first_imgHARRY KANE cannot put his finger on what has gone wrong at Tottenham this season.Last term’s Champions League finalists have dropped like a stone — and their stand-in skipper simply does not know why.5 Harry Kane admits he is at a loss to explain Tottenham’s slump in form this seasonCredit: Reuters5 Tottenham are in training for their Champions League clash with Red StarCredit: AFP5 Struggling Spurs are aiming for a morale-boosting victoryCredit: AFP5 The striker and Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media in Serbia on TuesdayCredit: EPABut he is still backing his turkeys to be in Turkey for next year’s final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on May 30.Spurs got just one point from their first three group games last year, but still qualified and eventually made the final.And Kane said: “You look at where we started and where we got to, we proved a lot of people wrong. Having it in our heads that we’ve done that already is a good thing.“We didn’t start this campaign great either but we got the win against Red Star and we’re in a better position than we were after a few games last season.“If we win we’d be in a great spot to qualify and then in  the knockout stage, as you saw last year, it can go anyone’s way.”Spurs travel to Red Star Belgrade tonight having won just four of their FIFTEEN games in all competitions this season.Kane said: “I’ve said before, over the last few weeks, that it’s hard to put a finger on it. It’s the first time that this group has been through a poor spell like this.5 Spurs will look to bounce back from their draw against Everton on WednesdayCredit: AFPRed Star Belgrade fans make it into the Tottenham Hotspur stadium despite being banned by UEFA for racist chanting“We’ve normally started seasons well and picked up form and then got better and better. In this one, we are struggling to find that form and to get wins over the line.”Kane returns after missing Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Everton with a virus.He said: “Even on Sunday, we were 1-0 up, trying to hold on. It could have been a big away win and we obviously conceded. We can’t quite get there, we can’t quite get over the line.“It’s nothing to do with the fight in the squad. It’s just one of those spells. All we can do is try and put it right on the pitch. We had a good win in the Champions League in our last outing and that’s what we’re going to try and do again.“We’ve then got an important game at home to Sheffield United before the international break. We want to get a win just so we can go away with a better feeling than what we have been.”Spurs sit 11th in the Premier League with 13 points from 11 matches having mustered just three wins so far.But in the Champions League, despite being hammered 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich last month, they are doing better than last year, with four points from their opening three games.They are second in Group B, five points behind Bayern, who have just sacked manager Niko Kovac.Kane said: “Obviously the Champions League campaign last year was so good for us. We got further than a lot of people thought we would but our league form wasn’t great towards the end of last season.“They are two big competitions — the Premier League and the Champions League. It takes a lot of energy and commitment, playing midweek and then weekends, so we’ve got to try and get our Champions League form to match our Premier League form.“We’ve got to try to find a way of consistently winning games in both competitions and not just in one and then lose in the other.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one“We’re here to win trophies. If we can win one of the trophies we are still in, we will see that as a success.”Tottenham thrashed Red Star 5-0 at home two weeks ago, when away fans were banned as punishment for racist chanting at a play-off in Helsinki in July.Red Star posted an anti-racism video on their Instagram account amid fears of a repeat tonight.And England captain Kane, who informed the officials when his Three Lions team-mates were abused in Bulgaria last month, said: “Hopefully it doesn’t happen again and we will play a tough football match and get the win we need to take us a step closer to qualifying.“If anything does happen, there will be a protocol in place like there was in Sofia and we will follow that.“I’ve been told by a few people who have played there and been there that it will be a really hostile game and a really hostile atmosphere, but that’s what European nights are about.“I’m looking forward to it and I know the other players are looking forward to it too. It’s going to be a tough test, a tougher game than what we had at home. We’ve got to make sure we’re switched on for that.” LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerHugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are all out injured, while Serge Aurier, Harry Winks, Kyle Walker-Peters and Victor Wanyama have all been left at home.Wantaway Christian Eriksen is set to start, despite fans on social media slamming his displays as he runs down his contract.But boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “Sometimes we look too much at a players having four years on contracts or one year on their contracts. It is difficult to pre-judge situations in football.“I think the performance of Christian is not different. His commitment is the same.”Mauricio Pochettino brands Son’s sending off ‘unfair’ after referee Martin Atkinson changes his mind from yellow card to redlast_img read more

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES A former professional fighter himself, Sangiao led the Baguio-based team to unprecedented heights in the promotion and he’s looking forward to an equally successful 2019.“It’s our biggest year, we won titles and received many awards this year,” said Sangiao. “This is the result of our hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. These awards and titles are just the fruits of our labor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“This is definitely the best year for us, but of course, we will not stop. We have to keep on improving and defend those belts.”Eustaquio (11-6) was the first of the four fighters to rake in gold when he became the ONE interim flyweight champion after a unanimous decision win over Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhmetov in January. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Gravity” then became the ONE World flyweight champion when he scored a split decision win over rival Adriano Moraes in June to unify the belts.Belingon (20-5) followed up Eustaquio’s success when he became the ONE interim bantamweight champion after a unanimous decision win over Martin Nguyen and then he became the ONE World bantamweight champion when he escaped with a split decision victory against Bibiano Fernandes in November for his seventh straight triumph.Pacio (13-2) had a different path to his title belt since he wasn’t an interim champion when he dethroned Yoshitaka Naito for the ONE World strawweight championship in September.And a fitting ending to Team Lakay’s 2018, Folayang (21-6) regained his ONE World lightweight strap when he dominated Singapore’s Amir Khan on Nov. 23 at Mall of Asia Arena.Folayang, arguably the Philippines’ best and most famous mixed martial artist, put on a striking master class that showed the massive disparity between him and Khan.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ NorthPort rookie Robert Bolick relishes chance to learn from Stanley Pringle “Coach Mark should have a belt,” said Folayang. “We’re a good team because we have a brilliant and selfless coach who supports us all the way.”“When I see these belts, I know that my sacrifice was worth it. I feel that I’m also a champion,” said Sangiao of his coaching career and fighting retirement. “I decided to retire eight years ago. I’m a positive guy, so I don’t regret my decision to retire. I’m very happy about it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption From left: Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, Mark Sangiao, Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang, and Stephen Loman hoist their hardwares. Denison Rey A. Dalupang/INQUIRERMANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay made 2018 its best year to date after four of its fighters captured World titles in ONE Championship.Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, and Joshua Pacio all took their respective divisions by storm and in the middle of that maddening orchestra is the peaceful conductor Mark Sangiao.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

first_imgThe Liberia Business Association (LIBA) has rejected the proposition for the eradication of dual currency in Liberia, arguing that the country does not have the productive capacity to institute a single currency regime.LIBA said the international financial system would not have confidence in the country’s single currency owing to the country’s low economic output, coming from conflict and being characterized by mismanagement of its economy over the decades.The Secretary General of LIBA, Ms. Leelai M. Kpukuyou, gave her expert opinion to lawmakers yesterday in Ganta, Nimba County, during a five-day retreat on the Proposed Amendments to the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.Ms. Kpukuyou said though timing is important, LIBA believes that the House of Representatives should delay moving toward a single currency in the immediate future until productive capacities are greatly improved.“Until we add value to our own currency through Liberian businesses we cannot have a single currency,” Ms. Kpukuyou said. “We need to take our economy from the hands of foreigners, formalize the informal business sector, then we are ready for a single currency.”She pointed out that despite the high rate of exchange – L$88 to US$1 – Liberia’s economic recovery is in fact still being supported by the use of the dual currency system.She said recent statistics from the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) indicate that more than 70% of broad money (M1 and M2) is denominated in US dollars.“Accordingly, the use of the dual currency regime has been a blessing for Liberia’s economic recovery,” Ms. Kpukuyou said.“While Liberia has officially sanctioned the use of the United States dollar as legal tender, it is not the only country in the world with high dollarization. Other countries, such as Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama and Timor Leste have higher proportions of foreign currency deposits to broad money.”The strength of any country’s currency depends on productivity for local consumptions and for export, which will allow the country to maintain a considerable balance, according to Kpukuyou .During the formal opening program, the Presiding Chairman on the House Joint Committee on Good Governance, Elections and Inauguration and Judiciary and the Chairman on the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) gave an overview of the retreat.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgWhile that’s encouraging, what determines crop year success is total precipitation posted by the local weather office in the next six months, and Environment Canada Meteorologist Lisa Caldwell, who has a long history of monitoring weather in this region, says there are two things in play this year that don’t bode well for local area precipitation prospects.“One is that the El Nino is on the weak side,” explains Caldwell. “But when you combine it with this…Pacific Decadal Oscillation; it oscillates between really warm and really cold.”She says the Pacific Decadal Oscillation returns about every ten years.- Advertisement -“The year, there’s a very warm pool of water off the west coast, and of course when you have that happening, then it is keeping most of the pacific storm and driving them up to Alaska  instead of having them come up and over the mountains and skid through into Alberta,” adds Caldwell.She said the upper ridge appears almost certain to stay put for the rest of this month, but all it would take for heavier precipitation is for that ridge to shift a little further off the coast.Asked if that appears likely for the Peace Region’s traditionally heavy precipitation months of June and July, Caldwell said, “I can’t remember any summer where there wasn’t at least one or two upper lows that formed and there was a good soaking rain.”Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFlat-panel TVs and other gadgets require advanced chips that are expensive to make, and competition is intense. Sony, whose sprawling businesses include the studio that made the “Spider-Man” movies, has revived its money-losing electronics business in recent years. But it is still losing money in its gaming unit, battered by the success of rival Nintendo Co.’s Wii console. Sony has beefed up its flat-panel TV business in a joint venture with South Korean rival Samsung Electronics Co. and is eager to gain cash to invest in research to highlight its image as a technological innovator – something Sony had once taken for granted. Last week, shares of Sony’s financial unit started trading in Tokyo in what was Japan’s biggest initial public offering of the year, which reduced Sony’s stake in Sony Financial Holdings Inc. to about 60 percent from 100percent. Sony has said it’s using the 348billion yen ($2.99 billion) it raised in the IPO for its electronics business, such as research for a new kind of flat panel called OLED, or organic light-emitting diode display, as well as imaging technology. Sony has boosted profitability under the leadership of Welsh-born Chief Executive Howard Stringer, the first foreigner to head Sony, who took helm in 2005 and cut jobs, shut plants and dropped unprofitable divisions, including the Aibo pet robot. Toshiba, an electronics maker that owns a stake in U.S. nuclear reactor manufacturer Westinghouse Electric Co., has done well with its flash-memory chips widely used in cell phones and digital players. The Nikkei said Sony and its video-game unit will invest in the manufacturing operation for the Cell chip. It also said Sony will sell to Toshiba its manufacturing operations for digital-imaging chips that it now runs with Toshiba.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Sony official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement is yet to be official and involves another party, said the agreement will be announced later in the day. Speculation had been rife that struggling Sony, seeking to turn around its core electronics sector, would sell some parts of its business, such as its chip manufacturing operations. The sale is expected to include the manufacturing business for the “Cell” chip used in Sony’s PlayStation 3 video game console and other sophisticated gadgets. Japan’s top business daily The Nikkei reported today that the deal was worth an estimated 100billion yen ($858 million) and would be completed by March. Toshiba spokeswoman Hiroko Mochida said she was looking into the report but declined to comment. BUSINESS: The deal will likely include production of “Cell” used in the PlayStation 3 gaming console. By Yuri Kageyama THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO – Sony Corp. is selling its advanced computer chip operations to Toshiba Corp., a Sony official said today. last_img read more

first_imgPOSTERS TO AN Irish-American website have reacted to a story on increase emigration from Donegal – by suggesting we cure our economic ills with brothels and casinos!The outrageous suggestions are debated on the Irish Central website following a report on how people from this county are being forced to travel to the USA and other countries for work.The reaction is set to cause a storm of protest – especially as the poster also described tourists with carvans at Rossnowlagh as ‘knackers’. The post was still online this morning. One blogger reacted to the Donegal economic crisis like this: “Nobody to be left there but the Clannad crowd and the gay, Irish language poet,Cathal O Searcaigh of Fairytale of Kathmandu fame.“Anyone familiar with the song “The Hills of Donegal”? The lyrics talk about building a wall to keep the people out of Donegal; better yet, building it would keep them in.“The real solution to unemployment in Donegal might be in the words of the chorus: Casinos, chicken ranches, I’d legalize them all We’d have our own Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal Yeah, Las Vegas in the hills of Donegal.“Think about the boost to tourism: jobs, new restaurants and hotels, A veritable Monte Carlo, unfortunately with lousy weather. Wait a second, John Gormley of the Greens could get the EU to concentrate all global warming in Donegal. “Rossnowlagh Beach could be the Malibu of Ireland, once you cleared out the knackers in the caravans. Just think of the possibilities.”Another poster to the site reacts: “That’s good…..Their could be legalized brothels (tho that would give jobs to Africans and Russians–not Irish). Gambling, too, though I don’t think there’s a single race track in the entire county.“Still, they could have slots, blackjack etc. And they could bus in punters from across the border. I’ve been in places like Reno, Vegas, Atlantic City. Donegal can match them. Plus, since that’s an indoor lifestyle, it wouldn’t matter if it was howling rain outside, just like it doesn’t matter if it’s 110 on the street outside the joints in Vegas. And maybe an Irish language casino sa Ghaeltacht. You’re on to something.”EndsOUTRAGE AT ‘BROTHELS & CASINOS’ CURE FOR DONEGAL RECESSION was last modified: December 12th, 2010 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgTHE new owners of the Sand House Hotel in Rossnowlagh has created 15 new jobs to help cope with a huge upturn in business.Paul Diver only bought the premises two months ago at a stressed property auction in Dublin, paying €650k for a hotel once valued at €6M.But he says there has been so much good will from people travelling to the hotel from all over the world as well as locally that he has had to bring in extra staff. “I’ve had to bring in 15 more staff than I would normally have at this time of the year,” Mr Diver confirmed today.He had managed the hotel for 20 years before getting the chance to own it in that auction.“We were booked out over Easter and that was the busiest I have ever seen it here in all my time,” said the owner today.“Local people have been fantastic. Those on the staff here are from around the area and we have seen so much business from throughout Co Donegal from people supporting the hotel. “We’ve also seen a huge increase in visitors from the rest of the Republic of Ireland which wouldn’t have been the case before.”Mr Diver has taken on new staff in the kitchen, bar and for the spa which has seen a massive jump in trade.He said there had also been a lot of new visitors from America, the North and Britain.  DELIGHT AS NEW DONEGAL HOTEL OWNER CREATES 15 EXTRA JOBS was last modified: April 16th, 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:DELIGHT AS NEW DONEGAL HOTEL OWNER CREATES 15 EXTRA JOBSlast_img read more

first_imgLoreto Secondary School – Open Evening for students and parents of all pupils who intend enroling in Loreto Secondary School in September 2013 will be held in the school on Thursday 11 October from 4.15 – 6.45pm.LORETO OPEN EVENING DETAILS was last modified: October 4th, 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:LORETO OPEN EVENING DETAILSlast_img read more

first_imgDDTV: The managers of Donegal and Mayo go head-to-head on Sunday. Both men are passionate about their counties.In this video, both men talk about that passion and the game ahead.Click Play to watch comments from Jim McGuinness and James Horan.(Now that’s enough of the impartiality. Come on Jimmy!)  McGUINNESS V HORAN – WATCH VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH BOTH MANAGERS was last modified: September 20th, 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:McGUINNESS V HORAN – WATCH VIDEO INTERVIEWS WITH BOTH MANAGERSlast_img read more

first_img Without any funding, they have a tough battle ahead; they must gather 373,816 signatures from registered voters by Jan. 5 to get the measure on the ballot next year. “The odds of us making it are not very good, but we are educating the public enough to write a proposition next year with an improved version of the bill which passed, which is faulty,” said Jackie Marshall, an English professor at the University of California, Davis. Supporters are organizing volunteers primarily through word-of-mouth. Marshall, 51, the owner of two German shepherds, has been collecting signatures at college campuses, malls and pet stores near Sacramento. The law, which is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, would be suspended when supporters submit signatures. If it fails to qualify for the ballot or is rejected by voters, it would take effect. If successful, the ballot proponents said, they would advocate different laws, including hiring additional animal control officers and imposing breeder permit requirements, and strict penalties for loose vicious dogs, regardless of breed. In San Francisco, an ordinance that would require mandatory spaying and neutering of pit bull terriers will go to a final Board of Supervisors vote on Tuesday. Capp said dog advocates are considering legal action against breed-specific laws and said San Francisco could be the first target. Carl Friedman, director of San Francisco’s Animal Care and Control Department, said the breed-specific ordinance is necessary, but he understands the concerns of pit bull owners. “My response to that is not what’s next but who is next,” Friedman said. “We’ve had some tragedies, and we need to be able to deal with this at the local level.” 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Four years ago, Diane Whipple, 33, was killed by two Presa Canario dogs in her San Francisco apartment building in a case that put the dogs’ owners, both lawyers, behind bars. “The group that’s interested in doing this has every right to do it – but I’m convinced that the majority of Californians think this is a necessary and important law,” said Sen. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, who introduced the legislation. “We can’t have vicious maulings of children and adults by these dogs.” San Francisco already plans to crack down on pit bull terriers; Fresno and other cities are also looking at ways to regulate the breed blamed for several savage attacks around the state. Many California dog owners worry nonetheless that the law will eventually lead legislators to push for an outright ban on some dogs. Denver and several other cities, including North Little Rock, Ark., and Prince George’s County, Md., have banned pit bulls. Proponents of the ballot measure say the problem is not certain breeds, but bad owners. SAN FRANCISCO – Dog owners who fear that a new state law aimed at curtailing vicious hounds could lead to a ban of certain breeds are collecting signatures to reverse the measure. “It doesn’t target the true problem – it says these dogs are making the news so let’s ban or restrict them,” said Dawn Capp, a Sacramento attorney organizing the effort. The law allows cities and counties to require certain breeds to be spayed and neutered in hopes of reducing the aggressiveness of the animals and help limit unwanted populations that end up in animal shelters. It could also impose breeding restrictions and require reports of all dog bites. The recently passed law was, in part, a response to the mauling death of Nicholas Faibish, 12, in San Francisco by his family’s pit bulls. Other widely reported incidents include a woman attacked in June by her family’s pit bull in Rohnert Park when she tried to prevent it from attacking her son, and a 9-year-old boy who needed 70 stitches after being mauled by a pit bull while trick-or-treating in Fresno. last_img read more