Gilas Pilipinas to go with same lineup vs Chinese Taipei

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas will parade the same lineup it used against Japan when it faces Chinese Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Leading the way for the Philippines are naturalized center Andray Blatche and star guard Jayson Castro.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clutch Go delivers anew for Blue Eagles LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Also part of the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Kiefer Ravena.READ: Gilas shakes off Japan to start World Cup qualifiers campaignFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe Philippines is coming off a 77-71 win over Japan on Friday in Tokyo to start its campaign in the Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei hopes to bounce back after suffering a humiliating 104-66 loss to Australia in its home court.center_img 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READlast_img read more

De Leon strengthens Tornadoes PSL towers

first_img 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 “Sige na, Jaja, pa-isa block lang (Come on, Jaja, let me block you one time),” said the 5’11” De Leon. “Now am not gonna be blocking her, thank God, because it’s really, really hard.”On a rainy Saturday evening in a coffee shop in Manila, the 21-year-old De Leon was presented as the “third tower” of the Foton Tornadoes—joining Santiago and sister Dindin Santiago-Manabat—starting with the Philippine Superliga Invitationals on June 23.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“In deciding what team to join, De Leon said she studied the line-up of Foton and its potential.Foton president Rommel Sytin welcomed De Leon. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In the Premier Volleyball League late Saturday, Pocari-Air Force oulasted PetroGazz, 18-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-21, to force a three-way tie for the lead in the quarterfinal round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pringle lives out a dream LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Bea de Leon, the no-nonsense middle blocker from Ateneo, recalls the times she came face to face with towering Jaja Santiago, the dominant National University leader.From across the UAAP net, De Leon said she would jokingly ask the 6-foot-4 Santiago to let her block her for once.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LOTTO-WINNING SHOP STRIKES IT LUCKY AGAIN WITH BIG BINGO WINNER

first_imgLady Lucky has shone down on the Twins Towns again after another person scooped €60,000 on the National Lottery’s Telly Bingo.The ticket was bought in the Costcutter’s Store in Ballybofey and is believed to have been bought by a local person.The lovely sum of Christmas cash comes just a few months after the same store scooped a whopping €5.1 million on the lotto back in April. Owner of the store, Michael Doherty, told Donegal Daily that he is delighted for the winner and is 99.9% sure they are local.“It’s probably not a life-changing sum of money but it will certainly make someone’s Christmas an awful lot nicer now.“The person wants to remain anonymous but I’m 99.9% sure that they are local.“I really do wish them all the best and I hope they have a lovely Christmas with this money,” he said. Michael said he hopes the shop is on a roll and it could be ‘third time lucky’ for some early in the New Year.“I would certainly hope that we might have another big winner in the New Year.“They say things happen in threes so I would love for another local person to win a big jackpot,” he said. LOTTO-WINNING SHOP STRIKES IT LUCKY AGAIN WITH BIG BINGO WINNER was last modified: December 17th, 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:BallybofeyCostcutterslottoMichael DohertyTelly Bingolast_img read more

GIRL DENIES SHE MADE UP SEX ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS BECAUSE SHE COULDN’T WEAR WHITE AT COMMUNION PARTY

first_imgA young girl has denied making up claims she was sexually assaulted because she wasn’t allowed to wear a white dress on her sister’s communion day.The 15 year old was giving evidence against a 37 year old man who is accused of sexually assaulting her twice at her sister’s communion party in Co Donegal in April 24th, 2010.The girl, who was aged 10 at the time, denied she made up the claims because she was not the centre of attention at her home on the day. The girl gave evidence against a man she had called her ‘uncle’ because her family were so close to him.However, barrister for the accused Mr Peter Nolan, said the reality was that she made up the claims.He said she told a li and now it had turned into a monster.However the girl told Letterkenny Circuit Court the man sat beside the girl on a sofa, put his hand on her knee and then moved his hand up her leg and touched her private parts.She said the incident lasted up to three minutes.But Mr Nolan said this was not believable as nobody else in the room, up to nine young people, had seen any of this happening.The girl said she was shocked and ran upstairs to hide under her mother’s bed.She then claimed the man came upstairs and then sexually assaulted her again.The girl’s mother said the accused was a friend of hers whom she had collected in her car and they bought wine together for the communion party.She denied claims that her daughter was in a bad mood as she wasn’t allowed wear white because it was her sister’s communion day.The woman said that when she heard the claims that her daughter had been assaulted, she sent another daughter to get the man.Mr Nolan said he found it bizarre that a mother would send her daughter to approach a man whom it had been claimed sexually assaulted another daughter.When the accused man came down, an altercation took place and she slapped the man and he slapped her back.She denied being drunk but admitted enjoying the party and drinking wine.A neighbour said she knew there was something wrong in the house when she hard a lot of crying and shouting in the house.She said she came out into the garden and found a man who said h was being accused of touching one of the young girls.The alleged victim and his sister then arrived out and hugged the woman and they claimed one of them had ben assaulted by the man.Judge John O’Hagan asked who contacted the Gardai and was told it was another friend in the house.The case continues today (FRI).GIRL DENIES SHE MADE UP SEX ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS BECAUSE SHE COULDN’T WEAR WHITE AT COMMUNION PARTY was last modified: February 12th, 2015 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:communiondonegalsex assaultlast_img read more

DONEGAL CHILDREN WILL BENEFIT FROM €210M DIGITAL PACKAGE – McHUGH

first_imgMinister Joe McHugh has promised Donegal schoolchildren will benefit from a €210M investment in digital technology for schools announce today.The Minister of State said the new five year Digital Strategy for Schools contains many progressive measures to upgrade technology in the Irish classroom.The €210 million strategy amounts to the largest ever investment in digital technology in schools, and will benefit schools throughout Donegal, and the entire country. “There will be dedicated multi-annual funding to schools to invest in technology, which this new strategy will ensure for the first time. This will build on the ongoing roll-out of high-speed broadband to every second-level school by investing in high-speed wifi networks in schools, which is crucial for the future of our young people.“The curriculum will involve Digital skills being integrated into assessment based education, and the strategy will also develop opportunities for students to take an in-depth ICT course at Leaving Cert, as well as improving digital skills within other subjects also.“This will really help to prepare young people for the future workforce with its increasing reliance on technology, which will be of great benefit to our students here in Donegal, and throughout Ireland.”DONEGAL CHILDREN WILL BENEFIT FROM €210M DIGITAL PACKAGE – McHUGH was last modified: October 7th, 2015 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:digitalfundingMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

Donegal Association in Dublin celebrates another fantastic year

first_imgThe Donegal Association Dublin held their Annual General Meeting recently in the Bonnington Hotel, Drumcondra. This year has been another fantastic period for the Association with the association attending many events including the Mary from Dungloe Gala Ball, The London Association Dance and the Leopardstown Race Night.Jason Black proved to be a very popular recipient of the Donegal Person of the Year accolade and we were delighted to have him lead us as we climbed Mount Errigal at the end of June For the year ahead Kevin McFadden from Carrigart remains as Chairperson of the Association. Elaine Caffrey from Carrigart takes over as President from Hugh Harkin.Hugh commended on the wonderful mix which exists on the committee and welcomed young members to the committee.Elaine is a familiar face having already acted as Chairperson of the Association. She spoke of the immense pride she feels to take over the role from Hugh and how much of an honour it is for her to be President of the association.The Associaiton is delighted to welcome new members to the committee, Amanda Gallagher (Donegal Town), D.J. Kelly (Frosses), Catherine McGlynn (Gweedore), Sean Quigley (Ballindrait) Annabelle Caldwell and Ronan Lennon (Carrigart) and Aidan Campbell (Letterkenny). Siobhan Shovlin has rejoined the committee this year. Our new members will enable the association to strengthen and grow in the year ahead and into the future. We also thank Deirdre O’Donnell, Francis Doherty, John Cunningham and Mary Ellen Murray for their support and dedication to our committee and we wish them well for the future.As we look forward to the year ahead – take note of our upcoming events!On Sunday, 10th of November the Donegal Association will hold their Annual Mass of Remembrance in the Bonnington Hotel, Drumcondra at 6.30pm. Deceased members and friends of the association will be remembered on the night. Everyone welcome to attend.The search is on for the next Donegal Person of the Year. The closing date for receipt of nominations is 30th of November 2019. Any individual or any group may nominate a person – the main criteria being that the person nominated should be from Donegal and have made a significant contribution to the promotion of the county at local, national or international level.Nominations should set out the reasons for the nomination and include supporting documentation and endorsements from individuals and groups. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Association’s website www.donegalassociation.ie and sent to info@donegalassociation.ie or you can send your nomination directly to us by letter at The Donegal Association, 33, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2. Donegal Association Dublin – Association Committee:President/Uachtarán: Elaine Caffrey (Carrigart)Vice President/Leas-Uachtarán: Peggy Stringer (Carndonagh)Chairperson/Cathaoirleach: Kevin McFadden (Carrigart) Vice Chairperson/Leas-Chathaoirleach: Finín Mac A Bhaird (Teelin)Honorary Secretary/Rúnai Onórach: Geraldine Doherty (Carndonagh)Honorary Assistant Secretary/Rúnaí Cúntach Onórach: Kathleen Sheerin (Ardara)Public Relations Officer/Oifigeach Caidrimh Poiblí: Siobhan Shovlin (Ardara)2 Honorary Treasurers/2 Chisteoir Oinigh: Hugh Mc Groddy (Falcarragh) and Marian Caffrey (Kilmacrennan)Trustees/Riarthóirí: Sean McAlwee, Martin McGettigan & Liam McDermottAuditor/Iniúchóir: Eoin Mc Ginley & Co. (Annagry)General Committee Members / Baill Ghinearálta den Chumann:Hugh Harkin (Creeslough)Ronan Lennon (Carrigart)Annabelle Caldwell (Carrigart)Amanda Gallagher (Donegal Town)Sean Quigley (Ballindrait)DJ Kelly (Frosses)Aidan Campbell (Letterkenny)Catherine McGlynn (Gweedore)Donegal Association in Dublin celebrates another fantastic year was last modified: October 20th, 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)Tags:AGMDONEGAL ASSOCIATIONdublinlast_img read more

Early Large Galaxies Stun Cosmologists

first_imgCosmology has a kind of Cambrian Explosion of its own to grapple with.  Contrary to expectations, some of the earliest galaxies appear as large as current ones, if not larger.  Astronomers, using the Subaru telescope in Hawaii, examined five galaxy clusters with ages estimated at 5 billion years after the Big Bang.  Statements in a report on this study in Nature News make it sound revolutionary:The findings could overturn existing models for the formation and evolution of galaxies that predict their slow and steady growth through mergers.They calculated the mass of the biggest galaxy in each of the clusters and found, to their surprise, that the ancient galaxies were roughly as big as the biggest galaxies in equivalent clusters in today’s Universe.The ancient galaxies should have been much smaller, at only a fifth of today’s mass, based on galaxy-formation models that predict slow, protracted growth.“That was the reason for the surprise – that it disagrees so radically with what the predictions told us we should be seeing,” says Chris Collins of Liverpool John Moores University in Birkenhead, UK.“We have a whole different story now about how galaxies form,” says Avishai Dekel of the Hebrew University in Israel and first author of the earlier paper.For years, astronomers have relied on a hierarchical model of galaxy formation…. the models predicted that, to reach the massive galaxy sizes seen today, galaxies would have to steal their stars through mergers – a slow process – rather than growing their own.It’s not yet certain how much of a readjustment the hierarchical model will need if the observations hold up…. But Collins says the underlying models of dark-matter mergers could have problems.  “I think the problem could be more general than just needing a tweaking.”Continuing the Cambrian explosion parallel, both the hierarchical model and newer, more radical model have to come up with a lot of growth and structure in a shorter amount of time.  The simple hierarchical model, which expected stars would grow into galaxies and then into clusters, ran into problems early on, when it was realized that when cool hydrogen flows toward a nascent galactic center, it heats up.  The heat quenches or stops further star formation, because “Shock waves are produced that expand outwards to agitate and heat up new gas on the periphery, preventing it from collapsing and falling in to form new stars.”    That was the reason astronomers had for years used mergers to explain the growth of galaxies.  If large galaxies already existed in the early universe, though, mergers become implausible.  What is the alternative?  One group suggests “veins of cold gas, clinging to filaments of dark matter” that can “pierce the hot gas shell of a growing galaxy and fuel its continued growth” and lead to early galaxies growing “rapaciously”.  It sounds like an ad hoc solution.  It was proposed to get around the age problem.  Is there any evidence?  No one has seen dark matter, or knows what it is.  The story ended with a hunt to explain “glowing blobs of hydrogen gas in distant, ancient corners of the Universe” that might correspond with the proposed filaments.  All parties agree that “more work needs to be done.”We can see here the kind of mental gymnastics Darwinists would perform if someone found a Precambrian rabbit.  The surprise level seems almost comparable.  It never changes their core beliefs; it just changes the implausibility of the natural miracles they are willing to invoke to maintain their world view.  For background, read an article in this month’s ICR magazine.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

WBC: Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury 2 off for now

first_imgFile-This Dec. 1, 2018, file photo shows Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury, of England, trading punches during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match in Los Angeles. The WBC heavyweight title rematch between champion Wilder and Fury is off for now.The two fought to a draw in December and were negotiating a rematch. But WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, he received confirmation from Fury that the challenger would look elsewhere for his next bout. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)The WBC heavyweight title rematch between champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is off for now.The two fought to a draw in December and were negotiating a rematch. But WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said Tuesday he received confirmation from Fury that the challenger would look elsewhere for his next bout.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief 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 Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111. Judge Phil Edwards had it 113-113.The next day, Wilder in particular pushed for a quick rematch.“I’m ready whenever he’s ready,” Wilder said. “I’m ready whenever he’s ready to do it. I’m ready to give the fans what they want to see and end this talk once and for all.”The British challenger said the two would “100 percent” meet again in the ring, but Wilder said he doesn’t want to fight anybody else before a rematch.“Everyone is talking about this fight. It’s only right for us to go back in and do it again,” Wilder said. “I don’t want any other fights to happen between him and I (meeting again).”ADVERTISEMENT “Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury is officially not happening next,” Sulaiman tweeted. “The WBC Boxing has received communications as our process, and while WBC Champion Wilder confirmed its willingness to fight the rematch, Fury will take on another fight with expectations to do rematch at a later date.”Wilder is now expected to take on Dominic Breazeale, who is the next mandatory WBC challenger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnthony Joshua, who holds the other major heavyweight belts, will take on Jarrell Miller in June in New York.Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds on Dec. 1, yet Fury outboxed Wilder for large portions of the remainder of their showdown at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fury looked finished when Wilder put him flat on his back with two minutes left in the fight, but he rose and made it to the bell. MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img Ex-NBA player Mike Bibby faces allegations of sexual misconduct Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Looks like that won’t be the case.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

DeMarcus Cousins willing to log big minutes if Warriors need

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Good thing.Now recovered from what basically was a hole in his leg, Cousins is more than plugging a hole in the lineup.“I want to be on this stage,” Cousins said. “This is what I’ve worked for my entire career, to be on this stage, to have this opportunity to play for something. But once they told me I had a chance, a slight chance, of being able to return, it basically was up to me and the work and the time I put in behind the injury. It was up to me. So I put the work in.”The Warriors aren’t sure yet if Kevin Durant will be ready to play in Game 3. Backup center Kevon Looney has an upper-body injury that coach Steve Kerr sounded concerned about after Game 2. Klay Thompson, who rarely gets hurt, left Game 2 with a strained hamstring — though told Kerr he will play Wednesday.Compared to what Cousins has gone through, those are all relatively minor deals.He ruptured his Achilles in January 2018, missed the rest of that season, signed with the Warriors last summer in a bargain — a six-time All-Star for $5.3 million — and needed until this January to get back on the floor. And then when he finally got to be on the floor in the postseason for the first time, he ripped the quad muscle in the first quarter of Game 2 of the opening round.Cousins played eight minutes in Game 1 of the finals, then got 28 big minutes as a starter in Game 2.Expect another 28 minutes — or more — in Game 3.“We do feel confident that we can continue to get good minutes from him,” Kerr said. “We’re going to need them, obviously, with all these injuries.”That’s just fine with Cousins. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He also might have changed the series, which resumes in Oakland on Wednesday night for Game 3.“On our defensive end, making his presence felt blocking shots, being in the right place at the right time, it’s a big lift for us,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “I know he’s been waiting a long time to be on this stage. Obviously with his injuries, he’s taken the challenge of inserting himself and making that transition smooth. So it’s been fun to watch. More to come.”The fact that he’s even on the floor is a surprise to the Warriors.It remains unclear how much they really believed their own words when they told Cousins that he had a chance of coming back this season from his torn quadriceps muscle, suffered in the opening minutes of Game 2 of the first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers.All that matters now is that Cousins believed them.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks on as Golden State Warriors centre DeMarcus Cousins (0) stumbles with the ball during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins says he’s good with any workload the Golden State Warriors task him with for the remainder of the NBA Finals. Start, don’t start. Play a few minutes, play big minutes.“Whatever’s needed,” Cousins said.ADVERTISEMENT He’ll be a free agent in a few weeks, which doesn’t seem to be on his radar whatsoever right now. In a locker room where just about everybody has a handful of rings, he’s playing for his first piece of championship jewelry.He’s not 100 percent right now. But if the Warriors need him to play as though he is, Cousins said he will.“I’ve told you all before I don’t take any of this for granted,” Cousins said. “I’ve seen how quick this game can be taken away from you. So every chance I get to go out there and play, I’m going to leave it on the floor.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP It’s looking like plenty will be needed.The Warriors are banged up, and the center who has spent most of the last 18 months in that predicament is coming back at the absolutely perfect time for the two-time defending champions. He’s gone from question-mark to game-changer, a stat-stuffer for the Warriors — who, it seems, now finally know who their starting center is the rest of the way.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, logisticsCousins played 28 minutes in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, scoring 11 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, handing out six assists and blocking two shots. With him on the floor, the Warriors outscored the Raptors by 12 points. With him on the bench, the Raptors outscored the Warriors by seven.Put simply, he changed the game. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH 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 Kei Nishikori wins 2-day five-setter, Novak Djokovic easily advances View commentslast_img read more

India improving its business environment: envoy

first_imgFrom Gurdip SinghSingapore, Apr 22 (PTI) India will continue to do more to make it easier to do business in the country while remaining one of the most open economies to trade and investment, Indian envoy to Singapore Jawed Ashraf has said.Responding to a question on whether protectionism was on the rise in India and India was retreating from Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) at the ASEAN-India Business Forum, he reiterated, “we are open and will continue to be more and more easy todobusiness.””Openness should not be conflated with FTAs. Indias openness and embrace of the global economy is evident,” he said at the forum attended by some 500 delegates from the regional business community here yesterday.”In terms of investment flows, we are perhaps some of the most open economies in the world,” he said, pointing out that 90 per cent of the investments into India are placed on the automatic route and now Foreign Investment Promotion Board had been dismantled to make it even easier and smoother.Ashraf told the forum “trading with India has become easier. There are virtually no restrictions on trade. Tariff have come down dramatically and are at a competitively low levels.””The sensitive list or those that have certain kind of restrictions have been shrinking very rapidly, taking into account security issues or international obligations,” Ashraf said.He reaffirmed the Indian governments daily focus on improving infrastructure and logistics and introduce trade facilitation measures, which are important for trade.Negotiations on FTAs should not be confused with degree of openness, he said, explaining the differences between partnership and a bilateral or multi-lateral free trade agreements.advertisementFTAs, he said, are deviations from or in addition to World Trade Organisation (WTO) arrangements, and represent negotiations on exchange of benefits between two sides.He noted that unwarranted concerns are being raised about Indias position on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement between the 10 member countries of ASEAN and six partner countries including India.”Our position is very simple. When we call it a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement, it must be comprehensive. It cant only be focused on goods. We should also be looking at services. That is Indias competitive strength.”Indeed, services and services or knowledge-linked manufacturing is really the economy of the future,” which are based on give-and-take options, he said.In his address to the forum, Singapores Trade and Industry Minister, S Iswaran said a number of Asian markets have proven to be bright sports for business.”Southeast Asia and India, in particular, are experiencing strong economic growth driven by growing consumption and infrastructure developments,” he said.”Indias consumer market is expected to become the fifth largest in the world by 2025. Similarly, the number of middle-class households in Southeast Asia will double between now and 2025,” he said.”These are the markets that we need to engage, and Singapore is in a good position to partner both the regions in their growth,” Iswaran stressed.Supporting Singapores central position, he also highlighted Singapores airline connections with daily flights to key cities in India and Southeast Asia.In addition to being a financial hub, Singapore also shares historical and cultural ties, as well as valuable people-to-people ties with India and Southeast Asia, he said.Delegates and speakers at the forum discussed a wide range of opportunities between India and the ASEAN ? the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ? which becomes combined markets of USD 4.5 trillion and powerful emergence of consumers from 1.9 billion population of the two regions.Growth in these two regions (India and ASEAN) is led by strong economic fundamentals, ample natural and human resources, as well as regional trends, rising foreign direct investment, urbanisation and increasingly affluent middle- class consumers, said International Enterprise Singapore, a trade promotion agency which organised the forum.”In India, consumption is projected to grow four-fold by 2025, to reach USD 1.06 trillion in values. This will propel Indias consumer market to become the fifth largest in the world by 2025,” the agency said. PTI GS AMS AKJ AMSlast_img read more