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first_imgA 0-2 start is always a cause for alarm, even for a powerhouse like San Miguel Beer.The Beermen bowed to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 123-119, in overtime on Sunday in a game where the defending champions lost a 17-point lead and import Troy Gillenwater in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zones00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bong Ramos said he never expected anything easy when he got the Elite head coaching job.With a 0-5 start, he said they are still in a transition period.“It’s never going to be easy,” said Ramos, who took over Leo Isaac three games into the import-spiced conference. “I’m trying to instill my system little by little. You can’t shock them.”“This is a process, so slowly, we’re integrating my system. We know this isn’t going to be an overnight change so what we could do is to stay optimistic.”Blackwater’s playoff chances have gone slimmer after its 91-105 defeat to Ginebra on Friday, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be better soon with a tussle against TNT Ka-Tropa coming up this Friday.Only the top eight teams will progress to the playoffs.But Ramos still believes the Elite have what it takes to cut the league giants down to size.“We know how strong the opponents are and we know we have a lot to work on,” he said. “But what we need is more work. They might be stronger, but if we can outwork them, I believe we’ll eventually get the win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Open bowl win gives Del Rosario chance for final PH team hurrah Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film “We still have hope. It’s still a long way and we can still get to our goal which is the top two. If we don’t, that’s life. It’s not always that you’ll be on top,” Santos added.Santos led San Miguel’s losing effort with 29 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five blocks.But the 2013 Most Valuable Player knows that at this stage, the resilient Beermen still have control of its fate.“We won’t quit,” Santos said. “We’ll make the adjustments that we need, and maybe, there will be changes. We’ll see in the coming days.”Another team in a bind is Blackwater, which remains winless in five starts.ADVERTISEMENT Gillenwater bumped a referee after contesting a foul, a move that means automatic ejection from the game.The loss was the second straight for San Miguel following an 85-93 defeat to Meralco on May 9.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 crownArwind Santos is naturally concerned over the Beermen’s dismal start in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I’m alarmed,” Santos said in Filipino. “It’s just a short conference and every win matters.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Nightly water restrictions planned to save for busy Easter period

first_imgIrish Water is to issue nightly water restrictions from tomorrow (Mon) night in the Rossnowlagh and Ballyshannon areas. The company said it is preparing for increased demand for water during the Easter bank holiday weekend and is putting plans in place to safeguard supply for homes, businesses and tourists during this busy period.The issue was raised at this week’s meeting of the local municipal authority by Cllr Michael Naughton. Irish Water will need to restrict water supply at nighttime over the coming weeks to fill treated water storage reservoirs.Beginning tomorrow water supply will be restricted each night from 11pm to 7am for customers supplied from the Ballyshannon Public Water Supply Scheme in the Rossnowlagh area during the Easter Holiday season.Tankers will be available to assist in maintaining reservoir levels. The use of tankers is not a sustainable option and Irish Water is appealing to residents, businesses and visitors to reduce their usage to ensure a consistent supply of water for all.Kevin Love Irish water stated “We are managing water supply at the minute but when activity increases due to increased demand over the Easter holidays we will start to run out. “Irish Water, is upgrading the pumping system supplying water to the Rossnowlagh area to cater for the increased demand for high quality drinking water in Rossnowlagh during the holiday season. Irish Water is also urging residents, businesses and visitors in Rossnowlagh to conserve water to help prevent any supply shortages later in the summer.“However it would be very helpful if customers started to conserve water now before demand increases. Customers on higher ground may experience more interrupted supply and we are urging those customers to contact the Irish Water call centre where they experience prolonged outages on 1850 278 278.”The company is replacing 4.1km of problematic water main on R-231 at Corker, Ballyshannon at the end of April 2019 which should help with securing a constant water supply at Rossnowlagh.It is expected that works will last for approximately five weeks.This will result in an improved level of service for consumers being served from this watermain and a reduction in leakage.There will be traffic management in place during these works and Irish Water is working to minimise disruption to consumers and the travelling public during these essential works. To help conserve water customers are also being asked to report any leaks they see on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in their homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network. Customers can report any public side leaks online at www.water.ie or by calling the customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278.Irish Water and Donegal County Council have apologised for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank the public in advance for their co-operation.Updates will be issued on the water storage levels at the reservoirs and consumers will be advised when they can return to normal usage.Nightly water restrictions planned to save for busy Easter period was last modified: April 14th, 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:EasterIrish WaterRossnowlaghlast_img read more

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Test your football knowledge in quiz to win some top prizes

first_imgA FOOTBALL-themed quiz is on in Letterkenny this Thursday night as part of the National Football Exhibition.Proceeds from the quiz, which takes place at 9pm in Area 7, will go to Cara House, Letterkenny. Register your team of four by clicking here – https://www.fai.ie/domestic/national-football-exhibition-donegal-table-quiz  – and payment can be made at the event.For individual registration, please email exhibition@fai.ie.Teams of four cost €35 or entry fee of €10 per person.Prizes include signed Ireland jersey, tickets for senior, U21 and women’s national team games The free Exhibition, on show at the Regional Cultural Centre, which has attractions for all ages, welcomed a wide variety of visitors to date and has proved a hit for school groups and family outings.Anyone who visits the exhibition and signs the online visitors book will be in with a chance of winning some top prizes.The National Football Exhibition App which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play Store has a supplementary audio guide available in English or Irish, which gives visitors an extended insight into some of the items on display.The exhibition features some superb items of local interest, as well as Irish football memorabilia and European Championships history. The exhibition is part of a celebration of Euro 2020 coming to Ireland in June of next year.Donegal is the fifth of seven venues outside of Dublin hosting the National Football Exhibition and the exhibition runs until Sunday.Test your football knowledge in quiz to win some top prizes was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rescued lions find home in South Africa

first_img3 May 2016Iron, Zeus, and Rapunzel are part of the group of rescued lions that arrived in South Africa on 1 May. They are three of the 33 big cats saved by Animal Defenders International (ADI) from circuses in Peru and Columbia and rehomed at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo.Iron’s release into the enclosure is the fairy-tale ending for 33 mistreated circus lions.“Iron is one of the Colombian 9, the first animals to be handed over after the country’s wild animal circus ban was passed,” wrote ADI on its Facebook page. “With his cage mate Ojiclaro, Iron was a pitiful sight, the years of suffering clearly visible on his face.”Iron is the first to be released! He’s enjoying a satisfying rub against a tree! #33lions https://t.co/saoaOdVjMh pic.twitter.com/nd0gAVkskv— ADI (@AnimalDefenders) May 1, 2016Hear the lions roar at the airport, as they are transported to the sanctuary:According to the ADI, this is the largest transfer of lions, a process which started 18 months ago. The cost per cat per transfer was $10 000 (approximately R142 000).Care neededThe animals are no longer able to function in the wild, and will need to be taken care of.“Almost all of the rescued lions have been mutilated to remove their claws, one has lost an eye, another is almost blind, and many have smashed and broken teeth so would not survive in the wild,” ADI said in a statement.Their new South African home is a large natural enclosures containing drinking pools, platforms and toys.“The lion habitats will be steadily expanded over the coming months as the lions become familiar with their new life and are introduced to each other.”ADI president, Jan Creamer, said this is the first time the animals are in their natural habitat. “It’s the best environment for them.They have been beaten, they have been starved, and they have been deprived of everything that makes life worth living for a lion. We have brought them back to paradise, where they belong.” South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

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Renewable Energy Provider Teams Up With Amazon

first_imgAmazon and renewable energy broker Arcadia Power have joined forces to offer homeowners a package that includes web-enabled devices designed to save energy plus a source of renewable energy. The two are partnering on the “Home Efficiency Bundle.”  The package of services includes the installation of smart devices, such as the Ecobee thermostat and the Amazon Echo Dot, and a switch to Arcadia Power’s source of clean energy. Customers pay nothing for the installation of the wi-fi gadgets by an Amazon tech. A monthly fee of $20 or $36, depending on which bundle of equipment they choose, is added to the the electricity bill from Arcadia for a term of 36 months.RELATED ARTICLESWind Energy Hits a High NoteUtilities Grapple with Rooftop Solar and the New Energy LandscapeWhen Will Rooftop Solar Be Cheaper Than the Grid?The Internet of Things Takes Center StageGet Ready for Smart Appliances In an article about the new offering, Business Insider described the arrangement as a way for Amazon to get its Alexa technology into more homes while heading off competition from rival Google. The basic package includes the Ecobee thermostat, three smart LED bulbs, an Amazon Dot, and four wi-fi connected electrical receptacles. The upgraded  bundle adds a Ring doorbell and swaps an Amazon Show for the Dot. The Echo Dot is a voice-controlled speaker that can play music, answer questions, or check the weather, according to Amazon’s website. The Echo Show is an upgraded version with a 10-inch screen for watching videos and TV shows. Ecobee can use local weather data to regulate home heating and cooling systems with potential savings of 23% a year, Arcadia claims. The thermostat also can send alerts in the event the HVAC system malfunctions. Wi-fi enabled plugs can be used to turn things on and off remotely. Tapping into the renewables market Kiran Bhatraju, who grew up in eastern Kentucky coal country, founded Arcadia Power in 2014 as a way of offering customers the best possible price on renewable energy, according to an article in Forbes earlier this year. Once customers are connected to Arcadia, they are assured of getting 50% of their electricity from renewable sources, mainly wind, with the option of signing up for a variety of other clean power sources, such as community solar or 100% wind energy. It took Arcadia years to build a system connecting the company with utilities around the country. It now has more than 80,000 members and deals with 100 utilities representing all 50 states. Last year, Arcadia reached the “tipping point” where it had enough of a customer base to negotiate lower prices for clean power, with rates often running 10% to 25% less than standard utility offerings, Forbes said. Bhatraju said that rising demand for clean power could stretch sources of renewable energy that are currently available, but at the same time would become an incentive for the addition of new clean energy sources. He told Forbes: “That’s when we become the market maker, with millions of customers leading the way, and making the decision on what kind of power plants to build being initiated by consumers rather than utilities and regulators.”last_img read more

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J.P. Dutta to cast eight heroes in his next war film ‘Tiger Hills’

first_imgClick here to EnlargeKenannakin’s 1962 war film The Longest Day had 13 heroes. Back home, Border director J.P. Dutta seems to have come close.For his next war film Tiger Hills – a post-Kargil spiel – Dutta has roped in not one, not three, but eight heroes to fortify the cast.Sunil Shetty, Ajay,Click here to EnlargeKenannakin’s 1962 war film The Longest Day had 13 heroes. Back home, Border director J.P. Dutta seems to have come close.For his next war film Tiger Hills – a post-Kargil spiel – Dutta has roped in not one, not three, but eight heroes to fortify the cast.Sunil Shetty, Ajay Devgan, Arbaaz Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna willstar. There’seven talk of a ninth – Shah Rukh Khan.Dutta has reportedly asked his heroes to sport crew cuts and is believed to have said, “Border was a trailer. This will be bigger.”Question: Will Tiger Hills boast nine heroines and 18 songs too?last_img read more

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