Ray Parks, Blackwater survive Ginebra in OT for 2-0 start

first_img“For a rookie to have that mentality says so much about how much of a winner he is,” Dimaunahan said of Parks, who was also one of the heroes in the team’s conference-opening win over Meralco last weekend.“I just have so much trust for my guys—not only on Rayray. Anybody of the guys could erupt … I’m so grateful of my players for playing such way. I couldn’t ask for more. They did not fold.”Gin Kings reinforcement Justin Brownlee figured in a duel with his Alab teammate in Parks, scoring seven points in the extra period.Though with the ball in his hands in the dying moments of the game, the beloved Ginebra import decided to kick it out to Scottie Thomspon, whose triple was way off.Brownlee finished with 44 points, 10 boards and seven assists. Greg Slaughter added 24 more but he was the lone local to produce in twin digits.ADVERTISEMENT The second overall pick showed otherwise, scoring 10 of Blackwater’s final 14 points as the Elite stunned defending champion Barangay Ginebra in overtime, 108-107, and notched their second straight victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I can’t explain it. But I always thought that our team is built for this,” said coach Aris Dimaunahan, who once played for Ginebra.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Those tuneup games that we had readied us for games like this. [Our last] game was a hell of a game. This one was a hell of a game, too.”Parks and import Alex Stepheson each scored 28 points to lead the Elite while Mac Belo tossed in 20 more. NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nick Kyrgios out of French Open, tournament that ‘sucks’ LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines–Ray Parks made it clear from the get-go he’s merely a humble addition to an offensively loaded roster.ADVERTISEMENT The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Blackwater takes on the 0-2 Columbian squad next, while Ginebra looks to recover from narrow loss when it goes up against 1-1 Meralco. Both contests are on Sunday at the Big Dome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard View commentslast_img read more

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Govt Councillor chides poor service at Suddie Hospital

first_imgGovernment Councillor Naithram has spoken out about the poor service being offered at the Suddie Public Hospital, on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Speaking at the statutory meeting in the boardroom of the Regional Democratic Council at Anna Regina for the month of May, Councillor Naithram said he is very dissatisfied at the kind of service offered at the public medical institution. He said the Hospital serves as a “monument” instead of a medical facility.Councillor NaithramHe reflected on a recent incident where he said his wife was admitted at the hospital and was treated poorly. He said first of all, there were insufficient drugs available and before his wife was admitted in the ward of the Hospital, she was taken to the Intensive Care Unit instead.“This is what people are facing at the Hospital… no proper service, no drugs nothing. How can they say free medical service in Guyana when people are suffering,” Naithram questioned.The Government Councillor related that his wife was given a prescription to purchase medication at a private pharmacy. He said prior to that, his wife also complained that the doctor that was supervising the ward was under the influence and she was awoken by the stench of his alcoholic breath.Like his wife, Naithram said many other patients are experiencing the same situations at the medical institution. He alleged that persons are falling sick instead of recovering after visiting the hospital. “The poor are suffering, the Government needs to intervene, Suddie Hospital is getting worse,” Naithram said.During the discussion, head of the Health and Sanitation Committee and People’s Progressive Party Councillor, Arnold Adams, said recently there was a death in the Good Hope area and family members of the deceased claimed if the hospital had the necessary drugs to treat their mother, she would still be alive today.Adams therefore called on Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence to launch an investigation into the operations at the Suddie Public Hospital, since there is an issue relating the services offered.Most of the medical equipment is non-functional or malfunctioning and there is also the prevailing issue of a shortage of drugs.last_img read more

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Charlton sign highly-rated Tottenham youngster on loan

first_img Young Tottenham defender Milos Veljkovic 1 Charlton have signed Milos Veljkovic on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season.The 19-year-old arrives from White Hart Lane with a glowing reputation, having previously captained Spurs’ under-21 side.Veljkovic can operate in either the centre of defence or midfield and has already gained experience of the Championship with a previous loan spell at Middlesbrough.However, during his spell at the Riverside this season Veljkovic only made four appearances and it is hoped his spell with Charlton will increase his playing time.The Serbian will wear the number five shirt at the Valley and is available for Charlton’s clash with Wolves on Saturday.last_img

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That touch is just incredible! Barcelona ace is at top of his game

first_imgBarcelona thrashed Athletic Bilbao 6-0 to keep their Liga title hopes on course.Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi and Neymar both scored along with Ivan Rakitic.And what about this for a bit of control from Neymar?As well as the trio known as ‘MSN’, Real Madrid’s own threesome of Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo also scored, but which trio of players are better?Football’s greatest ever trios Watch a video of Neymar’s superb touch 1last_img

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Snow closes Interstate 5 to traffic at Grapevine

first_imgSnow from the latest storm to cross over the Southland has closed Interstate 5 at the Grapevine, forcing motorists to detour through the Antelope Valley, the California Highway Patrol said. The closure at Parker Road was ordered at about 9:25 p.m., Officer Alex Gonzalez said. Drivers on the Golden State Freeway were diverted to the Antelope Valley freeway and state Route 58. About four inches of snow has fallen near Frazier Park on the Kern County side of the Grapevine since 8 p.m. as a fast-moving winter storm passed over the region, said Curt Kaplan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based in Oxnard. “It’s going to continue overnight with showers in Southern California,” he said. “In the morning, it’ll start to clear up a little.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Economic optimism rebounds

first_imgNEW YORK – Americans’ optimism in the economy rebounded in March, sending a widely followed barometer of consumer sentiment to a near four-year high, a private research group said Tuesday. The Conference Board said its consumer index climbed 4.5 points, to 107.2, the highest level since May 2002, when the reading was 110.3. Analysts had expected a reading of 102. The latest measure was up from a revised 102.7 in February, which was down 4.1 points from January and broke a three-month rebound from last year’s Gulf hurricanes. “The improvement in consumers’ assessment of present-day conditions is yet another sign that the economy gained steam in early 2006,” Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center, said in a statement. “Consumer expectations, while improved, remain subdued and still suggest a cooling in activity in the latter half of this year.” The upbeat report on consumer confidence is an encouraging sign for retailers, whose sales of spring fashions have been uneven amid cool temperatures. Economists closely track consumer confidence because consumer spending accounts for two-thirds of all U.S. economic activity. The component of the consumer confidence index that assesses views of current economic conditions rose to 133.3 from 130.3. Another component, which measures consumers’ outlook over the next six months, improved to 89.9 from 84.2 in February. Despite the improvement in consumer confidence, a modest stock market rally evaporated after the Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate by a quarter percentage point Tuesday afternoon and left the door open for further rate hikes. The new level of 4.75 percent in the federal funds rate is the highest in five years and will likely lead to higher consumer borrowing costs. The Dow Jones industrial average, up modestly before the Fed’s announcement, headed lower and closed down 95.57 at 11,154.54, according to preliminary indications. Broader stock indicators also fell. Shoppers face conflicting reports about the economy. Job growth has been encouraging, and a rising stock market has helped boost confidence among higher-income consumers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Moussaoui gets life

first_img“He’s a wannabe who deserves to rot in jail.” But Patricia Reilly, who lost her sister Lorraine Lee in the New York attacks, was deflated. “I guess in this country you can kill 3,000 people and not pay with your life,” she said. “I feel very much let down by this country.” The verdict came after four years of legal maneuvering and six weeks of testimony that put jurors on an emotional roller coaster and gave Moussaoui a platform to needle Americans and relish the pain of the victims and their families. Judge Leonie Brinkema was to hand down the life sentence this morning, bound by the jury’s verdict. Offering assurance to the losing side, she told prosecutors: “The government always wins when justice is done.” Moussaoui smiled at that. The outcome was a stinging defeat for the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, a former federal prosecutor in Alexandria who was overseeing the case. He said afterward, “The jury has spoken and we respect and accept that verdict.” Moussaoui is expected to spend the rest of his life at the federal maximum-security prison in Florence, Colo. In Paris, his mother, Aicha El Wafi, told France-Info radio: “I feel nothing. I am dead, because my son was wrongly convicted.” The jury did not reach the unanimity required for a death sentence against the man who claimed a direct role in the Sept. 11 attacks even though he was in jail at the time on immigration charges. During the trial, no one disputed that Moussaoui came to the United States intending to do harm and that he received flight training toward that goal. But his lawyers contended he was an al-Qaida outcast who was not trusted with the knowledge of the Sept. 11 plot. Outside the courthouse, defense attorney Gerald Zerkin said of the jurors: “It was obvious that they thought his role in 9/11 was not very great and that played a significant role in their decision.” The closest the jurors came to unanimity in finding mitigating factors was on two questions involving his troubled childhood. On the first count of conspiracy to commit international terrorism, nine cited his unstable early childhood including stays in orphanages and a lack of emotional and financial support, and nine also cited physical and emotional abuse by his father. Using evidence gathered in the largest investigation in U.S. history, prosecutors achieved a preliminary victory last month when the jury ruled Moussaoui’s lies to federal agents a month before the attacks made him eligible for the death penalty because they kept agents from discovering some of the hijackers. But even with heart-rending testimony from nearly four dozen victims and their relatives – testimony that forced some jurors to wipe their eyes – the jury was not convinced that Moussaoui, who was in jail on Sept. 11, deserved to die.160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe extraordinary 42-page verdict form in this sentencing trial – with its lists of aggravating and mitigating evidence – provided clues to the thought process the jury engaged in during 41 hours of deliberations over seven days. But the jurors slipped away from the courthouse without speaking to reporters, so how much weight they gave each factor remained unknown. The verdict form said only that they couldn’t agree unanimously on execution and thus Moussaoui must be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of release. There was no word on exactly how many voted for life and how many for death. But Moussaoui crowed on leaving court after the 15-minute hearing: “America, you lost. … I won.” Some victims’ families said he got what he deserved. Carie Lemack, whose mother, Judy Larocque, died on hijacked American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center, said her mom didn’t believe in the death penalty and would have been glad Moussaoui was sentenced to life. “This man was an al-Qaida wannabe who could never put together the 9/11 attacks,” Lemack said. ALEXANDRIA, Va. – After listening to six weeks of argument, tears and revelations, more of the jurors who spared Zacarias Moussaoui’s life were moved by the confessed al-Qaida conspirator’s turbulent, deprived childhood than by claims that he was a delusional psychotic seeking martyrdom. In rejecting execution, some of the nine men and three women, drawn from the suburbs of the nation’s capitol near the Pentagon, also seemed to be swayed by the limits of his role in the deadliest terrorist attack in the nation’s history. The jury couldn’t agree unanimously on government contentions that the 37-year-old Frenchman, who was in jail on Sept. 11, 2001, caused the deaths of the nearly 3,000 people who died that day, or that he acted in a heinous, cruel or depraved manner. Three of them even made a point of writing that – despite Moussaoui’s dramatic testimony claiming to be a part of the plot – he had limited knowledge of the plans for the suicide jetliner hijackings of 9/11. last_img read more

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Isco IN, Rooney OUT? Shock reports in Spanish media of Man United transfer plans

first_imgJose Mourinho is ready to axe Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney to sign Real Madrid star Isco, according to reports in Spain.The England skipper has come under fire for his performances recently and he has fallen out of the first-team at Old Trafford.Instead, the 30-year-old has been forced to come off the bench for Manchester United and he has not started any of the club’s last three games.And, according to AS, things could be about to get worse for Rooney as Mourinho is reportedly eyeing up a January swoop for Isco.The attacking midfielder is struggling to make an impact under Zinedine Zidane and he almost left in the summer.Mourinho is said to be a big fan of the Spaniard and believes he would be the perfect successor to Rooney for Manchester United. 1 Isco in action for Real Madrid last_img read more

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South Whittier talking trash

first_imgA study commissioned by the county Board of Supervisors found that the best way to achieve the 50-percent goal is to hire a single hauler for all of the unincorporated county communities, Maloles said. Currently, 140 different companies have county trash-hauling contracts, she added. “That way, we can have jurisdiction over the haulers about rates, customer complaints, bulky item pickup and enforcement,” Castro said. “For instance we’ve had a problem with people leaving chairs, couches, etc., in the trash. It ends up all over the street because we have no jurisdiction or uniform system for everybody to follow.” Maloles said South Whittier residents are already paying higher-than-average trash rates compared to other unincorporated areas. But she added that officials hope the rates will decrease when a single hauler is selected. Resident Jean Wall, who lives near a school, said the use of multiple companies has caused unnecessary confusion and even traffic problems. “Our main complaint is we don’t know what’s going on and right now we have two trash trucks blocking my street on trash days because of this mess,” said Wall. “If I don’t get out of my driveway by 6:45 a.m. to go to work, I’m stuck until the school traffic clears.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER – A county plan to consolidate trash-hauling services now spread among 15 to 20 companies has led to concern among South Whittier residents that their trash rates will rise, prompting officials to call a community meeting Thursday. Residents said officials promised in December that the county would award a contract to a single company. Having multiple companies hauling trash for the small unincorporated South Whittier area created problems because some of the haulers did not take large, bulky items like old furniture. Consequently, residents said, items were being dumped in alleys or left on sidewalks. “\ came out with this dog-and-pony show \, telling us they would have this one-collector system by July,” said resident Butch Redman. “We still haven’t heard anything. We gave them our concerns.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleBut Angie Castro, spokeswoman for Supervisor Gloria Molina, said the county is still in the process of selecting a single trash hauler for the area. She said officials only recently rejected six different bids from various haulers, all of whom proposed raising rates beyond the current fees. “We’re doing a re-bid because the bid rates that were submitted would have been higher than \ are paying now,” Castro said. “\ is going to send out the bid again and start the whole process over again.” To clarify the situation, representatives from both Molina’s office and Supervisor Don Knabe’s office have called Thursday’s meeting with residents. Officials said they want to reassure residents that their trash rates will not increase under a one-collector system. Virginia Maloles is program manager for the Environmental Programs Division of the county’s Department of Public Works. She said the county wants a single company to handle trash collection so that it can meet the 1989 Integrated Waste Management Act that requires the county to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills by 50 percent or face fines of up to $10,000 a day. The county has not met the mandate but has appealed to the state board for extensions. last_img read more

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County Counsel’s Office to be investigated

first_img“I’m trying to control my temper,” Yaroslavsky said. “This is almost McCarthyistic in its approach.” He added that he’d read Nagle’s report and found it questionable. “It was followed within days by a motion … for an independent counsel to investigate, based on Mr. Nagle’s report, which I thought, to put it charitably, was jumping the gun. … It doesn’t matter what (Fortner’s) response was. You (Molina and Antonovich) were out to get him. Now you want me to believe you are going to hire an independent investigator and let the chips fall where they may. I don’t believe you.” But Antonovich said Nagle made serious allegations that require an independent investigation. “There ought not to be any fear of openness in the review of the facts and a fair and objective report to answer the questions,” Antonovich said. Molina said she discovered that new procedures designed to reduce costs were not being followed after a federal jury in February awarded $18 million to middle school teacher Raul Ramirez, who claimed a sheriff’s detective falsely accused him of assaulting a teenage girl and covered up evidence that would have cleared him. It was the largest verdict ever against the Sheriff’s Department. The county later settled the lawsuit for $9 million. “We found this out in closed session,” said Molina, who asked the auditor earlier this year to determine whether new litigation management procedures were being followed. “That’s what started us to question, to go back and see if the protocols were being followed.” troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Fortner gave supervisors a 29-page rebuttal to Nagle’s allegations. He declined to divulge information in the rebuttal – citing “sensitive personnel information” – but said Nagle’s allegations are wrong. He also said he plans to cooperate with Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley in the investigation and disputed Molina’s contention his office is in turmoil. “I would say very directly that our office is working well and everyone is going in the same direction,” Fortner said. ” … There is not warfare in the office of the county counsel.” The issue of how to investigate, however, divided the supervisors who traded a barrage of vehement views. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky railed at a motion by supervisors Molina and Michael D. Antonovich for an independent investigation into the allegations. After a rare and fiery debate, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to direct the county auditor to investigate allegations the County Counsel’s Office manipulated reports to hide deteriorating litigation and trial results. The unusual request for an investigation into a department head follows the firing of litigation cost manager Robert E. Nagle of Agoura Hills, who helped cut the county’s litigation costs in half in recent years. Nagle has appealed his firing to the supervisors, alleging County Counsel Ray Fortner’s office hid information about rising costs, failed to comply with cost-cutting policies and didn’t notify the supervisors about conflicts of interest. “The problem now is about trust,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said. “If there is anyone you are supposed to trust, it’s your lawyer. But there are two sides to this. There is no doubt, whether we admit it or not, there is warfare going on in the County Counsel’s Office.” last_img read more

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