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Mitchell edges Nance Jr. to win slam dunk contest

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Mitchell advanced to the finals with a creative dunk in the first round that used his sister, Jordan, as well as Kevin Hart and the comedian’s son as props. For that dunk, Mitchell wore a Darrell Griffith Jazz jersey. Griffith participated in the first slam dunk contest in 1984.“I appreciate Kevin Hart coming out there and helping me out,” Mitchel said. “He’s my favorite comedian.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Asa Miller ranks 81st after Run 1 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:22The decision on the Maguindanao Massacre case00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citycenter_img LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 17: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz competes in the 2018 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at Staples Center on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPRookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz put on a show in the slam dunk contest to cap off NBA All-Star Saturday.Mitchell edged Larry Nance Jr. by two points, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “I wanted this so badly,” Mitchell said. “This is one of my favorite events of All-Star weekend. To not only be in it, but to win it, it’s crazy.”Before making his winning dunk, Mitchell peeled off his Jazz jersey and wore a vintage Carter jersey from the Toronto Raptors.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 folkMitchell — three inches shorter than the 6-foot-6 Carter — needed a score of 47 to beat Nance, and he got a 48 from the five judges: DJ Khaled, Mark Wahlberg, Chris Rock and Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Lisa Leslie.Nance, who was trying to win the contest 34 years after his father won it, had earned a perfect 50 with a dunk off a double alley-oop off the glass. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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GDF rank charged for snatching cellphone from teen

first_imgA Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank was on Wednesday ordered by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to be placed in the care and custody of his commanding Officer after he was charged with simple larceny.Hyasi Jones, 18, pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that he stole a cellular phone, valued $60,000, from a 13-year-old.The Police are contending that Jones and an unknown accomplice while being armed with a broken glass bottle attacked the teenager while she was on her way home, threatening her before relieving her of her cellphone.The teen was not present in court for the hearing but she was represented by her stepfather. The case will continue on June 2.last_img read more

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TD ACCUSES FIANNA FAIL OF ‘BREATHTAKING HYPOCRISY’ OVER GARDA CUTS BILL

first_imgResponding to news that Fianna Fáil are to proceed with a Private Members Motion on Garda cuts this week in the Dáil, Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn accused Fianna Fáil of “breath taking hypocrisy”.He also drew attention to the call by Fianna Fáil’s current Justice spokesperson Niall Colllins back in 2010 for the outgoing president of the Garda Representative Association, Michael O’ Boyce, to be removed from the force by the then Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy, for a speech, which was not delivered, in which he planned to criticise the Government and Fianna Fáil on their programme of Garda cuts.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “This government is implementing Fianna Fáil’s 2010 ‘National Recovery Plan’ when it comes to Garda cuts. Fianna Fáil agreed with the Troika to cut Garda numbers from 14,500 that year to 13,500 the following year, and to 13,000 in 2014, a total drop of 10%. “Fianna Fáil’s plan also stated that there would be €25m savings from unspecified Garda management efficiencies and €140m in overtime, allowances and transport costs, much of it within the force.“When the Garda Representative Association spoke out against Fianna Fáil’s cuts to An Garda Síochána in late 2010, the response of the now Fianna Fáil Justice spokesperson, Niall Collins was to have them silenced. He called for the outgoing president of the Garda Representative Association, Michael O’ Boyce, to be removed from the force by the then Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy, for a speech, which was not delivered, in which he planned to criticise the then Fianna Fáil led Government on their programme of cuts.“Two short years on and Fianna Fáil would have us believe that this was all in our imagination. Fianna Fáil may hope that the people of Ireland are all suffering from collective amnesia but I can tell them they are fooling no one.“The reality is that if Fianna Fáil were still in government, they would be implementing these cuts as they had agreed with the Troika. They are part of the consensus for cuts and austerity with Fine Gael and Labour and no amount of publicity stunts and spin can change that.”  TD ACCUSES FIANNA FAIL OF ‘BREATHTAKING HYPOCRISY’ OVER GARDA CUTS BILL was last modified: January 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL Deputy Padraig MacLochlainnGarda cutsTD ACCUSES FIANNA FAIL OF ‘BREATHTAKING HYPOCRISY’ OVER GARDA CUTS BILLlast_img read more

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DONEGAL CLUB’S HEARTBREAKING TRIBUTE TO BE CENTRE-PIECE OF TRAGIC MAN’S FUNERAL

first_imgA heartbreaking tribute by a Donegal GAA club is to be the centerpiece of a funeral service for a young man who died after taking a legal high.Tragic Jimmy GuichardJimmy Guichard died after suffering a heart attack and severe brain damage within hours of taking the substance.Jimmy, 20, was a fine hurler who played with St Eunan’s in Letterkenny before moving to London recently to look after his dad Martin who is suffering from cancer. Jimmy’s heartbroken mum Karen contacted St Eunan’s to ask them to write a piece in honour of Jimmy at his funeral service which takes place next Monday.Karen told Donegal Daily: “St Eunan’s have been so good to us and the piece they wrote about Jimmy is just amazing.“We will read it out at his funeral because it just sums Jimmy up so well. We will be forever grateful to them.”Karen also revealed she plans to ask the Letterkenny club to ask them if she can scatter some of his ashes around the ground where he spent so many happy times. Jimmy’s dad Martin will have a locket containing some of his ashes while the rest will be brought back to Ireland.Karen revealed “Jimmy came to Ireland in 2005 and he made his home here and he just loved everything about Ireland but especially hurling.“I have asked the St Eunan’s Club if they will allow me to scatter some of his ashes and they have said they will.”Karen said Jimmy’s death has not completely hit her yet but she thinks it will when she returns home with Jimmy’s ashes next Wednesday.“I am just trying to get on with it now for his two sisters and his friends. “I think it will only sink in when I bring Jimmy’s remains to Donegal. He will finally be in the place he always felt at home.“He may have been born in London but Donegal is where he called home. When we get his remains back to Donegal his soul can finally rest in peace,” she said.DONEGAL CLUB’S HEARTBREAKING TRIBUTE TO BE CENTRE-PIECE OF TRAGIC MAN’S FUNERAL was last modified: October 24th, 2013 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:deathHURLINGJIMMY GUICHARDlegal highSt Eunanslast_img read more

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WOW! CATHAL’S INCREDIBLE SUNSET AND MOON PIX OVER KILLYBEGS

first_imgWITH apologises in advance to those of you overseas and missing the auld sod back home in Donegal….but this was the sky over our glorious county tonight.Cathal McDaid’s amazing snaps in the skies above Killybegs are simply stunning.Maith thú Cathal…. WOW! CATHAL’S INCREDIBLE SUNSET AND MOON PIX OVER KILLYBEGS was last modified: April 20th, 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:Cathal McDaiddonegalKillybegspicturessunsetwowlast_img read more

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Sfaxien vs Vipers: Venoms seek to reach maiden Group stage

first_imgVipers drew 0-0 with Sfaxien in the first leg (file photo)CAF Confederations Cup play-off round, 2nd legCS Sfaxien vs Vipers SC Tareb Mhiri stadium, SfaxSunday, 20-01-2019 @8pmSFAX – Vipers SC will be hoping they can reach the group stages of a CAF Competition when they take on CS Sfaxien on Sunday night.The Venoms drew 0-0 with the Tunisian giants at Kitende and know that a win or any scoring draw will be enough to see them through.However, it is easier said than done for Nam Ouma’s side who come up against thr record winners (3) of the competition.Despite the nature of opposition, Ouma looks to be unfazed.“CS Sfaxien are so dominant in this competition thus start as favourites however the more difficult it is, the more i enjoy the preparations and my troops are 100 percent focused so hopefully we can see that tonight, said Ouma ahead of the game.Vipers have no fresh injuries going into the game. However, changes are expected in the team that defeat Kansai Plascon in the Uganda Cup. With Yayo Lutimba suspended, Aggrey Madoi is expected to slot in at Left-back. Bashir Ssekagya is still out injured so Derrick Ochan will continue being Fabian Mutombora’s deputy.For CS Sfaxien, they will be confident of getting the job done in their own backyard.The ‘Juventus of the Arabs’ like they are known have won the Confederations Cup three times before with the latest coming in 2013.Sfaxien eliminated Green Buffalos in the first round to get here.Match Facts:This is only the second ever meeting between the two sides after drawing 0-0 just over a week ago.Vipers will be playing their six Confederations Cup game in history. In the first 5, they have won only one (D3 L1).Away from home, they are yet to register victory in their two games so far (D1 L1).For Sfaxien, they go into Sunday’s game having won only one of their last 5 Confederations Cup games (D1 L3).At home, however, they have not lost any of their last 7 (W6 D1).Comments Tags: CAF Confederations Cup 2018/19CS SfaxienNam Oumatopvipers sclast_img read more

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High Court challenge by Donegal family over council’s decision to defer housing support

first_imgA High Court challenge has been launched against Donegal County Council’s decision to defer offering housing support to a Traveller family of seven living in a caravan without basic facilities including running water.The action has been brought on behalf of Brian and Eileen Ward, and their five children who are members of the Irish Travelling Community. They are currently living in a caravan at Shore Front, Bundoran.The Irish Independent reports that the family, supported by the Child and Family Agency who voiced concerns over their living conditions, applied to the Council for social housing support.The Wards, who have two children with medical needs, were deemed by the Council to be “an unacceptable risk of anti social behaviour” and the offer of housing was deferred.The family was informed last March that they could make a fresh application in 12 months time but the Wards say the council informed them it would be five years before it would be in a position to offer them housing.The family’s lawyers argue that the council has failed to engage meaningfully with the Wards before arriving at its decision. They also claim the decision was disproportionate and made without relevant considerations.At the High Court on Wednesday the family’s barrister Mark Lynam, instructed by solicitors for the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, said the council’s decision was taken without any input from the Wards who had been unaware that the process was even taking place.Mr Lynam said the council had made its decision based on the Ward’s housing file rather than putting its concerns to the family for their comment.The Wards claim they should have been afforded a hearing and that up to date information should have been sought.Mr Lynam said that any decision to defer or refuse housing due to any alleged anti-social behaviour must be proportionate. He said that in arriving at its decision the council failed to give due weight to Tusla’s concern about the family’s welfare, the conditions they reside in and the fact they are homeless.They currently had no running water and had limited use of a generator. They had tried but had not been able to secure private rented accommodation.In their proceedings against the Council the family seek an order quashing the local authority’s decision to defer offering them social housing.They also seek declarations including that the council’s decision was disproportionate, breaches their constitutional rights and rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.Permission to bring the challenge was granted, on an ex parte basis, by Mr Justice Richard Humphreys. The judge made the matter returnable to a date in September.High Court challenge by Donegal family over council’s decision to defer housing support was last modified: September 1st, 2017 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:bundoranHIGH COURThousing challengewardslast_img read more

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Clock Gene Same in Humans and Birds

first_imgScience Daily, this “not only sheds light on how our internal annual body clocks function but also shows a key link between birds and mammals that has been conserved over 300 million years.”    Mammals, including humans, have a hormone released by the pituitary gland that controls melatonin levels – known to affect the body’s response to light and dark cycles.  When days start getting longer and nights shorter, a second hormone becomes activated.  Scientists at University of Edinburgh have identified the genes behind the hormones and are beginning to understand how they interact.  The first gene may only switch on in the presence of the second gene.  In this way, the second gene regulates, or switches on, the first gene as day length increases.  The hormones, in turn, control multiple bodily responses related to seasonal change, such as “hibernation, fat deposition and reproduction as well as the ability to fight off diseases.”    The scientists noted that one of the same genes, named EYA3, is present in birds as well as in mammals, and plays a similar role in both.  Given that they inhabit the same planet, this should not be all that surprising.  But the article twice put an evolutionary spin on this observation, claiming that it is “showing a common link that has been conserved [i.e., unevolved] for more than 300 million years.”Evolution is fluid, except when it is conserved.  Evolution is rapid, except when it is slow.  Evolution shows diversity, except when it shows commonality; it shows homology, except when it shows analogy.  See “The Story of Evolution” (12/19/2007 commentary) for even more opposite things evolution explains.  Evolution is even numerically quantifiable.  Through evolution we can observe “rate heterogeneity,” (03/26/2002), a biological version of Skinner’s Constant.*  So you see: Darwin’s theory is at once most elegantly mathematical and versatile.  Is there anything that evolutionary theory cannot explain?Yes; explanation itself.  Then the rest of the theory implodes.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA set for $1.2bn rare metals refinery

first_img19 February 2010 “This is a major step forward in developing a strong titanium metal beneficiation cluster which will be underpinned not only by its natural abundance in SA, but as a metal that is increasingly becoming a resource of choice,” NEF project manager Donovan Chimhandamba said in a Business Day article this week. According to a statement by the IDC, the plant will be used to beneficiate the country’s natural ores, which are currently mostly exported in raw form. Once complete, it will be the world’s first integrated titanium-zirconium-magnesium-silicon plant. According to the IDC, the development of the plant is important to South Africa, as it is an investment in new fixed capital, creates a new manufacturing and industrial capacity, unlocks potential downstream beneficiation activities, creates new employment opportunities, and will also ensure the involvement of broad-based black economic empowerment groups in early project stages South Africa has the second largest reserves of titanium in the world (behind China) at 16.9%, and produces over 1 100 kilotons per year, or 19.5% of global production – second only to Australia. “We expect the project will generate at least 2 800 skilled jobs during construction and in excess of 5 000 permanent jobs once the plant is fully operational in 2014,” Chimhandamba told Business Day. “Additionally, much-needed skills transfer is likely to occur through our Russian partnership.” Titanium is used in the production of alloys for aerospace applications, offshore oil and gas exploration, petrochemicals, prosthetics, and jewellery and sporting equipment, and has an annual export value of up to $500-million. Creating new industry The Industrial Development Corporation and the National Empowerment Fund are working with US-Russian consortium Magnesium and Metals to build a US$1.2-billion (about R9.2-billion) rare metals refinery in South Africa. The partners have set aside R40-million for a pre-feasibility study, to be conducted by SMW Engineering, a Russian company that carries out research and engineering activities in the field of magnesium, zirconium, titanium and rare earth metals’ production and related technologies. It will also increase South Africa’s export earning potential and reduce import dependency, while also increasing co-investment and linkages with foreign direct investment. The partners are currently looking at Richards Bay, East London, Port Elizabeth and Saldanha Bay as possible sites for the plant to be constructed at. Key to location selection will be its proximity to raw materials, accessibility to a bulk container port for exports, and quality infrastructure to support further downstream beneficiation clusters. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Zirconium is used in nuclear reactors, in surgical appliances, in lab crucibles, in ceramics, in refractory material and in jewellery, and has an annual export value of up to $400-million. Rare metals reserves South Africa also has the second largest reserves of zirconium in the world (behind Australia) at 19.5%, and produces just over 400 kilotons per year, or 32.7% of global production – second again only to Australia.last_img read more

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