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Wakenaam farmer fined, jailed for narco trafficking

first_imgA farmer of Maria’s Pleasure of Wakenaam Island, Essequibo River, was jailed for three years and fined ,000 after he appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.Vinod Sancharia, 32, admitted in court on Wednesday that on August 15, he had in his possession 222.4 grams of cannabis sativa.Vinod SanchariaThe prosecution’s case stated that ranks from the San Souci Police Station received information that the farmer was travelling from Parika with narcotics. As such, ranks went to the Wakenaam Ferry Stelling and subsequently apprehended him. A search was conducted and in his bag he had seeds, stem and leaves which was later proven to be cannabis.He was arrested and charged.last_img read more

Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by the former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson to talk about one of the biggest games in the Premier League calendar as Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield.We’ll be asking why these two giants of the English game are battling this one out in mid-table, what Jurgen Klopp has brought to Liverpool and whether Manchester United fans need to get over themselves!Elsewhere, talkSPORT host Alan Brazil chooses his three to watch this weekend & Nichols Lim from Red Card Sports Radio Singapore plays the Predictor Game ‘Tom against the World’.last_img read more


first_imgTWO wonderful photographs taken today in Athlone IT International Sports Arena where pupils from Scoil Cholmcille Letterkenny won the All Ireland Sports Hall Athletics in both categories- 3rd & 4th class boys and 5th &6th class boys!That makes them National Irish Champions!Well done boys! CHAMPIONS OF IRELAND! SCOIL CHOLMCILLE LIFT 2 NATIONAL ATHLETICS TITLES was last modified: March 26th, 2014 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:All Ireland Sportshall Championsletterkennyscoil cholmcillelast_img read more


first_img(L-R: Sadie Gibson, Eddie Gormley, Cllr Frank McBrearty, Joyce Coyle, Anne-Marie Glenn, Isabelle Glenn and Colm McBrearty)Independent Councillor for the Stranorlar Electoral Area Cllr Frank McBrearty has  demanded that the Health Service Executive and the Health Minister clarify the current status of Lifford Community Hospital. Describing the current uncertainty surrounding the health unit as being both ‘reprehensible and wrong’, the Councillor has taken the decision to write to both Dr. James Reilly and HSE Area Manager John Hayes, asking both men to explicitly spell out what the future holds for the Lifford based facility. Councillor McBrearty made his comments following a visit to the hospital where he met with both patients and staff, as well as meeting with the members of the centre’s development committee – Friends of Lifford Hospital. During the visit, Cllr McBrearty presented the committee with a copy of the letter which he sent to both minister Reilly and Mr Hayes, ensuring the committee members that he will continue to lobby on their behalf until the long term plans for the hospital are disclosed.Speaking of the anguish which people locally have been facing, the Councillor criticised the way in which the community has been left almost completely uninformed as to what future lies ahead for the hospital.“The staff, the patients and the people of the Finn Valley Area have been left completely in the dark over what the future has got in store for Lifford hospital – this is absolutely disgraceful, reprehensible and wrong.”Concerns over the hospital’s future have been high ever since a report issued and compiled by the HSE back in 2012, earmarked the facility for imminent closure, and while since then the anger and protest of locals has managed to delay this, very little has been communicated to the local community regarding the hospital’s fate. “Action is needed and it is needed now, this is why I have taken the necessary step of writing to both Mr John Hayes of the HSE as well as to health minister Dr James Reilly,” said McBrearty“I’m demanding that they give the people of this hospital the answers and reassurances which they no doubt deserve; this is not asking a lot.”“The decimation of this county’s health services is nothing short of scandalous. Since 2008, Donegal’s health budget has been cut by €53M, a figure which indicates a multitude of failures, a litany of neglect, as well as the contempt which this government has shown the people of Donegal – In every sense, we truly are the forgotten county.”Praising the excellent care which the hospital provides, as well as the outstanding commitment of the staff in the unit, Cllr McBrearty explained that Lifford Community Hospital has – for decades – served the people of the area with unparalleled vigour and professionalism, this being despite the many pressures which they are currently working under.“Lifford hospital is the backbone of this community; the level of care which staff here provides to their patients is remarkable, especially when one considers the terrible situation which the threat of closure has created – they are a true credit to themselves and to the hospital,” said the former Mayor. Opening up about what the facility means to him personally, Cllr McBrearty explains that one of the hospital’s longest residing patients, Eddie Gormely, is in fact a family relation of his, while the oldest member of the McBrearty family, 94 year old George McBrearty, is currently in receipt of respite care at the unit.“My family like so many others have for generations, depended on the services which this hospital provides. This hospital has been there when we needed it; now it needs us,” he said.Calling on all Donegal TDs from the government parties to get behind the drive to avert any attempt made to close the unit, Cllr McBrearty has called on them to be selfless, and put the interests of this community first.“I call on all Donegal TDs, particularly those from Fine Gael, to demand that their parties commit to the safeguarding of this facility, even if that requires them to resign in protest against any decision to close it; actions speak louder than words. “Also, what with the impending elections later this month, I would call on all candidates contesting these elections, and who are representing the government parties, to commit to abandon their party in any event that would see the demise of Lifford Community Hospital.”During Cllr McBrearty’s visit to the hospital, members from the Friends of Lifford Hospital Development Committee also stated their distress and anger at the lack of information which they have been given in relation to what lies in store for the town’s medical facility.“We’ve been left completely and utterly in the dark – we’re like mushrooms”, said group chairman Angus Stewart.“We have effectively been told nothing about what will happen to Lifford hospital and this situation has been going on for years now – it’s a disgrace.”Criticising the lack of clarity which continues to cast doubt over the long term future of the hospital, Treasurer for the Friends of Lifford Hospital Development Committee Tony Maxwell, spoke of both the efforts of the group as well as those of the community, whom have been actively fundraising and campaigning to keep the facility open.“We’ve already spent €140,000 on improving and updating the hospital here in Lifford, and thanks to the generosity of the people of this community, we have another €160,000 currently on hold.“This community is fully behind Lifford hospital and the services it provides and, with this in mind, we aim to raise close to €750,000 to keep our hospital alive.”Before leaving Lifford hospital Cllr McBrearty praised the work which has been done to date by the hospital’s development committee, and commended the people of the area for lending their support to the campaign to help retain the unit.“Visiting Lifford hospital today has been incredibly inspiring. The hard work and determination of this community, as well as those I’ve met with here, is something from which we can all take much needed comfort and solace.“Since being elected to council back in 2009, I’ve been extremely vocal about the need for Lifford Community Hospital to be supported and protected, both now and long into the future.“I hope that from my correspondence with the minister and with the HSE Area Manager, that perhaps some light may be shone onto what exactly is planned for the hospital. Furthermore, I hope that both men see the crucial role which Lifford hospital plays in this area, as well as realise that this facility is indeed the pillar of the community here.“While I am now awaiting an official response from them, I commit to giving whatever assistance I can to this hospital, as well as to the many that so desperately depend on the care which it provides.”ELECTION 2014: LIFFORD HOSPITAL STILL IN LIMBO, SAYS McBREARTY was last modified: May 11th, 2014 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:Cllr Frank McBreartyLIFFORD HOSPITALlast_img read more

Flournoy man sought in cattle theft investigation

first_imgFlournoy >> On Sunday a Flournoy man reported to the California Department of Food and Agriculture Brand Inspector that he believed one of his calves was stolen. The calf was later located and returned to its owner. The suspect in the incident was identified as Daniel Humphrey, 27, of Flournoy, who has not been found. On Tuesday, brand inspectors and Tehama County Sheriff Detectives met with the victim, Arthur Thompson, 65, who reported he believed Humphrey had stolen one of his Black Angus …last_img read more

Popular baby names in South Africa

first_imgA report revealed by Statistics South Africa has unveiled the most popular names for babies in the country for last year. Overall, the names that have made it into the top 10 list have a positive meaning. Stats SA also reported that slightly more male babies were born in the last two decades.Statistics South Africa revealed the country’s popular baby names for 2014 on 1 September 2015. (Image: Tostado Photo, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)Compiled by Priya PitamberThe most popular baby name for boys in 2014 in South Africa was Junior; for girls it was Iminathi, Statistics South Africa revealed in its latest Recorded Live Births 2014 Report. It was released by statistician-general Pali Lehohla, on 1 September.Dlamini was the most common surname among babies born and registered in 2014, the report stated.“Obviously, when a child is born and they are not named yet, they may call you ‘Junior’ or ‘Baby,’” Lehohla said.The other names that made the top 10 list for boys:Male Baby NamesRankMale first nameNumber1Junior1 1372Bandile7943Kungawo7164Siyabonga7095Lethabo6836Khayone6557Mpho6478Bokamoso6419Kamogelo62710Thato622The top 10 names for girls:Female Baby NamesRankFemale first nameNumber1Iminathi1 1162Minenhle8803Rethabile7894Bokamoso6635Karabou6556Amogelang6297Tshegofatso6298Lesedi6109Amahle60110Thandolwethu548The name Bokamoso appeared on both lists, but it was more popular for girls than boys.“Although there seems to be diversity in baby forenames in terms of ethnic identities, religious influences or meanings, all the forenames for males and females appear to have positive meanings,” the report noted. “In general, the names express happiness, acceptance and thankfulness.”Other findingsThe data also showed there were slightly more male babies born from 1994 to 2014. “Sex ratios were between 100 and 102 male births per 100 female births during the entire observation period.”Most babies were born to mothers between the ages of 20 and 29 years old.The provinces with the highest births were Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, while most births took place in March, January and September.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Wooster Ag Outlook meeting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest International trade agreements and renegotiation of trade agreements, discussions on the 2018 farm bill, a new tax bill.  Each of these topics has implications for the farm economy and quite possibly for on-farm management decisions in 2018.  Get the latest information about these and other timely topics at the 2018 Ag Outlook and Policy Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 31 at Fisher Auditorium on the OARDC campus in Wooster.Plan now to attend the 2018 Ag Outlook and Policy meeting and learn about the opportunities and challenges for the agricultural sector in 2018.  Pick up some tips on strategies and practices that may help you and your agricultural business.  The day begins with sign-in at 8:45 am; the program starts at 9:30 am and concludes at 3:30 pm.   Registration cost is $15/person.  Registration includes morning refreshments, noon lunch and handout materials.  Facility rental and speaker expenses are covered with thanks to sponsorships provided by Farmers National Bank, Wayne Savings Community Bank, and Farm Credit Mid-America.Topics and presenters for the Ag Outlook and Policy Meeting include:2018 Farm Bill Policy Update: Ben Brown, Program Manager, Ohio Farm Management Program. Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development EconomicsInternational Trade Agreements and Implications for Domestic Agriculture: Ian Sheldon, Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy. Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development EconomicsDairy Production Economics Update: Dianne Shoemaker, Extension Field Specialist, Dairy Production EconomicsExamining the 2018 Ohio Farm Economy: Crop Budgets, Land Values and Cropland Rental Rates. Barry Ward, Extension Farm Management and Production Leader.Grain Market Outlook and Grain Marketing Strategies: Jim Byrne, Byrne Investment ServicesFarm Tax Update: David Marrison, Extension Educator, Ashtabula CountyRegistration deadline is January 24.  Register by contacting the Wayne County Extension office at 330-264-8722 or sending an email to  Include your name/names of those attending, phone number and email or mailing address.  An informational flyer and registration form is available on the Wayne County Extension web site at: read more

Spending on Energy Efficiency Creates Jobs, Democrats Report

first_imgIt lists the advantages it sees in continued federal funding and says, “Congress must resist efforts to defund successful energy efficiency programs, and instead expand investments that reduce household costs, create jobs, and help the environment along the way.” RELATED ARTICLES The impact of cuts is not yet knownWAP and Energy Star are but two of a long list of energy-related programs that would feel the pinch of reduced federal spending. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in the Department of Energy, which supports a variety of energy research programs of use to residential and commercial builders, faces a 69% cut in funds, according to The New York Times.Efforts by GBA to learn exactly how the proposed cuts would affect programs of interest to builders haven’t turned up much. One official at a government-run research center that works on building energy issues said that staff members had been told not to discuss budget-related issues with the media. But more often than not, officials say it’s just too early to predict spending outcomes.“It is so early in the process that a clear picture of [Fiscal Year] ’18 is not available until all parties weigh in,” reads one response that sums up the sentiment of a number of others.There have been a couple of bright spots for building-related programs. Both the Solar Decathlon and the Race to Zero student competitions are going on as planned this year. Building America, an arm of EERE specializing in research on residential buildings, will apparently survive in the 2018 budget.Asked specifically how the budget would affect Building America, Sofia Mancheno-Gross, a spokeswoman for EERE, said in an email: “The Building America program would continue under the proposed FY 2018 budget.”Manchero-Gross didn’t offer any further details. Whether she meant that program administrators expected Building America to be completely unaffected, or would continue operating but on a reduced scale, simply isn’t known. The new EERE chief is no friend to renewable energyThe backdrop to questions over continued federal support on building-related programs includes the president’s appointments to key policy-making positions. Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency and Rick Perry at the Department of Energy, both eyed with alarm by environmental and clean energy advocates, will be joined by Daniel Simmons, named last month to oversee EERE.As described in an article in The Washington Post, Simmons was a member of the Trump transition team and a former vice president for policy at the Institute for Energy Research, a conservative think tank which opposed the international climate agreement and favors fossil fuel use.In a 2013 podcast, The Post reported, Simmons said: “The most simple of all points is that no matter what the renewable guys say, what they will admit is that their type of power — the wind and solar — is more expensive and will increase the price of electricity. And in an economy that is struggling, it is critical that we do everything we can to keep prices low.”He has spoken against federal subsidies for renewable energy, including the Ivanpah solar plant in California, and praised fossil fuels as a low-cost power source. “I think that everything should be treated equally across the board,” Simmons said at an energy forum last year, according to The Post. “We have to look at the track record of the oil and gas industry [which is] producing low-cost, reliable energy, particularly when the alternative is much, much higher prices.”That would be in line with such groups as the Heritage Foundation, which argues that Congress “has empowered agencies to micromanage Americans’ energy use and override personal preferences through energy-efficiency mandates.” Regulations aimed at improving energy efficiency “are as unnecessary today as they were four decades ago,” a position paper at the group’s website says.The direction that the Trump administration is taking, however, leaves clean energy and environmental advocates angry and troubled. They are people like Brett Hartl, the government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, who calls Trump’s appointments evidence of “the most anti-environmental administration in history.” Energy and Building Programs Brace for Trump BudgetGreen Building in the Trump EraIs Weatherization Cost-Effective?Energy Star Delivers Big for America: Why Put It at Risk?A Web-Based Information Resource from the DOE Trump Budget Threatens to Leave Poor Families in the Cold Democrats on the U.S. Joint Economic Committee pressing for changes in President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget argue that threatened energy-efficiency programs such as Energy Star and the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) are potent job creators that deserve continued federal support.The eight Democratic members of the 20-member panel said in a June minority report that efficiency programs save both consumers and businesses money, reduce carbon emissions, lower government spending, and create well-paying jobs. Jobs related to energy-efficiency technology could grow by 3.3 million over the next decade if given the chance, they said.The Trump administration has proposed sharp cuts in a variety of federal energy programs in its 2018 budget, including a withdrawal of federal support for both WAP and Energy Star. Congress has yet to act on the budget, and will certainly make changes in the president’s proposal, but the prospect of skimpy federal support isn’t going down well with Democrats on the panel.The Joint Economic Committee, one of four standing congressional committees, focuses on the economy. Its Republican and Democratic members issue separate reports; this one, a minority report from the Democratic side, was issued on June 9. Efficiency jobs are up 7% in 2016Citing a Department of Energy report, the Democratic statement notes that there were 2.2 million U.S. workers in the energy-efficiency sector last year. They are involved in residential and commercial building upgrades, new energy-efficient construction projects, and in manufacturing and installing Energy Star listed products.Energy efficiency spending represents a “unique financial opportunity,” especially for rural communities, where more than 17% of all households live in poverty, the report said. Jobs are one benefit, but so are lower energy costs.The report says that energy-efficiency jobs and jobs in renewable energy both offer much higher returns on investment than do fossil fuel jobs (see Image #2, below). Every $1 million invested in fossil fuel jobs produces 2.7 full-time jobs; the same money produces 7.5 jobs in renewable energy and 7.7 jobs in energy efficiency. Owners of businesses engaged in energy efficiency work expect growth of 13% this year, with construction jobs leading the way, the statement said.Further, for every dollar invested in energy-efficient appliances, consumers get $4 in benefits, the report says. WAP makes a disproportionate impact on the budgets of poor families, who spend almost twice as much of their household budgets on utilities as the wealthy.“Estimates suggest families participating in the WAP program have saved over $3,000 each in energy bills and benefited from thousands of dollars in health and safety improvements,” the statement said. “Weatherization upgrades also have large, direct health impacts with the potential to increase social welfare by $2.53 for every dollar invested.”The report says that small businesses currently spend $60 billion a year on energy, with efficiency programs representing a “major opportunity” to lower costs and increase profits. “While these products and retrofits yield long-term returns on investments,” it says, “initial costs on large appliances, retrofits, or retooling business operations can present barriers that prevent end users from reaping the rewards of energy efficiency investments.”last_img read more

Led by Harpal Singh of Leeds United, British Asian footballers shatter stereotypes

first_img“Liverpool may have Michael Owen, but we have Harpal Singh.”-George Graham Harpal Singh is on the Leeds United senior squadWhen these words of the former Leeds United and Arsenal Football Club manager appeared in a local newspaper, Leeds Leeds Leeds, they should normally have raised a laugh for equating English,”Liverpool may have Michael Owen, but we have Harpal Singh.”-George Graham Harpal Singh is on the Leeds United senior squadWhen these words of the former Leeds United and Arsenal Football Club manager appeared in a local newspaper, Leeds Leeds Leeds, they should normally have raised a laugh for equating English football’s brightest young talent with an unknown, uncommon name.The statement was met with silence containing equal parts awe and anticipation. Sitting on the bench for Leeds United during an English Premier League match versus Chelsea, chewing his fingernails, 20-year-old Harpal Singh felt both.For the Asian community in Britain, the Bradford-born winger sat on the threshold of history – never before had one of their own aspired to the demanding and dizzy heights of professional football. The English Premier League is the world’s richest, most widely watched and the most demanding; Singh’s club, Leeds is in the top five of this elite competition.Until Graham made his famous pronouncement, Singh was unknown to a world in which Asians were only associated with cricket. But now, along with the Leeds United prospect, comes a crop of young British Asian soccer talents: Anwar Uddin, 17, at West Ham; Michael Chopra, 18, an England junior player now at Newcastle United; Amrit Sidhu, 19, at Derby County; Navin Saroya, 18, at Brentford, and another Leeds boy, Ravindra Matharu. Three decades after black players began to transform the English game, is it possible then that the Asians are joining in to take on one of the last bastions of cultural exclusivity in Britain – its football fields?advertisementGOING FOR GOAL: Anwar Uddin seeks a pro career at West Ham”Slowly, we are getting there,” says Rene Bareto, one of the founders of the Indian Football Supporters Club. Around 70 Asian players are now attached to professional clubs and youth coaching academies. Clubs such as West Ham United, Leicester City, Millwall, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers are working with the local Asian community groups to dismantle barriers between the British Asian community and football.Says ex-Manchester United and now Blackburn Rovers and England striker Andy Cole: “I know there are lots of talented Asian footballers. I would say, don’t be discouraged, keep pushing for recognition, the breakthrough will come.”Singh is a front-runner of this group and has never stopped being a free-spirited young man while clambering up the ladder even though he carried the weight of stereotype around his ankles. “I’ve always known it was going to be different with me being Asian but I’m proud of it and don’t see it as a problem,” he says. “It makes me more determined to make it. I want to be the first Asian player to make it.” When it comes to Asians and football, there are many stereotypes: firstly that the Asian diet is not good enough to sustain a player for 90 gruelling minutes. Then, of course, that Asian players don’t have the stamina and speed, that their parents do not encourage sports.Singh has defied the norm: born in Pudsey, Leeds, he started playing football as soon as he could walk. He began in the back garden, to copycat his elder brother, and hasn’t stopped. One weekend during Sunday League football, a Leeds scout spotted a frisky 10-year-old on the parks of Pudsey and invited him for a four-week trial at the club’s Centre of Excellence based at their ground in Ferndale. Singh’s parents, who came to England from India in the 1970s, have prodded him along enthusiastically.At 14, Singh joined the youth wing of Leeds United where his progress has been rapid – he played for the Under-19s when still under-17. He even topscored for the Under-19 team in the 2000-1 season. Leeds reserve team coach Roy Aitkin is impressed: “Harpal has overstepped his age. He’s growing in confidence.”Michael Chopra has represented England juniorsSingh wants to emulate his heroes, the sinewy Brazilian Ronaldo and, closer home, Manchester United’s Welsh winger Ryan Giggs. “I’m a winger, a bit like Ryan Giggs. I like running at players and taking them on,” he says. Aitkin is not about to make comparisons but rates his young ward highly. “He is a potential matchwinner who can beat the defence. He is capable of scoring goals and creating goals,” he says.Last September, Singh was loaned to second-division Bury, the team Indian captain Bhaichung Bhutia played for. The “loan”- a player representing another club because his own has not been playing him in enough games – led a lot of people to believe that Singh was being “pushed out” of Leeds. Salim Sidat, director of football at Blackburn Rovers, says, “Perhaps he was in a wrong set-up. Leeds is a very big club. It would have been easier had he been playing for a lower-profile club.” Aitkin disagrees, “The stint at Bury has boosted his confidence. He was a local hero there.”advertisementBeing a pioneer can be nerve-wracking and local fan Harmeet Chahal doesn’t envy Singh. “If he doesn’t go ahead and turns back from where he is now, it will be devastating,” says Chahal. Already everyone who knows just where Singh stands in English football today has one question of him: when is he going to be pulling on the shirt with the three lions on it?Many young, talented Asians are now playing in youth teams at Leeds. It is a strategy the club, whose supporters have often been accused of racism, must be seen to pursue. Two of their first-team players, Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate, were controversially acquitted by a court on charges of a violent assault on an Asian student.The size of Leeds’ Asian population is considerable and the club has set up a development centre in the heart of the Asian community in the Harehills area. Says Leeds United Academy Director Allan Hill: “I believe that to ignore potential talent on our doorstep is a criminal waste.”Harpal Singh has thrown open the doors of immense possibility.last_img read more

League-leading Tigers nip athletics

first_imgMorales stays alive Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations “What I want is for the team to get better with our execution,” said Dulay.The Tigers led by as many as 14 points in the second half, before Jeff Viernes willed the Athletics back in the game together with Jhaymo Eguilos.Najorda’s putback pushed Davao ahead, 66-64, but Viernes tied the game anew with two foul shots. Acuña tipped in an Eguilos miss for a two-point spread, but Joseph Terso knocked in a three to give Davao the lead, 69-68.Earlier, Rizal kept its postseason hopes alive by stunning a surprisingly lethargic Pampanga squad, 85-76.Marco Balagtas tallied 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Patrick Bacay finished with 14 points and Eric Dela Cuesta added 13 points for the Crusaders, who still occupy 12th spot in the South division with 7-15 record.ADVERTISEMENT The Athletics, champions of the inaugural Rajah Cup, failed to score on their final possession with Val Acuña missing a couple of three pointers before Robles swatted away Denice Villamor’s potential game-winning jumper at the baseline.Leo Najorda had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Tigers, who improved to 18-4, showed their readiness for the playoffs by conquering a team known for its strong play at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBatangas fell to 13-10 and dropped to fourth in the South.Davao coach Don Dulay said he is no longer concerned whether or not his team finishes at the top of the South division heading into the postseason just as long as the Tigers keep improving. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES BATANGAS CITY—Unheralded swingman Eman Calo scored on a fastbreak layup with 20 seconds remaining as Davao Occidental hacked out a gutsy 71-70 victory over Batangas City on Saturday night to solidify its hold of top spot in the South division of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Datu Cup.Calo went on a mad sprint to catch Billy Robles’ pass, before finishing at the rim for the marginal basket as the Tigers came out on top in a wild and enthralling endgame before a sizeable crowd at Batangas City Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more