Vic Manuel left frustrated by knee pain as Aces go down 0-2 in PBA Finals

first_imgAlex Compton rues Alaska turnovers, referees letting Magnolia guards ‘foul a lot’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MANILA, Philippines—Hobbled and in pain, Vic Manuel won’t let anything stop him from helping Alaska get its first win against Magnolia in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum There were stretches in the fourth quarter that Jake Pascual and Carl Bryan Cruz played the four spot but there wasn’t anything Alaska could do in that stretch.The Aces went 2-for-20 in the fourth quarter in one of the worse 10-minute stretches the PBA has seen this season.Still, Manuel isn’t losing hope that they can turn things around even if this 2-0 hole looks deeper by the minute.“I’m ready to play in Game 3. We haven’t lost hope and coach [Alex Compton] told us that this is a seven-game series and there’s still a long way to go,” said Manuel who had 10 points and five rebounds.“We just want to win one game and that can, hopefully, help us get some momentum.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But the power forward’s injury hasn’t helped the Aces’ cause as they lost for a second straight, 77-71, in Game 2 to for a 0-2 hole in the best-of-seven series.Manuel said he is suffering from iliotibial band syndrome in his right knee that is bringing him a stinging sensation whenever he moves.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“It’s tightening up and I felt the pain earlier so I asked to be subbed out in the fourth quarter,” said Manuel in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I’m just disappointed that I’m not at a hundred percent, but of course I’ll still do everything I can next game.” LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View commentslast_img read more

Local Content Policy must clearly outline benefits for Guyanese – British envoy

first_imgOil and gas sector It is imperative that Guyana has a finalised Local Content Policy with clear guidelines on how everyone will benefit. According to British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn, the sooner this is completed the better for everyone.The High Commissioner was asked about local content on the sidelines of an event on Friday, where he noted the urgency of having a policy. According to Quinn, it should be a prerequisite for Guyana doing business with the international community while ensuring ordinary Guyanese benefit.British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn“We’re still waiting to see what the Local Content Policy or legislation will look like. So we’re waiting and I think it’s actually important that that gets delivered and produced quite quickly so that everyone knows, both on the international business side but also on the local company side.”“Because no good international company will want to come in here and not do stuff that will benefit the local economy and the local population. But they need to know exactly what the parameters which they have to work in are. So I think the sooner we have complete clarity on that, I think the better for everybody.”However, Quinn noted that these companies need to know within what framework they can work. Asked about what forms of local content companies should employ, Quinn had this to say.“I think it’s everything. I don’t think there’s any one way you can look at it. Obviously there’d be jobs, whether its people working in the office. Whether its people they sub contract to provide services, or employing more people,” Quinn said.“So I think local content has to be very clear in demonstrating what local people are getting out of it. And it’s not just about providing the jobs. It’s about providing the education and the knowledge and passing on that, so that the people here who are working in the companies can also benefit and develop themselves, through the system.”Draft policyThe Department of Energy has been collaborating with the Private Sector in order to draft the Local Content Policy. It was announced earlier this year that a contract was awarded to a British local content specialist, for individual consultancy services to the state pertaining to the oil and gas sector.The contract, which is to the tune of over US$100,000, was awarded to Dr Michael Warner. Warner is presently the Director for Local Content reporting, Sustainable Business Group of the DAI Global.It was DAI Global that helped to launch and then manage ExxonMobil’s Centre for Local Business Development (CLBD) based in Guyana. Warner has also presented on Guyana’s own draft Local Content Policy, where he gave it positive reviews.Local content and what it will do for Guyana has been a burning question since the announcement of oil in the Stabroek block in 2015. After ExxonMobil first tempered expectations by saying that few job opportunities will be created by oil, it has since said that it will help with local content delivery.A draft Local Content Policy created by the Government has previously been criticised in for lacking provisions which would safeguard against exploitation by companies, especially since there have been intensified reports of the local companies being bypassed for contracts and services with foreign companies being favoured.The document does not cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest and favouritism, among others. According to the draft local content framework document, the policy seeks to address the suite of opportunities that may arise.It also addresses the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses through training and well-tailored social contributions for greater impact and benefits among others.The initial draft, after being released, was unfavourably critiqued by an Inter-American Development Bank sponsored report. According to the report, Guyana’s draft was missing critical parts of generally accepted local content principles. For one, the report stated that the draft policy did not contain concrete targets or performance metricsBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskin had announced last year that the second review of the Local Content Policy is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019.last_img read more

‘I’m not going to pretend like Wayne Rooney has been exceptional when he hasn’t!’ – Manchester United fans react to captain’s winner

first_imgWayne Rooney has come under fire from all aspects of the football world since the start of the season, with Louis van Gaal even suggesting he may rest his captain.However, Rooney started Tuesday night’s Group B clash with CSKA Moscow and continued to struggle in front of goal for the majority of the match.Boos rang out around Old Trafford when Van Gaal opted to take off Anthony Martial for Marouane Fellaini instead of Rooney, but it was the Englishman who had the last laugh with a fantastic header to snatch victory.The goal was Rooney’s 237th in the Red of United as he drew level with Dennis Law’s record, with only Sir Bobby Charlton left in from of him in the club’s goalscoring charts.See below for the best reaction to Rooney’s performance … 1 [View the story “‘I’m not going to pretend like Wayne Rooney has been exceptional when he hasn’t!’ – Manchester United fans react ” on Storify]center_img Wayne Rooney last_img read more

France’s Antoine Griezmann named Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament

first_imgFrance forward Antoine Griezmann has been named as the UEFA Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament.The Atletico Madrid star scored six times and claimed two assists as the hosts reached the final, where they were beaten by Portugal.His haul – twice as many as anyone else at the tournament – included a double against world champions Germany in the semi-finals.Griezmann’s selection was made a by a 13-strong panel of technical observers, which included Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.He has also been named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament, alongside Premier League trio Dimitri Payet, Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey.UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu, who led the panel which selected the best XI, said: “Antoine Griezmann was a threat in every game he played. He works hard for his team and possesses technique, vision and quality finishing.“The technical observers were in unanimous agreement that he was the tournament’s outstanding player.” Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring a France goal with Dimitri Payet at Euro 2016 1last_img read more

Ison Earns Top-17 Finish to Lead Bulldogs at Tiger Invite

first_imgThe Bulldogs will compete at the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday and Saturday as their final preparation for the MVC Championship on April 23-24.Print Friendly Version Story Links Ison and MacDonald both started the day strong as they finished the second round firing a two-under-par 70. Ison continued his consistent play in the third round and shot a two-over 74 to finish tied for 17th-place with a total score of 217 (73-70-74). MacDonald ended his day shooting a 78 and finished tied for 28th-place with a total score of 219 (71-70-78). Freshman Tim Lim bounced back from a tough first day and fired a one-under 71 in the second round. He couldn’t keep that momentum going from the second round to the third as he carded an 81 for a total score of 234 (82-71-81). Individual Leaderboard COLUMBIA, Mo. – Drew Ison and Kyle MacDonald finished in the top-30 to pace the Drake University men’s golf team on the final day of the Tiger Invitational Tuesday at The Club at Old Hawthorne. Junior Arjun Reddy, who made his spring debut, put together two solid final rounds for a 54-hole total score of 233 (78-78-77). Fellow junior Tommi Avant rounded out the team’s effort with a very strong finish. He fired a two-over-par 74 in the final round for a total score of 236 (78-84-74). Team Results The Bulldogs managed to record one of the best rounds of the day with a 289 in the second round. Drake wasn’t able keep that going in the third round as it settled to 11th-place with a total score of 892 (300-289-303). Drake was just two strokes back from 10th-place SIUE. Host Missouri took home the team title with a score of 839 (275-283-281).last_img read more

DONEGALTV TO PACK A PUNCH WITH TONIGHT’S SHOW!

first_imgDonegalTV’s weekly show certainly packs a punch tonight.Tonight’s show at 9:30pm on Sky 266 Freesat 157 and at www.donegaltv.ie features a certain Conor McGregor and how he is helping a Donegal manUFC fighter McGregor along with Donegal’s professional boxer Jason Quigley, Dropkick Murphy’s Ken Casey  and Buncrana Mark Porter will be featured from the launch of the Battle at the Bay in Boston. There is also a special feature on Donegal as a film location with the launch of the Donegal Film Office website in featuring Irish Actor Sean McGinley.The crew also go behind the scenes in Malin on the Movie set of a Shine of Rainbows featuring Hollywood stars Aidan Quinn, Connie Neilson & Director Vic Sarin.There is also a feature from cross border project Cancer Connect Ireland which was founded by international cyclist Joe Barr.   –DONEGALTV TO PACK A PUNCH WITH TONIGHT’S SHOW! was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 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:Conor McGregorDonegalTVlast_img read more

Warning of mini snow storms as parts of Inishowen hit

first_imgWarnings have been issued of ‘mini snow storms’ breaking out across Donegal this evening and over the next few days.It comes as parts of Inishowen experienced such heavy falls within the past hour.Parts of Greencastle and Redcastle are now under a blanket of snow after a sudden and then prolonged fall of heavy snow just before 6pm. People have been warned to take extra care if making long journeys this evening.They have been warned to ensure to make sure their phones are charged in the event that they must call for help.A Garda spokesman said “People should heed all warnings and to take a common sense approach to the current weather situation.”  Warning of mini snow storms as parts of Inishowen hit was last modified: March 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)last_img read more

Wine tourism network grows

first_imgStellenbosch is just one of thebreathtakingly beautiful wine-makingareas to be found in the Cape winelands.By Vuyiseka GezaSouth Africa’s wine lands located in the Cape floral kingdom boast the most beautiful geographical surroundings. It is this natural beauty that has boosted wine tourism in the Western Cape. Famous for producing new-world wines, a rather peculiar term for an industry that has been around for more than three centuries, the Cape wine lands rank among the best in the world, and so do the wines they produce.The secret to these flavoursome wines lies in the diversity of soils along with that of climate, forming the perfect “terroir”. It is for this natural gift that the wine routes have incorporated hospitality into winemaking, creating a combination of natural beauty, upmarket accommodation and world-class restaurants.“Our wineries are diverse, offering many different wines and experiences and we work on each member’s strengths. There is a lot of sharing of information and knowledge,” says Bonita Malherbe, manager of the Robertson Wine Valley.Linking-up with the Great Wine Capitals Network, the Cape wineries have mixed traditional with cutting-edge technology. Quoted in Winescape magazine, Clarence Johnson, Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayor, says, “The network provides an important forum for the public and private sectors to explore business and investment opportunities. Through the exchange of information and expertise, we can enhance not only wine tourism, but also South Africa’s global competitiveness.”Unique ambienceDue to soil, climate and cultural diversity, the Cape wine lands are a combination of Bilbao-Rioja (cultural sites, cuisine and food), Florence (scenery, olive groves and art galleries), Melbourne (seaside resorts, mountains and diverse climate), and San Franscisco (golf resorts, food and wine festivals) all in one. They are purely for you to enjoy, relax and be inspired.The winemakers have taken responsibility for land conservation by supporting the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative to conserve over 50 000 hectares of land. This will be achieved by conserving one hectare as a natural habitat for every hectare of vineyard farmed by 2010.Lush vineyards surrounding first-world wine cellars at the foot of the mountains, sea views and the beautiful valleys all create a unique ambience. And each of the destinations makes a unique contribution to wine tourism.Where to stop on the wine routeAt the Robertson Wine Valley you can enjoy the half marathon mountain biking challenge, boat cruises, sunset game drives, live music, wine tastings, children’s activities, hiking, picnics and wine museum tours. The Robertson Wacky Wine Weekend, at the beginning of June, is already booked out for this year – but don’t miss it next year. In 2010 the festival will take place from 4- June before the World Cup.Only 10 years ago Durbanville Hills celebrated its first wines, and they now constitute one of the most popular premium ranges in the country – for those with expensive taste. This is no surprise, as their chardonnay was awarded a gold medal at Veritas.At Tulbagh you can look forward to experiencing the heritage and magnificent country living, tranquillity being the operative word. They host the most beautiful and memorable country weddings. You can also indulge in cheese, chocolate and olive tastings, enjoy cape cuisine and see art museums.The Wonderful Wines of Darling is what the wine evenings are called at Darling Wines, where you can enjoy the wines with gourmet braais.South African brandy is made from distilled wine, so it makes sense that the wine routes would comprise of brandy routes as well, which make a different contribution to the panorama. Brandy and chocolate complement each other, which is why the Western Cape and R62 Brandy Routes offer exclusive brandy and chocolate tastings.In Stellenbosch, South Africa’s first dedicated house of sparkling wines – JC Le Roux – situated in the heart of the picturesque Devon Valley, has reopened its doors after extensive refurbishments. Here you can expect insightful cellar tours and tastings in the ultra-modern cellar, fun-filled picnics in the sun and mouth-watering meals at the deli-style restaurant. The new oyster bar, with sea-fresh oysters and the finest bubblies, is the ultimate hotspot for a pick-me-up pampering.At Santé Wineland Estate you will be pampered at their wellness centre with vinotherapy (using products made from grapes).With all this on offer, what more could one ask for? Lest you forget! After the Winter Season festivals, Springtime is Sauvignon Blanc time and you know the Western Cape is where it’s at. A toast – to variety!Useful linksGreat Wine Capitals NetworkCape WinelandsWines of South AfricaRobertson Wine ValleyDurbanville HillsTulbaghStellenboschSouth African Tourismlast_img read more

Changes made to rules on applying fertilizer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Take a whole class or just take the test, which is better? Farmers will get to decide.Those who apply fertilizer on 50 or more acres now have the option to take an exam or attend a three-hour course to get the required certification aimed at protecting water quality.The exam is a new option the Ohio Department of Agriculture will offer to make it easier for farmers to get certified and yet ensure that those who are applying fertilizer know the safest measures. The exam option was one of the rule changes on fertilizer certification that went into effect Oct. 1.The other changes include the following:Those renewing their fertilizer certificate, which must be done every three years, must either pass a fertilizer exam or take a one-hour class. Previously, the recertification class was two hours.Two new items were added to the required records that certified fertilizer applicators must keep: Now they must record the number of acres where they applied fertilizer and the total amount of fertilizer applied.Only one person at a farm or business needs to be certified to apply fertilizer. A family member or employee of the certificate holder can apply fertilizer under their direct supervision, meaning the certificate holder has instructed that person where, when and how to apply fertilizer, and is no farther than 25 miles away or within two hours travel of the applicator working under their direct supervision. The rule change clarified that provision.Certificate holders who do not also hold a license to apply pesticide will see their fertilizer certificate period change to April 1 to March 31. Previously, it was June 1 to May 31. The new cycle is aimed at ensuring that certifications will generally be in place prior to the planting season.A grace period of 180 days is offered to certificate holders who do not send in their application and payment prior to the date their certificate expires. However, in renewing their certificate, the applicant has to have completed the required training or test before March 31.Since Sept. 30, growers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres have been required to be certified, a measure aimed at keeping nutrients from farm fields from contributing to algal blooms in Lake Erie and other bodies of water. Phosphorus and nitrogen in fertilizer can trigger the growth of algal blooms. Those blooms produce toxins in the water, making it unsafe to swim in or drink. And as the blooms decompose, they take oxygen from the water, depleting the supply available for other aquatic life. The extent of 2017 algal blooms in Lake Erie was the fourth most severe in recent history, according to a November report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.All the recent changes are aimed at making the certification process less burdensome on farmers, said Peggy Hall, agricultural and resource law field specialist for Ohio State University Extension.OSU Extension provides training for applying fertilizer, focusing on teaching how to apply fertilizer at the correct rate, time and location in the field, to keep nutrients in the field and available to crops while increasing stewardship of nearby and downstream water resources.“The goal of the entire program is that we constantly educate ourselves about how we are applying these fertilizers and make sure we understand the science behind it,” Hall said.“Hopefully more education, more understanding and continued research will help with the runoff issue.”Across Ohio, an estimated 3,700 private fertilizer applicators have certificates expiring in March 2018, according to records from the Ohio Department of Agriculture.OSU Extension will begin offering recertification programs in nearly every county this fall and winter, said Mary Ann Rose, program director for OSU Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program.“Most of the fertilizer recertification programs will be offered in combination with pesticide recertification meetings; farmers will have the option to attend either or both,” Rose said.For more information, visit agri.ohio.gov/apps/odaprs/pestfert-PRS-index.aspx and nutrienteducation.osu.edulast_img read more

9 injured in Vadodara riot

first_imgFour police personnel and five civilians were injured, and vehicles and one shop were torched in communal riots that erupted following an incident where stones were thrown at a Ganesh idol procession in the communally-sensitive Mandavi area of Vadodara on Thursday at around midnight.During the procession in the area, suddenly a few stones were pelted, and simultaneously electricity went off in the locality. This led to a commotion, with mobs belonging to different communities hurling stones, and starting fires. “Around eight or nine vehicles were torched and one shop was burnt down,” a Vadodara police official said. “Police and fire brigade teams were rushed to the spot to control the situation that lasted more than 90 minutes.” The police lobbed more than 25 rounds of tear gas shells to disperse rioting mobs from both sides.Following the incident, there was heavy police deployment to restore normalcy and ensure that the situation did not escalate.“We have lodged an FIR in which 25 people have been named, including tow or three habitual offenders,” the police official said. “Arrests will be made very soon.” The police are also investigating the possibility of a conspiracy by some antisocial elements to provoke riots ahead of major religious festivals and holidays like Janmashthami, Independence Day, Navratra and Diwali.last_img read more