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PBA: Macklin lifts Magnolia past Meralco in farewell game

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ The Bolts blew a golden opportunity to force overtime after Chris Newsome failed to complete an alleyoop off a well-designed out of bounds play as time expired.Paul Lee also flourished in the endgame, hitting the game-tying freebies 32 ticks to go before setting up Macklin for the go-ahead free throws after drawing the double-team. Lee wound up with 20 points, six coming in the fourth quarter. Mark Barroca added 18, 12 of which came in the final frame.Meralco shot 50 percent from the field but made only 14 out of its 34 attempts from the free throw line with Arinze Onuaku alone going 5-of-21.Onuaku paced the Bolts (3-2) with a game-high 23 points on top of 11 rebounds and seven assists while Newsome had 15 points, five rebounds and seven assists.The Hotshots hung on to win despite losing star big man Ian Sangalang to an injury early in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Macklin sank the game-winning free throws with 3.1 seconds left to lift the Hotshots over the Meralco Bolts, 81-79, Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Macklin capped a 9-0 burst by the Hotshots in the final one minute and 48 seconds and finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and a block in his last game before leaving for China to play in the National Basketball League.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 crownMagnolia coach Chito Victolero lauded Macklin not only for leading the team to its third win in four games but more importantly for his professionalism.“He already has a contract in China but he still gave us his all in this game,” said Victolero in Filipino. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Vernon Macklin couldn’t have written a better script for his farewell game for Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina NLEX trades Al-Hussaini for Blackwater’s Marcelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Paper ballots may be back

first_imgHOUSE: Lawmakers’ push for backup records frustrates some state election officials. By Jim Abrams THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Lawmakers have come full circle after devoting more money to high-tech voting machines following the 2000 election debacle in Florida. They now say a return to the paper trails of old is the key to an honest vote, exasperating state election officials. Legislation pending in the House would require a voter-verified paper ballot for every vote cast in national elections beginning with the November 2008 ballot. It also would require random audits in federal elections and specifies that the paper ballot is the vote of record in all recounts and audits. Public confidence in the voting process is at an all-time low, said Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., the bill’s chief sponsor. “I shudder to think what would happen with another election where millions of Americans don’t believe the results,” Holt said. But his bill has been hit by a barrage of criticism from state and local election officials and election machine makers who contend the timelines are unrealistic, the audit process is overly cumbersome, the reliance on paper is too restrictive and the money allotted to replace existing systems, $1billion, is insufficient. “The ramifications of hasty action on this ill-conceived piece of legislation are immense and far-reaching,” Donna Stone, a member of the Delaware House of Representatives and president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, wrote to House leaders Wednesday. R. Doug Lewis, executive director of the Election Center of the National Association of Election Officials, said the bill was so objectionable that, if passed, he would recommend that state and local election officials refuse to run future federal elections. A planned vote on the House floor Thursday was put off after the legislation met resistance in the Democratic-controlled Rules Committee, which sets rules for floor debate. “I really am scared we’re waltzing off a cliff here,” said Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., citing the need for more comprehensive election reform. It could come up on Monday. Few were arguing against the need for Congress to restore integrity to the election system. In 2002, Congress passed an election reform act approving nearly $4 billion aimed at correcting some of the technology and registration problems epitomized by the “hanging chad” dispute in Florida that left the outcome of the 2000 presidential election to a Supreme Court decision. A 2006 study by the Election Data Services predicted 80percent of registered voters would use optical scan or electronic voting equipment in that year’s election. About 13 percent would use lever or punch card devices, it said. But Holt argued that with the headlong rush to buy new voting systems, as many as 50 million voters in the 2004 election cast ballots on electronic voting machines that lacked a voter-verified paper audit trail. He said that included up to 1 million in the 10 largest counties of Ohio, where Democrats claimed that voting irregularities were pivotal to President Bush’s re-election. There was trouble again in Florida in 2006 after Democrats blamed touch-screen voting machine malfunctions for 18,000 “undervotes” in a House race won by the Republican candidate by 369 votes. The Florida secretary of state said an audit found no problems with the machines. Holt argued that under his bill only six states – Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina and Tennessee – which had no voter-verified paper ballot in 2006, would have to upgrade all their voting machines by 2008. Another 14 states would need partial changes. The bill also would mandate that only durable, scannable, accessible paper ballots be used by 2012. Ballot-marking machines must be able to deposit the ballots automatically into a secure container for later access. Direct recording machines must allow disabled voters to privately and independently verify the contents of the paper ballot printed out. Voters would be able to look at the actual printed record of their vote but would not get a printed copy, as with an ATM machine. The measure also requires that random audits be conducted by hand count in 3 percent of precincts in all federal elections and would ban wireless devices, Internet connections and uncertified software in voting and tabulating machines. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., a lead sponsor, said late changes had been made to the bill to meet some criticisms from states about funding and from machine manufacturers about providing outside investigators access to proprietary computer software. “I believe we have addressed as well as possible all reasonable concerns,” she said. But David Beirne, executive director of the Election Technology Council, which represents voting equipment manufacturers, said it normally takes 54 months to develop, install and train people in new machines, and, even with quick passage, meeting the 2012 deadline would be “a tall order.” He also urged caution on making paper the “official ballot of record,” saying that, just as electronic machines can malfunction, paper is subject to printer jams and improper handling by poll workers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Weis turns to Clausen in only his 2nd game

first_imgWeis told the three quarterbacks of his decision on Monday night, then told the team. As per Notre Dame policy for freshmen, Clausen was not made available to the media for questioning. But Weis said that could change later in the season if Clausen remains the starter. Clausen finished his career as California’s all-time scoring leader, passing for 146 touchdowns and 10,764 yards. Weak start stuns Bowden Florida State’s Bobby Bowden has been coaching since Dwight Eisenhower was president. In all that time, he can’t remember his team playing any worse than it did in the first half of its 24-18 loss to Clemson in Monday’s season opener. “I’ve never seen us so inept on offense … but then you go look at the film and see why,” Bowden said. Bowden is now 5-4 against son Tommy Bowden after losing four of the last five games to his son’s team. “It seemed like everything (we) did was wrong,” Bobby Bowden said. “We missed assignments. We lined up incorrectly. The play was supposed to go right, the backs went left.” As the game went south, so did the Seminoles’ brief return to the national rankings. The defeat sent Florida State, No. 19 in the preseason, spiraling out of The Associated Press’ weekly poll. Meanwhile, Clemson moved into the rankings at No. 25. “We really wanted this one, we really needed this one,” Bowden said. “It’s one of those family deals. Both of us can’t win. I’m glad for him, sad for me.” Sad, too, are the four new coaches Bowden brought in during the offseason to get his offense back on track. Harrison returns after arrest Arkansas defensive lineman Marcus Harrison returned to practice Tuesday – he was suspended last month when he was arrested on drug charges. Coach Houston Nutt was noncommittal about the lineman’s status for the No. 18 Razorbacks’ next game, Sept. 15 at Alabama. “Right now, we’d say he’s probably available, but let’s just take one day at a time right now,” Nutt said. Harrison sat out Arkansas’ 46-26 season-opening win over Troy on Saturday night. He had been arrested about a week earlier in Fayetteville after police said they found marijuana and an Ecstasy pill in his car. OSU receiver may play soon Receiver Sammie Stroughter could return to the field for Oregon State as early as Thursday’s game at Cincinnati. Stroughter, who took a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons early in fall camp, was at one point questionable for the entire season. But Stroughter unexpectedly returned to practice just before the start of the season, and was at the opener last weekend on the sidelines – wearing his jersey but no pads. Around the nation An Aug. 23 football game between Northwest Missouri State and Arkansas Tech will be tossed out without consequence to either team after being called in the first quarter because of lightning. The NCAA said the decision was made Friday during a conference call with the two schools and that neither team will be credited with a win or a loss. With dangerous storms moving into Maryville, play was halted with 2:30 left in the first quarter and Northwest Missouri State ahead, 21-0. The NCAA said football games must last at least three quarters before becoming official. … Coach Bill Callahan has been given a new, five-year contract for $1.75 million a year. It will run through Jan. 31, 2012. Callahan’s old contract was to run through 2008. Callahan is 23-15 in four seasons with the Cornhuskers, winning the Big 12 North championship last year. … North Carolina linebacker Chase Rice will have surgery on his left ankle, ending his season.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Notre Dame freshman Jimmy Clausen will start at quarterback Saturday against Penn State, with the Irish looking to rebound from a season-opening 33-3 loss at home to Georgia Tech. “He gives us the best chance of winning,” Coach Charlie Weis said Tuesday. Clausen, who starred at Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, was rated by many as the top high school recruit last year. He entered the opener last weekend as the third-stringer following offseason arm surgery. Weis said Clausen was the top quarterback after spring practices, but was limited when practice began Aug. 6. He was recovering from the removal of a bone spur from his throwing elbow. “I’m not going to play a quarterback who can’t do everything, so I didn’t,” Weis said. He was the third quarterback in the season opener, behind sophomore Demetrius Jones and junior Evan Sharpley, who were largely ineffective. Clausen entered the game in the second half and completed 4 of 6 passes for 34 yards. Weis said Clausen manages the offense best and has the best arm. “He’s ready to run the offense,” Weis said. “He was always ready mentally, but his arm wasn’t full go until last week.” last_img read more

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Is this Chelsea’s XI next season with Rudiger, Bakayoko and Sandro

first_img 11 11 With the transfer window now officially open, we’re seeing more reports of Premier League clubs edging closer to making signings, and Chelsea are no different to any other.The Blues have already confirmed Willy Caballero will join on a free transfer, while they have also done a deal to sign Exeter City youngster Ethan Ampadu.And while it’s still early days this summer, it appears manager Antonio Conte is ready to make three big swoops as he attempts to strength his title-winning squad.Roma star Antonio Rudiger, Juventus’ Alex Sandro, and Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko are all on the Italian’s wanted list and could cost a combined £125million.But what would their new starting XI look? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Chelsea team for the start of the season, with the possible new signings included… Left forward: Eden Hazard – Back to somewhere near his best after a troubling drop in form during the 2015/16 campaign, the Belgian will want to add even more goals and assists to his name in the new season as he attempts to get his name in amongst the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 11 11 Central midfield: N’Golo Kante – A menace in midfield, the Frenchman proved he was the real deal following a £35m summer move from Leicester City. Winning the Premier League title two times in a row with two different clubs is an astounding feat and he will look to improve further under Antonio Conte. Right wing-back: Cesar Azpilicueta – Used as a centre-back last year, we could see the Spaniard return to a role on the flank as potential new signing Rudiger takes his slot in the middle. 11 Centre forward: Romelu Lukaku – This deal isn’t quite as nailed on Bakayoko, Sandro, and Rudiger, but the Blues are still in the hunt for their former player, especially with Diego Costa about to quit the Blues. He will cost a fair amount of money, but Chelsea have already made around £70m in player sales so far this summer, which will help them fund the move. 11 11 Left wing-back: Alex Sandro – Undoubtedly one of the top full-backs in Europe last season, the ex-Porto man could be a club-record signing for Chelsea, with a £60m bid being primed by the Blues. 11 Centre-back: David Luiz – After making a lot of his critics eat their words last year, the Brazil star must now prove he is a consistent performer at Stamford Bridge. Right forward: Pedro – The Spaniard bounced back from a tricky first season with Chelsea and ended up scoring 13 goals in all competitions as he proved vital to Antonio Conte’s side. 11 11 11 Centre-back: Gary Cahill – Better for club than country, Cahill still has his detractors, despite winning yet another trophy with Chelsea. He’ll want to retain his place in the team ahead of the World Cup in Russia next summer as England look to make an impact. Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois – Click the right arrow above to see how Chelsea could line up with their potential new signings… – The Belgian goalkeeper was improved last season after a tough 2015/16, and is set to remain at Stamford Bridge for at least one more campaign. Central midfield: Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco) – Likely to join from the French title-winner this summer, Bakayoko should represent an improvement on Nemanja Matic, who seems set to leave for Manchester United. Centre-back: Antonio Rudiger (Roma) – Germany international star Rudiger is reportedly close to joining Chelsea as Antonio Conte adds further depth to his squad. This will be vitally important now the Blues are involved in the Champions League again. last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CLUB NOTES

first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 28 were Bartley Mc Glynn, Stranorlar and Mary Jo Stewart, c/o Mullin’s Shop. The numbers drawn were 5, 10, 19 & 21 with the jackpot now standing at €1,300.The Club is hosting an Award 1 Coaching Course (Youth and Adults) over two weekends, Friday February 15th (Coaching Theory), Saturday February 16th (Coaching Practical), Friday February 22nd (Coaching Theory), Saturday February 23rd (Coaching Practical). Probable times are 7.00 pm – 10.00 pm and 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. Participants must have already achieved Foundation level. Expression of interests and queries please contact Paddy Muldoon 087-9213299 or Pauric Harvey 086-0523905 as soon as possible.  Update from Southern Board meeting regarding this year’s fixtures. Under 8’s and Under 10’s will be on a similar basis to last year with blitzes against local teams being organised. The Under 12’s play in Division 1 with 8 games in a league format. They play Dungloe, Killybegs, St Nauls, Naomh Conaill, Naomh Mhuire, Aodh Ruadh, Bundoran and Ardara. There will also be 2/3 blitzes organised before the league. The Under 13’s in Division 1 with St Nauls, Aodh Ruadh, Bundoran, and Killybegs. The Under 14’s in Division 1 drew Dungloe, Bundoran, Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Conaill in their Championship group. They also play all the aforementioned teams plus St Nauls, Kilcar, Naomh Mhuire and Ardara in the league. The Under 16’s in Division 2 play Na Rossa in the championship. Play Bundoran, Kilcar, Naomh Brid, Na Rossa and St Nauls in the league. The Minors in Division 1 play Bundoran in the championship and Ardara, Kilcar, Bundoran, St Nauls and Na Rossa in the league. All managers should be aware that at least 3 days notice is needed to rearrange a game by the Southern Board or team will forfeit points. Bord na Og are currently looking for a managers/coaches for the Under 13 and Under 16 teams for the coming year. The Under 13’s start in September in a league format over 6 weeks with the Under 16’s starting in June with a league and championship. Anyone who is interested please contact Pauric Harvey 086-0523905 asap. The Under 14 Boys football have started back training on Mondays and Thursdays from 6.00 -7.30 pm on the All-Weather Training Pitch at Tir Conaill Park. Players are reminded to wear gumshields and bring €2.00 for training. Reminder to parents and players that following the G.A.A. Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that makes it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic Football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including Minor) and at Under 21 and Adult level from January 1st 2014.Sean Dunnion,GAA NEWS: FOUR MASTERS CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 22nd, 2013 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:Four Masters GAA club noteslast_img read more

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INSÍONN BREANDÁN DE GALLAÍ DÚINN FAOIN CHÚLRA DO SEÓ NUA – NOĊTÚ -ATÁ AR SIÚL AG AN GHRIANÁN AN TSEACHTAIN SEO CHUGAINN

first_imgLE BREANDÁN DE GALLAÍ: Tar éis turas deacair agus sos beagnach cúig bliana, tá an seó ar an bhfód anois.Tháinig Noctú chugam sa bhliain 2004 nuair a bhí orm tionscadal eile de mo chuid, Balor, a chur ar an mhéar fhada mar gur imigh an maoiniú a bhí daingnithe againn (nó sin an rud a tugadh le fios dúinn cibé).Bhí Riverdance fágtha agam ó 2003 le Balor a chruthú le cara de mo chuid, Joe Csibi, a bhí i mbun scríobh an cheoil. Is cosúil go raibh an t-airgead ceangailte isteach le ciste ina raibh go leor gnéithe, an scair is mó den airgead le bheith caite sa Spáinn (trí chéad milliún ar réadmhaoin de réir cosúlachta).Ach mar gheall ar bhuamáil Mhaidrid thit an tóin as an gciste, agus bhí orm féin stop a chur le forbairt Bhalor.Ní hamháin go raibh costas millteanach pearsanta leis seo ach costas airgeadais chomh maith.D’fhoghlaim mé ceacht an lá sin a fuair muid an drochscéala go raibh an t-airgead imithe — is é sin go raibh seans maith ann nach mbeadh leithéid Riverdance ann arís… nach mbeadh an cineál maoinithe ná an tacaíocht ar fáil le seó damhsa Ghaelaigh ar an leibhéal sin a chur le chéile, agus dá mbeadh suim agam mo chuid cruthaitheachta a chur ar an ardán ar bhealach ar bith, chaithfeadh an tsamhail a bheith difriúil. Chuaigh traidhfil blianta thart sula raibh an fuinneamh agam a dhul síos an bóthar sin arís — agus cé gur scríobh mé script Noctú in 2004, bhí 2009 ann sula dtáinig sé isteach i mo chloigeann arís. Go díreach nuair a bhí mé ag cur isteach ar chéim úr dochtúireachta i gcleachtas ealaíon i nDámh Chruinne Éireann Ceol agus Damhsa in Ollscoil Luimnigh, bhuail sé mé go bhféadfaí, b’fhéidir, beatha nó saol a thabhairt do Noctú.Ardán foscailte tacúil í an Dámh, ina bhfuil daoine neamhchlaonta a bhfuil méin acu tacaíocht a thabhairt lena leithéid a dhéanamh. Shíl mé mar sin féin go mbeadh an taispeántas beag, agus go mbeinn ag brath ar gharanna ó chairde agus ó mhic léinn na hOllscoile atá dílis domhsa agus don damhsa leis an tionscadal a dhéanamh.Ach fuair RTÉ gaoth an fhocail go raibh mé i mbun oibre ar rud inteach úrnua, agus in éineacht leis an ILBF — a chuir formhór an airgid agus na tacaíochta ar fáil — chuir mé féin agus Stirling Productions togra le chéile le sraith cláracha a dhéanamh ag déileáil le cruthú Noctú.Le linn na 6 chlár theilifíse, lean Dance Off déanamh Noctú, ó na héisteachtaí go ‘boot camp’, an fhorbairt chruthaitheach agus na cleachtaí don seó úr.Tháinig an tsraith chun críche nuair a chuaigh 13 dhamhsóir ó Éirinn, Albain, Sasana, an Astráil, Ceanada agus an Ungáir ar an ardán sa Lagan Valley Island Centre, i Lios na gCearrbhach don chéad taibhiú de Noctú ar an 10ú lá de Mheán Fómhair 2010. Ar an chéad dul síos, bhí mé ag iarraidh go léireodh Noctú bealach eile chun an damhsa Gaelach a chur i láthair. Bhí mé ag feiceáil barraíocht saillte de mhacasamhail Riverdance agus Lord of the Dance.Is cuma cén seó a rachadh amach os comhair an phobail, bhí na téamaí céanna acu agus bhí a fhios agam go raibh an seánra damhsa ábalta níos mó a chur ar fáil.Bhí mé ag iarraidh dúshlán a chur faoi na damhsóirí agus iad a spreagadh chun ról seo acu mar thaibheoirí a cheistiú. Bhí mé ag iarraidh am a chaitheamh leofa ag déanamh iniúchadh ar ghothaí, ar choincheapa, ar shlite chun mothúcháin eile a spreagadh sa lucht féachana in ionad gliadair. Bhí mé ag iarraidh téacs a úsáid fosta.Chomh maith leis an chomhthéacs a athrú, bhí mé, le tamall anuas, ag fiosrú an damhsa é féin — ag ceistiú na gcanónacha agus na bprionsabal atá chomh feiceálach san aeistéitic féin: an cheartingearacht, an cheartseasmhacht, na cosa trasnaí, na ladhracha sínte, na glúine díreach. Bhí mé cinnte go bhféadfaí an seánra a chur i láthair ar bhealach difriúil ach é a bheith dílis don traidisiún. Glac mé leis chomh maith go raibh sé tábhachtach anáil úr a chur ann agus go raibh sé tábhachtach an traidisiún a bhogadh chun tosaigh.Is rud cumhachtach é an damhsa agus bhí mé ag iarraidh é a úsáid sa dóigh is go dtiocfadh liom rud inteach a rá fá dtaobh de domh féin mar dhuine cruthaitheach atá ina chónaí in Éirinn sa ré/aois seo.Nochtann an seó seo fíorscéal an damhsóra Ghaelaigh — ag insint an scéil ó dhearcadh seo acu féin — gan stiúrthóirí ná lucht an airgid ag stiúradh cad ba chóir a bheith mar ábhar an taispeántais.Bhain mé úsáid as gluaiseacht, scéalaíocht, scigaithris, greann agus tragóid. Amharcann sé ar imeallú agus cuireann sé an cheist — nár chóir go mbeadh spás sa domhan don ilghnéitheacht?Brúnn sé teorainn inghlactha agus aitheanta an damhsa Ghaelaigh agus fríd radhairc bheaga, nó fínéid, faigheann an lucht féachana deis dul faoi chraiceann iadsan atá gafa agus ag plé le saol an damhsa.Ar bhealach, tá Noctú dírbheathaisnéiseach. NOĊTÚ  – TUESDAY APRIL 26TH www.angrianan.comINSÍONN BREANDÁN DE GALLAÍ DÚINN FAOIN CHÚLRA DO SEÓ NUA – NOĊTÚ -ATÁ AR SIÚL AG AN GHRIANÁN AN TSEACHTAIN SEO CHUGAINN was last modified: April 20th, 2011 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)Tags:An grianaBREANDÁN DE GALLAÍletterkennyNoctúlast_img read more

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Big ape, big buzz, average opening

first_img“King Kong,” Hollywood’s last chance to salvage a lackluster year at the box office, got off to a solid but unspectacular start with an opening-day gross of $9.75 million, according to figures released by Universal Pictures on Thursday. The three-hour epic, directed by Peter Jackson, could do no better than 21st place on the all-time list of Wednesday openers, although most of the films ahead of it are from such established franchises as “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Jurassic Park” and “The Matrix.” “It’s really a great Wednesday for a nonsequel, no kids out of school, word-of-mouth day,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of distribution. The film, which has received generally positive reviews, is an updated version of the classic 1933 film of the same name and stars Jack Black, Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody. It cost more than $200 million to make and has been one of the most hyped films of 2005, a year when box office revenue lags about 5 percent behind 2004. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Pre-release expectations had been that “Kong” had a strong chance of joining the exclusive list of films that have grossed more than $100 million in their first five days of release. That will prove to be more difficult given an opening day that didn’t even reach $10 million. But Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo, said the big ape is not yet down for the count. “It’s too early to diagnose ‘King Kong’s’ future,” Gray said. “Generally speaking, this is the time of the year for leggy runs, with ‘Titanic’ being the most classic example. That was a picture that was not a record-breaker when it opened and continued to sail on for months. Once Christmas kicks in, every day is like a Friday.” “Kong” opened on approximately 7,500 screens across 3,567 theaters and is bowing in 56 international territories as well. “We just think this picture will be the must-see for the holiday season,” Rocco said. “Worldwide, we’ll be taking advantage of the film’s playability, great reviews and what we know will be fantastic word of mouth.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Creeslough does its bit to help the homeless this Christmas

first_imgThe local community in Creeslough is supporting the tremendous work of Brother Kevin of the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin.Brother Kevin has been at the forefront in helping the homeless for many years.A collection is now taking place for the ‘Brother Kevin’ appeal over the next week at St Michael’s Church in Creeslough. Items can be left at the back of the church up until next Tuesday, December 17th.The centre is urgently in need of nappies for children, baby food, baby wipes, new/unused clothing for infants, babies and children. Also they would be very grateful for tea, sugar, tinned foods, biscuits, new/unused scarves, gloves, socks, ponchos, coats for adults and any type of foods with a long expiry date, e.g. cereal.Brother Kevin has sincerely thanked the people of Donegal for their tremendous generosity which has greatly helped so many homeless people and people in need.Brother Kevin continues to do amazing work in helping the homeless.He said he feels humbled and is eternally grateful to the many people who have reached out. He assures everyone of his continued prayers. Ards Friary and the people of Donegal hold a very special place in his heart. The Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin continues to feed around 1000 people per day and there is a growing number of mothers with babies and young children and also senior citizens sadly having to avail of this service. Unfortunately, homelessness and people in dire need is increasing on a daily basis.Donations of material goods or donations of money can be left in St. Michael’s Church Creeslough, or the Ozanam Centre, Dunfanaghy with Fr. John Joe Duffy 087 3143532.* Meanwhile, raffle tickets are available today Friday at Primo (Creeslough Supermarket, Creeslough for the Brother Kevin Capuchin Day Centre Appeal for the Homeless with some great prizes on offer!Creeslough does its bit to help the homeless this Christmas was last modified: December 13th, 2019 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:Brotehr KevinCreesloughDonationsdonegallast_img read more

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Boss salutes players after Swans romp

first_imgSwansea City manager Brendan Rodgers hailed his players after their superb 3-0 victory at Fulham.The result followed the Welsh team’s win against Manchester City and further enhanced their growing reputation.Rodgers declared: “Fulham are a very dangerous side but over the course of the game we were absolutely phenomenal. It’s a very proud day for us all – players, supporters and the management team.“This was our biggest game of the season, purely on the back of the result and performance against Manchester City. We don’t want to be a side that just play against favourites.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Sunday at 5:30 p.m. as the Warriors may still be stinging from a bitter loss Friday as they return home to face the Charlotte Hornets.The Warriors (51-24) felt as though they were victims of some bad calls by the referees in the final minute of their 131-130 loss in Minnesota on Friday night. The NBA, however, ruled there was nothing wrong with the two controversial last-second …last_img read more

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