He has made countless big shots throughout his celebrated career but James Yap, one of the PBA’s best clutch performers, still gets anxious after all.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Japan boxing boss throws in towel after mobster scandal 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 “It’s really special because I never expected this but I was given a chance and I’m ready for the country. We’ll be in for a fight and I need to be in top form,” Yap, who last represented the country in 2009, said.“I’m ready to sacrifice whatever it is that I can do to help the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ At 36, Yap has been there and done that, with one exception.Yap has never played in the Asian Games until now after being selected to be part of the Philippine team-bound for the upcoming continental quadrennial meet in Jakarta, Indonesia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Of course, I’m excited and nervous because it’s going to be my first time,” said Yap after participating in the team’s first practice on Monday night since the announcement of the 14-man pool.The Rain or Shine swingman said he was surprised that he got the call to suit up for the national team, but as always, Yap is ready to give his all. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins
‒ GGDMA says info already available through regulatory agenciesThe recent Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report into Guyana’s extractive sector has called out certain business establishments for not disclosing their beneficial ownership linkages, but the initiative is now being called out buy the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA).According to the GGDMA in a statement, EITI by requiring this information may put miners in a precarious position where criminal elements will have a target to fixate on. The Association claimed that much of this information is available anyway, through agencies such as the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the Guyana Gold Board and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).“The GGDMA recognises that the EITI report, by demanding disclosures of ownership, valuations and profits in a manner outside of the law, will expose local miners to additional criminal targeting and security risks while also creating an easy ledger for bandits to carve up local operators.”“The GGDMA maintains that all the necessary local agencies, GGMC, Guyana Gold Board and the GRA, are already in possession of this information and cannot see why an additional disclosure should be made that only places miners in additional danger of being targeted by criminals.”The Association noted that besides security concerns from local criminals, Guyana is located next to the destabilised Venezuela. According to GGDMA, criminal gangs from neighbouring Venezuela are a problem for Guyanese.“Over the last few years there have been continuous incursions by these types of individuals over our porous borders, with reports of robberies taking place in the interior after which these criminals slip back over to Venezuela undeterred and no doubt emboldened.”“We cannot idly stand by and have information publicised that will further whet the appetite of these criminals to target specific miners’ operations and put them and their staff in the way of serious harm and death.All information is available via the Guyana Gold Board, the GRA or the GGMC and can be accessed by competent authorities if required.”In EITI’s first report on Guyana, which was recently released, some of the companies who did not supply names of beneficial owners were Innovative Mining, R Mining Inc, Azeem Baksh, Gold Target Export, Milburn Mahadeo, Grey Wolf Resources and Tesouro Resources.Also included on the list was Bauxite Company of Guyana (RUSAL), Bosai Minerals Group (Guyana) Inc, El Dorado Trading, J&D Mining, New East International, Higgins Winslow Theophilus, Wal Jays Mining, Harpy Investment, SSS Mineral Trading Ent, and Adamantium Holdings.Among the companies who complied with EITI’s requirements for information sharing were Excel Minerals Inc, Dinar Trading, Pure Diamond Inc, and Mohamed’s Enterprise.Beneficial ownership is a term used in law to indicate someone who, while not being registered as the owner or a beneficiary, benefits anyway.The report also revealed that the extractive industry in Guyana, particularly gold mining, has contributed to 65.1 per cent of Guyana’s total exports for 2017.According to the report, total revenues from the sector in the 2017 fiscal year amounted to $20.8 billion. The Guyana Gold Board, to which gold declarations are made, accounted for 33 per cent of this revenue. This is followed by the Guyana Revenue Authority, 32 per cent and the Finance Ministry, 18 per cent.Gold and other minerals contributed $17.4 billion or 84 per cent of revenue from the extractive industries. On the other hand, oil and gas contributed $2.8 billion or 14 per cent. Bauxite, one of Guyana’s oldest industries, contributed $479 million or two per cent.However, GGDMA criticised the report for the way in which it characterised the small and medium-scaled miners.
…billions in estimated losses, 500 employees on breadlineBy Romario SamarooThe popular Gafoors Shopping Complex located at Houston, East Bank Demerara went up in flames on Monday as workers were about to leave for the day.Reports are that the fire started about 15:00h in Bond Number Three, which contained fishing equipment.The Gafoors Shopping ComplexDespite attempts by firefighters from the Guyana Fire Service to contain the blaze, the fire quickly engulfed the building as the glass shutters shattered.Employees broke down in tears as firefighters’ efforts were overpowered by the flames. The Complex, which included 15 bonds, sold a wide variety of household building materials and locally manufactured products, was completely destroyed as firefighters with the aid of six fire trucks were unable to control the massive fire as it ripped through the entire building.An employee in tears told this newspaper that she heard a colleague shouting “Fire! Fire!” and everyone in the complex, including shoppers, began to evacuate the premises.Another employee noted that the Fire Service was contacted and they arrived about 20 minutes later and took another 10 minutes to set up equipment and source water. Hours after the fire started, firefighters were still struggling to contain the blaze.Mr and Mrs Gafoors watching their business goes up in flamesMeanwhile, speaking with this newspaper, Sattaur Gafoor, the owner of the Gafoors Shopping Complex, indicated that his losses wereEmployees removing gas cylindersestimated to be in the vicinity of billions. He added that the Complex was insured and it has been providing employment for over 500Firefighters trying desperately to extinguish the blazeindividuals. Gafoor noted that it would be a long time before the Complex could be fully functional again as he needed to assess the damage and figure out a way forward.Workers at the scene highlighted that there were a number of flammable materials and chemicals that attributed to the fast development of the fire.Up to press time, there was no looting reported, but every effort was made by passersby to help salvage what remained of the popular shopping complex.
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Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union planned to hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss details of a three-year contract reached late Monday that gives teachers a retroactive 6 percent raise and reduces class size. The raise for the 48,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles is retroactive to July 1, according to those involved with the negotiations. The three-year deal also gives teachers the right to renegotiate salary provisions in the second and third years. The district has also agreed to limit the number of students in high school classes to 42 and in middle school classes to 41, said Aaron Bruhnke, the UTLA’s Harbor Area chairman and a social studies teacher at San Pedro High School. “We made good on our promises of reducing the number of kids in a class and improving and personalizing instruction,” Bruhnke said. “We see this as the beginning of our efforts to re-prioritize the district’s budget to school sites and classrooms.” The district had offered the UTLA a 3 percent raise, retroactive to July 1, and $10 million to reduce class sizes in grades 4-12. Union President A.J. Duffy responded with a threat to walk out over anything less than a 9 percent pay increase. The contentious negotiations unfolded for the better part of a year, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s attempts to wrest control of the 720,000-student, 700-school district away from the school board hanging as the backdrop. naush.boghossian @dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was involved in controversy at Crystal Palace © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 21 – Mohamed Salah was engulfed in a diving storm as the Liverpool star won the controversial penalty that inspired their 2-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace on Monday.Salah was accused of diving by Palace when he tumbled in the penalty area late in the first half at Selhurst Park. Referee Michael Oliver awarded a spot-kick for Mamadou Sakho’s challenge on the Egypt winger and James Milner converted the penalty.Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, working for Sky Sports, claimed it was a dive, saying: “A lot of people won’t like it. If it’s against you, you’ll think it’s soft.“It is a theatrical fall which we’ve seen a lot of players do.”Adding insult to injury for Palace, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off in the second half for bringing down Salah as he raced clear.Taking advantage of their numerical superiority, Jurgen Klopp’s side made sure of extending their 100 percent start to the Premier League season thanks to Sadio Mane’s goal in stoppage-time.Palace boss Roy Hodgson was furious with the penalty, saying: “My frustration is I don’t think that’s a penalty. It’s cause for anger and disappointment.“I’ve been in football a long time. If that’s a penalty the game has changed beyond all recognition.“Sakho is a defender and he has to try and defend.“There is no way he is looking to foul the player. Liverpool didn’t deserve to be leading.”Klopp side-stepped the diving row, claiming he hadn’t seen the incident clearly.“I didn’t ask Mo about that. I didn’t see it. It looked like it was (a penalty), but I have no idea,” he said.After Manchester City’s swaggering demolition of Huddersfield on Sunday, it was important for Liverpool to keep pace with the champions, even at this early stage of the season.This was a statement win for Klopp’s team, installed as City’s most likely challengers, and they move into second place after building on last weekend’s rout of West Ham.But Klopp refused to talk up Liverpool’s title chances.“I am not interested in sending statements to Manchester City or anyone else. I want to win football games,” he said.“I couldn’t care less really. We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend.”Right from the start, Salah was in the thick of the action when he surged onto Naby Keita’s long pass, but the Egyptian’s chip sailed high over the bar.Andros Townsend came within inches of giving Palace the lead against the run of play when he cut in from the right flank and unleashed a superb 25-yard strike that cannoned off the crossbar.– ‘Cheat’ chants –Klopp’s men finally made the breakthrough just seconds before half-time.Roberto Firmino’s pass found Salah just inside the Palace area and when Sakho caught him with an out-stretched leg, the Egyptian’s slightly delayed tumble didn’t dissuade Oliver from giving the penalty.Salah has previous for diving and incensed Palace fans were quick to aim “cheat” chants at him, but there appeared just enough contact to warrant the spot-kick.Milner, ignoring the sound and fury, nervelessly sent Wayne Hennessey the wrong way with his spot-kick.After Wilfried Zaha’s run earned a second-half free-kick in a dangerous position, Palace captain Luka Milivojevic whipped the set-piece goalwards, only for Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker to make a superb save low to his left.Salah didn’t tire despite his prodigious work-rate and it was his blistering break that induced the lunge from Wan-Bissaka which triggered his red card.The young full-back, who had been left alone as the last line of defence, hardly made contact with Salah, but again Oliver ruled in Liverpool’s favour.As Palace threw men forward in the final moments, Senegal winger Mane put the result beyond doubt when he sprinted clear, rounded Hennessey and slotted home.“In these moments the fuel is really low and maybe the players need a bit of help from an angry manager — ‘run or I will kill you’ — and they did that,” Klopp smiled.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
1 The Football League has agreed to put Leeds owner Massimo Cellino’s ban on hold until after his appeal has been heard.The League ruled Cellino should step down from the club’s board of directors on December 29 after disqualifying him under its ‘owners’ and directors’ test’ earlier in the month.But the governing body has now reached agreement with the Italian’s legal team and he will be allowed to stay on as a club director while his appeal is being considered.A League statement read: “The Football League and the legal representatives of Leeds United President, Massimo Cellino, have agreed the process and date of Mr. Cellino’s appeal against the decision by The Football League Board that he is subject to a disqualifying condition under its Owners’ and Directors’ Test.“The matter will be heard by a Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) chaired by Tim Kerr QC on January 15.“The original decision required Mr. Cellino to resign as a director of Leeds United and cease acting as a ‘relevant person’ in line with Football League regulations by December 29.“The League has agreed to defer that deadline until two days after the handing down of the final decision of the PCC.“As a consequence, the parties have agreed that if Mr Cellino is unsuccessful in his appeal, any disqualification period will be extended by an amount equivalent to the length of time between December 29 and the deferred deadline.“The parties have agreed to make no further comment prior to the hearing of the PCC on January 15.”Cellino had successfully appealed against the League’s decision to block his takeover of Leeds in April, but after receiving further evidence from the Italian court that convicted him of tax evasion in March, the governing body ruled he was not fit to continue as the club’s president.The League ruled the 58-year-old would be able to resume in his role at Elland Road on March 18 when his conviction is spent under UK law.Cellino, currently in Miami, announced he was prepared to stand down on December 29 to safeguard Leeds from further sanctions.This latest development means Cellino will continue in his role of club president throughout the January transfer window, while the appeal verdict is scheduled for three weeks after his hearing. Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino
The European Parliament in Strasbourg today voted (564 in favour, 61 against) to approve the key amendments proposed by Ireland North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher.Mr Gallagher told Donegal Daily: “First and foremost, I am extremely pleased that my amendments have received the overwhelming support of the European Parliament. This means that the European Parliament has endorsed the agreement, which I negotiated with the Council Presidency.“The European Parliament has temporally refused to adopt the final vote approving the legislative resolution. However, as a Parliament we have no alternative but to stand up to the unacceptable behaviour of the Fisheries Council as they have completely ignored the role of the European Parliament as a co-legislator for the last 3 years. “I urge the Council to wake up to their responsibilities and respect the Treaty of Lisbon and the citizens of the European Union. The incoming Irish Presidency and Minister Coveney, in particular will have to show leadership and undertake every effort to resolve the dispute.“While the final vote on my Report has been delayed temporarily, this may be the first of many reports in which the Parliament may have to take a firm stance until the Council is willing to enter into meaningful talks with the Parliament.“I have worked extremely hard over the last 2 years in conjunction with the stakeholders to gain widespread support for my amendments aimed at alleviating the burdens imposed on the inshore and island fishermen in the North West. I want to assure everyone involved in the sector that I will not allow this matter to jeopardise the implementation of these important changes for the North West. I have no doubt that these measures will come into effect early in the New Year.“In my report, I have successfully removed the outdated technical conservation measures which have been in place since 2009 with the introduction of a Cod Recovery Plan. Regrettably, the measures for Cod Recovery have caused major difficulties for fishermen from the North West by stopping traditional fisheries, which do not target cod”. The Agreement with the Council of Ministers includes the following provisions:1. The agreement permits the use of gill nets and tangle nets, south of 59 degrees North within the defined area for Cod Recovery. This gear type is both eco-friendly, sustainable and will not target cod in the defined area and is used by the small inshore and island vessels. This means that small inshore and island fishermen from the North West will no longer have to steam out 50 miles into dangerous waters to make a living. In effect, North West fishermen will be able to target haddock and other species with gill and tangle nets.2. North West fishermen will also be able to target lesser spotted dogfish with gill and tangle nets, within 3 miles of the coastline and for 10 days per month. Lesser spotted dogfish can be used for bait to catch lobster and crab.3. The agreement removes the by-catch provision of 30% for haddock, whiting and cod.4. The agreement also ensures that non-Irish boats will be prevented from fishing in the “Greencastle Box” which is closed from October to March each year to protect juvenile cod. 5. Finally, the Agreement also provides for a review of the defined area for Cod Recovery by the 01 January 2015. This means that the line may be removed in its entirety following scientific assessment. The mesh sizes used within the defined area will also be reviewed.MEP GALLAGHER SECURES PARLIAMENT BACKING ON FISH STOCKS was last modified: November 22nd, 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:MEP GALLAGHER SECURES PARLIAMENT BACKING ON FISH STOCKS
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has been handed a new long-term deal with the club.The Ewood Park boss extends his stay until at least 2022, which would take him up to five years with the club, after signing the three-and-a-half-year deal. Mowbray got Blackburn promoted to the Championship. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED REVEALED 2 “I feel as if we can prove to the owners that we can get them back on the right road towards the Premier League. I’m sure they will invest in this team and support the club back to where we belong.”Chief executive Steve Waggott added: “This is the second time I have worked with Tony (previously at Coventry) and what always shines through when working with him is his passion, hard work, enthusiasm and honesty. REVEALED “His attention to detail and style of management has already brought success to Rovers by gaining promotion at the first attempt out of League One and back to the Championship.” REPLY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray ADVICE 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The former Celtic, West Brom and Middlesbrough boss lead Rovers to promotion from Sky Bet League One in his first full campaign and has made a promising start to life in the Championship.Having signed the new deal, he is targeting the top flight of English football.“I’ve enjoyed the journey so far, but there is still a long way to go. In my mind, it is always about trying to build, improve and get better,” he told the club website. huge blow shining Latest Football Stories Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions
The inquest into one of Donegal’s most tragic incidents begins tomorrow in Buncrana.Five members of the one extended family died in the Buncrana Pier Tragedy in March, 2016.Sean McGrotty and his extended family perished when their Audi Q7 jeep entered the waters of Lough Swilly on March 20th, 2016. A full inquest into the tragedy will begin in the Lake of Shadows Hotel in Buncrana and will be overseen by coroner Dr Denis McCauley.The coroner has already given a suggested running order for the two-day inquest.As well as 12 deposition statements, the coroner said he will hear evidence of the post-mortems carried out, the report by Donegal County Council, a report from Water Safety Ireland, a report from the Road Safety Authority and another report from Volkswagen Ireland.Brothers Mark and Evan McGrotty who tragically died in Buncrana pier tragedySolicitor for Donegal County Council, Mr Michael Staines, confirmed the council had prepared a detailed independent report into its slipways and piers which was now ready. Five members of the extended McGrotty family died on that tragic Sunday evening in March 2016.Those who lost their lives were Sean McGrotty, his sons Mark, 11 and eight-year-old Evan, his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels and her teenage daughter Jodie-Lee Tracey.Mr McGrotty’s infant baby girl Rionaghac-Ann was saved when her father passed her out the window to local man Davitt Walsh who bravely tried to come to the family’s aid.Inquest into Buncrana Pier Tragedy begins tomorrow was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Buncrana Pier Tragedydonegalinquest