first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECHBELLERIN, GABRIEL, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,FLAMINI, RAMSEY,CAMPBELL, OZIL,WALCOTT,GIROUDNEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)MITROVIC,COLBACK , WIJNALDUM, PEREZ,ANITA, SISSOKO,DUMMETT, COLOCCINI, MBEMBE, JANMAAT,ELLIOTOn Monday night Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0 to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League. And with Leicester drawing 0-0 a day later, Arsene Wenger’s men stay top, albeit on goal difference.The Gunners are unbeaten at the Emirates Stadium since the opening day of the season, when they lost to West Ham. Since then, Arsenal have won six and drawn two at home.Mesut Ozil made one goal and scored another against Bournemouth – his 16th assist of the season,The game also saw Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech keep the 170th clean sheet of his Premier League career, a new record in the competition and achieved in just 352 games. Previous record holder David James kept 169 clean sheets in 572 games.Now Arsenal face a Newcastle United side with only five away goals this season, the fewest in the Premier League.When these teams met at St James’ Park earlier this season Newcastle had Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off after just 16 minutes and lost 1-0 thanks to a Fabricio Coloccini own goal.That was Arsenal’s eighth straight win against Newcastle in the Premier League and extended their unbeaten run against them to 10 games. The Magpies last beat Arsenal in November 2010, at the Emirates. Since then they have lost four in a row while conceding 16 goals.Arsenal test Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Flamini but are still without a host of key players including Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. Newcastle test Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse and Rob Elliot.last_img read more

Black rues Dillinger’s late-game airball: ‘Very poor attempt’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMeralco coach Norman Black didn’t mince words when talking about the Bolts’ 85-86 defeat to GlobalPort on Friday, especially the crucial flubbed attempt from Jared Dillinger.“We took a very poor attempt in the end game. We’re only down by two points, we took a hurried three-pointer, which I thought was the difference of the game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ With the Batang Pier holding on to a slim 84-82 lead against the Bolts in the final 14.3 seconds, Jared Dillinger went for the lead with a rushed three in the ensuing possession.The shot may have been forgivable had it found the bottom of the net, but that was far from what happened as Dillinger air-balled what could’ve been the go-ahead bucket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s a poor attempt and he could’ve gotten a much better shot than that down the stretch,” he lamented.That miss led Pringle to ice the game at the free throw line before Chris Newsome squeaked a trey at the buzzer to trim down the winning margin to one. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ It didn’t matter, however, as the game still ended in a loss for the Bolts and Black could not stop himself from chiding Dillinger for the botched attempt.“He did not play well in the game, so maybe he thought that was his opportunity to win the game. But it ended up being a poor attempt,” said the veteran mentor of Dillinger, who went scoreless and was 0-of-6 from downtown.Black, though, isn’t putting blame on one person and he expects his wards to use this loss as a learning lesson ahead of the Bolts’ next game against NLEX on Wednesday.“I didn’t think this game was well played – at least not from our end. It’s a game we could’ve won if we had made some plays down the stretch. But we just have to continue to work hard, try to bounce back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Brooklyn’s Jacobs, ‘Big Baby’ set for big bouts in hometown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Voters’ education has been non-impactful

first_imgDear Editor,It is very serious that the expending of millions of taxpayers’ dollars on voters’ education has been non-impactful to the wider public. So far, there is very little influence on the main target groups. GECOM needs to do better, since this irrational spending will certainly give rise to accountability issues, to which the organisation should be held to scrutiny.Scrutineers will also have a strong monitoring role after voting on E-Day, with the return of the ballot boxes to the stipulated GECOM Office. The opening of the boxes has to be done in their presence, as it is imperative that the sorting be done and prepared according to Local Authority Areas, Constituencies, Divisions and Polling Stations. It is hoped that GECOM finds ways to improve its professionalism, and that a system of proper and effective validation prevails.On Election Day, November 12, the Presiding Officer will have to declare the amount of valid ballots (ordinary) at the opening of poll. The Presiding Officer will have to distribute the official List of Electors, List of Proxies, and the Disciplined Services List of those who voted on D-Day. The Discipline Services List must be looked at carefully, to see all those who voted on D-Day and all those who did not, thus making them eligible to vote on E-Day.Aside from the elections mechanism, it is critical to observe the Government of Guyana’s recent move to overhaul and raise property taxes across the country. The target is higher taxes on citizens, and it follows Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan’s recent signing of an agreement with the Municipal Property Assessments Canada (MPAC) and AxiLogic Inc Companies to fund a property and valuation system.Now, this column rejects the notion of additional taxes on our already overburdened citizens. As such, we implore all residents to avoid this whiplash by supporting the PPP/C list of candidates, come November 12, 2018. The Coalition Government, APNU/AFC, has already upped the rates and taxes by more than 100 per cent in the New Amsterdam Municipality and Lancaster/Hogstye NDC, LAAs that they are controlling; therefore, it is clear that this Government is hell bent on increasing rates and taxes. Hence a vote for the APNU/AFC is a vote to increase rates and taxes.Let us, in a united effort, keep the APNU/AFC out. Vote for the PPP/C candidates to prevent paying higher rates and taxes.Sincerely,Neil Kumar, MPlast_img read more

Interest on debt weighs on Ford

first_imgDEARBORN, Mich. — In a way, Ford Motor Co. is like a family with too much credit card debt: Without the interest payments, it would be in the black. Ford on Thursday announced a narrower loss — $282 million in the first quarter versus $1.4 billion in the first three months last year. But it paid out more than $341 million for the interest on its debt. Were it not for those payments, the company said, it would have turned a profit. Ford Chief Financial Officer Don Leclair said the company expects the operating performance of its automotive divisions to improve in 2007 based on cost cuts, productivity improvements and new products, but he expects the automotive loss will be worse than last year’s $5.1 billion. “We’re going to be worse because of the interest,” he said in an interview. The company’s total borrowing, he said, is about $30 billion, with about $12 billion taken out in the fourth quarter of last year. Leclair and Ford Chief Executive Alan Mulally said the company’s performance improved dramatically in the first quarter due to cost cuts and to strong performances in Europe, South America and in its Premier Automotive Group. “We’re making progress in all the areas,” Leclair said. “We’re trying to become fully competitive in every area, and we have a good plan.” The first-quarter loss, announced Thursday, was Ford’s seventh consecutive negative quarter as the company tries to remake itself to compete in a fierce U.S. automotive market. Ford’s revenue rose 5 percent, its loss excluding special items was smaller than Wall Street expected and its shares rose more than 4 percent Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. “Although these first-quarter results are encouraging, we still have a long way to go to turn around this business,” Mulally said in a conference call with reporters and industry analysts. “The basics of our business are improving,” he said. Ford’s new-vehicle sales in the United States fell more than 13 percent for the quarter, and its market share dropped from 17.2 percent in the first quarter of 2006 to 15.1 percent. The Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover vehicles were performing well, but sales fell in the company’s flagship F-Series pickup truck line and its Explorer sport utility vehicle. Both had been huge profit centers for the company in the past.Several industry analysts reacted to Ford’s improvement with caution, saying that the company still faces significant challenges for the remainder of the year. “Nothing there has really changed our feelings that 2007 will be a year of tremendous cash losses,” said Gregg Lemos-Stein, a credit analyst for Standard & Poor’s in New York. Although Ford’s cash flow improved in the first quarter, it is still on track to burn up $17 billion through 2009 to cover losses and restructuring costs before it returns to profitability, Leclair said. “I think the quarter represented a high point” for the year, said David Healy, an analyst with Burnham Securities. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Canfor Mill to no longer receive fire protection from Fort St. John

first_imgUPDATE:  As of 12 p.m. April 2, Canfor has reversed the decision move to the Charlie Lake Fire protection area.  Read more here:  Canfor reverses decision and stays with City of Fort St. John fire protectionFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canfor Forest Products will no longer seek fire protection from the City of Fort St. John and instead use services from Charlie Lake.The City of Fort St. John released a statement late Friday, indicating negotiations for fire protection services with Canfor Forest Products on the Swanson Lumber Road have concluded.  Canfor has given notice that they will now seek a fire protection agreement with the Peace River Regional District through the Charlie Lake Fire Protection Agreement.- Advertisement -Mayor Ackerman stated, “City Council’s negotiations were based on three key principles: financial sustainability, competitive equity and fairness to the taxpayers of Fort St. John. We remain firm on our principles and our commitment to protecting our residents and those with whom we have formal and binding agreements.”The previous agreement expired March 31, 2016, at that time, the Mayor extended the agreement for 24 hours in order for Canfor to make a final decision and to understand the implications of their decision.Fire protection services from the City of Fort St. John will cease at 23:59 on April 1, 2016 since the plant is outside current City Boundaries.Advertisement In 1988 Canfor chose to not participate in the newly formed Fort St. John Rural Fire Protection Area. Since 1989 the City of Fort St. John, through a separate agreement, has provided fire service to the Canfor.  Canfor has mills in nine communities including Chetwynd, Grande Prairie, Mackenzie and Prince George.last_img read more

Mane jokes he would ‘dive’ again to win Liverpool penalty

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool forward Sadio Mane © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 7 – Liverpool forward Sadio Mane says he will not change his style of play despite Pep Guardiola’s “diving” accusation.The Manchester City boss made the claim at the weekend, when the Senegal international was booked after going down in the penalty area following a challenge by Aston Villa’s Frederic Guilbert. Manager Jurgen Klopp jumped to his defence and Guardiola subsequently rowed back on the comments, saying they were part of a longer speech in which he praised the forward.Mane, unaware of the subsequent climbdown, was unmoved by Guardiola’s initial criticism as he believes if there is contact he has a right to go down.And he offered a sarcastic response to the City boss ahead of the match between the two sides at Anfield on Sunday, saying: “If it could be a penalty for sure I will ‘dive’ again.“If the ‘dive’ will give me a penalty then I will do it. Why not? But what Jurgen said is correct. I do not dive,” said Mane.“There was contact (at Villa) for sure. Maybe it was not a penalty and he didn’t give it, and he gave me a yellow card. To be honest I don’t have any problem about it.“It’s what I want to keep doing. If I get a penalty, yeah it’s a penalty. If no penalty, no penalty, but (it) will never change the way I’m playing or the way I’m doing my things.”Guardiola’s criticism was seen as the start of mind games leading up to Sunday’s Anfield encounter and Mane said the City boss had been a “bit clever” to get the attention of the referee.The defending Premier League champions trail Klopp’s side by six points but City are the only team to have beaten Liverpool in their past 50 league matches.“I can say one of the biggest tests, for sure,” said Mane. “But if you ask me I would say not only City because against Aston Villa you can see how the game was and Leicester also was really tough.“So I think we played already a few big games in this season and for sure City as well will be a big game.”0Shares0000(Visited 33 times, 2 visits today)last_img read more

Exit-exam waiters still walking

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAn Alameda County Superior Court judge last week halted the exit exam as a requirement for graduation for the Class of 2006. State schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell announced Thursday that he will file an appeal with the California Supreme Court. The 200 or so students have completed all other requirements for graduation with the exception of passing the exit exam. For students who failed the test, they can walk in graduation ceremonies but the district will withhold their diploma until the court case is resolved, Vierra said. Legislation is pending to set up another testing session during the summer. About 47,000 students statewide have not passed the exit exam. “We will withhold diplomas until we know for sure what the decision will be on the court case. That’s the humane thing to do,” trustee Al Beattie said. “If Grandma is coming out from Detroit, she will know she can buy her ticket. We didn’t feel we should leave people waiting for a decision that may or may not come before graduation.” Three parents attended the May 3 board meeting to complain about the exit exam. One said his child completed all other graduation requirements, passed the English portion of the test but missed passing the math section by one point. “In the first year of implementing anything, there will always be a certain amount of confusion and misunderstanding,” board President Donita Winn said. “This one is affecting the end of their public school education. Everyone looks forward to walking with their classmates.” Authorized by state lawmakers in 1999, the exit exam was originally to take effect in 2004. It was delayed until this year because of questions over whether students were adequately prepared and knew about the test. High school students have six chances to pass the exam. They can it take once in their sophomore year, twice in their junior year and three times in their senior year. Because of legislation passed in January, special-education students received a one-time exemption this year from the requirement under certain circumstances. The exemption applies to students with disabilities who were identified to be on track for graduation in 2006, have an individual education plan, completed or are about to complete other graduation requirements, received tutoring, and have taken the exit exam at least twice after 10th grade, including once during their senior year. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District seniors who have not passed the state’s controversial high school exit exam will be allowed to march in graduation ceremonies alongside their 4,000 classmates. District trustees decided it was not fair to leave students who have failed the test – believed to number fewer than 200 – and their parents in graduation-planning limbo while legal wrangling continues over whether a judge’s decision to suspend the exit exam should stand. “We have graduation in a couple of weeks. Even though the (state schools) superintendent wants a decision on appeal, we felt the kids get caught in the middle,” Assistant Superintendent Michael Vierra said. “It’s so late in the year, people are trying to make plans. If we are going to err, we will err on the side of the students.” District officials estimate that fewer than 200 students have not passed both the math and English sections of the exit exam, which for the first time is required this year to earn a diploma. Results are not yet available from the latest test in March. last_img read more


first_imgThe company which owns the wharf where Burtonport man Shaun McBride died has vowed to do everything possible to investigate how the accident happened.The 28-year-old died on Saturday at the site in Western Australia where he began work just six weeks ago.Police are continuing to investigate the accident on the wharf at East Intercourse Island where Shaun was carrying out maintenance. The wharf is one of three jetties used to load iron ore shipments and accounts for about a third of the 145 million tonnes Rio Tinto exports from Dampier each year, a company spokesman said.It was the first fatal accident in the company’s Pilbara operations since August 2003.Gervasse Green from Rio Tinto Iron Ore said his company was helping the authorities with their investigation.“He was with a team of contractors who were working on one of our jetties at the port of Dampier. It is a large jetty where the iron ore ships are berthed,” he said. “They were carrying out routine maintenance work which includes work on scaffolding and the reports are that the other workers heard a flash, turned around and saw that the man wasn’t there and some of the scaffolding appeared to have fallen into the water.“Somebody jumped into the water but efforts to locate him were unsuccessful.”Mr Green said Rio Tinto Iron Ore would also conduct its own investigation into the accident.“A fatality of this nature is very unusual and it’s horrifying when it does happen.“In additional to the coroner’s investigation we will do our own comprehensive investigation to see what we can do, if anything, to prevent anything like this happening again,” he said. Fianna Fail councillor David Alcorn said: “Shaun was a fine strong man who worked in Dublin and in London before moving to Australia a couple of years ago.“He was a great worker and a member of a very good family who are very much involved in our community in Burtonport.“A huge number of people have been calling to the family home to convey their sympathy. The only thing we can do is pray and remember his mother Sylvia, brothers and sisters.“Hopefully it won’t be too long before his remains are brought back from Australia to be buried here in our own area.” It was the third tragedy for Sylvia McBride, Shaun’s mother.Her first husband, Roland Faughnan, died in the Evelyn Marie fishing boat tragedy off Arranmore in 1975.Her second husband, Joe Ban McBride, died suddenly 10 years ago when attending a wake on Arranmore Island.MINING COMPANY PROMISE TO DO ‘EVERYTHING POSSIBLE’ AFTER DEATH OF DONEGAL WORKER was last modified: June 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Australiaburtonportshaun mcbridelast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL has been given a massive ‘thumbs up’ by a writer with Britain’s Daily Telegraph.Journalist Judith Woods and her children stayed at the Rathmullan House Hotel and took in a day trip to Glenveagh National Park.It’s a great read. And you can read it by clicking the link below: BOOST FOR DONEGAL AS WRITER GIVES RAVE REVIEW was last modified: September 24th, 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)last_img


first_imgby Anne Condon, PRO for Relay for Life DonegalFollowing the success of Relay for Life Donegal 2012 I have heard many people ask – where was our money spent? Monies raised was sent to the Irish Cancer Society and they have given us the pertinent figures for 2012, just released. I think it makes interesting reading…… • Nursing Services: Night care in cancer patients own home during the last days of their life – 7350 nights of care provided nationally, 177 of these in Donegal provided for 41 cancer patients.• Care to Drive: Free transport service whereby trained volunteer drivers bring cancer patients to and from their hospital treatment. 392 patients brought on 6,392 journeys nationally, 798 journeys for 26 patients in Donegal.• Financial Aid: Grants for cancer patients who are experiencing financial hardship due to their cancer diagnosis. €1,047,461 nationally with €28,840 in Donegal.• Counselling: €214,080 granted to support centres nationally with €11,520 going to counselling services in Letterkenny. • Survivors Supporting Survivors: Connects someone going through a cancer diagnosis with someone who has been through a similar diagnosis and is several years post treatment. Trained volunteers in Donegal.• Cancer Support Centres: Irish Cancer Society assists four Cancer Support centres in Donegal – Living Beyond Cancer based at Letterkenny General Hospital, Cancer Support and Social Club in Carndonagh, The Forge Support Group in Pettigo and Coiste Scaoil Saor o Ailse in Gweedore.• Health Promotion: The Community Health Education Programme (CHEP) commenced this year and ICS has recruited and trained eight volunteers to provide key messages on cancer prevention and early detection in their own community in Donegal.• Tackling Smoking: The X-Hale Youth Awards Programme was launched in 2011 giving local youth groups an opportunity to apply for a grant to fund their own anti-smoking campaign which they deliver directly to their peers in their own community. In 2012 two grants totalling €5000 were provided in Donegal.• National Smokers Quit Line is a confidential service staffed by trained advisors and specialist smoking cessation counsellors, providing information, advice and support to people who want to quit smoking. 3502 calls received in 2012. • Cancer Information Services Contacts and Interactions: A free service, staffed by specialist cancer nurses, providing advice and support to people concerned about cancer. During 2012 ICS nurses supported 28,383 enquiries, 218 of these from people in Donegal.• Booklets and Leaflets: During 2012 ICS distributed 582986 cancer information booklets and fact sheets to people concerned about cancer across the county, 16,428 were sent to people in Donegal.• provides a range of information to people with cancer, people who want to reduce their risk of getting cancer or people who want to fight back against cancer.• Daffodil Centres: Daffodil Centres are the first service of this kind in Ireland. They provide support, within a hospital, to cancer patients, their family, friends and the general public – anyone who has any question or concern about cancer. There are currently eight Daffodil Centres in hospitals across the country and a new one due to be completed in Letterkenny General Hospital in the coming months – the recruitment process for staff and volunteers is in progress at the moment. ICS invests €125,000 in the set up of a centre plus €80,000 towards running costs per year. • Research: Over the last 30 years ICS research has made over 650 discoveries. In 2012 ICS invested €2,590,175 in cancer research projects across the country. ICORG (All Ireland Co-Operative Oncology Research Group) is part funded by ICS and facilitates access to cutting edge research treatment in the form of clinical trials for Irish cancer patients. In 2012 ICS gave €317,500 to ICORG, 1,366 cancer patients participated in these trials in 15 hospitals around the country, including Donegal.An example of Irish research is Dr. Aideen Ryan from Galway who was awarded funding by ICS in November and is conducting her research into colorectal and gastrointestinal cancer at NUI Galway. Dr. Ryan, her mentor and their team have already discovered that the body’s own immune system affects how colon cancer cells spread.Cancer in DonegalMost recent data from the National Cancer Registry shows that 26000 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2012, 919 of those were in Donegal. The most common cancers in Donegal in 2010 were 233 Non-Melanoma skin cancer, 92 breast cancer, 136 prostate cancer, 74 lung cancer, 62 bowel cancer and 16 melanoma skin cancer. Cancer will affect one in three people during the course of their lifetime however more are surviving cancer due to early detection and advances in treatment.I for one am delighted to support Relay for Life Donegal 2013 as I want to play my part in helping to fund the work of Irish Cancer Society who are working to help us celebrate more birthdays.Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.For all enquires to Relay for Life Donegal please contact www.relayforlifedonegal@gmail.comSO WHERE EXACTLY DID THE RELAY FOR LIFE 2012 MONEY GO? was last modified: February 25th, 2013 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:Anne Condoncancer servicesdonegalRelay for Lifelast_img read more