DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has asked the head of the Iowa Economic Development Authority to also take on top administrative duties of the troubled Iowa Finance Authority as she appoints new cabinet members.Debi Durham, who has led state economic development efforts for eight years, will also lead the IFA, which saw Director Dave Jamison fired last year by Reynolds for sexual misconduct. Another agency leader was fired and a third resigned after an independent audit indicated they were present at inappropriate events and didn’t report them.Reynolds also announced several other cabinet appointments on Tuesday including naming former Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn to lead the Iowa Lottery and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephan Bayens to lead the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
By Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports The sporting public has heard a lot of Rossland’s George Grey and his success on the cross-country scene. Now that Grey has retired, the fans may start to hear a little more about Nelson’s Shawn DeGroot. DeGroot, 16, won the silver medal in the Junior Boy’s 1994 at the 2011 Haywood Canadian Ski Nationals held last month in Canmore, Alta. “It wasn’t really a surprise . . . okay maybe a bit, in the distance races,” DeGroot, who placed 10th overall in the Junior Boy’s Division, told The Nelson Daily. “I got about the same results last year, but I improved on my sprinting (in Canmore).” The 2011 Haywood Canadian Ski Nationals attracts all of the top athletes in Canada. DeGroot, who skis under the Rossland Black Jack banner, competed in all of the major races — skate, classic, sprint and mass start. He accumulated 217 points in the four races. “The competition was fun, (but) it was surprisingly warm out (for Canmore),” explained DeGroot, who raced three of the four days in a T-shirt. “That means using klister for classic races for grip, it’s really sticky wax (kind of like tree sap or honey) that makes a mess and is a real pain to clean up.” Although he skis for Black Jack to receive expert advice from former National Ski Team coach Dave Wood, DeGroot spends most of his time training on his old stomping grounds at the Nelson Nordic Ski Trails. “I go (Black Jack) occasionally to train and get technique, but still do the majority of my training in Nelson,” said DeGroot, adding his dedication, commitment, perseverance, and lots of time on the trails as the reason for his success. The season has gone extremely well for the 5’9”, 140-pound dynamo. DeGroot finished first overall 1994 for the BC cup series, seventh and first in 1994 in junior boys at the NorAms (North Americans) in Kelowna and fourth in the Rossland Blackjack Loppet. DeGroot, in Grade 11 at L.V. Rogers, still has another year in the junior circuit. So next year is a big one for him. “I’d like to make the B.C. ski team, get good results at cross country running provincials and continue skiing and training hard and to have fun,” DeGroot, who finished 24th overall at the 2010 B.C. High School Cross Country running championships in the fall. “I’d also like to qualify for FIS junior Nordic World Ski Championships in Ezerum, Turkey, although that would be quite tough.” Those goals might be lofty for some. But if you’ve ever seen Shawn DeGroot train, his determination and perseverance, that a bet you don’t want to [email protected]
Police are now seeking the public’s assistance in relation to last week’s dramatic high-speed vehicle pursuit that resulted in 7 charges being laid against a Dawson Creek man.Daniel Stephen Campbell, 40, was arrested after he allegedly stole a vehicle from the Pink Mountain area and damaged two police vehicles while attempting to escape arrest in Fort St. John.Police are asking anyone who witnessed the vehicle involved in this incident, a 2007 white Toyota Tundra, driving along the Alaska Highway or in Fort St. John on the night of September 30th, to contact them at 787-8140.- Advertisement –
A record-breaking 1200 community members walked through Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal yesterday (Sat) for annual Wind Farm Walk. The walkers stepped up for the company’s annual Community Fund Sponsored Walk, raising funds for a variety of local causes, with a record 45 community groups and bodies taking part.Since 2007, community members have made their way across the stunning landscape between the two wind farms to raise vital funding for community projects in areas including Ballybofey, Cloghan, Convoy, Curragh, Drumkeen, Letterkenny, Stranorlar and Finn Valley. Through SSE Airtricity’s Community Fund programme, the money raised by the participating groups is topped-up by annual payments from the company. With the Sponsored Walk now in its 12th year, community groups have benefited from almost €781,000 to date.As always, walkers had the opportunity to get up close with several of the 63 wind turbines at the two wind farms, while enjoying views of some of the region’s most scenic landmarks, including Mount Errigal and Barnesmore Gap, as well as the outskirts of Letterkenny town.Anne Reynolds, SSE Airtricity Community Development Officer, said: “It was great to have so many community members and local groups taking part, and we’re delighted the weather played its part with some glorious sunshine.“It was a fantastic day and most importantly the money raised will benefit a wide variety of community groups and projects. “Through the Sponsored Walk and our wider Community Fund programme, SSE Airtricity is really proud to be making a difference for the communities local to its wind farms.”SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Lifford generate over 100MW of clean, green energy combined.Clear vies all the way to Errigal at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonWalkers at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonHelen Kennedy, Laid, Audrey Chambers and Pat Chambers, Stranorlar Presbyterian Church at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonAnne Marie Lynch, Ballybofey Utd. Anita Martin, Sean McColes, and Mary Burn, Glencovitt NS, at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonFinn Valley Ladies and Dooish NS, walker, Aoife Tinney, Marie Tinney, Breda McNulty, Anne Kelly, Fiona McGinty and Anne Sweeney at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonLetterkenny Rugby club having a ball of a time at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonJennifer McManus, Sarah McMenamin and Belinda Maguire Cloghan Child Care at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive Wassonat the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonPhilema Bonnar, Tracey Gallagher, Keifra Bonnar, Caolin Bonnar and Daragh Gallagher, Kuton Karate Club and Twin Towns Boxking Club at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonDavina O’Donnell, Erin O’Donnell and Ailsiha Kilpatrick, Scoil Bhrid Convoy at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonMeenglass Church group at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonWalkin for Setanta, Mark Marley, Ciaran O’Neill and GaryMcGettigan at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonLisa O’Brien, Sean, Livesley, John Livesley and Joshya Myles, Ballybofey United at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonNiamh, Daniel, Ciara, Carol and Mark Buchanan,Letterkenny Rugby Club at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonCian, Patrick and Dara Sharkey at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonPaul Daly, Thomas Daly, Clare Ryan, Shauna McCole, Archie McLaughlin and Peader McGlinchey, walking for Finn Valley Ladeis Soccor Club and Letterkenny Rugby Club at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonCeline, Gefforey and Annabell Bustard walking for Welchtown School at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonWalker for local charities at the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonSiobhan Melvin, Pascal Blake, Paulin Doherty and Gearoid Melvinat the SSE Airtricity’s Meentycat and Culliagh Wind Farms near Ballybofey, Co. Donegal on Saturday, 21 September 2019 where a record breaking 1200 community members took part in the walk. Photo Clive WassonOver 1200 community members take part in annual Wind Farm Walk – Pic Special was last modified: September 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Though Evans technically served as the general manager for four seasons, his role changed in 2018 as he no longer reported directly to Baer. Instead, after a last-place finish in 2017, the Giants restructured the front office hierarchy and had vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean sign off on Evans’ decisions. Giants disrespected Bumgarner with contract offer, says ex-teammate SAN FRANCISCO — During the final week of the 2018 season, the Giants dismissed general manager Bobby Evans and announced a search to hire a “next-gen” front office executive.Three weeks after the Giants fired Evans, the search for his replacement is ongoing, even if it remains relatively quiet.Giants CEO Larry Baer said he did not anticipate making details of the search public, which means it will be difficult to gather much from the process until the franchise reveals a new hire. At the midpoint of October, most of what we know about the search stems from Baer’s comments to beat writers on the final day of the regular season and small bits of information that national reporters have gathered. Stearns is well-respected in the industry, but he’s not the only high-profile executive who won’t interview with the Giants. Rosenthal also reported that Toronto Blue Jays vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington removed himself from consideration from positions with the Giants and Mets.Cherington gained front office experience working for the Red Sox in the early 2000s, but apparently did not feel compelled to take on a challenging turnaround this offseason.Related Articles The Giants have not placed a timetable on their search and Baer has said the team won’t rush the process, but as teams continue to be eliminated, from the playoffs, San Francisco could have a wider pool of candidates from which to draw. Two executives who have emerged as candidates per reports include Kim Ng, a senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball and Arizona Diamondbacks assistant general manager Amiel Sawdaye.Ng, who was amed on our initial list of 10 candidates who could become strong contenders to replace Evans, has worked in the New York Yankees’ and Los Angeles Dodgers’ front offices while Sawdaye held top scouting roles for the Red Sox under Cherington and Theo Epstein before joining the Diamondbacks. Sawdaye reportedly has talked to the Giants, according to a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.In the coming days, more names of interviewees could leak out, but it’s likely that the Giants will continue to keep their search closely guarded. Baer and Sabean likely did not enjoy the public rebuff that came of requesting permission to contact Stearns, and there are other top baseball executives who might also be prevented from interviewing by their respective clubs.Eventually, the Giants will finish the process and announce a hire, but because Baer and Sabean know they must execute a thorough and comprehensive search, it’s entirely possible the exercise won’t wrap up until after the World Series. How Madison Bumgarner took control of his free agency and left the Giants for the D’backs Kurtenbach: Madison Bumgarner needed San Francisco more than the Giants needed him Sabean is under contract for one more season, but the Giants insist his role will shift under a new regime. Evans’ replacement will report to Baer and Sabean is expected to step away from the day-to-day operations of the front office, which is what he did after the 2014 World Series.It’s possible Sabean’s title could change too, as the Giants aren’t hiring Evans’ replacement to serve as a general manager. Instead, Baer and Sabean are interviewing candidates to become the team’s president of baseball operations, a decision that became clear following a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.Rosenthal reported the Giants had requested permission to interview Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns for the president of baseball operations role, but Brewers owner Mark Attanasio did not allow Stearns a chance to discuss the opportunity with Baer and Sabean.At the end of the regular season, Baer indicated that Major League Baseball encourages franchises to allow front office personnel to interview for jobs that would technically be considered promotions. However, there is no rule in place requiring teams to do so.The Giants’ targeting of Stearns didn’t come as a surprise as the 33-year-old constructed a roster that finished with the most wins in the National League this season. The Brewers won 96 games despite lacking a strong starting rotation and Stearns executed several successful midseason trades to position Milwaukee for a lengthy postseason run. Our Top 5 memories of Madison Bumgarner’s Giants career As Bumgarner joins D’backs, Giants officially bid farewell with tribute video
(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Cassini has observed clouds of dust from meteoroids hitting the rings. The data will “impact” theories of the rings’ origin and age.New observations have shown dust clouds from four impacts on Saturn’s rings (see JPL press release). One impact was observed twice, about 25 hours apart. The impacts were found in all three major rings: A, B, and C. The ejecta clouds are thought to have been observed between 1 and 50 hours after the impacts. According to National Geographic, streams of meteors must be hitting the rings more often than thought. A paper by Cassini scientists was published in Science Magazine.National Geographic waxed philosophical, saying, “The hope in the science community is that insights into these ring impacts may also shed light on the rings’ puzzling origins.” That sentence cloaks the real problem: impacts are destructive, not constructive. Jeff Cuzzi, long time ringmaster and co-author of the paper, expressed concerns in the press release:“Saturn’s rings are unusually bright and clean, leading some to suggest that the rings are actually much younger than Saturn,” said Jeff Cuzzi, a co-author of the paper and a Cassini interdisciplinary scientist specializing in planetary rings and dust at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. “To assess this dramatic claim, we must know more about the rate at which outside material is bombarding the rings. This latest analysis helps fill in that story with detection of impactors of a size that we weren’t previously able to detect directly.”The impactors are estimated to be between a centimeter and several meters in diameter. If a rain of dusty debris like this has been going on for billions of years, the rings should appear darker than they are. Furthermore, since they carry away more mass than they add, they have been eroding the rings for a long time according to current beliefs about Saturn’s age. Pollution and erosion are not helping keep Saturn’s rings old.Another clue for a high impact rate is the “ring rain” that descends onto Saturn’s equatorial bands. Science Daily said that “more charged particles fall than thought” from water ions originating in the rings. Are the charged particles coming from impacts hitting the rings? What other process could be sending material from the rings onto Saturn? The article didn’t say. In any case, this is another erosive process, it appears.The paper in Science said that the estimated impact rate, though significantly higher “at face value” than before, is too uncertain to know for sure:Our results are higher than the extrapolation by one or two orders of magnitude (Fig. 4); at face value, especially if this increase is also reflected in submillimeter-to-millimeter-size particles, then pollution and erosion rates due to interplanetary meteoroids might be higher than have been thought. However, gravitational focusing enhances the flux at Saturn’s rings by a factor of 4 to 40, and the sensitivity of rings to a two-directional flux yields another factor of 2, so our results may corroborate the previous extrapolation after all.(By extrapolation, the authors refer to the prior habit of estimating impact rates for the outer solar system to be similar to rates in the inner solar system.) Better observations to constrain the impact rate will be possible when the Cassini spacecraft approaches its end of mission (2017), when it is slated to make series of “high dives” over the rings and into the gap between the D ring and Saturn.Update April 30: Speaking of Saturn, an article on Science Daily attempted to explain away the planet’s “youthful appearance.” Gas giants should darken with age, the article said, but Saturn is still light-colored. By invoking some unobservable effects deep in Saturn’s atmosphere, some scientists at the University of Exeter were able to come up with a story for how the darkening influences were kept at bay. Any hypothesis that is applied after the fact to only one planet of the solar system in order to explain an anomaly should be treated with skepticism.If this were the only problem in the Saturn system facing the moyboys (believers in “millions of years, billions of years”), it would be worrisome for them. But then you have Titan’s atmosphere, the Titan ethane problem, the Enceladus geysers, delicate rings, and other matters that, taken together, could title a book, “Billions of years: a theory in crisis.” Prediction: future measurements of impact rates on Saturn’s rings will prove higher than expected.
When Jan Scannell was first inspired to start the initiative, he had no ideathat it would become so popular. (Image: wired communications) Kwaai Braai Pie (Image: Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands) MEDIA CONTACTS • Crystal Espin wired communications +27 21 464 1144RELATED ARTICLES • Bring on the braai • Heritage Day to celebrate World Cup • Remembering Enoch Sontonga • Local Xhosa heritage goes global Wilma den HartighThis Saturday, 24 September, thousands of South Africans will head outdoors, get the fires going and celebrate the nation’s favourite pastime on National Braai Day.This event, which takes place annually on National Heritage Day, 24 September, has become something of an institution in South Africa. Braai Day gives South Africans an opportunity to celebrate the country’s cultural heritage and diversity of traditions.South Africa is a diverse country, but something that we all have in common is that we need no encouragement to braai.“We want to create a national day of celebration in South Africa – one day in the year when the whole nation comes to a standstill and has a party. It’s good for nation-building and it’s good for the spirit of the country,” says Jan Scannell (also known as Jan Braai), the founder of the National Braai Day initiative.The beginnings of National Braai DayNational Braai Day is what St Patrick’s Day is for the Irish, what Bastille Day is for the French and what Australia Day is for the Australians.“Our mission is to position National Braai Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration,” says Mr Braai.When Scannell was first inspired to start the initiative, he had no idea that it would become so popular. And to give the day even more clout, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu took to the idea and became the patron of National Braai Day.“I emailed Archbishop Tutu and explained that I want to unite 50-million people around braai fires. He liked the idea, so we started talking about getting him involved as the patron,” says Scannel. “We had a braai together for the first time in 2007 – boerewors and lamb chops.”Since then, Scannell and Tutu have been in regular contact and they’ve also braaied together a few more times.National Braai Day has since become known as the Braai4Heritage initiative and in 2008 the campaign received the endorsement of South Africa’s National Heritage Council.Official AnthemIn 2009, the initiative launched an official song, “Our Heritage“, recorded by multiple Grammy Award winners The Soweto Gospel Choir, the 2008 South African Music Awards male solo artist of the year HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula), rapper JR, known for his smash hit “Show Dem”, and Cape Town-based electronic group Die Heuwels Fantasties.Recently a local comedy pop duo also got into the spirit of Braai Day by recording a parody of US pop singer Rebecca Black’s viral video hit “Friday”. Since Nicholas Smal and Gareth Allison, also known as Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues, posted the video, it has received overwhelming response from fans and quickly went viral on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.The parody has become just as popular as the main anthem, but Scannell says that any publicity for Braai Day is welcome.“We are excited about the support the song has received online so far. As South Africans, we never take ourselves too seriously and the song really captures the spirit of National Braai Day,” he says.Getting it rightBraaing is very much part of the South African DNA and it should come as no surprise that South Africans have perfected the art of having a great braai. But before you grab the marinade and braai tongs, make sure that the basics are in place.Mr Braai, who is the authority on everything to do with this form of cooking, explains that a wood fire is the way to go. “I don’t think anyone seriously prefers charcoal. Using it is simply a matter of convenience or if you can’t get hold of wood,” he says.South Africa’s great braai tradition has been the inspiration for numerous cooking books on the subject. Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands – compiled by Wines of South Africa, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the export of local wines in key international markets – is a beautiful publication that pays tribute to the country’s beloved pastime.It contains recipes, braaing tips and techniques, wine notes and wine pairing suggestions from some of the Cape’s favourite vineyards. Estate owners, winemakers and personalities such as rugby player Schalk Burger, also share their secrets for and interpretations of the perfect braai.The book suggests that the secret of successful braaing lies in controlling the heat and ensuring that it is evenly distributed. Stacking the wood is also contentious, as is the timing around turning the meat.Everyone has their way of stacking the crumpled paper, kindling, bits of wood and bigger cuts or logs. However, the book suggests that a traditional South Africa square stacking method allows for good aeration and burning, but keep in mind that this method needs careful management to produce enough core heat to generate coals.If you don’t plan to make your braai fire with such precision, try the well-known tepee style. This method can even be mastered by the novice fire maker as it is more practical and needs less management.Scannell adds that there is also no reason not to celebrate Braai Day if you are a vegetarian. He says that there are many delicious meals that can be cooked over the coals, such as putupap, mielies and mushrooms.Braaibroodjies are another favourite. These are toasted sandwiches made with cheese, tomato, onion and a dash of chutney, which can be braaied slowly in a closed grid on light coals until golden brown on the outside and the cheese has melted on the inside.If these dishes don’t sound appealing, you can still have a good time. “Simply light a fire and stand around it, everybody loves that!” says Scannell.Expand your braai repertoireInstead of putting the usual steak and chops on the coals, try something different this Braai Day. This recipe is courtesy of Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands. According to the book, this dish lends itself to experimentation. The amounts are not exact and you can add more or less of any ingredient, or improvise with whatever you have available for the filling.Kwaai Braai Pie2x 500g ready-to-bake puff pastry1 bunch of spinach, coarsely chopped3 smoked chicken breasts, sliced250g bacon, diced250g button mushrooms, sliced1 onion, chopped1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced½ cup crumbled feta cheese½ cup grated cheddar cheese1 cup grated mozzarella cheeseFreshly ground salt and black pepperRoll out the dough into two equal pieces. Fry the onion, bacon and peppers in olive oil. Add seasoning. Layer the ingredients in the following order on one sheet of dough: half of the raw spinach, smoked chicken, onion, bacon, peppers and mushrooms. Scatter the three cheeses and add the rest of the spinach.Cover with the second sheet of dough. Make a parcel of the layered, filled sheets of dough. Brush with olive oil on both sides. Place on a hinged braai grid and close gently. Do not latch it, though, or else the pie will get pinched. Cook over the coals for about 15 minutes, turning regularly, until golden brown.Whatever you do, have a braaiYou can barbeque anywhere, but you can only braai in South Africa. So don’t miss out on this Saturday’s festivities.“All we are saying is grab your friends and family, start a fire, and celebrate South Africa,” says Scannell.
Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netWith the PBA still yet to resolve issues in the Board of Governors, Ronald Mascariñas, Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president, bared that the Chooks-to-Go brand has decided to abandon its plans of pursuing its own PBA team to exert all of its efforts in helping the national team.“The last few months of our association with Gilas gave us the realization that it’s best for us to put all our resources behind the national team,” Mascariñas said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Boy Sablan out as UST coach Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Mascariñas expressed interest in acquiring a PBA franchise before, but the amiable executive had a change of heart after repeated attempts and instead, reaffirmed its partnership with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) going forward.Chooks-to-Go has been a primary supporter of SBP’s programs, from the grassroots level in age group 3×3 tournaments to sponsoring the national team in international tournaments like the Jones Cup and the Southeast Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe poultry company has also went on to field a squad in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China, with prospective naturalized import Isaiah Austin, together with this year’s first rounders Kiefer Ravena, Raymar Jose, and Jeron Teng bannering Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas.“Even if we had limited time to practice, coach Chot (Reyes) was able to assemble a very strong team,” said Mascariñas. Philippines reaffirms commitment to United Nations PLAY LIST 02:50Philippines reaffirms commitment to United Nations00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Deciding to go all in with the SBP, Chooks-to-Go will continue to give its all out support for Smart Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, which starts on Friday against Japan in Tokyo. Chooks-to-Go will also rally behind Gilas in the upcoming 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup which will be staged here in Manila. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Lomachenko (12-1, 9 KOs) risks his two lightweight world titles at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles when he takes on Britain’s Anthony Crolla.Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs) is a big underdog against the masterful Lomachenko, whose technique and athleticism have propelled him from two Olympic gold medals to the short list of the world’s greatest pound-for-pound fighters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLomachenko trains outside Los Angeles, and he has already fought in the LA area twice. But he has never appeared in this fight-loving city’s most prominent indoor arena, and the mere idea of headlining in such a cavernous venue would have been improbable just a few years ago.“It’s a very exciting place,” Lomachenko said. “After my first (LA) fight at Microsoft Theater, I looked across the street and thought, ‘Wow, maybe someday I can get into Staples Center.’” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Harry Kane suffers ‘significant’ ligament injury, likely to miss rest of Premier League season Crolla has watched Lomachenko’s bouts with admiration, but he has been fighting for too long to be intimidated.“He’s the best fighter in the sport, and I’m grateful for this chance,” Crolla said. “Even the best fighter in boxing is beatable. Nobody is bigger than the game, so I go into this fight knowing I’ve got a chance and a strategy to beat him.”Crolla is making his U.S. debut, but the Manchester native is likely to have every British athlete’s contingent of vociferous stateside fans. Crolla has another advantage, according to Lomachenko.“He’s very good, and he’s in a comfortable position because he has nothing to lose,” Lomachenko said.The Staples Center card also includes Mexican star Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez making his light heavyweight debut against Tommy Karpency in the co-main event, along with veteran brawler Mike Alvarado facing unbeaten Arnold Barboza Jr.Lomachenko isn’t looking beyond Crolla to other fights, partly because no big fight looms. He wants Commey’s belt, but the biggest money would come from a showdown with former American lightweight champion Mikey Garcia.But even if Garcia could get over his antipathy toward Top Rank boss Bob Arum — his former promoter and Lomachenko’s current promoter — Lomachenko and Garcia probably can’t find a common weight. Lomachenko says he is too small for 140 pounds, and Garcia could struggle to get back down to 135 after fighting at welterweight — and getting thrashed by Errol Spence Jr. — last month in Texas.Until money creates the motivation to solve this dilemma, Lomachenko will go on showcasing himself to the world against the best opponents he can find. Crolla is worthy, and Lomachenko is taking him seriously.“I get nervous a little before a fight, but when I step in the ring, I’m in my place,” Lomachenko said. “I start to enjoy it right away. A couple of rounds, and then I find my moment.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ FILE – In this May 12, 2018, file photo, Vasiliy Lomachenko, left, of Ukraine, throws a punch at Jorge Linares, of Venezuela, during the WBA lightweight championship boxing match in New York. Lomachenko is a significant favorite when he defends his two lightweight titles on Friday, April 12, against Britain’s Anthony Crolla at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)LOS ANGELES— Vasyl Lomachenko left Ukraine and moved stateside several years ago because he dreamed of fighting for big money in the world’s most popular boxing venues.After headlining at Madison Square Garden, in Macau and in several spots around Las Vegas, Lomachenko is going Hollywood on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Less than two years after that LA debut in the smaller Microsoft venue, Lomachenko has moved across the street for a title defense he is expected to win with style — and not just because he’s wearing an outlandish robe worth a reported $200,000 into the ring.Any opponent under 140 pounds would be an underdog against Lomachenko, but the lack of a theoretically worthy opponent doesn’t interest the champion. Until a bona fide challenger to his dominance emerges at 130 or 135 pounds, he will keep racking up wins.“I don’t care,” Lomachenko said with a smirk. “In my fights, I just want to show off my skills. My opponent, whoever. I just want to enjoy it and to put on a good and interesting fight.”Lomachenko’s next fight was supposed to be a title unification bout with Ghana’s Richard Commey, who holds one of the two remaining lightweight belts that Lomachenko covets. But Commey emerged from his bout Feb. 2 with an injured right hand, and Lomachenko elected to stay active by entertaining his mandatory challenger for the WBA crown.While Crolla is widely respected for his toughness and resilience, Lomachenko sometimes seems to be competing in a different sport. His footwork alone inspires rhapsodic appreciation from veteran fight watchers, and his hand speed is similarly peerless.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come goodby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce insists his strikers will come good after their 0-0 draw with Brighton.They did have some presentable chances but neither Joelinton or Miguel Almiron could convert when it mattered.Bruce said: “I think it’s always been a concern, but if you look at the chances we’ve had, they’re big chances at this level.”They’re arguably better than what Brighton had.”Even though they’ve had 70 per cent of possession, we’ve probably had the best chances out there, which is a disappointment that we haven’t taken one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say