Wright channels ‘inner Mamba’ with game-winner

first_imgRivals turned teammates Valdez, Gumabao have ‘beautiful chemistry’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I practice that shot, I practice with coach. We don’t just shoot open shots, we shoot contested shots. I shoot about 100 of those contested shots in practice. When it comes to game situations, I rarely get open shots so I gotta change my approach so I can be prepared for moments like these.”It was a sweet victory for Wright as Phoenix finally got one over Magnolia. He finished with 19 points on 2-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc, while also collecting eight assists and three rebounds.“This one felt really good because they’ve been whoopin’ our ass since I got into this league,” he said as the Fuel Masters finally got back at the Hotshots after six straight defeats. “They’ve had our number, they’ve been beating us by 20, 30, 40, and this was a huge win for us.”With Phoenix finally slaying the demon that was Magnolia, it can move forward and turn its attention to NLEX on Friday in Biñan, Laguna.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ “LeBron James hit a game winner on my team today, so I was mad about that this morning,” he recounted.With the Raptors loss still fresh, Wright vented his ire on Magnolia and helped Phoenix get the thrilling victory.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 crownWright played hero as he delivered the game-winning triple,  88-87, with 3.2 seconds left.“When we were down two points, I just tried to channel my inner Mamba,” he said, referring to his idol and NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe day didn’t start the way Matthew Wright would’ve wanted.The Fil-Canadian sniper was up early morning to watch his hometown team Toronto Raptors fall 0-3 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on a buzzer-beating floater by LeBron JamesADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Morocco Denies Withdrawing as Cup Host

first_imgMorocco has not withdrawn as host of the African Cup of Nations, the minister of information said on Thursday, denying reports that fears over the Ebola outbreak caused the country to give up the tournament.But Mustapha Khalfi, who was also the official government spokesman, said Morocco still wanted the event in January postponed because of the Ebola threat, forcing a conflict with organisers that may still see Africa’s top football tournament moved just three months before kickoff.The Confederation of African Football has insisted the January 17-February 8 African Cup must go ahead as planned on those dates, and repeated its stance on Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press.CAF has apparently reached out to at least two other countries to ask if they would step in at short-notice if Morocco refuses to host on the original dates.Ghana’s sports minister said on his official Facebook page that his country was approached to possibly host, and CAF also asked South Africa if it could be on standby, according to a CAF letter to the South African Football Association which was published in the South African media.Morocco feels large groups of football supporters and other travelers from West Africa – where Ebola has killed more than 4,500 people in its worst outbreak ever – would put it at risk.”There is no way we can be lenient with the health and safety of the Moroccan citizens,” Khalfi said at a government media briefing on Thursday, and repeating Morocco’s request for the cup to be postponed. He didn’t say when Morocco wanted it postponed to.Khalfi was repeating concerns expressed by Morocco’s health ministry, which originally advised Moroccan authorities to request a postponement from CAF.CAF has canceled all football in the three worst affected Ebola countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – until further notice, but says it is following the advice of the World Health Organisation that travel bans will not help curtail the outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

500 Kids Get Book Bags from ‘SunRise Forever’

first_imgMembers of SunRise Forever and a group of students who each received a book bagA five member delegation of SunRise Forever, Incorporated, operating both in the United States and Liberia has completed a five-day visit to five counties, delivering 500 book bags to elementary school pupils.SunRise  is a non-political, non-governmental, non-profit organization organized under the laws of the State of Rhode Island in the United States. Mrs. Alice Dine Howard is the executive director of SunRise  and she told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday that her team made donations at five elementary schools.“We gave book bags to kids at the Love Center Fellowship Elementary School in Ganta, Nimba County,” Mrs. Howard said. “In Bomi County we gave 150 book bags to kids in Gogan Town, 50 bags in Siah Town and 20 in Sass Town.” In Margibi County, the team gave book bags to kids in Eagle Nest Academy and in Montserrado County they donated bags to kids at the Ellen K. Perkins Elementary School and at the Frank Dine Community on VP Road.Organized a year ago in the United States, SunRise’s objective is to seek for material and other support from humanitarian groups in the United States to support Liberian kids in their educational pursuits. Mrs. Howard said SunRise,  prioritizes humanitarian, educational and developmental activities within the State of Rhode Island, USA and the Republic of Liberia. “At SunRise we believe that all of us have the obligation to fight and eradicate or mitigate poverty within our poorer communities especially in Liberia,” she said. “Our visit is a pilot project that has given us the opportunity to talk with people and to know their expectations.”SunRise’s board chairperson Dr. Carla White Ellis said the organization will work tirelessly and diligently with people from all localities without discrimination. As an American, she said the five-day visit to Liberia and the five counties has changed her perception of life. “I have been telling my kids about the experience of a lifetime that I am having in Liberia with these good people,” she said. “We have a long term vision that SunRise will touch, inspire, and motivate people from all walks of life and their communities to move forward in Liberia.”The five-member delegation includes Board Member Doris Norman, ways and means members Eva Fofana and Frances Dine-Lavelah. The delegation was expected to leave the country for the United States on Wednesday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gun-toting bandits rob Corentyne pensioners

first_imgArmed bandits on Wednesday evening robbed two Corentyne pensioners while chopping a labourer in the process.Sumintra RoopnarineAccording to reports, four masked men, one armed with a handgun and three with cutlasses, invaded a home at Lot 24 Sand Reef, Albion, Corentyne, Berbice.Rookmin Roopnarine, 85, and Sumintra Roopnarine, also called “Chandra”, 64, were in the lower flat of the house conversing, with the front door open when the masked men rushed in and held them at gunpoint before demanding cash and jewellery.Both residents were robbed of $20,000. According to Sumintra, the bandits held her daughter-in-law hostage and had a cutlass at her neck during the attack.Meanwhile, Memlall Bhawanie, 44, said he was at the next-door mandir when his son told him that thieves had gone to their house. He said he did not believe him and laughed, but a few minutes later as he was making his way home, he saw someone moving in the dark.He stopped before taking a step backwards, but by the time he did, there were four men around him.One held a cutlass to his neck and then he was chopped. Bhawanie said he fell, got up, ran and attempted to jump over his neighbour’s fence, but could not make it.However, his screams alerted the neighbour who raised an alarm, forcing the bandits to flee, but as they did, several shots were discharged in the air.Bhawanie was treated at the Port Mourant Hospital and sent away.Police are investigating. No arrests have been made.last_img read more

Statement by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on CCJ ruling

first_imgIt behooves me to thank all of the people, including the civic minded Guyanese, such as Mr. Christopher Ram, who were involved the appeals that were advanced at the level of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). I am not thanking them because they are members of the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) or because they coordinated their positions with us. I am thanking them because they were willing to step forward and address a serious issue for all Guyanese – the issue of the constitutionality of our government, the behaviour of the APNU+AFC Coalition Government in office and, primarily, the rule of law.Today there is no room for gloating, nor is there room for triumphalism. It is time for the country to move on together. I had said, when the no-confidence motion was passed on December 21, 2018, that we have to work together to move the country forward. Today I want to reiterate this message.Today the call is for the APNU+AFC Coalition Government to respect the constitution and hold General and Regional Elections as early as possible.RULING ON VALIDITY OF NO-CONFIDENCE MOTIONThe CCJ has declared a victory for constitutional rule in Guyana.I want to quote from the press release issue by the CCJ. It said: “In the judgment delivered today, the CCJ declared that the motion of no confidence in the Government is valid. Guyana’s Constitution states that the Cabinet, including the President, is required to resign if the Government is defeated by the majority vote of all the elected members of the National Assembly ‘on a vote of confidence’.”The CCJ ruling was clear on several key issues:1. The no-confidence motion was validly passed;2. The majority needed for the passage of the vote on the no-confidence motion was 33 votes, not 34 as the Coalition Government claimed;3. The vote of former Parliamentarian, Charandass Persaud, was valid and Mr. Persaud was not “required to vote against the motion of no confidence along with other members” of the APNU+AFC Coalition Government;4. There was nothing to prevent the tabling of a no-confidence motion by any member of the National Assembly, including myself, as Opposition Leader; and5. Despite the Speaker of the Assembly declaring that the motion had been validly passed, the Government neither resigned nor announced impending elections.The latter point is important for us because what it does is show clearly that we had an illegal government in office, from March 21, 2019 – when the three month deadline for General and Regional Elections, after the December 21, 2018, vote passed. Article 106 (7) was triggered when the no-confidence motion was validly passed.Article 106 (7) states that: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”The Constitution is clear.The purpose of the Government remaining in office, after the passage of a no-confidence motion, was also clear in the Explanatory Memorandum, on Page 15, of Bill 14 of 2000 – Constitution (Amendment). This Bill that introduced Article 106 (7) – said: “Clause 5 alters Article 106 to provide for the resignation of Cabinet and the President following the defeat of the Government in the National Assembly on a vote of confidence. Although defeated the Government shall remain in office FOR THE PURPOSE OF HOLDING AN ELECTION.”I had warned that many things were being done by this Coalition Government prematurely. I had said that if the CCJ ruled, in the manner it did, to uphold the validity of the no- confidence motion, the Coalition Government would be illegal from March 21, 2019.However, the Government continued with its ‘business as usual’ disposition – they returned to the National Assembly to approve another $8B in spending for 2019; they passed the Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill, as well as other legislation; they have awarded billions in contracts; they have given out thousands of acres of land to their cronies; they are privatizing assets that belong to the Guyanese people without any tender process; and they are spending$1.5B on outreaches. All of this is being done in the period that they are illegally holding office. We will decide on how these matters are addressed, based on advice that will be solicited. I will speak more on this matter at a later date.From today onwards, anything outside staying in office for the purpose of holding Elections will be declared illegal by a PPP/C government – any contract, any transfer of lands, any privatization of state assets, any move to reconvene Parliament, any act that has nothing to do with holding Elections will be illegal. Guyanese will deal with an illegal Government at their own risk. It is not business as usual. Every time I met President Granger, he would say the matter is in Court. Today the final Court has spoken and we will be intolerant about anything that has nothing to do with holding Elections.I want to say to our supporters and all Guyana. We will continue to act responsibly, abide by the rule of law.Today, faith has been restored in the judicial system. When the decision was made to join the CCJ we argued that we needed an external review to ensure insulation from political influence. Had we not had this external review then the no-confidence motion would have failed based on the decision of the Court of Appeal.Last Friday (June 14, 2019), I had said that should we win today, it would be a sprint to elections and if we did not it would be a middle distance run. I said also that whatever the outcome we have to work to rescue Guyana from this corrupt, incompetent cabal that only works for itself. I had also said that we would hit the road if we had a decision in favour of the PPP/C to force the Coalition Government to hold early elections. You will see us speak very little on this matter until the consequential orders are given by the CCJ on Monday (June 24, 2019). We want to respect the decision of the Court. This is our posture.We hope the international community will take a strong position on this matter now that the final Court has spoken. To the Diplomatic Corps, I want to say that the matter is resolved definitively.In the meantime, we have dusted off our plans and the Party goes into full election mode beginning tomorrow. We will accelerate work at the party level.RULING ON APPOINTMENT OF GECOM CHAIRMANOn the challenge to the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman, James Patterson,the CCJ was also very clear. In their press release, the CCJ said: “The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today ruled that the process through which Reverend Justice (Retired) James Patterson was appointed Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) by His Excellency, Brigadier David Granger, President of Guyana was flawed and in breach of Guyana’s Constitution.”We always argued that the President breached the Constitution in making this appointment. For over a year now we have had to live with his unilateral decision and all the problems caused by the partisan actions taken by Patterson at GECOM. Today the CCJ was clear. The appointment of Patterson was illegal and invalid.This means President Granger cannot act in a manner that is above the Constitution. He cannot act with impunity. There is a Constitution and he must respect the Constitution. We have seen that when it comes to these matters he places himself above the Constitution. However, he derives his power from the Constitution. Today this is an important ruling for us. It is about how Presidents act in Guyana.On this matter, we have to return to the CCJ. The Court has asked that the two sides come together to arrive at a consensus position on the way forward. At this point arriving at a consensus position is something that will be worked out by the lawyers. We will engage at the legal level. If we do not have consensus, the Court will rule. At this time I will not speak about what our positions are. I want to assure Guyana that we are being reasonable, but we will not give in to positions that will run counter to ensuring that there is full respect for the Constitution and the rule of law.We hope that the staff at GECOM, as well as the GECOM Commissioners, take note of the decision and act accordingly by starting preparations for very early Elections.I have seen that President Granger is talking about a date for Elections in November, as well as House-to-House registration. October, nor November 2019 will not fly with us.The President clearly lives in a bubble. He is divorced from the reality of constitutional rule. He has to be severely diminished in capacity to argue as if he has full legal authority to declare when elections are held. If it is a normal situation, the President is empowered, within the five-year term in office to call elections at any time – any time within the five years. It is at his discretion. When you have a valid no-confidence motion, Articles 106 (6) and 106 (7) take away that discretion. The powers that the President has in a normal situation is not the same in the current situation. The Election timeline is guided by Constitution. The President has to follow the law.Today, we saw the use of a national address by the President to repeat old, worn out promises, and to mislead Guyanese people on the need for House-to-House registration. His claim that persons who turned 18-years-old are not included in the National Register of Registrants, from which the Official List of Electors is complied, is false. With the continuous registration process, persons are registered from the age of 14 and the last such process was conducted in July 2018. His claims that the current List of Electors is “corrupted” and “may hold as many as 200,000 incorrect entries” are false. This is the same list that was used for the November 2018 Local Government Elections without complaint from any political Party, including the one headed by the President. It is unfortunate that the President would descend to such levels.The President is using GECOM and the Voters’ List as excuses to desperately hang on to office, hoping his Government can spend taxpayers’ money to improve its political fortunes– all while the country is drifting.We think that Elections could be held within maximum three months. The CCJ has indicated that the consensus should be a principled and practical position – a principled positon would be that Elections are held tomorrow, a practical position is two to three months.I will address these matters further at my next press conference.last_img read more

Vivaanta Spa launches luxury hair care brand

first_imgVivaanta spa launches luxury hair care line out of Paris called “Kerastase”Vivaanta Ayurvedic has introduced a luxury line of hair care products called “Kerastase” out of Paris to its spa in Georgetown. Kerastase will give the local clientele the first time opportunity to experience this luxurious line of hair products that transforms all types of hair textures.Kerastase representative, Ana Karina Grana in her brief remarks at Thursday’s launch said she is excited to introduce the Kerastase experience to the Guyana market and expressed confidence in its partnership with Vivaanta, the only local partner of Kerastase.Grana explained that the product is not only a hair care line but rather a lifestyle. She encouraged the local clientele to visit Vivaanta Spa for the Kerastase experience.Meanwhile, Proprietor of Vivaanta Spa Karan Mehra, noted that the introduction of Vivaanta to the Guyanese market earlier this year was much needed alluded to the popularity of Kerastase product which falls within the Top 5 of worldwide brands. Mehra pointed out that the products which is introduced here for the first time, has a wide range of brands which caters to the hair needs of clientele. The line includes products for damaged and frizzy hair as well as hair and scalp therapy to name a few. Vivaanta has experts from India available to work with the needs of clients and free consultation and diagnosis is also available. Persons are being encouraged to visit Vivaanta for the ultimate Kerastase Experience.Vivaanta Ayurvedic luxury spa and hair salon officially opened its doors at Church Street, Georgetown in March of this year.The introduction of India’s Ayurvedic tradition is based on a 5000-year-old healing system of therapies designed to revitalize, balance, and restore mind, body, and muscles to a stronger state.Karan Mehra Director of Vivaanta cuts the ribbon with Kerastase representative as Miss India Guyana 2019 Rashena Sara Hanif looks onlast_img read more

BC Wildfire Service reminding residents to use caution when burning outdoors

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – With Northeastern B.C. experiencing warm and dry weather conditions, the B.C. Wildfire Service is asking residents and industry personnel to use caution when performing outdoor burning.According to Wildfire Services, the weather forecast is calling for increased winds from April 18 to the 20 in the Peace Region, which will experience low relative humidity and little precipitation.Wildfire Services says it will not take long for the grass to dry out and become flammable, especially in windy conditions.- Advertisement -Currently, there are no open burning bans in effect, however, people wishing to light an open fire must watch out for changing weather conditions and follow all open burning regulations to help reduce preventable wildfires.Here are some tips for safe burning practices:Ensure that enough resources are on hand to control the fire and stop it escaping.Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.Create an appropriately sized fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material, right down to the mineral soil.Consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter of the main fire site before lighting the main fire. This will create a fuel break and help prevent the fire from spreading beyond its intended size.Never leave a fire unattended.Make sure that any fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.For more information on burning practices, and for up-to-date wildfire conditions, you can visit bcwildfire.ca.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ajax skipper De Ligt shocked by ‘bizarre’ win over Juve

first_imgThe four-time winners will face either Manchester City or Tottenham in their first last-four appearance since 1997.“It’s bizarre, it’s not normal. I have no words for it,” the 19-year-old De Ligt told BT Sport.“We have shown once again that we are very strong and that we can make it difficult for large teams.“We have beaten Real and Juventus, two intended title candidates… I wasn’t born the last time we reached the semis.”Ronaldo had put Juve ahead before the half-hour mark, but Donny van de Beek quickly levelled, and De Ligt finished the job in the 67th minute as Ajax utterly dominated the second half.“I was going a bit crazy because we couldn’t convert any of the chances,” De Ligt told Dutch television channel Veronica TV.Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong turned in another strong display in midfield, with Dusan Tadic and Hakim Ziyech continuing their excellent form up front.“In the first half they were slightly better and deserved to take the lead,” said De Jong.“But apart from the first five minutes of the second half, we dominated after the break and were well worth our victory.“In fact, we probably should have won by more.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000De Ligt was magnificent for Ajax and scored the winning goal © AFP / Marco BertorelloTURIN, Italy, Apr 17 – Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt said he was lost for words after his wonderful header dumped Juventus out of the Champions League on Tuesday in a “bizarre” 3-2 aggregate win.The young Dutch side backed up their 4-1 humbling of Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the last 16 by stunning Cristiano Ronaldo and Juve 2-1 in Turin.last_img read more

Coventry City hand Fabien Robert a trial

first_img1 Coventry City have handed a trial to French midfielder Fabien Robert, who is the younger brother of former Newcastle favourite Laurent.The 27-year-old spent last season with Swindon Town, where he made 35 League One appearances, scoring four goals.But he is a free agent once again this summer and the former Lorient man has now pitched up at Coventry as he bids to find a new club.Robert, 14 years younger than Laurent, played 45 minutes for Tony Mowbray’s side as they beat Newport County 2-0 in a friendly at the weekend. Fabien Robert in action for Lorient last_img

DDTV – DONEGAL’S BEO GETS NATIONWIDE SUPPORT FROM IMRO

first_imgDonegal’s homegrown music project BEO is growing from strength to strength.The project, which sees students organise and promote their own rocks gigs, has been given a major thumbs up form the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO). BEO met with IMRO CEO Keith Johnson at his offices in Dublin and the music industry boss says that the project now needs a nationa media presence.“By the end of the meeting we had devised a plan to promote Comórtas BEO, led by Paddy Mc Kenna across the RTE network from talk-shows to breakfast shows and including an ambitious plan to feature on The Late Late,” revealed a spokesman for BEO.IMRO are also going to fund this Media drive.“This is very good news in all ways as it further cements the credibility of BEO publicly and allows us now to chase other commercial sponsors. If you feel you know of any company in a position to support please send them our way,” added the BEO spokesman. On asking Keith what was it that brought BEO to IMRO’s attention he credited Aodh Mac Giolla Chearra and Shannon Bheir from Colaiste Ailigh for a very energetic and passionate presentation at HWCH in October 2013.“This now brings our project to a new level a level where we will all need to work together to ensure we steer BEO in the right direction.” DDTV – DONEGAL’S BEO GETS NATIONWIDE SUPPORT FROM IMRO was last modified: June 17th, 2014 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:BeodonegalIMROlast_img read more