Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Nomo-mania was a thing when Hideo Nomo went to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995 and Ichiro Suzuki made a big splash in 2001 with the Seattle Mariners.Others followed but nothing so far seems to compare with the excitement Ohtani’s debut with the Angels has generated.Unlike previous Japanese exports, Ohtani is trying something new — batting and pitching. The Japanese refer to it as as “nitoryu” — a samurai term that translates as “two swords as one.”Many were initially skeptical of Ohtani’s prospects in America, saying it would be difficult to pull it off in the major leagues. But so far, Ohtani has lived up to his goals.Even some of the biggest names in Japanese baseball have been taken aback by Ohtani’s early success.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “His success in pitching was to be expected,” said Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh. “But to do that well in batting is surprising to everyone, Americans as well.”Author Robert Whiting, who has written several books on Japanese baseball, including “The Meaning of Ichiro,” says Ohtani has the potential to surpass the popularity of Nomo, Suzuki and Hideki Matsui.“It’s hard to top a guy who wins two games and hits three home runs in a week,” Whiting said. “He is very affable and could well have a long career in American baseball __ but most likely as a pitcher.”Isao Harimoto, who holds the record for most hits in Japanese baseball, saw Ohtani’s three straight homers as proof Japanese baseball is catching up to the major leagues.“Maybe it’s luck or the level of American pitchers has fallen,” Harimoto told Sunday Morning, a weekly news and sports program. “Three straight homers is pretty remarkable.”Some have noted that much of Ohtani’s success so far has come against the lowly Oakland A’s, a team that is off to a rocky start.Still, there is no denying that Ohtani has created a big stir back home and an outpouring of national pride. His model good looks and humble personality also add to his popularity.He is already a pitchman for sporting goods and mattresses, and there are undoubtedly more endorsements on the way.“I hope he does well both as a pitcher and as a batter,” university student Takaki Ueno said. “He’s attempting something pretty unique.”One thing is certain. With his strong start, he’s set the bar incredibly high. A headline in the Nikkansports newspaper after a game in which Ohtani came in to pinch hit in the ninth inning read “Ohtani fails to homer in fourth straight game.” Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In this April 4, 2018 photo, pedestrians in Tokyo watch a TV showing the live broadcasting of Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, gets ready to bat during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians. Shohei Ohtani’s games are shown live in the morning by national broadcaster NHK. In the afternoon, talk shows dissect his every move while evening sports programs feature highlights of his latest accomplishments.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Shohei Ohtani’s games are shown live in the morning by national broadcaster NHK. For the rest of the day, talk shows dissect his every move and sports programs feature highlights of his latest accomplishments.A recent afternoon news program in Tokyo dedicated an entire segment to everything Ohtani, with a panel of guests discussing such intricate details as his lack of a drivers’ license and the fact he has a personal chef.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ News of Ohtani’s phenomenal start to his Major League Baseball career is ubiquitous in Japan. His image graces the cover of Number Magazine, Japan’s version of Sports Illustrated, and just about every sports newspaper in the country.So far, the 23-year-old two-way star has exceeded everyone’s expectations, winning both of his starts as a pitcher and hitting homers in three consecutive games. Last Sunday, he allowed just one hit in seven shutout innings as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 6-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownOn Friday, Ohtani batted seventh as the designated hitter and registered his first MLB career double in his first at-bat, then added a single in the eighth as the Angels rallied 5-4 over the Kansas City Royals.Japan had become somewhat blase about sending its top players to MLB in recent years. 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Dear Editor,I read with amusement and some disgust the apparent surprise and disappointment of the Town Clerk with regard to his claim that large businesses in Georgetown owe the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) over $4 billion in rates and taxes. He of all persons should know that it is property rates and not rates and taxes that the Council collects.Clearly, he has never heard of tax resistance, which in this case is the refusal to pay property rates because of a lack of confidence by these citizens in the Council’s ability to properly collect, secure, account for, and spend prudently these monies. Tax resisters are distinct from “tax protesters,” who deny that the legal obligation to pay taxes exists or applies to them. Tax resisters accept that some law commands them to pay taxes, but they still choose to resist taxation for a variety of reasons. He should be aware that tax resistance played a significant role in the collapse of several empires, including the Egyptian, Roman, Spanish, and Aztec.With the Council not having its financial records audited in decades; with non-adherence to tender board and established procurement procedures; with poor fiscal planning and management; with constant overspending and sloppy recordkeeping, do they really expect these business persons to rush in and hand over 4 billion dollars to them just like that? Everyone knows that even if the business persons were to do so, two weeks later, the Council would be broke again.Quite disingenuously, he points to the issue that a valuation procedure has not been effected in two decades, with the aim of persuading persons to share his view that property owners are underpaying property rates. He does not allude to the fact that, in 2017, the municipality hiked property rates by 10 percent and implemented a steep rise of 750 percent in compliance fees, from 0.1 percent to 0.75 percent. It was misleading for him to say that citizens pay a commercial property rate of 250 per cent of the value of their properties, and a domestic rate of 40 percent of their properties, when in fact he knows that they pay 275 percent and 44 percent respectively,The reason the Council is cash-strapped is not due only to the large amount of debt it is owed allegedly by large businesses, but also because of wanton, excessive and reckless expenditure it embarks on. But worse than that, he then suggests that this is the reason that the Council has failed to preserve and restore City Hall which is currently in a deplorable state; which is absolute poppycock!How is it that the Council can afford to pay a wage bill of well over 100 million dollars each month to their fat cats, several hundreds of million to contractors each month without a tender procedure, millions in overseas travel etc; but cannot afford to even spend one million per month in maintenance of City Hall.I am convinced that the Georgetown City Council does not have a money problem. They instead have a values and priorities problem.Best regards,Deodarie Putulall
… data-sharing agreement signedIn an effort to tackle the high rate of crime and violence, a CariSECURE task force was launched and was signed on to at the Marriott Hotel on Wednesday by multi-stakeholder agencies, which will implement programmes and policies to reduce the scourge.Acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels signs on to the data-sharing agreementGuyana’s Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Shabnam Mallick revealed that the Latin American and Caribbean Region has the highest rate of crime and violence in the hemisphere.The CariSECURE project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in association with UNDP, and American Ambassador Perry Holloway said that the US Government was pleased to contribute to tackling crime and violence in Guyana and the region.He further explained that the Caribbean Citizen Security Toolkit standardised the data collection process for crime statistics, making it possible for law enforcement personnel to implement more effective crime prevention strategies.Meanwhile, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, in his brief remarks, underscored that under the initiative, there would be advanced mapping of crimes with the Guyana Police Force being able to better track criminals and criminal activity.The US$14 million four-year project will build public institutions to measure crime and violence trends and measures to stand against the prevailing issues, with special focus being placed on youth violence. The heads of several stakeholder agencies signed on to the task force’s data-sharing agreement: Public Security Minister Ramjattan; acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine; Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-Hack; acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels and Solicitor General Kym Kyte-John.CariSECURE is one of three components of the USAID Youth Empowerment Services (YES) project. The citizen security data will be used to develop evidence-based policies and programmes that will target risk factors that drive youth violence, crime and victimisation. A total of 10 Caribbean countries, including Suriname and Barbados, will benefit from the programme.
Alim Ally, a Lusignan Prison inmate who called 911 threatening to assassinate President David Granger in November was on Monday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is alleged that Ally while in a public place (Lusignan Prison, East CoastLusignan Prison inmate Alim AllyDemerara) telephoned 911, and threatened to kill the President and shoot at the Brickdam Police Station with intent to cause fear. Three charges of a similar nature followed and according to Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the telephone calls were made on different occasions between November 10 and November 19, 2017. Ally denied all four charges read to him by Magistrate Leron Daly.The Prosecutor objected to bail, and informed the court that Ally was presently serving a five-year sentence at the said penitentiary. This objection was upheld by the Magistrate who then ordered that Ally return before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan today.Earlier this year, Andriff Gillard had alleged that he was offered $7 million to assassinate the Head of State, and accused popular businessman Nizam Khan of being the mastermind on national television.An investigation was promptly launched followed by a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) upon order of President Granger himself. However, the Inquiry found that the story told by Gillard was not corroborated.
RCMP investigating the abduction of a two-year-old girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert in southwestern Alberta have found human remains.Victims services officials made the announcement Tuesday night to a horrified crowd that had gathered in Blairmore, Alta., at a candlelight vigil for Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.The little girl had been abducted early Monday morning from the town of Blairmore.- Advertisement -Her father, Terry Blanchette, 27, was found dead in the home and police believe his death was a homicide.Mounties have a 22-year-old suspect in custody.Supt. Tony Hamori said the name of the man, who was arrested in Blairmore on Tuesday, wouldn’t be released until charges had been laid.Advertisement
Andy Brassell, an expert on European football, runs the rule over potential Manchester United signings Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo.Versatile Ajax star Blind is reportedly closing in on a £15million switch to Old Trafford, and Brassell believes the Dutchman would be an excellent addition to Louis van Gaal’s squad.Speaking on The Sports Bar, he said: “He has played at left-wing back, left-back, as one of a back three, and Ajax are actually grooming him to be a holding midfield player. He can cover so many positions and do them so well. That is why he would be a fantastic signing for Manchester United.”Sporting Lisbon defender Rojo, meanwhile, has handed in a transfer request as he looks to force through a move to Manchester.On the Argentina international, Brassell said: “Rojo can play centre-back or left-back. He is much better at left-back, in my opinion. He had a good season alternating between their and centre-back last season.“Before that, his first season at Sporting he was very shaky and he was very poor for Spartak when he was in Moscow. He had a pretty dire time out there. But he has improved a lot in the last year or so.”
0Shares0000Lionel Messi underlined his and Barcelona’s Champions League credentials with a hat-trick in their group stage opener against PSV© AFP LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Sep 18 – Lionel Messi pictures the Champions League ending with him hoisting the trophy and it began with him scoring a hat-trick on Tuesday as Barcelona put four goals past PSV Eindhoven.An early kick-off at Camp Nou meant that before most of the tournament’s teams had even named their line-ups, Messi was up and running, his sumptuous free-kick from the edge of the area nestling in the top corner, exactly where it was intended. Messi would have his second and third before the end, but the game was up by then thanks to a superb strike from the excellent Ousmane Dembele.Only when Barca were three ahead was Samuel Umtiti sent off for a second yellow card, and with 10 men, Messi completed his hat-trick for a 4-0 win.Dembele’s goal was worthy of deciding any match but this was Messi’s night. After a miserable World Cup trying to retrieve the irretrievable Argentina, Barcelona’s now-captain proved his quality again to any doubters that are left.Four goals already in La Liga, seven overall, neither age nor Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Spain appear to have taken the edge off.But even if Messi remains as good as ever, his team will need others to step up. Philippe Coutinho was impressive here and, after a difficult debut campaign, Dembele is finding his rhythm.The 21-year-old’s driving run earned Messi his free-kick while a sizzling shot brought the goal his bustling display deserved.Perhaps more importantly, this victory was a clean slate for Barcelona.It was exactly 23 weeks ago that Roma pulled off one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in this competition and sent the club into a depth of disappointment that, in truth, not even winning the double could alleviate.Instead, Madrid rubbed salt into the wound by making it look easy and winning their third in a row. “It is a thorn in our side,” Luis Suarez said. “It’s time to win the Champions League,” said Messi.– Magical Messi –PSV’s coach Mark van Bommel knows what it feels like to walk out at the Camp Nou – he had a successful, albeit short, spell playing for Barca – but few of his players did.Nick Viergever was one of them, for Ajax in 2014, but it was his rash challenge on Dembele in the 31st minute that conceded the free-kick a yard outside the penalty area.Messi sized it up and sent it spinning away from the hand of Jeroen Zoet and into the top corner.PSV could have been ahead. Twice they had raced away on the break but Gaston Pereiro blasted over and Steven Bergwijn’s curling effort whistled wide of the post.It was an open game, with Coutinho missing a header and then teeing up Messi to sidefoot high. The Argentinian soon made amends, his eighth free-kick scored in 2018. He has never scored more in a year.The contest bristled at the start of the second half. Suarez earned Messi a second free-kick within range but this one floated over. Suarez’s delightful chip beat Zoet but not the crossbar.PSV were still in it and could have equalised when Hirving Lozano’s finish was blocked, crucially, by Gerard Pique.Then three goals arrived in 15 minutes. First Dembele, after leaving two PSV midfielders for dead with a dragback, unleashed into the bottom corner. Messi then latched onto a lob from Ivan Rakitic to slot home before Umtiti was sent off for a cynical block on Lozano.It made no difference. Suarez set up Messi’s third, a brilliant flick allowing his captain the last word, after he had also had the first.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
ROCKHILL HOUSE in Letterkenny could become a centre for renewable energy, donegaldaily has learned.The idea is one of a number now being considered by Donegal County Council for the abandoned army barracks on the outskirts of the town.County Manager Seamus Neely told a meeting of Letterkenny Town Council last night that the authority is still finalising plans to take over the massive estate. It is believed the Government could now only be weeks away from handing the historic house and its grounds to Donegal County Council.It is expected both the Lifford Army Barracks and Rockhill Barracks will be acquired shortly.Donegaldaily understands a number of plans are being considered for Rockhill and its surrounding grounds.They include: *A centre for renewable energy which will include the growing of crops for bio-fuels such as willow*A storage centre for many of the county’s records and archives*An arts and crafts village*A centre for the FCA in the county to carry on the military links with the famous houseWhen contacted Cllr Dessie Larkin, who has been at the forefront of finding a new plan for Rockhill House, said he would prefer not to comment on proposals for its future use. However he paid tribute to former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan for not putting the house and its grounds on the open market.“I have no reason to say this about former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan but Rockhill House would have been sold on the open market but for her.“You could not put a price on it but she listened to us when we lobbied her to ensure that it would be used for the people of Letterkenny and Donegal,” he said.Cllr Larkin said he was satisfied that the County Manager is close to making announcement on the future of the house. “When it was suggested recently that the deal was done, it was premature because it still has not been done.“There are certain issues which we are now closer to resolving and I would be confident the Manager will make an announcement on the future of this fantastic asset shortly,” he said.EndsCOUNCIL CONSIDERS PLANS TO MAKE ROCKHILL HOUSE A GREEN ENERGY CENTRE was last modified: May 10th, 2011 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:renewable energy centreRockhill House
DD FASHION: THE mule is back kicking ass as the summer must-have shoe.Can be worn with casual day look or glamorous night out on the town.Main picture above: Office Fudge Block Heel Mules White Leather- £65.00 Asos Hyde Park Mule €56.34Black leather tassel mules €55 from River IslandNew Look Nude Peep Toe Block Heel €32.99Penny’sTan Block Espadrille Mule-€19.00DD FASHION: KICK UP YOUR HEELS IN THE SHOE OF THE SUMMER – THE MULE was last modified: June 11th, 2016 by John2Share 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 Daily Fashionmulessummer shoes
DDTV: KILCAR man Rory Gallagher’s song ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ has become an anthem for Donegal.Now here’s a version from another Donegal legend – Raphoe piper Christy Murray.And he does it on the tin whistle!Click to play. DDTV: JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES – THE TIN WHISTLE VERSION was last modified: August 28th, 2012 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:DDTV: JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES – THE TIN WHISTLE VERSION