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Possibility of teaming up with bro Kiefer at Gilas adds to Thirdy Ravena’s motivation

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena lived the dream when he made his debut for Gilas Pilipinas in the last two games of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Ravena is grateful for the experience that a collegiate player like him could only wish for but the Ateneo superstar is far from content.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying The Philippines had just secured a ticket back to the Fiba World Cup and Ravena is keen on making the lineup especially with his older brother Kiefer already cleared to play when that time comes.“I really, really, really miss my brother playing. He’s been such an inspiration and motivation for me to just keep pushing myself as well because that’s what he does,” said Thirdy, who was among the major awardees during the 2018 PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Just the fact that there’s actually a possibility for that to happen just makes me more motivated to try and do my best to make the lineup.”The two became the first brothers to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas after Kiefer played in the second window of the qualifying tournament last March two months before news broke about his 18-month suspension by Fiba due to doping. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Thirdy was a late addition to the national team pool and many even considered him to be a long shot to make the Philippines’ 12-man lineup and yet the prolific forward defied the odds and played in both games against Qatar and Kazakhstan.“Surreal until now that I was able to represent the country at the highest level,” Thirdy said.“The fact that I was around such great players and coaches for a short amount of time, was really big especially for a collegiate player like me to be around those guys who have represented the country for numerous times. I really learned a lot from them.”Seeing the two Ravenas on the Philippines’ World Cup roster appear to be a far-fetched reality for now, but there’s still a possibility—no matter how slim the chances are—that it could happen.“Why not?” Thirdy said with a grin.ADVERTISEMENT Lourdes Clemente slowly showing true potential for La Salle as she adjusts to UAAP grindlast_img read more

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‘I APOLOGIZE’, Says Ellen’s Son, Dr. James Adamah Sirleaf, Following Comments Published in…

first_imgI apologize to all involved as my comments to the Wall Street Journal were taken out of context and left the unfortunate impression that I do not care about Liberia and Liberians during this crisis.  Nothing could be further from the truth.Over the last seven plus years, I have spent a lot of time working to address some of the gaps in the health care system of the country. My commitment to Liberia, and especially the healthcare system, remains firm.  Even during the initial outbreak of Ebola this March, I and my family, including my wife small children, visited Liberia, and I again enjoyed the opportunity to do some work there with friends and colleagues. I will continue to do so.A native of Liberia, my commitment to our country, especially in this period of extreme need, is unwavering. A health care practitioner, my continued respect for the heroic services of my colleagues remains nothing short of admirable. For me, Ebola is not a nameless and faceless virus. Like many, it has broken my heart. I worked with the late Doctors Samuel Brisbane and Abraham Borbor at the JFK. They were not simply professional colleagues. They were my friends.Since founding the HEARTT Foundation in 2007, we have recruited medical specialists – almost 100 doctors to volunteer their time at various hospitals in the country, and to teach at the medical school.  I cannot state how many countless lives were saved; how many severe aliments were solved; and most importantly for us Liberians, all of the children who were given a chance at a better life by the HEARTT pediatricians. There are many Liberian medical professionals today on the front line, recruited and trained by HEARTT.  We remain very proud of what we have accomplished and deeply humbled for the privilege to assist our people.  We may never truly know how many  lives we continue to touch and to save. But we know we cannot stop.From complicated surgeries to teaching others, we cherish what we do. We are proud of what we have been able to achieve so far. What is more, we will continue to do volunteer work in the country knowing that many have been blessed by what we do.Each time the HEARTT Foundation was able to come to Liberia, we succeeded in caring for the sick or attending to the needy; and touched our own lives in profound ways. We feel a special sense of purpose, and I feel that I am giving back to a country I love and to a people who appreciates what we do.This is why we do this free of charge – and will continue to do so – without financial contributions from the Government of Liberia.I returned to Liberia in August of this year to provide assistance to the JFK and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Even as I did, I also met with and urged lawmakers to increase focus on awareness.  Privately, I also worked with other United States-based medical professionals to set up “protocols” for identifying Ebola cases, and how best to avoid physical contacts.While in Liberia, I discovered that there was something else I could also do. It became quite obvious that the greatest risk to fighting the disease was the lack of medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipments (PPE’s) by which health care workers would reduce the risk of being infected. I could do something. I knew I could do something. And I did.A few weeks ago, HEARTT’s  donation of almost 70,000 pounds of medical supplies remains one of the largest and fastest responses to  the Ebola crisis in the country to date.Again, I may not be able to provide all that the country will needs, but I will not stop trying until every health care worker has enough PPEs and other medical supplies to fight this disease.This is what I meant when I said that by “remaining in the US, I could better serve and advocate” for Liberian health care workers and their patients. Today, the HEARTT Foundation spends more than 50% of its time [begging for PPEs], and I will continue to beg, if I must, to get PPEs to Liberia.Finally, I come to Liberia three or four times every year. I do not intend to stop now. Along with volunteers whom we sponsor, I come to give back – to provide care for those who need it and simply cannot afford it. And I will continue to do so. I look forward to returning as soon as I can. As has always been the case, I will continue to do my best.God bless Liberia.Dr. J. Adamah Sirleafjsirleaf@hearttfoundation.orgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Cabinet approved without tendering

first_img0M fertiliser deal… while other company offered cheaper priceOne of the biggest criticisms facing the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC)GRDB General Manager Nizam HassanGovernment is its lack of transparency as it pertains to the administration of State affairs. Against this backdrop, information has surfaced which suggests Cabinet disregarded the accountable process of tendering in awarding a $420 million fertiliser contract to HDM Labs, although another company was offering to provide the fertiliser at a cheaper price.HDM Labs had highlighted, in its cease-and-desist letter to Guyana Times, that the company’s President, Hardat Singh, during one of his frequent trips to Guyana “became aware that urea fertiliser being used by rice farmers were being sold at exorbitant prices, at the approximate price of G$5600-$5800 per 50kg bag, and accordingly made contact with the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture to offer for sale fertiliser at prices significantly below the then locally available market price, at approximately G$4160 per 50 kg 3 bag (i.e. US$400 per metric tonne). Naturally, given the fact that this significant price disparity in favour of local farmers was overwhelming, being more than 25% cheaper than was currently being retailed on the local market, the Permanent Secretary referred the matter to the Guyana Rice Development Board (“GRDB”)”.It was further stated in the letter that “the GRDB accepted HDM Labs’ offer and on January 14, 2016 executed a contract with it for the supply of 5000 metric tonnes of fertiliser (the “Contract”)”. The pertinent fact is that no one involved in the contract award can claim the requirement for an open bidding process was followed. The Procurement Act of 2003 (effected in 2004) in accordance with Section 16 (1) establishes the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) which is the body that “facilitate[s] the establishment and implementation of regulatory environment conducive to transparency, economy, efficiency, openness, fairness and accountability in public sector procurement”. It is through this body that the $420 million fertiliser contract should have been awarded, to the lowest appropriate bidder, after open, competitive and transparent bidding from different companies.Furthermore, when this news agency spoke to GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan on the statements made by Singh, Hassan said: “The GRDB entered into a contract with HDM Labs based on a Cabinet decision. There was a Cabinet decision and based on that decision, the GRDB executed.”One of the GRDB Directors, Jinnah Rahman, who in previous articles accused HDM Labs and its President, of being connected to the AFC, and being awarded the contract as a result, confirmed that the contract was not tendered for nor were the particulars released to the GRDB.Rahman outlined that the Board had wanted to help the farmers by providing some form of concessions and it was decided that the farmers should get cheaper fertiliser. Recommendations were made to the Agriculture Ministry, but it was later discovered that a contract had been signed between HDM Labs and the GRDB to supply the fertiliser at the price outlined above. “I understand that the matter went to the Cabinet and the Cabinet approved of this person, so the Board didn’t know who this person was before, it came to us as a surprise.”What is worthy to note at this juncture is that another company, Nova Scotia Manufacturing Company Limited (NSMCL) had expressed interest since December 30, 2015 in supplying the fertiliser at a cheaper cost.The Director of NSMCL, in a letter to the GRDB General Manager, which was copied to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder and Minister of State Joseph Harmon, stated that the company was offering to supply “6000 m/tons of Urea Fertilizer ex United States of America as a cost of GUY$3600 per 50 kg bag delivered at Friendship Wharf”. The company outlined further that the “contract can be done and signed today for supply of same” and the fertiliser would be delivered 8-10 days after loading.NSMCL again sent a letter to the GRDB on January 11, 2016, three days before the contract was executed with HDM Labs, expressing interest to supply the fertiliser, the only difference being that when it arrived at the wharf “before breaking bulk”, the price would be G$3700 per 50kg bag. It is not clear what HDM Labs price would have been when the fertiliser reached Guyana, but it would certainly not have been less than the G$4160 per 50kg bag.What is clear, is that had the fertiliser contract been tendered and awarded to the lowest bidding competitive price, which in this case might have been NSMCL, the Government of Guyana could have saved G$470 on every 50kg bag of fertiliser (i.e. US$370 per metric tonne) or even more were other companies given the opportunity to bid.HDM Labs has since said that its contract to supply the fertiliser is in “full force and effect”, although it is now four months after the signing and the company has missed the deadline to supply the fertiliser for the rice farmers to use, since their last crop.The company President had even said that “HDM Labs made the necessary arrangements for 5000 tonnes of urea to be available at port for transport to Guyana, that cargo [is] currently awaiting approval from the GRDB to be shipped”.This approval would appear to be up in the air at this time since the GRDB GM highlighted that “while payment for the fertiliser was by Letter of Credit established through a local commercial bank, the supplier requested that the Letter of Credit be irrevocable and transferable”. And this last requirement cannot be complied with by local banks because of local anti-money laundering laws.As such, Nizam said: “GRDB continued to monitor the supply and prices of urea on the local market and has been in constant communication with HDM Labs Inc, since the supply of this commodity can no longer be considered urgent and immediate.”Rice Producers Association General Secretary Dharamkumar Seeraj had alleged in a press briefing months ago that Cabinet approved a contract for the procurement of $420 million in fertiliser from a “known campaign financier of the AFC/APNU coalition”. He also alleged that the contract was not tendered nor advertised and Government’s actions were “in direct contravention of the laws, norms and conventions applicable to the acquisition of farmers’ inputs”.HDM Labs and its President have since denied all the accusations levied against them by different personalities, including GRDB Director Rahman. Singh had stated that he was not an “investor” nor “campaign financier” of the AFC or APNU, but a “philanthropist” and neither himself nor “HDM Labs have been subject to investigations, or involved with or accused of money laundering, fraud or otherwise since the formation of HDM Labs or at all”.last_img read more

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Aging skaters reunite, raise money

first_imgLA MIRADA – Speed skating is probably not a sport people would typically associate with Southern California. But a dozen or so aging former champions of the sport have met annually for 18 years in La Mirada for a golf tournament to raise money for their De Morra Speed Skating Club – part of the larger Southern California Speed Skating Association. This year they met at Friday’s tournament “just to see who’s still walking,” but they no longer participate in the active fundraising, said former club President Bob Nelson, 69. The ages of the members range from late 50s to mid-70s. Only some of the members still skate, he added. The skaters had brought photos, old skates, helmets and medals to display in the clubhouse for the tournament. They told skating jokes and kidded each other, all of them younger looking than their advancing years. Nelson, a multiple medalist in various national and international championship competitions, said health problems of some of the older members reduced the size of this year’s reunion, held Friday. “This was a difficult year for getting us all here,” said Nelson, who lives in Whittier. “We had a death four or five weeks ago and our star, Bill Disney, was too ill to make it. “We’re all getting up there,” he added. Disney, 74, won a silver medal in the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley and competed in the 1964 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Nelson plans to enter “one more” competition for his age group – that’s next year’s National Championships in Salt Lake City. “I’ll skate religiously for six months to prepare for it,” said Nelson, who began speed skating when he was 16. “I’ve got the legs, I just don’t know if they still work like they used to.” Although the club has used golf to raise money for speed skating activities, Nelson said he didn’t understand the attraction to such a “slow” sport. “Golf takes too long, it’s too slow for me,” he laughed. “I’m a speed skater. I’m used to going 35 mph around an ice track.” Other skating title holders in the club include Greg Mokler, 58, who still holds the world record in the 440-yard event, set in 1972. It is a title he will always hold since distance measurements for speed skating now use the metric system, he said. Steve Prater, 56, won gold medals three times in the Nationals and twice in the U.S. Open Championships. He said California has emerged as a top producer of world-class skaters. “We’ve got year-round indoor skating and we jumped ahead of the curve in training techniques,” Prater said. Nelson said SCSSA has helped produce 36 national champions, 12 Olympians and numerous World Team members. Two Californians competed in last year’s Olympics in Turin, Italy, he said. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 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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Researchers ID new genes in most common diabetes

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Researchers said Thursday that they had identified seven new genes connected to the most common form of diabetes — the latest result of an intensifying race between university researchers and private companies to find genes linked to a range of diseases. The findings, presented in three reports by university scientists and one report by a private company, offer novel insights into the biology of a disease that affects 170 million people worldwide. And the sudden spate of new results mark an acceleration, and perhaps a turning point, in the ability to find disease genes, the long-promised payoff from the human genome project that began in 1989. Thursday’s reports bring the number of well-attested genes involved in adult-onset, or Type 2 diabetes up to 10, from the three known previously. The new genes do not immediately suggest any new therapy, but may point to a new biological basis for the disease, from which effective treatments could emerge in time. DeCode Genetics, an Icelandic company responsible for one of the reports, has dominated the gene-finding field for the last five years. The other papers come from three academic consortiums led by David Altshuler of the Broad Institute, Michael Boehnke of the University of Michigan and Mark McCarthy of the University of Oxford in England. DeCode Genetics has been the first to find several major disease genes through skillful analysis of the Icelandic patient population and its well-documented health care system. Its academic competitors, with the support of the National Institutes of Health, have had to describe and analyze the much wider range of genetic variation in the American and European populations. last_img read more

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BCEDA launches Forestry Plus Program to help communities impacted by mill closures and curtailments

first_imgAccording to the BCEDA, the first phase of the program will allow for increased dialogue between impacted Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, the BCEDA and other partners. More information on the ‘Forestry Plus’ program, can be found on the BCEDA’s website.Advertisement – Advertisement -The first phase of the program includes resources such as a webpage that is specifically dedicated to communities impacted by the closures and curtailments. The BCEDA says additional phases will be launched as resources become available.center_img The plan for the program is to bring together a network of economic development professionals to share challenges and successes. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As communities across British Columbia continue to experience economic restructuring, due to sawmill closures and curtailments, the B.C. Economic Development Association is launching a program called ‘Forestry Plus’.last_img read more

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Thousands bid Coretta Scott King farewell

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin said King spoke out, not just against racism, but against “the senselessness of war and the solutions for poverty.” “She sang for liberation, she sang for those who had no earthly reason to sing a song,” with a voice that was heard “from the tintop roofs of Soweto to the bomb shelters of Baghdad,” Franklin said. “The last stanza and highest note of Coretta King’s freedom song remains to be sung,” the mayor said. “She’s gathered us here today from all walks of life and all persuasions to lift our voices in a song of freedom, equality, social and economic justice, not just for our own sake but for the sake of the children the world over.” King, who carried on her husband’s dream of equality for nearly 40 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, died Jan. 30 at the age of 78 after battling ovarian cancer and the effects of a stroke. The four presidents, poet Maya Angelou and the Kings’ children were among at least 39 people scheduled to speak during the funeral. Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, and Bebe and Cece Winans were slated to perform. LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) – Four U.S. presidents joined senators, celebrities and an estimated 10,000 mourners Tuesday saying goodbye to Coretta Scott King, praised by President Bush as “one of the most admired Americans of our time.” The crowd stood as King’s four children walked into New Birth Missionary Baptist Church with Bush and former presidents Clinton, Bush and Carter. “I’ve come today to offer the sympathy of our entire nation at the passing of a woman who worked to make our nation whole,” President Bush told the crowd. “Coretta Scott King not only secured her husband’s legacy, she built her own. Having loved a leader, she became a leader, and when she spoke, Americans listened closely,” he said. Delivering the eulogy fell to Kings’ youngest child, Bernice, a minister at the megachurch. She was 5 when her father was assassinated in 1968 and is perhaps best remembered for the photographs of her lying in her black-veiled mother’s lap during her father’s funeral. Outside the suburban church Tuesday morning, the lines to get into the funeral and to attend the final viewing of King’s body started forming before 3 a.m. “There’s one word to describe going to go see Coretta – historic. It’s good to finally see her at peace,” said Robert Jackson, a 34-year-old financial consultant from Atlanta whose 10-year-old daughter, Ebony, persuaded him to take her to the church. More than 160,000 mourners have waited in long lines to pay their respects at public viewings since King’s body was returned to Georgia – on Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where her husband preached in the 1960s, at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday morning, and during the weekend at the Georgia Capitol, where King became the first woman and the first black person to lie in honor there. “She made many great sacrifices,” said Sean Washington, 38, who drove from Tampa, Fla., with his wife and children from a disability center, to attend the King’s funeral. “To be in her presence once more is something that I would definitely cherish, no matter what.” The funeral followed a day of tributes at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Gladys Knight performed and television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey, former Atlanta mayor and King lieutenant Andrew Young and others shared their memories of King. “For me, she embodied royalty. She was the queen. … You knew she was a force,” Winfrey told an audience of 1,700 at the musical celebration in King’s honor. Winfrey laughed as she told how she once persuaded King to get a new hairdo on her TV show. And she became emotional when she told how King, in the week before her death, sent her a handmade quilt that her husband’s mother had passed down. “She leaves us all a better America than the America of her childhood,” Winfrey said. At a service Monday night, the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton galvanized the crowd with fiery speeches that blasted the government and public figures for trying to make the King legacy their own while doing nothing for world peace or poor black Americans. “We can’t let them take her from us and reduce her to their trophy and not our freedom fighter,” Jackson said. After the funeral, King’s body will be placed in a crypt near her husband’s tomb at the King Center, which she built to promote his memory. Between the tombs is the eternal flame that was placed there years ago in Martin Luther King Jr.’s honor. On the crypt, inscribed in black, is the Bible passage First Corinthians 13:13, which reads: “And now abide Faith, Hope, Love, These Three; but the greatest of these is Love.”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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BASKETBALL: LETTERKENNY BLAZE ROUND-UP

first_imgLETTERKENNY BLAZE BASKETBALL ROUND-UPThe Blaze U12 girls team.Northwest U12 Girls FinalThe U12 Girls faced a tough match against Ballyshannon in the U12 North West Girls Final in Ballyshannon on Saturday evening last. This game proved to be a very close and competitive game for both sides. Blaze girls were focused from tip off to the final whistle. They played well together in the first quarter especially in the offensive court. However, Ballyshannon began to find their feet and were able to chip away at the Letterkenny girls lead to make it a 4 point game by the end of the first quarter with a scoreline 7 – 11 in favour of Blaze. The second quarter was just as intense as the first with both teams playing a very strong defensive game. Rebounds on both ends of the court were strongly battled for and the game picked up in pace as Ballyshannon notched a few scores to level the game at half time with 11 points all.In the third quarter, Ballyshannon managed to take the lead 21-17 with strong drives to the basket. Both teams had plenty of chances in the final quarter. Blaze managed to score a lay up from some excellent open passes and a hard drive to basket to narrow the scoreline to one basket. The intensity on and off the court was superb with all supporters cheering on their side. Ballyshannon were awarded 2 free throws and scored one from two to extend their lead to a 3 point game. In the last seconds Ballyshannon were able to keep their lead while Blaze threatened the score line on many occasions. Unable to clinch the lead, the Blaze girls played a highly impressive game and fought hard to the final whistle. The girls played with their hearts and should be very proud of themselves.North West u12 Boys League FinalU12 boys travelled to Ballyshannon in optimistic form having won 3 matches apiece throughout the season. They opened the first quarter brightly with a 8-4 scoreline to blaze at the 1st break. The hosts negated that lead, foiling blazes attack and counter attacking in the second quarter. Halftime score was 15-8 to hosts with all to play for. In the second half ballyshannon stepped up a gear and despite our best efforts they pulled away to win by 15 points at the final whistle. The blaze boys will have Learned much from this defeat and despite coming second their effort to the end was admirable. A season and a group of boys to be proud of and they will have better days ahead.Super Cup Finals Action form the U14 Blaze game against Sligo All-Stars.The Super Cup finals were hosted this year by Donegal Town Basketball Club. These finals see the league winners and the cup winners playoff. The days started with our u14 girls playing the host team, Donegal Town. The girls got off to a great start but at the half there was just a basket in it. Both teams who were evenly matched played some great ball but the hosts came out winners by just 2 baskets.Our u16 girls were up next led by their coaches Laura Deeney and Denise Bourne. Their opposition was Ballyshannon BC who had also won the league but most of these girls had been winners in the BI Schools Cup “B” earlier in the year. It was again a game played a great speed with lots of skill on show. In the end the Ballyshannon took the title by a margin of just 4 points.Our u14 boys played next against Sligo All Stars. However, this was not the team they had come up against in the league who had chosen play elsewhere this weekend. Our boys were far too strong in ability and skill for what Sligo had presented and ran out easy winners by a host of points. Blaze u14 boys would have much preferred a tighter competition albeit that they came away with the Super Cup. Well done guys.Action from the U16 Blaze boys game.Last up were our u16 boys against a strong Sligo All Stars team. This was a really good game of basketball with our boys staying in touch for most of the game with their opposition. Towards the end of the game and to gain every player valuable experience, Coach John Grant made sure all players got a good run out. These games were deemed as vital preparation for the upcoming All Ireland Club Championships for which all four of our Blaze teams have qualified. Details of which are yet to be clarified but we know as of today that the North West are hosting U16Girls B’s, our u14 boys travel to Kerry, our u14 girls go to Antrim outside Belfast with a venue for the u16 boys still to be confirmed.Back at our home gym our U12 development boys had a really enjoyable days basketball as they took part in the last under 12 blitz Sun 13th at home against Mulroy Hoops and DungloeDemons.Great fun, good sportsmanship behaviour and competitive basketball was displayed by all involved. Blaze players had to compete for the other teams today so we were all winners at the end of the season!BASKETBALL: LETTERKENNY BLAZE ROUND-UP was last modified: March 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Every Premier League club’s best player of the season, according to stats

first_img SORRY We’re just four games into the new Premier League season and already it’s promising to be a classic.We still have three teams who have won all their games, with Watford surprisingly having parity with Liverpool and Chelsea. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been one of the Premier League’s top performers this season. Burnley – James Tarkowski – 7.48/10Cardiff City – Neil Etheridge – 7.51/10Chelsea – Eden Hazard – 7.84/10Crystal Palace – Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7.39/10Everton – Michael Keane – 7.41/10Fulham – Aleksandar Mitrovic – 7.44/10 5 REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware Wolverhampton Wanderers – Willy Boly – 7.16/10 Most Popular Premier League News Duffy netted against Manchester United and has put in some fine displays. whoops How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Newcastle United – Jonjo Shelvey – 6.98/10Southampton – Alex McCarthy – 7.40/10Tottenham Hotspur – Kieran Trippier – 7.64/10Watford – Troy Deeney and Jose Holebas – 7.65/10West Ham United – Lukasz Fabianski – 7.06/10 latest predicted Manchester United look set for another tumultuous campaign under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho, although he remains the manager most likely to be sacked right now.Meanwhile the less said about West Ham United’s performances the better right now, Manuel Pellegrini is another boss facing a rough ride.But who have been the stand out stars in the first 360 minutes of action? With the help of WhoScored.com, we’ve picked out the top performer for each club of those to have played more than 180 minutes.You can see the results below. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Had it not been for the Polish shot-stopper, West Ham would be a lot worse off. 5center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Arsenal – Shkodran Mustafi  7.21/10Bournemouth – Steve Cook – 7.40/10Brighton and Hove Albion – Shane Duffy – 7.27/10 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 5 After some struggles at Old Trafford, things finally seem to be falling into place for Shaw. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF tense Getting amongst the goals for the Cottagers, Mitrovic is showing Newcastle what they could have had. gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update revealed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Huddersfield Town – Philip Billing – 7.18/10Leicester City – Ben Chilwell – 7.28/10Liverpool – Sadio Mane – 8.00/10Manchester City – Sergio Aguero – 7.91/10Manchester United – Luke Shaw – 7.27/10 5 5last_img read more

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Bayern Munich chiefs blast German media as Arsene Wenger talk quashed

first_imgBayern Munich chiefs have given a public show of support for under-fire boss Niko Kovac.The German giants called a press conference on Friday morning, with club president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzi all in attendance. latest tense Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ That sparked rumours that Kovac was to be sacked just three months after replacing Jupp Heynckes, with speculation former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was in line to replace him.But Bayern instead used the media briefing to launch an extraordinary attack on the German press for ‘slanderous reporting’ over their poor start to the season, and gave thier backing to Kovac.Bayern are currently sitting sixth in the Bundesliga table having won only four of their opening seven games and are without a victory in all competitions in four matches.After they were beaten 3-0 at home by Borussia Monchengladbach before the international break, Kovac and his players were subjected to stinging criticism, with club legend Lothar Matthaus among the most vocal critics. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 LATEST MOST READ FOOTBALL NEWS Arsene Wenger recently hinted he was close to a return to football gameday cracker SORRY 2 Niko Kovac replaced Jupp Heynckes as Bayern Munich boss in July Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City revealed BEST OF scrap 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Rummenigge said: “We at Bayern have decided that we will no longer accept this recent kind of media coverage.“It’s an important day for FC Bayern because we want to tell you that we will not put up with it anymore.“We will not let this degrading, slanderous reporting as of today. We will protect our players, our coach and the club.“We are not looking for the blame on the media. If you do not play well, you deserve no praise. But we want a report of a factual nature.” Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Wenger recently hinted that he will return to football in January, having ended his 22-year tenure at Arsenal in the summer.That prompted rumours he could take charge at the Allianz Arena, with Kovac under pressure.But Salihamidzic insisted that Kovac has his and the board’s support: “Niko is out of the question for me, he knows we’re behind him.“I was accused of not publicly addressing Niko Kovac. For that I have to clarify something. Why? We appreciate his work. We do not have to publicly justify ourselves.“This is disrespectful and outrageous, what happens here. I was horrified by the criticism of the team, I must say. I will defend them.”last_img read more

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