NBA preseason wraps up, regular season starts Tuesday

first_imgThe regular season begins Tuesday with Boston hosting Philadelphia, followed by Oklahoma City visiting defending champion Golden State.NETS 113, KNICKS 107Spencer Dinwiddie scored 19 points, D’Angelo Russell had 18 points and eight assists, and the Nets held on for a split of the preseason series with the Knicks.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 points for the Knicks but departed with a sprained left wrist. The Knicks said X-rays were negative.The teams meet again on Oct. 19 in the Nets’ home opener.ADVERTISEMENT LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: LeBron James #23 and Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after James made a shot against the Golden State Warriors and was fouled during their preseason game at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPFrom LeBron James’ arrival in Los Angeles to Jimmy Butler’s desire to leave Minnesota, it’s been an eventful NBA preseason.It was a rocky one for the Timberwolves, who spent most of it dealing with the Butler drama and finished it dealing with Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in just 25 minutes of Milwaukee’s 143-121 romp.ADVERTISEMENT Jeremy Lin had 20 points off the bench for Atlanta, which had 24 turnovers.HAWKS: First-round Trae Young pick Trae Young scored 11 points, making 2 of 3 from distance. He had five assists and two turnovers, finishing the preseason with 5 assists and 11 turnovers.HEAT: Bam Adebayo, last year’s No. 1 pick, had nine points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. 3 of 17 from 3 at half, down 13UP NEXT: Atlanta (2-3) plays at New York on Wednesday. … Miami (3-3) plays at Orlando on Wednesday.NUGGETS 98, BULLS 93Gary Harris scored 18 points and Jamal Murray added 17 as Denver won at Chicago. Nikola Jokic backed up the two second-year players with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.The Bulls closed within 88-87 with 4:09 to play as Jabari Parker, who scored 19 points, scored eight straight.NUGGETS: Juan Hernangomez only had 3 points but it was his trey just before Parker’s run that gave the Nuggets a nine-point lead. He also blocked Cristiano Felicio’s layup attempt with 2:42 and the lead at two.BULLS: Point guard Kris Dunn had two points, three assists and six turnovers in 22 minutes. Denver scored 20 points off turnovers, 19 in the first half. First-round draft pick Wendell Carter Jr. had 10 points and nine rebounds.UP NEXT: Denver (4-1) plays at the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. … Chicago (2-3) plays at Philadelphia on Thursday. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ROCKETS 121, GRIZZLIES 103James Harden scored 23 points and Chris Paul and Clint Capela had double-doubles as Houston cruised at Memphis. Paul had 14 points and 11 assists and Capela 12 points with13 rebounds. Seven players scored in double figures for Houston, which made 20 of 47 3-pointers.First-round draft pick Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Rockets with 18 points in 21 minutes.ROCKETS: Carmello Anthony was 3 for 10 in 26 minutes as a reserve. He had 10 points, making 3 of 6 from long range, and averaged 13 points on four games.GRIZZLIES: Second-round pick Jevon Carter was scoreless in three minutes.UP NEXT: Houston (4-1) hosts New Orleans on Wednesday. … Memphis (2-3) plays at Indiana on WednesdayBUCKS 143, TIMBERWOLVES 121Giannis Antetokounmpo 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as Milwaukee rolled at home. He had 14 points in the first quarter as the Bucks took a 43-27 lead and 28 at at the half when it was 84-53.Taj Gibson had 21 points for the Timberwolves.TIMBERWOLVES: In addition to missing Butler, Andrew Wiggins did not make the trip for personal reasons. First-round pick Josh Okogie scored 11 points, his high for the preseason. Second-round pick Keita Bates-Diop added eight points. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college BUCKS: Went 25 of 38 from 3-point range with Khris Middleton, who had 22 points, going 5 of 8. First-round pick Donte DiVincenzo had five points, giving him 31 in four preseason games.UP NEXT: Minnesota (1-4) plays at San Antonio on Wednesday. … Milwaukee (3-1) plays at Charlotte on Wednesday.TRAIL BLAZERS 118, KINGS 115C.J. McCollum scored 21 points, Zach Collins had a double-double and Portland held off the Kings after Frank Mason III missed a runner as time ran out. Collins, a first-round pick last year, had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Reserves Meyers Leonard had 17 points and Nik Stauskas 15.All five starters scored in double figures for Sacramento with Buddy Hield and Yogi Ferrell scoring 19 apiece and second overall pick Marvin Bagley III adding 15.KINGS: Although it was a loss, it was a pretty good bounce back after a 132-93 loss at Utah on Thursday. … Bagley averaged 14.2 points an 7.8 rebounds in five preseason games.TRAIL BLAZERS: Damian Lillard went 2 for 10 from the field and scored seven points. … First-round pick Anfernee Simons, expected to play in the D League, missed his only shot in five minutes of play but he had 26 points in the four previous games.UP NEXT: Sacramento (2-4) hosts Utah on Wednesday night. … Portland (3-2) hosts the Lakers on Thursday.LAKERS 119, WARRIORS 105Rookie Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk scored 22 points, Kyle Kuzma added 19 and the Lakers beat the Warriors for the second time in three nights. 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 Rookie Devin Robinson scored 23 points, 15th overall pick Troy Brown Jr. added 21 and the Wizards spoiled Marreese Speights’ 41-point outburst.Speights was 13-of-27 shooting, with seven 3-pointers, for Chinese Basketball Association’s Guangzhou Long-Lions. He also grabbed eight rebounds in 40 minutes.LONG-LIONS: Speights, who won a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, scored 16 of his teams’ 37 first-quarter points. He was 6 of 8 from the field to help the Long-Lions stay close at 38-37. He finished the half 7 of 10 for 20 points and he had 34 points at the end of the third quarter. … The Long-Lions were 19 of 41 from 3-point range.WIZARDS: Otto Porter Jr. and Ian Mahinmi each scored 11 points in the first quarter, and Washington took control in the second quarter — outscoring the Long-Lions 34-17. The Wizards shot 61 percent in the half, and broke the century mark in the third quarter, leading 107-85. … Washington star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal did not play.UP NEXT: Washington (4-1) hosts Miami on Thursday.HORNETS 123, MAVERICKS 118Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each made three of Charlotte’s 19 3-pointers.Walker scored 13 points in 17 minutes, Lamb added 11 points and rookie Miles Bridges had 13 points and seven rebounds.DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Luka Doncic also scored 18 for Dallas, which recently returned from two games in China.HORNETS: Malik Monk banked in a 3-pointer from beyond midcourt just before the first-quarter buzzer to pull Charlotte within 35-29. The teams, who entered averaging 30-plus 3-point attempts, combined to make 11 3-pointers in the first quarter. The Hornets led 58-53 at halftime behind Walker’s 13 points. MAVERICKS: Jordan had 11 points and nine rebounds in 18 first-half minutes. Doncic made three 3-pointers in the half and scored 11 points.UP NEXT: Charlotte (4-1) hosts Milwaukee on Wednesday. Dallas (2-2) plays at Phoenix on Wednesday.PISTONS 129, CAVALIERS 110Detroit’s big men dominated in East Lansing. Blake Griffin scored 29 points, Andre Drummond added 21 and the Pistons made 21 3-pointers at Michigan State’s Jack Breslin Student Events Center.Rodney Hood led Cleveland with 21 points, 11 coming from the free-throw line.PISTONS: Griffin and Reggie Jackson had eight points apiece in the first quarter as Detroit led 35-30. The Pistons extended it to 69-60 by halftime. Griffin had 19 points and five assists in 16 first-half minutes and Drummond added 16 points with six rebounds in 19 minutes. … Ish Smith beat the third-quarter buzzer with a 3-ponter from the wing to extend Detroit’s lead to 99-91.CAVALIERS: George Hill added 14 points and Tristan Thompson had 13 points and nine rebounds.UP NEXT: Detroit (2-3) host Brooklyn on Wednesday. Cleveland (2-2) plays at Toronto on Wednesday.HEAT 119, HAWKS 113Josh Richardson scored 24 points and the Heat rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit with a 66-point second half against visiting Atlanta. Miami won despite going 7 of 31 from 3-point range and committing 23 turnovers. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA Board ‘unanimously’ agrees against trade of No. 1 pick Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Klay Thompson scored 21 points in the first half for the Warriors. Stephen Curry added 16 points. The duo combined for seven 3-pointers.LAKERS: Rajon Rondo and LeBron James sat out. … Mykhailiuk was 8 of 18 from the field and fellow rookie Johnathan Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds.WARRIORS: Every fan attending the game at the SAP Center in San Jose received a Kevin Durant San Jose Sharks-themed bobblehead. But he did not play. … Curry scored all of his points in the first quarter when the Warriors built a 38-29 lead. Thompson had 14 in the second quarter when the lead reached 65-54 at halftime. Both sat out the second half.UP NEXT: Los Angeles Lakers (3-3) play at Portland on Thursday. Golden State (1-4) hosts Oklahoma City on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NETS: Joe Harris scored 16 points and Caris LeVert had 14. … The Nets were without starters Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left groin strain), DeMarre Carroll (ankle) and Allen Crabbe (left ankle sprain). Coach Kenny Atkinson said Hollis-Jefferson, who didn’t play in the preseason, played 5-on-5 earlier Friday and hoped the forward would be ready for opening night. Crabbe was hurt during the preseason, with Atkinson saying his injury was mild. … G Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain) has missed the entire preseason and Atkinson said there was no update on his condition.KNICKS: Mario Hezonja scored 14 points and Noah Vonleh finished with 13. … Luke Kornet made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Knicks cut a 21-point deficit down to four in the closing minutes. … Ron Baker started at point guard, with coach David Fizdale saying he is still undecided who his starter on opening night would be at that position. … Second-round pick Mitchell Robinson started at center after missing the last two games with a sprained right ankle. … Trey Burke hit from about midcourt at the buzzer to end the first quarter.UP NEXT: Brooklyn (2-2) visits Detroit on Wednesday in its season opener. New York (3-2) hosts Atlanta the same night.SPURS 100, MAGIC 81DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, nine coming from the line, LaMarcus Aldridge had 13 points and 15 rebound and the injury-riddled Spurs reached the century mark for the fourth time this preseason.Evan Fournier led the Magic with 23 points.SPURS: The injuries are adding up for the Spurs as Rudy Gay (heel) and Derrick White missed the game. White underwent an MRI examination Thursday that revealed a left plantar fascia tear. … San Antonio held Orlando to 10 first-quarter points, and the Spurs led 40-30 at halftime as both teams shot less than 31 percent.MAGIC: Orlando’s first-round picks from the past two drafts played together for the first time as second-year forward Jonathan Isaac scored five points in 20 minutes and rookie center Mohamed Bamba added 15 points in 23 minutes.UP NEXT: San Antonio (3-2) hosts Minnesota on Wednesday. Orlando (2-3) hosts Miami on Wednesday.WIZARDS 140, LONG-LIONS 111 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption And it was a rough one for the Spurs, who lost three guards to injuries, including starting point guard Dejounte Murray for the season with a torn ACL.Russell Westbrook (right knee) and Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle) couldn’t even get on the floor, still recovering from surgeries. Nowitzki has already been ruled out by Dallas coach Rick Carlisle for the regular-season opener next week.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 ChrissIt’s still unknown if Butler will be playing then — or for what team. He didn’t travel with the Timberwolves on Friday to Milwaukee, with coach Tom Thibodeau saying he remained behind to work on his conditioning.The preseason schedule wrapped up with 11 games, with the Lakers facing Golden State in San Jose, California in the last one. James sat out, as did Kevin Durant for the Warriors. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

Security services complying with removal of sirens on vehicles

first_imgTraffic Chief Linden Isles has expressed satisfaction over the compliance of security services, which have so far removed their sirens and flashing lights in keeping with the traffic laws of Guyana.Traffic Chief Linden IslesThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) had, back in February, come out warning those businesses that they are not permitted to use those types of equipment, as only emergency vehicles such as ambulances, Police vehicles and fire trucks are allowed by law to go through traffic with such aid.Isles in an invited comment told Guyana Times that the Force has engaged those agencies on the way forward. According to him, those businesses will only be allowed to use such equipment if the Ministry amends the law to cater for them.In this regard, owners of security services and other persons who are guilty of having such equipment attached to their vehicles could face the consequences of being prosecuted.“The only way that they could use those things is if they write and approach the Minister so that the law could be amended,” he stated.The GPF Traffic Department had pointed out that the Road Traffic (Guyana Fire Service) Order made under Section 49 specifically states what emergency vehicles are.It explained, “Approved Police Vehicle means any vehicle carrying a lamp showing to the front an amber light and sounding continually a bell, gong or siren. Vehicle of the Fire Service means any engine, pump, trailer or other vehicle of the Guyana Fire Service and includes any vehicle carrying a lamp showing an amber light and sounding continually a bell, gong or siren, in which any member of the Guyana Fire Service is being conveyed to any fire or suspected fire”.On the other hand, when asked about the way in which commuters respond to emergency vehicles, the Traffic Chief pointed out that he has not received any recent reports of flawed drivers in this regard.Last March, the Chief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle called on road users, especially motorists to yield to sirens. According to Gentle, it is an international rule that a vehicle with sirens sounding is proceeding to or from an emergency.The failure of road users to yield to the sirens of emergency vehicles is one of the major challenges the Guyana Fire and the Emergency Medical Services face when responding to a call.Gentle was quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying that as responsible road users, “persons ought to give way to the vehicle sounding the siren.”“There may be someone who is being taken to a hospital who needs immediate medical attention that the EMS cannot provide to them, but if they are able to transport them in a timely manner and without any delay, they can save that person’s life,” the Chief Fire Officer said.last_img read more

Man remanded for narcotics found in haversack

first_imgA 37-year-old man was on Tuesday remanded to prison on a narcotics trafficking charge.Paul Roberts, of Lot 99 Second Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown, stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied the charge.It is alleged that on July 6, 2019 at Third Avenue, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), he had 468 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution is contending that the Police were on patrol when they saw Roberts acting in a suspicious manner and began to follow him. According to the prosecution, the Police followed him to a house and subsequently conducted a search on a green haversack that he had in his possession, discovering two parcels of cannabis taped with brown scotch tape. Ranks opened the parcels in his presence, and he claimed that he normally smoked and made tea of the illicit substance.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty it attracts. The matter was adjourned to August 2, 2019 at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

Commonwealth Women’s Mentorship programme launched

first_img– 14 young Guyanese to benefit from pilotThe Commonwealth Women’s Mentorship programme first pilot scheme was officially launched Friday evening at the British High Commissioner’s Residence.This programme was conceptualised at the Commonwealth Women Leaders’ Summit in 2016. The scheme is delivered by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Council; the Commonwealth Youth, Gender and Equality Network and the Rotary in Canada and the Caribbean.Approximately 70 persons will benefit from the Commonwealth Women’sBritish High Commissioner Greg Quinn and some of the mentees at the launch of the Commonwealth Women’s Mentorship programmeMentorship Scheme. Of that number, 14 aspiring young women from Guyana will be matched with experienced professionals in 14 fields.Commenting on the programme, organiser Angelique Pouponneau, Vice Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Council, said that mentorship was essential for boosting the economic position of women. “As a young woman myself, I understand the importance of having someone to provide guidance and advice….to progress in your career.”British High Commissioner Greg Quinn questioned the gathering in his opening remarks, “How can change be sustainable or beneficial if half of the world’s population is excluded?” He spoke of his childhood, and how women played a vital role in his life: his sister and mother. The High Commissioner reiterated Britain’s commitment to “further the cause of equality and to advocate for this in Guyana.”He said he would “continue to condemn domestic violence which is prevalent in this society. So, gender discrimination is just as unacceptable as physical or emotional abuse.” He added that men must be educated, but women too; it should be reinforced that “there should be no barriers to what they can achieve”.The mentoring project starts with a six-month pilot in the Caribbean and the Americas, and will include a small number of participants from Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. It was opened to Commonwealth citizens between 18 and 29 who have demonstrated leadership and drive in their careers or in community projects.Both the mentees and mentors were urged by High Commissioner Quinn to “gain as much” from the programme. Some of the mentees are Elon Alonzo, Devina Roopnarine, Chevaunne Perreira, Lisa Hussain, Sara Henry, Leanna Kalicharan, Kadija Murray, Shivanie Rampersaud, Saunssey Profit, Satwanti Baburam, and Loeta King.Dr Joy Wilson, Elon McCurdy, Evie Kanhai and Sharon Patterson also spoke at the launch.Dr Patricee Douglas, a mentee of the programme, explained that her volunteer group, SRHR Adventures seeks to raise awareness of sexual and reproductive health and human rights, with a special focus on family planning and contraception in Guyana.She stressed that “you do not have to be rich, or have lots of money to make a difference”. Her organisation is self-funded, with the aid of a grant that she won last year (120 Under 40 family planning competition). It was while doing a ‘Women Deliver Young Leader Programme’ that Douglas uncovered the statistics of unplanned pregnancy, and became passionate to alleviate this issue. “Guyana has the second highest rate of adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean and South America; 97 out of every 1000 young ladies ages 15 to 19 become pregnant yearly,” Dr Douglas stated.The SRHR Adventures consists of seven young doctors, one medical student and a psychologist. They conduct interactive sessions on abortions, prevention of adolescent pregnancy, family planning, and other related issues. They have also recently launched an awareness campaign for the HPV vaccine, Gardasil.One of the mentors, Elizabeth Cox, said it was important to “ensure that the next generation is prepared to take on the new challenges that our world will face, they can benefit from our mistakes”. She has committed to aiding the mentees towards becoming successful entrepreneurs, and looks forward to sharing her experiences.This mentorship programme has been designed to ensure that the wealth of people within the Commonwealth, who are willing to commit their time and experience share their knowledge with the younger generation towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 202, Pouponneau said.last_img read more

Green Jags, Germans battle for supremacy tonight

first_imgMohamed’s Enterprise/ExxonMobil futsal…The Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) hard court will tonight be illuminated from 19:00hrs for the finale of the Mohamed’s Enterprise/ExxonMobil futsal tournament, which sees Figgy Green Jags and Germans United playing for top honours.This is the final of seven nights of high intensity futsal involving 20 teams from Linden, Georgetown and West Demerara; and according to a release, organisers of the event, New Era Entertainment, have stated that all systems are in place for fans to enjoy the anticipated matches in a safe and secure environment.Jags are pegged as the favourites to lift the championship trophy while pocketing the $600,000 first place cash prize, but the road ahead in this regard is not easy; as, unlike the 14-8 semifinal victory against Quiet Storm, they come up against the doughty Germans.John ‘Brown boy’ Waldron, with his flair and power shots, will be one of the players to watch for the fan favourites Jags, while the youthful Andre Mayers of Germans United has proven that he is capable of keeping up the pace and outperforming many of the seasoned campaigners in Linden.The evening starts with an exhibition match between Silver Shattas and High Star, and this would surely be a worthy warm-up to pique the fans’ interest in what ought to be a suspenseful third place playoff between Quiet Storm and Goodfellas.The third match of the night will involve the animated Harry’s Seven and Nut Genasyde before the finale.The runners-up will receive a handsome $250,000, third place winners $100,000 and fourth place winners $50,000.The sponsors of the tournament include Mohammed’s Enterprise, ExxonMobil, Bakewell, Cell Smart, Power Producers & Distributors Incorporated (PPDI), Stag Beer, Dragon Stout, Sankar’s Auto Works and Bumper to Bumper Services.last_img read more

Unsurprisingly Man United fans are happy with the Donnarumma transfer news

first_img Where will Gianluigi Donnarumma be playing next season? 1 With the astonishing news emerging from Italy surrounding Gianluigi Donnarumma’s future, Milan showed they would not be pushed around.The club showed their strength by telling people the 18-year-old goalkeeper will not renew a contract that expires in 2018, meaning he will leave this summer or next.“We are disheartened. [Donnarumma’s agent] Mino Raiola has conveyed to me Donnarumma’s decision not to renew. It’s his final decision,” club director Marco Fassone told a press conference.If the talented and sought after keeper leaves next year then he and Raiola will be able to claim a bigger signing on fee, while any club wishing to buy him in 2017 will have to pay big money. PSG, Juventus and Real Madrid are the three teams heavily linked, but that hasn’t stopped other supporters hoping Donnarumma joins them.Man United fans are probably happiest because, with the link to Real Madrid, it may mean David De Gea remains at Old Trafford…last_img read more

Celtic could make a move on Swiss defender after the World Cup

first_imgCeltic are interested in Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabian Schar.The 26-year-old was relegated along with the Spanish club last season and he wants to leave this summer. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January blunder The bizarre reason why Man United didn’t sign new Liverpool playmaker Minamino Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED The Switzerland international has a £3.5m release clause in his current contract and he will not be short of suitors.According to El Desmarque, Celtic, Eintracht Frankfurt and Lazio are all interested in Schar.The trio are currently scouting the centre-back at the World Cup, where he is playing for Switzerland.Schar is said to be eager to sort his future after the tournament in Russia to avoid any distractions.The defender has previously been linked with the likes of Arsenal, but they are no longer tracking him. IN DEMAND Gossip targets Latest Transfer News Man City eye Poch, Haaland pictured with United shirt, Chelsea dealt double blow targets REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Fabian Schar makes a challenge in Switzerland’s opening match Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more

LARGE CROWD EXPECTED AT PUBLIC MEETING ON DONEGAL’S CLASSROOM SIZES

first_imgA public meeting is to be held in the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny at 8pm on Monday, 23rd September to discuss the expected increase in class sizes in the upcoming budget.Many Donegal classrooms are overcrowdedThe patron bodies and leadership groups involved in Irish primary education have come together to form the National Alliance for Primary Education (NAPE).The Alliance has launched a pre-budget campaign asking Government to make primary education a priority, adding that any cuts to primary education are short-sighted, represent bad value for money and will adversely affect Irish society in the longer term. In addition to lobbying politicians and launching a postcard campaign, the group is holding a series of public meetings around the country including the one in Letterkenny.Representatives from school management, the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) and parents will address the public at the meeting in the Clanree Hotel.There will also be an opportunity for contributions from the floor. Politicians, parents, management, teachers and anyone with an interest in primary education are urged to attend.  LARGE CROWD EXPECTED AT PUBLIC MEETING ON DONEGAL’S CLASSROOM SIZES was last modified: September 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:clanree hotelovercrowdingPublic meetinglast_img read more

NEW GOVERNMENT RULES ON PROCUREMENT COULD COST DONEGAL JOBS, WARNS TD

first_imgJOBS could go in Co Donegal under new procurement rules, a TD has warned.Thomas Pringle TD has today called for evidence that the impact on jobs was assessed when the government instructed that public service bodies such as schools are to now purchase supplies from centralised companies through public procurement.In his Priority Question to Minister Brian Hayes in the Dáil today, Deputy Pringle asked if he had assessed the impact on local jobs of a public procurement circular that provides for single suppliers on a national level for day to day purchases for public bodies, such as schools purchasing stationary and office supplies, that can now only purchase these supplies from one provider. Speaking on the matter, the Independent for Donegal South West stated: “There are many small companies throughout the country that provide supplies to public bodies which will now suffer greatly and result in job losses as a result of this decision put in place by the National Procurement Service. By choosing only one company to provide specific supplies is bad for competitiveness, bad for business and very bad for jobs.“There are a number of local companies in Donegal that have provided supplies, such as janitorial supplies to schools, for many years and are now facing a bleak future. When I highlighted these concerns to the Minister he accused local public sector managers of ‘looking after their friends’ when choosing where to buy their goods from, yet they seem to think choosing one company for the entire public service is somehow the right way to go.“If local jobs are lost, which will happen if this is allowed to continue, the value of the procurement framework is undermined and will end up costing more to the State.“I asked for the assessment on the impact of local jobs and I now await the evidence that this assessment was indeed carried out, and I intend to follow-up on with Minister Hayes on this,” stated Pringle.  NEW GOVERNMENT RULES ON PROCUREMENT COULD COST DONEGAL JOBS, WARNS TD was last modified: January 23rd, 2013 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:NEW GOVERNMENT RULES ON PROCUREMENT COULD COST DONEGAL JOBSThomas PringleWARNS TDlast_img read more

Researchers debunk myth of superfoods

first_imgTired of trying to keep track of all the so-called superfoods you’re supposed to eat? You know, oregano that packs 42 times more antioxidants than apples, cooked tomatoes that may prevent prostate cancer, and chocolate and wine that may or may not be health foods? Then here’s the good news – you can stop trying. Leading researchers say all those breathless headlines, food packaging claims and seemingly contradictory studies about what antioxidants can and can’t do have fostered a faulty silver bullet mind-set that can hinder health more than help. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Instead, experts advise focusing on balance, moderation and variety, and leaving the phytochemicals, flavanols and phenolic acids to scientists. Researcher Jeffrey Blumberg acknowledges that “doesn’t seem to be a very sexy message. People would rather be told there is a superfood, a term I hate because in fact there is no such thing.” Foods labeled as antioxidant-rich – everything from bottled tea to bags of frozen berries – have become a $526 million industry that continues to grow. Even foods that otherwise have seen sales slump are getting a boost from antioxidant claims, says Phil Lempert, a food industry analyst and editor of SupermarketGuru.com. Sales of blueberry preserves, for example, are up, though overall jam sales are down. “It’s clear that regardless of whether or not people understand what ‘rich in antioxidants’ means, it is certainly a logo or a stamp that says ‘Buy me! I’m going to help you live forever,”‘ Lempert says. Maybe. Maybe not. Experts aren’t suggesting antioxidants aren’t important or that people shouldn’t eat foods that contain them. Instead, they’re saying not enough is known about how they work to justify focusing one’s diet on any particular antioxidant or food. It’s all about quashing free radicals, harmful chemicals produced by the body and found in the environment that damage cells. That damage has been linked to a host of chronic conditions, from heart problems to cancer, even aging. Diets rich in antioxidants – which are in countless foods – seem to minimize this damage. What’s not clear is whether that benefit is due to the antioxidants themselves or to the overall diet and the way the antioxidants and other nutrients in it interact. The evidence increasingly suggests the latter, says Howard Sesso, a professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. That means eating patterns make a difference, but probably not eating particular foods or taking supplements. Diets rich in beta carotene, for example, have been found to help prevent heart disease and cancer, but studies of beta carotene supplements alone have been mostly disappointing. And there is little evidence that one antioxidant is better than another. Also unknown is whether quantity counts. Manufacturers brag about the amount of antioxidants in their products, but studies have yet to establish that more is better, or whether the body can even absorb the amounts contained in most foods. 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