Hawks claim women’s title in Madang final

first_imgNorths coming all the way from Riwo village along the North Coast brought with them trucks full of supporters with sponsor Hook Kasses and Madang Deputy Governor Rama Marisan leading the convoy. Hawks girls from the Admin compound area were eager to take the cup into their compound.Hawks lead by captain and hooker Lydia Suguman entered  the field with Lace Kuni, who is part of the Soccer Pacific Games women team, taking  on the wing position and other big name players for Hawks,  Batshiba Kewa at half back and Atua Areak in five eighth position with top backline Kimberly Mamsu looking after the backline.The North Riders captain was centre Irene Dau and featuring key half back Roselyn Martin with five eighth  Grace Luke leading the backline.The game was tough in the first half with both teams playing fast  footy and few ball errors and hard tackles, right into the twenty minute mark when Hawks took advantage of a drop ball from North fullback Roselyn Getawa to score from the wing by centre Magret Rimba with the  conversion attempt by Atua Arek unsuccessful.Hawks lead at half time 4-0 with the crowd kept on their toes while the sounds of supporters echoed further into the town vicinity.In the second half Norths bounced back, making fierce plays  in an attempt to score and equalize but Hawks played well defensively to put them off.With 10 minutes remaining on the clock Hawks captain Lydia Suguman took a loose dropped ball from Norths half back to send her  big prop Dianne Kig in to score, bringing the the scoreline to 8-0.Norths tried  hard to break through the defencse but could not find the gap despite marvellous play from the two halves.The mens grand final will be played this weekend along with the rugby union grand final and the Minister for Petroleum and Energy and Madang MP Nixon Duban will do the presentation. Caption: North players trying to tackle the Hawks forward in blue.last_img read more

Aguilar, Ginebra escape Star despite costly foul and poor FT shooting

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu 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 Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’ Also, had the Kings lost the game, they would have likely blamed it to their horrible 12-of-30 free throw shooting.“Because of our missed free throws we kept them in the game. We just have to make our free throws and lessen our turnovers,” Aguilar said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies “What I was trying for is to go over him. But he stopped, pulled back, and went for a pump-fake. He was able to foul bait me,” recalled the athletic forward.With Ginebra leading by three, 95-92, Aguilar fouled Hill, who was attempting a three-point shot with 0.6 tenths of a second left. 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’Hill cooly made his free throws to send the game into overtime.Fortunately for Aguilar, he was able to atone for his mistake with a follow-up dunk in OT that sealed Ginebra’s sixth straight win. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Japeth Aguilar. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJapeth Aguilar could only heave that sigh of relief after Barangay Ginebra eked out a heart-stopping win over Star Sunday night.And he had every reason to feel relieved after almost costing the Gin Kings the game with a careless foul on Malcolm Hill at the last-second of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’m proud of my teammates. As the match escalated, we picked each other up and helped each other. It was really a test of character for us,” he said after finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in 30 minutes of play.“We really got tested in this game. They really came out with ferocity. They played with fire and intensity.”Ginebra coach Tim Cone explained that there’s no reason for him to dwell on Aguilar’s play with the game still on the line.“It just happened. We were trying to switch out and we had Japeth out there specifically because he has the ability to switch out on smaller guys. So his instinct on a pump-fake is to jump for the shot, and he just went to his instincts,” Cone said.“Obviously, it wasn’t a good instinct and it wasn’t the right thing to do, but he just went to his instincts, and in those situations, you just gotta try to stay disciplined,” he added. “But it’s the last play of the game. There’s 15,000 people in the stadium and they’re screaming, and it’s Manila Clasico, so you just gotta move on from it. It’s not that big of a deal, but you just gotta move on.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Lim marks NC return

first_imgLATEST STORIES “We have a lot of work to do,” said the former champion San Beda coach.Lim’s appointment came days after the NCAA Policy Board reportedly lifted Lim’s suspension in 2012 for figuring in an off-court brawl with San Sebastian volleyball mentor Roger Gorayeb. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSONFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Frankie Lim returns to the NCAA five years after getting slapped with an indefinite ban for figuring in a fight.Hoping to turn its fortunes around, Perpetual Help tapped Lim as consultant after the Altas finished with a 4-14 record last season.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSC-Pacman Amateur Cup under way Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

4 hidden bank accounts unearthed at City Hall

first_img…Councillor says affairs shrouded in secrecyBy Edward LayneAccusations of secrecy and possible corruption are mounting at the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) after it was unearthed that the Council has four bank accounts which are not being reflected in its financial statements presented at statutory meetings, Councillor Bishram Kuppen has alleged.Kuppen, a People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillor, told a Monday morning news conference that these accounts remain a secret as information from the authorities on them was not forthcoming, despite constant requests from Councillors.He explained that at the Council’s first statutory meeting after the swearing in, he went through the report, including the financial statement, and the discovery of the four accounts was made.Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green“I went through the entire report; it was a very thick report and towards the end would have the financial statement reconciliation, the heading of it would be reconciliation of the main account, right away I wanted to know are there secondary accounts? Are there more and I posed that question to the Council. After a number of attempts, the City Treasurer just blurted it out that there were four additional accounts, and each subsequent statutory meeting, I keep pushing for those additional accounts to be included in the reconciliation of the financial statement. All those accounts should be included,” Kuppen explained, but complained that no moves were being made to have the accounts included.The City Councillor said information requested about where the accounts were held and the amount of monies in them was not forthcoming.SecrecyThe PPP/C Councillor went on to say that the affairs of the municipality were mired in secrecy, thus leading to constant accusations of corruption.“There is the widespread perception that corruption is rampant at City Hall. This perception is fuelled by the lack of accountability for hundreds of millions of dollars spent on projects with no public tendering, improper financial reporting, four hidden bank accounts which are not included in any financial reports to Councillors, and financial deficits being reported on a consistent basis every month,” Kuppen said.The Councillor said it was a sad state of affairs at the municipality as information on many other projects and programmes, expenditures, as well as contracts continued to be ‘state secrets’.“I am deeply troubled about what is going on at City Hall, regarding the lack of accountability and transparency, as it relates to the city’s finances with billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money being spent without any credible financial reports or audits performed for the money spent as required by the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chap 28:01, Sect 177,” Kuppen said.PPP/C Councillor Bishram KuppenForensic auditThe City Councillor also renewed a call for there to be a forensic audit of the municipality’s account, which he said should be a normal practice whenever a new administration took over, pointing to the argument Central Government used when it embarked on dozens of forensic audits of State agencies, following the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections.As a matter of fact, Kuppen attempted to move a motion for a forensic audit on three occasions by submitting a written request to the Mayor and Town Clerk to have the motions included on the agenda for the statutory meeting.On each occasion, he said, the Town Clerk responded that he found fault with the motions but did not advise what those deficiencies were.“It is my firm belief that my motion for a forensic audit is being deliberately blocked by the Town Clerk and others. The City of Georgetown is not an independent sovereign state, and it is in the interest of all citizens and the Central Government to ensure that a forensic audit is conducted of the City’s finances as soon as possible,” the Councillor argued.Kuppen said he was not the only Councillor who was of the view that there needed to be an audit of the city’s operations, as many other Councillors shared similar views.Only early last month, former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran called for an immediate in-depth audit into the Council.Goolsarran insisted that 10 years of arrears in terms of financial reporting and auditing was not only a “disturbing trend” but also showed that the Council had no interest in bringing the accounts to order.He stated that as of August 2013, the last set of audited accounts of the Council was for 2004 and the Audit Office had received financial statements for the years 2005 and 2007. There is no evidence to suggest that any financial statements were produced for 2006.According to the Municipal and District Councils Act, within four months of the close of the financial year, the city treasurer is required to prepare and submit to the auditor, financial statements for that year for audit. If the treasurer fails to comply, he/she will be guilty of an offence.It has been over a decade that the M&CC, dominated by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), a main partner in the governing coalition, has failed to make any public presentation of its financial position.last_img read more


first_imgWe have been inundated with pictures and comments ahead of Donegal’s historic All Ireland semi-final clash with Cork at Croke Park.From painted trucks to painted houses, it’s obvious that the county has gone GAA GAA this week. This particular take on Donegal’s rise to potential All-Ireland winners caught our eye.Thanks to Thomas Johnston.Here’s hoping Donegal will ‘evolve’ into All Ireland finalists come Sunday evening!  THE EVOLUTION OF DONEGAL FOOTBALL – ONE FAN’S VIEW! was last modified: August 22nd, 2012 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:donegalGAAlast_img read more


first_imgFOUR vehicles have been involved in a road traffic accident at Fahan today.Gardai say that no-one has been seriously injured in the incident in the centre of the hamlet – on the main Buncrana to Derry road.However there is serious traffic disruption in the area. Three ambulance crews have been at the scene.  A number of people have been treated for shock and minor injuries.NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN CO DONEGAL ROAD SMASH was last modified: September 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMembers Of Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair are currently brushing up on their lines for their upcoming production of “An Solas Dearg ” in An Grianán on Friday 18th July.The play was performed to packed house in the GAA Clubhouse, Gaoth Dobhair duiring the Easter Holidays to great acclaim.A two act play, written by Antoine Ó Flatharta, a playwright whose work has been produced at the Peacock Theatre, Project Arts Centre, The Taibhdhearc, and by the Dublin Theatre Festival. He was writer in residence with Team Theatre Company in 1989-1990.He has written radio and television plays for RTE and BBC.This play was first produced by the Abbey Theatre in 1995, directed by Deirdre Friel.It is one of the few newly written plays in Irish to be produced by the Abbey in the last 20 years. This play was originally set in Connemara in the age of telecommunications and deals with the implications of the burgeoning communications industry on a rural community.It has been adapted for the local audience in the Donegal dialect by Sean Ó Maolagain, a long time member of Aisteoirí Ghaoth DobhairOne of a few Irish language theatre producers, Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair was founded in 1931.Because of a lack of Irish language plays they wrote and translated plays to suit the Irish speaking audience.Their first performance was in Derrybeg Hall on the 10/01/1932. They travelled extensively with their productions, even as far as Scotland, in the years 1932 to 1961.Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair opened on the 03/09/1961 and the Aisteoirí produced many plays there over the years.Many of Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair’s members have appeared on Tg4 over the years in programs such as CU Burn, Gleann Ceo, FFC, Rós na Rún,, Rasaí na Gaillimhe, and the upcoming Na Bunnions to name but a few.The play is directed by Cathal Ó Gallchóir. This is Cathal’s first outing as director but he has plenty of experience as an actor and has been a member of Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair for many years.Cathal told Donegal Daily, “I had never directed a play on my own before but I had great support from the rest of the group, and the community in general, and lucky to have an excellent cast and stage crew.“We had a great reaction to the play when it was staged here in Gaoth Dobhair at Easter, and we also travelled with it to Castlewellan.“It’s always great though to get the opportunity to perform on a large stage like An Grainán, which Na hAisteoirí have been doing now for a good few years as part of the Errigal Arts.The cast consists of experienced actors, Sean ÓMaolagain, Bernie Ní Dhuibhir & Máire Uí Rabhartaigh and some new faces, Áine Ní Bhreisleain, Colm Mac Giolla Easpuig & Dónal O Cnáimhsí.Áine is well known as a reporter for TG4 news and Dónal is no stranger to the stage , performing with Aisteoirí De hÍde and Aisling Ghearr in Belfast, but this is his first production with Aisteoiri Ghaoth Dobhair.The set is constructed by Sean Ó Duibhir and Manus Ó Domhnaill, long standing members of the Aisteoirí. Suzanne Ní Ghallchóir is taking on the role as assistant director and Cathal has the support and backing of all members of the aisteoirí.Cathal concluded, “This play is very modern and of a different style but I think people will enjoy it, well, I hope they do.Tickets available from An Grianán priced €12 (€10 Conc) .AISTEOIRÍ GHAOTH DOBHAIR BRING BRILLIANT PLAY TO AN GRIANÁN AS PART OF EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Earagail Arts FestivalEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgINSPECTORS who visited a number of crèches across Donegal found young children were exposed to risks of strangulation, scalding and other serious injuries.A creche – pic posed by models.The potential hazards – which also included a water supply that was “unfit for human consumption” – were discovered by the HSE team at creches and preschools across the county.They were revealed in a series of newly published reports. An inspection of First Steps Childminding Service at Inch Island near Lifford last April found a shower hose in the messy play area extended to a low level in a loop, which “may be a strangulation hazard”.The surface temperature of the radiator was excessive and there was a risk children might be injured if they came in contact with the surface.The potential dangers were revealed in a report carried in today’s Irish Independent.Other potential dangers included – An exit door which was not secured, leaving children vulnerable to going on to the roadway. * An uncovered sand box in the outdoor play area which could be contaminated by animal waste.* A cracked window at the playroom patio door risked the entire window pane shattering.* An opening in an external wall in the playroom could have led to rodents and other pests getting in.A separate inspection of Fairytales Day Care in Milford, Letterkenny, last September found that a number of electric sockets in the toddler room were unprotected.A restricted opening device was not fitted in the preschool room on the first floor and a written record of fire drills was not maintained. The sanitary accommodation adjacent to the toddler room was not complete and just one wash-hand basin was provided when three were needed. A follow-up inspection last May found these issues had been corrected.An inspection of Naionra An Choimin, in Cloghan, Lifford, in June 2012 showed there was no record of the maintenance of smoke alarms and no fire drill displayed.The fire-escape door from the playroom could be easily opened, allowing children unsupervised access to the car park.The water supply was “unfit for human consumption”. Inspectors said a portable water supply should be provided and any water from the well being used “must be boiled first”. A separate inspection of Greencastle Community Childcare Centre in Greencastle last December found that the surface temperature of the radiator in the Home Corner was excessive and posed a risk of burning.Inspectors who examined the Kiddlywinks Preschool at Langan Gorm, Laghey, last February found the surface temperature of the radiators was too hot.The inspectors also told managers that they needed a written policy on behaviour management and challenging behaviour which made a clear statement that no corporal punishment and no practices that were disrespectful, degrading, exploitative, intimidating, emotionally or physically harmful or neglectful were carried out.Management at each facility were given an action plan which they agreed to comply with.DAMNING REPORT INTO DONEGAL CRECHES FINDS RISK OF SCALDING AND STRANGULATION was last modified: August 21st, 2013 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:Crechesdonegalreportscaldingstrangulationlast_img read more

Champions League draw: Liverpool v Bayern Munich, Man Utd v Paris St-Germain

first_imgLiverpool will take on German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16, while Manchester United have been drawn against Paris St-Germain.Premier League champions Manchester City and Tottenham also face Bundesliga sides, with City meeting Schalke and Spurs meeting Borussia Dortmund.The first legs will take place on 12-13 and 19-20 February, with the return fixtures on 5-6 and 12-13 March.Group winners will be away from home in the first legs.Teams could not be drawn against sides from the same country in the last 16, nor against teams who they played in the group stage.Return to Germany for KloppLiverpool, who lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in last season’s final avoided a rematch with the Spanish giants in Monday’s draw when they were left in the pot of unseeded teams with Ajax – who played Bayern in the group stage.The Reds have not played Bayern, who have reached at least the semi-finals in seven of the past nine seasons, in Europe’s premier club competition since it became the Champions League.The German champions have struggled under Niko Kovac in the Bundesliga this season and are third – nine points behind leaders Dortmund – in the table.But they breezed through a group containing Ajax, Benfica and AEK Athens unbeaten.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be returning to his homeland to face the club who beat his Dortmund side in the 2013 Champions League final.Ex-Reds winger Steve McManaman believes his former club have the quality to beat Bayern.“Liverpool were always going to get a difficult draw,” the former England international said on BT Sport.“No disrespect to Porto, but they are probably the one team you wanted to draw.“But Bayern Munich are the not the team they once were. This young, exuberant, quick Liverpool team should be too good for them.“This squad is quicker, stronger and better for the experience after last year.”United face PSG for the first timeThree-time European champions Manchester United have never met PSG, who were the top scorers in the groups, in a competitive game.The Ligue 1 champions advanced to the knockout stage despite defeat at Liverpool in their opening match.Despite dominating the French domestic game in recent years, the Qatari-owned club have never progressed past the quarter-finals of the Champions League.Eins, zwei, drei…On paper, Manchester City are the English club with the most favourable draw after being picked out against Schalke.City have been free-scoring in the Premier League as they chase a second successive title, while Schalke are struggling in the bottom half of the Bundesliga after losing eight of their 15 matches.Spurs, on the other hand, face a Dortmund side who are unbeaten domestically as they aim to end Bayern’s six-year monopoly on the German top flight.The tie should also see 18-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho face Premier League opposition for the first time in a competitive match.Full draw:Schalke v Manchester CityAtletico Madrid v JuventusManchester United v Paris St-GermainTottenham v Borussia DortmundLyon v BarcelonaRoma v PortoAjax v Real MadridLiverpool v Bayern MunichComments Tags: topuefa champions leaguelast_img read more

Brett Anderson the A’s stopper, Orioles learn about Ramón Laureano’s cannon

first_imgBALTIMORE — Opposing teams still do not seem to be getting the memo on Ramón Laureano’s arm and the A’s are totally fine with that.The A’s outfielder struck again with another highlight-reel throw to nab a runner trying to score at home plate in the third inning of Tuesday’s 13-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The win snapped the A’s four-game losing streak and was their first victory of the season away from the Oakland Coliseum.“I don’t know when they’re going to think of not running on …last_img read more