Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Waiting for your name to be called in the draft is always a nerve-wracking experience, especially when 40 names had already been announced before your turn came.That’s exactly what John Ragasa went through in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft when he was called as the 41st overall pick for a chance to fight for a roster spot at NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENT “Being the last pick in the Draft? It was crazy man. I thought I was going to go undrafted,” said Ragasa, who let out a sigh of relief Sunday at Robinson’s Manila. “It’s surreal, it’s amazing and a good feeling to be drafted.”Ragasa was, technically, the third pick in the fifth round and was a former player of the Mekong United Raptors in the Thailand Basketball League and once played with former national team center Marcus Douthit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlthough he was still drafted, Ragasa’s future with the Batang Pier isn’t set in stone as only the first round draft picks will have a guaranteed contract. Meaning, the 6-foot guard will still have to fight for his place.“As cliché as it sounds, I’d say I’d work on my defense during practice. Of course, each team has go-to guys,” said Ragasa, who was NorthPort’s fourth pick in the draft after Robert Bolick, Edrian Lao, and Jeremiah Taladua. “I think I know my role, I know what my role should be which is in the defensive end. But if I need to score, I’ll score.”And if Ragasa endured almost three hours of high-wire tension, he had a bit of a laugh when the one who announced his pick was Batang Pier superstar Stanley Pringle.For those uninitiated, Ragasa is a dead ringer of the bearded Pringle. Moala Tautuaa, who also has a thick beard, helped lighten up the atmosphere of the proceedings.“It must be the beard, but he has a baby beard and I got a big beard,” said Ragasa laughing.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel Beer offers Brian Heruela, David Semerad, 1st round picks for embattled Terrence Romeo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ
The World Bank forecast has predicted that the fall in prices of oil and other commodities are likely to slow economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa to four percent in 2015 from 4.5 percent in 2014.The bank said in its Africa’s Pulse, a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects, released in Nairobi that excluding South Africa, the average growth for the rest of Sub-Saharan African countries is forecast to be around 4.7 percent.“As previously forecast, external tailwinds have turned to headwinds for Africa’s development. It is in these challenging times that the region can and must show that it has come of age, and can sustain economic and social progress on its own strength,” said Francisco Ferreira, the bank’s chief economist for Africa.”For starters, recent gains for the poorest Africans must be protected in those countries where fiscal and exchange rate adjustments are needed,” Ferreira added.The 2015 forecast is below the 4.4 percent average annual growth rate of the past two decades, and well short of Africa’s peak growth rates of 6.4 percent from 2002 to 2008.The report says the continent’s huge economic diversity is also mirrored in the impact of commodity price declines, even among oil producers.It notes that although the Nigerian economy will suffer this year, growth is expected to rebound in 2016 and beyond, driven by a relatively diversified economy, and a buoyant services sector.Low oil prices will continue to weigh down on prospects of less diversified oil exporters such as Angola and Equatorial Guinea. In several oil-importing countries, such as Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and Senegal, growth is expected to remain strong.In Ghana, still high inflation and fiscal consolidation will weigh on growth. In South Africa, growth continues to be curtailed by problems in the electricity sector.World Bank Vice President for Africa Makhtar Diop, who spoke earlier said, despite strong headwinds and new challenges, Sub-Saharan Africa is still experiencing growth. And with challenges come opportunities.“The end of the commodity super-cycle has provided a window of opportunity to push ahead with the next wave of structural reforms and make Africa’s growth more effective at reducing poverty.”According to the report, the fiscal policy stance is expected to remain tight throughout 2015 in most net oil-exporting countries across the region, as countries take measures to rein in spending in light of anticipated lower revenues.While capital expenditures are expected to bear the brunt of expenditure measures, recurrent expenditures, including fuel subsidies, will also be reduced.Despite these adjustments, fiscal deficits are likely to remain high. Fiscal deficits are also expected to remain elevated in net oil-importing countries.“Large fiscal deficits and inefficient government spending remain sources of vulnerability for many countries of the region,” said Punam Chuhan-Pole, World Bank Lead Economist for Africa and co-author of the report.Sub-Saharan Africa is a net exporter of primary commodities. Oil is the most important commodity traded in the region, followed by gold and natural gas.“It is urgent that these countries strengthen their fiscal positions and fortify their resilience against external shocks,” Chuhan-Pole added.New and Old Risks to Africa’s Economic FuturePersistent conflict in a number of areas, and recent violence by extremist groups such as Boko Haram and Al Shabaab pose security risks with the potential to undermine development gains. Also, the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone has highlighted preexisting weaknesses in the health systems of the three most affected countries, as well as others.Although substantial progress has been made against the Ebola epidemic, it remains premature to declare victory until there are zero cases left. A World Bank study released in January estimated that the three hardest-hit countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) will face at least $1.6 billion in forgone economic growth in 2015, and social costs in terms of nutrition, health and education are equally severe. The Bank Group has mobilized about $1 billion in financing to date for the three countries hardest hit by Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Seecharran SinghAn Assistant Superintendent of Police who was charged for engaging in sexual activity with a 13-year-old child in June 2018 was on Tuesday afternoon committed to stand trial at the High Court.Thirty-one-year-old Seecharran Singh of Providence Plantation, appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was told that sufficient evidence was provided by the prosecution against him and as such, the case will be sent to the High Court for trial.The cop was represented by Attorney-at-Law, Bernard DaSilva.Singh was charged for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with the underaged child during June 17-18, 2018, at his home.It is alleged that the child was left in the care of Singh on June 17, while her mother was out with a friend. It was reported that he made advances towards the child and raped her.Upon the return of the child’s mother and the friend, the incident of what took place between the teen and the police officer was recounted to one of the female adults and the police were informed.Singh, on his first appearance, was not required to plea to the indictable charge that was read in-camera. However, he was granted bail in the sum of $250,000 after spending two weeks on remand.
A sixty-six-year-old man was arrested by ranks of the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) after he was discovered with almost 300 grams of cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).The cocaine found in the pensioner’s shoesThe suspect was found with the illicit drugs hidden in his shoes. The pensioner, who was US-bound, was taken into custody and is assisting with investigations. He is expected to be arraigned today.Earlier this year, a 24-year-old waitress was jailed for 4 years and fined $13.1 million after she was found with over four kilograms of cocaine stashed in storybooks and other items at CJIA.Rena Jagernauth, a Panama-bound passenger, was arrested after a search of her suitcase unearthed the substance.The cocaine was found stashed inside four children’s storybooks, deodorant and perfume bottles, a makeup kit and other personal items that were inside her suitcase.A little later in the year, four men were arrested by CANU ranks after they attempted to smuggle cocaine in fire extinguishers destined for an international location.The law enforcement agency had said that its agents raided a house at 26 Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and intercepted the cocaine.In September 2018, Shellon Yolanda Barrow of lot 135 Victoria Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, was arrested at CJIA after she was attempting to board a Jamaica-bound flight with the over 1 kilogram of cocaine concealed in a false wall of her hard cover carry-on suitcase.That arrest came days after a Guyanese woman, Alica Coppin, had revealed to Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) at the JFK International Airport in New York that she had inserted a quantity of the narcotics into her vaginal cavity and swallowed another amount.Just before that arrest, another New York-bound Guyanese, hairdresser Karen Stuffle, was busted by CANU ranks at the CJIA with 100 cocaine pellets, totalling 1.42 kilograms, stashed in her vagina and stomach.She was subsequently sentenced to four years imprisonment and fined $2.3M for the crime.In July of 2018, 19-year-old Anesha Hardy of South Ruimveldt was jailed for 3 years and also handed a hefty fine after she was arrested by CANU ranks at CJIA after having admitted to swallowing some 119 cocaine pellets.Hardy, who was an outgoing passenger destined to JFK Airport, was stopped by a CANU rank who had received information of her motives.She was escorted to the hospital where an x-ray showed the pellets in her stomach.On July 5, 2018, 37-year-old Natasha Blair was also jailed for three years after she attempted to smuggle a quantity of cocaine through CJIA to the US.Blair, who was travelling with an 11-month old baby, was scheduled to board Caribbean Airlines flight BW726 destined for John F Kennedy International Airport.It was reported that when Blair checked in her luggage at Caribbean Airline counter, a CANU rank acting on information, approached her and informed her of his suspicion that she had ingested and inserted narcotics.Blair was cautioned and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where an x-ray was conducted. It revealed foreign objects in her stomach and pelvic area.It was disclosed that the pellets found in the woman stomach weighed 322 grams, while the object in her pelvic area weighed 210 grams.
Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson has issued an urgent plea for his fellow countrymen to turn out for their date with Nigeria in Volgograd on Friday.Icelanders were vastly outnumbered by Argentinians in their famous 1-1 draw with Lionel Messi and company in Moscow’s Spartak Stadium on Saturday.“Strangely we had difficulties in buying tickets. It was sold out for Iceland,” he said at the post-match press conference.“I can’t see where all the Argentinians bought their tickets because we could have sold much more in Iceland. We’ll have to discover (how to get) more for our next games.”Ramos, Vazquez and VARSpain midfielder Lucas Vazquez has a VAR doppelganger according to teammate Sergio Ramos © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUSergio Ramos did a double take when he thought he spotted his Spain and Real Madrid teammate Lucas Vazquez in charge of VAR during Mexico’s win over holders Germany.Ramos published a photo of the Vazquez lookalike on Twitter, to which Vasquez told Ramos: “If they put me in charge of VAR you wouldn’t be on the pitch for more than five minutes!”Thumbs down for museum all-nightersKaliningrad’s culture and tourism chief Andrei Yermak says the World Cup host city has had to shelve its plan to keep museums open at night on game days because almost no one showed up after Saturday’s Croatia-Nigeria match.“Only a handful of people visited our museums after the match. The idea did not prove very popular.”Iceland’s 0.4 percent“The other 0.4 percent was on the pitch!” Iceland striker Alfred Finnbogason responds to a tweet pointing out that 99.6 percent of the Nordic nation’s 330,000 population watched them hold football superpower Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their World Cup debut on Saturday. Finnbogason scored Iceland’s goal.Brandt’s selfieGermany forward Julian Brandt criticised over a selfie © AFP / Yuri CORTEZGermany winger Julian Brandt found himself in hot water back home after taking a selfie with a fan in the immediate aftermath of the World Cup holders’ shock opening loss to Mexico.The Bayer Leverkusen star explained: “I was heading for the tunnel, and this young boy came up and shouted at me. At the time you don’t think, you just please the kid.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson makes a call for fans to turn up for their next game against Nigeria © AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRANDMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed at the World Cup:Iceland’s call to fans
NHL: Anaheim picks up its first win away from home. By The Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. – After struggling on the road for more than a month, this was the kind of effort the Ducks sought. The Ducks regained some luster from their Stanley Cup championship season, as Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 30 shots and the Ducks beat Phoenix, 5-2, on Saturday night for their first road win. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “We need to start playing on the road as we play at home,” said forward Cory Perry, who scored two goals. “That means forechecking, and limit turnovers. When we wear teams down, that’s when we’re effective.” Giguere, bidding for this 26th career NHL shutout, lost the whitewash early in the final period. The 30-year-old netminder picked up his third win of the season to go with three losses and one tie. The Ducks used a two goal flurry in a span of less than four minutes in the second period to create room for the victory. Perry began the spurt by picking up a loose puck in front and lifting in a backhander at 4:58. Less then four minutes later, defenseman Mathieu Schneider’s shot from the left point was tipped in by Brad May, his first of the season, giving the Ducks’ 3-0 lead. Midway through the opening session, the Ducks broke out on top. Skating with a two-man advantage, Schneider rifled in a 30-foot drive from the slot at 11:13 for a 1-0 Ducks lead. The 19-year veteran picked up a goal and two assists. Late in the opening period, Chris Kunitz missed giving the Ducks a two-goal advantage when he hit the left post behind Alex Auld, the Phoenix goaltender. That was the third Anaheim shot of the opening period that went behind Auld and deflected off the post. The Coyotes’ Radiim Vrbata broke Giguere’s shutout bid when he tipped in Jovanovski’s shot trailing in the slot. The goal came at 2:29 of the third period. Ryan Getzlaf put it out of reach with a power-play goal at 13:19 of the final period, making it 4-1. Jovanovski’s power play at 18:08 brought Phoenix to within two. Perry scored his second of the game after Auld was pulled, sending the puck the length of the rink at 19:35. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A well-known criminal has appeared before a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court today after more than a year on the run.Jason Haughey arriving on crutches at a special sitting of Letterkenny court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Jason Haughey was apprehended by Gardai in Carndonagh last night.A bench warrant had been out for Haughey’s arrest after he failed to appear in court to face a number of serious charges.He has a string of previous convictions for burglary and public order charges.He was charged with assault causing harm after allegedly stabbing a local man outside Gallagher’s Hotel in Letterkenny in 2012.Darragh Harvey, who had to have extensive plastic surgery after being slashed in the face, now lives in America.He also faces burglary charges arising out of another incident.Haughey, 25, turned up in court on crutches today.Gardai objected to bail on the serious nature of the charges and the fact that he was living outside the jurisdiction.Judge Francis Comerford remanded Haughey in custody to appear in court again on December 8th.H also ordered that he be given all the necessary medical attention. NOTORIOUS DONEGAL CRIMINAL APPREHENDED BY GARDAI was last modified: July 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) Tags:arrestdonegalGardaiJason Haugheyletterkenny
Shay Given WILL play for the Republic of Ireland against Croatia on Sunday in our opening game in the Euro 2012 Championships.That was the bold prediction of goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly amidst speculation that the Lifford man is struggling to be fit for the game.Kelly said “The determination Shay has shown over 16 years playing for Ireland is not going to go away overnight. “Anyone who saw the game against Hungary would not question his fitness or form.”He did confirm that while did sit out training in the past couple of days, Shay will train before Sunday’s big game.Meanwhile thousands of football fans from across Donegal are beginning their long trek to Poland for championships as the countdown reaches fever pitch.Donegaldaily.com will bring you all the interviews, pictures, fan views and craic from Poland. SHAY DECLARED FIT AS HUNDREDS OF DONEGAL FANS HEAD FOR EURO 2012 was last modified: June 7th, 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:donegaleuro 2012Irish fansShay Given
Donegal & Tyrone huntsman Simon Scott over the “Christmas Car” novely jumpThe recently formed cross border Donegal & Tyrone Farmers Hunt enjoyed a fantastic Boxing day charity hunt hosted by the O’Neill Family of Ballyskeagh, Artigarvan.A total of £500 was raised for the Marie Curie cancer charity which will be augmented under a government charity matching funding scheme.A lovely crisp dry winters morning contributed to an exhilarating course by 67 riders across the beautiful Tyrone hills over hedges logs ditches rivers stone walls and even a lake . Three hours later a group of sated riders and very tired horses and ponies returned to O’Neill’s yard and some very welcome soup rolls & Hot toddys.The Donegal & Tyrone Farmers hunt would like to acknowledge the hospitality of the O Neill Family for hosting a very memorable boxing day meet.Amy Rose Harte comes a cropper at the Lake The Donegal & Tyrone hunt cool their legs in the river BOXING DAY OUTING MAKES HORSE SENSE FOR THE DONEGAL & TYRONE FARMERS HUNT was last modified: December 31st, 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:DOEGAL AND TYRONE FARMERS HUNT
Philip Deignan on his visit recent to Cope Cycles with the Errigal YouthsPhilip Deignan with the statue of the founder of The Cope – Paddy The Cope GallagherPhilip Deignan cycles down Dungloe Main StreetPhilip Deignan – Team Sky Cyclist viisting Cope Cycles Dungloe recentlyLetterkenny native Philip Deignan, who is a Professional Cyclist for Team Sky, recently visited Cope Cycles in Dungloe to meet with cyclists, both young and old to share advice on cycling and take part in leisure cycle.Deignan is the first Irishman to ride in Team Sky colours and is now into his 10th year as a pro.With six Grand Tour appearances to his name – including a stage victory and top-10 overall finish at the 2009 Vuelta a Espana. 2013 saw Philip excel on American soil, collecting a string of top results at the Tours of the Gila, California, Utah, and the USA Pro Challenge.In 2014 Philip was 42nd overall in the Giro D’Italia.Philip is keen to encourage young riders to develop their cycling talents and show them that with hard work and determination you can achieve your dreams.Philip visited Cope Cycles on July 4th and had a meet & greet session with both young and old to talk about cycling and youth development. Philip then very graciously took part in a leisure cycle with all who had turned out to meet him.Around the scenic roads of the Rosses, Philip rode with many junior cyclists, offering advice and encouragement to them, with many “older” cyclists looking for advice too!Hopefully Donegal will produce many more cyclists of Philip’s calibre in years to come! PICTURE SPECIAL: PROFESSIONAL CYCLIST PHILLIP DEIGNAN VISITS COPE CYCLES IN DUNGLOE was last modified: July 16th, 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:CYCLISTFeaturesnewsPhillip DeignanSportTeam SkyTHE COPE