Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals TIP-INSThunder: George finished with 18 points. … The Thunder were trying to have a winning record for the first time since they were 4-3 after a victory in Milwaukee on Halloween. … Oklahoma City beat New York 105-84 at home in the season opener for both teams.Knicks: The Knicks won for the first time in five games this season without Porzingis, who worked out before the game with team doctors before he was ruled out. The Knicks said Friday his status was day to day. … Courtney Lee scored 20 points.UP NEXTThunder: Host Denver on Monday night.Knicks: At Charlotte on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) holds off New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec.16, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the New York Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 points in place of injured Kristaps Porzingis, and Doug McDermott, one of the players acquired for Anthony, added 11 of his 13 after halftime to help the Knicks break open the game.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 Anthony received a pair of loud cheers during pregame introductions, before and at the end of a video tribute showing his highlights on the court and his charitable efforts off it that was played after the first four Thunder starters were announced. But the boos became more noticeable once play got underway, and soon they were coming every time he touched the ball.Later, the cheers for all for the Knicks, who after trading their leading scorer on the eve of training camp are a surprising 16-13 — better than Anthony’s new team (14-15). Anthony was booed one last time as he was removed with 1.4 seconds remaining.Beasley had a hand in 12 of the Knicks’ final 15 points of the third quarter, scoring nine himself and assisting on Ron Baker’s 3-pointer. That turned a two-point lead into an 80-73 advantage over the final 3 ½ minutes of the period.The Knicks pushed it into double digits in the fourth between five straight points from McDermott — originally it was six by a 3-pointer was changed to a 2 after review — and he later made it 100-87 with a 3-pointer with 6:02 remaining.The Thunder played without starting center Steven Adams because of a concussion.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson #KicksStalker: Jordan’s 6th shoe gets washed in Gatorade Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Anthony scored 12 points in the first half but was 0 for 5 after, perhaps low on energy after the Thunder’s three-overtime victory at Philadelphia a night earlier.He made a 3-pointer for the Thunder’s first basket of the game after a warm welcome back to the arena where he spent 6 1/2 years, finishing 5 of 18 from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRussell Westbrook had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who were trying to sweep a three-game trip that began with Paul George’s winning return to Indiana on Wednesday.But they couldn’t deliver a victory for Anthony back at Madison Square Garden, even with the Knicks playing without leading scorer Porzingis because of a knee injury. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
A day after his header earned Paris Saint-Germain a 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the Champions League, Edinson Cavani is again being linked with a move to Manchester United.The strike at Parc de Princes was his first goal in five games for the French giants and his 15th of the season.And now Louis van Gaal, according to the Metro, has ‘ordered’ the signing of the £50million-rated Uruguayan, who would command a wage of £220,000 a week.But is the lank-haired forward really worth those sums? Take a look at his best bits below and let us know your thoughts… Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani 1
Adam and his family and teacher Geraldine Galligan celebrate with the Minister and Brent Pope!A young Donegal primary school pupil has scooped a top award for his video ‘Someone Like Me’ which promotes positive attitudes towards disability.Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin presented 6th class pupil Adam Savva from Glenswilly N.S, with a prestigious county award for his inspirational video.The award was presented at a special ceremony held in Farmleigh House in Dublin. The awards saw primary school students from around the country arrive at Farmleigh House as part of a national essay competition hosted by the Department of Justice and Equality to promote positive attitudes towards disability in primary schools.The competition was entitled ‘Someone Like Me’. The students in attendance were shortlisted for their entries, which saw a mix of written and video essays, with many showcasing their own disabilities or those of their friends and families, all with a common theme of celebration.Adam receives his award from the Minister.Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin commented “ I am absolutely delighted to meet each and every one of today’s finalists and present them with their award. I understand from the judges that the quality of the entries has been exceptional and the enthusiasm of the schools, teachers and students wonderful. The primary schools competition is an excellent opportunity for the youngest members of society to have a carefully thought out conversation around disabilities against the backdrop of the classroom. It is so important to drive this agenda from a young age and teach children to respect themselves and how unique they are and also to respect the uniqueness of the people around them. Adam is a thoroughly inspiring winner and his entry was excellent”.The Judging panel for the competition included Brent Pope, rugby analyst and author of many children’s books including Woody the Whale, The Wheezing Wolf, Bones, Arnold The Anteater and The Adventures of Herbie. He joined acclaimed Galway children’s author Deirdre Sullivan and a range of other judges to choose the national winner.“I was delighted to act as a judge for the competition and was really drawn to the theme of Someone Like Me. I am no stranger to feeling different and really believe it is so important that we celebrate our uniqueness, what sets us apart. Writing and expressing ourselves is a terrific way to do this and I spent a lot of time reviewing the entries. I was really blown away by the standard of the essays and the story many of them were telling. I absolutely loved Adam’s entry”. Commented Brent PopeAbout brillant Adam:Adam Savva attends Glenswilly N.S.Adam produced a fantastic video titled ‘Someone like me’ all by himself with only a little help from his teacher Geraldine Galligan who directed it. An incredible effort was put into the video and starred the entire school. It shows a great sense of community spirit, we are sure Hollywood will be calling him any day now!AMAZING ADAM GETS TOP AWARD FOR BRILLIANT VIDEO! was last modified: December 15th, 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:Adam SavvadonegalGlenswilly National Schoolvideo
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It’s like a dream. This just seems so unreal,” Hawkins said. “I’ve never been to anything like this, and I’m not used to it.” The boys even took home party favors, such as CIF Championship hats and new Spalding footballs. “It’s pretty cool to take a break from school and come here for something like this,” Casselberry said. “You get to relax and enjoy a free meal.” The players also appeared to enjoy a keynote speech from Fox Sports Net TV commentator Chris Rix. A former star quarterback at Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita and four-year starter at Florida State before trying out for the San Diego Chargers, Rix talked about the glory of his high school and college days and about learning to overcome adversity for the sake of his team. He also talked about the importance of planning a future beyond football. A future beyond football? The players will have plenty of time to do so – but this was their chance to bask of the celebrity of reaching a section final. And the excitement and prestige of transferring the Hart-Canyon rivalry from Santa Clarita to a genuine football stadium wasn’t lost on the youngsters. Canyon beat Hart 16-14 in the regular-season finale last month, and the teams will meet again on the grandest of stages in front of a crowd expected to be close to 20,000. Monday marked the beginning of what figures to be constant stream of hype and anticipation. “I’m excited because there’s a little bit of a revenge factor,” Sarkissian said. “We lost to Canyon last time, but this time it’s a lot bigger game. “Obviously, the championship means a lot more.” Added Vittallo: “I can’t wait. We want to show everyone that last game wasn’t anything compared to this game.” Canyon already has gone through the formality of defeating an opponent twice in the same season, eliminating Foothill League rival Valencia in the Saturday’s semifinal. Now they simply have to do it again – against Hart – to capture a section football championship for the first time since 1985. “It’s always fun to play a rival,” Leary said. Added Hawkins: “Yes, especially for the championship.” Second-seeded Canyon is ranked higher, but Hart has momentum after a semifinal victory over top-seeded Mission Viejo, ranked No. 2 in the nation by USA Today. “Beating Mission Viejo was a big victory for us, and we want to make sure there’s no letdown in the championship game,” Lyon said. Considering the ferocity of the Hart-Canyon rivalry, perhaps the stats and stories won’t mean much by the gametime Friday. The showdown figures to hinge on such factors as adrenaline, energy and grace under pressure. On Monday, the players learned what it’s like to feel like superstars. On Friday, we’ll see if they can play like superstars. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What figures to be a unforgettable week started in style for a group of high school football players from Hart and Canyon. While their classmates trudged through a typical Monday back at school, the players spent most of the morning and early afternoon at the annual Southern Section championship luncheon, a catered affair at The Grand, in preparation for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. Div. II final at Home Depot Center in Carson. Instead of hassling with English, math and history, Hart’s Tyler Lyon, Patrick Sarkissian, Robbie Casselberry and Ricky Vittallo, and Canyon’s Austin Civita, J.J. DiLuigi, Garrett Leary and Tyler Hawkins enjoyed a spread that included fresh salad, grilled vegetables and mashed potatoes, sauteed chicken and steak and hearty desserts such as strawberry cheesecake and pecan pie. They dined with their coaches and administrators, then stood up for introductions and applause while taking occasional breaks to appear on television and be interviewed by newspaper reporters.
Businesses in Los Angeles can expect to keep more of their money in 2006 thanks to a tax cut that kicks in Jan. 1. Several provisions of a tax reform package passed by city leaders in 2004 take effect this New Year’s, including an across-the-board 3.1 percent reduction in the business tax. Small firms with less than $50,000 in annual gross receipts will be exempt from local business taxes, and reforms aimed specifically at the entertainment industry will also take effect. “We want to keep business here in Los Angeles,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, a San Fernando Valley representative and a leader of the tax reform effort. “We worked very hard on business tax reform that a lot of people said couldn’t be done.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Companies have long complained about local taxes, saying Los Angeles is losing enterprises to neighboring towns with lower rates. Years of efforts to simplify and cut fees culminated in a tax reform package passed by the City Council and signed by then-Mayor James Hahn in late 2004. The reforms could eventually lead to a 15 percent tax cut, although they will be phased in over time and the annual decreases depend on the city’s revenue stream. With the reduction effective Sunday, retail-sales businesses will owe a minimum of $107.42, plus $1.43, for every $1,000 over $75,000 in gross receipts, down from $110.86 and $1.48. For professions, the rate will be a minimum of $103.13 plus $5.73 for every $1,000 over $18,000, down from $106.43 and $5.91. It may seem small but it is an important first step, said Bruce Ackerman, president of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. “I think the businesses are going to greet it with a positive response,” he said. “Three percent is not a great deal but it is something and it is a beginning.” Such small reductions add up and create significant savings, said Mel Kohn of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. The leader of an advisory committee that was involved in the reform process, Kohn said he is particularly happy about the exemption for small businesses. “These new laws coming into effect are really making L.A. more attractive to keep businesses here,” he said. The small business exemption is also phased in over time. Businesses with $50,000 or less in gross receipts will be exempt this year, and those with $100,000 or less will be exempt starting Jan. 1, 2007. Other provisions kicking in Sunday include reductions and exemptions for a wide variety of entertainment industry businesses, as well as the streamlining of fees for small to mid-size production companies. “We have to do everything we can to keep those production jobs here in Los Angeles,” Greuel said. “There is a domino effect – when we have entertainment jobs we have florists and caterers and security, you name it.” Officials will continue to work on tax reform in 2006, Greuel said, with an emphasis on streamlining and simplifying the code. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Packie pictured with Pio McCann and Brian Coll in 2010DONEGAL has lost one of its greatest broadcasters with the death tonight of Packie Bradley.The Buncrana man was on the airwaves for two decades before retiring in 2007.He was the most listened-to presenter on Highland Radio. Packie Keeney, who gave his namesake a start on the station, said tonight that has “deeply saddened” to hear of the death. SADNESS AT DEATH OF RADIO PRESENTER PACKIE BRADLEY was last modified: October 20th, 2013 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:deathpackie bradleypackie keeney
As any reasonable basketball fan expected, the Warriors lost their sixth game of the season Wednesday night, as James Harden and the Houston Rockets ran the Baby Dubs off the court with an end-of-second-quarter blitz en route to a 129-112 win that was never in question come the second half.Here are my three big takeaways from the game:1. Burks pops, but the defense does Dubs in As much as this Warriors’ season is about developing young players, not all the players on this …
Nature’s editorial on religion and ethics last month (see 12/09/2004 entry) motivated two medical professionals to write in and give the journal a piece of their mind.1 Apparently indignant over the editorial’s patronizing view of religion and its simplistic view of ethics, they made it clear that the scientific establishment is no judge of truth and righteousness.Ben MacArthur, a bone and joint researcher at University of Southampton, reminded Nature that science without dissent is in danger of dogmatism. He said that science, which has become the “orthodox worldview of the industrialized world,” has become a court from which there is no appeal, and in so doing, has become the mirror image of medieval religious intolerance:As you note in your Editorial, “Where theology matters” (Nature 432, 657; 2004), this is perhaps most clearly seen in medical research. It is often presented as being carried out purely to relieve pain and maximize personal autonomy. Yet most religious traditions would disagree with these aims, suggesting that well-being additionally depends upon other, ‘spiritual’, factors such as expressions of love and fulfilment of purpose. Critical dissent has played a central role in advancing scientific understanding, and the right to dissent should be held in high esteem by scientists. In the past this dissent has primarily been by thinking scientists against the religious establishment. It seems ironic that these roles have now been reversed, with much dissent coming from thinking religious communities against the scientific establishment. Like it or not, such dissent should be accepted, perhaps even embraced, since it may provide a means to a more balanced view of the place of science in society. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Did he have in mind the intelligent design scientists and the creationists as the dissenters that should be embraced? The context seems to demand it.Stephen McSorley of the University of Connecticut Health Center gave Nature some advice about claiming the moral high ground. In a tone of righteous indignation, he writes that it’s not just theologians who are morally troubled: on the contrary, the shoe is on the other foot:Your Editorial “Where theology matters” (Nature 432, 657; 2004) fails to mention that it is scientists, not theologians, who are out of step with society. The seemingly important ethical question, “Why [should society] be denied a medical advance just because some of its members find it morally troubling?”, is disingenuous. I question the assumption that only a small minority are troubled by the ethics of medical research. In the United States, scientists who believe that “all scientifically sound lines of research should be pursued simultaneously” are in the minority. Although US polls reveal a large majority in support of stem-cell research for therapeutic purposes, they also indicate broad support for President Bush’s stance on federal funding restrictions. Scientific progress within strict ethical limitations seems to be the majority opinion. Thankfully, we live in a democracy where public policy is decided by elected representatives, not a scientific oligarchy. A better question is why certain individuals should be allowed to pursue a line of research when most members of our society find it morally troubling. A third letter, by a Indian mathematician, tended to agree with Nature. Rahul Siddharthan wrote that followers of Eastern religions (Buddhism, Hinduism and others) stress following one’s own path within certain basic ideas of ethics, rather than following the holy writ of ancient texts. He seemed eager to distance himself from Nature’s characterization of the “‘religions of the book’ that originated in west Asia, and to Christianity in particular.”1Correspondence, Nature 433, 355 (27 January 2005); doi:10.1038/433355a, b, c.Medical professionals may be the awakening giant among allies in the revolution against Darwinism and the naturalistic, secularistic Big Science oligarchy. Highly intelligent, well trained and compassionate, doctors have no use for a philosophy that glorifies selfishness and survival of the fittest, even though the Darwin Party tries to wiggle its way into the medical schools (see 06/25/2003 entry). Medical doctors have devoted their lives to the unselfish care of the unfit: the weak, the sick, the poor and needy, unlike followers of eastern religions that have viewed the suffering as better off left alone to work out their karma.* Western doctors understand morals, love and purpose. If you are a medical professional, follow the lead of these two bold letter-writers, and voice your opinion. All that is needed for out-of-touch, dogmatic, disingenuous scientific oligarchies to triumph is for good doctors to say nothing.(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
While inflation remains slightly above the 6% upper limit set by the South African Reserve Bank, it did not come as a shock as it was below market expectation of 6.2%, according to figures released by Statistics South Africa on Wednesday. 25 May 2012 The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided to maintain the current monetary policy stance and keep the repurchase rate unchanged at 5.5%, announced South African Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus on Thursday. The consumer price index (CPI) increased slightly in April, coming in at 6.1% year-on-year from the 6% recorded in March. The repo rate stands at a more than 30-year low of 5.5%, with the prime interest rate at 9%. The repurchase rate is the rate at which the Reserve Bank lends money to the country’s banks. Marcus was addressing media at the end of the normal three-day MPC meeting. Source: BuaNews Earlier, Nedbank said the MPC would face the challenge of “striking the right balance between supporting a fragile economy in an increasingly uncertain global environment and preventing stubbornly high inflation from becoming entrenched”.
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) has had a positive impact on both South Africa and the US, and should therefore be renewed, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies at a media briefing on Friday.Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana and the Minister of Health Dr Aron Motsoaledi address the media after the AGOA negotiations. (Image: GCIS)Brand South Africa reporter“Our key message as South Africa is that Agoa has been something that has been positive for both sides and, if we look at it strategically, we think that the case for continuing with Agoa and continuing to include South Africa is a pretty compelling case,” Davies said.South Africa’s trade with the US has been growing steadily, he said. “As of last year, we exported R69-billion worth of products to the US, including value added products and we imported R71-billion worth of goods from the US.”A South African delegation comprising government, business and trade unions will take part in the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) with the US Trade Representative this week, where they will advocate for the renewal of Agoa.Mutually beneficialDavies said the general view was that Agoa had delivered and that the case for re- authorisation of Agoa, including South Africa, was a compelling one: “Our view is that Agoa has not only benefitted us but has also benefitted the US.”“We support the common African position that Agoa should be renewed substantially as it is, although there could be many improvements,” he said.Agoa is a legislation that provides duty-free market access to the United States for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries by extending preferences on more than 4 600 products. Business Times reported on Sunday that the current Agoa agreement had allowed 90% of South Africa exports into the US duty free for the past 15 years.The reauthorisation of Agoa is done at US Congress level. The current Agoa will expire on 30 September 2015.Access to American markets has created 62 000 jobs in South Africa and 350 000 across Africa. (Image: World Bank)Job creationAgoa has created 100 000 jobs in the US, and 350 000 direct jobs and 1.3- million indirect jobs in sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa, Agoa is estimated to have created 62 000 jobs.Faizel Ismail, ambassador and special envoy for Agoa, said the trip to Washington would “take stock” of issues concerning the two countries and Agoa.The South African delegation would be going to Washinton to find “solutions to any of the outstanding issues that are related to the extension of Agoa”, which was of regional interest.“The general view is that Agoa has been of interest to South Africa but, from the information we received from different industries, the evidence is that Agoa is of mutual interest to both the US and South Africa,” Ismail said.Anti-dumping dutiesSouth Africa has an anti-dumping duty in place on chicken portions coming from the US. “That duty is in the context that consumption patterns in the developed world are different from consumption patterns in the developing world,” Davies said, explaining that people in developed countries eat chicken white meat with brown meat products not saleable in those countries.“We instituted an anti-dumping duty because we were saying that they were being sold at below the cost of production in South Africa,” Davies said.According to Business Times, this duty sees US poultry providers pay a 37% import duty of bone-in chicken, along with an extra antidumping duty of R9.80 a kilogram.Davies said South Africa had assisted US senators from poultry-producing states by urging the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) to make market access concessions to US exporters of poultry.Two senators – Chris Coons of Delaware and Johnny Isakson of Georgia – have threatened to block the passage of Agoa though the Congress unless South Africa satisfies the demands of their chicken industry.Davies said he has urged the South African poultry industry and the United States of America Poultry and Egg Export Council to find a solution, which would most likely take the form of a quota.“There have been exchanges between them. We are not at the sweet spot yet where we find each other, to find an agreement around a quota. Once a solution has been found, government will implement that.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.