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Fajardo continues surreal rise as he bags 6th Best Player plum

first_imgIt may have been divine intervention or just plain destiny, but the scrawny kid from Pinamungajan, Cebu was given the height every aspiring baller could only dream of at 6-foot-10.But his height wouldn’t have mattered if not for Fajardo’s impeccable work ethic and down-to-earth, coachable personality.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 crownThat admirable trait has paved way for downpour of blessing since Fajardo turned pro six years ago, as he has won four consecutive PBA MVP plums, five championships over the last four years, and now, a record-sixth Best Player of the Conference citation for the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“Sinong mage-expect nun, di ba? Ano lang ba ako dati? Wala talaga akong hilig sa basketball tapos ngayon, mabe-break ko na yung record ng mga magagaling sa PBA. Nakaka-proud sa sarili,” he said. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina (This won’t happen if not for my teammates and the coaching staff. We help each other and that’s the reason why we’re able to achieve these awards because we all stick together. For me, I’m not the BPC. All of us are.)Despite all the accolades, Fajardo remains hungry, especially for another title.“Yun naman ang gusto ko, championship. Mas gusto ko yun over individual awards kasi pag mag-champion kami, buong team ang masaya,” he said.(That’s what I want, another championship. I want that over the individual awards because when we become champion, everyone on the team is happy.)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe may sound like a broken record, but June Mar Fajardo is sincere whenever he says that never in his wildest dreams did he think he’d get to where he is right now.“Di ko naman pinangarap ito. Hindi ko naman hilig ang basketball dati (This is surreal. I never dreamt of this. I wasn’t even fond of basketball before).” said Fajardo, talking about his late start in the sport he now dominates.ADVERTISEMENT (Who would have expected that, right? Who was I before? I didn’t like basketball and now, I will be breaking the record of the PBA greats. It really makes me proud of myself.)The Cebuano giant averaged a league-best 22.8 points on 63-percent shooting, together with 13.3 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks, both second-best in the league, for his fifth BPC award in an all-Filipino conference.Not only did Fajardo match the feat of his former mentor Ramon Fernandez for most MVP plums at four, but he was able to surpass the accomplishments of his other mentor Danny Ildefonso, who previously held the record for most BPC awards at five.But even at his most glorious days, Fajardo is more than willing to share the accolades to those who paved the way for his success.“Hindi naman mangyayari ito kung hindi rin dahil sa teammates ko at sa coaching staff. Tulungan kami sa lahat at kaya namin nakakamit yung mga ganitong award dahil na rin sama-sama kami,” he said. “Para sa akin, hindi lang ako yung BPC. Kaming lahat yun.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims UAAP volleyball: UP stays in Final Four race after shocker over NU Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Missing Mocha woman found floating in trench

first_imgThe body of 63-year-old Rita Fredricks of 12th Field, Barnwell North, Mocha, East Bank Demerara was recovered from a trench in the community on Thursday morning.Neighbours observe the body of the elderly woman being removedThe woman had gone missing on Tuesday evening, and was not seen until Thursday morning, when her body was spotted floating in the canal.According to information reaching the Guyana Times, Fredricks and her husband were imbibing with a friend some distance away from their home on Tuesday evening, when she left to go home sometime around 22:00h. However, when her husband arrived home later that night, she was nowhere to be found.It is believed that, on the way home, the woman went to the nearby trench to wash her feet, during which she may have fallen into the water.This newspaper spoke with a close friend of the dead woman, Hettie Turnhill, at whose 10th Field house the elderly couple was drinking on the night Fredricks went missing.“She left around 10 o’clock (Tuesday night), and then I went to bed, leaving her husband and my sister. But the next morning her husband came back and asked if his wife by us, and I said, ‘No, we ain’t see aunty’. So he said he went home and didn’t see her anywhere,” the woman related.She said neighbours carried out a search in the area but did not find the woman anywhere, so the husband went to file a missing persons report at the station.Turnhill told this newspaper that on Thursday morning she was going to shower, sometime around 10:00h, and went to the trench to get water, then she made the discovery.The dam residents in Barnwell North are forced to use daily“My neighbour from the other side of the trench called out to me and we ended up talking. Whilst gaffing, I look in the trench and see her floating. Her head and ears were showing, so I screamed and called out for aunty’s daughter, who was nearby,” the woman recalled.Turnhill said that upon spotting the body, she knew immediately that it was the elderly woman. This, she said, was confirmed when the woman’s body was retrieved from the water, as she still had on the clothing she was wearing on the night she went missing.Meanwhile, Fredricks’ daughter Marcelle explain to the Guyana Times that she was away for a few days, and returned home on Thursday morning only to be greeted with the news of her mother’s disappearance.“I come by my mother’s friend (Turnhill) to find out what really happen, and she said she ain’t know too. So I sit down and she went to go ready to go in town, and when she went by the trench, she see the head and call for me,” the daughter stated.Marcelle added that the police were contacted and arrived on scene. The body was taken out of the water and was transported out of the area on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), since vehicles could not traverse the area due to the deplorable condition of the road.The body of 63-year-old Rita Fredricks is currently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.last_img read more

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Registration deadline for PM Cup 3 set for tomorrow

first_imgThe third edition of the annual Prime Minister’s Twenty/20 Softball Cup is drawing closer and teams are asked to finalise their participation for the November 1 to 3, 2019 showpiece on or before Friday, October 18.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for culture, youth and sport, Dr George Norton, along with organisers and sponsors of this tournamentThere is no registration fee for teams in any of the three categories: Legends Over-50 years old, Masters Over 45 years old and All-Stars, but teams must confirm their squads and pay a security deposit of $60,000 to indicate their participation. The draw to place teams in zones within their respective categories will be done on Sunday, October 20 at GNIC Sports Club at 14:00h.Teams are asked to contact the organisers – Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc for more information, and will collect the playing conditions and other critical information upon paying the security deposit.Teams are expected from Canada, USA and Guyana to compete for more than $2,000,000 in cash and other prizes over the weekend of exciting cricket. Preliminary and semi-final matches will be played at various venues in Georgetown while the finals of all three categories will be played at Everest Cricket Club on Sunday, November 3, 2019.last_img read more

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Don’t write off our title chances, says Manchester United defender

first_img1 Manchester United defender Luke Shaw Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has insisted they should not be ruled out of the Premier League title race, despite dropping points over the festive period.The Red Devils are currently ten games unbeaten in the top flight but could only manage three draws and a win over Christmas as Aston Villa, Tottenham and Stoke City proved tough competitors.But Shaw, who admitted only managing a point against the Potters on New Year’s Day was galling, has warned against ruling them out of the battle to win the title as they sit nine points adrift of co-leaders Chelsea and Manchester City in third position.“We are not going to say the Premier League is over yet,” the left-back said. “The league is still our number one priority. We want to win that.“Coming to Stoke is always going to be a tough battle. There’s a lot of balls in the air so it’s tough.“We know when we come away we have to get three points so we are not very pleased with the point.”last_img read more

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Dago face Olbolosat, St. Anthony play Ebwali

first_img0Shares0000Dagoretti High School will be playing their second consecutive school games semi-final. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Aug 1 – Three teams which reached last year’s semi-finals of the Kenya National Secondary School Games last year have achieved the feat once again after the completion of the group stage matches in Kakamega on Thursday.Dagoretti and St. Anthony’s finished top of Group A and B respectively and will be joined by last year’s losing finalists Olbolosat. The only outside in the top four is Vihiga County’s Ebwali who make it to the last four in their debut. Ebwali lost 3-0 to a clinical Dagoretti High School with the latter finishing top of the group with a 100pc record while St. Anthony beat Olbolosat 1-0 via an Issa Lumumba first half goal to finish top of Group B with the latter finishing second.Dagoretti who are playing in their second consecutive national championship have now vowed to go one better and go to the final  with their eyes fixed in clinching the national trophy.-Orero confident“I think this year we have a better team with more experience. Last year was our first time at this stage and there was some kind of stage fright with the players but now, we come in with more belief. We face Olbolosat again and we played them in the group stages last year and drew 1-1,”“That time, we took them easy because we didn’t know them but now we do. We will take that match very seriously,” Dagoretti principal Peter Orero told Capital Sport.Dagoretti showed intent from the onset and broke the deadlock barely two minutes into the game through Alfred Otieno.Zablon Kutela then made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute when he broke the offside trap to run behind the defense and tap simply into the net after the Ebwali players struggled to clear a cross from the right.In the second half, Dagoretti copy-pasted the same script from the first half and scored just two minutes after the restart with Marko Deng swinging a sweet volley unmarked after picking ip a cross from Otieno.-Failed responseEbwali tried to make a response in the 52nd minute but Kelvin Owalla’s effort with a freekick from the right came against the side netting. The lanky midfielder had another effort from range, but it encountered a trailing leg of a Dagoretti player, taking the sting off the shot and making it easy for the keeper.Ebwali were reduced to 10 men with five minutes left after Barnaba Achote was shown a second yellow card for a rush tackle.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Captaining England will mean ‘everything’ to James Milner

first_imgJames Milner admits it will mean everything to him to lead England out at Wembley for the first time when he captains the side against Holland on Tuesday night.The Liverpool midfielder, with 57 caps to his name, steps in with skipper Wayne Rooney out injured and vice-captain Gary Cahill set to be on the bench having played in Saturday’s win over Germany.The Football Association said on Monday afternoon that Milner, 30, will wear the armband instead having last played in October’s 2-0 win at home to Estonia.And the two-time Barclays Premier League winner, who on Sunday said he would talk to manager Roy Hodgson after the European Championships and would consider walking away from the international scene were he to be relegated to the role as a bit-part player, believes captaining is something he will never forget.Asked what it would mean to him to lead out the Three Lions, Milner said: “Everything. Obviously growing up you are desperate to pull on that England shirt and you are scoring goals for England at Wembley in your back garden and the chance to lead out your country is a massive honour and something you never forget.”Milner made his debut against Holland almost seven years ago and is the only member of the current squad surviving from that 2-2 draw in Amsterdam.He is now considered an elder statesmen on the international scene and is ready to help through the next batch of young players, having watched from the bench as they stormed back from two goals down to win in BerlinWhen asked if he saw his role as a wise, old head Milner replied: “Yes, unfortunately!”“I’m at that stage now and it is important we set those examples, the like of me, Gaz (Cahill), Harty (Joe Hart), Wayne (Rooney) and Jags (Phil Jagielka) – when you see how much quality there is coming through, it is important we help them along as much as we can.“It is a big step up playing for England an all that comes with it, the better environment we can make for those guys the easier it will be for them to pull on the England shirt and perform at this level. James Milner, 30, will lead the Three Lions out at Wembley on Tuesday 1last_img read more

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WATCH: Frank Worthington’s AMAZING solo goal as Alzheimer’s diagnosis revealed

first_imgFrank Worthington’s daughter has confirmed that the former England striker has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.Kim-Malou Worthington posted on her Facebook page on Thursday to confirm the news, saying: “There has been a few wandering (sic) about my dad’s health recently and so I thought i should let you all know Frank Worthington has Alzhiemers. He was diagnosed several years ago and has been holding it off with POSITIVE thinking and football.”The 67-year-old is well remebered for his time playing for Huddersfield, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers. He made eight appearances for England in 1974, scoring two goals for the Three Lions.The most memorable moment of his career arguably came whilst playing for the Trotters in 1979.In a game against Ipswich, the skilful forward received the ball on the edge of the box, facing away from goal. He did three keepy-ups, before flicking the ball over his own, and the defenders’, heads, firing a powerful shot into the bottom corner – without once letting the ball touch the ground.You can watch the goal above, on a day where we remember a truly excellent player of the beautiful game…last_img read more

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AVERAGE DONEGAL HOUSE PRICE RISES BY ALMOST 5% IN THREE MONTHS

first_imgThe price of the average three-bed semi detached house in Donegal has increased by 4.62% to €82,500 in the last three months, a nationwide property survey has found.The Real Estate Alliance Average House Price Survey concentrates on the sale price of Ireland’s typical stock home, the three-bed semi, giving an up-to-date picture of the property market in towns and cities countrywide to the end of September.According to Paul McElhinney from REA McElhinney in Milford, the biggest difference this quarter is supply, which has thinned out.“There are still houses coming to market but demand is taking them out fairly quickly,” he said. “Prices have a ceiling and whilst mortgage buyers are pushing the prices up slightly, overall, buyers are stilling trying to stay within their means.”The average semi detached house nationally now costs €188,102, the Q3 REA Average House Price Survey has found – a slight rise on the Q2 figure of €186,968.Spiralling rents will cut off mortgages as an option for many young couples unless the Central Bank revisit the rules, raise exemption limits and include second-time buyers, according to REA.Just as many couples cannot afford to get on the housing ladder, second-time buyers cannot move and free up cheaper properties for new entrants and causing a logjam in the capital. While the average house price in Dublin city and county has fallen by over €5,000 in the past three months, South County Dublin has been the hardest hit in the country, with prices falling by -4.17% since the end of June.AVERAGE DONEGAL HOUSE PRICE RISES BY ALMOST 5% IN THREE MONTHS was last modified: October 12th, 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)last_img read more

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‘Blood Alley’ getting cleanup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2State and local officials marked the start of construction, as well as the completion of the $8.8 million earlier segment between 131st Street East and 146th Street East, with a ceremony Friday at Crystalaire Country Club in Llano. Caltrans officials say more widening projects are planned after this latest. Beginning in fall 2007, the highway is expected to be widened for 0.3 mile east of the Four Points intersection in southeast Palmdale. A mile of the highway between 96th Street East – just east of Littlerock – and 106th Street East is due to be widened beginning in winter 2007. “So many lives have been lost on this portion of 138,” said Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, one of the participants in Friday’s ceremony. In the audience was Lancaster resident Lyle Talbot, a retired county surveyor who has been pushing for safety measures on the highway for 20 years and who said it was gratifying to see progress. Talbot’s highway campaign had a personnel dimension: his daughter drove the road regularly to and from college in San Diego. One Thanksgiving weekend when Talbot and his wife drove to San Diego to meet their daughter, another young woman died in a head-on crash on the highway. “That could have been my daughter,” Talbot said. The recent widening hasn’t pleased everyone. Revamped lane markings do not allow employees and customers heading to Roberson Realty on Pearblossom Highway from Palmdale to make a left turn into the business, Realtor Charles John Kemeny said. With two sets of double yellow lines separating the highway lanes there, motorists trying to reach the business must turn right onto adjoining Longview Road, make an immediate U-turn on Longview to go back to Highway 138, then cross both directions of highway traffic. “It’s suicidal,” Kemeny said of the situation. About 12 miles to the east, another Highway 138 widening project has drawn complaints from residents of the mountain community of Wrightwood. Starting June 19 and continuing through Sept. 19, the highway will be closed for all but four hours every weekday from Beekley Road in the desert community of Phelan to the Highway 2 junction near Wrightwood. That is part of a $44.4 million project to add truck lanes where the two-lane road climbs over the San Gabriel Mountains, aimed at reducing head-on collisions from motorists passing slower moving vehicles. Caltrans officials had originally planned to close the highway entirely this summer, but have agreed to provide flag men and a pilot vehicle to lead vehicles through between 5 and 7 a.m. and 6 and 8 p.m. weekdays. The road will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. The road closure was planned because it wasn’t safe to have vehicles traveling on a 24-foot-wide road as construction crews brought down hills and filled canyons bordering the road, and extended drainage culverts beneath it, said Dennis Green, construction community liaison for the Caltrans district covering San Bernardino County. Shortening the workday to let traffic travel longer each day though the construction area would have boosted the cost by nearly $10 million and added more than seven months to the construction time, he said. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com (661) 267-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LLANO – Construction has started on widening a 2.1-mile stretch of Highway 138, dubbed “Blood Alley” in the 1990s for its fatal head-on crashes. Extending a four-lane section of highway opened earlier this year east of Pearblossom, the latest project will add a lane in each direction, plus a center turn lane and paved shoulders from 146th Street East to 165th Street East, where the two-lane highway is used by 17,000 vehicles a day. “Widening of 138 is such an important project for us,” said Douglas Failing, Caltrans’ director for the district covering Los Angeles and Ventura counties. “It’s more than just a local road. Highway 138 has become such an important bypass. Many people are using it to avoid coming through the Los Angeles basin.” The $17.9 million project, for which preliminary work grading off desert shrubs began in March, is expected to conclude in late 2007, officials said. The work will include replacing two narrow bridges over the Big Rock Wash. last_img read more

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R13.5bn in tax relief on the cards

first_imgHe said that in order to improve the equity of the income tax system and broaden the tax base, the treatment of travel allowances would be reformed. This meant that the “deemed kilometre method” for deducting travel expenses would be repealed with effect from 1 March. “For pre-retirement lump sum withdrawals from retirement savings, the first R22 500 will be tax-free,” he said. “This concession will allow taxpayers significant tax relief in instances where circumstances beyond their control force them to make use of their retirement savings due to involuntary unemployment,” he said. Gordhan said the draft laws contain the tax proposals announced in the February 2009 Budget Speech by previous finance minister Trevor Manuel, and elaborated on in the 2009 Budget Review. Gordhan said that, given concerns about the plight of workers losing jobs in the economic crisis, the draft laws propose that withdrawal from retirement funds on retrenchment will qualify for the R300 000 exemption. Gordhan said other important amendments related to the taxation of lump sum withdrawals from retirement savings before retirement and on retrenchment, especially in the current economic environment. “A significant simplification of the tax treatment of lump-sum payments from retirement savings upon retirement, and pre-retirement lump sum withdrawals, will be implemented as from this year. “For individuals, the most important amendment was the adjustment to the personal income tax thresholds, which resulted in tax relief for individuals estimated at R13.5-billion,” he said. 2 September 2009 “This amendment will eliminate an unintended subsidy for commuting by car,” he said.center_img Retrenchment In addition, and to limit potential abuse, all lump-sum withdrawals and payments will be aggregated over the life of the taxpayer, meaning that once the tax-free portion has been used, it cannot be used again; subsequent lump sums will be taxed at higher marginal rates. Source: BuaNews For technical reasons, he said, the amendments are split into two Bills – a money Bill (under section 77 of the Constitution) and an ordinary (or section 75) Bill. The 2009 Taxation Law Amendment Bills will result in South Africans receiving tax relief of R13.5-billion, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in Pretoria this week. The marginal tax rates on larger lump sums range from 18% to 36% for lump sums in excess of R900 000. In the case of a lump sum upon retirement, the first R300 000 is tax-free, and the marginal tax rates also range from 18% to 36% for lump sums above R900 000. Retirement savings Gordhan said that, in a bid to encourage people to preserve their retirement savings for the time they actually retire, the law provides for a more generous tax-free amount upon retirement.last_img read more