Christmas stocking large enough to put Emma’s new Christmas present in. But judging by the wonderful smile she had, she didn’t really mind.Safe driving!Emma is raring to go in her new motor.EMMA GETS HER FREE NEW WHEELS THANKS TO LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION was last modified: December 11th, 2014 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:cardonegaldrawEmma MillsLetterkenny Credit Unionlast_img read more