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Avenido’s years in ABL recognized with Lifetime Achievement award

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dillinger fighting, but struggling against ‘big boys’ at Ginebra Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “Honestly, it’s not something I expected,” Avenido told in Filipino during a press conference Tuesday. “I just got a call from boss Jericho (Ilagan) inviting me to attend the press conference then he told me about the Lifetime Achievement award that I’m going to be awarded due to my contributions to the league for about six to seven seasons that I played.”The 38-year-old Avenido made his first appearance in the ABL as one of the key players of the defunct Brunei Barracudas team in 2009 before suiting up for Singapore, Philippines, Saigon and Thailand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAvenido last saw action in the ABL for the Mono Vampire in 2016. He served as playing-coach for Gamboa Coffee in the PBA D-League early this year.The former PBA veteran has won it all in the ABL but he’s still keen on playing. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set In fact, he bared that the CLS Knights of Indonesia, one of three new teams making their debuts in the coming season, is looking at the possibility of tapping him.“I’m still going to talk with the boss of the Indonesian team. They’ve seen me play and they were a bit impressed,” said Avenido, who was the 10th overall pick by the Coca-Cola Tigers in the 2002 PBA Draft.“They’re concerned about my age and my conditioning or if I am still fit to play heavy minutes, but if you ask me, I’m ready.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Leo Avenido accepts his recognition from the ASEAN Basketball League. Photo from Cedelf P. TupasIt’s only fitting that Leo Avenido, one of the longest tenured players in the Asean Basketball League, has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement award.Avenido has more than five ABL seasons under his belt, including 2012 where he won a title as part of San Miguel and became the first Filipino to become MVP.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

Russell Westbrook rebounds with triple-double as Thunder beat Mavs

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook promised he’d be better on Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks, and he kept his word.Westbrook had 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his 10th triple-double of the season and the Oklahoma City Thunder gained a split of their back-to-back against the Mavericks, never trailing in a 122-102 victory.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Paul George added 22 points and Jerami Grant had 16 for the Thunder, who had dropped three of their last four games. That included a 105-103 loss at Dallas on Sunday, when Oklahoma City blew a six-point lead in the final 1:59 and Westbrook went 4 of 22 from the field and scored only nine points.Westbrook promised after that game, “We play tomorrow and I’ll be better from then on,” and he responded by going 13 of 24 from the field and knocking down midrange shots with regularity — often banking them in — as the Thunder built a 60-43 halftime lead.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“If I’m in that area, I’m going to shoot that same shot,” he said. “Why do anything different? If they give you the same shot, then take it. Part of this game is keeping it simple. When you keep it simple, it makes the game easier for everybody else, not just myself. Keeping it simple is something I’ve tried to learn over the course of the years.”Dallas coach Rick Carlisle burned five of his seven timeouts in the first half in an effort to stem the tide, but the Mavericks proved unable to overcome a 1-for-9 start from the field. Dallas committed 29 turnovers, the most ever by a Thunder opponent. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Despite going 8 of 13 from 3-point range in the quarter, Dallas made no headway, trailing 92-75 at its end. Barnes hit two more 3-pointers to cut the margin to 94-81 with 10:59 left, but George scored and Abdel Nader followed with a 3-pointer to rebuild Oklahoma City’s lead. Dallas came no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.TIP-INS:Mavericks: F Wesley Matthews returned after missing two games with right foot soreness, but Dallas made F Dirk Nowitzki inactive, citing “return from injury management” after he played 10 minutes on Sunday night . The Mavericks were called for a technical foul with 6:43 left after Carlisle called a timeout Dallas did not have . Dallas went 14 of 38 from 3-point range.Thunder: C Steven Adams had 12 points and 13 rebounds . Nerlens Noel scored 15 points in 15 minutes . Abrines sat out due to what the team called personal reasons . G Terrance Ferguson started despite being listed as questionable with a stomach illness . The Thunder are 9-2 on New Year’s Eve since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City . After playing Dallas on consecutive days, the Thunder won’t see the Mavericks again until March 31.NADER TAKES ADVANTAGEPlaying time has been difficult to come by for Nader, but the absence of Alex Abrines in recent games has allowed Nader an opportunity for more minutes, and he’s played well. He scored 18 points in 33 minutes in a win at Phoenix on Friday before scoring 10 on 4-of-6 shooting in his 12½ minutes on Monday.“One thing the coaching staff here preaches is you stay ready, never get ready,” Nader said. “I think I’ve done a good job of that all season long, so when my number is called, I don’t miss a beat.”George said it’s good to see teammates like Nader perform well when given the chance.“The good thing about this group, when someone goes down, the next guy steps up and they’re ready for that role,” George said. “We need all our guys. Our young guys are starting to step up for us.”UP NEXT: Mavericks: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday.Thunder: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “They had a lot to do with it, but we could do better,” Carlisle said. “We’ll keep working at it. You can always find positives in games. . But right now we’ve got to fixate on taking better care of the ball.”Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 25 points, matching his career high with seven 3-pointers in nine attempts, and Luca Doncic had 17 points. The Mavericks are 2-16 on the road, offsetting their 15-3 home record.As the Mavericks were misfiring to start the game, George scored 16 points in the first quarter as Oklahoma City built a 17-point lead. The Thunder led by as many as 22 in the first half.“We were on our heels early and never really got our bearings,” Carlisle said. “That kills you on the road.”Consecutive 3-pointers by Dennis Smith Jr. and Doncic pulled Dallas within 69-57, but a bucket by George, a steal and layup by Westbrook and an alley-oop dunk by Grant off Westbrook’s pass led Carlisle to burn his final timeout at the 6:45 mark of the third quarter, with his team down 75-57.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 46-point third quarter help Spurs overcome Celtics MOST READlast_img read more

Gilas back in practice as Andray Blatche leaves for China

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Promising spiker Nicole Magsarile to sit out UAAP Season 81, says UP coach Godfrey Okumu Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The former NBA veteran will rejoin Gilas on February 16 in Doha, six days before the Nationals take on Qatar in the sixth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.The team had 10 players in attendance with Raymond Almazan, Paul Lee, Thirdy Ravena, Roger Pogoy, Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, Gabe Norwood, Mark Barroca, Poy Erram and Marcio Lassiter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGilas is in a must-win situation in its final two games on the road, including a duel against Kazakhstan on February 24, of the qualifiers after going 1-3 in its previous four outings.Scottie Thompson, Japeth Aguilar and June Mar Fajardo missed practice. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas went back to work Monday night for its first practice since Andray Blatche flew back to China earlier in the day.Blatche joined Gilas last week but his stay was only for a short period of time as he had to be back with his mother ball club in the Chinese Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Improvement of prison conditions imminent with IDB funded survey – Ramjattan

first_imgPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has stated that the results from the recently announced prisons survey will be used to design rehabilitation and social reintegration programmes for inmates.Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Ramjattan stated that from the information gathered, they can glean and discern certain characteristics so that programmes and services can be developed.“I want a science-based, evidence-based set of information that would tell me what should be the strategies and plans. A lot of time its adhocracy and to get out of that requires a very comprehensive survey that is going to be far more informative as to why they (inmates) did what they did and how it is they are paying the penalties,” he stated.The Camp Street PrisonAccording to Ramjattan, the survey will be wide-ranging and would gather information on the lives of prisoners prior to incarceration, during imprisonment, and those of repeat offenders.“We are going to seek information as to the background of each one of the inmates who are going to answer the questionnaires. Some might not want to answer the questionnaire but we want to get down to understanding from whence they came, what were their circumstances, what were the parenting they came from so that we can get a complete picture of these inmates and their background,” the Minister outlined.He went on to say that this will help to make better assessments on how to plug programmes – whether it’s at the homes, domestic level or community level and also what can be done in relation to their education level.The survey, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under its Citizen Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP), will commence in September. It will be conducted by an Argentine University in collaboration with the University of Guyana.The role of UG would be to capture the data, while the Tres de Febrero University of Argentina will be responsible for analysing the data and preparing and compiling the report. They will also overlook the implementation of the survey by the University of Guyana.The data capturing period is slated to last some six weeks with a preliminary report expected by the end of November. The final report is expected at the end of April 2017. The final report will generate intellectual presentations on the conditions of the prisons and will make recommendations.A 2015, United States, State Department Report on Human Rights had indicated that rehabilitation programmes within the local prison services did not adequately address the needs of prisoners. Overcrowding and the harsh conditions faced by inmates were also highlighted by the report.More recently, a Commission of Inquiry into the prison riots of March 3, which resulted in the deaths of 17 inmates, pointed out overcrowding and inadequate facilities as some of the shortcomings of the system.last_img read more

Legislature Ratifies More Protocols

first_imgThe House of Representatives and the Senate have ratified several other protocols of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which were signed by the government of Liberia and sent to the Legislature by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.The additional Protocols (A/SP.1/06/06) are intended to amend certain articles of the ECOWAS treaty establishing the Authority of Heads of State and Government and defining its composition and functions. Specifically, the protocol amended Articles 8, 9, 10 (2), 12, 17, 18, 19, 22 (1) and 83.The new provisions address issues relating to the Sessions and Chairmanship of the Community; Legal Regime of the Community; Publication and Entry into Force of Community Acts. They also deal with the Commission’s establishment and composition; appointments; functions and technical committees, as well as its establishment and composition, relations between the community and other regional economic communities and cooperation agreements.On the eve of their annual break, the lawmakers ratified the protocol on the establishment of the World Health Organization, which seeks to amend a number of articles on the establishment of the West African Health Organization. The protocol specifically addresses a certain number of articles of protocol A/P2/7/87 of July 1993 relating to the adoption of Staff Rules and Regulations of the West African Health Organization.Another supplementary protocol ratified by the Legislators is the one amending the Preamble and Articles 1, 2, 9, 22 and 30 (Protocol A/P.1/7/91) relating to the Community Court of Justice and Article 4, paragraph 1 of the English version of the said protocols.That protocol aims to amend certain Articles of Protocol A/Pol/7/91 relating to the Community Court of Justice. It also seeks to align the English version of Article 4, paragraph 1 of the Protocol relating to the Community Court of Justice with the French version to ensure consistency, while also addressing the Terms of Office of Members of the Community Court, and its Jurisdiction and Budget.Also unanimously ratified was Protocol A/P2/12/01 relating to the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), which outlines the establishment of the EBID, with the basic objective of supporting regional integration infrastructure and development projects as well to support the development of the community through the financing of special programs or projects.The initial authorized capital of the EBID “shall be 603,000,000 Units of Account with each member subscribing to an initial share of EBID. The initial subscription of each member shall consist of 35 percent paid up and 65 percent of callable shares.” The supplementary protocol relating to the ECOWAS Parliament was among conventions ratified, and focused on the designation of the Parliament, the life of the Legislature, term of office, structure of the Parliament, election of the Speaker and the Rules of Procedures. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Intensive Senate Grilling Awaits CBL Governors, TEMT Today

first_imgCBL Acting Governor, Nathaniel Patray-Date may be announced to commence Ja’neh’s impeachment trialThe Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Nathaniel Patray, Deputy Governors and other members of the Technical Economic Management Team are scheduled to make a full appearance today before plenary of the Liberian Senate.The TEMT, headed by Minister of Finance and Development Planning Samuel Tweah, appeared before the Senate last Tuesday to brief that body on the state of the economy, but the absence of the CBL executive governor and his deputy governors prompted the need to reschedule the entire team to appear.During that opening marathon hearing that included the Minister of Commerce Wilson Tarpeh, Liberia Revenue Authority Commissioner General Thomas Doe Nah and Economic Advisor Charles Bright, senators’ emphasis was more on the monetary aspect of the economy, especially the alleged missing L$16 billion Liberian dollars, authorization for its printing, and the government’s infusion of US$25 million stimulus package intended to stabilize the depreciation of the local currency.Minister Tweah, during last week’s hearing, maintained his earlier statements that LD$16 billion did not go missing, but clarified that investigation is likely to prove that indeed money was missing but significantly lower than what is currently debated.The CBL boss, Nathaniel Patray, at the height of the missing billions saga, called a press briefing that was void of questions and answers and said that the Bank “was in receipt of” its printing agency all monetary transactions negotiated and that the so-called missing money was in the vault of the CBL.Meanwhile, sources within the leadership of the Senate have told the Daily Observer that issues centering on the date for commencement of the impeachment trial for Supreme Court Justice Kabineh Ja’neh may be agreed on and announced during today’s sitting.If the impeachment trial starts before the end of the month, there are speculations by legal analysts that the trial may go on into December, or immediately after the return of lawmakers to the Capitol in January.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt’s subsidy plan a recipe for bankruptcy – PPP

first_imgNew Demerara River bridge…as party demands answers on ‘shady’ arrangementsThe political Opposition is in support of a new bridge across the Demerara River. However, the party has insisted that it will not support a bridge that is mired in corruption, is already slated to exceed the Berbice Bridge in cost, and is financially unsustainable.Demanding answers on some of the project’s more shady details, the People’s Progressive Party, in a statement on Saturday, questioned the financial structure of the bridge and the relationship between a businessman and the Government’s choice of the location for the bridge.According to the PPP, the public will note that the Government has been unable to explain how and why the bridge terminates upon land owned by APNU financier Stanley Ming; and that this bridge is estimated to cost US$170 million, which is three times more than the Berbice River Bridge.The Berbice Bridge, which was opened in 2008, cost some US$40 million to build. According to the party, that bridge did not cost the Government anything in subsidies. Moreover, the party noted that the rates charged at the Berbice Bridge were comparable to the cost of using a ferry. It contrasted this with the new Demerara Bridge proposal.An artist’s impression of the new Demerara River bridge“No sources of finance have been identified, and the Government is committed to subsidising this bridge at unsustainable levels. For example, according to the Government feasibility study, if the 2017 toll rates are to be increased by 100 per cent, it will still attract a subsidy of over US$140 million over the first 12 years. That is over Gy$28 billion, which is equivalent to approximately Gy$2.3 billion per year,” the party said on Saturday.“We take this opportunity to draw attention to two bridges constructed in neighbouring Suriname by a previous Government under arrangements that were financially unsustainable. The strain that this had put on the Treasury of that country catapulted its economy into chaos.”The sitePublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had claimed that the previous Government itself had identified and touted the Houston-to-Versailles site in its pre-feasibility study. However, the PPP has denied this, noting that the study had identified three possible locations, and had offered opinions on each.“In terms of the location of the bridge, what the PPP/C administration did was a pre-feasibility study, and not a feasibility study. This pre-feasibility study dealt only with possible locations and the different types of bridge suitable for each (site). It did not treat with detailed costs and other variables. It identified three possible locations for the bridge: Hope–Patentia, alongside the current bridge, and Houston–Versailles. By no means was a conclusive decision taken by the PPP/C Government on any model or any location for the bridge.”QuestionsThe party went on to question what would be the cost for Government to acquire lands at Houston and Versailles. It also queried why the Ministry of Public Infrastructure had announced acquisition of lands only at Houston, but not Versailles.“With this new structure, what would be the cost of tolls for commuters and for commercial transporters?” the PPP questioned. “Since the feasibility study indicated that increase of tolls will be inadequate to finance this project, what would be the level of Government subsidy/financing?” the PPP wanted to know.“What is the financing model for this bridge? Would it be a public/private partnership (PPP) or the Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) model?“Would the selected contractor be responsible for financing and building the bridge, as well as other infrastructure to accommodate usage of the bridge; or would it be two separate awards?”Noting that Government has not shared copies of any social impact assessment or environmental impact assessment into the proposed bridge, the PPP has demanded that the responsible minister inform the nation how this site would affect businesses in the vicinity of both sides of the proposed location.“Since, within a specific distance determined by international standards, mooring of vessels are restricted for safety purposes in the vicinity of this bridge, how will this impact the publicly announced on-shore oil-and-gas facility; investments made by Muneshwer’s Limited at Houston; and other existing fishing establishments, fuel terminals, and other wharves that service ocean-going vessels?” the party also questioned.“As it relates to traffic flow and congestion, is there a network of roads that was considered? And how does the proposed Ogle-to-Diamond bypass road fit into this scheme?” the PPP also questioned.Earlier in the week, the Guyana Times had reported that Government was making contractors bidding to be prequalified sign non-disclosure agreements and waivers. They would also be forced to waive a number of rights, including the right to protest, and even legally challenge any decision taken during the process.“Why is the Ministry requesting that bidders sign non-disclosure agreements as well as waive their rights to protest the award if aggrieved?” the party queried. “Is it because the Government has already predetermined who (would) be contracted to build this bridge, and the financing model secretly agreed on? Are the few selected bidders only to be window-dressing and to give the impression of a fair and open process? Why is it necessary to waive their rights to protest if aggrieved?” were other questions the party posed.last_img read more

Airline quality drops for third consecutive year

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — More airline passengers bumped, more bags lost and fewer on-time flights. For the third year in a row, those problems grew worse for the industry, according to an annual study that rates airline quality. “They just dont get it yet,” said Dean Headley, an associate professor at Wichita State University and co-author of the study being released Monday. One upside, researchers said, was that the number of complaints about airlines has stabilized since hitting a five-year low in 2005. The study does not include information from recent weather-related flight delays such as the ones that left JetBlue and United Airlines planes idling for hours on taxiways. An industry spokesman does not expect travel woes to improve anytime soon. “Were going to see more delays, and those delays translate to cancellations, mishandled bags and unhappy passengers,” said David Castelveter, spokesman for the Air Transport Association, a trade group for the major U.S. carriers. “Its not a pretty picture.” Castelveter blamed the majority of delays on bad weather. Making matters worse, he said, more planes are going to be in the air in the coming years, and the air traffic control system is not capable of handling the rate of growth. Congress, he said, needs to provide more money to update the system so it can better handle the increased traffic and weather problems. The Airline Quality Rating report, compiled annually since 1991, looked at 18 airlines and was based on Transportation Department statistics. The research is sponsored by the Aviation Institute at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Wichita State University. Among the studys conclusions: Southwest had the lowest number of complaints in 2006, 0.18 per 100,000 passengers. United and US Airways were tied with the most complaints, 1.36. Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time performance (93.8 percent) for 2006, followed by Frontier Airlines (80.7 percent) and Southwest (80.2 percent). Atlantic Southeast Airlines had the worst on-time performance (66 percent). On-time was defined as within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. Canceled and diverted flights counted as late. The biggest disappointment came in the rate of mishandled bags, Headley said. Last year, 6.50 bags were lost, stolen or damaged, for every 1,000 passengers, compared with 6.06 in 2005. Hawaiian had the best baggage handling performance; Atlantic Southeast the worst. The increase in lost bags comes at a time when at least one domestic carrier — Spirit Airlines — is planning a new fee on passengers who check their bags. Come June, Spirit will charge $5 each for one or two checked bags if the ticket was booked online and $10 each for passengers who do not book online. While that is an attractive revenue stream for other airlines to consider, Headley does not think the idea will fly with consumers who long have expected that the ticket price includes a checked bag or two. “It will set off an absolute atomic bomb,” he said. On-time performance, the report said, worsened last year, with 75.5 percent of flights arriving on time, compared with 77.3 percent in 2005. JetBlue Airways took a hit in February, when passengers on 10 planes spent from five hours to 101/2 hours sitting on runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York because of icy weather and gate congestion. It took days for the airline to recover from the February storm and resume normal operations. It also led JetBlue to put in place a customer bill of rights that promises vouchers to passengers who experience delays. Overall, complaints about the airlines last year held steady at about 0.88 complaints for every 100,000 passengers. Nearly half the complaints were about flight problems or baggage. The study found an increase in the number of passengers who were bumped or denied boarding because of oversold flights — 1.01 denied boardings per 10,000 passengers last year, compared with 0.89 per 10,000 in 2005. JetBlue had the lowest rate of bumped passengers; Atlantic Southeast the highest.last_img read more

Alberta Peace fatality

first_imgIt occurred last night shortly before 10:00 p.m., near Range Road 51.A police report says the deceased victim was the lone occupant of a car, which reportedly crossed the center line and collided with a large service truck.It also confirms two men in the truck suffered non-life threatening injuries.- Advertisement -The police investigation into the cause of crash is ongoing and a collision analyst has been engaged to assist with it.last_img


first_imgThe late Leo Brennan.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Terence Slowey has conveyed his sincere condolences to the Brennan family on the death of their beloved Leo.“On behalf of the elected members, management and staff of Donegal County Council I would like to convey my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the late Leo Brennan.In July 2005, Donegal County Council afforded a Civic Reception and the Freedom of County Donegal to the late Leo Brennan and his wife Baba, in recognition of their immense contribution to the musical and linguistic culture of County Donegal. I recall this wonderful occasion with the fondest of memories as the life and times of Leo and Baba were shared with all of us.Leo Brennan was born into a musical family. His Mother and Father, along with his two brothers Lawrence and Tony and his sister Rose Marie travelled the length and breath of the country – particularly the Border Counties, The West of Ireland and Donegal – as the Connacht Concert Company.  Led by Leo’s Dad – a popular comedian, singer and piano player known affectionately as Happy Harry – a typical Connacht Concert Company evening would begin with a opening chorus and move swiftly and energetically through a variety of topical sketches, ballads and popular songs of the day, comedy and dance music.Leo’s family settled in Donegal in the mid 1940s and soon after he was running the family band having taken over the reins from his father.He formed the Slieve Foy Showband and continued to play the dancehalls and parish halls of Donegal throughout the 1950’s and 60’s – an exotic circuit that extended from Foxhall to Drumkeen, Termon, Dunlewey, Derrybeg, Kilmacrennan, Annagry, Creeslough, McFadden’s of Gortahork, Glenfin, The Forresters in Killybegs, The Saddlers Hall in Ardara, Edeninfagh in the Big Glen of Glenties, the Spink Hall in Glencolmcille and all points between.  Admission charges at the time ranged from the relatively inexpensive 4d for a ‘4 Penny Hop’ to upwards of 2s / 6d or a Half a Crown for the more upmarket Golf Club occasions. Leo and Baba were married in 1952 and the next generation of the Brennan Family –firstly Máire, Ciarán, Pól and thereafter Deirdre, Enya, Olive, Bartley, Leon and Bridín began to assimilate the music that came to them through their parents – Irish traditional, classical, operetta, music hall, jazz and also through their various teachers which Baba in particular, sought out – including  James McCafferty of the Gaelic Singers in Derry, Miss Winston – also of Derry – who taught ballet and dance and the late Canon Cathal O’Callaghan, Parish Priest of Dungloe – a Doctor of Music from Maynooth College and a noted authority on classical music and opera.In the late 1960’s Leo and Baba took over what is now the world-famous Tabhairne Leo/ Leo’s Tavern in Mín na Leice. Having retired from the showband circuit, Leo continued to perform to visiting audiences at the Tavern where he regularly included the old music hall songs he learned from his Father and Mother in the days of the old Connacht Concert Company.’We in Donegal County Council extend our condolences to Leo’s wife Baba, to his children Máire, Ciarán, Pól, Deirdre, Enya, Barltey, Leon, Olive and Bridín and to the extended Brennan family”.CATHAOIRLEACH EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY OF LATE LEO BRENNAN was last modified: June 23rd, 2016 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:ClannadCllr Terence SloweydeathdonegalEnyafuneralLeo Brennanlast_img read more

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