So Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez said the Hawkeyes must adjust quickly without big man Raymar Jose, who left for Kuala Lumpur to play for the national team in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.“Losing Raymar during the Finals is a tough one, but we as a team understand that SEA Games basketball gold is very important to our country,” said Fernandez.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’Cignal collides with CEU, which stunned erstwhile unbeaten Flying V in the semifinals, in Game 1 of the best-of-three series at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.“No one expected us to reach this far,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “It won’t hurt if we try [winning the title] that’s why I told the players we just have to stay focused and stick to our game plan.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal And that confidence worries Fernandez even if the Hawkeyes still boast a solid lineup led by Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo.“We know that CEU is a very good team which is well-coached, and matching up with them without Raymar is a tough one,” said Fernandez.Garcia said the Scorpions hope to pull off an upset anew behind Cameroonian big man Rod Ebondo and underrated guards Aaron Jeruta, JK Casiño and Orlan Wamar.“We really have to bring our defensive mentality,” said Fernandez. —JASMINE W. PAYOADVERTISEMENT Perlas Pilipinas falls to Indonesia anew as road to gold gets tougher Cignal HD plays minus a key cog as the Hawkeyes clash with surprise finalist Centro Escolar University in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup championship starting Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Bronze medalist Agatha Wong carries the Philippine flag after the women’s taijijian event of the wushu competition of the 18th Asian Games at Jakarta International Expo on Monday. —Aaron Favila/APNational sports associations (NSAs) will now have 600 million reasons to be at their best behavior. And associations that have long clamored for support from the government better take heed.In the wake of the country’s four-gold medal performance in the Asian Games, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chief Butch Ramirez promised to lavish NSAs with money—amounting to P600 million a year—if they “perform above expectations.”ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The budget cuts, she said, “showed in the performance of my other teammates. If we had trained in China, we could have had a better [medal haul].”And wushu isn’t a slouch on the grassroots side either.“Most of our junior players in wushu are 8 to 11 years old. We assess them for their flexibility and we train them. We have so many junior athletes right now who can be future medalists [in international competitions],” added Wong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More importantly, Ramirez wants these NSAs to “behave.”Ramirez said they will not hesitate to spend even more if the NSAs meet several demands he made like “putting up a strong grassroots development program and encourage a roomful of athletes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Buhusan namin ng pera (we’ll pour in the funds) if they behave with solid program, no leadership disputes,” said Ramirez. “Otherwise, I will ask the President’s permission to just spend the money for grassroots.”The announcement comes at the heels of a clamor of support for sports that have done well in the recent Asian Games. Weightlifting, skateboard and golf combined for four gold medals. The Philippines also bagged two silvers and 15 bronzes. PBA Board flies to Las Vegas for midseason planning Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Weightlifting heroine Hidilyn Diaz said it was time for “athletes and officials to sit down and truly discuss what each other wants.”“We have to be open,” Diaz said in a luncheon tendered by St. Benilde for its Asiad gold medalists Thursday at Vatel Restaurant, Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle.Also present was Diaz’s fellow Benilde product and Asiad bronze medalist for wushu Agatha Wong, whose NSA perfectly fits Ramirez’s criteria.Aside from her medal in Jakarta, Wong also qualified for the World Championships in November.“Before the Asian Games, we had financial problems. We had no coach, we had no budget for a new costume. We weren’t able to train in China and for big tournaments such as the SEA Games and the Asian Games, it is mandatory that we train in China,” Wong explained.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
– as Government closes oil refineryWith the closure of its oil refinery Petrotrin, all eyes in Trinidad and Tobago are on Guyana for assistance, as thousands are now said to be on the breadline.Former Prime Minister and current Opposition Leader of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, believes her country should attempt to partner with Guyana as oil production here is set to begin in 2020.Persad-Bissessar has said she hopes good sense will prevail with Dr Keith Rowley, the current Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.“I understand Guyana has found another well and they are producing. Can we notFormer Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessargroup in some way, and find a way to work together as a Caricom (sister state), where we can help them refine their oil?” she asked.Persad-Bissessar has said that even if Guyana moves to build its own refinery in the future, the Petrotrin facility can still be used in the initial years of oil production in the South American country, where production is set to begin by 2020.“Of course they will build their own refinery; but we have one, and many (of) the units in the refinery at Petrotrin are new, so a lot of money has been invested on the refinery side, and now they are shutting it down. It is total nonsense!” she was quoted by the Trinidad Newsday newspaper as saying.It was only recently reported that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on energy cooperation between Guyana and Trinidad is expected to be signed in the coming weeks.Sections of the media reported that Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Minister, Franklin Khan, confirmed this. While he did not go into details of the agreement, he said that would be disclosed after the signing.Khan said TT is willing to provide assistance to the Guyana Government as the country prepares for first oil.Since 2016, discussions commenced between Guyana and Trinidad on an MoUExxonMobil oil rigunder which TT would provide various forms of support to the oil and gas sector in Guyana.Initiated during a visit here in 2016 by a Trinidad and Tobago delegation led by then Energy Minister Nicole Olivierre, the MoU was expected to be signed at the end of that year, but that did not happen.At the time, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had said the pact would see Guyana receiving support in a range of areas, including advanced technical training for local personnel in the industry.Unconfirmed reports suggest that TT is seeking to get the Guyana Government to take a stake in the Petrotrin refinery, and in this way acquire a strategic asset.The proposal is to ensure that Guyana gets its share of oil from ExxonMobil closer to home, and in this way employment would be provided to people of both countries.Earlier this week, Petrotrin’s board confirmed plans to close the company’s refinery in October in a move which will cause the loss of 1,700 permanent jobs.But OWTU president general Ancel Roget has called on Government to rescind the decision and call an election, or “face chaos.”But Khan said, “Roget represents a trade union that seeks to represent workers as it sees fit. T&T’s based on law and order, and any action they take, once legal, isOne of Trinidad’s oil refineriesacceptable. But if it’s illegal, the state would have to act.“So no – we’re not rescinding the decision,” Khan confirmed.On Roget’s insistence that he wasn’t told of the closure at a recent meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, Khan said, “Yes, he was told. I was at the meeting. The meeting’s minutes will show the Prime Minister indicated in no uncertain terms to Roget that Petrotrin will be getting out of the refining business. As to why (Roget) didn’t communicate that (to OWTU) at that point in time, that’s his call; not mine.”On termination benefits for workers, Khan said, “All the costs are being worked out as we speak. A lot of milling through of numbers has to be done. We’ll be offering an early retirement plan for people over 55, pay them off and they’ll have their full pension. Then we’ll have an exit package — I don’t want to call it severance — for younger workers. That formula is still being worked out.“But the (termination benefit) figure will be huge – significantly more than a billion dollars – since the base salary of Petrotrin is big. Any calculation will be based on base salary.”While refinery workers don’t command the highest salaries, and theirs is on par with the company’s Exploration/ Production sector’s wages, the refinery has the largest overtime costs, he added. But overtime wouldn’t come into play in termination benefits.
Mark Warburton has told talkSPORT he is no closer to making a return to management despite being heavily backed to take charge of Glasgow Rangers.The 52-year-old, who forged an impressive reputation at Brentford before leaving the Bees by mutual consent at the end of last season, is believed to be the Ibrox club’s first choice to become their next boss and bookmakers have suspended betting on him taking the job.Warburton is not denying he has held talks with the Scottish Championship side, but the Englishman insists he, and his trusted assistant David Weir, have yet to receive any formal offers.Speaking on the Sports Bar on Tuesday night, he said: “I’ve heard lots of rumours but me David have had a couple of informal chats with a couple of clubs and if all goes well they go forward from there, but nothing more than that right now.”Warburton admits he is keen to take on a new role as soon as possible in order to plan for next season, but insists he will only join a club which shares his philosophy. “A lot of people say to take three or four months out, but that is not my style. I like working, I like being busy, I like knowing what I am doing and I will hopefully get offered the right opportunity,” he continued“Pre-season is vitally important. It is a chance when coaches and managers can bond with the players, get their ideas across, and you actually get time to work with them.“This is the ideal time now and sooner, rather than later it is important for clubs to get their choice in place.“You have to look at the club and hope the parties have the same chemistry. Do you get on, do your philosophies align, do you have the same ideas about the game and the same targets and expectations? If that fits into place, then I think you are in a good place.”
1 Stoke midfielder Ibrahim Afellay Roma have set their sights on a January deal for Stoke City attacker Ibrahim Afellay.The playmaker was one of the most exciting talents emerging from Dutch football before he moved to Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven in 2011.Despite four-and-a-half years at the Nou Camp, the 29-year-old started just eight league matches – after enduring a nightmare with injuries – and spent time on loan at Schalke and Olympiacos.Stoke boss Mark Hughes took the plunge and snapped the playmaker up in the summer and he has already featured in 11 Premier League matches this season.However, the rejuvenated talent has only started in four top-flight games and that may have alerted the Serie A side who could offer him first-team guarantees.According to reports in Italy, Roma chief Walter Sabatini has been in contact with super-agent Mino Raiola – who represents Afellay – about recruiting a playmaker and the new Britannia favourite could fit the bill.
1 Manchester United fans will be keenly watching their players in France this summer as Euro 2016 takes over from Premier League action.They will want their superstars to show some good form so they can hit the ground running under new boss Jose Mourinho.And it looks like Anthony Martial is ready to play a big role for his nation at the tournament.He came off the bench at half-time in Les Bleus’ 3-0 victory over Scotland and, while he didn’t get on the score sheet, he was a real menace for 45 minutes.You can see individual highlights of his performance below… Anthony Martial in action for France
Girl Scouts “Commit to a Girl” benefit breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. today at the Tournament Players Club, 26550 Heritage View Lane, Valencia. Call Irma Tamayo at (661) 287-1985. Movies to Talk About will present “Behind the Swoosh,” and a guest speaker discussing the topic of sweatshops, 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Visit www.uuofscv.org. Moonlight Hike, 6 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10770 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. SCV sheriff’s station’s 25th annual all-school dance, 7-11 p.m. Friday at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia. Open to students in grades 8 through 12. Tickets: $5. Enter through the back gate. Call (661) 799-5154. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant James P. Connelly and Mark Mosley will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Knights of Columbus St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the East Canyon Trailhead adjacent to the Church of the Nazarene on The Old Road in Newhall. Call Mike McSkane at (661) 259-4384. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Free lecture and question and answer session, 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the SCV Historical Society at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hike, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-3606. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Vince Falzone will hold a CD Release benefit concert, 8 p.m. Saturday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $12 (half of all proceeds will benefit the David Ewart family). Call (661) 803-5594. Sierra Club Hike from Bouquet Canyon to Spunky Canyon, 9 a.m. Sunday at the Newhall Park & Ride in Newhall. Call Ken Kerner at (661) 251-5156. Wild Sunday will explore a certain animal in depth, 10-11 a.m. Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Purim carnival will feature games, crafts, music, prizes, face painting, bouncers, food and fun, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 254-2411. Santa Clarita Valley Barbershop Chorus will present “Traveling in Harmony,” 2 p.m. Sunday at Hart Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets are $15, or $12 for children and seniors. Call (661) 296-2292 or visit www.geocities.com/bsharmony. Musical Purim celebration will feature a musical reading of the “Megillah,” 7 p.m. Monday at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 254-2411. “Zoz, Bard of Ireland” will be presented, 7 p.m. Wednesday through March 18 at the Valencia High School Theatre, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (661) 294-1188, Ext. 522. Rancho Pico Junior High/West Ranch High School instrumental showcase, 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Rancho Pico multipurpose room, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Admission: $2. Call (661) 284-3260. “The Ides of March” will be presented, 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Rio Norte gym, 28771 Rio Norte Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $5 or $3 for students. Call (661) 295-3700. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FEATURES: A Donegal hotel has come to the rescue to save the wedding day of a Ballybofey couple who’s big day was almost ruined. The Shandon Hotel and Spa re-opened in March – and wasn’t planning on taking weddings until September.However, Louise and Kenny Duncan were left devastated when the wedding venue they had booked for their big day suddenly closed down without any notice. They approached the fabulous Shandon Hotel in their hour of need, and Carolynne and her staff decided to take them in their hour of need.It was the Shandon’s first wedding since re-opening and thankfully it was an incredible success.Hotel manager, Carolynne Harrison said, “The couple have both worked in the hospitality sector with many prestigious hotels in Ireland throughout their career, and many of their guests where hospitality industry experts. “However, all were emphatic in their opinion that The Shandon had done a superb job for the 150 guests in attendance.“So much so, that the management and staff received a standing ovation for the high end food and level of service received throughout the day.“The Shandon is already limited for 2017 with weekends only available in Jan/Feb and November!!!”All other weekends are fully booked at the shandonhotelspa.comCongratulations to Mr and Mrs Duncan!They recorded a quick snapshot of the day, and you can watch the video here: Donegal hotel comes to the rescue to save couple’s wedding day! was last modified: August 12th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CoupleFeaturesnewsThe Shandon Hotel and Spawedding