Alas takes blame for Phoenix loss to SMB

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Fuel Masters return to action on December 27 against Kia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNew Phoenix coach Louie Alas took responsibility for his team’s 96-104 defeat to San Miguel on Sunday to open the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I saw some positive things. Easily, we could have given up early, but when we changed personnel, from 17-points down, we were able to trim it down to five,” he said, noting his squad’s huge rally to slice the lead down, 85-80 with 6:30 to play.Alas also thinks the Fuel Masters have come a long way.”If we didn’t have the preseason, we would have been down by almost 30 points. But part of that loss should be charged to me. If I did good thing in rotation or handling the doubling scheme, maybe the result would have been different and we could’ve stopped them. So we need to prepare ourselves that we need to play.”Alas believes Phoenix just have to play with a little bit more consistency next time.“It’s just consistency. We’ll close in, we’ll change players, and then the game will change too. We just have to find the right combinations. Even if we change the players on the floor, we still have to be consistent. And that’s my job.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Chris Ross shows out with mom in attendance “It’s my fault. We knew the ball will go to June Mar (Fajardo), but we still doubled him,” he said.With no one to match against the four-time PBA MVP, the Fuel Masters desperately tried to double the behemoth, a move that spaced the floor perfectly for the Beermen and opened their shooters as Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot punished them from distance late.FEATURED 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”From there, the lead got bigger and bigger. I just told my players that next time, I’ll be sharper. You can’t make mistakes on those situations and we really paid for it,” he said.Still, Alas would rather look at the positives especially with how Phoenix fared against the three-time defending Philippine Cup champions. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Many Celebrate Crystal Sonpon’s Life

first_imgFor twenty four years the late Theoline Crystal Sonpon held the notion that if she could help another, particularly a child, her life would not be in vain.Fulfilling her dream, Crystal Sonpon organized a humanitarian organization that provided support to young women and children to help make them productive members of society.As Crystal’s family and hundreds of mourners participated in a solemn celebration of her life and holy Eucharist at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Saturday, they were reminded that with God nothing is impossible.“Is there anything difficult for Christ?” asked Rev. Fr. Michael Tuan Sie, rector of the St. Augustine Episcopal Church.  He urged the family to take solace in the Lord Jesus Christ.He noted that though Jesus Christ surely could have healed Crystal of her sickness and following thousands of dollars spent to regain her health, “there was a reason for her death.”He urged the family to remember that in times of distress, “when we think that we have no hope, God makes us stronger.”Crystal’s death at age 24 “is too difficult to understand why,” Rev. Fr. Sie admitted.  “But,” he insisted, “We must have the reassurance that Crystal is free from all her pain.” The mourners were also reminded that Jesus Christ is the resurrection and life and those with faith in Him shall have life, even though they die.Using the story of Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead four days after his burial, Rev. Fr. Tuan Sie told the parents and dear ones not to lose hope, but to wait on the Lord. “Your pain will be eased by God alone and no one else,” stressed.“Don’t be discouraged,” he shouted, as video images beamed Crystal’s beautiful pictures on a screen, directly adjacent to the pulpit.Rev. Sie said God could have kept Crystal with “us for a season,” but since that did not happen, “it was her time.” He reminded the family and friends that neither death, nor sickness, or anything else should sever their relationship with God.“Place every trust in God and hold Him as their foundation, despite the heart wrenching experience of losing Crystal,” he told his audience, encouraging the youth to remember their Creator in the time of their youth, because no one knows how short one’s life will be.The congregation consoled each other with several solemn hymns, including “On the Resurrection Morning Where the Soul and Body Meet Again,” “I’m Pressing On to Higher Ground,”  “My Faith Has Found A Resting Place” and “My Times Are in Thy Hands.”Before interment at the Brewerville Cemetery, the gathering sang, “When We All Get to Heaven,” encouraging one another to press on in spite of their loss.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sisters tied up, robbed at gunpoint

first_img…during Lamaha Springs home invasionTwo sisters, a teacher and a United Nation’s employee, were in the wee hours of Thursday robbed at gunpoint by armed men who then carted off with cash, jewellery and other valuables.The victims – Jacqueline Percival, 52; and Elizabeth Percival, 50, of Lamaha Springs, Georgetown – were asleep but were awakened by three men, two of whom were armed with handguns.The men bound the sisters with scotch tape and held them at gunpoint as two of the men ransacked the house for valuables.Based on information received, the men were able to escape with $225,000 in cash, a large quantity of gold jewellery, one Samsung mobile phone and one flat screen television. A report was made to the Police after Jacqueline was able to free herself. Police are continuing their investigations.Only Tuesday, the Police in a release stated that there has been a 10 per cent reduction in serious crimes at the end of November 2017, when compared to the same period last year.More importantly, the Police added that there has been a 16 per cent decrease in robbery under arms where firearms were used.last_img read more

National Industrial Policy to be formulated – Granger

first_img…aims to complement efforts to build a skilled workforceA National Industrial Policy (NIP) will be formulated to support existing industries, modernise the industrial sector, establish low-carbon industries, provide training in industrial skills and generate employment as the Government continues to take steps to ensure that Guyana has a skilled workforce that will lead its economic transformation.Graduates of the Board of Industrial Training’s National Training Project (Ministry of the Presidency photo)This is according to President David Granger, who is quoted by the Public Information and Press Services Unit of the Ministry of the Presidency at the Board of Industrial Training’s (BIT) graduation ceremony, which was hosted at the National Cultural Centre. Granger, who was accompanied by First Lady Sandra Granger said in light of Guyana’s impending revenues from the petroleum sector, the policy will rest on four main pillars: infrastructure, investment, innovation and integration.“Infrastructure, the first pillar, is essential to promoting industrialisation. Transport infrastructure – aerodromes, bridges and roads – are necessary to reduce investment and production costs and facilitate easy access of goods and services to markets,” Granger is quoted as saying,He noted that investment, the second pillar, is essential to industrialisation, while noting that the most important investment is the investment in human capital. Innovation, he said, the third pillar of the NIP, is aimed at being a driver of growth and information and communication technology is boosting innovation. The Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) envisages the development of a “modern knowledge economy where ICT systems are the backbone of efficient public service delivery, support a more informed and active citizenry, and drive innovations in the business and creative sectors”.He posited that the digital state, by applying ICT to add value to production and service sectors, will trigger economic transformation, adding that the digital state will also revolutionise the delivery of education, including distance education.Integration, the fourth pillar, he added, aims at integrating the various parts of the economies of the regions. “Regionalisation will allow national development to take place horizontally, across all of our regions. It will stimulate the demand for more skilled persons,” the Head of State said.The policy, he said, will promote industrialisation, diversify the economy, stimulate employment, harness people’s potential and promote skills training for national development.He commended the BIT for the work it has been doing in equipping our people, and particularly young people, with employable skills. He said the commencement of petroleum production or “first oil” will result in an increase in economic growth and in public revenues.Oil revenues, he said, are not ends in themselves but are a means to realise objectives such as better education, improved communications, decent and affordable housing, healthier population, safer communities, higher wages and increased employment.The President said oil represents an opportunity, for the country’s 50th Republic Anniversary, to lay the foundation for a safe, secure and sustainable future for present and future generations.“Guyana must never be poor again,” the President told the 260 graduates.“The oil is not a bonanza which we must waste. It is an opportunity for the nation to build a stronger, to build a resilient economy. Your Government is committed to manage oil revenues for the benefit of present and future generations prudently. The Government intends to use oil revenues to expand and to diversify the economy, strengthen the non-oil sectors, build human capacity and generate employment,” the Head of State said.The National Training Project for Youth Empowerment (NTYE) was launched in 2006 and its programmes are being delivered across Guyana. These programmes are designed to target vulnerable groups such as the school dropouts and youths from depressed and/or hinterland communities. Chairman of BIT, Clinton Williams said the programme started with 600 graduates in 2005 and has since expanded and has seen some 24,000 persons being trained in ICT, forestry, home economics, health services among other skills.last_img read more

UC Davis snaps 49ers’ win streak

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The 49ers held a nine-point lead at 57-48 with 7:29 left, when the Aggies went on 13-6 run to tie the contest at 61-61 with 3:56 left. The Aggies took the lead for good 64-62 after two free throws from Jackie Turpin with 1:54 remaining. LBSU controlled the pace in the first half, shooting 64 percent on 16-of-25 shooting. McCutcheon led LBSU with 13 first-half points, including three 3-pointers. LBSU led 21-12, after a Val Willhoit jumper at the 11:35 mark, before the Aggies cut the deficit to 23-22, after a 10-2 run in a three-minute span. UC Davis took a 25-24 lead, before LBSU climbed back on top, 26-25 after a Fernanda Santos layup with 6:50 left in the half. The 49ers increased their lead back to 36-27, after a Jeannie Saunders layup and held its biggest lead at 42-29, after two consecutive Saunders free throws. A Jessica Campbell three-pointer at the halftime buzzer cut LBSU’s lead to 42-34. The 49ers return home to open conference play against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Long Beach State women’s basketball team had its three game win streak snapped after a 67-64 loss at UC Davis on Monday night. Crystal McCutcheon paced the 49ers (7-5) with 19 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. McCutcheon was 4-of-8 from 3-point range. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Jayme Connors registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Meghan Griffith chipped in with eight points. Long Beach State shot 46 percent (23-of-50), but was out-rebounded, 38-32. Jessica Campbell led UC Davis (6-7) with 16 points. The Aggies converted 21-of-29 free throws and shot 34 percent. last_img read more


first_imgTwo young men will appear in court today charged with having petrol bombs intending to use them to do damage in Co Donegal.Darren Grant, 21 (pictured right) and Damian Carlin, 18, had previously been charged with having the devices at Figary, Fahan on July 20th last.Grant, of Park Mor, Buncrana and Carlin of Keelogs, Linsfort, Buncrana made no reply when charged under Section of the Criminal Justice Act at a previous siting of the court. Garda Inspector David Murphy had said he was seeking a long adjournment to allow the State to investigate all matters.“This is a long and detailed investigation,” he said.Both men will appear again today before Buncrana District Court when another adjournment in the case is expected.PETROL BOMB DUO TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY was last modified: December 7th, 2011 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:Damian CarlinDarren GrantInishowenpetrol bombslast_img read more

Neymar talks Messi and Ronaldo, declares Argentinian is his ‘idol’

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Latest Transfer News Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on “As for Cristiano Ronaldo, he is a monster. Facing him is a pleasure and an honour, but we have to be more prepared. He is one of the greatest in football so you get smarter, you get alert, but at the same time you learn a lot, too.“So, they are two of the big guys that I can relate to, because I want to learn, I want more, I want to win, I want more trophies, score more goals … so I keep learning from them every day.” Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Neymar has proclaimed former teammate Lionel Messi to be his footballing “idol” while also praising Cristiano Ronaldo as a “monster.”The PSG man played with the Argentinian at Barcelona for four years, during which time they were rivals of the Portuguese at Real Madrid IN DEMAND RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo are still among the world’s best players today Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? center_img LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Having now moved on to neutral territory Neymar has had his say on the two superstars who have ruled world football for the past decade.“I played with Messi, who is, for me, one of the greatest footballers of all time, and he is my idol in football,” the Brazilian told Players’ Tribune.“With Messi, I learned every day, whether during our practice, or playing with him, or just watching him play. And that made me stronger and it increased my capacity on the field because I kept learning a lot from him. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland TOP WORK REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 1last_img read more


first_imgÚdarás na Gaeltachta Board members have approved more than €390k in funding for Donegal gaeltacht companies.Overall funding around the country will lead to the creation of 50 jobs when up and running, it claimed.In addition, €1.556 million was approved for 30 public organisations (cooperatives and community-based organisations) throughout the Gaeltacht, to support them in the implementation of their annual work plans throughout 2014 as follows: Co. DonegalComharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhór Teo €84,000Comhar Chumann Thoraí Teo €84,000Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair Teo €57,500 Comharchumann na nOileán Beag Teo €32,000Céim Aniar Teo €53,750Pobal Eascarrach Teo €33,000Lár Chomhairle Paróiste Gleann Cholm Cille Teo €47,750Donegal total: €392,000 The Údarás Board met with the Minister of State for the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltachta, Donnchadh Mac Fhionnlaoich T.D., and made a submission to the Minister directed at increasing the Údarás budget for the next three years, to aid the organisation with its new language planning and community development activities and to increase the employment base in the Gaeltacht.ÚDARÁS DISHES OUT €390K TO DONEGAL COMPANIES was last modified: March 3rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalfundsÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more


first_imgGeraldine in action against Cavan today. Pic Gabrielle GallagherTHREE of Donegal’s Ulster Championship-winning ladies team  have been nominated for TG4 All Stars.Defenders Ciara Hegarty and Treasa Doherty and forward Geraldine McLaughlin are among the 45 on the short-list.All Ireland Finalists, Cork and Dublin are both well represented in the short list with the TG4 All Ireland Champions receiving 11 nominations whilst Dublin have 10 players nominated. Galway and Kerry both receive 5 nominations each with Monaghan and Donegal receiving three each. THREE DONEGAL PLAYERS NOMINATED IN LADIES FOOTBALL ALL-STARS was last modified: October 7th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalTG4 All Starslast_img read more

Junior Davis puts forth his best start of the season, Humboldt Crabs blow out California Storm 16-0

first_imgArcata >> It was the kind of start that Junior Davis had been waiting for since he stepped back onto the Arcata Ball Park mound earlier this month.And it didn’t hurt that his offense gave him more than just a little breathing room, either.Davis became the latest Humboldt Crabs starting pitcher to throw nothing but zeroes up on the scoreboard, as the Hoopa Valley native allowed just four hits in six shutout innings and looked a lot like the pitcher from a season ago in Wednesday night’s 16-0 …last_img read more