Hold your horses: Too early to label Fajardo GOAT

first_imgExplosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Patrombon, Arcilla headline PPS Actifit Open In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Fajardo won his fifth MVP trophy last Sunday, eclipsing the record shared by former San Miguel Beer star Fernandez and long-time Purefoods franchise player Patrimonio.The 6-foot-10 Cebuano also shrugged off GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) suggestions, saying in Filipino the stars that came before him “accomplished more, especially in terms of championships.”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 ChrissCone also said the number of MVP awards does not automatically make one the greatest ever, a tag that has fueled a lot of debates in a team sport like basketball.“You know, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—who is my favorite player—he had six MVPs. But they don’t consider him the best of all time, because [he was] from a different era. Michael Jordan came later, LeBron (James) came later, Bill Russel before all of them. So it’s really difficult [to tell],” he added. Fajardo has also said he shouldn’t be considered the PBA greatest player.“There are legends who came before me,” he said in Filipino. “I think they should be considered as such (GOAT). They played here in the PBA and they have accomplished more, especially in terms of championships.”Fernandez, for example, has won a league record 19 championships.Cone, though, is willing to stand by the claim that Fajardo is the league’s most dominant player.“There’s no doubt. You don’t win five MVPs for nothing. He has been remarkably healthy for all the pounding that he takes. That itself is just worthy of being MVP. That’s another thing Alvin [also] had.“No doubt, right now, June Mar in the last four, five years, has been the most dominant in our league.”The debate is expected to rage on until Fajardo fills out his potential. With at least three to four peak years still ahead of him, Fajardo, if he stays healthy, has what it takes to end his mark by putting the MVP record beyond reach.By then, the debate may finally end.Or not.Cone reminded everyone how far-reaching the definition of “greatest ever” is, bringing up the legend who has had the most impact on the country’s basketball lore. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES June Mar Fajardo with his trophies which includes a fifth PBA MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe PBA’s most decorated coach believes there’s too much history that needs to be weighed and eras that need to be broken down before anyone can award GOAT status to San Miguel Beer star and five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo just yet.“I think it’s very difficult to compare eras,” Tim Cone said. “Ramon Fernandez was incredible. I coached Alvin Patrimonio for many years [and] he was incredible.”ADVERTISEMENT While MVP trophies indeed have never been a measure of greatness, the manner by which Fajardo won them is what opened up GOAT discussions: Fajardo collected MVP awards in consecutive fashion.Since entering the PBA, the 29-year-old Fajardo’s lone non-MVP year was his rookie season. His fourth MVP came in his fifth year in the PBA. Fernandez won his fourth MVP award 13 years after his PBA debut while it took Patrimonio almost a decade to collect his four trophies.“June Mar is the greatest of this era—maybe the best all time, but I’m not gonna say anything definitive who’s the best. I don’t have one. They’re all good,” said Cone, who himself is in the conversation when it comes to debates on the greatest PBA coach of all time—he is the only coach to have assembled two Grand Slam seasons.‘Legends before me’“If I say June Mar [is GOAT], then that’s saying something about Mon, that’s saying about Alvin,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT “Probably, maybe he may not be the best player, but the biggest personality? The most important player of all time? [Sonny Jaworski] He won an MVP, I believe… in terms of probably the most important person in the history of our league? It was Jaworski,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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SCI Constructs School for Girls

first_imgSave the Children International, (SCI), one of lead international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Margibi County, has constructed a school building in Kakata, the Margibi capital.SCI Education Project Manager, Augustine Kullie, is quoted as telling the Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County correspondent, Richard Baysah, that “the Margibi All-Girls School,” built by SCI management, is intended to be  used exclusively for teen mothers and girls in Margibi County.According to Mr. Kullie, the Margibi All-Girls School was constructed under a program called, “Hope for Africa,” and is funded by Save the Children International of South Korea.“Building of the school was also intended to increase girl’s access and improved quality of education for Liberian children, especially girls,” Mr. Kullie said.He observed that there was a very serious issue when it came to girls’ education, due to gender disparity almost at all levels of the society, but mainly beginning with the primary school level.The school building, which is located the main campus of the Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI), was constructed at a cost over US$120.000, is built in accordance with the Ministry of Education (MOE) prescribed standard design of schools in Liberia.The newly dedicated school comprises the primary annex, which runs from grade one to fourth grade, and the early childhood development block that is primarily targeting teen mothers whose excuse over the years had been that “there is nobody to take care of our child/children while they are in school.”But with the construction of the Margibi All-Girls School, Mr. Kullie is of the opinion that both the boys and girls will take advantage by helping to significantly address the issue of educational disparity among them.An educational survey shows  the ratio of boys to girls is 50-50, but going beyond the primary level, the ratio of boys to girls indicates that the boys have the advantage to remain in school as compared to girls.Continuing up to grade nine, Kullie said, there is a huge gap in disparity as three or at least five out of 15 girls sometimes remain in school until they complete the secondary education.Quoting the global index survey on girl’s education in 2011 as reported by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) there were 28 million children out of school particularly in sub-Sahara Africa and “more than 50 percent accounted for girls out of school children.”In Liberia, he said, the same UNICEF report indicated that half a million children were out of school, and more than half of that number was again girls.  This, he said, has become an increasing concern to SCI in addressing the huge disparity between boys and girls.The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which calls for the reduction in gender disparity by 2005, did not materialize up to 2015, Kullie disclosed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Barbeque fudraiser for single parents in need of support

first_imgThe Centre is already known around the community as a support centre for parents in crisis and unable to meet the needs of their children, whether it is a need for diapers, formula or clothing.“Crisis happens anytime,” Executive Director of the North Peace Pregnancy Centre, Lise Klafsen said.There will be hamburgers, hotdogs and soda at the barbeque and those attending are asked to make any donation they fell appropriate, no matter how small or large.- Advertisement -“You grab a hot dog and a pop, and you decide how much that’s worth to you,” added Klafsen.The event is being held outside the Save On Foods parking lot between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Liverpool line-up v West Brom – NO Sturridge and time to rest Sterling? Good idea?

first_img 1 1 Mario Balotelli is expect to lead the line for Liverpool again West Brom are the league leaders of goals from corners this season with three, and the Baggies look particularly dangerous from crosses as well, so expect Rodgers to stick with Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren, over Kolo Toure and the out-of-favour Mamadou Sakho.Central midfield appears to be an area of concern with Steven Gerrard looking visibly laboured during midweek and doubts over the effectiveness of Lucas Leiva. One of the criticisms levelled at Liverpool surrounds ball retention, and Gerrard is better suited at that aspect than Lucas. This approach could also see Philippe Coutinho drafted in to play a more central role.With Sturridge seemingly set to miss out, Balotelli will be expected to lead the line. Rodgers offered a constructive criticism of the Italian, urging him to ‘do more’ for his team-mates, while he continues to struggle to find the net.Rodgers could opt to give him a strike partner in the shape of Fabio Borini, but we think that he will continue with Adam Lallana in a wide role and perhaps Lazar Markovic in place of Raheem Sterling, who seems in need of a rest, on the opposite side.Liverpool fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against West Brom? Comment below… Their defeat against Basel in the Champions League may have dashed spirits, but Liverpool will need to bounce back in the perfect fashion as they prepare to take on a West Brom side that are on the up.Alan Irvine’s side head to Anfield off the back of two very good victories, and they will certainly fancy their chances against Liverpool on Saturday.Brendan Rodgers has warned against the threat the Baggies will bring, and while he commented on his side’s ‘softness’ as they surrendered in Switzerland, the Kop boss will be confident that his side can finally turn the tide prior to the international break.While questions continue to surround Daniel Sturridge’s fitness, the biggest positive to extrapolate from Rodgers’ pre-match press conference was that there are no new injury concerns.When drawn onto the question of striker’s availability, Rodgers was coy, saying ‘we’ll have to wait and see’, a suggestion that he may be in contention to feature. Whether he does make an appearance is debateable, but it seems almost certain that he will not play a major role on Saturday and that it will be down to Mario Balotelli to lead the line once again.Below is how Liverpool could line-up against West Brom:last_img read more

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Benitez: ‘Not enough’ so far but Newcastle ‘will fight to the last minute’

first_imgRafael Benitez has warned his Newcastle players that the first two games under his charge have shown promise, but “not enough”.The Spaniard saw his side strike late at St James’ Park to avoid a seventh successive derby defeat by arch-rivals Sunderland and snatch a 1-1 draw.However, he remains confident that if the improvement he has seen in his first two games at the helm continues, they can drag themselves out of trouble.When it was suggested to him that the table – which shows the Magpies are three points adrift of safety with eight games remaining – looked scary, Benitez said: “It was scary before.“I am here because I have to give the team confidence and we have to improve things. Again I will say at Leicester, you could see a lot of good things; still not enough. Today in the second half, a lot of good things; not enough.“We have eight games to play and we know they will be incredibly difficult. We know it will be difficult, for sure. I knew before.“We are creating chances, we are attacking and we can be there, so we have to improve this part of the game and create more chances and [Aleksandar] Mitrovic or Papiss Cisse or the other strikers will score more goals and we will be fine.“But I can maybe say that we will have to fight until the last game and the last minute, so we have to do it.” Rafael Benitez is under no illusions about the task ahead at Newcastle 1last_img read more

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DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012

first_imgGALLAGHERThe death has taken place of Philip Gallagher, of The Commins, Killybegs. Removal on Sunday at 12 noon to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mountcharles, for Mass at 1pm. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.MOORE The death has taken place at Altnagelvin Hospital of William Moore (Willie). Rateen, St Johnston. Funeral tomorrow, Sunday, in Monreagh Presbyterian Church at 2.30pm. Burial afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. Family flowers only, donations in lieu if desired to the Alzheiner’s Society – C/o Mrs Ruth Haye, 100 Spencer Road, Derry.MOOREJOHNSTONThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Alan Johnston, Burtonport and formerly of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Dublin. Removal from the hospice this (Saturday) afternoon at 3 o’clock going to his home in Burtonport. Funeral arrangements later. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the North west Cancer Group or the Donegal Hospice.JOHNSTON (LONDON) The death has taken place in Hackney, East London of Anthony Johnston, formerly of Rossbeag, Portnoo. Removal from Shovlin’s Funeral Home, Sandfield, Ardara, today at 6.15pm going to St Conal’s Church. Kilclooney,  via Rossbeag and Portnoo, to arrive at 7.15pm. Funeral mass tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 11 o’clock, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.DAVISThe death has taken place at Nazareth House, Fahan of Annie Davis, Ballycrampsey, Malin. Remains reposing at her home. Funeral from there tomorrow, Sunday at 2pm for Service in Lagg Presbyterian Church. Burial afterwards in the adjoining burial ground. Family time please from 11pm to 10am. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012 was last modified: January 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAYJANUARY 28last_img read more

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Abdallah Mubiru named interim Cranes coach

first_imgMubiru was the man in charge of the 2019 COSAFA Cranes. (PHOTOS/File)MENGO – Police FC head coach Abdallah Mubiru has been handed the task to guide the Uganda Cranes on an interim basis.The tactician replaces Sebastien Desabre who terminated his contract following the Cranes’ exit from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.The announcement of Mubiru’s appointment was made on on Wednesday, June 10th, at the Federation of Uganda Football Association ( FUFA) weekly press conference.“After an executive meeting, Abdallah Mubiru has been the head coach of the Uganda Cranes on an interim basis. Announced FUFA president Moses Magogo on Wednesday.“He will be in charge for a period of time as we search for a new coach.The Cranes top role fell vacant this past Sunday after Desabre decided to terminate his contract by Mutual Consent.The Frenchman has been the head coach of the Uganda National Men’s football team since December 2017.In his tenure, he guided Uganda at two major tournaments including the 2018 CHAN championships in Morocco and the on-going Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Desabre was in charge of the Cranes at two major tournaments.At CHAN, Uganda was eliminated at the group stage after losing two and drawing the other of their three games.For the 2019 AFCON, they finished second in Group A before they were eliminated at the round of 16 after losing to Senegal 0-1.A day after leaving his role with the Cranes, Desabre was unveiled as head coach of Egyptian Premier League side Pyramids FC with whom he signed a two-year deal.Desabre (right) was unveiled as Pyramids FC head coach this past Monday.With the Cranes set to take on Somalia in the CHAN 2020 qualifiers later this month, FUFA had to act quickly and find a temporary replacement for Desabre, thus naming Mubiru.Mubiru who was also in charge of the Cranes team that participated in the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa will be assisted by Charles Livingstone Mbabazi along with Sadiq Wassa and Geoffrey Masa.All four were in South Africa last month as the Cranes were eliminated from the competition at the quarter-final stage.At the press conference on Wednesday, it was also announced that applications for the Cranes head role were officially open.It has been a while since a Ugandan was fully in charge of the Cranes and it remains to be seen whether one will take the job but after two Europeans have seen the team make two back to back AFCON appearances, it is likely that the job will be given to another non-Ugandan.Comments Tags: abdallah mubiruAFCON 2019CHAN 2019FUFAMoses MagogoSebastien DesabreSenegaltopUganda Craneslast_img read more

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Terrific Team Illistrin powers through to the CU Schools Quiz Finals

first_imgA bright team of pupils from Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Illistrin have progressed to the next round of the Credit Union Schools Quiz.The schoolchildren’s quiz was held locally at the Mount Errigal Letterkenny on Saturday, 3rd March 2018.The regional final of the Chapter 1 under 11 category was won by Illistrin NS students Johnny Boyle, Tara Burke, Eoghan McFadden and Matthew Larkin. The brainy team beat off stiff competition from schools across North Donegal and East Derry to progress to the National Finals in the RDS in Dublin on 8th April.Team Illistrin NS with Principal Luke KilcoyneTerrific Team Illistrin powers through to the CU Schools Quiz Finals was last modified: March 5th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Credit Union Schools QuizIllistrin NSScoil Naomh Fiachralast_img read more

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How the Girl Evolved Fear of Spiders

first_imgToday’s Evolutionary Just-So Story is brought to you by New Scientist: “Girls Are Primed to Fear Spiders.”  Once upon a time, while cavemen were out hunting and gathering, the women back home had to learn to avoid dangerous animals.  David Rakison of Carnegie Mellon University put this all into evolutionary terms for the rest of us: He attributes the difference to behavioural differences between men and women among our hunter-gatherer ancestors.  An aversion to spiders may help women avoid dangerous animals, but in men evolution seems to have favoured more risk-taking behaviour for successful hunting.    It makes evolutionary sense to acquire spider fear at a certain age, rather than to be born with it, he adds.  “There is little reason for an infant to fear an object unless it can respond to it, for example by crawling away,” he says.Rakison did not explain how a genetic mutation became fixed in the female of the species but was not expressed in the male.  Nor did New Scientist object to the ostensibly Lamarckian explanation.  Or was there some reasoned conspiracy that early men for millions of years all decided to mate with only the females who showed fear of spiders?  That wouldn’t make “evolutionary sense.”  Nevertheless, the article continued, psychiatric help can assist those women who have trouble with their evolutionary arachnophobia.Remember the T-shirts labeled “Stupid” and “I’m with Stupid”?  One wonders who is more stupid; the accused idiot, or the idiot who keeps hanging out with him.  Rakison just told an incredibly stupid story, but New Scientist played “I’m With Stupid” and didn’t say a word about it.  They even heard him mention “evolutionary sense” without pointing out the oxymoron.  By playing along as if Stupid said nothing stupid, New Scientist wins Stupider Evolution Quote of the Week.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA to phase out inefficient bulbs by 2016

first_imgThe total global greenhouse gas emissions accrued to lighting electricity consumption was estimated by the IEA in 2005 at approximately 8% of world emissions, or 70% of world passenger vehicle emissions. He said the aim of achieving a global phase-out of ordinary light bulbs by 2016 was not only possible but “infinitely doable”. South Africa’s power supply is under pressure from a growing economy, and this would be greatly mitigated by the phasing out of incandescent lamps, allowing the electricity saved to be directed to other social pressing needs. UNEP executive director Achim Steiner told reporters the move would allow South Africa to electrify over four-million more homes with the power saved from phasing out incandescent light bulbs. There has been criticism around the health hazards of the mercury used in CFLs, which complicates their disposal. The en.lighten Initiative will support countries in setting up legislation and sustainable end-of-life approaches for spent lamps. Over 25 developing countries from four continents have joined the partnership, with Uruguay becoming the first nation to support the initiative in August this year. Move towards efficient lighting Incandescent lamps have already been phased out, or are scheduled to be phased out, in most OECD countries, as well as Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, Vietnam and other developing countries. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that in 2007 the total electricity consumption due to lighting was at 2 650 terawatt-hours – representing almost 19% of the global electricity consumption. Up to 95% of the energy emitted by incandescent lamps is in the form of heat and only 5% light, making their efficiency inherently low. They also only last around 1 000 hours, which is significantly shorter than energy-saving lamps, which can last up to 12 000 hours. 8 December 2011 Energy saving alternatives However, over 130 countries still market inefficient incandescent lamps. “Lack of awareness about the energy-saving and financial benefits of efficient lamps is a key deterrent for their market penetration in developing countries,” UNEP said. Meanwhile, research shows that, using current economic and energy efficiency trends, it is projected that global demand for artificial light will be 60% higher by 2030 if no switch to efficient lighting occurs. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Almost 20% of global consumption South Africa will be working with UNEP to share lessons learned with other African countries willing to phase out incandescent light bulbs, said Energy Minister Dipuo Peters. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are also becoming more prevalent in the market. They do not contain mercury and have other advantages such as longer life, warm light colour similar to incandescent lamps, and low heat generation. A principal, readily available alternative lighting solution comes in the form of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Unlike older incandescent light bulbs, CFLs produce an equivalent amount of light using 75% less energy. They also last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The move, announced on the sidelines of the UN climate summit in Durban on Wednesday, is linked to the global en.lighten Initiative by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which is aimed at helping countries combat climate change through the transition to energy-efficient lighting. “We encourage all countries that have not yet phased out inefficient lighting to join the UNEP Global partnership and work with us to move towards an efficient lighting world to mitigate climate change,” Peters said. “Fast-tracking more energy-efficient lighting is without a doubt one of the ‘low hanging fruit’, offering not only emissions savings but also cost savings to a company or a household budget,” Steiner said in Durban. South Africa is to phase out all incandescent light bulbs and replace them with energy-efficient ones by 2016, making it the first African country to undertake a comprehensive national transition away from inefficient lighting.last_img read more

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