LATEST STORIES The defending champion Cargo Movers extended the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Final to a deciding Game 3 after blasting the Petron Blaze Spikers, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18, at FilOil Flying V Centre.For a while, it appeared like Game 2 would follow the same script as the series-opener where the Cargo Movers won the first two sets, only to see the Blaze Spikers come breathing down their necks in the third.The Cargo Movers, though, made sure that they would pen a different ending for this one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownF2 Logistics chopped Petron down to size using splendid defense, particularly on Blaze Spikers ace Katherine Bell.Bell, who unloaded 42 points in Game 1, was limited to just 15. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast F2 Logistics’ reign is not about to end, not on Thursday night, anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Vargas looks to swimming example as blueprint for unity MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio 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 The Cargo Movers thus earned the chance to repeat its feat last year, when it also won the last two games as the rubber match was held Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“We are very motivated coming into the game and very focused all the time, something that in the last game we didn’t do,” said F2 Logistics’ Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez, who accounted for 20 points.“We will fight to the end and we’ll never give up. We really want this with all our hearts,” Perez, last season’s MVP, added.Ara Galang, the Cargo Movers’ injury-prone spiker, delivered 11 points off the bench.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
– questions President’s lack of meaningful consultation with coalition partnersBy Jarryl BryanWhile it is not against the Constitution of Guyana to so do, the unilateral appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is a “politically senseless” move.This is according to political commentator and Working People’s Alliance (WPA) member Dr. David Hinds. Zeroing in on the controversial appointment by President David Granger, he affirmed that Government should always avoid authoritarian-like decisions.Instead of the unilateral appointment, Hinds said, the President should have continued to work with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. He said that instead of the process being pushed to unilateral action, Granger in fact pre-empted that process.“I felt that while it (Patterson’s appointment) would be beneficial to the President’s partisan interests, it would, in the broader scheme of things, be counter-productive. The President and his government needed to find a way short of unilateral action to get the person they want,” Hinds stated.Hinds also questioned the level of consultation Granger had with the main parties comprising the coalition – the Alliance for Change (AFC) and the Working People’s Alliance (WPA). This comes after the AFC released a statement saying that while it supported the President’s decision, it was in no way involved in the process.“It was not helpful that the AFC has revealed that it was not consulted on this decision. I am sure the President would say that the AFC leader was consulted, since he was present at the meeting with Mr Jagdeo,” Hinds argued.“I doubt that the WPA was consulted. Maybe the PNC, as a party, was consulted. In any case, once again we come face to face with the problem of little or no meaningful consultation within the coalition outside of the Cabinet. My views on this are well known.”Retired Justice James Patterson, currently a legal advisor in the Ministry of Legal Affairs, was sworn in a few hours after President Granger met briefly with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. According to the Head of State, his decision to select a GECOM Chairman was done in accordance with Article 161 of the Constitution for the appointment of a GECOM Chairman.What the law saysAccording to Article 161 (2), (Amendment) of the Constitution of Guyana, “The Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds, or who has held, office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth, or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court, or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person, to be appointed by the President from a list of six persons not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Leader of the Opposition after meaningful consultation with the non-governmental political parties represented in the National Assembly.“Provided that the Leader of the Opposition fails to submit a list as provided for, the President shall appoint a person who holds or has held office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth, or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court, or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge.”Three lists of nominees were in fact submitted by the Opposition Leader in the run-up to Patterson’s appointment. The first list, submitted in December of last year, had contained the following nominees: Governance and Conflict Resolution Specialist Lawrence Lachmansingh; Attorney-at-Law and outspoken anti-corruption advocate Christopher Ram; Retired Major General Norman Mc Lean; Business Executive Ramesh Dookhoo; Businesswoman Rhyaan Shah, and History Professor James Rose.The second list, submitted in May of 2017, read as follows: Retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy; Retired Justice William Ramlal; Former Magistrate OneidgeWalrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar, and Captain Gerald Gouveia.The third list of nominees comprised former GECOM Chairman and retired Army Major-General, Joseph Singh; Attorneys Teni Housty and SanjeevDatadin; vocal conservationist Annette Arjune-Martins; Onesi La Fleur, and Krishnadatt PersaudBusinessman and engineer Marcel Gaskin had, in March of this year, moved to the High Court to challenge the constitutionality of President Granger’s reasoning behind his rejection of the list of nominees.In July, Chief Justice Roxanne George, SC, overruled the President’s interpretation of the Constitution regarding the appointment of a Chairman for GECOM, finding that there is no particular preference for the appointment of persons within the Judiciary.In her determination, Justice George found that there was no valid argument to support the idea that the Chairman should be a judge, former judge, or person eligible to be a judge; and noted that persons from each category were equally eligible for the post.She had also found that Granger is required to give reasons for his rejection of any name submitted to him, and his failure to so do could be subject to judicial review. To date, Granger has not provided details on why the 18 nominees were unfit for the GECOM Chairmanship.
“We were confident heading into this game and brought our A game,” Harden said. “We want to win a state title and this was just one of the steps along the way.”‘ Sidney finished with 30points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks before heading to the bench for good with 4:49 remaining and Artesia leading 80-51. “Yeah, I got off tonight, but this is about our team,” said Sidney, who had seven dunks. “We want to win a championship ring. We can’t get big heads and worry about rankings and what people say about us. Were staying humble. We’re focused.” Harden followed Sidney to the bench with eight points, sixrebounds, four assists and three blocks after being in foul trouble for a majority of the game. Story, who committed to USC, exited the game with 3:42 left and contributed 14points, eight assists and four rebounds. “We have some great individuals on this team and I think everyone saw that here tonight, but they also understand about the team aspect of this game,” Artesia coach Loren Grover said. “They want to win a championship and are willing to work hard to achieve the goal.” email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They’re good, very good, unbelievably athletic,” Simi Valley coach Christian Aurand said. “They’re definitely one of the best teams we faced this year. Probably one of the best teams to ever play in this gym.” Sidney was particularly impressive in the early going. The highly touted sophomore scored eight points in the first quarter, including three dunks, one over Grant Keller, the other on Brandon Simon and the last one coming on an alley-oop pass from Harden. Simi Valley (21-7), however, was resilient and trailed 21-14 entering the second quarter. Artesia (26-2) answered with an 11-2 run to open up a 32-16 lead with 4:57 before halftime and ended up ahead by 10points at the intermission. Any thoughts Simi Valley might have had at pulling off an improbable upset were thwarted in the third quarter as Sidney scored six quick points inside, Harden, bound for Arizona State, had a breakaway one-handed dunk, and Story buried an outside jumper. Next thing you know, Simi Valley trailed by 18 points heading into the fourth quarter. Renardo Sidney stretched out his 6-foot-10 frame at center court, seemingly without a care in the world during pregame warmups, and teammate Malik Story nonchalantly drained jump shot after jump shot from the baseline in front of numerous interested onlookers. James Harden dribbled the ball between his legs and behind his back several times from the top of the key while smiling and bobbing his head to the music being blared over the loudspeakers with fiveminutes left before the opening tipoff. The trio from perennial Southern California powerhouse Artesia High, ranked No. 4 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 12 in the nation according to USA Today, looked as relaxed as can be before the start of Tuesday’s second-round game against host Simi Valley. Little changed once the referee tossed the ball into the air as the Pioneers from Lakewood jumped out to an early and were relentless until the final seconds ticked off the clock of an 89-60 victory, which advanced them to the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Div. I-AA playoffs.
Jim Furyk backed off a 7-foot birdie putt three times and still went wide left, losing on the 19th hole to Chad Campbell. Vijay Singh celebrated his 44th birthday with birdies on his last two holes to extend his match, then missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole and lost to Stephen Ames. Woods had an easy time against Tim Clark. And suddenly, his path to an eighth straight PGA Tour victory looks a whole lot easier. “I played better than I did yesterday, which is great,” Woods said after making birdies on half his holes in a 5 and 4 victory. “Do a little bit of practice this afternoon and solidify some things, and tomorrow, hopefully I can play even better.” But Woods, a two-time winner of this fickle event, knows not to look too far ahead. Next up is Nick O’Hern, a short but straight-hitting Australian who beat Woods in the second round two years ago at La Costa. Still in Woods’ side of the bracket is Henrik Stenson, who won in Dubai earlier this month when Woods finished two shots behind. Another winner was Trevor Immelman, the last player to win a PGA Tour event that Woods played – the Western Open last July. And as well as Woods has played for two rounds – he is one of five players who has never trailed this week – there’s always tomorrow. MARANA, Ariz. – One by one, the biggest names headed for the airport Thursday until Tiger Woods was the only player among the top eight seeds remaining at the Accenture Match Play Championship. Phil Mickelson had designs on a comeback until Justin Rose scrambled backward out of the desert and made a 30-foot par putt to halve the 15th hole, leaving Lefty looking like a batter frozen by a 3-2 curve that dropped over the plate. “I’ve never played a match-play event where all six rounds I’ve played great golf,” he said. “You’re going to have one or two rounds where you’re not going to play well. You’ve just got to get through those matches. Sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t.” Mickelson didn’t. His West Coast Swing ended in a 3 and 1 loss to Rose that featured a dramatic shift in momentum. Rose was 1-up when he pulled his tee shot into the desert brush and had no choice but to pitch out backward, and had to hit his third shot to the green before Mickelson hit his second. And when Mickelson two-putted for par, he figured the match would be all square. Rose’s putt dropped on the final turn, and everything changed. “It looked like all I had to do was make par and the match would be even,” Mickelson said. “That hurt the most.” His plan was to hit first on the par-3 16th to the middle of the green, away from what he called a “carnival” pin cut atop a slope that fed off the green in two directions. Rose did the honors, and Mickelson felt he had to go after the flag. His 9-iron was about 10 feet long, enough to tumble off the green. His next-to-impossible chip hit the hole, but trickled off the front of the green. His 25-foot par putt caught the lip and stayed out. And when Mickelson failed to birdie the par-5 17th, he removed his visor and conceded the match. It was the first time in five years he failed to get to the third round. Woods made sure there was no drama in his match against Clark, who is recovering from a neck injury and was playing his first tournament since October. Woods won the first two holes with a two-putt birdie and a bogey by Clark at No. 2, then poured it with three straight birdie putts. When he drove to the front of the 12th green for his seventh birdie of the round, and Clark missed a 4-footer, Woods was 6-up and counting the holes until it was over. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
New West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis is unconcerned by his new job title as he bids to keep the Baggies in the Premier League.The former Stoke boss has signed a two-and-a-half year deal to replace Alan Irvine at the struggling Midlands club.With four head coaches in a little over a year at the Hawthorns the structure at the club has come under fire, but Pulis is unfazed by his new title.He said: “Someone said to me, ‘do you mind being called head coach?’ You can call me ‘head bottle washer’ if you want, it doesn’t make a difference as long as I know what I’m in charge of.“Everyone understands what we have to do. There’s been a lot said about how the club has been run in the past and now with me coming in. The most important thing is everyone works together.“Just because I’ve walked in the door doesn’t mean we’ll stay up. There’s lots of work to do and for me it’s the right club at the right time. I’ve got a decent record of helping places turn around, but there have only been four home wins at The Hawthorns in 2014.“You have to find a way of winning and irrespective of the players and systems and what you believe in there’s only one way – you have to find a way to win games with what you’ve got.” Pulis unveiled as Baggies boss 1
Sepp Blatter 1 FIFA are in a bit of a pickle, aren’t they?Football’s governing body are supposed to be focusing on tomorrow’s rather important election. Instead, several of the organisation’s high-profile members have been arrested amidst accusations of corruption and a rather astonishing amount of bribes.The future is uncertain. Could the beautiful game be set for a seismic shift over the next few days?Fans across the globe have crossed their fingers in hope that Sepp Blatter’s reign will be brought to an end.But the man himself has gone a bit quiet on us.The 79-year-old has kept relatively schtum since the corruption crisis took hold.However, that hasn’t helped him escape the meme generators of this world.Here are the best talkSPORT could find. Enjoy.
1 Dijon striker Lois Diony is a summer transfer target for Bournemouth.The 24-year-old has impressed in France this season and he has chipped in with 11 goals and eight assists in Ligue 1.Diony’s goals and assists have helped keep Dijon out of the relegation places and they will be guaranteed survival if they win their final game.The French club face a trip to Toulouse in their last match, but even if they beat the drop they are braced for bids for their star striker Diony.The Frenchman is already wanted by clubs in Ligue 1 and, according to L’Equipe, Bournemouth are now also in the hunt.The Cherries will face stiff competition to sign him, though, as Bordeaux, Lille, Monaco and Nice are all after him too. Lois Diony
Everton are keeping tabs on Inter Milan’s Joao Mario, according to reports in Italy.The Portugal midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham, but they decided against signing him permanently. 1 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker REVEALED smart causal targets BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade HUMBLE possible standings Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Duncan Ferguson: ‘All I’ve done is walk up and down the touchline shouting’ The Toffees are looking at bringing in an attacking midfielder during the current transfer window and are monitoring several players.Mario has emerged as a possibility and new Everton manager Marco Silva is a fan of his talents Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The 25-year-old has now returned to the San Siro, but he has been told he can leave this summer for the right price.Inter want around £26m for Mario and, according to Tutto Mercato, Everton are tracking him. Latest Everton News Mario bagged two goals in 13 Premier League appearances last season Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed targets REVEALED
THE NAOMH CONAILL GAA club made a donation in memory of the late Manus Kelly on a highly-emotional evening in Glenswilly.The gesture was made before Glenswilly’s first All-County League Division One game since the tragic death of the popular father-of-five, who lost his life while competing in the 2019 Donegal International Rally.Naomh Conaill players funded a donation of €250, which will go towards Donegal Down Syndrome – a charity that was close to Manus’s heart. Naomh Conaill Chairman David Kelch presented a cheque to Manus’s parents, Donal and Jacqueline at Pairc Naomh Columba.Glenswilly’s team included Leon and Caolan Kelly, while members of the Kelly family were among the large attendance at a game won by Naomh Conaill 3-19 to 0-13. Naomh Conaill remember the late Manus Kelly on emotional night in Glenswilly was last modified: July 9th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 All-County Football League2019 Donegal International RallyCaolan KellyDonal KellyglenswillyLeon KellyManus KellyNaomh Conaill
The oldest library in the world, founded by a woman, is being rehabilitated by another woman. The al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco will reopen its doors in May 2016. The refurbishment came with its challenges and surprises for architect Aziza Chaouni. A new lighting system was fitted in the library’s main reading room. (Image: Aziza Chaouni, TED)• Mandela: a life in books• Jacana gives flight to new literary voices with BlackBird Book• Mandela’s presidential years to get book treatment• Celebrating books: National Library Week• Ginwala helped shape South Africa’s history Priya PitamberThe oldest working library in the world, the al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco, founded in 859, is reopening its doors in May this year. This comes after the Moroccan Ministry of Culture approached architect Aziza Chaouni to rehabilitate the crumbling establishment.In an interview with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), the global set of conferences run by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, she spoke passionately about the project.Rich in historyThe library was founded by a woman, Fatima el-Fihriya, the daughter of a rich immigrant from al-Qayrawan, today’s Tunisia.According to TED, el-Fihriya spent her entire inheritance on building a mosque and knowledge centre.“Mystic poet and philosopher Ibn al-‘Arabi studied there in the 12th century, historian and economist Ibn Khaldun attended in the 14th century, while in medieval times, al-Qarawiyyin played a leading role in the transfer of knowledge between Muslims and Europeans,” reads the TED website.When Chaouni first visited the library, she was shocked at the state of the buildings and how this affected the condition of ancient manuscripts, which covered a range of subjects such as astronomy, law, and theology.Challenges and surprisesShe also noticed that in its 1 157 years of existence, the library had been extended in a hodgepodge manner.“Throughout the years, the library underwent many rehabilitations, but it still suffered from major structural problems, a lack of insulation, and infrastructural deficiencies like a blocked drainage system, broken tiles, cracked wood beams, exposed electric wires, and so on,” Chaouni said.There were other challenges too, such as finding similar material to match ancient mosaic, cracked wooden railings and ceiling beams. But, she said, there were many surprises too.A startling aspect about restoring such an old building was never knowing what was behind its walls. “You could scrap it and find a painting, take out the painting and find a door, and so on. We discovered some unexpected things, especially underground, such as a centuries-old sewage system.”al-Qarawiyyin library, Morocco, founded in 859 by a woman, reopens after delicate restoration by arch. Aziza Chaouni pic.twitter.com/ySdM7LyeEw— Roberta Busnelli_IQD (@RobertaBusnell1) March 11, 2016It’s about balanceThroughout her work on the project, Chaouni wanted to keep the harmony between the past and the present.“There has to be a fine balance between keeping the original spaces, addressing the needs of current users, including students, researchers and visitors, and integrating new sustainable technologies — solar panels, water collection for garden irrigation.”She also updated the fountains in the library’s grounds. “Embedded within the dense urban fabric of the Unesco World Heritage Medina of Fez, fountains are part of the city’s vast and ancient water network,” reads the website. So Chaouni was careful when she restored what was there. Where she built new fountains, she made sure she used local construction materials and systems.Today, as she puts the finishing touches, Chaouni is proud, tired and eager to open the library doors to people once more.“Both Moroccans and foreign visitors will get to glimpse, for the first time, some of the library’s amazing and unique manuscripts, as well as to enjoy its architecture.”