Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywise

first_imgThe Cleveland Cavaliers may be struggling early in the season, but they have not forgotten how to party.For the third straight year, Cleveland star LeBron James threw another mean Halloween bash and his teammates pulled out all the stops to dress the part.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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Last year, James went straight up savage as his party poked fun at Golden State’s blown Finals lead and featured cookie tombstones memorializing Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jae Crowder pulled off a Prince Akeem from the movie “Coming to America” while Tristan Thompson was Khal Drogo from the hit TV show “Game of Thrones.” (His girlfriend Khloe Kardashian was Daenerys Targaryen).Photo from DJ Steph Floss’ Instagram story.Photo from Jae Crowder’s Instagram story.Not to be outdone was the host of the party, who came as killer clown Pennywise (with the red balloons to boot) from the movie “It” and seemed to be in character all night. Pyeongchang gets Olympic flame ahead of 100-day relay Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Isaiah Thomas, meanwhile, dressed as late rapper Eazy-E and nailed every detail of his costume. This was the first time that the new Cavaliers guard attended James’ annual party. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. JR Smith and his wife attended as characters from the movie “Coneheads” while Kevin Love showcased his inner WWE fan and was wrestler Sting for the night while his girlfriend was Hulk Hogan.ADVERTISEMENT Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union took over the dance floor as German R&B duo Milli Vanilli when they won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1990. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set YOOOOOO @TheRealJRSmith and @kevinlove are killing it!!!!— DJ Steph Floss (@djstephfloss) October 31, 2017Kyle Korver, who joined the Cavaliers early this year and also missed last year’s event, came as Willy Wonka (complete with the oompa loompas) while Channing Frye made for a convincing superhero “Blankman.”. @KyleKorver AMAZING!!!!— DJ Steph Floss (@djstephfloss) October 31, 2017 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more


first_imgThe Lucky 13 hit the jackpot last Wednesday 17 September 2014 when they bought their Lotto ticket in Cullen’s Cockhill Limited, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, and matched the six numbers in that evening’s draw to scoop the massive jackpot prize.Pictured are Syndicate members receiving their cheque from Dermot Griffin, Director, National Lottery.They may not have got their hands on the Sam Maguire at Croker yesterday, but a group of lucky Donegal work colleagues picked up a cheque for a massive €4,871,046 at National Lottery offices this afternoon.The Lucky 13 hit the jackpot last Wednesday 17 September 2014 when they bought their Lotto ticket in Cullen’s Cockhill Limited in Buncrana and matched the six numbers in that evening’s draw to scoop the massive jackpot prize.The winners are aged from 20-40 years old and work in the insurance services team at Forward Emphasis, a customer services centre based in Malin Head. They’ve played Lotto together every week for the last year and the biggest prize they’ve won previous was €150.One of the lucky group, Maria Doherty from Clonmany, only joined the company last week and this was the first Lotto draw she entered with the syndicate.The Lucky 13 hit the jackpot last Wednesday 17 September 2014 when they bought their Lotto ticket in Cullen’s Cockhill Limited, Buncrana, Co. Donegal, and matched the six numbers in that evening’s draw to scoop the massive jackpot prize.Today 22nd September 2014 Lotto Syndicate winners Maria Doherty – Clonmany who joined the company lest than a week breaks open the Champagne with syndicate members Linda McKinley – Greencastle; Marian McCauley – Gleneely; James Bradley – Buncrana; Liam Bradley – Derry; Anna McKinney – Derry; Anne Marie Jordan – Malin; Amanda McFadden – Buncrana but originally from Cavan; Marie McLaughlin – Clonmany; Patricia Quigley – Carndonagh; Helen Doherty – Malin Head; Claire McElhinney – Fahan; Kelly McMonagle – Moville.The colleagues will share the jackpot equally, each taking home €374,695.84. Plans for spending the winnings include paying off mortgages, purchasing new cars, holidays and shopping.It is the fourth time a Lotto jackpot winning ticket has been sold in Buncrana. Since Lotto began in 1988, over €73.5 million has been paid out to 51 lucky Co. Donegal winners. The last time the Lotto jackpot was won in Co. Donegal, it was the biggest win for the County. In June 2014, the winning ticket of €12.1 million, which was purchased in American House, Main St. Bundoran, was won by a local couple.National Lottery good causes benefit from the sale of all National Lottery games, with one third of all sales (approx) going to fund Beneficiary projects around the country, as designated by Government.To date the National Lottery has raised over €4.4 billion for good causes. This level of funding has made a significant difference to communities, projects and individuals in the areas of Youth, Sports, Recreation, Amenities, Health, Welfare, Arts, Culture, National Heritage and the Irish Language.DONEGAL’S ‘LUCKY 13’ COLLECT THEIR MASSIVE LOTTO CHEQUE! was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 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:donegalForward Emphasislucky 13Malin Headnational lotterylast_img read more

Dungloe group launch campaign to block Oyster farms

first_imgA group of locals in Dungloe are planning to protest against proposed Oyster Farms on inner Dungloe Bay.Plans for large-scale farms have been met with strong opposition from a number of local residents who worry about the negative impact of the projects. A demonstration has been planned at Dungloe Pier this Tuesday evening.The applications could see the inner Dungloe Bay become the site of a major oyster production project. Licence applications from one company propose the addition of up to 30,000 trestles and approx 100,000 bags at the inner bay sites. Dungloe Bay is seen as a good location for aquaculture due to the good shelter and firm substrate.Local residents have expressed fears that the oyster farms would impact on views at Dungloe Bay and prevent access to public amenities. They fear the farms would lead to overpopulation of the bay and affect tourism.“Dungloe Bay is one of the nicest natural amenities we have. Our Bay is too important to the town and beyond,” said a campaign spokesperson.As of May 2019, there were 14 applications for Aquaculture/Foreshore licences at the Public Notice phase in Dungloe Bay. The protest group say they are objecting to five of these. “We are only objecting to oyster beds in the Inner Dungloe Bay.“We fully support the oyster business in the area as it is a great source of employment in the Rosses,” the spokesperson said.As the closing date for objections draws near, a demonstration is due to be held at Dungloe pier on Tuesday evening 25th June at 7.30pm. A petition for objections will be in circulation at the event.Dungloe group launch campaign to block Oyster farms was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloedungloe bayoyster farmlast_img read more

Team Barloworld doubles up again

first_img10 March 2008Robert Hunter put the exclamation mark on a successful week’s racing for Team Barloworld when he took line honours in the Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour on Sunday to help his team repeat as Cycle Tour and Giro del Capo winners after Christian Pfannberger claimed the five-day stage race on Saturday.The Cycle Tour, one of only nine prestigious UCI Golden Bike Series events, was ridden at a very fast pace in ideal conditions. The high average speed, though, meant that no one was able to launch an attack off the front of the peleton, which remained together for almost the entire race.With the riders tightly packed, the push for the finish came in a little earlier than it might have happened had the weather conditions been tougher – about five kilometres from the finish.Charging for the finish lineBarloworld, however, felt comfortable that they were in control of the race and this was proved true as the finishing line came into sight. With the sprinters charging towards the line, a Danish cyclist threw up an arm with about 200 metres to go – it wasn’t clear whether he mistakenly thought he had won or was protesting something – but it caused some confusion in the pack.Barloworld’s Felix Cardenas and Chris Froome, however, responded well, powering past, with Hunter ideally positioned for the final surge which took him to victory.Neotel’s Nolan Hoffman, the winner of the Pick ‘n Pay 94.7 Cycle Challenge, finished runner-up to Hunter, with MTN Energade’s experienced Malcolm Lange capturing third place.Hunter’s winning time was two hours, 27 minutes and 30 seconds, a new record by more than five minutes over the previous mark he had set in his 2007 victory.Interviewed on television after his win, South Africa’s leading road cycling star said: “The orders were to keep the race together for the final and that is what they did – hats off to my team. They rode their guts out today for me to get the result and glad for them that I managed to pull through in the end.”Women’s winnerThe women’s title went to MTN Energade’s Cherise Taylor who, at 18 years old, became the youngest ever winner of the race. Lynette Burger of Cyclelab Toyota finished second, with five-time champion Anriette Schoeman in third.“I am very happy, and actually astonished,” Taylor said with a grin. “I cannot believe I did it, but I had an amazing team behind me.”The leading women were grouped with the top men’s veterans, which led to Taylor, who won silver at the Junior Road World Championships last year, finishing in amongst a huge pack of cyclists.However, she had no problem with the two categories being mixed together. She, in fact, welcomed the decision by the organisers to join the two categories, saying it was “the only way we (women) can improve.” Her winning time was two minutes, 52 minutes and 50 seconds.The Cycle Tour is the largest individually timed cycle race in the world, with Sunday’s field totaling a massive 39 000 entrants.Giro del CapoThe MTN Giro del Capo, which preceded the Cycle Tour, was won by Team Barloworld which signalled its intention from the 105-kilometre first stage when Christian Pfannberger took the win by 52 seconds over Robbie Hunter.All six team members crossed the line within the top eight finishers and the top three places in the Points’ Race and the King of the Mountains belonged to Barloworld whose lead in the team competition was a substantial seven minutes and 12 seconds after the stage.Stage two, covering 179.5 kilometres, was won by Michael Morkov of the Danish National Team. Pezula Racing’s David O’Loughlin took second, followed by Shaun Davel of Pro Mr Price WP.It was a courageous win by Morkov, who was part of a seven-rider breakaway that raced clear after only 14 kilometres. His aggressive riding, apart from earning him the stage victory, also lifted him into the Powerade King of the Mountains jersey.Deja vuStage three, a tough 174.5 kilometres that included the challenging Franschhoek and Du Toit’s Kloof Passes, provided a case of deja vu as Luke Roberts of Team Kuota-Senges edged out Barloworld’s Christian Pfannberger in a sprint for the line to take victory. In 2007, Roberts won the same stage, over the same course, in a similar manner.Belgium National Team rider Dominique Cornu claimed the final place on the podium.On the fourth stage, Cornu moved up two places to capture victory by 12 seconds over Barloworld’s Hugo Sabido and 15 seconds clear of Malaya van Ruitenbeek of Kuota-Senges.Race leader Christian Pfannberger remained in close attendance, crossing the finishing line in fifth place, while Robbie Hunter led the way in the King of the Mountains’ competition. He raced at the front of the stage for a good distance before a puncture saw him tumble down to 52nd place.Heading into the final stage on Saturday, an individual time trial up Signal Hill, Pfannberger enjoyed a lead of one minute and four seconds over second placed Johannes Kachelhoffer of House of Paints, with Jacques Janse van Rensburg of Neotel sharing third place with Barloworld’s Christopher Froome, one minute and eight seconds off the pace.Final stage, overall resultsThe honours on the day went to Team MTN Energade’s David George, who proved himself the king of Signal Hill as he won the gruelling individual time trial for the third year in succession and the fifth time in total in a time of 12 minutes, 35.36 seconds.Cornu finished second, just over seven seconds back, with Pfannberger in third, 12 seconds off the pace.The Austrian national champion claimed the Giro title, after wearing the leader’s pink jersey from the opening stage, by a minute and 41 seconds from his Barloworld teammate Christopher Froome. Neotel’s Jacques Janse van Rensburg took third and won the white jersey awarded to the top under-23 rider.Team Barloworld claimed a convincing win in the team classification by almost 13 minutes over MTN Energade, with Kuota-Senges some distance back in third place.Robbie Hunter claimed the Powerade King of the Mountains title by just two points from Janse van Rensburg, while Pfannberger added victory in the Pickfords’ Points Sprint Race to his overall title. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Getting the export balance right

first_imgChief economist Chris Hart said South Africa had not had a great start to the year: the price of petrol had gone up, the rand had declined, interest rates were up, trade unions with political ambitions were fighting employers and not working together with them to find solutions. All of these factors were not good for investors. (Image: Ray Maota)• Sandisiwe GugusheCommunications: Brand South Africa+27 11 482 0133Ray MaotaSouth Africa and Sweden have long-standing political and development connections, and linking up to find ways to monitor South Africa’s export competitiveness is the latest venture in the nations’ partnership.Brand South Africa, custodian of South Africa’s image, and Business Sweden discussed designing an export competitive index for South Africa at a networking session held at The Michelangelo in Sandton on 10 February.At the inaugural Brand South Africa Competitiveness Forum held in 2013, it was established that a Country Performance Tracking Index was needed to enable South Africa to track and respond to key challenges within its economy and society. At the networking meeting this week, economists Mauro Gozzo from Sweden and Chris Hart from South Africa spoke about the state of exports in their respective countries, and how to improve the sector.Dr Petrus de Kock, the research manager at Brand South Africa, also spoke about how Brand South Africa tried to aid South African exports. Olov Hemstrom, the Swedish trade minister, said: “We from Business Sweden are working a lot to help the export development in South Africa. We have an industrial school in Temba and are working closely with the Department of Trade and Industry as well as Seta.”The panel consisting of Hart, Brand South Africa research manager Dr Petrus De Kock and Swedish economist Mauro Gozzo discussed ways to improve South Africa’s export competitiveness. (Image: Ray Maota)Exports are crucialSweden’s economy is faring better than that of many of its peers: the nation has low public debt and a current account surplus, and since the early 1990s its growth rate has outpaced that of other members of the European Union-15 and the United States, according to the McKinsey Report, produced by the global management consultancy firm. The firm works with its clients to apply its understanding of market and industry forces to develop long-term macroeconomic perspectives.“Sweden has an export driven economy as 50% of our gross domestic product comes from exports. And of this 50%, about 20 % comes from just three companies,” said Gozzo. He also said that Sweden’s economy had been rising better than that of North America.“If you have a lot of cyclical exports, your economy will be hard hit at bad times, just like Sweden was in 2009. Our recovery was quick though and by 2011 we were back to normal.” Gozzo said that consumer credit was important in emerging markets.Sweden’s economic growth mainly reflects productivity gains in the areas most exposed to international competition: manufacturing, and business and financial services, which together account for only about one-third of the nation’s economy. In its two other main components – the public sector and local services – economic growth has been much slower, at a pace comparable to that of the rest of the EU-15.The EU-15 refers to those member countries of the European Union prior to the accession of 10 candidate countries on 1 May 2004. They are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.“Sweden would never have had such a stable economy had IT and telecoms companies never boosted the Swedish economy,” said Gozzo, talking about major companies such as Ericsson.South Africa’s weaknessesHart said South Africa had not had a great start to the year: the price of petrol had gone up; the rand had declined; interest rates were up; trade unions with political ambitions were fighting employers and not working together with them to find solutions. All of these factors were not good for investors.“All this does not mean doom and gloom; we are part of the fragile five. These are countries with huge twin deficit markets in emerging markets and include Brazil, India, Turkey, Indonesia and South Africa,” said Hart. South Africa was a triple deficit country as even households had deficit.“The reason why South Africa is part of the fragile five is the current account deficit because our production has fallen off due to labour unrest.”The way forward“Boosting competition and promoting deeper regional trade integration are critical for restarting South Africa’s export engine to bolster growth, which would help create jobs and reduce poverty,” Gozzo explained.About Brand South Africa’s involvement, De Kock said its job was to give South Africa an endearing image to the rest of the world to boost investments.Hart added: “South Africa has identified the exports sector as an engine for higher, more inclusive and job-intensive growth with the [National Development Plan], aiming for export volume growth of 6% a year in order to achieve an annual increase in real gross domestic product growth of about 5.5%.”last_img read more

Vendor portal

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Kashmiri walnuts: a labour of love

first_imgKashmir is the main contributor to India’s walnut production, and every year walnuts are packed into cardboard boxes and gunny bags and sent to various parts of the country. But the beloved dry fruit we consume involves a long preparatory process.last_img

South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada suspended for second England Test

first_imgSouth Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been suspended from next week’s second Test against England at Trent Bridge for using “inappropriate language” towards batsman Ben Stokes, the International Cricket Council said on Friday.The ICC said Rabada, 22, had four demerit points within 24 months with his latest breach of its Code of Conduct and would also have to pay a fine of 15 percent of his match fee.The offence occurred on the first day of the opening Test at Lord’s on Thursday when Stokes was leaving the field having been caught behind by Quinton de Kock after nicking a bouncer from Rabada.The ICC said in a statement: “Rabada was found guilty of … using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”last_img read more

Sport has always been political – long before Trump came to the party

first_imgShare on Facebook Facebook Of all the reasons for resigning from Donald Trump’s “American Manufacturing Council” in the wake of the president’s reaction to the Nazi rally in Charlottesville, the one offered on Tuesday by Under Armour chief executive Kevin Plank felt the most wilfully naive. According to the boss of the sportswear firm, he was stepping down because “Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics”.Oh dear. I’m not quite sure what Plank imagined he was getting Under Armour into when he took his seat on Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, but I can’t believe he really is so dim that he thought it was just an American manufacturing council. Furthermore, I can’t believe he doesn’t realise that big-time sport and politics are indivisible. Never mind most of the last century – has he been watching the last few years on tape delay? Sometimes the way sport and politics intertwine is glaringly obvious – sporting boycotts, state-sponsored doping, countries buying World Cups or Olympic Games to launder their reputations or to act as a showpiece for the next stage in their plan for global domination.Sometimes it’s a question of the way a sport’s rulers choose to run it. Football clubs being fined more for kit infringements than racist chanting by fans, banning women from playing – all these things are political. Sometimes it’s more insidious – NFL fans are so used to the excessive militarisation of games that for many it doesn’t seem bizarre or jarring, no matter how many military salutes, Chinook flypasts, or flashy Pentagon-funded army recruitment drives are deemed a necessary backdrop to a football game. Sometimes it’s who has decided to use sport for their own ends. In February, white supremacist/punched Nazi Richard Spencer marked the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory by tweeting approvingly (if inaccurately) that the Patriots were “the NFL’s whitest team”.Other times a political struggle is embodied by an individual or individuals, and these are usually the only times it gets stamped down on. Corporate or nationalist politics in sport happen largely with impunity; individual politics incurs huge personal risk. Olympics organisers would have far rather lambasted an athlete for making a gay rights protest on the podium at the Sochi Games than they would have had a gentle word with Vladimir Putin for using the entire event as a curtain-raiser for invading the Crimea. There’s politics and politics. You pick your battles. Read more Reuse this content Putting the nuke into nuclear family: it’s Trump and Kim Jong-un Donald Trump comment Under Armour’s Kevin Plank has picked his battles, and made a commercial decision. The highest profile athlete to wear Under Armour is NBA legend Steph Curry, who (along with The Rock) had already voiced serious disquiet when Plank pledged allegiance to Trump earlier this year, and after Charlottesville might reasonably have been expected to walk from Under Armour if its chief executive didn’t walk from the American Manufacturing Council. (Plank’s belated decision to end involvement with a toxic White House has now drawn threats of a boycott by Trump supporters.)Even so, there are far nobler stands being taken out there. Last year, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began a protest, opting to kneel during the national anthem to highlight police violence against minorities. He is now unemployed, and has spent much of the year being written off by irate pundits, politicians and even players as “unemployable”. Last weekend, with Charlottesville still unfolding, two other NFL players followed suit. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat, and says he plans to all season; Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat without explanation.Athletes across the board took to social media to condemn what happened in Charlottesville and the official reaction to it – the question now is whether they will show further political solidarity with those taking the highest profile stands. The sportswriter Dave Zirin noted that two white athletes with connections to Charlottesville – Philadelphia defensive end Chris Long and Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle – had come out and condemned the Nazi march, and the reaction to it. Zirin hoped this marked a watershed moment, where white athletes would feel compelled to show solidarity with the protests of black athletes. Michael Bennett had told him: “If we want to get anything done, we need white athletes to stand alongside us. It can’t just be our voices, our burden.”Well quite. Business uber alles can be just as much a political position as any other, and clearly one deeply felt by many chief executives. But let’s forget the congratulatory messages to the likes of Plank for belatedly deciding to act the idealistic ingenue, and instead reserve support for those athletes now taking personal risk because they know – they always know – that sport is political.The Premier League at 25 – who’s taking the credit now?Adorable scenes from what appears to be the Doha airport Caviar House stand (again), as Richard Keys and Andy Gray celebrate a very special landmark in their relationship. Namely, the time they created the Premier League.As Keysy puts it in a tweet accompanying a shot of them cuddled up: “25 years ago we helped spark a football revolution. Happy Anniversary us!! And now we’re doing it all again.”Well. There’s a lot to unpack there.Primarily, you’ll note that Richard and Andy are just some of 368 people basically implying they invented the Premier League back in the day, as the latter celebrates 25 years this week. Indeed, you could have spent much of the past month wading though faux self-deprecating interviews with various chaps who had something to do with it all, but mostly belong in a category with that Dr Evil speech in Austin Powers. “My father would womanise; he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark …”Still, not all of them are forced to live in exile. All revolutions devour their children, which makes it extra heroic that Richard claims to be “doing it all again” in Qatar. Arguably one of many countries in that region in need of a revolution, and we must wish the Wat Tyler of hanging-out-the-back-of-it all the luck in the world. 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