Meralco hero Baser Amer gets inspiration from Jimmy Alapag’s text messages

first_imgMeralco is having one of the best runs of any team in the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT After starting the season flatly at 1-6, the Bolts won four straight do-or-die matches in the preliminaries and scored two more wins in the quarterfinals against second seed Phoenix.Just one loss in the playoffs would have sent Meralco packing but the two-time runner-up pushed through with a convincing 90-74 win in the opener and a 108-103 overtime squeaker to knock the Fuel Masters out and head to the semifinals.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 ChrissAnd one man who showed true grit in the Bolts’ sixth straight win was point guard Baser Amer.Playing inspired basketball, Amer put in 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists including a couple of clutch plays in their second straight win against the Fuel Masters. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Alapag then messaged Amer anew after the Bolts’ second win over the Fuel Masters congratulating the younger guard of the win and the two clutch shots.“Good game Baser! Big shots in the end, the extra shooting before and after practice is for this moment. Congrats and good luck in the semis,” Alapag’s message read.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ Cansino stretched off court with knee injury in crucial game vs UP Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “We were just really hungry that we started at 1-6 and our goal for the last four games of the eliminations was that just have to win,” said Amer in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We didn’t expect that we would be in the top eight but we started winning and we felt the confidence coming back.”Amer, though, didn’t start the game strong against the Fuel Masters scoring just three points in the first half.Come second half, though, Amer lit up and scored 11 points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth and overtime periods.Amer also remembered a text from a certain Jimmy Alapag that seemingly helped him push through especially at the start of the extra frame wherein he drilled two straight soul-crushing threes that gave the Bolts an early 102-94 lead.“Actually I was surprised that he texted me, so I want to thank him,” said Amer who became teammates with Alapag in 2016. “He wished me luck and told me to just be aggressive and who wouldn’t be motivated with that, it’s Jimmy Alapag.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

President grants Lindo Creek CoI another extension

first_imgPresident David Granger has given the Justice Donald Trotman headed Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) several more weeks to complete its work. The inquiry was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the murder of eight miners and to report its findings and recommendations to President David Granger.Justice Donald TrotmanIn public documents seen by Guyana Times, the retired Judge has now been granted until July 31, 2018, to complete his work. Before that, in April, the Judge was given no later than Tuesday, May 15, 2018, to complete his report. Afterward, Justice Trotman was given no later than June 30 that get his work complete.This is now the third extension Justice Trotman has be granted to complete the CoI.Following much public criticism of the CoI, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had said it felt the CoI was being geared to clear notorious mass killer Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins’ name from involvement in the incident. However, the Government maintained that the Lindo Creek CoI is just the first of what they say would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings which occurred during a crime wave in Guyana.Concerns were also raised since the lone Commissioner was the father of Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and the Commission’s Counsel was Patrice Henry, the brother of Education Minister Nicolette Henry.The PPP had also expressed scepticism about participating and supporting the work of the Commission, as the Party believes commentary from senior Government officials signalled that the CoI was designed to achieve a political outcome and to continue what it says is “witch-hunting” of Opposition personalities.Sometime between June 12, 2008, and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium. In June, relatives of the murdered miners held a memorial walk in honour of their loved ones.Most of the relatives said they have completed application forms for assistance which was offered by President David Granger. While some called for finances, others said they needed new homes and jobs for their children.last_img read more

Flyers extend win streak to four games after close match in Grimshaw

first_imgGRIMSHAW, A.B. — After a sluggish start to the North Peace Hockey League season, the Fort St. John Senior Flyers have now won four straight after a win against the Grimshaw Huskies last night.Rick Cleaver put the Flyers on the board first halfway through the opening period with a powerplay goal, assisted by Jeff Shipton and Adam Horst. Though the Huskies would even things up at around the 15-minute mark, Cleaver struck back for Fort St. John with another powerplay goal less than a minute later, assisted once again by Shipton and Horst.In the second, Adam Horst gave the Flyers some insurance just 1:13 into the frame, assisted by Shipton and Reid Campbell. Less than five minutes after that, Jordan Gies gave Fort St. John a 4-1 lead after getting set up by Brendan Giroux and Lien Miller-Jeannotte. After Gies’ goal, Grimshaw made a goaltender change that seemed to fire the home team up. The Huskies would score a pair of goals themselves before the end of the second, making it 4-3 for the Flyers after 40 minutes.- Advertisement -Travis McLean would stop all 12 shots he faced in the third, while none of the Flyers’ six shots ended up behind the Huskies’ netminder. McLean made a total of 32 saves to backstop the Flyers in the 4-3 victory.The Flyers are back on the road Saturday night when they travel to High Prairie for a tilt against the Regals. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

Jackson, Oakleaf share MVP honors in all-star soccer game

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Natasha Jackson didn’t expect a goalkeeper to be recognized for her efforts. Haylie Oakleaf didn’t expect to be playing at such a high level three months removed from a serious injury to her left knee. So, it was only fitting the two standouts shared most valuable player honors Sunday at the fifth annual High Desert High School Soccer Coaches Association Senior All-Star game at Antelope Valley College. Jackson, from Vasquez of Acton, recorded 13 saves for the South team, including three stops on Oakleaf. But the Desert Christian of Lancaster striker managed to get her shot in the 72nd minute past Jackson to help the North force a 2-2 tie. “It was a blast,” said Oakleaf, a 31-goal scorer as a junior who had been sidelined since December. “It really was great being out there. I consider it an accomplishment (to be playing). I have to thank my (Desert Christian) teammates. They supported me a lot.” Oakleaf was joined on the North team by Nicole Richards and Jessica Wick, both instrumental in leading Desert Christian to its first Southern Section Div. VI title since 2003. Lancaster’s Patty Garcia, who created numerous scoring chances for the North team with her creativity in the midfield, chipped a ball into the penalty box, allowing Oakleaf to gather the pass in between two defenders a drill a shot in the upper-right corner of the net. Garcia and Lancaster teammate Jennifer Lopez both had chances to produce the winning goal in the final two minutes, but both shots drifted right of the net. Lopez tied the score in the 44th minute, burying a rebound following a shot by Quartz Hill’s Shannon Cox. Otherwise, Jackson shined in net, shutting out the North in the first half with eight saves. “I wouldn’t have even thought when I walked on the field that I would’ve won the MVP,” said Jackson, who lists Long Beach State, Princeton and Washington among her top college choices. “My defense did a great job. They were totally strong. I owe a lot of those saves to the defense.” Paraclete of Lancaster’s Merakka Augenstein, who, along with teammate Elizabeth Lambert, played March 4 in the 16th annual Senior High School All-Star game at Bell Gardens High, gave the South a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute. She assisted on a goal by Knight of Palmdale’s Analicia Chacon 10 minutes later to help the South regain the lead. “I’m glad I got the opportunity to play,” said Chacon, who, along with Breanna Benton, were the first players from Knight ever to compete in the event. “I knew quite a few of the girls (ahead of time), but it’s a fun game because you all get to know each other. (High school) went by real quick and this is the last game I’ll play in high school, so it’s closure.” Desert of Edwards’ Air Force Base goalkeeper Jacquelyn Hale recorded nine saves for the North team. Boys’ game: Paraclete’s D.J. Vigil scored twice and Highland of Palmdale’s Sharif Khatib recorded two assists to lead the South to a 4-1 victory. Highland’s Brandon Schram also scored for the South and Quartz Hill’s Brian Gardner produced the lone goal for the North. (818) 713-3607 last_img read more


first_imgSmarter Seniors forum: Become a wiser consumer and protect yourself and your assets, 12:30-2 p.m., Adat Ari El Synagogue, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. Open to public. Free. Call (818) 766-9426 or (818) 877-0666. L.A. County’s spelling bee for elementary students, 4-6 p.m., Almansor Court Banquet & Conference Center, 700 S. Almansor St., Alhambra. Awards to follow. Call (562) 922-6360. Mom & daughter cooking class workshop, 4:30-6:30 p.m., American Girl Place, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. Cost: $40. Call (877) 247-5223. Rally against gun violence/Public safety town-hall meeting, 5 p.m., Valley Glen Community Park, Erwin Street and Ethel Avenue. Meeting to follow a march, 6:30 p.m., U.S. Grant High School, 13000 Oxnard St. Doors will open at 6. Call (818) 755-7676. Hearing on house-size (mansionization) limits, 6:30 p.m., Marvin Braude Constituents Center, 6262 Van Nuys Blvd. Call (213) 978-1243. WEDNESDAY Our Community School open house for prospective parents, 8 a.m., 16514 Nordhoff St., North Hills. Call (818) 920-5285. Revolutionary War re-enactment, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., (Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 522-2977. Achieve Optimal grand-opening celebration, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., 25078 Peachland Ave., Suite B, Newhall. Call (661) 253-2900. “Damn Yankees” through Friday, 7:30 p.m., Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets: $12. Call (818) 889-2134. Communitywide forum on San Fernando Valley gangs, 7:30 p.m., Sunkist Building, 14130 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 377-4590. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail 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

Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United: Jacks beat Red Devils as Bafetimbi Gomis strikes again

first_img Swansea star Bafetimbi Gomis 1 Swansea City brought Manchester United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season to an end as they beat them 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.Juan Mata had put the Red Devils ahead just after half-time but two goals in five minutes from Andre Ayew and the in-form Bafetimbi Gomis, going into the last half-hour, earned the Jacks a brilliant three points on home soil.Swansea are fast becoming Man United’s bogey team, having also beaten them 2-1 twice last season, and it will certainly add to Garry Monk’s burgeoning reputation, with opposite number Louis van Gaal revealing he’d voted him manager of the year last season.Now, ahead of transfer deadline day, Van Gaal will want to add some desperately needed pace to a team who looked pedestrian at best in Wales.Ashley Williams did well to snuff out a Wayne Rooney chance with 18 minutes gone, as the striker looked to get on the scoresheet again, following his midweek hat-trick against Club Brugge.While Juan Mata also went close, snatching at a shot as he attempted to beat Fabianski at his near post following good work from Memphis Depay and Ander Herrera.Swansea City offered plenty of threat though as a sensational outside of the boot pass from Ayew put Gomis through, only for the Frenchman to crash a shot into the stands after getting in behind Daley Blind.Moments later Gylfi Sigurdsson sneaked behind the defence and saw his tame shot trickle wide and, after Sergio Romero managed to get back and save a long shot from Jonjo Shelvey, Gomis hit the post with a cute strike, leaving the Red Devils rattled.Rooney’s Champions League treble clearly boosted his confidence but two more poorly selected shots, one a tame chip, wasting some brilliant passes from his team-mates, before Bastian Schweinsteiger did well to block Ayew’s route to goal.Manchester United looked naïve against their opponents and soon Morgan Schneiderlin and Depay were booked, with the Swans frustrating their visitors who couldn’t find their rhythm.If Van Gaal’s side had been pedestrian in the first half they shot out of the blocks in the second period and, after a wasted Shelvey free-kick, Luke Shaw was able to fly down the left flank and flash a cross into the box which Mata gleefully tucked away.But the hosts were level on the hour-mark as Sigurdsson whipped in a cross from the right and a free Andre Ayew was able to beat Romero with a well-placed header, while captain Williams should get plenty of credit for starting the move with a exceptinal interception.And five minutes later the turnaround was complete as a sumptuous Ayew pass behind Chris Smalling allowed the on-form Gomis to slide the ball past Romero and unleash his panther celebration.Van Gaal looked to change the flow of the game by throwing Ashley Young, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini into the fray but their patient play meant it was hard to get any joy against a resolute Swansea backline.Man United poured forward but their long hopeful balls to Fellaini were unsuccessful while, at the death, Rooney took far too long to shoot, after some brilliant skill, with the marvellous Williams muscling him off the ball brilliantly when a goal looked likely.last_img read more

Picture Special: We Care Letterkenny Food Bank Official Opening!

first_imgThe We Care Letterkenny Food Bank was set up in Letterkenny when a committee met and decided there was a great need for a Food Bank in 2014.Last weekend, they launch their Official Opening beside Greene’s shoe shop at Market Square Letterkenny.The Food Bank works in conjunction with local agencies. The organisation hopes to expand the service throughout Donegal.We Care are a non profit organisation and rely solely on support from the community.Thanks to Anne O Kane for sharing her pictures with us!Picture Special: We Care Letterkenny Food Bank Official Opening! was last modified: August 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Food BankletterkennyWe Carelast_img read more


first_imgThe statue erected to Jim McGuinness outside Croke Park today!A lot of people in Donegal think Jim McGuinness can perform miracles.But now Ireland’s favourite bookmaker has given him almost God-like treatment.As the countdown to the Ireland goes into overdrive, Paddy Power honoured the Glenties man McGuinness with the unveiling of Jim The Redeemer statue at Croke Park. The statue is a throwback to his playing days when McGuinness bore a striking resemblance to Jesus Christ.It comes complete with his then-trademark goatee, long locks, manly bulge and a torso embossed with a retro Donegal jersey.Standing 12 feet tall, the structure also references the county team’s unofficial anthem ‘Jimmy’s winning matches!’ with the base emblazoned with “Jim The Redeemer – For Services To Winning Matches”.Donegal find themselves in the final despite being written off by both the bookies and the pundits throughout the year. Starting the championship at 25/1 the men from the hills entered their semi-final against Dublin as 6/1 outsiders to reach the final before vanquishing Jim Gavin’s men, resulting in our biggest-ever loss in a single GAA game.Paddy Power said “Now that Jim McGuinness has his very own statue it’s not just looks and god-like powers that he has in common with the son of the almighty. Jesus Christ was a great lad but I doubt he’d have managed to get Donegal to two All-Ireland finals and their fans will be hoping that Jim has one more miracle in his back pocket to ensure his sainthood in the hills.”Statue Facts:• The Statue is made of polystyrene then filled and sanded before application of an F/R polyurethane hard-coat.• The height of the figure is about 2.5 metres and the base is nearly 1 metre high. • It was made in one week with one main sculptor and an assistant.JIM ‘THE REDEEMER’ GETS HIS OWN STATUE OUTSIDE CROKE PARK! was last modified: September 19th, 2014 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:all-irelandCroke ParkdonegalJim McGuinnessstatuelast_img read more

News in brief: Striker back at QPR, Chelsea loan deal, Quins changes

first_imgQPR striker Tom Hitchcock has returned to Loftus Road after a month on loan at Crewe, where he scored three goals in six appearances for the League One club.Chelsea have loaned Bertrand Traore to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem until the end of the season – a day after formally completing the signing of the 18-year-old midfielder.Brentford forward Luke Norris has returned to the club following his loan spell at Northampton.Hayes & Yeading have signed striker Derek Tieku on loan from Crystal Palace.Hampton & Richmond Borough say top scorer Charlie Moone has attracted interest from other clubs along with Joe Turner, Tom Hickey and George Wells.Harlequins will make three changes for Friday’s game at Northampton, with Tim Molenaar, Karl Dickson and Tom Guest starting in place of injured trio Tom Casson, Danny Care and Luke Wallace.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Microsoft Office 2007 File Formats for Data Exchange

first_imgMicrosoft’s Office 2007 (Office 12) product suite is due out at the end of 2006 and will introduce many changes in MS Office suite file formats. The classic Microsoft Word pre-2003 file format has become a frequently used file exchange format for many business documents.  With Office 2007 familiar file formats like .doc, .xls and .ppt will go away.  Document extensions will now be four characters.  For example, default Word documents will now end in .docx.  But that is only the beginning.Internally there will be a new file format used by Office called Open XML.  This is an extension of the format Microsoft first introduced in the Office 2003 product.  Open XML will be the default format used when creating and saving Word Documents, Excel Spreadsheets, and Powerpoint presentations.The benefits of the new Open XML format are that the saved files will be much smaller because the format is compressed.  Microsoft estimates the file sizes to be 50-75% smaller.  The previous Office formats were not compressed (although they were mostly not very human readable).  Microsoft also claims that the XML-based architecture used for the format will make data recovery of information easier, should files become damaged or corrupted.  They also claim that the new format will enable better data integration when using this format with Microsoft back-end services.The older .doc, .xls and .ppt file formats will still be readable, and users can explicitly choose to save files in the older more universally exchangeable file formats.  It will be possible to change the Office settings from the default to always save the older formats.  But the default settings are likely to cause a lot of problems early on when people try to exchange files with others who have not yet upgraded.To ease part of the pain in migrating to the new formats, Microsoft is also offering patch software for users of Office 2000, Office XP, and Office 2003 that will automatically convert and recognize files saved in the new format from these older versions of the Office suite.In addition to Open XML, Microsoft has also announced that they will allow files to be saved in the ODF file format.  Open Document Format (ODF) is a file format which IBM , Sun Microsystems, Novell,, and 30 other organizations have participated in creating.  Here is the specification of the Open Office XML Document Interchange standard. Microsoft has argued that their Open XML is superior to ODF because it is more compact and better performing.  Microsoft enlisted companies like Apple, Barclays Capital, BP, Intel, the British Library, and Toshiba to ratify Open XML as a standard within the European Computer Manufacturers’ Association (ECMA) — somewhat ironic given that Microsoft took the standardization route through a European body given the problems that they’re been having in the EU.After being pressured, Microsoft launched the ODF-Open XML compatibility project called Open XML Translator Project and later announced that they would allow documents to also be saved in the ODF format from within Office.Office 2007 will also have the option to ‘Save As’ to PDF file format.  This is a key feature and reason why many people purchase the Adobe Acrobat product .  It’s no wonder that Adobe complained at Microsoft’s announcement of this feature for Office.  Microsoft eventually backed down and will make the Save As PDF feature a free download rather than a bundled feature.To muddy the waters even more, Microsoft is introducing yet another file format called XPS.  XPS is Microsoft’s response to the PDF file format.  XPS stands for XML Page Specification.  Like PDF, XPS supports features like editable metadata, annotations, digital signatures, hyperlinks and bookmarks.  Free XPS viewers will be available for Windows, MacIntosh, Unix and Linux systems.  XPS does not yet support any kind of scripting.  PDF has become the default standard in many segments like law, insurance, and government — it may be too late for XPS to make a challenge there, but it will be interesting to see how XPS and PDF will compete.So which is it?  Will you decide to save your document as Classic Word, Open XML Word, XPS or PDF?  Given the number of file format choices, it’s likely that there will be some confusion by users early on with the introduction of Office 2007, especially with Open XML being the default.A free Beta version of the Office 2007 product can be downloaded here or can be tested with a no-install on-line version here.Formtek is a member of the Microsoft Partner program.last_img read more