Paul Desiderio, Abu Tratter join NLEX practice amid impending trade to Blackwater

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Tratter, who was picked seventh, also felt comfortable practicing with the Road Warriors.The ex-La Salle big man added he’s also determined to make a name for himself in the professional ranks.“I feel like I fit in but it’s not my decision, so I’m controlling what I can. Coach Yeng said he’s confident in our talent no matter what, so coming in today, I’m just excited to start my career. I’m gonna live like I was picked number one.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The former UAAP stars still joined the Road Warriors in practice amid a trade proposal that would ship them to the Elite in exchange for national team mainstay Poy Erram.“It was a fun first day. I felt comfortable because there are many Visayans here like JR Quiñahan and Mac Tallo,” Desiderio said in Filipino as posted by the NLEX Road Warriors on their official Twitter account.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 ChrissDesiderio, who led University of the Philippines to its first UAAP Finals appearance in 32 years, said he is also not affected by the trade.“I have no problem with the trade because I’ll be happy with whichever team I end up playing. But today I was really excited to play with Larry Fonacier,” said the gutsy guard, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2018 PBA Draft on Sunday. 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 Photo taken from the NLEX Road Warriors’ Twitter accountIt seems to be only a matter of time until NLEX’s first round picks Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter are officially traded to the Blackwater Elite.But that didn’t keep Desiderio and Tratter from participating in their first practice as PBA rookies on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sue Bird enjoying time in Denver Nuggets role, still wants to play Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

On the Issue of Same Sex Marriage, Where Does Gov’t Stand?

first_imgThe resident priest of the St Kizito Catholic Church in Paynesville outside Monrovia has called on the government of Liberia to take stance on the issue of same sex marriage which is generating much debate throughout the world with Liberia being no exception.Priest Ambrose Kroma said Gov’t needs to make a definite position on the controversial global debate of same sex marriage as other African countries including Nigeria and Uganda have done.Speaking at the Easter vigil night on Saturday, April 19,2014, Priest Kroma indicated that Liberia prides itself on being built and guided by Christian principles and if this is to be true, government must therefore make anti same sex laws despite the human consequences that may be incurred.He said it is so unfortunate that the issue of same sex relationship is now openly discussed in the country and had even gain the support of certain segment of the Liberian public.It could recalled the Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Liberia, Lewis Ziegler, strongly spoke against the act of homosexuality when he delivered a touching and national spirit awaking sermon at the Providence Baptist Church. The occasion was the climax of the national fast and prayer day.Prelate Kroma also used the Easter Vigil to strongly speak against a number of critical national issues. He called on Liberians not to vote for politicians believed to be connected to ritualistic killings.He noted that such politicians used human blood and body parts for rituals, believing that they would gain power from them.Priest Kroma wondered, “When some politicians will realize that power comes from God and not from the sacrificing of human life.”He said during elections in Liberia there are usually growing speculations that some politicians practice ritualistic killings in an effort to attain power.“Mysterious dead bodies sometimes with extracted parts are also found without a determination made as to the cause of the deaths.”In another development, the Catholic prelate had called on lawmakers to make their earnings and benefits public as they are being paid by taxpayers’ money.According to him, there are growing unanswered questions and controversies surrounding lawmakers’ income as the gap between the rich and poor grows wider.He wondered why the legislature has not been audited despite the calls for more transparency and accountability from government.The Catholic priest also expressed disagreement over the proposed 73 million dollars for Direct District Impact Projects as proposed by the House of Representatives, calling on the lawmakers to first exercise responsible oversight on the County Development Funds.He described the House’s proposal as not logical, claiming that Liberians will be more skeptical of said proposal given the history surrounding the County Development Funds.Meanwhile it seems that the Liberian Churches have now resolved to get themselves engage some of the critical national issues that are impeding the progress of the country.The recent national fast and prayer day ceremony the issues of poverty and hunger, as well as immorality were highly spoken about by religious stakeholdersShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia’s 169th Independence Day: An Old Nation Continuously and “Appropriately” Celebrating in Turbulence

first_imgSimply Thinking ThoughtsIn my thinking thoughts, I digested President Sirleaf’s recent proclamation that referenced the “Patriotic Observances Law,” Title 26 that sets the 26th day of July as “Independence Day” to be “appropriately celebrated.” As apparent due diligence, the proclamation acknowledged the varied turbulent times the nation continues to face; “when this nation was declared a free, sovereign independent State and from then through the years of our national life, manifold and varied have been experiences of the nation and its people, who through it all have been able to forge their way by dent of perseverance, devotion, and courage.”Truly, over its existence, this small West African state has painfully maneuvered through diverse turbulences. From the day the ex-slaves were offloaded on these shores by the American Colonization Society, to the days of the Ebola virus disease and the peculiar Unity Party leadership, there has always been turbulence. For example, NOCAL is bankrupt, ruling UP Chairman, Varney Sherman, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, are indicted for corruption. In addition, in spite of the pain and hardship common citizens endure each day, the nation continues to celebrate July 26, every year as has been declared by President Sirleaf’s 169th Independence Day proclamation.Construct of TurbulenceFor clarity, turbulence can be construed as commotion, disorder or instability that threatens the sanity of an establishment or entity. In the case of an aircraft in flight, turbulence is caused by bad weather that has the ability to sweep it off course, crash it and kill the passengers or expose them to pain and untold suffering. In the middle of one of my 10 hour flights, the pilot suddenly announced an unexpected turbulence due to bad weather and instructed passengers to fasten their seatbelts. Those who were new flyers or did not fly frequently, became scare as they hung unto the handles of their seats. Their heartbeats could be heard from a distance as they solemnly hummed tunes of famous gospel hymns like, “All to Jesus I surrender…”, and “Lord I’m coming home…” in case the plane crashed so that they would be received safely in heaven in the bosom of Father Abraham or at the foot of the throne of the Lord Jesus Christ himself. Frequent flyers that had experienced situations of turbulence, for their part, simply received the announcement of turbulence as “business as usual”, and hence carelessly reclined in their seats as the air hostesses wore fake smiles as they walked the aisle giving passengers hope. As usual, our aircraft rocked and shook as it maneuvered through the turbulence. Through it all, the adroit pilot landed the big bird smoothly and we burst out in celebration with a rousing round of applause. Of course, the traumatized new flyers clapped louder and longer than the experienced careless frequent flyers.Flight Liberia #169 in turbulenceUsing your mind’s eyes, please take a trip with me on Flight Liberia #169. This vessel has gone through many turbulent times as a racist old nation that does not allow white people to become citizens. It does not allow her own citizens to vote because they are naturalized in other countries; however, it allows them to serve as government officials who sup lustily in her first class cabin. The log of Flight Liberia #169 reveals that several pilots have attempted to safely bring it to port; unfortunately, due to their ineptitude and arrogance they failed; some were mediocre pilots and crew members who lacked willpower to act appropriately; others were corrupt, unpatriotic and greedy bigots who lacked moral rectitude, while others were spineless cowards who would never call a spade a spade in their lifetime, and hence messed up their administrations. Consequently to this day, Flight Liberia #169 continues to navigate her way with reckless audacity through unnecessary turbulence. In Flight #169, corruption currently is wearing red long boots and striding majestically around the first class cabin under the guise of mystic Big Boy#1 and Big Boy #2 of the depraved Capitol Hill.The passengers aboard 169 are the common citizens who groan each day in agony due to economic hardship and frequent budget shortfalls. These are the poor students, voiceless teachers, the unemployed, the marketers, motorcycle pem-pem riders, and low income civil servants who struggle daily to live on US one dollar a day. The pilot with co-pilot at any time is the head of the Executive Branch and all presidential appointees; the Legislative and Judiciary Branches are the air hostesses and engineers. These two are the careless frequent flyers, the cream of Liberians with influence and affluence, who are supposed to steer Flight #169. While the fearful passengers are in pain, these “careless flyers” do not waiver at all in turbulence; for come what may, they would receive first preference. Unfortunately, despite the failure by successive pilots to safely bring Flight Liberia #169 home, the passengers are instructed to pray for the careless frequent flyers and applaud in the turbulence precisely on July 26 of each year. Refusing to clap in turbulence is sinSometimes it appears like celebrating Independence Day every year in spite of the widespread economic and political challenges is similar to clapping for a plane in turbulence. It may be true that the common passengers on Flight Liberia #169 may not have any choices for now, but they might refuse to clap in the not too distant future. They might clap for the completion of the Monrovia-Ganta highway, but refuse to clap for the stench from the Big Boy 1, Big Boy 2 corruption case; clap for successful dismissal of the Ebola virus disease epidemic, but not for the mysterious death of the renowned businessman, Harry Greaves; clap for the opening of several embassies near Monrovia, but not for the devastated broken education system hi-jacked by arrogance and ineptitude; clap for the proliferation of political parties, but not for the hate messages and slanders that bellow daily from politically affiliated radio stations; clap for standardized procurement policies, but not for mediocre managers who cheat and bend service procurement rules and believe they will ever get away with such dastardly acts under this sun. God forbid!Now fellow passengers, note that on Flight #169, in spite of our inherent rights and freedom, refusing to clap is lawlessness and sin, according to the “Patriotic Observances Law,” Title 26, Liberian Code of Laws of 1956, and first Thessalonians 5:18, “In everything, give thanks for this is the will of God…” Therefore, we must celebrate in every turbulent time because of our patriotic obligation, and because of the charge from God. We should never ever again agree to celebrate July 26, because we are compelled or intimidated by poverty and strife.BenedictionTo this end, as we approach this 169th Independence Day, I charge all Liberians to go forth and celebrate “appropriately.” However, be reflective and honest about whether we should actually be praying instead of celebrating in these turbulent times. July 26 is the day the sovereignty of the old racist nation was confirmed; hence, do not reluctantly celebrate because today you are voiceless passengers without choices on an aircraft in turbulence, but rather because of your patriotic duty as a Liberian and devotion and gratitude to God as asserted by our president, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Now, may the Lord bless and keep Flight Liberia; may He makes His countenance to shine upon Flight Liberia; may the lord give Liberia grace and decrease the number of turbulence, and give Liberia the peace that passes all understanding that will produce savvy leaders and pilots able and capable to bring Flight Liberia to a safe landing in Jesus name. Amen.Happy 169th Independence Day, Fellow Liberians!!!!! (My 26 on all of y’all)I am simply thinking thoughtsAbout the authorThe Rivercess man, Moses Blonkanjay Jackson (Mwalimu-Koh) is a triple Ivy League product, and a Jesuit protégé; Mr. Jackson holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Master of Education with Secondary Mathematics concentration from Saint Joseph’s University. Mr. Jackson is a Yale University Mathematics Curriculum Fellow and a University of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. After serving diligently as Assistant Minister for Teacher Education for two years, Mr. Jackson was dismissed. He can be contacted at +231 886 681 315/+231 770 206 645 or at blonkanjay64@yahoo.com Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trackers have busy weekend on the road

first_img“The game turned out in our favour. It was 6-2. It was an up-and-down game and back-and-forth but it’s a good way to end 2018.”Currently, the Trackers are standing in first place, in the Bouchier Division, with 15 wins and two losses. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Trackers are off to a busy start to the new year as they are on the road for three games this weekend.This Friday, January 4, the Trackers will be in Leduc as they visit the Roughnecks for the first game of 2019. Puck drop is at 8:15 p.m.Then on Saturday, January 5, the Trackers will travel to Beaumont to visit the Braves. That game is at 6:00 p.m.- Advertisement -And then on Sunday, January 6, the Trackers head to Edmonton as they take on SSAC Don Wheaton. Game time is 1:30 p.m.At the last game before Christmas break, the Trackers played host to the Camrose Vikings, beating the Vikings 6-2.Trackers Coach, Gerard Decaire, says it was a good game in terms of ending 2018.Advertisementlast_img read more

Gary Cahill linked with Roma switch as England defender considers Chelsea future

first_img Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill 1 Roma are understood to be weighing up a shock approach for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.The England vice-captain has endured a difficult season for the Premier League champions so far and has started just twice under interim manager Guus Hiddink, who has preferred to use Kurt Zouma as John Terry’s centre-back partner.While Cahill’s place in England’s Euro 2016 squad is not understood to be under threat, the former Bolton centre-back may consider a move this month to improve his chances of cementing a starting place in Roy Hodgson’s side in the summer.And, according to Il Messaggero, Roma’s directors are keen on bringing Cahill to Italy to add some experience to their back-line.However, Cahill’s high wage demands could prove a stumbling block in any potential deal.The 30-year-old currently earns around £3.8million a year at Stamford Bridge, which will be difficult for the Italian club to match should they decide to pursue with the deal.last_img read more

Thousands throng Bhutto’s burial as Pakistan government blames Taliban, al-Qaida for death

first_img He said other senior politicians were also under threat of militant attack, including former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who promised to boycott parliamentary elections on Jan. 8 in response to Bhutto’s assassination. Cheema showed a videotape of the attack, with Bhutto waving, smiling and chatting with supporters from the sunroof as her car sat unmoving on the street outside the rally. Three gunshots rang out, the camera appeared to fall, and the tape ended. On Friday, Bhutto’s supporters ransacked banks, waged shootouts with police and burned trains and stations in a spasm of violence less than two weeks before parliamentary elections. Soldiers patrolled the streets of the southern cities of Hyderabad and Karachi, witnesses said. At least 23 people were killed in unrest, said Ghulam Mohammed Mohtaram, home secretary for Sindh province. Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro said the government had no immediate plans to postpone Jan. 8 parliamentary elections, despite the growing chaos and a top opposition leader’s decision to boycott the poll. “Right now the elections stand where they were,” he told a news conference. “We will consult all the political parties to take any decision about it.” Mourners traveled to Garhi Khuda Bakhsh by tractor, bus, car and jeep. Many crammed inside the mausoleum and threw petals on the coffin. Women beat their heads and chests in grief. “As long as the moon and sun are alive, so is the name of Bhutto,” they chanted. An Islamic cleric led mourners in prayers and Bhutto’s son, Bilawal, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, helped lower the coffin beside the grave of her father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, also a popular former prime minister who met a violent death. Thousands of supporters then filed in to shovel dirt onto the grave. Some mourners angrily blamed Musharraf, the former army chief, for Bhutto’s death, shouting “General, killer!” “Army, killer.” The death of the 54-year-old Bhutto left her party without a clear successor. Her husband, who was freed in December 2004 after eight years in detention on graft charges, is one contender, although he lacks the cachet of a blood relative. “I don’t know what will happen to the country now,” said Nazakat Soomro, 32. A mob in Karachi looted at least three banks and set them on fire, and engaged in a shootout with police that left three officers wounded, police said. About 7,000 people in the central city of Multan ransacked seven banks and a gas station and threw stones at police, who responded with tear gas. In the capital, Islamabad, about 100 protesters burned tires in a commercial district. Paramilitary rangers were given the authority to use live fire against rioters in southern Pakistan, said Maj. Asad Ali, the rangers’ spokesman. “We have orders to shoot on sight,” he said. Earlier, mobs burned 10 railway stations and several trains across Bhutto’s Sindh province, forcing the suspension of all train service between the city of Karachi and the eastern Punjab province, said Mir Mohammed Khaskheli, a senior railroad official. The rioters uprooted one section of the track leading to India, he said. About 4,000 Bhutto supporters rallied in the northwestern city of Peshawar and several hundred ransacked the empty office of the main pro-Musharraf party, burning furniture and stationery. Protesters shouted “Musharraf dog” and “Bhutto was alive yesterday, Bhutto is alive today.” Dozens of police in riot gear followed the protesters but did not intervene. In other violence, a roadside bomb killed a local leader from the ruling party and six of his associates as they drove through Swat in northwestern Pakistan, where troops have been fighting followers of a pro-Taliban cleric in recent months, said Mohib Ullah, a local police official. Many cities were nearly deserted as businesses closed and public transportation came to a halt at the start of three days of national mourning for Bhutto. “The repercussions of her murder will continue to unfold for months, even years,” read a mournful editorial in the Dawn newspaper. “What is clear is that Pakistan’s political landscape will never be the same, having lost one of its finest daughters.” Dr. Mussadiq Khan, a surgeon who treated Bhutto, said Friday that she died from shrapnel that hit her on the right side of the skull. Bhutto had no heartbeat or pulse when she arrived at the hospital and doctors failed to resuscitate her, he said. Soomro, the prime minister, told the Cabinet on Friday that Bhutto’s husband did not allow an autopsy, according to a government statement. After the killing, Sharif, another former premier and leader of a rival opposition party, announced his party would boycott the elections. “I am worried about the country, about the people. Nobody is secure, there is total insecurity,” Sharif said. Opposition politician and former cricket star Imran Khan blamed Musharraf for Bhutto’s death, saying he did not give her proper security. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, India, where he was on a private visit, he called on the president to resign and for an independent judicial probe into her death. Bhutto, whose party has long been popular among Pakistan’s legions of poor, served two terms as prime minister between 1988 and 1996. Both elected governments were toppled amid accusations of corruption and mismanagement, but she was respected in the West for her liberal outlook and determination to combat Islamic extremism. Associated Press writer Munir Ahmed contributed to this story from Islamabad.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said that on Friday, the government recorded an “intelligence intercept” in which militant leader Baitullah Mehsud “congratulated his people for carrying out this cowardly act.” Cheema described Mehsud as an “al-Qaida leader” who was also behind the Karachi bomb blast in October against Bhutto that killed more than 140 people. He also announced the formation of two inquiries into Bhutto’s death, one to be carried out by a high court judge and another by security forces. Bhutto was killed Thursday when a suicide attacker shot at her and then blew himself up as she left a rally in Rawalpindi. Authorities initially said she died from bullet wounds, and a surgeon who treated her said she died from the impact of shrapnel on her skull. But Cheema said she was killed when she tried to duck back into the vehicle, and the shock waves from the blast smashed her head into a lever attached to the sunroof, fracturing her skull, he said. Cheema said Pakistani security forces would hunt down those responsible for her death: “They will definitely be brought to justice.” GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH, Pakistan – Hundreds of thousands of mourners thronged the mausoleum of Pakistan’s most famous political dynasty in an outpouring of emotion for Benazir Bhutto. The government said al-Qaida and the Taliban were responsible for her death, claiming it intercepted an al-Qaida leader’s message of congratulation for the assassination. But many of Bhutto’s furious supporters blamed President Pervez Musharraf’s government for the shooting and bombing attack on the former prime minister, Musharraf’s most powerful opponent. They rampaged through several cities in violence that left at least 23 dead less than two weeks before crucial parliamentary elections. “We have the evidence that al-Qaida and Taliban were behind the suicide attack on Benazir Bhutto,” Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz said. Thursday’s attack on Bhutto plunged Pakistan into turmoil and badly damaged plans to restore democracy in this nuclear-armed nation, a key U.S. ally in the war on terror. last_img read more

DONEGAL MECHANIC HELPS RAIKONNEN TO FORMULA ONE VICTORY

first_imgA CO DONEGAL mechanic has helped the Formula 1 driver, Kimi Raikonnen, to victory in the opening race of the year.John Carey, who grew up in Greencastle, looks after the engine for Raikonnen’s Lotus.“I’m out in Australia at the moment doing a bit of mechanicking for Lotus Formula 1,” he told BBC Radio Foyle. “We qualified quite low down, but we pushed on and worked very hard last night and ended up winning the race.”“It’s unbelievable,” he said.“Kimi Raikonnen is a hard-working bloke.“He puts every ounce of strength into driving the car hard, and obviously we do everything too, to make the car good and reliable for him.” John Carey first worked as a mechanic in Donegal, before moving to England, where he got involved in motor racing.“I basically worked up through the ladder through British Formula 3 and World Series Renault GP2, and eventually F1. Now I’m at the pinnacle!”His job during the week is to look after the car’s engine, water system, oil system, and auxiliaries – but he also has a job during the races.“I’m the front tyre warmer,” he said in the interview. “You might see me on the grid!”But, he added, working as a mechanic on Formula 1 is far from the champagne life it might appear. He works long hours, and not just in Australia.“Tomorrow I’m flying to Malaysia and then I’ll be starting it again, flat out, doing it again, seven in the morning to nine or ten at night for the next week. Then it’s back to the UK and do a bit of pit stop practice and then we do it again.”DONEGAL MECHANIC HELPS RAIKONNEN TO FORMULA ONE VICTORY was last modified: March 18th, 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:DONEGAL MECHANIC HELPS RAIKONNEN TO FORMULA ONE VICTORYGreencastlelast_img read more

Pending telecom merger gets kudos

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TRENTON, N.J. – A second attempt to merge telecommunications equipment maker Lucent Technologies Inc. and French rival Alcatel SA is a good strategy, and likely to trigger more combinations in the highly competitive industry, analysts say. Telecom equipment makers seeking to boost profit and margins don’t have the clout to raise prices much and so must cut costs. Still, a deal between Alcatel and Murray Hill-based Lucent is unlikely to lead to significant layoffs. Lucent already shed most of its work force during a long downhill slide and French corporate governance structures make layoffs there difficult, experts say. And the two companies are extremely well matched, with strengths that complement each other and very little overlap in their products and services. “They go together like chocolate and peanut butter,” communications equipment analyst Paul Sagawa of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. LLC said Friday. Wall Street apparently shared that sentiment, with shares of both companies trading significantly higher instead of the more-usual pattern of one potential merger partner trading down and the other up. On Friday, Lucent shares rose 24 cents, or 8.5 percent, to close at $3.06, while Alcatel gained 25 cents, or 1.6 percent, at $15.70, both on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was about four times normal for both companies, with more than half a billion shares of widely held Lucent changing hands. The two companies said in a joint statement Thursday night that they are engaged in merger discussions, but said they would not comment further “until an agreement is reached or the discussions are terminated.” Some analysts said the combination has been rumored for a while, along with pairings of other telecom gear makers, but Sagawa said he was surprised given the “bitterness both sides expressed the last time this deal fell apart.” This time around, the companies are couching it as “a potential merger of equals” rather than an Alcatel acquisition, even though Alcatel has more revenues and employees. But Lucent is slightly more profitable and an equal partnership would be more palatable to the one-time Wall Street darling. Meanwhile, some observers see more pressure these days for a combination creating a bigger company whose scale and array of products and services would bring more clout in negotiating deals with telephone companies and other customers, partly because of consolidation within the communications industry.last_img read more

My Donegal… with comedian Andy McGranaghan

first_imgAndy is married to Pamela with two sons Kevin and Mark and a beautiful granddaughter Rachel.He has worked for the North West Health Board/HSE for 34 Years.A busy man, he has been involved for many years in the Local Amateur Drama Scene and in more recent times the local Comedy Circuit appearing regularly at comedy at the vintage room Letterkenny. His next stand up gig will be on Cultural Night, the 16th of September at An Grianan Theatre..This is Andy’s Donegal… (1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?There are many beautiful places in Donegal put on a clear day at the top of Mount Errigal looking over Dunlewey lake ,the poisoned glen and the old church is hard to beat.(2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be? Have more clear days!(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why? Anyone who gives of their free time to support young people and their activities. So for me the McLaughlin family, John, Jack and Niall who ran the Letterkenny Boxing Club for many decades will always have my respect.(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner? Packie Bonner and that save that helped us into the Italia 90s quarter Final. Lifted the county and the country.Andy raising a toast to his fans(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years? The emergence of our sportsmen and sports women onto the international scene on a more regular basis/Letterkenny winning the National tidy Towns competition was also a major triumph.(6) What was Donegal’s saddest moment? No one particular moment, but the many road deaths in our county are heartbreaking.(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product? The wife (Pamela) produced by her mother and father in 1966 and maturing nicely (unlike her husband)(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Daniel O Donnell promotes Donegal wherever he goes and should receive an honouree ambassadorship. (9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion? My Mother. She could make a euro go a long way and could always spot a bargain, she always got our uniforms in the local army and navy surplus store… although in hindsight it wasn’t much fun going to school dressed as a Japanese Rear Admiral.A recent shellfie(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time? John Fitzgerald (Fitzy) a tough Kerrykeel based senior middleweight(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant? Sit in : The Lemon Tree, Take away : Charlies or Mr Chippy.(12) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks? Golden Eagles, Jaws finished me with Sharks basking or otherwise. (13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression? ‘Back in a wee while’ the equivalent of Spains ‘Manyana’(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today? Our poor roads and lack of a rail network are real challenge to getting work done in a timely and safe way.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food? The potato, boiled, roasted or chipped …scrumptious.Like all writers, Andy gets writer’s block sometimes(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people? Our weather, A bit more sun and temperatures over 15 degrees would be nice occasionally.(17) Do you have a favourite local band?Growing up I would have been a fan of the Undertones from Derry, not at many musical gigs now but always enjoy Honkey Tonk Heros, Raw or Off the Cuff when I hear them.(18) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be? A second bridge for Letterkenny.(19) What is your favourite part about being a comedian? Has to be the rush and buzz of hearing laughter or applause when a joke goes really well, however it works the other way when the expected laugh or applause doesn’t come.After a gig, Andy likes to wind down by pampering himself by painting his nails(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?County wide our scenery is spectacular and we should all be doing our best to promote it.To keep up with Andy’s comedic escapades you can find him on his website, Facebook, or Twitter! He also has videos of his gigs on Youtube.My Donegal… with comedian Andy McGranaghan was last modified: September 6th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:andy mcgranaghancomediandonegalFunnyhumourMY DONEGALStand uplast_img read more

Transfer ALERT! Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry wanted by Bayern Munich – reports

first_img1 Bayern Munich have set their sights on former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry.The 21-year-old left the Gunners last summer for Werder Bremen in a deal worth around £5million.Prior to the move, Gnabry had been with Arsenal since he was 16 but he made the move in search of more first-team football.The German has got just that at Bremen and has struck ten league goals in his first season with the club.And now, according to reports in Germany, Bayern are sniffing around Gnabry after being tempted by him last summer.Back then the German giants cooled their interest, but they may now swoop for him after watching him thrive back in his homeland. Serge Gnabry last_img read more