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first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Based on the partial schedule released by the PBA, Japeth Aguilar (left) and Barangay Ginebra will feature in aChristmas Day game against rival Magnolia (Star) while June Mar Fajardo (15) and the defending championSan Miguel Beermen kick off the season against Phoenix Petroleum. —SHERWIN VARDELEONIn a show of optimism, the Philippine Basketball Association released an official partial schedule for Season 43, with defending champion San Miguel Beer slated to battle Phoenix Petroleum at Araneta Coliseum.The schedule also sets a Christmas Day bout between Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia Hotshots (the new name of the Purefoods franchise), a showdown known as the “Manila Clasico” in basketball circles.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The partial schedule lists games until Dec. 29, before the league goes on a New Year break.The schedule features all the teams in the PBA, prompting questions as to whether the board has mended the rift that split it into two factions—the opening day match, in fact, features two teams on different sides of the split. The schedule’s signatory is Chito Narvasa, whose tenure as commissioner of the league is the line that divides the two blocs in the board.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseRepresentatives from both blocs could not be reached for comment.Narvasa also could not be reached for comment but a source revealed that the PBA office is busy preparing for opening day since it hasn’t “received any objection to the proposed schedule and other activities.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The leadership crisis started when seven teams declared that they had lost confidence in Narvasa’s ability to steer the league. The seven include the three teams owned by Manny V. Pangilinan—TNT, Meralco and NLEX—and Rain or Shine, Alaska, Phoenix and Blackwater.But five teams—SMC squads San Miguel Beer, Magnolia and Barangay Ginebra, Kia and GlobalPort—rallied behind Narvasa. Neither bloc has the numbers to either force the appointment of a new commissioner or retain Narvasa.Before the PBA released the partial schedule, GlobalPort team owner and outgoing board chair Mikee Romero issued the strongest assurance so far that the league will open as scheduled on Dec. 17.Addressing members of the PBA Press Corps during its annual awards night, Romero said the league’s governors would thresh out the problems hounding the board and patch things up among themselves.“Rest assured, the 2018 PBA season will start on Dec. 17,” said Romero. “By next week, we will fix everything. This impasse will come to an end. I [can] confidently say that divisiveness, the impasse will [be] finished next week. Whatever group you’re part of, this will all end.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Foton sets drama-filled semis duel vs Petron Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:39Ross ‘getting closer to a hundred percent’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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “Like a normal family, there will always be problems. We’re all passionate and that’s the reason why we got here. But it’s in the interest of all 12 corporations, all 12 teams to put up a league by Dec. 17,” he said. “The PBA is preparing a big opening day. The PBA will be as scheduled and will be business as usual. We will fix this.”After the Dec. 17 opening featuring the Beermen and the Fuel Masters, the league shifts to San Juan Arena on Dec. 20, with Kia opening up the doubleheader against NLEX after which, Magnolia battles Alaska.On Dec. 22, Blackwater takes on Meralco in the first game at Cuneta Astrodome while Rain or Shine takes on TNT.There will be two more playdates for the year after the Christmas Day twinbill that will open with NLEX and GlobalPort at Philippine Arena. On Dec. 27, Phoenix takes on Kia and Meralco battles San Miguel. On Dec. 29, Blackwater tests Rain or Shine while TNT duels with Alaska.Fears about a delayed opening or a season postponed indefinitely rose when several board members made an apparent boycott of the league’s annual planning session in Los Angeles last month.The annual meeting was supposed to set the league direction and guidelines for the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Richie charged with new DUI

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first_img“The Simple Life” star Nicole Richie was charged Friday with misdemeanor driving under the influence. In addition to the single count, the case contains an allegation that Richie had a prior misdemeanor DUI conviction in June 2003, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. The complaint alleges Richie was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and an unspecified drug, said prosecution spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons. Arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday in Glendale Superior Court. Richie does not have to appear because it is a misdemeanor case. The California vehicle code specifies that if convicted of DUI twice within 10 years, a person can be sentenced to between 90 days and a year in jail, fined between $390 and $1,000, and have driving privileges suspended. Richie starred with Paris Hilton in the reality show “The Simple Life.” Last month, Hilton pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving stemming from her Sept. 7 arrest in Hollywood and was sentenced to 36 months probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines. That case was reduced from an original charge of driving under the influence.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Richie’s attorney, Howard L. Weitzman, said he had not yet reviewed the complaint. “Nicole will deal with these charges in the appropriate forum,” he said in an e-mailed statement. Richie, 25, was arrested Dec. 11 after 911 callers reported her car headed the wrong way on a freeway in Burbank about 12:30 a.m. She was found alone in her SUV, stopped in a car-pool lane. Richie, the daughter of pop singer Lionel Richie, was arrested after she failed a field sobriety test, according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP Officer Todd Workman said at the time that Richie volunteered information that she had smoked marijuana and taken the prescription painkiller Vicodin, but no drugs were found on her or in the car. last_img read more

Mourinho defends lack of Lukaku charity

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first_imgMourinho made a point of defending Lukaku after Saturday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, but when United won a second-half penalty against Benfica on Tuesday, he instructed Daley Blind to take it.“I don’t understand why everyone asks me the same (question),” Mourinho said when asked about his decision in his post-match press conference at Old Trafford.“I’m paid to take decisions, good or bad. In the first half, the decision was bad because the player I chose to take the penalty (Anthony Martial) missed.Benfica’s goalkeeper Mile Svilar (L) clears the ball under pressure from Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard during their UEFA Champions League Group A second leg match, at Old Trafford in Manchester, on October 31, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFF“In the second half I made another decision and I don’t see the drama. The penalty taker for this match was Martial. He took in the first half and missed.“He was not even on the pitch when the second one was (awarded). And then I have to make a decision. Romelu wants to take and had the personality to take the responsibility. (Ander) Herrera the same.“But my decision, based on what we did in training in the past couple of days, was Blind. The players respected my decision. That’s it, end of story.”Martial’s 15th-minute penalty was turned behind by Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar after Douglas had been penalised for handball.But Svilar, who had carried Marcus Rashford’s free-kick into his own net to gift United victory in the reverse fixture, proved Benfica’s fall guy again when Nemanja Matic’s strike hit the post and bounced into the net off his arm.Blind settled matters in the 78th minute by drilling a penalty down the middle of the goal following a foul on Rashford by Andreas Samaris.Mourinho had reacted to Saturday’s win over Tottenham by performing a shushing gesture and after Blind scored he clacked his fingers together to apparently signify chatter.Asked to explain the gesture, he replied: “I don’t remember.”– Hapless Svilar –Manchester United’s Daley Blind scores a goal from the penalty spot during their UEFA Champions League Group A second leg match against Benfica, at Old Trafford in Manchester, on October 31, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFUnited’s fourth successive Group A victory left them six points clear, but CSKA Moscow’s 2-1 win at Basel means Mourinho’s men require one point from their last two fixtures to rubberstamp a last 16 berth.Mourinho played down the importance of finishing top of the group, which theoretically guarantees a kinder draw in the next round.Yet with United having graced the tournament only once in the previous three seasons, he would like to see his team win all six of their group matches.“Sometimes a team finishes first and gets an extremely difficult draw,” he said.“Other times you finish second and you are so lucky to get some team that nobody expected to finish first.“We want to win the maximum possible points. I also know we haven’t qualified yet. We are going to try to win the next two matches and finish with 18 points.“The last time Manchester United was in the Champions League (in 2015-16), they finished third and went out. So the year we return, it would be nice to do 18 points.”Benfica head coach Rui Vitoria defended 18-year-old Svilar after his second hapless moment against United in as many weeks.“Svilar is still a junior. He’s still 18 years old,” said Vitoria.“He did a lot. In today’s match he showed what he’s capable of. We know what Svilar is capable of and he played well.”Vitoria was phlegmatic about his team’s chances of keeping their European season alive after a result that left the Portuguese champions six points adrift at the foot of the group.“There are still two games to play,” he said. “With six points, you can go to the Europa League, stay in the Champions League or get nothing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku runs past Benfica’s Jardel during their UEFA Champions League Group A second leg match, at Old Trafford in Manchester, on October 31, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 1 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho defended his decision not to allow misfiring striker Romelu Lukaku to take a penalty during his side’s 2-0 Champions League win over Benfica.Lukaku made a blistering start to his United career after joining from Everton, scoring 11 goals in his first 10 games, but has now gone six matches without finding the net.last_img read more

Liverpool will have to see off Moyes’ Real Sociedad and Tottenham to land Burnley striker

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first_img1 Liverpool will have to see off David Moyes’ Real Sociedad if they’re to land Burnley striker Danny IngsIt’s understood the Reds are interested in the England Under-21 international, while Tottenham are also reported to be tracking the 22-year-old.Sociedad manager Moyes also watched the forward against Liverpool at Turf Moor on Boxing DayIngs is out of contract in the summer but the risk of waiting until then would more than likely spark a bidding war between a number of clubs in relation to the player’s wages – something in which Liverpool would struggle to compete.Under FIFA rules regarding young players, Burnley are entitled to compensation even if Ings runs down his current deal, but it is understood Sociedad would only be liable to pay £300,000 – leaving them plenty of room to offer a huge salary – while fellow English clubs could end up paying a fee 10 times that amount.For that reason Liverpool have looked at the option of buying Ings now and loaning him back to Burnley for the remainder of the season.That could potentially cost anywhere from £3million to £5m and Liverpool have already shown they are prepared to enter such arrangements after their £10m purchase of young Belgium striker Divock Origi last summer contained an agreement for him to remain at Lille on loan for the season. Danny Ings in action for Burnley last_img read more

Carl Jenkinson set for Arsenal return after injury blow

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first_img1 Carl Jenkinson’s time at West Ham appears to be over after it was revealed the defender is likely to miss the remainder of the season.The Arsenal right-back has been on loan at Upton Park since the start of the 2014/15 campaign and enjoyed an impressive first year with the Hammers.Jenkinson’s form suffered a dip this term, forcing manager Slaven Bilic to bring in youngster Sam Byram from Leeds during this month’s transfer window.And now it has been revealed by Jack Sullivan, the son of West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan, that Jenkinson will miss the rest of the season following the knee injury he sustained against Manchester City at the weekend.He tweeted: “Carl Jenkinson’s injury is far more serious than we thought and he is out for the rest of the season.” Carl Jenkinson last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Arena 7 require waiter/waitress

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first_imgArena7 Entertainment Complex in Letterkenny are seeking staff and they welcome applications for the position of waitress or waiter in the very busy Wood Berry Grill Bar & Restaurant.Job Description• 30+ Hours Per week• Available weekends and be flexible• Have bar skills Person Specification• Minimum 3 Years’ experience• Friendly & outgoing personality• Customer focused• Be able to work on own initiative and also take direction• Very much a team playerWe Offer• Competitive Salary• Meals on Duty• Staff Benefits• Shared Tips Email applications to sales@arena7.ieJob Vacancy: Arena 7 require waiter/waitress was last modified: November 22nd, 2018 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:Arena 7jobletterkennywaiterwaitresslast_img read more

Donegal unchanged ahead of battle with Dubs at Croker!

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first_imgCroker Countdown: Rory Gallagher has named the same side that defeated Cork last weekend at Croke Park, ahead of today’s battle with Dublin. Dublin, reigning All-Ireland champions are hot favourites to advance past Donegal as they bid to win back-to-back All-Ireland crowns.However, in 2014, Donegal were 10-1 outsiders – but they ambushed Dublin in one of the counties greatest ever victories. Fast forward two years, and again Donegal are unfancied, but many supporters feel Rory Gallagher’s side have the quality, class and experience to get one over on the Dubs again.Gallagher is backing the side that started against the Rebels last weekend to get the job done.Mark Anthony McGinley who has impressed in the absence of Paul Durcan keeps his place, then Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee and Eamon McGee make up the full-back line. Ryan McHugh, Karl Lacey and Frank McGlynn are the half-backs, while Odhran MacNiallais and Rory Kavanagh start at midfield.In the half-forward line, Anthony Thompson, Martin McElhinney and Eoin McHugh have been named in the half-forward line.While Patrick McBrearty, Michael Murphy and Marty O’Reilly line out at full forward.Many hope Murphy will be kept on the edge of the square, but it’s unlikely, and it’s expected he’ll come out around the middle, along with Martin McElhinney.While Anthony Thompson will retreat into a deeper role in Donegal’s defence with Ryan McHugh pushing up.Tactically Donegal will have to get a lot right against Dublin, who are an exceptional side, but you only need to beat them once, and nothing is impossible. #tirchonaillabúDonegal unchanged ahead of battle with Dubs at Croker! was last modified: August 6th, 2016 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:Countdown to CrokerdonegaldublinGAAnewsSportlast_img read more

PIPE BOMB ATTACK ON INISHOWEN HOUSE

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first_imgA pipe bomb was thrown at a house in Muff which exploded causing damage to the kitchen of the dwelling.The house, on the Wheatfield estate, was attacked at 12.30am in the early hours of this morning.There was only one occupant in the house at the time who escaped without injury. The attack on the two storey house is the second in just a number of weeks.In March two children, aged 9 and 11, cheated serious injury when a shot hit the sitting room window of the house.Garda Inspector David Murphy of Buncrana Garda station said it was lucky that nobody was seriously hurt as a result of the latest attack.“This is the same house at which shots were fired recently and it is indeed a worrying development. “It was a small pipe-bomb device which has been examined by the Bomb Disposal Team. Any device of that nature has the potential to cause serous injury or death.“Thankfully on this occasion neither occurred.“I would like to appeal to anybody who was in the Muff area to make contact with us and let us know what they saw,” he said.House to house enquires are ongoing and a Garda forensic team are at the scene carrying out a full investigation into the attack.Local sources say they suspect that Dissident Republicans are behind the attack. EndsPIPE BOMB ATTACK ON INISHOWEN HOUSE was last modified: May 23rd, 2011 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)last_img read more

HOAX CALLERS DELAY SANTA’S CHARITY GIG!

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first_imgSICK hoaxers delayed the arrival of Santa Claus – raising money for charity.The arrival of Santa to Mullaghmore Pier by Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat was delayed when a hoax distress call was made to Malin Head Coast Guard.As the four Bundoran Lifeboat crew were about to embark on their trip to Mullaghmore, they were diverted and tasked to an alleged incident in Donegal Town where, following a phone call to the Coast Guard at Malin Head, it was believed that four people were in an upturned boat near the quay in the town. Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat sped to the scene.The Rescue 118 Helicopter was also tasked from its base in Strandhill as were the Killybegs Coast Guard.As the rescue services reached the scene the call was declared a hoax and they were stood down.Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority Patrick O’Doherty said: “It is a sad day that people still get a kick out of making hoax calls to the rescue services – not one but three services were tasked on this occasion making them all unavailable should a real call for a real emergency have come in. “The Gardai have been informed about this and will no doubt make their own enquiries.”Following the incident the Bundoran Lifeboat crew carried on to their original destination of Mullaghmore Pier where they joined in the fun – raising awareness for the hard work of the RNLI. HOAX CALLERS DELAY SANTA’S CHARITY GIG! was last modified: December 19th, 2011 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:bundoranDonegal TownhoaxersMalin HeadSANTAlast_img read more

Medical marijuana rules hazy

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Legalizing marijuana use for medical reasons was easy for California voters nearly a decade ago, but putting the law into practice has been anything but simple for state and local officials struggling to identify bona fide pot patients. Consider two counties at opposite ends of the political spectrum. In conservative San Diego, supervisors opposed to marijuana use voted this month to sue rather than offer state-ordered ID cards. In liberal San Francisco, officials postponed issuing the cards over concerns records could expose patients to federal drug charges. The identification cards are the latest hang-up in the state’s ongoing experiment with decriminalizing marijuana since voters in 1996 approved the Compassionate Use Act. To avoid running up against federal drug laws, the ballot initiative passed by 56 percent of voters was deliberately short on details of how it would work, an omission that has given patient access to pot and the amenability of law enforcement a decidedly local flavor. “This is a law that did not get spelled out very clearly, so it’s been very, very difficult to implement,” Schilling said. “There was so little directive in the initiative itself, it has put a lot pressure on agencies and local governments to have to interpret it.” San Diego’s legal challenge to the ID card requirement could change that. County supervisors, after refusing to participate in the program, voted 4-0 to force the issue by suing the state. The supervisors said they don’t agree that local governments should be in the business of condoning drug use. County Counsel John Sansone said he expects to sue in federal court next month, claiming the law requiring counties to issue the cards is overruled by federal laws classifying marijuana as an illegal drug. “The question is whether producing and distributing a card like that sanctions, indirectly, the use of a federal criminal substance,” Sansone said, adding that he also is researching whether to challenge the medical marijuana law that 56 percent of voters passed in 1996. Regional disparities in the availability of medical marijuana have been underscored since June, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that patients could be prosecuted even in the 10 states that allow people to smoke pot on a doctor’s recommendation. Fourteen California cities have enacted permanent bans on medical marijuana clubs and as of last month another 56 had enacted moratoriums on them. Last month, an Oakland group representing pot patients, sued four cities – Fresno, Concord, Pasadena and Susanville – claiming the bans violated the intent of the original medical marijuana law. Although San Diego is the first county to rebel openly against California’s stance on medical marijuana, the tension between official state policy and pot’s illegal status at the federal level is being felt elsewhere. Planning officials in Sutter County voted last week to ban pot dispensaries, while supervisors there have resisted issuing the ID cards, saying that’s up to the state. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals While some counties are balking at a California Department of Health Services directive to issue the identification cards, some cities have banned marijuana dispensaries altogether. The tension between the law and marijuana’s status as an illegal drug is so bad that even laid-back San Francisco, which with at least 35 pot clubs is home to more than anywhere in the state, clamped down last week by adopting the city’s first regulations governing the facilities. So far, only six of California’s 58 counties have complied with the mandate to process ID applications and forward participants’ photos and card numbers to the state. The information collected by local health departments will be entered in an Internet database police can access to confirm someone’s status as a legitimate medical cannabis user. The cards, good for one year, are designed to shield patients or “a primary caregiver” from arrest for possession, transportation, delivery, or cultivation of medical marijuana. Each cardholder is allowed to have up to a half pound of dried marijuana or six mature marijuana plants, although local governments can set laws exceeding the state’s limits. The 2003 follow-up to the ballot initiative makes it clear that county participation is mandatory, but it doesn’t set a deadline for counties to offer the cards. It is too soon to say whether the state will try to force compliance, said Teresa Schilling, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer. Historically, the state has given local governments a lot of latitude in how they approach medical marijuana because of weaknesses in the original act, she said. last_img read more