Bigger than basketball: Balkman’s foundation extends help to orphans

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments “I was once a kid that didn’t have everything, I was a kid that wanted things in life that I couldn’t get and nobody came and told me when I was younger so I want to give the kids something I didn’t have.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Michael Phelps praises 10-year-old Fil-Am Clark Kent for breaking record Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ The famous phrase “Ball is life” gets thrown a lot in basketball circles, but for Renaldo Balkman basketball isn’t everything.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Balkman said outreach is not just about the donations, but also being with the kids in little ways he can.“I want to give them what they need, I want to feed them breakfast I want to be there every morning, I want to give them toys and play with them,” said Balkman. “I need to do whatever I need for a couple of hours just to see smiles on their faces.”READ: Balkman comes full circle, rejoins Beermen in PBABalkman added that he wants to bring 50 kids to watch Game 5 on Sunday Smart Araneta Coliseum as an added treat.For those interested in helping out, Balkman posted an announcement on his Instagram account. Prospective donors can call 09198141948 for more information on how to take part.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite being in the middle of an electric championship round in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup where San Miguel is ahead 2-1, Balkman still found a way to give back to a community that embraced him during his Philippine stay.Balkman’s Balkmania Cares Foundation has set up an outreach program for the children of the Alay Pag-asa Christian Foundation where he will donate school supplies and toys through the “Giving Love Back” program.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Renaldo Balkman shrugs off ‘war wound’ to keep Beermen going“It’s not about basketball all the time, winning the championship yeah, but it’s bigger than basketball,” said Balkman after the Beermen’s 132-94 win over the Gin Kings Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s a great feeling inside that I’ve done something great.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 awardlast_img read more

Ellen Consults Legal Professionals on Justice Minister’s Suspension

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has taken note of last week’s decision of the Supreme Court of Liberia, placing a six-month suspension on the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Cllr. Christiana P. Tah.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader is holding consultations with eminent lawyers and legal professionals, including former Chief Justices and former Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, to fully comprehend the implications of the Court’s decision, especially as it relates to the executive powers of the President.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beckham might be recalled by England’s national team

first_img Liverpool rallied for a 2-1 win at defending champion Barcelona and Inter Milan was held to a 2-2 tie by visiting Valencia in the Champions League. Chelsea gained a 1-1 tie at Porto and AS Roma was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Lyon. GOLF: One year after he set a tournament record with a 9-and-8 victory in the opening round, Tiger Woods relied on a big par save early and a near ace on the 14th hole to put away Ryder Cup teammate J.J. Henry 3 and 2 at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. Fourth-seeded Phil Mickelson got a scare, not taking the lead against fellow lefty Richard Green until the 14th hole. Mickelson won 1-up. FOOTBALL: Defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday signed a $20 million, four-year contract to stay with the Miami Dolphins. The deal includes a signing bonus of nearly $7 million. Peyton Manning has agreed to restructure his contract with the Indianapolis Colts to save the team nearly $8 million in salary-cap space. “That’s all you’ll get from David Beckham. The reaction from every adversity he’s ever gone through in his career, he’s always bounced back and been professional and got on with his job,” McClaren said Wednesday. McClaren suggested Beckham, who will join the Galaxy of Major League Soccer this summer, would have to maintain his form to stand any chance of getting back on the team for next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Israel and Andorra. David Beckham’s recent performances for Real Madrid have improved his chances of a recall to the England team. The former captain was dropped by England coach Steve McClaren after last year’s World Cup. However, Beckham has played well since being recalled to the Madrid team and set up all three goals in Tuesday’s 3-2 Champions League win over Bayern Munich. center_img HOCKEY: Philadelphia Flyers forward Mike Knuble had surgery to insert a plate in his face to fixate the broken bones in both his right cheekbone and right orbital bone. The Carolina Hurricanes said left wing Erik Cole could miss up to four weeks after tearing a muscle near his hip. The New York Rangers placed forward Brendan Shanahan on injured reserve. TENNIS: Sam Querrey (Thousand Oaks) advanced to the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, posting 17 aces in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic in Memphis, Tenn. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

U.S. economy seen slowing in next 3-6 months

first_imgThe job market showed surprising strength Thursday, with the Labor Department reporting a drop in jobless claims. The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits fell for a fifth straight week, to the lowest level in four months. “The job market is holding together better than any other part of the economy. Otherwise, we might be sliding into a recession,” Zandi said. A better-than-expected picture of the industrial sector also bolstered investors’ confidence this week, but mixed housing figures offered a more measured dose of optimism.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The reading tracks 10 economic indicators. Two of those were positive in April: stock prices and real money supply. The negative contributors, beginning with the largest, were building permits, weekly unemployment claims, manufacturers’ new orders for nondefense capital goods, consumer expectations, vendor performance, average weekly manufacturing hours and interest rate spread. With the latest decline, the cumulative change in the index over the past six months has dropped 0.2 percent. The slowdown should ease concerns that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s The interest-rate standstill over the past nine months has driven the Dow Jones industrial average to record highs. The Conference Board’s report came amid a batch of mixed economic data, reflecting the ongoing uncertainty over the direction of the economy. NEW YORK – A gauge of future economic activity showed the U.S. economy will slow in coming months, reversing recent gains and suggesting that higher gas prices and a sluggish construction industry are beginning to take their toll. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading economic indicators dropped 0.5 percent, higher than the 0.1 decline analysts were expecting. The reading is designed to forecast economic activity over the next three months to six months. The increase almost reversed an amended 0.6 percent climb in March, which analysts say should relieve pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. “The data may be pointing to slower economic conditions this summer. With the industrial core of the economy already slow, and housing mired in a continued slump, there are some signs that these weaknesses may be beginning to soften both consumer spending and hiring this summer,” said Ken Goldstein, labor economist for the Conference Board. last_img read more

Over $500,000 worth of heavy equipment reported stolen

first_imgIt’s alleged that over $500,000 worth of heavy equipment has been stolen in Tumbler Ridge.Tumbler Ridge RCMP said they received a report on July 15 saying that the equipment was missing from a local drilling company’s lay-down site on the South Grizzly Forest Service Road near Tumbler Ridge.The company had stored the vehicles there since September 2014.- Advertisement -The reported vehicles stolen include a dozer, excavator, two trailers, two water pumps and an unknown amount of tools. It’s estimated that the total value of the stolen equipment is estimated to be over half a million dollars.Photos of the missing equipment can be found above in the slideshow.If anyone has any information the Tumbler Ridge RCMP ask you to contact their Detachment at 250-242-5252 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477Advertisementlast_img read more

Modric faces up to his final chance for World Cup glory

first_img“It seems like both of them are from different planets and they came to play football with us mortals,” Rakitic said.“Both of them are among the best players ever in their positions. You try to enjoy it as much as you can, to learn from them.”Iniesta is regularly classed among the greats of the game and as a defining influence on Spain’s success, but Modric’s talents remain relatively unsung.Perhaps, in part, it is because Iniesta’s brilliance has been backed up by achievements on the world stage — he scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final — while Modric has not hit the same heights with Croatia.Modric owns four Champions League titles from his six years at Real Madrid, and has also won a La Liga and the Copa del Rey.Christian Eriksen is the main World Cup threat for Denmark © AFP / Jewel SAMADBut since making his Croatian debut in March 2006, in a friendly against Argentina, he has twice tasted disappointment in the group stage of the World Cup, either side of a failure even to qualify in 2010.At the European Championship, Croatia fell at the first hurdle after the group phase in 2008 and 2016 and did not make it out of their group in 2012.“Modric would probably be getting more attention than he is right now if he was a German or Spanish player,” Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said last week.“He would maybe even be a Ballon D’Or winner. But because we are a smaller country, he does get less attention than he deserves.”Modric has never even made it into the top three of football’s most prestigious individual award but, after scoring twice in Croatia’s opening three games in Russia, there is a chance for him finally to put his stamp on a major tournament.Iniesta and Spain could lie in wait in the quarter-finals but first, Croatia must overcome Denmark in the last 16 on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod.Denmark trudged their way through an underwhelming Group C but they have their own midfield dynamo in Christian Eriksen who, like Modric once did, has flourished in the Premier League at Tottenham.Modric is deployed deeper for Real, tasked with moving the ball from back to front by wriggling his way forward and changing the angle of attacks. But for Croatia, his job is closer in kind to Eriksen’s, an executioner of killer passes in the final third.It means they are unlikely to be in direct combat in Novgorod but Modric and Eriksen’s battle for control could prove decisive.“I do not consider myself to be worse than him,” Eriksen said on Friday.“He is the type of player you enjoy to challenge yourself against. For the national team, he is more attacking than he is for Madrid.”Modric admittedly enjoys a stronger supporting cast, with Rakitic a particularly formidable midfield partner.But the stakes are also higher for the 32-year-old, who is probably playing his last World Cup and possibly has one final chance to make a mark on the international stage.“Sure, there’s a lot of pressure but I said from the beginning, when we got together for this tournament, that we need to enjoy this because it’s the World Cup,” Rakitic said.“We need to fight, to enjoy the tournament and do everything we can to make our fans happy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luka Modric is Croatia’s key man at the World Cup © AFP / PASCAL GUYOTSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Croatia head into their World Cup last-16 match against Denmark spearheaded by evergreen midfielder Luka Modric, a player his teammate Ivan Rakitic has compared to Spain’s Andres Iniesta.Four years with Iniesta at Barcelona and 11 alongside Modric for Croatia leaves Rakitic in a privileged position to judge two of the finest playmakers of the modern era.last_img read more

You are CRAZY! Klopp quashes Liverpool title talk after Chelsea win

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp says it is ‘crazy’ to suggest Liverpool could be Premier League title contenders.The Reds produced an impressive display at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime to beat champions Chelsea 3-1.They are now up to seventh in the Premier League, and fans are feeling optimistic about the club’s prospects under Klopp.But the German was quick to play down talk of a potential title challenge following the win over Jose Mourinho’s men.“Oh please. Are you crazy?” he said, when asked by a journalist if Liverpool can fight for the title.“I’ve been here three weeks, round about. You think after one win at Chelsea we should think about this?“We don’t think about this. We have to think about the next game, about improving our game and our style. We can do much better than today.”last_img read more

Man killed in car crash in Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A 20 year-old man died in a solo car accident when he crashed into a utility pole early Sunday, authorities said.Police said the man was speeding in an older model Chevrolet Camaro when he lost control of the car at 3:49 a.m. in the 14700 block of Whittier Boulevard.The victim was transported to Whittier Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, Whittier police Sgt. Tom Lamping said.His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. – Marianne Lovelast_img read more


first_imgLandowners across Donegal who lease land to wind farm companies may be liable for the future costs of decommissioning the giant turbines, it has been claimed.The claim was made by the Glenties Wind Farm Information group who say they have received legal advice on the matter.The group, who are leading on oral hearing into the 25 turbine wind farm at Straboy next Tuesday, issued a statement to Donegal Daily last night. The group claims “It is a common practice that the applicant companies, once they have obtained the relative planning permissions and grid connection for wind farms then proceed to sell on this permission encompassing the lease agreements with local landowners for the location of the wind farms.“While this in itself is totally legal and above board it can have future implications for the landlords agreement with the leasee and can result in the landowner being held responsible in the future for the cost of the removal of structures associated with the wind farm from their lands.”The group says wind farms are often leased from landowners by the developers for periods of 20-30 years with landowners getting various lump sum payments as well as a yearly rent of €15,000 or more per turbine.The statement from GWFIG said “A landowner with four turbines on his or her land could earn more than €2 million over the lifetime of such a lease. “What happens when the wind farm reaches the end of its life?“Leases typically have clauses where the developer promises to remove and decommission the turbines and make good any damage to the land.”The windfarm group says problems can arise where the developer company goes bust and cannot decommission the wind farm or simply abandons the wind farm.It says that it would seem likely that the landowners would have to pay for the decommissioning.“Otherwise, the developer company may sell its interest in the wind farm to another company who might seek to avoid the responsibility of decommissioning. “Donegal County Council granted planning permission to Straboy Wind Energy Ltd with a planning condition that the developer would give security to the Council to secure the satisfactory reinstatement of the site.“But the Department of the Environment (Heritage and Local Government) in their Guidelines for wind energy, advise that the use of long-term bonds to secure reinstatement of wind farm sites “puts an unreasonable burden on developers” and is “difficult to enforce”.It adds that if the developer company sell its interest in the wind farm to another company, that company may wish to say it is not responsible for any security to decommission the site.“In these circumstances, it would seem likely that the landowners would have to pay for the decommissioning.” American analysts have put forward decommissioning costs of the order of €70,000 ($100,000) per turbine.WIND FARM OBJECTORS CLAIM LANDOWNERS WILL HAVE TO PAY TO TAKE DOWN OLD TURBINES was last modified: October 11th, 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:GLENTIES WIND FARM INFORMATION GROUPLANDOWNERSOLDpayTURBINESlast_img read more


first_imgGet set for a cultural extravaganza across the county tonight with music, lights and drama to celebrate a night of free, family-friendly events for Culture Night.Bring the kids along to Central Library in Letterkenny to listen to the Children’s String Orchestra at 6pm for a little Bach and Grieg.Don’t forget to check out 400 years of the history of the North West in a snappy, fun-filled piece of theatre at Donegal County Museum with ‘Planters, Paupers & Rebels’. Wrap up warm and bring a torch for the fantastic Loinnir Sculpture Trail at Letterkenny Town Park created by the Gaeltacht-based artists, An Cosán Glas.The trail will showcase a collection of brand new works created by the group which was premiered at their annual night time show at Machaire Rabhartaigh on July 19 and 20 last.More than 4,000 people enjoyed the event over the two nights.Artists featured this year will include Deirdre Ní Bhraoinain, Seamus Kennedy, Annjo Carr, Ewan Berry, Caoimhín Mac Aoidh, Mickey McFadden, Billy Wynter ( Cornwall ), Leanne McLaughlin, Aoife Valley, Tim Johnson ( Isle of Wight) and Máire Ní Fhearraigh. There’s a chance to join in workshops for carnival skills, face painting and flag making at the Loft Youth Project for young people aged 12-18.Chill out with the Errigal Groove Orchestra who will be performing at An Grianan Theatre at 6pm and then nip across the road to Ross Fine Art Gallery to view the works of leading Irish and international artists including Basil Blackshaw, Sean Scully and many more.Check out the outdoor film screenings of locally made short films, animations and videos at the Artworks Picture Framing site on the Port Road from 6pm -9pm.The Blue Ribbon Performing Arts School also has a fabulous line-up of solo and choral singing, dance routines in popular, hip hop, Irish and contemporary styles as well as the Relay for Life Choir and the Blue Ribbon London Tour Group. You’ll find them at An Grianan Theatre from 7.15pm.In Magheraroarty, Vernacular architecture specialist Fidelma Mullane discusses the built heritage features of Teach Mhicí Mhic Gabhann. The story of Micí Mac Gabhann (1865-1948) will be recalled and there will be music and song by Éist, a traditional group of young local musicians.You can enjoy light refreshments while you learn about the cultural heritage, traditional architecture and emigration from west Donegal. That starts at 8.30pm.A full programme of events can be found at READY FOR WONDERFUL CULTURE NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA was last modified: September 19th, 2013 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:Donegal Culture NightDonegal Daily Entertainmentlast_img read more