FIFA advisers: ‘Danger’ for gay fans at World Cup in Russia “I expected it from them. I know they’re always ready and they have the experience. So I wasn’t worried because I know they’ll step up and they have the talent,” he said.Still, Romeo gave all the praise to Castro, whom he described as “one of a kind.””The Blur is on a different level. No one replace a Jayson Castro,” said Romeo, who is pegged as the heir apparent to Castro’s throne as the lead guard for Gilas Pilipinas. “I can say that I can try, and I’ll be fortunate if I can match him or even just get close to his level, but there’s only one Jayson Castro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Photo from Fiba.comTerrence Romeo couldn’t be more grateful that Jayson Castro postponed his impending retirement from the national team.“I’m so thankful that kuya Jayson didn’t retire from Gilas,” Romeo said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ “I had a flashback to my younger days when I was watching my idols. I couldn’t help but stand from my seat, wave at them. It’s a great feeling and at the same time, I’m just so proud of them,” Romeo said.“I’m so excited for everything kuya Jayson did. Every time he scored, I was cheering him. Imagine that, he was my roommate and my teammate and I really learned a lot from him. And now that I’m watching him, I’m just so thankful that I know kuya Jayson.”Romeo missed the first window of the Asian qualifiers due to a knee contusion, leaving much of the scoring load on Castro.But though he wasn’t in uniform, the former Far Eastern University standout made sure that he was one with the 11,444-strong crowd cheering Gilas at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Philippines went 2-0 in their Group B assignments.Romeo was apologetic for his absence but said that he wasn’t worried at all knowing how talented other Gilas guards are, especially with Roger Pogoy and Kiefer Ravena living up to expectations.ADVERTISEMENT Castro first called it a career back in July last year following the Philippines’ failed campaign in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, though, wooed Castro back to the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCastro continued his sensational play in the international stage, leading Gilas in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, averaging a team-best 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists as he further validated his position as the country’s best guard.Romeo was left in awe watching Castro in the Philippines’ 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene
LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “Of course Poy is one the best bigs in the country but we have to work on our chemistry because that’s important for a team,” said Alas.The Road Warriors’ lack of cohesiveness allowed Rain or Shine to let loose in the 50-50 balls establishing a 53-38 disparity in overall rebounds and a 20-7 edge under the offensive glass.Rain or Shine’s relentless rebounding allowed them to score 21 second chance points, 14 more than what NLEX mustered.“I think we lacked the effort because we were outrebounded, outhustled, and at the same time we have to improve on our on-court chemistry,” said Alas.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Kevin Alas back from injury. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Kevin Alas’ painstaking recovery process from his injury left him off the basketball floor for almost a year, and now that the furlough is over the NLEX guard feels he’s starting life anew.“I was so excited last night that I couldn’t sleep at all and I think I was a rookie again,” said Alas in his first game back in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.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 Boogie Cousins overcomes nerves in 1st game with Warriors Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college His return, however, didn’t end in a fairy tale finish after NLEX dropped to Rain or Shine, 96-87.This was Alas’ first competitive game since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in March of 2018 during the fifth game of NLEX’ semfinals series against Magnolia in the Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It was also disappointing because I wanted to win the game but Rain or Shine was the better team,” said Alas who had 12 points and four assists in his return.Apart from his personal return, the Road Warriors are also in the first stages of acclimating star big man Poy Erram into the system after they acquired the 6-foot-7 center from Blackwater in the offseason. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments
Devine Events and Consultancy (DEC), an institution established to help the Ministry of Education to improve the educational sector by coming up with specific events that will positively impact the educational system, has officially launched another edition of the Montserrado Inter High School Debate Competition. The competition will feature 80 schools from across the county.“This super Friday thing was creeping into our society, breaking the fabric of our country. Many of our future leaders we look up to were greatly turning into social giants,” said Alex Devine, founder and CEO of DEC.He said the education system has been plagued by many negative events, and that it is the responsibility of young people to design programs that will help government and its international partners to improve the sector.“The fight to advance Liberia’s education sector does not only rest on the shoulders of the MOE, but it requires consolidated efforts to make that happen, and we intend to be a part of that,” he said. “We initiated this inter-high school debate to get rid of this whole super Friday thing by turning it into academic Friday. Our second objective is to make sure that we inspire academic excellence for students to go beyond the normal classroom activities to do research,” he added.Devine said that the DEC is providing a platform for students to discuss national issues with logic, and to build up their intellectual capacities.“If young people are to take over the leadership in the near future, we should prepare them academically,” he said.The program commenced last academic year with 16 schools participating. With the upcoming debate tournament, Devine said the DEC has divided Montserrado County into four structures, making it different from the first tournament.This year’s competition will kick off on December 18 with the grand final slated for April, 2016. The competition is co-sponsored by Samba Juice, a production of Corina Hotel and Sam’s Barbeque in Sinkor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Toby Alderweireld in action for Southampton 1 Tottenham have signed Atletico Madrid star Toby Alderweireld.The Belgian defender will move to White Hart Lane, after spending last season on loan at Premier League rivals Southampton.It’s understood a fee of around £11.5m has been agreed between the two sides and the 26-year-old has agreed a five-year deal.Southampton were interested in signing the former Ajax star, but Spurs have stolen a march on their rivals and landed the stopper.“I’m very proud to be a #THFC player. I’m happy to be here & hope to have a wonderful time with this team,” Alderweireld said on the north London club’s twitter site.
Robin van Persie has enjoyed an impressive football career – but he definitely doesn’t have the X Factor.The former Arsenal and Manchester United star, currently playing in Turkey for Fenerbahce, has released a rather bizarre video of him signing along to an R Kelly song.It’s as terrible as you can imagine, although you can’t fault the Dutchman’s enthusiasm! Check it out above…
NEW YORK – Retailers faced an uncertain 2006 Thursday after December’s modest sales gains showed that the holiday shopping season, while overall respectable, was disappointing for some of the nation’s most prominent merchants. As expected, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was one of the stragglers, falling short of Wall Street’s expectations and warning about its fourth-quarter profits. It was clear as stores released their monthly sales figures that consumers, mindful of the rising costs of energy and borrowing money, were particularly cautious during the holidays. Winning retailers included Target Corp., Costco Wholesale Corp., upscale stores such as Nordstrom Inc., and teen retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Gap Inc., Sears Holdings Corp. and Kohl’s Corp. were among the other disappointments. That means November-December sales were up 3.5 percent, the high end of Niemira’s forecast, but a bit below the 3.7 percent pace for the entire fiscal year. Niemira expects the sales pace could average a more modest 3 percent this year. After an uneven start to the holiday season, many retailers struggled in December as shoppers appeared to procrastinate even more than in the past. The exceptions were those selling hot consumer electronics items such as Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox 360 and digital music players, all of which were snapped up by shoppers early in the season. A variety of factors created more angst for merchants. They included a late Hanukkah and the New York City transit strike, which occurred in the critical final days before Christmas, hurting retailers in Manhattan. Another factor that depressed December figures was robust online spending, which is excluded from retailers’ same-store sales. According to comScore Networks, online holiday spending excluding travel rose a better-than-expected 25 percent to $19.6 billion, compared with a year ago. Gift card sales also pushed December business into January or even later; gift card sales are only recorded when they are redeemed. Niemira expects same-store sales to rise anywhere from 3 percent to 3.5 percent in January, boosted by gift card redemption. But how and when customers use their gift cards will determine the strength of fourth-quarter profits. According to Hastings, profits look “like they held up,” as stores generally kept to their planned discounting strategy. But merchants who rushed in spring merchandise and new winter clothing the day after Christmas are counting on gift card holders to pay regular price. Wal-Mart warned that its profits would be disappointing, at the low end of expectations. The company reported a slim 2.2 percent same-store sales gain for December. The results – the weakest December performance since 2000 – missed the 2.4 percent estimate from analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial. Hastings attributed the weakness to two factors: sales of low-margin food that outpaced demand for general merchandise and a modest performance at the company’s Sam’s Club, which sells high-ticket items. Rival Target, which had a slow start to the holiday season, rebounded with a 4.7 percent same-store sales gain in December, better than the 4.6 percent estimate. Kohl’s posted a 4.6 percent gain in same-store sales, below the 5.4 percent estimate. The company reduced its fourth-quarter outlook. Sears Holdings said same-store sales tumbled 11.9 percent at its Sears stores for the nine-week period ended Dec. 31 because of a lack of special promotions. Meanwhile, same-store sales at its Mart stores rose 1 percent. Costco posted a 7 percent gain in same-store sales, beating the 6 percent estimate. Luxury retailers had a strong December following an unusually slow November. Nordstrom reported a 7.7 percent gain in same-store sales, much better than the 3.8 percent forecast. Federated Department Stores Inc.’s same-store sales rose 3.4 percent, better than the 2.1 percent forecast. J.C. Penney Co. Inc had a 2.2 percent same-store sales gain in its department store group, missing the 2.5 percent analyst estimate. Gap posted a 9 percent decline in same-store sales, worse than the 3.8 percent drop analysts expected. Abercrombie & Fitch had a 29 percent gain in same-store sales, beating the 18.2 percent estimate from Wall Street. On Wednesday, American Eagle Outfitters Inc. announced a 9.8 percent same-store sales gain, exceeding the 3.5 percent estimate. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “This is not a great showing, but not a poor showing. It is somewhere in between,” said Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers. “Consumers are not splurging everywhere. It is a little here and there. The consumer is very selective.” Niemira noted that retailers will face a tougher environment over the next few months as higher heating bills, a weakening housing market and rising interest rates will probably curb consumer spending. One potential bright spot is a steadily improving job market, which helped boost consumer confidence last month. The Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in more than five years. “As long as people can find the right merchandise, have a job and borrow a little bit, they are going to go shopping,” said Richard Hastings, an analyst at Bernard Sands LLC, who was more upbeat. “Overall, the holiday season was good. Retailers who had it all nailed down were the winners.” The UBS-International Council of Shopping Centers retail sales tally posted a modest 3.2 percent sales gain, at the midpoint of the 3 percent to 3.5 percent growth forecast for the month. The tally is based on same-store sales or sales at stores open at least a year, considered the best indicator of a retailer’s health.
A 39-year-old man from Killygordon has appeared at a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court this evening charged with possessing three assault rifles and membership of the dissident IRA.Shane Rowan from Forest Park in Killygordon faced charges of having a a Zastava M70 rifle, a Chinese Type 56 rifle and a Romanian PM63 rifle.He was also charged with having three magazines suitable for use in each rifle, at Tuiterath, Balrath, Slane, County Meath on Wednesday past. He was also charged with possession of 75 rounds of assorted manufactured 7.62 by 39mm calibre ammunition at the same place on the same date.The Donegal man was also charged with membership of an unlawful organization styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA, last Wednesday.Special Detective Unit sergeant Padraig Boyce told the three-judge non-jury court that he arrested Rowan under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act in Drogheda today.Rowan had made no reply, said DS Boyce.Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding alongside Judge Martin Nolan and Judge William Hamill, remanded Mr Rowan in custody until March 16th, when his case is listed for mention again.Barrister Peter Nolan, for Rowan, consented to the remand order.KILLYGORDON MAN CHARGED WITH HAVING ASSAULT RIFLES AND MEMBERSHIP OF THE REAL IRA was last modified: March 12th, 2016 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:Killygordonrifles chargesShane Rowan
The trial of a Letterkenny resident charged with trafficking a Romanian man for exploitation to work in a car wash in Sligo town has heard that the man was just getting €4 a day to buy food.Sorin Cirpaci of Fortwell Court, Letterkenny and Augustin Covaci of Cartron, Sligo both deny the charge of coercing the man into working at the car wash on Pearse Road on a date unknown between 28 May 2015 and 9 September 2015. It is alleged that the accused men, who are brothers-in-law, retained the man’s passport and deceived him regarding payment by failing to pay him as agreed or not at all.Retired Detective Garda Michael Carr told Sligo Circuit Court that he organised a search of the car wash premises after receiving information that there was a victim of human trafficking there.He brought the National Employment Rights Authority on board and when they visited the site, they found five men working there.Mr Carr said the alleged victim told him that Mr Covaci had his passport and he was not happy with the situation there.He said it emerged the man had reversed a car into an Audi which was there for valeting and after that his passport was taken from him and he was only given €4 a day.When he left the premises with gardaí, Mr Carr said the man had a small bag with a loaf of bread and a tin of beans in it, and said he was only getting €4 every evening to feed himself with.Speaking through an interpreter, the alleged victim said he came to Ireland in May 2015 to make a better life for his family.He believed he was going to be paid €500 monthly but never saw that money, he only got a small amount and sent it home.The alleged victim said he had worked previously in a car wash in England and at other jobs in Romania.However Colm Smyth, counsel for Mr Cirpaci, disputed his claims and said that according to records obtained by gardaí, he had been serving lengthy prison terms for serious offences when he claimed to be working in Romania.The man confirmed he had served sentences but asked about the dates concerned, he said he did not have a good memory.The alleged victim said he was told he had to work for free for four months to pay for the damage he had caused to a car he had “bumped” and that his passport was taken from him.Mr Smyth put it to him that he was free to leave Mr Sorin’s employment and go back to Romania prior to the damage being done to the car, but the man said that he did not have the financial capacity to leave.The case is the first prosecution under updated human trafficking legislation which increases the maximum penalty on conviction from 14 years to life imprisonment.Letterkenny resident charged with trafficking man at carwash was last modified: November 16th, 2018 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:carwashcourtdonegalhuman traffickingsligoSorin Circaci
BY EMMET RUSHE: It’s that time of year again.Time seems to go faster. Darkness arrives earlier and earlier, as families get back into the school routine.With the relaxed nature of the long summer holidays, for many, eating habits and routine quickly went out the window. It is time to get back into the habit of planning meals and set meal times, (and indeed meal days in some homes!), that comes with the school year.With childhood obesity on the rise, here are some tips that are taken from ‘Safe foods.ie’ that can make the planning a bit easier and healthier.Children don’t need the same amount of food as adults. They are much smaller than us and should not be expected to eat the same amount as we do.Try using plates and cutlery to match their size. This will give them smaller portion sizes and if they finish it and want more food, you can give it to them. If your children say that they are hungry between meals, give them something nutritious such as fruit and vegetables.Try and avoid having sugary snacks (eg. Cookie jars) freely available in the kitchen. This will save a lot of arguments when they come looking for a snack.Make ‘treats’ exactly that, a treat.Don’t let them have one every day, it should be an occasional occurrence.Keep the portions small or ‘fun sized’, and remember that ‘treats’ do not always have to be in the form of sugary food or drink. Cheese and crackers or carrot sticks can also be a “treat”. If your children drink a lot of soft drinks, try and gradually reduce the amount they consume.Switching them to cordials and then gradually watering down these to help encourage drinking of water.Get your children active.Start with adding in some fun activities into their daily routine that last between 15 and 30mins. These can then be extended until at least 60mins of physical activities are reached each day.Join in with them and don’t let things like the rain interfere. (They are not made of sugar!)Try and aim for less than 2 hours of screen time per day. This includes television, smart phones and computers.Make meal times screen-free: our appetite is satisfied a number of ways and visual satisfaction plays a role in this.If we are distracted during meal times, our bodies may not signal that we have been fully satisfied during the meal and a false hunger can follow.Encourage more sleep.Children who don’t get enough sleep may be at risk of becoming overweight.Try and ensure that your child’s room is dark, comfortable warm and is a screen-free zone.The recommended hours of sleep per night are:11 hours for children under 5 years old10+ hours for children over 5 years old9 hours for children over 10 years oldTAKE THE HEALTHY HABIT QUIZ BELOWMy child eats the same portion size as me.YES NOMy child eats sugary snacks every day.YES NOMy child has a sugary drink at least once per day. YES NOMy child gets less than 60mins of physical activity a day. YES NOMy child spends at least 2 hours per day looking at a screen. YES NOMy child gets less than 10 hours of sleep per night. YES NOIf you answered yes to 3 or more of the above, your child may be at risk of becoming overweight or obese. Small steps can change this.These are some small tips and hints that can get you and your child more active and improve their eating habits.Making small changes to your children’s diet and physical activity can make big differences in their future health.#TrainSmartFor further information on physical activities for you and your children contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO HEALTH was last modified: August 31st, 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:back to healthBack to schoolChildhood obesityemmet rushefitness columnportionstreats