Still in the hunt

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The victory kept the Philippines in the hunt for a World Cup berth in the ongoing Fiba Asia qualifiers, but the road to the China tournament continues to be challenging.Japan defeated Iran, 97-89, meaning Gilas Pilipinas still has to win against Kazakhstan in an expectedly chilly road game and hope other results, especially from the other group, goes its way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBlatche’s performance against Qatar, however, gives the Philippines a lot of hope—at least with the things still within its control.“I feel great,” Blatche told the official Fiba website. “I almost had a triple-double but it comes from having great teammates. I just felt good being able to play my game again and help my team out.” Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 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 The win over Qatar could have been doubly sweet if Iran had managed to end Japan’s hot tournament streak.But the Japanese were in no mood to be cooperative.Hot right off the gates, Japan notched its seventh straight win in the qualifiers as Nick Fazekas pumped in 26 points and eight boards while Makoto Hiejima collected 24 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Andray just created a lot of opportunities for us, both on offense and defense. He changed the whole team and the guys just felt good playing with him,” said national coach Yeng Guiao.Blatche had missed four qualifying games and there were questions about his fitness and availability. The Philippines went 1-3 in that stretch. But Blatche was available on Friday, and he seemed in pretty good shape.“I’ve been with this team for many years,” Blatche told the Fiba website. “Travelled the world with them, competed with them against a lot of countries. There’s no bigger plus than getting to play with this team, creating family and bonds with so many people. It’s just a great opportunity for me.”“He’s the team teacher,” Guiaosaid in the Fiba report. “He helped us out offensively and defensively. He controlled the momentum. He controlled the situations of the game. He draws a lot of attention from thedefense which creates the opening. That’s why we shot a lot of three point shots. We got the good looks and the openings.”“I guess his game just speaks for himself,” Guiao added.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college World No. 2 Park leads TCC roster Andray Blatche makes a triumphant return to Gilas Pilipinas duty. —FIBA.COMAndray Blatche obliterated any questions on his fitness with another all-around performance. Gilas Pilipinas is hoping he can help eliminate obstacles that stand in the way of the team’s World Cup bid.With basketball fans in the country fighting off sleep to watch the game live on TV early Friday morning, Blatche came up with 17 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks as the Philippines swamped Qatar, 84-46, in Doha.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View commentslast_img read more

Bombshell led a life made for tabloids

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) – Anna Nicole Smith, the curvaceous blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale – Playboy centerfold, jeans model, bride of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-show subject, tragic mother – died Thursday after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39. She was stricken while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and was rushed to a hospital. Edwina Johnson, chief investigator for the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office, said the cause of death was under investigation and an autopsy would be done on Friday. Just five months ago, Smith’s 20-year-old son, Daniel, died suddenly in the Bahamas in what was believed to be a drug-related death. Seminole Police Chief Charlie Tiger said a private nurse called 911 after finding Smith unresponsive in her sixth-floor room at the hotel, which is on an Indian reservation. He said Smith’s bodyguard administered CPR, but she was declared dead at a hospital. Later Thursday, two sheriff’s deputies carried out at least eight brown paper bags sealed with red evidence tape from Smith’s hotel room. Dr. Joshua Perper, the chief Broward County medical examiner who will perform the autopsy, said if her death was from natural causes, the findings would likely be announced quickly. He cautioned, however, that definitive results could take weeks. “I am not a prophet, and I cannot tell you before the autopsy what I am going to find,” he said. Through the ’90s and into the new century, Smith was famous for being famous, a pop-culture punchline because of her up-and-down weight, her Marilyn Monroe looks, her exaggerated curves, her little-girl voice, her ditzy-blonde persona, and her over-the-top revealing outfits. Recently, she lost a reported 69 pounds and became a spokeswoman for TrimSpa, a weight-loss supplement. On her reality show and other recent TV appearances, her speech was often slurred and she seemed out of it. Some critics said she seemed drugged-out. “Undoubtedly it will be found at the end of the day that drugs featured in her death as they did in the death of poor Daniel,” said a former attorney for Smith in the Bahamas, Michael Scott. Another former Smith attorney, Lenard Leeds, told the celebrity gossip Web site TMZ that Smith “always had problems with her weight going up and down, and there’s no question she used alcohol.” Leeds said it was no secret that “she had a very troubled life” and had “so many, many problems.” Smith attorney Ron Rale told The Associated Press that he had talked to her on Tuesday or Wednesday, and she had flu symptoms and a fever and was still grieving over her son. He dismissed claims her death was related to drugs as “a bunch of nonsense.” “Poor Anna Nicole,” he said. “She’s been the underdog. She’s been besieged … and she’s been trying her best and nobody should have to endure what she’s endured.” The Texas-born Smith was a topless dancer at a strip club before she entered her photos in a search contest and made the cover of Playboy magazine in 1992. She became Playboy’s playmate of the year in 1993. She was also signed to a contract with Guess jeans, appearing in TV commercials, billboards and magazine ads. In 1994, she married 89-year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II, owner of Great Northern Oil Co. In 1992, Forbes magazine estimated his wealth at $550 million. In a 2005 interview with ABC, Smith recalled meeting Marshall at what she called a “gentleman’s club” in Houston. “He had no will to live and I went over to see him,” she said. “He got a little twinkle in his eyes, and he asked me to dance for him. And I did.” Marshall died in 1995 at age 90, setting off a feud with Smith’s former stepson, E. Pierce Marshall, over his estate. A federal court in California awarded Smith $474 million. That was later overturned. But in May, the U.S. Supreme Court revived her case, ruling that she deserved another day in court. The stepson died June 20 at age 67. But the family said the court fight would continue. Smith starred in her own reality TV series, “The Anna Nicole Show,” in 2002-04. Cameras followed her around as she sparred with her lawyer, hung out with her personal assistant and interior decorator, and cooed at her poodle, Sugar Pie. She also appeared in movies, performing a bit part in “The Hudsucker Proxy” in 1994. In a statement, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said: “I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole’s passing. She was a dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me personally.” Smith’s son died Sept. 10 in his mother’s hospital room in the Bahamas, just days after she gave birth to a daughter. An American medical examiner hired by the family, Cyril Wecht, said he died accidentally of a combination of methadone and two antidepressants. Last month, a Bahamas magistrate scheduled a formal inquiry into the death for March 27. Meanwhile, the paternity of Smith’s now 5-month-old daughter remained a matter of dispute. The birth certificate lists Dannielynn’s father as attorney Howard K. Stern, Smith’s most recent companion. Smith’s ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead was waging a legal challenge, saying he was the father. An emergency hearing in the paternity case was scheduled for Friday in Los Angeles. Lawyers were expected to discuss an emergency motion filed by Birkhead’s attorney seeking DNA from Smith’s body. The reasons for the motion were not immediately clear, but an attorney for Stern, James T. Neavitt, was frustrated. “There’s no question about her being the mother,” he said. “So what’s the purpose of the DNA testing? Why do they need her DNA?” Debra Opri, the attorney who filed Birkhead’s paternity suit, said only that doctors told her to get a DNA sample, declining to elaborate. She said Birkhead was devastated. “He is inconsolable, and we are taking steps now to protect the DNA testing of the child. The child is our No. 1 priority,” she said. The legal complications of Smith’s estate could take years to unravel, an expert said. Christopher Cline of the law firm Holland and Knight, who is an estate planning specialist, said he has never seen a case “with more moving parts.” Outstanding questions include not only the paternity of her daughter, but if she died with a will and how her death will affect the lawsuit pending against the Marshall estate. It also wasn’t clear where she legally lived when she died. “It’s a really large legal quagmire,” Cline said. Smith was born Vickie Lynn Hogan on Nov. 28, 1967, in Houston, one of six children. Her parents split up when she was a toddler, and she was raised by her mother, a deputy sheriff. She dropped out after 11th grade after she was expelled for fighting, and worked as a waitress and then a cook at Jim’s Krispy Fried Chicken restaurant in Mexia. She married 16-year-old fry cook Bill Smith in 1985, giving birth to Daniel before divorcing two years later. AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch in Los Angeles and Associated Press Writers Sarah Larimer in Hollywood, Fla., and Ana Cholo in Los Angeles contributed to this story.last_img read more

Coach to talk with Vikings

first_imgThe Minnesota Vikings have received permission to talk to UCLA assistant coach Eric Bieniemy about their running backs coach vacancy, according to a source. Bieniemy is expected to be in Minnesota to talk to coach Brad Childress today. Bieniemy is a hot coaching prospect list and turned down an offer from Texas, which just won the national championship, last year. He was given a $30,000 raise to stay at UCLA and makes $145,000 a year as UCLA’s recruiting coordinator and assistant coach. The Vikings just hired Brad Childress as coach and Childress and Bieniemy are friends. The two have worked together during NFL coaching clinics in the summer. If Bieniemy were to leave, it would be a big loss for the Bruins. Bieniemy is well-known as a great recruiter and signed, among others, tailback Maurice Drew, who’s leaving for the NFL draft, among others. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Kia commits: OL Micah Kia (Mililani High, Hawaii) has committed to UCLA, giving the school plenty of talented offensive linemen. Kia (6-foot-5, 305 pounds) had narrowed his decision to UCLA and Tennessee. Kia said he plans to take classes at UCLA this summer. Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 last_img read more

College bids grads farewell

first_img• Photo Gallery: 05/26: Whittier College Grads WHITTIER – Whittier College professor Patricia Van Oosbree said she didn’t know who first came up with the idea to use “commencement” to describe a graduation ceremony. That person must have been “brilliant or a master of irony” to use a word that means “beginning” to describe the completion of an education, Oosbree told the nearly 300 graduates receiving degrees Friday at the college’s 103rd annual ceremony. But the term rang true for senior Samantha Crandall, a Utah native who said Friday’s graduation marked the start of a new path for her that involves being active and believing in the power of one. At Whittier College, alumnus Darrell Walker, executive vice president for business affairs at the Black Entertainment Television network, had a few practical suggestions for graduates in the years ahead. “In the next hour, take a look around and try to imprint the sights, sounds and feelings in your soul. It will sustain you in the years ahead,” he said. “In the next 24 hours, try to thank all the people who helped you get here. It will humble you,” he said. “In 10 years, change your career – preferably as a result of being fired. Reinvention is a blessing. “In 25 years, look in the mirror and see your parents, and be glad. And in 30 years, give a speech at your alma mater and take the whole 35 minutes,” he added. “God bless you, and good luck.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Mother Teresa was just one person who made a big difference,” said Crandall, the featured student graduation speaker. “It’s true, we can’t do everything. But yes, we can do something. “The common thread we have is that we’re in a position to make change in this world,” she told fellow graduates. “Be active. Make a difference. I’m not asking you to end world hunger – but if you can, then do.” It was the first Whittier College graduation ceremony overseen by new college President Sharon Herzberger, who took over the position last fall and is only the second woman ever head up the private liberal arts college. Also graduating Friday were graduate students at Biola University in La Mirada, where about 350 received master’s degrees at a 6 p.m. ceremony on campus. Biola undergraduates will receive their degrees at a 9 a.m. ceremony today. last_img read more

YOU LUCKY PIG GERRY! NO ‘RASHER’ DECISIONS FOR DONEGAL MAN ON WINNING STREAK

first_imgDONEGAL man Gerry Coyle couldn’t take his lucky pet pig on RTE’s Winning Streak this weekend – but he still pocketed a small fortune on the show.Earlier we reported how RTE said the Coyles, from Newtowncunningham, couldn’t bring pet pot-bellied pig Glen to the show for health and safety reasons.And lucky Glen – who has brought Gerry loads of luck in recent months – didn’t quite rub off as he didn’t get to spin the wheel of fortune. That was despite dad of six Gerry saying ‘hello’ to Glen on TV!But his luck didn’t run out completely.Gerry did get his hands on a brand new Opel Astra worth €20,000 and €10,200 in cash.Said the 47-year-old: “We had a fabulous day out in Dublin. It was just incredible and we are very happy with our winnings. “But we won’t be making any rash-er decisions.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comYOU LUCKY PIG GERRY! NO ‘RASHER’ DECISIONS FOR DONEGAL MAN ON WINNING STREAK was last modified: January 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

DOCTORS BAN INFANTS FROM DRINKING TAP WATER IN GAOTH DOBHAIR OVER HEALTH FEARS

first_imgDRINKING water is so bad in Gaoth Dobhair that doctors are recommending that parents no longer give it to young children and infants, local people say.Dr Tony Delap the GP who practices in Derrybeg will address a public meeting tonight about the issue.“The chemicals which are at high levels are Manganese, Iron and Aluminium,” said local political activist Aodán ó Gallchóir. An information night will be held in the Crannóg at 7:30pm to discuss the state and future of the Gaoth Dobhair water system.“Gaoth Dobhair’s water system is said to be one of the most complex in the country due to the deteriorating pipes and the high levels of manganese, aluminium..etc.. There has been 13 pipe bursts in Gweedore since the beginning of the year.“Politicians and other public representatives have been informed of the night and are encouraged to participate in the debate. A representative from Donegal County Council has proposed that a delegation should be formed to contact and meet Uisce Éireann to alleviate the ever growing issue.”Fr. Brian Ó Fearraigh will chair the night and Dr. Tony Delap will speak of the consequences of the chemical levels present in the water. One of the meeting’s organisers is Hughie Mc Bride – Fianna Fáil’s Glenties Electoral Area convention candidate. DOCTORS BAN INFANTS FROM DRINKING TAP WATER IN GAOTH DOBHAIR OVER HEALTH FEARS was last modified: February 24th, 2014 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:aodhan o gallaochoirchemicals warningdoctorsGaoth Dobhairhealth warninglast_img read more

Hero Farah takes second Olympic gold

first_imgTwickenham’s Mo Farah became a double Olympic champion by storming to an incredible victory in the men’s 5,000m.The 29-year-old’s triumph followed his 10,000m gold and was greeted with scenes of wild celebration at the Olympic stadium.Farah, who finished in a time of 13 minutes 41.66 seconds, took the initiative heading into the final lap and held off Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel, who won silver, and Thomas Longosiwa of Kenya, who claimed bronze.“It’s unbelievable. I had great support from the crowd and it means a lot to me,” he declared.“I’m just amazed. Two gold medals – who would have thought that? It’s been a long journey. I grafted and grafted, and it shows anything is possible.”See also:Brilliant Farah storms to Olympic goldFarah victorious at Glasgow Indoor Grand PrixFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

African economic growth to slow: IMF

first_img13 March 2009The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned that Africa’s economic growth will be affected by the continuing world economic crisis, predicting that growth in sub-Saharan Africa will slow to 3.25% this year, half the growth rate it previously projected.The slump in commodity prices and the credit squeeze are the main culprits, the IMF said in a report released this week ahead of a major IMF conference on the crisis due to take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Tuesday.External supportThe conference was called to discuss what external support the IMF and other Western donors might be able to provide to help mitigate the impact of the crisis on Africa, which has the highest poverty rate of any region in the world.In recent years, many African countries have enjoyed strong growth rates, boosted by rising commodity prices, including oil.“The gains of the past decade, during which many countries in sub-Saharan Africa saw sustained high rates of economic growth and rising income levels, are at risk,” said IMF African department director Antoinette Sayeh.Less than a year ago, the IMF’s forecast for sub-Saharan Africa was economic growth of 6.7% in 2009, up from the 5.0% growth enjoyed in 2008.The new low-growth forecast means that many African countries are likely to see very little increase in living standards, and could fall further behind in meeting their poverty reduction targets.15 African countries ‘vulnerable’The IMF report says that 15 of the 21 countries which it judges as most vulnerable to the crisis are in Africa, and that many countries will not have the funds necessary to protect the poor from the affects of the downturn and may need external help.“While African policy makers are rising to this unexpected challenge, donors must also play their part. They must maintain their commitments and scale up, not scale back, their support.”The IMF added that while Africa has little direct exposure to the credit crisis as its banks have not invested much, if at all, in the problematic financial assets at the heart of the crisis, the global downturn has undermined demand for many industrial commodities, which are important exports for several African countries.These include oil in the case of Nigeria, Angola and Equatorial Guinea, and copper in the case of Zambia.Reduced financial flowsAfrica is also likely to be hit by reduced financial flows from abroad, including fewer remittances and less foreign direct investment.However, providing more aid could prove controversial. The IMF itself is expected to ask for a substantial increase in its funding at the summit of the Group of 20 (G20) leading developed and emerging countries in London next month, but it is not certain whether such additional funds will be forthcoming.As the IMF points out, foreign aid historically declines during an economic downturn.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA called on to rally behind job creation

first_img He said no “cosmetic change” in the country’s economy and current way of doing business would bring down the country’s unemployment rate of 25 percent. “No cosmetic change is going to ensure that nobody goes to bed in South Africa hungry. That must be an objective that all of us must share. “We can’t have lots of people sitting at the low end in terms of the skills that we are going to create and then say we are going to create high-end jobs.” The new plan, which was announced by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel on Tuesday and would be mapped out over the next six months, sets the ambitious target of creating five million jobs by 2020. “No cosmetic change is going to address the skills question in South Africa, which is a serious constraint on economic growth,” Gordhan said. “It’s a serious constraint on what kind of jobs we can create and what kind of businesses and industries we can create in South Africa. Speaking to journalists before presenting his medium-term budget policy statement to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said the government’s new economic growth path called for a “radical shift” in the South African economy.center_img Gordhan said South Africa needed to build a plan which allowed entrepreneurs, workers and professionals to flourish. 27 October 2010 South Africans from all walks of life must ask themselves what they can do to help create jobs and address South Africa’s unemployment rate, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “The growth path isn’t about how we create a few jobs in a few sectors,” Gordhan said. “It’s about saying, how do we take every sector of the South African economy and our society and ask the question, what does each one of us have to contribute in order for South Africa to move itself onto a completely new growth trajectory.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

TellFi Brings Its Google Voice-like Service to Canada – Free for 1 Year

first_imgaudrey watters The Y Combinator-backed startup TellFi announced today that it was launching a virtual phone service that would give one year of free service – and a local phone number – to anyone in Canada.Since Google Voice dropped its Canadian service in in 2009, there have been no free virtual phone options to customers and businesses in that country. and TellFi, which also offers service in the U.S., has stepped in to fill that gap.TellFi positions itself as an enterprise version of Google Voice, and its aim is to make it simple for businesses to set up an Internet phone system. TellFi’s features includes the ability to transcribe voicemail into email, ring specific phones depending on day and time, and setup virtual extensions. There are different pricing plans available for the service, based on the number of minutes and number of extensions. But it isn’t simply a matter of offering more business-oriented features. TellFi boasts better support and better quality phone calls too.TellFi’s offer of free service is only available for Canadian numbers. This includes one local number (chosen from any available number with any Canadian area code) and one year’s free service. Upgrades (with their associated fees) are available so that businesses can add additional features like toll-free numbers and multiple extensions.TellFi launched its service in late February, and in the words of co-founder Jason Corwin the company was “flooded with new Canadian users, so we decided to give away TellFi free to everyone in Canada.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#voice#web last_img read more