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Lassiter after SMB loss to NLEX: ‘We’re still finding our way’

first_img“Once we get fully healthy, we’ll be a different team and right now, we’re still finding our way, but I’m proud of the team that we gave our full effort. We just need to focus on certain areas that we want and don’t fall on the same stuff in the next one.”But for the Fil-Am sniper, he doesn’t want San Miguel to fall on the trap of playing the waiting game, saying that his team must find a way to rectify its miscues this early than feel sorry in the future.“We just got to get better at the things that we make mistakes on and learn from them,” he said, highlighting the poor start that saw the Beermen trail by 15 early, 25-10.“Of course, you want to play the full 48 minutes and that’s the key. If we could play the full 48 minutes, we could set the tone and play our style of brand. We can’t play two quarters, two-and-a-half, three-and-a-half, we got to play four quarters. That’s the key of beating any team. We can’t to come out and be down. We got to play the full four quarters.”And it starts in practice as San Miguel eyes to bounce back against Alaska on Saturday in Angeles City in Pampanga.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SMB coach Leo Austria continued to thread the needle with prized big man June Mar Fajardo as the veteran mentor keeping the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player on minutes restriction to give him time to recover from his calf injury while also keeping him fresh for the bigger wars ahead.But with Fajardo out, San Miguel suffered another close shave, this time losing to surprise contender NLEX, 103-100, on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Lassiter, though, remains upbeat knowing that the Beermen have enough talent to win.“We got enough talent to beat teams, and every one from the bench can compete with anybody. We know we can compete at a high level so we just got to continue playing San Miguel ball and make sure that whoever’s out there, we’ll come out and play hard,” he said. Marcio Lassiter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMarcio Lassiter will be the first to admit that right now, San Miguel is not the same team that won the first two championships this season.“It’s just different for us right now. We’re not used to playing this type of lineup all the time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments “I can’t think about the last five games we played. I’m thinking about the sixth game that’s coming up. That’s all I can think about. One game at a time. This loss hurts, but it is what it is and we got to bounce back,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Man remanded for damaging louvre panes belonging to ex-wife

first_imgThirty-two-year-old Mark Sampson of Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, was on Monday remanded to prison by Magistrate Leroy Daly on a damage to property charge.Mark SampsonThe accused pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on July 27, 2019, at Block E Sophia, Greater Georgetown, he unlawfully and maliciously damaged two louvre panes worth $14,000 belonging to his ex-wife.Prosecutor Richard Harris told the court that the defendant was previously charged for similar offences and was warned on several occasions to stay away from the woman.The court further heard that the ex-husband is in constant contact with the victim for varying reasons.As such, the prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant poses a threat to the victim, since he is in a habit of going over to her premises. The matter was adjourned until July 31, 2019.last_img read more

Local cowboy Jake Gardner in Brazil for PBR event

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local cowboy, Jake Gardner, is currently at the Barreto’s Cowboy Festival at the Barretos Exhibition Grounds in Sao Paulo, Brazil.So far, Gardner has started off with 90.5 in the first round on Thursday in the professional bull riding event.Earlier this month, at the 2019 Dawson Creek Stampede and Rodeo, Gardner managed to get 84 points in bull riding, placing him in third and winning a total of over $1,500 for his efforts.The Barreto’s Cowboy Festival wraps up on Sunday, August 25.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Inspection of voting systems in state needed, Bowen says

first_imgSACRAMENTO – California’s top elections official next month will begin the first comprehensive review of the reliability and potential vulnerability of voting systems used throughout the state. But if significant problems are found, next year’s early presidential primary will challenge election officials to come up with alternatives: “Not having an election isn’t one of them,” Secretary of State Debra Bowen told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday. Bowen, a Democrat and former state legislator, defeated incumbent Republican Bruce McPherson in November in part by questioning the reliability of electronic voting machines. During the campaign, she said voters had a “crisis in confidence” in the machines that have replaced paper balloting in many of California’s 58 counties. Previously disclosed problems include the discovery nearly a year ago that a feature on the widely used Diebold Election Systems computerized machines could allow someone to upload unauthorized software. Bowen said she will begin her review of voting systems in early May and expects to finish in August to give local officials enough time to make any required changes. She wants to ensure that all systems meet standards her office is developing for accuracy and reliability. They also must be resistant to tampering by hackers or election workers and be accessible to those with disabilities. But if problems are discovered, the time to fix them will be compressed now that California has moved its presidential primary from June to Feb. 5. The options will be to decertify the machines and search for a replacement system or to certify the machines conditionally. That could mean elections officials will conduct random audits of certain machines on election day and perhaps require hand recounts of ballots, she said. “That’s the big challenge we’re going to have,” Bowen said. “You have to conduct the election, and you can’t conduct the election by giving people a box and different colored marbles. So you’ve got to find a way to make it work.” She said casino slot machines often are subject to greater scrutiny and security safeguards than voting machines. Bowen’s top-to-bottom review has been criticized by some county election officials, who say it is unnecessary after McPherson ordered machines to be tested last year. “They went through the most rigorous testing that has ever been done. What is the rationale for doing it all over again?” said Conny McCormack, Los Angeles County’s registrar-recorder. Electronic voting systems worked well in California during last November’s election, she said. McCormack said she fears that Bowen is predisposed to reject the use of some systems. If she does, McCormack said, counties will not have enough time to replace their voting machines before the February presidential primary. A rushed review of the machines could result in finger-pointing if problems arise, further undermining voter confidence, said Stephen Weir, president of the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials and Contra Costa County’s registrar-recorder. Nevertheless, he said, Bowen’s effort will be worthwhile if it increases voter confidence in electronic balloting. 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

Transfer report: Man United to battle Arsenal in scrap to sign Higuain

first_img1 Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain Manchester United are set to rekindle their interest in Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to reports in Italy.The Argentina striker has been on United’s radar in the past but it appeared as though Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool had moved ahead of them in the queue to sign him.But now, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the Old Trafford club are considering a summer move for the forward as they bid to revitalise their squad ahead of next season.The report even suggests that Napoli and Manchester United have discussed potential terms on a deal for Higuain, who has hit an incredible 27 goals in 29 Serie A appearances this season.United, meanwhile, have struggled badly in front of goal, with none of their players managing double figures in the league all season.Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial have scored seven each with Jesse Lingard, who has got four, the next highest scorer.So United reportedly reckon Higuain could be the man to provide some much needed extra fire power next term.last_img read more

Public enemy No. 1: bonuses

first_imgEmployee bonuses at City Hall have quadrupled in five years to more than $117 million annually – one of 10 target areas that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa identified Wednesday as he works to narrow a $300 million budget shortfall. Flanked by Controller Laura Chick and Councilman Bernard Parks, Villaraigosa homed in on bonuses, workers’ compensation costs, surplus property and other targets for saving some $30 million. “We’re digging deep, we’re tightening our belts, and we’re asking the tough questions of our general managers,” Villaraigosa told reporters at a City Hall press conference. “These are just 10. There are many more. I’m hopeful that each will generate savings to help us balance our budget.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant With his fiscal 2006-07 financial plan set for release next month, the mayor has said city government faces “dire” consequences if it continues to overspend its $6 billion budget. Employee unions have downplayed the dismal forecast as a typical strategy on the eve of contract negotiations, but Villaraigosa says the deficit could grow to $450 million by 2011 if something isn’t done now. Heading the mayor’s top 10 list were employee bonuses, which have skyrocketed from $27.7 million in 2001 to $117.2 million in 2005. Chick released an audit in December that recommended tightening the bonus system to end unjustified payments – as when a worker received a bonus from a previous position after his job has changed. The Daily News had filed a California Public Records Act request last month requesting the information on city bonuses, but officials said the release of the figures Wednesday was coincidental. “People haven’t been appropriately monitoring these bonuses,” Villaraigosa said. “We should have tracked that and monitored it better. … That’s what we’re going to do now.” Villaraigosa this week ordered department heads – including the police chief, fire chief and top manager in General Services – to review their bonus systems. But Julie Butcher, president of Service Employees International Union, Local 347, which represents 10,000 blue-collar municipal workers, called the attack on bonuses petty since terms are detailed in union contracts. City government offers 300 types of bonuses, including uniform allowances, night-shift differentials and premiums for bilingual workers. “It’s an insult to the workers,” Butcher said. “Every single one of these has been negotiated with them – the employer.” Officials said they’ve managed to squeeze $33 million from the 10 targeted areas and hope to save at least $20 million more. The biggest savings has been $16.7 million in workers’ compensation costs, which officials hope will continue next year. Officials also have generated $16 million by collecting $9 million in overdue loans from the general fund to city departments and $7 million from Recreation and Parks surplus funds – with $5 million of the money set aside to fix city pools. Additional revenue could come from selling off as many as 300 surplus properties. Villaraigosa has criticized former city officials for using property sales and other one-time revenues to balance the annual budget in a way that masks the structural deficit. However, he said Wednesday that he would use one-time money only for one-time expenditures or to beef up the city’s cash reserves. He has pledged to eliminate the structural deficit – estimated at $295 million this fiscal year and $271 million for the year starting July 1 – over the next five years. Despite the heavy budget shortfall, Villaraigosa reiterated his vow to continue hiring police officers. However, since the Los Angeles Police Department has been unable to recruit as many officers as planned, some of the money left from the $24.8 million allocated this year could be diverted to other departments. Butcher questioned what, if anything, is new in the mayor’s plan, noting that his proposal to generate savings through a workers’ compensation arbitration program with her union had been agreed to more than a year ago. Still fiscal watchdogs welcomed the mayor’s crackdown on expenses. “I personally appreciate the mayor’s effort to put pressure on the general managers because it is somewhat unwieldy from the council position to bring accountability,” said Parks, who chairs the council’s Budget and Finance Committee. Former mayoral candidate Bob Hertzberg, whose campaign included calls for fiscal responsibility, said voters need to believe their tax dollars are being well spent. “A big piece of the process is not just money; it’s inspiring confidence. People don’t have confidence they (city officials) are spending your tax dollars wisely,” he said. “You’ve got to be hyper-focused in the attention to detail.” Councilman Tom LaBonge said that while there are many hard-working employees in the city, there is room for improvement. “I’m glad he’s looking at all of this,” he said. “The efficiency comes when we work harder.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 LOOKING FOR SAVINGS Here are the 10 areas that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa targeted Wednesday as potential methods to narrow the budget deficit: Review employee bonuses. Reduce workers’ compensation costs. Sell surplus property. Increase use of fuel-efficient vehicles. Review routine supply costs for missed discounts. Boost collection of delinquent tax accounts. Increase collection of outstanding loans to city departments. Collect surplus Recreation and Parks Department funds. Reduce health care costs by buying in bulk with other government agencies. Upgrade financial management technology. 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


first_imgThe team at Henry McGinley & Sons inspect their work on the ‘Reflect Yourself’ Art installation, which was completed as part of a project for the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.Milford based company Henry McGinley & Sons have just completed a project for the St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.The installation, entitled Reflect Yourself, was unveiled in the gardens outside the Coach House at Dublin Castle during the St Patrick’s Day Festival. The team at Henry McGinley & Sons worked on fabricating the finished piece, which is 4.5m tall.Created by Barry Sheehan, Head of Design at the Dublin Institute of Technology, the project was designed and detailed by Milford native, James McGinley who works in Dublin for Garland Consultancy. James is the eldest son of Henry and Elizabeth McGinley. Others involved in the project include furniture design students, Richard May and Tomas Barisauskas. Reflect Yourself is a thought-provoking, outdoor installation that explores what specifically prevents us from reflecting on the past or wondering about the future. The project was chosen through an artist submission process to celebrate the year of Irish Design 2015.The project was commissioned after St. Patrick’s Festival and ID2015 came together to re-imagine public spaces in Dublin. Taking the present, and specifically the 2015 Parade theme ‘Celebrate Now’ as inspiration, this exciting collaboration aims to get people to stop and take a moment out of their busy day to think about the city differently.Commenting on the piece, creator Barry Sheehan said: “The theme of this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival is ‘Celebrate Now’ and when we were asked to design an installation, I wondered what would do that? What specifically prevents us from reflecting on the past, or wondering about the future? A mirror.“Reflecting only the here and now, a mirror gives us a snapshot in time. With this installation, we’re creating angled mirrors, with coloured translucent Perspex, so the views change, with unexpected vistas, suffused with light. What’s been particularly great about this project is getting the students working as a team. “DIT doesn’t exist in a vacuum and it’s great to have the students working with partners from industry like Garland Consultancy and Henry McGinley & Sons. Any architect will tell you that getting an idea is easy – but turning it into reality is a long and complex process!”Adding to this, James McGinley said Henry McGinley & Sons is delighted to be involved in the ‘Reflect Yourself’ project and it was wonderful to watch it come to life.“It’s a beautiful piece of work and anyone visiting Dublin from Donegal can check out the installation for themselves in the gardens outside the Coach House at Dublin Castle this week. The piece will then be paraded around the city over the next few months”.Henry McGinley & Sons recently celebrated 22 years in business and is one of the leading suppliers of structural steel and roofing systems in the northwest of Ireland. The company has built a strong reputation for delivering quality solutions to clients across the construction sector. For further information on Henry McGinley & Sons, visit www.henrymcginley.ieDONEGAL COMPANY CREATES UNIQUE ART INSTALLATION FOR ST PATRICK’S FESTIVAL was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgTHE PSNI has said the search for a girl missing after a night out in Co Donegal has switched to just inside the North, across the Border from Pettigo.The sister of teenager Arlene Arkinson, who disappeared after a night out in Bundoran 18 years ago, has said the family will continue to “push for justice”.Specialist PSNI teams resumed the search for the 15-year-old’s remains in several rural locations in Tyrone this week. Child killer, Robert Howard, was acquitted of Arlene’s murder in 2005.The PSNI said the resumed operation, using specialist dog teams, had the “twin objectives of recovering the schoolgirl’s remains and progressing the investigation”.Arlene’s sister, Kathleen Arkinson, told BBC Radio Foyle that the police were keeping her up to date with the latest searches.“This is an ongoing case, everyone knows. They are determined to find Arlene’s remains to bring her home for us,” she said in the BBC interview. “Every day I have been kept up to date with what’s happening. What time they finish, which area they are searching.”The PSNI have told Ms Arkinson that they are searching in the area near Pettigo on the Donegal border.She hopes that the family will finally receive some good news.“They are doing everything for the family. They are looking in so many different areas.“You have good days, you have bad days. It has been very, very rough and we just have to keep pushing, pushing until we get justice for Arlene.” MISSING ARLENE: SEARCH SWITCHES TO PETTIGO AREA was last modified: March 29th, 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)Tags:Arlene ArkinsonbundorancrimedonegalMISSING ARLENE: SEARCH SWITCHES TO PETTIGO AREAPettigoPSNIlast_img read more


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Retiring Judge tells Donegal’s boy racers: ‘Stop!’

first_imgIn a parting message to Donegal, retiring Circuit Court Judge John O’Hagan has warned boy racers in the county: ‘Stop’.Judge O’Hagan was sitting at Letterkenny Circuit Court for the final time today. Judge O’Hagan has been a Circuit Court Judge for the Northern Territory for the last 11 years.The County Louth native, originally called to the bench in 1998, presided over cases at Letterkenny Courthouse today for the last time today and took some time to thank various people and to reflect.Among the cases to have come before Judge O’Hagan during his time in Donegal was the horrific road traffic accident in Clonmany in July, 2010 that resulted in the death of eight people – the single biggest loss of life from a car crash in the history of the State.Hugh Friel, Eamonn McDaid, James McEleney, Mark McLaughlin, Paul Doherty, PJ McLaughlin, Ciaran Sweeney and Damien McLaughlin all died as a result of the crash.“The Gardai and the emergency services have had most awful experiences,” Judge O’Hagan said.“The Clonmany crash…I always think about how that affected the emergency services who came on that scene. It must have been awful. I am sure many of them required counselling.“The emergency services have a horrible job and they have a very difficult task.”Judge O’Hagan told members of the media present in court that he wanted to get a strong message out.He said: “I am sick to the death of body racers, young men out killing themselves in cars. I hope they get the message. We need to get a strong message out there: Stop!“The behaviour is not on. It may achieve something or not, but hopefully it will.”Judge O’Hagan paid tribute to the Gardai, adding: “They have a difficult job. You could be the most heinous criminal in the country, but when you get burgled, the first thing you do is to ring the guards and you’d expect them to come and look after you like any other citizen. People don’t like uniforms, but they are necessary.“Prison officers are the same. I see young men going to prison for the first time – country boys from Donegal who have never seen the inside of a prison before and are thrown into a restrictive environment – and the orison officers are terrific. They coach the guy along and make it as easy as possible.”Retiring Judge tells Donegal’s boy racers: ‘Stop!’ was last modified: July 1st, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:clonmanyCLONMANY CRASHJUdge John O’HaganletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit Courtlast_img read more