Bird highlights US women’s world cup roster

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments No Ronaldo? No problem for Madrid, Juventus in Champs League MOST READ FILE – In this April 26, 2018, file photo, United States’ Sue Bird, right, dribbles as China’s Lili Wang defends during the first half of an exhibition basketball game in Seattle. Bird is on a record fifth U.S. women’s basketball World Cup team. The veteran guard will try and help the Americans win a third straight FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup title and in the process her unprecedented fourth gold medal in the tournament. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)TENERIFE, Spain — Fresh off winning a third WNBA title, Sue Bird will try to help the U.S. win a third straight FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.Bird is on the American squad for a record fifth time and can get an unprecedented fourth gold medal.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 She’ll be joined on the U.S. roster by Seattle Storm teammates Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd. The trio helped the Storm win the WNBA championship last week sweeping the Washington Mystics.“It helps to have a sweep,” U.S. coach Dawn Staley said. “We’re going to get them now versus they wouldn’t have gotten here until maybe a day or two or three later, but to get them here yesterday in time to get a little practice in and play against a competitive team like Australia this morning really helps a great deal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra SPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWashington star Elena Delle Donne will also be on the world cup roster. She suffered a bone bruise in her left knee during the WNBA playoffs, but was well enough to play in the world cup for the first time.“EDD wanted to be here,” Staley said. “She played through an injury to be here. We’ll watch what we do with her. We’ll cut down on her practice time and get her ready to help us through the games we need to play.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img The U.S. plays Senegal on Saturday, China on Sunday and Latvia on Tuesday in group play.World Cup veterans Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, Tina Charles and Nneka Ogwumike are also on the U.S. roster.“The key word for us is looking at our roster is versatility,” Staley said. “Players that can play multiple positions. We can play big or small. When you have that variety, it helps you in the tournament.”The U.S. has four other first-timers on the roster besides Delle Donne and Loyd. A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Morgan Tuck and Layshia Clarendon are all making their first appearances in the tournament. Plum and Clarendon will help provide some depth at the point guard slot.“I don’t want to put a whole lot of pressure on Sue at this stage. At times she’ll have to play 30-plus minutes. At times we don’t have to utilize her in that way. We can give Kelsey and Layshia the experience they need to take over the reins. We’ve been pretty good at that position for the last eight years with Sue and Lindsay Whalen. We need the next point guard to get some experience.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Wilson is reunited with Staley, with whom she played for at South Carolina.“I’m extremely happy for A’ja. She’s probably one of the youngest players we’ve had on this type of team that has had WNBA experience. She’s fared well. She doesn’t make the team if she didn’t have that going for her,” Staley said.“Lot of unknowns coming out of college and playing on a team like this. What she gives me is familiarity. Sometimes you know in the heat of a game, I’m probably drawing something that we don’t have in our playbook, But you have A’ja that knows the play. She’s familiar with how I implement things.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Bringing literature back to Uptown

first_imgBrezniak also plans to have a cafe, as well as live music. Local officials are taking a wait-and-see attitude. “I would be surprised if it met the desire for a full-scale bookstore like Barnes and Noble or something like that,” said Jeff Collier, director of community development. “But it remains to be seen.” Former Councilman Allan Zolnekoff, who led a petition drive in 2001 to get a new bookstore, said the store is a step in the right direction. “The key point is a new full-service bookstore for new books,” Zolnekoff said. WHITTIER – Ever since Bookland and Supercrown went out of business seven years ago, city leaders have been seeking a new bookstore. Now, Brett Brezniak, owner of the Little Old Bookshop, is looking to satisfy that need. He has moved his store into a new location, 6708 Greenleaf Ave. in Uptown, with plans to sell new and used books in the three-story building. “I’m looking to fill the void that Bookland left,” said Brezniak, 36, of Whittier. “I’m looking to provide everything that Bookland had – a good,independent bookstore that has all of the new books and magazines, that’s also modern.” Zolnekoff said he likes the idea of a cafe and also of Brezniak’s plans to have live music. “I love the idea of mixing social aspects,” he said. Zolnekoff and others collected more than 2,000 signatures in 2001 to present to Barnes and Noble and Borders, asking them to open a store in Whittier. However, officials from both chains turned them down. Brezniak has owned the Little Old Bookshop since 1996, when he purchased it from Chuck Jimenez, who founded it in 1976. About a year ago Brezniak came up with the idea of selling new books along with his used ones. “I started about a year ago, slowly building up the literature selection, bringing in some new best-sellers,” he said. “I was limited by space in the old location. There wasn’t room to have a line of new books like Bookland had.” He solved that problem a couple of months ago when he purchased the former Whittier Children’s Playhouse – formerly Farmers Hardware and Paint Store – that has three stories. Brezniak opened the new store May 11 but still has a lot of work to do. So far he has only the ground floor open, with no cafe and no area to sell magazines. And he’s still getting new books in. “We’re not there yet,” he said. “This isn’t quite the store it’s going to be. We’ve moved locations and have a little more room. We have created the basic layout for the ground floor.” The bottom floor, which will be called Plato’s Cave and feature live music, as well as books on religion, philosophy and the arts, can’t be opened until the elevator is fixed, he said. He said he saw no reason to wait to open until the store was completed – most likely in a couple of months. The store should be completed during the summer, he said. “I think people like to see the way things develop,” said Brezniak. “Even if everything was fully stocked and on the shelves, we’d still want to change things. As we open up, people will suggest things.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

Meet the Candidates: W. Todd Keller

first_imgSection 7: right to life, liberty, and security of the person.Section 8: freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.Section 9: freedom from arbitrary detention or imprisonment.Section 11: right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.Q: What role does the Peace Region have as part of Canada’s economy?A: The Peace Region is Canada’s backyard playground and family ranch and farm, it is it’s building supply and it’s power station! The Peace Region literally brings home the bacon and pays the bills! That’s why we work hard and play harder…to set an example for the rest of Canada on how to live!Q: What would you want to change and improve in this part of BC as an MP?A: I want to re-introduce “sound money” as an economic principle on a national level. This will help NE B.C. by restoring purchasing power to your earnings and ensuring your wage growth can pace the economy rather than be left behind by it! A Canadian dollar at least partially backed by gold will stabilize the economy and lessen boom/bust business cycles while minimizing growth of the national debt. A return to “sound money” will allow privately funded infrastructure projects to be built in NE B.C. rather than depending on government to add to the national debt to do it for you. With that will return a greater sense of community in your beautiful corner of the province…there is no problem that can’t be solved by people in the Peace Region, a Libertarian Government will give you the tools and get out of your way.Advertisement A: Oil & Gas infrastructure developers MUST undertake their major infrastructure development in the “greenest” possible manner, ensuring the least negative impact on the environment. Also, in the event of a spill or some other kind of accident, infrastructure owners & energy producers MUST bear the full weight of the costs clean-up AND restoration of B.C’s otherwise pristine environment. I’ve never been a big fan of financial penalties (such as fines) as I think they only serve to divert funds away from needed clean-up and restoration expenses. Nevertheless, I think government, along with the various stakeholders involved should be able to dictate the scope of restoration in the event of an accident.Q: What do you think of Bill C-51?A: The average Canadian’s faith in government is admirable, it proves the “age of innocence” is not yet over, however, I offer this advice…if you don’t need to trust the government…then don’t. Bill C-51 is the Stephen Harper government issuing themselves a licence to spy on Canadians vis-a-vie CSIS “Secret Police”. Bill C-51 allows CSIS to violate your legal rights on a full time daily basis, namely Sections 7, 8, 9 & 11, guaranteed to you in the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms. Many Canadians would say, “I’m not doing anything wrong so I don’t have anything to worry about.” …and that’s great but what about when the government starts changing it’s opinion on what the definition of “wrong” is? The Libertarian Party of Canada would repeal Bill C-51 the day it formed a government.Spelled out, these rights are:Advertisement Keller is running against Green Party’s Elizabeth Biggar, Liberal Matt Shaw, NDP’s Kathy Dickie, Progressive Party of Canada’s Barry Blackman, and Conservative incumbent Bob Zimmer.The election is October 19th – next Monday.center_img We sent e-mails out to all the candidates for the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies riding questions before the upcoming election.3 out of 6 candidates responded by the deadline we assigned, and we are publishing their answers this week.Here are the answers from W. Todd Keller, the MP candidate representing the Libertarian Party of Canada.- Advertisement -Q: What kind of steps now would benefit the Peace Region’s energy sector in the future?A: Natural Gas is the “green” energy that environmentalists were screaming for 30 years ago…and it’s here now in abundance!!!! And what it needs most is infrastructure. There are major Pipeline projects that MUST be constructed if NE B.C. is to actually see an economic benefit to the Shale Nat. Gas that has begun to be drilled. Without overseas markets to sell Nat. Gas, the Nat. Gas price will remain in the doldrums it is currently in. Currently in Asia, Nat. Gas sells at a multiple to a barrel of oil making it many times higher than our price for domestic delivery. Also, energy exports are crucial to the survival and growth of NE B.C.’s Oil & Gas Services sector.Q: How does the environment come into play with big industrial projects BC is fielding right now?Advertisementlast_img read more

Reports: Southampton tracking Udinese striking sensation Muriel

first_imgSouthampton are tracking Udinese forward Luis Muriel but will have to move quickly if they want to land the talented Colombian.The Saints want to strengthen their strike force and support frontman Graziano Pelle, who has led the line on his own this term in the continued absence of Jay Rodriguez.Although Muriel, 23, has endured a difficult season in Serie A, both Sampdoria and Fiorentina have enquired about taking the former Lecce man on loan in January.But, according to Il Secolo XIX, Muriel, who is regarded as one of the hottest properties in European football, is enticed by the challenge of the Premier League and would favour a switch to Ronald Koeman’s side during the upcoming window. Muriel on Saints radar 1last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool target reveals Roma dream

first_img Luiz Adriano in action for Shaktar Donetsk Arsenal and Liverpool target Luiz Adriano has revealed he would have loved to have joined Roma during the January transfer window.The Brazilian was heavily linked with a move away from Shakhtar Donetsk during last month’s window after scoring nine goals in just five Champions League games this season.Arsenal and Liverpool were reportedly closely monitoring the situation, but Roma were said to be leading the chase.And now Adriano has revealed while no deal was struck he would have loved to have moved to the Serie A club. “There was no agreement between the clubs,” Adriano is reported as saying by Sky Italia.“What is certain right now is that I’ll continue to play here, for Shakhtar, I want to win titles and continue to score lots of goals in this shirt.“I want to give my all, like I always have. Roma are a great team, with a great history who are still battling for the title. It would definitely have been a great opportunity for me, for my career.“They have a great history in Europe and Serie A, I would have loved to play for Roma.” 1last_img read more

Once-abandoned Lab doing some rescuing of his own

first_imgThe dog was abandoned, tied to a tree at a shooting range in Utah. Nobody wanted him, not with only two good back legs, and a useless front leg that jutted out from his left shoulder at an angle. He couldn’t walk, much less run. He just flopped along. Sure, he had that cute Lab face, but that body. No, his owners must have thought it was better to abandon him. There was no use for a deformed dog like that. Wrong. His rescuers didn’t name him Soldier for nothing. He’ll drag himself across the room to nudge up close to a patient, offering them any help he can. Especially the kids. “What separates Soldier from my other dogs is his disability,” she says. “It offers so much inspiration and hope to my patients. His optimism is palpable. “For only a few moments do patients feel sadness when they see him. There are a few watery eyes, but immediately Soldier’s presence is felt. `No pity for me, folks,’ it says. “One woman who had been molested for many years of her childhood said to me after meeting Soldier for the first time, ‘He is broken, but look at that spirit.’ They see it. “The children lie down on the floor with him and rub his belly. Some fondly rub his missing leg. But not sadly; compassionately. Soldier draws no pity.” Copelan, who shares offices with her husband, Dr. Ronald Thurston, wasn’t looking for another therapy dog. But like so many people, she was taken by the TV images from Hurricane Katrina – particularly the one of the black Lab that rescuers left behind in the flood waters. “I sent e-mails to all the dog organizations back there saying I was a psychiatrist who used therapy dogs every day in my practice. ‘If you find him, send him to me. I’ll give him a home and a job.”‘ She never did hear back about that black Lab. But a group called the Best Friends Society e-mailed her saying it had this Lab it thought would be a great therapy dog. Nobody else wanted him. He had been found tied to a tree at a shooting range in Utah, with only two good legs, but a smile and temperament that could melt your heart. His name was Soldier. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 HOW TO HELP A fundraiser will be held next month to help Copelan pay for a needed elbow replacement for Soldier. For more information, e-mail her at 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Today, Soldier works five days a week as a therapy dog with Dr. Colleen Copelan, a Ventura County psychiatrist. She adopted him three months ago from the Best Friends Animal Society that rescued him from near the shooting range. While she works on her clients’ troubled minds, Soldier works on their hearts. “I have not seen anyone he could not connect with, through all age groups and mental disorders,” says Copelan, past president of the Southern California Psychiatric Society and an assistant professor at the University of Southern California. “If Soldier does not know the patient, he approaches, sits up and extends his deformed front leg. If he knows them, he’ll climb up into their laps for a greeting and a hug.” Like her other Labs who have served as therapy dogs for the last 12 years in her practice, Copelan says Soldier has an innate ability to know when someone is going to get upset and the tears are going to come. last_img

Sanchez could leave because Wenger ‘doesn’t like confrontation’, says ex-Gunner

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson believes Gunners boss Arsene Wenger might be open to selling Alexis Sanchez because the player is a challenge to his authority.The Chilean forward’s future is up in the air this summer with the likes of Manchester City interested in signing the man who has taken the Premier League by storm since his arrival in 2014.Former Barcelona man Sanchez only has a year remaining on his Gunnerscontract and could leave next year for nothing, but Robson believes Wenger could be tempted into letting the star go because of his mentality.“Arsene Wenger doesn’t like confrontation and anybody that might challenge him, or not agree with one or two of his decisions, he doesn’t like it and he doesn’t want anyone like that at his club,” Robson told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Sanchez, as we have seen, when players aren’t working quite as hard as he thinks they should do, or haven’t passed him the ball, he will have a go at them.“Sometimes that’s a great attitude to have. You need three or four players that will get round the team, get after the players when things aren’t going quite so well – as long as they are doing it themselves and Sanchez has certainly done it himself over the last two or three years.”This summer transfer window could see a great amount of upheaval in the Arsenal playing squad with number of players rumoured to be on their way out.Two of the players in question – England internationals Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – have been linked with departures but Robson explained he would prefer to keep one over the other.“There are one or two players there that I think Arsenal could easily lose and not be any worse,” he added.“I mean Theo Walcott has promised a lot over the years, he scored goals last season, but he’s never been, in my view, a top class player.“He’s got lots of pace but he’s never progressed how he should have done.“Oxlade-Chamberlain is an outstanding player. He didn’t play very well for England against France but he’s an outstanding player.“He’s never been given the chance to fulfil a certain role – he’s been a wing-back, he’s played in midfield, he’s played just off the front, played on the right wing and the left wing.“He’s a player that needs to be put in a position and told ‘this is your position show us what you have got’ because I think he’s a talented player.“I would keep Oxlade-Chamberlain if he possibly could.”last_img read more


first_imgMORE than one hundred colleagues and friends have attended a memorial service in Perth, Australia, for Burtonport man Shaun McBride, killed ten days ago in a building site accident.Shaun’s remains are expected to return to Ireland tomorrow (Wednesday) with a funeral Mass expected this Friday.Last Friday evening, friends and workmates held their own memorial service for Shaun. Speaking to from Perth, his friend Ben Plummer said Shaun, 28, was a ‘wonderful’ man and they had celebrated his life.Said Ben: “On Friday night in Perth there was a service for Shaun held at St John’ Church where about 100 friends and work mates showed up.“Following that there was a celebration of Shaun’s life at the local Irish club which was done in true Shaun McBride style, all went hard laughed and cried but the tears that flowed were happy tears at thoughts of the wonderful and truly amazing person Shaun was.Shaun, you will be truly missed my friend.”The 28-year-old died when scaffolding he was working on at an industrial port in Dampier in Western Australia collapsed. Police, health and safety officials and the mining company Rio Tinto are all investigating the incident.Shaun’s funeral will take place this Friday at St Columba’s Church in Burtonport at noon. His remains will arrive back in Ireland tomorrow.Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs have been helping the family.UPDATED: HEART-BROKEN FRIENDS OF BURTONPORT MAN HOLD MEMORIAL SERVICE IN AUSTRALIA was last modified: June 14th, 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:AustraliaburtonportdampierPerthrio tintoshaun mcbridelast_img read more


first_imgThe Lily Rose in Buncrana is pink all year round – so today’s cake sale at the popular cafe in aid of the Irish Cancer Society was easier for them than most.“Our actual shop is pink, our uniform is pink now today all our produce is pink,” says Jade O’Neill.“The buns are all flying out the door already today. There are more left for anyone who wants one.” Proceeds go to the Irish Cancer Society. PINK DAY IS WEE BUNS FOR BUNCRANA CAFE was last modified: October 3rd, 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:buncranacake saledonegalirish CancerLily Roselast_img read more

Property Marking anti-theft programme gets the go-ahead from Donegal JPC

first_imgPlans are being made to buy a Property Marking Machine for Donegal to combat rural theft of commonly stolen goods such as garden machinery and expensive equipment.A property marking machine is a device that adds a person’s Eircode to an item to make it easily traceable back to its registered owner.(Featured image: Sgt Ken Coughlan using the Property Marking machine, picture via Cavan Monaghan Garda Division) Eircodes can be added to farm machinery, boats, garden tools such as lawnmowers and chainsaws, or for valuable technology such as iPhones and laptops in schools and colleges.The Donegal Joint Policing Committee this week agreed to seek funding for a €4,500 Property Marking machine following a presentation by visiting Garda Sgt Ken Coughlan.Sgt Coughlan has led a successful roll-out of the project in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, where reported burglaries have had a significant drop since the scheme was introduced.Sgt Coughlan demonstrated the machine to committee members on Monday to outline the benefits it has for rural crime prevention. The machine manually engraves the owner’s unique Eircode into the item or onto a stamp. Sgt Coughlan explained that if Gardai find suspect stolen property, they can run the code through the PULSE system to check if it was reported as stolen, they can pinpoint exactly who it belongs to and then make an arrest on suspicion of handling stolen property – all within minutes.If purchased, the machine can be loaned out to community groups across Donegal for public use. In Monaghan, Gardai have erected signs warning that property marking is in operation as a deterrent to thieves.Sgt Coughlan said the machine cost €4,500 to buy and outlined how the project has been cost-neutral in his division through community fundraising and donations.Cllr Seamus Ó Domhnaill put forward a motion to write to Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn to ask if resources are available to purchase the machine for Donegal. He suggested seeking options for Donegal County Council to buy a second appliance, given the size and population of the county. Cllr Ó Domhnaill also suggested that the DCC Roads Section could be asked to purchase the signage. Chair of the Joint Policing Committee Cllr Gerry McMonagle advocated the motion.Property Marking anti-theft programme gets the go-ahead from Donegal JPC was last modified: May 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:community groupscrimeDonegal Joint Policing Committeelast_img read more