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first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Bucks fell behind by 17 points before rallying to down the Denver Nuggets 104-98. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and Eric Bledsoe added 23, including two late 3-pointers.Antetokounmpo added 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, which came from 22 down in the first half to beat the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. The Bucks also fell behind by double digits in the first quarter in a loss to Memphis on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We’ve got to do a better job to try to set the tone,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think we did a better job this game, but we can do a lot better. I think our talent saves us. I feel like we are so talented that even when we are down 10, down 15, we can always get back into the game.”The Bucks swept the two-game season series against the Nuggets for the first time since 2009-10. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LONG-RANGE LOPEZBrook Lopez, who connected on a career-high eight 3-pointers when the teams met earlier this month, was just 2 of 7 from deep but both turned out to be clutch. Lopez’s 3-pointer late in the first half helped fuel a Bucks’ rally. His 3 with 2:41 left in the game gave the Bucks a six-point lead.TURNOVER TROUBLESAlthough Murray nearly recorded his first career triple-double, he also committed five turnovers.“He did some good things out there for us. For him, the challenge is going to be valuing the basketball,” Malone said. “As a starting point guard, you can’t have five turnovers.”UP NEXTNuggets: Visits Minnesota on Wednesday.Bucks: Host Portland on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anthony Davis, Julius Randle lead Pelicans past Spurs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks over Denver Nuggets’ Mason Plumlee during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 104-98. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE— The Milwaukee Bucks have been plagued lately by sluggish first-half performances.They got away with it again Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jamal Murray had 17 points, eight rebounds and a season-best nine assists for Denver, which has lost six of its last seven games.“We still have confidence. We just aren’t winning games,” Murray said.Nikola Jokic had 20 points, Gary Harris 14 and Malik Beasley chipped in with a season-high 12 points off the bench.“I was really pleased with the fight and the competitive spirit. We gave ourselves a chance against a very good basketball team on the road,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “But there are no moral victories. We’ve got to start winning these games.”The Bucks led 78-77 heading to fourth quarter. The teams exchanged leads until Milwaukee went on a late 8-0 run that featured a pair of 3-pointers by Bledsoe.ADVERTISEMENT “I think Eric is in a really good place,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He is understanding what we need in different moments.”Denver pulled within two points with less than a minute left on Jokic’s 3 but Khris Middleton, who had been 0 for 7 from deep, answered with a 3-pointer to put the Bucks up 103-98 with 27 seconds left.After trailing by 10 to start the third quarter, the Bucks grabbed the lead late in the period on a slam dunk by Antetokounmpo.Denver used a 17-4 to start the second quarter to build a 17-point lead and held a 56-46 advantage at the half. Milwaukee closed the half on a 10-3 run.The Nuggets led 29-25 after the first quarter, sparked by nine points from Gary Harris.TIP-INSNuggets: Shot 6 of 21 from 3-point range in the first half. .With 11 first-half points, Murray was the lone Denver player to reach double figures, although all nine players who saw action scored. …Malone was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter after arguing an offensive foul call on Juancho Hernangomez.Bucks: Lopez had seven first-quarter rebounds. He entered the game averaging 3.3 rebounds. .Antetokounmpo and Middleton combined to shoot 1 for 14 from 3-point range.CITY EDITIONThe Bucks donned their colorful city edition uniforms for the first time this season. The uniforms feature a color scheme inspired by the Robert Indiana-designed court at the MECCA, which served as the Bucks’ home until 1988. Milwaukee will wear the uniforms for 12 games this season.last_img read more

first_imgIT WAS an overwhelming fact that an epidemic had broken out and even men of God could only predict about our doom. How could we get out of? And though there were many prediction of doom, I was not freak about them. After all what crime could cause us such God’s anger? Unable to find answers I saw the emptiness of our frustration and the ugly attempt by supposed men of God to escape reality into the zone of uncertainty.  I then made up my mind to accept the reality that it would be a long but hard fight against an unseen enemy. My patriotism had awakened, and there could be no turning back, since running away was not an option. The chilling news apart, I could hear loud noises approaching my Bushrod Island resident when I had gotten ready to leave the house to join other colleagues of the task force. I knew dying was not an option to make me afraid. I would keep my senses open, and ensure that all preventive measures were adhered to. Then I heard a knock at my door and rushing towards me, right after the door flew open and in apparent confusion was Solomon Jerboe, a member of our Ebola task force.  “It got me,” he said breathlessly. “What got you?” I replied with surprise in my voice. “My wife Catherine.” “What happened to her?” “She complained of headache and later she began to vomit and before I knew what to do, she was gone.” I felt a sensation of anger and shock. I remembered Jerboe’s wife Catherine. If she died as the husband was reporting then of course I would have to know further details of her death.  “Did you touch her?” “What else could I do?” Moving away from him, I brought out my chlorine water and began to wash my hands and my arms. I instructed my friend to do the same and told him to remain at the door, while I went inside for a moment. I returned with a shirt and a pair of trousers and told him he would have to change into the new clothes.  “You don’t think I get the Ebola, do you?” Jerboe said, fuming. “It is not what I think,” I said, “it is what need to be done to protect yourself and myself since you are here with me.” “Dixon,” Jerboe said, “I don’t need you to humiliate me with this act.” “You call this an act?” “What else should I call it?” “We are fighting an invincible enemy called Ebola,” I said, “and what I am suggesting is one of the ways for anyone who may have apparently made contact with someone killed by the disease.” “I don’t have Ebola, period Mr. Dixon Zeon,” Jerboe said, and turned, walking away from me. “I never said you have the Ebola,” I shouted after him, “just to take precaution since…” the morning echo drowned my statement for Jerboe had bent the curve and furiously making statements about how foolish he felt about being humiliated by his friend. By the evening, Solomon Jerboe was dead, and after tests were conducted three days later, the results said he died of the Ebola virus. Though I realized Jerboe became a victim of denial and would not accept steps that could have saved his life, his sudden death came over me like a gloom. Jerboe’s demise brought me so close to what I never expected. The thought of my encounter early that day brought tears to my eyes and how close I came at being infected filled me with horror.  I, nonetheless blamed myself for my friend’s death and many questions assailed my mind. But in the end I realized that the fight against the Ebola Virus demanded the religious adherence to instructions and customary practices, including the suspension of cultural and religious methods of burying the dead.  To deny and fail to follow simple instructions when tragedy of death struck these days in Liberia could mean fatal, as I saw plainly in the case of Solomon Jerboe.  The increasing number of Liberians who had succumbed to the virus was staggering and I knew that such increasing statistics was due to denial and the apparent failure by the victims to take simple preventive steps. WHEN MY wife Jennifer returned from the market, I was still sitting at the entrance to our room, with my head bent over my arms, in deep slumber. Slender and imposing looking, the young woman silently walked pass me to enter the room, but first of all she lowered herself to the chlorine bucket and washed her hands thoroughly from her shoulder to her palms. “Why are you sitting here like this?” she said, as I slowly lifted my head. “Oh,” I replied. “I hope you are ok?” “Yes,” I replied with little interest, “Jerboe…” She interrupted him with, “I heard the story down the road.” I gave a deep breath with a grin. “Not too good,” I remarked, and lowered my head on my arms. “What caused his death?” “Denial.” “Denial of what?” “He was here in the morning,” I told her, “but would not accept my suggestion to even wash his hands with chlorine water as a protection, since he was the last person to handle his wife’s body.” “He was a fool.” Yes, a fool he was, and now dead. I knew many more would die because of their inability to accept the reality of the situation. What was killing them was a dangerous enemy, deadlier than the recent civil-war that raged for fourteen years. With failures throughout the organized health system; with funds expended without positive results to calm the spread of the virus, I could not envision what the future would be like. Many more people would die, that was sure enough. Like many, I felt like I was in a cage, waiting to face slaughter. For a people that had suffered fourteen years of calculated horror to face another enemy, the worst one that was revenging on everyone, could mean some prophetic fulfillment on a grander scale. I consoled myself that proper and unemotional handling of issues was the best means to survive the carnage. Secondly, adopting self-preservation methods were also another means to survive the scourge.  I was determined to live through it, and was also resolute to keep my mantra going as long as I had to go: die Ebola die, I said and repeated it several times though I knew there was no place to run.MOST OF the reasons for the rapid spread of the virus were also due to the refusal to change traditional burial ceremonies. More often than not, reports said a family had perished because the members had flatly refused to believe that a deceased relative was killed by the Ebola virus, and would go ahead to bathe the body, getting it ready for burial.  Sadly, several days after the burial, one family member, who participated in the washing of the Ebola virus infested body, where the deadly virus was full-blown to take new resident in other bodies would die. I was horrified to hear such a report. Daily reports on the numerous radio stations and many print media, newspapers, were filled with horrible stories of the ravages of whole families decimated by the virus. I believed then that the forced acceptance of new methods for burying the Liberian dead ought to be introduced and it was apparent that the Liberian government would not be too happy curtail civil liberties due to how far had happened in the fight against the insidious enemy. It was in such gloomy atmosphere that fresh reports filtered into Monrovia that a recently dead Imam, whose congregation had scooped water used to wash his body for blessing by washing their faces in it had all perished.I COULD feel my stomach rumbling but not for hunger. It was clear to me that the tragedy in the country was mostly one of denial. And so a day after the mass deaths of religious men and women who sought blessing by dipping their hands into the water used to wash their spiritual leader’s remains, I found myself in a form of discussion about the ravages and how to contain it. That many people were dying was no news. Something had to be done. I decided to take a walk through the community on Bushrod Island and maybe pay a visit to some friends I had not seen for several days. Ten minutes later when a motor bike deposited me near the Point Four Junction; I sauntered on the main road observing what was being done to support the efforts to stamp out the virus from the community. The morning weather was cold but with a mixture of heat under it, as the unpredictable rains were shadowboxing the community. Across from a church, a congregation of people watched my movement, and as usual I did not imagine that something unusual could happen. Motorbikes rushed towards me, dodging me while others rushed from behind me. Business centers on each side of the road open to customers that seemed not to pay attention to what was being advertised. I kept my attention focus beyond and then I saw what seemed as people moving away from a house located to the left side of the road. There could be no telling the meaning of what was going on there.  The enemy, Ebola had struck a family, and in my own frustration tears welled up my eyes. It was clear that like the Americans and others who had escaped from Monrovia, I needed to escape, too. But the question was: to where? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgGCCI President Vishnu DoergaIn order to make the business climate more conducive, there needs to be regular consultations between Government and the various Private Sector representative bodies.This is according to the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GGCI), which is calling for more meetings with its various Government counterparts to have discussions on issues affecting the local investment climate.GCCI President Vishnu Doerga, during a press conference on Tuesday, underscored that one meeting ahead of the presentation of the National Budget every year was not going to prove effective in making the environment welcoming for investments.“A lot of what is needed now is us sitting at the table on a regular basis with our respective Government counterparts so that we can let them know on an ongoing basis what is needed. The budget is an annual event which really funds these activities we were talking about; so it’s very tough to just have a consultation on it when it’s about to be launched,” he explained.Doerga expanded by pointing out that many challenges affecting businesses were caused by red tape and regulations, rather than the Government’s funding.“A lot of the things that need to be done aren’t finance intensive. You need to meet to change regulations and amend procedure so the (business) process can happen much smoother,” he noted.He added, “We do say Guyana means business. But in order to mean business, you need to have a process to make business flow smoothly; if not, it’s not 20 years ago, the Private Sector that has money to invest can invest it elsewhere where it is easier and there is a better investment climate.”The GCCI President expressed pleasure that the Foreign Affairs Ministry already reinstituted the quarterly meeting with the Private Sector where issues were addressed, and he was now hoping that the other relevant Ministries and agencies would follow suit very soon.In fact, he disclosed that the Business Ministry was currently working on improving its system to allow the exchange of information between the Private Sector and Government to occur in a more structured manner.Meanwhile, Doerga indicated that the consultations on Budget 2017 were productive and the GCCI was looking forward to making its presentation.He emphasised that there was need for a development plan for Guyana and expressed hopes of seeing this in the budget.Budget 2017 is slated to be presented in the National Assembly on December 5 by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.last_img read more

first_imgThe Liberian government received more revenues than payments declared by eight reporting companies because of the net difference of U$5,361,233 or 2.9% of the total amount received, according to a report covering the fiscal period of July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 launched yesterday by the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (LEITI) Multi-Stakeholders Steering Group.Reading a statement at a press conference during the official launch of the 6th Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) Report at the LEITI Secretariat on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Mr. Stephen B. Dorbor attributed the net discrepancy to two reasons.“Companies for which the government reported receipts did not submit payment data to the Reconcilers, including artisanal and small scale miners and pit sawyers,” he said. Mr. Dorbor, who is the Deputy Minister for Planning and Human Resources Development at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, said the other situation was companies that submitted data, but whose differences could not be reconciled due to lack of adequate information provided by the Reconcilers.He said the 6th Report revealed that payment data from companies involved with the reporting were categorized into two groups.“They are companies above the materiality threshold and those below threshold and for the period under review, 85 companies were above the materiality threshold and 125 companies below the threshold,” Minister Dorbor said.He explained that the Report indicated that from nine government agencies, from the oil, mining, forestry and agriculture sectors, for the period running from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, revenues amounted to U$185,345,028, while payment data supplied by 80 companies amounted to U$179,983,795.Minister Dorbor said details of the Report revealed that total receipts for companies amounted to U$185,345,028 for the 6th Report as compared to U$110,146,657 of the 5th Report, which is a net increase of U$75.8 million in revenue.“Additionally, the total number of companies registered with LEITI increased by 52 or 26% during the period under review, which means 148 companies for the 5th Report to 200 companies for the 6th Report,” Minister Dorbor indicated.He named all nine agencies of government whose reports in the 5th were consistent in the 6th Report as the Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Liberia Civil Aviation Authority (LCAA) and the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA).The rest, he said are the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and the National Port of Authority (NPA).Minister Dorbor said the Report consisted of contributions made by extractive companies that promoted local development and financed social projects in line with EITI Requirement 4.1. The requirement, he said, encourages multi-stakeholder groups to apply a high standard of transparency to social payments and transfers to other benefit streams, including the recognition that these payments may be reported even though it is not possible to reconcile them.The 6th Report, he said, dealt with three major areas: Beneficial Ownership Disclosure, the Mining Sector Scoping Study Report and the Contract Matrix (Contract Simplification).He commended USAID for funding the 6th Report and Scoping Study; the UNDP for funding the Beneficial Ownership Disclosure Exercise; and GIZ for supporting the Contract Matrix Project.The Report was approved and launched by the Multi-Stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, of which Minister Dorbor is the Chairman.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Fort St. John Blue Jays Midget Fastball team is looking for sponsors. These guys actually got first place in the B division at Provincials in Surrey a little while ago – they will be heading to the Western Canadian Tourney in Winnipeg at the end of July, but they’re looking for some help in getting there. So, if you or anyone you know may be interested in sponsoring these guys, you can get in touch with Jenn, at 793-4454.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgSteiner says he began farming in the valley after a cold and wet summer of 2011.He recalls running into Arlene Boon — whose family has lived and worked the land at Bear Flat since the 1940s — at a food security event in town that fall where she talked about the agricultural advantages of the valley.“I’d driven through (the valley) different times and heard these people talk, and wondered, if its so great, why do they just grow hay and oats and canola?” Steiner said.“So, afterward, I went to her and asked, why do you? She said, well you know it’s a lot of work.“I was whatever about it, but we decided to come down and check it out.Advertisement Corn should be knee high by the fourth of July.That’s the edict Charles Steiner learned from his mother back in Pennsylvania on measuring the early success of the stalk.Standing last week in a 10-acre field of crops at Bear Flat along the Peace River on July 6, the corn was much higher than Steiner’s knees.- Advertisement -“It’s almost up to my eyes,” Steiner remarked.It’s the last bit of corn Steiner expects to sell in Fort St. John this year, after four years of growing a trove of fruits and veggies in a section of valley farmland expected to be under the Site C dam reservoir a decade from now.Steiner, whose family also runs Northern Larder Greenhouse in Montney, plans to move away from the Peace Region later this fall.Advertisement “I never expected to eat watermelon and cantaloupe ripe out of the garden in Fort St. John. That’s what brought us down here,” he said.Steiner has farmed at the Bear Flat every summer since, taking advantage of the valley’s warm climate and south facing slopes that soak up sunlight till the late hours of the night.He estimates working his small 10-acre patch of land will net him about $50,000 this summer.“No one will take it over. I wish someone would,” he said.Ken Boon says he intends to have the land in production next year.Advertisement “It has nothing to do with (the dam),” Steiner said, father to five boys and three girls.“We’re ready for a change. We’ll probably do the same thing wherever we go.”The last harvest is promising to deliver a bounty — the Steiners have already begun to sell peas, cucumbers, carrots and potatoes at the roadside along Highway 29, and will once again be found Saturday’s at the farmers’ market in Fort St. John.Later this summer, the Steiners will be selling watermelon, cantaloupe, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, swiss chard, broccoli, cabbage, and zucchini.Advertisement “We’re not planning on losing this battle (against Site C) yet and we’re fully expecting to see some form of a market garden there next year,” said Boon.“That’s our intention. We don’t know how that will look like yet.”Boon says there has been market gardens in some form or another in the valley for decades.While fields on the upper bench plateaus of the foothills often suffer from drought, fields along the river can connect directly to underground aquifers along the river for irrigation, Boon said.“It don’t matter how dry of a year we have, we have all the water we need,” he said.Steiner began ranching before he moved to the Peace Region from McBride in 2000.“I started farming and my dad wondered what was wrong with me,” Steiner laughs.“I wanted to be home more with family.”When Steiner moved to the Peace, he continued ranching with a handful of cows, and drove a logging truck in the winters to help make ends meet.But a mad cow disease outbreak put the brakes on ranching in 2008, forcing the family to switch over to market gardening, along with raising chickens and selling eggs.“In that time, I read more about direct marketing and just wanted to try it,” Steiner said.Boon pointed to worsening droughts in California, the source of much of British Columbia’s food imports. Local food production demand will only rise as a result, Boon says.“People have a desire to buy locally grown, see where its coming from, and meet the people growing it,” he said.The Steiners will be selling from their produce stand at Bear Flat Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.They can be found Saturday’s at the farmers’ market, and will also be making delivers to Homesteader Health in Fort St. John.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Uganda Cranes boycott AFCON training over unpaid allowancesCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 4 – Uganda Cranes players returned to training on Wednesday night after a long closed doors meeting with officials from the Uganda Football Federation (FUFA) over a debacle on allowances and match winning bonuses.The players refused to train on Tuesday demanding better payment from FUFA after qualifying to the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time since 1978 In a terse statement released by FUFA Wednesday morning, the bosses claimed that the players wanted to renegotiate a contract that was already existing and hence the stand-off.But, a meeting on Wednesday night at their Raddison Blue residence, consensus was reached, with the players heading to training at their Arab Contractors Complex base a few minutes after 10pm.“Considering the magnitude and importance of the event of Uganda Cranes match against the Teranga Lions of Senegal, the interests of the nation, government, the sponsors and the gallant fans, FUFA has agreed to pay 6,000 USD (Sh600,000) to each player over and above the agreed terms in the Code of Conduct,”The Congolese suffered a surprise loss to Uganda“Matters of Finances will not be discussed until the end of Uganda cranes participation in the Tournament. This position has been duly communicated to the players,” a statement from FUFA added.According to the Federation, each player in camp has already been paid Sh1.5mn (UGX55mn) in training and camp allowances as well as winning bonuses for their victory over DR Congo and draw against Zimbabwe.In the structure which according to FUFA was agreed upon before the team started training, each player was to receive Sh3,000 (30USD) per day for their 14-day training camp in Uganda, Sh15,000 per day (150USD) for their camp in Abu Dhabi and the competition in Egypt Sh400,000 for a draw (USD4,000), Sh300,000 for a win (USD3,000) and Sh500,000 (USD5,000) if they win their round of 16 match.FUFA further stated that each player had already been paid the bonuses from the DR Congo win and Zimbabwe draw, the allowances from their Uganda training camp and foreign camp as up to June 30.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img Right forward – Kevin De Bruyne – Many fans were shocked when City broke their transfer record to bring the Belgian to the Etihad for around £54million from Wolfsburg. He has proved any doubters wrong with impressive performances for City in an overall disappointing campaign, netting 16 goals. He could play a key part in Guardiola’s Manchester City side. Another week, more Manchester City transfer rumours. The latest to be heavily linked with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad this summer is Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Sky reporting talks were at an advanced stage on Tuesday. It is certainly an exciting time to be a City fan, with one of the world’s most in-demand managers taking over in the next month and some of Europe’s best stars being linked with moves. Here, talkSPORT looks at a possible Man City line-up for next season, based on confirmed deals and transfer rumours. And still there was not room in our side for John Stones, David Silva and Leroy Sane, while a deal for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin seems unrealistic. Click the arrow, above right, to see the full XI, in a 4-3-3 formation and comment with your thoughts. Centre-back – Aymeric Laporte [currently at Athletic Bilbao] – The French defender is said to be one of Guardiola’s top targets, with the Mirror reporting Man City are willing to TRIPLE the 22-year-old’s wages to push through a £40m transfer. He will miss Euro 2016 after breaking his leg while playing for France’s under 21s in March. 11 Goalkeeper – Joe Hart – Guardiola may be taking over a team with England’s first-choice goalkeeper between the sticks, but he is said to be unsure about the quality of Hart’s distribution. The Catalan has previously opted for ball playing shot-stoppers, such as Manuel Neuer at Bayern and Victor Valdes at Barca. 11 11 Centre forward – Sergio Aguero – The Argentine forward is world class and one of the Premier League’s best strikers on his day. He does not fit the profile of striker Guardiola favoured at Bayern, but he is a player who simply cannot be left out when fit. Central midfield – Paul Pogba [Juventus] – What a coup this would be. One of Europe’s most sought after stars, Pogba could return to Manchester – but this time the blue half, after coming through the ranks at United. He could cost around £65million but he could play a key role in bringing the Premier League and Champions League trophies to the Etihad. 11 Centre-back – Vincent Kompany – The City captain’s injury problems over the last two years present a worry for Guardiola, but when at the top of his game, Kompany is an asset to the team as he leads from the back. Providing he can stay fit, the 30-year-old could form a solid partnership with Laporte. In his absence, City should be able to call on Nicolas Otamendi, who Guardiola will know from his La Liga days. The Argentine showcased his ability in the final months of the season, proving he can step up to the plate if Kompany is not fit. 11 Central midfield – Toni Kroos [Real Madrid] – According to the Manchester Evening news, Guardiola wants to overhaul his City engine room and former Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos is a top target. The Germany international recently lifted the Champions League trophy with Real Madrid and the chance to drive Man City towards European glory, along with a bumper pay rise, may be enough to lure him away from the Bernabeu after two years. 11 11 Left-back – Gael Clichy – The former Arsenal left-back could be safe for now as Guardiola looks to strengthen other areas of the field. He has been linked with a swoop for Tottenham’s Danny Rose and his former full-back at Bayern – David Alaba – but both moves look unlikely. 11 Central midfield – Ilkay Gundogan – The 25-year-old signed from Borussia Dortmund on June 2 and he will be a key asset to the City engine room. He will not be available for selection until around October, after suffering a serious knee injury in May, ruling him out of Euro 2016 in the process. 11 11 Right-back – Bacary Sagna – The Frenchman made the right-back position his own in the 2015/16 season, edging ahead of Pablo Zabaleta in the pecking order. Sagna’s reliability and consistency should convince Guardiola to focus on strengthening elsewhere on the field. 11 Left forward – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [Borussia Dortmund] – Sky Sports reported on Tuesday that City were in advanced talks to sign the Gabon striker. The fee being reported is around £65million for a striker who scored 36 goals in all competitions for Dortmund last season. The 26-year-old Aubameyang is said to favour a move to Real Madrid, but securing his signature would undoubtedly send a statement of intent across Europe.last_img read more

first_imgThe remains of Donegal immigrants found in a mass grave near Philadelphia are set to be re-interred in Ireland next year.Investigations into the deaths of the 57 railway workers at Duffy’s Cut in June 1832 are ongoing using the latest forensic research skills while an archaeological dig continues at the site.The men travelled from Donegal, Tyrone and Derry to follow their American Dream on board the ship John Stamp but died less than two months after their arrival. It was reported that the men died during a cholera pandemic and buried in a mass grave. It is understood that contacts have already been made with families in Donegal who may be related to a John Ruddy, one of those believed to have died at Duffy’s Cut.A ceremony is expected to be held next year to mark the men’s return home.After extensive research, it was found in 2009 that two skulls bore evidence of blunt-force trauma inflicted before death, suggesting that some of the men may have been murdered.Duffy’s Cut is the name given to a stretch of railroad tracks some 30 miles west of Philadelphia and originally built for the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad in the summer and fall of 1832.The line later became part of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Main Line. Railroad contractor Philip Duffy hired the Irishmen to lay this line through the area’s densely wooded hills and ravines.Dublin-based Tile Films made the documentary Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut a few years ago about the events surrounding the mens’ deaths and the efforts of Immaculata University history professor William Watson and his twin brother, the Rev. Frank Watson, to uncover what happened at the site.Research by the Watsons and their team found evidence that many of the Irishmen who died may have been murdered before they could attempt to escape their cholera-stricken campsite.In March 2009 after five years of searching the Watson brothers discovered the mass grave of the victims of the 1832 tragedy. A second documentary Death on the Railroad, by Tile Films, is to reveal the latest in the tragic saga.On their website, Tile Films state: “Death on the Railroad is a classic story involving foul play, cover ups, a one hundred and seventy year old mystery and voyage of discovery for the Watson Brothers and their project team. “This is a Science/History documentary that sets out to solve the mystery of what happened in Duffy’s Cut. Using the latest forensic and scientific investigative techniques, DNA, forensic analysis, facial reconstruction and historical detective work in Ireland and the USA, our modern detectives, the Watson Brothers and the team of experts they have assembled, will unravel this extraordinary story.“Tile Films were at the site filming the Watsons in 2009 and filmed the discovery of the first bodies.“All the remains found so far indicate [the men] were brutally murdered,” Prof William Watson said in an interview recently. “Some of them were just bludgeoned [to death]. It’s unbelievable.”“It was one of those things that had to be investigated,” Watson said. “We started looking to see if there was any reality behind the dimly remembered stuff, so we began looking into Pennsylvania archives and flushed it out even further.” In 2004, the Watsons were also instrumental in having a memorial plaque placed on the site.It states: “Nearby is the mass grave of fifty-seven Irish immigrant workers who died in August, 1832, of cholera,” the marker reads.“They had recently arrived in the United States and were employed by a construction contractor named Duffy … Prejudice against Irish Catholics contributed to the denial of care to the workers. Their illness and death typified the hazards faced by many 19th-century immigrant industrial workers.”A newspaper report from the time states that a cholera epidemic in the camp, said  Prof Watson.“Some of the men panicked and tried to get out and were forced back in. Another article, from November 1832, says the earlier story was not accurate and that there were only eight or nine men [who] died.“The fact is, they were murdered,” Watson said.“In the first layer of burials, we suspect most of the men are going to be victims of cholera, which leaves no physical traces. But, we believe the others were killed to make sure there would be no cholera getting out of that valley.”The brothers also helped to establish the Duffy’s Cut Project, an ongoing archival and archaeological search into the Irishmen’s lives and deaths and seeks to provide insight into early 19th Century attitudes about industry, immigration, and disease in Pennsylvania.A fundraiser organised by the Project is to be held at Immaculata University’s Great Hall in Philadelphia on February 25th.No date for the second documentary’s broadcast has been set.DUFFY’S CUT: REMAINS OF MURDERED DONEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO BE RETURNED TO IRELAND was last modified: January 31st, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgThe Northwest Garden show is finally here and will take place on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of May on the grounds of the CPI complex, Castlefinn. The Northwest Garden show now in its 6th year is building on the success of the previous five years and promises to be bigger and better with exciting new features included in this year’s programme.This year sees the addition of the new Beer garden (with no beer). It adds to the other Show Gardens, Garden of the seven senses, Wizard of OZ, Rose Garden, Natural Garden, Keyhole Garden and the fabulous Whitehouse Gardens.New to the Garden Show this year is SHEEP to CHIC a live shearing/wool spinning and knitting event hosted in association with DMG Motor Mitsubishi and Edel Mc Bride Knitfield.There is something for everyone with an exciting line up of gardeners, chef’s, entertainment and impressive features from over 100 exhibitors, over the two day event.Expert advice from top gardeners Gary Baird GB Landscapes, Janice Campbell GB Garden Centre, John Gallagher Finn Valley Nursery, David Perry Kees Garden Centre Laghey, Gareth Austin Radio Foyle. John Paul Florist will be demonstrating a variety of flower arranging.With a host of chefs and live cooking demonstrations we welcome back to this year’s show RTE’s Grow it cook It Brian McDermott ThenoSaltchef.We are also hosting BBCs Paula McIntyre and an array of other top chefs such as Derek from Harry’s restaurant Bridgend, Colin from Red Pepper Castlederg, local chef Mark Gibney head chef from Custom House Derry and Our local chef Hugh Patton from McGlynns restaurant Castlefinn.Other attractions includes the ever popular Trash ‘n’ Fashion, Family Fun Zone, Crafternoon Tea, Farmers Market, Live cooking demonstrations/Artisan Food Market, Organic Centre and much more.For a full line up login to or follow us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you there! 🙂MASSIVE CROWDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND THIS YEAR’S NORTHWEST GARDEN SHOW 2015 was last modified: May 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsNorthwest Garden Show 2015last_img read more