Milena Alessandrini. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas star sophomore Milena Alessandirini may have suffered a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee against Far Eastern University on Saturday, initial diagnosis say.Golden Tigresses head coach Kung Fu Reyes said Alessandrini’s final MRI results will be known on Monday, but the initial assessment is a partially torn ACL.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Alessandrini, Season 80’s Rookie of the Year, twisted her left knee after a bad landing on a spike attempt in the second set with UST leading, 18-17.The Filipino-Italian outside spiker had to be stretchered off the playing floor then, was rushed to UST Hospital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt was a tough blow for the Golden Tigresses as they went on to lose in four sets to the Lady Tamaraws that brought their record down to 2-2.Alessandrini headed into the FEU match as the sixth-best scorer in the tournament with a total of 47 points. Togetherness helps UP overcome La Salle 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
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160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) — The murder trial of rock n’ roll producer Phil Spector will be televised, a judge ordered Friday, saying it is time for the justice system to get beyond the O.J. Simpson trial. “We have to get by that case,” said Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler. “There’s going to come a time that it will be commonplace to televise trials. If it had not been for Simpson, we’d be there now.” The judge ruled on requests by electronic news media to allow gavel-to-gavel coverage. Fidler said only jury selection will not be televised. Attorneys for Spector opposed cameras in the court, saying it would cause witnesses to act differently and might make jurors self-conscious in their role. But Fidler said he believed he could control the situation, and if there was any negative fallout, “I can pull the plug at any time.” “Public scrutiny is a good thing,” said the judge, adding that a televised trial would dispel the belief that celebrities are treated differently in court. “The public gets to see that we try cases one way and that’s it,” he said. Spector is accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson four years ago at his suburban Alhambra mansion. The 67-year-old record producer has pleaded not guilty and has been free on $1 million bail. Jury selection is scheduled to begin March 19. The televised trial at which Simpson was acquitted of murdering ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman became a national phenomenon. Fidler said that Simpson’s judge, Lance Ito, is a close friend and he believes that Ito was wrongly blamed for the circus-like atmosphere of that trial. “Judge Ito did not expect to turn on The Tonight Show’ and see the Dancing Itos,” Fidler said, referring to a satire that was repeated many times during the trial. “I’m not too concerned we’re going to be seeing the Flying Fidlers,” he added. “It’s not that kind of a case.”
Companies should take the initiative and not wait for borrowers to come to them, Wolff said. “They are going to have to fix those loans the same way they gave them out. “The real threat is neighborhoods and communities could be financially wrecked by this.” The study showed that in the Los Angeles area during 2006: African-American and Latino homebuyers were three times more likely than whites to get a high-cost loan. About 24 percent of refinance borrowers received a high-cost loan. African-American and Latino refinance borrowers were about twice as likely as whites to get a high-cost loan. The predatory practices crossed income lines, too. Upper-income African-American homebuyers were 3.6 times more likely to receive a high-cost loan than low-income whites; and upper-income Latinos were 2.8 times more likely to receive one than upper-income whites. Upper- and middle-income African-American homebuyers were more likely to receive a high-cost loan than low-income whites. Upper-income and middle-income Latino homebuyers were more likely to receive a high-cost loan than low-income whites. Upper-income African-Americans receiving a refinance loans were 2.6 times more likely to receive a high-cost loan than a high-income white borrower. Upper-income Latinos were 2.2 times more likely to get a high-cost loan than a high-income white borrower. Upper- and middle-income African-Americans were more likely to receive a high-cost refinance loan than low-income whites. Upper-income and middle-income Latinos were more likely to receive a high-cost refinance loan than low-income whites. In Los Angeles, 27.2 percent of all loans made were high-cost loans – that is, they were loans likely to be subprime and therefore more likely than prime loans to lead to foreclosure. This is an increase of subprime loans over ACORN’s 2005 study of 35 percent. ACORN used a sample of 363 lenders that are owned by 19 of the largest lenders in the country. According to industry estimates, these lenders represent 68.5 percent of all residential mortgages originated in 2006 and 50.5 percent of the subprime market. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We think (some of the) people got risky loans and were not risky borrowers and were forced into these loans. “We think the borrowers should be bailed out and not the (loan) companies.” ACORN said its research also found that 75 percent of all subprime loans have an adjustable rate that will reset at a higher rate and become harder to pay. And it’s time for the industry to do the right thing, the nonprofit activist group says. ACORN met with several lenders and asked them to use the information they already have on file to modify risky loans into fixed-rate mortgages that people will be able to pay. More evidence surfaced last week that the foreclosure wave continues to crest and will engulf more minority homeowners, especially those in the Los Angeles area. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now studied racial and income disparities in mortgage lending in 172 American cities. It found a big spike last year in the number of high-cost loans made to minority families. Subprime lending increased 35 percent from 2005 in the Los Angeles area, the study said, and 30 percent to 40 percent in comparable metro areas. “The lenders were giving out high-cost loans to lots and lots of folks,” said Liz Wolff, ACORN’s national research director.
The Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs has said that any company who has not appointed an employee to understand the issue of Brexit on their behalf is foolish.Simon Coveney was in Letterkenny today for a Getting Ireland Brexit Ready workshop at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.He told businesses that they had “their heads in the sand” if they are not asking questions about Brexit. The Tanaiste stressed the need for business people to ensure that their companies are ‘Brexit-ready.’He said “If there is one piece of advice that I could give you very directly today regardless of what size your business is, whether you have got half a dozen people of whether you’ve got 600 people working for your business, whether it’s a family business or whether it’s larger than that – if you don’t have at least one person in your business who makes it their business to understand all the complexities of Brexit and to engage with Local Enterprise Offices and if necessary to engage with the IDA or whoever the appropriate agency is in your sector then I think you are being very foolish.“This is something that businesses need to watch closely and understand so they can anticipate the changes that their businesses may need to adapt to. And they may need to understand what’s there to help them do it from the State.“We have essentially set aside hundreds of millions of euro to help businesses make the transition through the Brexit process and out the other end without too much damage.” The audience at today’s Brexit conference in Letterkenny.Donegal was not originally listed as part of the Brexit roadshow plans aimed at explaining the challenges of life in Ireland after Britain pulls out of the EU.However, the Tanaiste said he was approached by then Government Chief Whip and local TD, Minister Joe McHugh about the importance of holding such an event in Donegal.The event also included ‘breakout sessions’ and also 12 information stands manned by Government agencies including Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Bord Bia, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Local Enterprise Office, Health and Safety Authority, National Standards Authority of Ireland and Intertrade Ireland.On the question of the border, the Tanaiste said there is no part of Ireland more reliant on relationships between Northern Ireland and Ireland than Donegal.He told the audience of more than 400 business leaders and company owners that the Irish Government has worked hard to ensure there is nor return to a hard border. “We haven’t spent the past two years building solidarity across the European Union to understand the vulnerability and fragility of Ireland and the relationships on the island of Ireland in the context of border infrastructure being an unintended consequence of the fall-out of Brexit.“We haven’t spent that time with a view to simply saying ‘well if the current deal that is on the table doesn’t work then we will simply have to accept that border infrastructure will simply have to re-emerge.’“We won’t accept that but what I can tell you is that the deal that is currently agreed and is on the table solves this problem comprehensively taking on board all the different political concerns and commercial concerns and challenges and in many ways this famous backstop solution that is there now in an agreed text is a fall-back position, an insurance mechanism essentially if all else fails.“But it really does give Northern Ireland special treatment, the best of both worlds in many ways where trade for a business in Northern Ireland will be uninhibited, trading through the EU into Ireland or trading into the rest of the United Kingdom. “We have worked really hard and been firm and consistent but respectful of all the political perspectives in this debate to get a balance and sensible withdrawal agreement signed off in the last two weeks.”Minister for Education Joe McHugh and MEP Mairead McGuinness also attended the roadshow.Minister McHugh said Donegal had many examples of the fluidity of people travelling across the border.“I’m delighted that Minister Coveney is here today to reassure people that we will not be returning in any way to a hard border and that we build on those strengths. We should continue to put the Good Friday Agreement at the centre of all deliberations,” he said.The Tanaiste added that there is still hope of getting the deal signed off in Westminster on December 11th saying he thought ‘Theresa May has been underestimated at every step of the Brexit process.”“Our role has to be to ensure people and particular Unionists in Northern Ireland that this solution does not undermine the United Kingdom as a whole in any way,” he said.Tanaiste tells Donegal business owners they are foolish if not ‘Brexit-ready’ was last modified: December 3rd, 2018 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:BrexitdonegalTánaiste Simon Coveney
Donegal All-Ireland winning heroes Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher were the special guests at the Glenswilly N.S. prize-giving this week.The two stars are past pupils of the school and the current pupils were absolutely delighted to get to meet their heroes.Pictures courtesy of Brian McDaid – Cristeph Gallery. PICTURE SPECIAL: DONEGAL STARS SPECIAL GUESTS AT GLENSWILLY N.S. PRIZEGIVING was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesGlenswilly N.S. Neil GallagherMichael Murphynewspicture special
A pub landlord has caused upset in a seaside village after publicly slating locals who failed to drink in his bar.The advert taken out by the disgruntled landlord in Rathmullan.The businessman took out an advert in his local newspaper thanking customers for NOT drinking in his pub ‘Big Paddys.’The bar opened 18 months ago in Rathmullan. But the bar was forced to close its doors recently because of a lack of trade.The landlord, who leased the premises, was so incensed at the failure of the business that he decided to get it off his chest.So he contacted the Tirconail Tribune newspaper and paid for an advert of a very different kind!Instead of thanking his customers for their business, he thanked them for NOT coming through the doors. The advert read “Big Paddy’s Bar has closed its doors. I would like to take this time and personally thank the people of Rathmullan for supporting me in this venture over the last 18 months NOT!! Thanks.”The landlord could not be contacted for comment.Locals have been left bemused by the advert and the sudden closure of the bar.One said “I was in it a couple of times but I don’t go out a lot these days and I don’t think most people do. I’m sorry his business has failed but I don’t think he can slag off an entire village because they choose not to drink in his bar.” DISGRUNTLED LANDLORD THANKS CUSTOMERS FOR ‘NOT’ DRINKING IN HIS PUB! was last modified: April 4th, 2015 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:advertBig Paddy’s BarcloseddonegalRathmullan
Naomh Muire GAA NewsComhghairdeas le girseachaí faoi 16 a bhain craobh na condae.A huge Congratulations to the Ladies Under 16s who beat Fanad Gaels in the U-16 Championship final in Letterkenny. Great credit to management and players for bringing yet another title back to the Banks.Following their opening Group match loss to Naomh Conaill in the Banks on Saturday night –The Club Seniors and Reserves travel to Letterkenny and O’Donnell Park on Sunday next to play their second match against St Eunan’s.The reserves match gets underway at 1:30 and the senior game is at 3:00. The Club had the honour of hosting the Under 12 County Final this morning between Naomh Conaill and Termon.Both sides had won their way through from both North and South Divisions and the Banks was selected as the final venue.Once again the Club members turned out to help with getting the pitch ready, operating the kitchen and making the place worthy of a final venue.Congratulations to Termon who won both A and B games.Lotto Numbers: 2-11-15-16 No Jackpot Winner!1 Match3: Ciaran Gallagher, Mullach Dubh.Next weeks Jackpot €2120.The next 100+Draw will take place on Tuesday 30th September. GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE U16 LADIES CROWNED COUNTY CHAMPIONS was last modified: September 30th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANAOMH MUIRENoticesSport
5 December 2005South African swimming sensation Roland Schoeman has turned down a multi-million dollar offer to represent the Gulf state of Qatar, saying it was of “tremendous importance to me that I am part of the vibrant, challenging, frustrating, beautiful and above all hopeful country I call home”.“I have given instructions that the negotiations following the second approach from Qatar to swim for them should not be pursued any further,” Schoeman said through a statement read by Swimming South Africa president Jace Naidoo in Johannesburg on Monday.Schoeman and Ryk Neethling, members of South Africa’s world record setting 4x100m freestyle team, were earlier this year both offered US$1-million a year for three years by the Gulf nation to defect and swim for them.Last week, Croatian Olympic silver medalist Duje Draganja accepted a similar offer. “In Qatar I am getting conditions that a swimmer can only dream about,” Draganja was quoted as saying.Neethling refused Qatar’s offer and called on Fina, the world governing body for aquatic sports, to take steps to preserve “the sanctity of nationhood” in sport.Schoeman also declined the initial offer – and on Monday said that “after serious and thorough consideration” he had decided to turn down a second, even more lucrative one.“You will understand that this was not a simple and straightforward decision,” Schoeman said in his statement. “While I fully understand the immediate financial implications of this decision, I believe and trust that solutions to this problem will be found within South Africa.‘Sacrifice and commitment’“I am acutely aware that South Africa is where it is today because of the sacrifice and commitment of large numbers of people over many years,” Schoeman said.“As well, that the stability and democracy we have attained thus far has not been founded on pursuing short-term gains. It has been based on a willingness to seek long-term solutions to promote the well being of all the people of South Africa. I believe that this should be true for me as well.”In making his choice, Schoeman said, he had “reconfirmed for myself that it is of tremendous importance to me that I am part of the vibrant, challenging, frustrating, beautiful and above all hopeful country I call home.“Each one of my achievements has been accompanied by a tremendously strong sense of being an integral part of something enormously meaningful. That I am an African – and more specifically a South African.“There is much that remains to be done to ensure that South Africa will be a haven to all its people,” Schoeman said.“I believe that sport serves to aid nation building, that it has the ability to unite people and can be used to work towards the greater good of all. It provides a vehicle that allows every person in South Africa to dream and to ‘believe in the impossible’. I have a place to fulfil in this process.“While I am significantly poorer today than I could have been, I feel tremendously blessed that it is Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika that will be played if I win a gold medal.”World records, gold medalsSchoeman, currently based in the United States, would have been a huge catch for Qatar. At the 2005 world championships in Montreal, he won the 50m freestyle and butterfly titles and collected silver in the 100m freestyle.In the process, he became the second fastest swimmer ever in the 50m freestyle (21.69) and the first to break 23 seconds for the 50m butterfly, setting a new world record of 22.96.Earlier in the year, at the short-course swimming World Cup in Berlin, Schoeman equalled the world record for the 100m short course freestyle (46.25). At the Stockholm leg of the series, he broke the world record in the 100m individual medley, clocking 52.51.At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Schoeman won gold in the 4x100m, silver in the 100m and bronze in the 50m freestyle, becoming the first South African to win three medals at an Olympics – though his haul did not better Penny Heyns’ two golds (100m and 200m breastroke) at the 1996 Atlanta Games.The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee has named all four members of the 4x100m freestyle team that took gold at Athens – Schoeman, Neethling, Lyndon Ferns and Darian Townsend – in South Africa’s team for the 2006 Commonwealth Games to be held in Melbourne, Australia in March.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
13 August 2008The Bernadino Heights High School outside Cape Town has benefited from a government initiative that seeks to balance education with environmental responsibility, which has seen the school get a computer laboratory that is totally solar powered.The Western Cape education department’s Khanya project, which is tasked with installing and supporting technology to enhance teaching and learning in the province’s schools, funded and built the laboratory in the town of Kraaifontein, on the northeast outskirts of Cape Town.The increasingly important role of technology in society, the growing number of schools at which Khanya has installed computer laboratories, and energy constraints convinced the project that they had to look at alternate energy sources.“It would be irresponsible of Khanya not to consider the impact on the environment,” said Kyanha programme manager Kobus van Wyk in a statement by the Western Cape education department last week.“In solving an education problem, the project is in danger of creating an environmental one.”In addition, relying on solar power means such laboratories can be deployed in rural areas without worrying about needing an electrical connection.Members of the Khanyi project began working on a solar power pilot project about a year ago and Bernadino Heights was selected as the recipient of the first solar-powered computer laboratory.“An exceptionally well managed school that serves a poor community, Bernadino Heights is a school where Khanya would receive positive co-operation,” the statement read.Reduced power usageAccording to the solar technology providers, Energy Efficient Options, the project consists of 60 solar panels, capable of producing 4 500 watts per hour, with a three-phase, nine kilowatt inverter capacity. Security was also a concern, and the solar panels had to be placed out of direct view of the road and all cables had to be buried to prevent vandalism or theft.The energy is used to run the computer laboratory, which has 30 personal computers and a printer, and the administration room, which has eight personal computers, a fax machine, a photocopier and a printer.The equipment being used in the laboratory was also upgraded to reduce power usage to nearly a third of what is used by a traditional Khanya computer laboratory.Improving affordabilityKhanya project’s implementation manger Andre Pietersen said that while no real difficulties were experienced during the pilot project, the greatest challenge remained to reduce costs.However, he added that the focus of the current pilot project was not on finding a cheap solution, but rather to determine whether solar energy could be used to power a Khanya computer laboratory.“The next phase of Khanya will be to concentrate on a more affordable model,” he said, adding that the new laboratory would be a stepping stone in the rollout of energy saving, environmentally friendly technology installations.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material