Buncrana ‘pools together’ for colourful St Patrick Day parade – Pic special was last modified: March 19th, 2019 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) Some residents in Buncrana used its St Patrick’s Day parade to send out a message that the townspeople want their swimming pool open again.The float was one of several colourful attractions for what proved to be a great parade for the Inishowen town.Joe Boland of Northwest Newspix was on hand to catch all the action.
NAPA — Cornerback Nevin Lawson, signed as a unrestricted free agent in the off-season, announced on Twitter Monday night he will be suspended for the first four games of the season for being in violation of the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs.Lawson, 28, signed a one-year deal with the Raiders on March 20 worth up to $3.05 million and with $1.55 million guaranteed after spending his first five seasons with the Detroit Lions. Although he has no career interceptions, Lawson started …
View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CWBL is an “alternative league” that gives team owners and sponsors of teams an opportunity to obtain effective manner marketing and promotional benefits from exposure for games being played at various locations and viewed by fans anywhere. It provides reasonable terms for participation in two regular conferences every season. The top four teams after the two conferences – conference champions and teams with best cumulative win-loss records – advance to the Grand Finals at no additional participation fees to compete for the title of Overall Champion for the Season.Players and coachesThe Country Wide Basketball League can offer graduating collegiate players and aspiring coaches, who are products of basketball programs, opportunities for competitive development and playing/coaching career progression. Very few are chosen in the professional league, leaving several players and coaches with skills behind.CWBL with the support of participating teams has the potential to be the League where skills continue to develop and where playing/coaching career goals are achievable. ADVTADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next The Country Wide Basketball League (CWBL) is a commercial league that aims to promote basketball at regional levels with nationwide exposure thru television and the use of live streaming thru CWBL web site and other digital platforms via internet.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program CWBL will develop a broad fan base nationwide by conducting actual games at various locations in cities and towns where participating teams are located. These games are then made available for viewing by fans anywhere thru television and live streaming thru CWBL web site and other social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, etc.The league also aims to develop local players thru competitive games and provide them with much-needed exposure to assist their career progression. Only Filipinos and duly-recognized players holding valid Philippine Passport issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs or with complete certification(s) issued by Bureau of Immigration and Deportation are allowed to play in the League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: 16 Malaysian athletes hit by food poisoning Team owners/sponsors Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “Throughout my time in ONE Championhsip, I have been a witness to some of the best martial arts talents,” said Franklin. “Stars today such as Angela Lee and Eduard Folayang came from the grassroots level of talent in Asia and the next martial arts superstar is just waiting to be discovered.”Selected athletes will compete in trial exhibition bouts and all have a chance to earn a six-figure contract with ONE Championship. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC ONE Championship is in search of the next fighting superstar.The premier mixed martial arts promotion in Asia launched a new documentary series that features Rich Franklin traveling from gym to gym looking for up and coming martial arts talents.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Potts grateful to end college career with a title after season’s struggles QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “One of our biggest missions is taking martial arts, Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, and placing it front and center for the entire world to witness,” said ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.“We are excited to travel across Asia, visiting the most iconic cities, to discover the next big superstar.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFranklin, a multi-time middleweight champion when he was still fighting, will make stops in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing.Now serving as ONE’s vice president, Franklin said he looks forward to the new practitioners that can elevate the sport of mixed martial arts to a new level.
Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after missing a shot against Sofia Kenin of the U.S. during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — Maybe it was the daunting deficit Serena Williams faced in the French Open’s third round. Maybe it was the way her 20-year-old American opponent, Sofia Kenin, was questioning line calls.Either way, as Williams attempted to start a comeback Saturday with a three-ace game, she followed those big serves with some serious staredowns.ADVERTISEMENT Williams sat out four Slams in 2017-18 while she was off the tour to have a baby. Her first major back was last year’s French Open, where she withdrew before a fourth-round match because of a chest muscle injury. She went on to reach the finals of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open before wasting match points during a quarterfinal loss at the Australian Open this January.Williams came to Paris having played only four matches since then — she withdrew from two tournaments because of an injured left knee and another because of illness.And she had said she considered not entering the French Open at all.“I’m glad I came, at the end of the day,” she said, “but it’s been a really grueling season for me.”Asked whether a third-round appearance was satisfactory, given her issues, Williams not surprisingly said it was not.“I wouldn’t expect to have gotten only to the third round,” she replied.Said her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou: “All I know is, she was not ready. And it was obvious, I think.”Williams couldn’t control her shots, compiling 34 unforced errors, twice as many as Kenin’s 17. Another key statistic: Kenin won four of Williams’ 10 service games.Kenin also was composed as can be, never getting rattled by Williams or by a Court Philippe Chatrier crowd that whistled and jeered her for repeatedly eyeing ball marks to see whether calls were correct.“I didn’t care at that point,” Kenin said. “I was like, ‘I’m going to check the mark.’” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Ceres rises to the top Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries PLAY LIST 01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries01:04Early release of convicts like a thief in the night – Gordon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Since those early-for-her defeats, Williams had won six of the 14 majors she entered to surpass Steffi Graf’s professional-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles championships. With 23, Williams stands one away from Margaret Court’s mark for the most in tennis history; Court played in both the professional and amateur eras.“Serena is such a tough player. I’m still trying to process what just happened,” Kenin said, about an hour after the match ended with her covering her face with both hands. “She’s a true champion and an inspiration.”Kenin was born in Moscow and is fluent in Russian. Her family moved to New York when she was a baby, and she now is based in Florida.“I’m proud to be an American,” said Kenin, who wore a blue U.S. Fed Cup cap to her news conference. “I think it’s great we moved to America for a better life for me.”She is appearing in the ninth major of her career and now is headed to her initial trip to the round of 16, where she’ll meet No. 8 seed Ash Barty. Other women’s fourth-round matchups established Saturday: defending champion Simona Halep vs. 18-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland; No. 14 Madison Keys of the U.S. vs. Sinikiakova; 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the U.S. vs. qualifier Aliona Bolsova of Spain.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war After Williams showed fight by going from 3-1 down to 4-3 ahead in the second set, Kenin hung in there. At 5-all, she got the last break she’d need with a forehand return winner off a 102 mph (164 kph) serve.She ran to her sideline seat and pressed a towel against her face.There was one last pivotal moment: Serving for the victory, Kenin faced a break point, but Williams’ miscue let it go by. One last error by Williams — a backhand that sailed long — ended things.Kenin dealt so well with the stakes, the scene, the setting.She’d never shared a court with Williams before, although Kenin did try to set up a practice session during the offseason by texting Mouratoglou.Didn’t work out.“Yeah, I tried to hit with her. It wasn’t possible, but I’ll take that,” Kenin said with a smile. “I’ll take the win over the hitting.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Whether it was meant to get herself going or intimidate Kenin, it didn’t work. Outplayed from start to finish, Williams lost 6-2, 7-5 to the 35th-ranked Kenin, ending her latest bid for a 24th Grand Slam title with her earliest loss at a major tournament in five years.“In that first set in particular, she hit pretty much inches from the line, and I haven’t played anyone like that in a long time,” the 37-year-old Williams said. “I just saw a player that was playing unbelievable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt was the second significant surprise in a matter of hours: Earlier in the day, No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka was eliminated 6-4, 6-2 by 42nd-ranked Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic. That ended Osaka’s 16-match Grand Slam winning streak, which included titles at the U.S. Open final in September — when she beat Williams in the final — and at the Australian Open in January.Osaka was trying to become the first woman to win three consecutive major trophies since Williams grabbed four in a row in 2014-15, a run that was preceded by a second-round loss at Roland Garros and a third-round loss at Wimbledon.
Kolkata: Kashmiris living in the city are spending sleepless nights after scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution as they are unable to talk or meet their relatives, who are at present living in the Valley. “It has been four days I couldn’t talk to my sons, who stays in Kashmir. My mind is not working. I don’t know what to do. I urge the government to allow us to talk to our relatives over the phone,” Mushtaq Ahmad Mattoo, who has been running a Kashmiri Shawl shop in Kolkata for the past 25 years, told Millennium Post. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile the mobile data internet services, cellular networks, and SMS services were snapped at 11 pm on Sunday, flight operations in Kashmir will remain cancelled from Wednesday. “On Sunday, I booked my flight ticket to go to Kashmir on August 9. But, today I came to know from my travel agent that it has been cancelled because there will be no flights operating in Kashmir from tomorrow,” Mushtaq said. Another Kahmiri Shawl shop owner, on the promise of anonymity, shared his ordeal and pointed out that he had stopped travelling in train because of rise of mob lynching incidents. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”I am a Muslim and top of that I am also a Kashmiri. I don’t travel in trains because I am afraid that people having fanatic mentality might kill me and no one will come to my rescue,” he said. Meanwhile, tour operators have also claimed cancellation of flights to Kashmir will incur loss to their business. “Kashmir is a popular tourist destination. On an average, we take at least 90 people for Kashmir tour every year. If flight operations are suspended in Kashmir then it will hit 40 % of our profit,” said Ziaul Haque Shaikh of Adventure Education Tours (Mumbai) Pvt Ltd, who takes people on tour across India. Following the revocation order, Article 370 of the Constitution that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir no longer exists.
MONTREAL – Charles de Gaulle may have made history when he shouted “Vive le Quebec libre” from the balcony of Montreal’s city hall in 1967, but 50 years later the city doesn’t seem keen on re-creating the iconic moment, a sovereigntist group said Wednesday.The Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste said it had wanted to re-enact the former French president’s famous speech in its original location on July 24, but its request for access to the balcony was denied.Former Quebec premier Bernard Landry, an honorary president of the group, said de Gaulle’s call for a free Quebec was important not only for the nationalist movement but for the province as a whole.Before the speech, “a large part of humanity had never heard of Quebec, nor of the Quebec question,” Landry told a news conference to announce details of events marking the July 24 anniversary.“(The speech) was good for Quebec, it was good for Montreal, and the city should have taken into account its own interests to be known across the world,” said the ex-premier.A spokeswoman for Mayor Denis Coderre’s office noted the city is organizing its own week-long exhibit to mark the 50-year anniversary of the speech, and plans to open the balcony to the public for 30-minute guided tours on July 24.“Let’s not forget that city hall is neutral and apolitical,” Noemie Briere-Marquez said in an email.“Montrealers would never agree to it being exploited (for political purposes).”De Gaulle made the famous proclamation at the end of a fiery seven-minute speech.“Vive Montreal,” he told the packed crowd below. “Vive le Quebec. Vive le Quebec…libre. Vive le Canada francais.“Et vive la France,” he concluded.The speech provoked an international incident with then-prime minister Lester B. Pearson, who retorted that no Canadian or Quebecer needed liberating.The French president’s visit was cut short and he was on a plane back to France within a few days.Having been denied the balcony, the Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste says it intends to hold its event in front of city hall instead.Current president Maxime Laporte says an actor portraying de Gaulle will make his entrance in an electric car — a nod to the former French president’s interest in technology.“The deplorable refusal of Montreal’s mayor to give us acess to the famous balcony on the evening of July 24 won’t stop us from holding… a worthy commemoration for the benefit of all citizens,” Laporte told the news conference.The group is also planning to highlight the date by participating in other activities, including an exhibition, a book launch and a conference.
VANCOUVER – Severely ill Canadians who don’t qualify for medical help in dying will suffer even longer while they wait to find out whether the federal government has violated their right to a medically assisted death after a court ruling in B.C. on Wednesday, a civil liberties group says.Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of the British Columbia Supreme Court said the government should be given a second chance to argue the findings of fact that were used by the country’s top court to overturn a ban on assisted dying in 2015.The federal government’s legislation, which came into effect last year, needs to be assessed on “relevant, current evidence,” Hinkson wrote. Barring the courts from considering the most up-to-date information would prevent a judge from being able to decide what evidence is important and how much weight it should be given, he added.The B.C. Civil Liberties Association is spearheading a lawsuit launched in June 2016 that challenges the federal law, which it says is more limited than the assisted-dying regime the Supreme Court of Canada envisioned in its landmark ruling, referred to as the Carter decision.Caily DiPuma, the group’s litigation director, said she is disappointed in Wednesday’s decision but does not believe it undermines the underlying legal challenge.“While today’s outcome is unfortunate, it’s really just a bump in the road,” she said outside the courthouse in Vancouver.“We’re focused on the ultimate outcome. We defeated these arguments in Carter in 2015 and we’re confident we’ll defeat them again.”In the meantime, people will continue to suffer while the case proceeds through the courts, she added.“Every day that this issue remains unresolved is a day that a person in Canada … spends trapped in intolerable suffering … under a law that unjustly restricts medical access to assisted death.”Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould said the government would continue to defend its legislation.“It strikes the appropriate balance between respecting the personal autonomy of those seeking access to medical assistance in dying and protecting the rights of vulnerable Canadians,” she said in a statement.The federal government asserted in earlier submissions that new arguments are required because the latest case involves different plaintiffs, a different legal regime and a different set of issues compared with 2015.Shanaaz Gokool, head of Dying With Dignity Canada, said Wednesday’s ruling comes at the expense of people already experiencing intolerable pain and suffering, who should have found relief under the decision from the Supreme Court of Canada.“Obviously, we’re very disappointed in the ruling,” she said. “It means that we can expect a lengthy trial, and a very expensive one.”Gokool said she is aware of at least four people who have gone to Switzerland in the past year to have an assisted death because they were ineligible in Canada.The Supreme Court of Canada ruled medical assistance in dying should be available to capable, consenting Canadian adults suffering intolerably from “grievous and irremediable” medical conditions.Two B.C. women were included as plaintiffs alongside the civil liberties association, though one woman has since died.Robyn Moro, 68, suffered from Parkinson’s disease but was initially denied medical help in dying because her natural death was not considered reasonably foreseeable. She was added to the case in May and ended her life with the help of a doctor in late August following an Ontario Superior Court ruling that clarified how imminent a natural death had to be to qualify for assisted dying.The second plaintiff, Julia Lamb, 26, has spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative disease she worries will lead to years of unbearable suffering by robbing her of the ability to use her hands and forcing her to use a ventilator to breathe and a feeding tube to eat.A trial date has not been set and it is uncertain whether the civil liberties association will file an appeal to Wednesday’s decision, DiPuma said.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter