Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:41RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees The Gin Kings were dominant right from the start of the Petron Saturday Special Game at Hoops Dome here as they buried the Aces in an avalanche of baskets early to take command and eventually rise to 4-1.Alaska, on the other hand, still didn’t see an end to its franchise mark in futility, dropping to 0-6 overall after losing its 14th straight game dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup. And this one was the most lopsided in this tournament as the Aces simply didn’t have an answer to Ginebra’s game-long intensity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Justin Brownlee had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Greg Slaughter contributed 12 and 13, and Scottie Thompson missed a triple double by just two points after plucking down 11 boards and issuing 10 assists.Calvin Abueva, Alaska’s big contribution to the Gilas Pilipinas program, finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but import LeDontae Henton sealed his 10th point only inside the final minute when the game was all but decided. “The players are jelling well and are learning their roles,” Victolero said. “This (game against the Painters) will be very crucial for us because it starts a tough stretch for us.”A win would shove the Hotshots to within another victory of nailing the first quarterfinal slot, though Victolero has been very vocal about what the true target of his squad is.“Of course, we want to finish in the top four,” he said as the first four placers earn twice-to-beat privileges in the first round. “But we are taking it one game at a time and we cannot look past any opponent.”Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer, after dusting off the rust in a 115-112 nipping of GlobalPort on Friday, battles rejuvenated NLEX at 6:45 p.m.NLEX has a 5-2 record and can claim the first playoff slot with an upset of the powerhouse Beermen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay From mall to medal: Journey on skates ends in gold Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESCEBU—It was hard to see anything that would say that Barangay Ginebra was coming off a 21-day break.With three men in its starting lineup finishing with double-doubles and Japeth Aguilar coming off the bench to carve one of his own, Ginebra plastered Alaska, 94-80, to win a fourth straight game and stay in the upper half of the PBA Governors’ Cup standings.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sonny Thoss was just the third man in twin digits for Alaska with 11.Meanwhile, Star slugs it out with Rain or Shine on Sunday afternoon, looking to not only remain the only undefeated team but also to move closer to the first playoff spot at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Hotshots have a 4-0 record and will come into the 4:30 p.m. contest as the favorites over the Elasto Painters, who will welcome back Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan.Coach Chito Victolero has been bracing for this game for quite a while now as it starts a tough stretch for his Hotshots, who will clash with Barangay Ginebra next Sunday before colliding with Meralco.Those are first-rate teams and Victolero got the jumpstart he was hoping for last week when Star ran roughshod over Phoenix Petroleum, 100-81.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles View comments Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu
Fort St. John RCMP are hoping to find the owner of a gold plated ladies watch that was found in the local Walmart.Police say the ELGIN watch was found on the store floor on Dec. 31.Anyone who believes the watch belongs to them is asked to contact the Fort St. John detachment to provide proof of ownership.- Advertisement –
The detachment has also seen a slight increase in criminal code infractions at 2,204, to which Egan posited, Who knows what all the forecasted development in the area is going to do to Fort St. John. Many informed people feel that there will be an increase in police business in the community.” However, he points out that at the same time there were less people taken into custody. Of those criminal code offences, crimes against persons have dropped seven per cent, including steady numbers for uttering threats, a decrease in common assaults, and an increase of assaults against police from one to five cases. As for more violent crimes, there was what Egan calls a “pretty dramatic decrease” in robberies from last year from 11 to 5, which is consistent to what it was in 2011. – Advertisement -“We had a bit of a spike in that last year, and in a town the size of Fort St. John, if you get one or two people in the mix, the numbers can vary drastically.” Sex offences had a decrease of 24 per cent to 22 reports, aggravated assaults, assaults with a weapon, and assaults causing bodily harm were down 22 per cent to 38 instances, while attempts at murder have been consistent at two each first half of the year. Advertisement Police are also looking at phasing in tickets for not locking vehicles. Shoplifting in Fort St. John has seen a gradual increase over the last three years to 52 in 2013, which Egan believes is due to more activity in stores. However, he adds that the numbers are much lower than 2009 when they were up at 119. General theft numbers are also up, from 119 in 2012 to 147 in 2013, while vandalism is down, which Egan likes to think is party due to the summer bike patrol program. As for drug-related offences, Egan says they’re still seeing “quite a bit” of activity in town, with cocaine possession back up to be the same as 2011 at five, from one last year. After jumping from eight to 20 last year, cases of cocaine trafficking only increased by one over last year. “What we’ve done in response to that, is we’ve actually moved some members into the drug section to bolster up the numbers of people doing those types of investigations,” explains Egan. “We’re focusing on the cocaine trade, and it’s something that we’re monitoring closely to see if we possibly need to divert more resources into that area.” However, Egan admits that in order to increase attention to the cocaine trade, the sacrifice of less hours for the bike patrol program had to be made. The 12 marijuana possession cases are down from last year’s 18, but up from 2011’s eight, while marijuana trafficking is back up to four, after it dipped to one in 2012. Advertisement Meanwhile, crimes against property were up 22 per cent. Arson was slightly down with one less this year than last year with 12, while business break and enters are up one at 21, and residential break and enters are down two cases to 37.“Those are very steady numbers,” says Egan.However, instances of vehicle thefts have jumped to 69 from 55 in the first half of 2012 and 57 in 2011. Thefts from vehicles are also up 31 per cent from 108 in 2012 to 141 in 2013. “We do have a bit of an issue with vehicle thefts,” admits Egan. “We are looking at strategies to convince people to lock their vehicles when you pull up to the convenience store. Surprisingly enough, there are quite a number of thefts that occur with that scenario.” Advertisement Due to the challenge to the province’s Immediate Roadside Prohibition law, the number of impaired drivers caught dipped last year, but is back up to 287, well over the 235 in 2011. “Impaired drivers really are a menace to everyone,” says Egan, “and it’s good to see that the RCMP officers out on patrol are apprehending them and taking them off the road.” Up until June 30th this year there was only one fatality from a motor vehicle collision, up from one last year and down from two in 2011. Injuries from MVIs have decreased to 41 from 49 in 2012 to be almost on par with the 40 in 2011. Accidents where only damage occurred and no injuries are up slighty to 169 from 152 last year, but down significantly from 195 in 2011. Cases of public intoxication were down to 292 cases from 328 in 2012, when there were 260 in 2011, but Egan says the numbers can fluctuate due to how many times people call in to complain. The same goes for disturbances, which were up to 403 cases this year, from 314 last year and 392 the year before. Noise bylaw offences also increased to 169, up from 149 in 2012, but down from 175 in 2011. As for false alarms, RCMP has been working to increase public awareness about the issues they cause, and the numbers are starting to come down. There were 389 instances in 2013, down from the spike of 459 in 2012 after 410 in 2011.
Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters claimed a player would be “eating his supper through a straw” if they were to spit towards him.The 31-year-old joined Drivetime on Thursday and offered his opinion on the incident involving Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.Both players allegedly spat towards each other during the Red Devils 1-0 win at St James Park on Wednesday and have been charged by the Football Association as a result of their actions.And Walters did not hold back in his verdict of the incident.“As a player you take anything off the ball; pinches and kicks that are meant to wind you up,” Walters told talkSPORT. “Little things like that go on in any match.“But spitting is pretty low. If it happened to me and someone spat at my face or towards me then I think he’d be eating his supper through a straw that night.“I wouldn’t be that happy. It’s the lowest of the low.”
Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia 1 Arsenal have begun negotiations over a deal for Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia, according to reports in France.The 29-year-old is looking for a way out of the Allianz Arena this summer after falling down the pecking order.And with the German champions completing the signing of Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels, Benatia is now deemed surplus to requirements.As a result, according to Foot Mercato, Arsenal are ready to pounce for the Moroccan and believe he could be available at a cut price.?Arsene Wenger is a long-term fan of the centre-back and tried to sign him during his time with Roma.Arsenal missed out then to Bayern, but they are now ready to finally land Benatia.
BY DONEGAL GAA FAN AND BLOGGER CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE: A statement of intent was delivered to the rest of the country at Clones yesterday; Donegal are now firmly amongst the All Ireland contenders and in beating a Tyrone team without hitting top gear the team illustrated the assurance and maturity that they’re operating off.A large green and gold contingent made their way to Clones yesterday and it was clear that there was a level of supreme confidence amongst the fans around the town. All the pundits had tipped us to win and while there was no way that the game was going to be as straight forward as some had predicted, we knew our form pointed to victory.The game panned out in a very similar manner to last year’s encounter; Tyrone did most of the running early on with Donegal happy to let them tire themselves out, safe in the knowledge that there was plenty more in the tank. While the goal chances at the end of the game caused many a heart palpitation around St Tiernach’s Park, Donegal always just seemed destined to come out on top and looked the better side. A definite pattern has emerged in many of Donegal’s championship games this year and last – the opening exchanges usually involve opponents running at us full of intent and belief that they can defeat the system. Inevitably our strength and know-how wears them down and when we hit or purple patch we can put teams away. Tyrone didn’t score for over half an hour in the second half yesterday while we scored five points in the same period. Donegal are so patient and controlled that they have an inner belief that the scores will come – that belief probably wasn’t there in last year’s All-Ireland semi final but you get the feeling if the situation presents itself again the team would be able to push on that bit more rather than waiting for the finishing line to come to them.Tyrone set the tone for a tactical chess game with their formation at throw in, Mickey Harte had a very clearly defined plan as to how to beat Donegal and they were close to pulling it off. Harte is the game’s eminent tactician, the only manager who can compete with him was the man in the other dugout. The game’s premier coaches went head to head and it was Donegal’s familiarity and know how of their own system coupled with their fitness and power that won the day.The amount was of switches at throw-in was mind-boggling and indeed hard to decipher exactly what was going on; it took quite a while for the game to settle down into any kind of pattern. Both teams favoured short kickouts rather than risking losing possession by delivering into midfield which was somewhat strange from a Donegal point of view considering the form that Neil Gallagher is in at present.His midfield partner, Ryan Bradley, had another terrific game yesterday and is playing like an All Star in the making if he keeps going. He is a prime example of the McGuinness effect having been a bit part player under previous bosses but thanks to the tutelage and guidance of Jim he has been transformed into an immense athlete of pace and power to go with the footballing talent that’s always been there. Losing Neil McGee early on was a blow and indeed some of the goal chances Tyrone created through high balls in his absence was worrying. On one occasion Neil’s brother Eamonn was one on one with Stephen O’Neill, a situation you generally don’t see with this Donegal team – thankfully after he won the ball O’Neill’s effort clipped the post.Karl Lacey had another fine game, not allowing Peter Harte to dictate things too much while carrying a huge amount of ball for his side. He popped over one of his customary points near the end too and a fit and on-form Lacey is imperative for an All-Ireland challenge.The chance of Ulster glory comes before that of course and Down stand in the way on July 22nd. They’re an exciting outfit with some top class forward talent but its hard to see how they will cope with the sheer size and speed of Donegal. Back to back titles would be an amazing achievement for this team and it’s a very real possibility. Three weeks time will tell all. GAA: CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGALL GAA BLOG – McGUINNESS’ MEN MARCH ON was last modified: July 3rd, 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:CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has written to Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, urging her to ensure thatPadmavatiis not released without necessary changes.Ms. Raje also said that the Censor Board should consider all possible results before certifying the film, a day after the Board sent the film back to its makers because the application for the certification was “incomplete”.Letter to MinisterIn the letter to Ms. Irani, she suggested that a committee of historians, film experts and members from the Rajput community be formed to look into the film’s subject and necessary changes be made to it so that it does not hurt the sentiments of any community.The letter is the first official communication from the Rajasthan Chief Minister on the controversy surrounding the epic drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
A committee of Chief Ministers on the transformation of Indian agriculture may recommend a 50% cap on increase in prices in cases where the Essential Commodities Act is applied. The panel, led by Maharastra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has agreed that the Act be applied only in rare cases such as famine and war, and may be imposed only in cases where commodity prices rise by over 50% of market rates. The NITI Aayog-constituted High Power Committee (HPC) of Chief Ministers for Transformation of Indian Agriculture held its second meeting in Mumbai on Friday. Its suggestions are in favour of the long-pending demand of putting in abeyance certain provisions of the Act to facilitate reforms in agricultural market and attracting private investment in the sector. “The broad consensus of the panel so far has been to not repeal the Act (The Essential Commodities Act) fully; instead, put in abeyance certain provisions that do not improve market conditions for farmers. States have also reacted positively to a Niti Aayog proposal suggesting imposition of the Act only in cases where the price rise is over 50%,” Mr. Fadnavis said after the meeting.The meeting was attended by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar; Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani; Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath; Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal; Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi; and Odisha Agriculture Minister Dr. Arun Kumar Sahoo. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar joined the meeting via video conferencing.The committee discussed various recommendations for the APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) Act, Contract Farming Act and genetically modified (GM) crops. Measures to boost agricultural exports, financing of the value chain and upgrading agricultural technologies were the other points that came up for discussion, officials said. The panel also discussed the floods and unusual rain patterns in south central India, resulting in crop losses running into crores of rupees due to floods in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Kerala. “The kharif sowing has been down by 30%, and the floods have caused widespread destruction. We have discussed the climate change situation in the meeting,” Mr. Tomar said. The committee also discussed the use of GM crops in select areas and a long-term policy on this. Maharashtra has already constituted a committee on the feasibility of GM crops. “The country is still debating the use of GM crops. We are trying to build a brand consensus on that as well,” Mr. Fadnavis said.In the next 15 days, Principal Secretaries of the agriculture departments from all States and NITI Aayog officials would meet to prepare a draft report on it.
A few villages in Punjab’s border district Ferozepur are facing flood threat after a major portion of an embankment in the catchment area of the Sutlej river was washed away following Pakistan’s release of water into the Indian territory.High alertOfficials on Sunday said the Ferozepur district administration was on high alert, while precautionary deployment of the NDRF and the Army teams had been made in view of the flood threat which loomed large in some villages.“Pakistan has released water in huge quantity which caused damage to the embankment in Tendiwala village, and there is danger of floods in some villages,” a spokesperson of the Punjab government said.“Being on guard, the district administration has announced evacuation in most sensitive villages along the Sutlej river as a precautionary step besides deploying various teams of the health department, food and civil supplies department and others,” he said. CM reviews Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has asked the Water Resources Department to work out a joint action plan with the Army to strengthen the embankment at the village on the Pakistan border.Presiding over a high-level meeting to review the flood situation in Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts, he directed the Principal Secretary, Water Resources, to ensure strengthening of Tendiwala embankment on a war-footing to avert the flooding of nearby villages, an official statement said.The Chief Minister also directed the Ferozepur Deputy Commissioner to keep NDRF teams on standby to meet any exigency arising out of the floods.“In the wake of the damage to the embankment due to heavy discharge of water from the Pakistan side, the strengthening work of Tendiwala embankment is being undertaken,” the spokesperson said.A few days ago, as many as 17 villages of Ferozepur district were flooded after Pakistan opened headworks gates in its area on the Sutlej river.Several villages of Ferozepur remain already inundated because of the recent rains and breaches in embankments of the river.
The BJP on Sunday announced candidates for 52 seats out of the total 81 going to the polls in the Jharkhand Assembly elections starting November 30. The list included 31 incumbents, while 10 sitting MLAs have been dropped, BJP national general secretary Arun Singh said at a press conference here.The party’s central election committee at a meeting chaired by BJP president Amit Shah and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved the 52 names, including 13 “youth” candidates and five women, he said. Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das would contest from Jamshedpur East.BJP working president J.P. Nadda said Jharkhand was earlier been known for “corruption and instability”, but the five-year term of the Raghubar Das government had changed that. He added that the BJP had faith in the leadership of Mr. Das in the State and Mr. Modi nationally and was sure of “good results” in the elections.Central government schemes like Ayushman Bharat, Ujjwala and Pradhan Mantri Kisan Saman Nidhi had been expanded upon by the State government, which increased the benefits under the schemes, Mr. Nadda said.With the term of the Jharkhand Assembly ending in January 2020, the Election Commission of India (ECI) had on November 1 announced the schedule of the five-stage polls from November 30 to December 20 and counting for all stages on December 23.Opposition parties — the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal — had on November 8 announcement their seat-sharing arrangement for the elections to the 81-seat Assembly.