‘Shabu’ worth P128K seized in drug op

first_imgAntidrug officers inspect items seized from Michael Mercado. He was nabbed in an entrapment operation in Barangay 2, Bacolod City on March 1. POLICE STATION 2/BCPO The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Mercado was nabbed after he sold asachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop for P500 around 2:30 a.m. onMarch 1, it added. The 34-year-old resident Michael Mercadoyielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Suspected shabu weighingabout 16 grams valued at around P128,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay 2.last_img read more

Lakers’ LeBron James builds MVP buzz after impressive weekend wins over Bucks, Clippers

first_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — The chorus that was reverberating in Staples Center late in Sunday’s matinee echoed all the way to the Lakers’ locker room.“MVP,” said Anthony Davis.“MVP,” said Kyle Kuzma.MVP, said the Lakers, as a group, as LeBron James helped drive another win over another of the NBA’s top teams for the second time in 48 hours.center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWith 28 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and two blocks in the 112-103 win over the Clippers, James again pushed himself to the forefront of a conversation many NBA observers believe is already over. With the Milwaukee Bucks slated to finish with the NBA’s best record and Giannis Antetokounmpo leading James in points, rebounds and other key advanced statistics, the lead has been perceived as insurmountable for the Greek Freak to win his second straight MVP award.Ahem, the Lakers said on Sunday, have you watched lately?“They need to watch the last two games,” Davis said. “I mean, what he’s been able to do — taking on matchups defensively, leading the pack offensively, making the right plays — you don’t see that from a guy who is 17 years in the league and his team is number one in the West. He’s continuing to show the world why he’s the best and if people don’t understand that, then the last two games, I think they understand now.”In eight games since the All-Star break, James has raised his game. The Lakers are 7-1, and he’s averaging 30.7 points, 9.5 assists and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 55 percent and getting to the line more often. During the weekend, he played a pivotal role by guarding each team’s best player for stints and methodically controlling halfcourt possessions — Rajon Rondo referred to Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard as “supposed MVP candidates.”Notably the Lakers pulled away in both games in the second half, outscoring the Bucks by 10 after halftime on Friday, and the Clippers by 13 on Sunday. After beating the No. 1 team in the East and the No. 2 team in the West, Frank Vogel felt confident enough to call James’ last two games “his best weekend in a Lakers uniform. “I don’t think people understand how hard it is to put the numbers and get the wins, do the things that he’s doing, put the numbers up he’s putting up and getting the wins he’s getting at 35,” he said. “You’ve had a summer off maybe, what, twice? That’s crazy! That’s a lot of mileage on your legs.”Earlier this week James downplayed the chase for a fifth MVP, which would tie him second all-time with Michael Jordan and Bill Russell. He said he’s motivated by being the best to ever play — MVP awards are just a byproduct of that goal, he suggested.But James acknowledged that he is motivated, and has been all offseason — something that has continued to drive him forward in his 17th season.“I put a lot of work into my rehabbing with my groin, getting back to full strength even when I was shooting a movie,” he said. “If you follow me on social media, I was in the weight room at three, four o’ clock in the morning, making sure that I was preparing myself for this season no matter what was going on. Just keeping ‘the main thing’ the main thing.” “I wasn’t here last year. but in my mind, this season, this was his best two-game stretch,” he said. “Really just dominated — dominated — both games and helped close them out.”Two great games does not an MVP make, but the Lakers would also argue that relative to his age, 35-year-old James has been more impressive than 25-year-old Antetokounmpo. He’s leading the league in assists, which he’s never done before, while remaining a scorer over the 25 ppg threshold.To JaVale McGee, there was no doubt that James has marked himself the best player in the world for staving off his years.Related Articleslast_img read more

CLLR QUINN: ‘CAMPBELL’S U-TURN HELPS PHIL HOGAN SAVE FACE’

first_imgSinn Féin whip on Donegal County Council, Cllr Mick Quinn, has expressed his disappointment at the decision reached by his fellow councillors tonight.Cllr Quinn said that it was a missed opportunity to finally make a stand for the people of the county who are suffering from continued austerity.Cllr Quinn said: “I am extremely disappointment that the much anticipated stand against cutbacks in Donegal has been wasted. “I am mystified as to what has changed since last Tuesday when the budget was rejected by Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, and Cllr Campbell.“The u-turn by some councillors gave the government parties the opportunity they needed to enforce a deeply unfair budget and save face for Minister Phil Hogan.“I am further disappointed at the nature of the vote as the Fine Gael/Labour/Independent grouping blocked any opportunity to debate their proposals or question their vague plan to raise hundreds of thousands of euro through ‘increased targets’.“Many people will interpret this as a reckless and desperate attempt to save their own skin at any cost. “As local representatives we were mandated, when elected, to represent the people of Donegal; young, old, sick and suffering. We were not elected to pass a budget for the sake of passing it.“This budget is wrong for the people of Donegal as we will not be able to provide basic services; particularly for the most vulnerable in our society.” CLLR QUINN: ‘CAMPBELL’S U-TURN HELPS PHIL HOGAN SAVE FACE’ was last modified: January 14th, 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:CLLR QUINN: ‘CAMPBELL’S U-TURN HELPS PHIL HOGAN SAVE FACE’last_img read more