Blatche status still uncertain as Gilas deals with schedule conflicts for Fiba q’fying

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “With the current format, we will play two games in November. How are you going to approach that? It’s a very difficult situation,” stressed the mentor.Another challenge is convincing prospects to stay in the country and not entertain offers elsewhere if  SBP decides to naturalize another player.“It’s another way, to hire a full-time naturalized player who will be with us day-in and day-out, but that’s going to be very costly. We are talking to several prospects, but that’s not easy. You have to convince them to stay here and not think about the other leagues. Also, we have to go through the Congress and their contracts. It’s really a tedious process,” he said. “That’s why we are very happy that we have a reliable big man in Christian (Standhardinger), but he will also leave for the ABL in November.”Despite all the problems, Reyes shared that SBP is still in constant communication with Blatche’s camp.“We’re in constantly in touch with his agents. That’s just the way it is and that’s how difficult the situation we’re in with,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay “The situation with Andray is very fluid situation, a constant work in progress for us,” the mentor said Thursday at the homecoming presser hosted by Chooks-to-go at Marco Polo in Ortigas. “By November, he will be playing in his Chinese team so we don’t know if his Chinese team is going to allow him to play.”Gilas’ woes with its naturalized player coincides with the problem  of adjusting  to the new competition schedule, which  Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has been working on for the better part of the year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The home-and-away qualifiers begin on November, right in the middle of the various national professional tournaments in Asia.That will leave Blatche, who is playing with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association, as well as majority of the PBA players out for the games, unless the SBP comes up with a plan amenable to all the parties involved. LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche’s status with the national team is still up in the air.Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes admitted that he’s still uncertain about the status of the Syracuse native, especially in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMAlast_img read more

Karl-Anthony Towns has 27-27 game to lead Wolves past Pelicans

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title These New Orleans-Minnesota matchups since Towns entered the league three seasons ago, and into the future so long as Davis remains with the Pelicans, have frequently featured two of the NBA’s best big men in a prolific new-school duel unfolding primarily in the low post but sometimes on the perimeter, too.They were both first overall picks in the draft, too, three years apart from the professional basketball player factory at Kentucky under coach John Calipari. Whether or not Davis and Towns actually play with more intensity against each other is difficult to gauge, of course, but their lines in the box score are almost always full.“I’m sure Cal uses this as a recruiting tool,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said, “but you’re playing against great Kentucky players every night in this league so it’s not a big deal to those guys.”Over their first five meetings in Minnesota, Towns averaged 25.2 points and 13.8 rebounds against New Orleans. Davis averaged 30.4 points and 10 rebounds.UP NEXTPelicans: Face the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday.Timberwolves: Play at Philadelphia on Tuesday, their first game against the 76ers since All-Star Jimmy Butler was traded there two months ago. The Wolves are 17-13 since the deal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Davis had 30 points and 14 rebounds for his 13th consecutive double-double. Jrue Holiday added 25 points and seven assists for the Pelicans, who pulled within 108-106 on Holiday’s three-point play with 2:23 remaining.But Towns blocked another 3-point attempt by Davis with 1:37 left that would have put the Pelicans in front, and the Timberwolves took it from there. Jones and Dario Saric each added 14 points on 2-for-3 shooting from 3-point range off the bench to help offset a 7-for-33 performance behind the arc by the rest of the team.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 ChrissThis was a critical game for the Wolves, coming off a four-point loss to Dallas here the night before and facing some serious catching up to do in the relentless Western Conference race in order to return to the playoffs. The Mavericks, Pelicans and Wolves all entered the evening tied for 11th place, 2½ games below the cut.The Wolves played without second-leading scorer Derrick Rose, who has missed all three games against the Pelicans this season, for precaution on the second of the back-to-back nights because of his return on Friday from a six-game absence to a sprained right ankle. New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, right, drives as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and a career-high 27 rebounds to help the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans for a 110-106 victory on Saturday night that was the first at home for interim head coach Ryan Saunders.Towns swished a 3-pointer to make it 106-103 with 2:55 left, giving the Timberwolves the lead for good. Then he blocked a 3-point try by Davis on the other end, triggering a fast break that Tyus Jones finished with a layup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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They had losing streaks of four, five and six straight games over the first half of their schedule, slumps that will loom large down the stretch.TIP-INSPelicans: Julius Randle had his 21st double-double of the season, with 22 points and 11 rebounds. … E’Twaun Moore (bruised left quadriceps) returned from a two-game absence but had only two points on 1-for-6 shooting in 31 minutes.Timberwolves: Jeff Teague had two points and 10 assists in 21 minutes but spent the fourth quarter on the bench after appearing to aggravate his ankle injury. … Luol Deng played for the first time in 13 games and just the fifth time all season, with an appearance in the second quarter.BIG BLUE BIG MENADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

IBEX Trains Bankers, Service Providers on Safe Practices, Amid Ebola Crisis

first_imgThe Liberia Investing for Business Expansion (IBEX) Program has ended a two-day Experts’ Advice seminar for bankers, local business consultants and microfinance institutions on establishing safe practices and maintaining high ethical standards in their operations amid the Ebola Crisis.IBEX, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provides financial and advisory services to local businesses in various sectors including agribusiness, clean energy, hospitality, infrastructure, general merchandize trade, construction and logistics/ transportation.   Speakers during the seminar held from November 20-21 at the Corina Hotel in Sinkor were Boima S. Kamara, Deputy Central Bank governor for Economic Policy, John B. S. Davies, President, Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and Milton A. Weeks, Managing Director of Devin Corporation.The bank executives made separate presentations on the topics “The Impact of the Ebola Crisis on the Banking Sector” and ”How Can Banks Employ Adequate Risk Management Practices, Contingency Frameworks and Financial Stability” in the country.The financial experts said the Ebola crisis has negatively affected the banking sector and the overall economy.They cited travel restrictions and quarantine measures as contributing factors to the loss of markets for goods and services, adding, there is a  rising level of unemployment due to slowing down or closure of business activities; decline in deposits, especially during July–September 2014, a drop by 6.9 percent to 41.4 billion Liberia dollars at end-September 2014, from 44.5 billion Liberian dollars  at end-June 2014.     They fear the intensity of the impacts of Ebola on the economy if the crisis prolongs and various Government policy interventions were not made in resolving it. “It is important and urgent that the right policy frameworks are formulated and implemented to ensure that financial services, particularly affordable and long term credit to the  private sector, are provided to the critical sectors of the economy,” they said.   According to them, the Liberian economy experienced significant declines in mining, services, and agricultural output;  oil prices, domestic food production, export earnings largely from rubber and iron ore. Credit to private sector also declined because of  weak economic activities and  Non-Performance Loans, which  also rose  to 16.3 percent at end-September 2014, from 14.9 percent at end June 2013.                                                                          “As a result of CBL’s increased intervention in the foreign exchange market, resilience and prudent supervisory oversight the exchange rate and domestic banking sector remain relatively stable and all nine banks maintain liquidity positions, remaining above the regulatory threshold throughout the crisis,” Mr. Kamara pointed out.  For his part, Mr. Davies, who is also president of the Liberia Bankers Association, said the Ebola crisis provided the Banks an opportunity to review management practices and improve lending standards. To achieve this, he said, enhanced security and health measures were instituted to keep the banks operational and ensure safe working environments and the protection of their premises, staff and customers. “At the core of our strategy as an industry we ensure that no customer is turned away and   remain constructively engaged with the Liberia Bankers Association and the Central Bank of Liberia,” Mr. Davies added. Devin Corporation MD Weeks told the participants that business ethics is all about doing the right thing, which requires businesses to create codes of conduct/ethics that describe acceptable and unacceptable behaviors for them. “Organizations must take steps to enforce their codes of conduct/ethics and follow through with consequences for non-compliance.”Mr. Weeks added that “Organizations that behave in an ethically positive way will enjoy a reputation among the public and projection of a good public image.” Dr. Samba Kawa, Agriculture Development Officer/Agreement Officer Representative for IBEX at USAID Liberia, made the opening remarks. Dr. Samba said the seminar provided the platform to enable IBEX to get the experts’ views on contingency planning  for  local businesses that can guide them in their operations before, during and after emergencies such as Ebola.“I am particularly happy for this session because if we fail to have this discussion we are failing to understand what will be the consequences of our actions and see how we can help  local businesses grow to contribute to the resilience and development of their communities, Liberia and Liberians as a whole. ”  The seminar brought together 29 participants that included Credit, Portfolio and Risk Managements and / Relationship Officers from all nine commercial banks including DCA  banks and  29  representatives drawn from several microfinance institutions and business development  service entities in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.At end of the seminar several participants thanked USAID for its continued support to IBEX and said the seminar was an opportunity broaden their understanding of how Ebola has negatively impacted the financial sector and SMEs borrowers.     Earlier, IBEX Acting Chief of Party, Augustus J. Flomo,  said  his organization decided to bring together the key actors in the business development sector to discuss issues arising from the prevailing health situation in the country that will inform IBEX’s expert advice  to other local businesses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bill could have far reaching implications – MP

first_imgNational Payments System bill…must be supported by reliable Internet, cyber securityThe National Payments System Bill of 2018, which will among other things, allow for facilitating more electronic transactions in society, is slated to be read again the next time Government business is dispensed with in the National Assembly.According to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) frontbencher Irfaan Ali, however, the new law could have negative effects on consumers, unless Government sets appropriate guidelines… for instance, it could increase the cost of doing business, as well as be subject to unreliable Internet.“With respect to the payment system, cost of transactions will go up to customers because someone has to pay for the service. It could be quite high if not regulated by strong guidelines.”“Cyber security will have to be addressed since the entire system can be shut down,” Ali also posited. “Internet connection will have to be better and safe as wellOpposition parliamentarian Irfaan Alias reliable. Residents in rural and hinterland will have to wait for payments. (The bill should be) more friendly to elderly and low-income customers.”Guyana’s poor Information Communication Technology (ICT) capabilities are well known. According to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) country strategy report on Guyana for 2017 to 2021, Guyana has been lagging in this area. And because of this, everything is affected; from the service Government entities provide to the public, to the ability to implement effective policies.“The limited use of ICT not only impedes the development of a robust data gathering/dissemination mechanism necessary for evidence-based decision-making, but also affects the Government’s front-office functions directed at businesses and citizens, including the facilitation of business climate and procedural services for citizens,” the report had stated.“This is reflected in Guyana’s low position in the e-Government Survey published by the United Nations, where it ranks 126th out of 193 countries, with a score of 0.37 out of one, well below the regional and sub-regional averages,” the report notes.According to the report, the ability to design policy is further constrained by the limited collection and use of data. The bank acknowledged that while Guyana’s overall statistical capacity building has improved over the years; it is still behind its Latin-American and Caribbean (LAC) counterparts.The billThe bill in question contains provisions for persons to use “electronic money” through SIM cards and software accepted as a means of payment. There are also provisions for presenting cheques in electronic form.And then there are the penalties, which range from a fine of $500,000 and two years’ imprisonment when convicted as an individual to a $2 million fine as a body corporate. Part 12, section 51 speaks to various offences and penalties designed to keep the payment system running smoothly.The penalties apply to section seven and eight (attaining a licence before providing payment system or service). The Act states that banks, as direct participants in the system, do not have to acquire a licence. The same applies for money transfer service providers. However, section three (a) adds that they must comply with all other requirements of the Act.The penalties also apply to section 13, which prohibits transferring licences, as well as section 23. Section 23 mandates compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) laws.In section 32, operators are also prohibited from outsourcing its services without the bank. In section 33, they also have to seek approval in order to use agents. And then there are those who refuse to comply with any order issued by the Bank of Guyana as an administrative measure.According to section 50 (4), “a person who fails to comply with an order issued, pay a fine imposed or otherwise comply with administrative measures taken by the bank in accordance with this section commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction as specified in section 51.”last_img read more

Twins tower over the competition

first_imgKei Ana missed. But she kept trying. If her love for the game runs as deep as the first two generations of Hoods, there is a good chance she’ll become the third generation of females to play basketball, possibly at Glenn. NORWALK – Three-year-old Kei Ana Hood’s eyes lit up at the sight of a basketball inside the gym at Glenn High last Thursday night. The first thing she tried to do was dribble it after the Eagles’ practice let out. Her older sister Brandi, a power forward for Glenn, placed Kei Ana on her strong shoulders to take a couple shots at the hoop while Champign – Brandi’s fraternal twin – their mother La Tanya and grandmother Inez looked on to see if she could make a bucket. “All of my family is into basketball,” Champign said. “I can’t live without basketball. It’s such a part of my life.” In 1989, La Tanya played basketball for the Eagles, the same year she gave birth to Champign and Brandi. In those days, La Tanya was a 5-foot-7 center that helped lead Glenn to the Suburban League title and to the first round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Little did La Tanya know that Brandi and Champign, born on Oct. 7 1989, would one day grow to be 6-foot-1 and 6-0, respectively, and to become the dominate forces for the Eagles inside the paint. This season, Eagles coach Linda Para has utilized their size and strength to pound their way into a first-place tie with Cerritos in the league. And tonight, Glenn (21-4, 9-2) hosts Cerritos (17-7, 9-2) for the outright league crown. An Eagle victory would give Glenn its first outright crown since the early 1990s. center_img This year, Brandi is averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds while Champign’sis picking up 16 and 10. “When one of them is off offensively, the other one is on,” Para said. “Then, if they are both on the same day, it’s a great day. … You don’t really realize how strong they are until you go up against them. Sometimes they get offensive fouls called on them because referees are blown away by how far these girls can push other players off the block. “They are up there with the boys (in strength) in the weight room,” Para said. “I’ve tried to go against them and I’ve learned my lesson really quickly. They push each other really hard.” Both have drawn considerable interest from Chapman University and local junior colleges. The twins are also competitive in the classroom. Brandi sports a 3.7 GPA while Champign has a 3.1. “We were competitive,” Brandi said. “Champign was really a better basketball player than I was. That kept me playing, trying to get as good she was.” Then, everything changed. Three years ago, Champign had to undergo surgery on both her legs to correct her knock-knees and double joints. As incredible as it sounds, Champign could stand facing forward and point her legs and toes almost totally in the opposite direct. She can twist one leg like that these days. “That’s what messed up everything,” Brandi said. “I became a better player, and it kind of took away the competitive thing between us. But she is back and doing better than ever.” Today, Champign still struggles with knee problems, and it has taken some of her joy out of the game. At one point, she didn’t know if she truly wanted to play in college. “She doesn’t feel as though she is as quick as she once was before surgery,” La Tanya said. “We tell her that she can (improve her speed). She is still capable. I can’t pressure her to play. She is young. She should give it a try. You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.” Champign said: “I sat out for like a year or so. My enthusiasm kind of fell after I had surgery. It took me out of basketball. I was into my studies and rehabilitating (my legs), trying to walk again. Those were my main goals. I had to learn how to walk again from scratch, getting those legs going. I wasn’t thinking about doing anything with a basketball yet. I knew I was going back to it soon or later.” La Tanya, a single mother who earned her AA degree in business and who has been a court services assistant III for seven years at the Compton Court House, delivered the twins two months premature. Champign arrived at 12:35 a.m., weighing 4 pounds, 3.5 ounces, and Brandi arrived a minute later, weighing 4 pounds, 6 ounces. By the time they were age 9, La Tanya had signed her daughters up to play basketball through the Bellflower YMCA. Champign, who had a natural passion for the game, had to convince Brandi to play, and both have been forces in the paint since middle school. “Kids called Brandi `Shaq’ because she was so powerful,” La Tonya said. “(Today,) players know it’s like bumping into a wall when they go up against them. You bounce right off.” Earl Williams can be reached at or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

2014 Oil and Gas Conference cancelled

first_imgThe conference was in competition with other events like the Northeast B.C. Natural Gas Summit and as such resulted in poor registration numbers, limited resources, and low participation from industrial and government stakeholders.The Regional Council said while they regret having to cancel the event, it is better than hosting it when the needs of the community would not be met.- Advertisement –last_img

Pochettino accepts blame for ‘sloppy’ Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Ajax in wonderland: Donny van de Beek scored the winner as Ajax beat Tottenham 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 1 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted he was at fault as Ajax closed in on a first Champions League final for 23 years thanks to Donny van de Beek’s early goal to win the first leg of their semi-final 1-0 on Tuesday.Van de Beek’s opener on 15 minutes was just reward for the Dutch side’s first-half dominance as Tottenham badly missed the presence of the injured Harry Kane and suspended Son Heung-min. Tottenham improved after the break despite another injury blow as Jan Vertonghen had to be helped down the tunnel after a sickening head knock, but lacked the inspiration needed to get back on level terms without their two top scorers.“Watching now of course I can accept it was a mistake the shape we used. But there were not too many options,” said Pochettino.“I am not happy, but our lack of energy from the beginning made our game difficult. We were a little sloppy.”Ajax had shown they are not fazed on the road despite the tender age of many of their squad by shocking Real Madrid and Juventus away to reach the last four and started confidently.Hakim Ziyech’s through ball picked out midfielder Van de Beek who took his time to leave Hugo Lloris prone before slotting into the bottom corner.“I think it was an amazing evening, an amazing result,” said Ajax coach Erik ten Hag.“In the beginning we very strong, we were completely dominating the game and we made a fantastic goal.”Lloris kept his side in the game 10 minutes later from another Van de Beek effort as Ajax threatened to run riot.“The way we conceded the goal was so painful, I think we were so poor in this action,” added Pochettino.“They showed more energy than us, but I think after 30 minutes we started to equalise the game.”– Spurs miss Kane and Son –On top of Kane and Son, Spurs were shorn of the injured Erik Lamela and Harry Winks and lost another key player when Vertonghen came off worst as he contested a high ball with Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana and teammate Toby Alderweireld.Tottenham’s injury woes continued as Jan Vertonghen (left) was forced off with a head knock © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONThe Belgian was patched up and briefly returned to the field before having to be helped down the tunnel leading to questions over why the Spurs medical staff allowed him to continue.“I wasn’t involved,” insisted Pochettino. “It is the doctors’ decision.“I think (the health of the player) is so important, the protocol is there and our medical staff follow the protocol.”Despite that latest blow, the hosts reacted well to end the half on top with Vertonghen’s replacement Moussa Sissoko driving a long-range effort wide.Pochettino’s half-time pep talk had the desired effect as Spurs dug deep into their energy reserves to raise the tempo and intensity of their display after the break.Yet, the quality needed in the final third to get back on level terms was missing without Kane and Son.“We arrived in the last third but we didn’t find a way to create clear chances,” continued Pochettino. “Always we missed the last pass or shot.”Ajax did not make the most of their chances on the break to kill the tie off, but were unfortunate when David Neres’s effort back across Lloris left the French captain helpless only for the ball to rebound back off the post.“We could have kept the ball more and played calmer and that creates opportunities,” said Ten Hag.“With for instance Neres that he didn’t score that was such a pity. Nevertheless winning 1-0 in Tottenham is an amazing result.“We know we can do a lot better next week to finish it off.”Son will be back for the trip to Amsterdam next Wednesday and Spurs will hope the South Korean can repeat his double away to Manchester City in the last eight, but Ajax are in pole position for a final against Barcelona or Liverpool come June 1 in Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal legend Paul Merson BAFFLED by ‘Arsene Wenger to England’ rumours

first_img1 Arsene Wenger has been linked with succeeding Roy Hodgson as England manager Paul Merson is baffled by speculation linking Arsene Wenger to the England job and insists the Arsenal manager is not fit to take on the role.Following Roy Hodgson’s resignation, reports this week have claimed Gunners boss Wenger is high on the Football Association’s shortlist as they search for their next permanent boss.Gareth Southgate, Laurent Blanc and Luiz Felipe Scolari are also among the men linked with the role, with FA chief Martin Glenn telling talkSPORT he ‘isn’t bothered’ about the nationality of their next manager.Whoever is eventually chosen will be charged with rebuilding England’s confidence following their embarrassing exit from Euro 2016 against Iceland.And former England and Arsenal forward Merson believes Wenger is not fit to take on the job.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Gunners legend said: “They’re talking about Arsene Wenger, but every year we talk about Arsenal not winning the Premier League because tactically he’s not right.“Arsene is a real hands-on coach, he does all the training, he does everything. But with international football you only see the players every now and then and there’s a lot of sitting around.“I think it’s a part-time job anyway. You’re essentially paying someone £7million for a part-time job. Every player plays in the Premier League, so it’s not like you’ve got to travel all around the world to see them play. They all play here!”Merson has also joined them any famous names in backing Glenn Hoddle for a return to the Wembley dugout, after Harry Redknapp told talkSPORT the former Three Lions and Tottenham boss was ‘perfect’ for the job.“We should have an English manager, that’s just my opinion,” Merson added.“I know he’s been England manager before, and it’s been a while since he’s had a job, but for me it’s got to be Glenn Hoddle. It’s a no brainer.“I think tactically he’d be great and he’s got knowledge of international football. I thought he was brilliant when he was in charge at France 98.“I would like to see him take Gareth Southgate and Alan Shearer with him for a couple of years, to shadow him, learn how good he is and what he does.“They can then take over after that and be in charge for the next Euros.”Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with Paul Merson, including a brilliant rant about Roy Hodgson, IN FULL above!last_img read more


first_imgA FEAST of classical music will be on show in Falcarragh this Friday.The Szabó-Yélamo String Duo, supported by the Donegal Children’s String Orchestra, play at The Auditorium in the town at 7.30pm.It features the best of classical music with renowned Hungarian violinist, Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo, accompanied by the expert Spanish cellist Víctor Yélamo. Programme includes Beethoven, Haydn, Gliére and Bartok. Support is by the Donegal Children’s String Orchestra. Café facilities available on the evening – Ticéad: €6; Páistí/Children: €4Scoth den cheol clasaiceach le Orsolya Szabó-Yélamo ón Ungáir ar veidhlín, agus Víctor Yélamo ón Spáinn ar an cello. Seinnfear rogha ceoil le Beethoven, Haydn, Bartok, Gliére agus eile. Seinnfidh an Donegal Children’s String Orchestra fosta. Bia, fíon agus caifé ar fáil. DONEGAL CHILDREN’S STRING ORCHESTRA TO PLAY IN FALCARRAGH ON FRIDAY EVENING was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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 CHILDREN’S STRING ORCHESTRA TO PLAY IN FALCARRAGH ON FRIDAY EVENINGlast_img read more

Home price high as hills

first_img The market did collapse in the early 1990s, but that was in response to an economic meltdown that resulted in 700,000 job losses across Los Angeles and Orange counties, many of them in the once-powerful aerospace sector. And the Valley was heavily invested in that industry. Kyser and others note that the economy is growing now and, in the Valley, is more broad-based than in the past. “Now you could add in international trade and a non-defense-related tech industry that is growing very rapidly,” Kyser said. And while inventory is now building toward a normal level, housing demand remains strong. Among the negatives: Interest rates are on the rise, and first-time buyers are having to stretch their finances as never before. Before this year started, 2006 was expected to be a year in which there will be fewer single-family house sales than the 12,786 in 2005 – which were the fourth-highest total since 1988. And even if this year ends up with a sales total similar to the 11,545 in 1997, it will still be a pretty good year.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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 This year began with sales falling an annual 31.6 percent to their lowest level since 1997. That’s causing market watchers to expect price increases to temper in 2006. But the situation is still not all that good for house hunters hoping for a great buying opportunity, even though sellers now need to be more realistic in setting their sales price. “We don’t really see the median coming down. If we had a really depressed market, you could see the median start coming down, and I just don’t think that’s going to happen,” said Jim Link, executive vice president of the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Neither does Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Prices will likely move sideways, with appreciation rates finally retreating into the single-digit range by summer. It’s definitely a residential real estate market in transition, and the move is from strong to normal. This will likely be the year when the typical home in San Fernando Valley neighborhoods costs half a million bucks. — The Good Life, 2005 Turns out that was a conservative expectation. The median price of a previously owned single-family house in the San Fernando Valley started last year at $521,000 and in the ensuing 12 months gained $84,000, or 16.1 percent, to reach $605,000. That’s a level that was practically unfathomable when this millennium started. And a typical condominium now costs as much as or more than a house did several years ago. But there is one big difference between then and now.center_img Home prices are generally higher than the Valley’s median in Calabasas, where this 110-house development, Mont Calabasas, is located. Photo by Tina Burch / Staff Photographer last_img read more