NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 10

first_imgWith the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours DAY6 is for everybody Last Week: 6Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano guard Kent Salado was on his way to being the biggest villain for Lyceum.Seeking to put the first dent in the Pirates’ seemingly impenetrable shield, the Chiefs banked on its speedy guard to take a 13-point lead.But the fourth quarter was an entirely different story, and though Salado still kept the fight going, it was just too much Lyceum, as Arellano’s roller coaster season continues.Salado’s herculean effort deserved another mention in this list, but his teammates need to step up with the Chiefs (4-7) are in danger of missing the Final Four after settling for a runner-up finish last season.(7) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags23 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5Controversy surrounded Michael Calisaan this week after San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez alleged him of being a dirty player, while San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya was quick to come to his defense.What’s undeniable, though, is the forward being the catalyst for the Golden Stags this season. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Last Week: N/AJerome Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College just can’t catch a break.After Hamadou Laminou tore his ACL, it was starting forward Juju Bautista who went down with a shoulder injury.Luckily for EAC, Jerome Garcia went on a blaze against Mapua, drilling six treys on his way to a career-high 27 points and help the Generals take an 85-72 victory.Odds may not be on EAC’s favor, but with players like Garcia stepping up, the Generals’ Final Four dreams remain alive.(4) Edward Dixon – F, St. Benilde Blazers21 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AEdward Dixon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a way to silence St. Benilde’s doubters.After winning the first game due to technicality, the Blazers made sure there won’t be any questions asked this time, taking the convincing 83-55 rout of Perpetual. Ex-PBA veteran Cris Bolado dies in road crash in Cambodia Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ How to help the Taal evacuees Edward Dixon was the one at the forefront of the fight, scattering 21 points and seven rebounds to shut out the Altas and sweep the season series.More importantly, it kept St. Benilde’s flickering hopes of making it to the Final Four after proving that it is capable of pulling off upsets like these.(5) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers15 points (2/6 3PT), 3 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 7Tey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may not be a stellar shooting night for Tey Teodoro, but he did enough for Jose Rizal University to eke out the 77-68 win over Letran.Leading the balanced attack for the Heavy Bombers, Teodoro’s decent showing did the trick as they swept their season series with the Knights, and more importantly, tighten their grip of the third place with a 7-4 card.JRU needs to claim more of these tight wins against its fellow middle-ranked teams if it wants to go smooth-sailing to the semifinals again. (6) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists Rain once again wiped away one NCAA gameday this past week, but fortunately for hoop fans, action resumed right away.And with the sun shining, all 10 teams got a piece of the action as the race to the Final Four just gets tougher and tougher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLyceum averted disaster, San Beda and San Sebastian fought a tough battle in a potential Final Four preview, and College of St. Benilde played to its full potential and to possibly play a possible spoiler for semifinal-dreaming squads.But again, the games are won and lost by heroes and these are the best players of the past week. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MJ Ayaay came up big for Lyceum, dropping 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help his team rally from 13 points down and preserve its immaculate 12-0 slate with a 94-92 win over Arellano.Though Ayaay’s contributions isn’t surprising, the bigger picture here is the affirmation of what makes the Pirates a deadly team: that anyone can step up at any given day.(2) Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocksLast Week: 3Javee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith San Beda engaged in a tight battle against San Sebastian, it was Javee Mocon who stabilized the fort for the Red Lions.Dropping yet another double-double performance, the hardworking forward’s efforts kept the Red Lions’ winning streak alive and extend it to 10 after pulling off a 76-65 win over the Golden Stags.Robert Bolick may be the undoubtful leader of San Beda, but it also has Mocon to rely on in endgames.(3) Jerome Garcia – F, EAC Generals27 points (6/12 3PT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 (1) MJ Ayaay – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AMJ Ayaay. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Topex Robinson has been stressing it all season that Lyceum is more than just a CJ Perez team.And this past week, the man the Pirates refer to as their glue guy stepped forward and came through.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Performances like these are expected from Calisaan, but just like Salado, the supporting cast must deliver, especially for San Sebastian which is just on the outside looking in at the Final Four picture with a 5-6 card. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Cavs’ Shumpert to have arthroscopic surgery on left knee

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on October 25, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert was set to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday morning.The Cavaliers said Thursday that Shumpert was reevaluated by team physicians Dr. Richard Parker and Dr. James Rosneck after the Cavaliers’ home victory over Miami on Tuesday night. Shumpert was scheduled to have surgery at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ 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 Shumpert was not available Tuesday night after playing seven minutes Monday night in a victory at Philadelphia. He’s averaging 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13 games this season.The Cavaliers were in Atlanta on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Eagles ready to put collapse behind them Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

Cobb disappointed after failing to complete La Salle’s 3rd set rally

first_imgView comments Michelle Cobb walked out of Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday knowing full well De La Salle won the finals rematch against Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT TNT makes playoffs, routs Phoenix MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cobb then replaced Saga and was tasked to close out Ateneo, but one of her sets to Kianna Dy was off and that allowed Maddie Madayag to respond with a block for Ateneo’s 25-24 lead before Tolentino scored the 26th point for the Lady Eagles.“Of course I’m disappointed with how I played because that would’ve been a miracle if we completed the run,” said Cobb. “I wasn’t able to follow through so it all boils down to my actions and emotional stability as a player.”La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus was aware of his setter’s shortcomings in the third set, and he told Cobb to learn from her mistakes in the endgame.“I told Michelle that when we won in our previous games she showed that she wanted to win, but when we lost she let the team lose,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “She’s the pilot of this team, so it’s up to her wher she’ll bring this team.”“In the first two sets she was really calm and in control, but in the third set she couldn’t display the finishing ability. I told her that it’s in those crucial times that she’ll get that emotional strength,” added De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The young setter, however, wasn’t at all satisfied with how she performed in the Lady Spikers’ four-set win, 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, over the Lady Eagles in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.“It was supposed to be my A-game, but then I wasn’t able to perform on a high level in the end,” said Cobb in Filipino as her team ended the first round with a 4-2 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCobb was able to properly orchestrate the Lady Spikers in the first two sets, where she had the bulk of her 22 excellent sets and even blocking Kat Tolentino for the Lady Spikers’ set point in the second set, but she fizzled out in the third set that allowed the Lady Eagles to extend the match.La Salle was down, 21-11, in the third set before it came roaring back in a 10-0 blur to tie the period at 21, but it was CJ Saga, who played as the setter during the run. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cobb seemed to have reflected on De Jesus’ words and treated her late-game collapse as a challenge to become as a better player.“Coach told me that I had a good start but then I wasn’t able to finish it off, which I know is a wasted opportunity,” said Cobb. “But I’ll take it as a challenge.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Lawyer Admits Bungling US$17K Case

first_imgIn a rare moment of candor, one of Madam Bindu Fatumata Dukuly’s attorneys, Jonathan Massaquoi, of Jones and Associates Law Firm, has admitted receiving US$700 for her appeal process, but failed to file the paperwork on time to the Supreme Court.The money was intended for the law firm to secure Madam Dukuly an appeal bond which would have completed the process and given the High Court the jurisdiction to review the 2013 judgment of the Civil Law Court in her “Cancellation of Lease Agreement for Fraud” case.That lawsuit was filed in early 2012 against two Indian businessmen, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, commonly known as Jetty, and Paul Raspal, general manager of Sethi Brothers.However, the Supreme Court last month dismissed the case and upheld the ruling of the lower court after it said the lawyer failed to perfect the appeal process within 60 days as required by law.Atty. Massaquoi, who addressed journalists recently at the Temple of Justice, stated that they lost the case at the High Court because of what he considered to be “negligence” on the part of the law firm.“I received US$700 immediately after we rejected Judge Kaba’s ruling, but the law firm could not file the paper work on time. We are to be blamed for what happened to her,” he further admitted.“All of us who were handling Madam Dukuly’s case were new lawyers. And we made the mistake because the senior lawyer, Cllr. Marcus Jones, who was taking care of the matter, was suspended by the Supreme Court for five years, while the case was ongoing,” said Atty. Massaquoi.Asked whether he knew how much was paid to his law firm, Atty. Massaquoi replied, “I’m innocent of any money being paid for the case. The only thing I did receive was US$700 as her appeal bond.”He continued, “I only heard that she paid US$16,000 to the law firm for her case. But I would admit that I did not see it and I did not eat a dime from it.”Giving further clarity on the US$700, Atty. Jonathan alleged that he paid the money to Medicare Insurance Company for the bond.“After paying the money, the company gave us a provisional bond, because they had not received a new bank statement,” he stated.“Unfortunately, when I brought the bond to Cllr. Jones, he told me that if we were to present it the other lawyer would have rejected it and the money would have been a waste. So I took it back,” Atty. Massaquoi said.Later they took back the bond and were provided with the original one, he said.“By that time we had already missed the 60-day deadline. We had gone an additional five days (past the deadline),” he acknowledged.After the defense lawyer, Cllr. Cooper Kurah, noticed that the sixty (60) days had expired, he then filed a motion to dismiss the case at the Supreme Court.“It was a harmless error and it was not intentional.  I must admit we did not observer the time. It was negligence on our part,” Massaquoi reiterated.His confession comes after Madam Dukuly threatened to file a complaint against the firm to the Grievance and Ethics Committee for mishandling her case.The case began when Madam Dukuly, in early 2012, hired the services of Jones and Associates to file a lawsuit for “Cancellation of Lease Agreement for Fraud,” between her and two Indian businessmen, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, (Jetty), and Paul Raspal, at the Civil Law Court.Judge Yussif Kaba, in 2013, denied and ruled against their client Madam Dukuly and they announced an appeal.Her lawyers were pushing for the court to cancel a 20-year lease agreement between Madam Dukuly, Raspal and Jeety because of alleged fraud, although she had received US$62,500, as part payment for the first five years.The property at the center of the dispute is a storey building and a lot located in Mamba Point, Monrovia. Madam Dukuly currently resides in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Education Revolution countdown

first_imgEducation Revolution countdown There was a Board of Education primary election two weeks ago with control of the Los Angeles Unified School District at stake. And hardly anybody – barely 7 percent of voters – showed up. Was that because nobody cares? Was it because the candidates never say anything? Maybe it was because Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who wants to run the schools, was almost invisible during the campaign? There’s still eight weeks to go before the May 15 runoff election, still time for them to come clean on how they would fix our schools. And there’s time and opportunity for you to speak your mind by going to dailynews.com and clicking on Education Revolution or go directly to insidesocal.com/education. If you care about the future of L.A. schools, this is your chance to be heard. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Big win for PSG as UEFA financial probe dropped

first_img0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe and Brazilian forward Neymar © AFP / KARIM JAAFARPARIS, France, Mar 19 – Paris Saint-Germain won a major victory Tuesday when the world’s top sports court backed the French champions against European football’s governing body UEFA over club finances.The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld PSG’s appeal against a UEFA decision to reopen a probe into the club’s compliance with Financial Fair Play regulations. UEFA had originally cleared PSG of wrongdoing in June following an investigation triggered by PSG splashing out 400 million euros ($454 million) to buy Brazilian superstar Neymar and French phenomenon Kylian Mbappe.“The appeal filed at the CAS on 3 October 2018 by Paris Saint-Germain against the decision issued on 19 September 2018 by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA (to reopen the case) is upheld and the challenged decision is set aside,” CAS said in a statement.It added that the ruling was “final and binding”.The probe was opened to determine whether PSG respected financial rules imposed by UEFA which broadly limit them to spending no more than they earn.The club said in a statement it “took note of the favourable decision and intends to go ahead serenely with its development”.The court ruled that the decision to reopen the case missed UEFA’s own deadline of 10 days to review its previous decision to drop the case.“The challenged decision was untimely and must be annulled,” CAS ruled.However, Qatari-owned PSG’s financial troubles are not yet over.The French club’s sponsorship deals are under the microscope amid allegations of inflated income including from Qatar’s tourism authority.The club has a financial hole of around 100 million euros and must present a balanced budget on June 30, according to multiple media reports.To avoid UEFA sanctions in the future that could involve a fine or even exclusion from UEFA competitions, the club could be forced into selling a number of players to fill the financial deficit left by the purchase of Neymar and Mbappe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

USA beat Netherlands to retain World Cup

first_img0Shares0000The USA’s 2-0 win over the Netherlands allowed them to claim the women’s World Cup for the fourth time © AFP / FRANCK FIFELYONE, France, Jul 7 – The United States retained the women’s World Cup on Sunday as a Megan Rapinoe penalty and a superb Rose Lavelle strike gave the holders a 2-0 victory over a battling Netherlands side in the final in Lyon.Having been kept at bay by the brilliant Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal throughout the first half, the USA finally went ahead just after the hour as Rapinoe stroked home from 12 yards to end the tournament as joint top scorer on six goals. There was an air of inevitability about the pink-haired 34-year-old, the star of this World Cup on and off the field, putting the USA ahead.It also seemed inevitable that the breakthrough goal here should come from a VAR-awarded penalty, with French referee Stephanie Frappart initially giving a corner before pointing to the spot following a review.The whippet-like Lavelle, another stand-out performer over the last month, got the second in the 69th minute, killing off Dutch hopes of a comeback.The victory underlines the USA’s status as the dominant force in international women’s football as they claim the World Cup for the fourth time in eight editions.“It’s unbelievable. All the people in our group that put in so much effort. I don’t know how to feel right now, it’s ridiculous,” Rapinoe told the BBC.She ended the tournament with the Golden Ball for the best player ahead of England’s Lucy Bronze and teammate Lavelle, while also winning the Golden Boot as her six goals came from fewer minutes on the field than teammate Alex Morgan or England’s Ellen White.The USA were already the first team to appear in three consecutive finals, and Jill Ellis becomes the first coach to win back-to-back World Cups in the men’s or women’s game since Italy’s Vittorio Pozzo in the 1930s.The USA had been the only non-European team to make it to the quarter-finals here, but they had already ended the hopes of the hosts and England before denying the Dutch a dream double success, two years after they won Euro 2017 on home soil.Megan Rapinoe’s penalty set the USA on their way to victory © AFP / Philippe DESMAZESWhether the Americans can continue this domination on to the next World Cup remains to be seen, not least because Rapinoe is already in the twilight years of her career.She was brought back into the starting line-up here by Ellis having sat out the victory over England in the last four due to a hamstring problem. She later went off to a loud ovation from the massed ranks of USA fans.– Goalkeeping heroics in vain –At a tournament which has showcased the improving standards of goalkeeping in women’s football, the excellent Van Veenendaal prevented the USA from winning by a greater margin.The 29-year-old, who has spent the last four years at Arsenal, had already excelled in her team’s win over Sweden in the semi-finals.Here, she allowed her team to withstand an onslaught from the holders towards half-time, saving well from Julie Ertz and bettering that by producing two superb stops in quick succession in the 38th minute, keeping out a Samantha Mewis header and then turning the ball onto the post when Alex Morgan diverted Rapinoe’s low centre towards goal.Morgan was thwarted again moments later as she tried her luck from 20 yards, and the European champions held out until the interval.The USA had scored no later than the 12th minute in all of their prior matches at this World Cup, but the Dutch, crucially, offered little going forward at the other end.Still, it was 61 minutes before the holders went ahead.The referee gave a corner when Stefanie van der Gragt challenged Morgan in the area, but changed her mind upon seeing the images. Rapinoe stroked in the first penalty scored in a women’s World Cup final.The Netherlands tried to regain their composure, but there was nothing they could do to stop Lavelle’s piercing run towards the box midway through the second half.She dropped her shoulder to set up the shooting opportunity, and fired in low from 18 yards, and the title was the USA’s again.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Many difficult lessons learned from 2005 might get us safely through the new year

first_img 2005 failure: Saddam Hussein gets a trial in which he’s allowed to interrupt, scream and show up whenever he feels like it. Michael Jackson and Robert Blake went free, and Martha Stewart stepped out of prison and into a multimillion-dollar TV deal. What we can learn for 2006: If you’re going to murder, abuse or use inside stock information, make sure your name is a name. The news media 2005 failure: Judith Miller (The New York Times) and Bob Woodward (The Washington Post) failed to report what they knew when they knew it in the Valerie Plame story. The New York Times kept quiet for a year before spilling the National Security Agency spy story. And although he did not qualify for a congressional press pass, “reporter” Jeff Gannon was given daily passes to White House press briefings and was revealed to be a gay escort-for-hire. What can we learn for 2006: If you write, write. If you don’t write, don’t write about it later. Write doesn’t make right and not writing can make it even less right. 2005 failure: Talk-show host Armstrong Williams took government payola to push administration policy. Doug Bandow (Cato Institute) and Peter Ferrara (The Washington Times) took dirty money to write positive articles for Jack Abramoff clients. Pay-for-praise Iraqi newspapers published American propaganda from American sources under Iraqi bylines. What we can learn for 2006: Don’t believe everything you read. Taking money for work done well is the American way. Taking money for propagandizing the American way is not. 2005 failure: Fox News informed us that the most important news items of the past year were the Natalee Holloway disappearance and the War on Christmas. What we can learn for 2006: Rediscover newspapers. Politics 2005 failure: Demonstrating clearly that absolute power corrupts absolutely, a whole heap of politicians and lobbyists found themselves in trouble with the law, and almost every one of them told us that they would be vindicated. To date, none of them – DeLay, Abramoff, Scanlon, Cunningham, Frist and Libby – have, in fact, been vindicated. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, what they probably meant was that they would be “indicted,” or in the least, “investigated.” What we can learn for 2006: If you find yourself becoming more and more powerful, stop just before you are absolutely powerful and settle with being only a smidgen corrupt. 2005 failure: A rockin’ year for President George W. Bush as he had his monthlong vacation rocked by Gold Star mom Cindy Sheehan and rather nasty Gulf Coast weather; his Social Security reform rocked by lack of any public support; his warrantless spying rocked by The New York Times; his victory in Iraq rocked by an insurgency in its last throes, secret CIA prisons, torture and Rep. John Murtha; his Supreme Court nominee and bestest pal Harriet Miers rocked by really hard test questions; his close adviser and brain Karl Rove rocked by federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald; and his Homeland Security rocked by a 9-11 Commission grade of F. What we can learn for 2006: Second terms are no fun at all. 2005 failure: Despite all that went wrong for the president and the Republican Party, every time a prominent member of the Democratic Party opened his or her mouth, foot was promptly inserted. See: Dick Durbin, John Kerry, Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy and the rest of the usual suspects. What we can learn for 2006: When your enemy is committing suicide, don’t try to help him. Disasters/Homeland security (interchangeable) 2005 failure: Hurricane Katrina brought a flood of, um, inaccuracies: “You’re doing a heckuva job, Brownie,” “I don’t think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees,” and the ever-popular “Things are working out pretty well for (Katrina’s homeless victims).” What we can learn for 2006: If you’re going to deceive, be sure you first expunge all expert testimony, video/audio, hard drives and personal recollection. Better yet, don’t lie. It’s easier than having a good memory. Sports 2005 failure: Philadelphia Eagles star receiver Terrell Owens and Indiana Pacers star forward Ron Artest both signed big multimillion-dollar contracts then spent the year tearing apart their teams. Ultimately, they were thrown off their teams and lost millions. What we can learn for 2006: If you’re taking the money, take the nonsense that comes with it. If you’re taking an un-freaking-believable amount of money, then pay someone to sew up your mouth and place you under lock and key until the contract runs out. 2005 failure: Under oath, baseball star Rafael Palmiero testified to Congress that he did not take performance-enhancing drugs, then later tests proved he did. What we can learn for 2006: If you’re going to testify to Congress and lie, make sure you don’t swear you won’t. Fond farewells 2005 failure: We lost Johnny Carson, Rosa Parks, Richard Pryor, Anne Bancroft, Luther Vandross, Peter Jennings, Simon Wiesenthal and hundreds more U.S. military heroes. What we can learn for 2006: Appreciate those you love while they’re still around. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful,” www.greatfailure.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Failures, missteps and adversity filled a year that some say they couldn’t take for one more second. Too bad for the pessimists, as scientists actually added one more second than normal to 2005 to make up for the slowing down of Earth’s rotation. Maybe that’s why it seems that the last year had so much more bad news than normal. But was all that bad news a bad thing? Failures are one of the greatest learning tools available. Here’s a guide using the past year’s liabilities to your personal advantage in 2006, broken down into helpful categories., Show biz/state government (interchangeable) 2005 failure: In a year that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s popularity disappeared along with his name on an Austrian soccer stadium, the Governator couldn’t win for losing and he lost a lot (except for the $8 million he received from writing for muscle magazines). Lowest point amid the many: Arnold gave a special-election party and no one wanted to come. Unfortunately for the governor, people came anyway. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson What we can learn for 2006: Shoving anything down someone’s throat will usually result in gagging and vomiting. Muscling your agenda down the throats of voters tends to do the same thing. 2005 failure: Tom Cruise melted down any number of times, jumping all over Oprah’s couch, telling Matt Lauer and Brooke Shields that he knew more about handling postpartum depression than psychiatrists, and announcing that there was no such thing as chemical imbalance. What we can learn for 2006: No matter how talented or attractive or rich you are, the brain is a very fragile organ. 2005 failure: “Bewitched, “Dukes of Hazzard,” “Son of the Mask,” “Breakfast on Pluto,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “The Man,” “Yours, Mine and Ours,” “Alexander,” etc., etc. And for some unfathomable reason, they kept letting Rob Schneider make movies. What we can learn for 2006: Next time when you see a film trailer and think to yourself, “If these are the best scenes from this movie, then this movie must be really bad,” trust your instincts. last_img read more

Man used girlfriend in ‘Honeytrap’ to mug 15 year old boy

first_imgA man used his girlfriend as part of a ‘honeytrap’ to lure and mug a 15-year-old boy.Thomas Mongan told his girlfriend to contact the boy in Letterkenny, Co Donegal to pretend their relationship was over. He ordered the girl to tell the teenager that they had broken up and that she was alone.When the boy turned up to meet the girl outside a local school at Glencar, he was jumped on by up to four young men including Mongan.They set upon the young lad, punching him in the left eye and stealing his phone worth €500.When the victim ran away, Mongan, of 13 Taobh An Sruthain, Buncrana shouted after him “The next time you’re getting stabbed.”Mongan, now aged 21, pleaded guilty to the attack which happened at Glencar, Letterkenny on the evening of November 23rd, 2014 when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court.The following month, on December 23, the young victim was in the local Courtyard Shopping Centre, Letterkenny, when he was again approached by the accused.Mongan had heard the young boy and his mother had made a complaint to Gardai and the thug warned him he would “slit his throat” if he didn’t withdraw his statement.The defendant’s solicitor, Patsy Gallagher, told the court that there was a very favourable probation report for Mongan who was charged with robbery and assault.“He is now 21 and grasped the opportunity given to him by the Probation Services with both hands. At that time he had been dealing with alcohol dependency and was living with his grandparents.“If the court gives him time, he will raise funds by way of compensation, but his capacity to repay is limited,” said Mr Gallagher.Judge Kelly stated: “This is a very serious matter where someone was set up, set upon, had their phone stolen and was threatened.”He concluded: “I am mindful of his circumstances but I will need to see something which represents a genuine intention which will make a deep impression.”He suggested that if he had compensation of €500 for the loss of the victim’s phone and another €500 for the victim, he would consider the situation.The case was adjourned until July 19th next.Man used girlfriend in ‘Honeytrap’ to mug 15 year old boy was last modified: April 11th, 2018 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:attackbuncranadonegalhoneytrapletterkennymuggingphoneThomas Monganlast_img read more

Leeds United complete second summer deal as another Chelsea player signs

first_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place REPLY Blackman, spent last season on loan at Sheffield United in the Championship, playing 33 times as the Blades finished 10th.Highly rated at Stamford Bridge, Blackman’s first-team chances are limited with Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero ahead of him in the pecking order, while the Blues have also expressed interest in signing Alisson, the Roma glovesman, this summer.Blackman is the second signing made by newly-appointed Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa this summer.The other arrival, Lewis Baker, also came from Chelsea, the 23-year-old midfielder having agreed a season-long loan switch to Elland Road in June. stalemate Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Blackman has been on Chelsea’s books since the age of 13 and was an FA Youth Cup winner with the club in 2012.But he has yet to make an appearance for the senior side and has spent time on loan at Middlesbrough, Ostersunds FK, Wycombe Wanderers and, most recently, Sheffield United. EFL result Latest Championship news impact GREAT NEWS center_img 1 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Jamal Blackman has had a number of loan spells in recent years Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues goalless Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off ROUND-UP Leeds United have completed the loan signing of Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman.The 24-year-old has agreed a deal which will see him remain with the Championship club for the entire season. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship last_img read more