Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Houston. The Rockets won 107-86. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — For a team with championship hopes, it seems a bit silly for the Houston Rockets to be happy about being .500.But after the way they started the season, the Rockets took a moment to appreciate their recent progress after a rout of Golden State on Thursday night improved them to 7-7.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Golden State got going after that, using an 8-2 spurt to get within 65-55 a couple of minutes later.Gary Clark ended the run with a 3-pointer, and two more 3s by him within a minute of each other late in the third extended the lead to 76-59. It was 76-63 headed to the fourth.TIP-INSWarriors: Curry was with the Warriors on the trip but it’s unclear when he’ll return. “We’re going to be very, very careful, and obviously he’s going to need plenty of court time before he returns,” Kerr said. “When I say court time, I mean live action. He hasn’t had that.”… Kevon Looney scored a season-high 12 points.Rockets: Gerald Green returned after missing the last two games with a sprained ankle. … Ennis finished with 19 points and Eric Gordon had 17 off the bench. … Houston made 16 of 47 3-pointers.THEY SAID ITHouston’s Chris Paul on the end of Anthony’s time with the Rockets: “For Melo it’s all about just him being happy. So wherever that is or whatever’s next he’s going to figure it out.”UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Dallas on Saturday night.Rockets: Host Sacramento on Saturday night. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lakers’ Rajon Rondo to have surgery on broken right hand View comments LATEST STORIES James Harden scored 27 points in Houston’s 107-86 victory in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals.The Rockets, who announced before the game that they were “parting ways” with 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, have won three straight and six of their last eight games after starting 1-5 to reach .500 for the first time since they were 1-1.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 Chriss“I just told them: ‘Congratulations, guys. We’re .500. That’s really good,’” coach Mike D’Antoni said with a laugh.Then he got serious. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “This is a good step … it’s early but we do have the potential to be really good in different areas of the game and we’ve just got to keep building on it.”The Warriors, who got Draymond Green back from his suspension but were without Stephen Curry for the fourth straight game, have lost two of their last three. Curry has already been ruled out for Golden State’s next two games because of a groin injury.“We’re banged up a little bit physically and right now we’re banged up spiritually,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “There’s no getting around that. So we’ve got to fill up our cup and get our spirit back, get our energy back and we’re going to. It’s a long season and this is a tough stretch we’re dealing with.”Houston had a 13-point lead after three and opened the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run to make it 88-65 and spur Kerr to call a timeout. The Rockets then scored the first nine points after the timeout, with six from James Ennis, to make it 97-65 midway through the quarter and put the game out of reach. Both teams cleared their benches a couple of minutes after that.Harden likes the attitude the Rockets have shown in clawing back after their terrible start.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Our spirit and just the way we’re getting after it,” Harden said. “We’re taking an individual challenge and the team challenge of guarding and offensively we’re just sharing the basketball and obviously we’re knocking down shots.”Kevin Durant had 20 points for the Warriors on a night they were just 4 of 18 on 3-pointers.Green had five rebounds and five assists in his return from the one-game ban imposed by the team for a dustup with Durant in Monday night’s overtime loss to the Clippers. Green addressed the situation for the first time after shootaround but did not apologize for his actions in the heated exchange.He said he and Durant had spoken and that they were “moving forward.”“I think there’s no secret that I am an emotional player,” he said. “I wear my emotions on my sleeve. I play with that same emotion. Sometimes they get the best of me. And (if) it doesn’t work to my favor I’m going to live with that.”Durant was in no mood to discuss their relationship after the game, saying: “Don’t ask me about that again,” before turning away from the reporter who posed the question.While the Warriors dealt with the drama between Green and Durant, the Rockets were left to answer questions about the decision to move on from Anthony.Anthony played just 10 games after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason.“In the summer we tried to hit a home run and it didn’t work out,” D’Antoni said. “He tried everything he could. He was great while he was here. It just didn’t work out for whatever reason. I just thank him for his professionalism. It was good. He tried everything he could to make it work and it just didn’t work out.”The Rockets opened the third quarter with a 7-2 run to stretch the lead to 54-43. Harden scored five straight points to make it 63-47 on his 3-pointer with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Annual Message clearly indicates that government’s ambitious medium-term development strategy, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT), is far from being achieved in its allotted timeframe, 2012-2017, when her tenure will come to an end.The AfT sets out precise goals and objectives that Liberia will achieve in the next five years in order to take the necessary steps toward its long-term goals, which are to become a more prosperous and inclusive society.Addressing a joint session of the Legislature Monday, the Liberian leader noted that if government is to achieve goals of the AfT, radical changes are required in the structure of the Liberian economy and in the governance structure of the country.“If we are to achieve development goals outlined in the Agenda for Transformation, and reach the long-term average growth rate of 8 percent, radical changes will be required in the structure of our economy for increased investments in the productive sector and in our governance structure and processes.According to government, the AfT is an important step towards fulfilling its commitment to lift Liberians out of poverty to prosperity, terming it as a major paradigm shift in the history of Liberia’s development. But everything seems not to be on course as envisioned and planned.This, according to critics of the government, is as a result of insincere officials, especially sector heads who have failed to think harder, develop new ideas, and take deliberate actions as the AfT requires. The situation has been exacerbated by the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which shattered the country, bringng it to a standstill.Though the AfT, which has an execution budget of US$5 Billion, appears unachievable, the President is still standing firm to ensure that a tangible legacy is left behind.There appears to be some weariness within President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf herself, but she has thought it wise to add some vigour to ensure that something is done before she finally leaves in January 2018.The AfT intended to initiate a number of development projects, including cheap electricity, road networks, and improved sea and airport facilities, among others.Another aim was to extend the impact to ordinary citizens in the towns and villages and around the country on the path of economic transformation and inclusive growth. Whether this is achievable in the next three years, however, is a question that doesn’t seem very optimistic to many.To answer this question in the affirmative, President Sirleaf, during her Annual Message on Monday, called for radical approaches, renewing of purpose, change of direction and commitment from her officials to ensure this.Though launched in 2012, Liberian government thought it prudent to assess its progress and challenges in the execution of the AfT in early 2014 when it convened its first AfT review meeting in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Finance Minister Amara Konneh also used the occasion to brag about the ten years of sustained peace in the country rather than progress made under the infrastructure and economic components of the AfT.He noted that despite grappling with a huge infrastructure deficit, and serious institutional challenges caused by 14 years of civil war and prior decades of bad governance, the country can today boast of peace and stability, something that has been sustained for the past ten years.Providing an update on the status of the economy in her 2015 Annual Message, the President said since 2006, Liberia’s growth rate increased, reaching a level of 8.9 percent in 2012 with the potential for double-digit growth thereafter.“In 2013, growth rate fell to 8.3 percent on account of the global economic downturn and its effect on global prices of primary commodities.”She noted that in 2014, the Ebola virus struck, negatively impacting not only Liberia’s health and social systems, but also its economy. Sharp declines in domestic food production, mining activities, cross border trade, transport services and hospitality led to a dramatic decline in our growth rate: from a projected 5.9 percent to an initial -0.4 percent.“Although later revised to 1 percent, the future of economic growth is still severely challenged,” she added.The decline in economic activities resulted in reduction in domestic revenue collection and a sharp increase in Government expenditure. Original revenue was revised downwards by US$86 million (from US$559 million to US$473 million) while expenditure demand increased by US$152 million.“We introduced tight fiscal measures with expenditure cuts in discretionary activities thereby reducing the fiscal gap by US$33 million.“We also introduced mitigating measures to lessen the impact of the downturn. These included foreign exchange rate stabilization; payment of salaries and wages of civil servants on time; ensuring commercial banks’ liquidity by settling payments to road contractors and other service providers; and ensuring availability of essential commodities such as rice and petroleum,” the President said.In spite of the numerous challenges, revenues of US$517.2 million were collected representing 4 percent increase in Tax Revenue and 14 percent increase in Non-Tax Revenue. This included US$12.8 million from State-owned enterprises.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
But what looked destined to be a comfortable win became tense when Gareth Barry prodded home a second-half goal for the hosts.And United ended the game defending for their lives before claiming the win that kept them 11 points behind neighbours Manchester City in the Premier League title race.“I think we deserved the win. We were the best team. We controlled the game for a long time,” Mourinho said.“The intensity in the first half maybe we didn’t have in the second half.“West Brom are really powerful in the air. But after their goal we controlled it again.”United made a dominant start with West Brom guilty of squandering cheap possession on a frequent basis.Yet it was the hosts who threatened first in the ninth minute courtesy of a clever backheel from Salomon Rondon to release James McClean on the left.He crossed towards the far post for Oliver Burke, but the winger could not control a difficult ball on his full Premier League debut.United’s first sight of goal came on 14 minutes when Ashley Young angled a dangerous cross from the left towards Lukaku at the far post.Baggies defender Kieran Gibbs made an important header and Lukaku was penalised for handball as he tried to keep the move alive.West Brom enjoyed a handy spell of possession midway through the opening half as United lost their way following a decent start.The home side forced two corners on the left but both were poorly directed by Grzegorz Krychowiak.But United opened the scoring on 28 minutes as Lukaku returned to haunt his former club.Burke lost the ball cheaply on the Albion right, Marcus Rashford was given too much space and his cross was glanced home by Lukaku, who had ghosted between Jonny Evans and Gibbs.There was a glimmer of hope for Albion on 34 minutes when Allan Nyom crossed towards Rondon at the near post but he was denied by Chris Smalling’s interception.But a minute later it was 2-0 to United as Lingard struck.– Heated –He was set up on the edge of the area by Juan Mata after good work by Lukaku, and Lingard’s low shot struck the leg of defender Ahmed Hegazi and looped past helpless goalkeeper Ben Foster.West Brom already looked beaten but just before half-time Jake Livermore did at least draw a save from goalkeeper David de Gea with a low shot that the keeper held well.There was a heated start to the second half when Rashford went down holding his face after a collision with Hegazi.Replays showed there had been little contact but the United player was booked after leaping up and confronting Hegazi head to head.But that clash did not provide the spark for a fiery second half as United sat back on their lead and Albion were unable to pose any consistent threat.They had a rare chance when Rondon forced De Gea into a routine save with 17 minutes remaining before substitute Chris Brunt fired over the crossbar from the edge of the area.But with 13 minutes to go Albion did grab the goal that gave them hope.Brunt delivered a corner from the left, United failed to clear and Barry profited from an ugly scramble to poke home the club’s first goal under Alan Pardew and his first for Albion.Things might have got worse for United in the closing stages but Brunt’s superb left-wing cross was headed wide of the near post by fellow substitute Jay Rodriguez.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku chases the ball during the Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns stadium on December 17, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFWEST BROMWICH, United Kingdom, Dec 17 – Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard gave Manchester United a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday as Jose Mourinho’s men kept their faint title hopes alive.Lukaku put United ahead at the Hawthorns and Lingard netted with the aid of a deflection to double the visitors’ lead before half-time.
Thika United merely survived the axe last season after beating Ushuru FC 1-0 in the relegation and promotion play-off, but their lack after flirting with the chop for the last two seasons seems to have run out.Nonetheless, Chemelil still remains in danger as the 16th spot they occupy is not a safe zone. If they finish in that slot, they will have to face the third placed team from the National Super League (NSL) in the relegation and promotion play-off.With two rounds of matches remaining, seven teams are in danger of slipping to the 16th spot hole. Sony Sugar (10), Zoo Kericho (11), Nzoia Sugar (12) Vihiga United (13), Posta Rangers (14) and Nakumatt (15) are all still mathematically within chop range.Sony, Zoo, Nzoia, Vihiga and Posta Rangers will however save themselves with a point in their next matches. Nakumatt who are on 36 points, one behind Chemelil will need to gather fight and win both their remaining games to assure themselves of safety.Nakumatt faces Sofapaka and Vihiga United in their final two games of the season while Chemelil has a home tie against Vihiga United and an away trip against Kariobangi Sharks for their final game of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United’s Hansel Ochieng vies for the ball with Wazito FC’s Emmanuel Tienan during their Kenyan Premier League 1-0 win over Wazito FC at Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – Clifford Omondi struck the lone goal in the 37th minute as Chemelil Sugar beat Thika United 1-0 at the Thika Sub County Stadium on Thursday afternoon to officially relegate their hosts as well as Wazito FC from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL). The result took Chemelil to 35 points meaning bottom side Thika who are on 23 and Wazito who are on 28 cannot mathematically bridge the difference between them and 16th spot and therefore earn the automatic relegation axe.
0Shares0000Gor Mahia lost 2-0 to Zambia’s Green Eagles in the Kagame Cup quarter finals in RwandaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 17 – Kenyan champions Gor Mahia have been eliminated from the CECAFA Kagame Cup after losing 2-1 to Zambia’s Green Eagles in the quarter finals played at the Stade Nyamirambo in Kigali, Rwanda on Wednesday.Shadreck Mulungwe scored the winner in the second half as Eagles completed their comeback having gone down to a second minute Nicholas Kipkurui goal. Kipkurui pounced on a defensive mess to give K’Ogalo an early lead to face the keeper one on one and chip it over.But it took Eagles just six minutes to get their feet back into the game when Tapson Kaseba pounced on a loose ball in the box to beat goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch with a powerful low drive.Gor tried to take some control back in the game with the tempo rising and came close in the 22nd minute but Samuel Onyango failed to land in a quality delivery off a freekick.K”ogalo had another chance when they turned over defense into attack quickly at the stroke of halftime when Charles Momanyi cleared off a dangerous cross, but a galloping Wellington Ochieng put a bit too much strength on his final cross destined for Boniface Omondi.In the second half, Gor came back with a similar tact of getting back up early and in the 50th minute they had a chance through dangerman Kipkurui but his shot flew straight into the keeper’s arms.They had another opportunity off a set piece when Kenneth Muguna delivered an inswinging freekick from the right, but Wellington’s effort with an header didn’t trouble the keeper as it sailed wide.For their misses, Gor were punished when Mulungwe went past the defense to score what would turn out to be the winner in the 68th minute, barely eight minutes after coming on.With a goal needed to perhaps push the game to penalties, Gor Mahia tactician Hassan Oktay brought in Tobias Otieno for Lawrence Juma, but that did little to change the scoreline.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
2 “As a manager, you cannot act like a fan and Neil Lennon does that.”Hibs boss Neil Lennon was hit by a coin last night during an incident-packed Hearts v Hibs game.However, Alan and Tony Cascarino believe Lennon should take some responsibility for the coin throw.Agree? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/lxjCTwOMB2— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) November 1, 2018 Alan Brazil said on talkSPORT: “I think Neil Lennon is a very good manager, but he does court controversy.“I don’t know what was said before – he might have been getting pelters from fans – but was he goading some of the Hearts supporters?“You’ve got to be honest, it looked that way.”Cascarino added: “What you can’t do as a manager is act like a fan, and Neil does that.“When the goal was disallowed for Hearts, you could see the way he reacts; he turns and faces the stand, he’s laughing, he’s winding the fans up.”AB: “He shouldn’t be doing it.” The coin (circled) appeared to bounce off the right side of Lennon’s face The ferocious game ended in a 0-0 draw after Hearts defender Clevid Dikamona had what would had been a stoppage-time winner ruled out for offside.Lennon turned towards the home supporters and celebrated the decision, but was then floored after a coin hurled from the stand appeared to strike his face.Hibs ended the game with ten men following Florian Kamberi’s sending off for two bookings, while an away supporter also aimed a punch at Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal in an incident-packed match.Lennon said after the game that he is ‘sick’ of the abuse he gets from Hearts supporters, but Sports Breakfast duo Brazil and Cascarino said on Thursday that the former Celtic and Bolton boss brings it upon himself. talkSPORT hosts Alan Brazil and Tony Cascarino believe Hibernian manager Neil Lennon must accept some responsibility for the coin incident during Wednesday’s chaotic Edinburgh derby at Tynecastle Park.Lennon was hit with a £1 coin apparently thrown by a Hearts fan toward the end of the heated Scottish Premiership clash, after the Jambos had a late goal disallowed. 2 Lennon recoils after being struck by the coin
DD EXCLUSIVE: CRACK investigators from the Criminal Assets Bureau are probing three Co Donegal businessmen over allegations they’ve been involved in shady deals, donegaldaily.com can reveal.Three suspects have been identified by the organisation after months of work and several tip offs.One well-known Co Donegal businessman is the target for the biggest investigation after claims of money laundering for a criminal gang network. Dozens of innocent people have been caught up in that inquiry.And two other investigations – separate from the main probe – are also underway.“The main suspect is a a very big fish whose wealth appeared to have come from property and other investments but CAB believe it was a front for a large criminal gang,” said one source.“He is well know in Co Donegal; in business and other circles he would be virtually a household name.” Donegaldaily.com cannot give further details for legal reasons.However the intense main CAB investigation has been ongoing for at least six months and involves a number of international business deals which investigators believe were an attempt to launder cash on behalf of crooks.In the other two cases, similar allegations are being investigated – though the amounts of money involved are said to be less than the main case which involves tens of millions of euro.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved. The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyCRIMINAL ASSETS BUREAU IN DONEGAL INVESTIGATIONS was last modified: February 25th, 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)
INDEPENDENT councillor John Campbell angrily denied doing a U-turn when he switched his vote tonight to help pass the council budget.“I did not flip at the last minute. This could have been sorted in early December,” he told the chamber.Among the concessions was the dropping of a rate cut. “I put my proposals forward a long time ago and it’s only now that they have been accepted,” said the independent councillor. ‘I DID NOT FLIP’ – INSISTS INDEPENDENT COUNCILLOR CAMPBELL was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:county councilJohn Campbellswtichvote
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Sydney Snider, OCJ FFA reporterRyan Matthews became involved with FFA almost on a whim. When he joined as a young, shy high school freshman he was simply looking for a way to fit into his new school and connect with his older brothers, both former FFA members. But the organization has taken him further than he could have imagined.“Sitting through the class I realized I really enjoyed learning about agriculture,” said Matthews, who is an alumnus of the Fairfield FFA Chapter in Highland County.Matthews didn’t grow up with an agriculture background so his freshman “intro to ag” course was his first exposure to the industry. His interest in FFA took a little longer to develop.“It was FFA camp going into my sophomore year where I got hooked,” said Matthews, who attributes his experience as a camper at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum to opening his eyes to his own ability to lead. “It was that moment, and that week, that I realized that I could stop sitting in the back and listening and start being up in the front and trying to be a leader.”Matthews’ involvement with FFA took off from there. He was involved with public speaking, soil judging, floriculture, leadership conferences and more.“So everything,” he said with a laugh, as he listed off the numerous events he has attended over the past several years.That week at FFA camp served Matthews well as he later took on several leadership positions for the Fairfield FFA Chapter. He also served as a 2016-2017 Ohio FFA State Vice President At-Large and the 2017-2018 Ohio FFA State President.Matthews believes his hefty involvement with FFA events has prepared him for his latest goal: becoming a national FFA officer.“It’s because of all those experiences that I can relate to a student and help a student find something new for them to try,” he said, confidently. “There’s a lot of potential in those events. Personally they helped me become someone I didn’t think I could become.”Matthews said the idea of “paying it forward” is one reason he desires to serve at the national level, but it’s not his only driving force.“It is also about having a chance to share those little moments with students and to represent this amazing organization,” he said, with a smile and pause as if remembering significant moments he has already had with FFA members and stakeholders.Preparing to run for national FFA office is no small task. Matthews has spent the past few months attending events, talking with mentors and business leaders, studying the latest agricultural trends and individually reflecting on his personal growth.Leading into the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo, the national FFA officer interview process started Saturday, Oct. 21 in Indianapolis. This week, Matthews will participate in a writing exercise, several personal interviews, a media practicum and more during the long and strenuous interview process. The 2018-2019 national FFA officer team will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 27 during the final convention session.“It’s hard to describe,” said Matthews, referring to the moment they will announce the new officer team. “That moment and that afternoon is something I’ve looked forward to for a really long time.”This will be the sixth National FFA Convention and Expo that Matthews has attended as an FFA member and representing the Ohio FFA Association is something Matthews is no stranger to.“It means the world that Ohio FFA is trusting me to represent our state,” he said, adding that he is proud to yet again represent more than 26,000 Ohio FFA members.With a humbled voice, Matthews said, “I will always represent them. That’s where I call home.”
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