Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) shoots as Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 41 points on 11-for-22 shooting and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Indiana Pacers 133-126 with the help of a record-setting first quarter Friday night.Buoyed by 16 points from Nicolas Batum, the Hornets scored 49 points in the first, a franchise-best for a quarter. Charlotte connected on 7 of 11 from 3-point range and hit 19 of 23 from the field in that stretch. It marked the highest point total for an NBA team in any quarter this season.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Bucks’ Brogdon to be sidelined up to 8 weeks with injury 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Four other Hornets players scored in double-digits, led by Batum’s 31 points and Dwight Howard’s 12 points and 11 rebounds. Charlotte won its second game in a row.Victor Oladipo had 35 points for the Pacers, who halted a three-game winning streak. Myles Turner added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana.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 folkCharlotte led 49-37 after the first, as the Pacers came within a point of matching the most first-quarter points by a Hornets opponent this season.The Pacers outscored the Hornets 34-25 in the third quarter, led by 13 points from Oladipo, to narrow Charlotte’s advantage to 96-91. Cory Joseph’s free throws cut Indiana’s deficit to 128-124 with 40 seconds left, but Charlotte hit five free throws after that to ice it. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View comments
The Publishers Association of Liberia has with immediate effect dissolved its current leadership, headed by Stanley Seakor, and set up an interim administration team headed by its secretary general, James G. Kiazolu, which will lead the Association to a general election of new officers. Other members of the administrative team are Othello Garblah, Moses Togba, Mohammed Kanneh and Lyndon Ponie.Mr. Kiazolu is also former president of the Press Union of Liberia.At yesterday’s special meeting, executives of the association cited the inefficient management, which up to date has no articles of incorporation, no constitution and no formal office since the tenure of Mr. Seakor took effect 11 years ago.The action by the publishers followed a series of planned, but unsuccessful meetings to reorganize the publishers’ association to assume its rightful role in regulating and strengthening the print media.A formal election of new officers of the association will be held before the national elections in October.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It will be another year before the report is released on Mackezie Valley natural gas pipeline. That announcement was made Friday after after a number of groups had started to question why the joint review pannel hadn’t completed its report after almost a year. Public consultation into the $16.2 billion project ended in November of 2007. “We understand that there is tremendous interest in the panel’s findings, but we are required and committed to base our findings on a full and fair review of the evidence,” panel chairman Robert Hornal said in the release. – Advertisement -A number of companies have proposed to build the pipeline through the Northwest Territories to the Alberta border near BC. The pipeline would be over 1,200 km long and would connect to existing pipelines that lead to markets to the south.
Undermining of new GECOM ChairIn an attempt to justify himself being retained— apparently with approval from Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield and not by the newly appointed Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) — Trinidad-based Senior Counsel Stanley Marcus has noted that the CEO was within his rights to act without the approval of a GECOM Chairperson.This is despite the fact that on Monday, new Chairperson for GECOM Retired Justice Claudette Singh was sworn into office. She did not even convene a meeting of the Commission or have a say in Lowenfield’s approval of Marcus’ appointment. This action has raised questions over whether the CEO overstepped his authority.“The effect of what is being said is that GECOM must not be represented in this matter, even though they are asking for relief against GECOM,” Marcus said when asked on Tuesday about his employment following the hearing of his application on Lowenfield’s behalf asking Chief Justice Roxanne George to recuse herself from hearing the challenge to House-to-House Registration.“GECOM must have a say, regardless of whether they have a chairman or not,” Marcus maintained. “But when they sued, GECOM didn’t have a chairman. So you can sue when GECOM doesn’t have a chairman, but GECOM must not defend the action that you brought?”Marcus, who last appeared on GECOM’s behalf unsuccessfully arguing his case before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), contended in his application that Justice George may be biased against them by virtue of a recent press statement.After she declined to grant an order on July 23 restraining GECOM’s House-to-House exercise and gave parties time to make further submissions, Justice George, via the Supreme Court’s publicity unit, was forced to make a statement correcting misconceptions with her decision.One such misconception she corrected in her statement was claims made by Attorney General Basil Williams and carried in sections of the press that applicant Christopher Ram withdrew his challenge.But since she referenced September 18 as the date in the statement the CCJ had intended elections should be held, Marcus argues in his application that this constitutes a bias against them. When asked about the merits of his application, the Senior Counsel maintained that they had grounds to seek the CJ’s recusal.“The CCJ said that the Courts will not interfere. The Courts will leave it to the functionaries: President, GECOM and the National Assembly to resolve that issue. The Court made no pronouncement regarding a date. So nobody has a basis for saying the CCJ said that. And that’s what the press release said”.What the CCJ saidArticle 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states: “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”.A No-Confidence Motion was passed against the Government on December 21 last year. However, elections were not held and there was no resignation. Instead, Government went to court unsuccessfully arguing that the No-Confidence Motion was not validly passed.The case reached the CCJ, where the regional Court ruled against the Government, but stopped short of issuing an order fixing an election date. Instead, CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders had said that when the No-Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated.According to Justice Saunders, when he read the ruling, there was no need for the Court to gloss over the provisions of Article 106 (6 and 7), but it is in fact the responsibility of the constitutional actors to be faithful to the rule of law and operate within parameters of the Constitution.“Upon the passage of a vote of no-confidence, the Article requires the resignation of the Cabinet including the President. The Article goes on to state, among other things, that notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and that an election shall be held 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,” Saunders had said.Further, the CCJ President had noted that with GECOM also responsible for the conduct of those elections, it therefore means that the elections body “too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution.He went on to point out that elections should have been held on March 21, 2019, following the December passage of the Opposition-sponsored motion, but that the process was on “pause” pending the legal proceedings.That process, Saunders had clearly said, was no longer on pause following the Court’s June 18, 2019 ruling, which upheld the validity of the No-Confidence Motion and, thus, triggering the need for fresh elections. In keeping with the constitutional three months provision, this means General and Regional Elections should be held on or before September 18, 2019.
…says Govt should reverse brain drainWith first oil just around the corner, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Head, Dr Vincent Adams has admitted that Guyana is “not even close” to having the requisite expertise to manage the oil and gas sector.EPA Head, Dr Vincent AdamsHe made this admission during a public policy talk facilitated by the Guyana Budget Policy Institute on Saturday evening at the Regency Suites Hotel. Dr Adams shared the panel with a number of political and oil and gas commentators, including Christopher Ram, Charles Ramson and Sasenarine Singh.“This is very, very new to us. When oil and gas was discovered, the environmental laws and regulations were written in 1996. So we are now admittedly in our infancy stage. We do not have our national regulations. We do not have the expertise or capacity, not even close,” Adams said.Adams used as an example the difficulty EPA is faced with in hiring the professionals it needs, particularly those in science and engineering. According to Adams, the University of Guyana (UG) has not been much help in this regard.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is home to a diaspora unitThere is some good news, however, as he noted that they are in the process of finalising the oil and gas unit, with the assistance of the World Bank. According to Adams, the unit will have approximately 35 to 40 staff, fully dedicated to the sector.“For the past seven months, they’ve been helping me put together an oil and gas unit and I think we’re just about to finalise it, where we have 36 or 40 people, just designated for oil and gas oversight”.“Of course, we’d need high-powered engineers and scientists and some other managers that without question, I know are not available in this country. So that’s going to be another challenge. How can we get them on board, to get them to manage this sector in an effective manner?”The EPA Head also cited the potential role the diaspora could play in Guyana’s oil sector, as he noted that the disadvantage of hiring foreigners versus Guyanese nationals includes the money it will take to pay them.“It’s going to cost us a lot more money for expertise coming from outside, rather than nationals. I think the diaspora is a major resource of talent that we ought to be using. As many of us know, the migration that we had, we need to turn that so-called brain drain back into gain,” he said.Government has come under much criticisms in the past few years for seemingly being bested by oil companies during negotiations for contracts and production-sharing agreements. In the case of Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, he claimed to have acted under orders when he agreed to a one per cent recoverable royalty with UK oil company, Tullow.In the case of the environment, the Government has been criticised for the delay in approving an oil spill contingency plan, after the EPA promised one would be completed by mid-2019. Guyana’s last taste of an environmental disaster was a cyanide spill in 1995. In gold mining, cyanide is used as an extracting agent for the ore. In the case of Guyana’s cyanide spill, the highly poisonous material spilled out of a reservoir into the Essequibo River.Since ExxonMobil announced its oil find in the Liza-1 well in 2015, a pertinent question has been the capacity of the relevant agencies to protect the environment in case of an oil spill. It is a topic that has regularly been raised at public lectures.Previously, President David Granger commissioned Guyana’s first oil spill response operation service at the Gaico Wharf at Nismes, West Bank Demerara: Gaico Oil Spill Response Operation Services. The service was set up as a pre-emptive measure against probable spillage once production commences in the future.A study by the EPA had found that while an oil spill was possible, factors such as the location of ExxonMobil affiliates’ operations, combined with the region’s water temperature would minimise the effects.On the side of the Government, it is understood that efforts have been underway to train and build capacity in the Natural Resources Ministry. When it comes to the oil spill contingency plan, a workshop was organised in March of this year to work on the draft. Civil Defence Commission (CDC) Head, Colonel Kester Craig was recently quoted saying that the long overdue plan was almost complete.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Danielle Armstrong, Executive Director of Fort St. John’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Branch, says this year had one of the strongest campaigns for their Holiday Hamper Campaign.Many sponsors have actually come to the organization to ask how they can help, which Armstrong said was a good kind of surprise.“In previous years, we’ve had to do a plea in the media and say, ‘We’re looking for sponsors, we need additional support,’” she told Energetic City. “That wasn’t the case this year.”- Advertisement -As of Christmas Eve, they were able to give out 54 hampers to families. One of those hampers went to the Cecil Lake family who had their home burn down the same day.The Lido, who has been gathering donations through the holiday parties they’ve been hosting, was the largest sponsor of the program this year, with a $5,000 donation.“It’s a really humbling experience for us to be the middle men and deliver those hampers, and those beds, to people,” said Armstrong, adding that getting to give the families in need great gifts for the season is rewarding. “The sponsors know they’re making the difference, but they don’t get to see it.”Advertisement 11 Dream Sponsor beds were also given out, much more than their initial goal and gathered within just a day of announcing the need for them. Even when families were asking on the night before Christmas Eve, Armstrong said they were able to find a way to help every single one who needed the help.As the holidays, and the year, come to a close, Armstrong says the need for help doesn’t go away after the campaign has finished.“There’s people in our community who need help year round, and especially with the downturn in the economy this year, I think we’re seeing that more and more.”Armstrong thanks all the sponsors and volunteers who contributed to helping make the Holiday Hamper Campaign a success.Advertisement
Harry Kane is having a special season and his goal scoring form even extends to FIFA 15!The striker is the first Tottenham player since Gary Lineker, 23 years ago, to score 30 goals in a season.And he teamed up with Ryan Mason to play a couple of Spurs supporters on the EA game, in the comfort of the White Hart Lane dressing room.Check out what happened in the video above.
Two well-known members of the Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club reached equal milestones this week.We didn’t want to give away the ages of Liam Tinney or Paul Gallagher.But let’s just say they’re no longer in their 30s and haven’t reached 41 yet. ‘Friends’ of the popular lads decided to pen tributes to them.Donegal Daily distances itself from any false allegations made in this article and distances itself even further from any factual information.Happy birthday lads!Liam “I wore an Austin Powers outfit to my First Holy Communion” Tinney is about as popular a guy as you are likely to meet – particularly among those who don’t really know him! Is it his ever-present good humour (especially when tired)? Perhaps. Is it his never-say-die attitude in triathlon races (Hazelwood!)? Maybe. Or is it just that he sleeps in an oxygen tank so will always look about twelve years old?! Whatever the reason, those closest to the boss at TInney’s Toys wanted to mark his MASSIVE 40th birthday, and to make sure he got properly celebrated. It is said that Tinney’s favourite big-birthday present was the opportunity to meet and train with his hero, Cathal “Buns of Steel” Roarty. A big tick on the bucket list.Paul “Butter Wouldn’t Melt” Cullen (not bloody half) is another in the long line of sporting greats to come form the athlete factory that is, Hawthorn Heights. Greatly admired for his ability swim effortlessly (behind someone else), his prowess as an endurance cyclist is famous across the land (!!!!). Most notably, Paul (who by his appearance should perhaps drink Regain for breakfast instead of his preferred anti-aging cream) has finally begun to emerge from the shadow of his sporting inspiration – not Michael Murphy or Carl Lewis – but the wildly good looking and unimaginably charming, Paul “Saucy” Doherty. As Doherty has begun to show wear over time, Cullen has overtaken his once great master! Just like Tinney now keeps pace with his hero, so too has Cullen come of age – all forty years of it!All at Letterkenny’s 24/7 Triathlon Club, their families and also the Letterkenny Take-away Association wanted to wish the boys well. We are SO PROUD of these fine, fine athletes!!How can these guys still be doing triathlons at their age?! was last modified: July 28th, 2017 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)
Oíche den scoth ag An Grianán a bhí ann aréir ag an Seó leis na scoláirí o Choláiste Ailigh, Leitir Ceanainn.Bhí an amharclann lán go doras agus bhain gach duine an-sult as na ceoltóirí, dráma, amhrán, filíocht agus damhsa. Ceolchoirm go hiontach ar fad!Click to play an hilarious take on Riverdance!DDTV HD VIDEO: COLÁISTE AILIGH AGUS OÍCHE DEN SCOTH! was last modified: November 26th, 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) Tags:Colaiste AilighLeitir Ceanainn.
At 4am, London is dark and raining. While my taxi snakes me through the deserted streets, a trainee Jesuit priest is camped outside South Africa House. In the radio studio the BBC journalist asks why we vote, why it’s important, and that hackneyed scribbler question: how does it make you feel? Why did Matthew Charlesworth, our priest in the darkness and first London voter, queue in that deserted square? Obligation, duty, a desire to count and be counted as a South African. All the reasons that emerge from everyone I speak to, and my motivation too. Eventually every South African overseas is treated like a traitor. Someone who cut and ran and now talks the country down from the discomfort of a damp and foreign shore. Yet here we are in our thousands filling in forms, fishing out unused ID documents and lining up around the block to contribute our one, small, indelible cross. At the back of the queue is Heinrich Volmink, who travelled down from Glasgow in Scotland because it is a great honour and a patriotic duty to be here. So much passion and purpose swirls through this five-deep line. We stand only 25 metres from where Mandela gave his last speech to London – perhaps ever. He spent nine hours on the “freedom bus”, continues Heinrich, because my ancestors could not vote. Not everyone is as happy. Like a creature of caricature, a man stands with an old South Africa flag shirt. I suppose he too exercises a choice. We watch him like we would an exhibit. One foot in the old world and a vote in the new, I think. I doubt he will find peace, anywhere. Shame. After three radio interviews and breakfast, it’s time to vote. The early morning bankers, accountants and the priest have retreated to their terminals. Now the backpackers, students and out-of-work consultants shuffle forward in unison. You mustn’t lower your standard, says one man to a girl 20 years his junior as he inquires about her job. He doesn’t have one: tough times. London is South Africa’s largest polling station. Over seven and a half thousand citizens – almost twice as large as the next biggest venue. But our queue is orderly. The mood is good-natured, but also reflective. Examining my compatriots, it’s clear that for most of us, democratic elections are all we have ever known. As you would expect, it’s a mostly white queue with the occasional darker face. Around them cluster journalists: the British ones asking who they are voting for. My vote is my secret, we all say. Throughout, I “tweet” from my phone. These micro-blogging sms’s capture the moment when a man claiming to be a Freedom Front Plus candidate marches up to the door demanding to see the electoral officer. I leave them in a huddle and fill in my forms. First an envelope with your name and voter district number. Then downstairs to check documents, receive a ballot and cast my vote. I get three calls in the voting booth. Your smile has stamina, I say to the official, and we all chuckle. It will be a long day, but so far it is going smoothly: if all your documents are in order. So why did I vote? To reaffirm my citizenship; to exercise my rights; to respect my heroes and dignify their sacrifices and yes, to make a difference. Though Rudi Talmakkies from Saldanha said it best: Obama gave people a totally new view. The youth realise they are part of the solution. For me, that works. Timothy Schultz is deputy head of communications and marketing at The Learning Trust, a not-for-profit company that runs all the education services for the London borough of Hackney. A South African who has lived in London for about eight years, Schultz is an active member of the Global South Africans network.