Hotshots’ Pingris returns but still ‘at 60 percent’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Marc Pingris indeed got his Christmas wish as he fought through a bad back and played in Magnolia’s Christmas Day tussle against Ginebra on Monday.“I was also surprised that I played,” Pingris admitted. “But I really thank coach that I was able to play. At least, he still believes in me even though I’m still not in a good condition.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments LOOK: LA Tenorio meets lookalike on Christmas Day Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES And he’s just keeping a positive view for the Hotshots as they take the extended break as a chance to recover and recuperate from their respective injuries, with a better showing in 2018 all in mind and putting this defeat to the Gin Kings behind.“Every time we lose, we learn a lot. And we’re still positive that we can make it to the semis. But before we do that, we need to work on our mistakes. We need to blend well with each other, and I believe that we can still improve,” he said.Fortunately for Magnolia, it goes on a 16-day break before facing Kia on January 10.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Pingris made his season debut at the cavernous Philippine Arena, seeing action for 25 minutes and chimed in six points, five rebounds, two assists, and a block for the Hotshots.Unfortunately for Pingris, his Christmas wish didn’t come in full as his efforts weren’t enough as Magnolia fell to Ginebra, 78-89.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStill, Pingris feels better as the days go by, noting that he’s slowly gaining grounds in terms of his recovery.“I’m at 60 percent now,” Pingris said as he continues to work his way back to tip-top shape. “I need to regain my timing and my breathing. I rested for 10 days and I still hasn’t recovered from that. Coach has been handling me with caution in our practices.” Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

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We support Amber Alert in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean Voice (TCV) supports the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) in urging Government to seriously consider using the Amber Alert system to help find missing children faster, and to ensure the greatest possible safety of such children. The experiences of nations that already have the Amber Alert show that it not only serves as a deterrent to those who would prey upon children, but also results in some perpetrators releasing abducted children after hearing the amber alert.The fact that the success of the Amber Alerts depends on total cooperation between communities and the Police; and the utilization of broadcast media, digital billboards, Internet Ad exchanges, Internet service providers, Internet search engines, as well as wireless devices such as mobile phones could augur well for improved relations between the Police and the citizenship, which is currently far from what is desired. Such improved relations could also bolster crime fighting overall.TCV believes that nations like the US, UK and Canada would be most willing to provide necessary assistance to ensure proper training, and implementing mechanism are in place for maximal efficiency. Also, there would be need for requisite legislation to provide a legal framework, and adequate resources to foster timely receipt and processing of information and rapid responses, among other requirements. Therefore, bearing in mind the experience of the motion to decriminalize attempted suicide, we strongly urge that the requisite legislation be a bipartisan effort, to ensure its passage into law.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

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Bernier announces big steps forward for technology in schools

first_imgPutting enhanced high speed internet to good use.Advertisement “We’re always going to keep our minds open to looking at every opportunity as we go forward,” he added. Dawson Creek Secondary School uses NGN to power three unique programs: myBlueprint, Canvas, and Peacenet.myBlueprint is a web-based program that helps students complete a learning portfolio, including resumes and cover letters. Canvas is used at Dawson Creek Secondary’s Distributed Learning school to manage course content and student records. Finally, Peacenet is SD 59’s own server providing teachers and students access to all the features of a digital drive, while remaining on a closed server.Advertisement DAWSON CREEK – Education Minister Mike Bernier was back home in Dawson Creek today to make announcements and check in on how high speed internet has been put to good use at Dawson Creek Secondary School.“It’s not just a tool, it’s a necessity,” he told Energetic City. He was joined by a TELUS representative at the school to announce that the remaining school sites without high speed internet would be connected to the Next Generation Network by December 2016.Bernier added that updating all schools to high-speed internet will level the playing field for all students in B.C.- Advertisement -“Whether you’re in Prespatou or down in Vancouver, you’ll have the same speed and same access to opportunities,” he said.81 per cent of students and 1186 out of 1650 school sites in the Province already have access to high speed internet, through the partnership with TELUS.center_img Bernier also announced today 15 more Innovation Partnership projects on the go.New projects announced today include opportunities for young learners to use technology to conduct self-directed scientific research, partner with a local symphony orchestra to learn about Canadian history, participate in enhanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, and develop creative and critical thinking skills.There are 32 Innovation Partnerships in place right now. Last fall, the first 17 projects were announced.Each project will receive $8,000 in financial support for teacher release time, research, and project expenses, plus there will be opportunities for project teams to collaborate with colleagues and explore how these innovative concepts could be adopted by other school districts.Bernier said these partnerships will work well within the new curriculum.Advertisement New technology makes it easier for teachers to bring online learning tools to the classroom so students can connect with the wider world and follow their passions. http://ow.ly/Z5bIC TELUSPosted by Government of British Columbia on Friday, March 4, 2016last_img read more

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Everton strike duo hailed by assistant boss

first_imgArouna Kone’s Everton future appears to be more secure after assistant manager Graeme Jones praised his recent partnership with Romelu Lukaku.The Ivorian striker joined the Merseyside club in July 2013 for £6m but has made just 18 appearances, scoring once, in an injury-plagued spell.In January, Kone was linked with a move to former club Levante after only playing 265 minutes since his return to the side.But, in Everton’s past two league games, the 31-year-old has played in a front two with Lukaku, helping the Toffees win consecutive games for the first time since October.“Arouna, having worked with him previously, is fantastic at taking the ball and he has really good one-v-one qualities,” Jones told the Everton website.“We all know Romelu is a very flexible centre-forward. Everyone likes to stereotype him as a target man and somebody who can get hold of the ball, but Rom can play as a 6″3′ winger sometimes. He has great ability and with space can hurt anybody.“The most important thing is that they have chemistry, a connection and enjoy playing together. Once you have got that, it’s not just a thing a management team can fabricate.“It’s just something else in our armoury that we can use to win football matches.” Arouna Kone with Romelu Lukaku 1last_img read more

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Men’s Basketball Hosts Another MVC Leader Tuesday

first_imgInside, Nick McGlynn is averaging 18.2 points per game in the last 11 games with four 20-point performances. In his last outing, he finished with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds. Buy Tickets Live Audio Drake has won two of the last three meetings with SIU and McGlynn recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the last meeting between the two programs. Live Stats Drake Game Notes That loss was the Bulldogs’ first at home this season. The team is currently 6-1 on its home court. The Drake University men’s basketball team continues its two-game homestand Tuesday evening when it welcomes SIU to the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Mediacom MC22 and ESPN+ SIU defeated Missouri State and UNI to open conference play following three-straight non-conference losses before Christmas. Of the Salukis’ six losses this season, three have been against top-25 teams. ESPN+ Drake is averaging 80.7 points per game this season, the highest mark in the Valley and 49th nationally while the Salukis average a slightly less august 69.5 points per game. Story Links SIU makes its annual trip to Des Moines with a 2-0 record in the MVC while the Bulldogs are 0-2 after falling to defending MVC Champion Loyola Saturday. Drake made its first 10 shots from the field in that loss and ended the game shooting 51 percent and 47.6 percent from three-point range with 10 three-pointers. Following Nick Norton’s season-ending knee injury, Noah Thomas moved into Norton’s starting role and notched eight points with five assists against Loyola in his first career start. He converted on a pair of three-pointers to help Drake sink 10 three-pointers in the loss. Following Tuesday’s game, the Bulldogs return to the road to take on UNI Sunday, Jan. 13, in the McLeod Center at 3 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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GARETH AUSTIN’S GARDENING COLUMN: TO ASH OR NOT TO ASH…

first_imgTo Ash or Not To Ash…that is the question….With Horticulturist Gareth AustinIt’s a question I get asked a lot, “Can I put the ashes from the fire on the garden”, or it’s something I bring up at gardening talks & events and largely folks are surprised when you say, YES….but…(there’s always a ‘but’) and we’ll cover all this in more detail this week Ash from a woodburning stove, or biomass system (I had a great tour of the Original Heating facility in Derry recently so I’ll well brushed up on these now!) is immensely valuable to the garden. When you burn wood you create a fertiliser called Potassium. Potassium is one of the “big 3” nutrients, the others being Nitrogen and Phosphorus. Potassium is vital for the health and wellbeing if your plants, and performs a number of roles in your plants. We look upon it simply as being a promoter of flowers on plants, but it also helps with disease resistance, and is an essential part of the Photosynthesis process. Wood Ash is around 10% potassium, it also contains a small % of Phosphorus and again a small % of Nitrogen, but it’s the potassium which is the real benefit to our gardens.The wood from the stove or biomass will be a welcome addition of potassium to your soil, this potassium will be in a form which is currently unavailable to your plants, ie it’s in a powder or dust and it will need to be broken down by the micro-organisms within your soil, so it does take some time for the benefits to show through, in some cases it’s 6+months before the potassium becomes available to the plants. Also excessive amounts of woodash added to a garden can lead to a problem of Nitrogen Immobilisation, where the Nitrogen is soil is used to break down the carbon in the ash, thus short term making the Nitrogen unavailable to your plants, but eventually this will be released back again to your plants, with the potassium from the ash.The most efficient method to utilise the woodash from your fire is to mix it with the grass clippings from the lawn, this will speed up the decomposition of the grassclippings into useable material for reapplying around trees, shrubs and plants. Simply stockpile the woodash in a hole in the ground (or a big tub) and as your cutting the summer lawn add a layer of woodash to the compost bin. In addition to the afore mentioned benefits of speeding up the composting process it will also help to stabilise the low pH which is normally found in lawn clipping piles, helping to release more of the fertility and helping the earthworm numbers in the garden (earthworms don’t like acid soil, and if the soil gets too acid they’ll die off, so managing soil pH is a job every gardener should strive to do – a target pH should be around 6.5)Turfash is safe to use exactly the same as woodash, it has all the same Potassium giving benefits without the lime content, so it’s a super product to use when prepping soil for potato planting. Simply stockpile the turfash during the winter (in a sheltered hole or big tub…not in a pile at the back of the house – unless you want tour house turned orange with dust in the winter!) and then work this through the soil when your conditioning the ground at planting time in the spring. Potassium is important in the disease prevention in the potatoes, and the potassium content will make the potatoes more floury. Woodash has a benefit over TurfAsh  in that it has a lime content, so its good for balancing acidic soils. But the negative to woodash is that is can be a source of pollutants. What I mean by this is that the wood you burn may contain carcinogenic material, such as creosotes, so it’s worthwhile knowing what you’re burning. Also there can be a problem with tannin build-up in the soil. These two last problems are really associated with excessive woodash piling, such as dumping shovel full after shovel full in a huge heap over a number of years.CoalAsh is a different kettle of fish altogether.  Just bag it and bin it. Simple advice. Don’t let it near your garden, especially where you’re growing crops to eat. Coal Ash when its burned is a very high alkaline product, if you spread a 3” layer of your garden that localised area with have a pH of 8.5 (where the rest of the garden could be pH6.5) – this dramatic pH change is highly detrimental for all the living organisms in your soil and to plant roots. Also when you burn coal within the ash you will get a concentration of heavy metals, which are highly pollutant and toxic. So if your growing edibles its very bad news, if your growing ornamentals its bad news and for the environment its bad news. So it’s best just to bag it and bin it. If you’re using a small amount of coal to get the fire going and then your burning turf or wood for the rest of the night then the amount of pollutants you’ll create is negligible, but anything more than 15% coal in the mix I’d be bagging and binning.As mentioned before Potassium has a good few roles in the plant, and it moves very freely around the plant. So when you get a Potassium shortage in the plant it always shows up in the lower leaves, anyone who’s grown Tomatoes may have a ‘Eureka’ moment at this, as Potassium deficiency shows up as black spots on the older leaves, which many confuse with Blight symptoms, you get the same signs in Potatoes. Potassium is also very mobile in the soil, and is easily leached by rain (ie it moves out of the availability of the roots of your plants), the best way to encourage Potassium retention in the soil is to increase the amount of well-rotted organic matter in the soil, by increasing the organic matter the soil will be able to retain the potassium more efficiently. There is nothing bad that can come out of making good compost and applying it your plants….it’s the foundation of healthy plants.Thanks to everyone who contacts me during the weekend, Its great to get feedback, and get ideas of what folks would like me to write about, each weeks topics is chosen as a result of this feedback, so again thanks very much!This weekend join me in the Caw Nelson Community Growing Space in Derrys Waterside on Saturday lunchtime and then on Saturday at 3 I’ll be leading a guided walk around Oakfield Park in Raphoe. On Sunday I’ll be on hand at the Frosses Fair in Frosses Village, where I’ll be answering all your gardening questions. For all events dress accordingly! Next week….Propagating plants from stem cuttings (or in ley-mans terms…taking slips)Gareth Austin is resident Horticulturist with BBC Radio Foyle, a member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulturists and lectures in Horticulture with National Learning Network. For more see www.garethaustin.com or join Gareth on Twitter @GardenerGareth .GARETH AUSTIN’S GARDENING COLUMN: TO ASH OR NOT TO ASH… was last modified: May 30th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:gardening columnGareth Austinlast_img read more

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JOE BROLLY: SUNDAY GAME ANALYSTS ARE LIKE SHEEP FOR SNUBBING MICHAEL MURPHY

first_imgDERRY All-Ireland winner and GAA pundit Joe Brolly has slammed his fellow Sunday Game panellists, saying they haven’t a clue when it comes to picking the best players of the year.Brolly says the pundits fail to consider the treble-marking dished out to players like Michael Murphy and Aidan O’Shea.“Against Kerry last year, or Monaghan in this year’s Ulster final, Michael Murphy – Donegal’s Roy Keane – was subjected to the same treatment (as O’Shea this year),” said Brolly in his column. “In fact, it is Murphy’s constant reality. “Sure he was shackled by Vinnie Corey in the Ulster final” bleat the sheep. Yeah, Vinnie and the rest of Monaghan’s fearsome zonal defence. Set them man v man on the square and see how that one comes out for cousin Vinnie. Meanwhile, the lively wing half-back can scamper up the wing on the solo and kick the odd point.“When I pointed out the other night that Murphy had scored 0-8 against Mayo and their sweeper, including 0-4 from play, Colm O’Rourke said and I quote “But he did nothing else.”“The others around the table nodded in agreement. At which point Jesus stopped weeping and burst out laughing. Murphy’s ruthless disposal of Tyrone in the final quarter, his brilliant orchestration of the win over Derry, his destruction of Galway and near single handed fight v Mayo counted for nought against Ciaran Kilkenny’s lively efforts against Westmeath and Kildare and 15 touches in the final. There’s a new criteria: The number of touches. Michael Murphy or Ciaran Kilkenny? In what bizarro-world could the answer be Ciaran Kilkenny? Answer: On the Sunday Game couch. Similarly, Aidan O’Shea v Jack McCaffrey? Answer? Jack McCaffrey. Baaaaaaaaa.”  JOE BROLLY: SUNDAY GAME ANALYSTS ARE LIKE SHEEP FOR SNUBBING MICHAEL MURPHY was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalJOE BROLLYMichael MurphyRTESunday Gamelast_img read more

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Wenger plans to attack stuttering Chelsea

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team will show plenty of attacking intent in Sunday’s derby at Chelsea.The Blues’ stuttering home form continued on Wednesday evening when they drew 2-2 with Southampton after being two up.That slip-up followed recent wins at Stamford Bridge for Swansea and bottom-of-the-table QPR.Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has argued that his team’s problems at home have been caused by opposing sides defending in numbers.But Wenger has hinted that will not be the case against the Gunners, who won 5-3 at the Bridge last season.He said: “I saw the final part of the Southampton game and Southampton had a go. They played well.“We will not change our style too much. We will try to attack and try to create chances.”However, the Frenchman is wary of the added attacking threat posed by Chelsea following the signing of Demba Ba, who has already netted three times since moving to west London from Newcastle.“He scored 13 goals before he went to Chelsea, so you are not surprised that he can score goals,” said Wenger.“At Chelsea he has even more chances, so you’d think he will be even more prolific. He’s a very efficient centre-forward.”See also:Chelsea left stunned by Saints comebackFrustrated Benitez demands an improvement against ArsenalUnder-fire Benitez blames poor defending and missed 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Jon Miller, Aug. 29

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The rains were a savior on the beans and sure didn’t hurt the corn. The last couple of days there were some pop-up storms in the area. We got a lot of wind but not any moisture. Corn lost some top-end from the dry conditions and we noticed that the dry spell may have hurt the stalk quality. That may be an issue with standability this fall.Our beans got chest high or so and lodged in a couple spots. We saw a couple areas where the corn was laid over really bad too after some freak winds came through. As soon as it is fit to run we are definitely going to get into some of the corn. We may be there in 10 or days or so. We don’t have any early beans. We usually run a good bit of corn before our beans are mature.The first couple of fields of double-crop beans look amazing. If we don’t get an early frost they look like they will make some good beans. We had just enough moisture in the last two weeks to keep things from really curling up.Some of the neighbors that sprayed fungicide on their corn have fields that are a little greener, but they were planted later to so it is hard to tell what it is from. We sprayed our corn after corn ground. It will be tough to tell how that did until we get out in the field with the combine. We left some strips to see how it did. With the later moisture we had it could have made a difference.last_img read more

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