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first_img76ers, Mavericks to play 2 preseason games in China P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments Celta stayed ninth in the standings with the result.FRUSTRATING DRAWDeportivo La Coruna and Sevilla drew 0-0, a result that didn’t help either club.Deportivo remained in 18th place with the home draw, four points inside the relegation zone, while Sevilla stayed seventh, barely holding on to the final qualification spot for the Europa League.Clarence Seedorf’s Deportivo was trying to win its third match in a row after a run of 15 winless games.Sevilla, which played with several second-stringers ahead of the Copa del Rey final, hasn’t won in seven straight matches in all competitions.WINNING AGAINVillarreal ended a three-game winless streak by defeating Leganes 2-1 and opening a three-point gap to seventh-place Sevilla.Victor Ruiz put the hosts ahead before halftime and Carlos Bacca added to the lead early in the second half, while Darko Brasanac pulled one back for 14th-place Leganes near the end of the match at Ceramica Stadium. The result took Barcelona’s unbeaten streak to 40 straight league games, extending the record it had broken last weekend against Valencia. It became the first team to stay unbeaten in 33 consecutive league games in the same season.It also left Barcelona 12 points in front of second-place Atletico Madrid, which visits mid-table Real Sociedad on Thursday. The Catalan club has a chance of clinching the title this weekend, depending on other results.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We stayed back for too long and they pressured us,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “In the end it was more or less a fair result because both teams created chances.”Among the other regular starters who didn’t play on Tuesday were Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Luis Suarez. Barcelona plays the Copa del Rey final against Sevilla on Saturday in Madrid. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez sit on the bench during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Tuesday April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)MADRID — Barcelona held on to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Tuesday despite resting its regular starters and finishing the match with 10 men.Lionel Messi came off the bench in the second half to give the league leaders a boost but Sergi Roberto was sent off about 10 minutes later to allow Celta to equalize and nearly pull off the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 “We had to take some risks with the changes considering that we have a final to play in our next match,” Valverde said.Celta twice came from behind, with Iago Aspas scoring the equalizer in the 82nd minute after the ball apparently hit his hand before going in.Barcelona opened the scoring when Ousmane Dembele netted his first La Liga goal with a neat shot from just inside the area in the 36th. Jonathan “Jonny” Castro equalized for the hosts just before halftime, and Paco Alcacer put the Catalan club ahead again from close range a few minutes after Messi entered the match in the 60th.But Celta took control after Roberto was sent off in the 71st with a straight red card for pulling Aspas from behind to prevent a one-on-one situation for the hosts.Aspas eventually got the equalizer after Marc-Andre ter Stegen tried to parry a ball crossed into the area but it ricocheted off the striker’s body, including his left arm.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more


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first_img Little said that barring injury or ineffectiveness, Takashi Saito will remain the club’s closer no matter how well the fireballing Jonathan Broxton might fare as the primary setup man. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Pierre also had 10 successful sacrifices with the Chicago Cubs last season. Wills said Pierre knows far more about proper bunting techniques than the average player. “He already knew that if you want a hard bunt you don’t move your hands as far up and that for a softer one you move them three or four inches farther up the bat,” Wills said. “I started to tell him the other day that when you bunt, you’re not necessarily looking for a strike. I said `You’re looking for something …,’ and before I could finish my sentence, he said, `Something I can handle.’ Even if it’s off the plate a little bit, you might be able to get in front of a changeup and deaden it on the grass.” Although Pierre tied for second in the majors with 58 steals last year, he also was caught 20 times, and Wills wants him to improve that success rate. Saito will close Wills, who works with Dodgers players throughout spring training on bunting and baserunning, was immediately impressed with what he saw from Pierre despite a career on-base percentage (.350) that is below the optimum for a leadoff man. Wills said Pierre already is an excellent bunter who could improve that OBP by bunting for more hits. “He had 16 (bunt singles) last year, and that’s not enough,” Wills said. “A player like him should have 20-25. He hit .292 last year. If he just had four more bunt hits, he could have easily been close to .300. That could have led to who knows how many more runs, because scoring runs is the key thing.” center_img VERO BEACH, Fla. – Although Dodgers manager Grady Little remains tightlipped on whether the newly signed Juan Pierre will bat first or second, one of the greatest leadoff hitters in the game’s history said Monday that the fleet center fielder would be a perfect fit at the top. “It’s the manager’s decision, of course, and we all know that,” Maury Wills said. “But I think Juan is a natural leadoff hitter.” last_img

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first_imgThe Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – the Metro – is looking at more than doubling its fares over the next five years to help address a $1.8 billion operating budget deficit. Villaraigosa said he has proposed a more modest plan to increase fares by 5 percent every year for five years. Getting more money from the state, he said, could help keep fare increases under control, though not prevent them altogether. Metro officials have said the state transit cuts will cost the agency about $230 million next year. Transit advocates say the governor’s budget cuts about $1.3 billion from public transit statewide. The administration, however, contends that the budget does not cut public transportation at all. SACRAMENTO – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa returned to Sacramento on Wednesday to lobby against proposed cuts in public transit and push for increased funding for his anti-gang proposals. Villaraigosa, who met with legislative leaders, said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed 2007-08 budget will contribute to fare increases in Southern California transit, and punishes the poor and elderly, who use the system the most. “We should promote ridership at a time when gas prices are up to $4 a gallon,” Villaraigosa said at a news conference with Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles. “We should protect fare-box money in a way that’s rational and reasonable over a five-year period. We don’t think we should balance the budget on the backs of the riding public.” The state Finance Department said the public transit budget will actually grow to about $2.6 billion next year, up from about $1.4 billion this year. However, most of that extra funding actually represents a shift in spending practices, whereby programs that had been funded elsewhere in the budget in the past are now falling under the account for “transportation.” For example, about $630 million of the “cut” is transportation money that is being shifted to pay for school busing. In the past, school busing has been funded under the education budget. By shifting it, the money is still going toward a transportation-related purpose, but less of it is going to transportation programs that would otherwise have received that money. harrison.sheppard @dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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first_imgWASHINGTON – Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980, with the number of Army deserters this year showing an 80 percent increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. While the totals are still far lower than they were during the Vietnam War, when the draft was in effect, they show a steady increase over the past four years and a 42 percent jump since last year. “We’re asking a lot of soldiers these days,” said Roy Wallace, director of plans and resources for Army personnel. “They’re humans. They have all sorts of issues back home and other places like that. So, I’m sure it has to do with the stress of being a soldier.” The Army defines a deserter as someone who has been absent without leave for longer than 30 days. The soldier is then discharged as a deserter. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre According to the Army, about nine in every 1,000 soldiers deserted in fiscal year 2007, which ended Sept. 30, compared with nearly seven per 1,000 a year earlier. Overall, 4,698 soldiers deserted this year, compared with 3,301 last year. The increase comes as the Army continues to bear the brunt of the war demands, with many soldiers serving repeated, lengthy tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.last_img read more


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first_imgDCCC manager Avril McMonagleMore than 250 people gathered in the Clanree Hotel on Friday for a Donegal County Childcare Seminar ‘Investing in Every Child’s Right to Education’.The Seminar was organised to mark the half way stage of an Atlantic Philanthropies funded project that sees a number of early childhood services in Donegal take part in a national training initiative aimed at informing early years policy. Donegal County Childcare is only one of 11 projects nationally to be successful in securing funding to take part in this national initiative.Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager received high praise at the event for her work in bringing this valuable project to the county.Delegates included representatives from the Donegal early years and primary school sectors, County Childcare Committee representatives from counties Meath, Sligo, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Louth, Monaghan and Roscommon, representatives from the HSE, VEC, FAS, and students and lecturers from LYIT.The event was also attended by an impressive range of public representatives including 6 County Councillors and Deputies Padraig Mc Loughlainn, Charlie McConalogue and Thomas Pringle. A range of interesting presentations were included in the programme not least a very thought provoking and inspiring presentation by Avril McMonagle.She outlined what needs to be done to sustain, improve and protect Donegal’s large early childhood workforce and infrastructure highlighting the need to protect local service delivery in Donegal.Avril urged the 250 strong crowd to pay attention to the importance of the early childhood sector in County Donegal as a core component of our employment, economic and enterprise infrastructure and one that will play the most pivotal role in enabling people to return to work as the economy improves.Speaking after the event Avril commented ‘We are absolutely delighted with the response to the event. We had to change venue at the last minute due to huge interest – this is a great testament to the interest in early childhood education in Donegal and I would like to thank everyone for taking part and supporting us in our work’. DONEGAL CHILDCARE SEMINAR HEARS OF CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO EDUCATION was last modified: December 3rd, 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:Avril McMonagleDonegal County Childcare Committeelast_img read more


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first_imgA Falcarragh man was fined €350 for dangerous driving after being caught “fish-tailing” by Gardai.Anthony Ferry, of Lower Dunmore, appeared in court charged with the offence which happened on January 26th, 2014Garda Martin Gallagher told the court that he was traveling in the area when he encountered a red van coming around a corner exiting a bind bend at speed on the wrong side of the road. The van did a fish-tail manoeuvre which saw the back of his car slide from one side to the other.Garda Gallagher said the conditions were wet on the day and that there was no centre dividing line on the road.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said it was a windy day and that Ferry was in a rush to help his father on the family farm.The court heard that 30 year old Ferry had three previous convictions which were all for drink driving.Judge James Faughnan fined Ferry €350.MAN FINED €350 FOR ‘FISH-TAILING’ ON ROAD was last modified: February 18th, 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:Anthony FerrydonegalFalcarraghfish-tailingGardaiJudge James Faughnanlast_img read more


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first_imgLetterkenny – Rising to New Heights. Erin Coyle of Media Box tests the strength of former World and UK Strongman Dave Warner at the launch of European Strongman Finals Under 90kg which take place in Letterkenny on the weekend of 14-15 September. Also pictured are Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr. Dessie Larkin, President of Letterkenny Chamber John Watson, co-organiser Nigel Drein of Motiv8 Fitness. Photo by Steven CorcoranThe first European Strongman Finals Under 90kg will be held in Letterkenny Town Park on the weekend of 14-15 September. Up to 14 national winners from across Europe will descend on Letterkenny in a bid to lift the coveted title.The event is being jointly organised by former UK and World Strongman Dave Warner of Renegade Strongman in association with local fitness instructor, Nigel Drein of Motiv8 Fitness.Hailed as yet another ‘significant international event’ for the Cathedral Town by Mayor Dessie Larkin, it is set to attract up to 5,000 people over the weekend. Nigel Drein says Letterkenny is an ideal location for the event. “Our facilities are perfect for an event of this kind, coupled with a public appetite for a showcase event like this. It will be a great spectator and family event.“Anyone who remembers the great BBC broadcasts of the UK Strongman finals will get a sense of nostalgia attending the European Strongman Finals. We are delighted to be able to bring the event to Letterkenny and have just announced a range of sponsorship opportunities for local businesses. So we look forward to making it a success for everyone involved.”Mayor Dessie Larkin says, “I’d like to congratulate Dave and Nigel on bringing the European Strongman finals to Letterkenny. The profile and business opportunities from this event cannot be under-estimated at a time when we need to capitialise on every opportunity that comes our way. Letterkenny Town Council is supporting the event and combining it with a family fun day in the Town Park on Saturday 15 September.”Dave Warner who has been involved in Strongman events for 20 years outlines what people can expect from the European Finals. “We have eight competitor events with up to 14 finalists coming from across Europe. The heat finals will see competitors lift beer barrels, pull a 4×4 trailer and lift two huge axle wheels on a bar. These will be high-octane events with lots of pressure on competitors to deliver.” Organisers are now working with local businesses on a range of sponsorship opportunities from main sponsorship to event sponsorship and associate sponsorships starting at €200.For more information on the European Strongman Championships or to enquire about sponsorship opportunities contact Nigel Drein, Motiv8 Fitness on 087-9963406 or Joanne Sweeney-Burke, Media Box on 087-6237373.Log onto www.renegadestrongman.com or www.facebook.com/motiv8fitness DONEGAL TO HOST EUROPEAN STRONGMAN FINALS was last modified: July 17th, 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:DONEGAL TO HOST EUROPEAN STRONGMAN FINALSlast_img read more


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first_imgA Donegal Garda sergeant has been awarded a total of €45,000 after he was attacked outside a Letterkenny nightclub.Sgt Aidan Doherty was stabbed by a man using a Stanley knife.The Garda feared he was going to bleed to death, the High Court in Dublin has heard. Sgt Aidan Doherty said the man produced a Stanley knife, lashed out at him and cut an artery in his right arm as he and security men tried to subdue him on the footpath outside Voodoo Night Club in August 2011.He told Ms Justice Mary Irvine in a Garda Compensation Hearing in the High Court there was no first aid equipment available to him.He could only stem serious bleeding to a wound on his arm by applying pressure to it.Judge Irvine awarded him €25,000 damages for pain and suffering to date and a further €20,000 damages to compensate for pain and suffering into the future, a total of €45,000.A man has previously appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court in court in relation to the attack.DONEGAL GARDA GETS €45,000 AFTER BEING STABBED OUTSIDE LETTERKENNY NIGHTCLUB was last modified: February 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:Aidan DohertyHIGH COURTSTABBEDVOODOO NIGHTCLUBlast_img read more


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first_imgA fun collection of lessons people can take from the story of Noah’s Ark!A popular book was once titled, “Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten.” Here’s a take-off on that theme (author unknown) that was added to our soon-to-be refurbished CEH Humor Page.Everything I Really Need to Know I Learned From Noah’s ArkPlan ahead.  It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.Stay fit.  When you’re 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something REALLY big.Don’t listen to critics – do what has to be done.Build on the high ground.For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.Two heads are better than one.Speed isn’t always an advantage.  The cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails.If you can’t fight or flee – float!Take care of your animals as if they were the last ones on earth.Don’t forget that we’re all in the same boat.When things gets really deep, don’t sit there and complain – shovel!Stay below deck during the storm.Remember that the ark was built by amateurs and the Titanic was built by professionals.If you have to start over, have a friend by your side.Remember that the woodpeckers INSIDE are often a bigger threat than the storm outside.Don’t miss the boat.No matter how bleak it looks, there’s always a rainbow on the other side. Note: From September 7 to 23, new articles on CEH will be sparse or non-existent while the Editor is on travel and speaking. Thanks for your patience.(Visited 518 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgAn aerial view of King Shaka International Airport, taken in May 2009. (Image: Acsa) South Africa’s newest airport, King Shaka International situated north of Durban at La Mercy, will be ready in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, according to a recent announcement from the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa).Acsa communications manager Colin Naidoo said that construction is progressing well, and he is confident the airport will open in time for the expected influx of football-mad fans in June 2010.Currently 72% complete, the airport’s opening passenger capacity will be 8-million per year, compared to the 4.7-million presently handled by Durban International Airport. In terms of size, it is three times bigger than Durban International.The R7.4-billion King Shaka International is the first brand new project undertaken by Acsa and the first greenfield airport in South Africa.Completion of construction is expected by the end of 2009, after which Acsa will spend around four months testing the airport before its 2010 opening.The project has provided jobs for around 12 000 people and once finished, 8 000 people will take up permanent employment at the airport. This is 3 000 more than the current staff complement of Durban International.Future capacity is not a problem either. Durban International is expected to reach its limit by 2015, whereas King Shaka has been designed to expand in stages, up to a projected maximum of 45-million passengers by 2060.Acsa, with the help of local and international experts, has reportedly already developed a special transfer programme for the relocation of Durban International operations to King Shaka.Economic growthThe airport is part of the massive Dube Tradeport development under construction on 2 060ha about 35km north of Durban, close to the N2 freeway. This is a cutting-edge complex which includes King Shaka International, a trade zone and an IT platform.The tradeport will inject new economic growth into the region and offer up to 270 000 new jobs directly and indirectly.Advanced facilitiesKing Shaka’s runway is 3.7km in length, long enough to accommodate the world’s biggest passenger craft, the Airbus A380 and its closest rival, the Boeing B747. Expansion to 4km if necessary is possible. The 400 000m2 of runways alone are the equivalent of 100 football fields.Plans for a second expansion phase, to be undertaken around 2035, include a parallel runway running along the opposite side of the terminal buildings. The third phase will see the airport reach its maximum capacity in 2060.With parking for 6 500 cars, 4 300 more than Durban International, the new addition to the group of South African airports will signal a long-overdue revival of the region.Regional growthDurban is Africa’s busiest port and KwaZulu-Natal is the second fastest growing province in industrial and commercial terms, contributing about 17% to GDP. The province has not kept pace with the country’s commercial hub Gauteng, and this lack of progress is partly due to the inferior airport facilities.Almost 50 000 tons of manufactured goods have to be trucked up to Johannesburg every year to be exported by air. As a result, many companies have relocated to Gauteng to cut down on transport costs. It is hoped that they will return once the airport and trade zone are complete.Besides the arrivals and departure terminals, with 16 passenger boarding bridges, and cutting-edge cargo terminal, the Dube Tradeport will also feature hotels, a conference centre, entertainment area and retail space.An agricultural zone will allow for the cultivation of produce for export, and its proximity to the airport will ensure that time-sensitive crops are shipped out while still as fresh as possible. Potential tenants include local farmers, cooperatives and international horticultural companies.Super-jumbo craftIn a related story, Air France announced in August 2009 that it plans to bring its Airbus A380 to South Africa. The Roissy-en-France-based airline currently has one A380 in its stable, with another 12 on order. The lone A380 is due to start on the Paris–New York route later in the year.Air France’s plans will make it the first airline to allocate one of its giant craft to a South African route. Although no actual date has been announced, it is understood that the craft will come into service at the beginning of 2010.According to Air France’s Ralf Karsenbarg, the main reason for this decision is the optimism that Air France feels about future developments in South Africa. The upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup was an important factor, said Karsenbarg, and also the fact that South Africa is actively promoted as a desirable destination both at home and abroad.The first transatlantic Air France A380 flight takes place on 20 November. To celebrate the occasion the airline is to conduct an online auction of 380 seats on each of its two inaugural flights – outbound and inbound. All proceeds will go to three Air France Foundation projects for children in distress. The auction will take place in October 2009.The beneficiaries are the Marseille-based Association Arts et Développement which presents street art workshops to city children; the Association Plan France in New Delhi, which improves living conditions for child workers; and the Gauteng-based François-Xavier Bagnoud Association, an afterschool programme for Aids orphans.last_img read more