Search for national champion begins as PCCL launches new format

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Guiao, Gilas Pilipinas preparing for the worst against Kazakhstan View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The PCCL, now backed by Philippine Sports Commission, launched the new tournament dubbed the President’s Cup on Tuesday in a press conference.Qualifying games have already begun in Visayas, North/Central Luzon, South Luzon/Bicol and NCR while matches for the Mindanao hopefuls are scheduled this weekend in Davao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThey will be pitted against in other, along with the winner in Cebu’s Cesafi, in the regional championships which will be a single round-robin battle.Letran has advanced to the Luzon-NCR regionals where it will face Don Honorio Ventura Technical State University from North/Central Luzon and the winner of the South Luzon/Bicol leg. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Featuring an improved format, the Philippine Collegiate Champions League has kicked off its search for the country’s one true champion in collegiate basketball.The winner between the UAAP and the NCAA will face off in a best-of-three series while the regional champions from Luzon-NCR and Visayas Mindanao will meet in the other bracket to determine who secures the spots in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, Colegio de Sta. Ana de Victorias will represent Visayas region in the Visayas-Mindanao regionals where it will clash against Cesafi champion University of Visayas and the victor in the Mindanao leg.Games from the regional finals until the off-one championship round, which tentatively set third week of January, will be televised on ESPN5.The provincial teams are hoping to get a shot at ending the domination of the UAAP and NCAA teams, where all the champions of the tournament have come from since it started in 2003.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 awardlast_img read more

EPS Boss Appears in Executive Session Today

first_imgThe House of Representatives unanimously voted to forward the retirees’ letter to the Committee on National Security and the House leadership, as well as invite the EPS director to appear before the full plenaryThe Director of the Executive Protective Service (EPS) – the Presidential Guards – Mr. Sam Gaye, is expected to appear before the House of Representatives today to explain his decision to retire 29 agents, who are yet to receive their alleged justifiable salaries and severance benefits. Director Gaye is expected to appear in an Executive (Secret) Session with lawmakers. Though it has not been confirmed whether the EPS boss would attend to the House’s summon, the Daily Observer has verified information that House’s chief clerk, Mildred Sayon, has formally written Mr. Gaye to appear today.In Tuesday’s session, members of the House of Representatives unanimously voted to forward the retirees’ letter to the Committee on National Security and the House leadership, as well as invite him to appear before the full plenary on Thursday, August 31. The motion was proffered by Montserrado County District #11 Representative Gabriel Nyenka and amended by Montserrado County District # 5 Representative Henry B. Fahnbulleh.It may be recalled that 29 officers (agents) who claimed they were wrongfully retired wrote the House of Representatives for intervention and for their reinstatement. In their letter to House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, the retired officers said the law requires for an individual to be retired after 25 years, but that their 25 years of service included the 14 wasted years of the civil war, which should not have been counted against their years of service to the nation.They said the National Security Act of 2011 ruled out the 25-year tenure and recommended age 65 and ill health for retirement, while quoting the NSA Act of 2011 as saying that any employee that attained twenty-five (25) consecutive years of tenure has an option of a waiver. “The one-time handshake package of US$500 for an employee that served the state as security for twenty-five years is unreasonable and needs to be revisited,” they 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

Happiest shareholders on Earth

first_imgAfter years of bouncing around the country to hold shareholders meetings, The Walt Disney Co. will stage its first annual gathering under the leadership of CEO Robert Iger in the shadow of its flagship theme park, Disneyland. Today’s meeting in Anaheim will be the first time Iger has faced shareholders as chief executive since taking over last October from longtime CEO Michael Eisner. The gathering is shaping up as a routine affair, a calm counterpoint to the tumultuous period since a 2004 shareholders revolt in Philadelphia that marked the beginning of the end of Eisner’s 21-year reign. Disney’s stock price has soared 18 percent since Iger took charge and was trading at around $28 a share on Thursday. Analysts and investors have generally praised his handling of the company, especially the planned $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar Animation Studios, a move designed to shore up Disney’s flagging animated film efforts. Pixar CEO Steve Jobs will become a member of Disney’s board once the deal is completed later this year. “As a shareholder, I’ve been pleased with the performance,” said Janna Sampson, director of portfolio management for Oakbrook Investments, which holds Disney shares. Sampson said Iger has strengthened Disney’s historic roots in animation while embracing new technologies that will change the way its films and TV shows are consumed by the public. Disney was the first company to sell episodes of its hit TV shows on Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes Internet store. Iger has also said the company is questioning traditional ways of releasing movies and DVDs with an eye toward making offerings available to consumers earlier and for viewing on a wider variety of devices. “You’ve got to be forward-thinking to stay ahead of the game,” Sampson said. Disney still faces challenges, including the crucial choice of a new company chairman. Current Chairman George Mitchell had said 2005 would be his last year but agreed to seek re-election to the board today for one more yearlong term to smooth Iger’s transition and help lead the search for a replacement to head the board. That decision has caused one proxy adviser to recommend to its clients they withhold their votes from Mitchell. Glass Lewis & Co. has challenged Mitchell’s independence because of his past business dealings with Disney and also challenged the thoroughness of the process used to hire a new CEO. The company did praise Iger’s management so far and recommended that investors support Iger’s election to the board. Another major proxy adviser firm, Institutional Shareholder Services, has recommended Mitchell’s re-election. “They do have to resolve some issues eventually, including who’s going to be the chairman and for how long,” media analyst Harold Vogel said. “There has to be some kind of indication of what their long-range plans might be with regard to international expansion of theme parks. They’ll also have to indicate what the approach will be to new distribution technologies.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want 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


first_imgThe sun sets over Dungloe. Picture by Gerry Murphy.If a ‘red sky at night’ is a promise of fine weather, then these pictures may well mean our Summer is well and truly here.These stunning images were taken by Letterkenny (via Dublin) based photographer Gerry Murphy over Dungloe last night.Simply stunning. Image by Gerry Murphy.A RED SKY AT NIGHT OVER DUNGLOE – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: May 10th, 2016 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:donegaldungloeGerry Murphysunlast_img read more

Ajax admit liability for Abdelhak Nouri’s brain damage

first_img Abdelhak Nouri in action for Ajax in 2016 2 Ajax have admitted they provided ‘inadequate’ on-pitch treatment to Abdelhak Nouri after the youngster collapsed during a friendly match last year.Nouri suffered a cardiac arrest in a pre-season match against German club Werder Bremen in July 2017 that resulted in ‘serious and permanent’ brain damage. Ajax general manager Edwin van der Sar 2 Ajax had initially insisted that they gave Nouri, who is now 21, the best possible care in the immediate aftermath of his collapse.But after the Dutchman’s family sued the club, they ordered an independent investigation and that has found that medics were “insufficiently focused on measuring the heartbeat, circulation, and resuscitation”.Ajax general manager Edwin van der Sar said in a statement the club were left “in shock” by the findings and apologised to the family for the time taken to reach their conclusions.He said: “Based on new insights, which we, unfortunately, did not discover until very recently, we have reached new conclusions.  These are that the treatment received by Abdelhak Nouri on the field in Austria in July 2017 was inadequate.“We recognize our responsibility and liability for the consequences of this.  First of all, I would like to offer the Nouri family our apologies for the fact that it took us so long to change our point of view on this matter.”The findings revealed too much time was spent clearing Nouri’s airways and also suggested a defibrillator should “have been used sooner”.“Had this happened, it’s possible that Abdelhak would have come out in a better condition,” Van der Sar said. “This isn’t certain, but it’s a possibility.” He added: “The first thing that we will be doing is entering discussions again with the Nouri family.“We now need to do what’s necessary in order to fulfil the responsibility we have as a club, but also as human beings, colleagues and friends of Appie.  We wish to resolve this in a good way and this is what we are focused on.“The mandate of the arbitration was to determine whether or not we had provided adequate treatment on the field.  We did not, and we therefore assume responsibility for this.  We have also committed to the family, previously, that if it turned out that we were in the wrong, we would take responsibility for it.“We first need to discuss with the family what arrangement this will lead to.  I would like once again, in front of you all, and on behalf of Ajax, to offer our deep apologies to Abdelhak, his family and loved ones.“It must have been very frustrating that for a long time our conclusions were different, on top of the sorrow of what had happened to Abdelhak.”Nouri, born in Amsterdam to parents of Moroccan descent, made 15 appearances for Ajax in the 2016-17 season and was rated as one of their brightest talents.last_img read more


first_imgKarl Lacey is putting his professional career on hold for the next few months as he aims to dedicate himself entirely to Donegal’s championship campaign. Karl Lacey is going to live the life of a full-time professional athlete for the next few months.Lacey is a former employee of Ulster Bank but quit his job to undertake a Masters Degree in Sports Science at the University of Limerick.Lacey has finally completed the gruelling course but is holding off on embarking on a job hunt until the end of the season with Donegal. Lacey wants to dedicate himself entirely to the Donegal set-up and live the lifestyle of a full-time professional athlete for the next few months.Lacey told The Irish Sun, “I just want to concentrate on where I’m at with my football, just get the summer over.“Th summer season is hectic. I’m doing a bit of work with Sky Sports – I’m on their Living for Sport programme, so I’m enjoying that at the moment.“Unfortunately that doesn’t run through the summer, because schools finish in May. “I just want to enjoy my football over the next few months and live that lifestyle of a professional athlete.Lacey admits it isn’t financially feasible long-term but is intrigued to find out what it’s like to live the life of a full-time professional athlete.Lacey added, “Financially you can’t do it for the rest of your career, but I’m going to do it now for the next few months, get this year over me and hopefully then pick up a bit of work after that.“I’m keeping my eye on jobs as well. There’s nothing up around home at the moment.“If there’s a job in Dublin I’m not going to apply for it, because I just want to be at home now for the summer. Unless it’s on my doorstep O won’t be doing it. Donegal go into Ulster Championship battle with fierce rivals Tyrone in just 18 days time.Lacey is one of Donegal’s greatest ever players having amassed THREE Ulster medals and an All-Ireland medal during a superb career.Lacey was also named the 2012 Football of the Year and has also won FOUR All-Stars.The news Lacey is focusing entirely on Donegal will only be a good thing for Rory Gallagher sides and Donegal supporters hoping for another long summer. LACEY PUTS CAREER ON HOLD TO FOCUS 100% ON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH DONEGAL was last modified: April 29th, 2015 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:CareerdonegalFull timeGAAHome-page Sportkarl laceynewsprofessionallast_img read more

Have your say on Mental Health Services in Donegal over a coffee

first_imgThe HSE in collaboration with The Donegal Local Forum are hosting a local mental health engagement event. This will be in the form of a coffee morning and information session that will take place on:Date: Monday 13th August Time: 11am to 1pmLocation: Motley Crow, Anti-café, Railway House, Ramelton Road, LetterkennyThe aim is to promote Mental Health Engagement and its collaborative work through the local forum with people with experience of using mental health services and those who support them. We wish to invite all with an interest in Mental Health, that includes, service users, family members, carers supporters and staff.We will hear from service providers and people with lived experience on the day and will have health-based information and materials available from a range of local providers For those new to mental health engagement the Local Forum is a monthly meeting of people with a diverse range of experience in Mental Health Services who meet to identify and deliberate on issues important to them with the goal of seeing improvements in mental health services Currently for Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 there are three Local Fora, one for Cavan/Monaghan, Sligo/Leitrim and Donegal.For further information and or to register for this event please contact Patrick by e mail: or Text: 087 3512009All are welcome to attend.Have your say on Mental Health Services in Donegal over a coffee was last modified: August 1st, 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:coffee morningletterkennymental healthlast_img read more

17th Teen Choice Awards honours Paul Walker and Britney Spears

first_imgThe 17th Teen Choice Awards threw its full support behind the hit series Empire, honored late Furious 7 star Paul Walker and paid homage to a respected elder: Britney Spears.The two-hour teen celebration, broadcast live Sunday night, kicked off with a victory lap for the weekend box-office hit Straight Outta Compton. Ice Cube and the young stars of the N.W.A biopic, which earned an estimated USD 56.1 million over the weekend, welcomed the young crowd to Los Angeles’ Galen Center.Michelle Rodriguez, Vin Diesel and Ludacris, of Furious 7 accept the choice movie: action/adventure award at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture courtesy: APChristopher Ludacris Bridges, the rapper and Furious 7 co-star, was one of three hosts, alongside Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and actor Josh Peck. Bridges’ film, one of year’s biggest big-screen hits, was one of the night’s top winners, winning best action movie and best actor in an action-adventure for the late Paul Walker.”Paul Walker is here in spirit with us,” said Vin Diesel, a star in the street racing franchise. He applauded a “special, special” teen in the crowd: Walker’s daughter Meadow.The Teen Choice Awards spread awards across movies, music, TV, fashion, sports and digital media, celebrating the favorites – from Channing Tatum to Wiz Khalifa to Stephen Curry – of one of media’s most powerful demographics.Britney Spears, winner of the choice style icon award poses in the press room with her niece Lexi and her sons Sean and Jayden James at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture Courtesy: APAs a pop star, Spears was a regular at the Teen Choice Awards, collecting its trademark trophies – surfboards – many times over the years, including its version of a lifetime achievement award in 2009.advertisementOn Sunday, Spears, her blonde hair partially dyed blue and purple, was honored for being a style icon. She dedicated the award to her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, and niece Lexie, who were in the audience.The Teen Choice Awards’ new reigning powerhouse, One Direction, landed eight awards, bringing their “lifetime” total to 23. The British boy band, currently on tour, accepted the awards in a taped video.The hip-hop drama Empire won breakout TV show and provided one of the show’s most memorable moments. While Jussie Smollett and Yazz performed You’re So Beautiful, a song from the series, the show’s Gabourey Sidibe made a surprise cameo, exuberantly dancing among the back-up dancers.Jussie Smollett and Gabourey Sidibe of the Empire cast perform at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture courtesy: APEllen DeGeneres won for best comedian. Adding a Teen Choice Award to her People’s Choice Award, DeGeneres requested awards from other age groups: the elderly and babies.Ellen DeGeneres accepts the choice comedian award at the Teen Choice Awards. Picture courtesy: APSeveral awards went to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, including best actor in a sci-fi or fantasy for Josh Hutcherson. He reflected on the end of the franchise, with this fall’s Mockingjay, Part 2, like a coming graduation.”Hunger Games has been a huge part of my life for almost five years now. It’s coming to an end and it’s really sad,” said Hutcherson. “So if we want to cry together, we can do that because it breaks my heart.”last_img read more

Mumbai girl is world’s 1st to cross Atlantic Ocean in Light Sports Aircraft

first_imgCaptain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai became the world’s first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA), thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles in Mumbai on Tuesday.Aarohi Pandit achieved the feat around midnight Monday-Tuesday (May 13-14) when she landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, after a gruelling 3,000 km long flight, under adverse and extreme weather conditions following take-off from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom), with brief stopovers in Greenland and Iceland. The Indian flag was presented to Aarohi Pandit by the Indian Ambassador to Canada Vikas Swarup. (Photo: WE Expedition)”This is part of her ongoing year-long global circumnavigation flight which was launched wither friend Keithair Misquitta on July 30. Aarohi continued solo from UK to Canada, and they will return to India by July 30, 2019,” said an excited Lynn de Souza, head of Social Access, a not-for-profit communications firm which organised and sponsored the expedition.”En route, she set another world record as the first woman pilot to fly solo above the treacherous Greenland ice-cap in a LSA, and is due for at least half a dozen other records by the time she reaches India,” Lynn de Souza told IANS.A commercial pilot and LSA licence holder, Aarohi Pandit and her best friend Keithair Misquitta left India on the Women Empower (WE) Expedition in the tiny aircraft christened ‘Mahi’. Keithair Misquitta and Aarohi Pandit. (Photo: The Navy Blue Foundation)’Mahi’ is a tiny, single-engine Sinus 912 weighing a little of 400 kg or nearly equivalent to a Bullet motorcycle, manufactured by Pipistrel of Slovenia, and is also the first LSA registered by Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India.advertisementPandit and Misquitta flew over Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, then to Pakistan, where they landed — making it the first civilian LSA flight to land in the neighbouring country since 1947 — and went onto to Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, France and UK.After landing in Iqaluit, Aarohi Pandit proudly exhibited the Indian tricolour presented to her by the Indian Ambassador to Canada Vikas Swarup, said Lynn.”I am so honoured and grateful I could do this for my country and for women everywhere… Flying over the Atlantic Ocean is a humbling experience. Its just you and your little plane, the light blue sky above and dark blue see or shining white ice below,” said a tired but cheerful Pandit in her landing remarks to her cheering friends in Mumbai, who stayed awake till early on Tuesday to witness her making history.Though she admitted certain sectors in the long flight were bumpy, the “beauty of the ocean and islands was breathtaking and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat”.Aarohi Pandit is an ardent fan of the legendary American aviator, Amelia Earheart — who became the world’s first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight in a bigger aircraft, 87 years ago, on May 20, 1932.A resident of Borivali, northwest Mumbai suburb, Pandit underwent an arduous seven-month preparatory training schedule in India, Greenland, Siberia, Italy over oceans, high altitude, snow, extreme weather conditions, different terrains testing her physical and mental capabilities to undertake her circumnavigation feat.After a brief sojourn in Canada, the WE Expedition will continue with Aarohi Pandit flying westwards to Russia, cross many a longitudes and hurdles, create or break more records, before she finally returns home by July 30, after clocking in around 37,000 km.Also Read | Indian woman suffering from rare disease fights deportation from UKAlso Read | Maratha students fail to meet CM Devendra Fadnavis for medical quotaAlso Watch | Anti-Muslim riots kill one in Sri Lanka, nationwide curfew imposed after attack on mosquelast_img read more


first_imgA Woodbury County jury has returned a verdict of not guilty to a Sioux City man charged with second degree sexual abuse of a minor.The jury returned the verdict in the case of 45 year old James Beyne, who was arrested in October of 2016 and accused of the abuse of a minor from 2011 to 2012 in Sioux City.The jury deliberated for 2 hours before returning the not-guilty verdict.Beyne’s attorney released a statement from him saying he was elated about the outcome of the case and this proved his innocence.last_img